There are SO MANY awesome things available for sale at the Disney Parks that it’s hard to narrow it down when it comes to which ones you should actually buy and bring home with you. Some choices are better than others when it comes to what you might actually use/appreciate/enjoy after your trip is over, and if you’re not sure what is worth your hard earned money, then check out this list of items NOT to buy:
Clothes: Ok, this is controversial, as many people would argue they will wear the hoodie or hat or t shirt again at home – but I know for me and my husband and probably many other people, that’s just not the case. We don’t generally go out in “Disney world” apparel, so dropping $60 on a hoodie might not be the best choice for us. Also – I did just say $60 for a hoodie, that’s right – the price is another factor here, clothes at WDW tend to be really expensive, and if you don’t desperately need it (like you didn’t spill coffee all down the front of your shirt while trying to get a picture of the castle like I did…) then don’t bother
Parade Toys/Glow Sticks etc: While waiting for the nightly parade you will see vendors pushing carts of light up wands, glow sticks, and other bright flashy items. They are fun while they last, but don’t give in to the kids’ begging – these items won’t get much play time at home and in the case of the glow sticks, die out after just a few hours
Anything Huge: This may seem like an overly general statement, but that Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon is bigger than most people’s checked luggage, and that huge stuffed Mickey mouse will definitely get dirty after being dragged around the Orlando airport for hours…this one is really common sense people – if its bigger than your child, don’t buy it
Glassware: Disney sells some really nice kitchen items, including nice wine glasses and beer glasses and ceramic mugs – all of which look great in the store, but won’t look so great after being shattered to pieces in your suitcase. Wait until you get home, and order it online through the Disney Store – you’ll be glad you did!
Things You SHOULD Buy: There are a few go-to souvenirs that I always end up grabbing on our Disney trips: A Christmas ornament with the year on it, a photo frame (I like the small magnetic ones, no glass involved!), playing cards, pens/notepads – anything small is a win in my book, and some of the kitchen stuff is great too – like towels or pot holders – things I can use and enjoy long after my trip is over are what I like to bring home with me!