Vacations are an exciting time no matter what destination you choose. You make memories that will last a lifetime with people who you care about. Photos are a great way to capture the magic of your trip but there’s always little “extras” that you can take home to help commemorate your experience. While most tourist destinations offer plenty of souvenir options, Disney takes it to a whole new level. Any DIsney fan knows that a trip to the Walt Disney World resort comes with some extra magic that you won’t find anywhere else. They offer some truly unique souvenirs that you can display and admire for years to come. Here’s a list of things that you can only get at the happiest place on earth:
1. For The Star Wars Fans
Of course, with the upcoming arrival of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming to Hollywood Studios, this park is going to be the souvenir mecca for fans of the saga. There are so many treasures here that you won’t find anywhere else. If you stop by the gift shop at Star Wars Launch Bay you will have the opportunity to purchase wine from one of the most fabulous boutique vineyards in the country, Skywalker Vineyards. Other than their website (which doesn’t ship to every state) the only place to purchase Skywalker Vineyards wines is at Launch Bay. They allocate 50% of their product to this shop per year and to this shop exclusively. Skywalker Vineyards produces only four types of wine currently which are as follows: rose’, pinot noir, oaked chardonnay and unoaked chardonnay. The price tag may be a bit hefty for some who haven’t tried it before at $35 a bottle, but I assure you that it is worth it. I have tried every varietal and as a picky wine drinker I was impressed with all of them. You can also visit Tatooine Traders to put yourself right in the middle of the action. At this spot they offer the experience to build your own light saber. You get to piece together the weapon of your dreams to fight either the first order or the rebellion depending on your allegiance. Tatooine Traders also offers a photo op where you can put yourself into the movies. Disney has this technology where they can put your face into some of the most famous Star Wars moments and posters and it’s far from the typical “pop yourself into this backdrop”. They will filter and shift your face and the faces of your group into the scene so that it truly looks like you are those characters. You can purchase the photos right there and have them delivered to your resort or pick them up later in the day.
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2. From The Land Of Pandora
The Avatar Land of Pandora which opened Memorial Day weekend of 2017 was by far the most impressive display of advanced technology that Disney has ever exhibited. The two new rides were completely mind blowing and they apparently wanted to continue this trend thru the gift shop. Windtraders in the land of Pandora has brought us two new gems to bring home, the likes of which have never been seen before. Whether you exit Flight of Passage directly into this shop or you enter from the more public Pandora entrance, you are completely immersed in the world of the Na’vi. The layout, the music, the scents…..it’s incredible. Along the back wall of this shop lie two treasures waiting for you to take them home. Yes, the price is steep for either but you are absolutely getting one of a kind merchandise. First there is the banshee Rookery, this little corner is the place where you get to adopt your very own banshee. There is a wall of tree limbs that these little robotic creatures perch on while waiting to be chosen. Banshees come in four colors and perch on your shoulder to travel the parks with you. They roar, move their wings and tails, and look like you have tamed your own beast to travel with you. This comes at a cost of about $50 and they sell out fast so get them while you can. The other unique souvenir from this land is a custom Avatar doll. The technology that goes into to this experience is beyond anything I’ve ever seen. You enter into a face scanning booth and get to choose the body type and accessories for your custom Avatar action figure. From there they scan your features and facial expressions, take your preferences into consideration and create a unique doll just for you. It takes roughly 3-4 hours to create the doll even though the scanning process is only about 20 minutes so you have to go back and retrieve your purchase. This runs about $80 but it is beyond worth it. At the end of your personalized Avatar journey you get to bring home a blue version of you.
3. Goofy’s Candy Company At Disney Springs
At Goofy’s Candy Company you get to create your own treat and bring your own lip-smacking ideas to life. Whether it’s creating your very own candy bar personalized to your taste or coating a candy or caramel apple in the dressing of your choosing, you can devour your dreams at Goofy’s Candy Company in Disney Springs. From the moment you step into this cute little candy shop you will be overwhelmed with that “Willy Wonka golden ticket” feeling. You have stepped into the epicenter of Disney confections. The good news is that you have the choice to either purchase the perfection of their sweetest items or create some yourself and allow you to experience the creativity of their candy chefs. Whether you choose to enjoy your creations there or choose to take them home as gifts or to enjoy later it’s a truly unique experience. Create your own candy bar by choosing your chocolate and additions which will be melted in, or top your own apple or krispie treat with the sweet bits of your choosing. Any way you go with this experience it’s a treat you will remember for a lifetime.
4. Commemorate A First For Your Little One
Harmony Barber Shop at Magic Kingdom is a well -hidden treasure on Main Street USA. While most people just breeze up this portion of the Magic Kingdom there is a place often overlooked on the side that will perfectly commemorate your little angel’s first haircut. Harmony Barber Shop is a charmingly old- fashioned place for guests of all ages to get a haircut. Anyone of any age can book an appointment here and be treated to a magical barber experience. However, for little ones getting their locks chopped for the first time they offer a unique package that isn’t available anywhere else. It’s called the First Haircut package and it’s priced at a modest $25. This experience includes the haircut itself as well as a keepsake sample of your child’s hair, a first haircut certificate and Mickey ears embroidered with “my first haircut”. Where else in the world can a first haircut be so magical?
5. Epcot GlasKunst
Across from the Germany pavilion at EPCOT is a treasure that is not found in any other park. Glaskunst has some of the finest crystal and glassware in all of World Showcase. That isn’t all they offer. They also offer personalized beer steins and an opportunity to see glass blowers practicing their craft. At this kiosk you can purchase custom engraved glassware, whether it be one piece or a whole set, engraved beer steins and amazing crystal trinkets. All of these fragile items can be shipped to the front of the park for pick up so that you don’t damage them while riding all the amazing rides EPCOT has to offer. So whether it’s a whole new set of stemware with the world showcase silhouette in the background or a single drinking glass or stein, Glaskunst is your way to go.
6. Magicband Options
At Tomorrowland Power and Light which is the gift shop located at the exit of Space Mountain you can customize both your Magicbands and iPhone cases like you have never been able to do before. Prices generally range from $24.99 to $39.99 depending on what you would like to customize and on what background. To answer the question of if you can use the same Magicband for multiple trips the answer is yes you can. So if you decide to invest the money in this souvenir than you can use the same band for years to come.
There are so many more unique souvenirs that you can purchase at Walt Disney World resort, these are just a sample of a few that you may want to take home and enjoy for years to come. What your favorite souvenir that you have purchased on property? Have you purchased any of these and have an experience to share? Feel Free!