We've got an awesome, FREE printable packing list for you to use next time you want to add a little Disney to your trip. Print out out for each member of the family, and you could even print out one more as a to-do checklist before you leave the house!
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I'm going to start off by saying I love my kids. Like so many other kids though, they (and okay, I do too!) suffer from Dory's short term rembery loss. In fact, I'm pretty sure she's my Spirit Animal. When we go to check e cheese, well...that bucket of coins, or the new card that holds the credits will get left somewhere... (hence my unfair rule of mom keeps them now!) or we often hear, as we stroll through Walmart, "Mom, where's my hat?!" and then there's the frantic dash through the store trying to find where the hat, or the stuffed animal, or a drink or anything else got put no one can remember where.
There are challenges when my boys want to be grown up enough to go and do things for themselves like have an entire year's savings on a gift card but have Dory tendances. (Sorry kids, that was all my genes!)
In thinking about our next Disney Trip, I wanted to be prepared, and proactive, so I came up with a plan. I WAS going to let them be in charge of their own spending money, via gift cards, but in a way that would be grown up for them, and reassuring for me!
Some thinking, a happenstance glance at the keys station at Home Depot and a 10 second solution was born to make both adults and kids happy! All for around $1!
There are two ways to make this, as a lanyard style, or as a bracelet style. The great part about this, is different colored bracelets, and different lanyards mean easily telling who has what giftcard.
Hole punch (and strong person to punch the hole!)
coil keychains (I bought a dozen on Amazon for $3
lanyards (use what you have, or buy one. Lots of place have $1 ones)
badge protectors ($1.50 at Walmart for 12)
Assemble your products!
Now this is important! You can't just punch willy nilly. Flip over the card, and DON'T punch the magnetic strip or any of the numbers. The upper left corner is usually a safe place. If you want to do the lanyard style, you can skip the hole punching.
Slide on the keychain! Or, slip the card into a badge holder, attach lanyard. 10 seconds, around $1 and the perfect way to give kid's independence, not mix up anyone's spending money, AND a worry free way to make sure the gift card won't get lost on the way to the register!
Since there are so many different colors and styles the keychains and lanyards come in, it's possible for a large group of people to each have their own totally unique to them way to keep track of their money! I love the idea that I can toss these in the backpack, and take 5 seconds to pull out the blue one and know it belongs to one kid, instead of squinting at fading marker where I'd written a name to identify the owner, dropping it back in because it wasn't the one I wanted. Time saver, and sanity saver!
What do you think? Would this work for you, or your family?
About a year ago, (after some heavy hinting!) Mr Disney Magic surprised me with an oversided front door key, in Mickey Mouse! I love it because one, it's Disney, two, it's harder than my other keys so I can find it easily, and three, because it was less than $5! My key has help up really well, so I don't NEED another, but they do have a Dory one there I'd love!
If you are looking to Disney up your every day, and just make it plain easier to find your house key in dim light, go check out Home Depot's key area! They've go so many cute keys! Here are a few to give you an idea: (Mine is the one in the header!)
Are you thinking you need a Disney key? I think you do, too!
It was an exciting week for us when we stumbled across these adorable Do It Yourself Disney Pin Kits. They are at Target in the arts and crafts area, and each set comes with 18 pins, enamel paint, and backs.
These pins are a little different than the ones you'll find in the Disney Parks, and yet, they are similar. Let me explain.
Some of these pins are exactly like ones you can buy! But these, kind of fulfill a dream of mine, because I don't really like chaser pins. I love the colors, and often have wondered about trying to color mine in with nail polish. I haven't, yet, but this gave me a taste of what it would be like making these all day long. The best part is, we got to make them whatever color we wanted!
You can see here, I compared a few to authentic chasers. The details are still there, even if these DIY pins are plastic.
The kit comes with all of these pieces. The pins though, are not just DIY in the sense that you paint them. They also need to brooch style pin backs put on them. This means that these pin's can't be traded at the park.
Once we got all of the pieces out, we got to work. I advise you to have some toothpicks on hand for getting into those tiny areas! That was crucial for some of these have a LOT of detail!
You can do more than one coat of the paint if you like, we just did one. It took a few hours for them to dry completely, but I'd say for our first try, we did pretty good! I was pretty surprised both kids said I could do the pizza one!
It would have been nice if they had been a little shinier, but that very well may come with the second coat.
Besides having lots of fun doing this, it was only $9.99 at Target. You heard me !! Less than $10! RUNNN!! Who knows how long they will have them.
We've got a video too, Mr. Disney Magic put together of us making these! The kids insisted I act dramatic. Let me tell you, what Mr. Disney Magic DIDN'T record, was the real super excited me tripping over my new shoes, nearly knocking a half dozen people over looking for the aisle number the woman at the costumer service desk told me they were in. I'm sure people thought I was craaazy!
Are you new to Disney pins, or just getting started? I've got a great 3 part article series to tell you ever thing you need to know about them!
Click here for getting started with Disney Pins
Click here for Disney Pin Do's and Don't
Click here for Disney Pin Trading Outside the Parks
Disney isn’t going to stop it’s rides or shows for a little rain, yet you’d be surprised at the number of people that leave once the sprinkles start. Take advantage of those shorter lines!
A rain poncho is one of the most necessary items in your Disney bag. Chances are good, you’ll use it at least once, if not every day at Disney.
While you can buy both child sized and adult ponchos at Disney, those would cut a little too much into our Disney Budget, at around $10 each. Like with any rain poncho, it can also be difficult to fold it down as small as when you took it out of the package. While Disney will replace (at no charge) your poncho if it rips, we’ve always been very happy with the alternative we’ve gotten at Target.
Target sells Coleman disposable ponchos, in COLORS for $1.50 each. I usually pick up 3 sets for everyone (including the stroller) and in different colors. Yellow, red, blue or green. You'll find these in their sporting goods aisle.
You can also buy the clear ones at Walmart for $1, but when we get separated from each other for a few seconds, it’s so much easier for me to spot the “red poncho” than to remember what so and so is wearing, and scan the crowd filled with Disney Parks or clear ponchos everyone else is wearing. In all the times we have gone, it’s rare that we have run across other colored ponchos, so that’s one of my favorite tips to share with people.
If you google, you’ll find tons of suggestions on your rain gear, but I really like these because yes they are thin, and only come in one size, but they have NEVER torn on us! For the little man, I tie knots on the side, to raise it. These also shake dry pretty easy, and we can wear a whole day, hang overnight, and roll up pretty small to use again. We usually get 3 days out of a poncho before we get new ones. They are still physically fine, but for some reason start to smell funny after that.
If you are wondering on size, I am 5’6 and the poncho comes around my calves. Mr. Disney Magic is 6’3 and his go about to his knees, so if you are in shorts, you shouldn’t get your clothes wet. Each poncho has a hood, and doesn’t really cling to you, even with all the moisture in the air, though I will say, once the rain stops, and the sun comes out, you start to heat up like you are in a mini greenhouse!
For $1.50 each, (shop around, you might find them less!) you really can’t go wrong with these! Make your trip easier, and cheaper by trying them next time!