Merchandise

Creating Your Own Custom Pin Art: A Tutorial

by on September 25, 2017

Rapunzel Pin Art

A great way to showcase your pin collection is by making pin art!

As far as souvenirs go, Disney pins are pretty high on the list for unique and fun merchandise. They have pins for characters, pins for rides, pins for special events and anniversaries, and pins for everything in between. Chances are you’ve seen a wide variety of pin offerings on your trips to various Disney locales. I love Disney pins. My husband and I are always quick to buy pins for special events and to mark specific trips. If we stay at a new resort, we’ve got to get the pin. If we visit during Food and Wine or Flower and Garden, we’ve got to get the pin. This is one of our traditions, and it isn’t one that will be going away any time soon.

The big question then becomes – what do you do with all these Disney pins? As someone who uses the pins to remember our trips, it is important to me that they don’t end up packed in a shoe box under the bed, never to see the light of day again. Enter my crafty side. Through trial and error (the first few attempts were NOT GOOD) I came up with a method for creating pin art. This is a fairly simple craft project that just about anyone can do. (Truthfully, the hardest part of this process is laying out the pins and getting them situated just right in the artwork.) This tutorial will walk you through the entire process and gives tips and lessons I’ve learned in creating a few of these over the years. (Spoiler alert – I learned a brand-new lesson with the pin art I created for this tutorial!)

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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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Ask It Results: Do You Pin Trade?

by on July 19, 2017

In the Fallout video game universe, bottle caps are used for currency in a post-apocalyptic world. I’m guessing that in the post-apocalyptic Disney World, pins would likely become some sort of currency, right? They’re shiny, they have varying rarities, and people could wear them as armor for Mad Max-type races along the remnants of I-4. (Hey, I think that’s a more sane idea than having Tim Burton directing a live-action version of Dumbo, right?)

Anyhow… Disney pins. Unless you have no love for anything Disney, odds are good that everyone has seen at least one in their trips to Walt Disney World that they think is cool. For some people, it’s not so easy to stop as one. Some people start collections based on characters, attractions, styles, or just ones that they like. Others love the thrill of the hunt, searching countless Cast Member lanyards for “that perfect pin” to add to their collection. Pin trading at Walt Disney World was a huge experience around the turn of the millennium, but is it still something that people do? This week we asked you:

Do you still do Disney pin trading?

With more than 2,100 votes, here’s your results.

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Where to Find Disney Dooney and Bourke Bags

by on July 3, 2017

DVC 25th Anniversary Disney Dooney and Bourke

I’m always looking for ways to incorporate the Disney magic in my everyday life, and what better way than through my personal style? Disney Dooney and Bourke bags have been incredibly popular since their parks debut years ago and have maintained popularity due to their vast variety of collections, designs, and sizes. However, Disney Dooney and Bourke bags can’t be found at every shop or kiosk. This is why, my fellow shoppers, I’m revealing where to find Disney Dooney and Bourke bags.

The Basics

Dooney and Bourke at Disney ranges from wallets and wristlets to large duffles. As its popularity has increased, Disney has been releasing patterns for all kinds of events, like RunDisney races, DVC, and Flower and Garden. Prices range from $100 for smaller items up to $400 for the largest pieces. If you have a Disney Visa or certain Annual Passes, you may qualify for a merchandise discount if you’re buying in Walt Disney World, so be sure to ask!

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Ask It Results: How Much Do You Spend on Souvenirs?

by on May 31, 2017

Going on vacation, it can be challenging to know how much to budget for souvenirs. Some trips, I have gone through all the stores at Walt Disney World and barely found anything I want to take home. Other times, I’m running the risk of tripping my credit card’s fraud alert for large purchases on Day 1. Many people shared similar views with last week’s Ask It:

How much per person, per week, do you spend on souvenirs?

With more than 1,600 votes, here’s your results:

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Ask It: How Much Do You Spend on Souvenirs?

by on May 24, 2017

How much do you spend on souvenirs at Walt Disney World?

When planning a budget for a Disney vacation, it is fairly easy to get a good ballpark estimate for hotel costs, transportation, meals, and tickets. But when it comes to souvenirs, it can be tricky to know exactly how much to budget. Some people stick to a firm idea of how much they plan to spend, and others are a bit more fast and loose with the purse-strings, depending on what they see that they like. So this week, we’re curious about your spending habits when it comes to the souvenirs that we love to fill our suitcases with.

How much per person, per week do you spend on souvenirs for a Disney vacation?

  • $51-$100 (33%, 276 Votes)
  • $0-$50 (31%, 262 Votes)
  • $101-$200 (19%, 161 Votes)
  • More than $201 (17%, 146 Votes)

Total Voters: 845

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have the results next week. Feel free to share your souvenir budgeting tips in the comments. Have you ever bought something that you regretted later on? Ever skipped buying a souvenir and wishing you could go back in time to get it? Let us know!

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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SATURDAY SIX: Wizarding World Merchandise Straight Out of the Harry Potter Movies

by on April 29, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Wizarding World Merchandise Straight Out of the Harry Potter Movies! We all have our favorite parts of Universal’s Wizarding World. Some love the world class attractions like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Others love the incredible shows like Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. Of course, pretty much everyone loves BUTTERBEER. However, one aspect of the Wizarding World’s immersive theming isn’t discussed as much as everything else, but it is just as important to the overall experience. Merchandise. Now, that may sound crazy at first. In fact, it’s something that both Spaceballs and The Simpsons have made fun of, but in the case of the Wizarding World it’s something real. Muggles walking out of Diagon Alley are loaded down with bags because Universal has delivered on items straight out of the films. Today we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite pieces of merchandise and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Ron and Harry Sweaters (Madame Malkin’s)

Our first piece of merchandise comes from, appropriately enough, the first Harry Potter film. In Sorcerer’s Stone, Mrs. Weasley sends sweaters to Ron and Harry for Christmas. It is a nice moment in the movie because Harry has unbridled glee just when he discovers he is actually getting presents. In Diagon Alley, you can get your own Ron or Harry sweater at Madame Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions.

Ron and Harry sweaters. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Ron wears his sweater from mum in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Harry is only seen wearing his sweater in this deleted scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

While in Madame Malkin’s, another piece of clothing to add to your wardrobe is the sweater Neville Longbottom wears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. This is the same sweater Neville wore while giving his heartfelt speech before drawing the Sword of Gryffindor on Lord Voldemort.

Wearing this Neville Longbottom sweater and you too may feel like you can “spit fire.” (photo by Brandon Glover)

Neville Longbottom in one of the most courageous moments of the entire series in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.

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

by on February 28, 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.

It’s the last day of February and – DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?! – the long delayed Rivers of Light finally made its debut in the Animal Kingdom. Reaction to the show has been favorable, except for the fascinating demographic known as theme park bloggers. Bloggers – who have now seen the show more than anyone – started off saying the show wasn’t that impressive at all. After two or three shows, they started remarking how good the soundtrack is and that the show is growing on them. By the end of the week, many had completely flip flopped and said Rivers of Light was a very good show. Now, this could be a case of Stockholm Syndrome, but most likely it is because Rivers of Light completely eschews what we have become used to in theme park shows and goes back to an original concept like the crowd pleasing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. No intellectual properties, and a show that rewards multiple viewings. There’s reason to believe Rivers of Light will get additions in the coming months to improve that show even more, and that’s a win-win for all of us.

Now, what did Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo, secret shopper Showcase Of Wishes and I find when we stepped into Mordor the Disney Outlet Stores? Let’s check it out!

A while back Disney came out with a unbelievable amount of huge luggage tags. They were very colorful and several of the designs were actually really neat and well themed to “air travel.” Several of the luggage tags made it to the Outlet this month including ones for Dumbo (the flying elephant), Pixar’s Up, and Buzz Lightyear. Originally $12.95 each, these were reduced to $4.99.

How great is the Up one?!

Here is another luggage tag featuring the Genie from Aladdin. Originally $8.95, now $2.99.

So how long before they announce the live action remake of Aladdin? Over/Under is 7 days if Beauty and the Beast opens to over $100M.

Loved this one. It was a small notebook that reminded me of the Disney Little Golden Books. Originally $6.95, now $3.99.

Bambi notebook.

First page of the notebook is gorgeous.

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A Guide to Souvenir Mugs at Disney

by on February 15, 2017

In recent years it has become an unwritten rule that whenever a new restaurant opens at Walt Disney World a souvenir mug must be created for purchase. This also seems to go for new shows and attractions. The amount of souvenirs all throughout Walt Disney World is staggering. Disney souvenir mugs are a great way to have a practical souvenir that you’re sure to use once you are back home.

Let’s take a look at all the different souvenir mugs available through Walt Disney World. You can decide which ones you must have and plan room in your budget for these little treasures, and make sure to fit obtaining them into your schedule.

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