It’s Time to Disney Yourself, all for FREE!

It’s hard to find anything truly free these days, I mean, there always seems to be a catch. You didn’t know it, but you really need to “Disney Yourself,” and unlike a vacation, it’s 100% free. It’s catch free as well!

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20 Tips for Taking Kids to Walt Disney World

20 Tips for taking Kids to Walt Disney World

Updated for 2018!

Planning a Disney World vacation with kids in tow? Visiting theme parks with children can sometimes be like traveling with a herd of wild house cats on vacation; the experience can be every man for himself. We’ve gathered some words of wisdom for not only surviving the trip but thriving at the House of Mouse.  [Read more…]

To Get FREE Disney Emojis, Play Disney Emoji Blitz!

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Back in the summer of 2016, while cell phone game players were walking around like zombies collecting virtual Pokemons, I got busy winning Disney emojis I could send to my friends in texts. Granted, they are not a prize I can hold in my hand, but I can insert them into text after text, and there are hundreds to collect.

As soon as I saw the Disney emojis, I knew I had to have them, and two years later, I still play for new characters and emojis. And best of all, unless you just really feel the need to play extra games, the emojis are totally free!

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

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Make Your Own Disney Inspired Picture Frames for Super Cheap!

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Updated for 2018!

I sure love Disney them park picture frames, but I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t purchase many because they are all priced over $20, and if memory serves, some float up into the $40 range. That’s really not a tremendous amount of money to pay for a souvenir, especially in a fantasyland of gifts that can leap into the thousands, but I’m always on the lookout for a cheaper alternative. [Read more…]

Vacationing at Disney World? Then You’ll Need a Nap!

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Updated for 2018!

Do you realize how big those Disney theme parks really are? Can you imagine the toll all that walking will have upon your body? As I hit my late 40s, slipping and sliding toward the big FIVE-OH, I’ve come to one huge conclusion. I don’t care how much fun I am having riding roller coasters and seeing character shows, I need a nap to get through the Disney World day, and my friend, so do you. [Read more…]

Funny Stuff Overheard in the Disney World Parks!

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You will find yourself listening to other people’s conversations when you vacation at Disney World. It’s not that you’re being nosy or intrusive. There are so many people waiting in lines or riding transportation in such close proximity to each other, it’s almost impossible not to overhear what other people say. I overheard this on a monorail, “Look, Lauren, that little girl has three Mickey balloons. Her parents must love her a whole lot!” Those price-checking parents that know Mickey balloons cost nearly $20 each would get the joke. Poor ballon-less Lauren didn’t seem so amused, but I sure grinned!

We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook fans to tell us something they overheard in the parks, and I picked out all the quotes that made me laugh. Vacations can be stressful, and I am not sure you can over-value a good laugh these days. So sit back and laugh along with us…

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Samantha  My son was on the monorail sitting next to a woman.  He then got up, and we all overheard him saying, “She smells like farts!” Oh my God, the embarrassment. He was three, by the way. 

Joe On Main Street I heard a friend muttering, “I’m at the happiest place on earth, but I am not happy.” This was due to him fighting with his wife before arriving at the park for the day. In response, I said “SHUTUP!”

Erika  I was chatting with some kids on the monorail, and a younger sibling shouted across the car, “Stop talking to that old lady!” I am just 33!

Kimmy  From a little boy exiting the Haunted Mansion, “Mommy, why were the heads disappearing from all those pictures?” Mom, “Because it’s showing all her friends in those pictures had died.” Reply from the boy, “Wait, but when Gramdpa died, you could still see HIS head in our pictures.”  Mom “That’s because he didn’t die here.” When I heard this, I was like WHAAAAT?!??”

Avoid Kid’s Tantrums in Walt Disney World? Teach Them This Important Life Skill

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Jill  We rode the monorail through ALL the resorts with a three-year-old named Hailey. How do we know her name was Hailey? ‘Cause we heard, “Hailey STOP” “Hailey come back” “Hailey, the doors are going to close on you” “Hailey, please stop crying.”  We laughed and rolled our eyes, but three years later we now have a “Hailey” named Addison who is just as bad.

Clarinda From my own kid, “I just wanna go to bed.

Don Overheard on Splash Mountain, “Is that some kind of word: Brer?”

Sara  Overheard on the Swiss Family Robinson tree house, “Yeah, it was a real family who got in a plane crash and landed on a desert island!

Over 20 Disney World Tips for Parents With Younger Children

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Alicia  In the Magic Kingdom, there was a child who was crying and throwing a fit. The father yelled at the child saying, “I spent thousands of dollars to bring you to the Happiest Place on Earth! NOW YOU’RE GONNA BE HAPPY!!!” We still laugh about that ’til this day.

Cheryl  We got off Tower of Terror, and there was a girl about eight crying hysterically. Both parents were on each side of her smiling with the camera doing a selfie. Mom said, “Say Tower of Terror” right before they took the picture. This was so funny!

Susie Overheard from my 4-year-old son on the monorail. It was the first time we stayed with the kids at the Contemporary Resort. He asked some people getting off at the Polynesian Resort if they were staying there. They responded that they were not; they were just having dinner there and were actually staying at Pop Century. He replied, “Next time you need to stay at a monorail hotel. It is sooooo worth the money!”

Jessica  Overheard a parent tell their small child, “It’s not about YOU” while at Magic Kingdom. My husband and I laughed and kept saying that the rest of our trip!

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And Our Funniest Quote for the month, an award given by me to whomever made me laugh the most, for June goes to Deann.

Deann  Overheard on the train during the taping of the Christmas Day parade, “Hey honey, I heard that Regis AND Philbin are here!” 

Sometime you just gotta laugh!

A big thanks to all our Cheapskate Princess Facebook fans for posting their quotes. Stop by one day and see what we’re up to on Facebook. If you have a funny quote, leave it in the comments, and we’ll add it in to our July edition. Be sure to leave your name, and we’ll make you almost famous!

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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. 

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Life Lessons with a Disney Twist: Mastering the Art of Window Shopping

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One of those terms that seems to be lost on the younger crowd these days is “window shopping.” This terms is so old, they now have an entry for it on Urban dictionary.com. They define it as “When one visits a store or mall to admire goods rather than to purchase them. The ‘shopper’ seems to be looking so intently at the glass in storefront windows that he appears to want to buy the window itself, hence ‘window shopping.'” So to window shop, you simply look around stores without serious intentions of making any purchases.  

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First Trip to Disney? Over 20 Tips for Parents With Younger Children

How to Have fun at Disney World with small kids.

Updated for 2018!

Shopping at the local grocery store can be overwhelming for a parent. My three kids are well past the elementary school ages now, but I talk with a lot of moms who have younger children. Many say there is no way they would tackle Disney World with younger children. I always laugh first, and then I tell them that it can be done with proper pre-planning and mental and physical breaks. [Read more…]

Impulse Buys: How Returning Kid’s Purchases Is Costing You Money at Disney World

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Updated for 2017!

With my family right next to me, I spend a lot of time in Disney gift shops when we’re in Orlando on vacation. I’m as much at home and happy on the back bench in the Small World ride as I am in a gift shop at the Polynesian Resort. Through the years, I have realized that my vacation time spent shopping for and purchasing Disney items wasn’t nearly the waste of time that returning those purchases was. [Read more…]

A Disney World Vacation: Can You Put A Price On Buying Memories?

 

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Updated for 2017!

Your Disney vacation is going to cost you a ton of money, but can you really put a price on the memories you make there with your children? I tell every new mother the same thing, “Time goes by heart-breakingly fast, so you better take a lot of pictures.”  And I follow it up with this, “The only piece of advice I will offer you? Take that baby to Disney.” They most-often don’t, of course, usually choosing to wait until Jr. is headed for pre-school. “Babies don’t remember vacations. Those trips cost a fortune. I want to take Jr.  when he is old enough to remember everything.” [Read more…]

Life Lessons With a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Be Appreciative

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Updated for 2017!

If you’re planning a vacation, it will probably be one of the more expensive things you budget for throughout the year. Some people plan and save for Disney vacations literally for years, weighing accommodation options, scheduling the entire trip around Free Dining, etc.  Not everyone stays in a Deluxe Disney Resort, because not everyone can afford it. If you are sweating over the money it will take to get to Orlando, then chances are, you are probably on a tight budget that may barely include Value Resort accommodations. [Read more…]