Top 8 Pro Tips For Shopping At Walt Disney World

There’s truly something for everyone at the many enticing shops scattered all over Walt Disney World parks, resorts, and Disney Springs. It’s amazing to see how the shops and merchandise are themed to the part of the park they are located in, with lots of carefully planned details. However, there are so many options and different kinds of merchandise that it can easily be overwhelming. Have a good time purchasing mementos to remember your trip, keep to your budget, and don’t waste valuable time by following these shopping tips.


8. Send packages back to your Walt Disney World resort.

Guests staying onsite are able to advantage of this fantastic perk. Instead of walking around the parks all day carrying souvenirs, send your packages back to your Walt Disney World resort. This especially comes in handy if guests want to purchase large, heavy, or delicate items. Be aware that this option isn’t available the day you are checking out or the day before. Packages are typically delivered the following afternoon to your Disney resort gift shop, and you need to bring your receipt with you when picking up your purchase. Keep in mind that perishable items cannot be sent back to your resort.

7. Take advantage of discounts.

There are several different discounts available for Walt Disney World owned and operated shops. Annual Passholders receive a 10% discount on purchases, and Chase Disney Visa cardholders receive a 10% discount when they spend a minimum of $50.00 on merchandise at the World of Disney and a small list of other stores. Disney Vacation Club members receive a 10% discount as well at stores owned and operated by Walt Disney World.

6. Buy it when you see it.

If you see something you want to buy, your best bet is to purchase it and not wait until later. Inventory changes frequently and sizes go quickly, so when you come back, there is a good chance the item you wanted will be gone.

5. Use the Shop Disney Parks app.

Install this clever app on your smartphone, and use it to view a map of all locations that carry a specific item or size that you might be searching for. You can also use this tool for purchasing items online once your Walt Disney World vacation is over.

4. Discover unique shopping in Epcot’s World Showcase.

If you’re looking to buy something out of the ordinary, look no further than the World Showcase shops at Epcot. Each pavilion has several shops that carry items unique to the country represented, like specialty chocolate, wines, clothing, toys, jewelry, and perfume.

3. Send your purchases to the front of the park.

If you’re not staying onsite or aren’t staying long enough to have packages sent back to a resort, there still is a wonderful option to avoid carrying packages. Just request that your package be sent to the front of the park, and they will be waiting for you for pick up when you are ready to leave.


2. Use your Magic Band.

Shopping at Walt Disney World is simple when you can use your convenient Magic Band. Hunting in your purse or backpack for cash or credit cards is a thing of the past when you can quickly and easily tap your Magic Band to the cashier’s console, enter a private PIN number, and be on your way. The purchase is charged back to your Disney resort hotel room using credit card privileges set up at resort check-in.

1. Enjoy Disney Springs.

If you’re spending your time at the parks enjoying the attractions and haven’t had any time to shop, don’t worry. Disney Springs offers many choices for your shopping pleasure. Disney Springs has had a recent transformation, and it is now composed of four areas; The Landing, Marketplace, West Side, and Town Center. From clothing boutiques, Christmas decorations, kitchenware, sports-themed merchandise, hats, shoes, Disney art, candy, Legos, toys, and custom-designed t-shirts, this is the place to go to get your shopping in all at once. Best of all, the World of Disney store can be found here, the crown gem in Disney parks merchandise. The enhanced Disney Springs has new shops being added all the time, so it’s a great time to visit this shopping mecca. When you’re ready for a break, Disney Springs also has a wide variety of delicious eateries, bars, and restaurants sure to recharge everyone.

About Melissa Fegely

I have been a professional writer for over 18 years with degrees in Biology and English. I am a lifelong Disney fan and a Disney Vacation Club member of over nine years. Having visited Walt Disney World several times growing up, I really caught the Disney bug after many trips with my husband. Now I am happily addicted to taking our son to Walt Disney World as often as possible and watching him experience the magic and Mickey Bars as he grows up. Traveling to Walt Disney World twice a year, I enjoy attending the Flower and Garden festival held in the spring and strolling around the World Showcase, as well as exploring all of the hidden gems that all four parks have to offer. I love helping my family and friends plan their next Disney trips based on my experiences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, attended Shippensburg University, and current live in suburban Philadelphia with my husband, son, and two cats.