Couponing and saving your way to a Walt Disney World vacation? Chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time in gift shops and bringing home souvenirs from your trip. Whoopee..shopping is fun! Now Disney World souvenirs are both expensive, fantastic, and unavoidable, not necessarily in that order.
What is my all time favorite Disney souvenir? The Disney key chain, and here’s three reasons why.
1. The Cuteness Factor
Disney key chains are good quality items and just as cute as can be. They come in all characters, all shapes, all sizes, but the price remains between about $8 to $10. They look good accessorizing your car keys. They look good hanging from your child’s back pack. They look good hanging on a nail in your kitchen, as a reminder of good times had or good times to come. They look good on your desk at work, or hanging from your purse. They look good anywhere, and they will take a beating and hang in there.
2. The Low (ish) Price
At $8 to $10 each, key chains are some of the more affordable, ever-adorable souvenirs found in any Disney gift shop. Compared with Mickey sweat shirts starting at $49.95, a key chain looks like a real bargain. My beloved chocolate-covered caramel Mickey apples are at least $9, and they certainly won’t be making the trip home.
3. The Ease of Availability
I have spent some lovely time in a lot of Disney gift shops. Window shopping is practically a sport in my house. Fantastically themed, air-conditioned, clean, the air full of Disney music, and the isles are full of happy customers. There may be no better place to kill some time in-between rides. I can’t think of one gift shop where there hasn’t been a full rack of key chains just sitting by the door, luring me back to the counter, coaxing that Visa out of my wallet.
Headed back home from vacation? There’s a key chain display in the gift shop before you check out. Headed back to your resort? There are gift shops at every entrance/exit to the parks, just in case you need a last-minute gift. Hey, they make great gifts and last practically forever.
Those three DVC and Cruise line key chains pictured above? I purchased those from eBay, at about $4.50 each including shipping, for a Disney cruise I will take six months from now. Why so early? I’m assuming that’s less than half the retail cost at Castaway Cay, and they stand as a promise of…you know it, vacation and good times to come.
So the next time you’re wandering the gift shop wonderland, take a closer peak at the key chains. Easy on the eyes, and a little easier on the wallet than many other Disney souvenirs.
Thanks for coming along for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you in the check-out line!