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Disney World can feel like one big ATM if you let it. After paying for the tickets, resort rooms, and meals, you might not have any left for souvenirs. Here’s the secret to saving a bit at the House of Mouse: Disney’s Character Warehouse. The official Disney outlet locations in Orlando, Florida are jam-packed with souvenirs at up to 75% off. Even better, one is right outside Disney World gates!
It’s funny how after spending thousands for Disney World theme park tickets, hotels and meals, it’s the $34 t-shirt that sends me over the edge. I just can’t bear the park prices for souvenirs!
Thank Goofy I’ve found the premium outlets that sell our favorite Disney merchandise. These are Disney-owned stores, not knockoffs, right in Orlando, Florida. I’m happy to share my discoveries with you.
TravelingMom Tip: Like so many other things, visiting the Disney outlets isn’t as simple as it used to be. Capacity limits may mean waiting in line to enter the store. On busy days, the outlet operates a virtual queue and will text you when it’s your turn to shop. Check out these Disney World FAQs to get all the info you need.
2 Disney Character Warehouse Locations
Disney Character Warehouse
4969 International Dr.
Disney’s Character Warehouse at the Orlando Premium Outlets
8200 Vineland Ave #1252
There are pluses and minuses to both. Read on for the details on which is closest to Disney World, which has the best selection and what to buy when you’re there.
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Which Disney Outlet is the Right One for You?
If you’re short on time, take an Uber, to Disney’s Character Warehouse at Orlando Premium Outlet Mall (8200 Vineland Ave., Suite 1252). This is the closest to Disney (right outside theWalt Disney World gates), Not surprisingly, it also is the busiest of the two outlets.
If you’ve got more time and a car, the Orlando International Premium Outlets location (4951 International Drive, Orlando) is well worth the drive.
Because it’s a bit further afield, the Disney’s Character Warehouse on I-Drive tends to get picked over less quickly. We found this to be our favorite of the two Disney outlets because it offers a greater selection of fun Disney merch.
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Disney Character Warehouse Finds
The kids and I hit both on one visit. Before we went into the Disney outlets, I gave each of my kids $10 to spend.
We loaded up on tees from $4 and tons of out-of-season but still perfectly useful items at giveaway prices. We also found Magicband bling – $13 at the parks – for $1.99. I grabbed a bunch of those for gifts to give to Disney loving friends.
What’s also nice about the Disney’s Character Warehouse is that you can find some amazing collectibles and high-end items (the same items that can be found in the official Disney store) and hugely discounted prices.
I see Dooney and Burke and Vera Bradley purses every time I visit, usually at half off retail. On the last visit, I got an amazing Mickey Leather Bomber jacket at a steal.
Be sure to look in the display cases and shelves behind the counter. I have been able to get some one-of-a-kind items from sold-out Disney special events such as Star Wars weekends.
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Disney Outlet Orlando Pin Trading Tips
Disney’s Character Warehouse carries pin starter sets of 6 or 8 for $12.95 to $16.95, which is an absolute steal compared to the parks.
If your kids are into pin trading, get ANY cheap ones you can find; the cast members in the parks are required to trade them. (They must be official Disney pins, so beware the knock-offs you can find online!)! Many of the park gift shops (especially in the hotels) have entire books of pins just for trading. No worries if your kid starts with 20 “2016 marathon” pins you got for $3 each.
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Speaking of pins, we have a holiday tradition in our family involving Disney pins. When the kids were 4 and 7, their Christmas surprise was a trip to Disney World. To get them in the spirit the “Elves” put a daily Disney pin into their advent calendars. The kids are now 11 and 15 and still look for the pins every December morning. Thank goodness for the Disney outlet so the Elves can stock up on the cheap!
When You Can’t Be at Disney
Official Disney Outlets Nationwide
If you’re near a local Disney outlet, it’s definitely worth a look because you can find some great deals!
An interesting bit of trivia: Disney tends to stock merchandise from parks farther away from the location. For instance, the outlets near Washington DC are often chock full of special event tees, toys, and knick-knacks from Disneyland. It’s a great place to score some of your favorite Disney merch.
I always keep an eye on shopDisney sales as well. During “Friends and Family” sales, look for free shipping with no minimum and items as low as 99 cents (be sure to sign up for the emails).
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Disney World “Outlet Stores” Shopping Tips
I’d be remiss not to remind you of a couple of my favorite shop-and-save tips right on Disney property:
- I highly recommend visiting the outlets BEFORE you head into the parks. You’ll find autograph books, pins for pin-trading, Disney ears, Disney t-shirts and so many more items that you’ll want to use during your Disney vacation.
- Uniqlo, in Disney Springs, is a Japanese H&M/Old Navy type clothing store. However, the merchandise is universally good quality. Even better, each store carries a line of merchandise unique to the location. The Disney Springs store has hundreds of unique Disney tees, most under $15. The style and fit factor are amped up a notch over your typical t-shirt. You’ll even find characters not often seen. Last time I saw Up! and 101 Dalmatians. When was the last time you saw an Up! t-shirt?
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Where to Buy Discounted Disney World Tickets
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