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20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas

(Article last checked: April 11, 2016) There might be a million different souvenirs you can buy at Disney World (and I’m convinced 90% of those are located at the World of Disney store in Disney Springs) but for brevity’s sake, I’ve pared it down to a list of 20 items I think you’ll like. Some general advice on souvenir shopping: buy it when you see it, you may not see it again. There are lots of items unique to a location and there’s a chance you won’t come across it later. If you’re staying on-site, you can send gifts back

Should you use a Disney travel agent?

(Article last checked: April 11, 2016) Although general travel agents aren’t needed as much anymore, destination-specific agents are still invaluable since they provide such detailed guidance on a specific place. Unless people are willing to spend a lot of time reading and researching (like on this site!), I usually recommend they use a Disney World-focused agent (also called “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner”). However, there are pros and cons to using a travel agent. Here’s my list to help you evaluate if using a travel agent is right for you.

Doing Disney World with large families

(Article last updated: April 11, 2016) Lots of people requested a trip plan for large families. I initially held off for a little bit on doing this because…let’s just say…I’ve learned some of these things the hard way. Here are some ideas for doing a Disney World with a group…

Prepping for a Disney trip at The Dollar Tree

I once had a friend who said she had never been inside a dollar store. I’m not even sure how we stayed friends. OK, some of the dollar stores are a little dirty. A little trashy. But have you been to The Dollar Tree? It’s like the Neiman Marcus of the dollar stores. They’re usually clean, organized and they have lots of great stuff to pick up before your Disney World trip. I recently visited and here’s what I found…

So, you’re overwhelmed, huh? See if this helps.

(Article last checked: April 11, 2016) When people sign up for the email list, they automatically get an email from me asking them to reply with their trip planning concerns. The number 1 thing that people email me is that they feel overwhelmed (number 2 thing is that they just want their kids to have fun). I have a confession: some years ago when we were planning our first trip to Disney World, I emailed somebody on a Disney site and it said this (I had to dig through really old emails to find this snippet): I am interested in

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