The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! September 2018 Disney Outlet Store Photo Report
Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. The summer may be officially over, but the Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo (when not playing games in an attraction queue) and myself had our own fun in the sun by covering the Outlets for you. Except instead of “in the sun” it was “in an extremely crowded discount store filled with people who have no concept of personal space.” Despite overcoming all obstacles, we found some neat items including the first discounted items to arrive from Copper Creek, items from the 35th anniversary of EPCOT, and we even saw the lowest priced item EVER at the Outlets.
Enough jibber jabber! Ready to see what we we found? Alright, let’s go!
I think it is safe to say that the “Ufufy” line of stuffed dolls did not take off the way Disney was hoping it would. Recently I even purchased some from DisneyStore.com with the rare discount of “Buy One, Get TWO Free.” The name Ufufy is definitely an odd one (and that’s coming from someone who has more invested in Disney Tsum Tsums than his own 401k.) Each of these small plush also have a special scent. First up is the Cheshire Cat Ufufy, which I purchased. It’s scent was “tea cookies.”
A bunch of dwarfs were available. They each had an “apple blossom” scent.
Theme Park Blogger Grumpy Ufufy.
This Duffy and Shellie May plush set were sold together. Originally $29.99, they were reduced to $12.99. I passed on this, but maybe I should have bought the pair to take some elaborately staged photos of them inside the parks.
I’m not sure I have ever bought an art print at the Outlets, but I was THIS CLOSE to purchasing this one and am now regretting passing it up. The artist is Michelle St. Laurent – who has done a ton of great pieces for Disney – and features a whole bunch of birds from Disney’s animated films hanging out near birdhouses themed like the Epcot World Showcase Pavilions. This is just super cool and I’m kicking myself now as I look at it again. Originally $50, now $19.99. I imagine it was released during the Festival of the Arts.
This is both sides of Mickey and Minnie-themed plastic cup. Originally $9.99, now $2.99.
Coffee Cup from the Germany Pavilion in World Showcase. Originally $13.99, now $3.99 (which is an odd price that you rarely see for coffee cups at the Outlets. They are almost always marked down to $5.99.)
Coffee cup themed to “Mickey’s Longboard Surf Team” with the handle being a surfboard. Originally $19.99, now $5.99.
This cup features Dory showing “How To Speak Whale.” Originally $12.95, now $5.99.
EPCOT 35 wine glasses. Anyone who fell in love with the original Epcot is probably going to need a glass of wine or two when realizing what the high concept park is transforming into. All Hail Our New IP Overlords! Originally $15.99, now $4.99 each.
EPCOT 35 shot glasses. Originally $9.99, now $2.99. Surprising to see this sign because it almost always advertises them as “toothpick holders.”
I picked up this cute postcard featuring Pocahontas and Meeko. Originally $4.99, now $1.99.
This is an “interesting” postcard shaped like Mickey running. Can only imagine how many of them get damaged when mailing to someone. This was reduced down to just 19 cents, which just may be the lowest price of anything I have ever seen in the store.
Large Minnie Mouse pen, with bow on the end and a signature on the pen itself.
Many reading this know the harrowing details of the time when I tried to put together a Metal Earth kit. Recently there have some neat designs, and earlier this year they even came out with some really great looking color ones, such as this awesome kit for the Walt Disney World Entrance Sign. However at the same time they also released this spectacularly ugly Minnie Mouse one that I’m surprised took so long to find its way to the Outlets. Originally $16.99, now $7.99.
I actually did pick up this Metal Earth kit featuring Pilot Droid Rex from the original version of Star Tours. It was reduced to just $3.99 and I’ll have the Metal Earth Expert Captain Cruiseline put it together for me.
Anyone who has gone to the Outlets in the last two months knows that both locations are just completely overrun with bubble blowers, especially the Tie Fighter version. Another Star Wars one “rolled in” this month with a BB-8 bubble blower. Reduced to $3.99.
This is either a super bizarre Ewok backpack, or an even weirder Ewok plush that you carry on your back like Luke carried Yoda on Dagobah. Originally $64.95, now just $29.99.
Ultra high end Star Wars action figure featuring the Elite Praetorian Guard. While they look like regular action figures, they are actually made of metal. Originally $29.99, now $12.99.
The following Star Wars pins were all originally $17.99, reduced to $6.99. There were seemingly hundreds of each one available. First up is Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter (which I’m not sure how it is different from any other X-Wing Fighter) and the Starspeeder 1000 from Star Tours.
“The Ghost” is apparently a ship seen in the Star Wars Rebels cartoon series.
Haunted Mansion jigsaw puzzle featuring one of the most well known pieces of Disney attraction art ever made. Originally $19.99, now $12.99.
Cute tool box themed to Mickey and the Roadster Racers. Originally $21.99, now $12.99.
This is one next level bonkers looking mini tea seat. Also one that apparently you can’t actually use for tea. The tea kettle made out of clouds is almost mesmerizing. Originally $55, now $24.99.
Gus-Gus change purse for Cinderella fans. Disney seems to be making a lot of these character purses/bags, so we’ll probably be seeing more at the Outlets in the coming months. I feel like it’s way too expensive for a kid to have, but too impractical for an adult to use. Still looks cool though. To paraphrase our President, “from the standpoint of art.” Originally $68, now $34.99.
This Oswald bag actually came over from the Shanghai Disneyland Resort. Reduced to $7.99.
Some items are always weird to see, like this Disney branded set of wash cloths. Originally $14.99, now $4.99.
Some MagicBandits featuring characters from Up and Frozen. Each was reduced to $1.99. I do love that grape soda bottle cap one.
Looking for a keychain featuring a STEAMPUNK VERSION OF STITCH? Well, we got you covered there.
Here we have a set of pins themed to the Hollywood Tower of Terror Tsum Tsum set. Originally $29.99, now $14.99.
This is not a bad looking Grand Floridian pin at all. Reduced to $3.99.
A pin looking like a piece of luggage with stuff all over it. Whatever floats your boat I guess. Reduced to $5.99.
Twitter user @DreamfinderGuy spotted some EPCOT 35 pins during his trip to the Outlets. They were reduced down to $6.99 each. First up is one of my favorites from Ye Olde EPCOT, a segment from Kitchen Kabaret from The Land Pavilion.
And here is one from The Living Seas Pavilion featuring Sea Base Alpha (which can be seen in an episode of Hulk Hogan’s Thunder in Paradise TV show.)
Some Tinker Bell jewelry that comes in a cute case. Reduced to $3.99.
Always find it strange when Nightmare Before Christmas stuff comes to the Outlets in September and October. This seems to be an ideal time to unload this particular merchandise in the parks and hotels. How about having some Magical Moments at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and just give some of them away to people who spent two hours in line to meet Jack & Sally? Anyway, this Jack Skellington necklace was reduced to $8.99.
Haunted Mansion themed necklace. Originally $29.95, now $8.99.
Speaking of Haunted Mansion, this may be the oddest hat ever made for that attraction. It had a LARGE logo for the attraction that wasn’t centered but instead put on the left side of the hat. The logo was made out of plastic or something. The brim was extremely solid, unlike almost all the other hats that are easy to bend. It’s like it was a Haunted Mansion hat made for that character in Meet the Millers who had the “No Ragrets” tattoo on his neck. Hat itself was reduced to $4.99.
The logo is then printed all classy-like on the back and there’s a plastic cover for the adjustment strap? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?! Am I on crazy pills?!
Disney generic hat. Originally $24.99, marked down to the odd price of $5.75. I’m going to go undercover at the Outlets one day and try to crack the code of why things are priced the way they are.
If you stare at this hat for a while you’ll see some drawings for attractions like Jungle Cruise, the Skyway, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Still ugly as can be though. I hate to say it kinda looks like Burgan Fine Art. Originally $24.99, now $4.99.
This was a cute mermaid hat. Originally $24.99, now $4.99.
I don’t have the strength.
DVC Member hat. Was marked $24.99 and I couldn’t find a discounted price.
The DVC hat was also the only item I saw in the store with a security tag as well, which makes zero sense.
Figment hat. Originally $24.99, now $4.99.
Pirate themed mouse ears. Originally $17.95, now $3.99.
Ok, now this I bought. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit ears. Been waiting a LONG time for these. Reduced to $3.99. JACKPOT.
I really liked the design of this bucket cap featuring Disney princess castles or other places of princess residency. Originally $21.99, now $7.99.
Let’s head into some shirts, including this CRAZY Mickey Mouse one. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.
I actually bought this one as I love that late 80s/early 90s style. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.
Considered this Jungle Cruise shirt. Looks sharp. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.
I also broke down and bought this Rescue Rangers shirt. I can’t remember the time I bought two shirts in the same Outlet trip. This may possibly have been the first time ever. Originally $32.99, now $9.99.
This DHS shirt for kids is fantastic. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.
Some more offerings for the younger set. The Stitch onesie was originally $21.99 with a HUGE discount down to $19.99, while the overalls were originally $34.99, marked down to $12.99.
This may literally how Bob Iger and Bob Chapek see the map of Florida. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.
Same shirt in white.
To see how good that design can really be done, let’s check out this version made for The Tim Tracker and created by superstar artist Rob Yeo. How great is this shirt?!! You can buy yours by CLICKING HERE.
Really liked this spaceman Mickey shirt. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.
Some Marvel Comics themed shirt including a tank top featuring Thanos (originally $29.95, now $9.99) and a shirt for the Black Widow (originally $24.99, now $9.99.)
Spider-Man and Captain America shirts. Each was originally $29.99, now $9.99.
Some shirts for Rock ‘n Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith. Both were originally $24.95, now $9.99.
This Rock n’ Roller Coaster one features Mickey Mouse in a manner that seems off model IMHO. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.
Don’t see many shirts for the tea cups. Originally $34.99, now $9.99.
We do however see a lot of shirts for Pandora: The World of Avatar. This one featuring the fictional Mountain Banshee Project was originally $34.99, now $9.99.
This is certainly the first ever item from Copper Creek to hit the Outlets. Originally $34.99, now $12.99.
His and Her Nightmare Before Christmas shirts. Both originally $24.99, now $9.99.
Love the Haunted Mansion, but not a fan of this shirt. May need to consult an expert like Thrillgeek‘s own Clint Gamache – DisTwitter’s #1 Haunted Mansion fanboy – to get his opinion on the design. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.
Nice looking Disney Cruise Line outfit. Originally $34.99, now $10.99.
The following shirt needs to be seen to be believed. Its from the 28 & Main line of clothing, which has sent I think 90% of its items to the Outlets. The shirt itself is based around LeFOU’S BREW. Whatever the amazing moment was when chocolate met peanut butter, this would be the complete opposite. Originally $37, it was marked down to $12.99. But we have to take a closer look at this…
Large Gaston’s Tavern logo.
The shirt has several buttons, and if you look inside the shirt you’ll see blue animal logo stitched in.
This exact same animal is stitched in the same spot ON THE BACK OF THE SHIRT AS WELL. This is crazy.
The stitching makes it look like it is always inside-out. The more I think about it, the more this is a PERFECT shirt for LeFou’s Brew.
Bought this Minnie Mouse bib for the baby in our family born earlier this year. Originally $14.99, now $4.99.
Disney scarfs. Or is is scarves? “I’ll take Things Classy People Put Around Their Neck for $400 Alex.” Originally $21.99, now $4.99.
I feel like Disney and many other companies went ALL IN on themed socks for adults over the last year or so. Not sure how well that worked out. I mean these socks were originally $14.99, which seems insane to a working man like myself. I still couldn’t bite for $4.99 even though I was just about to on that Jungle Cruise pair.
The Cars-themed socks were for kids. Originally $9.99, reduced to $2.99. The Alice in Wonderland pair were brought down to $4.99.
Every year I buy Disney Christmas Card sets at the Outlet forgetting that we still have about a THOUSAND extra cards from previous years that come down with our Christmas decorations in November. Despite this set being so wonderful, I somehow summoned the courage not to buy it. Originally $19.99, now $7.99.
More EMOJI Christmas ornaments. All were $4.99.
This Sally Christmas ornament was originally $29.99 and brought all the way down to $5.99. Maybe it was too creepy for Nightmare Before Christmas superfans, and can you imagine what that is saying?
Those super weird Disney Racers from Shanghai have their own Christmas ornaments. Remember these are Disney characters mashed up with Hot Wheels cars. First up is Star Wars’ own BB-8. This was reduced to $4.99.
I don’t even like these Disney Racers things, but how lazy is this R2-D2 version?
Stitch and Woody versions.
Not exactly sure what era of Mickey and Minnie this figurine set is supposed to represent, but it looks to be from a time when my Grandmother was still in grade school.
And let’s close out with another one of those super weird princess gimmicks where the body of the princess is a diorama of the film she was in. Here’s Belle.
SEE YOU NEXT MONTH!
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). They do not ship. There are items at the Outlets that you can buy both in Disney stores along with the Shop Disney Parks app, but you will be paying full retail for the items.
I often get asked “which store is better?” That depends. Vineland is close to Walt Disney World, while the I-Drive location is a hop, skip, and jump away from the Universal Orlando Resort. The Vineland Disney Outlet Store is much, MUCH bigger than the I-Drive location. However, the Vineland outlets in general are much, MUCH busier than I-Drive. Each have their pros and cons, and ultimately they carry much of the same items. For a Disney Outlet Store FAQ, check out this SATURDAY SIX Presents: Everything You Wanted To Know About The Disney Outlet Stores (But Were Afraid To Ask)
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, October 2015, November 2015. December 2015, January 2016, February 2016, March 2016, April 2016, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, December 2016, January 2017, February 2017, March 2017, April 2017, May 2017, June 2017, July 2017: The FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY special, August 2017, September 2017, October 2017 (tribute to the O.O.G.), November 2017, December 2017, January 2018, February 2018, March 2018, April 2018, May 2018, June 2018, July 2018 (FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY special with the introduction of the OUTLET HALL OF FAME), and August 2018.
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. Want to see our favorite WDW resort-specific merchandise? Well, CLICK HERE!
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12 thoughts on “The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! September 2018 Disney Outlet Store Photo Report”
I plan to go to one or both of the outlet stores October 25, at10 AM. From watching the various you tube channels devoted to Disney Character Outlet stores, I have a good idea of what’s available at both stores. Any chance if I called the night before that an employee would tell me if a certain item would be available at 10 AM? If I have to go to both stores the same day, would you recommend going to Vineland first, since there always seems to be a line waiting to enter at 10 AM?
I doubt you’ll get a good answer on whether or not a particular product will in stock. Because Oct 25 isn’t a weekend, it doesn’t as matter as much which store you do first. On weekends Vineland starts at a madhouse and just gets crazier from there, especially when it comes to parking. Keep in mind they are both open very late at night, so if you have a chance to stop by near closing on the 24th it may be worth making the trip (late at night is also when both stores are least crowded.)
Thanks! I have a car rented on October 25 at 9 AM from the Holiday Inn near Disney Springs, so I may go to the Vineland store then, and if I still can’t find something that I saw on You tube at I drive, I may go by there at 9 PM, then drop the car back off and take a courtesy bus from there back to Bay Lake Towers. I’d go to I Drive from Vineland but we have FP’s at MK starting at 11 and my kids wouldn’t be thrilled about missing those and using the car to go to Typhoon Lagoon after that. I’d still like to go to one of the Outlet stores at 10 AM before the EBay sellers have their pick of everything.
It doesn’t matter. On numerous occasions I’ve been at the International Drive Outlets at 10 am when they opened and an ebay pirate walked right up to the counter where an employee brought him all the dooney purses and wallets from the back. When I asked if I could get one, they said he had bought all of them. I raised a fuss, but all he did was smile and the employees all shrugged and could not give me an answer as to why they did this for him. I don’t know who he knows, but it isn’t fair that they keep things in the back for these people and don’t let us regular folks get any. Otherwise, I’ve heard that early mornings are the best time to go because that’s when they put out all of the new merchandise.
One of the true Best Kept Secrets at WDW is that many of the eBay pirates are current and former Cast Members.
I have the Tiki Room socks and they are a disappointment. The design is only superficially printed, so as soon as the socks go on, everything gets stretched out and faded. If what you want is to pull your pants leg up and show off the Tiki Room, these socks won’t do that.
Seems to me those 19 cent postcard could be repurposed for decorating something… there has to be some substance at Hobby Lobby that will neatly adhere these to my wall… Just sayin’.
Hello. Where is that store please? Thanks
Sings: “Scarfs are very upsetting…”
I have that Haunted Mansion puzzle, and don’t feel bad about having paid full price for it at all!
“How about having some Magical Moments at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and just give some of them away to people who spent two hours in line to meet Jack & Sally?”
I love that idea. But sometimes it feels to me like Magical Moments ran out after the Year of a Million Dreams. Now it’s all about monetization, baby.
Enjoyed the report, as always!
LOVE The Millers reference. A severely underrated movie….