You may not believe this, but I am not the stereotypical female. I don’t like talking on the phone, I will not stop to ask for directions until I have exhausted every single option, and I HATE to shop!
When I visit the parks, I am there to ride! I love to ride and I don’t want to waste my time shopping around the stores to find things I could find online or at Downtown Disney on a non-park day. There are only two exceptions to this rule, and both can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: one is the Writer’s Stop, which is a coffee and book shop that sometimes has celebrity writer signings (this is also a fave of Nancy’s and Kelly’s); and the other is my favorite place of all, AFI Showcase Shop.The American Film Institute (AFI) Showcase Shop is located at the exit of the Backlot Tour. When you come into the AFI Showcase from the Backlot Tour, you will get to see actual props and costumes used in some of your favorite movies and TV shows, such as the elaborate costume worn by Narissa in Enchanted, as well as Davy Jones’ organ from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. There are also boards that display pictures and tributes to many AFI Life Achievement Award winners.
The store itself is loaded with items from movies and television, including gifts, clothes and unique souvenirs. It even houses some special Oscars which can be purchased for yourself or your friends and family. They have items from I Love Lucy to Ugly Betty and everything in between. It is not only Disney items.
The shop has a large book section as well, which I love; and there is a super fun photo location toward the front where you can create your very own magazine cover or photo.
I must say that if I had to choose only one thing to buy in this gift shop, it would be one of everything! I love it. I hope you’ll check it out during your next visit!
Brenda is a native Texan born and raised on the Gulf Coast. She visited Disney World twice as a teenager and always dreamed of growing her family Disney. She took her first-timer husband and their three children to Disney World in 2000 and they now spend every Thanksgiving there. Brenda writes with a comedic twist on various Disney topics. She will be sharing tips she has learned during her travels and also hopes to enlighten people on little-known freebies that Disney has to offer. She wishes she could have met Walt Disney and considers herself to be a student of Walt. In parallel to his dream it is her wish that everyone would take at least one trip to Disney World in order to share in its magic with their families.