Top 5 ideas for starting your own Disney Collection

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Everyone likes to have some momento or reminder of the fun times they have on vacation – and there are plenty of Disney-themed souvenirs and other items that can serve not only to remind you of your trips, but they’re also great things to collect, too! If you’re looking to start a Disney collection of your own, then read on to learn about some awesome things you can collect that will help make your trips to the Happiest Place on Earth even more memorable:

Disney Pin Trading: The Disney pin trading/collecting phenomenon is huge – there are TONS of pin designs out there, and the great thing is you can get a pin for almost any occasion – a favorite ride/attraction/character, parties/celebrations/holidays, movies…and the list goes on (and on!). It’s a great collection that is easy to display at home and easy to add to on all your Disney adventures! It’s a great way to meet and interact with people at the Parks too – by trading, or by simply asking about people’s pins (every pin tells a story, after all!)

Autographs: This is a pretty special collection to have – as it’s not always easy, it takes time (waiting in lots of lines!) and research (finding where your favorite characters will be while you’re at the Parks!) – but it’s worth it! You can stash your autographs in a classic Disney autograph book (you can buy them at the Parks!), or you can make your own (a plain notepad and some stickers would do the trick!), or you can try something a bit more unique – how about having the characters all sign a hat, or t-shirt, or a pillow case, or even a white photo mat that you can later use in a frame with a pic of you enjoying your vacation? No matter where they sign, these are precious signatures and make for a great collection for Disney lovers of any age

Freebies: There are a lot of uniquely Disney items available for FREE at the Parks that make a great collection – park maps/schedules, tickets/key cards, stickers, celebration buttons, magic bands – these are just some of the items that are available at the Disney Parks that you can use in your Disney collection! They are great additions to a trip scrapbook or photo album, and look great in a shadow box frame. Or you can get really creative and make some awesome DIY Coasters with all those park maps you collected

Trip Photos: This is my all-time favorite Disney collection – I love to take tons of pictures while I am on vacation, and I especially love pictures with characters in them! That’s the beauty of a character meal – they come right to your table for hugs, autographs, and photo ops! Photos can be used for so many things – albums, scrapbooks, frames, collages, photo gifts (plenty that you can create on your own, or order off websites like – the possibilities are endless, and not only does this make for a great collection, but it’s a great way to relive your trip’s best moments too! Disney also sells some great frames and albums online at, and at the Parks too

Christmas Ornaments: I don’t know about you, but I don’t much care about having a “picture perfect” Christmas tree – for me it’s all about ornaments that are reminders of milestones and fun times, which is why my family likes to pick up a new ornament on every Disney trip. You can get them year round at the Disney’s Days of Christmas Store in Downtown Disney, and they have tons to choose from. I prefer something smaller and non-glass (for traveling purposes!), and I love getting to unwrap them every year – what a great collection it is, and what a great time to reminisce about our greatest Disney moments!

I hope these ideas have sparked your interest in starting a Disney collection of your own – or maybe you already have one? So tell me – What’s in YOUR Disney collection?


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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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