Wait in Line Package… Explained!
If you’ve read my “about me” page you know I had a horrible first trip to Disney as an adult and it fueled my fire to plan the next trip well. While I was doing my (INCREDIBLE, CRAZY, TIME CONSUMING) research for that next trip, I read about having little crafts or toys for the kids for the wait in line.
I loved the idea.
I’m not really a Pinterest mom. I like to do things with my kids, but I am not going to the store to buy supplies. And most projects should include being edible in my opinion: cookies, cupcakes, pudding, gingerbread houses etc. I’m not the “entertain the kids all the time” type of mom. I’m more like a “go outside and play now” mom.
But I did love the idea of having something ready to distract my then 3 and 1 year olds should they get bored while waiting. And it’s become a favorite part of our trips.
Having something planned for the lines is probably the second biggest thing that I’d suggest to make your trip awesome.
(The first is: stay on site!)
I’ve had years and kids of all ages (my own and other people’s) to experiment on and I’ve found some really great items to pull out when you’re still 20 minutes to the front of the line and everyone is sick of waiting.
I scour the internet to find good items. Stuff that’s not too big because I have to bring it from Kentucky to Orlando and then bring it to Disney so I have it at the opportune time. It can’t be too messy either. I like crafts, but more the peel and stick kind of thing rather than glue or glitter. And it has to be right for the kid based on their interest and age. My daughter, Ezra, loves to do crafts, but my Seth, would rather have some very tiny toys to play with during the wait.
It takes up a lot of time.
But I enjoy doing it. I think it satisfies the Hunter Gatherer in me. I love finding good stuff that I know my kids will love, especially at great prices.
When another mother complimented me on my level of preparedness after I had shared a craft with her son (who was rapidly losing the magic), I thought, “Hmm, I guess not everyone does this?” And then she went on and said she wished she’d had the time to put little crafts together like that. I thought then, “Someone could totally market this service.” Little did I know it would be me. God is sneaky like that.
When I started my blog, I knew there would be costs incurred to keep it up. Not just the fees for the site and all that (which are seriously…a ton more than I would have thought.) But also, travel expenses. I love going to Disney and I love helping other moms. If I could marry those two, wow, what a combo. And if I had products, or sold something or advertised on my blog maybe it could help me get to Disney more often, which I could then blog about and help other moms. Like the circle of life but with Disney trips. Nice!
My Wait in Line toys immediately came to mind.
I knew they’d be super helpful for other moms and maybe I could make a little money for saving these moms the time of scouring the internet. Plus I could buy my items in bulk and get them less expensively than another mom would. I think I need a better name for the package though. I’m calling it “Custom Wait in Line Package for Your Child.” It’s not catchy. And it’s too long. Send me an email if you have any ideas and if I use your name for the package, I’ll give you one for free.
So that’s the back story.
I think I felt the need to explain that because I do feel weird charging for something that I love doing. But isn’t that how you know you’ve found the perfect business?
Maybe people would tell me not to share too much, because moms could just go buy those items on their own and cut me out. Well, I’m not worried about it. If you have the time and that’s best for you, then I want you to do just that.
I’ll link a bunch of stuff here that I have either used personally or I just have a good feeling about (almost all of these, I’ve actually used) and if you want to buy it and do your own thing, do it! And don’t feel bad about that at all! Especially if you click from my links below and order from Amazon, because they give me a little kickback that also helps the blog grow. But rest assured, I’d never give you products that I don’t feel great about. I’m very committed to helping moms. Making money will always be second.
But I can save you time and money if you do decide to purchase from me.
For instance, I buy a ton of little things in bulk so my prices are better and you’ll get more for your money. My wait-in-line package is $50, but you get more stuff in it than you would if you just spent $50 on your own. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/SMPDMKTK
And I take the time to learn about your child. Boy or girl? What age? What is their favorite character? Are they more of a play-er or a craft-er?
I also offer a $20 (that’s right, $20!) discount for the second, third, fourth (etc etc) child. That’s because it takes me less time to do two/three/four/seventeen together.
So here are some of my star products that I go to regularly. The only ones on this list that I haven’t used yet are the photo props (they look so cool for character meets and goofing around photos!) and the little cars. I just ordered both though so I’ll update once I check them out. Enjoy!
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