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Old 01-17-2010, 04:25 PM   #1
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How do you handle gift shops?

My sons will be 4 and almost 2 when we're at WDW and I'm concerned about all those gift shops the rides and shows dump you out into. What strategies do you use so that you aren't buying out the theme park and also not dealing with tantrums and cases of "I NEED IT!" all day long?
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I just say no.
Truthfully ( and I have young kids) it is the same as at home. Once in a while I will buy them something if it is something they absolutely want but to be honest they don't ask for much. They will look at stuff and I just tell them "Okay, let's put that back now so we can go on another ride."
When you take your kids shopping at home what do you do? It is the same thing.
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I talk to my kids ahead of time: you have $x to spend. No one buys anything until we have been there for 3-4 days(depending on the length of the trip). This gives us time to see everything. (HOWEVER, mom and dad can't purchase either or the kids get confused.)We discuss things we like as we window shop. I remind them that in a few days we will return and purchase what they decide on. This helps with the "need" because you're not saying no, just not yet. I help them decide as we go which item is the best. Then when it is time, we know exactly what we want and where we are going to go to get it. 9 times out of 10 it is an item that is at the resort also and we've had time to realize that wonderful fact. I wouldn't say all wants are gone, but over the years it has taught them how to think about purchases and notjust impulsively waist money.Giving them a certain amount helps too, because then they know when they are done. We started doing this when my youngest was about 3.
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Try to tell him that he has to wait until the end of the day and he can pick ONE (or however many is your limit per kid for that park) souvenir but it would be good to see all the other places first. It's definitely tough with a kid that little but at the same time it can be overwhelming when their at the "gimme gimme" age.
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I have a son who's 2 and when we go in a store and he whines for something I just tell him it's not for sale, it's a decoration. He's little enough that he believes it.
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We talk about how most of the stuff in those shops at Disney and everywhere else we go is junk and we aren't buying it. They do know they will get a few things but it will be something they really want, is unique to Disney, not something that could be bought at Target or Toys, and we will be thinking about it and buying either at the end of the day or the trip.

How you have been handling it at home is how they are going to react at Disney. If you have tantrums at home you'll have them at Disney. If you talk with your kids all the time and they understand buying a true souvenir then they will be alright. I would say start talking now about buying something special and not a lot of junk when you get there.
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Youngest DD was 4 1/2 when I took her to WDW. She had saved $100 of her own money. When she found something in the gift shops I would ask her if that's what she wanted to spend her money on. I left the decision up to her - took her 3 days to decide what she did want to spend it on and she was very happy with her purchase. She bought her own Ariel costume with accessories. I had done the same thing with my other daughter when she was about the same age. She had xxxx amount to spend and it was up to her what to spend it on. DD now 6 is already saving money for her next trip in 2012.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:55 PM   #8
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We simply never buy during the park days. We walk briskly though the shops and on to the next activity. If we see something we really are interested in we wait till our planned shoppijng time at the end of the trip and we can go back. By them it is often forgotten. We carry nothing in the parks which means we buy nothing. Our WDW rule is no whining. Tell him the rules ahead if time and stick to it!!
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I usually try and save the shopping for a certain time, we don't do alot of looking other times. I do not buy on the parade route (like the spinning whirling things that are so expensive and junkie.) You can buy glow-stick type necklaces and such cheaply at home and bring them along.
I try and stick with things DS has the most interest in...we look (and mostly touch) it all, but we only buy what we really want.
You know your kids well enough to know what they might like best. A small stuffed animal or a cute matchbox like car earlier in the vacation may hold their interest for long enough till your ready to shop.
When DS was turning three we went to WDW w/ my parents, but I did not let them go crazy. My dad let DS pick a stuffed animal (Goliath) and he played and played with him in the room. My mom picked a board game for him, Disney Candyland which we still have today. (DS is 7)
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We shop at DTD and not in the parks. When they were little my kids didn't even notice the shops at the end of the rides. We just walked right on through. Now that they are older they know they don't want to carry something through the park anymore than I do so it works.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:41 PM   #11
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I have a few strategies...

If it's a night light-up toy type of thing they break out during parades and fireworks, if I'm planning to buy something, I buy it the first night we're there so that it lasts the whole trip. And actually *blush* we bought these purple star light-up wands maaaaaaany trips ago (for $15 each!!!!), that we still bring back every trip. In fact, I've even brought them to Disney on Ice shows.

If it's some version of a stuffed animal/doll we have a 100 of already, I say no and move along to the next thing. If the tantrums begin, we talk about going back to the hotel. I haven't yet had to enforce it, but I would do it.

Now that my girls are getting a little older, they understand a budget. My older one is really cost conscious and will sincerely think about whether or not something is worth it. My little one wants to spend spend spend. But even she knows once her $25 or whatever is gone, it's gone.

Now with that all said, I'm a big fan of the merchandise-free trips. Our last one the week after Christmas was such a trip. The only thing we bought was a 2010 pin for each girl's lanyard since we were there for New Year's Eve and wanted to commemorate. They knew, going into the trip, that we wouldn't be buying stuff considering we JUST had Christmas.

Good luck! The Disney corp is among the best at merchandising. It's sometimes tough to escape without dropping a C note. :-)

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When our ds were 2 and 4 we went to disney. When they saw something they like - we said- "Put it on your list" It worked great for the entire trip. Mind you the list was in my head. At the end of the trip DH went to one of the gift shops and picked up a few of the things the boys were wanting.

We continued the "put it on your list" for the last 7 yrs. It works great for Christmas and Birthday items too. Again - no actual list - just in my head. Somehow I haven't forgotten anything on the list.

We have been going back to the world for the past 5 yrs. Now that they are older - we do set a limit on what they can spend. Also we have learned if there is something that they really like we tend to get it bc there have been a few times that the item is gone when we went back. Note: don't buy the legos at the store at the end of Star tours- buy it at the Lego store DTD-- a few $$ cheaper.

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For our 2 yr old, she'll ask if we can buy it or bring it home. We'll tell her no and ask her to say "Goodbye" to the item and that usually does the trick for us. Other posts have some really great ideas too.

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Old 01-18-2010, 07:38 AM   #14
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We allow them to look around and then somewhere in the middle of the trip we make a run over to the Disney outlet store and see if they have anything they might like. If not, we sometimes would allow them to get one item and limit the cost.

Now that they are older they much prefer saving their souvie money for the Lego store at DTD.

I agree with the pp about carrying things around though. It was easier when we had a stroller, but there is NO WAY I am lugging stuff around.


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We allow them to look around and then somewhere in the middle of the trip we make a run over to the Disney outlet store and see if they have anything they might like. If not, we sometimes would allow them to get one item and limit the cost.

Now that they are older they much prefer saving their souvie money for the Lego store at DTD.

I agree with the pp about carrying things around though. It was easier when we had a stroller, but there is NO WAY I am lugging stuff around.

A LOT of great tips everyone!
When mine we little we did the just keep walking tip! (They did not even realize that it was a gift shop because Disney has so much to see everywhere!) I did pre buy light up/spinning items (Keep a look out and you'll even find Disney characters!) before our trip and brought them out at the park as a surprise. They did not know that mom brought them with her- just super excited that she had a surprise for them.
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