Disney's Discount Store; The Character Warehouse
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I am about to share my biggest Disney secret ever. It's the Character Warehouses or better known as the “Discount Disney Store”. The Character Warehouse has two locations near Disney World and although they are off property they are worth the trek, Uber or Lyft ride to get to them. I will quickly go through where they are, what they are and why you need to go and then it's your responsibility to get your Disney loving butt over to them to check out!
Where Are They?
The Character Warehouse has two locations. Both are near the food court of both outdoor shopping malls. They have a marquee style sign.
Location closest to Universal
4969 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Location Closest to Disney Springs
8200 Vineland Ave #1252, Orlando, FL 32821
What Are They?
The Character Warehouse is the only non-cast member ID needed store that Disney sends both coast parks left over and last season products to. They also have Disney cruise, Aulani and online items. These items are never guaranteed or restocked. They change constantly and are always in different quantities. There are also limited quantities and the stock changes through out the day and also daily.
Why Shop There?
Since Disney has already had these items on the shelves for a bit or they are out of season, they are discounted. You will see HUGE markdowns on most items and moderate markdowns on others. We have found some really amazing things there like
- Size 4/5 original Elsa dress that retails for $59.99 reduced to $9.99
- Maleficent Face Palette that retails for $49.99 reduced to $3.99
- Buzz Lightyear jacket that retails for $64.99 reduced to $14.99
- Disney Golf Polos that retail for $69.99 reduced to $18.99
Everything is priced and then marked with an additional red sticker or there will be a large yellow posting to denote the discount on specific items.
We have been very lucky and very unlucky with finds at both locations. If you have the time I would AT LEAST visit the one closest to Disney Springs at the Vineland Outlets since it is a $5 Uber ride. It's such a smarter option to buying overpriced souvenirs on property I don't know why you wouldn't check it out!
PS. Keep in mind I have visited the Character Warehouse and left with nothing as there were no “major steals” and I have even missed out on products just put out the hour prior. Nothing is guaranteed, but if you have the time it’s worth the potential savings!