Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Oct 31, 2011
    Christina from NV Asked

    I'm looking to save some money by pre-purchasing souvenirs for our upcoming trip. What are the most common souvenirs you see children walking around with? Are there any items I might be able to buy at the Disney Store in our mall?

    I love a woman who plans ahead!  Two things came to mind when I read your question.  The first: pins on lanyards. The second: various glowing novelties that are typically sold during nighttime parades and shows. 

    Pin-trading is very common at WDW; just about everywhere you go you'll see a Cast Member kneeling down to allow a child to search his or her pin collection for just the right one to trade.  My kids are avid pin-traders and absolutely love swapping with Cast Members.  I think pins make a great souvenir because unlike the stuffed toys that end up at the bottom of the toybox, the pins my kids collect are well-cared for once we arrive home.  They frequently pull out their pin collections just to look at them and bring some of Disney vacation memories to life again.  Disney trading pins can be purchased from the Disney Store online.

    As for the glow toys, just about every kid lined up along the SpectroMagic parade route seems to have a neon bright spinning globe or a flashlight-esque sword that extends with a flick of a wrist.  If your kids are anything like mine, they'll likely be begging for one as the vendor pushes past with his brightly lit cart full of goodies.  In my experience, these types of toys are fairly abundant at the Disney stores in the mall. 

    Another souvenir that come to mind is the Mickey ears hat, especially now that so many different varieties are available.  Goofy hats with the drooping ears seem to be popular too, as does the big white Mickey glove.  I'm not sure if these items are sold in local stores or not.  Hope that helps!
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