Souvenirs are an exciting part of a Disney vacation because this is what you get to take back home with you to remember from your trip. They can be costly, so it is important to do a little bit of planning and make sure that you don’t make impulse purchases and buy the items that you truly want. Here are five huge tips to save on souvenirs at Walt Disney World:
5. Buy souvenirs off property
I, personally, don’t particularly like this tip because I collect way too many Disney items and love shopping when I am on Disney property, but it wouldn’t be right for me not to share this tip with others in the event that it can help keep their budget in line so that a family will be able to make their dream trip. There are many places off property, even Walgreen’s and Wal-Mart that sell Disney (not official Disney Parks) merchandise much cheaper than what is sold on property. It will not be the same merchandise that you would find in the parks, but may be a great way to snag a few gifts for others or a couple of your souvenirs to save funds for the items that you really want.
4. Collect the more inexpensive souvenirs
There are keychains, pencils, pens and many other items that are under $10. These make great souvenirs from your trip and don’t break the bank. They also make great gifts to bring back for others. You can also find many of these items that also come in your favorite characters, park, attraction, resort, etc. so that you can get a souvenir that means something special to you or to a loved one.
3. Pin trade (the cost effective way)
Pin trading is really popular in the parks and a lot of fun, too. Buy pins on EBay before your trip. You can get them for extremely cheap and then trade them with cast members in the parks for characters and pins that mean something to you and strike your fancy. This is a great way to build a collection and memories that you get to take home with you at the end of your trip. You can also do a lot of different creative things with the pins when you get home to display them and remember your trip.
2. Consider free souvenir options
Yes, I said free! You can get the buttons from Guest Relations to demonstrate what you are celebrating (no matter what it is) while you are on your trip. You can also hold onto Mickey stickers, park maps, Times Guides, transportation cards, etc. These make great souvenirs and scrapbook material from your trip and they are completely free. People have made beads out of the park maps and then made bracelets and other jewelry from the beads. I have even seen folks make a clutch from the park maps. The sky is the limit, so stock up and get creative!
1. Use reward programs
Many credit cards and stores have reward programs that you can use to turn in for Disney gift cards, which can be used to make souvenir purchases on your trip. If you have a Target Red card, you can save 5% on gift card purchases. If you have a Costco or Sam’s membership, you can buy discounted Disney gift cards there, too. Many credit cards and survey sites offer gift cards as a rewards when you reach so many points. If Disney isn’t offered, you can also use them to cash in for stores that do sell Disney gift cards and then use the store gift cards to buy Disney gift cards. Look into all reward programs available to you and see what might work and help save money!