Disney offers a wide variety of merchandise that appeals to all who visit the World: vinylmation, pins, plush characters, kitchen and household decor, food items, clothing, and miscellaneous trinkets, to name just a few! I thought it would be fun to focus on the shops that do not automatically come to mind when you think Disney shopping. This is definitely not a complete list; there are so many different shopping opportunities at Walt Disney World available to guests beyond The World of Disney.
Go Off-Property. If you have access to a vehicle, consider visiting one of the three Disney outlet stores in the Orlando area. The Mouse For Less (http://www.themouseforless.com/tripplanning/travel/OutletStores.shtml#2) details these stores and provides driving information from Walt Disney World. Target and Wal-Mart in the area also offer an expanded selection of Disney themed products at a very reasonable price—you won’t find park merchandise, but if you’re in the market for general Disney items, consider looking here first.
Bayview Gifts and Fashions (BVG) @ The Contemporary Resort. Located on the Grand Canyon Concourse, this shop offers a wide selection of clothing, select Dooney & Bourke bags, jewelry, kitchen merchandise, gifts and assorted fudge, chocolate and cupcake snack items.
The Bead Outpost @ World Showcase in Epcot. If you are looking for an inexpensive yet unique gift to bring back home, the jewelry sold here really fits the bill. All the beads displayed at this kiosk were originally Disney maps, which were then sent to Uganda through Bead For Life, and fashioned into waterproof beads. You may select jewelry or bead your own, in almost any color imaginable.
American Film Institute Showcase Shop @ Hollywood Studios. After you experience the Backlot Tour attraction, you are directed into this gift shop for your exit. If you are a movie or television buff, this is a great place to pick up a unique gift.
The Shops @ The Grand Floridian. You will discover a unique shopping experience in the main building: there are five stores that each offer specialized items, from women’s and men’s fashions, to character merchandise, fine chocolate and candies, and beauty and bath products.
What is your favorite spot for that unique souvenir?