On any holiday you take you end up brining home souvenirs, and a trip to Walt Disney World is no different. However, if you are taking younger children to Disney with the possibility or intention of returning with them in the future it is fun to find some souvenirs that can become Holiday Traditions; something you can do or buy each visit to preserve those precious memories of your family time in Disney.
A Novel way to watch your kids grow up at Disney World, this souvenir is simple to take – and best of all it’s cheap! Find a thrill ride your kids really want to go on but they don’t yet meant the minimum height requirement and take a picture of them next to the meter stick that measures height for that particular ride. Every time you go back, snap the same picture until yours kids pass the height requirement, then get a shot of them entering the ride queue! You’ll love looking back at these priceless pictures of your children growing on memorable family holidays
A personal favourite of ours, we pick up souvenirs from each Walt Disney World Resort we stay at. It’s the perfect way to document our travels through Disney World; its our personal mission to try to stay at every single Walt Disney World Resort!. Anything with a Resort Logo counts, and most of these items can be found in the shop at your Disney World Hotel. Generally we choose a Resort Magnet for our fridge and a picture of the hotel, but there are plenty of options to choose from!
A more expensive souvenir from your Disney trip, there are artists in select locations in the theme parks ready to sketch your family portrait, caricature or silhouette. Lovely as a stand-alone souvenir from any holiday, these holiday sketches can also be purchased during every visit – allowing you to watch your family change and grow over the years. While it means taking some time out of your day to sit for the artist, these portraits are definitely worth the time and effort taken. The locations of these artist can change, so keep an eye out for them when in the parks, or ask at any guest services for the nearest one!
With so many fantastic pictures coming home with you, one of the best ‘tradition’ souvenirs is the Photo Album; what a perfect way to record and catalogue your holiday snaps. Walt Disney World really helps to make this a regular purchase for returning visitors by having a collection of albums with the current year printed on it. These albums are readily available throughout the Theme Park and Resort shops, but the larger Theme Park shops tend to have the best variety if you are looking for a particular size or type of Album (or Scrap Book!)
Photograph or Selfie
Along the same lines as the ‘Height Chart’ Idea, take a selfie or picture of your family (or group) somewhere in the Theme Parks or in your Resort that you can replicate on each returning visit. Pick the spot that works best for you; in front of your Hotel each time, or just one in front of the castle from each visit! You’ll end up with lots of beautiful family prints that you can compare through the years.A version of this is taking a picture of your group outside your Resort Room, trying your best to get the Room Number into it! If like us, you want to try and experience as many different Walt Disney World Resort Hotels as possible this is the perfect keepsake from each Resort, as well as being a fantastic way to watch your family change and grow up.
There are so many different types of souvenir, pictures and keepsakes to choose from, its really a personal choice for each family as to which becomes their ‘tradition’. You could buy a soft toy, keyring, mouse ears etc…each visit, or try to get an item with the current year printed on it each time. As long as it means something to you, is within price range for each trip can be done each time you go back, you will have found your own Holiday Souvenir Tradition!