We are continuing our “in depth” look at Downtown Disney today, where we’ll take a look at every store, restaurant, menu, quick service, construction wall, kiosk, and whatever else I think will bore you to death. Well, not just today, but we’re continuing that goal. To bore you to death. For past reference, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 are available at the preceding links. Today, we’re mostly going to be looking at merchandise. Does anybody actually care about merchandise? I would put in a popup asking you to complete a survey if:
A. I knew how to do that.
B. I thought anyone would actually take the time to complete a one question survey.
C. I cared. LOL!!!!
Without further ado, off to Downtown Disney where we’ll browse a little bit on the West Side before scampering over to continue in the Marketplace.
Downtown Disney is generally “dead” before 5pm unless there’s something special going on. And there’s rarely something special going on. It’s about 10:40am on a Wednesday with Cirque du Soleil to our right and House of Blues and DisneyQuest in the distance.
We skipped the “Pop gallery” before because I can’t afford anything there. You can already tell it’s expensive because the “g” in “gallery” isn’t capitalized. Disney, you so edgy.
In the art world, “pop” is a synonym for weird and expensive. Kind of want that bumble bee kid on the left though.
Fun to look though if you have a minute. This is down the path to the right of the AMC Theater entrance.
The blue bird
is just north of a grand. Or $1224.75000 with tax if this was TouringPlans.com.
Not really, I just had breakfast. Construction continues on Splitsville for a Fall 2012 opening.
Can someone run ahead and tell those two people to get out of the picture? We’re headed up the West Side with Something Silver ahead of us.
Popping into the Candy Cauldron:
Full size for a little detail: https://www.easywdw.com/reports3/candy1.jpg and https://www.easywdw.com/reports3/candy2.jpg. I recommend the English Toffee and the Pumpkin Fudge. And the Mystery Fudge looks good. But I’m attracted to food that isn’t properly labeled. Plus, they were running a promotion where you get 33% off six pieces of fudge, which I think makes it come out to $16.8354135 for six pieces with tax, but I really have no idea. Which would then come out to $2.80590225 per slice. Feels good to be accurate, doesn’t it? When I asked the cast member about a bump in my health insurance coverage from consuming six pieces of fudge one after the next, I got the standard, “Disney does not comment on the health of its guests” line. Typical. Did I mention Lead Belly over at Habit Heroes is modeled after my likeness?
Over to D-Street, where the “D” stands for “Dork.”
Where we have some Angry Birds shirts:
Because they’re hard to find at Target…if you’re in the nuts aisle. Even grocery stores are carrying these things these days.
Muppets merchandise continues to pour in.
A bad look at a couple more. We’ll get some better ones though. Probably.
John. Unless my life started on episode four and there are prequels?
Vinylmation continues to be weird.
Why not, right?
Where they are still advertising these custom made pleather vests. I love the kid in the bottom right. Pure terror at being seen in public. And does that kid have a furry hat on in the top left or is that just his hair? And I don’t like to judge people (just kidding), but where the heck did the members of this family come from? Like nine different marriages?
Generic by “sammyduvall.”
I guess if your luggage spontaneously combusted and you wanted to pay higher-than-retail prices for Billabong shirts, this store would be very handy.
I think this stuff is limited to about 50,000 stores nationwide.
Now you’re speaking my language.
From left to right:
- George Killian’s Irish Red
- Magner’s Irish Cider
- Blue Moon Belgian White
- Miller Lite
- Orlando Brewing Blonde Ale
- Harp Lager
- Kilkenny Irish Beer
- Guinness (again)
- Newcastle Brown Ale
- Orlando Brewing Organic Ale
- Samuel Adams Alpine Spring
- Samuel Adams Boston Lager
- Orange Blossom Pilsner
I like the Orlando Brewing Pale Ale, especially because they don’t have much of a distribution network and you aren’t just going to find some bottles in your local store. The rest of it is pretty run of the mill. I had the Sam Adams Alpine Spring the other day. Not bad, but they’re bottling it in 6-packs, 12-packs, and in the current “Brewmasters’ Collection,” so it won’t be hard to find either. And if you’re going to go all, “I’m at an Irish bar, I’m going to get an Irish beer” on me, I would just remind you that you’re in Walt Disney World in between a restaurant themed like a boat and the largest Disney Store in the world. Happy Hour from 3pm to 7pm.
Work continues on the Rainforest Cafe’s volcano. Pretty soon it’s going to spew real life molten lava on any tour groups larger than 12 people.
Popping into World of Disney to see if anything catches our eye. A few adult size Phineas and Ferb shirts:
I like how the u-neck for women is $5 more expensive. Less shirt for more money.
Come at me bro:
I think whoever came up with the color combination on that Walt hat is color blind. Or they ran out of hat material in good colors.
Put a ring on it Mickey.
I feel like he’s gloating that he hasn’t.
Collegiate apparel for kids.
Some Pirates of the Caribbean scenes to jam up the entrance/exit.
Puttin’ me in the mood to buy.
This bro is paying.
I think that bro in the pink Hollister polo is upset with this picture, but it’s hard to tell if it’s just impeccable timing or not. Some cheer group is performing on the Marketplace Stage.
It is Mardi Gras after all. Louisiana schools make a lot of sense.
You may remember this location from Part 3 above:
With this menu:
Since then (January 30th), the menu changed to:
So now we just have these “premium hot dogs” similar to what you’ll find at Casey’s Corner or the Lunching Pad at Magic Kingdom instead of the less expensive hot dogs and nachos.
Popping into Team Mickey, which is located to the left of World of Disney. It looks deceptively small as most of the Downtown Disney stores do.
The NBA All-Star Game is in Orlando this weekend.
Yeah, you’ll definitely fit in at the game wearing one of these.
Maybe if you cover up Mickey with tape. Not the clear kind.
Some more stuff:
ESPN prints money for Disney.
And gets bigger.
Atlanta Braves Spring Training opens at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on March 3rd:
I’ll see about reporting on a game.
A couple safe bets on the Vinylmation front:
It looks like they used Prince Fielder as the mold.
Otherwise it’s a mixture of sports and Disney and Disney sports merchandise.
Tons of stuff. This is like 1% of it.
Ridemakerz is also back here as they search for a new home. Instead of rehashing all those pictures, see this post for more information and pricing.
And some merchandise that doesn’t really have anything to do with sports – more Billabong, DC Shoes, and etc:
We’ll continue with Tren-D, Pins, and etc.