If you’re budgeting for a Disney vacation, you’ve probably set aside a small fortune for souvenirs. While there is certainly plenty of merchandise to buy, these free (or nearly free) souvenirs are nothing short of magical!

  • Celebration Recognition Buttons: If you are celebrating a special event, Disney will provide free pin-on buttons to commemorate the occasion. The buttons are specifically for birthdays (with an option to write in the birthday boy’s or girl’s name), family reunions, anniversaries, and first visits. There is a “Happily Ever After” button for those honeymooning or celebrating an engagement, as well as a general “I’m Celebrating” button for those who don’t fit into the aforementioned categories. Just ask guest services at any Disney park. The cast will send you good wishes all day when you wear your button. I happened to visit on my last birthday and even characters from the parade wished me a happy birthday after seeing my button! Make sure you let your resort and the restaurants know that you’re celebrating when you make reservations. You’ll often receive special attention and fun surprises!
  • Magic Your Way souvenirs: Book a “Magic Your Way” resort and ticket package and receive a free Disney-themed luggage tag for each member of the travel party as well as one free souvenir voucher for Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney. When you check in, each member of the party gets a “Key to the World” card that can be used as a room key, ticket to the park, and dining card. Keep this as a souvenir after check-out. Works great in scrapbooks!
  • Disney Rewards Photo: If you use a Disney Rewards Visa card, visit an exclusive character meet ‘n greet at Epcot. Staff will take your picture with several characters, and you’ll receive a free 5 x 7 print.
  • Autographs:Characters will  sign autograph books or souvenirs bought at the park. But you can also bring your own notebook, autograph book, or scrapbook. This year, I plan on taking a matte to fit a 5 x 7 photo, which I will use to frame my free photo from Epcot!
  • Kidcot Fun Stops: The Epcot World Showcase boasts several Kidcot Fun Stops, where kids can stop and make free crafts while learning about different countries. Kids (and adults) can receive a World Showcase Passport stamp from each “country” as well. Epcot sells passport kits for this purpose. If you want to save some money, you can make your own or have the cast members stamp an autograph book. Get creative!
  • Pressed Pennies: There are several penny press machines scattered throughout Disney World. Deposit your penny plus 50 cents and a machine will press your penny and emboss it with a Disney character. You’ll be able to choose from multiple designs on each machine. Disney cast members can help you find the machines or you can treat it like a scavenger hunt!
  • Free Digital Photos and Postcards: As part of the exhibits in “Innoventions” and the “Imagination” pavilions in Epcot, you can take digital photos and have them emailed to friends and family at home. You can also email yourself to remember what a great time you had!
  • Dinner Experience Souvenirs: Several special dining experiences include souvenirs as part of the package price. If you dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella will pose for a photo with your party, and you get to take home a photo package inside a themed folder. Young children receive either a souvenir magic wand (for girls) or a souvenir sword (for boys) during the meal. Apparently our server thought we were young at heart, because she gave everyone a souvenir! If you are lucky enough to dine with an Imagineer at Disney’s Hollywood Studio, get a special souvenir plate. If you are interested in a special dining experience, ask what is included with the package price. While you are paying for the food and experience, these souvenirs are a nice perk.

 This has been a guest post by Jennifer from Greencastle, IN
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13 thoughts on “Magic Savings: How to Get Free Souvenirs at Disney”

  1. Jill1317 says:

    You can sovenior shop at any of the Walgreens in Orlando or even a Walmart.  It’s so much cheaper then buying at one of the theme parks. 

  2. Julia Hunter says:

    I’ve heard of parents buying disney brand items at home and then giving them to children on vacation.  so much of the souvenirs they sell are the same thing you can get at walmart or even the dollar store only priced so much higher. 

  3. Iheartcoupons516 says:

    this year my sister and i bought cheap canvas bags and iron on paper. We printed our name and favorite disney character and ironed it on the bag… them we will get our bags autographed by the charachters!

  4. We are headed to Disney World on August 19th…when we called to purchase tickets they were very helpful in assisting us in other reservations…for example they asked us if there was a special occasion or birthday. It will be our son’s 1st birthday on the 22nd, the day we plan on going to the Magic Kingdom. The lady told us to stop at City Hall first thing and pick up his birthday button and suggested Harmony Barber Shop to get his first haircut where he will get souvenir Mickey ears that have “first haircut” embroidered on them. My husband, me and our 3 kids are so excited to go for the first time!!

    • Jenna Anthony says:

      We got my little one’s first haircut at Harmony Barber Shop and it was amazing! They were so good with him, just make sure you schedule an appointment!!

  5. Amigatln says:

    We had our 3 kids create and decorate their own autograph books with construction paper and cardboard and “bound” with yarn.  The kids got lots of compliments on their books from the characters.

  6. Anayche says:

    I am actually planning my first trip in September, I am so excited! Do you know of any good deals on tickets?!

    • If you have an AAA membership, here’s a post about some good discounts: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/travel/the-deals-of-summer-a-big-list-of-discounts-with-aaa/

    • angie says:

      Check the special offers section of disneyworld.com … september they usually offer free dining if you stay on property.  This is a great way to save on food.

    • Cindybenney says:

      mousesavers.com and subscribe to the newsletter once a month they send out the newsletter with a special link to discount tickets through undercovertourist a site I have ordered tickets from every year best prices and great service price you see is the price you pay no extra tax or shipping!

      Another great site for planning is allears.net!

      Mousesavers and allears are the best sites hands down!