A Walt Disney World vacation can be expensive, and once you arrive, you’ll find souvenirs everywhere you look in the theme parks, resorts, and Disney Springs. As someone who loves to shop, I know that it’s important to spend your money on things that you’ll have use for later – either on your next trip or at home in your everyday life. Among all of the amazing gift shops and fun products, here are the best Disney World souvenirs that stand the test of time and are worth your money.
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Best Disney World Souvenirs Worth Your Money
My kids always tease me, because when we are on vacation, I tell them to wait to shop until the end. But, I feel that when you have limited vacation funds, you shouldn’t buy the first thing that you see. Luckily, many of the stores do carry the same merchandise, so you can always choose later.
Some exclusions do apply to this, however. Resort-specific merchandise will only be available at that resort hotel, In addition, there are some specialty shops – like those at the end of an attraction, at Disney Springs, at a country in Epcot’s World Showcase, or at a specific theme park.
While I love shopping at all of the stores, I do have a few favorites. These include the Emporium at the Magic Kingdom, Mouse Gear at Epcot, and the World of Disney Store at Disney Springs.
If you are flying through the Orlando International Airport, there is also one last chance to purchase your Disney World souvenir at the Magic of Disney stores before security. Again, the selection won’t include everything you’ll see in the parks, so if you have one specific thing in mind, buy it at the parks.
Some Disney Parks merchandise can now be purchased online at shopDisney. This is a great option if you get home and regret not purchasing something. Or, you can choose to buy it before you leave so you have it available for your trip (great for autograph books, apparel, bags, and ears).
Here are some of the best Walt Disney World souvenirs to purchase.
Mickey Mouse Ears
These ubiquitous ears are some of the most popular Disney World souvenirs out there. Over the years, there have been so many different versions, from glittery rose gold to Star Wars-themed ears. Some Mickey ears are on a fabric base, while others are on a headband.
If you and your kids will wear them, I definitely recommend buying at least one pair. When my kids were little, they each had a personalized set of ears and they loved them.
You can always pack your ears for each Disney vacation or can choose to purchase a new pair each trip. Either way, they are a fun souvenir of your trip.
Disney Cups, Dishes, and Mugs
I love functional souvenirs that you can use once you get home. Not only are they useful, but they are an ongoing reminder of your favorite place.
Throughout the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs, you’ll find shops offering dishes, cups, coffee mugs, and more with Disney characters and icons. The in-park Starbucks also offers limited-edition mugs for each park. These are fantastic souvenirs, and you’ll probably be tempted to collect them all.
Visiting with kids? Dolls and stuff animals of their favorite characters can be a great Disney souvenir. When my kids were younger, they loved stuffed animals and had a collection from the Disney World resort.
These are the type of products where it may make sense to wait a bit before buying, especially without an endless vacation souvenir budget. Otherwise, your kids may change their favorite character before the end of the trip. If you do purchase during the trip, make sure this beloved new souvenir doesn’t get left behind.
Disney pins are such a fun souvenir, and there are so many great ones to choose from. Whether you want to participate in Disney pin trading, or just buy pins to keep for yourself, it’s a great thing to collect.
With pin trading, you can find various cast members and pin trading stations. The cast members who are available to trade typically have a lanyard or a card with pins. You can learn more on this official page.
I always loved buying pins, but never traded them. Instead, I decided to collect pins from the Disney resort hotels that I stayed in. It keeps me focused on just one type of pin, and it’s fun to develop a collection.
Over the years, we’ve bought lots of Disney Park branded clothing both out of want and necessity. We’ve needed sweatshirts and dry clothes and wanted Princess dresses, spirit jerseys, t-shirts, coats, and more.
It’s very easy to get carried away with all of the cute clothes, but again, I try to focus on buying one or two things. I especially love the limited-edition clothing – for things like the International Food and Wine Festival and Flower and Garden Festival.
Another souvenir that you’ll love for years is the gorgeous jewelry offered at Walt Disney World. There are both expensive, designer jewelry items, as well as more affordable costume jewelry options.
My favorite designer of Disney jewelry is Rebecca Hook. Her beautiful designs don’t scream “Disney” but are modern, stylish, and not too expensive. You can also find some of her jewelry on shopDisney.
My kids always loved getting character autographs. We bought Disney autograph books on our first family trip to Walt Disney World and brought them back every year. They could also be purchased in advance before the trip.
Unfortunately, character experiences have changed with the current circumstances, and that means they are not currently signing autographs. This is something that I do hope returns in the future because it was something that kids loved.
If you celebrate Christmas and put up a Christmas tree, you may consider collecting Christmas ornaments from Walt Disney World. While many of the shops at Walt Disney World offer Christmas ornaments year-round, there is also a specialty Christmas shop at the Magic Kingdom.
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe is located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom. It offers ornaments and other Christmas decor year-round.
Star Wars Products
Are there any Star Wars fans in your family? There are some premium, unique souvenirs available at Walt Disney World, and they are perfect for any fan of the Star Wars franchise.
At Savi’s Workshop in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can design your own lightsaber. You’ll be able to select from a variety of components, but do need a reservation for this shopping and design experience.
You can also design your own remote control droid at the Droid Depot at Star Wars Galaxy Edge. Again, you’ll need reservations to do this, so plan in advance if this is something that you know you’ll want to do.
Pressed pennies are popular souvenirs at many tourist attractions, including Walt Disney World. Pressed pennies are available at loads of locations throughout the theme parks, resorts, water parks, Disney Springs, and miniature golf courses. They are collectible and just cost 51 cents to press – making them one of the least expensive souvenirs to collect.
If you want to use these coin press machines, you’ll want to gather quarters (to pay for the pressing) and pennies (to be pressed). It’s recommended that you collect nice, shiny pennies, or shine them yourself before you leave on vacation.
The Walt Disney World website has a map with all of the different pressed penny machines. It can be helpful to review this so you can decide which ones you want. They also sell pressed penny books in the gift shops (or buy one in advance on Amazon) where you can store and protect them.
I love handbags and I can’t help myself when I get to Walt Disney World. Their collaborations with popular handbag designers like Kate Spade, Dooney and Bourke, and Vera Bradley are absolutely adorable. Many of these bags are limited edition, so you’ll want to buy them when you see them.
Funko Pops and Other Collectibles
If you are looking for something to decorate your kids’ room, an office, or another room in your house, a Disney collectible may be a good option. We love Funko Pops, which is a collectible product with all sorts of pop culture icons.
At Walt Disney World, there are limited edition Funko Pops based on popular characters, rides, and other elements of the company. These vary in size but are great souvenirs and collectibles for Disney fans.
You’ll also find other collectibles in the parks, including artwork, figurines, refillable popcorn buckets, and more.
What is your favorite Disney World souvenir?
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