• On Jun 22, 2016
    Franchesca from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Coming to DW in October- first trip in 6 yrs! We are super excited and have splurged on some items-staying at the GF, tix to La Nouba and MNSSHP, fun dining res. Can you think of any additional experiences/souvenirs that are magical, but budget friendly?

    Hi, Franchesca!

    It sounds like you have really been busy planning your upcoming vacation! You certainly have a lot of special touches, so I am sure it is going to be amazing. Here are a few more ideas for you....

    -Buy an autograph book. I especially like the ones that have room for an autograph on one side and a photo sleeve on the other. What a perfect way to remember your character meet and greets. You will easily find these at WDW gift shops and kiosks or purchase ahead of time online.

    -To keep on budget with your souvenirs, purchase a Disney Gift Card for each member of your travel party. This will let everyone know exactly what they have to spend and when it is gone, that's it! This really helps with the impulse buying.

    -Get matching shirts to wear one day. Get the same color, Disney shirts, or even fun personalized shirts. This will make a great family photo when you are in front of Cinderella Castle. These don't have to be expensive, I have found great Disney shirts at local discount retailers.

    -To get in the spirit, make little "thank you" notes on index cards before leaving home. Leave this for your housekeeper, hand one to a bus driver, or to a special Cast Member. Everyone at Disney works so hard, so it is nice to let them know how much we appreciate them.

    I am so excited for you with your upcoming stay at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. It is sure to be the trip of a lifetime!


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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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