Continuing from Part 1.
Let’s face it, mom. Those homemade “Smith Family Reunion” t-shirts with the low quality Mickey iron-on and each family members name bedazzled on the back are an embarrassment. I know it. You know it. Your daughters Isabella and Sophia know it. And they aren’t going to wear them. When you were 15, you wouldn’t wear one of these things either, but it doesn’t stop you from pouting and forcing the kids to put on the shirts. Or else. Just like fraternities continue to stick freshman in trash cans and set them on fire. You endured it. Your kids will endure it. But why can’t this vicious circle end?
With that, we continue over to Tren-D, the mecca/nightmare of Disney/Non-Disney merchandise geared towards the sophisticated 12+ year old.
Tren-D has this exterior entrance to the left of Team Mickey as well as an entrance inside that connects it with Team Mickey. If you think it’s a coincidence that Disney has placed a store that attracts primarily males right next to a store that attracts primarily females, you would be mistaken. Unlike the vast Team Mickey Store, Tren-D has a small boutique feel.
We’ll start from this strategically placed display that juts out a bit into Team Mickey and continue moving through the store.
Already a lot of merchandise we haven’t seen elsewhere. I wouldn’t say that it’s all “unique” or “exclusive,” but I haven’t seen most of it in the general theme park stores, World of Disney, etc. Most of it is new to me too.
Want to just trade places and skip all that voice and Ursula stuff? Sort of want to be a mermaid. Or a merman I guess.
Non-Disney dresses and tops intermixed.
A lot more stuff than we have time to take a look at.
With Mickey only please.
I feel like “Have a magical day” has more meaning when a babe wearing a sparkly deep-v says it rather than some mustached monorail bro.
I don’t know why. Unless your computer has a virus, we aren’t terribly useful.
Stuff zoomed out:
It’s a fun store with a lot of merchandise that isn’t necessarily available in a lot of other locations.
If you get run into by an empty stroller pushed by a 26 year old kid in a polyester polo, it’s because you’re wearing Crocs. These are too cute, wish they came in women’s size 15.
Over to Disney’s Pin Traders across from Team Mickey/Tren-D. That’s Earl of Sandwich on the far right.
Another look at the exterior of the building.
You can trade pins.
If you see one you like.
You can buy pins.
You need to multiply these prices by 100 because that’s how many you’re going to end up buying if you get even one.
You can look at clocks.
You can look at these pins that you don’t qualify to purchase and then ogle me until I purchase them for you. And really it won’t take much ogling, I take any attention I can get.
You can look at pins organized by character.
You can look at pins organized by these characters instead.
You can bring home the only thing at Walt Disney World that says Beach Club on it, other than maybe stealing a sign.
You can buy pins to spell words.
There’s really no end to the things you can do with pins at the Pin Traders.
Outside the Pin Traders is this train ride.
No adults in the caboose! Feeling discriminated against.
Another Pearl Factory. There are several on property – the other one that comes to mind at the moment is located across from the Beach Club Resort.
Pick a Pearl over at the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot is more fun and $1.04 cheaper.
Or purchase pearl jewelry I guess? No idea why you would.
A hair wrap kiosk is over here as well.
Available at a lot of resort pool areas too for some reason.
A silhouette kiosk should you be in the market.
I would be more than happy to lend my head if you want to “get a better deal per person.”
Lefty’s – The Left Hand Store.
I dated a girl that was left handed once and let me tell you – you can’t trust them.
Other than scissors, what do “you people” need made special?” Apparently just scissors and a can opener.
And maybe a watch.
But really just scissors. I would hate to be right-handed-challenged.
Marketplace “Fun Finds” where “Fun” translates roughly to “junk.” Just kidding. Just kidding about being kidding.
This is supposed to be Disney’s version of a “dollar store.” Which is true, because everything costs some number of dollars.
Most/all of this merchandise should be available at other stores. The “hook” here is that everything is under $20.00. But you can probably do better elsewhere.
One unique thing I noticed is the Grab Bag – $8.99 (No Discounts Apply).
Because I like to live life on the wild side, I bought one. This is what it came with (“retail” prices in parentheses) – Mickey Mouse Action Figure ($8.95), Cinderella Kooky Kollectable ($5.95), Walt Disney World Keychain ($5.95), and Mickey Gumball Machine Keychain ($6.95). So the theoretical value was $27.80. I have a tough time believing that little plastic gumball machine keychain that weighs a quarter of an ounce ever sold for $6.95, but the other prices seem reasonable. In fact, that Mickey Mouse Action Figure is still for sale at DisneyStore.com for $8.95. So I can’t complain – not necessarily a bad value and grab bags are always a little fun.
Over to the Disney’s Days of Christmas Store, where we’ll find almost all of the Christmas merchandise that was available in 2011 for sale all year. Do you remember how I took a picture of basically every single piece of holiday merchandise along with the price/tag throughout November? And did I tell you about the person that stole all the images, made a “video slideshow” out of them, and uploaded it to YouTube as if they had taken them? And then when I emailed them asking them nicely to take down the video, they said that they had actually taken all of the photos themselves? Even though there were 100+ that were exactly the same? That it was just a coincidence? People are funny.
Another big store.
With books for learning.
The ornaments from last year.
The frosted pretzels from last year.
Bad picture, but it’s all from last year.
I might get one of those lowball glasses before this year is up.
There’s a separate room with Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise:
And an embroidery station. Interestingly, they can “embroider” the year (or anything else for that matter) onto an ornament in case you miss a year.
We’ll finish up Part 2 with “LittleMissMatched.”
A colorful mixture of Disney and Non-Disney merchandise.
But the point of this store is that the socks don’t match.
3 single socks (that don’t match). I wonder how many returns they get complaining about socks that don’t match. There has to be one, right?
Just keep in mind that those three non-matching socks are going to cost you about as much as 12 matching socks.
The more you buy, the more socks you get.
It’s not a huge store, but they do have a lot of socks that would match if they were properly sorted, but don’t match so you pay a premium for it! Might I suggest you just buy two pairs of matching socks and then pair them together so that they don’t match. For example, let’s say you have Sock1A and Sock1B. No wait. Let’s say you have Sock 1.32A and Sock 1.32B in one pair. And then Sock2.19A and Sock 2.19B. So you would pair Sock1.32A with Sock 2.19A and Sock1.32B with Sock 2.19B. But not Sock1.32A with Sock2.19B because that would be crazy. Does that make sense?
And what fun pricing! That’s worth paying extra too.
An idea of how it’s arranged.
Capitalizing on the obnoxious “mustache drawn on my finger and held up to my mouth LOL” trend.
Buy one and one half pair socks and receive one half pair socks free.
A sale though.
To be continued.