Walt Disney World is a land of fun, food, and gorgeous photo spots - but it’s also full of shopping opportunities. A visit to the parks can double as a holiday shopping excursion. Talk about smart multitasking! With merchandise pickup, resort delivery, and even home delivery, holiday shopping in the parks is easier than ever - and there really is something for everyone. Who can you cross off your shopping list between Fastpasses, character greetings, and meal stops this season?
1. The art lover
Disney isn’t just for kids. Help the more mature, sophisticated people in your life to rediscover their love of Disney through fine art. Disney art shops are becoming a more common sight throughout the parks and resorts. You can find wonderful galleries at Downtown Disney and Epcot! If you’re timing is right, you may even find a Disney artist on-hand demonstrating their skills, or offering signed work for sale!
If Disney decor isn’t quite right for the art lover in your life, Epcot’s World Showcase offers an incredible selection of decorative accents and art unique to the representative countries. Consider this for the well-traveled art aficionado on your list!
Even the littlest of artists can benefit from a Disney shopping run! The majority of shops on property will provide unique crayons, art sets - even scrapbooking supplies; everything to keep crafty little hands busy, and creating.
2. The auto enthusiast
Racing fans and gearheads are not forgotten at Walt Disney World. Test Track at Epcot may be the best spot for automotive memorabilia overall. T-shirts, model cars, and RC cars are joined by the usual gift shop merchandise, with automotive theming weaved into picture frames, plushes, hats, and more. Most shops on-site have Disney-themed accents for cars including antenna toppers, license plate frames, stickers, and window shades. Whatever level of auto enthusiast you’re shopping for, Disney has you covered!
3. The bibliophile
Perhaps reading is more the speed of interest you’re shopping for. Books on all levels and topics are sold throughout Walt Disney World, but one particular series deserves recommendation - The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson. There are seven titles in this series, that follows adventurous teen characters through their experiences as special protectors of the Disney parks. Intended for older children and young adults, The Kingdom Keepers series is enjoyable for youthful adults as well. Start with the first novel, Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, but have the second installment handy. The avid reader on your list will be eager to continue the series, and then move on to the online game!
4. The nostalgist
Television has pushed a spotlight into the past through a variety of pawn and “picking” style shows featuring older items such as retro signage and branded product throwbacks. One of the most popular trademarks when it comes to nostalgic memorabilia is Coca-Cola. At Epcot’s Club Cool, you’ll find a blend of Coca-Cola gear from contemporary to retro; decorative to wearable. Club Cool is an easy spot to miss, tucked away next door to Starbucks in Future World, but it’s a must-visit if your list includes someone with a fondness for yesteryear or Americana!