Gift ideas for Disney World-bound families

by Shannon Albert 28 comments Like the Facebook page

For most families that are planning trips to Disney World, it's a big deal.

It's also an expensive deal.

This is a good chance to get extended family involved and have them get gifts that will make the trip even more special and reduce some of the costs for you.

Here are some ideas...

1. Disney gift cards

You know those racks of gift cards that you see at grocery stores, Target, Wal-mart, etc.? They often have Disney gift cards as well.

These cards can be used at Disney Stores, Disney theme parks and Disney Cruise Line.

2. Books

I've written before about my favorite books for kids who will be heading to Disney World and these books make great gifts as well.

3. Things to keep busy along the way

Keeping busy while on the plane or in the car makes the time go by faster for kids. My favorite way to entertain kids is with Klutz activity books.

My kids have owned almost all of those books at some point over the years. Be sure to check what is required of each activity book as some may not work well in the car (unless you really like the idea of glitter on your car's seats).

4. Autograph book (with fat pen)

Disney has a few of their autograph books online for $7-12.

Sharpies are great for characters to sign with because they can grasp them easily.

Sharpie offers personalized markers online that make great gifts and can say something that references your trip.

5. Beach towels

Sorry for the tease, but last year, offered lots of personalized beach towels at a really affordable price. That is no longer an option but Lillian Vernon has a few Disney towels and they can be customized as well.

6. Ponchos

You can pick up ponchos in a lot of places, but there are some especially cute ones online that would be great to pack for a trip to Disney World. The ponchos pictured below can all be found on Amazon.

7. Misting fan

Misting fans are reallllly handy when you're going during a warm time (which is most of the time). The ones you can buy at Disney World are actually really great quality, but also much more expensive than the ones you can buy elsewhere.

You can buy the fan pictured below on Amazon. Many are also available seasonally at stores like Wal-mart.

(Be sure to check reviews on the fans before you buy them. Some just don't work well.)

If you have a child in a stroller, I highly recommend stroller clip fans as well.

The blades are made of a soft foam that won't hurt a child's fingers.

8. Swimsuits

During the winter months, doesn't have much in the swimwear category, but eBay actually has some great options.

Little girl clothes are so cute. I wish I still had a little one to buy these for.

9. Costumes

Kids often wear costumes at Disney World, especially when attending character dinning meals.

(Did you know that adults are kicked out for wearing a costume? It's true.)

Costumes come in a wide range of prices and detail. All of the costumes below are available from

These kids kill me. So cute.

10. Mickey ears

Of course, Mickey ears are a classic and fantastic gift for anybody headed to Disney World. When ordering, be sure to pay attention to the size; some are intended for kids and some are adult-size. has all of these ears which can be personalized.