Souvenirs are maybe my FAVORITE part of my Walt Disney World trips! And since NOBODY can shop like a Diva can, I decided to do a little series on some of my favorite places to shop around Walt Disney World, to help you schedule your shopping stops on your next trip.
*Important Diva tip – Why carry your bags around with you the whole day? They just weigh down your stroller or backpack! Instead have your items sent to the front of the park and pick them up as you leave, or if you’re staying on property just have them sent to your resort’s gift-shop for pick up. This is a FREE SERVICE and will save you a lot of hassle (as well as eliminate the chances of the item being broken or lost before you even leave the park).
First up, Magic Kingdom
The Emporium (Main Street) has everything, BUT it is always insanely crowded. We rarely purchase in the Emporium, however I find it to be the most excellent short cut to avoid crowded Main Street, especially at park open! However, if you’ve ever seen something in the park that you’re just dying to have, chances are it can be found in the Emporium or at Downtown Disney.
For Christmas ornaments: Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe (Liberty Square) : Diva family tradition dictates that a ornament must be purchased for EACH Disney trip. This shop has the coolest selection and although the Christmas store in Downtown Disney has larger quantities we never miss Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.
For Trading Pins: Frontier Trading Post (Frontierland) : “Tinkerbell” often sneaks her treats for my 9-year-old son from this store. LOTS of great pins here to pick from and nicely laid out.
For small knick-knacks: Mickey’s Star Traders & Merchant of Venus (Tomorrowland) : These two stores, which are practically next door to one another, are usually where I find any other odds and ends that might make good souvenirs or “Tinkerbelle” gifts for the children behaving.
The resorts on the Monorail Loop all have great shopping also. We LOVE shopping at the gift shop in the Contemporary Resort whenever waiting for our table at Chef Mickey’s or California Grill (Ps. Try the cheese plate).
Obviously there are MANY other places to shop in Magic Kingdom, but these are a few of my favorites.
Next up, Epcot!
- The Astro Orbiter Catches Fire in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland (chipandco.com)
- Souvenirs: Shoe Shopping in the Magic Kingdom (aglassslippervacation.com)
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