Holiday Shopping at Walt Disney World

Mickey Mouse figure purchased by my parents on their honeymoon. He is still greatly cherished after all these years.

Mickey Mouse figure purchased by my parents on their honeymoon. He is still greatly cherished after all these years.

There is nothing like spending the holiday season at the Disney Parks. The decorations, the music and the SHOPPING! Speaking of shopping…if you are traveling to the Walt Disney World resort prior the holidays, it’s the perfect opportunity to get all of your shopping done for everyone on your list.

Create a Shopping Plan

Just like Santa, you will want to make a list of all the people who you are shopping for and come up with a plan. Make sure to decide in advance a general idea of what you are purchasing, so you are not spending your entire vacation in the retail stores. Also keep in mind that if you are flying, you will want to purchase items that pack and travel well without taking up a lot of space in your bags.

Disney’s website has a search tool for finding the stores that sell the items on your list. Simply type in the item that you are looking for and all of the stores that carry the item will be listed.

Here are some ideas of simple and easy gifts for everyone on your list:


Every one could use one more ornament on the tree, right? This is an item that receivers can use year after year. They are both inexpensive and travel very well, so they are the perfect gift for anyone on your list!

Disney has entire walls dedicated to Christmas decorations in several stores as well as specialty Christmas shops in two locations; Disney’s Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney and Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom.


T-shirts can be found in many stores in the parks. When deciding to buy shirts or any type of clothing, be sure to check on sizes and ask recipients about their favorite Disney characters before your trip. This will simplify your shopping and cut down on those calls back home.


Disney trading pins make excellent gifts for the collectors in your life, and they are really portable. Retail locations throughout the resort also offer necklaces, rings and bracelets adorned with your Disney favorites. Add a little Disney “bling” to someone’s life!


There are thousands of toy options to choose from at Disney; from light up swords to Legos, you are sure to find the perfect gift. Stuffed animals are wonderful presents and knowing that they came from the resort, makes them even more special.


One of the easiest and most cost-effective gifts is a Disney-themed coffee mug. They come in all shapes and sizes and are adorned with almost every Disney character. They are portable and make the packing process a breeze.

Global Treasures

For the world-traveler in your life; think about visiting the shops within the World Showcase at Epcot. Items from each highlighted country can be found in their resident shops. You will find jewelry, art, housewares and even apparel items that are specific to each country. Plan on at least an afternoon exploring each country and their corresponding retail shops.

What About All Those Bags?

While staying on the Disney property, there is an option to have your purchases sent back to your hotel room, so you aren’t walking around the parks lugging bags. If you are staying at an off-site resort, purchases can be sent to a location at the front entrance of the park. You can pick up your merchandise when you leave at the end of the day.

“The Deals”

If you want to go offsite during your stay, the local Orlando outlets can be a nice place to visit for some deals. The Character Warehouse is Disney’s outlet shop and offers some discounts on clothing, accessories and toys. The stores can be found in one of two Orlando Premium Outlets; International Drive near Universal Studios and Downtown Disney. Something to consider: If you have a car, this may be a way to save some money on merchandise, but when taking a taxi or paying for a shuttle, the cost of the trip may outweigh your savings.

The Disney Store

Souvenir shopping can be effortless if you wish to purchase items before you leave for your Disney vacation. Select Disney Parks Products can be found on the Disney website. Sales on the site occur often and free shipping options are available for purchases of $75 or more. Have the items shipped to your home and save them for your return. This could save a lot of time in searching for those perfect gifts in the parks.

To “Wrap” This Up

Planning ahead for your Disney souvenir shopping could potentially save a lot of time and money…and allow more time for magical memories.

Do you plan to do your holiday shopping at Disney? Have any tips or tricks?

Date Night at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort


Disney is thought of as a family destination, but it can also be the most romantic place on Earth! Throughout the parks and properties are restaurants, experiences and locations that are couple-friendly and ideal for an evening for two.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort is one of the best date night locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Styled after the Atlantic City boardwalk of yesteryear, the resort boasts fantastic dining options, scenic views and adult-only entertainment options.

My suggestions for a memorable date night experience at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort…


The Flying Fish Café is a contemporary and modern restaurant with incredible cocktail options and an extensive menu. The menu includes steak, pork, pasta and several seafood dishes. For dessert, the PB&J Crème Brule is a favorite as well as the Trio of Boardwalk Concession Treats that makes for a great selection to share!

Jellyrolls is a piano bar for guests over the age of 21 that offers great music and cocktails. The musicians take requests (my favorite is the “Ducktales” theme song) and sing-a-longs are encouraged. There is a cover charge associated with admission and further details including group reservations can be obtained by calling Jellyrolls at 407-560-8770.

Wanna’ Dance? Then the Atlantic Dance Hall is the place for you and your special someone. DJs play songs from the 80’s to current hits while you spend your evening on the dance floor. Check Disney’s website for announcements and theme nights prior to your visit.

The BoardWalk features some carnival style games that encourage friendly competition. Play a few and win some fun prizes to take home that remind you of your date night.

The Finale:

Grab a funnel cake on the BoardWalk and head over to the bridge between the BoardWalk and Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin resorts. Here, you will get a view of the Illuminations fireworks at Epcot starting at 9PM. You probably will not be able to hear the music from the show; however what could be more romantic than a terrific view and sharing some sweets with your sweetheart?

Whatever you choose to do during your time at the BoardWalk, you are sure to have a magical evening!

Do you have any BoardWalk fun tips? Is there a special game or activity that you look forward to during each visit to the BoardWalk?