Buying a souvenir at Walt Disney World is like taking a piece of your happy place home. But to get even more magic, you can consider starting a collection of memories. A collection is a lot of fun because it is something you can add over time, documenting different journeys and memories from the most magical place on earth with beautiful memories.
Before you rush out to start buying whozits and whatsits in abundance, here are some tips on how to get started with your own Disney souvenir collection.
Choose something that is easy to collect.
This means that whatever you choose should:
- Be relatively small (so you have space for your collection at home and can easily pack it in your suitcase)
- Be relatively cheap (not to stop charging)
- You have a wide variety available (so you have options to choose from)
- Launch new options often (so you can always get more over the years)
Good collectibles include: Mickey / Minnie ears, needles, Christmas ornaments, mugs, fridge magnets, pressed pennies, little stuffed animals (Wishables, nuiMOs), Funko figurines, T-shirts, socks, baseball hats, keychain , photo frames, photographs, glasses, etc.
Limit yourself to 1-2 different types of collections.
I collect Christmas decorations and fridge magnets, not only from every visit to Disney, but also from other places I travel.
I love having fridge magnets because they remind me every day of my amazing travels. Christmas ornaments are fun to collect. I LIKE Christmas and have a great time undoing the decorations every year. I can take time to appreciate them individually and choose the perfect place for them on the tree. (I actually have two Christmas trees, one of which is for Disney ornaments only.)
Sticking to one or two collections is easier said than done. If you try to collect too many things, however, defeat the purpose of choosing small, cheap things, because they will only add up. If you choose a couple of things to keep you going, it will be easier to grow your collection without exceeding your wallet and storage space at home.
That’s not to say that if you choose to collect pins and cups, you’ll never be able to buy a pair of Mickey ears. It just means you don’t have to buy them every trip. Moderation is key.
Find good options in the parks.
Collectible souvenirs such as t-shirts, mugs, magnets, frames, stuffed animals and more can be found at many parks and Disney Springs locations. You will no doubt be lucky enough to find these items in the major “flagship” stores in each location:
- Magic Kingdom: The Emporium
- EPCOT: Mouse Gear (soon to be Creations Shop)
- Animal Kingdom: Mercantile Island, Discovery Trading Company
- Hollywood Studios: Mickey’s of Hollywood, Celebrity 5 and 10
- Disney Springs: Disney World
For some items, we also recommend that you check out more specialty stores. You can view stores on the My Disney Experience website or app and even filter by location and item type you’re looking for (i.e. Mickey ears, pins) to get a list and map of stores that sell these articles. Click here for a list / map of coin press locations throughout WDW.
Start with a favorite.
My first Disney World magnet and Disney World Christmas ornament were both from Cinderella Castle. It felt good to start my collection with the biggest (and, in my opinion, the best) Disney icon.
But you might want to start yours with a favorite character, movie, or attraction. Or you might want to start with something specific about this trip (i.e. it was your first visit to Galaxy’s Edge, so you’ll get a Star Wars article).
Be creative in displaying your articles.
One of the best parts of a Disney World souvenir collection is being able to enjoy it. If you regularly look at your collection, it will remind you of your fantastic travels and provide you with those warm, diffuse sensations, so you don’t want your items to be buried in a box in a place you’ll never see.
My two collections, fridge magnets and Christmas ornaments, have pretty obvious ways to show off, but what about other collectibles?
Do you have a shelf or window sill that can be used to display Funko figurines, cups, or photo frames? We recommend that you use a shadow box for your pins or nails. What about a hanger for baseball hats or Mickey / Minnie ears? If you have so many Disney t-shirts that you can’t wear them all, some of them make an awesome t-shirt cover!
There are a lot of great options that don’t take up a lot of space, so try to think creatively.
Grow your collection.
If you visit Disney World once a year or less, you’ll probably want to add something to your collection each trip. Of course, you can always browse ShopDisney between trips to see what’s new and if you have anything left before your next visit.
If you visit Disney World many times a year (luckily!), You may want to just add to your collection only a few times a year, so it doesn’t get too big too quickly.
You can also pick up free items.
If money is running low, there are also several free items you can pick up from Disney World, such as celebration buttons, your World Key cards, park maps, and stickers delivered by cast members. The price is certainly right for these, and they can also make fun additions of scrapbooks. I especially like to look at the old maps of the park to see how they have changed over time.
It’s easy to stop by the store when shopping at Walt Disney World. That’s why I think it’s good to have a few small items that you know you’ll get every visit to add to your collection. Follow these tips and I’ll soon say, “Thingamabobs? I’m 20!”
What is your favorite Disney collectible? Let us know in the comments.
First published on June 25, 2021. Updated on October 9, 2021.