Times Have Changed: Welcome to the New Era of Walt Disney World

New Disney World

Updated for 2017!

A while back, author and freelance writer  wrote an article for Huff Post Travel called, “For the First Time in Forever… I Did Not Enjoy My Vacation to Disney World.” She described how, as a life long Disney vacation traveler, her most recent trip to the Mouse House was not as enjoyable as she hoped for. “It’s simply gotten too big, too commercial, too regimented.” She noted that through the years, changes have been made which many long time Disney fans haven’t enjoyed so much. I’m here to tell you that my most recent trip was neither efficient nor pleasurable.

She provided several reasons why she didn’t have fun-fun-fun at the Happiest Place on Earth. And even after time has passed since she wrote the article, people have problems with some of her same issues.

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Shopping for Disney Souvenirs at Walmart Can Save You Money!

Disney merchandise is expensive. You’ll be purchasing a solid product, but the price tag reflects the quality.

A great way to purchase Disney souvenirs, either before or after your vacation, is to make a stop in Wal-Mart. You could actually shop in Orlando for souvenirs, because they sell way more than your local store, but try your local Wal-Mart any time of the year just to see what’s in stock.

Merchandise will change often, but these photos will show you what’s been available before stock changed or prices went up.

 

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Disney Vacation Must Have Snack: Joffrey’s

I seem to snack a lot on vacation. Sweet treats and snacks may not be all that healthy for you, but they cost less money, take up space as you wait for a larger real or buffet, and they just taste GREAT. Joffrey’s has started to become one of my favorites spots to pick up a snack, and Disney is adding more locations to make this easier.

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Tiffins in Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Tiffins Animal Kingdom

Got a special occasion and want to try some new dining on your next visit to Walt Disney World in a restaurant like no other on the property? Give Tiffins a try, Disney’s newest signature restaurant and part of the largest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  [Read more…]

Disney Springs Must See: the D Living Store

Updated for 2017!

When people ask me what type of souvenirs they should buy on a Disney vacation, I always recommend purchasing something they can use every day, or at least see every day. We live in our homes, so it makes perfect sense Disney opened the D Living store in 2016 at Disney Springs, so they could show me all the fabulous home furnishings I can’t afford nor could I make look SO spectacular in my home.

Let’s take a look back to when the live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast was released, Cast Members had the store decorated with all things beauty and beastly.    [Read more…]

Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour

Updated for 2017!

Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour is not part of regular Disney tickets, which you paid a lot of money for. Do you really need to spend more money on something to do once you get in the parks. Sometimes, special occasions call for special events. If you are or know a really big fan of the creator of the most visited travel destination on the planet, then maybe you’re perfect for the Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour.

Prices aren’t cheap, but they’re not as crazy as you might think.

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Universal Orlando Sapphire Falls Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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This summer, the newest on-site hotel opened at Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort . If you are planning a visit to Universal Orlando’s Theme Park and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, let this Cheapskate Princess Guide help decide if this is the right resort for your vacation. [Read more…]

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2017!

It’s a rootin’ tootin’, not high falutin’, good old-fashioned family fun hootenanny! The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Walt Disney World has the distinction of being the longest running dinner show in America. It also is one of the more expensive dining experiences at Disney World. Let this guide help you decide if the Hoop-Dee-Doo is perfect for you and your family.

Read: Over 30 FREE Activities In Disney Springs: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Fabulous Photo Edits Using the FREE Prisma Cell Phone App

Updated for 2017!

Recently we discovered a fabulous FREE app for your cell phone that can add amazing effects to your Disney (and really any other) photos. [Read more…]

Christmas at Walt Disney World: Decorations at the Contemporary and Wilderness Resorts

Updated for 2017!

Christmas holidays can be an absolute zoo at Walt Disney World, between larger crowds to longer waits to traffic jams. But the Christmas decorations are absolutely fantastic. You can stay at one of the resorts, and you can also “Resort Hop,” but either way you are in for a real treat.

Let’s head over to the…

Contemporary Resort

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Looking Back: Construction Progress at Disney Springs from 400 Feet Up in the Air!

Saratoga Springs Disney World

Even in 2018, Disney Springs is still undergoing a massive shopping and dining transformation, and it’s really cool to see all the progress from up in the air. These photos were taken in early July of 2016. Check out our tip at the end on how not to pay retail prices.

Let’s get this balloon trip started! [Read more…]

Best Disney World Meals Under $20: Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Disney World Beaches & Cream meal under $20

Updated for 2018!

Food is expensive at Walt Disney World, but if you look hard enough, you can find some excellent places for a great meal that won’t bust your budget. You want to make a reservation and then drop in Beaches & Cream Soda Shop over at the Beach Club Resort.

What can you get for under $20? Tons of entreés and sides, plus a long list of desserts!

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