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Confession time! I love to save money and I am a frugal person by nature, but I have no problem buying the official souvenirs on our Disney trips. You might think I would be one of those people that buys Disney merchandise on sale ahead of time, but I’m not. Nope! We go for the full-priced in park merchandise and love every minute of it! I think Disney souvenirs are part of the fun and it’s something we budget for on our trips. Ok, that the fact that I pay full price isn’t totally true, on occasion we’ve had a Disney Annual Pass which gets us a discount and I also have a Disney Visa which saves me 10% on purchases of $50 or more. However, I have found a way to get our official Disney merchandise AND save a ton of money.
Whenever we take a trip to Disney World we also make a stop at the Disney Character Warehouse. These stores are filled with official Disney Parks merchandise at super low prices. You can find Disney Character Warehouse stores at the following locations:
- Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, 8200 Vineland Ave #1252, Orlando, FL (closest to Disney World)
- Orlando Premium Outlet 4951 International Drive, Orlando, FL
Because capacity is limited in the store, you will need to enter a virtual queue to enter the store. You start by telling them how many people are in your party and giving them your cell number. They will text you when it’s your turn to enter the store and you have 15 minutes to return (they are not flexible with this time, so be on time)! We had to wait an hour before we were allowed in the store. We killed time by checking out a couple of the outlet store and eating lunch at Panera.
I am sharing some of the deals we spotted on our most recent trip to Disney World. The inventory at these outlets will change quickly, but it’s always fun to see what new things you can find.
There were a couple of different sets of Minnie ears priced at only $3.99. This is a great way to add to your collection. A lot of our Minnie ears have come from the Character Warehouse or the Disney Outlet Stores.
They also had some different hats priced at only $3.99/. This is a super deal for this Star Wars had, especially since it’s a 9Fifty brand.
My husband and I took a kidless trip to Disney World so we picked up this shirt for our son. It was marked down to $12.99 + it was an additional 30% off. The final price was only $9.09. The regular price on the shirt was $36. Such a great deal!
There were a bunch of Otterbox phone cases on sale for $7.99. This is a screaming deal for these phone cases because they retail for $59.99.
Another great deal were these Disney face masks for only $1.75.
If you have a Disney World trip in the works, I recommend using Get Away Today to book your vacation, it’s a great service that will save you money. We have booked over 1/2 a dozen Disney vacations with them and I have been pleased with every single one. Here are some of my other Disney posts:
- Complete Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Snacks
- Honest reviews of the hotels we’ve used around Disneyland
- Complete Guide to Pixar Pier
- Visiting Disneyland in the Fall
- Tips for One Day at Disneyland
- Saving Money when Dining at Disneyland
- Mickey Tic Tac Toe in a Bag
- Our dream vacation to Disneyland Paris
- Our visit to Club 33
Frank Hittle says
Love the info on where to shop in Orlando. Would like to see more about places to eat at Disney world. Know of any other sites that might be useful.
I love the Disney Food Blog for great places to eat at Disney World
Judie M. says
Thanks for the idea! In 2016, we were in Florida for a Disney Cuise and went to one of the Character Warehouses and I was disappointed in their selection. Would you recommend one of them over the other? (And are they very far apart?) We’re heading back for another cruise in April and would love to try again.
They both generally carry the same merchandise. This is the one I frequent most and have usually found a couple items to take home. Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, 8200 Vineland Ave #1252, Orlando, FL (closest to Disney World).
Have fun on your cruise. That is on our bucket list for sure!
Love, love, love all your tips! I was wondering is there anywhere to buy mercy in California?
Love these ideas! But, our best trip to Disney involved NOT buying official Disney memorabilia and stuff at all (except for the all-important autography book and fat pen!) . For months leading up to our trip, I bought really cool Disney things (t-shirts, toys, hats, etc) for my kiddo at stores near home. (yea, including WalMart).. I even bought beautiful hair bobbles so that, instead of hitting the boutique where little girls can get their hair all done-up, I surprised my daughter with a glam session in the hotel room one morning! She felt like a princess! Each morning, before getting dressed, I’d give my kiddo something Disney to wear and/or a cool Disney toy. I think we only bought one stuffed animal from a Disney park shop that week, as she felt she had everything she needed! No tears over what she couldn’t have, as she had it all. Anyway, I was pretty happy that trip!!!
I love that Sue!