Here are five ideas for your next trip:
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.) You can also do something similar with a photo mat and then frame with a photo of your favorite character meet and greet from the trip!
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). They release new designs and change locations from time to time, so this is something you can do trip after trip!
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 $9.99 – and that includes two copies! These silhouettes make excellent grandparent gifts or a memorable addition to your home gallery wall! Prices start at $9.99 but there can be add ons if you wish for an additional fee including a second child/character or frames.
4. Reusable Tote Bags
For less than $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. Each theme park has a unique design so you can even try to collect them all!
A little-known but unique experience and guaranteed souvenir is Pick-a-Pearl in Japan in Epcot or at Disney Springs (but we recommend the Japan experience!). For around $18, 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