Last update September 22nd 2016 The Disney Store website sells Disneyland items at a discounted price. Purchase some early and use the items to get your family excited about your trip. See the Disney Store here.
Below we have listed out what we believe are the best Disneyland souvenirs. They include items for every price range.
Disney Pin Trading
Disney pins are small metal images with a pin back depicting characters or Disney attractions from the parks typically displayed on a lanyard worn around your neck. Disney pin trading is a program where guests interact with cast members and other park guests.
To participate, one must purchase an official Disney pin and then find a cast member with a set of Disney pins of their own. Approach the Disney cast member and request to trade pins. Indicate the pin that you would like to trade for and give them the one you would like in exchange. Cast Members honor all trading requests whereas other guests may only trade for a pin they want.
If you would like to buy a large amount of pins, I suggest purchasing a grab bag from Mouse Pins Online. All of their pins are guaranteed to be legitimate unlike the ones you would find on Ebay and they are at a very low price of $15 for 10 pins whereas in the parks one pin would cost between $8-$12.
Since the beginning of Disneyland, the classic black Mickey Mouse ears have been the perfect souvenir. While Disney does sell crazy looking themed ears, I suggest sticking with all black. Have the entire family purchase ears, and for no additional charge get each of your names embroidered.
Get your name embroidered on your hat at:
The Mad Hatter Shop: This crazy hat store actually has two locations. One on Main Street just as you enter the park, and the second in Fantasyland adjacent to the Mad Tea Party.
Hatmosphere: This small hat shop in Tomorrowland is another great place to get your pair of Mickey Ears and have them embroidered.
After you have your ears, take fun pictures of the entire family from the back or the front. The pictures come out beautifully from the back, as seen above.
Disney Silhouettes- on Main Street
On Main Street in Disneyland, visit the Disney Silhouette Studio and get a hand-cut a silhouette of you or your child’s head. For $9.45 a person you get two identical copies of your silhouettes.
The skill of the artisan Cast Members is absolutely amazing. They can outline any head with a hat or without to create an inexpensive souvenir that you will want to to keep forever.
Disneyland Pressed Pennies
Around the park there are machines that will press your pennie into a design representing Disneyland. For example, in the shop next to Pirates of the Caribbean a guest can get a pennie stamped out to have the “Dead Men Tell No Tales” saying imprinted.
To get a pressed penny it costs 51 cents. One penny to get pressed and two quarters to pay. Make sure that you have shiny pennies, because the designs look the best on those. There are also pressed quarter machines that cost more.
Purchase a pressed penny book in Disneyland to collect pennies from all of the machines around the parks.
If you visit Guest Relations at Disneyland, you can pickup a map of all of the different locations to get a Disneyland pressed penny.
Disneyland Name Paintings
In Disneyland adjacent to the Matterhorn and at a kiosk in Downtown Disney, Disney sells watercolor paintings of your name.
The price is about $5 per letter. Each letter is illustrated to look like a certain Disney movie or Disney character. One letter name squares are also available.
Where to put the souvenirs once you have them….
Lockers are available at both parks for $7-$15 per day in both of the theme parks.
If you plan to spend at least 2 more hours in the theme park, have your purchase be sent to the front gate at Package Pickup. Just stop by Package Pickup as you leave the park at the end of the day. In Disneyland, packages can be picked up at the newsstand on the Downtown Disney side (right side) of the area between the turnstiles and the train station. In Disney California Adventure, packages can be picked up at the front of the park
Throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure you will see Disney characters. These characters are all available for photographs and most will also give you their autograph.
Disney Character Autographs
The Disney Characters will give you a fun Disney autograph. It is a very good idea to have a Disney autograph book to keep all of your autographs in. Autograph books can be found on Disney Store.com –I suggest purchasing one online in advance to save time and to choose the perfect one.
When you are in the parks ask the characters to only sign their autograph on the right page and leave the left side pages open. Take a picture of your child with the character and add it to the left page. It makes for a great way to keep your photographs.
After you have waited in line to see most characters at Disneyland, there will be a Disney PhotoPass photographer and the Disney Character handler at the front of the line. Either person can use your camera to take a picture, so why not have them take the picture of your entire group with the character. Make sure that you have your camera ready before you get to the front of the line and be sure to give it to a cast member there.
In some locations, there is no one to take your picture, in these instances, ask a friendly looking person in line to take your picture.
In the above explanation, I mentioned the Disney PhotoPass. Disney PhotoPass is a service where guests have their pictures taken by special Disney Cast Members throughout the park. The photos are then loaded onto a PhotoPass card and handed to you.
You can claim your photos at any time throughout the parks at select locations, or up to 30 days after returning online at www.DisneyPhotoPass.com.
Have all of your photos loaded onto a card throughout your trip and then on the last day you can purchase them in different print sizes or have all of your photos on the same disc. Be sure to take a picture of your ID number on your PhotoPass card just in case you lose your card getting home.
Saving Money on PhotoPass
In Disneyland, a PhotoPass disc with all of the photos from your trip costs only $69.95. This disc holds unlimited photos. If you intend on stopping and taking lots of pictures with Disney Characters throughout your trip, this is best option for you. Go into your Disneyland trip, having already decided whether or not you are purchasing the PhotoPass disc. If you are going to purchase it, take photos with every PhotoPass cast member you see.
Disney recently introduced the PhotoPass+ which is a new version of PhotoPass that includes:
All of the photos that you had taken in the parks,
On-ride photos from Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Tower of Terror (See example here), California Screamin and Radiator Springs Racers
Photos from any character meals at Goofy’s Kitchen, Ariel’s Grotto, Disney’s PCH Grill and Plaza Inn
400 Stock Photos
The PhotoPass+ can be purchased for $69.95 up to two weeks before your vacation, or for $99.95 anytime during your vacation or after the two weeks mark.
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I also love to collect the paper products from Disneyland keep them as souvenirs. Some of my favorites are the left over Disneyland FastPass tickets that we have from our trip.
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