Monday, April 23, 2012

Disney World on the cheap


I  know I am being a little obsessive on the subject, so this will be my last thought for now on Disney souvenirs. (Really, I promise.) While at the garage sales this past Saturday, I stopped at a very busy house that was attracting a lot of shoppers. The entire family seemed to be involved with this sale from grandmother to grandchildren. These folks have a garage sale about once or twice each year, so I've been to the house multiple times. I wasn't really expecting to find anything great, but since the weather was nice and it was my last stop, I thought I'd check it out anyway.

Looking around, it seemed like any good stuff was long gone. Then I spotted something that I am pretty sure I've seen around Disney World...a 16 ounce travel coffee cup. It looked brand new-like it just came off a store shelf at Disney. Emblazoned on the side of the cup was Mickey, Donald and all the other characters. Just above Mickey's ears was a silhouette of Cinderella's castle. Below the castle it read, "Celebrate Today! Disney Parks!"

I grabbed the plastic mug and showed it to the grandmother for a quick price check. She quoted me a very non-Disney price of one quarter. Talk about cheap-the only thing you can use a quarter for at Disney is when you toss it in a "wishing" fountain! I gave the nice lady her quarter and happily headed back down the driveway with my slightly late, Disney vacation mug souvenir.

Reading the fine print on the side, I discovered these cups are sold at all the Disney Resort properties. Once you pay for the cup, you get free re-fills at the resort beverage fountains. My kid's had Disney re-fill cups on our previous trip. (I swear they almost put the restaurant out of business with their constant trips to the soda and hot cocoa fountain.) While this cup is not one of the fancier travel mugs you'll see in the Disney shops, I am sure something similar in the park would be priced at around $12 dollars or more. What would you guess? Not a quarter, that's for sure.

Just another example of why you go to Disney for the rides, but buy your souvenirs when you get home!






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7 comments:

  1. The first time we went to Disneyworld was in 2000 and we took our 5 year old daughter. We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge and bought those refillable coffee cups. It's the only cup my husband will drink his coffee from. The graphics are almost totally worn off. Great memories attached to that piece of plastic. :)

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    1. Miss Clamco-That's great. Keep your eyes peeled at the sales, maybe you'll find a replacement cup for Mr. Clamco. Although it won't have the sentimental attachment, it will still keep the coffee warm.... ; )

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  2. Buy your souvenirs at home... that's funny, but I like it. Nice score, can't buy much for a quarter these days.

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    1. Melissa- I know, right? At least a quarter will get you something nice at the garage sales!

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  3. They actually sell for @ $15.00 each. Keep up to date on what the current mugs are and if you find these at a yard sale, then buy them to resell on ebay. If you find them for 25¢ each, you can make a good profit on them. Another good tip is to buy them on ebay and take them on your upcoming Disney trip!

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  4. Wow-$15? Thanks for letting me know. For just a quarter, I'd say I snagged a pretty good deal!

    Your right, I could make a few dollars on it but I am going to hold onto it. As a coffee drinker, I'll put it to good use. I like your idea about taking it to Disney-good stuff!

    Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  5. One of our previous trips to Disney, we bought the Mickey Ts at the local Walmart (also got lunch there to bring into the park with us).

    Another good item if you have kids (or you are a big kid like me) is to buy a bulk lot of trading pins on eBay for less than $1 a pin. You can then trade them with "cast members" throughout the parks. My kids loved this and the pins they got ended up being their "souvenirs" as they were so busy hunting for pins, they were never all that interested in browsing the stores for junk.

    Looking forward to going back in November!

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