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

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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. March came in like a lion, and stayed that way. Tickets for the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland went on sale (and immediately sold out). Meanwhile, the delays and cost overruns in Shanghai Disneyland could be having profound effects on the parks we go to over here. The strangest rumor in the history of theme parks surfaced with a possible Guardians of the Galaxy overlay to the Tower of Terror. Walt Disney World started charging for preferred parking, SeaWorld said this generation of killer whales would be its last, and Universal announced it will be bringing in a new restaurant into CityWalk that will debut with the first ever E-Ticket milkshakes. We’re still reeling from all the news, and that’s not even covering the announcements of a whole bunch of new up-charge events that basically had theme park social media ready to grab pitchforks and join Gaston to kill the Beast. But the best thing that happened in the entire month was this unbelievably self-entitled article written by a college freshman that suggests kids and old people shouldn’t go to theme parks

Now while all of you were out riding Rock n Roller Coaster with Steven Tyler, 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).

Our first item this week is our first ever Made With Magic piece of merchandise to hit the Outlets. These were the Mickey Ears that lit up with different colors to Glow With the Show during some of the nighttime spectaculars at the parks. I have no actual financial numbers to support my theory, but having been the parks many, many times and only seeing a handful of guests wearing these, I’m going to assume Disney took a complete bath on this idea. It’s an item that cost over $25, is heavier than a normal pair of Mickey Ears, and the person wearing it can’t even see it glow. The sign on the bin said these were originally $23.17, but I haven’t seen them for that price in the parks. They were reduced to $9.99.

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Glowing…glowing…gone!

Next up was a whole slew of Disneyland 60th Anniversary items. There were so many that I have to wonder if alleged Disneyland fans like Guy Selga, Tom Bricker, and Seth Kubersky have ever bought a single piece of merchandise in the parks. Here’s a Disneyland 60th Barbie. Originally $24.95, now $14.99.

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Where’s DCA Ken?!

This next one is straight up bananas. We’ve covered unusable giant erasers at the Outlets in the past, but this one takes the cake. A giant diamond ring eraser. This is proof that there was not a single idea was discarded as being “too crazy” for Disneyland 60th merchandise. Originally $12.95, now $7.99.

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This diamond ring did bring back fond memories of a classic piece of Burgan Fine Art entitled “He Said Yes!

Disneyland 60th pen that was originally $29.95. Assuming you used these to sign your bankruptcy papers. Now just $9.99.

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The pen may not be mightier than the sword, but it is more expensive.

Am I showing my age for thinking these “dazzle” Mickey mitts remind me of Michael Jackson? Originally $24.95, now $11.99.

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When is Captain EO coming back anyway?

A Celebrate Disneyland 60th tote bag. Originallly $39.95, now $14.99.

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Calling this a “D Bag” doesn’t sound right.

Here’s a tinier than it looks Starbucks Disneyland 60th cup/ornament. Originally $12.95, now $4.99.

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Starbucks

And here are Disneyland 60th versions of the Starbucks plastic cups. This may be the First World Gift of all First World Gifts. In sharpie it should have “#Millenial” on the side. Originally $12.95, now $4.99.

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More Starbucks.

Here’s a fancy looking Disneyland 60th mug. Originally $24.95, now $14.99.

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Disneyland 60th mug.

Light up castle. This may actually be to scale to the castle they have out there. Not sure of original price, but reduced to $8.99.

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“What is this? A castle for ants? Its needs to be at least three times bigger than this!” – Derek Zoolander

Disneyland 60th keychain. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.

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Keychain.

A dazzling pin. Not sure original price, but now $6.99.

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Pin.

I really like this Sixty Years of Magic photo frame. Look at all those characters! Mr. Toad! Reduced to $8.99 each.

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Where’s the Black Cauldron?

Disneyland 60th hats for adults. Originally $24.95, now $8.99.

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Hat.

And one for kids. Originally $19.95, now $4.99.

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Hat.

Get a load of this Disneyland coffee cup. First check out that “D” handle. Now check out that it celebrates the years “1975-1984.” This is part of a Decades Collection apparently a niche of a niche audience. I’m pretty impressed. Originally $14.99, now $5.99.

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Cup.

I got one of these Disneyland 60th backpacks. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.

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Backpack.

I did not get one of these totes even though they were only $1.99. I like the design, just have too many totes.

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Retro bag.

Was surprised to see these plates featuring the new Walt Disney World artwork. Two sharp designs. $4.99 each.

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Trays. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

There is nowhere near enough Ratatouille merchandise for my tastes, so loved seeing this Remy towel. The original price of $19.95 is a bit on the high side, but I can live with the reduced $9.99 price.

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Remy towel. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

I love Mr. Toad as much as anyone, but this all white soap dish is a little too weird for me. Originly $21.95, now $9.99.

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If this were in color, I would have bought it.

I had no idea what this weird Mickey thing even was until Outlet intern Julia informed me it was a toothbrush holder. Whaaaaaaaat?! Originally $9.95, now $4.99.

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4 out of 5 dentists agree, this toothbrush holder is next level bonkers.

What a strange salt and pepper shaker set. I don’t get the appeal of this.  Originally $16.95, now $7.99.

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At least it’s not a turkey leg.

This one may be even stranger. Originally $16.95, now $7.99.

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This is a salt and pepper shaker set. Seriously.

DHS “toothpick holder.”

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DHS.

A couple Muppets items this month including this coffee cup featuring Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker. Reduced to $5.99.

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Mee-Meep.

The cup actually changes appearance once you put liquid in it.

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Muppets cup.

This is kinda neat, special MagicBands made for Pop Warner events at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

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Pop Warner MagicBand.

And here is one for the Cheer & Dance competitions.

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Cheer & Dance MagicBand.

A Mike Wazwoski doll made out of spandex.

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Monsters Inc doll.

Alright, more Muppets! Here is an Animal pajama pillow. Originally $26.95, reduced to $9.99.

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I’ll take one of Dr. Teeth.

A Tigger pillow pet. Originally $39.95, now $19.95.

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Bouncing is what Tiggers do best.

The show Myles From Tomorrowland is actually pretty decent. Here is a plush from that cartoon. originally $19.95, now $8.99. This is the first piece of Myles merchandise I have ever seen at the Outlets.

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Myles From Tomorrowland.

Good Dinosaur plush. Originally $19.95, now $9.99.

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The Good Dinosaur.

T-Rex plush also available.

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Good Dinosaur plush. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

Here’s a couple of solid Good Dinosaur postcards. Originally priced at $4.95, these are now more reasonably $1.99 each. All the following postcards are the same price.

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Good Dinosaur.

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Gorgeous Tiana and Mulan drawings.

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Mermaids.

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Gus and Jaq from Cinderella.

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Stylized queen and magic mirror.

I liked this WDW keychain, especially for only $3.99 each. Love seeing the Earful Tower as the icon for DHS. I’m terrified what the park icon will be when Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land open. Maybe it will be a big gold dollar sign.

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Keychain.

I drove myself CRAZY trying to get a good photograph of this keychain thing for you, Dear Reader. Basically you open it up and there is a small Minnie Mouse and Mickey inside.

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Heart.

Merida and Aurora magnets. Not sure of original price, but reduced to $2.40 each.

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Princess magnets.

Frozen antennae topper. $1.99.

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Let. It. Go.

I love, Love, LOVE jedi Mickey, but who could possibly walk around with a keychain this big? Originally $11.95, reduced to $7.17.

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Do or do not try to put this into your pocket, there is no try.

Nice looking Tinker Bell wings. Originally $29.95, now $12.99 and I did buy a pair for a princess in our family.

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This is my type of Tink merch.

DHS photo frames. Originally $14.95, now $3.99.

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DHS.

You know you want it. A giant inflatable GLOW Mickey Mouse. Just $9.99 each.

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Let. It. Glow.

Some Haunted Mansion Christmas tree ornaments. Originally $19.95, marked down to $5.99. All the ornaments were the same price.

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Haunted Mansion.

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Haunted Mansion.

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Haunted Mansion.

I actually got a pair of these oven mitts. Originally $12.95, now $5.99.

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Christmas oven mitts.

Mickey stocking holder. Originally $29.95, now $12.99.

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Mickey stocking holder.

ANOTHER Starbucks Christmas ornament. HOW MANY OF THESE DID THEY MAKE?! $4.99 each.

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Starbucks.

Nightmare Before Christmas ornament. Originally $19.95, now $4.99.

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Jack Skellington.

Don’t mind this pin at all. Reduced to $2.99.

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Pirate Christmas.

Tinker Bell tree topper was originally $34.95, reduced to the weird price of $18.80.

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Tink Tree Topper.

I may be crazy, but as a Floridian, I like these fake snowballs. Origianlly priced $19.95, they were reduced to $5.38.

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Snowballs. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

This is kind of a strange one. Vinylmation baseballs featuring classic Major League Baseball stadiums. $25 each, no discounts.

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“Have you seen my baseball?” – There’s Something About Mary (photo by Julia Mascardo)

C’mon, I had to get one of these Mickey Mouse pillows. Originally $26, now $14.99.

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Mickey!

Another month, another overpriced Chip and Dale set arrives at the Outlets. This one was originally $49.95, now $19.99.

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Put these two in their Rescue Rangers outfits and now you’re talking my language.

Viking foam swords and axes, presumably from the Norway store that’s gonna be all Frozen in a few short months.

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Alas poor Norway, we knew ye well.

Several pieces of runDisney merchandise appeared this month included this Marathon car magnet. Originally $8.95, now $2.68.

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Magnet.

Race bandanas. Originally $9.95, now $2.98.

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Bandanas.

These runDisney 5K shirts were originally $27.95, now $6.99.

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5K.

The Goofy challenge one was originally $32.95, reduced to $6.99.

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Goofy shirt.

Dopey challenge shirts were originally $32.95, reduced to $6.99.

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Dopey Challenge.

And plain old Disney Marathon shirts as well.

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Disney marathon.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all. Mickey Mouse license plate bolt covers. Originally $9.95, now $4.99.

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You are not dreaming.

Not many items for pets make it to the Outlets, but here’s a princess bow collar. Originally $12.95, now $4.99.

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Disney Tails.

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The original L’il Sebastian was not impressed.

Awesome Adventureland and Frontierland plates. Originally $5.95 each, reduced to $2.99.

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Chow time!

Some rare Disney Baby products hit the clearance aisles this month. These Mickey and Minnie dolls produce white noise for the babies. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.

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My parents just told me to “be quiet, or else.”

Mickey and Minnie pacifier clips. Originally $7.95, now $2.99. Wouldn’t many babies try to eat these if they were attached to a pacifier?

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Pacifier clips.

Minnie Mouse earbuds. Originally $32.95, now $9.99.

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Minnie ear buds.

And lastly, Vinylmation that is actually smaller than normal Vinylmation. The good news is that they are just as ugly.

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Vinylmation jr.

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 2015January 2016, and February 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.

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Posted on March 31, 2016

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

  • Did I miss reading which outlet you braved for our amusement this month?

  • Thanks for doing this. I love this each month. I’m wondering what outlet I should go to if I’m staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort and using Uber?

  • Thanks for another hilarious column!
    I, er, um…paid about $10 for the MM white toothbrush holder way back when the Disney Stores online held a fire sale before temporarily going out of business.
    I,um, er….also bought the black & white MM salt and pepper shaker at a “discount” of around $15.
    Go figure.
    Not sure if this information will help should I ever need to prove my sanity.
    Then again, I never bought a giant eraser. :-/

  • Regarding the “Glow with the Show” ears for $23.17, they’ve been priced like that all along to make them an even $25 with tax at the outdoor light toy carts.

    One of the few items sold at “tax included” carts AND permanent retail shops.

  • Wow, that Jack Skellington ornament is really unfortunate…

  • I really love these posts – they make me laugh every time!

  • I recognize those baseballs! They aren’t actually Vinylmations – they are real baseballs. I bought a Tiger Stadium one about a year ago from a local florist. Not sure where they would have been sold in the Disney Parks.

  • I felt bad for all the people who took a bath on the marathon weekend merch originally since there was so much so cheap at the outlets last month. And even the D & B from Avengers weekend. Ouch.

  • Do you know of a good Disney outlet in California?