Would a Cheapskate Princess Spend $30 for Disney T-Shirt?

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If you ever stared at a Disney World t-shirt you were just itching to buy, and then hesitantly decided to wait until your next vacation to actually make the purchase, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Disney vacations are quite pricey, so you’re probably pretty frugal when it comes to buying souvenirs. Some years, I am just glad to be able to travel to Orlando, without even thinking about what souvenirs I’ll bring home.

With a gift shop at the end of every ride, sparkly and alluring merchandise items featured prominently at every resort, that fabulous Disney merchandise is going to tempt you at every turn. You can’t escape it, so you might as well embrace the time you’ll spend shopping. While the Disney t-shirt is not the least expensive souvenir to take home, there are excellent reasons to purchase a Disney parks exclusive t-shirt.

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1. The Cost is not too bad. 

As far as purchasing t-shirts at WDW, you can get a 12-18 month shirt for about $16.00

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A child’s t-shirt starts around$24.99. This is the price range where the adult t-shirts start as well, though I have seen some for $27.99.”Parks Authentic” are what raise the price, because at the DisneyStore.com, shirts not marked parks authentic retail for $16.95, and sometimes you can find a $14.95 shirt on sale for at two for $20.

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Men and women’s Parks Authentic t-shirts retail for $29.95, and I have seen some women’s specialty t’s start at $36.99.

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A t-shirt for around 25 bucks isn’t going to break the bank, depending on how many you are purchasing. T-shirts happen to be half the cost of a Disney sweatshirt, which lists for $49.99 before taxes. A Star Wars Parks Authentic hoodie retails for $59.95.

Two t-shirts for the cost of one sweatshirt; dare I laughingly compare that to a Buy 1, Get 1 Free deal?

Remember that prices change frequently, and sometimes you can find shirts on sale, but these prices listed are probably solid starting points to get you prepared for the sticker shock.

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2. Durability

I hear a lot of vacationers complain about the price of souvenirs, but it’s rare that people complain about the merchandise quality itself. You generally get what you pay for, and that $25 t-shirt will hold up for a good long time, provided you don’t wear it into the chlorinated pool at Typhoon Lagoon. A Disney t-shirt is a good quality item that should last for years.

3. A factor I call “adorability.”

I admit, this Princess dreamed up that word just to describe the WDW t-shirts. There are some of the greatest Disney images, quotes, artwork, and character designs featured all over WDW t-shirts. And we know how the Disney Princesses are; your Disney friends will no-doubt be envious of you in your monorail t-shirt. The ladies at the beauty salon will marvel at your Minnie Mouse tee. And when they spot you at the outlet mall in your monorail t-shirt, shopping for bargains, they’ll all be searching for the nearest Disney Store, hoping to pick one up for themselves.

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So there you have it, a great Disney souvenir for under $30 for adults and under $20 for small children. What a cool way to show your love for Disney, by wearing it to work, school, or over to hang out with your Disney-trip envious friends.

And you can always wear your shirt back to Disney on your next vacation… 

Thanks for stopping by, because if you’ve ever spent time searching thrift shops or eBay for discounted Disney t-shirts, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!

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  1. Jan Fry says:

    So funny you would put the one Mickey and the ice cream first–i just bought that shirt there 3 weeks ago on our trip to WDW! You’re right, a shirt is a great keepsake! Another good keepsake is a Disney Chef cookbook. I got one this trip–lots of great recipes from all the surrounding hotels! And, the Disney ICE CREAM magnet set is also adorable! I’m fixing to load a ton of Disney pix on my blog–come visit 🙂

  2. Kahley says:

    I bought a pink mickey mouse shirt four years ago at Disney while on vacation. I still wear it! And I even brought it back with me to wear this past vacation we took in August! 🙂 My husband also did the same with his black mickey shirt that is the exact same.

  3. I have to say I have two main feelings about Disney parks merchandise. 1) It has gotten really creative lately. 2) However, I have mixed feelings about it no longer being specific to Disneyland and WDW. As someone who visits both I would like to see more items that are specific to each destination. But I see why it makes financial for them to merge it.

  4. Kelly says:

    I visit disney world often (living 1 1/2 hours away does have it’s benefits). About 10 years ago, my sister and I were at the park. As the day progressed, it started to get cold (by Florida standards) so we decided to bite the bullet and we each purchased a sweat jacket/ hoodie for about 40.00. Well I still wear my jacket to this day, it’s so comfy and the graphics are still intact. 40.00 was well worth it!

  5. Emi Pierce says:

    Another thing about T-shirts that my family and I consider is that a particular design might not be available the next time we go to WDW. We’ve never seen my mom’s “I’m with the Beast” shirt or my dad’s favorite Grumpy shirt sold after we bought them. Better to purchase a design you’ll always love now, rather than regret it later!

  6. Anonymous says:

    How do I order two adult Getting my pirate on t shirts?

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