Friday, October 5, 2012

Saving Money on Your Princesses in Disney


The girls were all ready for Cinderella's Royal Table
There are many ways we try to save money for our Disney trips.  But having two princesses in our travel party could potentially be very expensive.  Luckily over the years, I have found a few ways to save some money, yet not take away any magic from my princesses’ vacations.

As you may know, princess dresses can be a very costly matter.  When I looked up costumes online, there are Disney princess costumes where from $25 to over $100.  I tend to purchase anything below $20, though below $10 is even better.  My girls dress up as their favorite princesses all the time here at home, so there is no question that they will in Disney.  So to save money on dresses, I try to be on the look out just after Halloween for any princess dresses in the clearance section.  Sometimes that isn’t always easy, but if I look in enough stores, I usually can find a deal or two.  One year, I even found a full Snow White costume, red cape included, for $2.  That was a rare (yet very exciting) find!  Usually though, I can find them for about $7 to $10.  Of course, if you can sew, that is always an option, though since I can't sew, I am not sure it would be a money saver for me. But just in case I ever learn to sew, I started a Pinterest Board with all kinds of Disney related sewing projects: Crafts ~ Sewing Projects



My mom, our very own Fairy Godmother and Emily
My girls would absolutely love to spend some time at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  Unfortunately, with two girls, even with the least expensive package, it would be an expensive experience.  Luckily, my mom is a hairdresser, so we have our very own Fairy Godmother in Walt Disney World with us.  We bring all the things we need to have the girls’ hair done just like a princess.  Now, I know not everyone would have their own hairdresser on their vacation, but there are ways around that.  Before leaving on vacation, you could search online to find a hairstyle your princess would like.  There are so many tutorials out there today that you could find one, practice it in the weeks prior to your trip and be ready to create your princess look for your vacation.  I have even started a Pinterest Board for tutorials:  Disney Princess Hair and Make Up Tutorials

Then, if you are heading into the Magic Kingdom, head to the shop in Fantasyland called Castle Couture.  On our last trip, they were sprinkling everyone, including Hayley and Emily, with free pixie dust!

I am always looking for ways to save money on our Walt Disney World trips, without sacrificing the magic, and these are the ways we save money on our princesses!


8 comments:

Robin Fretwell said...

Love these, great tips. I'll be passing them along to my sister for my nieces first WDW trip. Thanks

Beth D. said...

Thank you! With two girls, it would be easy to go over budget just on the princess things! :-)

JenniferLissak said...

Your girls are lucky to have their own fairy Godmother! I wish I had a hairstylist in the family.. my mom pretended and cut my hair until I was in college.. Maybe that explains why I spend so much on cuts and products now..

Beth D. said...

On the other hand, I have no idea how to do hair because my mom always did mine! :-) But it has saved me a lot of money! LOL!

Frontierland Station said...

How neat that your girls travel with their own Fairy Godmother!

james @ HomeisWheretheMouseis said...

Great tips! We took our daughter to the BBB last year and purchasing our own dress and bringing it with us saved us a nice chunk of change!

Beth D. said...

She buys them lots of Disney snacks and souvenirs too! ;-) Having our own personal Fairy Godmother is quite nice!

Beth D. said...

My girls desperately wanted dresses from World of Disney. I was shocked (not sure why, I should have known) when I saw they were $65, though I will admit they are quite nice! :-) Of course, for us it would be $65 x 2 because they would never agree on one. They both have their own favorites. LOL!