Men comprise a large number of the 50 million people that walk through the gates at Walt Disney World every year. Some are fathers. Some are grandfathers. Others are uncles or newlywed grooms or big brothers or beaus. Some of them might try to put on a macho act and pretend to “only be there because the (wife, girlfriend, kids, grandkids) wanted to visit the parks.” But the truth is that Disney World is such a place of magic and wonder for kids of all ages, that those macho men—young and old—end up finding themselves immersed in the fun and fantasy for which Disney is known. Some of them even resort to doing the unthinkable—trading their macho cards for Mickey ears—and they love every minute of it!
If you are traveling with a special guy to the parks, whether he’s your dad, husband, uncle or grandfather, you can help make his trip even more memorable by purchasing authentic Disney Parks merchandise and souvenirs. Here are 10 of the best Disney souvenirs for that special man in your life that will not only help to memorialize his time in the parks, but will also keep him in the Disney spirit once you get home, thinking about your next trip!
10. Disney baseball caps
I can’t think of a man on earth who doesn’t love and own baseball caps! That makes a Disney Parks cap the perfect souvenir. Not only is it a great way to remember his time in the parks, but it’s a practical purchase since a lot of men regularly wear a baseball cap of some kind. The choices are truly limitless. Whether the man in your life is a part of the Resistance or the Rebellion, you’ll find tons of different Star Wars-themed caps in shops at the parks and at Disney Springs. If he’s a PIXAR fanatic (like my husband), there are caps with everyone from Woody and Buzz to Mike and Sulley to Nemo and Dory and more! At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can even purchase Aerosmith-themed caps to commemorate his bravery while riding Rock ’n’ Roll Roller Coaster!
9. Themed MagicBand
This is a fun gift that you can either purchase before you head to the parks or once you’re in Florida. Different MagicBands can be ordered online at www.shopdisney.com. If you want to wait until you’re in the parks, you can either purchase one in a Disney shop, or you can let him customize a MagicBand at one of the D-Tech locations at Disney Springs or in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. If you choose to let him customize a band, he will have a myriad of options to choose from. He can pick a background color, character and more.
8. Metal Earth 3D metal model kits
These kits are great souvenirs for the guy in your life who likes to build models. They come in a flat package with sheets of die-cut metal. He pops out the die-cut pieces and puts them together to make 3D models of different icons from Disney World—Cinderella Castle, the hearse from Haunted Mansion, a Disney Parks train, the Starspeeder 1000 from the Star Tours attraction, the Black Pearl pirate ship, the Parks monorail and more!
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7. Attraction wall signage
If the special man in your life has a man cave of his own, he may enjoy Disney Parks signage as a souvenir. There are many different styles to choose from, including signs from the Enchanted Tiki Room, Big Thunder Mountain, Frontierland, Tom Sawyer Island and even Aloha Isle from Magic Kingdom. Signs are not available for every attraction, so ask him which attractions are among his favorites and check the shops in the parks and at Disney Springs for available signs. You can’t go wrong with Disney décor—even in his man cave!
6. Coffee mugs and travel tumblers
Disney World has the coffee drinker in your life covered! Lots of those special men really like their java in the morning, and nothing says “Good morning!” like a Disney World mug or tumbler. There are so many different styles of mugs—some shaped like Buzz Lightyear—from which to choose! If the man in your life likes a more classic coffee mug, there are any number of regular coffee mugs with his favorite Disney character on them. Some mugs bear the likenesses of 40 to 50 different characters. Disney World even sells a mug that has the stones and turrets of Cinderella Castle which give the mug the same appearance as the castle. It’s your choice!
5. Pajama pants
If the man in your traveling party likes his loungewear on Saturday morning, I can’t think of a better print on those pajama pants than Mickey and the gang. Or Stormtroopers. Or the little green aliens from Toy Story.
4. Pilsner glasses
Some men are the coffee mug kind of guy, and some are the pilsner glass kind of guy. If you have one of the latter, you’re in the best place to get pilsner glasses that will also serve as souvenirs for your guy. Some are made by Arribas Brothers—the experts in glassworks at Disney World—and they make beautiful souvenirs. Some of them are so nice, you might have to talk him into letting you display them in your China hutch!
3. Custom-built light saber
If the man in your life is as crazy about Star Wars as my 16 year-old son, you have to take him to experience the Star Tours attraction, and then you need to let him go shopping for the perfect custom-made light saber. When Guests exit the Star Tours attraction, the flow of foot traffic winds its way into a “galaxy” of every kind of Star Wars merchandise imaginable. A separate line forms for Guests who want to make their very own light saber. They are reasonably priced too! Depending on what your guy decides to include on his light saber, most of them range in price from $35 to $55 each, and they make great souvenirs!
2. BB-8 or R2D2 Intelligent Droid
Is your special man tech savvy? If so, he’s got something in common with my husband, and he will also be a fan of the BB-8 or R2D2 “Intelligent Droid.” For around $179 (unless they are on sale), you can purchase one of the lovable droids, have your man download an app on his smartphone and then use the technology of Bluetooth to give commands to the droid. The droid moves around, follows commands and will have you and your special man believing the droid is the real thing!
1. Darth Vader’s full suit
This souvenir is one to purchase for the special man in your life when money is no object because as fascinating as the full suit is, it’s also quite pricey (let’s just say it sells for well over $1000)! But if you don’t have a problem with pricey and the man in your traveling party is a Star Wars fanatic (and especially if he aspires to one day lead the Imperial Forces himself), you can purchase Darth Vader’s full suit and helmet at Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I wonder how many of these suits have been sold!
No matter who the special man in your traveling party is, you’ll have no problem finding hundreds of different Disney World souvenirs for him! These are just 10 of the coolest! Have fun picking out something fun for your special man the next time you’re in the parks.