Category Archives: Downtown Disney
You can’t go to Walt Disney World without buying souvenirs! This is true on so many levels….you want to remember your trip with something special, many items are ONLY found in Disney Parks, and we all agree that Disney has marketing down to a science. So, how do you decide what to buy? What’s worth it? What is something unique? Let me share with you Five Tips for Shopping for Souvenirs at the Disney Parks.
- Before you leave, buy Disney gift cards so you can set a limit. When we travel, we often buy each of our children a $50 gift card, and then one of a slightly larger amount for us parents to use. This is beneficial because then you have an idea of how much you’re spending AND in many cases you’ll get fuel discounts if you buy the gift cards at the grocery .
- When at Disney, and you find a souvenir you REALLY want, buy it. Or, make a note of it on your phone or somewhere so you can come back and get it later. Many times, what you see is probably unique to that park. There’s a decent chance you won’t come across it later.
Food for one is a big part, we seem to always schedule a trip to DTD by where we want to eat…If you are just here to shop till you drop and want to grab a quick snack then you could choose from Pretzels and Fried Candy Bars at Wetzel’s Pretzels and Cookes of Dublin or how about candy and sweets galore then stop at Goofys Candy Company, the Candy Cauldron or Ghiradelli Soda Fountain, they should do the trick.
Disney can say with assurance that everyday’s a Party for the Planet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as guests and cast members join together to celebrate the wonders of nature. But on April 22 (Earth Day), in recognition of the park’s 15th anniversary, there will be even more natural magic.
Here are some tips for all of you who are able to come:
- Get there by 8:30 a.m.! While the park and its attractions don’t open until 9 a.m., the turnstiles will open at 8:30 a.m., and I am proud to be joining Disney’s Animal Kingdom Vice President Josh D’Amaro who is hosting a special 15th anniversary ceremony that will take place in front of the Tree of Life at 8:40 a.m.
- Commemorative guide map: Be sure to pick one up when you enter the park. And while in the Main Entrance area, also pick up a keepsake postcard that serves as a Party for the Planet guide.
A new Disney truck has been spotted in downtown Orlando this week, the Disney Truck Shop. Although featuring the style of a food truck, this spin-off of the popular (and growing!) food truck idea was actually a Disney gift shop truck! The Disney Truck Shop made it’s way out for Fiesta in the Park in downtown Orlando, Florida this past weekend, according to the Daily City. This was the first time this Disney Truck Shop has been seen off of Disney property. The Disney gift shop trucks have previously been found at Downtown Disney, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports since December 2012.
Heading to the Walt Disney World Resort April 13-14? If so, be sure to add Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace to the list of places you will want to visit during your stay.
Disney Fine Art artists Rob Kaz, Tim Rogerson and Michelle St. Laurent will be on hand for special appearances and signings, Saturday, April 13, from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and again on Sunday, April 14, from 1-4 p.m., to sign artwork published exclusively by Collectors Editions.
Here’s a look at some of the new art heading your way.