Shopping at Disneyland
You'll find plenty of places to spend your money at Disneyland. In fact, it may be harder to keep from spending than to find something to buy.
Every major attraction has a shop that guests pass through on the way out and in between are small shops and carts selling everything imaginable.
JUST FOR PARENTS
Disneyland's most popular souvenir of all time is a pair of Mouseketeer ears; more than 78 million have been sold since 1955, enough to outfit every person in California, Texas, and New York. Other popular mementos include autograph books, Mickey Mouse plush toys, and balloons.
Main Street, U.S.A. Shopping
Whether you're looking to make some purchases or you just want to see some beautiful Disney-related artwork and products, spend some time browsing in the shops along Main Street, U.S.A. Much of the merchandise sold in these shops can't be purchased from the Disney Stores, the Disney Catalog, or anywhere else.
20th Century Music Company: Disney CDs and videos
Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen: Old-fashioned candies, caramel apples, fudge, and other sweets made on the premises
China Closet: Porcelain and ceramics, Disney collectible china, and snow globes
Crystal Arts: Custom blown glass and specialty crystal
Disneyana: Disney animation cels, bronze statues, books, and memorabilia
Disney Clothiers, Ltd.: Vintage, retro, and finer clothing with a Disney twist
Disney Showcase: Disney apparel, decorative items, and pins
Emporium: Disney apparel, plush toys, character hats, sweatshirts, and other souvenirs
Hatmosphere: Silly hats of all kinds and custom-embroidered Mickey Mouse ears
The Mad Hatter: Mickey Mouse ears (which can be monogrammed), jester caps, Goofy hats
Main Street Magic Shop: Magic tricks, how-to books, practical jokes, and gag gifts
Market House: Candy, gourmet food items, kitchenware
New Century Jewelry: Marcasite character jewelry and gold character charms
New Century Timepieces: Famous-brand timepieces, Mickey Mouse watches, custom-designed watches painted in the shop
Newsstand: Film, small souvenirs, and postcards
Silhouette Studio: Custom-made profile cutouts made on the spot
The Main Street Photo Co. sells Disney frames, film, disposable cameras, batteries, and digital media. This is also the place to view and purchase photographs taken by the park's roving photographers.
JUST FOR PARENTS
In addition to souvenirs of all kinds, several Main Street shops sell necessities, such as sunglasses, aspirin, diapers, rain ponchos, and other items. These items aren't always on display, so if you're looking for something in particular, be sure to ask a cast member.
For unusual and inexpensive souvenirs, look for the pressed penny machines located all over the park. You drop in a penny, along with two quarters, and your penny is pressed and rolled into an elongated shape with an image imprinted. Pennies made before 1982 work best, and pressing the design on the “heads” side will give the clearest imprint. The two quarters are the price you pay for the imprinting. Park Pennies (www.parkpennies.com) tells you where to find the dozens of machines and what design each one presses, so you can make a project of collecting Mickeys, Tinkerbelles, or Plutos. Some of the Disneyland shops also sell albums to put your collection in, and during the holidays, you'll find special designs.
If you want to shop on Main Street, the shops are open for an hour after the attractions close. However, they're usually packed then. A better time to go is first thing in the morning on days when Main Street opens before the rest of the park, or midday when everyone else is eating lunch.
New Orleans Square Shopping
Follow winding Royal Street past the Blue Bayou Restaurant into this special shopping area. Shops here include:
Cristal d'Orleans: Fine glass items of all kinds
Jewel of Orleans: Art deco-style estate jewelry, rare gems, and one-of-a-kind pieces
L'Ornement Magique: Disney Christmas ornaments, decorative pieces by artist Christopher Radko
La Mascarade d'Orleans: Disney trading pins, lanyards, and starter sets
Le Bat en Rouge: Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise
Royal Street Sweets: Mardi Gras masks, beads and boas, sweets
Also in the New Orleans Square area is the Disney Gallery. Located above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, this space was originally designed to be Walt Disney's private apartment, but he died before its completion. Today, it's an art gallery showcasing original concept drawings; paintings; design blueprints for many of Disneyland's past, present, and future attractions; and animation cels from Disney's animated movies. Limited editions or prints of many of the works on display are for sale. The Disney Gallery also invites special guests, such as Disney Imagineers or animators, to make appearances, conduct demonstrations, and answer guests' questions.