Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. How long? Today marks the two year anniversary! What started out as a simple $1 bet between Len Testa and Laurel Stewart to see if they could take a simple Florida blogger and turn him into a two time runDisney medal winner/PizzaMania champion, has blossomed into into a wondrous creation which has been around to see the debut of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Diagon Alley, and the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. The best rags-to-riches story this side of Cinderella, our monthly treks into Orlando’s Disney Outlet Stores have provided highs and lows (and then even more lows) in order to deliver you, Dear Reader, a glimpse into a world which very few have lived long enough to tell about. A sincere thank you to each and every one of you for taking the time to read this little article, and stay tuned at the end for YOUR CHANCE to vote on the future direction of The Magic, the Memories, and Merch!
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).
The first surprise was seeing new Frozen and Big Hero 6 Tsum Tsums. It’s surprising because when I went to Disney Springs to see Avengers: Age of Ultron in May, these very same Tsum Tsums had just arrived to Once Upon a Toy. Word on the retail street is when new batches of Tsum Tsums arrive at Disney Springs, the old stuff has to go, so we could be seeing lots of Tsum Tsums in the near future.
The sad part of this story comes from when I tell you that I bought all of those Tsum Tsums (including a couple extra of the Frozen ones for family members) and then left all them in a bag inside my room when I stayed at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. You win some, you lose some I guess.
Now that we are done mourning my Tsum Tsum loss, let’s look at some items that have arrived from this year’s Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT. Here are magnets for the Festival itself and for the food kiosk located at the American Adventure pavilion, The Smokehouse. Originally $9.95, these were marked down to $3.99 each. I liked that the Smokehouse one also doubled as a bottle opener.
This Smokehouse glass was originally $12.95, marked down to $3.99. I loved the Smokehouse and thought it was my favorite among all the outdoor kitchens. Not only did it have good BBQ and beer, but it was where you could find the Piggylicious cupcakes.
Next up are some Flower & Garden Reusable Totes. Originally $12.95, marked down to $3.99. You do get two for this price. I really like the retro style of Minnie the gardener on this one, and there was a similar style showing Mickey mowing grass, but none of those items have made it to the Outlet.
Here is the Flower & Garden Calendar (originally $12.95, now $3.99) and the Topiary Mickey Ears headband type deal (originally $23.95!!!, marked down to $7.99.)
Flower & Garden Mugs were originally $14.95, marked down to $4.99. Not we just have to figure out where that monorail is going in the picture.
Speaking of mugs, here’s one to remind you that Luigi’s Flying Tires wasn’t the worst thing to come out of Cars Land. This Route 66 Mug would be perfect companion to that John Lasseter shirt from a little while back. All mugs are marked down to $5.99 from $12.95-$14.95.
Always glad to see Oswald the Lucky Rabbit merchandise.
This “Little Green Dress” mug is for Tinker Bell.
These glasses featuring Candy Cauldron and Mickey’s Ice Cream Bar were originally $9.95 marked down to $3.99. They had a good amount of weight to them (along with being super creepy.)
Speaking of Candy Cauldron glasses, here are more of the smaller ones. Marked down from $19.95 to $7.99.
Now I bought the Candy Cauldron glass at the Outlet, along with the others in the set, and use them to drink juice out of. While the glass does not say it is NOT machine washable, I found out the hard way. Below is the picture showing that the Mickey design peeled off half-way and my Candy Cauldron logo completely disappeared. This was after one wash. I now have to wash all these by hand, so I know exactly how our forefathers felt back in the 1700s.
This Buzz Lightyear Mug was actually behind protected glass, like you would find expensive watches or sunglasses at a mall store. However it’s only $14.95, so it’s sort of like being in CVS and seeing the baby formula locked up like Fort Knox.
This Dumbo mug was also behind glass like the Mona Lisa. I didn’t dare ask the price as I didn’t want to have a Pretty Woman moment with the cashier. Yes, I may be a blogger but I have responsibly handled my money. I have my long term investments (Beanie Babies, pogs) as well as short term (Cinderella popcorn buckets, pressed pennies.) Diversify people, diversify!
Here’s a Cinderella Mug featuring a who knows what version of Cinderella. Not a big fan. Both this and the coffee mug were originally $14.95 marked down to $5.99.
More items have arrived from Disney Springs Marketplace Co-Op, including these plastic dessert plates.
We also have these cereal bowls as well as pot holders. I actually picked one of these up to get the price for you, Dear Reader, and spilled the entire shelf on the floor. It was pretty humiliating, and one brave soul helped me stack them back up. So now I know how Quasimodo felt when Esmerelda gave him water. All that and I forgot to get the price of the pot holders.
Some neat Radiator Springs Plates arrived. Originally $9.95, marked down to $6.99.
I don’t understand why this Minnie Mouse thermos would even be made. Originally $17.95, marked down to $9.99.
And that wasn’t even the weirdest Minnie Mouse item of the trip. Here’s a bag featuring a retro style Minnie playing the guitar. Originally $29.95, marked down to $12.99.
I love this Minnie Mouse luggage bag and have even bought them for family members in the past. Great for kids. In fact one of the most amazing experiences in my life was getting one for a three year old in the World of Disney store. She got the bag and was rolling it around through the packed store. She got to a point where there was too many people to roll through, so she stopped, pushed down the handle, and then picked up the luggage to carry it sideways. This was like a real life Raptors-opening-the-door moment. Unforgettable. Originally $39.95, marked down to $19.99.
Who knows how many lists I’m now on after stopping to take a picture of these Disney Princess Panties. Originally $29.95, marked down to $12.99, but the real fun will come next month when I return them telling the cashier I could barely get them up one leg. “Do you have anything in a size 10 or whatever translates to an XL?”
This Little Mermaid mat was a lenticular one. Pretty cool. Marked down to $1.99. I would have bought it, but as you remember in the AWARD WINNING article on Ways To Repurpose Your Extra MagicBands, I already have a princess mat at my house. How many lists do you want me to get on anyway?
Not much new in the form of plush outside of these 2015 Mickey and Minnies. Can’t be a good sign that we’re only in JULY and these are marked down to $9.99 from $24.95.
Here’s a pair of Minnie Mouse Shoes on a keychain. Originally $8.95, marked down to $3.99.
These Castle Key Chains were quite possibly the cheapest looking pieces of merch I have ever seen. This is what you expect to find at those non-Disney owned Outlet Stores on 192 and 535. To be fair, I believe this is key chain’s castle is TO SCALE to that tiny castle they have out in Disneyland (that’s right Guy Selga, I WENT THERE!)
I’ve never seen one of these type of things outside of a gift shop, so I have no idea if people put them in their house, office or what. Originally $14.95, marked down to $6.99. If you use one, send us a pic (email@example.com) as I get the feeling I’m going to see the Yeti working at Expedition Everest before I see one of these holders in the real world.
I think we’ve finally seen every single one of these Giant Erasers hit the Outlets. They had to have bombed, right? Are we going to see a series 2? Originally $9.95, marked down to $3.99.
Looks like Vinylmation was ready to go on the whole #LoveWins deal. The longer you stare at the one of the left the more it turns into a scary creature. Trust me on that one.
I’m a HUGE fan of Christmas village displays (check out THIS ARTICLE I did on the Grinch Christmas Village Universal offers) but this Minnie one is a bit weird. I’m imaging she is supposed to be putting that bow on a tree right? Why doesn’t it come with a small tree? Is this like one of those Garfield Minus Garfield deals? Let’s just hope there’s like four other characters all holding stuff that is supposed to go on a tree (oooh, I’d buy a Donald Duck all tangled in lights.)
It wasn’t until doing a recent article on The Most Interesting, Most Unusual and Strangest Souvenires in World Showcase that I even realized EPCOT has a large amount of Guinness merchandise in the UK pavilion. This six pack of coasters was originally $19.95, marked down to $9.99.
Remember that Main Street USA bag collection we covered last month? Here’s a credit card holder from one of those shops. Originally $14.95 marked down to $7.99.
A Mary Poppins Rolling Duffle Bag. Originally $99.00 marked down to $39.99. It is so small I don’t see how the rolling feature would have been a benefit.
Rare to see an item featuring the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Originally $19.95 marked down to $6.99.
I saw this Princess shirt at the Animal Kingdom Lodge gift shop about a year ago and thought it was pretty clever. Originally $29.95 marked down to $12.99. Love the touch of the magic rose for Belle’s “N.”
Here’s a Cinderella shirt that reminded me of old school Audrey Hepburn merch. Originally $32.00 marked down to $14.99.
A little more Guardians of the Galaxy items making their way to the Outlets. There was a full merchandise blitz when the movie came out, so I hope so more end up on clearance. Loved that movie. This shirt was originally $24.00 marked down to $9.99.
Who would have though Rocket Raccoon would be the breakout character last year? Even as a comic book fan I still can’t believe it. Originally $19.95, now $9.99.
This is a shirt for the books. An ESPN “that’s how I stroll” shirt for toddlers. I propose a one year ban on all ESPN related merchandise as they just don’t know how to make a good one. Originally $16.95 marked down to $5.99.
We gotta close with a next level bananas item, and what better than a three foot long Komodo Dragon? I could not even get the whole thing in one shot. Originally $39.95 marked down to $17.99. I’m imagining a lot of plush at Disney world is impulse bought. A kid sees it because it’s cute or cool and “has to have it.” WHAT KID PICKS UP THE KOMODO DRAGON?!!!
And with that, we’re out!
Remember that bit above where we talked about YOU controlling the future of this very article series? Well, since the Disney Outlet Store closer to Universal is closed for a three month refurbishment I am forced to go to the outlet store closer to Disney (AKA Mordor.) This particular outlet is always swamped, has a parking situation which makes Downtown Disney’s look like the easiest parking on Earth, and is overrun by toy pirates (who buy massive amounts of stuff which they then resell at higher prices.) How bad is it? When the US Government can’t get a terrorist to talk, their last desperate measure is to bring them to this Disney Outlet Store. Within 30 minutes of being in this store everyone talks. It may break every single rule in the Geneva Code, but it gets results.
So knowing the torture that these trips have in store for me, Your Humble Author, I open up the voting to see if we continue or do we suspend operations until the other outlet store returns. You can mention your thoughts in the comments, or feel free to take your vote to social media on the TouringPlans Facebook, Twitter, or Your Humble Author’s twitter (@derekburgan)
There are actually two Disney outlet stores in Orlando. Both are in Orlando Premium Outlet shopping complexes, and they are called Disney’s Character Warehouse, presumably because The Land Of Misfit Toys was already trademarked. There is one Character Warehouse located on International Drive close to Universal Studios (4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819), and the other is on Vineland Avenue, right across I-4 near the exits to Disney World (8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821). For this edition of MMM, we went to the location near Universal and the one near Disney. NOTE THAT THE I-4 LOCATION IS CLOSED UNTIL SEPTEMBER FOR A REFURBISHMENT.
Goodnight, sweet prince. (we’ll see you in September!!)
I get a lot of questions about this, so we’ll answer them here. You can order any item from the Disney Outlet Stores by calling the WDW Merchandise Guest Services (877-560-6477) There is a catch though, if the item is still available they will charge you full retail price for it, plus shipping. The Outlet Stores themselves do not ship merchandise.
Previous editions of Magic, Memories, and Merch: July 2013, August 2013, September 2013, October 2013, November 2013, December 2013, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, April 2014, May 2014, June 2014, July 2014, August 2014, and September 2014, October 2014, November 2014, December 2015, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015. and June 2015.
We also did an edition of Magic, Memories, and Junk for a non-Disney owned Outlet Store, and for you merch addicts like myself, you may also enjoy a look at the official Disney merchandise available on the Disney Cruise Line, Castaway Cay, and at the Orlando International Airport.
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