Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin has been having some changes made to it's queue, to allow for more room for the fast pass holders. Rumor has it, this fantastic console will be taken out! I hope not! This is a favorite of our kids, and I love it too! It really sets the stage for the ride, and makes you feel like you are a Space Ranger about to jump in your ship. Will you miss this too, if they remove it?
Disney bound or not, it takes a little planning before you leave to ensure that you've got the best trip possible!
I always start planning a few months ahead, with lists! Packing lists, to do lists, before we go lists, if it can be on a list, I've got one! Luckily, I also have this blog, and all of the great resources that have been added over the years to help me plan. I've even got a FREE printable of one of my favorite packing lists!
Today we are sharing some of those incredibly important posts with you so that you are ready, too! Click on any of the links below to go right to the article.
Before you go on your road trip, make sure to do a car check!!
Don't forget about the house! Here's what you should do before you leave!
How to vacation plan when you have food allergies!
Why it's so important to have a mini first aid kit -- and what to stock it with!
Compression Socks: A total vacation game changer! (And how not to feel dorky in them!)
How to make awesome and almost FREE Roadtrip binders for your kids!
And if you ARE headed towards Disney, here's one of our most important articles! How to train for a Disney trip! Because if ever there was a vacation you needed to be ready for, it's Disney!
We hope some of these articles help you get started with you planning, because really, isn't planning a huge part of the fun?
Amazon and Disney have joined forces! Every month in 2020, Amazon is going to have an exclusive Mickey plush for sale! Additionally, they have a few other only on Amazon items! This is all part of the celebration of the Lunar New Year, and the Year of the Mouse (technically it's year of the rat)
Reminiscent of the Disney Store Exclusive plush last year, these dolls are (so far) at a price point of $29.99. Each plush comes boxed, and it about 16 inches high. These aren't the only things Mickey, there is much more to look at by clicking here.
A common misconception is that on a Disney vacation, it's not worth going unless you go all the way and spend through the roof. If a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing right, right? But, whew, that just causes stress and a desire NOT to return to Disney!
Years ago, I'd mentioned a coworker who spent more than $10,000 for his family to visit for a week. They did everything, ate everything, and swore, as they paid off the last charge on their credit card, never again because it was too expensive. Sure it was! You don't need to spend $10,000 to have a great time!
Disney might offer different levels of resorts or dining, it doesn't mean that the "Value Resort" or "Quick Service" are low class filled with poor people who scraped together their pennies for a mushy burger and cold fries before slumming to their roach filled motel room. Total opposite!
Just because you don't do what everyone else does, doesn't mean you are less. It means you are SPENDING less. The amount of fun you're going to have doesn't change, just because of the dollar amount you spend.
Let's talk about it!
Whether you stay big, at a $700 a night resort, or at a $150 a night resort, both places are going to have the same. Good food, friendly staff, pools, a bed, a shower and transportation to the parks. Sure, the Value resorts don't have pools with slides, but their pools have some fun theming still! In fact, the value resorts re so chock full of fun, classic Disney theming, you are going to miss out on that fun feel if you stay elsewhere! I'm pretty sure at the Polly they don't teach guests how to hula hoop or do the hustle, or how to draw classic Disney characters! That's fun stuff my family doesn't want to miss!
Maybe you'd rather stay off site. That's not bad either! Many hotels offer a free breakfast, nice pools, and transportation to the parks too!
Sure, you're probably not going to get a steak at a quick service restaurant, but you are still going to be able to get a tasty meal. Half a chicken and two sides?Pulled pork or ribs? Wolfgang Puck's meatloaf? That's all there, at quick service places, IF you do your research ahead of time and plan where to go.
Maybe you want to do some table service meals, great! Maybe you want to eat breakfast in the room, pack a lunch and just buy dinner. You can do that too! Food is just fuel for your body! You might not be eating out three meals a day and spending your kid's college fund to do it, but you ARE enjoying the parks just as much as everyone else, maybe even more, because you aren't spending as much time waiting in lines to order, waiting for your food to arrive, then waiting for the check.
What about everything else? The park tickets? The souvenirs? That REALLY adds up. That's why maybe you need to be creative. Maybe on your week vacation, you spend a pool day, a resting day, a day going around and doing free things and enjoying Disney without a park ticket!
On this blog, you will find dozens of resources to stretch your hard earned vacation money. You'll find suggestions on how to save you might not have thought of. You'll find encouragement that a simple vacation doesn't mean a small one. look over n the right under CATEGORIES and click tips and tricks, and vacation planning and start browsing.
Remember. Just because you don't do what everyone else does, doesn't mean you are less. It means you are SPENDING less. The amount of fun you're going to have doesn't change, just because of the dollar amount you spend. And what you save on this trip? Get's to go into the Disney Jar for next time!
I went to buy a few Disney gift cards for our upcoming trip. We enjoy having a few different cards, the kids each have a different design, then we have a different design for food, then one for souvenirs, etc. Well, those days might be gone.
Disney no longer offers the huge collection of gift card designs. They have two to pick from now. Two. Standard Mickey, and Frozen 2.
Disappointed, I wrote, asking what happened and "To improve efficiency and an overall better experience, we recently updated our gift card vendor, which did result in the decline in available designs. "
I'm not sure how it improves anyone's experience to no longer have dozens of card designs to pick from, but I suppose it does improve the efficiency, on their end.
RIP Gift card designs! And if you are lucky enough to still have some of your old cards, might want to save them!