Gift ideas for Disney World-bound families

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Gift ideas for Disney World bound families from @WDWPrepSchool

Gift ideas for Disney World bound families from @WDWPrepSchoolFor 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. The smallest amount I’ve seen is $50.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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5. Beach towels

Sorry for the tease, but last year, DisneyStore.com 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.

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Gift ideas for Disney World bound families from @WDWPrepSchool

Gift ideas for Disney World bound families from @WDWPrepSchool

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.

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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.)

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

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

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8. Swimsuits

This time of year, DisneyStore.com 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.

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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 DisneyStore.com.

These kids kill me. So cute.

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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.

DisneyStore.com has all of these ears which can be personalized.

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What else would you put on your wish list? Or what have you gotten somebody who was headed to Disney World?

Share your thoughts below.


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Priscila December 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

I’m buying my nieces, this year, 3 , Disney theme, coin banks. We are planning the first family trip (the first one after my and my brothers became adults, got married etc) to Jan 2015 (we are from Brazil and a huge group [15 people] so it takes A LOT of planning and saving). So these coin banks will be helpful to make them remember why they are saving money.

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Shannon December 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

Great idea, Priscila! It’s amazing how the change adds up.

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Stephanie December 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I got my daughter that exact pink princess bathing suit and coverall at Costco last year. It looks really cute on her.

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Shannon December 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Awwww, love that one so much.

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Lindsay December 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Great ideas!

I did want to add that at least at my local grocery stores they sell $25 Disney gift cards, as well as a pack of 3 that are $15 each. These would make great stocking stuffers!!

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Shannon December 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for sharing that! Good to know there are smaller denominations; $50 isn’t in everybody’s gift budget.

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Kara May 5, 2013 at 7:16 am

Wanted to let you and everyone know that disneystore.com is having a big sale on their towels with FREE personalization right now! Don’t know how long it will last since they change their sale items often, but towels and swim stuff is on sale!! Thanks for the great tips again!

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Tina Jenkins June 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm

My husband and I use amazon wishlists all year round. I add stuff to my list when I think of it then when he needs to purchase a gift for my birthday or some other event there already on the list. Last year I added a backpack for in the park and a lot of 25 pins, a Disney planning book, and a couple lanyards. It was nice to get those items in my Christmas presents last year so that when we head to Disney World this year I already have several of the things I need.

Help people gift the things you want, it saves everyone trouble.

On my last trip I purchase my mom and dad gift cards for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (our trip was in June so my dad got his early). Those cards where the only thing I saw them spend on for themselves. So I was very glad I did it.

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Heather July 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Those are great books, but there is another one on my wishlist so maybe you should add this one up there. It’s the dfb book. She also has one for Disney snacks as well. Anybody that is a foodie and likes to plan Disney, this might be the book for you. My birthday is coming up soon and I hope I have hinted enough to my hubby. :)
Here’s the link.
http://dfbstore.com/

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Heather July 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Btw, forgot to mention this, this book is an e-book.

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Shannon Albert July 7, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I own all DFB products! Good idea to include it on a gift list.

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Sarah Goff July 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

Walgreens has Disney GC that you can load in almost any denomination. I think the minimum is $10. This is the only gift I ask for all year. I just paid for our November trip and had $1000 in gift cards! That took a huge chunk off the total!

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Cindy July 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Our whole family (Mom, Dad, me and my five sisters and our spouses, and seven grandchildren) are going to Disney World this December as our Christmas vacation. I made a little “mini emergency kit” for each sister and her family. I put things like band aids, ibuprofen, pepto bismol, moleskin, a mini sharpie, wet wipes, shout wipes, a baggie, a small tube of superglue, etc. into a little cosmetic bag that tucks easily into a pursue or backpack.

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Amy August 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Cindy,
That is a fantastic idea! I will make one for our trip in 2 weeks! Thanks!

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Amy August 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I was just on the MySharpie.com site to order a custom pen for our trip. It stated that personalized pens only come in fine point. :-( Does it matter if it is a fine tip pen?
Thanks!

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Charlotte Rae August 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hi Amy!

The “fine point” ones are the standard, bigger ones characters can handle. I saw many characters using them in the park on my last visit. They seem to prefer the clickable ones so there is no cap to worry about.

The super thin tipped sharpie you may be thinking of is the “ultra fine point”

Hope that helps!

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Kelly August 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Does anyone know how to get Disney Dollars before our trip? I want to put some in my kids “we are going to Disney World” gift baskets.

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Amy K. August 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

Disney Dollars are finally back as of 2013! The only issue is that you can only get them at the parks at guest services and at DownTown Disney. I would suggest maybe doing a small gift card then once you are there, each morning Tinker Bell could leave some Disney money for him to spend that day! Hope this helps!!

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MaxS December 10, 2013 at 4:16 am

I just want to point out something. Many, many (and many more) people think that they will save money on rain ponchos by buying them at discount stores before their trip – but what a LOT of people do not know is that Disney offers a lifetime warranty on their in-park ponchos. It’s true! If you accidentally rip a poncho (or if it gets torn at all, say a snap comes out, or something like that), all you have to do is take it to any Disneyland or Disney World park kiosk or store (that sells them), and they will GIVE YOU A NEW ONE with NO questions asked! (As far as I know, this works only at park/resort shops, not at mall-based Disney stores.)

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Kelsey January 31, 2014 at 8:18 am

Good point! We have also discovered that the ponchos they sell in the parks just work better for us. They are lighter and easier to fold/carry around than the regular ponchos I had bought at home, but they don’t fall apart like the disposable ones (and they don’t feel like trash bags!). We originally swore we would never buy one from the parks, but we are certainly glad we did!

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Eileen February 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Photo albums and Disney-themed binders for organizing the trip seem like good gift ideas, too. Also restaurant.com gift certificates that the recipient can use to purchase restaurant-specific certificates for places in/near Orlando.

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Renee March 21, 2014 at 2:31 am

The large park ponchos will also cover a stroller really well during rain. They kept our kids dry rolling around the park when it was pouring one year. They thought it was a blast in their rolling hide out. Haha

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