10 Budget-Friendly Walt Disney World Souvenirs
Disney souvenirs. They’ve always been an issue for me. By “issue” I mean that I can remember always wanting them—lots of them—as an enthusiastic Mickey-lovin’ child vacationing at Walt Disney World, and I want them just as much now as a grown Mickey-lovin’ adult with children of my own. I want souvenirs for my kids, I want souvenirs for myself. I want souvenirs to purchase as gifts for friends and family. I want the plush, squishy Disney characters and I want the Mickey Mouse oven glove and the Haunted Mansion Hostess apron. I want the Disney mugs to sip my morning coffee out of each and every day and I’d prefer to eat my cereal out of a Disneyesque cereal bowl. I want every Disney Christmas ornament on display just as much as I want those spinning, twirling neon light-up toys they sell during the night parades. I want the magnets, the tank tops, and the artwork. Heck, I even want the turkey leg air freshener and I don’t even like turkey legs (blasphemy, I know). I could spend hours shopping at the many souvenir shops speckling the Disney Parks and Resorts if not for my husband and children tugging at me to “hurry up already” every step of the way. The problem is, the number of Disney-related souvenirs is seemingly infinite and we all know that our wallets can only take so much of a hit so I have to tame my impulse to BUY EVERYTHING in sight. I have to slow down and strategically consider my purchases. Will it break easily? Will I have non-buyer’s remorse—which, I believe, is WORSE than buyer’s remorse— if I leave without purchasing it? Will I use it often and get great enjoyment out of it? Most importantly, will it break the bank?
Throughout my many Disney vacationing years I’ve gotten great pleasure out of seeing the fun and unique souvenirs that have found their way to the merchandise shops. From the clever ones (“Dinglehopper” hairbrushes) to the practical ones (Mickey Mouse towels), from the popular ones (Mickey and Minnie Ears) to the outrageous ones (a crystal covered Cinderella Castle that’ll run you nearly $40,000), I’ve witnessed just about every kind of Walt Disney World souvenir you could possibly imagine in every kind of price point. There are many souvenirs that come with a healthy dose of sticker shock, but there are just as many that won’t leave your piggy bank empty and malnourished. Let’s take a look at our top ten picks for budget-friendly Walt Disney World souvenirs!
Special Note: It’s important to be aware that Disney prices change (i.e. increase) quite frequently. The prices listed here are the prices for the items as of today and are always subject to change without notice.
I’m a huge fan of magnets. In fact, I go a little crazy for them. They are slowly beginning to take over my entire refrigerator which I think is kind of cool and my husband thinks is kind of bizarre. In any case, you can find a plethora of wonderful Disney magnets at the souvenir stores to decorate your fridge with and remind you each time you open it to grab your plain, fat-free Greek yogurt that you’d MUCH rather be scarfing down a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar. And speaking of the Mickey Mouse ice cream bars, you can find these as magnets, as well as Mickey Mouse waffle magnets and turkey leg magnets. Currently, these iconic Disney food magnets that look good enough to eat will run you $12.95 plus tax, which we think is a deal because they will last A LOT longer than an actual Mickey Mouse Premium Bar, Mickey Mouse waffle, or turkey leg. There are many other Disney magnets, however, that will cost you less if you’re looking to spend less but still want a fun reminder of your Disney vacation to see every day.
If it weren’t for keychains, we’d lose our keys far more frequently than we already do. If you’re going to have a keychain, why not make it a Disney one? Disney keychains come in a variety of different shapes and characters and designs. There are light saber keychains and Figment head keychains. There are Hollywood Tower Hotel KEY keychains and Pirates of the Caribbean skull keychains. You name it, they probably have it. Most keychains will cost you under $10, averaging around $6.95 plus tax.
8. Hand Sanitizer Holders
These super adorable souvenirs which just recently hit the shelves also come in a wide variety of Disney themes and are the perfect accessory for any theme park visit (because germs never take a holiday!). The artwork on these sanitizer holders features popular Disney characters like Mickey and his pals, along with Frozen themed holders, Disney Theme Park icons holders, seasonal Disney holders and, of course, Star Wars sanitizer holders. Each hand sanitizer comes with a specially designed 1 fluid ounce bottle and a key chain split ring with lobster claw clasp, perfect for attaching it to the outside of your handbag or car/house keyring. Once you run out of the hand sanitizer that comes with the purchase, simply refill it with your favorite hand sanitizer. These currently run $8.95 plus tax.
7. Mickey Ears or Minnie Headband
If you’re a Disney lover like we are, purchasing a pair of good ol’ fashioned Mickey ears as a keepsake or a pair of Minnie ears to wear into the Parks during your visit (and future visits) is a no-brainer. Everyone, at some point in their life, must own a pair of Mickey or Minnie ears. It means you are officially a part of the club (it doesn’t, but just play along with me here). You can purchase your Mickey ears and have them personalized with your name at select locations on Disney property (i.e. Adrian and Edith’s Head to Toe at Hollywood Studios, The Chapeau on Main Street, USA in Magic Kingdom, etc.). Prices start around $10 and cost an additional fee (around $5 to $10) for embroidered personalization.
6. Disney Mugs
As mentioned previously, I am a Disney mug fan and have quite the extensive collection going. These are one of Disney’s more popular souvenirs (because everyone drinks out of mugs, right?) which means that they are constantly coming up with new designs. We can’t get enough of their holiday themed mugs (Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern mugs are our favorite!) and have fun finding each one that comes in a collection (like the vintage Disney character coffee mugs, the vintage attraction poster collection, or the Disney Princess collection to name a few). Disney mugs range in price but usually fall between $10 and $20, which for something you would probably use on a DAILY basis would be considered a cost-effective purchase for most.
5. Engraved Disney Glassware
These souvenirs are practical, make for the perfect personalized gift, and are typically used over and over again. There are a couple of locations on Disney property where you can find an Arribas Brothers shop, the place where you can purchase glass gifts and have them engraved for an additional small fee. These locations are Crystal Arts on Main Street, USA (Magic Kingdom), inside Disney Springs, and in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. There are a myriad of crystal gifts and glass blown items for sale within these shops, the prices peaking quite high on select items, but the glassware is surprisingly affordable. The glassware comes with a Disney design on one side (for instance, Cinderella Castle or a picture of Tinkerbell, Dopey, Mickey, etc.) and an engraving of your choosing on the other. Some choose to have their engravings include family names and/or the year of your vacation. The prices range from $10 for juice glasses to $26.50 for 36 oz. glass steins. You can purchase a glass mug, wine goblet, glass tumbler or pilsner glass too! The prices vary depending on location for the additional engraving, but are approximately an extra $5 to personalize with the engraving of your choosing.
4. Pressed Pennies
Pressed pennies have been around since the Disney World days of my youth, and don’t look like they are going away anytime soon which is great, because we are rediscovering our childhood fascination for these copper souvenirs. As a child, I stood in awe as I watched the machine work its magic, turning a simple penny into a commemorative souvenir with a fascinating Disney image on it. These pressed pennies will typically run you around 51 cents (doesn’t get much cheaper than that at Disney!) but some machines will press dimes or quarters and cost a little more (at most $1.25). Your collection of pressed pennies or quarters can then be displayed in a fun collector’s booklet (available for purchase at Disney for around $8) or you can turn your pressed coin collection into artwork to frame on a wall (in the shape of Mickey’s head perhaps?) or fun Disney jewelry! The possibilities are endless with this budget friendly souvenir!
3. Hand Cut Silhouettes
This one is fresh on my mind because I just purchased one for my littlest one. It’s become a tradition to have these made for my kids while they are young, because they grow so fast and it’s nice to have something so special to remember these days by. At various locations at Disney, you can have a hand cut silhouette made for you on the spot by an incredibly talented artist, who will create an accurate silhouette for you in as little as a few minutes (and, as proven in my case, can even do it when you have a wiggle worm toddler). The silhouettes cost approximately $12 (I was given THREE separate silhouettes at the Disney Springs location). You then have the option to purchase the ornate black oval frame for an additional $11. With tax my total ran me just over $25 for the silhouettes and the frame, which I now proudly display on my son’s bedroom wall just like his sister’s silhouette in her room.
2. Christmas Ornaments
Available for purchase 365 days a year are Disney Christmas ornaments and just like the mugs and magnets, they come in a wide variety of designs, colors, characters and shapes! From Mickey bulbs to glass slippers, from villains to heroes, from attraction rides to iconic Disney eats, you can find an ornament to your liking. You can even personalize one with your family’s name and/or year to commemorate your magical vacation! These souvenirs, typically ranging from $10-$20 (though they can cost more and sometimes less), are an affordable way to celebrate your love for Disney around your Christmas tree! Check out Magic Kingdom’s Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe or Disney Springs’ Days of Christmas store for a large selection of phenomenal Disney ornaments and personalization options.
1. Frame or Shadowbox Disney Freebies
This has got to be the most budget-friendly of them all, because it will cost you little to nothing to create. Along the way on your magical Disney vacation, gather all the fun freebies you can find to create your very own frame or shadowbox to hang at home. From Disney Park brochures to the Park Times Guide from the day you visited to the photos you took of your friends and/or family around the Resort you can fill the frame in no time for just the cost of the frame or shadowbox. Include your Disney Resort paper coaster, some Disney napkins, and free stickers received from Cast Members. Did you go to the Disney Springs movie theater? Throw those movie ticket stubs in there too! Did you get your free lei at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or a complimentary celebratory Disney button? How about your Disney Resort parking pass or the collection of Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom Spell Cards? You can get creative with this one—they’re your memories after all!
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