Updated 7/21/2018. There are so many great Walt Disney World souvenirs! Below find a list of the best things to buy at Walt Disney World.
Best Cheap Walt Disney World Souvenirs
Below we have listed out what we believe are the best Walt Disney World souvenirs. They include items for every price range.
These are fantastic souvenirs for purchase in 2018 and beyond! I made sure to include a wide variety of options ranging from inexpensive to expensive.
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.
Check out the ultimate guide to Disney Pin Trading.
Classic 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 them embroidered in the parks! The basic embroidery is $3.00 while premium embroidery fonts are $7.00.
Get your name embroidered on your hat at:
Epcot: Mouse Gear
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Adrian & Edith’s Head to Toe
Disney Springs: Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories
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- Disney Springs
Located in Disney Springs, visit the Silhouette Portraits Cart and get a hand-cut a silhouette of you or your child’s head. For $9.99 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.
Walt Disney World Pressed Pennies
Around the park there are machines that will press your penny into a design representing Walt Disney World. 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 Walt Disney World to collect pennies from all of the machines around the parks.
If you visit Guest Relations at Walt Disney World, you can pickup a map of all of the different locations to get a pressed penny.
Walt Disney World Ornaments
In Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Liberty Square look for the Ye Olde Christmas Shop! Here you can choose from a variety of ornaments! This is a great park souvenir that you will remember year after year.
Where to put the souvenirs once you have them….
- Lockers are available at both parks for $10-$15 per day in all of the theme parks.
- If you plan to spend at least 2 more hours in the theme park, have your purchase be sent to Package Pickup. Just stop by Package Pickup as you leave the park at the end of the day. Package Pickup is available in each Walt Disney World park.
- If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World hotel, your purchases can be sent back to your room free of charge!
Throughout the Walt Disney World parks 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, 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.
For pricing and package information on PhotoPass check out Disney’s website.
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I also love to collect the paper products from the Disney parks and 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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