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Disney World: 4 Things Worth The Extra Splurge

You and I both know that a Disney World vacation isn’t free.  There are lots of ways to save money, many deals to be had and a ton of research you can do before you go that insures you are maximizing both your time and your dollars.

But despite the dollars you spend to GET there, you will still be faced with dozens of opportunities to spend MORE once you arrive. It is both tempting and painful…. and your small people will go wide-eyed at the options as you woefully turn your pockets inside out.

However, there are a few items worth that extra splurge.

Character Dining.  Whether you choose to include a Disney Dining Plan in your vacation, booking at least one Charcter meal while you are at the Parks is more than worth the price of the food.  Breakfast with Minnie and Mickey, lunch with Winnie the Pooh and Friends, or any number of meals in Cinderella’s castle.  There are so many to choose from and my kids were in awe.  As you eat, the charcters make their way to every single table. If we were going for a week again soon, I would carve out time for more than one meal.  They are THAT special.

Ice Cream from Main Street Ice Cream Parlor – this is on my family’s ‘must-do’ list every time we visit the Magic Kingdom. The vintage style parlour is fun, a welcome break from the heat during the summer, and the ice cream is divine.

One Souvenier We have a family policy on this… our small people can choose ONE souvenier.  If we allowed more than that, we wouldn’t be able to afford to take our luggage home.  We never let them choose on the first day and it has to be something they really set their mind to.  This year – it was these hats.  And, I will tell you, even now,  they wear them all the time.

Park Hopper Pass – If you are going to Disney World, choose the Park Hopper tickets that allow you to go to more than one park in a day.  If you spend the morning at Animal Kingdom, see everything your kids want to see, you can still make it to the Magic Kingdom that afternoon or evening for the parades and firework displays.  Having the option allows you to be flexible, relaxed and truly enjoy each park.

Bonus: (This is a bonus because you need to have it – but it is FREE!)  The Verizon Disney Mobile Magic app, guides your family through the MAGIC with all of the latest tips and tricks for navigating the park – including the times characters are available and how long lines are for Fast Pass Rides. Download it now!

A big thanks to Verizon for sponsoring this campaign. Data rates may apply for app download/use. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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