20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas

(Article last checked: April 11, 2016)

There 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 Disney Springs) 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, check the Shop Disney Parks app (available for Android and iOS) which has many/most items from the parks

Now... on to the list.

Personalized Disney ornaments

Remember 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 Disney Springs
Price: Varies
Tips: Go early in your trip in case it takes days (usually can be done same day though) to get the personalized ornaments finished. The Disney Springs location has a wider selection than the Magic Kingdom location.

Pick a Pearl

Pick a Pearl allows you to pick an oyster from a tank, the very enthusiastic Cast Member cuts it open, and then you'll see if you got 1 or 2 pearls. The pearl(s) is/are then measured and put into a baggie.

Location: Mitsukoshi store in the Japan section of Epcot's World Showcase
Price: $17 (settings are separate)
Tips: Pick the hairiest, ugliest oyster to increase your chances of getting 2 pearls

A haunted portrait

At the Memento Mori gift shop, you can get a haunted portrait made of yourself (and lots of other things - it's a fantastic shop where you might find lots of things to buy).

Location: Memento Mori, near Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom
Price: $19.95
Tip: Only 1 person per portrait is allowed and it's not part of Memory Maker or the PhotoPass system

Mr. Potato Head Parts

At a toy store in Disney Springs, 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 Disney Springs
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, 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 in Disney Springs:

  • Fill your own LEGO cup at the LEGO store in Disney Springs. Small cups are $8.99, large cups are $15.99.
  • Pirate Treasure Chest at the World of Disney store in Disney Springs
  • Jewelry Box at the World of Disney Store in Disney Springs

Resort-specific Merchandise

A 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

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Carved rings

At 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 Disney Springs near Little Miss Matched (seasonal), cart near Pirates of the Caribbean, Mexico section of Epcot
Price: $20 and up

Monorail set

How awesome would it be to have THIS under your Christmas tree?

Locations: Emporium at Magic Kingdom, World of Disney at Disney Springs, Test Track Shop at Epcot, The Contemporary Resort, Mouse Gear at Epcot, DisneyStore.com
Price: $84.95
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

You 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! Most music isn't available through iTunes so CDs are still the best option.

Locations: Throughout Disney World
Price: Varies

Personalized Chinese Parasol

Pick 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

Buy 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) and Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs
Price: Varies

Monogrammed Mickey Ears

What's better than classic Mickey ears? Classic Mickey ears with a monogram added to them.

Locations: The Chapeau on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, the Five and Dime at Hollywood Studios, 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

There 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 Disney Springs
Price: Free
Tips: Check the LEGO site for info on this event and register online ahead of time to reserve your spot

Silhouettes

Have 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: Disney Springs, 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: Single sitting portraits are $12, doubles are $20, triples are $24, or you can get a family of four for $27. Each portrait comes with three copies and you can buy optional frames for $8.95/each.

Pressed Pennies

One 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

Take items you've purchased elsewhere and have them monogrammed however you like.

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

Cookbooks

What 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 Disney Springs
Price: Varies

Engraved glass items

This 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

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You 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

You can trade pins with other people (including Cast Members) but you can also buy pins that you want as a souvenir for your trip. For more info on how this works, see this pin trading guide.

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

Personalized t-shirts

From 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 Disney Springs
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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Do you have questions or other souvenir ideas? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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katie

Last September when we went I took your advice an the pick a pearl in Japan inEpcot. I picked one of the ugly ones and I got a gorgeous 8 mm pearl with opalescent shades. The lady who opened it fr me told me I got the lucky one and it wa the biggest one of the morning. Later there was a little bigger one that someoneelse got but the worker still said I got the lucky one 🙂

Jenn

Mr potatoe head at home does NOT fit these Disney pieces I did what this said to and just picked pieces and didn’t get the head and I got screwed so no one got to play with the pieces and it was a WASTE and my kids were devastated .

Christine Heslin

Regarding personalized t-shirts: we wanted an image of Gaston with the phrase “And every last inch of me’s covered with hair”. No go! You cannot use song lyrics.

Heather

If you are going to do the pick a pearl buy the cage ahead of time from etsy. Huge savings. The frog that disney wanted $85 for I found it for under $10.

Tammy

oooh lucky you!

Great article! I love being on your mailing list!! 🙂

Tim

Please consider updating your picture used for the silhouette section. The silhouettes with the characters (Mickey, Minnie, etc.) can only be done at Disneyland; the WDW Silhouette shops are not licensed to use any characters. We visited all the locations in WDW and found out the hard way that we couldn’t get DD with Minnie. Looks like we’ll need to plan a trip to SoCal. Thanks.

Nicole

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!

woodbinemom

If you like Alex and Ani, the HUGE disney store in Downtown Disney sells exclusive A&A bracelets with disney charms. We got an enameled cinderella one, with “wishes really do come true” engraved on the back. Beautiful piece of jewelry that we continue to wear.

Great list! We especially love the haunted portrait, Christmas ornament, pearl, and resort memorabilia suggestions! We’ve collected all 4 of those and keep doing so because they’re so much fun! Thank you for the toy monorail idea; this would be lovely under a Disney Christmas Tree!

Becky

Will Mitsukoshi be open the last week in January 2016?

Great ideas! We’ve gotten a lot of these over the years, but I still got some new ideas reading this, so thank you!

Megan

Does anyone know if they still sell the ceramic Mrs. TeaPots and Chip tea set? If not, how long ago did they stop selling it? I LOVE tea and am a collector of unique tea sets.

Brittany

I’m not sure about mrs. Potts but they definately still have the chip mugs

Audrey Wyatt

We are going back to Disney World Dec 2015. Does anyone know if they have any new Mr Potato Head parts? Last time I went 2 years ago there were not any new ones. Have they stopped creating new ones?

Bill

I guess you can remove the Character Drawing at Animation Academy since it is closing. I hope Disney is smart enough to move this to another location.

Robin

We also like the Crystal store on Main Street, MK for engraved glass, including glass slippers we’ve had engraved for my daughter and niece with their name and date of visit.

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