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When you enter any park at Walt Disney World, or visit the Downtown Disney area, you can’t help but be overwhelmed and overstimulated by the vast amount of merchandise! Of course you might think of mouse ears, pins, and Vinylmation as some of the top Disney souvenirs. But, if you think outside the box a bit, you might be surprised what you’ll be bringing home. So, I want to share with you s0me suggestions for souvenirs you can get at Disney that will make everyone happy!
- Picture Frames. You know you’re taking a ton of pictures at Disney, right? Well, in almost every gift shop you’ll find some fun frames to showcase those memories. I try to keep in mind the frames I have, and make sure I get a good picture of our family from that current trip to put in it.
Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 4, 2013 were treated to a sneak peek of the theme park’s annual Star Wars Weekend festivities with a Limited Time Magic event titled, “May the 4th Be with You.” Guests were given a chance to see all of their favorite characters from the Star Wars films and even take photographs with them. The Jedi Training Academy offered a chance for adults to join their Padawans in training, and the newly reimagined Star Tours offered trips with some very special guests. The festivities ended with a Star Wars dance party hosted by DJ Lobot and a special “Symphony in the Stars” fireworks display. And of course, guests could also obtain special limited edition merchandise from the event.
Perhaps my most favorite part of the Limited Time Magic was the character interaction—from Storm Troopers patrolling, to wandering Tusken Raiders, and even Darth Vader looming through the park; it was a sight to see and created some extra magical experiences.
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.
Each year we drive to Walt Disney World, we leave very early in the morning, like 4am! So going to the parks after a 10 hour drive is just not something that we like to do. Instead, we try to do a Disney non park adventure on our arrival day. In years past, we have tried different character meals for dinner and have explored Downtown Disney. This year, when we received our travel documents, we noticed that there were 2 complementary passes for either Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. We were excited about trying something new and decided that this was what we were going to try this year. With the 2 free passes, it was a great deal for our family. It would only cost our family of 4, $20 to experience a new Disney Adventure.
After looking over the 2 courses, we decided to try the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. And of course it would not be a Disney Attraction if they did not create a storyline to go along with the attraction.
When you book a reservation to stay at a Disney resort at Walt Disney World, you have the option of adding a Dining Plan to your reservation. These dining credits can be used at hundreds of locations throughout the Walt Disney World between all four theme parks, both water parks, Downtown Disney, and all of the Disney Resorts. So, how can you make the most out of your dining plan?
One way to make the most out of your Disney Dining Plan is to plan for breakfast at Disney World!