We love Disney gift cards! We've talked before how to get free money to spend on Disney gift cards, but do you know all of the ways that you can use your Disney gift cards? We've got a list for you! This isn't a complete list, but I'll bet there's a few ways to use them you might not have known!
1. Disney Resorts, includng those like Aulani and Hilton Head
2. Food anywhere on Disney Property, even some non owned Disney Spring locations
3. Souvenirs and shopping at Disney and Disney Springs
4. Parking at the Theme Parks
5. Theme park tickets
6. Spa services
7. Disney Cruises
8. Adventures by Disney
9. DVC dues or fees
10. Memory Maker
So what can't you use these gift cards on? Balloon vendors are cash only, and a few of the nightime carts with light up toys can't take these. You can't use these (yet) for Minnie Vans, RunDisney fees, pressed pennies, laundry services and a few other small things. It's also a good idea to have a little cash as a backup, there have been times we've been in Epcot and all credit card readers have gone down, and the only way to get that Mickey Pretzel was with cash!
Once you get your gift cards, you can combine them up to $1000 each, check balances or even buy specialty looking cards, through Disney's gift card website.
There's very little these card's can't buy, and with so many fun designs, they are perfect gifts too! If you haven't read our article on how in less than 10 seconds how to make sure your child (or you!) doesn't lose their gift card, you might want to check it out by clicking here. It's quick, easy, and fun!
A favorite souvenir for children is the building of a lightsaber. You can build your lightsaber at many different locations throughout Walt Disney World, including at Disney Springs, so no park ticket? No problem! Remember, you can do a lot of Disney, without a park ticket!
This multi step process can take as little, or as much time as you'd like. On busier days, or if you get an over zealous cast member helping, they'll rush you along and you'll be done incredibly fast. Prices do change, but the more elaborate the lightsaber, the more it costs. There are different stations:
Here are some close ups of the parts. These parts are interchangeable, so if you get more than one lightsaber, you can change the look later, mixing the pieces.
As you can see, there is a LOT of customization that can be done. There are guides if you wish to copy an existing Jedi or Sith lightsaber, but I personally think it's more fun to create you own! Does your family have any of these?
Who'd have thought that much Disney Magic could squeeze on an 8 x 10 canvas?
Nothing makes me happier than walking past this every day! Well...it might have added a smidge more happiness if Pooh and Tigger had been around, but Eeyore and Chip and Dale, Scrooge and Launchpad made up for that, since we've never met them before!
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, but I was compensated for giving my thoughts
We just got back from Disney and like thousands of other families, we were making sure to snap a few pictures to go inside of our Christmas cards! I can't tell you how many people I saw posing by the fake snowy area near the Christmas shops or even whipping out Santa hats with Mickey! One day I'll be that organized! Meantime, we've got our winning picture, but whats the best way to show everyone how much fun we were having, and encourage them to go too? I can tell you that, easily! Don't let the name fool you. Basic Invite has more than invites, and they aren't basic!
Custom holiday cards! Custom stickers! Custom stationary!
I might have discovered my new favorite company. Basic Invite is one of the most amazing companies I have ever shopped at. Their customization is seemingly endless and you can preview everything instantly and tinker and play until it's practically perfect in every way! There are over 180 different colors to choose from when designing your products. Who else has that?! No one! It's not just colors, it's fonts, it's borders, it's the edges of your stationary, and the card shape! Let me tell you...I've never gotten to modify the text on a Christmas card before to make it just the way I want!
It took forever for me to choose what I wanted to order because it was all so fun to explore. If you aren't wanting a large quantity, it's totally fine, you can actually order a sample of what you were thinking of, so you can hold in your hands and make sure it's perfect before you buy more. Everything ships quickly too, for those last minute needs.
Enough talk though, let me show you what I got!
I choose some basics, so that I could test a good variety of the Basic Invite products. For starters, I chose the note cards. There are over 40 colors of peel and seal envelopes to choose from! No licking a zillion envelopes when mass mailing for an event! You can match or contrast your cards perfectly with all of those colors! It's amazing how you are in complete control over even the tiniest of details.
Next, I got a holiday card, of course! I was surprised at how I could completely customize everything. The shape, the text, the colors of the card, the colors of the text, I have never seen anything like this before, it was almost overwhelming getting to choose what – I – wanted, and not being stuck with a nice choice, but one a thousand other people will be sending. You can't go wrong with the custom holiday cards, or the Christmas photo cards that are so popular to send each year.
Then, I moved over to the stickers. While doing these, I had the best idea ever (but didn't have my vacation picture downloaded yet, booo!) how cute would these be with the kids faces, to label their stuff at school, or on a thank you card to someone, maybe with your business logo (like I did my blog name!) or even, for you allergy parents, a reminder for a child's allergen, so they could wear the sticker on a field trip, or put on a desk or lunch box as a reminder to others.
Lastly, I chose some thank you cards. There were so many designs, I could have spent all day choosing what I wanted, but I chose simple, in teal. There are so many fun cards to pick from, just browse, you won't be disappointed!
Foil options are available too, which is really exciting and I think would be really fun to make a special occasion invite or note even more special! You can choose from gold, silver or rose gold, which all you Disney fans will agree, is a Park favorite.
There's another special thing that sets Basic Invite apart. Ever heard of address capturing services? Me neither! But just by sharing a link, you can request friends and family's addresses, and those addresses can be printed AT NO COST onto envelopes for you! What a time saver!
There are so many more products to choose from, like business Christmas cards, and regular business cards (think of all the non business uses those could be used for!) I hope you'll take a few minutes to browse the site! Pick a product and start customizing it. It's a lot of fun, and you won't be disappointed with the final product.
Possibilities are endless with Basic Invite, and to help you get started on your own creative journey, use the coupon code 15FF51 for 15% off your order!
I am excited to use my own Basic Invite products. The quality of the paper is fantastic, it's thick, beautifully printed, and it was so much fun completely customizing everything, I can't wait to go do it again!
You can find Basic Invite of course, at their website, but also on
They are ready to answer any questions you might have! Check out a few of their other products! Are you ready to try for yourself?
Don't forget to use coupon code 15FF51 for 15% off your order!
Did you know that in just a few minute's time, you could be munching on Disney's Funnel Cakes? It's a copycat recipe, that takes almost no ingredients, and can be ready faster than you can sing most any Disney song! I love this because I know my son can eat it safely, even if he can't get one at Disney!
Let's get started! This will make 6 batches
You'll need oil, and either a large pot, or a fryer. Get your oil heating. If you don't have a fryer with a level to fill, just fill a few inches deep in a pot.
Gather your ingredients
1 1/2 TBSP baking
2 cups of all purpose flour
2 cups of milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all of your ingredients together. Stir until there are no lumps. Set our toppings off to the side.
Once your oil is hot, work is small batches. Either with a funnel, or a measuring cup, drizzle the batter into the hot oil. Be careful!
When the batter starts to turn golden, flip the funnel cake over, with a heat safe sppon or spatula or tongs. It doesn't take long. About a minute on the flipped side is all you need. Pull out, and set on a plate with a paper towel to drain off excess oil.
Smother in toppings, and enjoy!
Mr. Disney made his creation in the top picture, the oldest just wanted powdered sugar!
Dress it up as much or as little as you want...you can't go wrong! Try it, and let us know what toppings you used!