Let them document their own memories.
- Purchase authentic Disney trading pins in bulk, on websites like Ebay, Amazon, and Etsy. You can often find great deals for grab bags. For Christmas, I purchased 25 for $25. I received several that each family member would love to keep, and still plenty to be traded.
- Purchase the locking pin backs! Unfortunately, we didn’t purchase these until after all three of us lost a favorite pin. Sad. Next time, we’ll have all our favorites on lock down!
- Be on the lookout for cast members with side bags or display boards with pins in the shops. All you have to do is ask, and they’d be happy to trade with you. In my experiences, they would just ask Benjamin which he wanted of theirs and which he wanted to give them. It’s an easy process and he always enjoys it.
Bring your own autograph book.
|Benjamin brought his Mickey Mouse from home!|
Pack Disney souvenirs and swag.
- Shop handmade/local for personalized gear. Tees, coozies, even cute ears.
- Make your own. Check out my DisneyBounding post for ideas on how to incorporate handmade accessories.
- Request Disney giftcards. Most people know about an upcoming trip to WDW far in advance. Got a birthday or Christmas coming up before your trip? If friends and family are looking for suggestions, ask for Disney giftcards. (Get 5% off when using a Target RedCard.) Use these cards for whatever you do buy at the park!
- Hit the Dollar Store! Here are 14 Dollar Store must-buy items for a Disney vacation. I especially cosign on getting cheap rain ponchos and bringing fun glow-in-the-dark goodies for the kids. This alone could save you $30+ per person!
- Bring your own souvenirs to surprise your child with. You can find Disney toys and trinkets just about anywhere! Bring a few, along with special treats/snacks to pull out as needed. I promise that your kid isn’t going to ask for the receipt. They’ll just be thrilled for whatever it is!