Missing Disney parks? Now you can buy some of their most exclusive merch online.
The coronavirus pandemic still has all Disney parks around the world closed indefinitely, and for those who are missing out on long-planned trips to the Happiest Place on Earth because of it, we can’t even imagine the disappointment. But the House of Mouse is doing all it can to help ease the pain of social distancing, from releasing exclusive new content animators are creating at home, to posting closely-held parks recipes online so people can make treats like Dole Whip and churros.
And now, Disney has made some of its most exclusive parks merchandise available to buy online, and excuse me while I go on yet another e-shopping trip I don’t need.
Seriously, the new items that were just posted online are some of the most coveted treats that people really pound the pavement at the parks to find. Now, you can shop it from the comfort of your home and have it delivered to your door. Disney has really made this as easy as possible.
Best Disney Park Must-Haves
I regret that during my last trip to the parks, I made fun of these Mickey-themed Crocs. After all, Crocs are making a comeback, and I’ll admit that they’re truly comfortable footwear.
These are actually the perfect shoes to wear to the parks (or, for the time being, around your home and yard as the weather warms up). They’re lightweight, slip-resistant, and ventilated with Mickey-shaped holes, yet they completely cover your foot. You’ll appreciate this as you walk along the dusty roads this summer, or hop onboard a Disney ride, which will hopefully be sometime soon. Plus, the neon yellow color means you’ll stand out in a crowd, which is helpful to point out to your kids if you get temporarily separated.
Oh, what I would give now to peruse them in a Disney store right now. Mickey Crocs, I’ll never take you for granted again.
At nighttime parades and fireworks shows, these light up Mickey balloon ears were the hot-ticket item at Disney parks last summer. Now you can wear them to put on your own quarantine light show, and since they glow, you’ll be part of the magic!
Grab some glow sticks, string lights, flashlights, sparklers, your old lava lamp — really, whatever you have around the house — and have the kids dance around while the family dons their Mickey ears. Or, turn off the lights and pull up a Disney light or fireworks show on YouTube to experience the magic. Sure, it’s not quite the same, but as long as you’re having fun, your kids will, too. Plus, you’ll be prepared with your Mickey ears when you’re able to visit the parks and see the real thing!
Best Disney Purses & Backpacks
Hold. The. Bus. A designer purse featuring Disney’s most beloved dogs? Yes, please. Let me count the reasons I love this purse: One, it’s totally chic, but playful, too. Two, it’s ideal for high-end purse and/or Dooney and Burke fans. Three, you can use it every day, not just on your Disney trips. Four, the removable long strap plus two top straps mean you can wear this as a crossbody, carry it like a clutch, hold it from the top handles. Five, when you do take it to Disney, it’s just big enough to hold your essentials without weighing you down and the hand-free crossbody style is ideal for walking around all day long. All in all, its versatility means you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck.
“This was exactly what I was looking for! It’s small but has plenty of room for everything I need,” says a buyer. “I love all the options for the strap.”
Are you or your little Disney fans more the backpack-wearing types? Well, let’s just say you have plenty of options to choose from. This particular style is covered with stylized depictions of Disney cats including Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat, Pinocchio’s Fiagaro, The Aristocats’ Marie, Toulouse, Berlioz, and a few others. Add in the adorable cat ears detail, and you’ve got the purrfect (yeah, I said it) backpack for traveling. Another idea: Wouldn’t this be the cutest pre-Disney birthday or holiday gift if you stuffed it with other vacation essentials?
So get yourself and your kiddos ready for their next Mickey-filled adventure by equipping everyone with their own backpack and suggesting they practice packing it and carrying it around. Their journeys may only take them outside in the yard for now, but when it’s time to head to the parks, they’ll be old pros.
Best Disney “Souvenirs”
If your Disney fandom is more of the *subtle* kind, Shop Disney has you covered. This elegant Alex and Ani bangle is strung with several sweet charms including a mini Mickey silhouette and a sleek Cinderella slipper. Worn in a stack or on its own, it’s a classy nod to the famous fairytale that inspired Disney World’s iconic castle.
Yes, a little sparkle can lift your spirits amidst life during quarantine, even if you’re wearing it around the house in your sweats. And when life does resume as normal, it’ll be a lovely addition to your jewelry collection, whether you’re running errands around town or to the Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster for your Fast Pass time.
Can’t get enough “Baby Yoda”? Me neither. So you’ll be happy to know that an official The Child plushie is on its way. Unfortunately this is a pre-order, so you won’t get it immediately. Still, you’ll be glad you grabbed everyone’s favorite The Mandalorian character when they’re *inevitably* sold out.
In fact, a first batch of these cuddly creatures was already released and met with dozens of high reviews. “Oh. My. Stars!” raves one reviewers. “This little Yoda is so cute! I can’t stand it!” Needless to say, your kiddo will love snuggling this stuffie while watching anything (and everything) Star Wars on Disney+ — and you will, too.
Best Disney Games & Entertainment
If your family is finding “old school” ways to stay entertained — aka board games and puzzles — you’re going to want to stay tuned. This just-released Disney Parks Uno game has all the fun of traditional Uno, but with a Disney-themed twist! As you play your way through fan-favorite characters, park attractions, and landmarks, you’ll reminisce over past trips while getting excited for the next.
Whether you’re team Disney World or Disneyland, you’ll find photos from both parks to get you in the vacation spirit, right at home.
You and your crew of Disney die-hards can bring the legendary castle to life right in your own living room with this awesome puzzle. But this isn’t a regular puzzle, it’s a cool puzzle — more specifically, a 3D puzzle that, when finished, becomes a replica of a royal palace.
It consists of 216 curved, hinged, and flat pieces and features over 100 Disney characters including (of course) several princesses. After it’s constructed, you can keep it on display or just take it apart and do it again.
There’s no better way to bring the enchantment of Disney home all the timethan with a subscription to Disney+. And if you haven’t jumped aboard this wagon yet, now’s definitely the time.
Gather the fam and stream Disney magic in all its forms, from educational documentaries, to exciting shows, to Pixar movies, to the animated classics. For only $6.99 a month or $70 for the entire year, you’ll have countless hours’ worth of entertainment, imagination, and epic movie nights — all for a fraction of the price of a park ticket.
There are so many more items available, and so many of them were previously only available at the parks, so act fast if you want to get your hands on some of this stuff without lining up a whole vacay. It’s all available now at Shop Disney.
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