Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Disney Trip Souvenir Suggestion

 Disney trips can be expensive, at best! And then buying souvenirs can really break the bank. I have come up with a few ideas for my children that have really helped keep things in check. Below you will find the things that we do to keep our souvenir budget under control.

  • Postcards: My Favorite! My kids each have a "photo album" with the little sleeves. Every time we go on vacation, they are allowed to get a new photo album. I typically pick them up from the Dollar Store and let them decorate their own. Then as we are traveling, they get to collect postcards from each place we go. They are also encouraged to write about their favorite thing that they saw or did at the location where the postcard was acquired. This has really added a nostalgic touch to their postcard memory albums. 
    • Postcards range from $0.25 - $2.00 each. Photo Album $1
  • Disney Trading Pins: These are a fun and semi-affordable way to remember your Disney vacation and possibly make a new friend in the process. The way it works is, you buy two pins that you like. You keep one and you trade one with someone else. Disney has special areas and times where everyone gets together to trade their pins.
    • Individual Pins range from $10 - $25 and Sets range from $13 - $130
  • Pictures: From a Kid's Eye View! I LOVE giving my kids a disposable (now a cheap digital) camera and letting them have at it! They get some of the most interesting pictures. But the best thing about it... the pictures they take are from their vantage point and they remember! They may take a picture of the Moose topiary in front of It's a Small World, something that I would have never photographed. However, that is something they found amazing and wanted to remember. Paired with a few pictures that I take of them, their pictures make the BEST memory books!
    • Disposable camera: $9 Developing: $12
These are just a few of my favorite ways to save money when my family travels to Disneyland, but are easily (and often) transferred to other destinations. Happy Travels My Friends!  

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