As a child with a strange name I longed to find personalized key chains and pencils when souvenir hunting. Even though it was never there, I always hunted through the racks hoping against hope that one day my name would magically appear. Maybe that’s why I’ve scoured Walt Disney World to find the best personalized souvenirs to remember your trip! If you, too, have a weird name, then have no fear, we’ve got you covered.
Mickey Ears: This is an easy one, but anyone can get their his or her name embroidered on a pair of Mickey Ears. Disney has also lightened up on the policies about what can be put on ears these days. I’ll never forget a few years ago when a cast member actually said she had to see my drivers license to put my name on my hat! Locations are available to personalize hats in all four parks and Downtown Disney. Remember, now that fancier fonts available, you normally have to come back later in the day to pick up your personalized hat.
Parasols: While this option can get pricey fast, what little girl doesn’t want one of these? Not only can they be personalized with names, but I’ve even seen art work from Frozen starting to appear on these cute, little umbrellas. Several colors are available. Be sure to stop by early in the day to allow time for the paint to dry on your unique and personalized work of art. You can find these for sale in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom and France in Epcot.
Engraved Glasses: This one is mostly just for adults, but this was my favorite souvenir from my last trip to Disneyland. If you can’t find your name already on a coffee mug, you can stop by and have it engraved onto a glass. There are wine glasses, champagne flutes, mugs, tumblers, steins, and more. Even better, the other slide comes etched with a Disney character. However, one thing to note is that the characters are pre-etched in the glass. So you have to choose the glass style and character from the inventory available. I use my glass all the time to remind me of my trip. If you’d like to purchase one in the Magic Kingdom, you can find them on Main Street.
Free Buttons: At Guest Services in any of the Disney Parks you can pickup various pins to commemorate your trip and tell others that you’re celebrating. Birthday buttons are most common, but styles are available for most occasions and completely free! When you stop by, a cast member will offer to write your name on the pin for you or offer you a marker to write it yourself. I always let the cast member do it for me. They see a lot of these and always have extra magical touches to add! (Not to mention I have awful handwriting!)
Leather Goods: At several locations throughout the parks, you can now personalize leather bracelets and key chains. The cost of the item you choose includes free engraving. There’s a large variety of styles and colors to choose from, so you can be sure your souvenir will be unique!
Christmas Ornaments: This one is a classic, but always worth mentioning. At Christmas stores in Disney World, you’re able to choose ornaments to be personalized with whatever message you’d like. This could be a family name, something you’re celebrating, or anything else. Beware, the wait gets quite long for these around the holidays, so get there on the first day of your trip or plan to have it mailed home.
Carved Rings: I’ve never actually purchased one of these rings (unlike just about everything else on the list), but I always wanted one as a teenager. Not only can skilled carvers put your name or initials into a ring, they can also carve other shapes like hearts. Not bad for a sterling silver souvenir that starts around $20! You can find these offered in Mexico in Epcot and in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom.
Caricatures: These are found all over the parks, and I highly recommend them! Not only can your caricature include your name but also just about anything else you tell the artist about yourself! These start around $20 per person for a completely original and personalized memory of your trip. I’ve heard people say they didn’t want to stop for one of these because of the wasted time. I suggest you grab a cool drink and take a 20 – 30 minute break with these guys. You can’t beat the results!
Kidcot: Okay, it says it’s supposed to be for kids, but I’ve taken part because it’s so much fun! Where else can you visit eleven different countries and have them write your name for you in their native language? Add in a few adult beverages along the way, and I dare you to find anything more fun! Sure, three of the languages are English, but it’s about the experience, right? (See aforementioned adult beverages.) At the end you’ll have a Duffy or Perry the Platypus full of memories!
Of course, if you’ve planned ahead, you can always order from the Disney Personalized Store. They sure didn’t have that when I was a kid! But we had Darkwing Duck, so I suppose it all evens out in the end. 🙂
Can you think of other personalized souvenirs I’ve missed? What is your weird name? Have you purchased any of the above items? What did you think? I hope you’ll let us know in the comments below. As always thanks so much for reading!