Merch and souvenirs at the Disney Parks are undergoing a recent price hike, but there are a few whosits and whatsits aplenty that some fans might find worth a little something extra.
Price increases aside, there are more than a few things Disney fans can only buy on Park property. There are a few things aimed at hapless first-timers such as keychains, magnets, and other dinky little knick-knacks that simply aren’t worth the plastic they’re molded from, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things that are simply must-haves for avid Disney collectors. The trick is simply knowing what’s really worth collecting.
The best souvenirs for Guests on a budget are definitely the Disney pins found at the Pin Traders kiosks across Park property, and there are over 100,000 pin designs fans can pick from. Truly one of the most unique pieces of Park merch a Guest can find, pins are always in high demand and high supply, regardless of how many times a Guest has visited Disney. Ranging in rarity, designs, and themes, to say that anyone can walk out of the Parks with at least one pin wouldn’t be out of the question.
Every Disney Parks fan should own at least one pair of ears, that’s pretty much a given. However, the designs and themes of the iconic headwear has only grown exponentially over the years. With Disney getting new movies, TV shows, properties, and characters, the supply of special ears are positively endless. That’s not even mentioning anniversary, ride, birthday, or special edition ears. Even with the recent “Platinum Ear” debacle, there are certainly fans out there who see the appeal. Not an essential, but they are a piece of Disney that cannot be ignored.
Certain Stuffed Animals
A plush Mickey is something just about every Disney fan worth their salt more than likely already owns, but a Mickey themed around Pirates of the Caribbean with a fully tailored outfit? Now that’s a mouse of a different color. Both the Parks and ShopDisney offer a wide variety of huggable pals available for kids and collectors alike, but there are some that are more collectable than others, such as the plush leather Mickey by Coach that goes for $600. Not that every fan needs something that extravagant of course, but there are some that are certainly works of art in a fabric medium.
Disney Park Apparel
Even the most basic trip to Disney needs a decent tee, but there are some that simply go beyond the average souvenir shirt. The Parks are home to exclusive apparel including jackets, sweaters, purses, and other wear that can only be found on Disney property, some even only exclusive to certain parks or resorts. These are the souvenirs that typically can’t be found anywhere else outside of possibly eBay, and are arguably what some would consider worth the extra splurging. As with any purchase of Park merch, the customer is always right when it comes to matters of taste.
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