5 FREE things at Disney World

After spending your savings to vacation at Disney, LEARN about 5 things that are FREE.

Dear Nina, we are SO excited about our trip. Thanks again for all of your help and spot-on advice. I am wondering what else I need to save for, outside of our Disney Resort Package. Anything that is FREE, lol? Anything we can enjoy without an extra cost? Thanks again – Tim.

Hi Tim, I am SO excited for your family!! So based on your package, you are ALL set with the Resort, Park Tickets and Food, so all you need to save for are tips (Waitress, Housekeeping, Bell Service, Bus Driver, etc) and Souvenirs. PS – I think everyone NEEDS Mouse Ears 🙂

As far as FREE, not sure if this is what you are talking about, but many people don’t realize the following things (see my list). Not to mention I get asked often if the shows, parades, etc are FREE – they are!! My family LOVES the Shows, they are so well put together and the acting/singing is top-notch, think Broadway. Keep following my page for more tips & tricks and enjoy my LIST of FREE items at Disney:

#1 – Celebration Pins:

So, this might not seem like a HUGE perk, but all Disney Visitors can get a Celebration Button. So if you are celebrating a Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, Engagement, Milestone or like that one time I celebrated a “Trip SANS Kids”…I got a button for FREE. Ask at your resort or Guest Services in the Parks.

#2 – ICE WATER:

Again, might not seem like a HUGE win, but when you take into the cost of bottled water at the parks, FREE is sure a deal. You can ask for FREE Ice Water at ANY Quick Service Dining Location. TIP: Pack a refillable water bottle or sippy cup and pour that water in – no need to hunt down straws or lids.

#3 – KIDCOT FUN SPOT:

SEE my EPCOT post on this one, but WOW what fun. Your kids can explore all the countries in the World Showcase and collect Cards from ALL the countries, not to mention learn a few NEW words from around the world. Take the time to talk to the Cast Members, they always make our trip special and very magical.

#4 – WILDERNESS EXPLORES:

Head over to Animal Kingdom for this FUN Activity. I get so many people who think Animal Kingdom won’t be a FULL day park, well once your kids fall in love with collecting “badges” from this activity, you will find yourself exploring Animal Kingdom ALL DAY. You can’t miss these zones, look for the Wilderness Explores Signs or Cast Members dressed like Russel from UP.

#5 – CARDS:

Did you know there are 2 types of cards you can collect on property? One being from the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Scavenger Game and the other comes from Transportation (Wild About Safety) posts around property. Who else loves the Timon & Pumbaa Safety Spot Cartoons that play in your Disney Resort Room, well now you can collect cards 🙂 The Sorcerers game is SO much fun, especially if you have time to kill in the parks or are living with a gamer.

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MNSSHP, Perfect for Childless Millennials

Are you kid free? Or perhaps want to be for just ONE night? READ on for why I think MNSSHP is perfect for those Childless Millennials.

Hey Fans, It’s almost Halloween, my FAVORITE time of year and it has me thinking of my favorite party, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I was lucky enough to attend this year and without children. It was AMAZING!! I felt very free. I felt like a Childless Millennial, so it got me thinking, MNSSHP is perfect for those without kids.

Trick or Treat:

So as I am standing there with my costume on and a bag just waiting to be filled with candy, I am thinking…should I be doing this? Isn’t this just for kids? I looked around and quickly noticed I was NOT alone. The amount of young adults or even older adults without kids was massive. Not to mention the amount of “parents” who were also holding bags of candy. This tradition, that is usually reserved for children, is awakened at Disney. For that adult that wished they could have treated just one more year or wish they could dress up in a fun costume without being that “slutty” nurse (again) this party is PERFECT!!

The Characters:

As I watched stroller after stroller waiting in line for characters (hoping their kids behaved or were still awake), there were Childless Millennials having the time of their lives. Perhaps they waited in a line or two, but they were laughing, taking pictures, having a great time. No need to worry about bedtimes, fussy toddlers or getting that perfect picture of Johnny looking at the camera. When it was their turn, they took selfies and chatted with the characters (yes adults like characters) on a different level. They helped their friends take the perfect shot and making sure everyone got the picture they wanted. They swapped their candy with each other, eating all the sugar they wanted…while enjoying every single aspect of the party without worry.

The Shows/Parades:

Being an adult, they were able to enjoy the shows from any view point. No need to arrive early and secure a curb seat (unless wanted). They could enjoy the party to the fullest, then just walk up right before the parade and enjoy. I remember thinking to myself, you can’t do that with kids. With kids you need a good seat or they can’t see. So you arrive early, miss parts of the party so Susie can see it all. Then after the show, they were gone…off to do something else. They didn’t need to put kids back in a stroller or make sure kids didn’t pass out, thus time to leave. And better yet, they could do the later shows and keep treating, riding and meeting characters while everyone with kids skipped out early to see ALL the first shows. No bedtime has its perks.

FUN for all:

On the way to the party, that night, I ran into 4 “Childless Millennials”. I knew they were as they had pins on that labeled them as such. They were dressed so cute, looked so happy and excited…just as I was. Childless Millennials are children grown up, they are ME before I had kids. They are in a great stage in their lives where they can enjoy, explore and create without the worry of children. So, you have to admit…doing events like MNSSHP without kids has its perks. It was so nice to see people of all ages and stages enjoying themselves. So Childless Millennials, Enjoy!! I had fun being you, I missed my kids but I think I missed my freedom a little bit more that night.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Disney Rides, KID Approved – Magic Kingdom

Got kids? Wondering which rides are best to enjoy and fastpass AND are kid approved? Read on for our Magic Kingdom list.

Hey guys, as you might know…I had to make fastpasses this week for my family’s BIG Disney World Vacation. This time around I asked my kids to take control. They picked the dining locations AND the rides. But more specifically which rides I was to fastpass. They had to follow the guidelines set by Disney, per the Tiered System but got to pick whatever they wanted. My kids are not dare-devils but they are very Disney experienced…so basically these are rides picked by kid experts. Magic Kingdom Rides for Kids…

Adventureland:

Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean are a HUGE hit for my kids. Perhaps its because they have been doing them since babyhood or perhaps its because I have “forced” them on them enough times but they were both on the list. They love Jungle Cruise for the cheesy safari humor and when you have an amazing skipper, it can make the experience/memory. And who doesn’t love the 8th Wonder of the World?!?! Pirates is great for the action and minor hill drop but mostly for the silly pirate antics that ensue. I have been calling them “silly pirates” since they were toddlers and it worked in my favor. My kids can’t get enough of these “really bad eggs”

Haunted Mansion:

Do I need to say anything about this ride? I feel like just saying, mic drop, lol. Haunted Mansion is another ride that we never miss and was independently placed on the list. They have been listening to the music since birth; I remember holding them in the “elevator” area and talking about “silly ghosts” as the ride progressed. It was an instant hit for my daughter. My son still needs some convincing, but secretly…he loves it. I think he likes playing the “I am scared card” for more mom hugs. But either way, if you prepared your kids for this ride, it can be a fun experience.

Haunted Mansion!!
Tomorrowland:

It’s also no surprise that my kids listed the Buzz Lightyear ride. You know, where you shoot “guns” at targets. Where you try to defeat Zurg. Of course the HUGE hit to this game for my kids is…beating mom. Yep…I am the champion in the family and everyone loves to gang up on me to beat my score. It is not beneath them to distract me when I am trying to continue my winning streak. Tomorrowland Speedway was also on the list, don’t tell the husband. Ummm…what kid wouldn’t want to drive and control a car on the “open” road?? My kids are still a little to short to reach the gas peddles, but they both love having complete control of the steering wheel. The more “crashing” the better.

Peter Pan:

Isn’t this on EVERYONES list? I mean within 20 minutes of opening for the day, Peter Pan can get super long, super fast. And there is nothing I hate more than waiting more than say 30 mins for a 45 second ride, lol. So this is a ride we fastpass, Only issue is, if you fastpass this ride you miss the entire queue area which was put in recently (well a few years now), but its super cute. So if you can score this ride, for under 30…try it out and enjoy the queue area. My kids love seeing where Tink will go.

So…whats on your kids list? Have you ever thought of letting the kids control the trip? Within reason, of course. My kids never know when we are going, but they know its booked and help plan when asked. This trip will be extra special as I am just the Travel Agent on this one, the rest is on them. They even picked the Resort.

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!!