Monthly Merchandise Spotlight, March 2018

It’s snowing up north, so how about coming window shopping with me? We’re back at Epcot again, just in time for another festival full of merchandise, and a few other items thrown in. Here’s what I found that caught my fancy in Disney merchandise.

Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is in full swing, and it feels like festival merchandise lately has been better than I remember it in years past. For instance, this resin Figment sculpture is adorable and almost made it home with me. I’m not sure how well the resin holds up outside in bright sunlight, though, and I’d hate to watch it fall apart in our yard.

Every year that I declutter, I end up clearing out ball caps that somehow come into my closet. (Honest, I haven’t bought one for years upon years!) These really are cute, even though they wouldn’t be my style. What do you think? Love it or leave it?

Now these, on the other hand…. I’m not sure what they were going for in the design. It’s a Spaceship Earth or honeycomb kind of mouse ear look on a ball cap? Huh? Anyone find these appealing?

Every so often a rumor comes up that Figment is going away. I just don’t see how that would be possible, given how much merchandise they put his cute little Figginess on. Sometimes, it’s winning merch. Other times….well, it sounded like a good idea at the time, like these Figment lightbulb-like mugs.

Does it seem like the Fab Five are in a bit of a style crisis lately? There’s so many different looks to them. This metal sign for Minnie’s Flower Shop is both retro and yet new-ish at the same time, isn’t it?

There was a wide assortment of shirts available for the festival, but this one really caught my eye. It’s pretty classy looking, but it is that super-thin material that I’m not a fan of.

I have enough Tervis cups in my house for my needs, but this one really, really tempted me. Isn’t it an adorable style? I expect this will sell out during the festival.

Speaking of cute, how about this stepping stone? Like the resin sculpture above, I wonder how these last out in the elements. Anyone have one that they’ve used? How do they hold up?

Taking a break from the Festival merchandise, I did find a few other cute things of note. The first was this coaster set. I do like coasters around the house. The coasters are okay, but it is the coaster holder I really like.

And what would a coaster be without something to put on it? At the edge of World Showcase, there was an abundance of Twinnings holiday tea on sale ($5 each when you buy 4). Still a bit more expensive than the grocery store, but they had the holiday teas that can be hard to find.

And now, it’s time for my prediction of what you’ll see at the Outlets soon–remember those rose light-up cups? You can now get a…purple rose? I just don’t see these as being as popular as the Beauty and the Beast ones, but I could be wrong. What do you think?

People often ask how we can live in this area and not have houses full of Disney merchandise. At least for me, the answer is simple–I’m a Minnie-malist when it comes to Disney stuff. Every now and then, I do find a few things to buy. This month, I bought two things. First, was this wood plaque from The American Adventure. It reminds me of those old timey placemats that you’d see at cheap hotel restaurants. That made it a good fit to hang in my dining room (even at the $100 price tag–ouch).

The other purchase I made was a Tervis. I know, I said that I already had plenty of Tervis, but what I didn’t have was a spare Tervis water bottle. This design was simply adorable, and so it came home with me for an almost too much price of $30.

And there you have merchandise in the parks for this month. Only a couple weeks and change and it’ll be time for the much-loved Outlet report. Do you think any of the items here belong in your house….or in the Outlets? Let me know in the comments. See you next month!

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited eight-year-old daughter.

2 thoughts on “Monthly Merchandise Spotlight, March 2018

  • March 14, 2018 at 9:30 am
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    Thanks for the merch post! I am lucky I don’t live nearby or I would definitely have a house-full! ….maybe we have a house-full already…oops

  • March 14, 2018 at 11:49 am
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    Thanks for the post! Based on the F&G shirt you showed with the orange in the middle made to look like SSE, I would assume that is what they are going for with the Mickey ears ball cap you pictured. Is that the festival logo this year or something? Cute on the shirt and other things, but I agree it does not work on that hat.

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