When I first started writing this, I tried to think of all the really expensive things I’d like to do at Disney World, but the truth is, some of them made me uncomfortable because they seemed like a huge waste of money. Take the deluxe dining plan. Sure, I’d love to spend a few days just eating my way around Disney World, but besides the obvious discomfort that I’d probably experience at some point, to say nothing of how my pants might fit, it just seems like throwing money away. This got me thinking about what I would personally define as a splurge. It had to be something out of the ordinary, but it also had to have “value,” in the sense that even though I may have paid a lot for it, I felt that I got my money’s worth. With that in mind, I asked my followers on Facebook what they thought.
Here are our top ten practical Disney splurges.
1. Dinner at a signature restaurant. Yes, it costs about twice as much as a regular table-service restaurant, but the food is fantastic, the service some of the best you’ll encounter anywhere, and the surroundings are gorgeous.
2. Take a child to Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. I resisted this for as long as I could, but the look on my daughter’s face when she saw her hair and makeup was priceless.
3. Stay in a deluxe resort. Okay, we all agree that it’s only a place to lay your head at night, but just once, every Disney fan deserves to lay their head on a pillow in a really, really nice room.
4. Hire a sitter or check out a kids’ club. Parents, it’s your vacation too. Go to dinner or sneak off to the park with and ride all the attractions the kids won’t. Come back refreshed and ready for rope drop the next morning.
5. Take a backstage tour. It’s as close as you’ll get to seeing how the magic is made without getting cited for trespassing.
6. Go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’s a big expense, about $60 per person, but worth it to see special parades, shows and characters. A definite must-do at least once for every Disney fan.
7. Buy a Disney watch. Or any pricier (read: not a hunk of plastic) souvenir that you’ll be proud to show off to your non-Disney friends.
8. Visit a Disney spa. Schedule some downtime and get your toes done or even just a blowout. I had the best pedicure I’ve ever had at Disney’s new Sense’s Spa at the Grand Floridian—I literally fell asleep and woke up with beautiful new toes.
9. Take a cab! You know those times when Disney transportation just doesn’t work? Indulge and take a cab. It only costs about $25 to go anywhere on property and it can save you a lot of time and frustration.
10. Go to Victoria and Albert’s. There’s a reason this sublime dining experience is on every Disney fan’s bucket list.
What about you? I’d love to hear about your practical Disney splurges, those little extras that make a trip special.