If you’ve been to Disney before, you know that there are souvenir shops pretty much everywhere you turn. However, throughout our many visits we have selected some that are must visits. Some are base on variety while others are based on the merchandise they have. While there are some Disney items you can buy online, many are park exclusives. As I talked about in this post, the boys have a budget and once they’ve spent that budget, they’re done. It’s EASY to spend way more than you plan, so we always budget to make sure we don’t go over. So let’s talk about some of our favorite shops!
First, our favorite catchall shop is World of Disney in Disney Springs.
This is a great place for clothes, the fab 5 items, plushes, themed kitchen items, and collections you may have seen online or on Instagram. It can be a little overwhelming because it’s so large, and the lines to check out can get pretty long (especially in the evenings). We like to shop here early in the day, or at night, one of us will stand in line while the other person shops (yup, we do that) if we are looking for something specific.
The boys also love the Under Armour store, in part because of this guy:
And because we let the boys pick out a new Under Armour shirt. Disney souvenirs and Under Armour shirts are definitely their shopping love language!
Now on to our favorite shops in the parks! Our favorite “combo” store is Big Top Souvenirs in New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom.
We call it a combo store because it has both snacks and souvenirs. Set back in Magic Kingdom against a circus backdrop, I think that some miss this area completely, or figure that it is only for Disney travelers with young kids because the rides are smaller. It definitely has things for kids of all ages! One of our favorite things to do when it’s really hot is step inside here and watch the cast members make the snacks:
And then browse through the unique items like this Mickey and Minnie toy:
Then grab a treat to eat:
Check out our full review of Big Top Souvenirs here!
One of our other favorite Magic Kingdom stores is Hundred Acre Goods:
Winnie the Pooh and his friends will always hold a special place in our hearts. Eeyore was the first plush J picked out from DisneyWorld, and the Winnie the Pooh movies were J’s favorite when he was “2-5” (which is what he will tell you). He will still turn it on today if he sees it on Netflix. You will find Winnie the Pooh items here that you cannot (or no longer can) find online.
Now, on to some of our favorite Epcot shops! While you can find Minnie Ears throughout the parks, Epcot’s MouseGear in FutureWorld has some ears that I’m not sure you can find anywhere else:
I also love MouseGear for their Vera Bradley selection and Alex and Ani bracelets (and yup they will even have some items you can’t find at Disney Springs).
Heading out of Future World and into the World Showcase, Mitsukoshi Department Store, in the Japan Pavilion is one of our favorites.
The range in this store is huge. Anime, Hello Kitty, Nintendo, and more. I’m still regretting that we didn’t pick up these Mario Kart pillows:
However, we did grab these very kawaii items:
Definitely unique items to the store! J loves My Neighbor Tortoro. And while A isn’t old enough to watch Cowboy Bebop, he loves Ei all the same! Be sure to check out these shops and let us know which ones are your favorites as well! And for some of our favorite souvenirs items check out this post.