It’s the end of September and the streets of Orlando are still wet from the constant rain during the month. Or maybe it’s the tears of the fans of Off Kilter, Mo’Rockin, Spirit of America, or the World Showcase Players, all of whom performed their last shows this week. We also saw the closure of the Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the first attraction in recent memory whose demise was met with almost unanimous support from theme park fandom. Oh, and we also had the start of a little something called the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, which has at least two items this year (a Duffy bear wearing a chef’s outfit and a new shirt featuring Figment) that we just may be covering in this article sooner than later.
With that out of the way, who is ready to hit the outlets?! Remember, you can click on any picture to see it in full size (although that’s actually more of a warning than a reminder.)
First up is this aluminum bottle that blew my mind the longer I looked it at. So many great characters. Mary Poppins. Figment. Lightning McQueen (in scale with the other characters to boot!) Marie from the Aristocats. Russell from Up. Pete’s Dragon. Mushu. Eve. The Rescuers. This cup is amazing. Originally $9.95, it was now reduced to $4.99 and you better believe I bought this.
Speaking of Duffy the Disney Bear, you may remember the Aulani Duffy doll we saw back in July. Well check out this new iPhone case that has arrived. Originally $34.95 this was $4.99. Bought it. I think sometimes I buy things just to prove to myself I didn’t imagine them down the road. Is there a Duffy Polynesian Village Resort iPhone case? Duffy Pop Century? Duffy Port Orleans French Quarter? I want them all.
Aulani merchandise actually had a large section this month including this scrapbook. Originally $35, now $14.99.
These Aulani ceramic cups were originally $20, reduced to $7.99. I bought one of these as well. Either outlet store merchandise is getting much better or I am mainlining pixie dust because now I can’t spend less than $100 when I go to the stores. That’s $100 after 50-80% off. At this rate I’ll be collecting those $400 Disney figurines one day. Forget the Outlets, if you need me I’ll be the Arribas Bros. store at Downtown Disney.
This Aulani notebook I did not get.
Aulani post-it notes, now $2.99.
I almost had to rub my eyes seeing this next one. I believe this is the first piece of Frozen merchandise that has ever hit the outlets. The catch? It’s full price. $29.95. No discount. There are about 10 items in the store which offer no discount, almost all of them being food items or coloring books.
I liked this sign because I think there was maybe a total of five shirts.
Another really sharp set of
shot glasses toothpick holders featuring the four park icons. Originally $24.95, now $10.99 and of course I got this.
These goblets are also to represent Be Our Guest Restaurant, or maybe the home of the Yellow King from True Detective. Originally $24.95, now $12.99.
Let’s go to something more cheerful. This Minnie Mouse plush is a must for anyone who likes Marie from the Aristocats.
Then there is this Minnie-as-Cinderella.
This rabbit plush is from the Sophia the First cartoon.
Sparky from Frankenweenie. Originally $16.95, now $6.99.
Lots of Disney Babies still available. Originally $22.95, now $12.99
It was neat seeing a character from Hercules here with Pegasus.
Remember last month we had the two foot tall Stitch? This month smaller ones have joined him.
They still have some of these awful Mickey Mouse-as-Iron Man plush. Captain America probably would have been a better character to start these mash-ups with..
A couple more pieces of Marvel merchandise made their way to the store including this Hulk shirt. Originally $32.00, now $15.99. 1) Who was buying this shirt for $32?! 2) When I see “Hulk Rules” there’s only one shirt I think of.
Captain America and Disney coffee cups. $5.99 each.
In August I did a photo tour of Downtown Disney and saw this RIDICULOUS kitchen set with used Minnie Mouse and the phrase “Desperate Housewife.” I don’t think anyone would accuse me of ever being a prude, but this is just absurd from a character integrity standpoint. Originally $16.99, now $8.99.
Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on Disney, when I went to create a shirt for our Universal Social Club I also gravitated towards the most inappropriate show possible.
Some more Chevrolet t-shirts arrived, I’m assuming straight form the Test Track gift shop. Is Synergy the name of this car?! I think they designed these shirts to make the ride seem better in comparison. Bravo Disney. Bravo.
I kind of like this one, although it seems like it came from a Disney store in 1978. Originally $49.95, now $19.99. I bought this for my girlfriend.
Another unfathomable shirt, this one for kids. I’m not a big “What Would Walt Think?” think type of guy but I’d be hard pressed to believe he’d be proud of this shirt. Originally $32.95, now $14.99.
A rare Wilderness Lodge appearance at the outlets. Originally $31.95, now $14.99. That’s right, the Tinker Bell shirt above originally cost more than this adult sweatshirt. Mind blowing.
The following shirts were originally $24.95, reduced to $12.99. I have to say, I don’t mind these soccer ones at all.
This Mickey shirt was originally $21.95, now $9.99.
I think we may have covered this Oswald the lucky rabbit shirt before but it sill makes me amazed every time I walk by it. Maybe it’s just me. Originally $21.95, now $9.99.
I really loved this shirt. Originally $24.99, now $12.95.
These Splash Mountain photo frames look spectacular and have been around for a while. Originally $26.95, now $14.99.
These Splash Mountain frames are new. Originally $16.95, now $5.99. That’s a great deal. This looks sharp.
A Mickey head photo frame. Originally $16.95, now $8.99.
A park icon photo frame. Originally $26.95, now $14.99.
Artwork from the bottle which started off the report has been moved around to form this photo frame. Originally $26.95, now $14.99.
Here’s a bunch of magenta and keychains.
Including this one for, I think, Minnie Mouse.
No strange enough for you? How about Disney branded DUCT TAPE.
Some bookmarks for when you are reading the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2015 (maybe keep page 10 bookmarked, just sayin‘…)
Goofy eating a turkey leg. Of course.
Speaking of Goofy, here is a couple souvenir Goofy Glaciers cups. Goofy Glaciers are Disney’s version of Slurpees, and I got a pink lemonade one in an Olaf themed cup earlier this month at Downtown Disney. These were $1.99 each and as a fan of souvenir cups, I got one.
I didn’t get one of these travel mugs but they were really cool. The handle was really nice. Originally $19.95, these were just $6.99. One of the best deals in the store.
Anyone looking for a Chewbacca flashlight whose light comes out the mouth?
Speaking of Star Wars, this Goofy-as-C3P0 comes with a limited edition pin and was $59.99. It was labeled as a “Medium Figurine” and I’m terrified of how big the large one is.
I’m just a couple weeks away from my first ever Disney Cruse so it was nice to see this Steamboat Willie inspired Christmas shirt from the Disney Cruise Line. Originally $21.95, now $6.99.
I liked this Christmas shirt as well. Originally $29.95, now $13.99.
Speaking of Christmas, if you remember last month I regretted not picking up a set of ornaments that featured Disney transportation vehicles. I was going to pick them up this trip, but alas they were all gone. There was this Matchbox Disney Bus from 2013 though.
Let’s take a look at some pins, shall we? First up is this one for the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Here’s a bunch of Disney characters inside letters. Kind of strange.
Oh yeah, Darkwing Duck. More Disney Afternoon merchandise please.
Here’s a pin of a weird looking skateboard with actual wheels. Pin aficionados, I just have one question: why for?
Here’s a pin set from an alternate universe in which Mickey, Donald, and Goofy were characters on Jersey Shore. Originally $29.95, now $14.99.
This pin caught my eye. It’s a Mickey head design using buttons.
And then I noticed a whole bunch of them, all slightly different from each other. Were there people that had to complete a full set of stuff like this?!
Here’s pins based on Vinylmations, a whole new level of insanity.
Now here’s a Vinylmation I can get behind, the Park Starz series. This is the only Vinylmation series where the artists aren’t handcuffed by the Mickey Mold and can do whatever they want. This set came with two characters and was originally $49.95, reduced down to $9.99. I bought this as I try to get a Park Starz figure every time a series comes out. I want to collect them and then I see they cost $17.95 each and end up just buying one a year.
SPECIAL BONUS!!!! We are going to try something out this month and if you enjoy it please let us know in the comments. At the end of every article I explain that there are two Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando and over the course of the last year I have tried my best to alternate between the two of them to give you, Dear Reader, a sense of each of them. However, to be honest I found myself going to the one closer to Universal much more often because, well, I enjoy going to Universal after battling the outlets. However, I was contacted by Daisy Lauren, of Daisy’s Best Week Ever fame (a weekly article focusing on the WDW parks that you all should be reading) and she offered to stop by the outlets closer to Disney and send us some pictures. So the following is what she found this month:
Looks like my store wasn’t the only one bursting with photo frames, these Haunted Mansion inspired ones were originally $26.95, now $10.99.
Disney themed ice buckets. Originally $19.95, now $9.99.
A wall of pillow pets. I actually got a family member of mine the Cheshire Cat one about a year ago. These are huge in size and look fantastic. Originally $32.95, now $14.99.
Flower & Garden Duffy Bears, originally $35, now $9.99.
These princess dolls were originally $29.95, now $12.95.
And finally, Precious Moments dolls. Originally $49.95, now $29.95. Last year I was in Once Upon A Toy at Downtown Disney and caught my first glimpse of the Precious Moments collection. This Jasmine doll could be the first of many more to come.
I would like to personally thank Daisy for having the strength to battle the crowds and parking situation at the outlets near Disney to provide this coverage for us. Be sure to check out Daisy’s Best Week Ever series on the blog and follow her TouringPlans #Everywhere adventure as she goes to the Vero Beach DVC property.
Let’s take one last look at the outlet store closer to Universal to go out with a bang. I’m going to need some help figuring out exactly what it is. Is it supposed to be a scaled down version of a human Minnie Mouse outfit?
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.
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, and August 2014.
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