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5 souvenirs you should purchase on every Disney World vacation

5 souvenirs you should purchase on every Disney World vacation

There are so many fun and exclusive souvenirs to purchase at all of the Disney Theme Parks. Check out the 5 souvenirs that we always purchase at Walt Disney World to enjoy a bit of the magic of Disney at home.

Bringing Home the Magic

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I will admit that when I visit the Disney Parks, I want ALL the things. Disney Park merchandise seems so magical, and I want to try and bring home things that will help remind me of the magic of my vacation.

Through the years and Disney trips, our family has developed a few items that we love to collect on every trip. We still buy a lot, but this helps us reign in purchases just a bit. We now have 5 items that we purchase each trip to bring a bit of the magic of Disney to our days at home.

1. Magical Mugs

This is the mug that started it all. We purchased our first mug back in 2014. This was my youngest princess’ first trip to the Walt Disney World, and she fell in love with the “it’s a small world” attraction.

Each time we set sail, my youngest princess sang a little louder and jumbled the words a little more each time. Every time I see this mug, all of those sweet memories come flooding back.

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This led to our collection.  Each trip we added another mug to remember memories from that trip. Eventually, we had eight mugs and no way to display them. Check out how we created a way to display all of our Disney mugs HERE.

Our mug collection has expanded, and we now only have one empty hook remaining. This is such a fun collection featuring our favorite attractions and Disney characters.

Each Monday in our home is “Magical Mug Monday.” We each choose a Disney mug to enjoy at breakfast. It is a small way to remember timeless memories in our “Happy Place.” It works well to help combat a case of the “Mondays.”

2. Pressed Pennies

My children love getting pressed pennies, and Walt Disney World has so many great pressed penny locations. These can be found throughout the Parks and Resorts. We have found that M&M mini tubes make great transporters for quarters and pennies.

There has been a small change to many of the pressed coin locations throughout Walt Disney World. Many of them still accept coins, but some also accept credit cards.

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We simply place 2 quarters and 1 penny on the bottom and continue to stack them. There are many locations that now offer pressed quarters as well. You can find all of the pressed coin locations on Character Locator. These are located under the “extra” tab for each Theme Park.


Pressed coins make great souvenirs. These can be used in scrapbooks, kept as momentos, fashioned into jewelry, or even used for Disney decorations.

This is our current pressed penny frame that we are working on. We are hoping to add a few more pressed pennies to help complete Mickey Mouse’s head after this next trip.

3. Holiday Ornaments

On every trip trip our family adds a few Disney ornaments to our collection. We have added dated ornaments for the years we were able to visit the Disney Parks. Beautiful ornaments have been added from past Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.

These ornaments help us remember all of the magic and memories that have been created at our home away from home.

it’s a small world Disney Park Building ornament

We love collecting ornaments inspired by our favorite Disney rides and attractions. This past year, we fell in love with the Disney Park Building ornaments. The front showcases the building, and on the reverse side shows the inside of these buildings.

Our family has now purchased the Main Street Cinema, it’s a small world, and the Disneyland Fire Department. My children love taking a look “behind the scenes” of these ornaments.

the reverse side of the” it’s a small world” ornament

I am hoping to add a few more of these iconic buildings to our collection on our next trip. Especially Cinderella Castle and the Enchanted Tiki Room.

4. Popcorn Buckets

One of the highlights of our trips to the Disney Parks has to be the POPCORN! My youngest loves to get a souvenir popcorn bucket and happily munch on the “most magical popcorn” (her words) throughout the day.

At home we enjoy using our popcorn buckets for family movie nights. I even love using the holiday popcorn buckets with our Christmas decorations. There are so many precious memories tied to each bucket.

You can even find some pretty creative ways to enjoy your Disney popcorn buckets at home HERE.

5. Disney Park Games

My family absolutely loves Family Game Night. During our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we spotted The Game of Life – Disney Theme Park edition. We already own the original Game of Life. At first, I questioned if we “really” needed another game so similar to one that we currently owned.

Once I started noticing the adorable details of this board game, I was hooked. I think that it was the miniature Partners statue with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse that sold me.

One of our first evenings after we returned from our trip, our children were begging to play our new Disney Life game. Halfway into our game, I decided that on our future Disney trips we will definitely purchase a new Disney game to enjoy once we return.

This is such a fun way to spend time together while also reminiscing about our Disney trip. Be sure to check out some of the great Disney Games that are available HERE.


Do the “Disney Blues” get you when you return from your magical Disney vacation? Check out the 5 Ways to Overcome the Disney Blues when you Return Home.

What souvenirs does your family like to collect? How do you like to bring a bit of the magic of the Disney Parks home with you after each trip? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.

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Terri L Fitch

Monday 27th of September 2021

Since I'm an adult, I collect t-shirts


Monday 27th of September 2021

I always get magnets & Christmas ornaments from random places, museums and all.. so my tree is pretty crazy @ Christmas time but we have a ton of memories to look back on.. Salvador Dali museum had some cool ornaments, then all the theme parks we’ve been at along the years.. no sense in being normal.. what is that anyway?

Patricia Flack

Sunday 26th of September 2021

Beach towels are great to collect. Eceryone needs a towel to use.

Cynthia Smith

Monday 20th of September 2021

Merry Christmas 2021 from C.Smith


Sunday 19th of September 2021

I always look for Christmas ornaments, especially the ones with the year. I also collect pins and buy a few each trip - and usually wear a Disney pin every day. I love Photo Pass or whatever it is now; photos on rides or around the parks are a great way to remember the fun and the magic.

I have some Disney mugs (good idea) but I don't buy one every trip. They are heavy to pack so I tend to order those online unless I can only get them in the parks.

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