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Shopping in the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is filled with interesting and fun shops. Main Street, of course, is lined with them. However, in little nooks and crannies throughout the park, you'll also find little specialty shops that are worth at least a walk through.

The inside of the many main street shops are connected one to another. You can enter the shops down at town square, and walk all the way to the last shops at the plaza end of the street. You do have to go outside at the small courtyard "cross streets" mid-way down Main Street, but even in the courtyard you'll find various things for sale. The Main Street shops are least crowded before lunch. Then, from lunch time on, the crowds steadily build to a shopping frenzy during the last hour or so that the park is open. Do your shopping on Main Street during the morning or early afternoon.

Notice that on Main Street the Camera shop is the right-most store you'll see as you enter the park. That wasn't a coincidence. Disney intentionally located it there so people coming into the park would recognize their need to buy film and spend some money. As you walk down Main Street, you'll see that the right-hand side of the street is lined with shops that sell candy, baked goods, and other snacks. Again, Disney designed the layout to maximize spending by folks that skipped breakfast to get to the park early. As you exit the park, the right-hand side of the street (the West side) contains gift and souvenir shops for the most part. Very clever, these Disney marketers...

There are interesting shops in Adventureland and Frontierland that sell products that are themed to those particular areas. Liberty Square has some of the most interesting and fun shops, I think. There are a couple of interesting mask shops near the Haunted Mansion. "The Yankee Peddler", in the same general area, sells kitchen utensils, pottery, cookbooks, and so on.

Unfortunately, one of the best shops in the Magic Kingdom has lost some of its' charm. The old Antique Shop, adjoining Johnny Tremain's Silver Shoppe, used to stock a lot of interesting and fun items, many of which were indeed antique. The best feature, though, was the perfumery were you could mix your own perfume from six or eight oil bases. However, both the Antique Shop and the perfume making area were eliminated in favor of more revenue-generating products.  Last time I checked, Christmas items were the one of the main lines of merchandise.

Fantasyland and Tomorrowland each have several shops where you can buy themed products. Fantasyland has several shops that specialize on Disney character items. Tinker Bell's Toy Shop is a particularly good one. Also, there's a wonderful shop inside Cinderella's castle that sells fancy chess sets, coats of arms, and other items. A Christmas shop is located just inside Fantasyland, too, to the right as you pass through the castle. The Tomorrowland shops are, of course, futuristic in nature. Not really up my alley, but maybe up yours...or your kids.

Resort Delivery

Don't forget, if you're staying at a Disney resort, you can have packages delivered to the front desk of your hotel. Take advantage of the service. It's definitely worth while.

Package Pick-Up at the Park

You can also have your package delivered to the front of the park, where you can pick it up later in the day (on the way back to your resort, perhaps).   In the Magic Kingdom, packages are delivered to the Emporium.  Package pickup is located in between the Fire Station and the Emporium (to the right as you face City Hall).


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