Disney merchandise stores (away from Disney)
If you want to buy a Mickey Mouse cap or a Goofy soft toy or absolutely anything Disney related, you will save a fortune by finding a discount store that sells genuine merchandise.
These stores are all over Orlando and you could save anywhere up to 70% off the prices that Disney will charge in the resort. It isn’t a great idea to buy anything other than food and drink inside theme parks unless you are about to leave because you have to carry everything around for the rest of the day so buy your souvenirs away from the theme parks if you can.
Don’t get me wrong, most of the Disney stores like the one above are amazing looking and have a great range of gifts but they do catch you at your most vulnerable while you are enjoying the whole holiday vibe and this is when you are most likely to put your hand in your pocket. If you can fight off the temptation (and your kids), leave it until you are away from the major theme parks and visit one of these outlets:
Walmart is the cheapest place to buy anything Disney related but they do not have a massive selection on offer but I would still recommend trying there first. These large soft toys will cost around $30 in Disney and even a so-called Disney discount store sells these for $24.95 and as you can see they cost just $14.97 in Walmart.
The same applies to things like Disney autograph books. Walmart sell Disney autograph books for just $1.97 and a discount gift store near Disney sells the exact same range of autograph books for $3.97. In the Disney theme parks you can buy a different style of autograph book for $7.
Never-Never Land Studios are owned by MouseSurplus.com. MouseSurplus are a premier clearinghouse of memorabilia with most of their trade done online and on Ebay. You can visit their Never-Never Land Studios store every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am – 4pm. If you are unable to visit during these times, feel free to contact them from the UK on 001-863-422-0000 to book a private appointment. The store is around a 45 minute drive south from Disney World so you need to be spending a fair bit of money to justify the travelling. Address: 1000 Detour Rd, Haines City FL 33844
Character Outlet is located at 15629 Apopka Vineland Road FL 32821 at the The Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. visit the website HERE as sometimes they offer a money off voucher that you can print and take in with you for an even better deal.
Character Premiere is located in the Premium Outlets 8200 Vineland Ave (see “Looking for Labels” below for more on this mall)