Sometimes you’re at Disney World and you treat yourself to that awesome Dooney & Bourke bag, diamond Mickey pendant, or custom Disney artwork. Huzzah and glad tidings to your good fortune!
But there will also be times when those big budget items are just not in the cards. There may be many situations where you need to buy something at Disney World, but don’t want to break the bank. A few of these reasons might include:
- You need to placate a child. Don’t judge, we’ve all resorted to the occasional bribe.
- You need to bring a token gift to someone at home. For example, the neighbor kid who watered your plants merits just a little something.
- You’ve have to bring a bunch of small somethings to a group. For example, everyone in your child’s preschool class gets a small gift. Or you’re getting favors for a party.
- You’re on an extremely strict budget, but you want just a little something to commenorate your trip.
- You’re participating in a Secret Santa or similar gift exchange or game with a small expenditure limit.
It’s all too easy to find expensive Disney souvenirs at the parks, but finding little trinkets can often be a challenge. Here’s a photo tour of some ideas for small purchases in the Disney parks. Each of the 52 items pictured below has been available for less than $5.00 during the past six months.
Merchandise items and pricing can obviously change, but some guidelines to consider when looking for cheap treats include:
- Consider getting consumables for the folks at home. Your dog walker might not want a Mickey key chain (especially if she’s never been to Disney World), but she might enjoy some Mickey cookies. Eating is better than trashing.
- The “impulse buy” bins near the registers are a good source of cheap swag.
- Small kids are often enticed by quantity rather than quality. A few small things might be as good, or better, than one large thing for a child in collector mode.
- A child who wants to spend just a few dollars of his own money on a souvenir may need to be pointed to items in the correct price range.
- The stores in the Epcot World Showcase countries often have unique trinkets. If you don’t need your souvenir to say “Disney,” this is a great place to look. The Japan pavilion has some particularly wacky items.
- Some small purchases can double as an activity as well as a souvenir. For example, pressed pennies and photo booth shots are things to do AND things to take home.
- Remember that not everything you take home has to cost money. There are many items available for free at Disney World which can function as great souvenirs. Celebration buttons and coloring pages are just two of the many examples of this.
And onto the photo tour of souvenirs costing under $5.00:
So folks, what’s your favorite tiny treat or trinket? Do you often have a need to buy just a little something in the parks? Do you typically have buyers remorse on small purchases? Let us know in the comments below.