There are so many great shopping options at Disneyland that narrowing it down to essential items that stand the test of time can be overwhelming! That's where we come in. Here are the top seven souvenirs ranging in price options you can buy at Disneyland that you will treasure for years to come.
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.
1. 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.
Be sure to check out the ultimate guide to Disney Pin Trading.
2. Classic Disneyland Mouse Ears
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 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.
3. 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.
4. Disneyland Pressed Pennies
Around the park there are machines that will press your penny into a design representing Disneyland. For example, in the shop next to Pirates of the Caribbean a guest can get a penny 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Disney's PhotoPass
One of the best souvenirs for remembering your trip to the Disneyland Resort are the pictures that you bring home with you. These pictures will last a lifetime in your family photo album and are something to cherish for years to come. Disneyland has their own crew of PhotoPass photographers strategically placed around the park and ready to take your picture.
PhotoPass at the Disneyland Resort offers a variety of photography options for guests at Disneyland. We've put together an extensive guide on PhotoPass, the benefits of MaxPass, and tips for taking the best pictures at Disneyland- read our extensive guide to PhotoPass at the Disneyland Resort HERE.
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