Good news: Bringing home the magic of Walt Disney World doesn’t have to break the bank. Yes, you may want to splurge on some Mickey ears or a Donald Duck mug, but did you know there are lots of amazing free souvenirs? Here are 10 fun mementos from your vacation that are absolutely free.
Nothing is easier than keeping your park map at the end of the day. Not only does it make an easy free souvenir from your trip, but it's a time capsule as well. With the parks ever-changing, some of the rides and shows you experience may not be around in the years to come. Park maps allow you to reminisce. Keep the Times Guide insert as well since it includes the date.
No matter what you're celebrating, you can find a button to tell the world. First-timers can get a "1st Visit" button. Wear the "Happy Birthday" button and everyone will wish you the happiest of birthdays. There's a button for anniversaries and newlyweds too. Or pick up an "I'm Celebrating" button for any reason at all: good grades on your report card, job promotion or even just the fact that you're at the happiest place on Earth! They're available from guest services at all the parks and the concierge desk in your Disney World hotel.
Disney transport collector cards
The best-kept secret in Disney collectibles, these cards can be obtained by asking an attendant or driver if they have a Transport Card. There are 27 in total and they feature a different mode of transport and character on the front. The back is filled with stats all about that particular vehicle. You can find them at all buses, boats and of course monorails. In fact, there are separate cards for every monorail color! Be sure to ask for one every time you travel around Walt Disney World to collect them all.
This is one of the easiest and most fun free souvenirs to collect at Disney World. Kids love to wear stickers sporting their favorite characters all day at the park. Plus, you can take any extras back home and stick them wherever you want. To get your hands on them simply ask a Cast Member at character meet and greets, gift shops and even food stands if they have any character stickers. You'll be amazed at how many different styles there are.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards
This free interactive scavenger hunt at the Magic Kingdom lets your family use magic spells to defeat Disney bad guys at magic portals scattered throughout the park. Visit the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., to receive your starter pack of magic spell cards. These cards, along with a special map, will help guide you on your quest. Bring them back on your next visit to continue playing and earn even more cards. Even if you're not participating in this free game, the cards make a great souvenir.
Pirate's Adventure maps
Another fun scavenger hunt at the Magic Kingdom is called "A Pirate's Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas." Choose one of five adventures and use your MagicBand or park ticket to activate interactive touch points around Adventureland. Before beginning you'll need to pick up a treasure map from the Pirate's Adventure headquarters located between Frontierland and Adventureland. Even if you don't play, these treasure maps are fun souvenirs for the little plunderers in your family.
Kidcot's Duffy Coloring Fan
While traveling around Epcot's World Showcase, kids can participate in Kidcot. You can pick up a free cardboard Duffy the Disney Bear from any Kidcot Stop, usually found within a gift shop at each pavilion. Children can color and decorate it any way they want. At each stop they'll receive a special stamp for that country as well as a fun personalized drawing on the back that celebrates the nation. Not only do Kidcot Stops offer something fun for kids to do at Epcot, but they make the perfect souvenir.
Wilderness Explorer Field Guide
When visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom be sure to pick up a Wilderness Explorer Handbook for all the kids in your family (or kids at heart.) Inspired by Russell and his faithful dog Dug from the Disney Pixar film Up, this 40-page color book is filled with fun activities. While making your way around the park visit each Wilderness Explorer stop to complete challenges and earn sticker badges to place in your book. If you collect all 31 badges, you'll get a completion badge at the end of the day!
Enchanted Tales with Belle Bookmark
Children who participate in the interactive storytelling of Enchanted Tales with Belle in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland will earn a special gift. Belle and her enchanted friends are telling the story of how she fell in love with the Beast, and she's inviting everyone to be a part of the story. After story time is over everyone who participated will receive a special bookmark keepsake featuring Belle's autograph.
Jedi Diploma Certificate
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple at Disney's Hollywood Studios teaches kids all the ways of The Force. They will learn how to wield light sabers and put their skills to the test against the Dark Side in this Jedi training exercise. After facing formidable opponents like Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, your young Jedi will receive a certificate worth framing. Everyone back home will know they're an official graduate of the Jedi Academy.
(Photos: Alicia Stella)