Where the Merchandise Dances for YOU

It is Christmastime again. The lights are strung, the stockings are hung, and giant bedecked evergreens have appeared out of nowhere in the central plazas of the theme parks. In the tantalizing shop windows along Hollywood Boulevard, the Dancing Minnie Globe Ornament Rockettes have reappeared.

A one, and a two...

A one, and a two…

O Dancing Minnie Globe Ornament Rockettes, why do you mesmerize me so? Is it your impossibly skinny legs, so shapeless, so incapable of supporting your vast rotundity, yet so enthralling in their synchronized kickline? Yes, you have come to mean the very spirit of the season to me, my dear, sweet dancing bulbs. On this holiday occasion, I think only of you.

The stores have been well-stocked with clever merchandise. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Whoever is designing Disney’s t-shirts has really elevated their game in recent years. It seems I cannot set foot into a store anymore without stumbling on a fresh design that makes me laugh.

Doesn't it look like he's pushing a gateway drug?

Doesn’t it look like he’s pushing a gateway drug?

Check out Crazy Dole Whip Tiki. Would you eat a Dole Whip if you knew you were going to make a face like that? Crazy Tiki looks to be on the verge of complete insanity over the deliciousness of that blended treat. He’s a torso away from becoming a Batman villain.

Or how about this rather nice spin on the tired “I’m With Stupid” shirt:

This shirt pair only works if you walk in the correct horizontal orientation. Otherwise the joke falls flat.

This shirt pair only works if you walk in the correct horizontal orientation. Otherwise it’s just insulting to strangers.

I like seeing Disney embrace some of these lesser characters. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum might have been known in the 50s, but do kids know them today? When was the last time you saw standalone Tweedle Dum merchandise? Maybe never.

Speaking of old characters, this next set of shirts really made me nostalgic.

And you think kids are frightened of the characters today...

And you think kids are frightened of the characters today…


There was a time when Disney would have been embarrassed by the original character heads (and that time was 1994, when “EPCOT Center” became “Epcot ’94” because it is impossible to sound cool without a name like the caption to a senior picture). Now here they are embracing those designs. Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs getting some love in there with Mickey and the gang. Lots of smiles for this one.

It's a Troll World t-shirt

I am vaguely disturbed by Shirtless Mickey Shorts Troll.

Norway continues its stellar trend of solid t-shirts. This one riffs on a popular ride at a different park. Nice mash-up, guys. And speaking of It’s a Small World…

I Conquered It's a Small World

That one is genius. I am usually the guy who hates it when other people make Small World jokes (“They should turn it into a shooting gallery ha ha ha”). But this one is the right amount of irreverent. It mocks those E-ticket roller coaster shirts, while also pulling double-duty for those people for whom Small World is an endurance test. All kinds of mad props for this one.

There’s a trend lately for photorealistic shirts. I saw this one at Tower of Terror:

If I wear this, will people try to tip me?

If I wear this, will people try to tip me?

This may be the first time that a Cast Member costume has been turned into a merchandise opportunity. It’s the bellhop’s uniform, complete with nametag. Notice the name: Rod. As in -ney King, whose favorite ride is Tower of Terror. Or possibly it’s a reference to Rod Serling, creator of the Twilight Zone. I’m not sure.

Halloween merchandise has of course, disappeared from the shelves, but I never got a chance to post this awesome little plush:

Not pictured: Doofenshmirtz Werewolfinator.

Not pictured: Doofenshmirtz Werewolfinator.

Yes, it’s Perry the Platypus (okay, Agent P for the purists), dressed as a vampire. A fanged platypus is rather awesome. He has the right amount of dead stare in his eyes. He will feast on you tonight, young one.

And last but not least, we have the Glow With the Show ears, whose latest synchronization is with the Osbourne Festival of Dancing Lights and Dinner Theater Extravaganza. There were only, like, two people wearing them, but I thought the little booth with all the (plentifully oversupplied) ears looks really awesome at night. Especially amid all the other lights on New York Street.

Buy yours today, before the outlet stores get them!

Buy yours today, before the outlet stores get them!

Happy shopping!

Comments (3)

  1. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum have been a rarity because of the political correctness of the Eisner era. Allegedly, Michael believed those two classic characters made it look like Disney was making fun of retarded kids. He had the walk-around characters removed immediately and merchandise soon followed. It’s nice to see them making a subtle comeback.

    • I believe it, but I also think it’s silly. The ONLY reason anyone would ever be concerned about that is because one of the characters’ names ends with “Dum.” If it was Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dot, is there anything about the characters that remotely resembles the mentally handicapped? They’re non-sensical, just like the rest of the Wonderland population, but they never came across as handicapped to me.

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