Since I’ve been to Walt Disney World a few times this year, I’ve perused the souvenirs a few times and brought some choice items home. I made sure to take back to the parks those useful, fun, items like ear hats, autograph books and my favorite trading pins that help make my visits that much more fun. And though those items are certainly souvenirs, my greatest Disney souvenir and most worth-while purchase is one that I will hang on my wall forever.
When you’re visiting the Magic Kingdom (a must-go each time I’m at the Walt Disney World Resort), be sure to walk down main street and turn left after you scarf a hot dog from Casey Jr.’s. In fact, if you’re super familiar with the park’s layout, follow the reverse route of the 3pm parade (anyone know what time that starts?? 😉 ) to Liberty Square. After you cross over the bridge, on your left, you will see a single cart parked next to a colonial porch. Stop in your tracks.
This, my friends, is where you can purchase an old-fashioned silhouette. For only about $8 you can get one silhouette, facing two directions, mounted, signed and gorgeous. For only $7.95 you can have the black oval frame to match. Get it; it’s totally worth it, because you won’t find that frame at that price in any store at home. You’ll get out of dodge with a beautiful framed silhouette (and a matching reverse pose) for under $16.
Worried your baby won’t sit still? Think Pop will be too distracted? You’d be amazed how fast this is. Cutting the silhouette takes all of 2-3 minutes and rolling and framing the same. It’s so fast, so worthwhile, I can’t recommend it more. Also, pro tip: Find Mr. Jim. That’s him in the photo below. He’s the absolute best, and any cast member will tell you the same. He was on lunch after we had Scarlett done and came back with Red, and I made sure to wait for him. I’m glad I did!
I hung our silhouettes in the front hall, because they are just too pretty to put away. See Mr. Jim’s signature in the corners? And the exquisite work he did in only a few literal moments. Red’s eyelashes, the curve of his collar. Scarlett’s baby curls and even the ribbon on the front of her Snow White dress. He caught all the important nuances and yet left Red’s unruly stray hairs out. For $16, I’m flabbergasted. I’m honored to have had him capture my children.
You’ve simply got to get to Liberty Square, if only just to see him work. I promise it will be the best Disney souvenir you’ll ever bring home.