HOW TO SAVE ON SOUVENIRS
Mickey Ears! Autograph Books! Pins, pressed pennies, princess dresses, and popcorn buckets! The list of souvenirs at WDW is endless, just like the magic. You can spend all day walking in and out of gift shops, being in awe of the amount of things you could possibly see Disney characters faces on. You don't need to spend all of your money on souvenirs to have a memento of your trip. There are many cost effective ways to get your souvenirs, and not break the bank as you do it.
While there may be no way around buying your first set of Mickey Ears, today they come in lots of designs. Simpler Ears are usually less money than ones covered in extra bling. And if you are planning a return trip, make room in your suitcase to being your ears from a previous vacation so you can avoid making a second purchase.
Pin trading is a popular Disney activity and booths selling them are everywhere, but you can save significantly on collectible pins by knowing what to look for. If pin trading is something that you or your little ones are interested in, check into purchasing a "lot" of pins from an online retailer. The price per pin goes from around $8-$10 per pin like you’d find in the parks (and those are the CHEAP pins!), down to around .50 cents per pin.
First, decide how many pins you are wanting to trade while at Disney. We figured an average of 5-7 pins per day. Second, you can purchase in many quantities, from 10-100. Odds are, in any lot you purchase, you will have some right away that you will want to keep. Be sure to buy from a credible seller as well.
This is a fun, and inexpensive activity for kids and adults to enjoy together. Cast Members throughout the park will have lanyards with pins on them. It is a great way to start up a conversation with a Cast Member. Even your Disney Resort gift shop will have a pin board for you to take a peak and trade with.
Getting character autographs is a rite of passage at WDW. There are many autograph books available for purchase in WDW. There are ones that just have blank pages, and some that have spots for photos and autographs. All of these are great choices, but do add up. You can easily find a cute notebook at your local dollar.store that will do the trick – jazz it up with some Disney stickers!
grade in school. She began to enjoy doing chores, and saw it as the more she helped out, the more she earned for her trip. She controlled her own spending money. Emma knew how much she had earned in Disney Dollars, and how much she could spend while in Disney. Once her money gone, she was done buying souvenirs. It’s been a great way to encourage good behavior, teach the value of money, and build work ethic.
Lots of families wear matching tee-shirts in the parks, but have you considered making or buying your own at home beforehand? Retailers like Target or Hot Topic often have Disney apparel for cheaper than you’ll find in the parks. Or get some bright colored tees and iron-on transfers and make your own unique souvenirs to surprise the kids with!
Not everything you buy has to be Disney themed. On our most recent trip with our kids, we brought glow sticks from home. Emma had fun putting them around her wrist, and head and anywhere else they would attach. You can also have your kids pass glow sticks to nearby kids, and make a new friend while in the parks while spreading a little magic of their own.
Setting a budget for souvenirs and sticking to it can be hard. Every time we go to WDW, we plan out our budget. We always have out "must buy" souvenirs, such as a new Christmas ornament each year or a new pin from that year. It is easy to get carried away. Just remember, all the things you buy while on vacation, need to come home with you as well!