Is it already the end of May? This month flew by. It seems we just celebrated Cinco de Mayo at La Cava del Tequila. We saw the annual running of the Kentucky Derby and the beginning of Star Wars Weekends. We rocked our Disney Side at the Magic Kingdom’s 24 Hour Event and we got to ride the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in soft opens. Meanwhile over at Universal a Dragon showed up at Diagon Alley, and work on the rumored King Kong attraction at Islands of Adventure is in full swing. It has been insanely busy, but we couldn’t forget about our monthly pilgrimage to the Disney Outlet Store!
March’s trip to the Outlet Store brought us unsold Valentine’s Day Duffy Bears from February, while April’s visit saw several St. Patrick’s Day items show up. Surprisingly enough, only two Easter items arrived at the Outlets so far. One is in the form of this Easter Egg Duffy Bear plush. Originally $20, it is now $9.99.
There are three entrances into the Outlet Store, and each door has a different display in front of it when you walk in. Among the spotlight items of the store this month were Disney Babies in a Blanket dolls. Originally $22.95, these were all reduced to $12.99 each.
Another spotlight was given to a couple other Disney animals, this time a pair of felines in the form of Alice in Wonderland‘s Cheshire Cat and The Aristocats‘ Marie.
One of the only pieces of Muppets merch in the entire store was this Animal plush. Originally $14.95, it is now $9.95. I’m going to make a guess that since Muppets Most Wanted is pretty much done with its theatrical run, we’ll probably see several more Muppets pieces related to that film arrive sooner than later.
This huge Oswald the
scary lucky rabbit plush is marked down to just $18.99. I’m assuming whatever money you save will be spent on future psychiatric appointments.
Lots of pins showed up this month, including an Epcot 82 one for the fanboys.
At the store I couldn’t figure out what these weird cars pins were supposed to be, but just realized putting the picture up they must be Chip & Dale versions. I hope that psychiatrist offers a group rate.
On the other end of the spectrum is this cute Chip & Dale pin for the Living with the Land boat ride. Notice at the bottom it says “This paper embedded with wildflower.” I have no idea what that means, but it sounds impressive.
I thought this next pin was for the Unleash the Villains party that Disney had at Hollywood Studios on Friday the 13th last September. However, this pin is in Spanish, and it was part of a group of pins from the Disney Design Group that all seemed to have “13″ in their design. Hopefully someone in the comments can clue us all in.
This week we celebrated Memorial Day, and I wrote a very special edition of the SATURDAY SIX for the special occasion that looked at tributes to America within the theme parks. I’ll wait here while you take a minute to click this link and read it. Feel free to leave a comment on how much your heart grew from American pride while taking it all in. Anyway, back at the outlets we had this GREAT GIFT IDEA in the form of an American Adventure Leather Bracelet. I’m not sure that the audience who is into The American Adventure at Epcot is the same who would wear a leather bracelet, but what do I know?
Speaking of Epcot, there were more Epcot 30 shirts on sale for $9.99, including this one for the France pavilion.
I do like the Epcot 30 logo on the sleeves of these shirts.
I’m gonnna need some more help from you, Dear Reader, to figure out what the heck these things are.
They all open up, but the case is so small it holds almost nothing. Well, almost nothing.
They were $11.99 each (reduced from $19.95), and I had to buy the Donald Duck in Carbonite one. I mean, c’mon, it showed both the front and the back.
Now I love Star Wars, but not enough to buy this Darth Vader koosh ball.
Star Wars insulated cup.
These are the first shot glasses I have ever seen that actively make me want to take a drink, just to make me forget that I saw them. Originally $24.95, now $13.99. You’ll see in the background they still have a ton of the Storybook Circus shot glasses. Shocking that an area of the Magic Kingdom that is dedicated to the youngest guests is having a hard time selling them shot glasses.
For the 8 year old who drinks coffee, this Storybook Circus coffee mug is $8.99 (originally $12.99). FOR THE RECORD, I will retract all these statements if on my next trip to Universal Studios Florida I discover they sell Barney the Dinosaur shot glasses and Curious George coffee mugs. Lock that one in.
Big wall of Monsters University merch, including a Sully holding Mike plush doll I saw at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney just two weeks before.
Test Track hats. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.
A Display of Cinderella merch that more than likely came from Tren-D in Downtown Disney.
Prince Charming shirt $9.99 (originally $24.95)
These princess collection dolls were $18.99 for each set. For those wondering, there were ZERO pieces of merch for anything Frozen related.
Let’s head on over to some clothing. I really liked this style of the Fab Five. Originally $32.95, now $14.99.
This Daisy and Donald Duck one is literally the same two characters just plopped onto another shirt. Same price.
Speaking of ducks, you would think there is a character in the Disney library who may work better for this shirt than Mickey Mouse….
The next couple shirts were all $9.99 each.
Very sharp looking Disney’s BoardWalk Resort golf shirt.
This week’s SATURDAY SIX proper was on the Six Best Coasters in Orlando, and one of the biggest comments both on the article itself and on the TouringPlans Lines app was people thinking that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster should be on the list. I will admit that I love the launch of RNR Coaster, and it’s definitely one of the best six rides at Hollywood Studios (there are six rides, right?), but it holds the record for most amount of awful shirts made for any roller coaster in history. Yes, that fact shouldn’t count against it, but since I’m the one who has to look at all these shirts, I’m gonna count it anyway. Here’s the latest example…
This shirt for The Cavern is the second one I have seen at the Outlets and brings me back to the incredible tour I had at the Hard Rock Cafe in CityWalk. The history of The Cavern and British rock can not be overstated.
Speaking of British rock, here are a couple shirts for The Beatles. I’m assuming all of this merchandise came from the UK pavilion in World Showcase.
A commemorative coffee (tea?) mug to celebrate the birth of Prince George. $16.95 (originally $24.95). I wonder if there are people in England who collect George W. Bush merchandise? These are the type of questions that keep me up at nights. In fact, I’m gonna buy a whole bunch of Tervis Tumblers, slap a picture of Obama’s dog Sunny on them, and ship them all to Piccadilly Circus in London with a note that reads “With compliments from Messrs. Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Lincoln. Mischief managed.“
Last month some of the “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” vinylmations showed up, and this month they had a whole end cap.
Time to head towards the big finale. Here’s a Lightning McQueen figure for your Christmas Village collection, complete with a Santa Claus mechanic…
This is great. Apparently this series of Toy Story vinylmations is supposed to be as if the characters were drawn by little kids. WHO IS BUYING THIS?! My guess is not many because every single regular vinylmation (and even the two-packs) are $4.99 each, and these Toy Story ones were $3.99.
Oh, but that wasn’t the highlight. You may remember back in March I wrote about the craziest vinylmation I had ever seen. The Meet & Greet Mickey super sized vinylmation. Apparently someone in Disney Consumer Products saw my description of that figure and figured they could make it even MORE NONSENSICAL….
Like the original Meet & Greet Mickey vinylmation, this was also a limited edition print run of 500 and was originally priced at $49.95 per figure. The Outlets had them reduced down to $14.95 The lowest number I could find is 80/500. If this figure is released in any more 100% next level bananas color variations, we will have concrete proof I am being trolled by someone inside Disney Merchandise.
There are actually two Disney outlet stores in Orlando. Both are in Orlando Premium Outlet shopping complexes, and they are called Disney’s Character Warehouse, presumably because The Land Of Misfit Toys was already trademarked. There is one Character Warehouse located on International Drive close to Universal Studios (4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819), and the other is on Vineland Avenue, right across I-4 near the exits to Disney World (8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821). For this edition of MMM, we went to the location near Universal.