You can’t walk through a shop at Disney without wanting to take something home with you. My normal advice is to wait until the end of your trip to do your shopping so you don’t spend your souvenir money on something right away only to find something later in your trip you love even more (or worse yet really blow the budget and buy both!). Sometimes though it’s ok to break the rules! If you see something in a small shop associated with a ride or your resort, it’s usually best to buy your item there. Things you see in larger stores like Magic Kingdom’s Emporium or Epcot’s Mouse Gears are items more commonly found at a number of locations. Disney Spring’s World of Disney is the go to place for shopping as they’ve got the biggest selection of things on property and it’s all in one location. So what do you do with all the stuff you buy while you’re in the parks?
Front of the Park
You can have items that your purchase during your day sent to the front of the park for you to pick up at no additional charge. It will take you a few extra minutes at checkout because you’ll need to provide some basic information to the Cast Member assisting you. They’ll let you know how long it will take for items to arrive at the pick up destination so if you’re only visiting the park for a short time, this option may not work for you. This is very helpful when you’re purchasing something large or fragile (Did you buy a picture of yourself on Expedition Everest? Send it to the front of the park so it doesn’t get bent up during your other adventures!). Just remember to set a reminder on your smartphone or come up with another way to remind yourself. We visited Hollywood Studios over Star Wars Weekend, had our merchandise sent to the front of the park to pick up on our way out and left the park without it! Thankfully we were staying just a boat ride away so it was easy to go back for it but it could have been much worse.
Guests staying on property also have the option of having their purchases sent back to their resort room at no additional charge. This works great especially for larger purchases so you don’t have to carry them around the park or figure out how to get them back to your room. Be sure to listen to the directions of the Cast Member when using this option. Pick up locations will be given to you along with hours for when you can pick the items up (for us it’s been in the resort’s shop during hours the store is open). You’ll also need to be a few days from checking out to be able to utilize this option. It takes a little time to get everything moved around and to your resort so they generally won’t allow guests to have packages delivered to their resort if you’re leaving in the next day or two. Again, create some kind of reminder for yourself so you’ll make a stop to pick your packages up.
Shipping it Home
You just couldn’t say no to that beautiful picture of Cinderella Castle but now you’re left wondering how you’re going to get it home on the plane. Some merchandise locations offer the option to ship items home to you at an additional cost (usually the cost of packaging and postage to ship the item). If you think you might need to actually ship an item, it’s best to ask about this option prior to making your purchase so you know all the details and costs associated with it.
For days now you’ve been thinking about how adorable that monorail would look running around the bottom of your Christmas tree but you’ve been home from your Disney vacation for days too. Never fear – you can still shop from home! The Disney Store has a good selection of things available both at Disney Stores as well as items from the parks (and the boxes they ship in are adorable inside!!). If you can’t find what you want there, check out the Collections by Disney website with authentic theme park merchandise.
Disney’s got you covered to make your shopping more enjoyable both at home and in the parks. Have you ever used one of these services for your purchases?