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  • On Sep 15, 2015
    Bridgid from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! I'm a single mother of a 4 yr old girl. This will be our first time cruising! We're stoked! Any suggestions to make our money go far? I'd like for her to enjoy the BB Boutique while we are there. Also when's the best time to enjoy the BBB?

    Welcome Aboard, Bridgid!

    How exciting that you are planning your very first Disney Cruise Line vacation! You and your little princess are going to have a royally good time, I'm sure!

    There are a couple of considerations for when to book the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I see that you are sailing on a 4-Night cruise on the Disney Dream. Your last day is your day at sea, which is when a Princess Party will most likely occur. So, you may want to wait until the evening after your day at Castaway Cay to get your daughter all sparkly and "princessed" up. That way, she will still be made up for the party.

    If you are more concerned about her looking regal for the entire cruise, then you might want to head to the BBB as soon as possible once you board. You can book your time online, once your booking window opens up. I know that at the BBB at Walt Disney World, if you bring your own princess dress, you can save that cost.

    Some money saving tips:
        Purchase Disney gift cards at a local store every time you have a little extra money. You can use these to pay off your shipboard balance when you are on the Dream
         Prepay your gratuities before you set sail
         Try to limit the souvenirs purchases, or at least have a set budget in mind
         Enjoy the drink of the day if you are in the mood for an adult beverage, these are typically around $5 
         Don't book pricey Port Adventures. The ship has plenty of fun activities that you can participate in, even while it is docked at a port (Our family usually does not leave the ship in Nassau)     

    Have a DREAMy first cruise!

    Happy Cruising, Tracy V.

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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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