Step 6: Extra Magic

Souvenir tips for Disney World trips – PREP043

Disney puts gift shops at the exits to nearly all of their attractions, giving you endless opportunities to buy their stuff. Today, I have tips for souvenir shopping to help you know when to buy and what to get. I also have a quick tip on using Magical Express on a schedule that works for you.

Ideas for surprising kids with a Disney World trip – PREP020

Lots of parents have dreams of surprising their kids with a trip to Disney World. Today, I have some ideas for how you might want to pull off the surprise (just be sure to not have super high expectations for their reaction – you never know how it’s going to go). I also have a quick tip on preventing motion sickness on a ride at Epcot.

Getting chosen for special events at Disney World – PREP018

There are several special things you can be chosen for at Disney World like parades, shows and park openings. Today, I’ve got an interview with somebody whose family has been chosen for all of those things. She shares her experiences and tips on getting picked for these special things that can bring a little extra magic to your trip. I also have a quick tip that will let you know a shortcut to exiting one of the nighttime shows.

Photography ideas and tips for your Disney World trip

Although I like taking and looking at trip pics, I don’t know much about what it takes to get great photos. Today, I’ve gathered some of the best resources I’ve found to help learn how to not only take great Disney World trip pics, but also great ideas for using your photos to create keepsakes from your trip. Let’s take a look…

3 DIY invitations to use during your Disney World trip

I recently asked people on the Facebook Page for requests for things to design and the most popular request was for invitations that could be used on Disney World trips. I loved that idea and today, I have 3 different DIY options that I think are really fun. Two of these could be done for free and are pretty simple. The third is so charming you might just find it worth the extra steps. Let’s take a look…

Build your own Disney theme park-style buttons

When you go to a Disney theme park, you can get a few buttons for free from the resorts and guest services. There are options for people on their 1st visit, celebrating a birthday, just married, etc. But what if you’re celebrating something else? I’ve got templates in Microsoft Word, Photoshop and Gimp to help you build your own. Let’s take a look…

Disney trivia lunchbox notes

Article last updated: August 22, 2016 I’ve created a couple batches of business-card sized lunchbox notes containing Disney trivia. These would be fun to use for kids (or adults, I won’t judge) who are headed to Disney World. Print them off, write a personal note on the back and surprise somebody in their lunchbox.

Vacation travel bag ideas by age

When we went on our recent trip to Orlando, I posted pics on the Facebook Page throughout the trip and many people told me they thought it was cute that my big kids still liked having me pack a travel bag to keep them busy en route. The truth is that I did these bags when they were little and then stopped once they got older because I figured they could handle keeping themselves busy. They could but….they really missed having me surprise them on each trip. Here are some ideas by age group that you might like to help

Painted medicine bottles = cute coin containers

There are lots of opportunities to use coins at Disney World which has resulted in many people using mini-M&M containers to store quarters and pennies on their trip, including me. Here are ones I made for a trip we took that included some of our nephews and nieces…

Gift ideas for Disney World-bound families

For most families that are planning trips to Disney World, it’s a big deal. It’s also an expensive deal. This is a good chance to get extended family involved and have them get gifts that will make the trip even more special and reduce some of the costs for you. Here are some ideas…

Printable, customizable (and cute!) Mousekeeping money envelopes

Housekeeping at Disney World is called Mousekeeping and it’s a good idea to tip them daily. The going rate for tipping is about $1 per day per person. I often just leave $5 for our family of 4. (It’s important to tip daily since different people come throughout your stay – if you leave an amount at the end, it probably won’t get to all of the people who cleaned your room during your stay.) I’ve done Mousekeeping envelopes in different ways. You can keep it simple and just use regular envelopes. You might get the kids involved and have

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