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Old 02-17-2011, 01:05 PM   #16
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1. EPCOT Innoventions has a velcro display where you can make a frog bracelet with accessories. It's free!

2. We gave each of our older kids (not the 1yo) a $25 budget, then we paid for EPCOT Passports and a hat for each of them.

3. We collected stickers (free) given out by lots of different types of people. They will go in a scrapbook for each child (when we buy the books ) along with their autographs and pics.

4. We used spiral-bound notecards (3"x5") for autographs. They were easy to carry and were inexpensive.

5. EPCOT has a free craft (ours was a stick picture of Duffy to color) when you visit each country.

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Old 02-17-2011, 01:10 PM   #17
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Generally, I do not buy my children souvenirs. They usually save about $25 each and can spend it as they wish.

However, i have purchased a set of Mickey ears or two. They looks really cute in the photos, can be taken back to WDW on the next trip, and can be useful on the "funny hat day" at school.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:01 PM   #18
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I would really suggest have them wait till the end of the day or trip. This way you don't have to deal with extra stuff till the end.

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:37 PM   #19
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Not sure the ages of your children, but last time we went, my girls were 5, 3, and 2. Naturally, they loved and wanted every stuffed toy they saw. We bought a couple and then if they saw some they just loved, I took a picture of them holding it. Amazingly enough, this worked beautifully. I think once they knew they could at least see all the cool stuff again they were fine. We have lots of pictures and even now, 6 years later, they still like to look at them.

In fact, the other day I was discussing how they can start saving their money for stuff and my 11yo said, "and don't forget...you'll take a picture of the stuff we can't buy!"
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:56 PM   #20
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Some great ideas here
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:14 PM   #21
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This is how we do it on our trip.

We carry a tiny notebook and the kids write down things they see throughout the week they would like to use their money to buy at the end of our trip. The only time we let them buy something through the week is if its at a park only and its our last day at that park. The rule in our family is we didn't go on vacation to buy souvenirs all week. We enjoy the parks and keep a running list. And I have to say, it really makes the kids think about what they really want and its a less impulsive decision. Its really a win-win for our family.

We don't usually buy balloons, because for the price we can get something more meaningful for our kids. But if they really wanted one, we (the parents) buy it. Usually they end up picking cotton candy or lollipops!

We take glow sticks with us, so the kids never ask for the light up stuff as long as they have something.
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