The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! DECEMBER 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 (who recently started a monthly series on NEW Disney merchandise at the parks and resorts) secret shopper Daisy Lauren (when she’s not making a whirlwind trip to Disneyland) and I found a whole bunch of neat items this month including a Mickey Mouse’s birthday hat, more Figment magnets from the Festival of the Arts, and more discounted items from Pandora: The World of Avatar.

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

December often brings some really great deals to the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando, and it also brings out the eBay pirates like hyenas to a fresh kill. The stores open earlier in the morning and close later in the evening, and generally can be packed. With the eBay pirates buying hundreds of items, the already incredibly slow check out process at the registers can seem like time is standing still.

Here’s an example of a normal Outlet item that gets slashed during the Holiday season, as this giant Olaf Vinylmation was reduced all the way down to $1.99. This is a dollar cheaper than the 3″ Vinylmations are marked down to.

Mister Police.
You could have saved her.
I gave you all the clues.
– Olaf

These plastic plates (with cup holder) are sold at Food and Wine for $6.99. They were marked all the way down to 49 cents, which is pretty much the lowest price you’ll ever see anything priced at. I picked up four of these for trips to places like the beach.

Food and Wine plates.

One thing that the pirates were buying in cases (I kid you not, cases) were these Locally Grown Minnie and Mickey mugs. They certainly are cute and you can’t beat that $1.99. price point.

Locally grown mug.

This was a surprise. Not only was an official Tervis Tumbler product marked down to just $2.99, but it was the 2018 Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular edition. Still passed.

Fun Fact: I’ve gone another year without seeing the movie Hocus Pocus.

Talk about a discount, the “Tink” (whaaaaaaaaat?!) Haunkkah mugs were brought all the way down to 49 cents, an unheard of price point for a coffee cup.

Tink?

We’ve seen products like this one before, and I don’t understand what benefit Disney gets from featuring their characters like this. Maybe they sell a couple shirts and cups like this? But you also have people seeing Tinker Bell way off brand. Originally $19.95, now $4.99.

Tink? (photo by Julia Mascardo)

Pretty classy DCL mug featuring the Alaska sailing. This was originally $16.99, reduced to $8.99. I have it on good authority that none other than Captain Cruiseline himself drinks out of this cup while reading another award winning SATURDAY SIX.

DCL

This Frozen cup has a weird Olaf straw holder on top Originally $9.99, now $6.99.

Frozen.

Cute little Frozen playset. Originally $29.99, now $14.99. I was at many Disney retail stores throughout November and December and it didn’t seem like the Olaf’s Frozen Adventure themed merch was flying off the shelves. That combined with the vitriolic reaction to the “short” playing in front of Coco has to be keeping some people in Burbank up late at nights. I was ready to hate the film, but I actually thought it was pretty decent. The songs were unremarkable, but that should probably be expected considering the team who wrote the mega-hits from the original Frozen weren’t part of this.

Frozen.

This is what I live for. Junk from Pandora: The World of Avatar. This is a PEN SET featuring the SKULLS of PANDORA ANIMALS. If you have any idea what possible demographic this was for, please leave your thoughts in the comments. Maybe this is what you get your kids as punishment if they can’t behave themselves in the 2-4 hour queue for Flight of Passage? Originally $24.99, now $12.99. James Cameron has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do signing off on this.

Pandora.

Now I did buy one of these. It is a fancy schmancy Pandora shirt with a whole bunch of logos stitched on it. Originally $59.99, now $19.99.

Pandora.

Close up of two of the patches.

Pandora.

First piece of Rivers of Light merchandise to hit the Outlets with this shirt. Originally $19.99, now $9.99. Hard to believe it was just earlier this year that the much anticipated show made it’s debut, and led to one of my favorite Burgan Fine Art drawings of the year.

Rivers of Light shirt.

This Rivers of Light hoodie was originally $39.99, marked down to $19.99.

Rivers of Light.

I know how you all feel when you see items in this Fine Blog Series that you paid full price for, and I had those same pangs of regret when I saw this Big Bad Wolf shirt show up. I purchased it at the original price of $29.99, but it has been reduced to $9.99. How did I feel when I saw the shirt? Like this.

Big Bad Wolf.

This Oswald shirt was same price.

Oswald

And this Mad Hatter shirt too.

Mad Hatter.

Now THIS is a Mickey Mouse shirt you don’t see every day. For my thoughts on this shirt I’m going to reach out to the Wildcats cheerleaders. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.

Amazing.

Much better Mickey Mouse shirt here, but would probably look better if it was just one solid color instead of the two tones. Originally $34.99, now $14.99.

Mickey Mouse.

EPCOT Center sweater to keep the cold hearts of fanboys warm. Discounted to $19.99.

EPCOT.

This Pirates of the Caribbean shirt was originally $46.99. Can you IMAGINE? Reduced to $19.99.

Anyone who buys this shirt should have to walk the plank.

Star Wars shirt featuring epic artwork from The Empire Strikes Back. Originally $32.95, now $14.99.

Star Wars.

Longtime Outlet Readers know how much I love comic books, and one of my all time favorite artists is J Scott Campbell. This postcard features Star Wars’ own Princess Leia, C3-P0 and R2-D2 from Campbell, and he’s also done a ton of Disney princess artwork that is worth checking out as well.

These are the droids you’re looking for.

You better believe I bought one of these Splash Mountain postcards. They have tons of awesome postcards like this at the Wonderland Gallery at the Marketplace Co-op in Disney Springs but all priced at $5.99. I’m not exactly sure what number I would need to have squirreled away to feel it’s okay to drop $6 on postcards, but it would have to be at least six figures.

Splash.

 

 

 

 

Pinocchio.

I have no idea what’s going on, but any time I try to write ABOVE this Pinocchio magnet picture it ends up deleting everything so I’ll have to write it below. Cute design. Originally $9.99, now $6.99.

Last month there were some of the AWESOME Figment magnets from the Festival of the Arts, and this month some more designs popped up including The Scream! These were $1.99 each. A bargain at twice the price!

Only the good artwork goes on the Burgan Household Fridge.

For Christmas Day I did a special SATURDAY SIX looking back at the Best and Worst items found atthe Disney Outlet Store in 2017. One thing I completely forgot to put on was that bonkers PIN QUEST item from back in August. This was the scavenger hunt/trivia contest-like “game” where Disney had guests buy the rules, then buy pins at every stop, then buy the completer pin once they finish. Basically Bob Chapek: The Home Game.

Pin Quest.

Well, this month some of the pins that were part of the game arrived. All were priced at $1.99.  First up is this one featuring Big Al.

Big Al.

Dumbo.

Dumbo.

And Brer Rabbit.

Brer Rabbit

OF COURSE I BOUGHT THEM.

When I sailed my first Disney Cruise, I remember seeing a “Officer Pin Trading Night” advertised, but didn’t go because it sounded kind of weird. The pin for the 2017 trading night made it to the Outlets, reduced to $5.99.

DCL pin.

Fort Wilderness is right at the top of my overall favorite Disney resorts, so I definitely picked up this pin for just $3.99. I also ate at Trails End for the first time this month and it just may be my all time favorite Disney restaurant.

Pin.

This runDisney pin was originally $14.99, now $4.99.

runDisney.

There were a TON of these Lion King pins, which made me wonder what they were for at the parks. Several warnings plastered all over them too, which makes me think this was some sort of giveaway or promotional tool. The pin was priced at $5.99.

Pin.

I can’t stand “blind box” pins, but here’s a set featuring awesome Marc Davis artwork for Pirates of the Caribbean. Reduced to $6.99 each.

Pirates.

Another blind box pin set featuring designs based on Star Wars stickers that came out with the Topps trading cards back in the 1970s. These were originally $19.99, reduced to $6.99.

Star Wars pins.

Another Magic Kingdom 45th Anniversary pin arrived, this one featuring Tinker Bell. Reduced to $4.99.

45th Anniversary pin.

A 45th Anniversary antennae topper for $1.99. Remember how I mentioned I was at a lot of Disney retails stores in November and December? Well the World of Disney had a TON of various antenna toppers marked for “stocking stuffers” so we’re probably going to see ALL OF THEM here at the Outlets in the coming months.

Antennae topper.

Another thing I saw at the retail stores were a new type of “baby” Disney plush where it looked like the characters were being swaddled. No surprise that more of the regular “baby” plush is making it’s way to the discount stores. Here we have Marie from The Aristocats.

Marie.

And here is Sven from Frozen.

Sven.

The 2017 Mickey Mouse plush.

Mickey.

Last month a bunch of toys from the Mickey and the Roadster Racers line arrived, and this month Goofy joined them. Originally $16.99, now $6.99. Got this for the little guy in our family who loves the show and LOVES “Goof-fu.”

Goofy.

Avengers figurine set featuring Black Panther and Crossbones but not Captain America, which is an interesting choice to make. Reduced to $8.99.

Avengers.

3″ runDisney Vinylmation. Originally $14.95, reduced to $3.99.

runDisney.

Men’s Mickey flip flops. Originally $29.95, now $9.99.

Flip flops.

Women’s Mickey flip flops, originally $14.95, now $3.99.

Flip Flops. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

Always interesting to celebrate birthdays of fictional characters. These Mickey Birthday ears were originally $17.99, reduced to $4.99.

Mickey b-day hat. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

How about a Vera Bradley Alice in Wonderland backpack? Originally $140, reduced to $66.99.

Backpack. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

And the accompanying Vera Bradley change purse. Originally just $90, reduced to a steal at $34.99.

Vera. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

This Star Wars bag was orginially SEVENTY DOLLARS, reduced to $24.99.

Star Wars. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

This may be the all time weirdest pillow I have ever seen on Disney property, let alone the Outlets. Originally $34.99, now $12.99. I should have bought it to use as my “frustration pillow” that I can use to scream in any time I get news like “$7 pizza slices at Pizza Ponte in The Edison.”

Pillow.

A Minnie Mouse themed pillow. Originally $34.99, now $10.99.

Pillow.

Speaking of pillows, thanks to a dedicated Outlet Report reader, we’re going to take a trip to Cast Connection. The Disney Outlet Stores are the last stop merchandise makes before the Disney Dump. Before it goes to the Outlets, it often makes a stop at Cast Connection, a store exclusively for Disney Cast Members. Located off of Western Way, Cast Connection has a ton of stuff that you see here in the Outlet Report each and every month (like plush, Tsums, and pins) but also a bunch of things that we regular people never get the opportunity to buy. Where else could you find seemingly hundreds of Used Bed Pillows for 50 cents?

Cast Connection.

Cast Connection.

Or silverware?

Cast Connection.

Booths from restaurants such as 1900 Park Fare and Hollywood & Vine.

Cast Connection.

Pandora junk.

Cast Connection.

The store also has great deals on food items. A really great place for Cast Members and their spouses that allow them the opportunity to get necessities as well as collectibles for the right price.

Cast Connection.

I hope you enjoyed our quick trip to Cast Connection. I know many people have heard about the store, but you rarely see any pictures of what it is actually like. A huge thank you to our anonymous Friend of the Outlet Report. But wait, that’s not all! Here you thought your 3 day weekend couldn’t get any better. Guess what? Tomorrow morning on the TouringPlans blog I will have a review of the Disney Dog-Friendly Hotel experience. That’s THREE STRAIGHT DAYS OF BURGAN, which is TWO DAYS BEYOND THE DOCTOR’S RECOMMENDED DOSAGE OF DEREK.

See y’all tomorrow. Same bat time. Same bat channel.

Yacht Club

Pet Friendly.

 

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 2017July 2017: The FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY special, August 2017September 2017October 2017 (tribute to the O.O.G.), and November 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 December 31, 2017

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

  • I love your monthly outlet report. I always look forward to reading it

  • That’s Vera Bradley. Not Vera Wang.

  • Look forward to your report each month. Happy New Year!!

  • Wonderful report, thanks! Happy New Year!

  • That Olaf Vinylmation is the stuff of nightmares

  • Derek, If you ever again see a 9-inch Vinylmation for $2.00 I implore you to buy it for my and I will Paypal, Venmo, or hand-deliver reimbursement. Also, I bought that Lion King pin at full price. I am 100% convinced that the designed watched a maze episode of WestWorld and thought, “How can I make Disney visitors think that they’re about to get for real eaten by robot lions?”

  • Do any of these places do shipping ?

  • RE: Splash Mountain postcard…lots of characters’ faces drawn in profile, eyes closed with “U” shapes, looks as if it was created by Power Puff Girls animators.

  • by Ruth Woodhouse on January 1, 2018, at 3:35 am EST

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! You say the Hocus Tervis tumblers are 2018 but don’t they have 2017 written on them?

  • I have to confess, I’m have actually brought some of the Art postcards at full price. On out trip to Disneyland I saw two art designs I loved but didn’t want to by the full price print (didn’t want to spend the money, have to figure out how to pack it, and then find a space to hang it). I ended up getting the postcard versions, and when I got home put them both in small picture frames and put them on my desk at work. They make me smile every time I see them, and if I think about it as $6 for a small art print I can almost make myself believe it isn’t a terrible price for it.

  • by Vern Woodruff on January 2, 2018, at 1:20 pm EST

    We visited the outlets at Thanksgiving (mainly as a result of reading these posts), and picked up two of the Officer Pin Trading Night pins because we were leaving on a Disney cruise on the Fantasy on Nov 25. Interestingly, when we attended the officer pin trading night on the cruise, this pin was not offered for sale. We were really surprised that these would be in the outlet stores with a month left in 2017, but not available for sale on our cruise. We just wish we could visit the outlets when the Christmas 2017 items show up!

  • So I have read this article a decent number of times and don’t remember you mentioning the cast connection until now. I was under the impression that these photos were from the outlet store and was totally bummed when I went. I won’t lie I got some really good deals but was expecting more goodies than I seen. If the average person cannot go to the cast connection why would this article be done with those items?

    • The only photos from Cast Connection are at the very end of the article. Items generally go to Cast Connection first, and what is not sold there ends up at the Outlets. I thought it would be an interesting look at a place most people reading would never see (and some even know about.)

  • I had no idea they sold used pillows to cast members. I wonder how much use they let a pillow get before putting it up for sale at Cast Connection…? I’m not a germaphobe but it’s a little oogie, isn’t it?