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Personalized Valentine’s Day Gifts at Disney Parks

posted on January 27th, 2011 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

Personalized Valentine's Day Vinylmation Figure

I took an informal survey the other day at Disney Theme Park Merchandise. My question, “Do you exchange Valentine’s Day gifts? If so, what do you give?” Overwhelmingly, the response I received was that people love to give (and receive) personalized gifts. I’d have to agree – a personalized gift goes a long way. It means that you actually took time to think about the gift. So, I asked myself what I would give to someone special this year. Feel free to use these ideas (I won’t tell).

There are many ways to say “I love you.” A different take to a traditional Valentine’s Day card is to use a blank 9-inch Vinylmation figure as a canvas painted with love. Since I’m in Florida, I could easily walk around World Showcase at Epcot and have International Program cast members write “I love you.” For the photograph above, I strolled around Disney Theme Park Merchandise and had cast members fluent in other languages write greetings.

Personalized Valentine's Day Coupons

One of my favorite ideas was creating a coupon book full of Disney experiences. I found some Disney stationery and created the four coupons pictured above (I would give a few more, of course). Once assembled, it becomes something you can share together. And who wouldn’t want a Dole Whip from Adventureland? I could use a whole coupon book for that one delicious treat.

Valentine's Day Photo Albums From Disney Theme Park Merchandise

I enjoy photography and take lots of pictures. The perfect item for me would be an empty photo album. In this case, I selected two different albums from 2011 as examples. Present your Valentine with an empty album and explain that you will fill it together with photographs of your favorite Disney places, attractions, characters or restaurants. You could also fill it with ephemera you may collect while visiting Disney Parks (in my case, lots of napkins from the Dole Whip station).

Spend Your Valentine's Day Watching a Movie Marathon

My last idea – a movie marathon! Pick three movies each and spend a day watching them together. For the photo above I selected animated features I like; and, for the person who I would want to spend time with on a deserted island, one of my favorite television shows (that one would probably require more than just one day). Oh how I wish “TRON: Legacy” was available on Blu-ray!

Please feel free to share your unique gift ideas in the comment section below. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Katie on January 30th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Great ideas for sharing Valentines gifts. Especially the homemade coupons.

On a side note: I came across a keychain line called Disney Mini Magical Kingdom. They are very cute and creative! Do you know how many is in the series? Also, do you know how much they each are?

I hope these make a future Disney Parks Blog post.



Steven Miller on February 1st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

@Katie – Now that it too funny. I was just photographing the Mini Magical Kingdom line for an upcoming Disney Parks Blog article. They are $4.95 each and I believe there are 12 keychains in the series at this point.


Katie on February 1st, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Thank you for responding. I will be eagerly awaiting to read about these and look at the photos of the others I have not seen. Thanks again,


Caitlin from NJ on February 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I am so happy I read this blog! I am going to be in the Mouse House for Valentine’s Day and two of my fiance’s favorite things are Vinylmations and Dole Whip! Now I know just what to get him! This is going to be an awesome V-Day :)

Thank you :)


daisy on February 7th, 2011 at 6:26 am

I really like whole idea of mouse house and thinking of trying this Valentine :) For attractive valentine gifting ideas use this as well


Melanie on February 8th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Great ideas! I have used the custom coupon one before myself, but I love the Disney twist on it. Personalized Valentine’s gifts are always a good way to go. Another idea could be some of the valentine’s pins… maybe a set of two and each person keeps one. It all depends what the person you’re buying for likes.