Grab your wallet and let’s get shopping! There are more than 300 shops in Walt Disney World, spread over four theme parks, two water parks, and the shopping paradise of Disney Springs, so choosing a souvenir can be overwhelming. You might choose mugs for friends back at home, a t-shirt to remember your trip, or a Disney Christmas ornament to hang on your tree during the holidays. Maybe you are partial to a sweet treat, like a decadent cupcake, cotton candy, or popcorn. Perhaps you have your eye on a new designer handbag, a pair of earrings, or a keychain. There’s always the classic souvenir, a pair of black Mickey ears embroidered with your name. Shopping is a breeze with the advent of MagicBands, which can be conveniently used to pay for a purchase. Even better, guests staying onsite can have their purchases sent back to their resort’s gift shop, eliminating the need to carry packages around a park all day. If your vacation is over, don’t worry, just use the Shop Parks app on your mobile phone to order any gifts you forgot to purchase during your trip.
So, what should you buy? Check out my list of some of the trending items guests are purchasing right now. If something catches your eye, buy it soon, because these items tend to sell out quickly.
1. Anything with Imagination Pink / Magic Mirror Metallic / Potion Purple / Rose Gold
A few of the most magical colors for the most magical place on earth. From t-shirts and Minnie Mouse ears to cupcakes and even beverages, these bright colored souvenirs are everywhere and are a definite must-buy on my shopping list.
2. Spirit Jersey
The hottest t-shirt in Walt Disney World this year is the long-sleeve spirit jersey, available in all four parks. With a classic Walt Disney World logo and inaugural year on the front and the words “Walt Disney World” in script across the back, this shirt is definitely a terrific souvenir to purchase. Available in many great colors, you’ll have a hard time deciding which one to pick!
3. Alex & Ani
Featuring favorite characters, the four Disney parks, holidays, and Disney quotes, Alex & Ani bracelets are everywhere. There are so many cute Disney designs that it’s hard to just buy one!
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4. Pandora Jewelry
What better way to remember your Walt Disney World vacation than with a pretty Pandora charm or bracelet? The popular jewelry brand teamed up with Disney to offer a fantastic selection of charms for favorite Disney characters. Visit Uptown Jewelers in the Magic Kingdom for an impressive display of Pandora items.
5. Exotic Banshees
Make friends with a banshee creature when you’re visiting Pandora-The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These interactive toys are so popular that they have sold out several times. Journey into the Rookery area of the Windtraders shop to find these exotic animals. The Rookery is beautifully themed to blend right in with the rest of Pandora and is stocked with 10 different styles of banshees. A cast member, or Naturalist, will help guests select a banshee and explain how to move its wings, head, and mouth. Name your new pet and let it rest on your shoulder or purchase a perch for it.
6. Epcot Festival Merchandise
Fans of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival or the International Food and Wine Festival love buying the special merchandise that’s only available during these festive events. These t-shirts, mugs, pins, and hats are great souvenir ideas to remind you of the Epcot festivals.
7. Party Merchandise
Do you love going to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Don’t forget to pick up a t-shirt, pin, or ornament from the party. These special souvenirs are only available to party goers and get sold out very quickly.
8. Designer Purses
Looking for a chic purse that also reflects your Disney style? Check out the Disney Dooney & Burke or Disney Coach collections. With patterns for several of the beloved Disney princesses, the Haunted Mansion pattern, holiday styles, or the classic Mickey, these purses are in hot demand, with several of the more popular styles selling fast.