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February 7, 2008

Our Trip to the World of the Mouse Part V: Tips & Suggestions

Our last day at Disney was rainy and chilly, so we decided not to spend any money on expensive park admissions, instead spending our day running around the hotel, playing in the game room, etc. It was a good break from the hustle of the week.

Overall, it was a fun trip. One activity I didn’t mention before was a 2 hour Pirate Adventure DS went on. While the weather didn’t permit them going out on a boat, he still had a blast running around the Grand Floridian with a bunch of other kids in Pirate Mouse hats saying “Argh” and looking for treasure. It was well worth the $31 we paid.

Disney’s PhotoPass was well worth it, the photographers were all over the parks and many took the time to capture candids and extra shots rather than just take one and done. You can pre-purchase a photo CD at discounted rates risk-free as it’s fully refundable if you decide not to buy the disc. (By the way, this works even after your trip and pictures have been taken – we “pre-purchased”, got our redemption code, then bought our pictures using the code in about 10 minutes, saving us $25).

A friend gave us this idea a little too late for us this trip. About 2 months before your trip, go out on on eBay and buy inexpensive Disney pins. There are literally thousands for sale. Then, when you bring your kids to the park, let them trade them for others. Cast Members have to trade pins with children, as long as they don’t have the exact same pin, and there are many other enthusiastic traders of all ages at the park who will also trade. Their kids had a blast trading pins, even going to a ‘pin trading event’, and look forward to doing more on their next trip.

We couldn’t say enough good things about the site MouseSavers as a resource for tips, recommendations and information. They have a great monthly newsletter, hot deal announcements, and forums.

Lastly, despite not being able to check our bags at the hotel because we flew Southwest, I’d fly them again. Their new numbered boarding system rocks, and the crew as usual were fun and helpful.

Where to next? Who knows, but wherever it is I’ll write about it. 🙂

1 Comment »

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Aaron Wakling

    Comment by Aaron Wakling — February 7, 2008 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

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