Chances are, if you’re visiting Walt Disney World with little ones, being the doting, mom, dad, grandma auntie etc., you will cave and get a Mickey Balloon for your little pirate or princess. Though it doesn’t have the staying power of other Disney merchandise, it does have a couple of practical purposes. Tie it around your stroller and it makes it pretty darn easy to find your wheels at the stroller parking areas, or tie it around the wrist of your little one and it makes it pretty easy to pick them out in a crowd. However, when it’s finally time to say good-bye to the Mouse and return home, what exactly are visitors supposed to do with this rather cumbersome piece of Disney memorabilia? Here’s a couple of suggestions to help you out.
Spread the Pixie Dust – My daughter still talks about a recent Disney World trip where when we entered the Magic Kingdom my daughter was greeted by a little girl about her age who gave my daughter her Mickey Balloon on her way out of the parks. My little one was overjoyed at the gesture and loved the balloon even more because it was a special gift that she wasn’t expecting. So if you are leaving Disney and know that you won’t be taking your balloon with you, don’t let it go to waste or leave it in your resort room. Instead, give it to a child who is entering the park when you are leaving or who is checking into your resort as you are checking out. This simple gesture is an easy way of passing on the Disney Magic and is a great lesson to teach your kids about sharing and doing something nice for others!
Take it to Orlando International Airport and Disney will deflate it for you. – A lot of Disney visitors don’t know this but if you are leaving Disney via Orlando International Airport (MCO), you can take your Mickey Balloons to Disney’s Earport inside the Main Terminal where a helpful Cast Member will deflate the balloon for you so that it folds conveniently into your hand luggage. When you get home you have the perfect wall hanging for kid’s bedrooms or a nice addition to the Disney scrapbook.
Can I take an inflated Mickey Balloon on the airplane? Sadly not. You will not be able to get past security with a helium filled balloon. So, save yourself having to part with it completely by having Earport deflate it for you.
Can I buy Mickey Balloons that aren’t inflated to take home with me? No. This is a question that balloon vendors at Disney get asked a lot. They will sell you an inflated balloon but they aren’t allowed to sell them if they aren’t inflated.
Did you know? If you want to surprise a special little one at home with their very own piece of Disney Magic in the form of a Mickey Balloon, you can take your deflated balloon to a party supply store and have it refilled. Not only will it look as good as new, but its a great souvenir for those who couldn’t make it to the Mouse.
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Everyone wants that “money shot”. The one with your adorable child holding their newly purchased Walt Disney World Mickey balloon in front of Cinderella’s castle. It’s a age-old tradition! A rite of passage! A “must-do” for any & all ages! These balloons aren’t just balloons though. They serve out great purposes as well! Tie it to your child’s wrist and you’ll never lose them in crowd. Tie it on your stroller so you can spot yours in a sea of look-alike strollers. Buy the one with a “light up” cube in it (an extra few bucks) & viola!… You have yourself & nifty little nite-lite at bed time. Sometimes, it can be the best $12 you spend at Walt Disney World.
But alas… eventually you must go home. Back to reality. Back to work & school. (Don’t worry… we’ll see you again real soon!)
Many people ask how they can take their balloon home with them. While I could easily tell you to deflate it, pack it up, then re-inflate once you get back home, I have an even better suggestion for you….
Do you see that little boy who just walked through the Magic Kingdom gates? The one you are passing on your way out the door. The one whose eyes just locked onto the castle? The one looking around in sheer amazement of all the magic that surrounds them? Yes, that one! You know what that little boy would love right about now? That’s right… a big, giant Mickey Mouse balloon.
I like to call it “pixie dusting”. It is simply spreading the magic & passing it on to the next guest. Sometimes, us parents don’t think to budget out money on $12 balloons. Imagine the relief they’ll feel knowing they don’t have to spend that extra cash. But even better, take a good look at that kids face. You might as well of just handed them a brick of solid gold.. because that’s what they think they are getting. Their very own balloon to have & to hold for the remainder of their trip!
I promise, you will NEVER EVER forget the look on their face (and their parents face as well) and how much joy you gave to them. Heck, you never know what battles folks are fighting. You may have just restored their faith in humanity for a little while.
If all joy & sheer happiness costs me a measly $12, consider me IN!
What are some ways you’ve “spread the magic” on your most recent trip to The World? And if you need more tips on how to pixie dust your fellow Disney Addicts… shoot me an email at alexandraG@worldofmagictravel.com …. I’m full of fun ideas & like I said…. SHARING IS CARING!
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