While the pins themselves are not free, you can trade the pins you don’t like or want with cast members for FREE! All Walt Disney World cast members wear a lanyard or have a pouch filled with various Disney pins. When guests ask to trade pins with them, they have to do so (as long as your pin is an official Disney pin and in good condition. See rules here). Also, if you are at the right place at the right time, you may find a guest who is a “Disney Pin Enthusiast” willing to trade as well!
Welcome to those of you joining me from Frontierland Station and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
Each time I go to Walt Disney World I spend quite a bit of time planning what we will wear. Will we wear matching shirts or matching colors? Will we wear whatever we want? Will we at least wear a shirt with a Disney theme or character? I ask myself all these questions and more!
When the topic “Celebrating America at Disney” was chosen for this month’s loop, I immediately thought about what I would wear to the parks if I were to celebrate America’s birthday at Walt Disney World! My first task was to do a google search. I was able to find more than I thought for my family!
|images from The Ranch Boutique and Clean Cut Studio|
|images from The Disney Store|
|All from Kohl’s: Minnie tank, Minnie for girls and flag tank|
|images from Amazon, Kohl’s and Target|
|images from Ebay– search for
Disney Patriotic Trading Pins
After I was able to find all these great American/ Patriotic items to wear in the parks for July 4th, I decided we should make our own Americana Disney shirts! You can find the directions to tie dye your own Mickey Mouse shirt here. Stay tuned for photos from our July 4th celebration in our matching shirts! 🙂
Souvenirs. It’s almost impossible for me to travel to Walt Disney World and not get a souvenir for myself, my boys, my friends, my husband or the grandparents. We could save a lot of money if we never went into a gift shop… But, so many rides exit in gift shops now, it’s impossible to not enter one, so you might as well browse and buy!
Here are my must have souvenirs on my Disney trips:
- Clothing. This comes in the form of a sweatshirt or a t-shirt. Every trip!
- Christmas Ornament. There are 2 shops I have to visit each trip- Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square and Disney’s Days of Christmas at Downtown Disney. I have to buy a Christmas ornament for our tree and it has to come from one of these stores. I always write the date of our trip on the bottom of the ornament.
- Pins. I said I wouldn’t get into pin collecting, but I was wrong. I don’t buy pins to buy pins, but I do try to get one pin during each trip that commemorates something special about that trip- a holiday, an event, a resort, a first time something, etc. My favorites are the Run Disney events I’ve participated in and the Special Events: MNSSHP and MVMCP.
- Magnets. We have more magnets than we need, but we still get a new one on most trips. Our favorite magnets are the ones that are clips to hold papers!
- Pressed Pennies. Cheap. Fun. Unique. I love the pressed or squished penny machines throughout WDW. I tried to keep up with which ones I had, but it became impossible. So, the collection grows.
- Toys– mostly characters. These are not for me, surprisingly! My boys, all of them, love characters. It doesn’t matter what form they come in: stuffed, glass, plastic, big, small, squishy, hard. As long as it’s a Disney character, they are fine with it!
- Postcards. We always pick up several postcards to mail back home to friends and family. We try to write them while we are in The Magic Kingdom so we can get it postmarked at Guest Services with the Main Street USA stamp! That makes this souvenir extra special.
One thing my oldest son enjoyed doing when he was younger was buying and trading Disney pins with cast members. All cast members wear a lanyard filled with various Disney pins. If you ask to trade with them, they have to do so (as long as your pin is a Disney pin and in good condition. See rules here). You may also luck up and find another park guest to trade pins with you! But, buying pins can get expensive in the parks. One way to enjoy pin trading without spending a lot of money is to buy Disney pins off Ebay prior to your vacation. That way you aren’t spending so much once you get to Disney. We have found a great assortment of pins on Ebay where they cost as little as 50 cents per pin! Even if we don’t like what we get, we know we can trade them for ones we like once we arrive at Walt Disney World!
Shopping is not something I normally enjoy. I’m the type who goes to the store for a purpose and hopefully leave with that “purpose” in hand. I do not enjoy “going shopping” without an agenda or a specific thing to buy. Call me crazy, but I just don’t enjoy wandering around a store not having any idea what I may come home with.
Except when it comes to Disney! I love meandering through the shops on Main Street and Hollywood Boulevard. I have to visit MouseGears at Epcot, even though I’ve pretty much seen everything on Main Street or Hollywood Boulevard! I think if I don’t walk through each store and look at all my options, I’ll miss out on something. Maybe that’s how others feel at home when they wander through the malls without a specific agenda….
So, on to my top 4 souvenirs:
1) A Disney Christmas Ornament. I have an ornament from almost all of my “adult” trips to WDW and Disneyland. I even have a few from the Disney store in NYC! I love Christmas and I love Disney, so this souvenir is a way to bring those two loves together!
2) A pin to commemorate something special about the trip. If we are there for a holiday, I always get the holiday pin. If we attend a special event, that is the pin I purchase. I also have a few favorite characters to remember character interactions! Other times, I just buy the year pin to remember the trip. But, I always buy a pin of some sort!
3) A Sweatshirt. Odd, I know. I love sweatshirts. I have recently given away several to make more room in my drawers! But, I never get rid of the WDW ones! I think there are 5 currently…
4) Anything Toy Story… This one’s for C-man! He’s obsessed. Really. So for my 4th souvenir, I’ll make it Woody, Buzz or even Jessie to make my boy smile! (Even though the items in this photo aren’t WDW souvenirs, notice the Woody t-shirt while riding the Buzz toy!)
What is your favorite souvenir?
We’re back. It’s Friday- Destination Disney day with Heidi! Today is brought to you by the letter P! There are lots and I even dwindled it down! 🙂