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shopDisney: Getting Ready for Black Friday Shopping

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.  Some of the posts will contain a rating scale for several different key components: price, age group, and whether the product is a “must have.”

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Thanksgiving Day is quickly changing from one spent with family, eating and reminiscing, into a quick meal and then speeding to the nearest shopping area to get in line for doorbuster deals, kind of holiday.  In my opinion, it makes me sad that this is happening, and I think of those employees that wish to be home with their families celebrating and creating memories.  But, for those of you who enjoy the thrill of finding some deals, I wanted to just touch on some items that I hope many stores will have on sale!

Elsa and Anna Merchandise:

While there is certainly no need for stores to mark down the wildly popular items featuring the newest Disney princesses, I would be surprised if most stores did not carry items that were marked down a slight percentage for one day.  If you have lots of young girls on your shopping list, this might be the perfect time to check out what your local stores are carrying and be able to cross a few items off of your list!

Electronic Gaming:

Most stores carrying the video gaming systems are known for their amazing deals on Black Friday.  Since the launch of Disney Infinity and all the accessories, people have been rushing to buy each of the characters that Disney releases.  Some of these items are already advertised as sale items for Friday at stores such as Target, Best Buy, and Toys ‘R Us.  If you own, or are thinking of purchasing this system, this weekend might be the perfect time to stock up on the game and accessories.


One of my favorite items to purchase while shopping on Black Friday is dvds because they are marked down to only a few dollars each.  Last year my husband and I purchased several dvd for as little as $2.00.

Official Disney Merchandise:

If you are a fan of anything Disney, then no doubt you receive e-mails from the official Disney Store online.  This past week I received an e-mail detailing the items they will have on sale (almost everything they carry will be marked down) for Black Friday.  The best part is that even the Disney Parks merchandise is on sale!!  So, if you are at the parks right now, make sure to check online before purchasing any of those souvenirs because you might be able to save a few dollars!

Big Hero 6:

The newest Pixar movie is becoming quite a hit around the country and with some MARVEL fans.  I have not yet been able to find merchandise in any of my local stores, but I am also not a frequent visitor to the toy aisle (yet!).  If your child likes Baymax, this might be your chance to find one and surprise your little fan! 

I hope this blog might give you a few items to keep your eyes open for and maybe even have helped you decide where to begin your shopping.  Just remember do all of your shopping Disney-style!

Walter Dean WisemanOn a personal note, I would just like to reflect on the past year and just say that I have lots to be thankful for this year.  Not only has this been a wonderful year of new Disney experiences and trips, but also a year to be part of a growing Disney community and one where I was able to make many new friends.  I believe that the biggest thing my husband and I have to be thankful for is the safe arrival of our son, Walter “Walt” Dean Wiseman back on October 2, 2014.  He is the love of our lives, and we are already planning his first trip to Walt Disney World this coming March!

(All photographs are from the authors personal collection)

Alyssa Wiseman (also known as ajwiseman09 in the box), her husband Brandon, and newborn son, Walt, reside in central Indiana (too far from Disney).  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.