How Tinker Bell helps my kids BEHAVE at Walt Disney World

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How Tinker Bell helps my kids BEHAVE at Walt Disney World

My husband and I have two children: a son, 9, and a daughter who will turn 5 in a few weeks. With such young children, it’s no surprise that as soon as the Halloween decorations are up, we start talking Santa.

Oh, you know what I mean:

  • “Don’t hit your sister, Santa is watching.”
  • “Santa knows when you tell lies about jumping on the couch, you better watch out.”
  • “Santa isn’t going to like to hear that you and your brother are fighting  all the time.”

Santa is our HERO when it comes to misbehaving children for 55 days of the year. But what about the rest of the year – because, let’s face it, “the Easter Bunny is watching” just doesn’t have the same ring to it nor does it produce the same results.

Luckily, we found a way to apply the “Santa” technique to our Disney trips. It’s not Santa watching the Diva children while on Disney property to see if they’ve been bad or good. It’s Tinker Bell!

Tinker Bell brings children who’ve been good that day a special gift after bed-time: a present and a trail of pixie dust (glitter). If the child hasn’t been good, then Tinker Bell leaves a message in the pixie dust such as “behave” or “mind”.

Before you ask, yes, absolutely Tink sometimes does NOT leave presents. When that happens, behavior is ship-shape for the rest of the trip.

How Tinker Bell helps my kids BEHAVE at Walt Disney World

Along with behavior modification, Tinker Bell also helps cut down on the greed factor.

For example, if we go into a Disney souvenir store and one of our kids begs, “ohhh, I really want this”, we say: “well, maybe if you’re good, Tinker Bell will bring it”.

Then one parent takes the kids off somewhere while “Tinker Bell” buys the present and either has it sent to our resort (if it’s big) or stuffs it into a backpack when no one is looking (if it’s small). Tinker Bell also has been known to ‘pre-buy’ presents at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Walgreens prior to a trip to save on expenses.

One of the best things about Tinker Bell Presents is that it helps my kids not spend all their hard-earned chore money on fluff. They wait  until our LAST day at Disney to spend it because they’re unsure what Tinker Bell might bring them.

But what if your kid has ‘aged out’ of Tinker Bell Presents?

Try “Cranky Coupons”, a concept created by Kris Bordessa in Disney’s Family Fun Magazine. Kris concedes that family members are entitled to short periods of crankiness, pouting, and general grumpiness. The catch? When you must have a mini-meltdown, you have to ‘pay for it’ with one of your coupons. You can read the article on-line and print your own Cranky Coupons. GENIUS, Kris! GENIUS!

For younger kids, however, you wouldn’t believe how well Tinker Bell Presents cuts down on ‘gimme’ meltdowns. Fewer fights, less fussing, more FUN! And when you’ve spent lots of mooola to get to a Disney resort the last thing you want is a full scale melt-down. Tink can help!

Love, The Disney Diva

For more tips visit:


  • Video: Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook Meet and Greet at Magic Kingdom (
  • Explore Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook at Magic Kingdom Park (
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2 thoughts on “How Tinker Bell helps my kids BEHAVE at Walt Disney World

  1. This is crazy!! My mom used to tell us the same thing when we were kids!! She was also our tooth fairy lol

    Christyn Mckenna

  2. My youngest son lost his first tooth at DAK in February. And we all know there is no tooth fairy at WDW. Nope, Tinker Bell brought him the coolest Star Wars Mickey Mouse and he was thrilled. A very special moment at a ver special place.

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