Friday, 28 July 2017

Biggest Wastes of Money at Disney!


Disney and expensive are two words you're certain to hear in the same sentence quite often. Disney merchandise to Disney holidays, and if you are a frugal fan like me you'll do what you can to cut the cost. I manage to have fantastic trips to Disneyland Paris on a budget, I manage to add to my collections of books, DVDs and more on a budget and so I feel I'm pretty savvy on what is worth your money or not.
This post isn't talking about things that may be overpriced or costly, instead it is about the things I would personally advise against splashing the cash on while on holiday at Disney Parks - specificallyy Disneyland Paris.


Helium Balloons
Top of the list 100%. It's a sack of air. It doesn't last, you could take it home but there isn't much point because it'll be deflated in no time if it even makes it to the end of your holiday. If it's kids begging to get one or you want one for photos, buy them a soft toy or yourself a pair of ears instead.

Branded Snacks/Drinks
Crisps, Haribo, bottles of water or fizzy juice - don't bother! If you are really going to need snacks during the day pack some cereal bars or whatever, take an apple from brekafast and grab a reusable water bottle and make use of water fountains unless you know, like enjoy throwing money down the drain ;)
That's not to say don't indulge in popcorn, candy floss or a hot drink if you want! Just stick to the Disney treats and ditch the CocaCola.

Individual Photos
I have bought them in the past, yes. I have fallen victim to the gorgeous frames and such but when it comes to the photopass, you can't beat it. For the same price as not even a handful of individual ride or character photos you could have bought a photopass and gotten all of your photos in hi-res digital files which you can print and share at home until your heart is content.

Alcohol
Always a waste of money in my eye, but let's not turn this into a poison debate. Drinking isn't something I see as necessary at Disney parks, it doesn't add to the experience and isn't something you can only do or get there. Plus it's literally a liquid you will have exit your body the same day but costs  € € € which would be better spent on souvenirs!

Generic Toys & Souvenirs
By this I mean things like Lego, Soft Toys and other such dealios that can be bought elsewhere aka from home. I take the opportunity, while in Disneyland, to buy things that you can't get from your local Disney Store or from online - park exclusives, year or celebration specific items or limited edition/collectibles. Why waste spending money and take up bag space on something you can access easily at home...likely for cheaper?

Non - Disney Restaurants
McDonalds, Planet Hollywood, Starbucks and now Five Guys, may be familiar places where some feel comfortable to eat but for others it is just an 'easy' option. Just like the point above, however, a lot of people can eat/drink these at home making it a little redundant, especially with so many other options of Disney resturants to suit all budgets.
(As always I reccomend meal plans to help you save money for food on a whole).


Of course, please do remember that these are all my opinion and I am very aware that you may not agree at all. I did ask a couple others including my Mam and Kerri their opinions and  many of the things they said were on my list - meaning it can't just be me! I'd like to hear your thoughts either way; what things that I have listed do you disagree with? Which do you agree with? And what else do you think should be on there?
If you liked this I may do a 'Best Value' version thingy-m-bob!





19 comments:

  1. I had no idea Alcohol is sold at Disney, why?! I drink alcohol (from beer to whiskey) and I enjoy it (this is why I drink it, obviously), but not at Disney... at home, at a restaurant, bar or pub.
    I also agree about the treats, restaurants and toys. I wouldn't buy something that I can buy at home, the whole reason for going to Disney it's to enjoy everything related to them. But I'm not in their target market, I don't usually buy souvenirs because I always think of what I'm going to do with them at home and I keep my home as minimalist as possible.

    I went yesterday at a Disney Quiz and it was so much fun. I mentioned your blog to my husband and I told him it would have been great to have you in our team. :) I'll blog about the quiz in a few days.

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    1. Yep. I've had people argue with me that it isn't but it is 100%. You can get 'glowtinis' or something and cocktails etc in the bar in Disneyland hotel. All the other Disney hotels serve different options too including wine and beer. There are also restaurants such as Bistrot Chez Remy in the WDS park that serves wine and stuff. I don't think it is needed.
      I've witnessed (among other things) a Spanish family have a full on shouting row in the middle of the hotel dining room at dinner due to being completely drunk on wine and you could see their own kids were scared as well as other guests being uncomfortable. Most certainly a time and place for alcohol and Disney isn't it.

      Yeah that's understandable. Unless you're a big fan or collector I'd say buying stuff in general would be a waste for people in general. Luckily my house is Disney floor to ceiling haha.

      Oh wow that sounds so fun! How did you do? I look forward to seeing the post.

      xo

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  2. I can't get my head around why anyone would drink at Disneyland, it's just not the place for it and I bet it's super expensive! I do find the sad looking lost balloons in the ceiling funny, like a museum of gutted kids. I'm counting down the days until our little one is here and big enough to go to DLP (by big enough, I mean born haha. Can't wait to go back). Love your Disney posts.

    Amy - https://amyevans.co.uk

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    1. Crazy isn't it? Scary too. It's too much to type again but read my reply to the comment above haha.
      Oh gosh yeah, that will be so incredible to visit for the first time with your own little one. Eekk!
      Thank you so much.

      xo

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  3. That all sounds fair to me! I know my cousin went a couple of years ago and ate every meal in McDonalds - what a massive waste of all the fun dining opportunities!

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    1. Thank you! haha. Aw no, what a shame. It isn't even that much cheaper you know, especially when you know the places to go. ;0

      xo

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  4. So agree with the alcohol one! Why do they even serve alcohol at Disney!? Makes no sense to me. Well actually, I think I agree with all of these points! Except in terms of the helium balloons- I bought one for Lux's birthday and the darn thing hung around for a month! haha Total waste of money though..kids are only interested in them for a few hours!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. Right?! Makes no sense at all to me either. A month?! That is a crazy life span for a balloon! :O hahaha

      xo

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  5. Ooh, interesting point about non-Disney restaurants as we went to McDonald's in order to save money overall to spend on plushes rather than spending more at Disney restaurants! Completely agree with the rest of these points though, especially generic merchandise: makes me want to run and tell people not to do it when I see them buying something available at a regular Disney Store!

    Paris x
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    1. Fair point! There are actually a few places cheaper/on par with places like McDonalds in the parks too and for people going longer than 2 days I'd 100% recommend meal plans as they are even better value for money!
      Right?! I see some people with bags full of soft toys or lego sets and action figures that you can get for cheaper on Amazon etc. If only they knew...

      xo

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  6. My sister bought the Minnie Mouse helium balloon on our very first trip to DLP and it did last for a long time. I think she bought it on the second day of a 6 day trip, and when we were trying to get it through security at the train station it was still fully inflated. I can't remember how long it did eventually last once we got it home but I think my sister did get her money's worth. I suppose it just depends on the balloon really.

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    1. I stand corrected haha! I guess it's just a personal thing. For me I see it as a waste because even if it lasted a month, it's still only a month...whereas I still have the soft toy I got on my first DLP visit back in 1996...over 20 years ago. I can't see many balloons lasting that long haha!!

      co

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  7. I totally agree with the alcohol point - I can't believe they even sell it at Disneyland. It's a magical, wonderful place - it doesn't need alcohol? I suppose it's a money spinner though. Actually, I totally agree with all of your points - I really don't get the point of helium balloons?! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thank you!!! So many people disagree with me. There's a time and place for that and Disney isn't it to me.
      Like, the balloons are cute and all but for the money I'd much rather buy something that lasts years as opposed to days.

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  8. I definitely agree with you on the branded snacks and restaurants thing, as I've seen so many adorable photos of the actual treats Disney make and sell and the different places to eat and in my eyes I'd think if I was going to DLP I'd want to embrace the fun and indulge the fantasy, so I couldn't imagine buying anything that wasn't Disney whilst there. Definitely get the balloon thing too, they only ever last for a short while! - Tasha

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    1. I think the only 'snack' I've ever had in the park is a muffin because we had teatime treat vouchers haha. I think food in general is a waste...even at home because it just comes back out again lol.

      I've seen so many balloons float away into the sky during days at DLP too. That's literally just throwing money down the drain if you ask me.

      xo

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  9. The photopass sounds fantastic! If I ever go to Disney it's something I would get.
    I agree with alcohol being a waste of money... I don't see the point in drinking at Disney!

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    1. It's perfect. Even better the more of you there are. We always split the price and it comes with 3 cards so even if your group splits up to different things you can all get your photos.
      I'm surprised how many people do agree with it to be fair haha, I've had a lot of people get angry when I've mentioned alcohol and Disney before.

      xo

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