Over 190 Disney World Tips for Kids!

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Best Disney Tips

If you are planning a Disney vacation that includes children, you will do a lot of just that – planning. We’re here to help. When we published our most popular article, entitled 120 Walt Disney World DO NOTs: Tips From Real People on How NOT to Screw Up a Disney Vacation!, we had no idea it would be read over one million times in less than two years. So introducing…Over 190 Disney World Tips for Kids. Think of this article as our FREE vacation gift to you, because we love free!

Warning: this article is long. But this list may seriously be the ONLY planning guide for Disney World vacations with kids that you may ever need. At least we hope it is!

So don’t feel like you have to read it all at one time, because we’ve organized, categorized, and numbered it for you.  Pinterest pin it, bookmark it, e-mail it to yourself, come back later, or just settle in with a cup of coffee for a nice long read. You’ll thank us later.

And if we forgot YOUR favorite tip, leave us a comment so we can add it in. We have some of the most traveled readers and best informed Facebook fans ever!

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Where to Find FREE Disney World Theme Parks Christmas Music

Disney World Christmas castle

As we approach Christmas holidays, do you ever find yourself being glad you didn’t brave the crowds at Walt Disney World and yet simultaneously really wish you were there? It’s a huge Christmas Catch 22 really. Do you tackle the huge holiday crowds and stand in long lines or do something else and wish you were in Orlando? It’s hard on the psyche when the decision is made not to travel to the House of Mouse.

Music plays such a big part in Disney vacations, that sometimes when you hear a familiar tune, you are magically transported back in time to your “home.” Christmas at Disney World is incredibly crowded, but it’s also decorated to the hilt with miles of twinkling lights and garland, plus all those trees! To mentally enjoy a Mickey Mouse holiday, you simply need to listen to some of the music they play in the theme parks. Mickey won’t be saying “See ya real soon!” but you will appreciate the high quality Disney holiday music production factor.

I can’t seem to locate many theme park area music songs for sale – I’ve looked.

Did you know you can hear this music for free? Simply press play on the YouTube videos we’ve collected all in one place, kind of like a Christmas present just for you. Throw in some fun facts and trivia from Disney by the Numb3rs.com, and you have yourself an afternoon of musical entertainment.

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Christmas at Walt Disney World

It takes 150 tractor-trailer truckloads of decorations to holiday-up all 24 resorts, four theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations. A 70 ton crane is used to position the theme park Christmas trees into place each year.

1,500 decorated Christmas trees are placed thought the entire WDW property. 5,500 lights are hung on every icon Christmas tree in each park or resort for the holidays, and 98 percent of this lighting is LED. In case you are doing the math, that’s over 8.5 million lights decorating the WDW property for Christmas.

A total of 15 miles of garland is strung, 1,314 wreaths are hung, and 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows drape over Christmas trees across the property.

Disney Christmas Songs – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Christmas Illuminations, Country Bear Christmas

Posted on youtube by terrortower2 .

This video is a massive collection of songs, nearly three hours, with Christmas songs you might recognize from the parks playing in the last hour. Pluto is barking “Oh Christmas Tree” just after the three-hour point.

  • Magic Kingdom – Full Christmas Loop
  • Epcot – Full Christmas Loop
  • Christmas Illuminations – Full Christmas Show
  • Christmas Wishes – Full Christmas Show
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade – Full Christmas Parade
  • Country Bears Christmas Special – Full Christmas Show
  • Mickey’s Christmas Doggy! – Sung By Benji Boodles Lamey!
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol – Full CD Audio
  • Disneyland Paris – Chante, c’est Noel! Christmas Parade *Full Song*

This is a really nice collection of songs that would be great to play during dinner or at work as background music. Just hit the play button and let it run…

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Christmas at Hollywood Studios

There are well over 10 miles of twinkling rope lights in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

There are 5 million lights, and if they were strung end-to-end, the lights would span over 426 miles.

90% of the Osborne figurines were part of the original display in Little Rock. This includes the 70 foot tree, Mickey Train, globe, two 30 foot carousels and the Flying Santa and Reindeer.

Hollywood Studios Music – (Also known as Main Street Full Christmas Loop Disneyland Paris)

Posted to YouTube by DLRPWelcomeMusic.

I understand this video contains the same music they play at Hollywood Studios, and if per chance that is wrong and they only play it in Paris, well, it’s still amazingly beautiful music.

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Christmas at Epcot

Epcot has 11 countries that are dressed up for “Holidays Around the World” at World Showcase.

You’ll see a 65 foot Christmas tree on display, while 1,200 stuffed Duffy bears make up the newest Christmas tree in Epcot.

Epcot Entrance Area Music – Christmas Loop Version

Posted on YouTube by WDWFacts.

This video lasts about 50 minutes and is lovely background Christmas music.

800 performers are used each night during the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, while 200 guest choirs are showcased during the entire run of the event.

There are many YouTube videos of the Candelight Processional. If this one isn’t your favorite, they probably have a video you’ll like better, so just search around.

Epcot 2013 Candlelight Processional- Edward James Olmos

Posted to YouTube by grogruxking.

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Christmas at Magic Kingdom

A 65 foot Christmas tree is erected in the center of Main Street, which is 26 feet wide.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

300,000 cookies, washed down with 1,200 gallons of hot cocoa, are consumed each night.

164 performers appear in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and there is a 100 % chance of snow flurries during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade Soundtrack Album

Posted on YouTube by MoneySavingVideos.

This is not a professional recording, but you’ll feel like you are there while you listen.

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Cinderella Castle

It takes 60 people a total of three weeks to install all the 200,000 LED Dream Lights, which made their debut in 2007, on Cinderella Castle. The lights are hung in place by 32,000 square feet of fish netting, which has been dyed to match the castle’s colors. It takes 15 miles of cable to hang all the lights and netting.

105 different circuits are used to make the lights come to life, aided by 74 LED spot lights that wash the castle in different colors and 500 strobes which create the sparkling lighting effect

Holiday Wishes Christmas Fireworks Show at the Magic Kingdom

Posted on TouTube by OnlyHDVideos.

This is not a professional recording, but rather it’s a video of the actual fireworks show. You can hear the crowd cheering and the sounds of the fireworks exploding, which adds to the feeling of being there.

A big thanks to Disney by the Numb3rs for their WDW Christmas trivia.

And there you have it – over 8 hours of videos with beautiful Disney World theme park music. You don’t have to play it all at one time, although this could get you through a work day. Save this page where you can find it and turn on doe tunes when you are cooking or having dinner, doing crafts with the kids, or just hanging out and remembering that last vacation. Music takes you back…

 

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Free Fun in Celebration Florida: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Everything seems to be expensive on vacation, so it’s a nice change of pace to find an activity that is basically free. Celebration is a master-planned community located in Osceola County, Florida, which is about a 10 minute drive from the Walt Disney World Resort property. Just like Disney resort hopping, visiting Celebration is totally free, so now is the perfect time to make plans for a drive over. [Read more…]

How to Keep a Good Disney Character Meal From Going All Wrong

character meals at Disney World

Updated for 2018!

Ever taken a small child to eat dinner with a towering, walking, stuffed doll? There you have it…a Disney Character Meal. Many parents are understandably giddy at the thought of booking a character meal for their next Disney vacation, but is your child really ready to dine with Mickey and all his pals? [Read more…]

Renting a Pool Cabana at Disney World: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Can you afford a Disney World pool cabana

Updated for 2015!

A Disney vacation isn’t all about roller coasters.  If you decide to to schedule a free day away from the parks and stand-by lines, you may find yourself planning a day by the pool. There are several resorts on the Disney Resort property that have cabanas by their pools, but we’ll use the cabanas by the Contemporary Resort as our example.

Just steps away from the sandy beaches of Bay Lake and two fabulous pools at the Contemporary Resort, the Cabanas for rent here are every Disney Princess’ dream. Compared to just sitting on a deck chair, there are loads of fabulous cabana services and amenities that will make you feel like you are receiving Rock Star Treatment.

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Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World

quiet pool at the Contemporary Resort at Disney Wor

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What Do You Get?

  • An exclusive tented-area just for you, family, and friends
  • Personalized service from your own Cast Member during your rental (No gratuities accepted)
  • Towels, two padded chaise lounge chairs, and two padded chaise beds, just in case you find yourself in need of a relaxing nap in the Bay Lake breeze
  • A 32-inch flat screen TV with cable
  • An iPod docking station for your favorite relaxing tunes
  • A mini-fridge stocked with complimentary bottled waters and sodas
  • A phone for calls inside the Contemporary resort complex
  • A complimentary fruit tray
  • For an additional cost, you can dine privately
  • A ceiling fan
  • Free Wifi

Pool cabana price for the Contemporary Resort in POrlando

what to do at a Disney pool? Rent a cabana

Disney World best pool

When it is available?

The Cabanas are available for half day rentals (morning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and afternoon from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and all day rentals run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

price for Disney World pool cabanas

rent a Disney World pool cabana

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How much will the cabana cost?

Morning or afternoon rentals are $149 plus tax for each session, or the all day rental charge is $219 plus tax. All prices are subject to change without notice, and one person in your party must be at least 18 years of age.

The maximum amount of guests for the Cabanas are six. There is also a 24 hour cancellation policy, or the full charge will be applied, although you can cancel at any time due to inclement weather. For reservations, call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

You can also visit the marina at the Contemporary for same day reservations.

Disney pool cabana

flat screen Tv in Disney pool cabana

The Contemporary Resort’s Quiet Pool is close enough to watch the action at the pool with the slide, but far away enough not to be bothered if you are here for relaxation and to work on your tan.  The sounds of ducks, boat whistles, and happy vacationers walking  the dock all blend together into just the sounds of vacation.

So break out your designer sunglasses, that cute sun hat, your new Mickey Mouse string bikini, and unleash your inner Disney Princess at the Contemporary Cabanas. You’ll be the absolute envy of poolside vacationers throughout Walt Disney World!

Remember that walking around the resorts is free, as Disney has an open resort policy. But swimming in the pools where you are not a paying guest is not allowed except under one condition. Use this link:

A Guide To Disney World Resort Pool Hopping

lounge by the pool in a cabana at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Mickey towels at Disney pool and cabanas

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Have you ever rented a cabana? Did you think it was worth the money? Leave us a comment and tell us about your experience!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you lounging on a chair by the Contemporary Resort, soda in hand, the smell of coconut suntan lotion in the air…

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Disney Springs’ Freebies at Christmas!

Updated for 2018!

Disney Springs is a fantastic retail, dining and entertainment complex across the lake from Saratoga Springs Resort. I honestly believe this is a must do for any Disney World trip, especially if you have a half day free with no park tickets. There are lots of shady areas for day visits, and at night, you’ll hear music and enjoy soft lighting by two distinct bodies of water.  [Read more…]

Can You Afford Tickets to Mickey’s Christmas Parties? 2014 Dates are Here!

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As a very chilly snowy winter rolls over into summer, who is ready Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? We have dates and current ticket prices for the Happiest Disney holiday parties around.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates

November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, & 30

December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, & 19

 

Prices for Christmas Parties:

Advanced Sales: Ages 10 and up are $67.00 plus tax. Children ages 3-9 are $52.00 plus tax.

Advance Sales Pricing is available for all events except 11/21, 11/30, 12/5, 12/12, 12/18, & 12/19. For events on these dates, only Same-Day Sales prices will apply.

Same Day Sales: ages 10 and up are $71.00 plus tax. Children ages 3-9 are $66.00 plus tax.

Premium Night (December 19): ages 10 and up $74.00. Children ages 3-9 are $69.00.

 

Ready for Christmas at Disney? You May Need Some Advice…

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Passholder and DVC Discounts

Specially priced tickets are available to Disney Vacation Club Members and Passholders with the following Annual Passes:

  • Premier Annual Passport
  • Premium Annual Pass
  • Annual Pass
  • Seasonal Pass
  • Weekday Select Pass
  • Epcot After 4a.m. Annual Pass

What days are applicable? 

November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20 December 2, 4, and 9. Specially priced tickets MUST be purchased in ADVANCE. Passholders may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to three guests. DVC Members may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to five guests.

Advance Purchase Prices

Ages 10 + – $62 + tax

Ages 3 to 9 – $57 + tax

So will you be going this year? Ticket prices don’t appear to be priced much higher than they were last year.

Have you heard about the free dining offer for this fall? This is not a  promotion you want to miss.

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Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Disney World Christmas by the Numb3rs!

Disney World Chef Mickey's at Christmas

There is something truly magical about all the holiday decorations at Walt Disney World, but wow, are the crowds crazy that week after Christmas. In recent years, the Magic Kingdom has closed around ten or eleven a.m. and only reopened to new guests after 6 p.m. That’s a lot of people. The Magic Kingdom parking lot, which holds 12,000 cars, often reaches capacity during this week. Lines for roller coasters are often well over a 120 minute wait.

So for those of you that passed on the WDW crowds or didn’t have the means to take a vacation this holiday season, our Cheapskate Princess Christmas gift to you is some holiday trivia from Disney by the Numb3rs.com.

So Merry Christmas!

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Disney Springs at Christmas Mickey topiary

Christmas Trees

When you glance at the tree in your living room, remember that 45 to 70 foot trees are used all over the Disney World property, the tallest of which is the 70-foot tree at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Take a long time to decorate your tree? It takes 6.5 hours to set up one 65 foot Disney Christmas tree.

A total of 1,500 Christmas trees decorate the WDW property, including theme parks, resorts, and Downtown Disney.

What is the life span of a Christmas tree at WDW? Only about five to six years.

8.5 million lights are strung throughout the property, with 98 percent of the lighting used being LED lights.

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Decorations

300,000 yards of ribbon and bows are draped over the Christmas trees across property.

A total of nine hours of installation are needed to complete all the holiday decorations for the interior and exterior of Main Street, and it appears and disappears suddenly like Disney magic…

15 miles of garland and 3,000 wreaths are hung throughout the WDW property.

600 decorations made of popcorn are created by hand, decorated, and painted by Disney artists to be used on the different Christmas trees.

The base is on the Main Street Christmas tree in the Magic Kingdom is 26 feet wide.

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Mickey Mouse treats for Christmas

Downtown Disney

The wreath lighting up the Cirque du Soleil building at Downtown Disney’s West Side is 25 feet in diameter.

Guests can shop for holiday merchandise at Disney’s Days of Christmas shop 365 days of year.

Storage

54,000 square feet of warehouse space is used for the holiday services facility, with one room in this warehouse set aside for storing all the ribbon.

25 full-time Cast Members work in the holiday services warehouse facility year round, and the number quadruples when they go to install the decorations. (Let me just say that THIS is the job I want to apply for – Disney holiday decorator!)

40 trailers are loaded for the installation, and these trailers will be returned more than 150 times before the decoration process is completed  for 24 resorts, four theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations.

Ten days are needed to remove all the holiday decorations at the end of the season.

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Hollywood Studios

There are ten miles of twinkling rope lights in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Floral Decorations

200 holiday topiaries are used to decorate the Walt Disney World resort.

100,000 poinsettias are used to decorate all of WDW landscape. 8-foot towers of poinsettias, which resemble big red Christmas trees, have been a traditional favorite of guests for years.  It takes 170 poinsettias to create each big red Christmas tree, and it takes two Cast Members an entire day to assemble each of these poinsettia Christmas trees.

Speaking of poinsettias, 30 to 40 are used to make just one of the poinsettias balls you will see hanging all around WDW.

Disney World Grand Floridian at Christmas

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Grand Floridian Resort

Often referred to as the flagship hotel of the Walt Disney World Resorts, just standing in the Grand Floridian five-story lobby is a journey into opulence and splendor.  There are six restaurants to choose from. Pull up a chair and listen to the frequent musical entertainment,  which ranges from a pianist seated at a grand piano to a Disney big band playing Christmas favorites.

A massive 40 foot tree decorates the lobby, twinkling with more than 45,000 lights. This tree is erected all in just one night.

A 16-foot-high by 18-foot-wide gingerbread house is built each year in the lobby of the Grand Floridian for the holiday season. It occupies 200 square feet of lobby space, and it will take ten men a total of six days to create the gingerbread house. The list of ingredients is enough to make any pastry chef nervous with anticipation.

  • 1,050 pounds of honey
  • 600 pounds of chocolate
  • 800 pounds of flour for the honey dough
  • 180 pounds of apricot glaze
  • 35 pounds of spices

Once all these yummy ingredients are combined into the 2,000 pounds of gingerbread, it will take 400 hours to bake the 10,000 individual pieces.  As far as decorating, 140 pints of egg whites are used to create 500 pounds of royal icing.  And a whopping 600 pounds of powdered sugar are used to dust the gingerbread house to make it look like snow.

Can a Cheapskate Afford to Stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort During Holiday Season?!

Disney World Main Street at Christmas

Wilderness Lodge

Consistently rated as one of the top authentic-themed lodgings in Orlando, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort is like stepping straight into the Old West.  Tall pines, thick forest, and a 450-acre lake all add to the feeling that you have left sunny Florida and magically traveled to Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Inn, one of several rustic landmarks used as inspiration for Wilderness Lodge.

Wilderness Lodge has five restaurants that offer everything from fine dining to quick counter-service snacks from breakfast through dinner.

Wilderness Lodge’s soaring six-story lobby is decked out for the season with festive wreaths and garlands.

A 60-foot Christmas tree adorned with nature-themed decorations and 60,000 twinkling lights are the focal highlight of the Lodge’s holiday décor.

Take a seat in one of the rocking chairs by the 80-foot-tall fireplace, which depicts a built-to-scale replica of the Grand Canyon’s rock layers.  Warm your hands by the fire, and look around the gift shop in an equally warm and cozy shopping environment.

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And there you go, a little Christmas present just in time for those of you missing your time in Orlando.

Thanks to Disney by the Numb3rs for their always entertaining Disney facts. Stop by their site for some fun Disney trivia, and tell ‘em a Cheapskate Princess sent ya!

Disney World Christmas

To see more of our Cheapskating Guides, use this link.

Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

Earn $20 Rewards for Vacation Referrals!

Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Almost 130 FREE Walt Disney World Resort Activities: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

130 Free Disney World Activities

Updated for 2018!

The Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited entertainment complex in the world. The property covers 47 square miles, offering visitors 24 unique themed resorts, four theme parks, two water parks, over 300 restaurants, a sports complex and the renovated Disney Springs shopping area. There truly is more to see and do than your average visitor has time or money to actually accomplish. With prices seeming to increase every year, some families struggle to make their Disney vacation dreams a reality. [Read more…]

Can’t Afford a Wedding at Walt Disney World? The Next Best Thing is Totally FREE!

Walt Disney World wedding
Updated for 2018!
To have your wedding at Walt Disney World would be like a dream come true for many a Disney Princess. But have you looked at wedding prices lately? Costofwedding.com reports the average wedding cost in the United States is $26,720. The average couples spend between $20,040 and $33,400 but, many couples spend less than $10,000. This does not include cost for a honeymoon.

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Cheapskate Princess Extravagance: A Romantic Dinner at Boma

Boma prices

Updated for 2018!

Boma. The word is legendary for Disney World Foodies, known as one of the best buffets money can buy. [Read more…]

What You Can NOT Wear to Disney Theme Parks: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2018!

Ever see the ladies walking down Main Street, U.S.A., in pretty party dresses and high heels? I am actually amazed anyone can look somewhat presentable in the Disney parks. My family seems to arrive in Orlando when it’s hot, humid, raining, just finished flooding or about to pour. My “Disney uniform,” if you will, is a t-shirt and shorts, with my hair usually looking so un-Disney Princess-like that I wear a baseball hat. Not one of those flowery girly hats that accessorizes the matching mini-skirt and sparkly top I didn’t wear, but just a sweaty Mickey baseball hat. The hat is sweaty because I am sweaty.

While it’s easy for some princesses to pick out cute vacation outfits, have you ever thought about what you cannot wear to a Disney park?  Yes, Cinderella, there are a set of rules, but it’s really just a matter of common sense. [Read more…]