Below is a listing of Disney Souvenir Tips. You will find examples of both free and inexpensive souvenirs, as well as ideas to help you stick to your souvenir budget.
Keep in mind that you do not have to spend a lot of money to remember your vacation. Photos are basically free if you have a digital camera – and they are way better than an outrageously overpriced sweatshirt or plastic toy.
I’m not saying to skip the shopping, but don’t break the bank! My kids can get by with $30 each for a week at Disney World – and are just as happy as can be.
For myself, my favorite souvenir is a music CD of the music played in the parks, resorts, or attractions. Nothing can compare to the quality and power of great Disney World music!
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Disney Souvenir Tips
- Disney World Transportation Collector Cards
- Birthday ButtonsCharacter AutographsPark Maps
- Resort Maps and Literature
- Printed Napkins
- Your admission tickets or room keys.
- Luggage tags (like the paper ones from Magical Express)
- Monorail Co-Pilot License
- The cup that comes with a kid’s meal. (you have to buy the drink!)
- Stickers that are given out by cast members.
- Plastic Popcorn tub you get when you buy popcorn.
- Unused Fastpasses
- Photos you take with your camera
- Toiletries from your resort hotel room.
- Pen from your hotel (I use my Disney World pen everyday!)
- At the Fantastic Plastic Works at Innoventions in Epcot, you can build a toy robot to take home.
- At Innoventions West you can e-mail a postcard from the IBM exhibit.
- You can also send free e-postcards from the Mission: Space and Imagination pavilions.
- Inexpensive Disney World Souvenirs:
- Pressed Pennies – only 51 cents each!!
- Pens or Pencils
- Antenna Toppers (Make sure the car has an antenna! Mine doesn’t!)
- A single Disney Dollar
- Set a souvenir budget, especially for the kids.
- If you are buying gifts, have a list of who you need to buy for, along with the maximum amount you can spend on each person.
- Set aside a souvenir day. When we travel to Disney World, my kids window shop all week. By our last day, they know exactly what they want!
- Many attractions exit directly into a gift shop. Consider yourself warned!
- If your kids are interested, let them collect Character Autographs. An autograph book is usually under $10. My kids each had a blank photo mat for the characters to sign. When we returned home, we used it to frame their favorite photo from the trip. (See more about these mats...) We also used them in our scrapbooks.
- Buy T-shirts for the kids ahead of time, then invest in some qualtiy fabric markers from the craft store. You can print off a favorite Disney photo on transfer paper before the trip, and iron onto each child's T-shirt before packing. Once in WDW, you simply pack the markers with your gear for the day, kiddo's wear the shirts and voila! A GREAT souvenir that they can actually show off and use. On days you are not wearing the shirt...simply take it along in your gear and pull it out for autograph sessions. We have these and they are a huge hit! We have also done photo mats and pillow cases as well - both in parks and on the cruise. Thanks for the Tip Kelly!
- Make each person their very own Pressed Pennies change holder. This is handy to hold the coins both before and after the “squishing” process.
- If you are going during the Holiday season, you could make our own Custom Disney Santa Hats. Kind of like a souvenir to take with you to Disney!
- Make Custom Pin Collecting Lanyard Tags with each kids name on it. This great Disney souvenir tip was actually my sister's idea! She did this for my boys and their cousins and they turned out really cute!!
- Buy some Disney Pins on Ebay before your trip. You can often get a lot of trading pins for about two or three dollars each. Beats paying three times that in the parks! Plus, trading can start right away. This is a great Disney souvenir tip that also saves a ton of money!
- Make or buy Disney activity or guide books for the kids. Even though we buy them before our trip, they are still considered souvenirs in my house. I recommend the Guide to the Magic series for kids.
- While you’re at it, pick up a guide book for yourself too.
Photos make great souvenirs.
- Be sure to get yourself a digital camera, if you don’t already have one. And learn how to use it! Practice taking photos using the different settings before your trip.
I recommend the Canon Elph series of cameras. We have the Canon SD750, and just love it. It is small, inexpensive, and really easy to use. Plus it has a huge 3-inch LCD screen. I would also recommend buying a large memory card and an extra battery.
- Disney Dollars are a great way to keep your souvenir budget on track. You can buy them in advance and dole them out accordingly. A fun way to work this angle is to give your kids opportunities to earn them – through chores, holidays, rewards, or allowance.
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