Are you heading to the Most Magical Place on Earth and already know that you are going to have a tough time choosing what Disney World souvenirs you are going to bring home with you?
It’s hard, right?
There are always so many choices. With hundreds of stores on property, how does one select the BEST Disney World souvenir(s)?
Whether you are shopping for yourself or have a long list of family members and friends to buy for, it’s good to know what variety is available to you before making any decisions.
So, what are some of the best things to buy at Disney World? Let’s jump in and explore what I consider the top 15 options! After all, you don’t want to get home and regret your choices!
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1. Popcorn Buckets
Disney lovers go absolutely crazy over popcorn buckets!! And I don’t see the hype dying down anytime soon. It’s all the rage.
There are so many adorable ones, it’s hard not to want to collect them all!
And the best part, you get popcorn refills…at a discounted rate! It’s just one way to save a little money and take home a cute souvenir!
2. Spirit Jersey
These have become quite popular over the last several years.
Unlike regular Disney t-shirts or sweatshirts, Spirit Jersey’s have their own unique style and are usually over-the-top themed with an awesome pattern to celebrate holidays or occasions like Christmas, Halloween, Epcot Food & Wine, Epcot Flower & Garden, etc.
Worn by men, women, and kids alike, spirit jerseys are definitely Instagram-worthy!
Snap that photo and hashtag #SpiritJersey. You’ll be in good company, at last count, there were 58,500 posts on Instagram!
3. Mugs & Tumblers
I have no self-control when it comes to buying Disney mugs. They are just so cute and functional.
I have more than I know what to do with, and running out of room to store them!
And to make it even harder to resist, Disney comes out with new ones almost daily (ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration). But it certainly seems like it.
Whether you are shopping in the parks or online at shopDisney, mugs make an awesome gift for yourself or others. Starting at around $9.99, they are reasonably priced and make for some of the best Disney World souvenirs out there.
But even more than mugs, the latest trend is actually tumblers, the kind that keep your drink hot or cold for hours.
They are super popular and there is usually at least one design available for every holiday, event, festival, or special occasion. There are some that are even unique to Annual Passholders, which is super cool.
There is no shortage of adorable mugs and tumblers to choose from showcasing your favorite Disney couple, Princess or character.
And what better way to start your day with a cup of Joe in your favorite mug! It will instantly put a smile on your face.
4. Autograph Book/Pen
One of my fondest memories of my first trip to Walt Disney World in the early 80s was getting autographs from all of my favorite characters.
It was an absolute dream come true for this little girl. Plus, it’s such a treasured tradition, I believe that every little boy and girl should have an autograph book to look back at years later.
Pick up one for yourself (no matter how old you are) or as a gift along with a cute Mickey pen. I still flip through mine and smile. It brings back so many wonderful and magical memories!
5. Disney Handbags
Handbags of all kinds are my jam! I can’t get enough of them. I own all brands, all sizes, all styles. But the cutest and most used ones in my closet are my Disney handbags.
And what better souvenir is there than to treat yourself to a new Disney handbag!
Loungefly, Coach, Harveys and so many more celebrate Disney in their own unique way in handbags. Sport your love for the characters, parks or an event by carrying the latest design or style on your arm!
6. Soap Dispenser
Have you seen how cute the new soap dispensers are? They pump out mickey icon shaped soap to wash your hands!
These cost about $19.99, so I’m not sure if you are buying one of these for everyone on your list, but they certainly are one of the best things to buy at Walt Disney World!
And they are refillable, which makes them totally worth the money!
These are the ultimate Disney World souvenirs! I’ve been collecting Disney ornaments for 25+ years. My Christmas tree is bursting with ornaments, I have so many I can barely fit them all!
What makes these such great souvenirs is each time you visit the parks, there are new ones to choose from. Some are dated to celebrate the year you visited, or commemorate special events or occasions.
Do this early on in your trip though, as the customized ornaments sometimes take a few days to finish before you can pick them up.
I can’t speak more highly of this souvenir, it’s a must have in my book!
Keys are essential and we all have them for our car, house, or office. Why not pick up an adorable keychain to remember your trip?
Like ornaments, some keychains are dated with the year you visit, or represent your favorite character.
Some of the fancier leather keychains can be customized with your name or nickname, which makes these gifts for yourself or others extra special.
They are also relatively inexpensive and don’t break the bank, so I consider this one of the best souvenirs to buy at Disney World!
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9. Reusable Shopping Bags
Looking to save money and bring home a great gift? Reusable bags are without a doubt one of the best souvenirs to buy at Disney World, especially if you have to buy in bulk!
Disney’s Reusable bags are 80% recycled material (so yes, they are earth-friendly) and are so handy to use in the parks or at home.
Coming in at only $3-5 per bag depending on size purchased (small, medium, large), they make great gifts for family and friends!! Be sure to pick up a few marking Walt Disney World’s 50th, they are so sparkly and pretty!
10. Disney Pins
The Disney Pins have grown in enormous popularity over the years. They make for great souvenirs you can keep, or you can trade them with other Guests or Cast Members.
The unique thing about this is first you get to meet some cool people, and second some of the pins might actually be worth something! If not today, perhaps in the future! So, start collecting!
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11. Disney Inspired Artwork
The Disney artwork is one of the most special souvenirs you can buy. I find artwork to be very personal and so this type of souvenir may be more for yourself than a gift to others, but no matter who you are buying for, there are so many beautiful options to choose from.
Not only do you have stores dedicated solely to art, there is also the ever-popular EPCOT Festival of the Arts that takes place in January and February.
This is a wonderful showcase of widely known and local artists sharing their own gift of Disney art. Be sure to visit if you are a big art lover, you will absolutely find it hard to choose what to take home!
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12. Park Maps (They’re Free!)
I have so many park maps, I have completely lost count! Be sure to pick up one (or a few) on your way in or out of the parks.
They are a great way to look back years later to see how much has changed (or stayed the same) in the parks.
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13. Disney Shirts
I have piles and piles of these. It’s amazing how many I have amassed in the last few years.
A Disney t-shirt never goes out of style and for that reason, I consider this one of the best Disney World souvenirs you can buy!
Here’s a little tip, you don’t actually have to buy them at Disney World.
While it’s great if you find one you love, nowadays there are just as many cute ones at Target, Walmart or even in the small shops we know and love on Instagram or Etsy.
14. Travel Guide/Pictorial Books
I love collecting travel guide books. Much like park maps, it’s so much fun to thumb through an older version of a Walt Disney World guide book and revisit what the parks once were.
Guide books and picture books are nostalgic and represent yesteryear. They are a great edition to any coffee table or bookshelf and make for wonderful souvenirs for yourself or others.
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15. Disney Ears
The quintessential Disney World souvenir! No one can resist donning a pair of Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears. And Disney World certainly has quite the variety!
There are literally ears sold for every single occasion and theme. Some prefer to buy ears from small shops, but Disney World has their fair amount to choose from.
More recently Disney has collaborated with some big names and brands (Loungefly, Coach, Harveys, Heidi Klum, and more!) to create ears.
Some cost quite a penny, but if you are a hard core collector and love to sport your ears, you may not hesitate to spend the bigger bucks. On average though, most ears cost around $25-$30 a pair.
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My Final Thoughts on the Best Disney World Souvenirs
As you can see from this long list of souvenirs, there really is something for everyone with varying price options. You can find some of the most economical souvenirs or you can go big.
No matter what you decide, be sure to choose something that you love and that represents the magical time you spent in the parks.
You want to look at that souvenir years later and allow it to bring back fond memories.
I still have my Dumbo plush, pen and autograph book that my parents bought me on my first trip to Walt Disney World 35+ years ago. I treasure them, and always will.
That is what a souvenir is meant to do. Happy shopping!
What’s your favorite thing to buy at Disney World? Let us know in the comments section below!
About the Author
Hi there! I’m Marnie from A Disney State of Mind, a creative Disney writer and blogger with 35+ years of travel and park experience.
I have a fierce and contagious passion for all things Disney.
I specialize in simplifying the complexities of planning a Disney vacation by sharing travel tips, park strategies, the latest park news, unbiased reviews, and advice to make the most of your Walt Disney World experience.
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