If you’re active in the Disney community, then you’ve probably heard about great deals and finds people snag at Disney Outlets in Orlando. There are 2 major Disney outlets (Disney Character Warehouse) in the Disney/Universal area where you can find official Disney park merchandise at a fraction of the cost. Now they have a new virtual queue set up during Covid. This is the best Disney outlet closest to Disney World that I’ve found.
Best Disney Outlet Closest to Disney World
You can find merchandise at 30%, 50%, 70%, even 80% off retail price at the Disney outlet, including Disney Dooney & Bourke purses! Sometimes Walt Disney World souvenirs put a hole in the budget, so this is a great way to save some money for your Walt Disney World vacations.
My friend, Patty and I stopped at a Walmart on Apopka Vineland Road to buy some supplies to make race signs to cheer runDisney races and the Walt Disney World Marathon Runners. When we were headed back we saw a legit-looking sign that said Disney on it in an outlet shopping mall, so we stopped by. It had to be an official Disney outlet, right?
Wrong. It sold “theme park merchandise,” but it felt like a gift shop you would find in Times Square. It wasn’t strictly Disney merchandise. So we promptly left.
Character Warehouse Disney Outlet Virtual Queue
There are two Character Warehouse stores in the Disney World Area – one more towards Disney Springs and one by Universal Studios. The locals told me the Character Warehouse by Universal Orlando is better. And they were right.
Now that I’m a local, I’ve been to both, and it seems like the Character Warehouse on International Drive has better merchandise. Both Character Warehouses at both locations are located behind the food court. Just be aware there is now a virtual queue to get into both stores.
When you arrive, give the Cast Member outside your name and number. Then they’ll text you when it’s your turn to arrive. I have waited an hour+ to get inside the store, so just be aware if your time is limited or try to arrive when the store opens.
Character Warehouse Disney Outlet Address by Disney Springs
This is the Disney Outlet by Disney Springs:
8200 Vineland Ave
Orlando, FL 32821-6811
It’s located behind the Food Court in the center of the outlets.
They did have some fabulous deals. Since I was there in January there were holiday items like nutcrackers, ornaments, and tree skirts.
There was a lot of merchandise to be found at 50%-80% off. Authentic Disney Parks merchandise. I saw t-shirts, Halloween shirts (still), Disney Dooney & Bourke bags, toys, pens, masks, etc.
Disney Outlet by Universal Studios Address
There’s also another Disney Outlet – Character Warehouse on International Dr., closer to Universal Orlando.
The address is 4951 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819.
I have found this Character Warehouse to be better. It’s smaller, but there is more of a selection. However, the closest one to Walt Disney World is the one on Vineland Avenue.
It was about a 10 to 15 minute drive from the other Character Warehouse. It’s also located by the food court and next to The GAP.
In January 2021, here is some of the merchandise I found. First of all, Disney masks for $1.75! They are still selling some of the same masks at Disney World for $10.
There was still Christmas merchandise as well as costumes, Her Universe dresses, hats, mouse ears, Disney Cruise Line blankets, Disney plush, shirts, spirit jerseys, phone cases, pens, autograph books, Disney Crocs, mugs, etc.
I was laughing (kind of) that the hat I had on at the store was now $7.99 at the Disney Outlet. I’m pretty sure I paid close to $30 for mine.
They had several different varieties of mouse ear headbands for $7.99. These are usually $25-$30 in the theme parks!
The Dooney & Bourke purses looked to be less discounted. You can see some crossbody purses for $99. However I did buy some Alex and Ani bangle bracelets for $15.
They even had Her Universe dresses and dresses from The Dress Shop at Disney for 70% off, plus with the additional clothing discount of 20% off, they were around $20!
They had these cute jackets plus the Purple Wall Jacket for around $20, too.
If you don’t have a car, take an Uber or a Lyft. There are inexpensive rideshare options now around the Orlando area. If you think you’ll be spending a ton of money on Disney souvenirs, then try these Disney outlets by Disney World if you have some spare time.
Disney Outlet Orlando Tips
The Disney Outlets in Orlando is worth a look if you have some spare time and are looking to save money. You can also use a little retail therapy on a rainy day or on a non-park day. We sometimes would leave gifts from Tinker Bell for our kids in the hotel. This is a great place to find inexpensive souvenirs.
I suggest going on a weekday if possible for lower crowds.
I’ll be updating this post at least once a month with some of my Disney Outlet finds!
Stores on Disney Property with Disney Outlet Prices
If you don’t have much time or want to stay on Disney property, then try Disney Springs to save money on Disney merchandise.
Disney Springs has shops with all kinds of price ranges. A lot of the shops are expensive, but many readers commented that Uniqlo is a great store with great prices! I agree.
Reader Mark says, “The Uniqlo store in Disney Springs offers first-line Disney wear at a fraction of the cost of the flagship store just a stones throw away. The store is like a Japanese version of Old Navy but with much more fashionable stuff including a huge selection of anime- inspired Tshirts.”
We have purchased dresses, t-shirts, and sweatshirts for my daughters at low prices.
I also like to purchase souvenirs for my daughters’ friends at Basin. We usually buy bath bombs and soaps there for their friends that are less expensive than Lush, and they have a Disney touch! We love the bath bombs with Mickey heads in them. Plus, it smells delightful.
Have fun shopping in Orlando at the Disney outlets!