Merch That Makes Me Happy: Week of August 24

Howdy!¬†This week, I am excited to share¬†these cute Inside Out hair ties I got a couple of months ago. I was in the Disney Store last week and saw them still for sale. At only $5.95, they are a steal. Just look how colorful and fun they are! Every time I pull one out for the gym I smile ūüôā I hope Disney Store continues to make these for upcoming films. Pick these up today; they are sure to bring you Joy!

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New Disney Merch App Changes Everything!

This. changes. everything‚ĶAs reported by wdwmagic.com, Disney is planning to¬†release an app called “Shop Disney Parks” that allows you to buy Disney merchandise from any Disney-operated¬†store at Walt Disney World at home! This means no more regret after you leave the Parks because you passed on that special item. You’ll also be able to use the app in the Parks to browse and order merchandise and have it delivered to the gate so you do not have to lug it around all day.¬†Building upon today’s¬†popular¬†package delivery system,¬†you will have the option to order merch from the app while at the Parks and have it delivered directly to your Walt Disney World hotel room. For the APs and DVC owners out there, this app will apply¬†discounts via¬†your My Disney Experience app, making getting your merch discounts easier than ever!

This really is a game changer. Now we can order and ship that special parks-only merchandise directly from Walt Disney World beyond the current DisneyStore.com offering. It’s yet another great way to stay connected to the Parks. I, for one, cannot wait for this app to come out!

Hot Topic: Your New Favorite Stop for Disney Merch

Hot Topic is a store that I think many Disney fans overlook. There¬†you can find more than just t-shirts; dresses, tanks, bags, jewelry and¬†Funko¬†figures are also available. While DisneyStore.com tends to focus on¬†clothing for the Disney “Fab Four” and the latest Disney or Pixar film, Hot Topic offers a lot of¬†merch¬†from classic Pixar,¬†the Lion King-era films and current ABC and Marvel content. They¬†also offer¬†a lot of items for ladies. The dresses fit beautifully, many¬†tees¬†are offered in a slimmer Ladies fit and tanks are a great alternative to regular tees.

Here are a few of my favorites….

I love¬†their Peter Pan merch right now.¬†This aqua tank is a beautiful color and the quote is a subtle reference to the film. The cosmetics/accessories case below has such a cool vintage map graphic. Meanwhile, the¬†sugar-skull look of this Peter Pan handbag is much more trendy. I’ve seen sugar skull stuff everywhere lately so it’s neat to see Disney offering merch with this look. I also noticed a couple of sugar¬†skull Star Wars shirts while in store.

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Online, Hot Topic offers a creative collection of Once Upon a Time (“OUAT”) tees. I like that they aren’t overtly¬†OUAT¬†themed. Fans can easily point them out so it makes it fun to run into other fans that want to discuss the show! I sported this Captain Hook shirt for Pirate Night of our last Disney Cruise on the Fantasy and it started a passionate¬†OUAT¬†discussion at our dinner table!

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When I spotted the Dark Swan poster at San Diego Comic Con on Twitter, I was hoping this would be offered as a shirt. Luckily, Hot Topic had it available exclusively online soon after the OUAT panel here.

Hot Topic continues to have a strong showing of Pixar merch in stores and online. I like these Monsters Inc. tees because of their simplicity: Sulley Navy tee and We Scare tee. The colors and graphics remind me of the concept art from the film and really stand out against the dark tee.

I found these colorful tees in stores. The Bing Bong tee is super soft. I was also really excited to see Wall-E and Brave merch out there! Both of these come in a slimmer Ladies fit.

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Don’t over look their scarves and dresses. I wore¬†this Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian scarf and¬†50s-style¬†Mickey dress on our last cruise and got tons of complements. Again, not in-your-face Disney but small hints that other Disney fans will appreciate.

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So don’t let the loud music turn you away – head into Hot Topic next time you are at the Mall to see some of their creative Disney¬†merch. Or better yet, check out HotTopic.com to see their nearly 1,000 Disney items. Have fun and happy shopping!