Thursday, December 8, 2016

5 Ways to Have Holiday Fun OUTSIDE of the Parks!

Happy December, Disney Fans!!!
     Has everyone recovered from your turkey coma? I hope so! No disrespect to Thanksgiving, but my favorite part about the day is that, in our household, it officially marks the beginning of the holiday season! (The Hubs insists on no Christmas movies or music until Thanksgiving night. Bah-humbug!)
     What's not to adore about the smell of baking cookies and a fresh cut balsam fir? Or the sounds of sleigh bells and Christmas carols? The blinking lights on the tree and the favorite ornaments from years past? (Or, in our case, being that we live in Central Florida, the temps in the balmy 70's and our palm trees covered in twinkling lights.) I love it all! We didn't shop on Black Friday... we put up our decorations, lights and tree! (And had our traditional Round Two of Thanksgiving left-overs.) Of course, we have an all-Disney tree, filled with ornaments that we have collected from various park visits and cruises. It's a tree full of memories and I could stare at it all day!
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     Anyway... Back to business. So, as most of you know, the holidays are a VERY busy time at Disney. Thousands upon thousands of people flock to the parks to see the festive holiday decor, enjoy the sweet holiday treats, and partake in the various holiday festivities. It's a fun and beautiful time of year to be here, as well as a very, very crowded one. If you're not a crowd person, or even if the crowds don't necessarily bother you, but you don't have park admission, you don't need to miss out on the holiday fun. There are plenty of things you can do outside of the parks to keep the holiday spirit alive, so let's talk about some of my favorite ones!
  1. Hit Up Disney Springs
     The ever-changing Disney Springs, formerly known as "Downtown Disney", is a fantastic place to go spend some time and get into the holidayDisney Springs Fountain mood. Of course it's the perfect place to do your holiday shopping, since there are tons of stores, ranging from the LEGO Store to Sefora, and The World of Disney to United World Soccer, (check out my non-Disney shopping guide HERE!), but it's also a great place for holiday entertainment. Catch stilt-walking toy soldiers, dancing "snowflakes", special Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas entertainment and more. Want to see holiday decorations? There are poinsettias, Christmas trees, and over-sized ornaments all over! DSprings Boathouse SnowMore interested in enjoying a festive holiday treat while you shop? There are two Starbucks locations where you can grab a Gingerbread Latte, or stop by Ghirardelli chocolate shop for the best hot cocoa you could imagine! Or even pick up a Christmasy confection at Goofy's Candy Co. And if you're interested in meeting the Man in the Red Suit, Disney Springs is a great place to do so, because of their "virtual queue line". This is like having a FastPass to see Santa. You check into a kiosk and are given an estimated wait time and a pager. You can then shop and enjoy Disney Springs to your heart's delight, and you'll be paged when it's time to come back and meet the Big Guy. Waaaay better than standing in a line for hours!
Disney Springs Santa
     And brand new this year, there's even MORE entertainment than before! Whether you're visiting during the day or at nighttime, check out the Christmas Tree Trail, located behind Earl of Sandwich in the Marketplace area. This enchanting trail is adorned with 15 different Christmas trees, each themed to a different Disney film. There's everything from an under the sea themed Little Mermaid tree, to an icy Frozen tree, and even a jungle-decor Jungle Book tree! The trail even gets some Florida "snow", for some extra magic!


        Plus, when nighttime rolls around, get ready to be amazed by Disney's newest technological wonder, Starbright Holidays! The show takes place over the lagoon, in the West Side, and is the first light show to feature drones creating holiday patterns across the sky. It's a short little show, but SO incredible to witness!   

2. Mosey on Over to Fort Wilderness
     I love of spending time at Fort Wilderness, and being there during the holidays is even better! During the month of December, typically the Campfire Movies that are shown are holiday-themed, like "Muppet Christmas Carol" and "The Santa Clause". There are also holiday sleigh rides to be had, but we will talk more about that later. A really fun and unique thing to do at Fort Wilderness in December is to walk, ride a bike, or even just ride the bus around the campground and check out the Guests' Christmas decorations. It's become customary, and somewhat of a competition, for the campground Guests to bring along their favorite lights, blow-ups, plastic figurines and even costumes and music, to make their campsite the most festive and fun that you have ever seen! It's something unexpected and delightfully fun to do on a cool December night!
3. Jingle All the Way, on a Holiday "Sleigh Ride"
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Photo Credit: DisneyWorld.com
As I mentioned, Fort Wilderness is home to the Holiday Sleigh Ride. Most December evenings, (weather permitting), every 30 minutes, a one-horse-open carriage that is made up to look like a sleigh, departs from outside of Crockett's Tavern, for a ride through the backwoods of the campground. The sleigh is covered in holiday garlands and lights, and if you're lucky enough to get a nice, chilly night, you can bundle up under a blanket and enjoy the twenty five minute ride. The pricing is $79 per sleigh, and the carriage can accommodate up to 4 adults, or 2 adults and 3 small children. Though they can be done on a walk-up basis if the sleigh isn't booked up, reservations are highly recommended, and can be made with your Kingdom Konsultant agent. It's a perfect date night activity! In fact, this was one of the very first dates that The Hubs and I went on!
4. Hop All Around the Disney Resorts
     One of my favorite things to do at Disney without a park ticket is to "Resort Hop", and check out the various resorts' lobbies and decor, and at Christmastime it's even more magical and memorable! All of the resorts are decked out in their holiday best, from about Thanksgiving, through New Year's Day. Each resort has their own unique garlands, Christmas trees, and in some cases, elaborate holiday displays.
     The most popular resorts to visit are the "monorail resorts": The Grand Floridian, The Polynesian and The Contemporary.
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     The Grand Floridian is widely regarded for its incredible gingerbread house display. The whole lobby smells of the sweet and spicy cookies that cover an elegant, Victorian style shop, which actually sells holiday treats from a window. The house band, The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra, plays holiday tunes, and the huge, ornate Christmas tree can't be missed. The Contemporary also has a fantastic gingerbread display, theirs being themed to Frozen. My daughter loves checking out the cookie versions of Anna and Elsa, in front of their iced cookie palace! Make sure you hop off of the monorail line and take a detour over to The Wilderness Lodge. I think their holiday decor is the best! The rustic theme of the Lodge lends itself nicely to that warm, homey holiday feeling. Their tree is truly a stunner, and stands over 4 stories tall!
     Make sure your Resort Hop also includes the Epcot area resorts! The Yacht and Beach Club lobbies each have their own holiday displays. The Beach Club lobby houses a huge gingerbread carousel, while the Yacht Club hosts a train set and candy village. Very cute and sure to make your kids smile! Over at The BoardWalk, their bakers always go to town with their holiday display, making a festive gingerbread masterpiece that changes year to year. It has been a gingerbread gazebo, a candy Coney Island and even a cookie coated ice cream shop.
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     And don't forget about the Swan and Dolphin Resorts, which also have holiday decor, displays and incredible Christmas trees to see.
     It's always worth stopping over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge, where you'll find breath-taking and unique holiday trees and decor. Really ALL of the resorts have stunning decorations and it's fun to see how they differ. My family likes to visit as many resorts as possible and pose in front of as many different Christmas trees as we can! It makes for a fun, holiday photo safari!
5. Venture Off Disney Property
     If you have a car with you, or you don't mind paying for a taxi or an Uber, there are lots of festive activities to enjoy off of Disney property too! Of course you've got outlet malls galore, with the closest one being the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, which are close to Disney Springs. (They are not, however, walk-able.) If you're looking for more of an indoor mall experience, you can head out to the Florida Mall, which is just about a fifteen minute ride from Disney property, and features all of the major retailers.
     Not looking to shop? Feeling like it's going to take some chillier weather to get you into the holiday spirit? Check out ICE at Gaylord Palms Resort, just a few minutes outside of Disney. The indoor display features ice slides, ice tunnels, ice carvings, ice skating and more. (Don't worry, parkas are provided!) Tickets run about $30 per person, $45 if you want to include snow tubing, and can be purchased in advance online, at gaylordpalmstickets.com.
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Photo Credit: Marriott.com
     One of my very favorite things to do during the holiday season is visit Disney's nearby town of Celebration. Only a ten minute ride from Disney, the town that was originally developed by Disney, has a beautiful, neighborhood feel, with some Disney magic thrown in. Every night in December, the Market Street area comes to life with carriage rides, Christmas displays, holiday music, "ice" skating, and even "snow"! Every night, at 6, 7, 8 and 9, on the hour, "snow" falls on Market Street, bringing the holiday fun of the North to us Floridians! And when you're done having fun and meeting Santa downtown, take a drive around the neighborhoods and check out the hundreds of beautifully decorated and lit houses! (TIP: This part is even better if you do it with a bag of peppermint bark from Kilwins chocolate shop, and have Christmas music on the car radio!)
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Photo Credit: Kilwins.com
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     So, there's just a few ideas for you! To schedule any of these events, or for more fun ideas, contact the crew here at Kingdom Konsultant Travel! They can help you dream up all kinds of holiday fun, but in the meantime, my kids are making their Christmas list and I think I just saw them put some $200+ items on there, so I'm gonna run! Happy Holidays, everyone!!!!!


- Jenn aka "Tink"

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Five Inexpensive and Easy Disney World Souvenirs



When you travel to Walt Disney World, you’ll want to commemorate your family’s vacation by taking home a little piece of the magic. By planning ahead and thinking outside the stuffed-animal-and-a-t-shirt box, you can come away with practical, unique souvenirs that remind you of your magical trip for years to come.

Here are five ideas:



1. Autographed Pillowcase

Instead of buying an autograph book at the parks, plan ahead by bringing a white cotton pillowcase and Sharpie “Stained” fabric marker for characters to sign during your trip. When you return home, you can frame the pillowcase or actually use it on your pillow! This souvenir will cost about $5 depending on the type of pillowcase you purchase. (Tip: Wash, dry and iron the pillowcase before you travel, and bring a small piece of cardboard or hard-back book to place under the pillowcase when characters are signing.)


2. Pressed Pennies

Pressed coin machines are located around Disney World, and they make adorable – and affordable – souvenirs! You can find Alice in Wonderland at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Pocahontas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Tarzan at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and many more throughout the resorts, parks and Disney Springs. You can press a penny for 50 cents (for a total of 51 cents) and a quarter for $1 (for a total of $1.25).

3. Silhouettes

Located near Main Street in Magic Kingdom, France in Epcot and at Disney Springs, you can have your child sit for a silhouette cut-out for just $8 – and that includes two copies! These silhouettes make excellent grandparent gifts or a memorable addition to your home gallery wall!

4. Reusable Tote Bags

For about $5, you can take home a reusable Disney tote bag to remind yourself of the magic any time you use it. Find these at various gift shops in Disney World resorts and parks.




5. Pick-a-Pearl

A little-known but unique experience and guaranteed souvenir is Pick-a-Pearl in Japan in Epcot. For around $17, you choose an oyster to be opened, revealing your prize: the pearl (or sometimes, pearls!) inside are yours to keep. Plan ahead to save money on having it set – you can find pearl cage necklaces on Etsy or Ebay for under $10.

Be sure to ask your Kingdom Konsultant travel agent for more great souvenir ideas before you head to Disney World!


- Agent Katie

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ears the News: December 2, 2016 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com.

Full entertainment line-up and schedule for the 2016 Holidays Around the World at Epcot is now available.

All entertainment is included with regular park admission, park hours are extended to 9:30pm November 25 to December 24, 2016, then 10:30pm from December 25 to December 30, 2016.

Performances take place daily from November 25 to December 30, 2016 - check daily in the park for any changes to the schedule.

Reflections of Earth

With Peace on Earth Finale 9:30pm, from November 25 to December 24, 2016, then 10:30pm from December 24 to December 30, 2016.

American Music Machine

On Future World's Fountain Stage, a five person a cappella group performs some of the holiday's most beloved songs. 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 6pm.

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

A unique blend of the soulful expressiveness of Gospel and Inspirational Music with the sounds of Jazz, R&B and Urban Music. 1:25pm, 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:25pm at the Fountain Stage in Future World.

Candlelight Processional

A joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir. 5pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm. More details.

Holiday Storytellers

Performances take place daily from November 25 to December 29, 2016.

Canada - The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs

Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North. 12:25pm, 1:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:10pm, 4:25pm, 6pm

United Kingdom - Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas, as he rings in the season, with traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer. 1:05pm, 2pm, 2:55pm, 4:30pm, 5:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

France - Père Noël

Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:10pm, 3:40pm, 4:25pm, 5:40pm

Morocco - Morocco Holiday Entertainment

Take a journey through seasons of holidays in Morocco, where celebrations are “the spice of life!” 12:45pm, 2pm, 2:50pm, 3:25pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 7:25pm.

Japan - Daruma

Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year! 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 6:45pm.

Italy - La Befana

Meet the kind-hearted witch who arrives on the Eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children. 1:40pm, 2:35pm, 3:30pm, 4:25pm, 5:45pm, 6:25pm, 7pm, 7:30pm.

Germany - Helga

Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker. 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 5:25pm, 6:35pm, 7:35pm, 8:30pm.

China - Chinese Lion Dancers

The colorful Chinese Lion Dance brings good fortune and happiness to all during the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:40pm.

Norway - Sigrid and Julenissen

Enjoy the season of joy and fun with Sigrid and Julenissen, the mischievous Christmas gnome. 11:15am, 12pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm.

Mexico - Mariachis and Dancers

Celebrate a Feliz Navidad and join in the color and excitement of the music, dances and traditions of a Holiday Fiesta! 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm.

American Adventure - Santa and Mrs. Claus


Whisper your Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear. Even Mrs. Claus will be here! 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm. 

American Adventure - Hanukkah

Discover the traditions of Hanukkah, the story of the brave Maccabees and the miracle of the burning oil lamp. 12:15pm, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4pm, 4:45pm.

American Adventure - Kwanzaa

Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of unity, creativity and pride. 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm.

American Adventure - Voices of Liberty

Appearing in Dickens costumes, the Voices of Liberty a cappella group presents a special seasonal repertoire of holiday favorites. 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm.

Disney's latest dining offering, “Highway in the Sky Dine Around”, brings together the Walt Disney World Monorail System and the Magic Kingdom area restaurants.

It has long been a favorite for guests to plan their own eat and drink trip around the monorail circuit, but now for $150 per person, you can eat at three resort hotels, complete with Wishes rooftop firework viewing.

Highway in the Sky Dine-Around is offered Tuesday, Friday and Sunday beginning December 2. Reservations opened November 29. (No dine-around between December 18 and January 3). Cost is $150 plus tax and gratuity. Valet parking is included. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or book online.

The "Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away" show at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be going on hiatus for the next week.

There will be no performances until the show returns on December 8, 2016.

Disney has released a great video giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new Disney Springs drone show - "Starbright Holidays."
You can see “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” daily at 7pm and 8:30pm until January 8, 2017. 

Check out the video below or by clicking here to see the behind the scenes video.


Video courtesy the Disney Parks YouTube page.

Club Villain at Disney's Hollywood Studios is now being offered at a discount rate for dates through January 2017.

The discount is available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, and lowers the regular $129 price to $99, including tax and gratuity.

Reservations can be made via 407-WDW-DINE for Annual Passholders or via DVC Member Services for Disney Vacation Club members.

Disney is honoring the discount for existing reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or DVC Member Services if you already have the higher rate.  

The Atlantic Dance Hall on the BoardWalk will be hosting throwback nights during December.

Tuesday night is 90s, Wednesday is 2000s and Thursday is electronic dance music night. 

Operating hours are 9pm to 2am. 

Each night will also offer draft beer for $3. There is a minimum age of 21, with no cover charge.
Ready to start planning your next trip to Walt Disney World? Contact the team at Kingdom Konsultant Travel today!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Shopping at Disney For Your Disney Scrooge


Hey there, Disney Fans!!!
     Have YOU started your holiday shopping yet??? Don't worry... I haven't either! Just here with some helpful tips and ideas for shopping if you're going to be on Disney Property in the upcoming month. 
     Now, if you're anything like me, you're pretty thrilled with any gift that you receive that has Mouse ears or any Disney reference on it. But, believe it or not, there are some people who don't love all things Disney and who wouldn't exactly be delighted with Disney trash can salt and pepper shakers. (I know... I know... who are these aliens, right?) Well, that's not a problem if you're doing your holiday gift shopping at Disney, or even if you're just looking for gifts to bring back home for friends and family. There are tons of great gift options in the parks that don't require the recipient to be an Annual Pass-carrying, Mouse-crazed, friend-of-Figmet, Disney Fanatic. Read on for some great ideas!
For the Foodie: 
There are tons of great gift options for Foodies at Disney. How about some unique spices, salts, teas and sugars from The Spice and Tea Exchange, inside Mickey's Pantry at Disney Springs? The shop carries all sorts of flavored sugars for baking, seasonings and even cookbooks.
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Photo credit: DisneySprings.com
And speaking of cookbooks, most of the 3rd party restaurants, like Bongo's, Raglan Road, Homecoming, House of Blues, Wolfgang Puck's, Paradiso 37, etc., have a gift shop area, offering merchandise that is specific to their brand, including cookbooks, t-shirts, and more.

Most Foodies like international cuisine, and that makes World Showcase in Epcot the perfect place to pick up some culinary delights from around the globe. Grab a bottle of fleur de sel in France. Pick out some gorgeous chopsticks or sushi plates in Japan. There are pastas, oils, and kitchen utensils in Italy. There are delectable treats and unique cooking tools all around. In fact, one really fun idea might be to make a basket with treats from "around the world". Get one small item in each World Showcase country, and put them together in a cute package. Here's some ideas:
  • Maple candy or maple syrup from Canada
  • Tea or Cadbury candy from Twinings in the UK
  • Herbs de Provence or lavender hand cream from France
  • Rose water, leather goods or incense from Morocco
  • Chopsticks, or a fun pack of kooky candy from Japan
  • Presidential memorabilia in the American Adventure
  • Pasta, cooking utensils, Illy Espresso or Murano glass from Italy
  • A bag of Haribo gummies or a Werther's caramel treat from Germany
  • Tea, a fan or a small jade carving from China
  • A Viking hat or a troll from Norway
  • A tiny pinata, maracas or tequila lollipops from Mexico

For the Alcohol Aficionado:
I decided that "The Drinker" didn't sound very polite, so I went with this. The fact is that great alcohol related gifts are available all around Disney property, but especially in World Showcase. There's gorgeous glassware in the Mexico pavilion, as well as assorted tequilas, and margarita prepping items. There are plenty of sake products in Japan. There are wonderful wines in France and Italy, along with stemware. Germany has beer steins of all shapes and sizes, and the UK has pint and yard glasses, along with Guinness bar ware.
For the Fragrance, Make-Up or Spa-Lover:
For those that like to treat themselves to lovely bath and body products, or those that enjoy rich scents, there are plenty of options to choose from. My favorite is probably Basin at Disney Springs, (there's also a smaller store in The Grand Floridian). Basin specializes in bath bombs, hand made soaps, bath salts and more. I adore their sugar lip scrubs and their shampoo and conditioner bars.
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Basin at Disney Springs. Photo Credit: DisneyParksBlog
The various resorts around property sometimes have scents and lotions that are unique to their theme. For example, in the Bou-tiki in The Polynesian, they carry a few different Hawaiian influenced fragrances and lotions. 
You can also purchase H20 Products in Disney resort gift shops. They are the company that does all of Disney's in-room amenities. They smell fantastic and are of spa quality.
Again, we can head back over to World Showcase for a whole plethora of fragrance options. Anyone who has been in the Norway gift shops will be familiar with Laila and Geir, the fragrances by Geir Ness that are sampled and sold there. In the China pavilion, they carry incense. Italy of course carries all of the Bulgari fragrances, along with Fendi, Prada, Acqua di Parma, and Valentino. Japan has incense, as well as fragrances by Shiseido and Issey Miyake. Morocco also carries incense. No surprise that France is full of gorgeous fragrances, (Chanel, Escada, Givenchy, LsCoste, Guerlain), but they also offer make-up products in one outlet, and rich, gorgeous, lavender hand creams and soaps in another. Unfortunately, the UK no longer carries Burberry products like they used to, but they do still have some lovely soaps.
For more of a make-up selection, Disney Springs has a number of options, including MAC, Origins, Sephora and L'Occitane En Provence
For the Sports Fan:
If you're shopping for a sports-lover, you won't have any problem finding options at Disney. Of course there's plenty of team-themed merchandise over at Wide World of Sports, but that's not the only option.
The Arcade, at The ESPN Club at The Boardwalk has a whole variety of sports merchandise, including t-shirts and memorabilia from professional baseball, football, hockey and basketball teams.
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Photo credit: DisneyWorld.com
Disney Springs offers United World Soccer, Fit2Run and Curl by Sammy Duvall, which respectively offer gifts for soccer fans, runners and surfers.
And of course, in World Showcase, you can pick up items from some of your favorite international sports, like hockey shirts in Canadarugby and soccer items in the UKsoccer items in Germany and Italy, and so much more.
For the Older Kids:
Maybe you're shopping for some pre-teens that aren't quite into the Disney princesses and Buzz and Woody anymore. No problem! Now that Disney owns Marvel, you can find superhero stuff almost anywhere, but the best selection is probably at Disney Springs, in Marvel's Super Hero Headquarters.
Of course, Star Wars is everywhere, as well. Hollywood Studios has the most to offer, including Tatooine Traders, and the new Launch Bay.
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Tatooine Traders. Photo Credit: DisneyWorld.com
Or maybe anime is more their thing. In the Japan pavilion in Epcot, you'll find a selection of Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z items, along with Hello Kitty stuff.
The Lego Store frequently still appeals to bigger kids, so a stop into the Disney Springs location is bound to be a winner.
If you think they'd like some non-Disney apparel options, hit up Disney Springs. Tren-D carries both Disney and non-Disney ladies clothing items that appeal to a younger audience, and D-Street does the same for men. There's also Havaianas for flip flops, Apex and Sunglass Icon for sunglasses, Chapel Hats for head ware, and Sanuk for shoes. You can also try Disney resort shops, especially the ones at the deluxe resorts, for brands like Quicksilver and Tommy Bahama.
For the Chocoholic:
Chocolate is available in many forms, and in many places around "the world". Of course, you'll have to keep in mind that it might not travel well if you have to check bags, or store it in a hot car, but if you can provide a cool place for transporting the elixir, your chocoholic friends and family members will LOVE your presents!
The obvious first stop is Ghirardelli in Disney Springs. There you can get bars, squares, bags of squares, jars of hot fudge, cans of powdered cocoa mixes, and all sorts of yummy gifts.
Also, while you're at Disney Springs, you'll want to stop into the Ganachery for hand made ganache, specialty chocolate bars and an array of exotically flavored chocolate delights. 
Or check out one of Disney's many candy shops: Goofy's Candy Co. and Candy Cauldron, (both in Disney Springs), The Main Street Confectionery or Big Top Treats in The Magic Kingdom, Sweet Spells in The Studios, Zuri's Sweets in Animal Kingdom, or Bay View Gifts in The Contemporary Resort. Not only do they have candy cases full of delectable treats like caramel apples, fudge, chocolate dipped Oreos and marshmallows and huge cookies, they also have pre-packaged boxed and bagged candies and chocolates that are more likely to travel home in better condition.
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For the Musician:
If you're buying for a classic rock fan, the gift shop at the exit of Rockin' Roller Coaster in The Studios carries Aerosmith merchandise, including t-shirts, playing cards, drum sticks and more.
House of Blues at Disney Springs also has some awesome choices for musicians, including band t-shirts, CDs, books and tons of HOB logo items. Also at Disney Springs, Raglan Road carries Celtic music CDs.
If you know a musician who really appreciates unique percussion instruments, the Mexico pavilion carries maracas and guiros. Animal Kingdom park and Animal Kingdom Lodge have a host of various sized drums, shakers, rain sticks and other percussion instruments.
One of the newest additions to Disney Springs, Sound Lion, sells speakers, headphones and sound systems that any musician is bound to appreciate!
For That Random Person That Likes Random Things:
Looking for something more unique? Try these:
  • The Art of Shaving (Disney Springs) for men's toiletries
  • The Coca-Cola Store (Disney Springs) for Coke souvenirs
  • Arribas Brothers (Disney Springs) for crystal jewelry and collectibles
  • The Boathouse (Disney Springs) for nautical merchandise
  • Dino-Store at T-Rex Cafe (Disney Springs) for Build-a-Dino plush and dinosaur-themed toys, gifts and clothing
  • Happy Hound (Disney Springs) for dog collars, leashes and other items
  • Lefty's (Disney Springs) for gifts for left-handed people
  • Little Miss Matched (Disney Springs) for socks and other apparel that is... mismatched... on purpose
  • Memory Lanes at Splitsville (Disney Springs) for customized bowling balls, pins and bags.
  • Orlando Harley Davidson (Disney Springs) for Harley merchandise
  • Pop Gallery (Disney Springs) for pop art and collectibles
  • Shop for Ireland at Raglan Road (Disney Springs) for Declan's Finnians Figurines, Irish knit items, Ireland soccer items and more.
  • Sosa Family Cigars for cigar-related items. 
  • Disney Pro Shops (Disney Golf Courses) for golf attire, clubs, bags and accessories
  • And if you're shopping for someone who is pretty trendy or likes more mainstream apparel and items, Disney Springs is full of shops like Sperry, Kate Spade, Ugg, Lucky Brand, and Lilly Pulitzer, to name a few. 
  • More of a jewelry fan? Try Alex & Ani, Something Silver, Pandora, or Erwin Pearl, all at Disney Springs. 
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Obviously these are only a few of the many, many ideas that could be dreamed up, but overall, I would say that if you're looking for some non-Disney merchandise, your best bets are going to be Disney Springs and World Showcase. But then again, why are you friends with these people that wouldn't enjoy Disney gifts, anyway? (Just kidding, of course. I have plenty of non-Disney loving people in my life and they're ok, I guess.)
Happy shopping!!!!
For more tips, tricks and to get your dream Disney getaway booked, contact the agents here at Kingdom Konsultant Travel. They are the best at what they do and would be happy to help you plan. 
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- Jenn aka "Tink"
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