Souvenir shopping is part of the fun on any family vacation but can get expensive quickly if you purchase every doll, t-shirt or mug your kids ask for.
Here are some FREE Walt Disney World souvenirs that hopefully will make your kids happy:
1. Luggage Tags
For families staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, you will receive a Magical Express package in the mail a few weeks before your vacation begins containing information about your upcoming trip, coupons and luggage tags. These free luggage tags make great souvenirs for children (you can reuse them to label knapsacks, bags etc.).
2. Mickey Soap, Shower Gel and Shampoo
If you happen to be staying on site at a Walt Disney World Resort, you will find Mickey soaps, bottles of shower gel and shampoo in the bathroom area of your room. Mousekeeping does a good job of restocking every day (or every few days) so make sure you save some to take home.
Did I mention, these toiletries are made by H2O? Yup, it’s good stuff and so exciting to be able to continue the Disney fun at home!
3. Celebration Recognition Buttons
Are you or someone in your family celebrating something special while visiting WDW? Birthday, Anniversary, Honeymoon, 1st Visit, Happily Ever After and “I’m Celebrating!” buttons are available for free at Guest Services in the theme parks as well as the front desk if you are staying at a WDW resort hotel.
Both our children celebrated birthdays on our previous trip to Disney World and cast members were constantly wishing them both “Happy Birthday”. Our daughter loved the attention – especially when we were in restaurants and the wait staff brought out cupcakes with candles on them in addition to the dessert she ordered. Talk about a way to celebrate!
Being a guest at a Walt Disney World resort hotel means MagicBands are included free with your stay. These bracelets are programmable and are used as a hotel room key, park admission and hold all your FastPass+ selections, dining reservations and PhotoPass pictures. *Side note: MagicBands are available for purchase at select retail locations for $12.95 per band and any reservations you’ve made online can be transferred to your bracelet.
5. Character Autographs
What would a trip to Walt Disney World be without seeing some of your kids’ favorite characters? The characters really do stay “in character”. We saw Snow White 5 times during our last visit and although it was a different person playing Snow White each time, their poses, gestures and autographs were always the same!
On our previous trip, instead of buying an autograph book, we brought plain white pillowcases which the characters signed with fabric markers (bought them at a local craft store). We figure this would last longer than an autograph book which would probably get lost or ripped up quickly.
What other free souvenirs have you discovered at Walt Disney World?