Walt Disney World Resort is known for its rides, shows and shopping – yes, shopping! And there’s no need for retail therapy to take a backseat to rollercoasters because you can do it all at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. To help navigate your shopping experience within the parks, download the Shop Disney Parks App. It’s sort of like a personal shopper with a geo-locator function and mobile purchasing options.
If you’re a Disney shopaholic, plan to maximize your shopping experience with Extra Magic Hours. Since there are well over 300 shops on Disney property, couldn’t you use more hours to browse and buy? Oh, plus, you’ll have more time to enjoy attractions with smaller crowds and lower wait times. Extra Magic Hours is an awesome benefit for guests staying at participating hotels. Hilton has five great properties that carry this Official Walt Disney World Hotel status offering access to these magical benefits: Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Disney Springs Area, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs Area.
So, go ahead… shop ‘til you drop! Here are the most magical stores in the “World” to get your retail fix:
Themed after a total crowd pleaser and frightener, Memento Mori is a spooky shop with all things Haunted Mansion. From creepy sounds and cast members to fun items you’ll want to bring home, this store does not disappoint. Looking for a unique keepsake? Have your photo taken and turned into a morbid version of yourself.
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
Santa Claus comes to town every day in this shop. And there’s nothing naughty about that – just nice! There are ornaments galore and beautiful holiday décor in every corner. Once you’ve selected a magical ornament, have it personalized. Expect to discover jolly items to add to your Christmas collection and find new stockings to hang by your Florida chimney.
The shop of all shops in the Magic Kingdom is the Emporium. That’s because it has a little bit of everything so you’re bound to find something you just have to have each time you visit – especially as a local! In addition to signature clothing and ears, this shop has a robust kitchen collection that’ll add some magic to your household. It also has a jewelry section featuring popular Alex and Ani bracelets. For cup collectors, shop the latest mugs with fun character designs. Even if you just plan to window shop, this is a fun place to peruse but, be warned, it’s tough to leave empty handed.
The Art of Disney
Art lovers and anyone who loves a cute character drawing will enjoy the Art of Disney store. It has beautiful artwork depicting every part of Disney, from the characters to the parks to Walt himself. Here you can often find artists doing live demonstrations, which is fun to see. The assortment includes beautiful watercolor paintings, fine art pieces, figurines and beyond. Art of Disney also carries the Disney princesses’ themed Precious Moments dolls which are great to gift and collect.
The World Showcase
It is hard to choose just one shop in the World Showcase as all are exceptional. It is an adventure in and of itself to wander the shops within the different lands as all carry items that are authentic to the country of origin. For example, Mexico has beautiful hand-painted sugar skulls and woven purses. Japan has the best treats and cutest character items, such as Hello Kitty. Morocco is bursting with beauty and gorgeous jewel tone items for your home and wardrobe. You also cannot go wrong with a trip to Italy to smell and test the amazing perfumes and colognes.
Tower Hotel Gifts
This is the shop you walk through when exiting the Tower of Terror and its theming is on point. You can get Twilight Zone gifts, luggage tags like the hotel guests receive and other fun gag gifts. They also have unique kitchen and clothing items. Stop in for the theming alone, and stay for the eclectic finds you cannot get elsewhere. There is also a Joffrey’s Coffee right outside with tasty pick me up beverages.
Mickey’s of Hollywood
If you are looking to get your Mickey fix, stop by Mickey’s of Hollywood. Walking into this store is like stepping back in time. With fantastic Mickey apparel, this is one of the best spots to buy mouse gear and more. New merchandise is always coming in so you can find something for each person in your family. Plus, you’ll simply appreciate seeing tons of Mickey memorabilia. With its location on the streets of Hollywood, this is a can’t miss retailer.
This is a shop tailored specifically for villain lovers with a touch of Star Wars! Located on Sunset Boulevard, all of your favorite bad guys and gals are represented here. There is a very large selection of items from The Nightmare Before Christmas so if Jack and Sally are your favorites, plan a visit. Reel Vogue also has plenty of Vinylmation stuff for collectors.
Newly opened in the Avatar area, Windtraders gives a shopping experience like no other. Here you can buy your own banshee. First, find the banshee that is right for you by working with a specialist. Then purchase items to help you better blend in to Pandora, like blue ears and tails.
In the village of Harambe, you will find this indoor/outdoor market. Authentic to the theming, shoppers are immersed in a village shopping experience with handmade African goods and toys, plus authentic African artwork. Wine is also sold here and there are many varieties to take home or enjoy back at your hotel.
Serka Zong Bazaar
Take a step into Antarctica and discover the Serka Zong Bazaar, full of artifacts about the legend of the Yeti and climbing Everest. It boasts cool décor and out-of-the-box finds. You’ll arrive here when you get off Expedition Everest but you can also pop in at your leisure. It’s totally made for yeti lovers with books, plush dolls, clothes and more — all sporting the creature.
If you’re still on the hunt for more Disney stuff, continue shopping at Disney Springs.