On a recent trip to Disneyland, I learned a valuable lesson in Disney shopping. If you see something you really like, buy it! Sounds simple, but as an annual pass holder I need to remember to budget my spending for future visits. I am always second guessing my purchases and spend too much time looking for knick-knacks when I could be enjoying new experiences. Here are some tips for those trying to prioritize their spending and what to do if you can’t find a treasure you missed on your last visit:
1. Know what you like. Disney has something for everyone, but you don’t need it all.
2. Limited Edition or Special Event Merchandise is exactly what it says it is. Limited and Special. Once it is sold out, it is gone.
3. If the merchandise is a character rarely featured in stores, expect it to sell out. I discovered a ceramic Mr Toad in housewares at World of Disney. I never see Mr Toad featured, but I thought I’d wait a couple weeks to see if I could justify the expense. Oops. Other fans bought them up and I went on a wild ride to find the last Toad in the park.
4. Ask a cast member to search the Park inventory for the product you seek. Products are not always sold in all stores or both parks, but the inventory software can shorten your search time.
5. Don’t forget to shop in ToonTown. Since it closes before the rest of the park (8:25pm for fireworks), I’ve noticed the Gag Factory has the hard to find stuff. I’ve found discontinued pins and my Mr Toad at this out of the way retailer.
6. Don’t wait until the end of the day to make purchases. Buy it when you see it and pick it up at the end of the day. Each land has a designated pick up location to store your purchases instead of lugging them around the park. The Gag Factory pick up is at the It’s A Small World Store.
From now on, if I want it, and can afford it, then I BUY IT! Otherwise it might be gone and never return. Do you have a story of a Disney souvenir you rTegret putting down? Share it with us.