Decline Disney Housekeeping to Save $10 a Day?

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Walt Disney World Value and Moderate Resort hotels (including the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort) are still offering a trial phase Service Your Way program that gives you the ability to decline housekeeping services during your resort stay. If you decide not to have your room cleaned each day, you will receive a Disney Gift Card worth $10 per night for all nights of your stay except one. So if you spend 7 nights in a Disney resort, you will receive a $60 gift card if you decline housekeeping, which Disney fans in-the-know call “Mousekeeping.”

Should you save money by cleaning your own resort room or simply enjoy being pampered?

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Shipping Groceries to Your Disney World Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

 

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Food will be one of your largest expenses on a Disney World vacation. While there are delivery options available, a cheapskate option to dining out all the time can be to have groceries mailed to your resort before your arrival.

How exactly does this work? [Read more…]

Will the New Disney Resort Parking Fee Affect Your Vacation?

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Walt Disney World Tips: Resort Goodies for Kids

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Updated for 2018!

There are several reasons to stay off-property at Disney World, one of the most important of which can be a lower cost, but if you are traveling with children, paying more money to be closer to the action and surrounded by all the “Disney Magic” of the resorts may be more desirable than saving money. Many people prefer to stay on property just to take advantage of all that Disney World has to offer.  

There are lots of goodies for the kids if you stay in the on-property resorts. [Read more…]

Benefits of Staying at a Disney Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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When planning to visit Walt Disney World, some might say “to do it right, stay at a Disney Resort”. While there is no one “right” way for everyone to vacation at the most magical place on earth, there are benefits of staying at a Disney Resort. Staying close to the parks does come with a price, but keep in mind, you get more than “just being closer to the parks” for your money at a Disney Resort. Comparing what is included can sometimes make off property the same or more cost than staying at a Disney Resort, with less convenience.  [Read more…]

What Can Make You Sick in a Disney World Hotel Room?

Updated for 2018!

With the occupancy rate sky high these days in Disney Resort hotels, people are in and out of those rooms like you wouldn’t believe. Chances are, they brought with them as many germs as they did items of luggage. How can you protect yourself and your family from bringing home a cold or the flu? [Read more…]

5 Steps for Planning a Disney Vacation: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2018!

So the family has been discussing taking your first Disney World vacation, but you don’t really know where to start? That’s totally understandable, because Disney World is a HUGE place, and the different options you have to customize your trip can seem endless. We’re going to help you get that planning in full swing with five big decisions you’ll need to face as you make your way to Orlando, and we’ll do it with finances in mind.  [Read more…]

Disney PANDORA Charm Bracelets Don’t have to Cost a Fortune!

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My PANDORA charm bracelet does indeed have several Disney-themed charms, and the only bad part about that was the cost. Many of the really stunning Disney-themed charms are almost $100. They are really cute too…

$90 – Mickey and Minnie Mouse ”Mickey & Minnie” Charm

Mickey and Minnie Mouse ''Mickey & Minnie'' Charm by PANDORA

$85 – Mickey Mouse ”Believe” Charm

Mickey Mouse Believe Charm

$100 – Cinderella Pumpkin Coach Charm

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When you look at the bracelets in resort gift shops, as well as in your mall PANDORA store, the sample bracelets are usually just filled with charms. I look at these and start doing the mental math – $55 + $90+ $55+ $80 and on and on..

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When you look at these bracelets with many, many charms, one thing that seems obvious to me, given my penchant to look for a cheaper alternative, is to realize that you do not have to purchase all Disney-themed charms to achieve that Disney look.

PANDORA currently offers almost 25 charms that are $25 each, a far distance below the $100 Disney charms and half of what the other lower-priced Disney charms cost on average, which is about $55.

These are some of the really cute $25 charms.

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Did you notice these two heart charms on the bracelet above?

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The plain heart charm costs $25, while the Disney heart charm costs $55. In reality, you could purchase two plain heart charms for the price of one Disney heart “dream” charm.  If you are buying a starter bracelet for a younger child and don’t want to risk a $700 bracelet turning up lost or stolen, then make sure some of the charms you purchase are of the less expensive variety.

If you are like me, prone to losing or dropping things, you might want to go slow on amassing too many of the $100 charms, in case, ya know…

You can always make the pricey Disney charms a special present or gift to justify the higher expense. 

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While I am a huge eBay shopper, I do caution people about purchasing PANDORA charms on eBay. I bought two charms once for $40 including shipping, while these charms normally retail for $50 each. The seller assured me they were authentic.

I took them for inspection to the nearest PANDORA retailer, where we all agreed they were very similar to the in-store charms yet slightly different. The salesgirl took close up photos and sent them to corporate, who confirmed they were fraudulent and asked for the eBay seller’s name.

So buyer beware…there are fakes out there.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you doing some Internet shopping, although gift shop shopping is definitely more exciting…

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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…]

The Top 5.5 Quick Service Disney Resort Restaurants – Chosen by Our Fans!

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Updated for 2018!

There is more to a Disney vacation than riding rides and waking up at 5 a.m. to get ready to ride more rides. With so many fabulous resorts on Disney property, many visitors build time into their schedule to visit resorts where they are not staying to see the sites. Disney has an “open resort policy,” where visiting the resorts is allowed and encouraged. Parking is free for now, but that may change in the future.

Visiting with the intentions of having a meal is a great way to fill an afternoon, most especially if you don’t have park tickets or just to give yourself a break mid-vacation from the crazy pace of roller coasters and large crowds.

Read: The Top 20 Best Disney Restaurants, So Says the Fans!

But where should you go? We asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans to tell us their favorite resorts for a quick service dining experience that wouldn’t break the bank but give you enough Disney magic to make the visit memorable. Of course, good food was another reason people listed their favorite as well. This list can also be helpful when choosing the resort you would like to vacation in.

So with a tie at number three, here are the fan’s Top 5.5 Disney World Quick Service Resort dining locations.

 

Before You Make Your Disney World Dining Reservations, You Should Read These…

5. Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs Resort is a Moderate level resort with standard room starting at $285.00 a night during Moderate Season (2018.) Dining options here are unique/themed dining at the Maya Grill, quick-service options like Café Rix, Pepper Market, and Siestas Cantina, and in-room pizza service.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Pepper Market food court: pancakes, omelets, crème brûlée French toast, breakfast burritos and Mexican fare, salads and sandwiches, grill items, hot sandwiches, pizza and pasta, kids’ picks and drinks, plus wine, beer and margaritas.

The price per meal is $15.00 and under up to $29.99 per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

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4. Pop Century

Pop Century Resort is a Value level resort with standard rooms starting at $138.00 a night during Moderate Season (2018.) Dining options here are quick service at Everything Pop Shopping and Dining and Petals Pool Bar and in-room pizza delivery.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Everything Pop Shopping and Dining, where you can choose food from any of 7 stations: grab ’n’ go items, grill fare, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, healthy choices and ethnic cuisine. Specialties include oven-fired flatbreads, lo mein, pan-seared fish and house-made desserts.

Prices per meal are $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: What You Can NOT Wear to Walt Disney World Theme Parks

3. Art of Animation (tie)

The Art of Animation Resort is a Value level resort with standard room starting at $164.00 a night during Moderate Season. Dining options here are in-room pizza delivery and the quick service food court called the Landscape of Flavors.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Landscape of Flavors for international and American favorites, including build-your-own burgers, oven-roasted meats and veggies, and an array of hot and iced coffee drinks.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: Hungry? Try These 10 Disney Inspired Snack Ideas Easily Created for Less than $10

3. Port Orleans French Quarter (tie)

Port Orleans French Quarter is a Moderate level resort with standard room starting at $256.00 per night during Moderate Season (2018.)  Dining options here are quick-service dining at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court, lounges like Scat Cat’s Club and Mardi Grogs, and in-room Pizza Delivery.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court. Here you will dine like a Mardi Gras reveler as giant parade icons float overhead. Bite into beignets for breakfast or a King Creole platter until 11:00 AM, and then feast on muffalettas and other sandwiches, burgers, pizza, salads, ice cream and more.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: What Items Can You NOT Bring to Walt Disney World Theme Parks?

2. Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge is a Deluxe level resort with standard room starting at $341.00 per night during Moderate Season. Dining options here are Fine/Signature Dining at Artist Point, Unique/Themed Dining, at Whispering Canyon Café, Quick-Service dining at Roaring Fork and Geyser Point Bar & Grill. Lounges like the Territory Lounge and room service is available from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM to midnight.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Roaring Fork. Here you will find continental and hot breakfast served in the morning and gourmet sandwiches, salads, grill items and pizza later on in the day. Popular items are the roast beef bleu cheese sandwich or a turkey and brie. Beer and wine are also available.

Geyser Point Bar & Grill was built in 2017, with a walk-up window and an all-day menu. You can enjoy meals from the comfort of your lounge chair or at a table on the restaurant’s spacious outdoor deck.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: How Can You Save Money on Disney World Souvenirs? One Four Letter Word…

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Wilderness Lodge counter service restaurant

Wilderness Lodge

1. Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans Riverside is a Moderate Level Resort with standard rooms starting at $247.00 per night during Moderate Season (2018.) Dining options there are casual dining at Boatwright’s Dining Hall, quick-service like the Riverside Mill Food Court, lounges like River Roost and Muddy Rivers Pool Bar, and in-room pizza delivery.

For a quick meal, head over to the Riverside Mill food court.

Enjoy a taste of New Orleans at this food court by the big mill wheel that powers an actual working cotton press. There are six stations to satisfy any craving, from bakery, grill, pizza & pasta, to specialties, salads and a carving station. Choose a grab ’n’ go item and take it with you.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.  

Disney World Port Orleans French Quarter restaurant

Port Orleans French Quarter foor court

Port Orleans French Quarter restaurant

And there you have six restaurants our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans felt were the best locations to grab a quick bite to eat while staying at or just visiting the Disney Resorts. These may not be everyone’s favorite restaurant choices, we realize that. My personal favorite resort for a quick meal is the Contemporary, but that didn’t even get enough votes to make this particular list. But I always think it’s a good idea to take more than one person’s opinion anyway.

If you want to get in on some voting, come find the Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans.

Hungry now?!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in line for a quick bite to eat.

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Can a Disney Princess Afford to Stay at a Disney Resort? Check Out These Prices!!

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If you ever wanted to stay at a Disney Resort, but you settled for something way less expensive off-property, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!

Choosing the right accommodations for your vacation can be simply overwhelming. Visitorlando.com provides the following numerical information:

  • The greater Orlando area contains approximately 450 hotels and 115,200 hotel guest rooms.
  • There are more than 26,000 vacation home rentals available.
  • There are more than 20,000 vacation ownership units.

That’s a bunch of places! Have you looked into prices for the different levels of Disney rooms lately? Disney Resorts are classified in three categories, from the least expensive Value Resorts, Moderate Level Resorts resting in the middle, to the Deluxe Disney Resorts and Villas ready to test the limit on your Disney Visa.

Take a peak at these 2013 per night room prices, straight off the Disney World website, with no discounts, taxes, or fees added. Some of you might need to take a seat, and hold on to your Disney Princess Tiara…

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Under $200 a Night

All Star Sports, Movies, & Music Resorts –  $96.05

Pop Century Resort – $106.88

Art of Animation Resort $112.50

Caribbean Beach Resort – $182.25

Port Orleans Riverside, French Quarter -$182.25

Coronado Springs Resort  – $187.88

Ready to take a step up into the price level that your average coupon-clipping, cheapskating family will not be able to swing without a significant discount? These prices made my wallet cry out in vicarious-vacationing pain.

Under $400 a Night

Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort – $313.88

Wilderness Lodge – $319.50

Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – $325.13

Contemporary Resort – $371.25

Beach Club  and Yacht Club Resort – $393.75

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Under $500 a Night

Beach Club Villas -$405.00

Boardwalk Inn, Boardwalk Villas – $405.00

Animal Kingdom Villas, Kidani Village – $414.00

Animal Kingdom Villas, Jamba House – $414.00

Villas at Wilderness Lodge – $414.00

Polynesian Resort – $474.75

Under $600 a Night

Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa – $508.50

Old Key West Resort – $508.50

Grand Floridian Resort And Spa – $540.00

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Under $900 a Night

Bay Lake Tower Resort – $816.75

Now Disney will run specials throughout the year for stays at their resorts. Typical savings are 15% to 20% at Value Resorts, 25% at Moderate Resorts, 20% to 30% at Deluxe Resorts, and 20% to 30% at Deluxe Villa Resorts, which does not include the 3-bedroom Villas.

These discounts will not apply to club level rooms, campsites, or to The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at the Art of Animation Resort. No group rates or other discounts will apply if you receive one of these discounts, and you will be required to make reservations ahead of time.

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Quick Money Saving Tip!

It’s important to note that the Disney World website will automatically charge you regular = full price unless you go through their special offers page (use this link for their special offers.) If you make your reservations at full price and special offers are announced, you can have Disney or your travel agent apply the special offer to your vacation. Be sure you tell them to apply the discount, because this will not happen automatically.

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

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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. 

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.

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Free Indoor Activities at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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I love resort hopping at Walt Disney World. If you have a couple of free hours on your next Disney vacation, there may be no better place to spend some time than Wilderness Lodge Resort. One of the best reasons to visit this specific resort, perhaps more than all the others, is all the free things you can find to do inside the lodge. It’s hot in Florida for a large portion of the year, and inside the Lodge is cool and shaded. Use our guide to all the best FREE activities the Lodge has to offer.  [Read more…]