One of the best things about coming home from an amazing Disneyland vacation…. okay, scratch that. Probably the ONLY thing that is good about coming back from Disneyland is the enjoyment of your souvenirs. Seriously, they are conversation starters, memory enhancers, and smile bringers.
Souvenirs just plain rock!
But how do you know which one(s) to get. That is so hard. I’ve read it before, and I’ve written it also, a good tip when trying to choose is to take a picture of what you are interested in along with its price tag. Then you can compare either the next day or and the end of that day. You won’t be making an emotional decision and have buyer’s remorse and regret your purchase.
The Top 5 Souvenirs from Disneyland:
- Disney Trading Pins.
The come in practically every character and attraction you can think of. And some you will have to ask, “What is this?” They are creative, colorful, and you put them anywhere. I keep my collection on my backpack. I get a new pin every time I go to Disney and I always pick a pin that is a special memory of my trip. For example, my last visit to Disneyland I ran the Captain America 5K…so I purchased the “I DID IT” pin with Captain America on it. It was also my last ride of my beloved Tower of Terror. So I bought myself a Tower of Terror, Final Check Out pin. Very special times marked in super cute pins. (Don’t confuse these with the Disney BUTTONS that are free!)
- Disneyland Pressed Pennies and Quarters.
I have about 6 of them floating around in my purse right now. Every time I accidentally pull one out of my purse or wallet, I smile. They are SUPER cheap and fun to make. Really, for LESS THAN $1, you have a tiny souvenir that has been ‘stamped’ by one of your favorite places. And I love that they don’t take up any room in my suitcase and they aren’t just a dust collector on my shelf.
- Disney Cinch Sacks.
These are OH SO HELPFUL! I carry one every time I am in the parks. Actually, I carry one often. They are light weight, easy to open and close, and hold a whole slew of stuff. When my kids were little I carried snacks, water bottles, and even a small first aid kit. Now that they are all teens, I carry snacks, water bottles, and my debit card. And I still have room for rolled up ponchos or wind breaker jackets. Sometimes I even carry a thin scarf to lay out when holding places during parades and shows. And cinch sacks are light enough and fashionable enough that we can all trade off carrying it. Mom isn’t stuck being the family pack horse.
- Disneyland Watercolor Name Paintings.
These are just plain pretty. They are colorful and personalized. I had one made the last time I took my family to Southern California. But I just had my kids’ first initials done. The beginning of a beautiful collection if I do say so myself. And at about $5 a letter, I thought this a wonderful keepsake. It hangs on my wall for all to see. (Mine was done at the Santa Monica Pier, on our way to Universal Studios) When you have a painting done in Disney, your letters are colorful Disney characters. That is one of my favorite things about this souvenir…you can make it ‘represent’ the person the letter is for. For example, if I were to get one done in Disneyland of my kids’ first initials I would have them done in their favorite characters. The ‘B’ would be Buzz Lightyear, ‘E’ would be Minnie Mouse, ‘R’ would be Tinker Bell or Stitch, and the last ‘R’ would be Ariel.
- Mickey Mouse Ears.
They come in every character and color. They are personalize-able and can completely top off your outfit. They can even mark an event or celebration; such as engagement, marriage, graduation, etc. Here is a picture of mine that I got when my son performed in Disneyland with his high school band. You can wear them or just keep them. Most of them fold up quite nicely and don’t take much room at all in a suitcase or to store when you get home. As a teacher, I wear a pair of mouse ears from Disneyland on hat days or dress up days. The kids love them and once again, they are GREAT conversation starters.
Don’t forget that you can have all in-park purchases sent to and held for you at the front of the park. That way you don’t have to carry around and potentially lose anything. If you are staying on site (one of the three Disneyland Hotels), they will deliver it to your room. What an amazing and friendly service!