Extra Magic

There are a million ways to add a little boost of ‘extra magic’ to your trip.  I hope you choose to use Fairy Godmailers to have your child’s favorite character contact them, before or after their trip.  No matter how you decide to augment your vacation, here’s a list of some other special ideas to add that extra something to your trip.

 Before your trip

  • Create (or buy) a countdown calendar
  • Disney florist
  • DIY crafts
  • Kingdom Keeper Books
  • Science of Disney Imagineering DVD Series
  • D23 Convention
  • Disney recipe book
  • Coloring book – disney, your own pics
  • Disney soundtrack
  • Disney Movies anywhere
  • Podcasts and blogs
  • Youtube walkthrough videos
  • Cake hotline
  • Disney Park Books – Field Guide

Bring with you

  • Bring tinker bell gifts
  • Bring along toys for your kids, and others (bracelets and bubbles)
  • Take a toy to give away and make some magic for another family
  • Refillable water bottles
  • DIY or vintage t shirts
  • Pennies and Quarters (see souvenirs)
  • Buy or create autograph books (or other autograph items)

Lesser Known Resort Amenities

  • Wakeup calls by a character
  • Package delivery (from parks and outside)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Magical express
  • Valet parking at hotels, then use resort transportation to park
  • Free Wifi
  • Grocery delivery
  • Prescription delivery
  • Restaurant food delivery
  • Taxi service
  • Car rental

Activities at the resorts – free

  • Playgrounds
  • Arcades
  • Pools
  • Nighttime movies
  • Campfire
  • Organized kids activities
  • Resort trivia games
  • Pirate adventure game animal kingdom
  • Watch animals at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Animal Kingdom Wilderness Explorer book
  • Magic cookie hour at Wilderness Lodge
  • Wilderness lodge tour
  • free balloons port orleans french quarter
  • Free leis at Polynesian
  • Go resort hopping
  • Relax at the beach
  • Animation class
  • Restaurant tours
  • Fireworks
  • Electrical Water Parade

Activities at the resorts – paid

  • Saratoga Springs Spa
  • Character meals
  • Rent watercraft
  • Go parasailing
  • Go fishing
  • Tea parties
  • Pirate treasure hunts
  • Fireworks cruises
  • Carriage rides Pony rides
  • Horse riding
  • Archery at fort wilderness
  • Find all of the amazing food
  • Yee Haw Bob at Port Orleans Riverside

Park Amenities

  • Wifi
  • Sunshine Seasons and Electric Umbrella at Epcot, Tortuga Tavern and Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Restaurantosaurus in Disney’s Animal Kingdom all have free, self-service drink refill stations
  • AAA parking
  • Disney chase VISA perks
  • Photopass (without paying)
  • First aid and baby care centers

Activities at the parks – free

  • Sign up for the Jedi Academy
  • Play the sorcerer’s kingdom game
  • Kidcot
  • Perry’s adventure
  • Ride the monorail loop
  • Take a free boat ride
  • Animation class
  • Harmony Barber Shop and free pixie dust
  • Character interactions
  • Fireworks
  • Electrical Water Parade
  • Parade viewing

Activities at the parks – paid

  • Learn to surf
  • Divequest
  • Take a backstage tour
  • Dine with an imagineer
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Character meals
  • Pirate’s League
  • Names engraved on a magic kingdom brick
  • Dessert parties
  • Holiday parties
  • Drink around the world
  • Find all of the amazing food

Unique, inexpensive or just cool souvenir ideas

  • Buy pressed coin souvenirs
  • Practice the art of pin trading
  • Silhouette portrait
  • Get buttons (and turn them into magnets)
  • Personalized Christmas ornament
  • Chinese fan
  • Take professional portraits
  • Memory Maker
  • Free planning DVD
  • Sonny eclipse stickers
  • Tomorrowland Speedway and Dumbo licenses
  • Transportation trading cards
  • Epcot passports

Downtown Disney – free

  • Live music and street performance
  • Free chocolate
  • Splash pad
  • Lego sculptures
  • Free mini lego set
  • Take a Boat ride
  • Live birds at Rainforest Café
  • The Princess parade
  • Watch a glass blowing or etching demonstration
  • “ride” a hog
  • Try soap and lotion samples at Basin
  • Window shop the Art of Disney (and maybe see an artist at work)
  • Watch a candy maker
  • Interactive play stations at once upon a toy
  • Mini makeover at Beautifully Disney
  • Meet Santa
  • Walk the pathway to Saratoga Springs

 Downtown Disney – paid

  • Characters in Flight
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Disneyquest
  • Disney Design a Tee
  • See a movie
  • Go Bowling

Activities inside Disney (outside the parks)

  • The Richard Petty Experience
  • Y.E.S.
  • Mini Golf
  • Water Parks
  • Boardwalk area food and entertainment
  • Celebration, FL
  • Golfing
  • Give kids the world