Disney Vacation Planning

Disney Vacation Planning – Easy Saving Tips

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Disney vacations do NOT come cheap – they take a lot of planning, and a lot of saving too –but they are worth EVERY penny – and a penny saved here and there can add up! Read on for some tips to help you save for your Disney Dream vacation:

Make A Vacation Fund Jar: Gather up some cute stickers/pictures/ribbons and decorate a plain jar to be designated as your family’s “Disney vacation fund” – where you can stash any loose change you have hanging around. Before you know it, it will add up and help you get that much closer to that Disney magic!

Divide And Conquer: We all divide up our paychecks based on our bills and budget needs, but what about setting aside a slice of that payday for Disney? Most banks allow you to setup recurring transfers- where you can set how much/how often money is moved to a savings or other account you have designated for your vacation money. Set it to move $10 each payday, and you will be surprised at how little you miss that $10, and how much that $10 helps beef up your vacation fund

Make Do With “One Less”: One less dinner out per month, one less purchased lunch, one less latte, one less movie outing…you get the idea. Just getting rid of one outing/extra expense per month allows you to still go out and have fun, but lets you save some money towards Disney too! Besides, doesn’t staying in and cuddling under a blanket while watching Frozen sound better than going out anyway?

Utilize Store Discounts/Perks: Purchasing Disney gift cards at places that offer a discount is a great way to help pay off your trip – Target’s Red Card offers 5% off, and warehouse stores like BJ’s sometimes sell these at a discount as well. The Disney Chase Visa credit card is another way to earn Disney rewards – $1 for every $100 spend on the card

No matter what your method, all the saving and planning will pay off for sure when you finally get to take a trip to Walt Disney World (aka the best place EVER!)

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Valentine’s Day Gifts Delivered To Your Door At Your WDW Resort!

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve to everyone! I know not everyone loves this holiday, but I personally can’t get enough of it! What’s not to love – hearts, flowers, candy, romance – add some Disney in there and you’ve got the best of everything! I mean, what better a couple to look to as a role model than Mickey and Minnie? They know a thing or two about love, that’s for sure!

If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Mouse himself at Walt Disney World (LINK), there are plenty of ways to show your sweetie you care. Disney Floral and Gifts creates amazing custom gifts for any and every occasion – including some amazing ones for Valentine’s Day:

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What little guy or girl wouldn’t love to receive a Mickey or Minnie themed Valentine gift?

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Kids aren’t the only ones who love getting valentines…jewelry is a classic gift to give, and with a Disney twist, who can resist?

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Bring out the kid in your honey with their very own set of Mickey ears!

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Flowers are another traditional Valentine’s Day gift – these Minnie themed ones are perfect for your Disney-loving sweetie!

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A Disney villain themed Valentine’s gift? Why not – it’s something different and fun, plus it comes with chocolate (yum!)

Check out all their holiday offerings here, and whatever your Valentine’s Day plans are, hope it’s an enjoyable day full of love and fun!

TGIF!

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Don’t Waste Your Money On These Disney Souvenirs

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There are SO MANY awesome things available for sale at the Disney Parks that it’s hard to narrow it down when it comes to which ones you should actually buy and bring home with you. Some choices are better than others when it comes to what you might actually use/appreciate/enjoy after your trip is over, and if you’re not sure what is worth your hard earned money, then check out this list of items NOT to buy:

Clothes: Ok, this is controversial, as many people would argue they will wear the hoodie or hat or t shirt again at home – but I know for me and my husband and probably many other people, that’s just not the case. We don’t generally go out in “Disney world” apparel, so dropping $60 on a hoodie might not be the best choice for us. Also – I did just say $60 for a hoodie, that’s right – the price is another factor here, clothes at WDW tend to be really expensive, and if you don’t desperately need it (like you didn’t spill coffee all down the front of your shirt while trying to get a picture of the castle like I did…) then don’t bother

Parade Toys/Glow Sticks etc: While waiting for the nightly parade you will see vendors pushing carts of light up wands, glow sticks, and other bright flashy items. They are fun while they last, but don’t give in to the kids’ begging – these items won’t get much play time at home and in the case of the glow sticks, die out after just a few hours

Anything Huge: This may seem like an overly general statement, but that Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon is bigger than most people’s checked luggage, and that huge stuffed Mickey mouse will definitely get dirty after being dragged around the Orlando airport for hours…this one is really common sense people – if its bigger than your child, don’t buy it

Glassware: Disney sells some really nice kitchen items, including nice wine glasses and beer glasses and ceramic mugs – all of which look great in the store, but won’t look so great after being shattered to pieces in your suitcase. Wait until you get home, and order it online through the Disney Store – you’ll be glad you did!

Things You SHOULD Buy: There are a few go-to souvenirs that I always end up grabbing on our Disney trips: A Christmas ornament with the year on it, a photo frame (I like the small magnetic ones, no glass involved!), playing cards, pens/notepads – anything small is a win in my book, and some of the kitchen stuff is great too – like towels or pot holders – things I can use and enjoy long after my trip is over are what I like to bring home with me!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – New Year, New Resolutions!

HAPPY 2015! Can’t believe Christmas is over and it’s a whole new year already! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to take on 2015 and all the challenges and good times it is sure to bring! I like to make New Year’s Resolutions, and I have come up with some for this year:

Introducing my baby boy to the world of Disney, starting with these:

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Yeah, that’s right – Disney Videos! Actual VHS tapes of basically all the classics, and not only will this introduce him to Walt’s classics, but it will also teach him what a VCR is (something he otherwise would never have known, because who uses those anymore anyway? Well, me, duh!)

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Aside from videos, it’s also never too early to teach him about the Disney Parks too – he will need a full education on what it’s like to visit the happiest place on earth, and I hereby resolve to start that education ASAP!

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Another one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to cook more and to try new recipes. Lucky for me, Disney can help me out with that, with their assortment of cookbooks that contain recipes from the Disney Parks and Resorts!

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My last resolution is the most important to me – and that is to spend as much time as I can with my family and get to watch my baby grow into a little boy – they grow up fast, and I won’t be missing a single minute of it. Before I know it, he will be tall enough to go on all the Rides at Walt Disney World! I can’t wait to take him – but for now, I will focus on enjoying this stage of his life and helping him learn and grow

What about you – do you make any New Years Resolutions? Are they Disney related?

TGIF and Happy New Year to all!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Add More “Magic” To Your Magic Bands!

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I am all about cute accessories, they can really add to an otherwise dull outfit. So naturally, I am really loving these new Magic Band designs arriving this month at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Parks:

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Check out the full details here

If you already have ordered your plain colored Magic bands, fear not! As you can still accessorize them:
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Check out some of the adorable add ons available here (there are plenty more available at the Disney Parks too!)

Or, if you’re more the DIY type, then you can add some pizzazz to them at home before your trip, find out how here

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney Christmas Cheer At Home!

The countdown to Christmas is on – less than three weeks remain until Santa comes for a visit! Last Christmas I was lucky enough to be vacationing at Walt Disney World – and this year, while I won’t be away on vacation, I will be getting to celebrate my son’s first Christmas! He is only 2 months old so he won’t really know what’s going on, but we are still super excited- he already “helped” us decorate the tree and the house, and of COURSE the decor includes some awesome Disney touches! Check them out:

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This one is new this year – to celebrate ournewest family member’s first Christmas!

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This was a gift from a friend – I just love the design and it looks great on the tree!

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Picked this one up last year at WDW – loved the drawing and detail

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This was a honeymoon purchase – had to commemorate our first trip as a married couple somehow!

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Picked this one up on our 2011 Disney trip – we went a few weeks before Christmas and had such a great time!

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Minnie walking her little pup was a gift from a close friend – who knows how much I love my dog Walter (who was of course named after Mr Disney!)

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This is actually a framed greeting card – when we were at the Art of Disney Store in Downtown Disney last December, the artist was actually there displaying a lot of his Disney sketches, and we fell in love with this one so we bought some cards but I couldn’t resist putting one on display!

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This was actually a gift we received at our baby shower for our son – he’s a bit young to get to use it now, but we will certainly be setting it up around the Christmas tree for that extra little Disney magic!

What about you – do you like to decorate Disney for the holidays? Personally I love it – it reminds me of my favorite place while celebrating my favorite holiday!

TGIF!

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