Thrifty Thursday: Saving Money on Disney World Souvenirs

How can I cut down on souvenirs so that I don’t spend a small fortune on Disney World souvenirs? I get this question a lot and have a list of things that do help, especially with little ones along.

  • Let the kids earn money in the months leading up to your big trip that can be set aside specifically for souvenirs. Spending their money somehow seems to cut down on the “I wants” turning them into the “What do I really want to spend MY money on”.
  • Disney merchandise is available at some of your local stores, or outlets. Purchase some small items and hideaway in your suitcase for a surprise each morning. Knowing there could be something waiting at the hotel keeps the kids focus out of the stores.
  • Set aside shinny pennies and quarters and let the kids collect them from all the different locations throughout Walt Disney World. Not only is this an inexpensive souvenir, but once they get home use them in a frame or make jewelry out of them so they always have a touch of Walt Disney with them.
  • Make a stop at the outlet “Character” shops either on the way to or leaving Walt Disney World. Bargains are much easier to find, especially if you don’t mind last year’s inventory.

Keep in mind that Walt Disney World controls all the pricing within the parks and resorts, so shopping around for a lower price on an item is a waste of time. If you see it for 1 price at one park or store, it will be the same at any other store. There are specific items that you will only find in specific parks or area; such as – if you see something in Animal Kingdom, you won’t find it anywhere else.

I try to be selective on what souvenirs I bring home. Pins are my main souvenir purchases. I collect pins for a specific ride or character on my trips. Some of my favorites are the pins for each park – they can be similar in style, but specific to each park. I have several collections of these.

What is your idea for saving on Disney souvenirs?

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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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