This weekend, please welcome guest blogger, writer for WDW Magazine, and my husband – Danny Shuster – as he shares one of his favorite Disney souvenir traditions for Souvenir Saturday… buying Disney themed Hawaiian shirts! Aloha, Danny!
Shopping for souvenirs at WDW comes in all different shapes and sizes. There are souvenirs for you to hang on your walls, souvenirs for your bookshelf, souvenirs to furnish your home and souvenirs for you to wear. The souvenirs that you wear are definitely my pick for best trip souvenir. I have shirts and hats from Disneyland Paris, Disneyland California and of course Walt Disney World. I have amassed a pretty awesome collection of t-shirts over the years but what I am most fond of are my Disney Hawaiian shirts.
For regular readers of the WDW Magazine you may remember that I praised the virtues of the Hawaiian shirt in a recent Best Of WDW Gift Shop article; they are my pick for best article of clothing on a Disney trip. They are comfortable and breezy, fun and colorful plus they put you in a vacation frame of mind. Also they are the absolute favorite of Disney chief creative officer, John Lasseter, whose collection is in the thousands!
Let’s be honest, don’t we all wish we could be a little more like John Lasseter… I know I do.
You can find Hawaiian shirts all over the Disney parks and resorts, in a wide range of patterns and styles. There are “quieter” designs with a small hibiscus flower or maybe a surfing mickey over the breast pocket. There are big, bold, crazy ones that burst with bright colors and fanciful designs and then everything in between. A personal favorite of mine features a design inspired by the trolley lines that Uncle Walt used to ride while living in California. I also have a genuine made in Hawaii, Hawaiian shirt courtesy of BouTiki at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
The best Hawaiian shirts can be found at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort but I have also seen great designs at the Art of Animation Resort gift shop, World of Disney at Downtown Disney, the Main Street Emporium, Island Supply Co. in Adventureland and all around Animal Kingdom Park.
I love each and every on of my Hawaiian shirts not just because they are comfortable but because they remind me my many Disney trips and always help to make me feel just a little bit like I’m on vacation.
Do you have a favorite souvenir that you like to wear on vacation and at home?