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Welcome to those of you joining me from A Disney Mom’s Thoughts and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month’s topic is “Shopping in the Parks”. Since Randy isn’t much of a shopper, I’m filling in for him this month.
While my husband would probably prefer that this wasn’t the case, I must confess . . . I love to shop! I’ve always loved to shop. I like shopping for good deals. I like comparison-shopping. And I really like shopping for Disney goodies! There is one such place where I can meet all of these shopping criteria . . .
So, what’s so special about Downtown Disney?
Well, first of all, it’s a beautiful place to just stroll and relax (along the water), it’s a great place to get a Disney fix if you’re only in the area for a short time, it’s a fun place to start and/or end your Disney vacation (if you don’t want to use full day park tickets), and it’s got some of the best restaurants. But, this post is about SHOPPING!
Some of my favorite stores are . . .
World of Disney
This is a bit of a “duh” when it comes to Disney shopping! I mean, this store is not only HUGE, but it’s got EVERYTHING you could possibly want. Most of the items found here are also found in the parks, but my family loves that it’s a “one stop shopping” type of store. We usually “window shop” for a few days in the parks, then head over to Downtown Disney and get serious at World of Disney! We are Disney Visa cardholders, so we get a discount if we spend over $50 (which we always do!)
Once Upon a Toy
I think each of us has a favorite section in this store, but we’d all agree that we love the Mr. Potato Head section. Even though my kids have outgrown Mr. Potato Head, we still always stop and look for new parts and sometimes we even bring some home with us! Next time, Ian wants to build a light saber here.
Disney’s Pin Traders
Much like World of Disney, this store is your one-stop-shop for pin-trading. My kids love checking out this store first to see all the pins that are available. There’s a big pin-trading board here as well.
Oh my gosh, we love Basin. The girls and I like to go in here and try the scrubs and lotions. I could literally spend hours in there just smelling all the yummy soaps and pampering myself. It’s a great place to buy gifts for those “hard to buy for” ladies on your Christmas list!
We’ve always enjoyed walking through D-Street. They just have very different things in there that you don’t see in the other stores. But, what has recently caught the attention of my family is the Vinylmations. We resisted getting into them for several years, but now we’re a bit hooked. I think the kids will enjoy trading here.
Disney’s Days of Christmas
Oh my goodness – all Christmas, all the time! And, as if that weren’t enough, it’s all DISNEY CHRISTMAS all the time! We’ve never been to Disney over the holidays, but we always stroll through this store to get a festive fix! They personalize ornaments here that make very nice gifts.
Lego Imagination Center
I would be remiss to share our favorite Downtown Disney Stores and not share this one. My son Ian could spend a full day in this store alone! It’s a Lego Lovers Paradise! More Legos than you could ever imagine in one place. And you can play and build too!
I should probably avoid this store because it gives me ideas! Every time I go in here, I want to redo my kitchen! But, it’s just so much fun that I can’t help myself! I usually end up with a cookbook, and little goody for the kitchen, or a food item for a friend.
So, there you have it! The best shopping at Downtown Disney!
What about YOU?
Do you enjoy shopping at Downtown Disney?
Tell me about your favorite stores.
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