This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exist (But Totally Should!) Regular readers of this fine blog know very well that we are huge fans of theme park merchandise. Whether it’s the best souvenirs at Walt Disney World or Universal, theme park related comic books, or even our favorite souvenir cups, if the theme parks make it, there’s a good chance we’re going to buy it. But sometimes we see theme park merch that just needs a little extra magic to be truly great. Today we’ve worked hand in hand with the SATURDAY SIX Research and Development team based out of Pearland, Texas and came up with six pieces of Disney merchandise that we’d REALLY like to see. So sit back, hug your Duffy the Disney Bear as tight as you can, and let’s begin our list with…
# 6 – Lego Cinderella Castle Set with Vacation Ruining Accessory
When Disney released the official Lego Cinderella Castle set, it sent many a theme park fan’s heart aflutter. Finally, we all got a chance to recreate one of the world’s most iconic buildings in our very own home. However, one thing was missing. At first it was hard to put our finger on it, but something just wasn’t right. After a while we realized what was wrong; this Lego set was missing an obnoxiously large crane in the background that can ruin all the pictures your Lego figures try to take! So what about a set that includes the well known crane that is affectionately nicknamed “Ichabod?”
# 5 – Toy Food for the EPCOT Food & Wine Garbage Can Salt and Pepper Shakers
Not since the Turkey Leg phenomenon have we been so confounded by Disney merchandise than the recent slew of WDW garbage can themed salt and pepper shakers. Readers of our sister blog series: the Magic, the Memories, and Merch! know that salt and pepper shakers themed to garbage cans of the Magic Kingdom appeared in the Disney Outlet Stores this summer. With the 2016 edition of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival starting this very week, one of the pieces of new merchandise is miniature EPCOT Food & Wine garbage cans. But anyone who has been to the overcrowded Food & Wine in recent years knows that these garbage cans act more as defacto tables for people trying to eat than actual receptacles for trash. So let’s complete this ensemble by also offering miniature food items to place on the top of these garbage cans to give them a sense of authenticity.
# 4 – A More Accurate Starbucks “You Are Here” Coffee Mug for Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Several years ago, in a genius bit of marketing, Starbucks starting releasing a series of “You Are Here” coffee mugs featuring local cities from across the globe. San Diego, Quebec, and London are just three of the famous cities you can get with an artistic skyline on your coffee mug. In a wonderful bit of synergy, Starbucks released park exclusive mugs for the six North American Disney parks. Sometimes you need to go with the motto less is more, and nowhere does that apply more than the coffee mug we should have for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
# 3 – iPhone Cases for “the Other Guys”
Everywhere you go in WDW there are iPhone cases for pretty much everything you can imagine. Don’t see what you want? Well, then you can even go to the Marketplace Co-op in Disney Springs and print out hundreds of other case designs on demand. But what if you STILL can’t find the iPhone case you’re looking for? Oh sure, you can get a case with the Via Napoli logo, but what if you want one for the BoardWalk Pizza Window? That’s where we come in. Need an iPhone case that shows everyone how much you love the Electric Umbrella? We got you covered there too. Now the little lady in your life may appreciate the finer things in life, so how about a Dooney & Bourke Spice Road Table iPhone case to show her just how much you care?
# 2 – “Corporate Tax Write Off” Christmas Ornament Collection
Celebrate the holidays with whimsical reminders of unforgettable Disney movies. The newest Disney Ornament Collection features magical decorations with iconic images from films including Tomorrowland, John Carter, The Lone Ranger and several other movies that probably should have never been let out of The Disney Vault in the first place. Each and every piece of this exclusive collection features a movie that performed so badly Disney was forced to take a massive write off for tax purposes. But what’s bad news for stockholders is good news for fans of Mars Needs Moms and Prince of Persia!
# 1 – A Piece of REAL Walt Disney World History Pins
We here at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters consider ourselves casual fans of Disney Pin Trading. We love getting pins at the resorts we stay at, as they make a fantastic souvenir. Other pins, such as the recreation of the “grape soda bottle cap” from the Pixar movie Up also bring a smile to our face. But some of our favorite pins are the ones that include an actual piece of Disney “history” with them. In the past we have bought pins with pieces of SpectroMagic and Splash Mountain in them, and currently Disney is offering a pin set with pieces from The Sorcerer’s Hat, the Adventurer’s Club, and Dumbo. But our readers demand pins with a deeper sense of history. Our pin set features pieces from Sitch’s Supersonic Celebration, Cinderella Castle when it was a Giant Pink Birthday Cake, and the Animal Kingdom Poop Snacks among other legendary moments in Disney history. TO EBAY WE GO!
So there you have it: Six Pieces of Disney Merchandise We REALLY Want To See. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles (which we just celebrated our THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY), or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)
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Special Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, master photo manipulator Matt Cleary (we’re not worthy!), #blocked and reported for spam Michael Sheehy, The One and Only (thank God) Park Beast, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. A special note of un-thanks to Tim Grassey of WDW ThemeParks.com for once again never failing to disappoint coming up with the most unusable suggestions ever thought by the human mind. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-host Aengus Mackenzie along with Meg’s Yeti To Be Named Disney Podcast.