6 Small Shops to Up Your Disney Game
Name one person who doesn’t like Disney. Go on, we’ll wait. Can’t do it? We’re not surprised! Disney is quite literally the Happiest Place on Earth and millions of people enjoy going every year. You can search the crowd and find hundreds of classic Mouse Ears and princess silhouette shirts that cost an arm and a leg and are worn by everyone. Why not use your next trip to Disney as a way to support small shops, look fabulous and unique, and have more money for Dole Whip? Here are our top small shop picks for a truly magical trip!
Everyone has a favorite Disney princess or character or even just a favorite line from a movie. Instead of purchasing a t-shirt with Cinderella’s lovely silhouette on it from Bippity Bobbity Boutique in the Magic Kingdom, try Pixie Dust Tees. This Etsy shop sells t-shirts and tank tops with your favorite sayings from all the classic Disney movies. Made from comfortable, lightweight cotton, these shirts will keep you fashionable and cool in the summer heat. Understated is the new statement so find that iconic quote and rock it!
At some point during your stroll through a Disney park you will pass a kiosk with Ears of all kinds. While some of these are unique (Glow with the Show are always a crowd-pleaser), there are still hundreds of people in the parks wearing them. At All Ears Boutique Co. you can purchase a set of Ears that reflects your favorite Disney character, movie, or theme. Completely unique and expertly crafted, these Ears will get you noticed by guests and Characters alike! Impress everyone at the Moana meet-and-greet with this set here.
Don’t forget your youngest Mouseketeer when planning out your family’s vacation wardrobe. Whether it’s their very first time and they’re still wearing onesies or they’re seeing Cinderella for their 5th birthday, they deserve to do it in style! LivieQ has high quality, customizable applique clothing items for every member of your group. Get your little princess a Cinderella themed shirt (or five!) customized in every way imaginable. Unique fabric patterns coupled with a talented artist make this small shop a must!
If there is one thing that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg at Disney, it’s water. Sure if you purchased a package deal you get a Disney themed refillable cup, but here’s a secret: water is always free at quick service restaurants! Instead of potentially mixing your drink up with the kid at the next table who keeps coughing suspiciously, bring your own stylish tumbler from Disney Desi Gifts. This newer shop features high quality, generously sized tumblers and travel mugs with the most iconic Disney lines printed on them in vinyl. You’ll never worry about a mix up with a tumbler this unique!
If this is your child’s first time to Disney you’ll want to make it extra special. If they’ve been a dozen times, you might be looking for something to surprise them with. You could go with an elaborate basket made by your Disney Resort that costs several hundreds of dollars (though it is waiting in your hotel room for you which is a little neat) or you could have a custom made basket waiting at bell services when you check in for a fraction of the cost! At Baskets by Danielle you choose exactly what will make your Mouseketeer the happiest, and it’s beautifully packaged handed to them upon check-in. From their favorite snacks to a plush of their favorite princess you’re sure to start your vacation off on the right foot!
One of the best reasons to deal with a stroller at Disney is the storage space. If you don’t have mini park-goers with you, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of parking and navigating the park with a baby mobile. However, you also have to find a new way to carry all of your park essentials. Instead of opting for the giant camping backpack your hubby normally lugs around, try sharing the load in style with a Minnie-inspired backpack from Dazzled in Daylight. The adorable design with comfortable straps means you’ll be stylish and well-organized to find those emergency snacks and portable fan!
A trip to Disney doesn’t have to break the bank and you don’t have to look just like everyone else. Celebrate your individuality, support small shops, and have a magical time!
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