Yes! The answer is always yes! At least for me it is, I feel that they are necessary for a Disney trip. However, for the last month or so I keep finding more and more that I like and I feel that 20 pairs of Minnie ears is a bit excessive and a waste of money. Therefore I need to cut it down to 3 or 4 MAXIMUM.

The best place to find custom Mickey and Minnie ears is on Etsy.com, there are hundreds of different designs by independent shops and they will customise them if you request. They have everything from Lion King to Moana to Beauty and the Beast and more. You can also get birthday ears, graduation ears or plain colours or sparkles, the list really seems to be endless!

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So we decided a month or so ago that we wanted to buy new suitcases. This is because neither of us has bought a suitcase for years and ours are super heavy compared to the new light weight ones. I personally also wanted ones that matched, because I knew I wanted a cabin case as well as a suitcase and they should be the same design for me. So we had to consider, the sizes, weight, design and where we were getting them from.

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This holiday has come with a decent amount of planning involved, and somethings – such as booking restaurants – are time sensitive. So we decided to find an app to use that can help us remember when things need to be done etc, but one that we can both us and can both link to. Freedcamp allows us to do this, so if I set up a task but we both have to get it done then I can send it to Martin and he can accept the task, also when it is complete then we will both see that.

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Recently, we have been trying to get an 8am reservation for the Be Our Guest restaurant in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, this is difficult to say the least! At first we had been loading the My Disney app or website (this hack works for both!) picking the restaurant and choosing a date. Then under the “Time” drop down menu, we had been choosing “Breakfast” – logic would say that this is an ok thing to do, we want to eat during breakfast, so pick breakfast… but no!
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Booking the plane seats, is it really necessary? It’s extra money and there’s a lot to consider, especially with it being an 11 hour flight. You want to be comfortable, know that you can stand up when your legs are getting cramped, watch a film (of your own choice if you decide to take a laptop or tablet). Or do you really care, and just want to pick your seats when you check in for your flight, which can be done up to a month before you fly (at least with Virgin Atlantic). It all depends on how fussy you are really, and who you’re flying with – whether its friends and family or if you’re flying alone.

After booking the holiday there is an option on the Virgin page of our booked holiday that says ‘Book Plane Seats’, once selecting that you see your different options. In a previous post ’11 Hour Flight’ we talked about the costs to Economy, Premium Economy and First Class and the prices and differences that they have.

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This is a must get as soon as possible – not because they will sell out or anything, but because I want to hold my Disney ticket! That and Martin wants his Universal ticket – can you tell we’re excited?? Having these tickets is another step closer to our holiday.

For finding the best deal with the tickets, well Google really becomes your best friend! We sat and looked together, I was searching on my laptop and had it showing on the TV screen and Martin was looking on the iPad. We wanted to see who could find the best deal for both Disney and Universal for 14 days, park hoppers.

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Planning money is a hard thing as you cannot plan every single moment of the holiday and nor would you want to, however having a good estimate is a great idea so you know just how much to save. It is possibly the number 1 thing as we need to know how much to save each month so that when we get out there we can have a fun and enjoyable holiday without having money worries. I personally work a minium wage job, so knowing how much to save is a priority for me.

After talking about it we decided that we would spend the equivalent of £20 for breakfast, £20 for lunch and £30-40 for dinner – over two weeks this will mean that we will be spending around £980 on food. It won’t always be the case that we eat out, some days we may just have breakfast in our apartment or be too full to have lunch but it is better to over estimate than under estimate and panic when we are out there. As with our Glasgow trip, we will want to just go for dinner and order whatever we want without having to take meal prices into consideration.

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When we made our booking for the holiday, as expected, we were given our flight details. We are leaving on 17th January at 11am to start our 11 hour flight. Prior to this flight is the usual dreaded wait, being stuck in the airport, trying to pass the time, trying not to get really bored and complaining because of course we will be going on holiday!

So after making the booking and having a look around the Virgin website we found a deal; as we are flying from Manchester airport, there is something that Virgin call a V-room. The thing about the V-room is there that isn’t a lot online about it other than what Virgin tell us, nevertheless what is on the Virgin website sounds really good.


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It’s 7 months early but we both started to talk about how we want to go to America (this discussion has happened several times in the last 6 months, none being as serious as this one) and to go to Disney World (for me) and Universal Studios (for him). About a week after having just a random look, we booked the hotel, the flights and a car to use while we are out there. January 17th is the leaving date, which means we have 7 months! This is where the planning begins…

Now there are about a thousand things to think about and all the details with them, what car insurance should we go for? Are there any extras we might need? How much money will we need out there? What is everything going to cost? What exactly do we want to do? Is there anywhere specific we want to eat or see?
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