Merchandise and Souvenirs Pick up souvenirs before your trip- If you buy your souvenirs before your trip you can save money rather than buying them in the parks. You can even have Tinkerbell or Mickey leave them after you leave (be the last one to leave the room and set them out for them on the bed). You can also wrap them before you leave. Pin Trading- Most cast members wear lanyards with Disney themed pins. You can trade up to two pins per cast member. Before heading to Disney, order pins from eBay for cheap pins to trade (they also have starter kits at the parks). When shopping on eBay for pins, check the seller's ratings and make sure they have the disney seal on the back. Disney will replace your souvenirs during your stay- If any of the items you purchase at the parks during your stay happens to break, bring it to a shop that sells that item and explain the issue. They will also replace your Disney purchased poncho Pressed Pennies- There are over 175 machines throughout the Disney resorts where you can create this inexpensive souvenir. You'll need two quarters and one penny (mix together vinegar and salt and soak pennies before you leave to clean the grime off. If you're at the park, Sprite works just as well). Gift shops also sell books to keep the organized. http://www.presscoins.com/listings/#newlistings http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7XhgLfD6VjE/TpfYuBMeu3I/AAAAAAAAAjw/5AU9joegryg/s1600/DSC_0005.JPG Make your own autograph books-Characters will sign just about anything as long as you're not wearing it. Some ideas include: shirts, hats, pillow cases, canvas, etc. Another idea is use a matted frame for autographs. Take just the matte with you to Disney. Make sure you point to where you want them to sign. Draw lightly with a pencil where the frame would cover the matte. Also be sure to bring many color sharpies. http://www.plan-a-magical-vacation.com/disney-character-autograph.html Buy souvenirs as you see them- This way you don't have to go searching for it. It could be possible that it is only available in that one park. You don't want to go back just for the souvenirs. If you decide you do not want that item you can return it to ANY gift shop, including the resort gift shops. Souvenir Pick up- If you are staying at the resort have them send the purchase back to the hotel. If you do this, be sure you are not leaving within 24 hrs just in case it takes a while for it to get to the resort. If you're not staying on Disney, you can ask them to hold it until the end of the day when you can pick up as you're leaving. Disney Magic Be adventurous and try new things Take a tour Inform Disney if someone in your party is celebrating something specialbirthdate, anniversary, honeymoon Slow down and enjoy the magic; take time to notice WDW's details. Talk to people, including CMCould always find out or learn something new Take lots of pictures Coordinate outfits each day for better looking pictures Spend a day touring all the Disney resorts If you buy your child a Mickey ice cream bar and they end up dropping it, pick it up and take it to the nearest cart and they will replace it. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom- You can sign up for it at the firehouse on Main Street. Its an adventure game that takes place all around MK. You must follow clues around the park and use the cards they receive to battle villains in several locations around the park.