It was an easy decision to create this gift guide for Disney fans, as every single time the two of us step into Disneyland, we spend half of our time browsing in the shops making mental wish lists of all of the things we want to own.
One thing you may not know about us is that in addition to all of the places you can find us on social media, Wendy and I have a second Instagram account called Girls Gone Disney. Wendy is a fairly recently Disney fan and annual pass holder, while I have been a lifelong fan, holding an annual pass on and off since my teens. The account details our Disney experience from two different perspectives.
Unfortunately, it has been quite a while since we’ve been able to visit The Happiest Place on Earth and we’re not sure when we’ll get the chance to go again. That said, we can still let put our Disney fandom on display for ways to enjoy Disney at home.
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Disney Books and Games
Books are a great way to get the Disney experience when you can’t make a regular visit. We’ve found books for all ages that will give you a peek behind the curtain, remind you of the iconic posters at the park entrance, allow you to cook like a princess, and bring a little Disney knowledge to your littlest fans.
Fairest of All – The first in a series that now has seven book, this images the tale of Snow White from the perspective of the Evil Queen. Start with one or buy them all!
Disney Maps – This isn’t what you think! It’s not maps of the parks, but rather maps of the imaginary worlds of Disney stories! Think Snow White’s forest and the Toy Story neighborhood!
The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook – Out on November 10th, this cookbook features recipes like Disney’s famous Dole Whip, Mickey pretzels and blue milk.
Codenames: Disney – A game for the truly Disney obsessed. Give clues to your teammates to help them identify the character on your card.
Disney Shirts and Accessories
Sure we like to wear our favorite Disney merch TO the parks, but who says we can’t wear it at home or running to the grocery store? No one! Grab a shirt that will make someone smile, a small piece of jewelry or finally splurge on a Loungefly Backpack!
Disney Pins for Pin Traders
I have been an annual pass holder for close to twenty years combined and I have never once participated in pin trading. However, Wendy has started a pin collection and I can’t help eye the heaps of adorable pins every time we’re at Disneyland. The best selection can be found in the parks, and the true appeal is trading of course, but giving someone a pin featuring their favorite ride, movie or snack would be a sweet gift that they can show off on their next visit.
Since many of us can’t get to the parks right now, a new pin would make a great anticipatory gift.
In the name of continuing the magic of a Disney visit when you just can’t get yourself to the parks, we love that so many vendors are making candles that recreate the scent-memories of your favorite spots in the parks. Whether it’s the scent of the orange groves as you soar over California, the summer scent of a Dole Whip, or the interior of your favorite hotel, there’s a scent for just about every favorite.
Disney at Home
Mickey pancakes are the obvious answer to “what’s for breakfast” on a Sunday morning. But did you know you can also store your leftovers in a Mickey-stamped Pyrex? Or enjoy evening cocktails with a Mickey cube?