The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! January 2014 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store
Ah, the first photo report of the Disney Outlet Store for the new year. 2014 is going to be a interesting and fun time for me in the Disney Universe. I recently received my first Magic Band, followed by making my first FastPass+ reservations, and will be taking my first ever Disney Cruise in October. But first we shall be making our monthly pilgrimage to the Mecca of unsalable merchandise. It has been a chilly winter so far, even for us Floridians, so before our trek we’re going to warm up with some hot chocolate in our Spaceship Earth mug and strap on our Captain America battle helmet to brave the elements outside.
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It’s always a good day when special event merchandise shows up at the outlets and this trip was a bonanza as items from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party hit the shelves.
The exclusive merchandise at the Christmas party was one of the highlights of the event, but I like it even more at 75% off retail.
My eyes lit up seeing a piece from Mickey’s Merry Christmas Village. I recently wrote a post about starting my Grinch Christmas Village collection and the same company (Dept 56) makes the Mickey pieces as well. Unfortunately there was only one item available, but it does include a rare appearance by Mickey’s nephews Morty and Ferdie.
There were some really strange writing pads out this month. I mean really strange. Don’t believe me, well here’s the first one.
I remember when these stylized versions of the Disney Princesses came out and was wondering who the audience was. Apparently there wasn’t one.
Ariel actually had a whole bunch of clothes on the racks.
The stylized villains weren’t spared. This Cruella shirt was originally $36.95 and is now $14.99.
I’m guessing this Cavern Club shirt was sold at the UK Pavilion in Epcot. I loved seeing it because it reminded me of my incredible tour of the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal CityWalk. If you are a fan of music, and especially if you are a fan of the Beatles, stop reading this immediately and head on over to the Hard Rock. Trust me, it’s worth it.
These “sound activated light up shirts” apparently bombed at the parks. They are already marked down to $9.99. I’ve seen the kiosks selling similar shirts at every single mall and they also sell them at Universal CityWalk and – for some reason unknown to mankind – the gift shop for MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack. I always had a sneaking suspicion that they didn’t work nearly as well under normal conditions.
This Pirates of the Caribbean outfit was really cool. I would have killed for one when I was growing up. It also included a hat and dreadlocks.
Okay, who is actually buying this? Napkins with fake wine stains on them? Really? Really?!
Speaking of California merch, here is a Mad T Party vinylmation set. Recently, I did an article on Disney obsessions that I just don’t understand. This set is single-handedly moving “vinylmation” higher up the list. Don’t get cocky
This was from a Fantasia series of vinylmation. I recently reviewed the movie Fantasia for the Creepy Kingdom podcast and realized it just may be the weirdest movie I have ever seen. The mushroom that is contained in this vinylmation set is – what I would consider – wildly racist character from the film.
Time to close it out. They had these pens available at the counter. I probably should be ashamed I have no idea if it is for Mexico or Italy. So we are going to say “adios” or “ciao.”
One last thing before we go though. I really like the touch of people at the registers adding a Mickey head to the receipts. A very nice touch and – for me – that is what I consider the Disney Difference.
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 3281), and the other is on Vineland Avenue, right across I-4 near the exits to Disney World (8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 3282). For this edition of MMM, we went to the location near Universal.
Previous editions of Magic, Memories & Merch: July 2013, August 2013, September 2013, October 2013, November 2013, December 2013.
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14 thoughts on “The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! January 2014 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store”
Thanks for another hilarious column, Derek! I really look forward to these. 🙂
A very enjoyable article. I laughed out loud with the description of the shirts…or 12 years a slave”!
can you get to the outlets by public transportation? Or how much for a cab?
Hi Jennifer, here is a link for transportation options to the Outlets closest to Disney property. http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/directions.asp?id=17
Whoa! Tks! I so wish I lived closer to the outlets! We need to adopt one of those misfit CA Duffy Bears!
Ha! I actually bought two of the Vinylmations there a few weeks ago- The Mikey RunDisney for my hubby who completed the half-marathon in 2013, and the Cubs for my friend who loves the Cubs and used to work at Disney. You never know when some of this stuff will be a perfect gift, I guess!
The merlot napkins look like blood stains
Good call. They would fit in perfect at Halloween Horror Nights. I just can’t wrap my head around who would buy that. For people spending the money at F&W and would know the difference of all those wines, I can’t see theme buying something so tacky. For those who want it as a gag gift or think it’s cute, why would they spend $21.95 for a couple napkins?
We were at that store earlier in the month. Even though I had read the last few of your articles, I was still unprepared for how little there was at that store that I actually wanted to buy. We did buy some T-shirts, including the classic Mickey in the Christmas hat.
We actually accidentally stopped first at “Character Outlet” which is not a Disney operated location, but still had some cheap Disney stuff we wanted to buy.
My girlfriend was as underwhelmed as you were. I’ve only taken her to the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney and last month she went with me to the Outlet. She actually walked out and went to another store saying there was nothing she would want to buy for any of the kids in our family. I disagree on that, but it is going to be a shock to someone used to higher end Disney stores at the parks, resorts, or even their own malls at home.
Ooh! Thanks for the share, D!
We used to enjoy going to the Disney outlet on Vineland when the kids were little and we were on vacation. We could give them a decent budget and they walked away with a bunch of toys and shirts. When we visited before Christmas they had very few toys. Is this a trend now?
Toys are hit and miss. And are you counting “action figures” as toys? They had a ton of the Star Tours action figure sets last month and this month were down to a couple. Cars sets seem to fly pretty fast as well.