Disneyland shopping provides the full gamut of possibilities that can be found in any world-class resort destination that is visited by tourists from around the globe. There is far more available than the run-of-the mill souvenirs like mugs, pins, tee shirts, refrigerator magnets, and figures of various princesses and characters—although there is plenty of that. The Disneyland stores do offer themed souvenirs galore. If your vacations are long enough to allow you to get out and about in the greater Anaheim area, you will find Disneyland shops and boutiques from name brand outlet stores to large malls.
High-end Disneyland shopping can be found in the Disney Gallery, which is located in Disneyland Park in the former Bank of Main Street building. Here you can browse original sketches, cartoon cells, and illustrations by celebrated Imagineers and artists as well as artifacts and models from films. Many of these are museum quality, and if those are a bit out of your budget, you can find more affordable limited edition prints and signed works. There are also special exhibits, such as the process of creating certain attractions like the Jungle Cruise, Submarine Voyage, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Even more affordable Disneyland stores include those located throughout both Disneyland and the California Adventure Park. There are small specialty boutiques and themed Disneyland shops that offer merchandise associated with the various lands in the two parks. For instance, the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost offers Indy-style hats, jewelry, and other gear associated with the intrepid archaeologist. Other shops celebrate the characters from many films, including the legendary Star Wars. If you’ve brought your little princess to the park for one of the special events like a quinceañera or other birthday celebration, she can be made-up, coiffed, and dressed at the Bibbidi Bibbidi Boutique. Vacation packages for these special celebrations include everything from professional make-up and hairstyling to elaborate princess gowns and accessories.
Head to the Downtown Disney District for more than twenty Disneyland stores offering bath and beauty supplies, books and magazines, an open-air pin trading outlet, and a high-fashion boutique or jewelry store. There is a House of Blues store with everything from Louisiana hot sauce to the souvenir glassware your drink is served in during some of the shows. Here, you can rent a car, design your own signature Teddy bear, purchase children’s fashions, and shop for name brand perfumes. Some of the most unique Disneyland shopping will be found in one of its dining venues at the Rainforest Café. After dining amid a lush rainforest atmosphere complete with waterfalls and colorful tropical birds, you can shop for equally colorful rainforest themed toys, games, clothing, and jewelry.
When you depart either park, you can pick up those last-minute souvenirs at the Emporium (Disneyland Park) or Greetings (California Adventure Park). Both of these Disneyland shops are located near the main entrances. You can also stop in at one of the stores when you first arrive in order to outfit the kids with the classic Mickey Mouse ear hats embroidered with their name. If you are staying at one of the Disneyland hotels, you can arrange to have your purchases delivered to your room and the purchase price placed on your hotel bill.
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