Souvenir shopping can be one of the most enjoyable experiences in Walt Disney World – or one of the most frustrating, if you have toddlers in tow and are looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for someone! To narrow down your options, consider purchasing a personalized souvenir or gift. They’re unique, heart-felt, and offer a way to remember a Disney vacation long after it’s past. Here are ten of our favorite personalized gifts at WDW.
You don’t have to be visiting Walt Disney World during the holiday season to pick up a great ornament that the whole family will enjoy for years to come. You may have a bit of a problem deciding on an ornament, though, because Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Magic Kingdom and 12 Days of Christmas in Disney Springs both have a mesmerizing array of options! Whatever you choose, both locations can customize your ornament to make it extra special. The Mickey ornament commemorating our first trip to WDW brings a smile to our faces every year!
A caricature is a personalized souvenir that will bring back fond memories and make you laugh every time you look at it. You’ll need to sit for your portrait, and the artist will exaggerate certain features to basically turn you into a cartoon character. These are great for kids, as you can have one done on every vacation and mark their growth at WDW throughout the years! You can find caricaturists at every WDW theme park, Disney Springs, and even the lobbies of some resorts.
If you’re searching for a unique memento for yourself or a discerning friend back home, a personalized item of glassware could be the answer. From drinking or wine glasses to dishware to delicate figurines, there’s something for everyone here. And once you’ve picked a favorite item, you can have it personalized with your own engraving. There are several places across Walt Disney World where you can head for some personalized glassware, but we love the selection at Crystal Arts on Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom. As a bonus, you can stay at watch the artisans hard at work making their handblown glass creations for as long as you wish!
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Sure, you’ll get a complimentary MagicBand for every member of your party as long as you’re staying on Walt Disney World property, but if you want to go above and beyond the basic solid colors offered, you’ll want an upgrade. You can customize your MagicBand with a variety of options, including names, favorite Disney characters, seasonal backgrounds, patterns and even attachable pin-like accessories called MagicBandits.
5. Cell Phone Cases
There are hundreds of cell case designs available at D-Tech on Demand, in Disney Springs’ Marketplace Co-Op. These designs are so coveted that we’ve brought cell cases back not once, but twice, as a favor for friends who just had to have them! You may be overwhelmed by the selection, fair warning, so allow for some time to scroll through the designs. You can even have your name imprinted on your cell phone case while you’re waiting, and you can also personalize your cell phone charger and other gadgets. This is a great way to bring some serious Disney style back home with you – trust us, your new cell phone case will be admired by everyone who sees it!
6. Haunted Portrait
If you’re a fan of Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction, then this is the personalized gift for you! Before or after riding, head to the fabulous Memento Mori shop for a deliciously haunted keepsake. Just pose for a quick photo, which will then be turned into a changing portrait – watch yourself and family members turn into ghosts and ghouls right before your eyes just by moving the portrait back and forth!
The cut paper silhouette is an ancient artform, though the invention of photography dealt it a serious blow. Why not revive this art, or “19th century selfie”, by having your very own silhouette made in Walt Disney World? You can of course find framed silhouettes of Disney characters too, but there’s something delightfully classic about capturing the profiles of your own family – and as a bonus, these are among the cheapest souvenirs in Walt Disney World! You can even purchase an inexpensive frame on the spot, and the process is remarkably fast (around 60 seconds). There are cut paper silhouette carts in Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs and Epcot.
If you’ve ever wished you were Mary Poppins, we have the perfect personalized gift for you! You may have seen the gift cart featuring colorful parasols in the France Pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, or at Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. You can have these beautiful parasols personalized with a name and character artwork, and then you’ll be ready for your own “jolly holiday”! Bonus: while you’re in Epcot, check out the China Pavilion, where you can also buy a parasol and have it personalized – but in Chinese characters! We love this souvenir choice for aspiring world travelers.
9. Mickey Ears
Of course, we couldn’t leave out what may just be the most popular Walt Disney World souvenir of all time – Mickey Ears! You’ll find these diverse gems at every theme park and at Disney Springs, and the sky’s the limit when choosing the look or theme of your ears. Monogramming is available at various places across WDW, but the classic place to have your Mickey Ears personalized is The Chapeau on Main Street USA, where you’ll find rows upon rows of fun ear and hat choices, and you can watch the monogramming action.