Whew! It has been a great week for merchants, but a really bad week for my bank account. Well, my imaginary bank account, because I can’t actually purchase any of the items that are featured this week.
On Monday, Coach launched a line of Minnie Mouse handbags, coin purses and bag tags. They are stunning with their adorable dots and Minnie ears. But holy budget Batman, the cheapest item was $95, which was a bag tag. Aren’t those free at the airport? I must be the only one with budget constraints, because the entire site was sold out by Monday afternoon.
Now the kitchen can join the bandwagon, as Le Creuset has launched a Mickey Mouse Dutch Oven. It is bright red, with Mickey Mouse featured all around it and on the handle. I am not much of a cook, but even my humble oven would love a dash of red Mickey Mouse….until I saw the price tag. I don’t know how much the Dutch cook, but my entire stove did not cost as much as this Dutch Oven. I am not even sure what you make with a Dutch Oven, but I won’t be making it at my house.
Maybe in my dream, I will sit on my Ethan Allen Mickey Mouse chair, I will eat a home cooked meal from my Mickey Mouse Dutch Oven and happily swing my Minnie Coach purse. But for now, I will admire them from a distance.
What Disney merchandise do you admire?
There is a new addition to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It is not a lion, a tiger or a bear. It is a baby hippo! It has been just five days since the birth of a Nile hippopotamus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and already the newborn is garnering attention from around the world as guests fall in love with the newest addition to the herd.
For Disney’s animal care experts, the calf’s arrival has been a labor of love as they have spent months preparing for the first hippo birth at the park in 13 years. Momma and baby are doing well and staying close together as they bond. Guests may see Tuma and her adorable calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris day and night.
The next important question, is what should the hippo be named? Any suggestions?
Picture courtesy of Disney Parks Blog
Today, I was sitting at my Blue Work space and I happened to notice the purse on the space next to me. It was a Dooney-Bourke Mickey Mouse purse. I knew instantly that this was a person I needed to meet. I asked around, but no one recognized the purse, or remembered who had left it there. Eventually, the owner returned to her desk and I introduced myself. We had a quick chat and talked all things Mickey Mouse. It was the highlight of my day.
Whether you know it or not, there is a passionate army of adult women on the Internet, in your office, and maybe even in your home who are obsessed with Disney. They make multiple trips to the theme parks each year, collect Disney-themed items, and even dress up as Disney characters — on days other than Halloween. More than seven million millennial women devoured articles about Disney this year on POPSUGAR. Many of these women, who grew up on The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, have celebrated 30th birthdays, honeymoons, and even weddings at a Disney resort.
Disney fans know that many people don’t get it. Almost unanimously, they said that the number one misconception about them is that they are immature. But before you judge your co-worker, high school friend on Facebook, or distant family member for their age-inappropriate Disney fangirling on social media, at least try to understand just what Mickey and his gang of princesses do for them.
In an age of aspirational social media and highly curated brands online, Disney nails it — in real life. For a generation that looked to Internet personality quizzes to tell them something about themselves, Disney can reflect your true self. Your favorite park, movie, or character is a reflection of your personality. Loving Disney gives you an identity. It means you are a person who believes in magic, happiness, and imagination.
What is the reason that you love Disney?
Hot Hubby and I recently returned from our first trip to Disney World with our youngest grandchildren. Yikes! As a newly blended family, I did not want to be known as the loser Grandma, so I did a little pre-trip planning.
First Step: A trip to Walmart! I scoured the toy aisle for little Disney presents. I found stuffed Mickey Mouse, Race Car Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse figurines…you get the idea. Then I put one a day into our park backpack (a normal backpack with a Mickey embroidery glued on). When the lines got long or the children needed a change, out comes a new toy! And because the toys were purchased at Walmart for minimal, there was no major concern if they were lost. We entertained ourselves in line with Catch, Hide the Mickey, Here Comes a Mouse and all sorts of games.
Second Step: The Dollar store! Here I purchased glow sticks, cool blinking Christmas light necklaces and stickers. Once the sun went down, these glow “wands” came out. We had fun freezing and unfreezing Hot Hubby and casting all sorts of magical spells.
Third Step: Snack size baggies and lots of snacks. Most of the snacks were to keep Hot Hubby in a great mood, but they worked on the grandchildren also. The highlight for the children was the Stouffer’s animal crackers. The adults preferred the homemade trail mix (raisins, craisins, cashews and white chocolate chips).
The final step, was getting fast passes for all of the scary rides, and “Switching Off” so that our children (the parents) could ride, while we watched the grandchildren. Their parents were nervous at first, but after the first ride and the grandchildren survived, we had their vote of confidence.
What do you do to make Disney Trips special for Grandchildren?