20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas

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20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comThere might be a million different souvenirs you can buy at Disney World (and I’m convinced 90% of those are located at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney) but for brevity’s sake, I’ve pared it down to a list of 20 items I think you’ll like.

Some general advice on souvenir shopping:

  • buy it when you see it, you may not see it again. There are lots of items unique to a location and there’s a chance you won’t come across it later.
  • If you’re staying on-site, you can send gifts back to your hotel for free so be sure to take advantage of that if you buy too much to carry.
  • If you think of something after you leave that you wish you’d picked up, contact Kelly Lichtenwalner who is a personal shopper at Disney World.

Now… on to the list.

Personalized Disney ornaments

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comRemember your family vacations by buying an ornament from each destination. Disney offers Disney-themed ornaments in a couple of locations and you can even get them personalized if you’d like.

Locations: Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney
Price: Varies
Tips: Go early in your trip in case it takes days to get the personalized ornaments finished. The Downtown Disney location has a much wider selection than the Magic Kingdom location.

Pick a Pearl

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comPick a Pearl allows you to pick an oyster from a tank, the employee cast member cuts it open and inside and then you’ll see if you got 1 or 2 pearls. The pearl is then measured and put into a baggie. You can choose to have it set in jewelry right at the store if you want or take it with you in the baggie.

Location: Mitsukoshi store in the Japan section of EPCOT’s World Showcase
Price: $15 (settings are separate)
Tips: Pick the hairiest, ugliest oyster to increase your chances of getting 2 pearls

Character Drawings

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comAt Animation Academy, a class is held every 30 minutes to teach you to draw a Disney character.

Location: Animation Academy at Hollywood Studios
Price: Free!
Tip: Classes are less crowded later in the day. After you get home, frame it for a nice memory of your trip.

Source of Animation Academy Images

Mr. Potato Head Parts

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com
20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com 20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com

At a couple of spots in Disney World, you can fill up a container of Mr. Potato Head parts (many of them exclusive to Disney parks) for a set cost.

Locations: Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney
Price: $20 for the box, $50 for the large potato head container
Tips: Buy Mr. Potato Head at home because it takes up too much space in your box ($5 usually), get plenty of arms as many of them are specific to Disney, each location has pieces that are unique to it but the Downtown Disney location is the biggest, pay for big pieces separately as they can take up too much room in your container, cast members will help you pack if you’d like

Other options for stuffing a container with parts: fill your own Lego cup (at LEGO store in Downtown Disney), Pirate Treasure Chest (World of Disney store in Downtown Disney), Jewelry Box (World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney)

Resort-specific Merchandise

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comA couple of years ago, Disney started doing away with resort-specific merchandise so the gift shops contained generic Disney World items. The resort-specific items have returned. I like getting beach towels but you’ll find everything from cups to t-shirts to magnets.

Locations: all Disney resorts
Price: Varies

Source of resort merchandise images

Carved rings

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comAt a few spots in Disney World, you can have a ring carved to your specifications with various symbols or initials. You can choose between different materials like gold or silver.

Locations: Cart in Downtown Disney near Little Miss Matched (seasonal), cart near Pirates of the Caribbean, Mexico section of EPCOT
Price: $20 and up

Monorail set

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comHow awesome would it be to have THIS under your Christmas tree?

Locations: Emporium at Magic Kingdom, World of Disney at Downtown Disney, Test Track Shop at EPCOT, The Contemporary Resort, Mouse Gear at EPCOT, DisneyStore.com
Price: $84
Tips: There are other pieces that can go with the monorail to form a larger playset. Other pieces include Cinderella’s Castle and The Contemporary. Don’t be afraid to ship it home from Disney World or buy it online if it’s too large to transport.

Music CDs

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comYou can buy the music from various events at Disney World. And, if you’re like me, you get kind of teary-eyed at Wishes and need to have that music available to cry at home too!

Locations: Throughout Disney World
Price: Varies

Personalized Chinese Parasol

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comPick up one of these beautiful parasols and they’ll write your name in Chinese on it to make it even more personal.

Locations: Kiosk in the China section of EPCOT
Price: $10-14

Star Wars Merchandise

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comBuy lots of unique made-for-Disney Star Wars merchandise including build-your-own light saber and Build Your Droid.

Locations: Tatooine Traders at Hollywood Studios (exit area for Star Tours)
Price: Varies

Monogrammed Mickey Ears

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comWhat’s better than classic Mickey ears? They’re even better with a monogram added to them.

Locations: The Chapeau on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, the Five and Dime at Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney (Updated 9/10/2012: no longer available there), Mouse Gear at Epcot and DisneyStore.com
Price: $13.95 and up
Tips: Depending on how busy the stores are, it can take a while to get your monogram completed. Arrive at the store earlier in your visit so you can pick your ears up before you leave (sometimes a few hours later).

Lego Mini Model

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comThere are lots of great things to buy at the LEGO store, but once a month the store offers mini models for free.

Locations: The LEGO store in Downtown Disney
Price: Free
Tips: Check the LEGO site for info on this event.

Silhouettes

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comHave a silhouette drawn to remember your child’s age at the time of your trip or have one done for a special occasion like mother’s/father’s/grandparents day. The artists can do these in as little as 60 seconds. Check out this video of how they do it.

Locations: Downtown Disney, EPCOT near France, the Magic Kingdom on Main Street (a cart in an alley about halfway down on the right as you enter the park) and in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom
Price: $9/each (you can get it framed as well for an additional cost)

Pressed Pennies

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comOne of the cheapest souvenirs in all of Disney World are pressed coins which you can find just about everywhere and collect in pressed coin books.

Locations: All throughout Disney World
Price: 51 cents per pressed penny
Tips: Check out PressCoins.com for listings of all of the machines at Disney World.

Personalize any merchandise

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comTake items you’ve purchased elsewhere and have them monogrammed however you like.

Locations: Adrian and Edith’s Head to Toe at Hollywood Studios
Price: < $10 per item

Cookbooks
20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comWhat better way to remember your trip than to make some of your favorite dishes at home? There are several different cookbooks to choose from.

Locations: Best selection is at Mickey’s Pantry in Downtown Disney
Price: Varies

Engraved glass items

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comThis outdoor store sells glass items (including beer steins) and you can have them engraved for a more personal touch.

Locations: Glaskunst store in Germany section of EPCOT
Price: Varies

Passport

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comYou can buy these passports at EPCOT and then have them stamped in each country.

Locations: Gift shops at EPCOT (easiest is probably Mouse Gear)
Price: $10

Pins

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comYou can trade pins with other people (including cast members) but you can also buy pins that you want as a souvenir for your trip.

Locations: Just about everywhere at Disney World but Disney’s Pin Traders in Downtown Disney is the largest. You can also purchase on DisneyStore.com.
Price: Varies

Personalized t-shirts

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.comFrom DisneyWorld.com “Select your favorite T–shirt color, size and style, and choose from more than 400 pieces of character art. Add a pre–written phrase, or embellish your shirt with your own words. Then, watch your design as it’s made!”

Location: Design a Tee in Downtown Disney
Price: About $25
Tips: You get to try on shirts in the store so you know which size to buy (very large sizes are available here and not as easy to find in other stores). Depending on how busy the store is, it might take 30 minutes or an hour for your shirt to be finished. No profanity or sports team names are allowed on the shirts.

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Hopefully that gives you a good list to get started with your souvenir planning.


20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com
20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas from WDWPrepSchool.com
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Aimee Bell June 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

We just got back from our trip & I had previously read this post and knew I wanted to do the pick a pearl in Japan. I watched several people do it ahead of me and they were all getting white pearls size 7. However, as the post suggests I scoped out one that had nice long hairs on it and I got a blue pearl size 7 3/4. Super excited that it was larger & unique color! However the price to pick the pearl is now 17.00 and my necklace setting was 32.00 (without the chain). So much great information on this site! I was glad that I had all this information ahead of time.

Robin April 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm

These are great tips! Thanks for the post!

Christine April 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Loved the idea of the christmas ornaments! Going for my first time with my boyfriend and I would have never thought of such a cute personalized gift! Love the idea of getting another one day when we go in the future with kids!!

Nicole March 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I had the custom t-shirts made in Downtown Disney for my boys’ birthdays. One had Buzz Lightyear and it said ‘To Infinity and my Birthday! I am 5 today! plus the date ‘ for my son Evan and the other one had Winnie the Pooh characters holding birthday balloons and said “Winnie the Pooh and my Birthday too! I am 3 today!’ plus the date for my son Kyle who had his birthday lunch at the Crystal Palace. The CM that made the shirts even made them each a customized Birthday Button with their names on them as a special surprise, which I thought was very sweet. The boys loved the shirts and the buttons and they got a lot of “Happy Birthdays” on their birthdays in the parks. Buzz Lightyear especially liked Evan’s shirt!

Lauren March 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm

If you are not staying on property and will be in the park at least 3 more hours you can use package pick up at the front of the park. Another way to not have to carry stuff all day long.

Betty Seu March 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Last Christmas my best friend gave me a really nice wooden Christmas ornament. It had my name and a picture of us engraved on it, she got one too! It was super cool and I found out that this company out in Colorado called Unique Custom Products made it. I will definitely be ordering from them this year …check out their website if you like wooden items @ http://www.custom-christmasornaments.com.

Sandy February 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I read some where that you could have a personal shopper at WDW send you something you had wanted to buy but didn’t get to. I cant seem to locate the name or contact info for the personal shopper. My daughter wanted a princess sweat suit but they only had the pants in her size. We looked at several other shops but all that was available was the small. Anyway…any info would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Christen March 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Sandy,
The personal shopper for Disney is Kellyspds.com!

Bonita February 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I have some monogrammed ears. I have a Duffy who has his own set of ears. A cast member saw them and she even offered to monogram them. So, not only do I have monogrammed ears, but so does my Duffy. My son will be getting his on my next trip (it’s not the same if I order online).

Mari December 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

The personal rings are awesome, my parents and I still wear them and we got them during our 2006 trip

Sheila Nowell November 11, 2013 at 7:41 am

Do you know where I can get a list of all the dog tag necklace engraving machines are? We saw one at the Star Tours shop for sure, and other places when we were there last, and my son has decided that he’d like to start collecting them.

Uper Excited November 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Thank you soo much for this post. It was very informative, you had pictures, and it made me super excited to go to WDW in one month!

Kristin October 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

When my husband and I got engaged (in Disney) we bought one of the Mickey head ornaments and had it personalized with “Will You Marry Me?” and the date.
After we got married (in Disney) we got a second that said “I Do!” with our wedding date. I think those are my favorite souvenirs.
We will be there next week and my son will faint when he learns he can build his own lightsaber – he is obsessed!
Love your site!

Alli August 26, 2013 at 6:02 am

When purchasing the Mr. Potato Head, I had a cast member give me a secret tip about it. I believe it’s about $15 dollars to fill the “pieces bucket” and then it’s a small amount of money for the pieces that do not fit in it. Well she informed to stuff the container with all the accessories I would need or want for my potato head and buy my potato head as if it were the piece that didn’t fit. It’s a cheaper way of buying it all in Disney and you get many more accessories!

Susan August 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Great article – thanks for the information. I’m super excited to find out about the shop that sells personalized t-shirts! : )

Rachel July 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

These are great ideas!
I’ve always wanted to do pin trading but I’m afraid I’ll get addicted and end up spending wayyy more money than I intend to. For my next trip I think I’m going to do the pennies.

Lynn August 15, 2013 at 12:49 am

I love to pin trade. It’s not big in the UK so I buy a large lot on EBay and then bring them every year to WDW. This year I’d love to get a pearl and put it inside Cinderella’s carriage, that looks awesome. I didn’t realise you could pick your own pearl or a carved ring so this is something I am desperate to get. I’ve been every year since 2007 but somehow I seem to miss these.

Heather July 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Love all of these ideas! We are going in November and can’t wait to get some of these! I do have to add, natural things too! For example when we stayed at Fort Wilderness last year, my daughter was so happy and content to keep a pinecone which we now use as décor in her room. So I’m assuming anything like that could also be used.

Heather June 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Great post! I think we’ve gotten almost all of these through the years. I like how you have it all organized..definitely repinning this!

Kelley June 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

I used to be a cast member at Once Upon A Toy. There are a few tricks to the potato head box and the bigger one as well. You can fill the photo head if you want to buy one and many of the objects fold in half pretty easily, i’ve also seen people fit some pairs of shoes into the potato head. Make sure if you get one to lay it in the box horizontally on the bottom so that way you can fill on top. The put all the smaller items like eyes,arms etc around him.

For the giant potato head fill the shoes first with smaller pieces likes arms, eyes the little extras like mickey ice cream bars then fill the rest. Same goes for this potato head if you need the body fill up the body then put it into the container this time it does not matter the way it lays. Also look at the pieces you are getting see if they can bend and fold or fit into the other somehow. Some of the shoes bend in half thus making it easier to slid into the container in different already packed places. Also not sure if they still have it but the buzz lightyear body piece that potato heads wears as pants can fit right under the containers hat on top so leave that till last as it will also help keep everything inside. You can always ask a cast member to help, there is usually one on potato head duty. I recommend going mid morning before it gets busy because then they have more time to help you since there are not alot of guests.

I know there is also a build your own lightsaber area in the train room which is the third room in. A cast member is usually there to help with building the lightsaber. It is the exact same station to the one in Hollywood studios except it is double sided. So making it there might be better then draging a lightsaber all over hollywood studios or if its a last minute thing.

Kristina May 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

I got my mother one of those plants they sell from Living with the Land. They are inexpensive (I think it was around 5 bucks) and make a great little gift.

I didn’t have any issue with bringing it through TSA (probably got a sleeping agent that day).

Amanda April 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I wonder if u can just call WDW and ask them where to find all the shops that have the charms. They seem to be extremely helpful with ther things. It’s worth a shot.

bev April 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

where did you get the bracelet and charms? my daughter would love that!

thanks everyone. we are going in june. cant wait. my head is spinning with all the info. i am trying to be prepared and get the most out of our trip.

Flo April 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

We were staying at Pop Century and they had all the parts to make them there, but I saw them at quite a few other gift shops throughout Disney World, some with different parts. I am pretty sure that Mouse Gear at Epcot had them. Hopefully they still do, my “Exploded Mickey” bracelet (as I refer to it) is one of my favorite souvenirs from all of our trips.

Deb A. May 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Just wondering what the bracelet was called. I’d love to start one for my granddaughter who will turn one on Sunday and is celebrating at Disney World with her parents this year (shhh! ) A good place to celebrate since she was concieved there too!

Flo March 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Great ideas! One of my favorite items from our trips is a bracelet–they were available at several different places–you bought the bracelet and then added charms of different type to it–mine is all “Mickey Parts”–Gloves, shorts, hat, etc–but you could do princesses, Muppet characters–I saw so many different things. I loved being able to pick out my favorite things for on it.

My other favorite item is the handcarved wooden animals we got at Epcot in the World Showcase Mexican pavillion. The artists who make them are on site, if you are there at the right time you can see them actually making them. We have a porcupine and a lizard–and next time we go I’m sure we will add to our collection.

Michelle Wasson March 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Thank you so much for the tips! I’m taking notes for our next trip!

Elizabeth March 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

You used to be able to get a pearl at the waterparks too. Did they do away with that?

Emily February 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thank you so much for this post! We are taking our 5 and 3 year old for the first time this summer and I want to soak it up as much as I can. There are some great ideas in here that I am TOTALLY going to do!

Joy February 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm

At the world of imagination, you can get a sturdy jigsaw
puzzle made out of photo taken there(with disney backdrops). The
kids still love to put the puzzle together 2 years later–it’s made
out of a sturdy foam. One of the best souvenirs we bought!

Ashley January 30, 2014 at 2:08 am

What store/location was this? My kids would love this as a souvenir!

Shannon Albert January 30, 2014 at 2:10 am

I believe it’s the shop located in the exit area of the Journey Into Imagination w/Figment ride at Epcot.

Juanita February 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm

We’ve only been twice but got the silhouette cutouts done both times. You actually get two copies since they fold the paper in half when cutting, giving you one version and then its reflection. It’s a cute reminder of the ages they were when we went.

Jill March 30, 2013 at 7:09 am

We’re taking our kids (4 &6) this summer and I look forward to get their silhouettes made. I have mine from my first trip in 1983! I’ll have to find a neat way of framing/hanging these in our home!

Erica H. February 2, 2013 at 7:50 am

Where would I find books to put the pennies in? Since my kids’ first trip is coming up, I thought it would be cool to get pennies each year that we go and when they are older it would be something “new” we could do to hunt for machines we haven’t hit yet.

Shannon Albert February 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

You can buy them once you’re at WDW or online at http://www.yourwdwstore.net/Pressed-Coin-Books_c_426.html

Jerry January 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

We went last spring break. My 12 year old daughter, we
thought, would be all about the pin trading. Nope. She was all
about the push pennies. It became a game. We hunted at every park
to find sets of them. She collected 2 books. A highlight to be
sure.

Sherry March 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm

You can get a printout from customer service of all the locations of the penny machines and the impressions on them. My husband also collects them and it was amazing how many are in the parks. The report was pages and pages long. We keep it in our purple bin and get a few each time. :)

Shannon Albert March 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

Somebody recently told me that the print-outs aren’t accurate anymore. Not sure if/when the lists will be updated.

Memory December 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

We are taking a trip in June with my husbands sisters,
their families, his parents & our kids! I bought the
souvenir Mickey ear hats on eBay in advance! Some were from the
personalized shop & had names! I used my trusty old seam
ripper & removed the names and paid a little more than $5
per hat with shipping!!! I bought a large lot, 10-20 hats, even the
coolest princess ones, not just plain Jane colors! Many still had
the price tags, $13.95-$24.95 EACH! We bought ahead of time to save
money, a huge chunk of money! Also, I bought a bunch of trading
pins off eBay, some we may not like but can trade at the parks for
ones we do like! Hope it helps!!! Love your ideas & tips!
Thank you!!!

Shannon January 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Really, really good tip. Thank you for sharing.

Lisa December 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm

You can find a beautiful pearl cage to match with your
pearl for a fraction of the cost at Epcot if you buy before you go.
Check out the etsy store at :
http://www.etsy.com/shop/AOSDESIGN

Shannon January 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

$7 is really affordable! Thanks for the tip.

Tiffany April 14, 2013 at 6:40 am

Do you know if Disney will still set he pearl if you bring your own cage?

Brooke M June 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I don’t think it’s ‘set’. From the images, it looks to me like it’s a cage with a clasp and the pearl is lose inside of it? Hope that is helps (and is correct!)

Brooke M June 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

*loose

Priscila November 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Loved these ideas!

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