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There are Orlando Souvenirs for every age, taste and interest. Whether you are into wildlife, you need to get your hands on some local cuisine, have a passion for movies or you need the perfect toy for your kids for your kids to remember their trip there are hundreds of options to choose from here are some of the basic to help you during your search for the perfect souvenirs.
From home decor to plush versions of Winnie the Pooh, you are sure to find something Disney themed to remember your trip to Walt Disney World and its affiliates. Some of the most classic souvenirs include plush versions of Disney characters, T-shirts, collectible pins, and, of course, Mickey Mouse ears. There are hundreds of uniquely themed Disney shops including Villains in Vogue in Hollywood Studios or the massive World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney, which is the second biggest all-Disney store in the world. The stores in the Magic Kingdom are also a good bet for the most classic Disney items while the other parks have a little more variety.
Bring home a piece of one of your favorite movies with a souvenir from Universal Studios. Check out Jurassic Park Outfitters for all things T. rex or the Barney store if you prefer your dinosaurs a little more cuddly. Comic book lovers can browse the gifts and merchandise in the Marvel Alterniverse Store.
Harry Potter fans can also find everything they need to head off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with supplies from Ollivander’s Wand shop and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods. The Emporium is cleverly named after the notorious school janitor and is themed to look like a place where he has stored various goods that he taken away from students during his long tenure at Hogwarts. Confiscated items include T-shirts and other goods, all for sale, of course.
OK, so maybe you can’t take Shamu or a manatee home with you, but you can bring home a plush replica of them if you would like. In fact, there are dozens of sea and beach-themed shops around Sea World, Discovery Cove, and the different shopping districts around Orlando. You can take home plates, snow globes, T-shirts, knickknacks, shot glasses, and everything else you could possibly imagine with your favorite sea animal on it. Some people often want to take home sea shells. This isn’t usually a good idea because even shells you find on the beach are part of the area’s ecosystem. If you buy shells from a shop, they have often been killed and cleaned in a place far away from Florida, so it is usually a better option to stick with all of the man-made treasures that celebrate the sea.
Why not take home some of Florida’s most famous foods, like Florida citrus? The most common citrus fruit with a Florida trademark is the orange, and there are several pick-your-own produce farms around Orlando as well as many shops that will ship your fruit home for you so you don’t have to worry about taking it on a plane or having it sit in a hot car. Orange season is usually in the winter months from December until late February, but there are lots of other citrus fruits and other produce to sample, including grapefruit, tangerines, berries, and vegetables.
For those who want to try a more adventurous Southern food, take a stab at alligator meat. Many different restaurants serve this indigenous Floridian reptile, and it often comes deep-fried and served like chicken. Gatorland is a good place to purchase some, and they even sell gator jerky and other non-perishable varieties so that you can get it home without stinking up your suitcase with gator.