Published: July 22, 2007 at 9:23 AM
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.
So far, the best souvenirs I've gotten came from the former Marine World (LONG before Sick Flags warped them into the abomination they are today), and from the Mexican parks. The old Marine World yielded several items, including old-logo (the "Elefish") and new-logo jackets, a polo shirt, and some mugs.
Xcaret and Xel Ha both yielded gorgeous charcoal-gray polo shirts, with an embroidered Via Delphi logo (this is the same one that some of the trainers wear when off-duty) and the park name just above it. I also found a hand-painted mug, done in cobalt-blue glass. That one, although practical, doesn't get used. It's truly a show piece.
My wife is nearly as picky, but she was a Disneyland regular in her childhood. She's got a couple of large-size 'Tigger' mugs (they're nearly big enough to qualify as steins, I think). They're ceramic, done in dark-green glaze with raised reliefs of Tigger around the outside. One is in use, the other is stashed away as another show piece.
Beach towels are another good score, if you can find such that have decent artwork.
Keep the peace(es).