I’m not personally lucky enough (and I’m pretty darn lucky 99.9% of the time!) to be in WDW right this second, BUT if I were, I already know the first souvenirs I’d head off to find. Souvenirs at Disney can range from free to mucho dinero and with the sheer number of villagers we travel with, I love to find ways to remember my trips that don’t put me (any further) in the poor house.
A Mug – I saw a photo of this adorable mug floating around the interwebz and I knew I must make it mine. I have a slight mug-love, I realize I can only drink out of so many at once (just the one, actually) but there are so many cute mugs that I can’t help myself. I usually come back from each trip to Disney with at least one new mug.
A Pen, Or Ten – In addition to my mug-hoarding issue, I also love pens. I can easily amuse myself at any office supply store in only the pen aisle. So many colors, so many choices. But what could be better than a Disney pen, like these showcased at StitchKingdom.com to remember my Disney trip? It’s a given I’m leaving with the hotel pen – because let’s face it anytime I can be reminded of the Polynesian throughout the year, I’m going to jump on it. But the variety of pens in the gift shops is also amazing and I’ll be sure to leave with several.
Glass Mickey – There always seems to be one that got away. The Glass Mickey is my missed Disney souvenir from our last trip. We were leaving the San Angel Inn in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion and walked thru the little shop where the glass blower is. The shop was crowded as the glass blower was in the middle of creating a new piece and I had a whiny little villager with me who hadn’t yet mastered the art of shopping. The little Mickey Mouse with his crystal covered sorcerer’s hat was so stinkin cute, but it happens to me a lot – I sometimes see something and think that I’ll come back around another day or that it’s not a “need” or maybe it just temporarily caught my eye cause it was all display-case-sparkly and I end up not ever remembering to go back and get it. Next time I go, I’m gettin it and maybe some of Mickey’s friends too!!
Mickey Watch – I’ve had a few Mickey watches over the years, but haven’t picked one up lately. It’s not the cheapest souvenir one can buy, but they are super cute and a great way to bring home some Disney memories. In addition to getting good use out of the watch I purchased during one trip, I also turned the metal packaging into a cute plaque!
Postcards – Postcards are probably the most inexpensive souvenir in all of the World. They of course range in price depending on the size and how elaborate they are, but they are probably my true weakness. As someone who loves photography and loves to take pictures while in WDW, postcards let me bring home the memories of anything that I couldn’t take a photo of – the dark rides in particular. How else will I get a nicely-lit memento of my all time favorite ride, The Pirates of the Caribbean??? Not only do postcards make great additions to scrapbook pages, they also make excellent wall art! In the photo to the right the two black frames on the left both contain WDW Parks & Resort postcards.
Christmas Tree Ornament – A fantastic way to remember your trip long after you’re home is to purchase a Disney-themed holiday ornament. Years from now, when you decorate your house for the holidays, you can fondly remember a family trip spent with Mickey and friends. Aren’t these decorated Mickey ears as seen on the Disney Parks blog delightful?