Merchandise Monthly Report: Online Edition

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year–unless you’re trying to go shopping. It’s no wonder that I asked for hazard pay any time a request came in to stop by the Outlets, and “normal” stores aren’t much better! No matter where you go, people are going to be more than a little crazed this time of year. (Seriously, two grown women fighting over a blender? Two grown men slugging it out over an Advent calendar of socks? I’ve seen it all…)

Thankfully, online shopping can take a lot of the stress out of the retail experience. When it comes to finding the best gift for your Disney-obsessed family member, the Shop Parks app gives you the ability to buy park merchandise without having to brave the theme parks (or having to book a flight to Florida to even get to the store). I’ve scoured the app to come up with a gift guide that has a little something for everyone. And in no way am I just putting this out there as a wish list of items to drop hints for friends and family who want to know what to give me but never ask, and just go with a set of mittens when I live in Florida and never would use them, and so it clearly is a way for Aunt Gertrude to guilt trip me into never going back north to visit everyone…. whew. Happy Holidays, y’all!

 

No question, Star Wars is going to be big next year. I probably would be able to do a full merch review every month on just Star Wars. At least in my household, beach towels are always in high demand once pool season hits, and this one has a really cool blueprint design to it. (Notice how they have given the Death Star the Mike Wazowski treatment? I think that’s to hide any possible flaws in its design… the Death Star that is, not the beach towel, which I’m sure is design-flaw free.)

Part of me wonders what kind of message you’re trying to send with this ring — the rest of me thinks it is just a neat gift that I would wear often.

Looking for something different in the jewelry department? The 2019 Pandora charms are out.

 

And if you’re looking for something Alex and Ani, but want a bit more substance to the bracelet, here’s one that can look good when worn by itself. (On that note, I know a lot of people own Alex and Ani stuff, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone wearing any. Do people wear it or do they just collect it?)

In the “don’t buy on eBay” category, remember when people were giving up their firstborn kids for a pair of rose gold ears? Now you don’t have to pay eBay pirate markup prices.

 

You also have the ability to buy those “I think I saw people wearing them for the first week of Toy Story Land and then never saw them again” headbands. The Little Green Men one is also available for sale on the app, too.

 

And yes, in the category of things that people went wacky for, Banshees are available for online purchase.

Clothing tends to be a hit or miss gift, I think — it’s so hard to get someone’s size and preferences right. If someone said they’d buy me a Mickey Mouse Club jacket, I’d probably be all about that, but this design just doesn’t do it for me. Thoughts?

Being a “helpful mom”, I’d buy this in a heartbeat for my daughter–and I’m pretty sure she’d never wear it. I’m sure there’s lots of kids out there who would adore it, though….right?

 

Now this is something I think my daughter would love. Just look at that face on Pua. (Awww!)

The Dream Big, Princess marketing campaign popped up throughout 2018, but I really like this here — the play on words is neat.

For boys, how cute are these Mickey jammies?

My daughter has outgrown a lot of playset toys at this point, but it would have been tough to pass this pirate ship playset if it was around when she was into those kind of toys.

If a Disney vacation big reveal is part of your Christmas morning experience, an autograph book can make something neat to have under the tree to unwrap.

Not into autographs?  A travel journal can be a great alternative.

Disney seems to always have a lot more merchandise for dogs than it does for cats. (Maybe because so many Disney movies have feline villains? But there’s good kitties, too! Share the love!) Anyhow, if you’re looking for something for Fido, this is both cute and functional.

And for both kitties and doggies, a Haunted Mansion bowl is a pretty neat option.

So… now that I’ve run down some items, here’s my best bets for things I’d love to see as a gift. Starting with….

Who doesn’t love the Tiki Room? (And before you say anything bad about the Tiki Room, I’ve got a direct line to Santa and I’m not afraid to use it!)

This size won’t fit my phone, and I’d prefer WDW to Disneyland for me personally, but it was so cute I had to include it anyhow.

I know that some people find theme park tie-in games to be gimmicky, but I’ve got a DVC version of Clue from a member’s cruise that I love. If this is as much fun as that, it’s well worth the purchase.

I’m usually not a Dooney person, and the price tag will keep me hoping this ends up at the Outlets, but isn’t that design wonderful? I love the bright colors, too.

My daughter has a couple Loungefly purses, and they hold up remarkably well, plus they’re adorable. I was almost going to recommend this as my favorite… until…..

It’s FIGMENT! I can’t promise that by the time you read this I haven’t headed over to a park to pick one up. Isn’t it awesome?

While there’s an abundance of items you can buy on the app, some items are list for in-park purchase only. I was pretty shocked to see this available for purchase online. You can’t go wrong with chocolate, right?

So you can buy chocolate, but you can’t buy any books or movies? Huh? Have no fear–most of the books and movies shown in the Shop Parks app are available (and for less) on retailer sites like Amazon. (This is a really awesome book, though.)

And, to wrap it up, the item most likely to be seen in the Outlets in the future. Nothing *wrong* with this plate–but I can’t imagine anyone feeling the need to rush and get it, especially for that price.

Remember, you can order these items (and many more) from the Shop Parks app and have them delivered to your doorstep, easy peasy.

Got any great ideas for gifts that you’re planning to give someone this year? (I promise, I won’t tell.) Can you think of any items that you’re hoping Santa brings to your house? Let us know in the comments.

Julia Mascardo

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

3 thoughts on “Merchandise Monthly Report: Online Edition

  • December 12, 2018 at 9:34 am
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    What a great idea to do the report on the app. I’m glad you didn’t have to brave the stores!

  • December 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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    Hi Julia, three thoughts on your fun article:
    1) Last Saturday at a busy shopping mall here in Canada, I witnessed two grown women fight over who should go next at the cash register – but each was saying the other should go first. Neither accepted the other’s kindness and the exchange started to get tense with each INSISTING the other should go to the cash while the salesperson and the rest of us stared at them dumbly. One woman finally just walked away, forcing the other to go pay. A fight over a blender would have made more sense to me.
    2) I do have a friend who often wears her Alex and Ani bracelets, usually several at a time.
    3) That Figment purse is everything! I didn’t think I needed a new purse but I’ll make an exception for Figment!

    • December 13, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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      That story is so….Canadian! I love it!!

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