Personalized Souvenirs of Walt Disney World

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As a child with a strange name I longed to find personalized key chains and pencils when souvenir hunting. Even though it was never there, I always hunted through the racks hoping against hope that one day my name would magically appear. Maybe that’s why I’ve scoured Walt Disney World to find the best personalized souvenirs to remember your trip! If you, too, have a weird name, then have no fear, we’ve got you covered.

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Mickey Ears to fit every style!

Mickey Ears: This is an easy one, but anyone can get their his or her name embroidered on a pair of Mickey Ears. Disney has also lightened up on the policies about what can be put on ears these days. I’ll never forget a few years ago when a cast member actually said she had to see my drivers license to put my name on my hat! Locations are available to personalize hats in all four parks and Downtown Disney. Remember, now that fancier fonts available, you normally have to come back later in the day to pick up your personalized hat.

Parasols: While this option can get pricey fast, what little girl doesn’t want one of these? Not only can they be personalized with names, but I’ve even seen art work from Frozen starting to appear on these cute, little umbrellas. Several colors are available. Be sure to stop by early in the day to allow time for the paint to dry on your unique and personalized work of art. You can find these for sale in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom and France in Epcot.

Engraved Glasses: This one is mostly just for adults, but this was my favorite souvenir from my last trip to Disneyland. If you can’t find your name already on a coffee mug, you can stop by and have it engraved onto a glass. There are wine glasses, champagne flutes, mugs, tumblers, steins, and more. Even better, the other slide comes etched with a Disney character. However, one thing to note is that the characters are pre-etched in the glass. So you have to choose the glass style and character from the inventory available. I use my glass all the time to remind me of my trip. If you’d like to purchase one in the Magic Kingdom, you can find them on Main Street.

Free Buttons: At Guest Services in any of the Disney Parks you can pickup various pins to commemorate your trip and tell others that you’re celebrating. Birthday buttons are most common, but styles are available for most occasions and completely free! When you stop by, a cast member will offer to write your name on the pin for you or offer you a marker to write it yourself. I always let the cast member do it for me. They see a lot of these and always have extra magical touches to add! (Not to mention I have awful handwriting!)

Some of the leather goods available

Some of the leather goods available

Leather Goods: At several locations throughout the parks, you can now personalize leather bracelets and key chains. The cost of the item you choose includes free engraving. There’s a large variety of styles and colors to choose from, so you can be sure your souvenir will be unique!

Christmas Ornaments: This one is a classic, but always worth mentioning. At Christmas stores in Disney World, you’re able to choose ornaments to be personalized with whatever message you’d like. This could be a family name, something you’re celebrating, or anything else. Beware, the wait gets quite long for these around the holidays, so get there on the first day of your trip or plan to have it mailed home.

Carved Rings: I’ve never actually purchased one of these rings (unlike just about everything else on the list), but I always wanted one as a teenager. Not only can skilled carvers put your name or initials into a ring, they can also carve other shapes like hearts. Not bad for a sterling silver souvenir that starts around $20! You can find these offered in Mexico in Epcot and in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom.

Caricatures: These are found all over the parks, and I highly recommend them! Not only can your caricature include your name but also just about anything else you tell the artist about yourself! These start around $20 per person for a completely original and personalized memory of your trip. I’ve heard people say they didn’t want to stop for one of these because of the wasted time. I suggest you grab a cool drink and take a 20 – 30 minute break with these guys. You can’t beat the results!

Kidcot: Okay, it says it’s supposed to be for kids, but I’ve taken part because it’s so much fun! Where else can you visit eleven different countries and have them write your name for you in their native language? Add in a few adult beverages along the way, and I dare you to find anything more fun! Sure, three of the languages are English, but it’s about the experience, right? (See aforementioned adult beverages.) At the end you’ll have a Duffy or Perry the Platypus full of memories!

Of course, if you’ve planned ahead, you can always order from the Disney Personalized Store. They sure didn’t have that when I was a kid! But we had Darkwing Duck, so I suppose it all evens out in the end. :)

Can you think of other personalized souvenirs I’ve missed? What is your weird name? Have you purchased any of the above items? What did you think? I hope you’ll let us know in the comments below. As always thanks so much for reading!

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Posted on May 30, 2014

18 Responses to “Personalized Souvenirs of Walt Disney World”

  • I feel your pain, thanks for the tips.

    • by Daisy Lauren on May 30, 2014, at 6:01 pm EDT

      Hi Tod! I bet you spent a lot of time wishing you could scrape off one “D”. ;) Glad I’m not alone.

  • The silhouette cutout pictures are great. We currently have one of hubby & I from our honeymoon and one from our sons first trip. Planning on getting another one on our upcoming 10 anniversary trip. We bought the oval frames that go with them.

    • by Daisy Lauren on May 30, 2014, at 6:02 pm EDT

      Hi Courtney – I love my silhouettes too. I thought about adding them but I was sticking to things you can put a name on. I should have added them, though. They really are an awesome and affordable souvenir!

  • I’ve been disappointed by the available embroidery services at WDW. We basically bought Christmas stockings and then brought them to our local mall at home to have names embroidered.

    They have the machine, but they’re too busy with hats and other very specific apparel to mess with fussy requests.

    So basically, that’s always an option: Get whatever you want that has space in it to sew in a name or carve in a name by someone back home.
    Just a thought…

    Also, years back they had wood carved signs. They could be personalized with a name. It was too pricey at the time to get the nice one for a horse stall, but they would be perfect above a kid’s bedroom door or anywhere else you need a sign.
    These were available at downtown Disney on the marketplace side. I don’t know if they’re still around.

    • by Daisy Lauren on May 30, 2014, at 6:04 pm EDT

      Hi Ron, I tend to agree. But they are the only game in town if you want your name on your hat while you’re there. It is much cheaper to get it done at home too.

      I’m not sure on the wood signs. I remember them and they used to be in Frontierland too. I haven’t seen them lately, but I haven’t been looking for them either.

  • While we can sometimes find my daugther’s first name on keychains, mugs or other personalized items we have never been able to find her often used nickname “Meah” on anything. Your tips will be a great resource for us when we go back to WDW in August. Thanks.

  • by Julie Maguire on May 30, 2014, at 3:50 pm EDT

    My favorite souvenirs are the silhouettes we had made of our daughters on the last trip.

    • by Daisy Lauren on May 30, 2014, at 6:06 pm EDT

      Hey Julie – I totally agree! I was trying to use just things you can get your name on but I love my silhouettes!

  • While Disney may have lightened up on the policies of what can be embroidered on ears, you can get away with a lot more if you just switch languages. When I was at Tokyo Disneyland 15 years ago, I took advantage of the cast member’s lack of English skills to get her to stitch “The Gimp” and “Assmaster” on a couple of pairs of ears. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do that at either of the US parks.

    • by Daisy Lauren on May 30, 2014, at 6:06 pm EDT

      Hi Aaron – that is the funniest thing I’ve heard all day! I wonder if I can still get away with that this fall! ;) Thanks for sharing.

  • My boyfriend’s name is Marvin, so he is in the same boat. He is obsessed with checking for him name on items, but it never is. I have often bought him personalized things for this reason.
    I don’t think those of us with common names get it. Every keychain rack or coffee mug has Sarah, so it doesn’t seem as special.

    • by Daisy Lauren on May 30, 2014, at 6:08 pm EDT

      Oh, Sarah – you just don’t know!! There is a sea of stuff out there with names on it… but not yours. I was so excited the first time I could really get my name on something. I hope you got an extra couple ideas for Marvin from this. ;)

  • Our favorite personalized item is the shouters they do in the MK. And they are fairly cheap! And you get two! We’ve chronicled our kids growing up by getting one of each of them on every trip.

    • by Daisy Lauren on May 30, 2014, at 6:09 pm EDT

      Hey Jewel – I really should have included them. I was sticking to things that you can have a name put on but your profile is just as personalized. They really are affordable too – we love ours!

  • I have had picture frames personalized with names and dates. A great souvenir to frame a special photo memory.

  • What is a shouter?