Let’s go shop smarter for souvenirs in Orlando.
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…
What type of Disney items are at the Warehouse?
Stock will change, sometimes daily, but the usual merchandise you find in stock are:
clothes (baby, toddler, kids, men and women)
all sorts of toys
jewelry (expensive and inexpensive)
Disney Cruise merchandise
Theme Park Tickets, though don’t expect a discount on these. (Don’t we wish!)
They have a lot of merchandise.
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.
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:
- summer sandals $29.95
- a black Mickey sweatshirt $29.95
- a red Christmas Mickey t-shirt $21.95
- 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.
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!
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.
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…
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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