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

by on January 31, 2016

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. The new year has started off exactly where the old one left us: with Walt Disney World closing attractions. It has been a pretty cool month though, including a cool Star Wars runDisney race out in California (and Star Wars fans owe it to themselves to watch a great parody of Undercover Boss featuring Kylo Ren). Erin Foster took us inside Vanellope’s on the Disney Dream, and for those who don’t know, this is a complete Wreck-It-Ralph themed sweet shop (pinch us, we’re dreaming). And Guy Selga introduced us to Four Glorious New Ways to Kill Time at Disneyland, including the am I dreaming this, or is this real Jungle Cruise Skipper School. 2016 is shaping up to be an incredible year.

Now while all of you were off taking your kids to see Donald Trump, 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).

The first item this month made my heart grow three sizes (after double checking, that enlargement of the heart was actually due to eating the Pop-Tart Sandwich at Pop Century). Behold the Luigi’s Flying Tires hat! Anyone who has visited the Disney Dump has seen the remnants of this attraction, which opened with the debut of Cars Land in the summer of 2012 and was already closed by the ending of February 2015. Believe it or not, despite only being open for only 976 days, Luigi’s doesn’t even rank in the Top Five of Short Lived Disney Attractions. Originally $24.95, this baby could be sitting on your head for just $6.99. VIVA LA DISNEY OUTLETS!

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After seeing this, I know how Indiana Jones felt seeing the Fertility Idol.  (photo by Julia Mascardo)

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Tsum Tsums returned this month! However it was mostly the ones we have seen in the past (including all seven of the dwarfs), but one that was new was this crying duck. I had literally no idea who this was, but found out it was the Ugly Duckling from a quick scene in Lilo & Stitch. That’s what we call a deep dive, and I love it. I actually dropped Loot Crate this month and started up the Disney Tsum Tsum Monthly Subscription Program, so starting in February I too will annoy you with unboxing videos (although my last one didn’t go so well).

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Ugly Duckling Tsum.

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Ugly Duckling sequence from Lilo & Stitch.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! December 2015 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on December 31, 2015

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. In fact, with this edition of MMM Your Humble Author is completing the greatest month in the history of theme park blogging. In December we had the 25 Drinks of Christmas countdown (featuring the Nautilus at Grog Grotto, Deathly Hallows at WWOHP, Candy Apple Cotton-Tini at T-Rex Cafe and more), SATURDAY SIXES on the best souvenir cups at WDW along with Indiana Jones references in Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, our annual IN MEMORIAM – Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World, and the inaugural 12 Days of a Theme Park Christmas. Of course readers of this fine column will enjoy Six Gifts Santa Can Bring BACK to the North Pole (AKA The Best of the Disney Outlet Stores 2015)

Now while all of you were out buying the wrong gift for your loved ones, Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo and I were hard at work to bring you the 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)

We are going to start off this month’s report with a story so uplifting that, if it was made into a movie, it could only star Kirk Cameron. When the Disney Outlet Store off of International Drive was shut down in June for a “refurbishment,” we were told it would be closed for three months and reopen in September. Well, September came and went and it still wasn’t open. October came and went and it still wasn’t open. November came and went and it still wasn’t open

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I made many trips past this closed Outlet Store during the Summer and Fall, not unlike Ralphie Parker hoping to find his Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring in the mail.

A funny thing happened in early December. I had bought tickets to go to a private event in Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort, which is close to the International Drive Outlets. I walked by the Disney Outlet, and found it still closed, but this time there was a sign on the door…

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Wait, is that a sign on the door?!

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Three Great New Walt Disney World Discounts Released Today

by on December 28, 2015

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Thanks to Sue Pisaturo at Small World Vacations for the heads up on these new Disney discounts.

Today, Disney announced three new specials that are available for travel to Walt Disney World for those traveling this winter/spring.

The first is the “Family Time Package Offer” where a family of four can enjoy a 5-Day/4-Night Walt Disney World Vacation for as low as $1,714.

This offer is available for stays for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights February 22 through March 3, 2016 and April 3 through May 26, 2016 at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. Additional great rates are also available for alternate lengths of stay, different resort hotels and party sizes for stays most nights February 22 through June 11, 2016.

Guests can book this offer between December 28 through February 28, 2016.

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10 Ways To Have Free Family Fun At Disney World

by on December 7, 2015

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Enjoying a little free family fun!

Walt Disney World can be expensive. You know that, I know that. But what if I were to tell you that there are lots of ways to add some magic to your Disney World vacation for absolutely free? That’s right folks, I’m going to share with you 10 of my favorite ways to have family fun around the resort without spending an extra penny.

So without further ado, let’s enjoy some free family fun and save some money!

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Location: Magic Kingdom

The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an enchanting interactive game where you use spell cards at magic portals to defeat Disney villains. Kids and gamers alike love this experience, especially because they can collect and keep the spell cards.

A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas

Location: Magic Kingdom

During A Pirate’s Adventure join Captain Jack Sparrow on an interactive adventure raiding hidden treasures throughout Adventureland. There are five different missions, each taking about 20 minutes to complete. There is no time limit on the missions, so they can be started and stopped at your leisure. This is a lot of fun for the whole family and each adventure sets off some exciting special effects scattered throughout Adventureland; especially great at night.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! November 2015 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on November 30, 2015

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. November means we say goodbye to EPCOT’s Food & Wine – and surprisingly the “Burgy” Award winning Canadian Lumberjacks – but hello to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and Mickey’s Very Mery Christmas Party. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and while you were digesting all that turkey (or Tofurky) did you happen to notice there was a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX looking at what we theme park fans should give thanks for? Even better, this past weekend was also time for the Second Annual Theme Park Turkeys of the Year. Did your favorite make the list? 

Fear not, while you were out on Black Friday ripping items out of the hands of kids , Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo and I were hard at work to bring you the 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 is a Goofy’s Candy Company Gumball Machine. Who doesn’t like a gumball machine? It’s unAmerican not to!

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Gumball.

For the first time EVER, Disney Infinity items were reduced for clearance at the Outlet. There had occasionally been a Disney Infinity figure here or there for sale, but always at full price. This month had a slew of  figures marked down, including everyone’s favorite Frozen sisters reduced to $14.99.

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Disney Infinity.

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Maximizing the value of Disney Vacation Club

by on October 20, 2015

Previously, I wrote about various uses of Disney Vacation Club points in order to demonstrate the great variety of location and length of stays available at similar point levels. Along those lines, we’re going to take a look at the best way to maximize the value of a Disney Vacation Club membership. Whether you’re already a member, or just thinking about becoming a member, here are ways to leverage Disney Vacation Club for maximum touring enjoyment.dvc-logo

  • Lower your initial point investment: No matter how many points you own, the perks are the same. So don’t be afraid to scrimp on that initial purchase of Disney Vacation Club points. Currently, the minimum buy-in from Disney is 100 points. You can also start with even fewer points by looking to the resale market, where points go for much less. One caveat to buying a DVC contract from a resale broker: The points cannot be used destinations in The Concierge Collection, The Adventurer Collection and The Disney Collection. But in general, these uses –which include cruises, Adventures By Disney and non-DVC Disney resorts — are not the most economical use of points. If your primary concern is value, you’re going to be using your points for DVC resorts only. A lower number of points also means a lower amount of maintenance fees you’re paying out each year. Of course, as many DVC members can tell you, “add-on-itus” is a real thing. It may not be long before you’re in the market for additional DVC points. On the other side of the coin, if you decide that DVC doesn’t work for you, a smaller contract is easier to sell on the resale market than a larger contract.

Now, more tips:

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Food and Wine Festival Freebies

by on October 16, 2015

As the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. That’s certainly true during Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival–lunch (and dinner) is something you will have to spend money on to eat to your heart’s content. But there are a few freebies available for the asking, if you know where to look (and in some cases, are carrying the right card). Here’s some favorites.

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The Bog is Back! After a brief hiatus, Ocean Spray has brought back they eye-catching cranberry bog located between Future World and World Showcase. To the left side of the bog as you are facing World Showcase, there is a small kiosk where they give away free single serving bags of Craisins dried cranberries. It is a great mid-morning snack while you are waiting for the festival booths to open.

 

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Breakeven Point for WDW Annual Passes

by on October 8, 2015

Now that the shock of the price increase on annual passes has set in, let’s look at the updated value of an annual pass. Besides the price, the biggest change to the annual pass is that Memory Maker photo downloads are now included. An advance purchase of Memory Maker currently costs $169. If you are a fan of Memory Maker, this is an awesome addition; if you’re not, it is just lipstick on a pig.

To keep things simple, I’m just going to compare the price of Magic Your Way tickets*, Memory Maker, and annual passes. Free parking, dining discounts, shopping discounts, and other benefits will be ignored in the calculations to keep things as simple as possible. (These are nice benefits, but they will end up being a small portion of your vacation budget.) To find the break-even point, we are going to look at how many trips would you have to take in order to make purchasing an annual pass less expensive than purchasing individual Magic Your Way tickets. Below are all the options for annual passes.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! September 2015 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on September 30, 2015

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. That’s right, we’re out here hitting the white hot Florida pavement to provide you, Dear Reader, with the content you demand while The Blogging Elite™ like Seth Kubersky are out traveling the world and taking pictures of places like Walt Disney Studios Paris and something called “Efteling” (sounds made up to us). I’m not saying Seth doesn’t like America as much as we do (although I’m not not saying it either) but we here at the SATURDAY SIX would rather focus on things going on in American Made theme parks such as Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights or Disneyland’s Mickey’s Halloween Party. Heck, what’s more American than an Indiana Jones themed bar in the middle of Disney Springs?! Readers of this fine blog are known to have their heart size increase 7% annually, and that can be attributed solely to patriotism (technically 20% to patriotism, the other 80% to fried foods).

Before we officially start I’d also like to introduce everyone to our latest Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo. After exhaustive research top therapists concluded that I can spend, at most, 30 minutes in the Disney Outlet Store before I lose my mind. Julia will be picking up the slack by getting extra pictures after I run away screaming. Before you congratulate her, keep in my mind our last intern – the lovely Daisy Lauren – was last seen in a Duffy gift shop in Tokyo Disney Sea. This job is not for the weak.

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).

You may remember last month we didn’t cover any Tsum Tsums, and that’s because there weren’t any new ones. This month there was only one and I actually had absolutely no idea who it was. Found out it was Jumba Jookiba from the movie Lilo & Stitch. Of course I bought it. #TheStruggleIsReal

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Stitch related Tsum Tsum, apparently.

The next item reminded me of a particularly good episode of The Office on NBC. There was one character who needed to declare bankruptcy because of how poorly he handled money. The character was shown a powerpoint presentation breaking down where he spent his money including one area marked “things no one ever ever needs.” In the world of Disney merchandise, this OLAF RAIN GAUGE falls into that category. This one of those rare items that it’s hard to believe actually even exists, but thank God they do.

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Several things came to mind on how to describe this item, but none of them fit for a family audience. (photo by Disney Twitter Icon Mark Diba)

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The Cheapest Disney World Tickets – In One Chart

by on September 25, 2015

Every night we check the price of Disney World tickets sold by Disney themselves, and 9 authorized third-party wholesalers such as The Official Ticket Center, Undercover Tourist, and more. We use these prices in our Least Expensive Ticket Calculator, a tool that tells you the least expensive combination of tickets you need for your trip, and where to buy them. So instead of you having to compare prices across 9 different vendors, we’ll do the math for you.

The Calculator is a great tool, but sometimes (like when we’re making recommendations for our book) we want to know which vendors are offering the lowest prices on a consistent basis. For that, a chart comparison is handy. We’ve produced one below.

These charts show you which vendor is selling the cheapest Disney World tickets (as of Friday, September 25). All of the prices include tax and shipping. Here’s the chart for adult ticket prices:

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