As today is the anniversary of the release of classic Disney movie "Dumbo," I thought it would be a great day to give a tip to our readers on souvenir shopping. There are so many things you could buy and collect at Walt Disney World (or just as a Disney fan) that it can be overwhelming. Obviously, you can't buy it all. For one thing, there's the budget to consider. Plus, where would you put it all? I decided a few years ago that focus was the key.
When I visit Disney World now, I focus on one character in particular (plus a couple of items that I will also pick up.) He's such a sweet character - up against the odds, his little heart broken, he learns to believe in himself and, with the help of a friend, he finds that he can SOAR! What a great message! Since I adore elephants and the story of Dumbo is so compelling, I try to find Dumbo items in the parks.
Here are some of my Dumbo souvenirs that I have collected over the years.
Pictured top, left to right: Dumbo Tsum Tsum set; Dooney & Bourke bag; Dumbo Magic Band. Pictured bottom, left to right: Thank you card from Walt Disney World featuring a Dumbo illustration; Dumbo tea pot; Dumbo Christmas ornament.
Not pictured are Dumbo pins, more stuffed animals and shirts.
Truly, I love a lot of Disney characters. Goofy and Pluto are always up there among my favorites, along with Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. I like seeing rare characters too. I met Pinocchio and Pocahontas a few years ago. We even met Meeko! However, I have found that it's best to just focus on one character for collecting purposes. There are other ways to limit your souvenir shopping, but this one works for me!
Mary Graham is a Vacation Specialist with Coasters & Castles Travel and enjoys planning trips for all sorts of families. Though her favorite character is Dumbo, her favorite rides are: 7 Dwarfs Mine Train and the new Flight of Passage. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to start planning!