Dressing the Kids for Disney (The Affordable Way, Of Course!)

When planning a trip to Disney World, you’ve got to take a lot of factors into consideration. It starts with the big things like transportation, accommodation, and discount tickets. But, let’s be honest, these aren’t the things that kids notice. While you might not be able to live up to all of your kids’ expectations, there’s one way you can really surprise them (and save some money!): clothes.

Now, you might be thinking, “My kids could care less about clothes. They’d wear the same outfit for five days straight if I let them.” Fair enough. But, we’re willing to wager a guess that they’d be thrilled about getting some shirts or shorts with their favorite Disney characters? Follow us through this scenario…

It’s the end of a long day in the Magic Kingdom. It’s about 3:45 in the afternoon, the sun is beginning its slow descent, and everyone’s slightly sunburned, exhausted, and on the verge of crankiness. As you round up the crew and start walking out toward the exit gates to return to your hotel, your oldest child spots a Lilo & Stitch t-shirt in a store window. Under ordinary circumstances, you could say ‘no’ and move on. However, everybody’s running on fumes at this point. Your child begins to pitch a fit. You either buy the shirt or carry them – tears, screams, and all – out of the park.

Not exactly that magic snapshot you were hoping for, right? We’ve asked a number of parents how they deal with this situation. Perhaps the best answer we’ve heard comes from a mom who shops for Disney clothes at home, hunting the sales in the local Disney Store, Wal-Mart, and other mass market retailers.

At the beginning of each day, you can pull out a Mickey Mouse shirt you bought months earlier for $6.53 and be a hero. Your kids are thrilled, and you just saved yourself twenty bucks. Go you!

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