Disney Parks are filled with amazing souvenir, collectibles, and what Cast Members call “tangible memories.” With so many amazing stores and shopping destinations, it’s
impossible hard to leave Disney with your pocket book intact.
To help you navigate the sea of souvenirs I have put together a list of the top 5 things NOT to buy at Disney. Save your money for the things that really matter to you and your family and skip out on these items.
- Rain Gear: Before you trip, hit up your local store and purchase ponchos, umbrellas, rubber shoes, etc. The prices at Disney are very high for these items and getting them locally before your trip will save you both time and money once you are in the parks.
- Sunscreen: Whether you are travelling to California or Florida, the sun at Disney can be pretty brutal. Make sure to plan ahead and purchase plenty of sunscreen before your trip. Bonus tip: a pair of sunglasses at Disney is going to cost you a small fortune – make sure to pack your own (and maybe even a back up pair) so you aren’t forced to fork over valuable souvenir cash for a pair of shades you don’t even like.
- Water: Of course staying hydrated is super important at Disney, but water bottles in the park will run you about $3.00 a piece. Bring your own water bottle into the parks and refill at drinking fountains for free. Also, any Quick Service restaurant will give you free ice water if you ask. If you are a family of 4, skipping out on buying water will save you over $30.00 a day!
- Disney Pin Trading Starter Sets: I love pin trading! It’s a great way to interact with Cast Members and explore the park. But pin trading can be expensive if you don’t know where to start. Skip the pricey pin trading starter sets that are sold in the parks. Instead, check out eBay or Amazon before you trip and buy pins for much cheaper. It doesn’t matter if you like the pins or not because you will be trading them in the park! Also, the dollar store is a great place to look for lanyards.
- Autograph Books and Pens: Whether you are a kid, or just a kid at heart, a trip to Disney isn’t complete with meeting Mickey Mouse and getting his autograph. Autograph books and pens are available pretty much EVERYWHERE is the parks, but if you are looking to save some money, pick these up before your trip. The Dollar Store usually has a great selection of small notebooks that work perfectly for autographs. When looking for a pen, characters find it easier to hold larger and thicker pens. Grab a large novelty pen from the Dollar Store and leave the small Bic at home.
Disney can definitely be expensive, but if you plan ahead and purchase some items before you trip, you will save a lot of money during your vacation.
What do you avoid buying at Disney? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!