Walt Disney World is a place where special memories are made. In fact, ‘Let them Memories Begin’ was a campaign and theme of Disney’s a few years ago. But how do we hold onto those precious memories for years to come? Here are 12 ways to help you create lasting memories of your Disney vacation.
12. Get Buttons
Disney has free celebration buttons for guests. You can get them at them Guest Services, some cast members give them out, and from the front desk at your resort. There are a number of buttons, including birthday buttons, happily ever after buttons and first visit buttons. These buttons are great keepsakes that will help you remember what you were celebrating at Disney on that particular trip.
11. Autograph Books
Autograph books aren’t just for character meet and greets, they also hold memories. Years later you can look back and remember the first time you met Mickey or Sleeping Beauty. You can also insert a photo of the meet and greet next to the autograph to tie your memories to a specific trip.
10. Try Something New
No matter how many times you’ve been to Disney there will always be something you haven’t done. Whether it’s an attraction, a restaurant, a new snack or a character you haven’t met, doing something new is a great way to create a lasting memory. You’ll always remember the first time you had a dole whip or ate at the Crystal Palace.
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9. Get in the Kitchen
There are cookbooks available for purchase at Disney, which contain recipes from restaurants around Disney. You can also find many Disney recipes online. Re-creating a favorite meal from your Disney vacation will bring those Disney memories flooding back with every delectable bite.
8. Smells like Disney
A specific smell can bring a memory back in a very vivid way. You can link your memories to a smell by using a particular room spray, or air freshener in your resort room. That way when you use that same room spray at home, you’ll be reminded of your trip. You can attribute specific scents to each Disney trip.
7. Practical Souvenirs
Buy something that you know you will use on a regular basis when you return home, such as a coffee mug. When you use this item, you’ll be sure to remember the amazing times you had on your magical Disney vacation. This might just be the mood booster you need while drinking your Monday morning coffee out of your Disney mug.
Bring some park music home with you! When you’re feeling blue, or missing Disney, you can turn on some Disney theme park music and be transported back to your vacation. You can buy attraction music, parade music, and seasonal music too.
5. Recap Over Meals
Use the time you have at meals to recap your time in Disney so far, or even just your day. Talking about your favorite attractions and what you’ve seen and done at the parks and resorts is a great way to commit things to memory.
4. Get Creative
For those who like to be creative, make something at home that will remind you of your Disney vacation. Scrapbooking is a great way to be creative and hold onto your memories. Or a shadow box with your Magic Bands, photos, and celebration buttons is the perfect way to display your Disney memories.
3. Memory Maker
Having photos to look back on is one of the best, and easiest, ways to preserve your memories. The Memory Maker is a great way to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of your ride photos and all the photos you have taken around the parks by Disney PhotoPass photographers. All your photos will be linked to your My Disney Experience app where you can download them and have them forever. There is a fee for the Memory Maker, but it’s well worth it if you want a lot of photos.
2. Start a Collection
Disney fans love to collect Disney merchandise, be it pins, Christmas ornaments, Minnie ears, and the list goes on, and on. Having a Disney collection will help preserve your memories. If you collect Christmas ornaments, you can get one on each visit and tie memories of that trip to that ornament. A collection isn’t just a collection of things, but a collection of memories too.
1. Slow Down
One of the absolute best ways to create lasting memories of your Disney vacation is to slow down and be in the moment! By being mindfully present while you’re in Disney, you will experience all those magical moments that you will later recall with the help of photos, park music and your Disney souvenirs.