I am one of those annoying people who buy a load of logo’d stationary from the places they visit whilst Calum loves to get a good glass/shot glass/unusual shaped cup with the name of a city, country or attraction on it. So it made sense we share with you the best Disney souvenirs to nab on your next Disney World trip.
Before we start, I thought I would share some (creative!) tips that I learnt during and annoyingly after our visit to Disney World.
- Firstly, if you are staying at a hotel on-site then you can get your purchases sent back to your hotel for free! No matter where you are staying, you can also use the Package Pickup Program, where your purchases are sent to a location near the front of the park for you to pick up before you leave.
- I had read a lot of advise before our trip about not buying merchandise until the end of your day at the park which is true but if it is something themed to a certain land or area of a park and it’s easy to slip into your bag then buy it! You may not see it in the general Disney stores near the front of the park or at Disney Springs.
- If you forget to buy something during your visit, you can also check the Shop Disney Parks app which sell most of the items from the parks. Plus, the Orlando International Airport has not one but TWO Disney stores for you get get those last minute purchases.
- We didn’t manage to get to all the parks on our first trip to Orlando but we did head to the World of Disney, a store in Disney Springs that sells most items that you’ll find in all the Disney Parks in Walt Disney World.
For some PRO tips from a former cast member, check out Lia’s guide to Disneyland and her awesome Disneyland Scavenger hunt!
Ok so let’s get stuck into the Souvenirs!
A must for all newbies at Disney, I always remember watching Disney adverts as a kid with people walking around in these hat ears! Completely impractical (it doesn’t protect your head like a hat nor will it stay on for rides) but completely awesome!
Personalised Christmas Ornaments!
I am a big lover of all things christmassy so these are perfect! You can personalise the ornaments with you name or choose from your favourite characters to hang on your tree.
There is a range of ornaments available on Amazon.
Most attractions across the world offer a Penny Presser and Disney is no exception. These are probably the cheapest souvenirs you can get and one of the best in my opinion.
Mr Potato Head parts
In the Once Upon A Toy store in Disney Springs, you can fill up a box with a load of Mr Potato Head body parts, all for a set price. Buy the Mr Potato Head at home or separately and fill the box with the Disney specific and themed items. Cast Members help you pack the box to make the most of your purchase and they also offer the same system with Lego Cups, Jewellery cups and Pirate Treasure Chests.
As with most attractions and theme parks around the world, Disney have certain merchandise that is specific to that theme park or resort. If you are a fan of a particular park then get the merchandise for that resort, I personally love the Disney Resort T-shirts!
Personalised Chinese Parasol
From the China section in Epcot, you can choose a beautiful parasol and the cast members will write your name on it, in Chinese! Get these nearer the end of your visit to avoid getting it ruined when your racing around on rides.
Growing up I had a best friend who went to Disney every year with his family. He always brought back an autograph book full of signatures and made me desperately want to go even more (I was like 11 years old guys, don’t judge). Anyways, Disney Autographs are perhaps one of the best souvenirs you can get, they may take time to get but apart from the book, it is a free and fun souvenir, plus you get all the memories of meeting your favourite characters.
Delicious Disney Cookbook
From Mickey’s Pantry in Disney Springs, you can pick up a variety of cookbooks of food found across the different parks. We love cooking so any cookbook is great but these are extra magical.
Of course you can take pictures of the park yourself but when you meet characters there is always a Disney PhotoPass photographer hanging around to take your picture. You don’t need to buy these photos, instead have your personal camera ready and ask them to use that camera instead.
At California Adventure and Hollywood Studios WDW, you can take a free animation class, where you are taught how to draw your favourite characters. Your own masterpiece is the perfect souvenir!
I never quite understood the popularity of this one, but you can purchase different Disney Pins from all over Disney and trade pins with other visitors and cast members to expand your collection.
Design a Tee
At Disney Springs, you will find a store named ‘Design a Tee’ which allows you to do exactly that. You can choose the colour, size and style then choose from over 400 pieces of character art and phrases to choose from. This place wasn’t open on our visit but I will definitely be heading here on our next trip! Tees cost around $25.
Ever wanted to be one of those awesomely cool people with a Mickey head sticking out of their cars antenna? At Disney, you can choose from a load of character and themes to personalise your car. This is on my shopping list for our next trip!
This is a big category and we often spend far too long in the kitchenware sections of merchandise stores but so what? Buy yourself a mug or toast printer or waffle iron or apron or cutlery set… the list goes on but these things are all items you will actually use – making them the best type of Souvenir. Unfortunately, we have yet to find any Disney shot glasses (but Universal does sell character ones!).
These are just a few of the best souvenirs you can take away from your trip to Walt Disney World or other Disney parks around the world. If you are in Orlando, don’t forget to head to a Disney’s Character Warehouse Store (one is found in Vineland Premium Outlet and the other in the International Premium Outlet), here you will find amazing discounts on older items; expect to find lots of Christmas stuff along with the usual kits costumes, accessories and kitchen items.
Have you brought something awesome at Disney? Tell us about it in the comments below.