Honestly, I feel like I didn’t buy enough in Orlando but due to the length of time I was there I had limited room in my suitcase. So when it came to pack my stuff up and go home I was actually lucky it all fit to be honest. I did buy a fair amount so I’m going to show you. Here goes nothing!
My first night was a bit of a disaster so the lovely lady who checked me in gave me a free dinner voucher. Unfortunately I was too tired to use it on my first night so I used it a few days later – the meal voucher came with a free meal, a snack and a cup that entitled you to free refills throughout your stay at the resort. This was my cup! I don’t know how it works but they’re scanned and when you put it under the machine it registers your cup and how long you have left for refills. Most of the refills were for hot drinks or fizzy drinks but I found some pomegranate juice that was actually super tasty so I drank that for the rest of my trip. And I got to bring the cup home which is cool!
Toy Story Necklace
The Toy Story films are probably my favourite Disney films so when I spotted this necklace in the massive Disney store at Disney Springs I had to buy it. This was on day five of my trip and I had quite a bit of money so although I couldn’t see a price on the box I decided to chance it. I can’t remember how much it cost but it wasn’t as much as I was expecting. It’s super cute and I love it!
This is for my friend Jess – even though she was the only one of my friends to tell me her favourite characters in advance for my trip she was the most difficult to buy for. I settled on this as she collects buildings from the different places she’s visited so I usually get her something like that – therefore if she doesn’t want to use it as a magnet she can add it to her little village. Hopefully she likes it!
Another gift for Jess – she’d told me her favourite character was Moana and I actually really struggled to find much Moana related gifts for her. In the end I found this pin and decided I thought it was cute so now Jess owns it!
Mickey Doughnut Magnet
Just before my trip to Florida I went to my friend Emma’s house and commented on her lack of fridge magnets and promised I’d bring her one back from Florida. I can’t remember all the characters she said she liked but she mentioned that her favourite was Hercules which basically left me with nothing to go off (I don’t think there was any Hercules merchandise at all). I settled on this one for her as I think it’s cute!
Hollywood Studios Magnet
I wanted a cute fridge magnet but couldn’t really find a cute one for the whole of Disneyworld if you know what I mean? This was originally bought for my brother Ian – he’s autistic and his ‘thing’ growing up was Toy Story. He loved Woody and had tons of merchandise for it. Unfortunately we lost all of his merchandise (Mum suspects my step-dad threw it away which is a dick move) but although he still likes it he prefers Scooby-Doo now. I was going to give the magnet to Ian but decided that actually I like it and Ian probably wouldn’t give a shit anyway so now it’s on my fridge.
Walt Disneyworld Magnet
I actually thought the majority of magnets were kinda ugly and that included this one but I wanted something that showed I’d been to the Florida park so I ended up bringing this one home for me. Well, I’m not actually sure if it’s for me or my Mom but it’s on our fridge – presumably if I ever move house the magnet will come with me ‘cos my Mom doesn’t care about Disney.
Mickey Mouse Key Ring
I’ve got way too many key rings at the moment – the trouble I have is that I bought them on trips so I don’t want to take any of them off because they have a nice memory attached to them. My Step-Mum has this in a fridge magnet format from their trip to Disneyworld years ago and I wanted a key ring version to show that I’d been. And I love it so no regrets I guess. Except I’m finding it harder to shove my house key into its little pouch with all the bloody key rings I’ve got now.
1st Visit Badge
I mentioned this in my ‘Travel Fails’ blog post but my first night was an absolute disaster and I sobbed to the woman on reception that it was my first visit and it had been a disaster so far and she gave me this badge. I wore it most days of my trip. It was nice actually because most staff would wish me a happy first visit (I even got some free food in Hollywood Studios) and even other guests would wish me a happy first visit too. So if it’s your first time at Disneyworld definitely ask for one of these badges!
Beauty and the Beast Key Ring
This is for my friend Hirst – every time I’ve been somewhere Disney related I always buy her something Beauty and the Beast related even though I’m not actually 100% sure if it’s her favourite Disney film anymore. I’m pretty sure Belle was her favourite princess, I have no idea if it’s changed or not but for the foreseeable future she’ll probably keep getting Beauty and the Beast merchandise!
Although I’m extremely behind on it I keep scrapbooks of my adventures and I find it’s helpful to have a postcard or two to add. This pack includes ten postcards, here’s what they have if you can see them:
They’re really cute and I’m looking forward to putting them in my scrapbook!
Toy Story Notebook
I think this is so cute, it’s a notebook made to look like the Toy Story VHS. I love buying new notebooks. I’m not sure whether I’ll actually use this one because it’s so cute that I worry nothing I write in it will actually be worthy. But I knew I had to have it so maybe I will write something in it one day.
I bought this for my friend Becca because she watched the Coco movie last year and has probably seen it 100 times since then because she instantly loved it. When I gave this to her she instantly went “I can never write anything in this, it’s too nice!” So I think it was well received. I do think it’s cute actually, she’s lucky I gave it to her instead of keeping it for myself haha!
Disney Snow Globe
Whenever I go abroad I bring back a snow globe to mark where I’ve been. The literal only one I’m missing is Amsterdam so I’m hoping my Mom will get me one when she goes in April. I hadn’t really spotted any snow globes in the parks so I bought one from Universal which I will show you all later in this post but then I spotted this one in the gift store of my hotel. It’s bigger than all my other snow globes, even my Japan one, but since I’d wanted to visit for so long it’s nice to have the snow globe as like… An achievement if that makes sense? I genuinely thought I’d never be able to afford to go and I’m so happy that I did. Now I have this on my ‘travel shelf’ to prove that I did.
In Japan me, Becca and Jess each bought one of these and even brought one back to the UK for Hirst – mostly so we could see who’s card we got but also the Chocolate Frogs themselves had been worth the money as they’re quite heavy, even I couldn’t finish the whole thing in one sitting. I didn’t open it until I got back to the UK and saw that I’d got Gilderoy Lockhart’s card:
Not my favourite character but at least I didn’t get another Dumbledore! If ever I went back to Universal Studios I think I’d buy another one, I love getting the cards.
Universal Studios Shot Glass
As you can see the shot glass says ‘Jessica’ at the top so it was a gift for my friend Hirst. Most of my gifts from abroad for Hirst are a shot glass and Becca & Jess usually get her one too so she has quite a good collection of them now.
Hermione Key Ring
To be honest I really struggled to know what to buy for my friends in Universal Studios but I knew I should probably get them something. I spotted this and it instantly reminded me of Becca as she loves Harry Potter and she had told me that in primary school she used to play Harry Potter with a couple of friends and she was always Hermione. So I brought it home for her.
Cauldron Key Ring
I’m in danger now but I think I gave this one to Hirst. Hirst isn’t actually the biggest Harry Potter on the planet, she didn’t watch the films until she was in her late teens and I don’t think she’s read the books but she sort of likes it now and enjoyed ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ when I took her to see it last August. So she ended up with a cauldron key ring!
Chocolate Frog Key Ring
Pretty sure I gave this one to Jess. I had wanted to get us each something from our houses as we all have a different one – I’m Hufflepuff, Jess is Gryffindor, Becca is Slytherin and Hirst is Ravenclaw. But everything was so expensive and the house related stuff wasn’t actually that cute so I settled on getting them different key rings instead.
This was for my friend Sorcha, I’d gotten her an Ariel key ring in Hong Kong as I’d thought that was her favourite character but it turned out although she loved Ariel her actual favourite character was Tinkerbell (she didn’t tell me that when I gave her the key ring, she was grateful, it just came up in conversation before I went away lmao). I made it my mission to get her something Tinkerbell related this time and came across this pin which I thought was cute so I decided to get it for her.
At Universal Studios there’d been a parade where the people on the floats tossed these bead necklaces out into the crowd. The girl next to me caught tons and saw I was getting a bit frustrated that I hadn’t managed to catch any yet so she kindly gave me two of hers and then as the parade went on I managed to build it up to nine necklaces. I wore them for the rest of the visit and I thought it was a cute idea. Some people literally must’ve managed to collect almost a hundred of them which I thought was a bit crazy considering they’re probably worth about 10p each but if it made them happy then crack on I guess!
Minnie Mouse Plushie
I told myself not to buy anymore plushies because although I love all the ones I have they’re in a bin bag because I have nowhere to store them (I’m not throwing them out although I’m sure my Mother would love that, I’m just keeping hold of them) but when I saw this Minnie Mouse I couldn’t resist. She’s holding a candyfloss and her dress is covered in different things from the parks like rides or iconic buildings from each park. Minnie Mouse had been one of my favourite character meets as she was so lovely so I just couldn’t help myself! She’s on my bed for now but unfortunately I imagine she’ll be destined for the bin bag until I move out and hopefully get some space to showcase my cute plushies.
I spotted this in a Christmas shop and knew it would be perfect for Sorcha so I got it for her. She was delighted with it and I’m really happy I grabbed it for her; I do think it’s so cute.
Buzz Lightyear Decoration
And this is the one I bought for myself. I’ve been buying more Disney decorations over the past couple of years (much to my Mum’s disappointment as she’s not really a Disney fan but she can’t stop me spending my own money lmao) but when I got this home I’ve decided not to save it for Christmas and now he’s on the knob for one of my drawers. I don’t think he’ll go on the tree this year because I bought some other decorations for myself too…
Toy Story Decorations
These ones! They were the first things I spent money on in the parks. My original plan had been to give the Woody one to my brother for his tree and we’d have the Buzz one on ours but like with the magnet I think he’s going to be left short again because I want them both on our tree. So they’re going to take pride and place on ours instead.
Seuss Snow Globe
This is the snow globe I mentioned earlier and to be fair I do really like it. I went to Seuss land first at Universal Studios and ended up loving the Cat in the Hat ride more than I thought I would. I had more fun in Universal than I thought I would actually, there were more rides that I could handle than I’d originally thought and it was lots of fun. I’d definitely go back one day.
Hello Kitty Notebooks
My love for cute notebooks got the better of me again but I couldn’t resist these when I saw them! I mean, look at them! I’d nearly chickened out of the ET ride at the last minute but didn’t and was so proud of myself for going on it, plus it was lots of fun so I decided I wanted the ET version but I thought the Jaws version was so cute too. I just had to get both. Again, not sure if I’ll write anything in them because they’re just too cute!
And there we have it, my Florida haul! Let me know your favourite thing you bought from Orlando.