Magic, Memories, and Merch

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

by on November 30, 2017

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 (when she’s coming up with the greatest ASK IT question ever written) secret shopper Daisy Lauren (when she’s not taking another trip across the globe to visit Tokyo Disneyland) and I found a whole bunch of neat items this month including a super cool EPCOT snowglobe (whaaaaaaaaat?!!), Figment magnets from Festival of the Arts, and – of course – Star Wars jewelry.

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

This may be an Outlet first. Usually it takes a long time for new movie merchandise to make its way to the clearance racks. Heck, we still barely see any Moana merch being discounted. But despite the fact that we are still a couple weeks away from Star Wars ep VIII: The Last Jedi coming to theaters, a porg cup has arrived at the Outlets.  For those that don’t know what porgs are (AKA the lucky ones,) they are one of the many new alien creatures being introduced into Star Wars canon so they can sell more toys. Porgs are constantly being discussed on social media and in ridiculous mainstream articles.

There’s a chance there is some small error in all of these cups, forcing them all to be taken off regular retail shelves. Nothing that I saw however. Original price $19.99, now $7.99.

Ugh, porgs. (photo by Brian Carey)

Well lookee here! Speaking of first time ever, here are the first items from Pandora: The World of Avatar to make it to the Outlets. During the seemingly 10 years or so that Avatar was being built, my E-Ticket Report podcast cohosts and I discussed how hard it would be for Disney to create a merchandising bonanza from a film that could barely sell a single item of anything even when it was the still in the theaters (and is to this day still the highest grossing movie of all-time.) The movie Avatar sold a lot of tickets no doubt, but it did not get many people to open their wallets for any of the tie-in merchandise like books, shirts, or toys.

So Disney had a tough hill to climb in order to create demand for a product that has never existed. To their credit, they created a smash hit with the Banshee Connect Experience. Guests and eBay pirates alike stood in long lines to purchase banshee puppets that sit on your shoulder. They also delivered on Na’vi “tails,” an item very popular with young adults who have watched Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure mock “Avatarland” for the last few years at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. After that there is a steep drop in items you would see guests buying. There is an $80 action figure, in which guests are scanned to have their face on the figure, but unfortunately the figure ends up looking nothing like you.

There is also a bunch of ACE branded items that look like they are just rebranded toys from Dollar General, like these two items. The first is an “eco-explorer” kits, which includes a shovel so small it must be used to dig graves for ants. Originally $16.99, this was “lightly reduced” to $12.99.

Pandora!

The other item is an Explorer Lantern, which when turned on projects wood sprites onto the ceiling. This was originally priced at $19.99 and had an Outlet price tag that was also $19.99. Most likely this means it would ring up at $16.99 or $9.99, but I wasn’t going to find out.

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No Outlet item shall escape my sight.
Let those who put merch on eBay’s site,
Beware my power… Explorer Lantern’s light!

The oath I take before heading out to the Disney Outlet Store. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

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Ask It Results: Saturday Six or Outlet Report?

by on November 29, 2017

If there was only one Derek Burgan-based poll that you vote in for 2017, we hope this was the one you chose. (If it isn’t, let us know what other Derek Burgan-based polls are out there, because that’s creepy there’d be more than one, ya know?)

In this world where things can be high stress and depressing at times, having these brief glimmers on sunshine can brighten anyone’s week. For many of you, as evidenced by comments left in the articles, notes on Twitter, and the occasional fan letter made from cut out letters from magazines or newspapers, these articles are worth looking forward to every week (for Saturday Six) or once a month (for the Outlet report). This week, because I enjoy Sophie’s choice types of polls, we asked you:

Which of these TouringPlans blog features is your favorite?

Here’s your responses (with the understanding that although “Both” was the clear winner, even though it wasn’t a choice…).

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Ask It: Saturday Six or Outlet Report?

by on November 22, 2017

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and I’m rather thankful for my fellow blogger Derek Burgan, who allows me such rare opportunities as photo model credits as Saturday 6 “Short Person in the Scene #1” and “eBay Pirate”, plus gives me a reason to wander around Disney Outlet stores, filling up my phone with blurry pictures of price tags. Derek is the criminal mastermind behind both the Saturday Six articles and The Magic, the Memories, and Merch! (aka The Outlet Report). Many readers mention that these are two of the articles they look forward to the most on the blog. So this week, we want to know.

Which of these TouringPlans blog features is your favorite?

  • Saturday Six (55%, 262 Votes)
  • Outlet Report (45%, 213 Votes)

Total Voters: 475

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The poll is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your answers next week. In the meantime, feel free to share what your favorite Saturday Six article is, or what your favorite item you’ve seen in an Outlet report happens to be, in the comments.

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

by on October 31, 2017

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 (when she’s not trying to meltdown the entire Disney community by writing about tipping servers at WDW) secret shopper Daisy Lauren (when she’s not traveling across the country to visit Disneyland) and I found a whole bunch of neat items this month including an endless supply of Star Wars stuff, fun Tsum Tsums, fidget spinners, and one of the all time WEIRDEST Disney toys ever made (and imagine what ground that is covering.)

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

Ever since Disney put out this “birthstone” pin set well over a year ago, I’ve been dying for them to come to the Outlets. The art for some of these Disney princesses is so off-model that it makes my drawing of Stacey Aswad in the Disney Must Dos video look like photorealistic in comparison. Here’s a shot of Anna and Jessica Rabbit from the ShopDisney App.

Birthstone.

So imagine my glee when a metric ton of “Zodiac Broach Pins” hit the Outlets. Now, what these princess pins have to do with the Zodiac calendar is anyone’s guess, but I was too smiling too wide to notice anyway. First up, the Jessica Rabbit  pin. Originally $11.99, now $5.99, and I definitely bought this one.

Jessica Rabbit

Here’s the mashup of Frozen‘s Anna and Jimmy Durante.

Anna.

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

by on September 30, 2017

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

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

by on August 31, 2017

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 Adventureland Tsum Tsums, next level bonkers coffee cups based on Fantasy Football, and a Dapper Dan nutcracker (like we could make that up.)

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

Disney spent a long time on the creation of the Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom, and while the show itself isn’t drawing the rave reviews The Mouse was looking for, it did bring with it a whole bunch of great merchandise. Between the food & drink components, the awesome Rivers of Light soundtrack, and the other items at the gift shops, no other show at WDW comes close to touching the merch quality of Rivers of Light. Some of those items – all of which actually debuted well before Rivers of Light because the show got delayed so long – made their way to the Outlets this month.

First up is the E-Ticket Lotus popcorn bucket. This is hands-down the best popcorn bucket the American parks have ever made. It looks incredible, holds a giant amount of popcorn (have you seen the 10 kernels of popcorn that the Star Wars Tie-Fighter popcorn bucket holds?), and actually has an led lighting feature. The other two items also light up and they were both souvenir cups. The “adult” one resemble a stein, while the “kid” version was like a lantern which you could actually collapse.  I bought all three of these when they came out at the parks, so of course it drove me insane to see them at the Outlets, but good for all of you (he begrudgingly wrote).

(photo by Captain Cruiseline himself, @TheDCLBlog)

I really liked these Mad Tea Party coffee cups. May actually make my top six all time Disney coffee cups. Originally $19.99, now $5.99.

Mad Tea Party cups. (photo by Daisy Lauren)

Also a big fan of these Mickey and Minnie cups that came out during the Flower and Garden Festival. I believed they arrived late though because these probably would have flew off the shelves if they were offered throughout the Festival. Originally $14.95, now $5.99.

Mickey and Minnie (photo by Julia Mascardo)

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch: The FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the Disney Outlet Store Photo Report

by on July 31, 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. How long? Today marks the FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY! What started out as a simple $1 bet between Len Testa and Laurel Stewart to see if they could take a simple Florida blogger and turn him into a two time runDisney medal winner/PizzaMania champion, has transformed into what many would consider the 9th Wonder of the Modern World (in terms of “people wonder why he keeps writing it.”) The best rags-to-riches story this side of Cinderella, our monthly treks into Orlando’s Disney Outlet Stores have provided highs and lows (and then even more lows) in order to deliver you, Dear Reader, a glimpse into a world which very few have lived long enough to tell about. A sincere thank you to each and every one of you for taking the time to read this little article. Except Tom Bricker, of course.

Also, this year Burgan Fine Art™ has taken off, being called “the Zima of the art world.” In an unbelievable gesture, we have been swamped with “congratulations” sent to us in the form of comic strips. We can’t thank the artists enough for taking the time to honor to our humble blog, and you’ll find their tributes scattered throughout this post.

Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? 

We have seen a couple of the Bambi-themed kitchen items in the past few months, and another one has shown up with this owl sugar bowl. I’m actually amazed that in 2017 when pretty much every single thing we eat or drink has an inordinate amount of sugar already put into it, people still feel the need to have sugar bowls. I guess it’s like Buddy the Elf explaining the four main food groups. Originally $16.99, reduced to $5.99.

If you think about the owl being completely wired on sugar, the face makes even more sense. That’s exactly how I look after a 5 Hour Energy.

We’ll stay in the Disney kitchen with a Mickey Mouse themed sandwich keeper. Originally $9.95, now $3.99. You CLEARLY can’t put a hot dog and bun into this container, so that should finally end that debate.

Sandwich Keeper.

These two containers you can use to put flour, baking soda or whatever other items you use to make brownies. The larger one was originally $29.99 reduced to $19.99 and the Goofy themed one was $19.99 reduced to $9.99.

Seems like Blue Apron, Purple Carrot and their ilk are having an effect on Disney kitchen items.

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

by on June 30, 2017

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 – when she wasn’t sailing on the newly refurbished Disney Fantasy –  and I found a whole bunch of neat things this month including a bunch of new Tsum Tsums, crazy hats, and the first piece of Moana merchandise to hit the Outlets.

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

More themed Mickey Ears came to the Outlets this month including this cute one featuring Dumbo. This was originally $21.95 but reduced all the way down to $1.99. For that price I picked one up. Side note, every single time I see or hear the word “Dumbo” I  immediately think of Jim Gaffigan’s bit on ‘Going To Disney.’

Dumbo Ears.

Whole bunch of new Tsum Tsums arrived as well, including this one featuring MR. TOAD. There are very few Tsums I would even consider buying at full retail price, but he was one of them. The few I have actually doled out the “big bucks” for are the Little Orange Bird, and some of the characters from Splash Mountain. The rest all come from the Outlets or when Target or Wal-Mart has a sale.

Mr. Toad.

Mr. Toad was part of the “Fantasyland” set, and so was this Mexican Boy from it’s a small world.

Mexican Boy.

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

by on May 31, 2017

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 and I had a once-in-a-lifetime month at the stores with some items we’ve been been waiting for a long time include next level bonkers plush, Skyway salt and pepper shakers, and that creepy Belle doll that went viral earlier this year. Just an amazing month of surprises.

Ready to see what we found? Let’s go!

The first item this month made me question my very existence. This unbelievably AWESOME Fort Wilderness RV camper keychain (with a flashlight coming out of the headlight!!!) made it to the Outlets. This very same keychain was part of my SATURDAY SIX on the Best Resort Specific Merchandise at Disney World. Yet, here it is at the Outlets. Maybe I’m the crazy one. For years I’ve been asking a simple question: who would possibly be buying some of this stuff? But now I have to ask if maybe I’m the outlier. I will do some deep soul searching and get back to you next month. Originally $9.99, now $3.99

The Fort Wilerness camper keychain, a first ballot Disney keychain Hall of Famer.

The next item was another surprise with a super cool retro plate featuring the classic attraction Journey Into Imagination, the Dreamfinder, and even better, EPCOT CENTER. It is a relatively small plate, but good for appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, or Epcot Food & Wine entrees. Originally $12.99, now $4.99.

WHERE’S FIGMENT?!

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

by on April 30, 2017

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 and I came across a lot of neat things this month including Bambi merchandise, a whole bunch of Tsum Tsums, and several Star Wars pieces that are next level bananas.

Ready to see what we found? Let’s go!

Disney puts out a ton of themed salt and pepper shakers for a niche community I would love to watch a documentary on, but some of the shaker sets are actually pretty neat.  Over the past few years, while at the resorts and Disney Springs, I have seen a neat Skyway set, another featuring Mickey and Minnie in a car, and this one which spotlights the Mad Tea Party ride. Not sure of the original price of these (I believe they were $19.95) but they have been reduced to $9.99. Had to pick up one of these.

Mad Tea Party salt and pepper set. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

This set featuring an old timey artwork of Disneyland’s castle and a Tomorrowland rocket. The backs of each were blank. This set was reduced to only $5.99, but I passed on this. One thing that was interesting was at the bottom of the package it says “Not microwave or dishwasher safe.” WHO PUTS THEIR SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS IN THE MICROWAVE?!!

Is warm salt a thing?!

Lots of Tsum Tsums this month including this awesome Haunted Mansion set. It features the Hitchhiking Ghosts, Madame Leota, the Bride, and the Viking Opera Singer (how’s that for a deep dive.) Tsums are still 99 cents at the Outlet.

Photo taken at the luxurious SATURDAY SIX headquarters. A stone’s throw away (according to the restraining order) from Mar-A-Lago.

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