Merchandise

Monthly Merchandise Spotlight, January 2018

by on January 9, 2018

It’s that time again! Time to officially wear the “I Survived the Bomb Cyclone” shirts? The start of Girl Scout cookie sales? One third of the way to the next Disney Outlet Report? Well, yes, all of those. But it is also time for the Monthly Merchandise Spotlight, showing things that I think looked cool while I was out window shopping. Today’s spotlight shows merchandise on sale on Disney Cruise Line during my New Year’s cruise on the Disney Magic. Let’s dive on it. (Or is that really a bad turn of phrase when talking about being on a ship…?)

I’m torn on these shirts–I love the Donald one, but the Mickey one seems a little cringe-worthy for me. What do you think? Either of these something you’d wear?

It’s nice to see some non-Fab-5 shirts out and about. I’m also torn on these, though. Somehow I don’t think I’m the target demographic for them. Are these a purchase or pass? (All of those shirts are in the $25 range, if that helps with the decision.)

I did spot this sleep shirt that I thought was pretty cute. At $35, I almost bought it, but passed for now. Maybe this summer…?

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Monthly Merchandise Spotlight, December 2017

by on December 13, 2017

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If not, we’ve got some great last-minute ideas to sneak under the Christmas tree. This month, we’re in Disney Springs, the ultimate shopping area at Walt Disney World.

I think I already shared this photo in a Best Week Ever article, but I just had to mention it again. These hats at Chapel Hats are some of my favorite items in the store…(hint hint). But now on to other things.

The Arribas Brothers store has a variety of unique gifts for when you just don’t know what to get anyone. Some of the items there are very reasonably priced. Others, well, you might need a really special someone to splurge. This Maleficient piece, for instance, will set you back a little over $2,000.

At the other side of the store, with the Swarvoski merchandise, they had a stunning Darth Vader sculpture. I opted not to try and get a close look of it, however. The price tag was $29,500. Makes that Maleficient piece seem like a bargain, doesn’t it? 😉

Moving on to the Marketplace Co-Op. Truth told, that’s the store I spend more of my time in than World of Disney. They have such adorable stuff–clothing, artwork, home goods, and more. For the holidays, they have a full display of the Bambi-themed table service items. What’s interesting is that some of these items have been spotted in the Outlets, but here they are again (and at full price). Still, who wouldn’t love something like a Bambi milk creamer or a Thumper gravy boat?

Even though I’m not a dress person, I could do an entire post about the dress shop in the Marketplace Co-Op. I was very tempted by the Orange Bird dress (shown here), though.

 

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Monthly Merchandise Spotlight, November 2017

by on November 14, 2017

Greetings everyone!

I hope that everyone is getting ready for a wonderful time with friends and family. Because I’m getting to see family over the Thanksgiving holiday but not over the December holidays, I actually finished all my holiday shopping before Halloween–but that gives me lots of time to go window shopping over the next two months with no pressure. As requested, this month I headed over to Animal Kingdom for a look at some of the merchandise you can find there. Some items are found in the Shop Parks app, so if you’re not down here, you can still buy some of these special items for friends and family (or as a treat for yourself.

First, although these designs are not unique to Animal Kingdom, I’m really loving these shirts. I generally don’t buy Disney t-shirts anymore because they tend to feel too snug for my own comfort no matter what size I get. These look like they’d be comfortable and the design is retro without feeling dated. Then again, with a $60 price tag (yes, you read that right), it’s still a pass for me.

 

Came across this kids’ shirt while I was looking around. Do kids think this is trendy or does it come across as funny as a dad joke? At $20, it’s better than the shirts above price-wise, but I’m not sold on it. What do you think?

So if the kids don’t think it’s all that, maybe the adults will, which is why they also have coffee mugs with the same patterns? Or do kids really drink a lot of coffee in the mornings? The coffee mugs will set you back $14.

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Creating Your Own Custom Pin Art: A Tutorial

by on September 25, 2017

Rapunzel Pin Art

A great way to showcase your pin collection is by making pin art!

As far as souvenirs go, Disney pins are pretty high on the list for unique and fun merchandise. They have pins for characters, pins for rides, pins for special events and anniversaries, and pins for everything in between. Chances are you’ve seen a wide variety of pin offerings on your trips to various Disney locales. I love Disney pins. My husband and I are always quick to buy pins for special events and to mark specific trips. If we stay at a new resort, we’ve got to get the pin. If we visit during Food and Wine or Flower and Garden, we’ve got to get the pin. This is one of our traditions, and it isn’t one that will be going away any time soon.

The big question then becomes – what do you do with all these Disney pins? As someone who uses the pins to remember our trips, it is important to me that they don’t end up packed in a shoe box under the bed, never to see the light of day again. Enter my crafty side. Through trial and error (the first few attempts were NOT GOOD) I came up with a method for creating pin art. This is a fairly simple craft project that just about anyone can do. (Truthfully, the hardest part of this process is laying out the pins and getting them situated just right in the artwork.) This tutorial will walk you through the entire process and gives tips and lessons I’ve learned in creating a few of these over the years. (Spoiler alert – I learned a brand-new lesson with the pin art I created for this tutorial!)

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! AUGUST 2017 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on August 31, 2017

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, secret shopper Daisy Lauren and I found a whole bunch of neat items this month including Adventureland Tsum Tsums, next level bonkers coffee cups based on Fantasy Football, and a Dapper Dan nutcracker (like we could make that up.)

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

Disney spent a long time on the creation of the Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom, and while the show itself isn’t drawing the rave reviews The Mouse was looking for, it did bring with it a whole bunch of great merchandise. Between the food & drink components, the awesome Rivers of Light soundtrack, and the other items at the gift shops, no other show at WDW comes close to touching the merch quality of Rivers of Light. Some of those items – all of which actually debuted well before Rivers of Light because the show got delayed so long – made their way to the Outlets this month.

First up is the E-Ticket Lotus popcorn bucket. This is hands-down the best popcorn bucket the American parks have ever made. It looks incredible, holds a giant amount of popcorn (have you seen the 10 kernels of popcorn that the Star Wars Tie-Fighter popcorn bucket holds?), and actually has an led lighting feature. The other two items also light up and they were both souvenir cups. The “adult” one resemble a stein, while the “kid” version was like a lantern which you could actually collapse.  I bought all three of these when they came out at the parks, so of course it drove me insane to see them at the Outlets, but good for all of you (he begrudgingly wrote).

(photo by Captain Cruiseline himself, @TheDCLBlog)

I really liked these Mad Tea Party coffee cups. May actually make my top six all time Disney coffee cups. Originally $19.99, now $5.99.

Mad Tea Party cups. (photo by Daisy Lauren)

Also a big fan of these Mickey and Minnie cups that came out during the Flower and Garden Festival. I believed they arrived late though because these probably would have flew off the shelves if they were offered throughout the Festival. Originally $14.95, now $5.99.

Mickey and Minnie (photo by Julia Mascardo)

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Ask It Results: Do You Pin Trade?

by on July 19, 2017

In the Fallout video game universe, bottle caps are used for currency in a post-apocalyptic world. I’m guessing that in the post-apocalyptic Disney World, pins would likely become some sort of currency, right? They’re shiny, they have varying rarities, and people could wear them as armor for Mad Max-type races along the remnants of I-4. (Hey, I think that’s a more sane idea than having Tim Burton directing a live-action version of Dumbo, right?)

Anyhow… Disney pins. Unless you have no love for anything Disney, odds are good that everyone has seen at least one in their trips to Walt Disney World that they think is cool. For some people, it’s not so easy to stop as one. Some people start collections based on characters, attractions, styles, or just ones that they like. Others love the thrill of the hunt, searching countless Cast Member lanyards for “that perfect pin” to add to their collection. Pin trading at Walt Disney World was a huge experience around the turn of the millennium, but is it still something that people do? This week we asked you:

Do you still do Disney pin trading?

With more than 2,100 votes, here’s your results.

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Where to Find Disney Dooney and Bourke Bags

by on July 3, 2017

DVC 25th Anniversary Disney Dooney and Bourke

I’m always looking for ways to incorporate the Disney magic in my everyday life, and what better way than through my personal style? Disney Dooney and Bourke bags have been incredibly popular since their parks debut years ago and have maintained popularity due to their vast variety of collections, designs, and sizes. However, Disney Dooney and Bourke bags can’t be found at every shop or kiosk. This is why, my fellow shoppers, I’m revealing where to find Disney Dooney and Bourke bags.

The Basics

Dooney and Bourke at Disney ranges from wallets and wristlets to large duffles. As its popularity has increased, Disney has been releasing patterns for all kinds of events, like RunDisney races, DVC, and Flower and Garden. Prices range from $100 for smaller items up to $400 for the largest pieces. If you have a Disney Visa or certain Annual Passes, you may qualify for a merchandise discount if you’re buying in Walt Disney World, so be sure to ask!

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Ask It Results: How Much Do You Spend on Souvenirs?

by on May 31, 2017

Going on vacation, it can be challenging to know how much to budget for souvenirs. Some trips, I have gone through all the stores at Walt Disney World and barely found anything I want to take home. Other times, I’m running the risk of tripping my credit card’s fraud alert for large purchases on Day 1. Many people shared similar views with last week’s Ask It:

How much per person, per week, do you spend on souvenirs?

With more than 1,600 votes, here’s your results:

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Ask It: How Much Do You Spend on Souvenirs?

by on May 24, 2017

How much do you spend on souvenirs at Walt Disney World?

When planning a budget for a Disney vacation, it is fairly easy to get a good ballpark estimate for hotel costs, transportation, meals, and tickets. But when it comes to souvenirs, it can be tricky to know exactly how much to budget. Some people stick to a firm idea of how much they plan to spend, and others are a bit more fast and loose with the purse-strings, depending on what they see that they like. So this week, we’re curious about your spending habits when it comes to the souvenirs that we love to fill our suitcases with.

How much per person, per week do you spend on souvenirs for a Disney vacation?

  • $51-$100 (33%, 276 Votes)
  • $0-$50 (31%, 262 Votes)
  • $101-$200 (19%, 161 Votes)
  • More than $201 (17%, 146 Votes)

Total Voters: 845

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have the results next week. Feel free to share your souvenir budgeting tips in the comments. Have you ever bought something that you regretted later on? Ever skipped buying a souvenir and wishing you could go back in time to get it? Let us know!

The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! APRIL 2017 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on April 30, 2017

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 and I came across a lot of neat things this month including Bambi merchandise, a whole bunch of Tsum Tsums, and several Star Wars pieces that are next level bananas.

Ready to see what we found? Let’s go!

Disney puts out a ton of themed salt and pepper shakers for a niche community I would love to watch a documentary on, but some of the shaker sets are actually pretty neat.  Over the past few years, while at the resorts and Disney Springs, I have seen a neat Skyway set, another featuring Mickey and Minnie in a car, and this one which spotlights the Mad Tea Party ride. Not sure of the original price of these (I believe they were $19.95) but they have been reduced to $9.99. Had to pick up one of these.

Mad Tea Party salt and pepper set. (photo by Julia Mascardo)

This set featuring an old timey artwork of Disneyland’s castle and a Tomorrowland rocket. The backs of each were blank. This set was reduced to only $5.99, but I passed on this. One thing that was interesting was at the bottom of the package it says “Not microwave or dishwasher safe.” WHO PUTS THEIR SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS IN THE MICROWAVE?!!

Is warm salt a thing?!

Lots of Tsum Tsums this month including this awesome Haunted Mansion set. It features the Hitchhiking Ghosts, Madame Leota, the Bride, and the Viking Opera Singer (how’s that for a deep dive.) Tsums are still 99 cents at the Outlet.

Photo taken at the luxurious SATURDAY SIX headquarters. A stone’s throw away (according to the restraining order) from Mar-A-Lago.

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