The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! February 2016 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on February 29, 2016 28 Comments

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MMM positiveWelcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. February during a leap year, is there a better month on the calendar? We think not! Yes, Disney did introduce tiered pricing of tickets, but Your Humble Author did provide Tiered Payment Options. Thanks to the Disneyland 60 special (which surprisingly didn’t have much to do with Disneyland), we finally got some details on Star Wars Land. Speaking of Disneyland, it was rumored that DL guru Guy Selga immediately ripped up his annual pass after stepping through Hogsmeade Village during the Wizarding World’s soft openWe in Florida got news that the Dream Along With Mickey stage show, which ran for an amazingly long 68 years at the Magic Kingdom, is going to be replaced by Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire this summer. Just a whole bunch of win, and thanks to Leap Year we get an extra day to bask in it!

Now while all of you were out taking your kids to see Deadpool, Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo and I were hard at work to bring you the quality Outlet coverage you expect deserve!

Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Remember that clicking on any picture will open a full size version of it (don’t say we didn’t warn you).

First up, the newest Tsum Tsums to hit the store were from the Lilo and Stitch line, including this one featuring Lilo herself.

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Lilo Tsum Tsum.

A little backstory on this next one. Two years ago this very month, I was finally brave enough to do my first “live tweeting” from the main TouringPlans twitter account. Everything went well until I went to a gift shop in Tomorrowland and commented on a Pink Stitch plush. Apparently I’m the only human being on Earth who didn’t know that was Stitch’s girlfriend Angel. That may actually be the last day I live tweeted from the TouringPlans account as well. Anyway, here is the Pink Stitch Angel Tsum Tsum.

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Pink Stitch Tsum Tsum.

I teased it last month, but now it is finally time for the grand debut of my first ever…

TSUM TSUM UNBOXING VIDEO!

Thanks to Disneylanders like Guy Selga and Tom Bricker, who notoriously have deep pockets but short arms, more Disneyland merchandise has hit the Outlets. This time it is items created for the Disneyland 60th anniversary from last year. First up is this truck, which I actually had to have. Originally $24.95, reduced to $9.99.

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The only thing that would make this better would be if it was an Optimus Prime variant. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

This diamond paperweight thing is actually a photo frame. Whaaaaaat? To hold a 2.6″ by 2.6″ picture. WHO FRAMES THEIR PASSPORT PHOTO?!  Shocking this one didn’t sell. Was originally $39.95, reduced to $9.99.

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#DAZZLE

Here is a pair of Mickey and Minnie plush that may have led to Kayne West’s epic Twitter meltdown earlier this month. Originally $24.95, this were reduced to $14.99 each.

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(photo by Julia Mascardo)

As you can see, plenty are available.

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(photo by Julia Mascardo)

Remember back in December when Disney World pulled all the guns from their parks? Every single type of gun just completely disappeared? Well,

WE FOUND ‘EM.

Both of the Disney Outlet Stores were so overrun with guns they could have qualified to be NRA Outlet Stores. Here’s one from Frontierland that was originally $21.95, reduced to $9.99.

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Guns.

Here is Chewbacca’s bowcaster. Originally $24.95, now $9.99. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out this “Chewie and Ben” comic strip by Tyson Murphy. WARNING, make sure you have watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens first. In 12 panels, a better – and more emotionally satisfying – story is told than in the entire three Star Wars prequel films.

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Chewie “gun.”

Speaking of Star Wars, here is Boba Fett’s blaster. This was originally $26.95, reduced to $12.99. I bought this because I always wanted one growing up.

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Boba Fett gun.

I’ve actually become addicted to the old western television show The Rifleman, and was tempted to pick up this rifle if it wasn’t going to burn my retinas out. Originally $18.95, now $9.99.

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Long guns.

Here’s another one I bought because I used to beg my parents to buy me one after riding Pirates of the Caribbean. I got the last laugh!

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I could have used one of these when seeing At World’s End in the theater. Just like Cap’t Jack, I only need one bullet.

Here we have a cowboy gun (originally $15.95, now $5.99) and another pirate one (Originally $17.95, now $6.99). I also bought this Pirates gun. This is something pretty unique to men, right? I don’t think too many women go around buying toys from their childhood.

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Guns.

Here’s a pirate gift set that included a gun. Originally $12.95, now $4.99. I got this set for the little guy in our family who is obsessed with Jake and the Neverland Pirates. I did take out the gun first though. Why?  Because my parents were right. Turns out they got the last laugh after all.

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Pirate gun.

Here’s a tiny gun.

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Mini pistol.

An Indiana Jones gun. Originally $12.95, now $5.99.

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Indana Jones gun.

You can’t blame us guys of a certain age for loving guns. A Han Solo blaster was the greatest Christmas gift I ever got, GI Joe and Tranformers fought all their battles with guns, and who could forget this scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark?

Guns were just something we were brought up with and was ingrained in our psyche, kinda like how entitlement is for today’s #Millenials.

Here we have Zurg’s Purge Blaster from Toy Story 2. Originally $19.95, reduced to $6.99.

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Zurg’s gun.

A Buzz Lightyear themed blaster. Originally $19.95, now $5.99)

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Buzz gun.

There was even guns on keychains. I guess I never realized how many guns there were in the parks. Seeing them all together like this must make people think we were all going to some Donald Trump rally.

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Keychain guns.

A Zurg Popper. Originally $8.95, now $6.99.

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Zurg popper.

Buzz Lightyear bubble gun. Yes, bubble gun. This must have been sold on one of those carts at the park where every price is a color so that parents just say yes faster to shut their kids up. Reduced to $7.99 from “Red.”

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Buzz bubble gun.

Here is a “light up” bubble gun where you can see the batteries in the handle. That’s pretty neat. Also reduced to $7.99.

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bubble

Seeing these bubble guns in the Outlet Store reminded me of the 12 Days of a Theme Park Christmas article.

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Who didn’t like to see kids chasing bubbles at parks?

Here is one of those toys which keeps parents up at night. A sleeping Beauty play set featuring about 1000 small accessories. As kids though, this is what we love the most. Originally $19.95, now $8.99. From personal experience I can tell you that the multiple slippers that come with this set are slightly bigger than an electron, after having spent seemingly hours in a car looking for them.

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Sleeping Beauty.

Here’s another set featuring Ariel. Also originally $19.95, now $8.99.

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Mermaid.

I don’t understand these “baby” character plush at all, but they seem to be popular in my family. We were at Animal Kingdom this past fall and I told one Princess she could literally pick out any toy she wanted in the entire park. She chose the Baby version of the gorilla from Disney’s Tarzan. THAT’S INSANE. She’s never even seen Tarzan! I of course chose a much more sensible choice, a Mickey Mouse lightsaber.

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Baby Ariel.

Agent P plush. Pretty good price for the size of it.

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Agent P.

This Olaf thing is actually a hat, apparently designed to identify crazy people. Originally $29.95, marked all the way down to $4.99.

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I bet you get a free bowl of soup with that hat, oh, but it looks good on you.

We’ve seen the Kermit and Animal hats before, but this is a first time for the Sweetums hat. Originally $29.95, now $9.99.

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Muppets.

A next level bonkers Donald as Darth Maul winter hat. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.

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Donald Maul.

Creepy Madame Leota Mickey Ears.

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Haunted Mansion ears.

This was a giant Minnie Mouse witch hat. I actually got one of these for our house for upcoming Halloweens. Originally $24.95, now $14.99.

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Minnie Mouse hat.

Pieces of Disney Train and Trolley track. Nowhere near as cool as Monorail track. It’s like Go-Bots compared to Transformers.

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Train Track.

This was a cute Minnie Mouse purse for kids. Lots of pockets inside. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.

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Minnie bag.

Here is a DVC bag reduced to $41.99 and a Vera Bradley one for $59.99. Not sure of the original prices. The DVC bag is a little controversial in some circles, as there are a few DVC owners that don’t think non-DVC members should be able to buy exclusive DVC merchandise. Don’t know what to say to that other than the obvious, if you bought this stuff in the first place it wouldn’t be at the Outlets.

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DVC and Vera Bradley bag.

Here are DVC ($79.99) and Vera Bradley ($68.99) backpacks.

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Backpacks.

Minnie Mouse bag. Possibly from Aulani or the Disney’s Polynesian Resort Village gift shop. Originally $39.95, reduced to $14.99.

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Minnie bag.

A smaller Minnie Mouse purse. Originally $29.95, now $12.99.

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Minnie bag.

All but giving these Minnie Mouse flip flops away. Originally $14.95, now $2.99.

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Minni flip flops.

These 2015 pins were massively discounted. The Figment one was just 99 cents (from $11.95!) while the Cinderella one was originally $9.95 and brought down to $1.99.

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Pins.

2015 Mystery Pins.

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I really liked this Donald Duck keychain.

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Donald keychain.

A couple of Disney purse themed keychains. $2.99 each.

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Purse keychain.

Not a big fan of this Minnie with a bow inside a bow one.

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Bow inceptions.

I didn’t understand this at all. Recently at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort I saw something similar that you could use to put your phone in. Then you could take your phone into the lazy river (or pool, wherever). These were so small though that they could hold maybe some credit cards. Or I guess your park ticket if you had no Magic Band. A couple cigarettes? Originally $6.95, now $2.99.

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To hold your Chase Disney Visa.

Bought this awesome villains magnet set that was originally at the Wonderground Gallery in Disney Springs. Originally $14.95, now $6.99.

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Awesome magnets.

Love Beauty and the Beast, love the song Be Our Guest, don’t love this coffee mug. This made its debut at the Centerpieces store in the Marketplace Co-op. Originally $14.95, now $5.99.

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Be Our Guest mugs.

Here are some Aloha napkins. Originally $5.95, now $1.99. I bought a set of six for our dining room table.

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Napkins.

Not to be outdone, Outlet Intern Julia actually has one framed in her house. And here you thought I was the crazy one. Turns out, I’m the normal one. What a twist! On a serious note, you all need to check out Julia’s weekly feature on the blog, Best Week Ever. Julia is alternating weeks with Dani, so stay tuned every Thursday for their adventures inside the Orlando theme parks.

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(photo by Julia Mascardo)

There were some other Adventureland themed napkins available as well.

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More napkins.

Disney has some of the coolest $5 postcards you’ll ever see. Now I don’t know exactly who buys $5 postcards, but they become much more reasonable when they hit the Outlets for $1.99

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$5 postcard.

Planes playset, originally $34.95, now $23.99.

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Planes.

Who needs a Blue Fairy figurine? For just $50 it can be yours.

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“Make me a real blogger!”

A Cinderella Christmas ornament from the recent live action movie version of Cinderella. I don’t think anyone was asking for this. Originally $24.95, now $7.99.

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At least it’s not an ornament for one of the Tim Burton live action Alice in Wonderland films.

Star Wars ugly Christmas sweater t-shirt. Originally $19.95, now $4.99.

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Ugly sweater shirt.

I feel like I’ve seen this shirt a million times, but this may actually be the first time at the Outlet. Originally $24.95, now $9.99. How GREAT would this shirt be if the snowman head in the middle is Olaf? THAT I would buy.

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Grumpy xmas.

How can you not love this Donald Duck from the Three Caballeros Christmas ornament? Of course I got one of these. It appears to be from the Viva Navidad! street party out in Disney California Adventure. Even cooler.

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Hola Donald.

Mickey and Minnie as Santa and Mrs. Claus Vinylmation. I got this set as the Vinylmation model works perfect when the characters are Mickey and MInnie. They look great.

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Vinylmation.

Not so great? These Mickey and Minnie nutcrackers. They look like characters from Space Balls. I would love to see a documentary on people that collect nutcrackers as they must have some stories to tell.

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(photo by Julia Mascardo)

We’re gonna close out with this possible Valentine’s Day hat. How can you top this? Reduced to $4.99, but it would cost you at least double that to get me to wear it for five minutes.

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Seizure hat.

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). 

Previous editions of Magic, Memories, and Merch: July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2015January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015. June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015. December 2015, and January 2016.

We also did an edition of Magic, Memories, and Junk for a non-Disney owned Outlet Store, and for you merch addicts like myself, you may also enjoy a look at the official Disney merchandise available on the Disney Cruise Line, Castaway Cay, and at the Orlando International Airport.

If you liked what you read here, you may enjoy THE SATURDAY SIX articles every week on the TouringPlans.com blog and you can follow your humble author on Twitter (@derekbugan).

Posted on February 29, 2016

28 Responses to “The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! February 2016 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store”

  • I buy $5 postcards. But I have them matted and framed together, rather than dropping the big bucks on full-sized prints.

  • I buy a lot of toys from my childhood. I’m older, though, so the only guns I had were metal western style pistols that shot caps. These days I would love a bubble gun!

  • Do both outlets carry the same items (i.e. – do they split what they receive between the stores)? We are (hopefully) flying in tomorrow if the snow/ice can hold off long enough. We plan to eventually hit both outlets, but was wondering if one is better than the other (so we know which one to hit earlier in our trip). I am bringing my wife down for her birthday, and hitting at least one of these outlets is something she wants to do!

    • by Julia Mascardo on February 29, 2016, at 6:40 pm EDT

      Derek’s been doing this for forever and a day (you know, when the Studios actually had attractions and things), so he probably knows better how things compare. From what I’ve seen, about 80% of the stuff is the same between the two outlets, especially when they have an insane amount to offload (like those sequin Mickey and Minnie toys). If you end up just going to one, you really won’t be missing all that much by not going to the other one.

    • The one closer to Disney off of Vineland is over three times bigger than I-Drive, so if you only can do one that’s probably the one to choose. Like Julia said, they ave roughly the same stuff give or take.

  • I’m sorry if you’ve covered this before, but is there a way to order these items directly from the outlets/ Disney?

    • by Julia Mascardo on February 29, 2016, at 6:37 pm EDT

      Sometimes there have been some of the items that show up on the Shop Disney Parks app. Aside from that, I don’t believe there’s any way to order the items directly from Disney. 🙁

    • You can order anything through Disney if you have the UPC code, unfortunately even if the item is at the Outlet I think you will be charged full MSRP plus shipping. Julia and I have the barcodes for pretty much everything you see in the Outlet Report (although they get deleted the next month).

  • Thank you, Derek. It’s been a rough couple weeks. Your column had me in tears I was laughing so hard. If we could jar and sell your unique outlook and spread it on toast (from our Darth Vader toaster, of course) we would call it Derek’s Smarmelade.
    Of course, it would go straight to the outlet bargain bin, but I’d buy it.
    Thanks to you and Julie and to the people who make a living designing this stuff thinking it will sell.

  • Do you think it’s worth it to take Uber to an outlet from the Polynesian?

  • Derek-

    You are killing me! Now I NEED to have napkins that I never knew existed, now on CLEARANCE….but I can’t get them at that somewhat reasonable price.

  • How much are the Minnie/Mickey Xmas vynalmations?

  • How can the Dream Along With Mickey show have run for 68 years at MK when MK itself has only been open for a little over 44? 68 years would put it at older than Disneyland…

  • Great article again as always! The Chewie comic made me cry. Also, as someone who runs a vintage online toy shop and sells mostly to women, I can tell you that yes, they also buy a lot of toys from their childhood!

  • Could you please tell me which store had the napkins you’ve featured here. Thanks.

    • They were at the I-Drive location. Just so you know, any picture that says (photo by Julia Mascardo) on it means the item came from Vineland, the others come from I-Drive.

  • Theres a picture of me with one of those Olaf hats on in a shop at Disney World from April. Everytime a see a hat so horrensous it is fantastic i just have to ptu it on my head an get a picture. (see also the yoda hat at DHS)

  • I meant to go last May but figured it is not worth to miss a day, what a mistake. I just calculated that UBER from Disney Springs to the closer outlet is 5-7$ (one way), the estimator doesn’t show UBER Pop option which is super cheap and I do have access to that one. I will definitely go this time <3
    The flip flops with Minni for 3$? I want two!
    Hopefully they will still have something nice from 60th anniversary of Disneyland. We went in November 2015 (after Blizzcon) and did not buy a single souvenir. I am still pretty mad about that 🙁