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

by on August 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. As you can see, thanks to a landslide vote, the Outlet Report is continuing despite it’s negative impact on my mental health (more on that later). However, no matter how crazy the Vineland Ave outlets make me, nothing can take away from the incredible month we had in the theme park world. The D23 Expo came with the announcements of Star Wars land, Toy Story Land, and more details on the incredible World of Avatar coming to Animal Kingdom. You can read both of my articles about the D23 news including one written BEFORE the convention and one written AFTER. Not to be outdone, Universal announced that it would be building a Fast & Furious attraction while getting rid of Disaster and Beetlejuice. Fast & Furious has actually quietly become one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood history. Furious 7 has made over $1.5Billion dollars this year and to put that in perspective Frozen made “just” $1.27Billion. What a great time to be a theme park fan.

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 is actually one of my favorite things that I have ever bought inside a Disney park and it was at Star Wars Weekends two years ago. This Star Wars Bowling Set was originally $21.95, marked down to $12.99. The bowling balls are the Death Star and a thermal detonator, how great is that?

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Luke Skywalker could bullseye womp rats in his T-16 but can he hit a 7-10 split?!

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If we have to get a thousand bad Star Wars items just to get one great one, I guess I can live with it.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Junk! April 1st Photo Report of a Non-Disney Owned Outlet Store

by on April 1, 2015

MMM_JunkWait a minute… didn’t we just do this yesterday? No, Dear Reader, you are not having a case of Deja Vu. We are back for a brand new Outlet Report, except today we are going to travel outside of the two Orlando Premium Outlets that contain the official Disney Character Warehouse stores, and venture into one of the many Disney stores located off property. We’ve all seen them, because they are everywhere. International Drive… State Road 535… 192… if it’s a main road in the theme park corridor of Orlando, there are going to be these knock off shops. Almost all promise cheap t-shirts and Florida souvenirs, and its surprising just how much of the exact same merchandise is in many of the various stores. While I would strenuously recommend you stay away from any place offering you “free” or cheap theme park tickets, heading into these souvenir stores can be fun because you can find items you’d never see on Disney property.

We narrowed down the list of options and chose to spotlight Theme Park Outlet, mostly because we love the name. It is located in the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores off State Road 535 (the exact location will be at the end of the article).

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Tinker Bell Moving to Town Square Theater at the Magic Kingdom

by on May 15, 2014

Tink meet at the Magic KingdomAre you a Tinker Bell fan? Well, get ready to meet the popular fairy in an all new location at the Magic Kingdom. Starting Tuesday, May 20, Tink will be moving from Adventureland to the Town Square Theater, located on Main Street U.S.A.

When entering the new Garden Theater guests will be transported to Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook via an equally magical portal, which will “shrink” guests down to the size of a fairy. When guests enter the space they will see a beautiful, natural setting filled with some of Tink’s personal treasures.

The best part about this new meet and greet location is that FastPass+ will be available in addition to the the usual standby line. Tinker Bell’s previous meet and greet in Adventureland was standby-only.

An unfortunate change that comes along with this change of venue is that Tinker Bell will be meeting guests solo. When Tink met in Adventureland she was always joined by another fairy friend such as Silvermist, Rosetta, Terrance, or her sister Periwinkle. It is unclear at this time if there will be an opportunity to meet any of the other Disney Fairies at another location, but they will definitely not be appearing in Town Square Theater with Tinker Bell.

Tink’s new location is in the former home of the Disney Princesses, who moved to Princess Fairytale Hall once it opened in September 2013. Magician (talking) Mickey Mouse will continue to meet guests at Town Square Theater. (His meet is located next door to Tinker Bell’s new Garden Theater.)

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This Month at Disneyland Resort: January 2013

by on January 1, 2013

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Happy New Year! 2012 saw some of the most substantial expansions in the history of the Disneyland Resort; with nothing on the scale of DCA’s reimagination on the horizon, 2013 can be seen as somewhat of a transitional year for the resort. Even so, there are a parade of updates, temporary additions, and notable refurbishments on their way in the coming months. As the signs of the holiday season swiftly disappear over the next week (shortly followed by the heavy crowds), look for some “limited time magic” to light up a historic Frontierland venue.

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Quietest Day: Weekdays after mid-month should see some of the slowest crowds of the year. Thursday 1/17 is predicted to be a 1 out of 10 at the resort, with 1.2 at Disneyland, and 2.8 at DCA.

Busiest Day: The Tinkerbell Half-Marathon over Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend will bring the biggest crowds since New Year. Sunday 1/20 should be a 10 out of 10 at the resort, with a 9.8 at Disneyland, and 8.1 at DCA.

Subscribe to the Touring Plans Disneyland Crowd Calendar for full details on predicted attendance for the next 30 days.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (10/7/2012 – 10/13/2012)

by on October 16, 2012

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The spooky seasonal spirit is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, thanks to thrice-weekly Halloween parties in Disneyland Park. Keep an eye out for special snacks and souvenirs offered around the parks until the end of the month, and enjoy the lighter crowds on non-party weekdays.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Tuesday 10/9 was a 3 out 10 at the resort, with crowds at 1.6 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 7.6 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Sunday 10/7 was a 9 out of 10 at the resort, with a 7.7 out of 10 in Disneyland, and 9.5 at DCA.

Subscribe to the Touring Plans Disneyland Crowd Calendar for full details on predicted attendance for the next 30 days.

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Last Week at Disneyland (9/16/2012 – 9/22/2012)

by on September 24, 2012

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The Halloween celebrations continued last week at Disneyland, as an extraterrestrial celebrity made a farewell flight over the Happiest Place on Earth.

Crowd Calendar

Busiest Day: Sunday 9/16 was a 6 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 7.5 and Disneyland Park at 4.7.

Quietest Day: Tuesday 9/18 was a 1 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 1.9 and Disneyland Park at 1.1.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (8/19/2012 -8/25/2012)

by on August 27, 2012

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The masses of annual Passholders that were anticipated to invade the Anaheim attractions after blackout dates were lifted last week didn't quite materialize. So if you've been avoiding Disneyland all summer, now is a great time to visit as preparations begin for the Halloween season.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Friday 8/17 was a 5 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 4.7 and Disneyland Park at only 3.1.

Busiest Day: Sunday 8/19 was an 8 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 8.9 and Disneyland Park at 5.7.

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Does Tinker Bell Know the Tooth Fairy?: Losing a Tooth on Your Disney Vacation

by on August 17, 2011

If you head out on Disney vacations with school-age children often enough, eventually the inevitable will happen. Someone’s going to lose a tooth. In my family, this has happened twice. My oldest daughter, Charlie, wiggled out a floppy tooth during a stage show on the Disney Wonder. A few years later, her younger sister Josie bit into a frozen Mickey bar at Disney’s California Adventure, looked down and found her tooth embedded in the chocolate and the vanilla ice cream tinged with blood. (Needless to say, we got her a new bar once the bleeding subsided.)

Just after biting into a Mickey bar.

Of course when this kiddie rite of passage happens, you can handle it as you would at home; just pop a quarter/dollar/fiver/sawbuck under the pillow and move along. But perhaps this is an opportunity for some Disney magic to spice up your routine.

In our case, Charlie was worried that the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t find her. After many reassurances that fairies have special access to the GPS coordinates of every ship at sea, we were able to settle her down for the night. At this point my husband dashed down to the gift shop and purchased a Tinker Bell themed Disney Cruise pin, which we slipped, along with the requisite dollar, under her pillow. With the loot, Charlie also found a note “from the Tooth Fairy” explaining that special fairy legislation gave Tink dominion over all Disney venues, thus the inclusion of the pin.

Since the note became part of family lore, when Josie lost the tooth at Disneyland, we also had to get her a Tinker Bell gift for under her pillow. Luckily there is no shortage to Tink merchandise in the parks, so we were able to score a special fairy pin to commemorate her tooth loss as well.

Tink can provide reassurance that fairies of all kinds can handle lost tooth situations.


I must admit that I thought we were pretty clever with our special Disney spin on tooth loss until I figured out that countless other families have celebrated in similar ways. Here’s a run down of Disney tooth loss tips I’ve encountered:

  • Use Disney Dollars in place of real dollars under the pillow.
  • Sprinkle the bed/pillow with Mickey-shaped confetti
  • Put a Disney pressed penny or quarter under the pillow – maybe one with Tink, if you can find it
  • Visit the Tinker Bell meet and greet at WDW and ask Tink herself about tooth protocol – apparently she’s very supportive during these discussions
  • Use a Sacagawea gold dollar, but call it a Pocahantas dollar
  • Leave a small plush fairy under the pillow
  • Have the Tooth Fairy or Tink leave a note on a pretty Disney postcard
  • Put a Disney-themed toothbrush under the pillow (often found for sale in the parks)
  • For a girl, buy a small fairy-themed jewelry box in which to deposit the cash

As with most things Disney, special treatment is not guaranteed, but it never hurts to speak up when something special happens on your vacation. Tell the front desk of your hotel, your waitress, the nice lady at the gift shop, and anyone else who will listen, that your child has lost a tooth. Occasionally this will result in some sort of perk like a free ice cream (always makes me feel better) or having a free card or balloon delivered to your room.

Also, it never hurts to be prepared for special circumstances. If your child has a loose tooth just prior to your trip, you may want to plot out your strategy or acquire a special treat in advance “just in case.”

On a related note, if somehow during the confusion of vacation, the tooth fairy does end up missing you on her appointed rounds, you can always blame the circumstance of being away from home – and then follow up with a REALLY good surprise later.

Has your child lost a tooth during your Disney vacation? How did you handle this? Anything you did right, or wish you had done differently at the time? Let us know in the comments below.

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