• On Jan 23, 2015
    Maryanne from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    What is the shopping like at the Disney property hotels? Any suggestions? I like off the beaten path art and merchandise

    Hi Maryanne, welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. In most of the resorts you will find pretty standard merchandise like pins, toys, clothes and snacks. There are a couple of places that I thought of immediately when you mentioned "off the beaten path". 

    Zawadi Marketplace at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has some really cool African art and decor. The art is imported and there are interesting paintings and sculptures by local artists. You can also find some unique African toys here.

    These next suggestions are not found in the resorts, but in the parks. The Rainforest Cafe gift shop at Disney's Animal Kingdom has some really cool Earth and Rainforest inspired souvenirs. I know that it sounds like a strange place to find off the beaten path souvenirs, but I purchased my favorite lamp here on my last vacation. It is a turquoise geode light fixture and I absolutely love it. I have never seen anything like it anywhere else. I even tried looking online for more like it to no avail.

    You can also find some amazing merchandise around the World Showcase at Epcot. One of my favorites is the Plaza de los Amigos in the Mexico Pavilion. I have purchased authentic Mexican ceramics from here and a really nice hand made coin purse. There are shops all over the World Showcase and you can find really cool merchandise unique to each country.

    I hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please feel free to stop by. Have a magical Walt Disney World vacation, and happy shopping.
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Indiana

I am a recent graduate from Ball State University and mother to my 5-year-old son. We love all things Disney and when we aren’t watching Disney films or planning our next vacation, we love to go to touring Disney shows. I also love to cook, listen to music, read books, and paint. With my experience planning vacations and navigating the parks from a single parent’s perspective, I hope to be able to add a little “pixie dust” to your vacation! Learn More About Sarah

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