Doing Disney World for Less: Souvenir Picture Frames

Updated for 2018!

Souvenirs are expensive at Walt Disney World. It’s not like walking into Wal-mart of T.J. Maxx where items go on sale. There’s almost nothing on sale at WDW, and paying full retail price hurts.

I like to recommend that vacationers purchase souvenir items they can use every day at home, or at least something you can see every day, so you feel like you got the best use of your money. [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…]

Disney World Extravagance: Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

Updated for 2018!

Food will cost a lot of money at Disney World. Food costs are a huge part of any vacation to anywhere, but you get what you pay for at Disney World, and you’ll be literally forking over a lot for Disney dining. Now if you’re looking for something extra special, a Disney extravagance fit for a princess, then say hello to the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  [Read more…]

20 Cheapskate Tips for Souvenirs and Activities at Disney World: How to Save Money!!

cheapskate tips for souvenirs and activities at Disney World

Updated for 2018!

Disney vacation souvenirs are expensive, but do you always have to pay retail?

We have some tips on saving money for your next Disney vacation, plus ideas on how to save money on souvenirs and activities. So put your Visa card away, hide your checkbook, and let’s see how the cheapskates do Disney!

Read: Almost 130 FREE Walt Disney World Resort Activities!

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Cheapskate Princess Pros & Cons for FREE Disney Dining

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By Erin Johnson

FREE DISNEY DINING!

These three words, when put together, create magic and pixie dust for all vacationers dreaming of their next Walt Disney World adventure! You are saving so much money when you buy the Disney Dining Plans for your vacation. But, getting them for free? Are you kidding? That sounds perfect, right? Well, it can be. And sometimes it can be…a little less than perfect.

I have put together a list of pros and cons to help our Cheapskate Princess readers answer some very frequently asked questions. If you are planning your Disney vacation around a possible free dining offer, or you are just trying to learn what free dining is all about, these pros and cons will definitely help! [Read more…]

Disney World Park Tips for Kids: Cheapskate Princess Guide

Disney World theme park tips for kids

Updated for 2018!

Let’s be honest. Taking children on vacation to theme parks, surrounded by thousands of people and potentially walking miles a day, can be overwhelming. For the Disney parks in particular, add in scheduling Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) and FastPass+ times, and you have a lot of information to absorb and keep up with.

We’ve amassed our best tips for taking children to Disney theme parks in one easy to follow guide. And away we go! [Read more…]

Doing Disney World for Less: Miniature Golf

Disney World for less Miniature Golf

Updated for 2018!

Disney World has so many activities to keep your family entertained beyond the gates of their theme parks. Fortunately for the cheapskates, many of their entertainment options are far less than the price of park tickets. You won’t be entertained as long as a full Magic Kingdom day, but you can certainly can fill up a morning or an afternoon. Mini golf, anyone?!

Disney World has two different miniature golf courses on property with prices under $20 per person. Compared to other Disney prices, that’s a steal.  

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Best Disney World Meals Under $20: Whispering Canyon Cafe Breakfast

Whispering Canyon Disney World

Updated for 2018!

Ask Disney World travelers what resort they long to stay in, and a great many will say Wilderness Lodge. This resort has one of the most beautiful lobbies I have ever seen in all my travels, especially at Christmas time with the massive tree and all the decorations. But if the Deluxe Resort price tag is holding you back, you can stop by for a fantastic table-service breakfast for under $20 a person.

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

Updated for 2018!

While the Christmas holidays are the busiest time to visit Disney World, this time of year, with music, entertainment and fantastic decorations, is also the most beautiful. You don’t need park tickets to enjoy resort hopping and free fun. So where should you go and what should you do for free? [Read more…]

The Best Dinner Theater Experiences in Orlando? We’ve Picked Four

Updated for 2018!

Walt Disney World has some of the greatest dining opportunities for their guests to enjoy, and some of these even include dinner and a show? These four Orlando dinner shows, in no particular order of preference, are our top recommendations for adding the perfect memories to your vacation. [Read more…]

Cheapskate Princess Extravagance: Haunted Mansion Handbags by Dooney & Bourke

Disney's Haunted Mansion Dooney handbag

Updated for 2018!

If you’ve been to a Disney theme park lately, you know it’s a fashion show, from Mickey Mouse themed shoes to Cinderella earrings and hats. So when you want to treat yourself to something nice, splurge on a really special souvenir from a fantastic vacation, where can a Cheapskate Princess spend her money?

Hang onto your wallets, Disney Princesses, while we check out the Haunted Mansion handbags by Dooney & Bourke…

These handbags were for sale at the Disney Store online in March of 2016. 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. 

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The Haunted Mansion Nylon Backpack by Dooney & Bourke – $298

Ready for a field trip? Pack-up your poltergeists in this large leather-trimmed backback. Made of silky nylon fabric, this pack features a grim grinning portrait gallery inspired by Disney’s The Haunted Mansion.

Disney Haunted Mansion Dooney backpack

Dooney & Bourke Haunted Mansion bags

While each piece is unique and pattern elements may vary, details include:

  • 13” H x 11” W x 7” D
  • Nylon shell with genuine leather trim
  • Contrast stitching
  • Zip exterior pocket with leather pull
  • Two open exterior side pockets
  • Flap top closure with fringed leather pull ties and magnetic snap
  • Zip interior pocket with leather pull
  • Three open interior pockets
  • Interior leather key strap with toggle clasp
  • Fully lined
  • Leather top carry handle
  • Adjustable textile fabric shoulder straps
  • Metal feet
  • Golden and silvertone finish hardware
  • ”Dooney & Bourke Since 1975” embossed leather label inside
  • ”Dooney & Bourke” embossed metal label on front

 

If a backpack is not your fashion choice, there is a complimentary shopper bag available, actually with a slightly lower price.

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The Haunted Mansion Nylon Leisure Shopper – $248

Take those skeletons out of your closet and carry them along in this leather-trimmed Leisure Shopper, made of silky nylon fabric and featuring a grim grinning portrait gallery inspired by The Haunted Mansion.

Haunted Mansion Nylon Leisure Shopper by Dooney & Bourke

Details regarding the shopper bag include:

  • Nylon shell with genuine leather trim
  • Contrast stitching
  • Zip top closure with braided leather pull
  • Zip interior pocket with leather pull
  • Three open interior pockets
  • Interior leather key strap with toggle clasp
  • Fully lined
  • Two leather carry handles
  • Metal feet
  • Golden finish hardware
  • ”Dooney & Bourke Since 1975” embossed leather label inside
  • ”Dooney & Bourke” embossed metal label on front

Haunted Mansion Nylon Leisure Shopper

And dropping the price just a bit further to the under $200 range, a cross body bag is available for purchase.

The Haunted Mansion Nylon Crossbody Bag – $188

Not only can you carry along the remains of the day, but you’ll have room for your make up as well,  in this leather-trimmed Crossbody Bag, made of silky nylon fabric, with the same grim grinning portrait gallery inspired by Disney’s The Haunted Mansion.

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Haunted Mansion crossbody bag

The details are very similar to the other two Haunted Mansion bags.

  • Nylon shell with genuine leather trim
  • Contrast stitching
  • Zip exterior pocket with leather pull
  • Zip top closure with leather pull
  • Zip interior pocket with leather pull
  • Three open interior pockets
  • Interior leather key strap with toggle clasp
  • Fully lined
  • Adjustable leather crossbody strap with buckle
  • Golden finish hardware
  • ”Dooney & Bourke Since 1975” embossed leather label inside
  • ”Dooney & Bourke” embossed metal label on front

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Haunted Mansion tote bag

When you purchase your bag at the Disney Store.com, many times they have a special offer for Dooney & Bourke purchases. Look for this symbol:

Dooney & Bourke free bag

The fine print from the Disney Store.com website.

$29 Cosmetic Case with any $100 Dooney & Bourke Purchase CODE: DOONEY. Limited-time offer, while supplies last. Purchase with Purchase pricing applies only with any qualifying $100 Dooney & Bourke Disney Parks Authentic Merchandise purchase. The $29 price of the Dooney & Bourke cosmetic case will automatically be applied to the order. Limit of one purchase with purchase per order. Merchandise must be exchanged for identical item or returned at discounted price with valid packing slip. No adjustments to prior purchases. Valid on phone orders, orders placed online at DisneyStore.com and Disney Store outlet locations. Discounts based on original retail prices. Intermediate markdowns may have been applied. Disney E-Commerce reserves the right to cancel or modify this offer at any time. Void where prohibited.

Dooney & Bourke Haunted Mansion bags

Just imagine yourself headed to the Contemporary Resort with your Haunted Mansion bag, with just enough time to make your Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) at Chef Mickey’s or the California Grill. 

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Disney World 4 Less: Wagon Rides for $12 and Under!

cost of Fort Wilderness Wagon Rides at Disney World

Updated for 2019!

Sometimes it’s nice to find Disney vacation activities outside the theme parks, big crowds, and big prices. Over at Fort Wilderness Campground at the Disney Wold Resort, you will find the Tri-Circle-D Ranch. Circle-D features trail and pony rides, plus wagon and carriage rides right next to the campground by the shores of Bay Lake.

Are you looking for outdoor Disney fun at a discount price? That’s what we call Doing Di$ney for Le$$. It’s time to take an evening wagon ride! [Read more…]