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Disney has many great board games you can purchase from Candy Land to Monopoly. Have a game night with the family to keep them excited about upcoming trips or just keeping the magic alive in your home. Pop popcorn and finish the evening off with a Disney movie.
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Preparing for our family reunions at Walt Disney World was always exciting. I would make up games and we would have a friendly competition for the few months leading up to the trip. Each week every family member would receive a new puzzle and would complete it and send it back. Most had to do with trivia about Disney World and Disney but all ages could enjoy the game. Winners were announced once all arrived at WDW and of course everyone received a special Disney surprise! - Kay
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When my children were growing up we used to love having neighbor children over to play. to make things special we would invite them to a movie date. The kids would get Disney stickers and make invites and tickets to the showing. They would set up seats and pillows and cushions and would pop popcorn and have juice boxes ready. They would have a movie picked out and agreed upon from our vast Disney movie library. - Kay
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Get the family excited about Disney vacations by watching the AllEars videos on line. They are entertaining and informative and will always get everyone ready for some Disney magic. http://www.youtube.com/user/AllEarsNet - Kay
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If anyone who has recently returned from Walt Disney World needs a fix, maybe it's a good time to go on AllEars® to rate/review your restaurant experiences, resort, etc. Worked for me! - Diana Schlosky Grinnell

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, please do share your experiences with the rest of us! You'll find our Rate and Review section, which covers not only Walt Disney World, but the Disney Cruise Line and Disneyland Resort as well, here: http://land.allears.net/reviewpost/
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I was reading your tips page about keeping the magic alive, and I saw the wonderful tip about Mouseworld Radio! (http://mouseworldradio.com). For a couple of weeks leading up to a trip to the World, I always have Mouseworld Radio playing in the background. It's great because it plays both songs from popular attractions (past and present), as well as all of the great music that you hear walking through the parks! I love hearing the entrance music to Future World, or the background music loop for Tomorrowland! It really gets me excited for an upcoming trip. Another great thing that I listen to all the time is the Disney radio station on Pandora. It has songs from the soundtracks of new favorites like 'Tangled' and 'The Princess and the Frog,' as well as older favorites like 'Peter Pan,' 'Aladdin,' or 'The Little Mermaid.' Just thought I would pass this along because these are definitely great ways to keep the magic alive! I love the newsletter and have been reading it since high school -- Keep up the great work! - Kristen
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We purchased four inexpensive framed cork boards, one for each member of our family. We use the maps from the various parks for the background and purchase pins that symbolize those memorable moments we have at Disney, e.g. first ride, first time staying at a resort. We also use the pins to attach leftover fast passes, room keys and other little tidbits we picked up on our trip. This is our version of the scrapbook and we can display it on our family room wall. - tcgaspie
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Create a simple, inexpensive scrapbook. Before a magical vacation, look for Disney theme stickers on sale and a scrapbook with at least 15 - 20 pages at a discount store such as Walmart or Target. While on your magical vacation save 'free' items such as a few unused fast passes, napkins, resort papers and key, airline stubs, pressed pennies, paper menus (just ask to keep it). Also remember to take some pictures of your resort, the monorail and Disney bus, views from your window and in the parks, favorite rides, and your family photos. When you arrive home from your magical vacation, create your scrapbook with everything you have collected, plus some cutouts and ride descriptions from your old guide book. After a few years, you will be glad you created a scrapbook. It will bring back many magical memories of where you stayed and ate, a description of what you did, and how you traveled about. Enjoy! I hope the above helps Disney fans have magical memories without spending a fortune. - Wendy
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Our daughter was only 4 the first time we took her Walt Disney World and we thought she might forget quite a bit of her trip, so we typed up each night that we were there what we did each day so we wouldn't forget. When we got home, we filled a Disney photo album with 200 pictures and labeled the days. Before each day is the typed sheet of the daily events and comments (written diary style) that she can read and then look at the day's pictures to remember her trips. - Lisa Thompson
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I am a divorced father of two who was lucky enough to take my children to the Kingdom just as all of the Christmas decorations were being unleashed upon the parks. As an idea for the girls to give a gift to their mom for Christmas, when we arrived at Epcot we purchased one special autograph book (the larger size that can have a picture put on the opposite page) and the Christmas shirt for each daughter. I then took a picture of the girls in front of each country's pavilion and had a cast member write in their language Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. There were some pages left over, so we also were able to insert pictures and autographs from the main characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy) and some others. The girls had fun posing for the pictures and telling the cast members what they were doing and why, and it became our "little secret," which Mom got on Christmas Day. - Ted Donnelly
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To pass the time until the next trip, my mom started an email poem. She writes four lines about anything at WDW that she can't wait to do, and then sends it to the next person. They add to it and send it on. It's so much fun to see what everyone writes and it gets everyone excited! - Callie C
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Use Google maps. They have great aerial shots of Walt Disney World, all of the parks and resorts. You can even see the monorail cars on their tracks, and cast member buildings. Just type Walt Disney World into Google and choose maps, then satellite. After that you can zoom in and out all you like. Another cool thing -- everything is labeled, so you can learn all the road names and names of the ponds and lakes around the property. - John
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One of the things I started doing when my daughter Britini returned from one of our trips was to play the "ride game." She was just starting to read and write and this game helped her. You could name any ride in the park and whoever goes next needs to name another ride that starts with the first letter from the previous ride. If Splash Mountain was first you could use the S or the M to name another ride. Next could be Soarin' and so forth, throughout all the rides. We would do this until we could name no more rides and the last person to name one was the winner. After a while we changed the rules so everything in Walt Disney World was "fair game," from hotels, to restaurants, etc. It was a great way to help her to learn to spell and also have a fun time learning while also trying to remember all the fun places throughout Walt Disney World. We have done this for a couple of years and now my son is getting into it, too. - Adam Guthy
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Our teenage girls came up with a neat way to remember Epcot. We took pictures of them in every country with the hat of that country! Italy and Japan did not have any, so in Japan they tried on kimonos... and in Italy they posed with masks. We put the pics in a large frame in a circle with the order of the countries along with the country name and a few keepsakes from there as well. It is so nice to remember our trip around the world! - Kathy Jones
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We pop some popcorn, have the kids put on their favorite Disney costumes or mouse ears, and watch the home video from our previous trips! We can "ride" Goofy's Barnstormer right in the living room, sing along with "it's a small world," or remember the first time our daughter met Cinderella. Our favorite magic moment to relive is when Peter Pan stepped over to us during Spectromagic. He leaned down to the kids (and the camera) and said "Second star to the right and on til morning. I'll see you in Neverland. Toodles!" Also, look for Hidden Mickeys everywhere in life. My 3- and 5-year-olds are obsessed with Hidden Mickeys, and maybe it even sharpens their observation skills. (If not, it's still fun!) - Jennifer Shepard
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