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We have years worth of articles on this website, which can be a bit overwhelming for many first time Disney vacation planners. We’ve tried to put our best guides all in one collective spot, perfect for when you need some guidance or a point of return for another day when you have more time to read.

Cheapskate Guides Disney trip planning

1st Trip to Disney World: Tips on Picking the Correct Shoes

1st Trip to Disney World: Should You Travel during Christmas?

1st Trip to Disney World: Is Summer the Best Time to Travel?

First Trip to Disney World? Tips for the Day You Arrive

First Trip to Disney World? Advice on Limiting Electronic Devices

1st Trip to Disney? Why Hand Sanitizers are a Must Bring

1st Trip to Disney? You MUST Do This Well Before You Leave!


5 Steps for Planning a Disney Vacation

Walking Miles & Miles at Disney Theme Parks

Best Times to Visit Walt Disney World

Disney World Vacation Planning

Walt Disney World in the Fall

Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations

Disney Parks Seasonal Tiered Ticket Pricing

Tips to Stay Cool on a Summer Disney Vacation

free guide to Disney World


The Ultimate Walt Disney World FREEbie Guide: 130 Free Vacation Items and Activities

Almost 130 FREE Walt Disney World Resort Activities!

“Best of the Best” Walt Disney World Freebies

Celebrating Birthdays at Walt Disney World with FREEbies

FREE Disney World Snack and Drink Samples

Christmas Holidays at the Disney World Resorts…Where to Find the FREE Stuff!

Fun Must Dos

Walt Disney World Must Do: Try the Beverly!

Cheapskate Guides Disney World Resorts

Differences in the Disney World Resort Levels

Disney World Resort Pool Hopping

Disney World Resort Hopping

FREE Movies at the Walt Disney World Resorts

30 Free Activities at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Free Outdoor Activities at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Free Indoor Activities at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

FREE Activities at Disney World’s Polynesian Resort

30 FREE Activities at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort


Cheapskate Guides to Disney World food

Save Money on Food at Walt Disney World

Disney Food Tip #1: Share This Meal!

Disney Food Tip #2: Adults Save Money Ordering This Meal!

Disney Food Tip #3: Bring Ziplocks In Your Theme Park Bag

Disney World Food Tip #4: Water Bottles!

Disney World Food Tip #5: Eat When They Are Not!

Disney World Food Tip #6: To Save Money, Order This Drink for Free!

Disney World Food Tip #7: Eat Breakfast Here!

Disney World Food Tip #8: Don’t Eat Too Much of This

Should You Purchase the Disney Dining Plan?

Must Do Meals and Desserts

Disney’s Famous Kitchen Sink: The Cheapskate Princess Guide

Disney Springs Must Do: Chocolate Extinction at T-REX


save money in the Disney parks

Items You Can NOT Bring to Disney Theme Parks

What You Can NOT Wear to Disney Theme Parks

Understanding Disney Park Closure Phases

FREE Drink Refills at Disney World Theme Parks

Free Drinks at Epcot’s Club Cool

A Disney World Parks Guide: Tips from a Travel Agent

Cheapskate Guides Disney Springs

Disney Springs Must Do: Visit The Art of Disney Store

Characters in Flight at Disney Springs

Over 30 FREE Activities In Disney Springs

Disney Springs Must Do: Starbucks by the Lake

Doing Disney World for less

Under $10

Disney World $.51 Souvenir Pennies

Looking for a Disney Vacation Experience? Try Beaches & Cream Soda Shop for Ice Cream Fun!

Disney World’s Giant Turkey Leg

Doing Di$ney 4 Le$$: Wagon Rides Under $10

Disney’s Charmed in the Park Jewelry

Under $20

Haircuts at Walt Disney World For $20

Disney World’s Pick-A-Pearl

Disney World 4 Le$$: Miniature Golf

Disney for Le$$: Chocolate Extinction at T-REX in Disney Springs

Disney World Meals Under $20: Whispering Canyon Cafe Breakfast

 Under 30$

Disney’s Famous Kitchen Sink

Splurges Over $50

Ferrytale Wishes Fireworks Dessert Cruise

Senses Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Disney’s Senses Spa at Saratoga Springs 

Renting a Pool Cabana at Disney World

Afternoon Tea at Grand Floridian’s Garden View Tea Room

tips for a Disney World vacation

save money off Disney property

Free Fun in Celebration Florida

Orlando’s Mall at Millennia

3 Days with No Orlando Theme Park Tickets; How We Survived and Thrived Almost for FREE!

guide to save money at Disney World and Disneyland

Understanding Disney World Bus Transportation

Walt Disney World MagicBands

How to Pack the BEST Disney World Theme Park Bag Ever!

Disney’s Extra Magic Hours: a Cheapskate Princess Guide

Surviving Disney World at Christmas

Disney’s PhotoPass: A Cheapskate Princess Guide


Buying Disney World Souvenirs on Ebay

The Best of the BEST Shopping at Disney World


10 Ways to Save Money on Disney World Food

Tipping at Disney World Restaurants

tips for Disney vacations with kids

Taking Baby to Disney World

Disney World Tips for Kids: “Free Day” Fun Activities

The Ultimate Disney World Tinker Bell Gift Guide

Telling Kids About A Disney Vacation

Kids Need a Vacation Budget

Acting Like a Disney Princesses

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique




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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of 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. 

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