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Best Disneyland Shopping

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Shopping at Disneyland Resort is part of the experience. Disney has created scores of ways for you to drop loads of cash, but at least you'll have fun doing it. Shops are not just "stores," they are themed experiences, from Pieces of Eight which features all things a young pirate would ever want to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a beauty salon and shop where tykes are transformed into knights and princesses. The question is, where to start? Here are our tips on the best Disney shopping.

Pin Trading

Neighborhood: Disneyland Park
Pin trading is big business at Disneyland Resort, and it’s a key point of interaction between guests and Disney cast members. The practice is aimed at kids ages 3 – 12. To start, bring a Disney pin that you already own or purchase one at the many stores and pin carts throughout the park. Then, start looking at the lanyards and pins worn by cast members. Find a pin you like, and ask the cast member to trade. The rules are that only Disney pins can be traded, and every trade is a pin-for-pin exchange.  

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Main Street, U.S.A.

Neighborhood: Disneyland Park
Main Street, U.S.A. is the top shopping destination at Disneyland Park. This old-fashioned street with its turn-of-the-century architecture brings back the small town charm of yesteryear. The colorful street is lined with themed Disney shops of all kinds. Disneyana, for example, sells rare and unusual Disney merchandise such as animation cells, while Disney Clothiers, LTD. has a large selection of Disney clothing for men, women and children. China Closet is the place to go for figurines and snow globes and the ever-popular Candy Palace offers sugary treats and candied apples.

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Mad Hatter

Neighborhood: Disneyland Park
A good hat can do wonders for your looks—at least that's what the folks at the Mad Hatter say. From Donald's sailor cap to Uncle Sam's top hats, this shop in Fantasyland is chock full of novelty headgear. Our favorite, of course, has to be the Mickey Mouse ears. They'll even embroider your name on them. Newly married? They also have bride and groom Mickey ears.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Neighborhood: Disneyland Park
With its location inside Sleeping Beauty Castle in Fantasyland, this little shop does indeed seem a bit magical. Here, with some Disney help, young guests can be transformed into little princesses or knights. Five makeover packages are available, including everything from princess gowns to hair and glitter makeup. These magical makeovers aren't cheap, mind you, but the look on your little one's face is worth it, right? Reservations can be made at (714) 781-7895. For those who prefer a more economical purchase, the Fantasy Faire Gifts store nearby has princess gifts in all price ranges. 

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