Is Pal Mickey a must have?.....m

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Is Pal Mickey a must have?.....m
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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 3:58pm
16 days and counting to our trip to WDW! I am so excited!! I have been reading about the parks and have come across references to Pal Mickey a couple times. You can rent him and he talks to you in the parks? DD is 3 1/2 - would she love this, not even miss it or is it better for older kids? I don't think buying one is wise because we likely won't be back for 3 years- by then Pal Mickey might not even work anymore but I'd rent one for MK if you all think they are neato!

Also, besides having our autograph book ready- are there any other fun things to pack? How many autographs do you usually end up with? I bought a CM Disney Snap Pack along with an album and extra pages. DD and I started some layouts but I want to keep some pages blank because I have a feeling I'll be coming home with LOTS of autographs and need to buy more pages to put pics on. I may buy more pages to take- I only have 24- will I get more than 24 autographs? I know we'll get all the Princesses but there are so many other character that dd wants to see I can't list them all!!

Will DD be wishing she had Disney T-shirts to wear? I haven't bought anything special like that- she has a 101 Dalmations fanny pack she got from her cousin and I told her she could buy some Minnie Ears there. Maybe we need to make a trip to TDS? Then again all she wants to wear are dresses so maybe she won't care much...

Let me know your thoughts everyone!

Barb

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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 8:05pm
I wouldn't say he's a *must have*. He's still new so the trip reports are trickling in. Overall they're good, but either the people forget about him (one more thing to carry) or they turn him off and therefore he's just a *plush toy*

Overall I'd say the kids under 5 wouldn't know what they were missing if they didn't know about it to begin with.

My dd is an autograph freak so we usually end up with 35-50 autographs per visit. We've filled up 2 books in 3 visits. I'd say that 25 would be the min for a child who's into the characters and not afraid of them.

You know? I really don't think young kids notice what other people are wearing as much as we do. For ex I notice how many people wear matching shirts or Disney shirts, but all my dd notices at WDW is which other little girls are in their costumes like she is and where the characters are. So if she's nota tshirt person (my dd isn't) I wouldn't worry about it. But if she wants one there is no shortage of options once you get down there! lol

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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 10:10pm
Barb, I'm eager to hear what you decide about Pal Mickey when you post your trip report. I know with my 3 1/2 yo, we won't be buying one for her, but might buy one for the older two girls to share. My youngest would love to carry it around, but then it would be left for me to watch after, etc. The older two might like the interaction, so I'm still undecided on that one.

As far as things to wear, I can tell you that dressing in matching shirts or similar colors is very helpful when you have several kids to keep track of. The only things that my kids tend to notice is costumes and if we have events at night...light up tennis shoes!!lol.

As far as autographs, we sort of developed a general rule that if a line has more than about 10 kids in it, we pass. Our big exception is that each child picks a character that day and if they choose, we can stand in any length line for that one character. Overall, they would rather be doing something than just standing in those line. Best is when you can luck upon a bunch in one spot and the lines are moving rather quickly...and of course when the characters are good and interact with all the kids, then the lines are certainly worth it.

Anyway, do let us know about Pal Mickey!

Beth

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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 10:27pm
I would say he's definitely not a must-have...I've been 7 times without one..lol. Seriously, especially with a little one, I'm not entirely sure on how it works with the rental, but I'd be afraid having the responsibility of it. You have the risk of losing it, spilling something on it, etc. But, it's a personal choice, so read up some more on it....get some more first-hand opinions, etc.

Autographs, we got between 10 when she wasn't too interested, and 25 when she was interested. So it depends on interest level, character meals, and how busy the parks are (for character lines).

And unless she's that into clothes already, I'm sure she won't even care if she doesn't have Disney t's...especially if she likes dresses most!

Have a great trip!!!

Alysha


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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 10:35pm
Barb, I thought I'd mention this to you, too...my girls all prefer dresses and one thing we did find when they were younger was at Downtown disney. there is a little shop that had an airbrush artist and one of their options was a Tshirt dress. We had a Character air brushed on a dress and the girls name and they were thrilled. We bought them a little large and they wore them for a couple of years and now are in their treasures boxes.

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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 9:06am
We love our pal Mickey. We arrived on a Sunday and he was the first thing we bought. On the following Saturday, both kids were still making sure they got their fair share of Mickey time. We found the clip on the back of his head okay for an adult with a belt but not great so we installed Mickey in a large water bottle holder, one of the ones that is all straps and has an adjustable strap to loop around your head and across the chest. We used 2 saftey pins to hold him in snug. He came on every rides and only on the rapids in animal kingdom did we tuck him away. On Splash Mountain (all 18 times) he rode between DH and I. He had to stay in the hotel room the morning we spent at the water park.

Pal Mickey was so much fun for all of us. While waiting in line the kids would play games with him. He reminded us of parade and show times. He told jokes frequently and as you approached Splash Mountain he would say "Make sure you don't get me wet". He didn't want to go into Alien Encounter, claimed he was too short.

Over all we loved him, and will take him with us again. Best souviner we bought. DH has been to Disney World 18 times and Mickey still told him things he didn't know.

My kids are 6 and 9 and love him equally.

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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 9:13am
thank you for your response to this thread!! It sounds like my 7 & 8 year olds would enjoy his company!!

~~Beth

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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 9:27am
GREAT IDEA!!! I love your line rule idea, as I will be having 4 kids with me and I could easily see us spending all day in lines (I'm hoping to avoid some of it with some character meals but still)! If we start the day up front with "You each get to pick ONE character to try to get their autograph today, the rest will be if we happen upon them and short lines, etc..." type thing, it will cut down on a lot of whining too!

Becky

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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 11:52am
Beth:

Great tip on the character dress! If we get to Downtown Disney, we'll definitely look for them. DD is definitely a dress kind of girl- at least for now- so that sounds right up her alley!

Barb

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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 11:59am
Beth!

the dress idea is so great!!! Since I want to do a Disney somehing on arrival day with my sister, I had thought DTD would be the place. Any idea what kind of store it was? I think we may be onto something here!! My sister has a baby girl so that would also be a great souveneir to send back with her!

We booked the train last night!! Bedroom #15! So far so good!! Off to Walmart to get the sparkly fabric to make the Ariel blankets!!

Betsy

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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 12:15pm
Thanks everyone! I think I have to agree- Rachel will most likely be so caught up with the whole Disney experience that Pal Mickey would be overload for her- it sounds like older kids enjoy it better anyway. We'll see - if she sees one and just HAS to have one, we may give in. But I won't bring them to her attention if we see them.

I also don't think she'll care much about t-shirts. Everytime we go to TDS she just wants the princess dolls and costumes (that might be something she notices-other little girls in costumes). She did want a princess fur lined sweatshirt so maybe santa can find one this year.

I think we'll just go and see how things "pan" out- I'm sure we can find anything she might think of that she wants there. But I may need to get more pages for her autograph book. I really feel strongly that meeting the characters will be the most important thing to her- so I better be prepared in that respect. If it turns out not to be, I'm sure I can use the pages down the road. We have CRT booked which will be one of DD's favorite things I am sure. I know the look on her face will be precious when she sees WDW-I hope we get a pic of it.

I'll post a trip report when we return unless DH brings laptop and I can find time to come to the board.

Barb

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