Thrifty Thursday: Great Disney Souvenirs

12039143_10153208269516234_1002446710291812063_oWalt Disney World really knows how to market souvenirs! You will find them in stores at the end of each ride, at multiple places throughout the park, kiosks as you enter and exit the parks, at all the resorts, including some specialty stores for even the pickiest of customers.

If you are anything like me you have a cabinet full of Disney coffee cups, boxes of pins, an abundance of misc toys, stuffed characters, scarves, t-shirt, blankets, etc sitting around everywhere in your house. For anyone who is a Disney fan, having some of our favorite Disney things around gives us a sense of being in the most Magical Place on Earth! However, since Walt Disney can be pricey, bringing home a car full of souvenirs is out of the question.

On a previous trip my son decided that wearing hats from each county, or place he visited and taking a picture would be better to bring home instead of trying to purchase hats and adding to his stack hanging on my wall. Over the years, he has brought home Mickey ears, Goofy’s ears and several others from the countries around World Showcase.

10421954_10153208269341234_1018083423976068879_nAnother inexpensive idea are pressed pennies! Not only are these small, inexpensive, but also can be put into collector books for looking at later or use them in crafts to enjoy all year long.

One year, I brought home every plastic wine glass and some of the plastic ware, as we ate and drank our way around the world at the Food and Wine Festival. We won’t discuss how much that was, but it did fill my back-pack and to this day, I still have some in the cabinet!

What about those infamous popcorn buckets! Does anyone have those in their cabinet or on the counter to hold stuff? What about your Disney bags from the stores?

Personally, I think taking pictures at each ride, in front of the stores, walking into the park, by the hotel or in the room are some of the most inexpensive souvenirs you can bring home. It doesn’t take a fancy camera or video camera, but simply a phone. Using these pictures as wallpaper or contact photos, it is a great way to bring back those precious moments throughout the year or until your next visit to the most Magical Place on Earth!

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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