We’ve all been there before when you’re patiently waiting in a long line at Disney World (maybe playing Heads Up with your fam).
Buuut, suddenly you’re hit with a spray of bubbles from one of your kids out of nowhere. Or, you might even get blasted in the face with water from a misting fan (we’re not sure which is worse). While we usually LOVE shopping for Disney merchandise, there are definitely a few items that we’ve regretted purchasing!
And, we’ve got five of the Disney World souvenirs that you could easily regret buying in the parks!
During the peak of Florida summer, you don’t have to look far to see those little blue and yellow Misting Fans chillin’ in carts around the parks. We’ve BEEN THERE: it’s so hot that it feels like you’re melting, sweat is dripping off of EVERY part of you, and the icy cool relief these promise looks SO TEMPTING. The combo of cold water and a slight breeze these offer can make these the real MVP on a hot day.
But ye be warned — these things are like catnip for kids. And if the fan is off, is essentially becomes an expensive spray bottle. You could find yourself the victim of a rogue spray attack in line, on a ride (yes, we’ve been there), on a bus (yup, still been there), and really anywhere else little hands can grab the bottle and start spraying. Yea…we’re guilty of “accidentally” leaving these behind in our hotel room before. 😉
As you’re waiting for the fireworks to start, you can spot all the lights from Glow Spinners illuminating Main Street. Since they come decorated in different colors and fun character designs, it’s hard to not want one. They glow! They spin! They light up the night! But, after it’s been a LONG day in the parks, they can drive you crazy. Ah, there’s nothing like being on a PACKED bus at 11 PM at night (trying not to fall asleep), and the dark quiet is pierced by the bright flashy lights and sounds of a spinner.
Yes, these can attack too, just like the misters. You guys, they hurt SO much, especially when they’re going at full speed! And if you or your kids have long hair? Forget about it. Let’s just say spinny things and long hair don’t mix. And wrestling your kid into submission on Main Street to zillions of onlookers while you try to free their scalps from the evil grips of the R2-D2 spinny toy is likely not the vacation memories you’re hoping for! 😉
We’re guilty of buying them (yes, on more than one occasion), and they usually go RIGHT in the back of a closet or bottom of a toy bin once home, never to be played with again.
If you have kids, you’ll know that they’re basically obsessed with the Bubble Blowers in the parks. The toy can blow hundreds of bubbles while it plays some of your favorite Disney music (and we totally see the appeal tbh). Oh yea, THESE LIGHT UP TOO. Ok, we take it back. Misters aren’t catnip for kids, THESE ARE!
But minutes after you’ve purchased the bubble blower and your kid has already sucked through that tiny bottle of bubbles, you’ll find yourself on the dreaded hunt for more bubbles in every gift shop on property. What fun is a bubble blower that doesn’t make bubbles?!
Any parent who has walked around the parks with a kid in a stroller can attest that the barrage of bubbles these produce ALWAYS have a way of blowing right in your face as you push the stroller. And let’s not even get started with the bubbles on transportation. Remember that late-night bus with (probably one of our) kids spinning light-up toys in the dark? Now fill that bus with bubbles. And more lights and sounds.
Good luck getting these home too. The bubble solution coursing through their veins will want to go EVERYWHERE when you pack it, so even if you remember to grab a bag at a gift shop to wrap it in, you’ll still be met with a sticky, bubbly mess when you get home. This does not live in the closet with the abandoned spinny toy. It’s still wrapped in the gift shop bag on the top shelf of a closet in hopes your kid forgets it ever existed.
For many families, no trip to Disney is complete without a Mickey Balloon. They’re iconic! But if you’ve ever bought one you’ve likely had the same reaction as us minutes later: “Oh no…what have I done?!”
Yes, they’re great to help find your stroller in a sea of stroller parking and yes, your kid (or your!) face will likely light up when you purchase one. But these balloons can be MEAN as you walk around the parks (noticing a trend here that we don’t like souvenirs that can assault us?).
Once you tie that balloon to your stroller, it’s going to be right around your head’s height: perfect for smacking you over…and over…and over in the face as you walk around. This is the beginning of a long and painful dance of parents trying to maneuver their stroller all day without getting hit or tangled in the balloon.
And then how do you get it HOME? You can’t bring inflated helium balloons on an airplane, so you’ll have to deflate it if you want to keep it (and yes, of course your kid will HAVE TO KEEP IT!) This will lead to 20 minutes of you grumbling under your breath at a balloon as you struggle to undo the knots and try to deflate it.
When you emerge victorious, your kid will forget they wanted to bring it home in the first place (totally not speaking from experience or anything!). It will now live in that same closet as the spinny toy until your kid throws it away (J/K…you’ll have to throw it away, obviously).
Souvenir Sipper Cups
Ohhh these little (ok, not so little) beauties! If you have a persuasive kid with you or you, yourself, fell victim to the sweet siren song of the sipper cups in the parks, you may know this struggle too. These cups are CUTE. They’re fun to stroll around the parks with. But then what?!
You get home and that cup either lives in that top back part of your cabinet you keep weird cups in (does everyone have that shelf of abandoned cups too??) or, if you have kids, they may insist they use their new favorite cup all. the. time. Ever tried washing a giant BB-8 stein in a dishwasher? Or a mega Sven Sipper? Not happening! And ain’t nobody got time for handwashing these!
Of course, expect the plastic straw to get lost in your house, never to be seen again. If you have a kid insistent on using these cups, you may hit your breaking point and just “accidentally” give them away. Totally not saying we’ve ever done that, if our kids are reading this! 😉
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What Disney World souvenirs are the most annoying to you? And, which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!