It’s funny how after spending thousands for Disney park tickets, hotel and meals that it’s the $34 T-shirt that sends me over the edge. I just can’t bear the park prices for souvenirs! Thank Goofy I’ve found the Disney outlets. These are Disney-owned stores, not knockoffs, right in Orlando. I’m happy to share my discoveries with you.
Disney’s Character Warehouse
4951 International Drive
Disney’s Character Warehouse
8200 Vineland Avenue, Orlando Premium Outlets – Suite 1252
Disney Outlet Finds
The kids and I hit both recently and found them to be well stocked…and well worth the visit!
We stocked up on tees from $4 and tons of out-of-season but still perfectly useful items at giveaway prices.We also found Magicband bling- $13 at the parks- for $1.99. I grabbed a bunch of those for gifts to give to Disney loving friends. I gave each of my kids $10 to spend. My son updated his Vinylmation collection for $4 each ($14 at the parks) and my daughter picked up a Perry the Platypus pillow pet for $10 that is $33 on site.
What’s also nice about the Disney Character Warehouse is that you can find some amazing discounted collectibles and high-end items. I see Dooney and Burke and Vera Bradley purses every time I visit, usually at half off retail. Last visit I got an amazing Mickey Leather Bomber jacket at a steal. Be sure to look in the display cases and shelves behind the counter. I have been able to get some one-of-a-kind items from sold-out Disney special events such as Star Wars weekends.
Disney Outlet Pin Trading Tips
The Disney Character Warehouse carries pin starter sets of 6 or 8 for $12.95 to $16.95, which is an absolute steal compared to the parks. If your kids are into pins, get ANY cheap ones you can find and the cast members on site have to trade them. Many of the park gift shops (especially in the hotels) have entire books of pins just for trading. No worries if your kid starts with 20 “2016 marathon” pins you got for $3 each.
Disney World “Outlet” Shopping Tips
I’d be remiss not to remind you of a couple of my favorite shop and save tips right on Disney property:
- Basin (Grand Floridian and Disney Springs) is famous for their by-the-slice soaps shaped with Mickey and many other Disney themes. Next to the register you’ll find little bags of soap remainders at half price (usually around $3) that are perfect for stocking stuffers or hostess gifts.
- Uniqlo, in Disney Springs, is a Japanese H&M/Old Navy type clothing store. However, their merchandise is universally good quality. Even better, each store does a line of merchandise unique to the location. In this case, the store has hundreds of unique Disney tees, most under $15. The style and fit factor are also amped up a notch over your typical T-shirt. You’ll even find characters not often seen. Last time I saw Up! and 101 Dalmatians. When was the last time you saw an Up! T-Shirt?
What are your best Disney outlet finds? Please share in the comments.