The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! SEPTEMBER 2017 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

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Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo, secret shopper Daisy Lauren and I found a whole bunch of neat items this month including tons of Star Wars items, emoji plush, fidget spinners, and one of the weirdest Christmas ornaments to ever make the Outlets (and imagine what ground that is covering.)

Ready to see what we else we found? Alright, let’s go!

Last month we speculated that a whole bunch of MagicBands would be coming to the Outlets and boy did they ever. The only MagicBand 2.0 however was this one for the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. This was “limited to 2500,” had a special lighting effect when you used it on an Epcot touchpoint, and originally cost $32.99. It was reduced to $5.99.

Flower and Garden MagicBand.

The rest of the MagicBands were all of the original variety and prices were SLASHED down to $1.99.  So even though I have more MagicBands than any human in their right mind should ever own, I picked up one of these featuring the little Orange Bird because it’s not like you’re not not going to buy one, right?

Orange bird.

Also picked up this one featuring Figment against the backdrop of Spaceship Earth. Just a warning, for those of you who try to keep a “mental track” of how much I spend at the Outlets, you’re gonna need a big piece of paper this time, and don’t forget to carry the two.

Figment

A different Figment MagicBand? Sure why not.

Figment.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

This one I did not buy because I’m not CRAZY.

Couple Star Wars MagicBands. Passed on both of these.

Star Wars.

You can imagine how many of these “limited release” Jyn Erso MagicBands they sold when it seems like 2000 of them made it to the Outlets.

Also not sure about the title of “rebel leader” for Jyn. I guess you could make the case, but it seems more like the concept was approved before Rogue One went through massive changes.

Last month we also covered these Disney Cruise Line pins and I figured those portholes must have opened up. Turns out they did. Nothing spectacular. This was the equivalent of unwrapping socks for a Christmas gift. Not that exciting.

If the Storm Trooper was behind the wheel of a ship instead of holding a gun I would consider it.

These Rogue One pin packs (also “limited release”) were originally $26.99, but reduced to $9.99. What is amazing though is that on the actual package it says ALL SALES FINAL. NO RETAIL EXCHANGES OR RETURNS. Now they have similar signs made for items like Vinylmation, but I’m not sure I have ever seen that before on an actual package. Fascinating. Makes me think there must be a story of people returning a ton of “mystery” pins because they felt ripped off or something.

Star Wars pins.

This Star Wars: Force For Change pin is an annual one made to help support UNICEF, with 25% of the retail price being donated to the charity. Originally $16.99, now $3.99.

Unicef pin.

Star Wars can coolers. You would think by now literally every item in the history of the world has been licensed for Star Wars yet we all know Disney is going to have 100,000 new ones ready for when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens. Originally $9.99, now $2.99.

Star Wars.

Speaking of which, I didn’t even know what a “growler” was, but here is one for Star Wars. It’s spillproof and holds about 40 ounces of blue milk. Originally $40.99, now $11.99.

Growler.

Have we figured out who the audience is for these lightsaber keychains? Imagine some guy trying to pull one of these keychains out of his pants packet but it gets stuck sideways because it’s so long and eventually snaps when it gets pulled out too hard. The reduced price is $12.99. That’s the REDUCED price. Wow.

To be fair, a Kylo Ren lightsaber would be even more awkward.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all. Star Wars aprons. Originally $24.99, now $7.99.

Aprons.

Han and Leia aprons.

Here’s C-3PO.

Apron.

Storm Trooper and Darth Vader ice cube tray. Originally $9.99, now $2.99.

Ice cube tray.

I wonder why Disney would have so many extra of this one Ewok? Did all the “Wicket” ones sells out and “the other guy” just sat there?

Ewok.

Here is a Dumbo Tsum Tsum carrying case they holds four “mini” Tsum Tsums (Timothy J Mouse, Mrs Jumbo, Dumbo as a clown and Dumbo.) Originally $34.99, now $14.99 and as you can see, I bought one.

Dumbo.

Been waiting a long time for these plush to finally come to the Outlets. Disney did a “transportation” line of plush a while back and they’ve finally been reduced. Here is a train with a cute looking conductor Mickey along with Pluto. Originally $34.99, now $19.99.

Mickey train.

While this monorail set came with Donald and Goofy. Same price.

“I’ve sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook!” – Lyle Lanley

Here’s a view of the two plush.

Plush.

They also had this one featuring a Haunted Mansion doom buggy. Pass on that. Originally it was $34.99 like the train and monorail, but was reduced to $14.99, $5 less than the others, so I’m probably not the only one who passed.

There may be room for one more at the Haunted Mansion, but not for one of these.

These emoji plush were about the size of your hand. I don’t get the appeal but I also have probably over 200 Tsum Tsums so maybe I’m not the one to ask for sane reasoning.

Emoji.

This here is a pillow which is reversible. The one on the left shows the pillow fluffed up in Nemo form. The one on the right channels John Carpenter’s The Thing with Dory coming out of Nemo. Nemo would then be stuffed into Dory to make her fluffed up. These were originally $49.95, which seems next level bonkers, and now reduced to $19.99.

Nemo.

Here’s the same thing with Mater who transforms into a tire instead of what I imagine most kids would want, Lightning McQueen. Also originally $49.95 reduced to $19.99.

This is where I would put a picture of the famous “THINK AGAIN” sign from Art of Animation.

I believe just about every one of the Attractionistas line of dolls has made it to the Outlet with this one from Pirates of the Caribbean. Originally $29.95, now $9.99.

Attractionistas.

This one blew my mind. Here is a photo frame that pays tribute to the Main Street Windows at the Magic Kingdom. Last month SATURDAY SIX crack photographer Brandon Glover and myself went to the Magic Kingdom to get pictures for an article which would spotlight some of the cool items you could get there. One of the pieces that we thought was the best was this photo frame. I think its one of the neatest ideas for a picture frame I’ve ever seen. Originally $27.99, now $9.99 and I definitely bought one of these.

Main Street Window.

Here is the picture Brandon took in the Emporium. I know, you can barely tell the difference between his shot and mine. Don’t feel bad, only fellow professional photographers like Tom Bricker and Trevor Allen can.

Main Street Window. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Not sure of the original price of this Princess frame, but it was reduced to $14.99.

Frame.

These Mickey and Minnie holding ballon things must hold like a picture or something because they were sandwiched next to the photo frames. Originally $16.99, now $4.99.

Mickey and Minnie.

I liked these decorative towels featuring the princesses. Mary Blair-ish style art and I’m all for that. Not sure of original price but reduced to $7.99.

Princess towel, photo by Daisy Lauren.

Okay, I just got back from a trip to Disney and they were trying to unload these light up Fidget Spinners EVERYWHERE. I believe the picture below was taken at Coronado Springs, but they were at just about every store you went into at the parks and the hotels. What’s crazy is that Disney didn’t even start selling Fidget Spinners until June, get up to a completely BANANAS price of $16.95 (they bounced around at several different price points during those few months.) Later I was at the Beach Club Marketplace and the guy in front of me asked the cashier “do you think they’ll still have these in the parks? It took everything I could to stifle a laugh. Yeah, I think they’ll still have one or two left.

Fidget spinners.

While at the resort the Fidget Spinners were $5 “with any merchandise purchase” (although I doubt they would have turned anyone down,) there was no buying minimum at the Outlets. They had several different versions available, including ones based around Mickey Ears and the Hitchhiking Ghosts. I’ve seen a lot of fads in my time, many of which I can at least understand how they became popular. Pogs, Tamagotchi, Sea Monkeys, Dub Step, Gangham Style, Grumpy Cat, Planking, and Jersey Shore, but the obsession with Fidget Spinners might be the weirdest of all.

Fidget

OF COURSE I BOUGHT IT!!!

Not too many Caribbean Beach items make it to the Outlets, so nice to see this cup. Originally $16.99, now $9.99.

Caribbean Beach.

I think this Nightmare Before Christmas cup was ceramic, because it was pretty heavy. Originally $19.95, now $9.99.

Nightmare Before Christmas.

I absolutely LOVED Spider-Man: Homecoming this summer and can’t wait for the blu ray to come out. It was hilarious, had a great villain, and was such a great return for old Web Head. I liked the Sam Raimi Spidey films as much as anyone, although the organic web shooters always drove me nuts. Don’t get me started on the last reboot of Spidey with them trying to shoehorn Peter Parker’s parents into the story and completely ruining what makes Spider-Man the character great. This cup was originaly $19.99, now $5.99.

Spider-Man.

Last month we looked at some weird “Fantasy Football” like coffee mugs featuring Disney villains and wondered what the missing one was. Here it is, a “soccer” cup themed to Jack Skellington. What a weird series of mugs. Originally $14.99, now $5.99.

Skellington.

Here’s a fun one that has a “Mad Men” like vibe to it with retro style luggage tags. Originally $13.99, now $5.99.

Coffee cup.

Sometimes my eyes don’t even believe what they are seeing, but here is a castle mug for you. Originally $22.99, now $5.99. I think this is part of a series where a Spaceship Earth cup came out for Epcot, a Tree of Life cup for Animal Kingdom, and who knows what for DHS.

This does not say “Cinderella Castle” to me.

Mickey and Minnie themed coffee cups. The original price of $16.99 seems a bit high, but they have both been reduced to $4.99.

Mickey and Minnie.

It’s been a while, but our old friend the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is back with a piece of nutso merchandise. This bottle features Mickey Mouse and makes me wonder if it was for a test to see if they could keep the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster gimmick but lose the band Aerosmith (and not have to pay license fees.) If that’s not the reason then this cup is really weird. Originally $9.99, now $3.99.

I think Slash has a case of gimmick infringement with Mickey wearing that hat.

Plastic Mickey Mouse cup. Originally $7.99, now $2.99.

Mickey.

These were actual Tervis branded wine glasses featuring Mickey and Minnie. I guess it’s for those people who want an air of sophistication about them as they are drinking boxed wine. Originally $24.99, now $7.99.

Tervis.

Growing up I always loved collapsible cups. I also liked ninja throwing stars (and caltrops, remember when those were “hot“?) Turns out a lot of things I liked growing up aren’t all that practical in the real world. This was originally $9.95, now $2.99.

Collapsible cup.

Neck pillow. I believe all the planes on it refer to all of the flights former HHS Secretary Tom Price took on our dime. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.

Or maybe all those dotted lines end at a Trump owned golf course. I didn’t turn it around to confirm.

Large plastic luggage tags. Disney came out with a whole bunch of luggage tags like this in the last two years and some of them were quite inspired, including this one featuring Buzz Lightyear. There was another one featuring the house from Up floating on balloons that I really liked. These were all originally $12.95, reduced to $4.99.

Luggage tags.

Giant super ball filled with glitter inside. Hate to say it but if this was 99 cents I would have taken a flyer on one.

Glitter ball.

I feel like we’ve seen this its a small world snow globe before. Originally $19.95, now $9.99.

iasw.

Cute keychain featuring the main man himself. Reduced to $5.99.

Mickey.

Anna and Elsa keychains marked down to $2.99.

Frozen.

Not sure of the price of these 45th Anniversary, but if I were a better man – and I am – I’d say the price was $1.99.

Car topper.

All of these Major League Soccer pins were reduced to $3.99.

I’d like to see a pin with Mickey taking a flop, the very essence of soccer.

Or how about a Peg Leg Pete pin featuring him as a hooligan? Call me Disney, I have ideas!

Glitter face stickers for just 99 cents!

Face stickers.

I love the design of the shirt. Very cute. Originally $27.95, now $6.99.

Okay the Christmas tree in the back is kinda weird, but we’ll go with it.

That Minnie Mouse shirt on the left is horrendous IMHO (originally $17.99, now $9.99) but the one with Minnie holding Figaro is pretty cute (originally $14.99, now $9.99.)

Minnie.

Lion Guard shirt featuring Kion and a rare Cars 3 shirt. Both originally $19.95 reduced to $9.99.

Shirts.

Was surprised to see this. A shirt for the (now closed) Pixar Live! show at DHS. Great design on this one. Originally $27.99, now $6.99.

Pixar shirt. (photo by Daisy Lauren).

Speaking of Pixar, here is a piece of art featuring characters from Finding Dory. Originally $39.99, now $19.99

Hank, Dory, and Nemo. (photo by Daisy Lauren)

Whenever the Outlets have this blank Vinylmations I always pick up a couple as they make a fun “rainy day” project. Originally $6.95, now $3.99.

Mickey and Minnie.

Someone is going to have to explain why anyone buys these giant Vinylmation. I’m not sure  you could make them uglier if you tried. Originally $44.99, now $12.99.

Vinylmation.

The Outlets generally don’t carry many CDs, but when they do it is almost always at full price. This one featuring the the soundtrack for Alice Through The Looking Glass was originally $14.99, now $9.99.

You can read the full review of this movie in my upcoming suicide note.

Super rare to see an actual DVD at the Outlets. This one actually came out in 2005 and I think I have seen the program on TV. Interesting group of characters on the cover. An A-list collection of Disney all stars and the fox from Pinocchio? Originally $19.95, now $13.99.

DVD.

I believe this print was the Herb Ryman art they offered at the Festival of the Arts earlier this year. Originally $50, now $24.99.

Poster.

Last month we saw the plain generic white Disney towels and this month brings a more ornate one. These were originally $29.99, now $7.99.

Towels.

Front and back of a Minnie Mouse pillow. Originally $21.95, now $9.99.

Minnie Mouse.

It seems every month I’m asked about Dooney and Bourke bags. This month the Disneyland Marathon Satchel was reduced to $124.99. That’s a scary price.

Dooney.

I toss and turn between Spider-Man as my favorite comic book character and Captain America. Alex Ross is in my list top ten favorite artists of all time. This Captain America print by Alex Ross for a REDUCED price of $598.99 is so insane I don’t even know where to start. The original price was actually almost a thousand dollars. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!

Speechless.

Lord, grant me the strength for this next one.

A new Mickey Ears ornament arrived feaaturing all the lands of the Magic Kingdom. this half has Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and must be something missing that would reference The Haunted Mansion I’m guessing.

Ornament.

The other side has Main Street USA, Fantasyland, and a Pirates of the Caribbean. The ornament has been reduced to $7.99.

Ornament.

These “Mickey Head” ornament sets were originally $27.99, now $14.99. Not too bad a price. The Animal Kingdom one of the far left is kinda out there though.

Ornaments.

I liked this Cookies For Santa set featuring a plate and glass. Originally $24.99, now $9.99. I would have picked it up but I have a previous year’s version that works well.

Milk and Cookies.

Let’s go out on a high note with this bonkers Nightmare Before Chrstimas ornament that has been reduced to $7.99.

christmas_ornament_nuts_799

SEE YOU NEXT MONTH!

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 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015. December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017, July 2017: The FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY special, and August 2017.

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 LineCastaway 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 September 30, 2017

23 Responses to “The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! SEPTEMBER 2017 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store”

  • Love this month’s report! Are the Christmas decs fairly constant at the moment? I’m heading out end of November and planning to visit Vineland. I’ve never been before, concerned I may buy up the whole store!

  • Derek, are you and Tom Bricker friends? I’ve been reading your articles for a long time and I still can’t tell #mystery

  • I went to the Vineland store on my trip last week wholly because I love these reports! I actually almost bought those “out there” AK Mickey Christmas ornaments, lol. Did find an Avengers D&B for $39 and snatched that sucker up! (I’m not even a D&B fan, but an Avengers purse? Yes please!) Love that I can now picture the store now along with the reports!

  • I adore these posts. You own two hundred tsum tsums? It really is a crazy world

  • I’ve never been to the outlets but want to go on my next trip. Is one of the outlets better than the other? Maybe in what they have or the amount of crowds.

  • You know I live for these updates. But I must wonder what your home looks like since you buy so much of the crap … I mean treasures that Disney dumps into these stores. Disney must love, love. love ya, just not in that “A List” bloggers kind of way. The store down here in SoFla (that you ignore) largely had the same stuff this week, but smaller variety. My purchase was two 45th anniversary pins with Mickey and the castle for $2.99 each. I, obviously, have the self control that others lack. It is fascinating to see what clearly Disney has too much of (2017 Halloween tees and Mickey mugs are already down here on sale, anything Star Wars and mugs, mugs, mugs). As to the fidget spinners, they — more than the existence of this very column — show the end of days is near. Your pal, 74.

  • Does anyone know of a shopping service that would be able to pick up an orange bird magic band? My husband would be so delighted if I surprised him with that 🙂

  • by Ruth Woodhouse on October 1, 2017, at 5:29 pm EST

    I have one magicband and I am told that the battery in it will last about 2 years so I am guessing that my battery is taking its last breath as I type this. If I bought a magicband from the outlet would it work in the parks – because if it did I would make a massive saving buying the magicband from the outlet as we won’t be staying on WDW property!
    BTW – bought a couple of the towels – we’ll my daughter got them for me – nice pattern but disappointed how thin they were!

    • I got my first annual passholder Magic Band in 2012 or 2013 when the Magic Bands first came out and Disney sent all AP’s the bands – the battery is still good!

    • From what I understand, the Magicbands will work indefinitely for short-range touchpoints, like the ticket tapstyles and the Fastpass readers. The long range battery is estimated to last approximately 2 years. This is used for things like photopass automatically reading your band and linking photos to your account (no need to touch band to photo display) or the (never working) greeting guests by name at the end of Small World. About the best use I have witnessed of the long-range technology was Santa greeting children by name from atop his sleigh in the Christmas parade. If all you need it for is reading your admission ticket and Fastpass, your old bands are still good to go.

  • Love these posts! Thank you!

  • Great report! Which of the two locations was this?

  • So, does Len reimburse you for any of these “treasures”?

  • I love RNR and Mickey. I hate that crappy merchandise. LOL.

  • Are there stores like these in California?

    • The closest equivalent store would be Company D in Anaheim, but you need a cast member to let you in there. There are various Disney “outlets” scattered about California that are basically your typical Disney Store with a small corner section that often has discounted Parks merchandise at prices similar to those above. The quantity/quality of this merchandise pales in comparison to the merch offered at the Orlando outlets though.

  • Wow. All I need now is someone to go get me things from these outlets. I’ve never seen anything like these way out here in Texas. If anyone can please email me at ezrassapphire@yahoo.com

    Thanks