How to Choose Disney Souvenirs

Today its time to talk about Disney Souvenirs! I’m so honored and just thrilled to be returning to my third Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Its an amazing experience, each of the previous times I’ve attended I’ve been blown away by the magic and wonder of it all. I’ve learned so much about Social Media, about how the brand interacts with Moms, and I can only imagine how this third time will surely be off the hook too.

Before you leave on your next trip to Walt Disney World is the best time time to make a plan for how you will handle souvenirs.  When you go to Walt Disney World, there will be that natural desire for your child to hold onto something that they will truly cherish from the trip. So here are my tips to help you navigate Disney souvenirs seamlessly and with long standing success.

1. Get a Great Bag: Find a one at home from a local big box retailer so you can get the excitement going and serve two important purposes. First, it will help you get through the plane ride with a few key items that you will want on hand while you travel. Second, it will give you a designated place back in your hotel room to put those daily treasures that you will find each day as you experience the parks, making sure nothing gets crushed or forgotten.

2. Get some Ears: Everybody needs a good set of ears. I love these blindly sparkly ears my daughter has. You can get traditional ears with your child’s named monogrammed on them and all kinds of special designs. Don’t worry about your child wearing them all the time. You can even get ears as part of a cute baseball cap which serves the dual purpose of helping shade your child from the sun and what Mom doesn’t love that?

3. Get an Autograph Book: Its all about the autographs. Most likely you are going to pre-arrange an opportunity to interact with characters or you are going to make sure to stop by a character viewing spot in one of the parks. Have an autograph book with a Sharpie marker or special pen on hand. You can find them in all kinds of designs all over the park, we just happened to choose the classic characters. This is a wonderful tradition to build on over time. Once you visit Disney World you are likely going to want to return someday and have this keepsake to build on for each visit is precious. It will also help you keep track of who you have already seen and who you want to see next time.

4. Get a Lanyard with Pins: I love my lanyard because it has my Tinkerbell pin collection! Pin collections are a great reflection and statement about your child’s individuality and what they love. They are fun to have because you can buy them in starter sets, you can trade them at key spots, and most importantly, they serve a very functional purpose. All I’m going to say is watch my video about what happens when you lose your ticket. Yes, it happened!

5. Start a Pressed Coin Collection: If you are looking for an affordable souvenir and something that will keep your child engaged and laser focused anytime you visit retail outlet, consider a pressed coin kit. My children have been building on this one over the last three years with just one page left to go. In all of the resorts and all over the parks you’ll find pressed coin machines reflective of the area the machine is located, such as Animal Kingdom, The Yacht Club, or Frontierland. Just plan ahead by brining rolls of quarters, the coins are either .50 or 1.00 and talk with your child about the fun.

6. Choose a Gift Card: Preload a gift card with a set amount of money. It can be jointly funded by both parents and child alike and talk together so they know they have a specific amount of money just for Disney souvenirs. You’ll be amazed at how far this goes to give your child that internal barometer that says “How bad to I want it? I only have a set amount of money.” It also totally diffuses the conversation. No worries, you’ve planned ahead, yes everyone will get a souvenir, so lets go ahead and simply focus on having a great time.

After all, visiting Walt Disney World really is about the experience, not the things. In my book, choosing Disney souvenir options that are about memories and building collections have a much more long standing value than a simple t-shirt you know they will outgrow. I hope you have enjoyed my tips for you about building souvenirs for your children as you attend Walt Disney World Resort and I’d love to know when you attend, how do you think you’ll handle souvenirs?

Disclosure: Special thanks to Walt Disney World Resorts Social Media for inviting me to register for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As part of my paid registration, I received for myself and my family discounted hotel accommodations, park tickets, attendance at special events, and select branded merchandise. I was not asked to post about my experience before, during, or after the event. As a graduate of the Walt Disney World College Program and life long fan of the brand, I can’t help but share. As always, my opinions are entirely my own.

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  • Ashley @ Mama Of All Trades April 10, 2012, 2:11 pm

    We always allow the kids to pick out one thing. With them being so young, it’s usually a stuffed animal. This year we’re finally jumping into autograph books for my daughter and I’m very excited. I purchase a few pins and vinylmation on each of my trips as reminders.

    • Molly Gold April 10, 2012, 9:03 pm

      Ashley those are great solutions and yes the kind of souvenir definitely changes over time. I’m excited for you all to take the next step to autograph books and more ~ thanks so much for sharing!

  • Linda April 10, 2012, 10:15 pm

    Our neighbors do a neat thing. They tell their kids they get so much money to spend as they wish, but if they wait to buy things until the end of the trip they will double that money and so the kids will have more to spend. Our neighbors say that almost always the kids decide not to buy something and so they get the extra money instead. What a great lesson to teach them.

    • Molly Gold April 12, 2012, 9:19 pm

      Linda that’s a great strategy ~ helps them be careful in how they choose. Because we rarely return to a park, visiting each only once, it raises the bar for making sure that’s the item you really want since we don’t get back to buy it later. Thanks for the tip!

  • Candace April 11, 2012, 7:41 am

    This year we got my daughter a charm bracelet so she can get a charm each time she goes!

    • Molly Gold April 12, 2012, 9:19 pm

      Candace…I want a charm bracelet now =)

  • BusyWorkingMama April 12, 2012, 8:39 pm

    I think my daughter would love the pressed coin collection.

    • Molly Gold April 12, 2012, 9:20 pm

      The pressed coin collection is just so easy! You can plan for the expense to the penny but its even more fun because its totally interactive, mapping out the locations and finding the coins as you enjoy your day. It really helps when you might have differing interests too.

      • Katie February 19, 2014, 8:49 am

        I’m interested in the pressed penny collection for myself. You mentioned something about mapping out locations. Where can I go to do that?

        • Molly Gold February 26, 2014, 8:38 pm

          Hi Katie! Stop in at Guest Relations on Main Street for a complete listing and you can also plan ahead by visiting AllEars.net for a comprehensive plan ahead list to cross check once you arrive on site. Truly one of our favorite Disney Parks traditions ~ have fun!

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