Planning a Disney World Proposal: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Updated for 2018!

Weddings in general are expensive. The average cost of a wedding in the United States these days is over $25,000, but a proposal is something that can be done for free. Even if you go all out with a pre-proposal dinner, flowers, and candles for mood lighting, then you still are not spending anything near the cost of the actual wedding. It’s easy to think about Disney vacations as a fun time for the group to ride roller coasters and over look the romantic and unusual places Disney has to offer for a proposal. [Read more…]

Disney’s Glow with the Show Hats: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Glow with the Show Disney World hats

Disney World and Disneyland are both vacation fashion runways. Turn your head in any direction, and you are sure to see Mickey Mouse t-shirts, jewelry, and character hats. In October of 2013, Hollywood Studios became the first WDW location to introduce the addition of “Glow With the Show” ear technology into the “Fantasmic!” show. [Read more…]

The Ultimate Disney World Tinker Bell Gift Guide

The Ultimate Tinker Bell Gift Guide for a Disney vacation

Updated for 2018!

Looking for a less expensive alternative to paying full Disney retail in too many shops? Many parents have started buying what has become known as “Tinker Bell Gifts” before they ever leave for their upcoming Disney trip, not only to add a magical touch but also to save some ca$h.
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Cheapskate Princess Extravagance: Disney Sketch Handbags by Dooney & Bourke

Disney World Dooney Sketch handbags

Updated for 2018!

Dooney & Bourke sure make some fabulous Disney-themed handbags, and when you walk the sidewalks of the Disney theme parks, they are on shoulders of young at heart princesses everywhere. Some of the cutest patterns created are the Disney “Sketch” handbags. If you are looking for an amazing vacation souvenir or an item for the top of your Santa Wish list, then the Sketch may be the handbag for you.

The Sketch collection comes in light and dark leather, and today we spend time with the lighter version!

While these styles are no longer for sale in 2018, you can get an idea regarding how much you’ll pay for Dooney and Bourke Handbags. And if you are heart broken you will be unable to make a purchase, I would definitely try eBay to see if someone has a gently used version for sale.

Hang onto your Disney Visa, cheapskates, and let’s see how much these Disney Dooneys will cost you!

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Disney Sketch Weekender – $398

This strapping leather luggage by Dooney & Bourke features colorful Magic Kingdom styling with an extra-large size = 14” H x  21” W x  9” D. The details: 

  • Stitched leather trim
  • Top zip closure with leather pull
  • One inside zip pocket
  • Two inside pockets
  • Cell phone pocket
  • Inside key hook
  • Fully lined
  • Reinforced leather carry handles
  • Adjustable canvas shoulder strap
  • Leather reinforced metal feet
  • Golden hardware
  • Metal dogtag with leather strap
  • ”Dooney & Bourke” embossed leather label

Disney Sketch Weekender

Disney Sketch Weekender Dooney & Bourke

Disney Dooney Weekender

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Disney Sketch Zip Satchel – $268

What a fabulous leather handbag for your daily essentials, showcasing Mickey’s fine fashion and festive styling.  10” H x 11 1/2” W x 5” D. The details:

  • Stitched leather trim
  • Top zip closure with leather pull
  • Interior zippered pocket
  • Three interior open pockets, including cell phone pocket
  • Interior key strap with toggle clasp
  • Carry handles and adjustable shoulder strap with buckle
  • Metal feet
  • Fully lined
  • Golden hardware
  • ”Dooney & Bourke 1975” embossed leather label inside
  • ”Dooney & Bourke” embossed logo plate on front


Disney Sketch Zip Satchel

Disney World Sketch Zip Satchel

Disney World Dooney & Bourke Sketch Zip Handbag

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Disney Sketch Crossbody Satchel – $198

Tote your daily essentials in this leather handbag with festive park styling.  8” H x 10” W x 4” D. The details: 

  • Stitched leather trim
  • Top zip closure with leather pull
  • Two inside pockets
  • One inside zip pocket
  • Cell phone pocket
  • Inside key hook
  • Fully lined
  • Adjustable, detachable strap with toggle clasp
  • Reinforced carry straps
  • Golden hardware
  • ”Dooney & Bourke” embossed leather label

Disney Sketch Crossbody Satchel by Dooney & Bourke

Disney World Sketch Crossbody Satchel

Disney Dooney Sketch handbag

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Disney Sketch Wallet – $158

Carry your cash and essentials in this luxurious leather wallet, decorated with colorful Magic Kingdom icons.  4” H x 6” W x 1 1/4” D. The details: 

  • Stitched leather trim
  • Zip closure with leather pull
  • Interior zip pocket with fabric lining
  • 8 leather card pockets
  • Accordion fold interior
  • Golden hardware
  • ”Dooney & Bourke” embossed leather label

Disney World Dooney Bourke Sketch Wallet

Disney Sketch Wallet by Dooney & Bourke

Disney World Dooney Sketch Wallet

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Disney Sketch Wristlet – $98

Carry your small essentials in this handbag direct from the Disney Parks.  4” H x 6” W x 1” D. The details:

  • Stitched leather trim
  • Top zip closure with leather pull
  • Leather carry strap with toggle hook
  • Fully lined
  • Golden hardware
  • ”Dooney & Bourke” embossed leather label

Disney World Sketch Wristlet

Disney Sketch Wristlet

Disney Sketch Wristlet price


So…what will it be? Jewelry, theme park tickets, a Signature Dining meal or a new D&B handbag? From almost $400 to just less than $100, the beauty of high-priced Disney extravagances is that your options are endless!

Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you walking around the gift shops, weighing your souvenir options…



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How Can You Get Merchandise Coupons for Disney World and Disneyland?!

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As if you haven’t paid enough for Disney World tickets, accommodations, travel expenses, and food, then you will pay a small fortune for Disney souvenirs and gifts while you are on vacation. You almost always get what you pay for in terms of a good quality item, but Disney gift shop merchandise is expensive. One question you occasionally see on Disney Internet forums is, “Can you get coupons for souvenirs and merchandise at Disney World and Disneyland?” While not all the time, the answer is yes, but you have to actually be there to get them.

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

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To Get FREE Mickey Mouse Kid’s Hats, Do This!

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Dreaming of a Vacation?

If you booked a trip with us back in 2014, you received FREE Mickey Mouse ears hats for your children. That was a $15.95 value per hat, which was one less souvenir you had to purchase during your trip.

That…was a pretty sweet deal!

Somehow, and I’d like to thank Pinterst now, you wound up here looking for freebies. What can we do for you now in 2017? Well, hang onto your Mickey Mouse hats! [Read more…]

Disney Vacation Must Do: Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort

Disney World Contemporary Resort

Have you ever looked into prices at the Contemporary Resort? Check out these prices for 2018: [Read more…]

120 Walt Disney World DO NOTs: Tips From Real People on How NOT to Screw Up a Disney Vacation!

Disney World Do Nots List

Updated for 2018!

There are some great “101 Best Disney Tips” lists floating around out there on the Internet. You’ve probably read them; they’re good material with solid information. But they were each written by just one person, from the vantage point of that one person. My ideal Disney article would be to write about waking up at noon, resort swimming until say five.ish, then heading over to the Magic Kingdom and staying up until 4 a.m. Now do that four days straight, because that was my greatest Disney vacation EVER. But my particular vantage point might not be what you are looking for to help plan your next Disney vacation.

I like to hear opinions from all sorts of  people who have been there and done that, so we asked this question to our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans:

“What you would tell your friends NOT to do at Walt Disney World?”

And that’s how we came up with this spectacular list, by real people who travel to Disney World a good bit. [Read more…]

Disney’s Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort: How to Go for Cheap!

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Updated for 2017!

Cheap is a relative term; we’ll get to that in a minute.

I think that old saying about needing “a vacation from your vacation” probably originated from a trip to a theme park at peak capacity. Sometimes, a Disney Princess just wants to get away from it all and spend some quality time being pampered. What better place to spend a few hours of  princess-pampering time than the newly “re-imagined” Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. If you’ve looked into accommodation pricing there lately, you know this place is like on the top-tier of Disney Resort room pricing.

So can you afford a trip to the Senses Spa?

You might be surprised! [Read more…]

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

Updated for 2018!

I am always lookin’ for a bargain. While I love to shop in the Disney World gift shops, to say merchandise is really pricey is probably an understatement. I joke that I could easily drop $1,000 in any given gift shop, but it’s really not a joke, especially if any of that merchandise is jewelry or a high-end handbag. Expensive is putting it mildly, especially after you just spent a fortune on tickets, lodging and food. And when you walk into a gift shop, suddenly you need all sorts of stuff you never even thought you might want. Temptation is everywhere. [Read more…]

Gotta Have it! 12 Cheapskate Extravagances at Walt Disney World

best things to spend money on at Disney World

Updated for 2018!

There is no one size fits all Disney vacation. You can customize your trip to fit your needs and desires, sprinkling as much Pixie Dust as you can afford to spread. From Value to Deluxe Resorts, standard park tickets to Annual Passes, and Signature Restaurants to cereal in your hotel room, there is seemingly no end to the choices you can make concerning your Disney experience.

I always believe it’s a good idea to ask real people who spend lots of hard-earned money on vacations what they thought of experiences, accommodations, and purchases before I decide where and when to drop my Disney money. We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook fans, “What is the one thing you’ll spend money on for a Disney vacation, even if it’s pricey?

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