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Old 04-14-2013, 10:42 PM   #1
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Souvenirs: what have you bought and loved and/or regretted?

Hi,

My boyfriend and I are making our first trip to Disney together in May and we are getting very excited. These boards are incredibly helpful! We have our ADR's made, our touringplans done, but I wondering if I could get some insight about souvenirs. What souvies have you cherished and what souvenir buying tips do you have? I know that personal taste definitely comes into play, but are there certain items that you have found more meaningful as the years pass?

Also, is it better to buy items in the parks or in DTD? Are items in the parks ever on sale like they are at the Disney Store?

Thanks so much everyone!
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
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Hi,

My boyfriend and I are making our first trip to Disney together in May and we are getting very excited. These boards are incredibly helpful! We have our ADR's made, our touringplans done, but I wondering if I could get some insight about souvenirs. What souvies have you cherished and what souvenir buying tips do you have? I know that personal taste definitely comes into play, but are there certain items that you have found more meaningful as the years pass?

Also, is it better to buy items in the parks or in DTD? Are items in the parks ever on sale like they are at the Disney Store?

Thanks so much everyone!
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:56 PM   #3
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I've never regretted a WDW purchase. I still have my stuffed Pluto from the 70's as well as other souvenirs from over the years too numerous to mention.

One thing I would mention is that if you want something less Disneyish that may look nice displayed with your home decor, shop World Showcase at Epcot. There is so much good stuff there that most people wouldn't guess came from Disney. But, you will always know when you look at it, so it will be a nice memory of your vacation.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:56 PM   #4
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My most cherished Disney souvenir is a tattered white Mickey head bathrobe from the Disneyland hotel that must be 15 years old now.

I am not a big shopper and so my souvenirs are usually just my photographs. If I do see something I want, I'll take a picture of it and try to find it online once I'm home if I still want it.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:07 PM   #5
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On of my most fav souvenirs are interactive Walle and Eve. We bought these when Disney was giving free admission on birthdays and since we had APs they gave us gift cards worth the price of a day. :-)
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:08 PM   #6
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:15 PM   #7
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My number one tip is if you see something you want, buy it right then and there. It is entirely possible you won't see it again at another location or later in your trip.
this is a good suggestion because you can always return something later if you decide you don't want it or you'd rather have something else. you can return stuff to any disney parks/downtown disney/resort store as long as you have the original receipt (and within a certain timeframe, although i can't remember what it is).
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:21 PM   #8
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oh and one of my favourite souvenirs is a scarf i got in the expedition everest gift shop. it has hidden mickeys on it, you'd barely even notice it was mickey, and it's so pretty and i can wear with anything, i wear it allll the time. i also love my pick a pearl ring!
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:29 PM   #9
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Wow, I have so many Disney purchases I am happy with. First and foremost are all our pin purchases. We have a ton that I have framed on the wall in our dining room. We aren't collectors per se, but have pins to commemorate the details of all our trips (for example, we get the "year" pins for each we go; special event pins like MVMCP, resorts pins, and so on).

I also have two "decor" things that are prominently featured. This throw pillow (http://blog.yahoo.com/griggs14321/articles/720393) is in our frontroom and I think it's subtle enough against our other pillows that it doesn't scream DISNEY in the room. I also have a fleece throw that was a promotional thing during Christmas a couple years back. It's so warm and fuzzy!!

On our walls we have some watercolor prints of Beach Club and Poly commemorating our stays there. I also have the castle Thomas Kinkade print up.

We also have a ton of clothes, but the nicest thing is probably a 40th anniversary track jacket DH got that he wears all the time.

Of course also I get an ornament each time we go. I have an iphone case of the castle, and a Disneyland wallet...

I think I'll stop here because I clearly have a shopping problem I think the only things I regret are packaged candies and sweets because they are always gross
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:51 PM   #10
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In 2011, my BF and I were there for my birthday. He wanted to buy me a Minnie Mouse watch for my birthday...We looked everywhere! Finally found the right one for about $25 at Mouseworks.
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Some souvies are more decorative or keepsake in nature. For something we know we will use over and over, we always love to pick out beach towels. They have a lot of really cute ones, and they are pretty thick and big and have lasted well over the years. My older kids are 17 and 19 now and still have beach towels from trips when they were toddlers. As adults, my hubby and I also love them I know they have them in WOD, as well as the water parks and resorts. They are in certain places in the parks as well. We have one we love from Splash Mountain
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:45 AM   #12
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My favorites are Christmas ornaments from each trip and Mickey ears. DH and I both have our ears from when we were kids, and we get DD a pair that reflects her taste on each trip.

If you're on the fence about clothing items-I wear my WDW pajamas all the time, and the UK pavilion has some cool vintage rock t-shirts.

Don't be surprised if the the magic overtakes you and you suddenly can't imagine a life without measuring cups with Mickey heads on them, or Mickey jewelry, or Mickey blankets, etc. It's happened to the best of us.

Have an amazing trip!
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My favorites are Christmas ornaments from each trip and Mickey ears. DH and I both have our ears from when we were kids, and we get DD a pair that reflects her taste on each trip.

If you're on the fence about clothing items-I wear my WDW pajamas all the time, and the UK pavilion has some cool vintage rock t-shirts.

Don't be surprised if the the magic overtakes you and you suddenly can't imagine a life without measuring cups with Mickey heads on them, or Mickey jewelry, or Mickey blankets, etc. It's happened to the best of us.

Have an amazing trip!
Lol the magic definitely overtook me last time. My friends think I'm weird now because in every aspect of my life there is something Mickey or Disney.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:38 AM   #14
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Christmas ornaments are another favorite of mine. From the Christmas store in Liberty Square in MK or the 12 days of Christmas store in DD.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:07 AM   #15
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We bought some Christmas ornaments and a Christmas door hanger.

My favorite recent purchase was some cute little 12 oz. drinking glasses with "classic" i.e., 1971 looking images of Frontierland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland.

The internet says they are by some designer called Shag. I'm pretty sure it is Shag and not Shaq. That would be weird.

Anyway, I just researched this and realized that I majorly overpaid. You can get the whole set on the internet for $22.95. I paid $10 or $12 for EACH glass in the collectibles store at the Studios.

We love our Disney glasses.

Edit: I just figured out that these glasses are going for $24.95 EACH or $22.95 if you buy 4.

Maybe I should quit enjoying them so much...but I absolutely adore the glasses!!
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