Saw John Carter yesterday. I’m selling my Disney stock today.
Continuing from Part 1 of what can only be described as the excitement that is Downtown Disney. Because I mean really. What’s more exciting than pictures of merchandise and menus from places most of us will never bother visiting?
Surprisingly, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside World of Disney wasn’t overflowing with moms trying out for “Toddlers and Tiaras.” I don’t know anything about the Boutique since I’m not three to twelve years old and don’t have any children that women have been able to peg on me. If you would like to write a “guest blog” about it, I would be happy to heavily edit it and post it on the website without attributing the work to you. Actually, if you’re ever reading something on this website and it seems like it isn’t awesome, chances are that it was written by someone that isn’t me. Depending on who you think is typing to you right now, anyway.
More Snow White merchandise:
I thought Disney was readying a Snow White reboot, but I guess both of the forthcoming films are from studios not named Disney or one of its subsidiaries. In Part 1, several people commented that Grumpy is a major part of ABC’s Once Upon A Time. That very likely has something to do with it.
Seems like an unnecessary number of buttons for women’s shorts.
Or similar pants.
More “classic” looking merchandise has arrived – most of it mentioning 1971 in one way or another:
Wait, does any of that say 1971 on it?
In a pretty disgusting wash – they are $49.95. Interestingly, I sold women’s clothing on eBay for about eight years, which is how I made my fortune. I could tell you more about women’s pants than I could about Walt Disney World, if you can believe that.
Disney has several new dresses that are totes cute.
These are really the only hidden Mickeys I’m interested in.
Something for those of you who are exasperated with the huge Mickey Mouse on every other piece of merchandise.
I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t wish it was socially acceptable for men to wear Mickey Mouse dresses. Is that weird?
Do you see it?
A great idea for that 15 year old who refuses to wear anything Disney. On that red one you might not even have to tell them about the Mickeys.
A glasses case. I wanted one, but it’s way too wide/thick to fit in a regular person’s pocket. Maybe if I moonlit as Big Bird.
More subtle merchandise. At least on the front.
They should put “Beach Club Resort” on this stuff.
Those are “3D” flowers on the sandals. A cute touch.
Stitch is back out on top of the World of Disney.
Live music out at the Margarita Bar near Cap’n Jack’s Marina.
The Name Works kiosk is over here too.
Cost effective if your name is short.
Super cute though.
In the market for a belt? Since the average person gains 14.721 pounds on a Disney World vacation, you’re probably going to need some new pants around the fourth day. Get something elastic or budget one of these babies.
A lot of options.
Cap’n Jack’s Marina, which has similar offerings and prices as all of the other marinas on Disney property.
The rental windows are attached to Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant.
Same pricing as elsewhere.
Cap’n Jack’s is generally regarded as the worst restaurant on Disney property. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a positive review about it, even from the likes of DisneyFoodBlog. You know it’s bad when they don’t have something nice to say about it. Actually I take that back, it doesn’t look like they have a review of it. I haven’t been there in a couple of years. I hate myself, but not enough to actually spend money and time at the Cap’n’s. It’s a shame because the location is so idyllic sitting on the water overlooking the Marketplace and Marina. I’ll grab a table the next time I’m there.
It actually looks reasonably priced, especially for lunch. They don’t really serve seafood so to speak, but they do have crab cakes and shrimp!
Work continues on the Rainforest Cafe’s volcano. Soon, it will explode over anyone that doesn’t tip at least 18%.
It remains super popular despite the refurbishment. A very popular place for kids and probably something that a lot of people consider “a safe choice.” I would at least take a look at T-Rex if you’re interested in a meal like this. There are far fewer locations around the United States, the theming is more interesting, and the food is better. In my opinion.
Now you’ve done it. Popping into Goofy’s Candy Co.
Home of the Perfectly Princess Birthday Party, which will run you about $375 for up to 12 guests. Add three more guests at $25 each.
Goofy’s Glaciers might remind you of an Icee.
More flavors than you’ll find at most other Walt Disney World locations.
Also a good choice if you’re dying for a cup of that famous Disney coffee.
I would probably do nearby Earl of Sandwich for breakfast, baked goods, or assorted coffee concoctions. The two “Forty Thirst Street” locations also serve the superior Joffrey’s Coffee.
A wide assortment of loose candy.
Something ought to look good.
Or you hate everything that is sweet in this cruel world.
Weird that there is virtually no cost advantage to purchasing heavier weights. You do save five cents on one pound though.
Virtually all of the prepackaged items are available around Walt Disney World. But they “feel right” at Goofy’s.
More prepackaged candy, including Snickers and Twix just in case. I would guess the people dining at Rainforest Cafe come here for dessert to grab a candy bar.
Disney Milk Chocolate Coated Macadamia Praline.
With less than half of your daily saturated fat, it’s almost like it doesn’t even count.
A Giant Crispy Cake? $49.95:
Closer to 100,000% of your daily saturated fat. My advice is to turn it upside down and pour out the calories before consumption.
Tea in a candy store? That’s almost as bad as those books we saw over at Once Upon A Toy.
Cases of baked goods:
St. Patrick’s Day must be coming up.
The apples, strawberries, pretzels, and other items are dipped on site.
I bet that Maple Nut Fudge is good and it’s nice to see that the amazing Pumpkin Fudge is more of a year around thing.
One of the more unique things to do at Goofy’s is the Create Your Own Treat. For about the same price as one of the pre-made items, you can pick what you’d like added to your chocolate dipped item.
Pretzels with two kinds of chocolate. At three for $8.95, the pretzel rods are a low cost way to easily share dessert.
Bins of toppings.
A rest area if the choices are too overwhelming.
I feel like you’re liable to induce a sugar coma just by looking at these pictures. I need a medical disclaimer.
Don’t wuss out on the Twirl Pops please. You have to go ten ounce. Have to.
Pre-packaged items if you’re looking for something easy to carry back to your room. The items in the case are fresher.
I grew some cankles just perusing the marshmallows.
Mickey Balls and Almonds for around $15 a pound.
From left to right:
- Dark Chocolate Nonpareils
- Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters
- Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
- Milk Chocolate Maltballs
- Milk Chocolate Crispies
- Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Milk Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters
I feel like we should take a minute to recover. Anyone know any jokes? Me neither.
Popping into the Art of Disney Store. This is probably the best single location for original artwork and high end Disney merchandise.
Art lines the walls. We still have a healthy supply of 40th Anniversary merchandise on the right.
And vinylmation, of course.
Figurines and more original artwork.
This Noah original is from last September’s tragedy of a “Room For 1 More” event at the Contemporary Resort. This will run you an even ten grand.
We saw the giclee version of this over at Hollywood Studios a couple of weeks ago. This is the original. It’ll set you back somewhere between two and four thousand. I forget whether it was like $2,200 or $4,200.
As close as we’ll get to a museum experience at Downtown Disney.
If you’re looking to take home a piece of the Polynesian Resort with you, it would probably be more economical to just scoop up some sand and put it in your pants.
$4,200 for this one.
Is this a Monet?
Could have fooled me.
Olszewski Minatures on display.
Makes pin trading look economical.
Live sketch artists.
Reasonably priced. I’ll sketch you something “for free,” but it’s going to be terrible. And thus, worth more money.
Or perhaps a watch.
Sketches on the wall. Looks like they come with a pin in the top right corner.
Plenty of options.
As you move through the various rooms, you’ll eventually arrive here where we have a variety of picture frames for sale.
This cute one is $24.95. Not unbearable by any means.
The charm station.
It might be fun to buy a bracelet and add a charm on each future vacation.
Mickeys, Minnies, Plutos, Cinderella Castles, Goofys, and probably a hundred more.
The Mickey Graduation Hats are in stock. You may recall that The Chapeau told me a couple of weeks ago that the hats wouldn’t be arriving until May. I guess March and May share a couple letters. These are $19.95 a pop.
$19.95 as well.
You might just want to wear this one on graduation day.
Finally, all the way back here to the far right of the Art of Disney is the Hanes Design-A-Tee store.
Where you can step up to a variety of monitors and design your own shirt. You’re selecting between a few options in each category. Prices are based on whether it’s a child or adult shirt. Kids run about $23 and adult shirts are around $28.
I have no idea what this is trying to say.
But it seems simple enough. The first step is to “dream it” though and I don’t see anywhere to take a nap.
We’ll exit the Marketplace by this “interactive water feature.”
After the Habit Heroes debacle, I’m surprised to see Disney discriminating against those ill with diarrhea by telling them that they can’t play in the fountain. What’s next? I can’t dine at Pecos Bill because I have red hair? Unforgivable.
I think that wraps up Downtown Disney. We’ll return next week to do the entire thing over again because you never what’s going to change from day to day! Just kidding. I’ll try to come up with something that matters instead.