Thrifty Thursday: Inexpensive Souvenir Shopping

While on vacation souvenirs can completely blow apart your budget. In Orlando there are many flea markets and souvenir shops that sell Disney merchandise. However if you are in search of official Disney park merchandise there are three places where you can find it at a discounted price.

First, at Downtown Disney there is the Marketplace Fun Finds shop. My favorite place in this store is the 5 for $20 wall. What you can find on the wall changes quite often. I have seen Vinylmation, Christmas ornaments, stuffed animals, socks, autograph books, flip flops and much more. This is a great place to stop by every time you are at Downtown Disney. A word of advice, if you see something you want, you should purchase it right away. If you wait to buy it may not be there the next time. Another reason to visit this store, nothing costs more than $25.00. Some of the standard finds at this store are sweatshirts, t-shirts, beach towels and a good variety of inexpensive toys.

The Orlando Premium Outlets are a must for discounted souvenirs. There is one premium outlet mall on International Drive. The other is located on Vineland Avenue. Both malls have Disney’s Character Warehouse. These stores sell officially licensed Disney park merchandise. Since most of the things you will find here are on clearance, the selections vary at each store. There is always a pretty good selection of clothing, household knick knacks, jewelry and toys. Often they have trading pins and Vinylmation at a discounted price as well. These are always good things to have on hand for trading at the parks. The cast members at these stores also participate in pin trading.

Hopefully you find these store as valuable as I have while on my trips to Walt Disney World. Happy shopping!

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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