Disney World Extravagance: Shopping for Lilly Pulitzer

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In addition to theme park tickets, a hotel room, and food, almost a guaranteed part of the overall expenses for a Disney vacation is souvenir shopping. You will stand in too many gift shops not to bring something home, so then the million dollar questions becomes how much will you spend?

Are you going to bargain souvenir shop or shoot for the stars with a full-out princess extravagance?

There are certainly no shortage of both moderately-low to high-end gift shop merchandise available these days, but when looking for a splurge, the name Lilly Pulitzer is becoming synonymous with Disney Vacation extravagance.

Are you ready for a Lilly?!

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Disney World Tips for Kids: Free or Cheap Activities at Disney Springs

free or cheap activities at Disney Springs

Updated for 2018!

Disney Springs is a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex that is free – the word free probably caught your attention, eh? Now kids probably don’t care much for shopping, and they would probably rather be entertained by rollercoasters than dining in a sit down restaurant, but there are TONS of things to charm the kids into begging for a trip back, most of which you can do for free. 

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Coming to Disney Springs: The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane

The Dress Shop at Disney World

There’s a new clothing and accessories collection called The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane arrived at Disney Springs at the end of March. 

If you are looking for a vacation souvenir that’s different from Dooney & Bourke handbags or character inspired jewelry, this may be the spot for you. 

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Disney Springs Must Do: Goofy’s Candy Co.

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Updated for 2018!

Sometimes we take vacations and visit places we soon realize we’ll visit again. There are beaches, hotels, and believe it or not, even stores that just stay in your memory for all time. Goofy’s Candy Co. is one of many super adorable shops in Disney Springs which, with all their renovations and new additions, is fast becoming an incredible Disney-themed shopping and dining location you have to visit while in Orlando.

Goofy’s is certainly not new. This sweet shop has looked mostly the same for as long as I can remember, and yet it remains an absolute must do for any shopping trip to Disney Springs.

Grab your wallet and be prepared to make a yummy purchase!

Read: A Whole Bunch of Tips For a Better Disney Trip!  [Read more…]

Disney Springs Must Do: Jewelry Shopping!

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Updated for 2018!

There are many items to bring home as souvenirs from Disney World, too many in fact. How does a cheapskate know what to choose?! [Read more…]

Cheap Disney World Souvenirs: Where to Purchase a Silhouette

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Updated for 2018!

Simple items that can skyrocket your Disney World vacation budget are souvenirs. T-shirts for $30, sweatshirts for nearly $60, and toys that can soar into the hundreds. A small trading pin will cost $10. How can you make the most use of your money without skyrocketing your overall budget?

We’ve searched all over the “World” for the best bargains, and we’re going to suggest a silhouette…

Wait, a what?!
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Disney Springs Must Do: the Coca Cola Store

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If you have planned a free day on your next Disney vacation, a time when you don’t have park tickets, then visiting Disney Springs has got to be on your agenda. And a Must See at the Springs is the Coca-Cola Store located in the Town Center area.

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Sprinkles Cupcakes at Disney Springs: Go for the View but Skip the Cupcake

Sprinkles Cupcakes at Disney Springs

Updated for 2018!

Sprinkles opened in Disney Springs back in 2016. I love the name. Sprinkles sounds so happy! And while I am possibly the biggest cupcake fan who ever set foot on Disney property, my advice for the Sprinkles is to go for the view but skip the cupcake.

Nobody had their sugar-craving high hopes dashed like mine. So what happened?

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Save Money on Disney’s Characters In Flight

save money on Characters in Flight at Disney Springs

Updated for 2018!

If you made the trip to Orlando for some theme park visiting, it’s always a good idea to have a “free” day with no park tickets. We’ve devised the ultimate early morning plan for Disney Springs, leading you to an amazing coffee shop, an awesome and discounted balloon ride, followed by world-class Disney shopping. Sorry, roller coaster enthusiasts, but it may not get any better than this! Not for this price anyway… [Read more…]

Disney Springs Must Do: Chocolate Extinction at T-REX

Chocolate Extinction T-REX Disney World

Updated for 2018!

T-REX is a fantastic restaurant located in the heart of Disney Springs. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back 200 million years when you dine next to wooly mammoths, pterosaurs, a giant octopus, and life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, the largest of which is a 15-foot-tall T. Rex. This dining establishment is a favorite of kids and adults alike, although see our warning at the end for small children.

Serving lunch and dinner, T-REX burgers start at $16, while seafood, pasta, and “carnivore” dishes start in the $20 range and go as high as $30 each. This can be a pricey meal for a large family. If you are looking to enjoy the T-Rex experience without breaking the bank, make an Advanced Dining Reservation and order the Chocolate Extinction!

Read: Disney World Vacation Planning: Non-Holiday Dates to Avoid

Chocolate Extinction dessert price

T-REX is unlike anything you will encounter at your neighborhood eatery for sure. Dinosaurs decorate this dining establishment, where every room has a different theme, depicting diverse primordial landscapes from an ice cavern to a fern forest. We are fond of the ice cave, which changes colors frequently.

T-Rex restaurant Disney Springs

ice cave at T-REX Disney Springs

Hello Chocolate Extinction!

Chocolate Extinction is a gigantic portion of chocolate fudge cake served with ice cream plus whipped topping covered in fudge and caramel sauces, then topped with Butterfinger crumbs. This dessert is enough for four people, and it’s priced at $17.99 (2018 prices). That would be steep for one person, or even two, but four…We’ve now cut our costs down significantly per person.

And as somewhat of a self-appointed Disney dessert expert, having eaten more sweets on vacation than entrees, I can vouch for how rich tasting this cake is.

Read: Pros and Cons of Staying at a Disney Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

T-Rex Downtown Disney menu

chocolate extinction dessert Disney World

Here’s what the dessert looks like in the light, in much better quality than photos I take…

T-REX dessert menu

Noise Warning for Small Children

Approximately every 20 minutes, there is a meteor shower with rumbling and faux-fiery explosions. The lights dim, the explosion sounds get loud, and things get interesting. But little people with noise aversions who may have some fears of both tall dinosaurs that appear real with darkened lighting may not react with clapping hands.

If your kids sailed right through and counted down until the next meteor shower, that’s fantastic. Having dined here multiple times through the years, we have witnessed several small crying children being walked out by a parent. So be aware of the noise/lighting changes and anticipate how your child will react. If your children can’t do dark rides at Magic Kingdom without issues, they may not be ready for the atmosphere of T-Rex’s prehistoric dining.

Use this link to more tips on Disney food.

There are a lot of appetizers on the T-REX menu that won’t break the bank. 2018 lunch prices. 

 
There are also other desserts if you want to make your reservation for an afternoon snack or after-dinner treat. 2018 prices. 

Read – A Cheapskate Prince$$ Guide: Top 10 Freebies at Disney World 

We do recommend you make an Advanced Dining Reservation, which you can do 180 days in advance of your travel, but you can always stop by and see if they have an available table. Asking for a seat at the bar can be a fast way to get a seat.

T-Rex prices at Walt Disney World

Here’s a cute map of Disney Springs, March of 2018 edition, of the T-Rex location.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you with fork and spoons in hand, ready to dig into some dessert!

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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…]

Disney World Snacks to Share Under $10: A Glacier from Goofy’s Candy Co.

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Updated for 2018!

A Glacier – even the name sounds cold and frosty!

Disney Springs has made some amazing renovations in the last several years. I would honestly say that a trip to Disney World in Orlando would not be complete without some time spend there because of their superior shopping, dining and entertainment options. And while your entertainment options have increased lately as well, prices have risen right along with the fun.

If you ever shared a snack to save some money, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! And we sure love to share a sweet drink called a Goofy’s Glaciers at Goofy’s Candy Co. in Disney Springs. [Read more…]