There are many common problems most parents visiting The Disneyland Resort in California or The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida all seem to share and that is how to save enough money without their children missing out on all of the things they want to make sure they experience. One of the biggest experiences parents want their children to have is the infamous Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique make over. Some of us on a Disney vacation can be visiting on a very tight budget and maybe even as a once in a lifetime trip! Making the most out of it is extremely important to the entire family. There are some awesome money saving tips for those of you traveling on that tight budget who also want your children to experience as much as they can.
First off, this time of year is the perfect time to grab those leftover Halloween costumes that usually cost a fortune at their lowest prices. Stores are practically giving them away to make room on their floor for their Christmas items. I used to pick up all the gowns, costumes, shoes, and accessories in different sizes for the upcoming year at this very time and put them away for future Birthday gifts, Christmas presents, and upcoming Disney trips.
Another great option is buying these items from the popular auction site Ebay. Parents spend so much money on these costumes that they tend to want to make some of their money back. You can even purchase the beloved Mickey ears and other popular Disney hats from Ebay less expensive than you would find them on vacation.
Many parents may never think to stop in your local thrift stores and Goodwill shops. I was one of them until my teenage daughter dragged me in. The prices are usually so extremely low and most of the time your money is going to a local charity as well. It is a win win for everyone.
Giving these items to the kids can be done in a few different special ways. You can give them as birthday presents, holiday gifts, or better yet on your actual Disney vacation. Some of our clients and friends will have one of the parents take their children out of the room for an hour or so and have the other parent stay behind decorating the room and laying the costume out on the bed for the children to find later on when they return to the room.
We as parents tend to feel guilty for not bringing the child to the salon in Disney but I promise you that children only know what you tell them. Pack some make up, hairspray, and sprinkle glitter in with your luggage. Spend a half hour with your little one primping and preparing them for their royal make over by mommy or daddy in the hotel room before leaving for the day. This way, not only are you saving money, you are actually creating those magical memories with your little one that they will remember for life. Remember the magic that happens is free and so are the memories.