The trip was wonderful- magical even! But it’s over and you’re heading home. Will you remember your Disney vacation in detail? Will your magical memories of Disney be cherished forever? Time to think beyond the typical Disney souvenirs. Here are 7 unique ways to remember your Disney vacation.
A Disney vacation may be a once in a lifetime experience for you and your family.
All the rides. All the snacks. All the character hugs. You don’t want to forget a moment of your Disney trip!
Memories can fade, we get it. It happens.
But here are a few ways to remember your Disney vacation long after you’ve left those magical gates.
Ways to Remember Your Disney Vacation Beyond the Typical Disney Souvenirs
1. Take Advantage of Disney’s PhotoPass to Remember your Disney Vacation
It’s not often that you have the whole gang together, especially in a magical location!
Jump on the option to have Disney photographers take your picture. Photos are my favorite choice of all Disney souvenirs.
Yes, moms, that means you get into the picture too!
Pictures bring back a million memories. Do not skimp out on these!
The PhotoPass package also comes with onride photos, which makes capturing classic child memories like this one essential.
Yup, we are *those* parents. But it looks like we were in good company judging by the back row!
2. Buy a set of Custom Mickey ears as your Disney Souvenir
When we took our family on their first big trip, we made a huge deal about buying our youngest (at the time!) his first set of Mickey ears.
Before we left we did a scavenger hunt that ended with the two older children wearing their ear hats from a previous trip.
Seth had none! Oh no… what are we going to do about that?
How about we head to Disney and get you a pair, pal!
He still talks about how excited he was the whole plane ride there and how proud he was when he finally got ears with his name on them.
Also: my poor kiddos needed sunglasses. Florida is bright, yo!
There are loads of cute options for Mickey Ears on Etsy (affiliate links). I love love love these purple wall ears inspired by the Disney Walls of Instagram!
You can buy these custom Mickey Ears and many others on Etsy.
And here are a few more places to find your favorite Minnie Mouse Ears on Etsy!
3. Get Creative With autographs to remember your Disney vacation
Sure, there are autograph books— but you can also have t-shirts, photo mats, hats, and even medals signed by your favorite characters.
True story: I have a runDisney race medal signed by Tinker Bell.
My friend JJ had Cinderella sign her Glass Slipper Challenge medal too!
Disney souvenirs autograph book options from Etsy for Disney Vacations:
4. Buy a Disney Souvenir You will use to remember your Disney Vacation
I stopped buying shirts my kids would out-grow (or I would for that matter. Ahem.)
Instead, I try to find something that can be used every day.
My current go-to Disney vacation souvenirs are Disney travel coffee mugs.
Like this one.
The Castaway Cay Challenge cruise may be over, but my memories are as strong as the coffee inside!
5. Take a Picture of your Disney souvenir in the park to remember your Disney vacation
Castles are perfect backgrounds for … pretty much everything.
If you bought something special to commemorate your trip, take a picture of it at the park.
Insta-worthy vacation memories for the win!
6. Add A Special Experience to Your Disney Vacation
The sky is the limit here!
My family splurged on a golf cart when we stayed at Ft. Wilderness campgrounds one year and we loved zipping all over the place together in it. It was a simple mode of transportation that was “so cool!” and is still talked about to this day!
We’ve also had a fireworks dessert party, taken a Christmas tour in Disneyland, had a special celebration cake delivered to our room, and run a Disney race together. The runDisney races are our favorites!
And currently, there are some super family friendly Disney World resort fun runs happening at the resorts. Check out the list and see if any fit your next vacation schedule; you get a little jaunt around the resort plus some fun swag!
My friends once booked a private fireworks cruise to celebrate my 40th birthday- which was amazing.
Disney has so many options to make your trip even more special you can find a fit with just about any budget.
7. Visit The Famous Disney Instagram Walls for a Family Snap
This is one of my favorite things to do at Disney. Did you know there are walls that are Insta-famous at Disney World and Disneyland? They make fantastic backgrounds for your family photos.
The trick is knowing where to find them. Luckily: I’ve got you covered.
Here’s your guide to the Instagram Disney Walls– make sure you look around and find some new ones!
Sometimes you might luck into a PhotoPass photographer at the walls, which means you need to see point?1 up there and make sure everyone is in the shot! We had a fun PhotoPass photographer at the Purple Wall in Disney World on our last trip.
Planning a trip to Disney is all about the details! Here’s hoping you can find a few ways to remember all the fun you had while at the most Magical (Disney World) or Happiest (Disneyland) places on earth.
If you need help planning a trip, I’m a travel agent at Park and Preston Travel and you know I’d love to help you get to Disney!
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)