Merchandise: branded products used to promote a particular movie, popular music group, etc., or linked to a specific fictional character; merchandising. I.E., one of the main things The Walt Disney Company is fantastic at.
One thing that I have always found to have a tough time with, while at a Disney park, is resisting the urge to buy all of the merch for sale. Over the years my self-control has gotten better, but I’ve been sucked into the headband Mickey ear, Spirit Jersey, and pin trading trends more than I care to admit.
This being said I do think there is merchandise that Disney sells that is not so bad to feel bad about buying. The one thing I don’t feel bad about buying every time I go to Disney is a new year pin. Since 2011, I have been collecting one pin each year with that current year on it. I love to see the progression of the designs for the pins.
How to do it!
Doreen Lang and her family are huge merchandise buyers. As annual pass holders and Disney Vacation Club members, they see themselves going to Disney at least twice a year and always coming home with souvenirs. The video below shows just a few of the ways Doreen keeps the Disney spirit alive in her house.
the stats and facts
Since late 2017 Disney has stepped up their merchandise game by almost 200%, Disney started what I like to call the color trend which all started with the famous rose gold ears. These ears then turned into a rose gold spirit jersey, bags, jewelry, and even multiple different cupcakes around Walt Disney World. Since the rose gold trend, Disney has created four other color trends with various merchandise options and food options to the colors.
Because of this Disney’s sales of their products has drastically increased. But the color trend is not the only trend in creating such fabulous sales for Disney. Also in late 2017, Disney started to sell Spirit Jerseys. They began with basic ones that said Disneyland or Walt Disney World on the back and now make them for literally everything.
Make it yourself!
While the merchandise is one way to keep the Disney spirit alive at home, there are a few things in the park that you probably wish you could take home but can’t. Dole whip has become a staple in the Disney community and can be bought almost everywhere on WDW property and at Disneyland. If this is something you would like to take home from Disney but can’t, try this recipe to make it at home!