Take a break from the your FastPass+ schedule, put down that Mickey Bar, grab your MagicBand or wallet, and get ready to shop! Walt Disney World has hundreds of opportunities to find a special souvenir for someone back home, pick up a new trinket for your collection, or buy yourself a delicious treat. Shopping at Walt Disney World is more than just Mickey Mouse t-shirts and keychains; there are some very unique shops to find a great memento of your trip, including jewelry, Disney handbags, footwear, home décor, Disney artwork, and much more. Disney Springs alone boasts over 150 stores ranging from small boutiques to the World of Disney, the largest Disney character store in the entire world. Shopping is a pretty important part of my Walt Disney World vacation, so here’s a quick list of favorite places to spend my money.
1. Uptown Jewelers
Located in the Magic Kingdom, this charming shop features lovely handbags, watches, PANDORA charms, and jewelry. You can also find Disney figurines and beautiful artwork to add your collection. I particularly love how this place is a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of Main Street U.S.A.
2. Big Top Souvenirs
This shop in the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom makes my list because of the wonderful aromas that tickle your nose as soon as you step inside. Sweet cotton candy, caramel-dipped apples, and other wonderful treats are made before your eyes in the middle of the store, and the sugary scents waft everywhere. It also has a great selection of toys, plush Disney characters, hats, and t-shirts that’s not as overwhelming as some of the larger stores.
3. Ye Old Christmas Shoppe
Wander over to Liberty Square to find a perfect Christmas ornament to keep that Disney magic alive during the holidays. You can request that your ornament be personalized with your name or date, and you can also pick up Disney stockings and other holiday décor. My family has a great tradition of getting a new ornament here on every trip, and our Christmas tree is filled with great memories of past vacations.
4. Memento Mori
After you’re done exploring the Haunted Mansion, step into Memento Mori in Liberty Square for some very ghostly souvenirs. From bookends to dinnerware and artwork, this shop has unique Haunted Mansion home décor. Make sure to check out the rather eerie photographs that guests can have taken.
5. Ziwani Traders
Heading over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Ziwani Traders is always on my must-do shopping list. I love purchasing the wonderful hand-carved animal figures and artwork to remind me of the amazing wildlife I’ve seen on the Kilimanjaro Safari. It also has a great selection of African instruments, apparel, and cute plush animals.
A new addition to my shopping adventures, Windtraders is located in the Pandora section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This is the home of the popular interactive banshee toys that can be “adopted’ from the Rookery. Windtraders is also a great place to shop for apparel and jewelry inspired by nature.
7. Tatooine Traders
A must for any Star Wars fans in your group, this shop in the Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios features rare Star Wars memorabilia, toys, and t-shirts. Stop in here to make your own droid or lightsaber.
8. Keystone Clothiers
I always enjoy checking out Keystone Clothiers as I’m strolling down Hollywood Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This shop has great clothing and accessories for men and women that usually can’t be found in many other places.
9. Mouse Gear
Any visit to Epcot isn’t complete without a stop in Mouse Gear, a one-stop shop for toys, apparel, home décor, hats, and all kinds of gifts and souvenirs. If you wait to do all of your shopping at one time, this is the place to be, as Mouse Gear qualifies as the largest shop in any of the Walt Disney World theme parks. Look up at the walls to see how Mouse Gear got its name!
10. Der Teddybar
All of the shops in Epcot’s World Showcase are unique and fun to browse through, but Der Teddybar in the Germany pavilion is one of my favorites. The cozy interior resembles a fairytale forest with Rapunzel and Snow White dolls, German toys, and Steiff plush teddy bears.
11. The Toy Soldier
Wander around the paths in the United Kingdom pavilion until you find this charming shop. I love the great selection of keepsakes from British favorites like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Dr. Who. Kids will enjoy the Winnie the Pooh merchandise and the toy swords, shields, and crowns.
12. Marketplace Co-op
It’s hard to find a favorite store at Disney Springs because there are so many to pick from! High on my list is the Marketplace Co-op, a collection of small boutiques under one roof that offer items ranging from art, handbags, home décor, and apparel not found elsewhere.