Wintertime cold has left Florida, and we’re in that “Florida winter” time of year where it is absolutely delightful to wander around the parks. It’s also a great time to wander around Epcot, especially with Festival of the Arts in full swing. A key part of the festival is seeing so many talented artists showcasing their wares. There’s no possible way I could do justice to all the artists out there–it is something you have to see for yourself. However, I also found a lot of really neat festival merchandise during one of my trips, and a few other neat items. Here’s this month’s merchandise spotlight.
This small, wooden plaque showcases the splatter paint vibe that was found in a lot of official festival merchandise. It reminds me of the melted crayon art that is very popular on Pinterest. This particular piece will set you back $25.
Similar in theme is this Festival of the Arts pouch, great for storing pencils and pens or other small art supplies. It has a canvas-like feel to it, and is a very reasonable $15.
What’s a festival without festival shirts? These two designs caught my eye. Which one do you like better?
Drinkware is always popular for a souvenir. For $16, you can get this official festival coffee mug.
If you prefer a different kind of kick to your drink, there’s an official wine glass, too ($15).
And, if you’re just awesome, there’s a Tervis cup. Seriously, my family lives on Tervis products. I can’t praise them enough. This particular one is $27.
Oh, and on the topic of drinkware, I saw this….paperweight? That’s what I thought it was until I tried to pick it up. It took a LOT of prying to get it off the shelf, because it is actually a magnet. When I turned it over, I saw this…
That’s right, it’s a bottle opener! How cool is that? If you can ever get it off of your fridge, I’m sure it would be very useful in the kitchen.
I have a love-hate relationship with baseball caps. These are cute, but didn’t wow me too much for $27.
In the festival center in the old Odyssey restaurant building, they had a variety of books on all sorts of Disney artistic topics. My family has the first version of this book, and we were excited to see a new one come out, although the $60 price tag made us leave it on the shelf for now.
There’s still plenty of other merchandise on the shelves around Epcot, too. I’m secretly hoping these sweatshirts end up at the Outlets. I might have to get that 2018 one, although it will be close to 2019 before I’d be able to wear it again. The black sweatshirt is $65 and the gray one is $55. Maybe if I lived up north…?
Easter merchandise is starting to make its appearance in the parks, including Mickey and Minnie as…chicks? And then you’ve also got Duffy and Shellie-May in more “normal” Easter garb.
I couldn’t show plush toys without including this one. Isn’t this Eeyore adorable? He comes in a variety of sizes, and the large one is only $37.
I don’t know whether I like this “Hawaiian” shirt or not. I love the theme, but it seems busy even for that style. What do you think? Is it worth $60?
Speaking of things I don’t get, here’s your monthly Rose Gold alert. Spirit Jerseys are in, with racks full of ’em at Epcot. I like the spirit jersey design and the gold on it is pretty, but the pink doesn’t work for me personally. Are you a fan of spirit jerseys or rose gold obsessed?
Another entry in the “I don’t get it” category was this… a $25 ceramic glove? I think Disney would sell a lot more of some of their items if they noted on it what the heck it was. At the top there’s a hole, and so we *think* we figured it out–it’s a vase. You put the flowers in it and it looks like a Mickey glove holding a bouquet of flowers. If that’s what it is, very cool. If not….I have no idea.
And now it’s time for my pick of “See You Real Soon (at the Outlets)”. This month, it’s this water-filled snowglobe-like photo frame. The confetti inside is so heavy that when you shake it up, it immediately sinks. If you’re flying, there’s enough water in there that it has to go in checked baggage. I just can’t imagine a photo would look that great in there, either. At $17, I think this piece of plastic will be at the Outlets really soon–what do you think?
That’s it for this month. We’ll be back next month with more merchandise from around the parks. Got a preference on where I should go window shopping next month? Let me know in the comments.