The Right Souvenir? It’s a Puzzle!

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What’s the perfect souvenir to bring home from your Disney vacation? It’s a puzzle!

I mean that literally – an actual puzzle is a terrific souvenir.

Jigsaw puzzles are sold in all the major Walt Disney World gift shops such as the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom, MouseGear at Epcot, and World of Disney at Disney Springs, as well as at many smaller locations on property. Here’s some reasons why puzzles make a great souvenir.

  • Puzzles are lightweight. While they will add some volume to your luggage, they likely won’t weight it down enough for you to incur baggage fees.
  • Puzzles are relatively inexpensive. Most of the 1000-piece puzzles sold on property are priced at about $22.00. Packs of three or four 500-piece puzzles (boxed together) are priced at about $30.00. That’s a bargain compared to many other Disney souvenirs.
  • Puzzles promote family bonding time. Leave a puzzle out on the coffee table and family will likely gather around to chat about their Disney vacation, as well as other news about their day.
  • Puzzles are good for your brain!
  • Puzzles can do double duty as artwork. After you’re done with assembly, you can frame the puzzle and hang in on the wall as an additional reminder of your trip.

Here are some of the options we found sold at Walt Disney World this month.

Do you have a favorite Disney puzzle? Would you choose one of these?

Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

8 thoughts on “The Right Souvenir? It’s a Puzzle!

  • September 5, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Timely article! I like to do jigsaw puzzles, and a couple days ago I just did “Discover the Magic” (second photo from the bottom). I got it at the MK Emporium this summer. I really appreciate the distinctive coloring of it, rather than gradual shaded colors. This article gives me ideas of ones to get on my next trip!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    We bought the puzzle in the 2nd to the last picture (white background with all 4 kingdoms) last time we were there. We love puzzles, but this particular puzzle was fairly poor quality. The pieces were thin, not the typical heavyweight material you’d expect and the pieces were not cut very definitively, so we never were sure if they fit together or not. We loved the picture but were disappointed with this particular puzzle. : (

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  • September 5, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    I love the Thomas Kinkade Disney puzzles, although I haven’t done any of the 1000 piece ones (only 500 or 750 pieces). Some of the scenes are more challenging than others, due to the artistic style of the picture. All of his Disney puzzles have amazing details and a couple even had “Easter eggs” of other Disney characters in them. (I’m not sure if the ones Disney sells have any hidden surprises, though, as I haven’t purchased any there.) I’ll be checking these out on my next trip!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    Do the parks sell any puzzles for younger kids? My daughter loves puzzles so I’ve been thinking of them for a souvenir, but she’s 3 and a 36-48 piece puzzle would be more her speed.

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    • September 7, 2019 at 10:25 am
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      Sorry for the delayed response. We sent our in-parks reporter, Christina Harrison, out to check for little puzzles sold in the parks and she came up empty. I just took a peek on Amazon and on Target.com and there are plenty of options there for Disney puzzles of fewer than 100 pieces.

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      • September 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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        Thank you so much for looking into this! I really appreciate it!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    Great idea! I’ve looked at them often. Just wish they offered some with 300 or 500 pieces. 1000 is a lot if a family with children want to work on it together.

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    • September 6, 2019 at 8:27 am
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      Some of the puzzles shown above do have 500 pieces. There are several 500 piece puzzles in the one box.

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