Things That We Wish We Bought at Disney World


Every vacation provides an opportunity to add more souvenirs to your collection. From shirts to keepsakes and anything else you can fit in the suitcase!

Please note that I won’t be talking about regrets, because no matter how much I had wanted to buy specific event merchandise, when you’re not in WDW for certain dates…it’s not worth stressing out about.

  • Shirts
  • Disney Art
  • Cherry Tree Lane Dress
  • A Silhouette Portrait
  • Larry Dotson Art
  • Coca Cola Store Merch
  • More Cupcakes
  • Kincade Puzzles
  • Starbucks “Been There” Mugs
  • Locking Pin Backs


The Emporium Designs on Main Street USA - Photo by Steps to Magic
the emporium designs on main street usa – photo by steps to magic

Ever since starting the We Like Theme Parks Podcast, I’ve been on a role for wearing a different theme park design for each recording. Outside of TeePublic, there are only so many places to get good quality shirts that won’t deteriorate after a single wash. This is why I need more from the parks!


I think that there’s a level of imagination that comes with art inspired by Walt Disney World, so although I have a couple pieces around the house…there’s always room for more.

Related Article – Best Things to Buy at the Art of Disney


When I asked Jill, her first response was a dress from Cherry Tree Lane at Disney Springs. After doing a quick search through my photos and on ShopDisney…I can completely understand that!

It’s amazing how the designers are bringing so many attractions, characters and details into a dress concept that are actually really cool! From the Orange Bird to Monsters Inc to the Haunted Mansion…they are all adorable!

Related Article – 10 Unique Disney Springs Experiences


This is a big one, as we usually are rushing past the carts, but this is a miss that I can’t wait to get on our next trip. Main Street USA, Disney Springs, EPCOT…the time that it takes to have your silhouette cut out is nothing compared to the memories of getting this incredibly personalized souvenir that you’ll remember forever!

I’ve heard of folks getting a portrait every year or every vacation, but I think there’s something to be said about getting something so unique that screams Disney quality.


This is different than the above listing, as Larry Dotson is the artist who’s known for his art of the grounds of Walt Disney World. I do have a Canadian Pavilion piece (signed from an appearance at Disney Springs Art of Disney), but wouldn’t it be cool to get a print of the resorts that you’ve visited…or your favorite attraction?

He does signings fairly regularly, so make sure to check out his schedule here


Take some time on your next trip and go through some of the stores at Disney Springs more carefully, as you may see something that you can’t actually buy online.

Take the Coke Store for an example, there are shirts and hats everywhere…but look through the second floor and you’ll find classic Coke crates that would have been GREAT for displaying my Vinylmation or Disney Pin collection.

It’s a regret, but I’m also really looking forward to eventually adding more of the vintage brand stuff to my office!

Related Article – Everything You Should Know about the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs


Cupcakes at the Main Street Confectionary
Cupcakes at the Main Street Confectionary – Photo by Steps to Magic

I’m not sure that this can be an item, as I’m trying to keep things to tangible collectable or useful items, but can you really have enough cupcakes from Walt Disney World? Just a thought;)

Related Article – Best Cupcakes at Disney World


One of our de-stressing activities at home is to break out a puzzle. Every trip we add a new Thomas Kinkade puzzle to the collection, so when we’re thinking about things that we wish we had bought at Disney World…why not more of something that we actually use at home?

This is a great example of a functional souvenir and also something that will last longer than a shirt or another piece of clothing.

Related Article – Top Things to Collect in Disney World


Starbucks Been There Series - Photo by Steps to Magic
Starbucks Been There Series – Photo by Steps to Magic

Not a huge fan of the ‘Been There’ designs, but the idea of having a specialty Starbucks mug from the theme parks definitely belongs on a list of things that I wish that I had bought on our last trip!


Locking Pin Backs - Photo by Steps to Magic
Locking Pin Backs – Photo by Steps to Magic

Okay, so it’s time to look behind the curtain!

Every so often, I forget to buy something and it bugs me because all the “hacks” that folks have provided just don’t work…so here it goes. I regret not picking up a pack of the Locking Pin Backs from the airport, because I tend to put pins on my satchel and it’s not fun losing cool pins because of the weak backs.

Hopefully this list will help you think about your hard-earned spending money and you’ll invest in memories and not random stuff that just sits there.

Things That We Wish We Bought at Disney World
Things That We Wish We Bought at Disney World
Dustin Fuhs
I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!

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