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…]

Five Pieces of WDW Advice, Straight From the Fans Who Have Been There & Done That!

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We asked our fans to send in their best advice for a Disney World vacation. Here we go…

1. Skip the Park Hopper

Rebecca, “If you have little kids, don’t waste your money on the hopper pass.”

Park Hopper passes will cost you more money, for one. You lose a lot of time changing parks. While Disney provides free transportation to the other parks, but getting there can take up a lot of valuable park time. And walking through the parks, walking to the transportation, is tough on small legs. And if children are in strollers, that doesn’t make it any easier on your feet.

It’s hard to do this for multiple days throughout a vacation.

Rebecca’s advice – pick a park and spend your time there. You’ll save money and walk less, spending more time in that park rather than transitioning to another.

2. Make a List

Tonia, “Make a list of priorities. No matter how much you plan and how long you have, you will NOT see it all! (But don’t over-plan your days either!)”

Disney is a huge place, and it’s almost an over-simplification to say that you won’t do it all. Unless you are staying for weeks, there is just too much to do. You need a plan. And a great idea for groups or families with kids is to involve them in the planning process.

Amber, “Take your time! You will not be able to see it all AND enjoy it. So relax, take in the little details, prioritize your experiences so you don’t over do it.  Let YOUR magic just happen!”

Pick what is most important to you, because time goes by fast, and even with great planning, you may struggle to see everything you are looking forward to accomplishing. Make a list of priorities.

3. Take the Kids Out of School

Micheal, “It’s OK to take the kids out of school! Creating family memories is JUST as important (if not more important) than whatever is going on at school. And going during school cuts down on cost and crowds making for a much better experience for all involved!”

There has been article after article written on the pros and cons of taking kids out of school. I know it’s tough to take older teens out of school. But those younger school-age kids, those five to 12ish age kids not prepping for the ACT- will have a blast during the low crowd seasons when school is in session.

Parents, try not to make this harder for their teachers. Get the work ahead of time. Have the kids do it on the car/plane ride to Orlando. Get it finished when you get back. Try to help the kids with the work as much as possible so teachers don’t have to do double work upon your return.

There is so much you can learn on a Disney vacation, from history to people skills.

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4. Don’t Do Too Much

Susan, “Plan one park a day with one table reservation at that park (or less). Don’t overextend. Try to go when you have 5-6 days (at least) to be there because chances are one of those days you will want to make it a short day at a park, or not go at all and just relax at Downtown Disney, swimming pool, ferry ride, etc.  Also, if you have a few hours to do something on your arrival or departure day, don’t try to go to a park – it always takes longer than you think and it will just cause stress. Save it for the next trip. And start planning it as soon as you get home.

When you tell people you are going to Disney World, if they don’t ask you why you are going again, they will probably offer some sort of planning advice. You should do this, see this, eat here, and ride this. I am guilty of this myself. But remember to

5. Rest!

Number four sort of Mickey Mouse Premium Ice Cream bar melts into number five. This advice almost seems counter-productive to enjoying an expensive vacation, but a rest is almost a necessity for a lot of families.

Crystal, “Rest! Just because a park is open, it doesn’t mean you have to be there. I mapped it all out very strategically, so we could utilize every available extra magic hour. One day we entered Epcot at 8 a.m., then hopped to Magic Kingdom in the afternoon and closed the place down at 2 a.m. We did this just to sleep and be at Hollywood Studios by 9 the next morning. My husband and both kids were all amazing troopers, and we made a lot of memories. We never waited in any lines, but I promised never to do that to them again. Luckily we DID take the advice to take a day off to recharge in the middle of the trip.”

Leave us your best advice for a Disney vacation. We love hearing from people who have been there and done that!

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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. 

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1st Trip to Disney? Should You Give Kids Money for Souvenirs?

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Updated for 2018!

Should you give kids money on vacations? This may add stress to your life, watching as your ever-increasing vacation budget reaches new heights. But ask any kid, and they’ll say it will add joy to their lives. [Read more…]

Disney World Food Tip #5: When to Schedule Your Best Times to Eat

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Updated for 2018!

Meal time can be what I call “crazy time” at Disney World. Do you want to dine at a resort restaurant or one of the food courts? Were you able to snag Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) far enough in advance to book the actual restaurant where you really wanted to eat? Did you wind up standing in line at Casey’s Corner with 100 people after a Main Street parade? Did you have to leave your kids at a table by themselves so you could order the food?

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Disney’s Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace: A Cheapskate Guide

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Updated for 2017!

What’s better than a great view of Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After fireworks? How about a table reserved just for you, those fireworks plus unlimited dessert and beverages! If that sounds pretty good, then the Magic Kingdom’s Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace might be the next choice of entertainment for you and your family.

There are now dessert parties in multiple locations across Disney property, but this sweet party takes place on the Tomorrowland Terrace. [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney World? Should You Buy Souvenirs Before Your Vacation?

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Updated for 2018!

What two things keep me from saving money on a Disney vacation? Food and souvenirs. I can save money on accommodations, be it staying off property or waiting for a super sale, you know, the kind advertised on television right now where you can save up to 30% on select WDW resorts. I could save money on food if we could travel during the Free Disney Dining promotions, but we can never seem to get away during the golden days of free food. I can also bring my own meals and snacks into the parks, and that saves a great deal of money, even if it’s not as fun as eating a counter service meal at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

But souvenirs?

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Haircuts at Walt Disney World For $20: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2018!

Getting a hair cut is not necessarily what you would normally associate with taking a vacation, in fact, my sons associate haircuts with the pain of going to the dentist. Leave it to Disney to put some fun into something as simple as personal grooming.

There is a barber shop on Main Street, U.S. A. in Magic Kingdom, and many Disney visitors who only use Main Street as their route to a roller coaster are surprised to learn this is not just a fake store front. Lots of hair, for both adults and children, is styled here every day. Cheapskates, get ready for your next fun Disney World adventure, one that won’t break the bank. [Read more…]

The Top 10 Best Disney Vacation Planning Web Sites

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If you ever read Disney planning articles on the internet for FREE, rather than forking over cash for planning books, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!

Should you total up all the gift shops, restaurants, events, resorts, theme park rides, the number of Disney related topics of interest for someone visiting Disney World would be in the thousands. Throw in ride refurbishment schedules, Advanced Dining Reservations, park opening and closing times, and generally wondering what everything costs, and it’s probably no wonder people get overwhelmed when they start planning their Disney vacation. Sometimes, if they haven’t done the proper planning, they show up in Orlando only to get overwhelmed on vacation. What should I do? Where should we go? Is this worth the exorbitant price? [Read more…]

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2018!

If you’ve been to Disney World lately, surely you have noticed the astounding amount of little Disney Princesses running rampant (in full make up and plastic heels, no less) through the parks. Dresses, shoes, tiaras, shiny jewelry, and let’s not forget the princess up-do and sparkly make up. Holy Minnie Mouse, if your princess isn’t dressed to the nines, then she’s liable to feel like she’s been left out of all the fun.

The quest for fun-time entertainment is probably not the issue if you are on a budget; it’s the ca$h.

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Is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Worth the Big Buck$? Just Ask a Cheap$kate Princess

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Updated for 2018!

Rolling change, clipping coupons, eating at home…whatever it takes to get to Disney World is what many of us will do. But sometimes you just have to put financial thought aside and go for “an extravagance.”  That occurs when a cheapskate finds an event so fabulous, it’s oh so worth it to spend the extra money.

We checked with the Cheapskate Princess fans on Facebook to get their opinion about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Walt Disney World. Prices start at a minimum of $64.95 before taxes, and that’s also before any dresses, extra accessories, or purchasing of special photos. Did the Cheapskate fans think it worth the extra money? Would they go back? Did they have any words of wisdom for those who haven’t decided to take the plunge and make the splurge?

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Definitely

Kristin speaks for a lot of Disney Moms when she says, “The moment your little one turns to see herself in the mirror makes it worth it.”

Jennifer states emphatically, “Yes completely!! It’s magical the way they transform the children!! They feel like a real princess when they are done being pampered!!”

Tanya, who splurged for the special boutique photos, tells us, “I think it’s worth it to see how special my daughter feels as a princess. The Cast Members play into it by calling them ‘Princess’ through out the park.”

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Tonya’s beautiful Disney Princess!

LeAnn took her daughter to the Boutique at a location where we’ll all be envious…a Disney Cruise ship!  “We just went on the Fantasy ship and actually booked it for my daughter and my son ended up doing the captain Mickey outfit… Yes, expensive, but they had a fantastic time. It’s totally worth it!”

Lyndsey gives us some info and the thumbs up,”Worth every penny! The Downtown Disney location is not any cheaper than the Magic Kingdom. They are the same price, and Cast Members play into it there as well. We have done it at both locations, and they are both nice.”

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All About the Memories

Kathy loved it for her granddaughter. “Indeed it is… The memories my 6-year-old granddaughter will keep with her from her day at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will last her a lifetime!! Precious!!”

Kim tells us, “Absolutely worth it! A MAGICAL memory, one of the best from our trip. We went to the BBB at DTD and the ‘Princess Parade’ to the carousel was adorable!!”

Sherie says, “Definitely! The year we did it with my daughter was the year they were picking families to do special things in the park. We came out of Cinderella’s castle and were picked to walk in the parade. We got to march down Main Street with her in her Belle dress and hair and makeup done waving to everyone! Magical!”

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Kim Merlo's adorable little Princess Jasmine

Kim’s adorable little Princess Jasmine

Make Your Plans to Go…Again

Khara, “I can’t wait to do it with my daughter… she’ll finally be old enough on our next trip. The past three trips, I’ve bought tiaras, a bun hairpiece, princess gown pajamas, light-up shoes from the Disney Store, and spray glitter. We had our own BBB in the room! Didn’t break the bank and she could dress up every day! I’ll still bring down her princess stuff even if we do BBB.”

Kimberly is already making plans to go again, “It’s so worth it. My 5-year-old daughter did it last year and became the Little Mermaid bride. This year we are going back, and she wants to be Cinderella. She is so excited to do it again!”

Kathleen, “We will be going there for the third time this summer. My daughter will be twelve when we go and she is soooo excited. They do such a great job, and the photo pass person during takes awesome pics (as well as the ones I take). This is a present from my parents, her aunt, and us, so we are able to go all out and do the photo session too. The pictures are just gorgeous. We go to Magic Kingdom when we are done and she is loves being all dressed up like a princess.”

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

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Not So Into The Whole Idea

There are those Disney fans that are not so into the idea of splurging for the Boutique.

Kim tells us, “Those slicked back hairdos are awful looking!

Annette laments, “I have two boys. They don’t like to be pirates, but they deserve to have that kind of experience too. I feel the boys get left out. They deserve to feel special too!!!”

Khara, who is gearing up to take her daughter, has a suggestion for Annette. “Your boys can do a “Knight’s Package” at BBB!  My friend’s son did it and LOVED it. They get a sword and shield and get their hair spiked and colored. I actually saw a dad and his daughter… dad did the knight’s package and daughter did the princess one… sooo adorable!”

Candace votes no. “I say no. Not for the price. It’s worth it for the wow princess factor, so yes, if money is no object. But please don’t let them do the colored hair extensions. It’s not cute. LoL”

Marisa also concurs with a no vote. “No. Three kids equals mommy and daddy completely broke! Two daughters at Bibbidy Boutique and then my son doing Pirates League. Geesh. They make enough money off of us in that park.

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Tips from the Cheapskate Princess Fans

What suggestions do the Cheapskate Princess fans have for those of you as of yet undecided to spend the money?

Buy your dress and accessories ahead of time

Tara says, “We purchased our favorite princess dress on Amazon before arriving and brought it with us. That really saved on the cost. When at BBB we only paid for the hair/make-up package and it was totally worth it. They absolutely spoil the girls, and my daughter felt so special. The treatment, the photos, and the trip over to the photo studio, which was FREE, thrilled her. Those were some of the best pictures. We scheduled her appointment right before dinner at Cinderella’s castle, and it added so much magic to that experience. It’s a must-do in our opinion, and we’d probably even do it again.”

Be a Disney PrincessDisney Dad Bill says, “Absolutely worth it. Bring your own dress and extras to save money on the add -ons.

Last christmas, on the way out of BBB walking down Main Street just ahead of a parade, a girl asked my DD for her autograph.

Without hesitation my DD signed her autograph book and the Photopass photographer caught it. All made possible by BBB.”

That’s Bill’s daughter featured at the top of the page at the Magic Kingdom, and here she is signing autographs.

Disney princess signs autographs

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Kids can help out with the cost

Angie tells us, “The year we went, my daughter asked for Disney gift cards so that she could do it. Of course, we also helped her so that she could do the whole experience. She was five at the time and loved every minute of it. She kept saying, ‘I love being a princess!!'”

Make reservations during cooler weather

Rachel reports on the difference between the locations, “Disney Springs has more room to wait in than Magic Kingdom. They both accept walk-ins; can you imagine in the Magic Kingdom, all the people just waiting for an open spot?  I think if you do it once, it is worth it. We took our daughters for their first trip to WDW, and we did this for them. They were very uncomfortable since it was July 2nd. It was very hot and their hair was tight, but the LOVED the attention…”

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Jenny Eubanks and her precious Disney Princess Ashley

Jenny Eubanks and her precious Disney Princess Ashley

Maybe it’s not an “every trip” experience, but try it once

Dawn says, “It is definitely worth doing once. It’s a once in a lifetime, memory-filled experience. And the Cast Members totally play into it. One fun time was while waiting for Spectromagic, a Cast Member seemed thrilled to be in the presence of the Princesses, and she asked for their autographs.  She fawned all over them. Soooo fun!”

I’m going to side with Stephanie who said, “Glad I have two boys. Lol!” I have three pre-teens, and I am pretty grateful every trip that we didn’t drag costumes and make up to the parks with us. Arriving with diapers and fresh undies was tough enough some trips when they were still into watching Disney Movies on the eight-hour ride to Orlando. I won’t go into details about the trip I left all my daughter’s clothes sitting on the upstairs couch, necessitating a new Wal-mart wardrobe just outside Orlando. I can’t imagine buying Disney Pirate and Princess costumes, and then paying for hair and make-up.”

So cheapskates, what do you think? Is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique worth scrimping and saving for tickets and then the extra splurge for the pleasure of seeing your little princess or pirate transform into a Disney creation right before your eyes?

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you booking your princess an experience she’ll never forget, or doing her hair yourself, whatever works for your budget!

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