The last step in my 6 step planning process is to add extra magic to your trip.
Today, I have some ideas for how to add extra magic to make your trip even more fun. Although it is definitely optional, it can often help create memories that your family will never forget.
I also have a quick tip on avoiding some crowds at Magic Kingdom as you walk down Main St.
These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.
Extra magic ideas
There are lots of ways to add extra magic to your trip but here are a few of my ideas:
Give stuff to other people
Bring some glow sticks to Disney World with you and hand them out to kids along the parade route. Or bring little party-sized bottles of bubbles and hand those out (or just blow bubbles in the direction of some kids who might be having a hard time waiting and would be entertained by it).
Or anything else you can think of that would be fun to hand out and make somebody's day better.
Play Tinker Bell
Playing Tinker Bell is sort of like being Santa Claus during your trip.
The idea is to have gifts arrive each day from Tinker Bell which may or may not be tied to a few rules you set beforehand.
Some ideas for gifts include water toys for a water park day, glow toys for a day when you'll be out at night, Disney shirts that you bought before your trip, new pajamas (Target often has Disney PJs), Disney gift cards so kids can buy their own souvenirs or a pressed coin book to collect all of the pressed coins that you get throughout your trip.
Not only can this encourage good behavior but it can save money on souvenirs since you're buying things before you get to Disney World.
Try to get picked for special events
There are lots of things at Disney World that you can be chosen to be part of like parades, park openings and shows. It takes some luck but you can increase your odds by arriving early, having a good attitude and wearing matching shirts.
Read the Williams family blog for stories about things they've been chosen for and tips on how they did it.
Be or use a Fairy Godmailer
Fairy Godmailers are people who mail postcards from Disney World to people who will be going at a future date. You can be a Fairy Godmailer and/or receive a postcard from one.
This thread on DISboards.com is where you can go to volunteer to be a Fairy Godmailer and ask to receive a postcard. If that thread gets closed for being too long, there will be another opened to continue.
Quick tip of the day
My quick tip of the day is that if you're walking down Main St. at Magic Kingdom and the streets seem really crowded, look at the sidewalks to see if they are less crowded. People often stick to the street so the sidewalks can be a great way to get down Main St. with less people around you.
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