Top 10 Souvenirs the Mouze Kateerz Fanz Just Can’t Pass Up On A Disney Vacation

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By Amanda, Disney’s Cheapskate Princess.

Purchasing souvenirs is a huge part of most Disney vacations. My kids save money for months so they’ll have some cash to spend at the Happiest Shopping Place on Earth. We checked with the Mouze Kateerz Fanz to find out what souvenirs they just had to purchase on vacation (regardless of the price.)

Here’s the Top 10 List straight from the fanz!

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1. Disney Dolls

Rebecca Yahn, “We always buy the Disney plush characters. On our last trip my daughter took two with her from home and returned from the trip with 5, that’s right, 5 more.”

2. Mouse Ears

Courtney McWilliams, “Mouse ears! There are so many fabulous designs that my girl always wants a new pair! “

Stephanie Barnett, “Ears! My kids always get them every time no matter what.”

3. Christmas Ornaments

Sarah Estelle-Hintz, “A Christmas ornament that we have the date put on. That way every year when we decorate we can relive each vacation.”

Amy Velueman, “We always go by the old Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square and get a new red Mickey ornament.”

Marie Hackman, “A yearly Disney ornament. We hope to have enough to create an heirloom tree for our children! Each one will be of a tangible memory of an amazing time we had as a family!”

Carrie Funk, “I always get at least one really nice ornament like a Wedgewood, preferably with the year on it so we can remember that trip. But I also buy the Mickey shaped ornaments and the movie specific ornaments. My tree is 90-95% Disney.”

Kim Howe, “I always get a new Disney ornament. Something that will remind me of that specific vacation, so I can remember it each year as I trim the tree.”

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4. Dooney and Bourke

Karen Maser, “Dooney and Bourke Disney bags!”  

Shirley Grant,“Xmas ornaments and a Dooney & Bourke Disney bag!!!”

Anne Barnes, “Dooney and burke wristlet!”

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5. Pins

Jennifer Hollar, “Pins!”

Shelly Nelson, “Pins. We collect NBC, Figment and Cheshire, holiday ones and keep our eyes open for unique ones.”

6. Jewelry

Amy Shelley, “I always buy some jewelry. I drool over the really expensive Mickey Mouse silhouette diamond earrings, but generally end up with something in sterling. I bought copper-colored pearl Mickey Mouse earrings a few trips ago. They are larger than I like, but are quite unique. My current favorite earrings are small clear stones set in a sterling setting in the shape of…you guessed it, Mickey Mouse!”

Jenn Murphy, “I can’t buy ‘anything’ I want…no D&B bags for me…. but within reason ,yes.  I see, I buy, like my cute ring I got at the gift shop and enjoy wearing.”

Dee Dean, “I usually get a piece of jewelry…I am in good company here, haha! A ring or a charm for my bracelet to remind me of each trip.”

Chrystie Wojcik, “Last 3 trips, a Dooney. I thought I’d get a sericel on those trips, but didn’t. The fist year I took my son there was a spot at the Marketplace where we got a painting made using his and my handprints, and I really wanted that to be the park souvenir every trip, but they only had that the first trip.”

Tracy Bollman, “I have to get a bead for my Pandora bracelet and I always have to get a hoodie.”

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7. Mugs

Jenn Murphy “Mugs! I love mugs. And at $12-15.00 a pop, it’s something for me to buy multiple mugs on every trip. What better way to remember a lovely vacation than sipping warm tea out of a fun souvenir mug? (I love my new Epcot France mug.)”

Nancy Ahlsen, “Mugs for me as well!!!! But only specific kinds. Tinker bell, DVC, Alice and one time I scored one with the fairy godmother on it!

8. T-shirts

Paul Saint, “I HAVE to get, at least, one Disney T-shirt. I like to get the ones I can’t find anywhere else.”

Aimee Lucia-Sinopoli, “Mickey t-shirt for my son.”

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9. Key Chains

My Disney buddy Heather Love hit two categories, “Key chains so I can think of Disney every time I use my keys. (I still get the cheaper ones though; I cannot help it). And coffee mugs because I drink it every day.”

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10. Club 33 Merchandise

Kathleen Huge must be doing her shopping at Disneyland, as she suggests, “Club 33 merchandise!”

Here’s my favorite answer though, as I am definitely a cheapskate at heart.

Michael Boehm, “Heh, I’m cheap. I don’t buy anything ‘regardless of price’.”

There you have it, the Mouze Kateerz fanz Top 10 best souvenirs to buy at Disney, somewhat regardless of the price.

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in the gift shops, Disney Visa card in hand.

Amanda

Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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What should you budget for extras at Disney?

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The Mouze Kateerz writers have been to Disney hundreds (if not thousands) of times. When I asked the group “How much do you spend on souvenirs?” The answers varied greatly. That’s one thing that I love about the writers. They are so diverse. What was very clear in all of the responses is that you have to set a budget that you can afford and stick with it. Here is what the writers had to say:Walt Disney, Walt Disney statue, Mickey Mouse photo, Mickey Mouse statue, Main Street statue

Lisa P: Too much! I usually take a couple hundred knowing that I am going to want a Dooney and Bourke purse and something from the Disney Vacation Club line.

Teresa S: Never enough!!! I always have my Disney VISA with me!

Lucinda: Before moving to Orlando, I’d buy most of my souvenirs online via the Disney Store or ebay…and spent very little at the parks during vacation.

Denny: Since I take so many pictures, I don’t buy much in the souvenir department. What better souvenir than a camera full of magical moments! I do like buying pins now and again when one is particularly fetching! Grins!

Andrea: We always go on a budget because we know we always get carried away. I’d say we always spend a couple hundred $$$ because we always get pins, an ornament and at least one thing for each of us.sunset on Bay Lake, sunset on Bay Lake photo, sunset photo, Seven Seas Lagoon photo, Disney sunset photo, Disney photo

Melissa R: We don’t budget it, we try to keep it within reason (and usually succeed). Usually pins. When the kids first ride a “big thrill ride” they will each get a t-shirt and pin to commemorate it. My husband usually gets me a Disney watch.

Didi: My kids were always very reserved when choosing to buy souvenirs, except for pins, that is!! My mom would get them each a $50 Disney Gift Card, and the choice was theirs. As of late, I’ve become very dangerous when passing Dooney & Bourke items.

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Make a Magical Memory: Disney Inspired Embroidery

By Frances

Have you ever been to the Walt Disney World Resort and seen a family all dressed alike in matching Mickey shirts and wished it was your family? In an effort to showcase some of the best work for Mouze Kateerz readers, I would like to introduce Make a Magical Memory.

Here is a note that Shannon wanted me to include:

I started Make a Magical Memory a little over a month ago, I had been thinking about it for a while now but with the addiction to Pinterest and Etsy I kept seeing all of these things that I would LOVE to take on my Disney Vacation. I thought to myself if I only had the time to make all this stuff, I would be in my glory. I have always been very crafty coming from a long line of “crafters”.  My mother the Home Economics teacher, my grandmother who when I was small made and sold porcelain dolls, and embroidered items as well as my great grandmother who hand embroidered some beautiful pieces I still cherish today. It’s only natural that I would carry the “crafty” gene. I thought if I could help people add magic to their vacations by making them items whether it be matching Tshirts or water bottles, then I have the best of both worlds. Doing something I love and helping people make more magic. Things are still very much in the starting stages, my Etsy Page is FAR from complete so much so I am embarrassed by it. I have been taking orders over Facebook for now https://www.facebook.com/MakeAMagicalMemory

It’s hard for me to give pricing as each design is different. It’s priced at $1.00 per 1000 stitches and the cost of the item which I don’t charge extra for, what I pay for the TSHIRT my client pays for the TSHIRT. I do have a few photos of items I have made for clients and the prices I charged for you to get an idea.
Donald Duck Bath Towel $20
Mickey “Mom” Water Bottle $7
Mickey Pilgrim Sweatshirt $18
Pluto Halloween TShirt $25
These are just some of the things I have done to date. My FB page has only been up for about a month live, and unfortunately I lost power with Hurricane Sandy and had a 2 week trip to WDW in there so I wish I had more to share but I am working diligently now to catch up for the holidays! If there is anything else you need from me please feel free to ask!
**** SPECIAL FOR MOUZE KATEERZ READERS ***** Orders placed before December 15, 2012 will receive a 10% discount on embroidery. Please tell Shannon that you discovered her on Mouze Kateerz.
You Can Reach Shannon at Make a Magical Memory on Facebook
By e-mail: shann0521@gmail.com
or on her cell: 732-547-9087
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5 Reasons You Will Love Disney’s Bay Lake Tower Resort

By Amanda, Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

Bay Lake Tower is a Disney Deluxe Resort parked right next to the Contemporary Resort. It’s one of the most expensive places to stay on Disney property, but there are definite advantages to booking a vacation here if you have the cash.

5 Reasons You’ll Love Bay Lake Tower

1. Location, location, location!

You can ride on a monorail practically to the gates of the Magic Kingdom, or you can walk there in under 15 minutes, just 10 minutes if you walk a pretty good pace. What other resort are you close enough to walk to the House of Mouse? None, just Bay Lake Tower.

2. Take a boat over to the Wilderness Lodge

While Bay Lake Tower has clean lines, soft colors, and subtle landscaping, it’s not exactly what I would call the best themed resort in the Disney line up. The theming award goes to Wilderness Lodge, which is a short boat ride away. The ride is relaxing at night, and you can’t beat spending free time at the Lodge. Make sure you try their chocolate brownie! At just $4 and large enough to share, it’s a sure Cheapskate Princess favorite.

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3. Kids Activities

Step over to the Contemporary Resort, and the kids can window shop in three gift shops. On the bottom floor of BLT is the Community Hall,where kids can do crafts and play video games. Be sure to take your room key with you. There are videos you can borrow from the community hall, and at night, there is a bug screen Disney movie out on the grassy lawn. Boats to rent, tennis courts, two incredible pools, game room, and roasting marshmallows on a fire pit before dusk…the kids will have a blast.

4. A Simply Amazing Bathroom

The master bathroom in the 1,2 and 3 bedrooms accommodations is fantastic. Whirlpool tub, rain head shower, and beautiful tile with deep colored woodwork all add up to vacation relaxation. That whirlpool tub is especially wonderful for tired legs muscles and sore feet.

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5. The Top of the World Lounge

At the very top of Bay Lake Tower is a beautifully fashioned “lounge” that serves drinks and food, with an amazing view of Bay Lake on one side and the Magic Kingdom/Seven Seas Lagoon on the other side. During the 10 p.m. “Wishes” fireworks show, the music is piped in, so you have a top floor unobstructed theme park view.

How much does it cost  to stay at Bay Lake? You have to see it to believe it!

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So if you have the cash, you’ll love being so close to the Magic Kingdom with so many fantastic amenities.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you on the walk to the front gate…

Amanda

Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Sell Your Candy and Help the Troops!

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By Frances

When I saw the page “Halloween Candy Buy Back”, I thought it was a hoax. So, I did a little research and it’s absolutely true. I was thinking, how can you make money off of the Halloween candy! Click on the above link. Search your zip code for a local dentist that will buy back your candy for $1 per pound and they will send your candy to the troops. Downtown Disney, Goofy's Downtown Disney, Goofy snacks, Disney snacks

I know that this article is not directly about the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort or the Disney Cruise Line but I feel strongly about helping the troops out anyway that I can. An added bonus is that I will not be subjected to riffling through the buckets looking for treats for myself that will later trick themselves onto my hips:-)

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What to pack in your back pack for a day at Disney!

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By Frances.

After several trips to Disney, I have narrowed down what I need to pack in my back pack to take to the park. I use to carry the kitchen sink and now I carry as little as possible.

Here is my packing list:

  1. Tickets! I know it sounds like a no brainer but they have been left in the room.
  2. Condensed wallet: Driver License, Insurance cards, room key with charging capabilities and a few dollars cash. You can leave your Costco membership card at home or in the room. It’s not going to benefit you at the parks.
  3. Two bottles of water. I freeze them during the hotter months.
  4. Baggy for phones if I’m planning on going on water rides.
  5. Small bottle of Hand Sanitizer.
  6. Baby Wipes. Even with older kids, it’s nice to be able to quickly clean your hands.
  7. Extra socks if we are planning to ride water rides or if it will be raining. Sometimes we back flip flops.
  8. Disney backpack, Disney bag, Disney purseSunscreen & lip balm with SPF.  Some people don’t realize you definitely can get a sunburn in December while in sunny Florida.
  9. Granola bars, trail mix or goldfish. Nice quick snacks to tie you over till your reservation. I would avoid chocolate because it melts.
  10. Ibuprofen or Aspirin
  11. Rain Ponchos for everyone. They don’t have to be expensive. I use the ones that are less than $1 at Target and Wal-Mart. They are very small and I can toss them in the trash after I use them if I need to. I usually take eight per trip and take four in the backpack.
  12. During hotter months, I take a washcloth in a Zip Lock bag. I can wet it down and to help keep cooler. Zip Lock bags can also keep your camera dry.
  13. Hairbrush to untangle my daughter’s hair midday.
  14. Camera, and maybe extra batteries

The well-planned backpack, or any sort of bag, is essential for your day at the parks.

Packing everything you need for the day can keep your trip costs down and make your life far easier, and your vacation much more fun, when you don’t have to worry about everything you forgot.

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Frances

Frances Hedrick is a Disney Vacation Planner for Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys. She has stayed more than 150 days at the Walt Disney World Resort and at 14 of the resorts with her own family and friends. She loves sharing Disney magic 365 days a year.

You can contact her at frances@distinctive-journeys.com or on her cell: 404-414-6198. You can follow her magical vacations on her Facebook page: Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys.

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Epcot’s Candlelight Processional: A Holiday Event That Is A Must Do For The Family

By Shannan.   

The Candlelight Processional at Disney’s Epcot is an annual event held during the holiday season.  Famous guest narrators retell the story of Christ’s birth with various national mass choirs and a 50 piece orchestra. 

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A friend of our family has been lucky enough to have her high school choir be invited to sing. The event takes place at the American Gardens theater and fills up quickly.  We waited for over an hour for a “chance” to get a seat.

My whole family agrees that it is well worth the wait and really gets you into the Christmas spirit.  The theater fills quickly and being in line does NOT guarantee a seat. 

To ensure seating, you can book a Candlelight Dinner package at one of several Epcot restaurants.  This also allows for preferred seating for the Candlelight Processional and for the Illuminations fireworks display.  This is definitely a do not miss holiday event.

The following is information for the 2013 Candlelight Processional

Schedule & Narrators†
American Gardens Theatre (5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m.)
November 23 to November 25, 2012 — Geena Davis
November 26 to November 29, 2012 — Neil Patrick Harris
November 30 to December 1, 2012 — Whoopi Goldberg
December 2 to December 4, 2012 — Andy Garcia
December 5 to December 7, 2012 — TBA
December 8 to December 9, 2012 — James Denton
December 10 to December 13, 2012 — Jodi Benson
December 14 to December 16, 2012 — Olivia Newton John
December 17 to December 19, 2012 — TBA
December 20 to December 22, 2012 — Trace Adkins
December 23 to December 25, 2012 — Gary Sinise
December 26 to December 28, 2012 — Amy Grant
December 29 to December 30, 2012 — Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason

Lunch and Dinner Packages
Lunch Packages range from $32.99–$55.99 for Guests 10+, and $12.50–$17.99 for Guests 3–9

  • Participating restaurants include: Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Les Chefs de France, Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, San Angel Inn, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli.

Dinner Packages range from $49.99–$66.99 for Guests 10+, and $14.50–$26.99 for Guests 3–9

  • Participating restaurants include: Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, The Garden Grill Restaurant, La Hacienda de San Angel, Les Chefs de France, Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, San Angel Inn, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli.

Your lunch and dinner package includes:

  • Appetizer
  • Entree
  • Dessert
  • Non-alcoholic beverage
  • (OR full buffet where applicable)
  • Guaranteed seating at the Candlelight Processional show
  • Pre-arranged Fireworks Viewing Area

Thanks to Denny for his fabulous photos, and than you for coming along for a photographical Disney ride!

Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys can make these reservations for you and book your next magical vacation. 404-424-6198 or frances@distinctive-journeys.com

Shannan

By day, Denny is the Marketing Manager for the
Manatee Players inBradenton,Florida, a nationally recognized community theater. By night, he frequently performs in musicals in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.
But…his heart, camera and annual pass are always in Orlando! He loves sharing his photos with the world and hopes that they take you away from your dull existance to the magical world of Disney!

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Shannan is the founder of Addicted to Mickey and Addicted to Mickey on Facebook. She is also a booking affiliate with Guru Travel.

Shannan is 35-years-old and was born and raised in a small town in middle Tennessee. Her husband Paul, of 13 years and their 3 children share my love and passion of Disney. “We don’t get to go near as often as we want to, but as often as we can. “Each time I go to Disney, I try new experiences in lodging and dining so I can share it with friends and family that seek my advice on trip planning!”

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