Ink and Paint Shop is the name of the gift shop at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. As we continue our resort coverage, I thought we’d take a virtual step into the gift shop and take a look around.
Ink and Paint Shop is located off Animation Hall, the lobby for Art of Animation. The gift shop has three entrances: from the lobby, from Landscape of Flavors, and an exterior entrance from the bus stop.
Like the other value resorts at Disney World, this gift shop is quite large and offers plenty of merchandise. One of the things I like about this shop is that it carries a good deal of merchandise catered toward younger children.
We’ll start with a look at some of the resort-branded merchandise.
This cheerful t-shirt has the Art of Animation logo and fun characters that represent the resort.
It was available in a variety of sizes.
There were a few other pieces like this hat, pin, and ornament.
Unfortunately, the pickings were slim for souvenir items that feature the resort. Hopefully, we’ll see more in the future.
The Ink and Paint Shop is sizeable. The large open area in the photo below is the walkway between the lobby and the resort’s counter service.
Related: Landscape of Flavors Counter Service
And here is the rest of the gift shop, looking back toward the exit at the resort bus stop.
You could easily spend an hour looking at everything.
The shop had a few different types of batteries and disposable cameras. I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw someone using a disposable camera, but most gift shops still have them.
Additionally, there was a nice selection of Disney Loungefly Backpacks.
You could pick up a jersey or ball cap representing your favorite NBA team. However, I’m not for sure how these fit in here?
But I think we can all agree that these t-shirts are on-brand.
I don’t know what to say about these “no strings attached” or “I’m So Fly” t-shirts. I have a few jokes in mind, but I don’t want to run off any readers.
So, we’ll keep moving forward to the swimsuit area. Art of Animation offers three different pools that you or someone in your family will likely want to spend some time at on vacation.
Related: The Pools at Art of Animation
And while you might think it’s too cold to swim over Christmas break in December, think again. I took these photos the week before Christmas, and it was around 90 degrees the entire week.
It was so warm we never even needed a lightweight jacket in the evenings. And that’s why Disney has plenty of expensive swimwear in their resort gift shops.
Since I’m in the gift shops fairly often, I nearly always see someone looking to buy this kind of thing because they forgot something.
The moral of the story, bring swim attire and goggles, just in case. Thankfully, towels are provided at the pool.
If you forget, we might run into each other in the Disney gift shop nearest you. Of course, I won’t be the one buying swim trunks. At least, I hope not.
Here are a few items in children’s sizes. As I mentioned earlier, this store usually has a great variety of youth clothes and toys.
There was even a decent selection of items for boys.
Boy moms know that finding clothes for boys can be more difficult.
I thought this Minnie Mouse line of items was sweet.
And there was a full display of items for the Pluto in your life.
I’m sure you could find something for the Marie in your life as well. (As in Marie, the cat)
There were a few autograph books, photo albums, and pens available.
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There was a wall space dedicated to Disney’s home products.
Unfortunately, there haven’t been too many mugs lately. However, tumblers were in abundance.
Behind one of the registers, there is a case with wine and various liquors.
And Ink and Paint Shop has an excellent selection of magic bands and pins.
Unfortunately, magic bands are no longer included in your stay. Most of the plain ones are reasonably priced, though.
A photo for all of you pin-traders and collectors out there.
I was surprised to see all of this 2021 merchandise still available at the end of the year. Usually, this kind of thing would be long gone to the outlets.
If you visit during the holidays, limited-time seasonal merchandise is available.
And there are always plenty of Minnie Mouse Ears.
Related: Minnie Mouse Ears Timeline
If you do find yourself visiting during a cold spell, there will be plenty of toboggans, sweatshirts, and jackets available. It is challenging to pack for Disney during the winter months.
And there are always a few “just for fun” hats.
Usually, I go with a white ball cap that features Mickey or Minnie Mouse. Unfortunately, I have lost my last two hats. One flew off on Slinky Dog Dash, and the other fell victim to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
It’s a good idea to hang on to those hats and glasses, as they say on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Art of Animation’s gift shop has a good selection of healthy and beauty products.
And there were a few snacks and food items available.
An entire wall features Disney-branded snack items.
Lastly, we’ll browse through the different toys at the gift shop.
These Disney princess dolls are sweet.
And they have a great selection of Disney-branded board games.
I also thought these figurine sets were fun. Children always love tiny toys.
Ink and Paint has a good selection of toys compared to other gift shops. However, the shop usually has more than this. Therefore, I can only assume that the lack of items filling this floor space is due to the inventory shortage everywhere.
There were even a few empty paint bottles!
Hopefully, this article gave you an idea of what to expect for an upcoming visit. For more information, all of our articles for Art of Animation are available here.
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Comments Section: What do you think about the gift shop at Art of Animation? Do you enjoy browsing merchandise or shopping while on vacation? Have you ever visited the Ink and Paint Shop?