Bringing back your favorite new Disney item is one of the best parts of taking a park vacation. What’s better than a cuddly, plush Mickey? Since the Happiest Place on Earth can be a little pricey, we’ve scouted out some ways to save money during your magical visit. There are free souvenirs at Disneyland you can get with these secret tips.

Downtown Disney

Location: Various eateries

Why You Should Go: If it’s your birthday, there are countless free treats you can get in Downtown Disney! At Wetzel’s, you can get a free pretzel, a free cupcake at Sprinkles (if you join their rewards program), a Jamba Juice Smoothie (sign up for their rewards program one week in advance), and more!

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New Orleans Square

Location: New Orleans Square, Disneyland

Why You Should Go: Do you want free mardi gras beads? The Jambalaya Jazz Band and Royal Street Bachelors often carry beads in their pockets to hand out to guests.

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Jedi Training Academy

Location: Star Wars Land, Disneyland 

Why You Should Go: Fight Darth Vader at the Jedi Training Academy and you’ll receive an honorary diploma at the end of your intergalactic battle.

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Mark Twain Riverboat 

Location: Frontierland, Disneyland

Why You Should Go: If you ask a Disney cast member to see the wheelhouse before boarding the boat, they’ll take you to the captain’s quarters, where you can steer the boat! You can even ring the bell. At the end of the ride, ask for a certificate and make sure to sign the guest book of all the people who’ve driven the boat before. 

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Restaurants in New Orleans Square

Location: New Orleans Square, Disneyland

Why You Should Go: Order a mint julep drink in New Orleans Square and ask for a glowing ice cube in it. Your drink will look super cool and you get to keep the glowing plastic ice cube at the end!

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Haunted Mansion

Location: New Orleans Square, Disneyland

Why You Should Go: If you ask a cast member for a death certificate before you enter the gloomy buggy, you’ll have one waiting for you as a spooky souvenir. Just a head’s up though — they don’t give them to everyone who asks. Keep your fingers crossed and check your crystal ball. * Narcity is reaching out to Disneyland to confirm this fact. 

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Jungle Cruise

Location: Adventureland, Disney

Why You Should Go: Just like the Haunted Mansion ride, you can also ask for a free souvenir at the Jungle Cruise. The map shows the ride’s entire route.

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Disneyland and Disney California Adventure 

Location: Both parks

Why You Should Go: What’s cooler than getting an adorable free Disneyland souvenir? You can get free pins from cast members at both Disneyland California and Disney World in Orlando. If it’s your birthday, you can also pick some up at City Hall on Main Street. 

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Scavenger Hunt  

Location: Both parks 

Why You Should Go: Disneyland Resort guests have the opportunity to go on scavenger hunts. You can gather pins from cast members of all the rides you’ve been on during your hunt. Who doesn’t want a unique Little Mermaid pin? 

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Disneyland City Hall

Location: Disneyland

Why You Should Go: If it’s your birthday, anniversary, or first trip to Disneyland, you can take a trip to Disneyland’s City Hall and get a free, commemorative pin. 

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Disneyland and Disney California Adventure 

Location: Both parks

Why You Should Go: You can get free character autographs from some of your favorite Disney movie stars. 

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Autopia 

Location: Autopia, Disneyland

Why You Should Go: If you have a need for speed, Autopia is the perfect place to be. After you’ve driven around, you can ask one of the Disney cast members for a driver’s license (ironically). It’s a pretty great souvenir!

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Animation Academy 

Location: Animation Building, Hollywood Land, Disney California Adventure 

Why You Should Go: You can take a free animation art class and bring your piece home with you when you’re done. 

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* This article has been updated.

Editor's Note: The left cover photo is in Disney World and is used for illustrative purposes only.


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