Choosing a unique souvenir is one of the best things about going on a Disney World vacation!
Perusing the gift shops for that special something can be loads of fun. You want to bring home the perfect souvenir that will remind you of your awesome trip to Disney World. However, it’s hard to make a solid choice when you’re faced with SO MANY Disney hats, t-shirts, keychains, fanny packs, mugs, and more! We’re narrowing down your choices with our top 10 Disney World souvenirs we don’t regret buying!
People love their Disney mugs! They’re one of the least expensive souvenirs, functional, and with so many options, you can find one that matches your taste. Disney is pretty consistently coming out with new mugs so your choice will be a unique memento of the time you spent at the parks. Choose designs inspired by Tinker Bell, Stitch, or a cup inspired by your favorite Disney rides. We also love the Starbucks “You Are Here”mugs and tumblers that adorably illustrate each park at Disney World.
You can never have too many Disney mugs! We still have some from our earliest visits to Disney World still in our frequently used coffee mug circulation! Plus, once you have a good collection going you can display them proudly in your kitchen or create your own mug wall! One of the best places to find a good selection of cups is World of Disney in Disney Springs!
Refillable Resort Cup
Speaking of Disney cups! We’re also big fans of the Refillable Resort Cups. For $14.99 you get unlimited refills of soda, tea, coffee, and other beverages during your resort stay. This is a great deal if you’re already planning on purchasing beverages every day, particularly at your Disney resort hotel. It’s a nice feeling to run down to your resort’s quick-service restaurant early in the morning to get a cup of “free” coffee or to pick up an evening soft drink after a long day in the parks!
The resort cups come in a variety of designs, colors, and themes. After your visit, you get to take it home as a fun keepsake too! Just a note, due to the health mandates at Disney World, guests currently can’t refill their personal mug at the beverage stations. Refills are still free and the Cast Member will instead hand you a disposable cup that you can use to fill up your mug.
Refillable Popcorn Buckets
More refillable food souvenirs? Heck yes! This time it’s all about the Disney popcorn. FACT: popcorn tastes better at Disney World than anywhere else on earth (we’re pretty sure this has been scientifically proven 😉). If buttery, fresh-popped goodness is your jam, the best way to save on loads of popcorn is with the refillable popcorn buckets! Disney will release new popcorn buckets frequently and the designs are especially popular during the holidays. People go crazy for the newest Halloween buckets, Christmas buckets, and Star Wars buckets.
Once you purchase a bucket, you get $2 refills on popcorn throughout your stay. That’s just about the cheapest snack you can find at Disney World and totally worth it if you love popcorn! These are a solid buy if you’ve got a couple kids in your crew who tend to get the mid-day munchies. Since most buckets have a strap, toss it on your shoulder and you’ve got snacks at the ready!
Much like the refillable mugs, Cast Members will hand you a disposable container full of popcorn so you can refill your bucket as needed. Ok, but what do you do with the bucket once you’re done? Collect them, display them during the holidays, or give it to a little kiddo in your life. They’re pretty sturdy souvenirs and can be used for other purposes after you’re vacation!
Scavenger hunts are a fun way to explore the parks and discover parts of Disney World you might otherwise miss. The hunts allow you to slow down and discover the theme parks at a slower pace. One of the bigger hunts is Remy’s Hide and Squeak Challenge available during EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival.
Guests pick up a map from Guest Relations then seek out all the Remy figures planted around EPCOT. The participation fee is $7.99 and once you’ve completed the map, you get a prize! This year’s prizes featured a variety of Food and Wine tumblers. You get to make some fun memories then take home an exclusive souvenir!
Lightsabers and Droids
From scavenger hunts to droids, there is something for everyone at Disney World! Much like the Scavenger Hunts, purchasing a lightsaber or droid is more about the experience than the thing itself. Although, the sabers are pretty cool! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge hosts two souvenir-building experiences that allow you to make a custom lightsaber or build your very own droid.
Savi’s Workshop is a very popular immersive experience that takes you through the process of building a lightsaber. Ok, you’re not just building a lightsaber. You’re pulling kyber crystals, selecting parts while putting together your hilt, and activating it. All of this comes with a lot of cool lighting and atmosphere, of course! Once you’re done, you’ll take home your custom lightsaber and the memories of building it inside a real Star Wars land!
If you want to build a droid instead, you’ll get a similar, though slightly less immersive, experience. The droids even interact a little bit with the land in Galaxy’s Edge! Making both of these souvenirs even more tempting, Disney now sells separate droid and saber components to customize beyond your initial experience. This means you can swap out your droids head and bodyor revamp your saber hilt with new shapes and colors as often as you like! And if you’re worried about getting these larger sized souvenirs home on a plane, no worries — TSA will allow both droids and lightsabers to be brought on a plane with no issue!
PhotoPass or Memory Maker
PhotoPass is a great way to capture special moments without whipping out your phone every five seconds. We’ve been there — you come home from a big vacation and realize you got LOADS of great family pictures…but you were taking them all and aren’t in ANY! You’ll spend less time trying to get the perfect shot of your family when you’ve got professional photographers around practically every corner! You also have the opportunity to get fun Magic Shots and photo ops when you purchase the PhotoPass packages. No Photoshop skills required! PLUS, you’ll get all your attraction pictures loaded directly into your account. You don’t want to forget your first ride on Expedition Everest, do you?
In the past, you could ask a Cast Member to take your picture with your phone. As of right now, Cast Members are unable to touch your belongings so having a photographer take the group shots makes it worth it! We will say that PhotoPass is a little spendy and will add $169 to your vacation package. If you’re looking to get a LOT of pictures, this may help justify purchasing an Annual Pass for one person in your party. An Annual Pass includes PhotoPass services and will give you hefty discounts on room packages, merchandise, and food. Annual Passes are not currently on sale but consider pricing this option out in the future!
Snacks and Sweets
Souvenir snacks and sweets come in two forms at Disney World. There are the prepackaged kind and the freshly-made kind you devour in front of Cinderella Castle! Both make great souvenirs. Allow us to explain. The prepackaged kind consists of candies, pretzels, and cookies you buy from gift shops that can easily be stuffed into your suitcase. You can even find some fresh-made treats like Mickey Rice Krispy treats bagged up to take home in shops like the Main Street Confectionery. Once you’re back from vacation, you’ll be grateful you stowed away some Mickey Coconut Patties for a little magic-at-home! When the Disney Dining Plan is available again, you can use your leftover snack credits for most of the prepackaged snacks.
While prepackaged goodies are great, we still recommend eating as many snacks as you can while you’re in Disney World 😉! There are so many cupcakes, cookies, and cheesy pretzels to be had! That’s where the second kind of snacks and sweets come into play! The kind of snacks that are so pretty you’ll need an Instagram pic before you dive in. Disney releases a lot of beautiful snacks that you won’t find at home. While you can’t take them home with you (well, you can, but your suitcase might get a little messy!), it’s fun to scroll through your gallery of snack photos later!
Event and Dated Souvenirs
A great way to remember your vacation is with commemorative merchandise. Disney releases exclusive merch during special events and holidays. They change the designs to make the souvenirs unique every year. Visiting for Halloween, Christmas, or a festival at EPCOT? There’s plenty of shirts, hats, cups, and more souvenirs that fit the themes!
You can also find plenty of merchandise with the year printed on it. The dated Minnie Mouse Ears are one of our favorite keepsakes. They’re distinctly Disney and a great reminder of your vacation. Can’t find anything you really love? You can get the date inscribed on certain items like Christmas ornaments to make your keepsake fully customized!
Disney is famous for revolutionary animation and art in their films. What better way to commemorate your trip than by taking home a piece of Disney artwork? The art ranges from pretty postcards to full prints and huge framed portraits. You can choose from art inspired by Disney films, characters, or attractions. It will add a little pixie dust to your home and make your day a little brighter! You can also have custom art created by Artists at Disney World! Pick up a handcrafted silhouette of your family, hand-painted parasol, or caricature to remember your trip!
You can find beautiful art in gift shops around the theme parks. One of the best places to pick up some art is Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories and WonderGround Gallery in Disney Springs. Better yet, head to Disney World during the EPCOT International Festival of Arts and pick up a truly unique piece from a talented artist! Remember, you can always have packages shipped to your home if your art is too big for your luggage!
P.S. One of our favorite fun (and super cheap) keepsakes that are totally an artform in their own right are pressed Disney pennies! They cost exactly one dollar and you can carry them as your Disney good luck charm!
Mickey and Minnie Ears
We can’t write a souvenir post without mentioning ears! Mickey and Minnie Mouse Ears are the ultimate iconic souvenirs from Disney World. Disney parks are possibly the only place you can wear ears without feeling totally awkward. (Although, we won’t judge if you decide to wear them to your local grocery store!) We never regret picking up a pair of ears from our trips because they’re cute, unique, and SO Disney! For some, it doesn’t feel like a Disney vacation without wearing a pair of special ears.
Plus, they come in so many variations and colors! You can collect a ton of different ears or choose one special pair to bring with you on every vacation. Many of the ears are only available for a limited time so if you see a pair you love, snatch them up! The most expansive ear collection you’ll find is often at World of Disney and Disney Springs!
Check out one of our favorite pairs of Mickey Mouse Ears here! (Hint: They’re inspired by a Disney snack!)
While Disney souvenirs are fun, the most important thing to bring home is the memories you created with your loved ones. Yes, we sound super-duper cheesy right now, but it’s totally the truth! There are plenty of trinkets to choose from but the things we remember most are experiencing a ride for the first time, meeting the characters, or watching a show. Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t spend a few dollars on a Disney mug too! 😉
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What’s your favorite Disney souvenir? Let us know in the comments!