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You can spend all day looking through Disney souvenir shops. With just about every ride exiting into a gift shop, Disney has provided more than enough merchandise for it’s guests to choose from. From t-shirts, to glow sticks, to purses and puzzles, Disney has thought of it all! In this post, I would like to let you know about some of the best personalized souvenirs at Walt Disney World. Many of these are not your usual walk up to the counter, hand over your money, and walk away with your treasure type of souvenirs. Some require a little work on your part and others are just plain fun!
Pick-A-Pearl is located in the Japan pavilion in World Showcase in Epcot. You will need to go inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store, which is large and is filled with all kinds of other Japanese merchandise. We love shopping here! The pick-a-pearl counter is usually pretty packed with not only guests wanting to purchase an oyster but guests who are there just to watch the experience.
Be sure and pick the hairiest oyster as I have heard these have the largest pearls or there may be 2 pearls inside. Once you have chosen an oyster, the Disney castmember will count to 3 in Japanese and crack open the shell. They will clean the oyster off, measure it, and put it in a small bag for you to take with you. There is also a drumming ceremony to celebrate your new purchase. Finally, the store does offer several necklaces to set the pearl in and those are sold separately.
Epcot Passport Book
Disney World sells a Passport Book to go along with the 11 countries around World Showcase in Epcot. Each country has a Kidcot Station where anyone can have their passport book signed and stamped. The book comes with quite a few stickers from each country that you can place in the book. You can also bring a DIY passport book and it will work just as well. My kids have always loved to do this activity.
Each station has one or two castmembers who are native to that country. They will sign the passport book in their language. They might also draw pictures or write something really cute pertaining to their country. For instance, the castmember in Japan wrote a message in Japanese and drew cute caricatures of Disney characters. In England, under ‘Time of Entry’, the castmember wrote ‘Tea Time’. We’ve even had someone write my daughter’s name in the language of the country we were in at the time. So, this can be a very personalized souvenir.
On each trip, our family will choose one Christmas ornament with the year of our trip included to commemorate our vacation. We always enjoy seeing which ornaments Disney has to choose from, and we select our favorite. When we decorate our Christmas tree, we love seeing the ornaments and remembering the great times we had on our trips!
You can have an ornament personalized in the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in LIberty Square in Magic Kingdom. This shop is amazing and if you love all things Christmas, you will feel right at home here. Disney’s Days of Christmas in Disney Springs Marketplace will also personalize ornaments.
Just a word of caution… My husband and I purchased a glass ornament on our honeymoon. Fast forward to now, 15 years later, and it is a broken ornament that we can’t remove from the clear plastic container. If we did, it would crumble to pieces. At least we can see it through the plastic! All of that to say, now I purchase wooden or plastic ornaments so they will last through the years.
In the China pavilion of World Showcase, there is a kiosk selling several items including the neat puppet animals that look like they are walking. This kiosk is on the right when you are walking back into the pavilion. They also sell colorful parasols that they will personalize with your child’s name in Chinese. This was a big hit for my daughter. They do sell them in different colors.
Pressed Coin Collection
Our family started a pressed coin collection on our last trip to Walt Disney World. We have been numerous times before but never really got into this until recently. Disney sells a really cool coin collection book with four different areas, and in our book, each area represents one of the four parks. The book sells for about $12.00. We plan on adding coins each year and looking for different pictures to press onto the coins.
I try to be organized most of the time (sometimes, I just have to give up), so I added the month and year of our trip above each coin. We used to pass up these machines, but we had fun stopping at most of them and seeing which pictures we could choose from. It costs 51¢ for each pressed penny and $1.25 for each pressed quarter. This can be a more economical way to buy souvenirs of your trip.
One of the best souvenirs Disney has to offer doesn’t involve a mouse or have the name Disney on it all! You can have silhouettes made for a very reasonable price and it is a very personalized souvenir. Each silhouette is $12 and includes one copy. You can also purchase an oval frame for $9, but Walmart has them for $5.87 right now. The silhouette artists are very good! I don’t know how they do it but they always get a great representation of my kids.
There are four silhouette stands throughout Walt Disney World. The first one is in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom, across from the Hall of Presidents. This is the one we usually use, since having a silhouette made goes along with the period of time Liberty Square is based on. It just feels like we are participating a little more in that ‘land’. You know, have lunch in the George Washington room at Liberty Tree Tavern and then have a silhouette made. They go hand in hand, right?
If there is a long line in Liberty Square, you can always have a silhouette cut out on Main Street. There is a small side street off of Main Street, USA that offers these inexpensive souvenirs, as well. As you are walking towards Cinderella Castle, the street will be on your right. We did use this cart on our last trip just to switch things up a little bit. There is also a silhouette cart located in Disney Springs and another in France in World Showcase. You can arrange to pick up your silhouettes at the cart before you leave the park for the day or have them sent back to your hotel if you are staying in a Disney property.
Most of these souvenirs are very affordable. The Christmas ornament is the most expensive souvenir on the list with the pressed coins being the least expensive. I love the silhouette as a souvenir because you can display this on a wall in your home instead of it sitting in a souvenir box. Also, I love the pressed coin collection book because you can add to it with every trip you take. With so many souvenir choices, Disney makes it easy to find something your family will enjoy year after year.
I would love to hear what your favorite Disney souvenirs are! Are there any souvenir traditions in your family, like the silhouette or the Christmas ornament? I would love to hear about your experiences with Pick-A-Pearl or the passport book!