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Monthly Merchandise Spotlight, February 2018

by on February 13, 2018

 

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.

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Disney Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

by on February 6, 2018

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you’re the gift giving type (or your sweetie is the gift receiving type), it’s crunch time!  The good news is that for a Disney fan, there are plenty of gift options available, whether you’re celebrating in the parks or at home.

Let’s start with the obvious. Jewelry is a no-brainer for lots of couples. Some of the more popular gifts include Pandora charms, Alex and Ani bangles, and watches. They can be found at multiple locations throughout the parks and resorts, and they are also available on the Shop Disney app and website. The best part about the charms or bangles is that you can keep adding to them each year. You’ll never struggle for a gift idea again as long as they keep creating new designs.

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

by on January 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.

We have finished the first mƒonth of 2017 and if the rest of the year is like January, we’re in for a doozy. After many delays Rivers of Light Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs finally opened. Even though it is still not 100%  finished, you will be glad to know the restaurant somehow has three separate and confusing themes (although – to be fair – when one thinks about a turn-of-the-century observatory the first thing that comes to mind is Jim Carrey’s Riddler costume from Batman Forever, so they didn’t completely miss the mark). 

In other Disney Springs news, our long national nightmare is over as it was announced DisneyQuest would be closing its doors forever on July 3rd. A long rumored NBA Experience will be taking its place and I think I speak for many of us when I say I’m really looking forward to what replaces the NBA Experience in the coming years. We also can’t forget that January brought the Main Street Electrical Parade back home to Disneyland (even though many are still waiting for it every single night here in Walt Disney World, literally.) Hopefully when the MSEP ends its limited time run in June, it can make its way back here and bring with it all the cool merch and snacks it has out in California. Be Fair To Florida!

Before we start I would like to introduce a new member to the Outlet Team. Because myself and Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo have become too famous, we needed a person on the ground that nobody knows to be a mystery partner. Please welcome secret shopper Showcase Of Wishes to the fold.

Now, what did Julia, Showcase of Wishes, and I find when we did step into Mordor the Disney Outlet Stores? Let’s check it out!

First up we going to start off with what I call an “Outlet Experience” item. We’ve talked about these decorative hand sanitizers in previous reports. This month brought a 2016 branded version, and with it came a price tag that made me reach for my decorative Xanax holder. The price tag for the sanitizer read “$.00” with a reduced price of “$9.99.” I brought it to the register so they could scan what the price really was and saw that it was indeed $9.99. Keep in mind, these only cost $8.95 at the Disney parks. I knew from that point on this shopping trip was going to be a test of will.

Hand Sanitizer.

With the recent rollout of MagicBand 2s being shipped to guests as well as being sold in the Disney Parks, we are almost guaranteed to see a ton of original MagicBands make their way to the Outlets. This month brought some new designs, including everyone’s favorite dragon Figment. These bands were originally $29.95 and reduced to $22.99.

Three icons of the Disney Parks right there.

Readers of our sister series the SATURDAY SIX know how much we loved the recent EPCOT Festival of the Arts. In fact, we may have actually enjoyed it more than Food & Wine. However, speaking of the latter, the Appetizer Plate from last year’s Food and Wine hit the Outlets. Originally $6.95, these were reduced to just 99 cents. I bought a couple.

Food and Wine Appetizer Plate.

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The Ghost Post Box: Part III

by on June 8, 2016

Welcome to part three of the Ghost Post mystery box series, reviewing the contents of Disney Merchandise’s Haunted Mansion puzzle subscription. To catch up with where we are, you’ll want to take a quick peek at Ghost Post Part 1 and Part 2.

The third Ghost Post box retains the now-familiar format. The only differences to the external carton are that this box is labeled for “N.E. Plott,” while the others were addressed to “M.T. Graves” and “I.M. Mortal,” and the back of the box had, as I predicted, a drawing of the roofline of the mansion, thus completing the picture.

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Opening the box, we agin see a few displayed artifacts and an envelope.

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Theme Park Ornaments: A Must-Have Souvenir

by on November 13, 2015

Collecting mementos and souvenirs can be one of the best ways to encapsulate your vacation for years to come. One of my favorite souvenirs are theme park based Christmas ornaments. No matter what time of year the visit takes place, a Christmas tree ornament is a great way to commemorate a special vacation.

I’d like to share with you some ways to make purchasing, sharing, or gifting a theme park ornament even more special. Let’s also take a look at some special theme park ornaments collected throughout the years.

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Personalization

One of the best ways to make a theme park ornament extra special is to get it personalized. Both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando offer ornament personalization. At Walt Disney World nearly any ornament can be personalized. This can be done at the 12 Days of Christmas store as well as Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at the Magic Kingdom. Just know that the closer you get to the holidays the longer the wait for your ornament. Pricing runs about $4 per word, name or date, plus the cost of the ornament.

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Refillable Mugs at Universal Orlando – Worth it or Wasted?

by on August 28, 2015

One of the first things I noticed that was different at Universal Orlando and SeaWorld versus Walt Disney World is the refillable mugs inside the theme parks. What I didn’t realize until after my first few months of becoming a regular Universal Orlando visitor is the substantial variety of refillable mug programs available throughout Universal Orlando. There’s four options just in the theme parks themselves, then there’s two different programs at the Universal hotels, and finally two programs inside CityWalk, oh and none of the programs can be combined. So in hopes of helping you navigate through the busy waters of all the refillable mug options I’d like to share the details of each option. I’ll also give my stance on if I think each mug is worth it or wasted.
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In the theme parks

Character mugs – $15.99 /  $0.99 refills

Wasted: If you or your child is a big fan of a specific character then the character mugs might be a good value for you. Personally, I think their clunkier size make them impractical for repeated, every day use. However, they certainly are unique and add to the fun of being inside the theme parks.

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Regular refillable cup and Black Transformer mug – $8.99 / $0.99 refills

Worth it: If you are an Annual Passholder or will be visiting for an extended amount of days, the basic refillable cup is a good deal. The $0.99 refills are not limited to the day of purchase, so you can easily get your money’s worth considering one fountain soda is $3.19. If you use the refillable cup more than 3 times you’ll have spent your money wisely. There are also a good amount of food and beverage locations throughout the park to snag your free refills. The downside is the refills are your basic fountain drink variety, not the fancy smancy Coke Freestyle flavor selection.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! March 2015 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on March 31, 2015

MMM positiveThough the March Hare is about to leave us on the last day of this very month, you need not worry because the April Fool has arrived a day early and is here with a brand spanking new Outlet Report. So take a break from hunting for Easter Eggs at Epcot, put aside your souvenir mugs from the soft opening of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, hold off on booking that breakfast reservation for Be Our Guest, and be sure to pick your jaw up off the ground because it’s still there from finding out the Magic Kingdom opened up Aunt Polly’s on Tom Sawyer Island earlier this week. 

Prepare yourself for a trip to not just one, but BOTH Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando (physical addresses for both are located at the end of every edition of MM&M.) That’s right Dear Reader, I did the impossible and braved the I-4 traffic and horrendous parking situations at both outlets, for YOU.

Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Remember that clicking on any picture will open a full size version of it (don’t say we didn’t warn you).

Our first stop is the Disney Outlet closer to Universal at the end of I-Drive and was surprised to see the first ever Tsum Tsums show up. I’ve seen them before at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney, but never felt compelled to buy one at $6 a pop. That said, unlike Vinylmation, I can definitely see the cuteness factor and why people would want to collect them. The only Tsum Tsums available were the seven dwarfs and only the ones pictured below. Of course I bought them all.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! February 2015 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on February 28, 2015

MMM positiveIs February already over?! What a month. We got the inevitable yearly ticket price hikes, got the first details on both Star Wars Weekends and the holiday hard ticket parties, saw Big Hero 6 shock the world and take home the Oscar for Best Animated Film, found out Spider-Man would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (YES! YES! YES!) and – most importantly – found out Duck Tales will be returning to TV! It’s a good thing this month is only 28 days because we don’t think we could handle any more (especially since we wasted an entire day on Llamas on the loose and that ridiculous white/gold blue/black dress meme.) We know a lot of you have had a rough month in the area of weather, and we can certainly sympathize. In fact it almost got down to 50 degrees one night this month and we had to pull a blanket out of the closet to stay warm.

Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Remember that clicking on any picture will open a full size version of it (don’t say we didn’t warn you).

First up is an item I have wanted for a long time and almost cried seeing it at the Outlets. A Polynesian Luau Bowl! Originally marked $49.95, this was reduced to $24.99.

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I think by now most people know how much I love the Marketplace Co-op at Downtown Disney and a big reason for that is the many Adventureland/Polynesian inspired pieces they have. I’ve also seen these Luau bowls at the actual Poly whenever I go to ‘Ohana, and behind glass cases at the Art of Disney store. This bowl is something I’ve always wanted but never thought I would actually own.

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