Vote of the week: Favorite theme park souvenir?
You swear you were going to watch what you spent on that theme park visit. "No souvenirs!" you vowed. But every time you go, one of these manages to suck a few bucks out of your wallet.
What is that thing for you?
As always, please explain your pick in the comments, or offer a suggestion about souvenirs at your favorite theme park.
[Personal note: I'll be flying to Orlando for business tomorrow, so I'll post reports from Disney's Animal Kingdom (Sunday) and at least one other Walt Disney World theme park (Tuesday).]
Gotta have a silly hat, preferably the kind with jingly bells on it. Although its debut would be delayed till after the visit: I only got one head :) and when I'm there my one head is already occupied with a funny hat I bring with me such as my homemade one.
I am usually pretty good with not buying all the souveneirs. We go on avg every other year, so its an easy thing to ... mostly... stick to! But somehow, that darn disney plushy catches my eye...lol. Last time I went to IOA, we did the etched photo of my kids. next time we are doing the family. This will be my new souveneir from now on... they were very reasonably priced too... (I purchased mine in the cat in the hat store... they take your picture and then they send you the final product about two weeks later)
I totally forgot about "on-ride photos" as an option in the vote. (Can you tell that I never buy those?) Sorry....
I would have voted for the On Ride Photo, but since that is not an option, I have to go with the shirt.
You forgot refrigerator magnet, too.
I get a refrigerator magnet every time I go to a theme park. I have an Expedition Everest, Spider Man, and Kings Island magnet.
I own too many T-shirts from various places or events. I now look for the refrigerator magnets. Picked up a Holiday World and Dollywood magnet just last week.
T-shirts are always available, no matter which chain's park you're visiting. Add to that the almost infinite variety of park-related designs (the park map, a particular ride, or just a park logo), along with the multiple styles (tank, sleeveless, long sleeve, halter, sweats), and you've got your ubiquitous souvenir. While the pins and the 'tenna toppers are fun, for lasting memories, give me a shirt!
Candy. Sure you can get plushes, t-shirts with the logo and little license plates with your first name on them, but ninety percent of the time they get put away and you never use 'em after that day you buy 'em. Candy, however, is instant gratification. Plus, once you're done with 'em, you just throw out what's left over. No muss, no fuss. ;)
As others who've read my trip reports may already have guessed, I'm as picky about souvenirs as I am about the parks I visit. Any such widgets that I buy have to be attractive, practical, or both.
When I visit a park that isnt my local park, I always buy a t-shirt, if not with a park logo on it, one with my favorite ride. I also like to buy a hat if they are good and will also buy a plush if I like them like Figment etc.
I buy theme park tee shirts all the time and they are easily my favorite souvenir. But the theme park logo is the least interesting version of what these shirts can be. I love how creative some of these shirts are whether they are funny or just have beautiful art.
I most often submit to the call of the souvenir ride photos and (if you can believe it), crushed pennies...
How about key chains and postcards?
My must-have souvenir isn't on the list, but that's probably because it's a little unusual. I have a collection of theme park books, so that's what I can't resist if I see it.
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