Disney Souvenirs!! My Favorites to get.

Disney is FILLED with goodies to buy. Ears, tees, plush – oh my. But which ones to purchase? What are the BEST Disney Souvenirs?

Hey guys, back again with another common question I get. People love to ask me how much they should set aside for souvenirs. Of course this is a difficult question to answer as we all have our own tastes and wants. But this is a list of my favorite souvenirs to look for and purchase when I am at Disney – so Enjoy!! Best Disney Souvenirs!

Mouse Ears:

It should be NO surprise that Mouse Ears are #1 on my list. Not only do I collect them, but to me…they are 100% required to own after a Disney Vacation. Ladies get them as headbands and wear them with pride. Guys and boys, get the Ear Hats. They even make baseball caps with ears…so user friendly. I even own Ears that clip on my head to prevent any headband headaches. Get them at the parks, get them before you go, either way…make sure to score a cool pair. I especially love the traditional Mouseketeers hats. I still own mine from my FIRST trip to Disney World, its a collectible piece with my name proudly displayed. Heck I even wore it in my Senior Class pictures, yep…before it was cool to do that, lol.

Mouse Ears!!
Mug:

Who can resist a mug? I mean we all own like a hundred and they sit and sit in our cupboard…but they are so cool and Disney makes SO many different ones. And there is NO better way to start your day, post trip, than drinking your fave beverage out of a Disney Mug. WE use ours for Ice Cream, Soup, Snacks AND Beverages. So if you see one you like, worry about where to put it later, lol. OR you can get ONE from each trip and hang them up as like a mug trophy collection. This is what my husband gets every trip and uses them proudly at work.

Christmas Ornament:

Ok, so assuming you celebrate Christmas – this is something I 100% get every trip. I love to remember our BIG family vacations with a decoration for the tree. On our Cruises I get a ship and write the year on the bottom. When in the parks we look for a fun one to remember a certain thing that might of happened…like first time on a certain ride for example. Or you can collect ALL glass ones or ALL character ones. So many options, how does one narrow it down.

Pins or Pressed Pennies:

These are something that many, many people collect. We don’t so much. We have some pins but that’s about it. My kids love getting the pressed pennies but they never leave our park bags, lol. But many people LOVE and live by the pins. So MANY pins, so many options, so many NEW ones to collect. And at about $12-15 a pin, it makes for an easy souvenir. Get one every trip and display them in a case when you get home. Same with the pennies. You can get an organizer, you can turn them in crafts (magnets) or you can keep in your purse to find again on a rainy day (like me).

I am sure there are hundreds of other great things to look out for like tees, jewelry, Disney bags, plush, collectible mini plush and more. Find your thing and rock it. I also love to look at the Disney Kitchen items, I own a few but don’t have a Disney Kitchen…yet 🙂

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Why I LOVE Disney, let me count the ways…

Wondering why people think Disney is the BEST Vacation? Curious why people will go back and back and back again? READ on for Why I Love Disney.

Hey Fans, I am sitting here trying to think about what to post next and I remembered a visit we just had at the Eye Doctor. She, our Dr, had recently visited a few “other” theme park destinations and was very disappointed as they just weren’t Disney. As I am listening to her story, she is explaining what she noticed and how Disney is just SO much better and worth the price difference. So…it got me thinking…for those that are NEW to Disney, who haven’t tasted the Disney Kool-Aid yet – here are a few reasons why we love to Disney.

Service:

So this is no secret, Disney is known for its amazing service. But I often get asked for examples. I have thousands, but of course can’t name them all but here are a few that stand out, at the moment. The Cast Members, those sweet Disney employees. They are there to help create the Magic, they are part of the show. This means doing everything and anything, most of the time unexpectedly. Like the time a Cast Member sent my son a cake for his birthday. Still clueless on how that happened, allergy safe too. Or the time a CM saw my daughter and I walking down main street and asked us if we had Memory Maker. I said, yes…so he walked us to a secret location and took the most incredible pictures of us.

Cleanliness:

So this gets mentioned by my clients ALL THE TIME. They can’t believe how clean the parks are. Disney really does go out of their way to have the cleanest parks. Walt would walk Disneyland and watch park-goers. He would watch them get a snack, eat it and see how many steps it took before they were ready to trash. This is why trash cans are everywhere and they are strategically placed based on where the snacks/eats are. ALL CM’s are to pick up trash anytime they see it, no matter their title. NO Gum is sold at the parks, so no sticky rides, walkways or table tops. There are more examples, but trust me…Disney is very clean.

Themeing:

Disney has the BEST theming. In fact they created the concept, it adds to the magic. Some “other” parks have great theme placement too, but its not the ENTIRE park, usually just a section. Disney’s attention to detail is hands down amazing. Did you know that each “land” has different music and as you walk thru the different zones, the music changes…it’s so subtle you barely notice it unless you are looking for it. The entire park is themed and the transitions from one to the other are spotless. Heck, even the garbage cans are in character. CM costumes are another example. Did you know they aren’t allowed to walk from one land to another if they are in a specific lands costume. Make sure to look up and around and see the details, the hidden Mickeys and the transitions from one area to the next.

“Incredible” Garage Cans!!
Positive Vibes:

Disney is happy. It feels happy the moment you arrive, enter the park and walk around. The colors, the music, the gardens, the people…just happiness all around. The cast members are happy. As you walk down Main Street, they are smiling at you, welcoming you, waving and almost cheering you on for a good day. I love how even the security guards are happy and smiling. As they go through bag after bag, listening to who knows what from other park-goers…they are cheerful.

There are probably thousands of reasons why Disney is amazing. Why I can say…I love Disney to the Moon and Back. Why I will go over and over again AND I am not alone. The reason they are a bazillion $$ company. Once people drink the Disney Kool-Aid, they are hooked. I have several clients who claim they are only going once, a ONE and DONE vacation…well they went back and back again. If you’ve been, why do you LOVE Disney. Let me know in the comments.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Things TO DO Before Vacation: Packing for Disney

Headed out on vacation and afraid you will forget something? READ this list: Packing for Disney World & Beyond.

Hey guys, I am headed on vacation here in a few weeks. And one thing I always worry about is forgetting something. And I don’t mean, just packing items. I know many of you also have “nightmare” like dreams before a trip. READ this list of things not to forget to do BEFORE vacation: Packing for Disney World.

Hair and Nails:

I find this to be a COMMON item that people want to do before a trip, but often forget as time draws closer. So ladies don’t forget to spruce up your color, get those “Disney” nails and make sure those feet are cute shoes ready. Guys – don’t forget to trim your hairs too. And don’t forget the kids, they need beauty maintenance too. Now for those that might be wondering, why?? Why do I need to get my hair done – PICTURES. Most people on vacation take TONS of pictures and often are seeking out that amazing family pic.

My Disney Toes. Sorry if toes gross you out – eek.
Toiletry Shopping:

I can NOT tell you how many times I ask my husband if he needs anything at the store…just to have him write items on the list AFTER I went shopping. As annoying as this is on a week basis…its very, very frustrating ONE day before your trip. So make sure EVERYONE looks in their toiletry bags, bathroom cabinets, etc and shop for all your beauty items BEFORE you go. These “oops” I forgot to pack items can be costly. This majorly includes Sunscreen, Aloe and Deodorant. So make a list, check all your bags and shop ahead.

Clothes:

So I don’t just mean packing clothes…I mean making sure you have the right clothes for the right vacation. AND I also mean, clothes that fit. I have this issue every trip. Based on temps, location, style of trip and if I added a pound or two, certain items might need to be replaced. And KIDS, make them try on their summer shorts (especially if winter) and see if you need to purchase the next size up. Bathing suites and shoes too. Do this in advance, 2 days before your trip just adds more stress than needed.

Park Bags:

I find it VERY helpful to pack my “park” bag BEFORE the trip. I do this for a few reasons. 1 – make sure you OWN everything you need. 2 – helps you see if you are bringing too much and perhaps need 2 backpacks. 3 – it prevents you from forgetting something at the last minute. Rushing to the parks in the morning it tough enough, but finding you forgot an item is worse. Practice and pack ahead.

RANDOM:

I get many emails about people forgetting certain things…so to prevent vacation “nightmares” and I mean during sleep time. Label your suitcases NOW. Add your luggage tags NOW. Pack your swimsuits, sunscreen and such items NOW. Put your Magicbands in your bags NOW. Make lists and cross of items as you pack.

Hope this helps prevent any packing drama incidences. I have become a PRO at packing, travel in general and traveling with kids.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations – Contact me TODAY!!