Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. November means we say goodbye to EPCOT’s Food & Wine – and surprisingly the “Burgy” Award winning Canadian Lumberjacks – but hello to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and Mickey’s Very Mery Christmas Party. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and while you were digesting all that turkey (or Tofurky) did you happen to notice there was a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX looking at what we theme park fans should give thanks for? Even better, this past weekend was also time for the Second Annual Theme Park Turkeys of the Year. Did your favorite make the list?
Fear not, while you were out on Black Friday ripping items out of the hands of kids , Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo and I were hard at work to bring you the Outlet coverage 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).
First up is a Goofy’s Candy Company Gumball Machine. Who doesn’t like a gumball machine? It’s unAmerican not to!
For the first time EVER, Disney Infinity items were reduced for clearance at the Outlet. There had occasionally been a Disney Infinity figure here or there for sale, but always at full price. This month had a slew of figures marked down, including everyone’s favorite Frozen sisters reduced to $14.99.
While I’ll never play Disney Infinity, I absolute LOVE the art style of these characters and was hoping to see them for cheap one day to start picking them up. Even this Lone Ranger set looks pretty sharp.
Here’s a couple Pixar Pals.
Phineas and Agent P from Phineas and Ferb.
The playsets themselves were also massively discounted, including this Disney Infinity 1.0 version.
Here’s a Disney Infinity 2.0 set.
This was the debut of the Marvel characters into the world of Disney Infinity.
Jake and the Neverland Pirates are still pretty hot right now and it’s still rare to see a piece of Jake merch in the Outlets. These toy sets were originally $13.95 marked down to $9.99.
Did I purchase them? Well, here was our meeting of Jake in Disney’s Hollywood Studios just last week. What do you think?
Another Disney Junior toy on sale was this Doc McStuffins check-up set.
As well as this Sofia the First Amulet with Tiara combo.
Time for some Adventureland stuff including this pretty sweet Enchanted Tiki Room frame.
These Adventureland glasses were originally $12.95 marked down to $5.99.
While these Adventureland Tiki cups were originally $16.95, reduced to $7.99.
Adventureland pillows marked down to $9.99.
Always on top of things, Outlet Intern Julia has noticed that more than a couple of the items we have seen at the Outlets have shown up on Disney’s new shop at home app. Does this mean that physical clearance stores could be coming to an end? I guess it all depends on how well things sell on the app, but you have to think Disney is dreaming of the day not having to pay rent for a store or all the Cast Members to work there.
— Julia (@JulFromFL) November 27, 2015
These Disney Cruise Line pins were originally $9.95, marked down to $4.99.
I remember a while back we saw at the Outlets a weird Mickey head accessory that went on the front of sneakers and here is a perfect accompaniment for that: a pair of “wings” for the side of your shoes. Originally $9.95 marked down to $4.99.
Here are Pirates of the Caribbean playing cards. Originally $6.95, marked down to $1.99.
Unless you were in the store early however, you never got a chance to see these cards. Right after I took the picture, someone bought every single pack of cards they had in stock. Here you wonder why these Outlet trips drive me into a rage. Now, I’m not saying people like this should be brought to the town square and publicly whipped, but if the law passed I wouldn’t protest it.
This was the person’s running total at the time. It went well over $1,000 by the time they were done thanks to adding on several handbags that were displayed behind the registers.
Bags like this Dooney & Bourke Marathon Bag. Originally $248, this was marked down to $149.99. Bags like this are limited to 2 bags per day.
This Cheshire Cat bag was a more reasonable $39.95 marked down to $14.99.
This Vera Bradley bag was originally $105, but reduced to $69.99.
I don’t understand the appeal of these white Mickey Mouse (originally $21.95, now $12.99) and Minnie (originally $21.95, now $8.99), but I was just at World of Disney in Disney Springs and it had more white ceramic characters including Mr. Toad. I’m not sure what you are supposed to use these for other than to smash on the floor for dramatic effect in an argument with your significant other.
A more conventional, articulated, Mickey Mouse toy. Originally $7.95, now $3.99.
A Haunted Mansion Bride plush marked down to $6.99.
I think this next level bananas plush is a Pirate Dog. Marked down to $9.99.
Lots of sports items this month including a ESPN SportsCenter cup that was originally $24.95, marked down to $9.99. In case you missed Disney burying the news late on Thanksgiving Eve, ESPN has lost millions of subscribers, so these cups are probably being filled to the brim with Jack & Coke as Disney execs figure out to fix what was not long ago a true golden goose for the company.
Here’s a cute little bowling set. Originally $17.95, marked down to $9.99. We are really using the phrase “signature series” loosely at this point.
These 2015 footballs were originally $11.95, marked down to $4.99. These are great for the pool too.
The 2015 basketballs were also originally $11.95, but only reduced to $7.95.
I’m not sure where this light up Perfectly Princess Birthday Party Cinderella coach necklaces came from. Anyone have an idea? Marked down to $3.99.
Who are these lollipop pens for? Anyone who would want a lollipop on their pen probably isn’t even old enough to write. Look at that price though, ORIGINALLY $10 EACH. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! I have put in my application to Disney Consumer Products to be their new Vice President of Common Sense, and my sole job duty will be to look at items like this in development and shout “ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?!”
I just realized I’d probably lose my voice on Day Two of my job after walking through the Antenna Topper division.
This is great. I thought these Pieces of Magic were pretty neat and only $1.95 each, so I bought a couple. Then I go to World of Disney this week, and they are being sold new at “6 for $10.” That’s right, these went to the Outlet store AND WENT UP IN PRICE.
Thanks to the TSA, I bet sales of snowglobes in Orlando are down a conservative 2,000,000%.
We mentioned these Mickey face backpacks last month and we’ve heard from several readers that these are possibly the worst quality backpacks ever made. So buyer beware.
Okay, let’s finish up with some clothes. First up, a kinda weird Monorail shirt. Originally $21.95, now $9.99.
Here’s a Dole Whip shirt. Also $21.95, also marked down to $9.99. This is why I’m a Citrus Swirl guy. Better merch.
I don’t understand this Donald Duck shirt. Why is their a crack in his sunglasses? What am I missing?!!!!! Originally $19.95, reduced to $9.99.
Here’s a shirt I can get behind. A cute Disney Cruise Line one that was originally $39.95 marked down to $12.99.
I also like this one a lot. Originally $39.95, marked down to $16.99.
In case you were late to the party, the average Disney Cruise Line merchandise is at least twice as good as our average WDW item. Here is another fun shirt, originally $24.95, now $14.99.
S.S. Minnie shirt. Originally $24.95, now $14.99.
Loved this young child’s DCL shirt. Originally $29.95, marked down to just $6.99.
Another cute one. $19.95 reduced to $9.99.
How can you not love Splash Mountain? This shirt was originally $32.95, marked down to $14.99.
Ugh. Originally $24.95, marked down to $12.99.
I’ve never been a huge fan of tye dye shirts, but I can also see why people like them. This Mickey shirt was originally $32.95, marked down to $14.99.
These Minnie Mouse and Tinker Bell shirts were originally $21.95, reduced to $9.99, but probably would have looked better in a women’s cut.
Have to close with this completely bonkers hat. I feel like I’m having an epileptic seizure just looking at it. Originally $24.95, marked down to $14.99. I didn’t ask, but if you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup.
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 “Hopefully by the holidays” FOR A REFURBISHMENT.
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, September 2014, October 2014, November 2014, December 2015, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015. June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, September 2015, and October 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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