If you’re anything like me, you love bringing home special Disney souvenirs. I love traditional Disney merchandise, but I also like to find unique things to add to my home and my closet. There is some standard Disney merchandise that is available at almost every gift shop in Disney World, but there are some shops that offer exclusive items. Let’s take a look!
The BOATHOUSE recently opened as part of the Disney Springs’ conversion. The restaurant, which offers waterfront views is located at The Landing; so enjoy the boats as they pass. You might even spot an amphicar, which is an amphibious car that can go on both the road and in the water! Does that look fun? You can get a special kind of souvenir in the form of a memory and maybe even a picture by taking this 20-minute excursion! The gift shop at The BOATHOUSE is called the Ship’s Store. Here you’ll find classy maritime-themed products including a huge variety of rubber ducks! This store also sells customizable wooden boat paddles and nautically-themed bracelets.
Tren-D, a popular Disney Springs girls and women’s boutique, is perfect for grown-up Disney Princesses. It is both colorful and classy and sells clothes, accessories, and brand name bags from Dooney & Burke and Vera Bradley.
Curl by Sammy Duval is a unique store in Disney World in that it doesn’t have any Disney-themed merchandise. Instead, you’ll find sun and surf brands including Roxy, Billabong, Vans, and Hurley. The store sells both men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories. It also has a wide selection of Lokai bracelets, which are famous for their black and white beads made from mud from the Dead Sea and water from Mount Everest (the lowest and highest place on earth respectively). Perhaps the coolest thing you’ll find at this store is the hand-painted TOMS shoes. When I last visited, an artist was sitting outside of the store painting a pair of TOMS, which she sold before she was even done!
Zawadi Marketplace in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has traditional Disney merchandise, but the true treasures in this shop are the handmade gifts including African art, collectibles, and books about wildlife. You’ll find everything from t-shirts, cups, and magnets to artwork and home décor. These souvenirs are sure to remind you of your stay in Animal Kingdom Lodge.
The Beach Club Marketplace is located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, a fun deluxe resort near Epcot. This store has some really unique merchandise and fun New England-themed food options.
Fulton’s General Store at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort has a little bit of everything including a great selection of kitchen items. There is also one of the best selections of hotel-themed merchandise at Fulton’s.
The Settlement Trading Post at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is one of the most unique stores at a Disney Resort Hotel. Appropriate to the theming of the Resort, visitors will find throw blankets, lawn chairs, and auto decals.
Summer Lace at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a women’s boutique that sells brand name items from Dooney & Burke and Lily Pulitzer. You’ll find swimwear, shoes, dresses, jewelry, and more.
Many attractions have gift shops at the end of the ride. These Attraction-themed shops sell souvenirs specific to the attraction, so you’ll find some fun themes and unique merchandise you won’t find anywhere else in Disney World. Tower Hotel Gifts has some neat wristlets and totes as well as t-shirts. Tatooine Traders at the end of the Star Wars attraction, Indiana Jones Outpost, and Rock Around the Shop after Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster also have excellent attraction-themed merchandise that you’ll love to take home to brag about your accomplishments!
Epcot’s World Showcase is one of the best places to shop in Disney World. After all, where can you find souvenirs from all over the world in one afternoon? There are 11 country pavilions, and each pavilion has several stores within them. You’ll find a huge variety of items including teas in the United Kingdom pavilion and sports and Adidas items in Germany. The Japan Pavilion offers some of the best variety with Hello Kitty, Bonsai trees, and unique jewelry at the Pick a Pearl station. Almost every country sells candy specific to the country. This is one of my favorite things to experience since I love sweets, and the candy is an affordable treat.
What’s your favorite stop for unique merchandise in Disney World?