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The moment you step into the gates of Walt Disney World, you instantly become mesmerized! The smells, the sounds, the sights, and the vendors surround you and you want to do everything at once but know that it isn’t possible. You want to eat everything, ride every ride, and buy all of the amazing and adorable Disney gear and souvenirs that are calling you by your name. The Disney vendors and shops are fun, colorful, and filled with excitement, but sadly too often they sell overpriced items that you can stock up on before you arrive at Disney. After visiting Walt Disney World a handful of times over the years, I have learned a lot and want to share with you what not to buy at Walt Disney World.
I am a mom of 3 little girls, so with that said, I have to be careful with how I spend my money. When we travel to Disney, my girls immediately want this and they want that and they can’t live without any of it. As a Disney lover, I too become mesmerized at the Mouse ears and the stuffed animals and would love to buy them whatever is their heart’s desire but I know I can’t. So instead of breaking the bank, I decide to shop away from Disney to save a little bit of money. Here is a quick list of what not to buy at Walt Disney World:
Autograph Book– Most kids love to have the characters sign an autograph book. Instead of spending a lot of money on one, purchase one outside of the park or make one.
Autograph Pen– If you have an autograph book, you need a pen so the characters can sign your autograph book.
Disney Trading Pins– If you trade Disney pins for fun, then you should avoid buying Disney pins at Walt Disney World and instead purchase them in bulk online. There are many reputable companies online that will sell you a miscellaneous variety pack that is perfect for the non-serious pin trader.
Disney Pin Lanyard– It is important to have a lanyard to hold your Disney pins.
Glow Sticks– There are so many vendors that sell glow sticks and glow in the dark fun during the night time shows and parades. Save the money and the headache and purchase these in bulk online or at a dollar store.
Rain Poncho– During the random rainy season, you will want to make sure that you invest in a poncho. These are sold at Disney but they are cheaper outside of the park.
Disney Trinkets – From tattoos to hair bows, you and your child will want to represent Disney and fun trinkets can be found outside of the park for great prices.
Snacks– Food at Disney is very expensive, especially if you have kids that love to graze all day. Pack enough snacks to get you and the kids through the day.
Disney Stuffed Animals– Who doesn’t want to snuggle a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal or a Dumbo stuffed animal when you get to your hotel after a long day? You can purchase some fun stuffed animals outside of the park and surprise your little one with one when it’s bed time.
Disney T-Shirts – When I am at Disney, I like to wear Disney from head to toe! Instead of buying Disney shirts at the gift shops, I like to purchase a few throughout the year at different stores to save a lot of money.
Bottle of Water– Bottled water is expensive, so I like to bring a refillable water cup so I can refill it for free throughout my time at the park.
Umbrella– This is great for the rain but also to protect against the sun during the hot summer months.
Sunblock– It’s much cheaper to buy sunblock at your local grocery store and it’s a must have during the summer months.
Disney is an expensive, but wonderful and exciting place to visit. While there are a lot of fun souvenirs that are worth buying at Walt Disney World, there are a lot of souvenirs that you should buy outside of the park to save you money. Have you been to Walt Disney World? Can you add to the list of what not to buy at Walt Disney World? Please share and if you love Disney, here are a few more posts that you might enjoy: