Guest Blog Post By: Terri Miller
Deciding which souvenirs to bring home can sometimes be a chore. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on a bunch of small needless souvenirs for your kids, t-shirts may fade or become too small, and stuffed animals may lose their luster after a couple of years... so what are some souvenirs that the entire family can enjoy? Here are a few ideas:
A Christmas Ornament. Walt Disney World sells Christmas ornaments year-round. Whether you attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, or had your own Christmas in July - purchase an ornament! A Christmas ornament will remind you and your kids of the memories you made on vacation. Add an ornament for each year you’re at Disney... rack up enough and you may just need your own Disney tree!
Bring a Storybook for Autographs. That’s right, I didn’t write “Autograph book,” I said bring a storybook! Bring (or purchase) a Disney storybook from home that your children love to read. Find a few of the storybook Characters in the parks and have those Characters sign a page that they can be found on! As you continue to read to your children overtime, or as they read to themselves, they’ll love to point out the Character’s autograph and recall the interaction they had. Even when your children are passed the point of reading the storybook, I can guarantee that book will remain on the shelf as a prized keepsake! And for you frugal-folk, this souvenir doesn’t even have to be purchased at the parks!
Picture Frame. You could buy a Disney-themed picture frame at any gift shop on Disney property, OR you could buy a frame before your trip and bring just the photo matte with you for Characters to sign! Make sure the frame you buy contains a matte (at least 2 inches wide). Take apart the frame at home before you leave, and only pack the matte - place it inside a file folder to help protect it. Have a favorite Character sign the matte, or get many to sign! When you return home, choose one of your many great photographs to frame in your one-of-a-kind picture frame.
Theme Park Soundtracks on CD. We all wish we were back at Walt Disney World from time to time, as our next trip just doesn’t come fast enough. On your next trip, bring a piece of Disney World home with you - on CD! There are many soundtracks available at the parks including Wishes, Four Parks - One World, Illuminations, and Fantasmic! Many of the evening shows, parades, event music, and even ride attraction soundtracks can be found on CD at Walt Disney World. When you’re in need of a Disney pick-me-up, pop in one of your theme park soundtracks and get in the Disney mood! Also, CD’s are incredibly long-lasting. As long as they don’t become scratched, they might just last forever!
Here’s hoping you’re able to make a wise choice on your next Disney souvenir decision! Happy Shopping!!
About the Author: Terri Miller is an avid Disney fan, mom to two Disney-loving children, and wife to one Disney-tolerant husband. Terri enjoys sharing her knowledge of Disney with others when it comes to itinerary planning, money savings or trip planning in general. Terri writes for her own blog, Walt Disney World Hints and also writes blog articles for Chip & Co.
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