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Old 01-17-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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What can I buy NOW for our trip in Nov?

We are taking my DD (who will be 3 at the time) to Disney for the 1st time in Nov '13. She is obsessed with Cinderella right now. Loves Sofia and Doc too. She talks about going to see "Cinderella and Cinderella's castle and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Minnie and Sofia and Donald..." every. single. day. Its going to be a long year! LOL

I've been to WDW once in 2001 and also to DW once in 2003. Not only is my DD very excited, so am I!


So my question(s)- what can I buy ahead of time that might save me some money in the park? I'm talking as far as fun stuff- autograph books, water bottles, pins/lanyards? Is it worth "pre-buying" these items?

Also how does the pin trading work and when will the parks start decorating for Christmas? We are going 11/3/13 to 11/10/13.

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Its always a good thing to plan ahead. Right now though I'd focus on buying some practical things - batteries, sunscreen, extra memory card for the camera. You'd be surprised at how expensive these things are at WDW.

I'd avoid buying too much of whatever your little one's current favorite character is since they could easily have moved on to some other character by November.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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Sunscreen you can probably get on the clearance rack now.
I would get rain poncho's.
Buy a Frog Togg towel from WalMart - its a towel that when you wet it, it turns cold and will stay cold for 4 hours. Good on those hot days. You can find them in the camping section.

Gift cards for the kids to use to buy stuff. Good thing for the Grandparents to get this for easter or birthdays.

Don't forget you can take your own snacks and drinks into the park. This is a huge money saver.
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I would like to know when the parks start holiday decorations also...
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:08 AM   #5
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Frogg Towel- I'm going to look for that. Thanks

What about pins? Buy them ahead of time? Or is that more the excitement of finding them? Or trading them? Who do you trade with? I'm new to this.

I hope someone knows about the Christmas decorations. I'm hoping we're not too early and don't miss them.

I'm in PA not very familiar with FL weather. Can I expect it to be warm in the beginning of Nov? Like shorts weather? 70s and up is shorts weather up here.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:23 PM   #6
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It is still warm in November, though there can be the occasional cold snap. We went in 2011 and it was warm enough most days to swim (70+). However, we went later in November 2010, and there was a cold front and it was pretty cold. Given that we're from Georgia, I would have never swam. My two oldest boys tried it for a bit, but they got too cold. All that being said, my advice would be to watch the weather (of course), and count on being able to wear shorts, but bring one pair of jeans or a lightweight jacket if you have room in the suitcase.
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Glow bracelets! I always buy them at the dollar store and bring them along. If nothing else, it helps get over the post-dinner slump with the kids when they are a little tired but trying to make it to fireworks. Keeps the little fingers busy and entertained! Plus, it makes it easier to by-pass the carts of glowing,spinning toys that cost so much!
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We are going in December, and I'm buying things as I see them on sale.

For instance last night at Target the men's gift kits were 50% off. I got my husband one of Axe products that came in a mens travel kit bag. It will be great for him on the trip, and cost us $7.50.

I have a box in the basement, and as I see things good for the trip I put them in. It's all about the sale prices for me right now!
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:27 PM   #9
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GLOW BRACELETS! YES! That's a great idea! I always get them for the 4th of July. I'll def be on the lookout for them at the dollar store.
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Frogg Towel- I'm going to look for that. Thanks

What about pins? Buy them ahead of time? Or is that more the excitement of finding them? Or trading them? Who do you trade with? I'm new to this.

I hope someone knows about the Christmas decorations. I'm hoping we're not too early and don't miss them.

I'm in PA not very familiar with FL weather. Can I expect it to be warm in the beginning of Nov? Like shorts weather? 70s and up is shorts weather up here.
You can buy pins ahead of time or buy them once you get there, which ever works for you. If you're going to buy them in advance make sure you're ordering from a reputable dealer not buying knockoffs. You trade them with cast members, any cast member wearing pins on a lanyard will trade.

This past year the christmas party and lights started on nov. 9th, so I'd say there's a chance you'll see the christmas decorations on your last day or two.

Nov. weather in disney is usually around the 70s, so pack shorts, but be prepared for a cold snap and bring pants and a hoodie as well just in case. Best thing to do is watch the weather forecast the weeks leading up to your vacation and see what's happening.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #11
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thing to pack for NOV

I would for go the autograph book and go on ebay and buy 9 inch vinlymation and have the chartacters sign that or maybe a matt to have the charcter sign but you would want to put the mat in a padded envelop and put in backpack or get a pillowcase to have sign and put that in a frame and put on the wall.If you get the vinylamtion use paint markers they might even sell them at disney but make sure you get the 9 inch one.Also with the pillowcase wash it before you take it to disney
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:08 PM   #12
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what to buy befor NOV trip

You could go to disneystore if you have one buy adult small Mickey Mouse t-shirt and have that signed and put in a frame.Also it doesnt cost anything but when you go to one of the parks on your first day and go to guest services and get first time button
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:42 PM   #13
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:16 PM   #14
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I haven't gone with kids, but I plan to do this when DD is old enough: pack some new toys in your suitcase, then bring them out at the park instead of buying from the souvenir shops (and then you know they'll fit in your suitcase on the way home). Like a PP said, your daughter may change her mind on who her favorite character is by then, but I'm betting you could find some good after Christmas clearance toys (just saw a bunch of clearance toys today at Walmart). The same with clothes- I've been stocking up on any cheap Disney clothes I see on clearance for her to wear at the parks (found a 97 cent shirt at Old Navy!) If you start now you'll have plenty of time to look and hopefully snag some good deals.
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If you are going to buy from disney store.com wait until there is free shipping on disney park items. It is a discount that comes up frequently, seems like just about every month.
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