In a place as well known for being expensive as it is for Mickey Mouse, it’s easy to spend a fortune on souvenirs at Disney World. I’ve read lots of articles on strategies for saving money on souvenirs, such as buying items outside of the parks, giving each child (or adult) an allowance that they can spend however they want, and waiting until the last day to purchase all souvenirs so that the items don’t add up to a huge expense a little at a time over the course of the week.
After visiting the parks many times, it’s easier for us to cut back on souvenirs, but even so we probably spent $75 on the last trip. My husband got a new visor and (several) Minnie’s Bakeshop cookies to bring home and I got a scarf plus a few antenna toppers. My daughter’s tastes are a little less expensive. We gave her a $50 gift card to spend however she liked and it was split between pins for her pin trading and Goofy’s cherry sour balls (those are addictive!)
Since we’ve been to Disney several times over the past few years, sometimes we get to the point of been-there-done-that, which takes away some of the magical feeling we love about Disney. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it most recently happened on a long holiday weekend trip where we didn’t plan our daily itinerary very well and we ended up wandering around aimlessly and left disappointed. When planning our latest vacation, which we had the luxury of staying for 8 days, we knew that we needed to plan some new experiences to keep us excited and engaged in the parks for an entire week. My husband has always wanted to search for hidden Mickeys and we figured that was a good way to see something ‘new’ in the places we’ve seen many times.
So before leaving on our trip we purchased Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets by Steven M. Barrett. I was excited because it was the newest version including the new Fantasyland – little did I know when I bought it, Fantasyland would be where we found the best one!
In honor of Father’s Day I just wanted to say thanks to my husband who is a great dad who always works hard, even on vacation!
My husband, Mr. Incredible
Here are just a few of the many things he does to make him our Mr. Incredible:
1. Holding our daughter on his shoulders so she can see the shows, no matter how heavy she gets or how hot it is:
2. Dancing with her at the dance parties:
3. Swimming even when it’s cold:
4. Carrying just about everything:
Seeing him with our daughter reminds me of my dad, and even though we never went to Disney when I was a kid, my dad came to Disney with us last year (now as grandpa too!) To all the dads out there, but especially my 2 favorite dads, Happy Father’s Day! Love you and can’t wait until we’re all back in the bubble together again!
Happy Father’s Day Dad, Love You!!
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Star Wars Weekend
Hollywood Studios has a few Star Wars-related attractions year round, but the atmosphere just feels different when you see Storm Troopers patrolling the streets and hear the menacing voice of Darth Vader. What’s more eye catching are some of the lesser known life forms that seemingly appear out of nowhere and make you wish you had your light saber! Continue reading