1. Take a Photo of Your Souvenir in the Park
Chances are, whatever you buy either wont make it home or will get misplaced somewhere down the line. Having a photo of the item before you leave the park will give you two memories in one.
Purchase his souvenir photos here.
4. Send Yourself a Postcard
While you’re sending all your friends and family a “Wish You Were Here,” write yourself a note about how much fun you’re having. Mail the post card on the last day of your vacation, and a few days after you get home you’ll get a cute reminder of your trip. Or, have a character sign the post-card for you.
Pro Tip: You can send mail from a real mailbox on Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom and it will be post marked from “Disney World”!
6. Make Your Free Buttons into Fridge Magnets
As many DisneyHeads know, you can get free buttons for special occasions from Guest Services (or at restaurants if the line is too long!) Once you get home, just glue some magnets to the back of the buttons and display them on your fridge.
9. Get Autographs on T-shirts or Backpacks
Characters will sign anything as long as you’re not wearing it at the time. For washable items, toss them in the dryer when you get home to heat-set them so the marker doesn’t run.
Pro Tip: On Disney cruises, if you turn in white T-shirts or pillow cases on the first day of the cruise, you’ll get them back when you leave with autographs from all the characters. Or you can make special requests, like just princesses or villains.
10. Get a Haircut at Harmony Barber Shop
Even haircuts at Disney are magical! For less than $20, guests of all ages can get haircuts, “pixie dust,” (washable) colored hair paint and the musical stylings of the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet! The ‘My First Haircut’ package for children even includes commemorative Mickey Ears and a certificate. When you get home and admire your new ‘do, you’ll remember the fun you had at this old-fashioned barber shop. Make reservations here.
13. Get Your Portraits Taken in the Park
Instead of the dreaded family vacation photos, why not use your vacation to take engagement photos, or family or senior portraits. If you want to splurge, you can even hire special Disney professional photographers (sessions start at $150).
Pro tip: Take the photos yourself and learn how to edit out other tourists with this handy photoshop trick (#8).
14. Get a Personalized Christmas Ornament
You can get names or dates or occasions written on your Disney ornaments for a few extra dollars. Or, DIY a version with the tiny plastic toys.
15. Make a Disney Shadowbox
There’s no end to the paper souvenirs you’ll get on your trip: maps, tickets, fastpasses, stickers. Instead of scrapbooking or tossing them, put them into a shadowbox to display. See how this fan did it here. Get your own shadowbox here.
17. Turn Your Photos into a Coloring Book
If you have a photoshop program, you can make your own personalized coloring images out of any photo. Just follow these steps.
19. Share the Magic
Give Kids The World is a nonprofit based in Orlando that helps terminally-ill children and their families experience the magic of Disney. The Storybook village where families stay is located near Disney World and accepts volunteers over the age of 12. What better way to spend a few extra hours during your trip? Get more info or donate to the cause here.