Hey, guys, I’m psychic!
That’s right – I asked the universe for yellow ears and BAM! Two weeks later, Disney serves ’em up. Clearly I am a person of taste with my finger on the pulse of fashion trends. Disney Dandy powers, arise!
Anyway, there’s a new pair of ears I want. Initially I was disappointed by the lack of sequins, but I’m really coming around on the velvet.
Hmmm. Let’s see if I can pull this off again, shall we? What’ll be the next color trends to emerge from the hit-and-miss minds of Disney merchandising execs? Let’s do a trifecta horse race betting style, so as to give myself better odds of winning at least some, I don’t know, internet clout or whatever:
- Royal blue
- Lime green
- Periwinkle (we haven’t done that one yet, have we?)
Brb, just gonna run down to the Haunted Mansion to consult with Madame Leota on this one…
What do you predict will be Disney’s next quote-unquote color trend?
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What is it with my parents and hiding amazing vintage Walt Disney World souvenir banks from me?!
Back in the end of May there was a pretty serious series of rainstorms in my area, which brought flooding with it. My parents, in their place in NC at the time, were concerned about the state of the basement in their Maryland house, so they called me up and asked me to drive over and have a look.
There I am, stomping around the basement looking for puddles, my cell phone flashlight on because the bulb in the hanging light has burned out. I have my dad on speaker so we can discuss any damage I’m witnessing… and I see it on my dad’s model train table.
“There’s a Figment bank down here!” I shrieked.
“Oh, yes,” my dad replied nonchalantly. “You want it?”
Figment is a through-line of my Disney experience. I loved his ride in 1998 – you know, the good version, with Dreamfinder and the dirigible and the extended post-ride ImageWorks and all that jazz. Even in 1990, when I was barely old enough to remember a darn thing about WDW, I have shadowy recollections of riding this ride and being all about it. You could say that Figment is the personification of all my nostalgic love for Walt Disney World itself.
And I guess my parents recognized that – or maybe toddler me picked it out myself? – because they brought home this Figment bank, which I suppose has been waiting for me all this time. The bottom declares a copyright date of 1982 (although I didn’t exist then so this particular bank can’t be that old). The pot of gold my little imaginary friend is clutching features the original EPCOT Center logo. He is, disappointingly, exclusively filled with pennies.
Similar to the Big Al bank, I don’t think this particular bank is valuable in a monetary sense. But I took my dad up on his offer to take him home with me all the same. After all, how can you put a price on imagination?
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From the moment I laid eyes on it, I knew the limited edition Epcot Food & Wine Festival ears needed to be mine. Only one problem: I’m not going to the festival this year.
No problem, though! Lately Disney’s been putting 95% of parks merchandise on the Shop Disney Parks app. There isn’t much that can’t be had through the app, and the initial blog post revealing the merch promised most of it would be available.
So you can imagine my chagrin when I searched for the ears and saw this:
Of course there’s always eBay and such, but pricing tends to be so inflated there. My best hope was probably going to be waiting until after the festival ended to see if any stray unpurchased leftovers made it to the app. Not an impossible dream but I didn’t love the odds.
Enter Black Dog Runs Disney, the hero of the day! I saw her posting WDW pics on social media and mentioned my plight. One Paypal transaction later and here we are:
I. AM. SO. HAPPY. I’m going to wear these with my 1998 Figment shirt like a complete dork. And then I’m going to ride the Figment ride and the Cast Members will ACKNOWLEDGE THE AWESOMENESS. They must! They shall!
JENN: Did you run last week?
MOON: Almost every dayyyyy!
JENN: Yes! Good runs?
MOON: Not too bad! They’ll get better! But this is nothing. Someone ran another marathon! This is so much cooler to talk about.
JENN: Haha, yeah, I’ll do a recap later, but: 3 seconds faster than last year! STAGNANT. I mean, there were some mitigating circumstances I’ll talk about later this week, but I have work to do.
MOON: Hahahaha, at least it was 3 seconds faster instead of slower. 😀
JENN: There is that! I also performed a Line Marathon: the expo merchandise line took 40 minutes to traverse. But wait until you feel the lining on my new hoodie! I even went during work hours and it was still nuts. God only knows what it was like after 5pm.
|Technically a men’s hoodie. Whatever; I do what I want.
MOON: Yikes. A good hoodie is a good hoodie, though.
JENN: Very much so. The rest of the expo was pretty crowded too, but not insurmountably so. I wandered around and got a couple free cereal bars and such. Tried the Honey Stinger and Clif Bar samplings, which is always fun.
You should sign up for a marathon soon – it’s awful and awesome and dreadful and THE BEST.
MOON: I’m not even sure where I’ll be living or what job I’ll have in six months, so…
JENN: True. But maybe you can do Marine Corps with me next year! Assuming I’m also still around, you can always stay with me. ☺
MOON: That would be fun.
JENN: Also fun? The roundup.
Hey, remember that time I helped my boss plan her Walt Disney World vacation? And she invented WWJGD?
Well, she’s tragically not my boss anymore, but I did have breakfast with her last week and she brought me back a present from the trip!
How awesome is this travel mug? I love the Mary Blair-esque design. I don’t generally drink coffee unless I’m at a latte-producing coffee shop, but this’ll be perfect if I ever want to build myself a yogurt parfait to go. But most of all, I love that I earned it by telling my boss which characters were at which breakfasts and exactly which FastPass+ selections she needed to make.
In conclusion: your WDW-attending friends, relatives, and coworkers NEED YOUR EXPERTISE. Spread your wealth of knowledge and Disney travel mugs will RAIN DOWN ON YOU.