Collecting something specific on each trip to Walt Disney World is a great way to remember your visits as the years go by. One of the best parts of collecting things is that when you come across something that will add to your collection, you don't have to figure out a way to justify the purchase. At least...I don't. We try to limit our collections to things that are somewhat practical, our at least particularly sentimental, which makes them even easier to justify. If you're looking to start a Disney collection you can add to each trip, here are some of our suggestions.
Ear Hat Ornaments
Disney has come up with some really unique ear hat ornaments that feature a wide variety of characters and rides. We get several each trip in an effort to ramp up our Christmas tree game, and they've now become some of our favorite souvenirs. There always seems to be a few new designs each time we're in the parks, so it's always exciting to check them out. The new Peter Pan set is currently on the radar or us; if only they could be purchased individually!
I've always had a thing for collecting mugs whenever I go on vacation, and Disney has not been an exception. The park and ride specific ones are some of our favorites, although we did get a fun Star Wars attraction poster mug on our last trip. Since mugs are something most people use daily, they're both practical and fun to collect!
When Tsum Tsum first came out, we had no interest in them. Once the Fantasyland-themed set was released, we couldn't resist, and although our collection has been slow to grow due to our very high standards, they're so much fun to look through each time there's a new release. Disney just announced Wall-e and Eve designs, and I about lost it. We're looking forward to adding them both along with some Splash Mountain guys to our growing collection on our next trip.
We started collecting Vinylmations several years ago, and since then Disney has decidedly decreased the amount of new designs released each year. Because they come in a blind box, though, the anticipation is enough for us to still splurge on some each trip to add to the few rows we have displayed in our living room cabinet. On our honeymoon we ended up purchasing four of the Pixar Series 2 Vinylmations just to get Wall-e. Clearly our priorities are well-aligned.
Pins are a really fun way to remember each trip, especially because there are SO many different designs to choose from. I feel confident in saying you could find a pin for any Disney character you could think of, so finding that one unique pin you've never seen before is where the excitement really lives. The park and ride pins our some of our favorites, but the winner has to be the Kronk and Yzma spinach puff pin we got at the Food and Wine Festival in 2016. I don't think we'll ever find another that can rival it. We use ours as tacks on a bulletin board, which makes them feel like they have some sort of a purpose.
There are plenty of free things you can collect in the parks as well, like maps, celebration pins, and even magic bands if you book a Disney resort!