Disney Vacation Planning: Keeping the Magic Alive

Many of us cannot afford nor have the available vacation time to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth every year. For those of us in that boat, I have some suggestions to keep our hopes up and our Magical Spirits going:

Incorporate Disney into your everyday life (aka “Show Your Disney Side!):

  • Change your wall-paper on your computer desktop to a Disney theme – changing it regularly. Seeing Mickey or Donald or a scene from Walt Disney World puts me right there beside my favorite character.
  • Pull out your “just-for-Disney” t-shirt or jewelry and wear it. Looking in the mirror and seeing Mickey staring back at me puts a smile on my face every time. Why keep things just for Disney – keep it with you everyday.
  • Change up your mundane coffee or tea cup in the morning – use that special Tinker Bell or Mickey mug for your wake-up drink to get you going in the morning and remind you that Mickey is only a reach away.
  • Do some shopping online for Disney items to use on your next trip or for a surprise for a special person in your life or yourself. Check out local retailers for Disney items – seems like a lot of different stores carry things now.

Plan a spur of the moment long weekend:

  • Dream for a minute you could suddenly get a long weekend and have the funds to go to Walt Disney World for a short jaunt. Pick out a hotel – maybe come up with several options. What about tickets – add in park passes? Layout in your mind what to take, what to do, where to stay and pretend the sky is the limit or plan a less expensive way to pull it off. Even if you can’t go through with it, planning can be half the fun.

Catch up on all the changes and goings-on at Walt Disney World:

  • Check the Disney or your favorite websites, such as The Affordable Mouse, for things that are open, just opening or being renovated.
  • Look around for trip reports either from friends or different websites. Really read what others have to say about what they did or wouldn’t do again – live a trip through someone else’s words and pictures.

And until that Magical trip can come true – Remember all it takes is some Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust!

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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