Finding gifts for someone going to Disney World can be a challenge. There are so many options out there, how do you find what will really be useful. Luckily, as a former Cast Member and frequent visitor, I have a pretty good idea of what the best gifts for a Disney trip would be. Whether you’re shopping for a bon voyage present, birthday gifts, or hunting down the best Disney Christmas gifts, this list has items for travelers of all ages. It’s broken down into sections of Disney gifts for adults, Disney gifts for kids, gifts for the whole family, and Disney luggage and bags so you can use the table to contents to find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.
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Disney gifts for adults
As a childless adult, this is clearly the most important section for me, so let’s kick things off with some awesome Disney Christmas gifts for adults.
T-shirts and tank tops
Disney-themed t-shirts are essential for visiting the parks. I like to try to match mine to the park I’m visiting that day. I have a Lion King shirt I love to wear to Animal Kingdom, a Magic Kingdom rides one for days at the Magic Kingdom, etc. However, you don’t have to be that crazy. Any old Disney t-shirt will do. And the good news is that there are so many options available. Seriously – I had so many tabs open with Disney shirts in them while I was writing this that I broke Chrome. We’re truly living in a remarkable age. Here are a few of my current favorites:
- Men’s powerline concert shirt (though let’s be real, I own a version of this one that’s no longer available). This one will be a big hit with ’90s kids.
- The Emperor’s New Groove is one of the most underrated Disney movies and this shirt is perfect for anyone who agrees with me.
- Magic Kingdom “The mountains are calling” t-shirt. I have the long sleeved version of this one, but I love the idea. It features silhouettes of my favorite Magic Kingdom rides, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain, and comes in a ton of colors and styles. Don’t like the t-shirt? Try a tank top or a raglan all available from the same shop.
- These matching Minnie and Mickey Santa hat shirts are perfect Disney Christmas gifts for friends or family visiting the parks over the holidays.
- This “I’m a nervous Rex” shirt will never not make me giggle.
- I love this sassy Jasmine t-shirt that says “Not your prize.”
- Gaston is the winner of the “No Belle Prize” according to this shirt lol.
Custom printed dresses and skirts
I’m obsessed with my Epcot dress. I’ve never gotten so many complements about something I was wearing as I have when I wore it to Epcot. I’ve been buying clothes from this Etsy shop for a few years now and have loved everything.
Women’s Aladdin denim jacket
Though the weather there is usually warm, if you’re shopping for gifts for someone going to Disney World in the winter, they’ll likely want a light jacket for the evenings. This Aladdin one from the Oh My Disney line is perfect.
Disney name necklace
I’m obsessed with Disney jewelry and I’m to the point that I now have more necklaces and earrings than I can wear on a vacation without switching them mid-day in the parks. And yet, I’m still obsessed with this gorgeous find on Etsy. You can get a custom name done in the classic Disney font for an adorable personalized touch.
Mickey flip flops
These are great for men and women, and are a must-have for trips to the pool or the Disney water parks.
Sadly, this one only comes in sizes for iPhones, which is the only thing stopping me from snatching one up. There are plenty of Disney designs available from this shop (one of my favorites on Etsy), but this Spaceship Earth one is my favorite. And, unlike a lot of the cheaper cases you can get printed, this one is an Otterbox, which has protected my Pixel on many falls.
Disney gifts for kids
There is an endless array of Disney gifts for kids, so it can be hard to figure out what will be useful for a Disney World visit. These are some of my favorite items that will come in handy during vacation.
These kind of baby outfits come in tons of Disney options, but this Incredibles set is my favorite. It’s labeled as being for boys, but let’s face it, I’d put a girl in it too. Plus, in the costume-style one, you can pretend that your little kiddo is a superhero.
Disney bathing suit
One of the fun parts about visiting Disney World is hitting the hotel pool and/or one of the water parks. There are plenty of suits designed for kids to bring out their Disney side. From a Minnie Mouse girls one-piece to a Moana two-piece suit to toddler-sized Mickey trunks to Star Wars and Marvel boys suits.
Disney bathing suit coverup
This adorable Ariel coverup is perfect for that sometimes long walk to the pool or a bus ride to the water park. Rash guard t-shirts with Star Wars and Marvel designs on them are great for boys too.
Minnie Mouse Crocs sandals
These adorable little girls sandals are perfect for heading to the pool or one of the water parks. They even match that Minnie bathing suit linked above!
Frozen hooded towel
This super cute Frozen-inspired towel is the perfect thing to take to the pool for kids. With its hood and fake braid, girls will love feeling like Elsa while they’re drying off.
Custom autograph book
I’m all about personalized travel gifts, so I love that you can get this one customized – plus it’s great for a family with multiple kids so they can tell their books apart easily. Disney sells officially-licensed ones, but I love the fact that the spiral binding on this one allows you to flip the pages around, thus making it easier for characters to hold the book.
Disney autograph pen
Multi-color pens were the coolest thing to have when I was a kid, and the Disney Store is bringing them back with a line of ’90s classics inspired ones like this one from Aladdin. It’s the perfect pen to pair with an autograph book.
Disney princess dresses
Dressing little girls up in princess dresses to visit the park has become a classic. The thing is, you can get the exact same dresses they sell in the parks for way less ahead of time. Whether you’re looking for a full-length costume dress like Belle or Anna or a cute little onsie one for a baby, these make great Disney gifts for kids – especially since they can reuse them for dress up at home.
Minnie Mouse sunglasses
There’s a reason Florida is called the Sunshine State. Protect little eyes with these special Disney sunglasses.
Little Mermaid hair accessories
If mouse ears are too heavy for your little one’s head, this sparkly Ariel-inspired headband and hairclip set will give them a nice Disney touch without the bulk of big mouse ears.
Disney snacks baby bib
Trying the special foods is one of the most important parts of any Disney vacation for me, so I love anything that features snacks. This custom-printed baby bib is made by an old friend of mine and would look super cute on any baby heading to Disney World.
Minnie baby snack pouches
One of the great things about visiting Disney parks is that you can bring your own snacks in. This is especially useful for kids and families on a budget. These reusable snack bags for kids come with fun Minnie prints.
These Disney branded UNO cards feature your favorite Disney characters on the cards. They’re a great way to pass the time while flying or driving to Disney World or even in long lines at the parks. There are other varieties too, from Mickey and friends to The Incredibles. For a different kind of time-killer, check out these Mickey Mouse Mad Libs.
Disney gifts for the whole family
These unique Disney gifts will appeal to the whole family. From matching shirts and PJs (ok, maybe teenagers won’t love those options) to books and games to pass the time traveling and waiting in line, these items are great for kids and adults alike.
Matching family t-shirts for Disney World
Teenage me would be horrified to see this recommendation, but now that I’m an adult I kind of like the idea. These matching, personalized Disney shirts come in all sizes from adults to kids to onsies for babies. They’ll set you up for the perfect family photo in front of Cinderella Castle or with the man himself, Mickey Mouse. Or go for the glittery kind, though these don’t come in baby sizes.
Disney gift cards
These can be used all over Disney property for souvenirs, food, and even hotel rooms. Smaller dollar amounts make great gifts for kids so they can do some shopping with their own money or stocking stuffers for the whole family. Disney vacations are not cheap, so gift cards like this are a helpful way to defray some of the cost.
Disney parks tickets
If you’re really feeling like going over the top, you could spring for a park ticket or two. I always buy through Undercover Tourist since they’re an official partner and offer discounts on multi-day tickets. This is the kind of thing you’ll definitely want to consult your friends or family members about before buying, even though it’ll ruin the surprise in case they’ve already bought them through a vacation package or want to get park hoppers or water park admissions.
Birnbaum’s Guide Book
I remember combing through these books as a kid and picking out all of the rides that I wanted to ride before each of my trips. This official guidebook to Disney World features all of the resorts, rides, and restaurants to help you plan your trip and will be a great way to get kids excited.
Disney beach towels
There are all kinds of varieties of Disney beach towels available, but this Disney World one with a fake passport stamp and this brightly colored one with Mickey head silhouettes on it are two of my favorite. There are also tons of options with characters on them.
Custom Magic Band skins
Etsy is an absolute treasure trove for Magic Band skins. They’re awesome because you can spice up the plain ones that you get when staying at a Disney resort for a low cost. I’ve bought several over the last couple of years, including this monorail one. There are all kinds of designs available featuring Disney characters, Disney snacks, rides, parks, and more.
If you’re shopping for unique Disney gifts for someone who isn’t staying at a Disney resort, they won’t be getting one of the free Magic Bands as part of their reservation. Not to worry, there are plenty of bands for sale with park imagery and characters. I kind of love this Mulan one, but Toy Story takes a close second. Take some time to poke around and see all of the options.
Mickey or Minnie umbrella strollers
These light strollers are perfect for days at the parks. You can pick between red with Mickey ears and pink and white polka dots with Minnie ears on top.
Personalized stroller plate
This Disney-themed (you can also get non-Disney designs if you don’t want to be fun) stroller name plate will help your family’s stroller stand out from all of the other strollers in Fantasyland – and if you’ve never been to Disney World before, please believe me when I say that there will be more strollers parked outside of the popular rides than you ever knew existed. Plus, these are made by an old friend of mine who loves Disney just as much as I do.
Disney water bottles
I never go to the parks without a refillable water bottle. It’s hot and bottled water is expensive and not very environmentally friendly so why pay money for water when I can get it for free? These Disney water bottles will save your vacationers loads of money and help them stay hydrated in the hot Florida sun.
Custom designed mouse ears
Mouse ears are the quintessential Disney World accessory. Sure, you could wait to pick some up at the gift shop, but why not check out some of the custom designs on Etsy. These unique Disney gifts will help the wearer stand out and really share their personality. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Rainbow sequined Minnie ears
- Haunted Mansion ears
- Traditional style ears with a colorful bow
- Big Thunder Mountain inspired ears
- Spaceship Earth ears with a monorail bow
- Little Mermaid ears complete with a dinglehopper accessory
- Super intricate Splash Mountain inspired ears
Hidden Mickey book
Matching Mickey Christmas pajamas
These are perfect for a family planning a Disney Christmas vacation, or for parents to bring along with them as a Christmas Eve present. They come in sizes for men, women, kids, and toddlers so the whole family can match. Unless you’re a baby. I guess you’re out of luck then.
Disney portable fans
These might not be the height of fashion, but they’re great for keeping cool in the Florida heat. You can pick your colors and customization options, so these would be cute for the whole family – the way the fan blades are hidden means they should be safe for everyone.
Disney bags and other gear
Disney hardside luggage
I’ll never go back to soft sided bags, and it’s nice to see that fun designs are becoming more and more common on hardsided luggage. This Mickey inspired roller bag is the perfect gift for someone heading to Disney World. For a smaller bag, try this adorable vintage-y Animator’s Collection roller bag from the Disney Store.
Minnie inspired fanny pack
Fanny packs are getting cool again, which is great news for people who are fans of convenient storage. These Minnie-inspired bags were designed by a real life Disney fan and blogger who co-hosts our Disney parks Twitter chat with me, so you know they’re the real deal.
Having something versatile to carry all of your stuff around during a day at the parks is essential. These string backpacks are great for kids since they’re cute and comfy to carry and can handle things like water bottles or those little extra-tough kids cameras I keep seeing around.
Disney printed overnight bag
I bought my mom the monorail one (because who doesn’t love the look of the Disney World monorails?) and got a Mickey Bar print one for myself two Christmases ago and I absolutely love these. They’re the perfect size for a weekend or can serve as a carry-on for a flight to Disney.
Custom Disney luggage tag
Don’t forget a custom Disney luggage tag for your suitcases! These can be created with a variety of colors and characters to suit the taste of adults and kids alike.
Check out these other posts for more Disney World tips from a former Cast Member:
- What to Pack for Disney World
- How to Save Money at Disney World
- How to Save Time at Disney World Using Your Smartphone
- The Grown-Up’s Guide to Disney World
- The Most Important FastPass+ at Every Disney World Park
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