104 The Ears Must Match the Dress – Meet Mandie Malinoski – Owner SSR Since 2014
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Mandie Malinoski grew up Disney and is now raising a Disney family. Owner at Disney's Saratoga Springs since 2014, Mandie typically spends about 40 nights a year at Walt Disney World. She loves spending quality time with her family, creating Disney inspired dresses and ears, and coordinating the entire family's Disneybounding outfits. Many of the hidden gems Mandie discusses at Walt Disney World involve live performances and parades.

Mandie bought into SSR back in 2014 when her son was a year old with the intent of staying in one-bedroom villas. Her husband accompanies the family on their annual family vacation and he's only stayed in DVC one-bedroom thus far. Her family loves Saratoga Springs because of the point value and the fact that her husband is a golfer and SSR is located right on the golf course. We discussed resort only stays.

Mandie prefers rooms with fireworks views. She tries to book standard one-bedrooms at Boardwalk and requests a room facing the EPCOT fireworks. Another favorite would be a high floor at Copper Creek facing the springs pool so that they can view Magic Kingdom fireworks over Wilderness Lodge from their balcony. When staying at her home resort, Mandie prefers the Paddock area because they really like the pool. The family's favorite resorts are Saratoga Springs, Boulder Ridge, Copper Creek, and Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House.

Mandie bought her first contract via resale and is considering adding on another resale contract at Boulder Ridge or Copper Creek. Chad and Mandie both prefer the room layouts at Boulder Ridge over Copper Creek. She suggests requesting a 5th-floor room at Boulder Ridge because the vaulted ceilings add to the rustic cabin-like feel of the resort.

Mandie used Monera Financial for her first contract and highly recommends their services. She's sent numerous families to Monera to purchase DVC and has heard nothing but awesome reviews from all of her referrals.

Mandie considers herself an amateur seamstress. She enjoys making matching ears and dresses from custom Disney inspired fabric as shown above. You'll notice her ears always match her daughter's ears and dress. In the photo below, her son's pants match the dress and everything is Donald themed when they had their photo taken with Donald. We had an exciting conversation about the level's people to match t-shirts, ears, and outfits to their days at Disney. Mandie takes it to the level of picking out the entire family's clothing and theming it for the day's adventures. Interestingly enough, this high-attention to detailed planning does not continue through with the family's touring plans. In the past, Mandie created detailed spreadsheets for a daily agenda, now the family just rolls with three fast passes, a single dining reservation and a rough idea of showtimes in the parks and they enjoy whatever the day presents.

You can follow Mandie on Instagram, visit her website is MinnieMouseMomma.com or follow her travel agency page on Facebook.

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