shopDisney is a bi-weekly blog that will focus on Disney merchandise and products sold in the parks, in Disney stores, and in other retail markets. We will explore product reviews, affordability, and to whom the products are marketed. Like any other good product review, we will conclude with a rating scale for several different key components: price, age group, and whether the product is a “must have.”
Whew! What a crazy and fun last few weeks it has been! Christmas, New Years, and now the “Polar Vortex” that has taken over the country. Here in Indiana, we have had a record snowfall of almost 11 inches and had no work or school for the past 2 days due to wind chills being -30 to -40. So, while stuck inside catching up on cleaning and television (they really need better shows on during the day), I am going to reminisce about Walt Disney World and some products that I saw while vacationing over Thanksgiving!
“it’s a small world”® Animator Dolls:
You may already be aware or have already purchased these dolls, but just in case, I wanted to let you know about these recent products. Introduced this past Fall, Disney has taken characters from one of its more iconic attractions and allowed fans to bring them into their homes. Currently there have been 7 dolls introduced that represent the countries of: France, Holland, Japan, Kenya, India, and the United Kingdom; there is also one that represents the state of Hawaii. The best part of these dolls……they sing “it’s a small world” in their language! Okay, that might not be such a good thing, especially if your kids keep playing it over and over!
Along with the dolls, Disney introduced some plush animals that are standout “characters” in the ride as well. Most notably of these plush animals are the winking hippo and the French poodle. In my opinion, I would prefer the plush over the dolls (except the United Kingdom doll for my London-inspired room).
Overall, I think that the dolls and the plush items add a nice touch in the gift shops and online store and offer fans of the attraction a chance to purchase something for relatively cheap.
Price: Dolls: $34.95, Plush: $14.95-$19.95
Age Group: Anyone
Must Have: Fans of nostalgic items or of it’s a small world
Iconic Disney Food Items Good Enough to Eat….
I ran across these items while shopping at the Big Top Souvenirs shop in Fantasyland® and couldn’t believe how realistic they are. I wouldn’t recommend eating these though as they are magnets!
They feature the iconic food items that you find only on Disney property such as: Mickey Pretzel, Chocolate-dipped Mickey Rice Crispy Treat, Premium Mickey Ice Cream Bar, Mickey Waffle, Churro, and the one that looks like a nasty Turkey Leg! Let me just tell you that after holding the Turkey Leg one to get a picture, I wanted to wipe my hands off because it looks greasy!
My favorite part about these pieces of merchandise is the attention to detail that they made sure each piece had. For example, the Churro and Turkey Leg were wrapped in the paper they actually use in the parks, the Pretzel had little specks of “salt,” and the Mickey Bar had some ice cream dripping down it! The shapes were made of a heavy foam material, but the magnets that supported them were strong enough to hold them on whatever you wanted to stick them to. The only part about these lovable magnets is that they cost $12.95! You could have almost 3 Mickey bars for the price of one non-edible magnet.
For now, I think that I will just purchase the edible versions of these magnets whenever I can and enjoy the special treats that Disney has made famous!
Age Group: Anyone
Must Have: If you really think its worth the price, then go for it.
(All photographs are from the author’s personal collection)
Alyssa Wiseman (also known as ajwiseman09 in the box) and her husband Brandon reside in central Indiana (too far from Disney) with their shih tzu London Bridget and Bulldog, Maggie Mae. Alyssa and Brandon enjoy traveling to Disney several times a year to see what is new and enjoy classic Disney. While traveling, and at home, Alyssa is frequently shopping for Disney products and making a list of items to buy while in the parks. Please follow Alyssa on twitter @ajwiseman09