There are three things you’ll never have trouble finding at Disney World- food, drinks, and souvenirs. The best part is when you can get two (or three) of those options for the price of one! Certain Disney World restaurants and quick service locations have menu items that come with a little piece of magic that you can take home. I mean, you have to eat and drink anyway, so why not splurge and get something cool? Not only do these souvenirs come in handy as a serving vessel, but they make for a really cool collectible and memento of your trip!
7 – Gaston’s Tavern- Souvenir Steins and Goblets
If you’re in the Magic Kingdom and are in the mood for gooey cinnamon rolls (with something sweet to wash them down with), stop by Gaston’s Tavern. The signature beverage at the eatery is Lefou’s Brew, a frozen apple juice with toasted marshmallow, topped with a fruit-mango foam. It’s delicious and can be served in a plastic souvenir stein or golden goblet. The goblet has an image of Belle on it and looks more royal, while the stein is definitely modeled after Gaston (although I’m sure he’d prefer something stronger than Lefou’s Brew). These are fun souvenirs to take home- I just wish I could take home some LeFou’s Brew too!
6 – Rapid Refill Resort Mugs
Walt Disney World resort mugs are fun…but they’re also really useful! You can purchase them at your hotel food court- they are good for your length of stay, and then you get unlimited refills of select hot and cold beverages at the Disney resorts (such as soda, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea). Though the mugs can’t be used at the theme parks or Disney Springs, they still come in handy for those days spent resort hopping and relaxing by the pool, or for those long walks back to the room from the bus stop. Plus, you can keep the mug and use it at home! The images on the mugs change every now and then, so they make fun collectibles. You can also get different colored lids for each mug so that if your family members all get the same one, you can tell them apart!
5 – Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae
Found at the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor in the Magic Kingdom and at Beaches and Cream in the Beach Club Resort, this ice cream sundae comes in a sink-shaped container, which is decorated to look like Mickey’s pants! It is pretty pricey, but you get a fair amount of ice cream and toppings for the price, and you get an adorable souvenir to take home! Plus, it’s fun to share- though you’ll have to decide who gets to keep the mickey pants.
4 – Glow Cube Beverages
Sometimes, I try to talk myself out of buying an expensive drink at Disney World. And then I see that it comes with a glow cube, and I give in. Drinks at night just look better with a glow cube! Many cocktails served at the parks in the evening come with glow cubes, but two popular beverages have them- the Blue “Glow-Tini” and the Magical Star. These can be found at a few resort lounges, and restaurants like Epcot’s Rose & Crown. Some glow cubes even come in cool shapes, like the Night Blossom drink served in Pandora at Animal Kingdom (this “cube” looks sort of like a flower bulb). There’s a button to turn off the glow cubes, so you can wash them, take them home, and use them again whenever you want!
3 – Refillable Popcorn Buckets
Popcorn buckets are some of my favorite souvenirs to get at Disney World. Honestly, the fact that they also come with popcorn is just an added, but unnecessary, bonus. There are hundreds of different popcorn buckets you can choose from. Some are regular buckets with different designs on them, and others are different shapes and are themed to various lands of the parks, holidays, and special events. Some of my favorite popcorn buckets have been the Lotus sold at Animal Kingdom, and the Cinderella’s Coach popcorn bucket sold at Hollywood Studios. Many of these are limited edition, and they sell out very quickly! Make sure to get a popcorn bucket (or two, or three) to add to your Disney souvenir collection. And, if you want, refill it with popcorn as well!
2 – Souvenir Sippers
Why get a beverage in a regular cup, when you can get it in a collective souvenir sipper? Select Disney World dining locations offer beverages in sippers of all different shapes and sizes, which you can wash out after you’re done and take home. Disney often releases character-shaped sippers to celebrate the holidays and to commemorate movie releases. Recently, guests had the chance to buy a Mickey-shaped Christmas bell sipper, and a Sven-shaped sipper to mark the release of Frozen 2. Past favorites of mine include sippers shaped like the Avengers Infinity Gauntlet and the Orange Bird. These sippers sometimes come with a lanyard and a straw, so you’ll have no trouble carrying it around the park while quenching your thirst. If you want one though, be quick- many of these sippers are limited edition!
1 – Tiki Bowls
Dole Whip has always been one of my favorite sweet snacks in Disney World. Now, at Aloha Isle in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, Dole Whip can be served in souvenir tiki bowls! They’re adorable, and you can get pineapple, vanilla, or swirl Dole Whip served in one of these bowls. You don’t even have to wash them out, because the Dole Whip is served in a plastic cup, which is then placed inside the bowl. Now, if only these were refillable like the popcorn buckets- then that would be a bargain!
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