70% Off Disney Parks Authentic Merchandise? Cheapskate Bargains Galore!

where to find Disney's character Warehouse in Orlando
Updated for 2015!
If you ever waited a month to buy something until it goes on sale, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess.  I sure love buying Disney souvenirs, even if I can’t afford most of them. What I hate is paying full retail prices, and nothing ever seems to be on sale at Walt Disney World. There is a fabulous store in Orlando where you don’t have to wait, because almost everything is on sale. With two locations, this is where can you find official Disney merchandise, Theme Park Authentic I might add, and tremendous Disney deals for up to 70% off.
You have got to make a run by this store, because the prices will stop you in your tracks…

Let’s go shop smarter for souvenirs in Orlando.

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The two Orlando discount stores are called Disney’s Character Warehouse, stores that are designed to be clearing houses for out of season and over-stock merchandise.  I shopped at the Vineland Ave. location, because it was somewhat near Downtown Disney. “Somewhat” means it was within a 10 minute drive accounting for traffic; it could take 20-30 minutes on a busy traffic day. This particular location is much closer to Walt Disney World and carries a wider variety of merchandise than the International Drive location.  

Parking can be absolutely insane; I was told by a local resident that it’s busy pretty much all year. The earlier you go in the day, the better chance you have of finding a parking spot with less searching. We finally parked in the free above-ground parking lot. If this is your first visit, find a guide map/sign in the center of the sidewalk. Now head straight for the food court, because the Character Warehouse is located right next door.

The merchandise stock changes often but usually carries clothing, mugs and other souvenirs. Merchandise found here are mostly up to 50% off prices you see in the theme parks, with some of the items marked 70% off. 

Man, I love a sale…

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What type of Disney items are at the Warehouse?

Stock will change, sometimes daily, but the usual merchandise you find in stock are:

  • Christmas decorations

  • clothes (baby, toddler, kids, men and women)

  • all sorts of toys

  • trading pins

  • Vinylmations

  • kitchen ware

  • jewelry (expensive and inexpensive)

  • key chains

  • Disney Cruise merchandise

  • Theme Park Tickets, though don’t expect a discount on these. (Don’t we wish!)

They have a lot of merchandise.

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There were rows of Vinylmlations, boxed and looking brand new  – 5 for $10.

There were racks of t-shirts from $5 to $15 and up.

Like scarves? There were Mickey Mouse themed scarves, regular $21.99, for $6.99 and $11.99.

And on and on go the bargains.

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What sort of fantastic bargains did we find?

Our family found bargains enough that I would recommend you drive off Disney property long enough to pay a shopping visit.

I bought the following items:

  1. summer sandals  $29.95
  2. a black Mickey sweatshirt $29.95
  3. a red Christmas Mickey t-shirt $21.95
  4. a blue sweatshirt ($44.95).

Retail price, that’s $126.80, though I’m not factoring in tax for simplicity.

How much did I pay?

Just $37.80 for those four items. Rounding up the numbers, I save about %66 on my entire purchase.

No joke: I may never be able to pay Disney retail again.

Not everything found in the Warehouse was in pristine condition. I had to sew up a loose spot on the sandals, but that was an easy fix to save %60.

The other clothing I bought seemed just fine. While looking through the store, I saw scarves with thread pulls, and some glassware with visible scratches.

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But I also found a rack of 2010 t-shirts on sale for $.99. Only catch? Every shirt was a size small. While I was actually vacationing there in 2010, a size small won’t cut it!

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Write down these two addresses for your next vacation to Orlando. After clipping coupons to send yourself on vacation, you deserve to come home with some great stuff, and it might as well be real Disney bargains!

Disney’s Character Warehouse 
at Orlando Premium Outlet International is located at 4951 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819.

The hours are Monday through Sunday 10:00 am to 9:00 p.m., and the phone number is 407-354-3255.

Disney’s Character Warehouse 
at the Orlando Premium Outlet Vineland Avenue is located at 8200 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32821.

The hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 9 .pm. (407) 477-0222.

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Other information

1. Is there an online Character Warehouse store?

No, not right now.

2. Will they take Disney Gift Cards?

Disney’s Character Warehouse is Disney-owned, and they do take Disney Gift cards, so you can keep your Visa card in your wallet to avoid those pesky interest charges.

3. Are there other Character Warehouse locations other than in Orlando?

If you are in other parts of Florida, drop by additional Character Warehouse locations at Sawgrass Mills Mall in Ft. Lauderdale and the Dolphin Mall in Miami.

4. Do they offer Cast Member Discounts?

And for you former Cast Members, I made a quick call to the store, and a Cast Member told me Cast Members receive 10% off. (Remember this could change at any time, so ask at the register before you expect a discount.) Woohoo! More savings…

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Thanks for stopping by for a look at great Disney bargains, and let us know if you find anything fabulous at the Character Warehouse.

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  1. Heather Love says:

    So on the advice (and physical directions) from my friend Amanda, we found the Disney Character Warehouse off of Vineland Ave near Downtown Disney. We decided to do this on our way home from Disney to end our trip with cheap Disney stuff. We loved it and I saved over $54.00. I even took pics of my great deals! So yes take Amanda’s advice and go shop cheap!! No one will ever know unless you tell them 🙂

  2. Angie says:

    Is this store owned by Disney? Do you know if they accept Disney gift cards? Would love to check it out on our next trip! Thanks!

    • Jarett says:

      Yes, they are Disney owned and take the gift cards! I lvoe this store! There is also one at Sawgrass Mills Mall in Ft. Lauderdale, and the Dolphin Mall in Miami! BEST…STORE…EVER!!!!

  3. Oh I am definitely writing this down!!! Wooohoooo feeding my addiction and saving money, who could not love this!

  4. Heather Love says:

    I called the store because I get confused in Orlando. Their address to use for driving is 8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando. Their number is 407-477-0222 and yes they do accept Disney Giftcards and even sell tickets but didn’t see them as discounted. The store is right beside the food court. Well worth the stop! My favorite find was the ornament I almost paid $16.95 for as a gift and I got it there for $5.99!!

  5. Deb says:

    Been going to the Disney outlet for years!! Way back, when it was not very well known they had super deals – a lot of .99c items and most tees were less than $5. We went crazy. Sometimes it is hit or miss (as in only one size that doesnt fit you!) but sometimes it is great! Always worth a shot.

  6. audrey says:

    We love this store!! we always stop on our way home & spend hrs in there looking..

    • Amanda says:

      We stopped in 3 different days on our last trip, and stuff was different all three times. I’m with you- I could look for hours- thanks for stopping by!

  7. Michelle says:

    Do you know if there is one near Disneyland!

    • Amanda says:

      Hey Michelle, from everything I heard, just Florida, but I haven’t been to DLand. When I did my research, what showed up was just FL. Let me know if you hear differently! And thanks for reading…~A.

    • Callie says:

      There is something similar. It is called the Disney Character Depot I believe and it is in Fullerton. I am not sure if it is actually own by Disney but they do sell discounted merchandise. The clothes are usually in really small and really large. But I have heard you can find toys, pins, and books there a lot. I have never been but always want to. It seems I always forget when I am in the area.

      • Susan says:

        The one in Fullerton, near Disneyland, used to be the same, with some awesome discounted merchandise, directly from the parks. But over a year ago, it changed hands and it no longer has the great merchandise, or great prices.

  8. Erica D, says:

    Totally great find, but I have some sad news about one of the outlets in other parts in Florida. I live in Miami and go to Dolphin Mall all the time (just this afternoon by the way) and the Disney outlet store was taken down about two years ago. They turned it into a Puma (yep, the sneaker) store. Apparently overpriced, ugly sneakers are better than anything Disney.

  9. Joyce says:

    I shop these stores as much as I can and a few years ago I was in Las Vegas and found one of these stores. I was able to get candy corn mickey ears that said Happy Halloween (no date) for 1.99 a pair. I bought 5 pairs. This past Oct I was in WDW and people keep commenting on my ears. I also bought the Minnie glitter ears headband and some other ears I am saving for a future trip. I love these stores. In Oct. I was able to get Minnie Mouse ponchos for 3.99 each for kids and 5.99 Adults in Orlando. These stores are well worth a trip, and Thank You for sharing so many others can score some well worth gifts.

  10. jackie reynard says:

    I have been doing a disney trip every year with my three kids. I get a trip under 1900. Fall deals. But we neger rent a car bc of the cost. If you stay on disney property would they take you near the shop or is there a website I can order off of. Man that would be a great way saving aome money. Any details would help. Thank you so gery much jackie

    • Amanda says:

      There is no website, and this store is several miles from Downtown Disney on the other side of I4. A cab could take you there from that, or any, location. My suggestion? Ebay. The deals here are excellent, but it’s hit or miss on selection. Ebay prices can be somewhat as low as an option, except that what you would purchase would be used. And that never stopped me! Thanks for reading. Hope you have a great next trip! ~A.

  11. Rebecca says:

    I hit up the one in I-Drive a couple of times a year as I make trips to that outlet mall in general (I live an hour away) and I am DANGEROUS in there!!!! I love to go just after the turn of the year to get “last year” stuff….in fact, last year I grabbed my Mickey Christmas PJs I had looked at just before christmas but didn’t pick up and was glad I hadn’t!

    Yes, sizes can be limited, but hey, you take that gamble!

  12. Lorie Liptak says:

    Does anyone know if you can pick up public transportation at Downtown Disney and taking it the bus to one of these stores?

  13. Sheila says:

    We have one of these in California to right by Disneyland. It’s on Orangewood in between lemon and harbor.

  14. Mariano says:

    Hi, i’m from Argentina and i’m going to Wdw for ten days next December and i would like to know some tips, end of the season discounts or any black friday deal on these days.
    I read the note and are truly amazing those prices.
    Thank you for sharing!

  15. Tonja says:

    My husband and I are planning our first ever vacation and taking our 4 year old to WDW in September 2014! I can’t wait to go shopping! We are flying from Washington state and I get car and motion sickness so we are staying our first day resort hopping and downtown disney shopping. Would this be better to visit that first day or closer to leaving? So excited. I already told hubby I want a Mickey scarf!!!! Thanks for this post!

    • Amanda says:

      Me? I would say early in the trip, so if you don’t find any bargains, then you can justify paying full price for what you want. I have seen scarves nearly every visit, although different selections. Hope you have a blast! ~A.

  16. Andre says:

    Does anyone know if you can pick up public transportation at Downtown Disney and taking it the bus to one of these stores?

    • Amanda says:

      Whew, my guess is no, although I don’t know a thing about public transportation there. You could call the mall and ask if they know. It’s not far to take a cab, except traffic gets backed up during busy times.

    • Deb says:

      We did take a cab from downtown Disney now Disney Springs to the outlet mall and it was under $10. Each way. The savings are worth the drive and there is also many other great stores that have very good prices. When the parking lot is jammed valet parking would cost almost as much. I did see some people also use public transportation to there as well from Disney Springs.

  17. Melis says:

    Do you know how much a taxi ride would cost. We are staying on Disney property and do not have a car.

  18. Susan says:

    There is now a Disney Outlet at the Citadel. I believe there is a tour bus that leaves from the Disneyland area to the Citadel.

  19. Jeff says:

    Do they give the discount for season passholders also?

  20. Ruth says:

    Do you have an online store?

    • Amanda says:

      Sorry, they do not have an online store. I think it’s because the variety of merchandise changes so frequently. Thanks for reading!

  21. Janet Lawrence says:

    Im am going to the world in February, i do not drive is there any public transportation to the outlet.i know cab service is expense

    • Amanda says:

      Janet, not to my knowledge. I have seen signs for cabs, but that is it. You might call the resort where you are staying and ask if they have any suggestions. Good luck, and thanks for reading! ~A.

  22. Janet says:

    The outlet store in the Sawgrass Mills Mall is closed! Just so you know….

    • Sarah Adams says:

      Hi. Can you confirm it is definitely closed now at Sawgrass? Its still showing in the online directory and trying to plan a trip to Sawgrass based on it still being there, otherwise I may just go to the Dolphin Mall instead as nearer to the airport


  23. Amanda says:

    I won’t say never, but I have never spotted one there. Jewelry is slim as well. It’s T-shirts and toys mainly; I’m thinking you might have better luck on eBay.

    • Andrea says:

      Thanks for the reply. The overstock has to end up somewhere just like the toys and t-shirts. I wonder where that is. Do you have any suggestions on where I could find out? Thank you for putting so much time and information into your site. My son and I are passholders from Daytona and seeing all the extra stuff to do is so nice.

  24. Karla Cavaleri says:

    Hi! My husband and I are going to Disney, our first time together, (his first time at all) in 3 weeks. I have known about this store so I was planning on going, but wondering if they sell mickey ears. Like ones that are not so holiday-ish?

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