The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! November 2013 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store
Today is not just any day. Today is Black Friday. The official beginning to the Christmas shopping season. A day of bargains, lines, and
absolute terror excitement. There couldn’t be a better day to lather ourselves up in pixie dust, strap on our Jessie cowgirl hat, and put on our Mickey Mouse “Hang Loose” shirt as we head out for our monthly photo report of the Disney Outlet Store.
You may remember last month that the outlet stores started selling 2013 merchandise at a deep discount, and this month a whole bunch of 2013 branded items joined the clearance rack including pins, graduation hats, basketballs, and laptop covers.
I’ve written about Cars Land and other Disneyland/Disney California Adventure merchandise at the outlets, but this trip was the first time I have ever seen Aulani stuff. I actually did a double take when I realized what it was.
This hat blew my mind. The logo was a drawing of the African continent with a peace sign, and the hat was in camouflage. Possibly the perfect hat for your Duck Dynasty Kwanza party. However, the mind blowing part was that there is a hidden pocket on the inside of the hat!
Who is the market for this?! All I could think of when I saw this hat was the classic Saturday Night Live skit where they go to an African-themed store and every single piece of merchandise was used “to put your weed in it!” This hat was originally $24.95 but is now $7.99 (and I bought one!)
But that wasn’t even the weirdest hat in the store.
Anyway, a couple Animal Kingdom items showed up this month. Can you figure out what the shirt is supposed to be? It looks like it is supposed to be the Tree of Life, but all the leaves are gone. Is it supposed to be just a random tree from the Kilimanjaro Safaris? The shirt was $14.95, the hoodie $35.95 and the water bottle holder $8.95.
Let’s check out some of the shirts available this month. These men and women WDW shirts for $12.99 weren’t too bad.
There were several World Showcase themed shirts available…
These leather jackets were interesting. They had one of the highest, if not THE highest price tag in the store (at $189.99 each, reduced from $370).
And they were all “tied” together to help prevent retail theft.
I did like this tag on the inside of them.
I bought a pack of these paper drink coasters, a great value at $5.99 and included all six designs.
Star Wars fans, all the exclusive sets released when Star Tours: The Adventures Continue opened are now at the outlets. They are $24.99 each or two for $39.99.
Wine and Dine half marathon decals were here. These are perfect for people like me who want all the exclusive merch from the various Run Disney events but have zero inclination to actually, you know, run. Here’s a great article by Todd Perlmutter detailing his experience with the Wine and Dine half marathon in 2011.
We’re running pretty long this month so let’s look at some Vinylamation before we go..
I’m gonna have to tap out, but before I go let me show you one of the greatest store signs I have ever seen.
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, Auguest 2013, September 2013, October 2013.
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17 thoughts on “The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! November 2013 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store”
There is so much win here that I feel I should give you my “limited edition” Vinylmation from the D23 Expo in appreciation for the article.
Africa is a continent, not a country as you say in the discussion about the hat! Sorry to make that my only comment on this post (which is very amusing) but it deserves correcting.
Mandy, I only have one thing to say in my defense: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww
I think the tree on the Animal Kingdom shirts are the baobab tree from the safari.
I’m thinking the “small 2013 thing” in the middle of the other 2013 items is an antenna topper for a vehicle.
Good observation Gene, if I hadn’t had to park three miles away at the Outlet I could have verified that. Maybe next time I’ll just drive my car straight into the Character Warehouse like this guy: http://bossip.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/red-cutlass.jpg
Fenton Crackshell was the nerdy duck that turned into Gizmoduck when he said “blathering blatherscythes”. It’s best you don’t remember those episodes.
That makes total sense. I was too young to realize it at the time, but Gizmoduck was one of my first examples of a show I liked “Jumping the Shark” and becoming a show I didn’t like anymore for reasons I didn’t quite understand at the time. Unfortunately, bitter disappointment would seem to follow me over the course of the next 20 years seeing many of my favorite shows (Roseanne, Heroes, The Office) completely lose their way and become almost unwatchable.