It is time for another Disneyland Merchandise Update— and this one is a doozy. We’ll take a look at Disneyland’s Lunar New Year offerings, goods for techies, a new Dooney & Bourke collection, and more. There’s even a special section introducing a brand new monthly collectible series for 2021. Enjoy!
Lunar New Year Goodies
World of Disney has a special display set up for its Lunar New Year merchandise. 2021 is the Year of the Ox and stylized art of the animal is worked into the art on much of it. Among the items created to celebrate the occasion were several T-shirts and a Spirit Jersey as well as an Ear Headband, all of which would have normally been sold at Disney California Adventure’s Lunar New Year Celebration.
Here’s the back of one of the T-shirts.
And this is the back of the Spirit Jersey. The message across the top is a rather clever play on words with the kanji for Ox (which in Chinese is read as “Niu”) set between “Happy” and “Year” so it reads “Happy Niu [sounded like “New”] Year.” This message is also printed on the front of one of the shirts (seen in the first display for this section).
And here is the themed Ear Headband (you may have already seen this beauty in our Ear Headband Guide). I especially love the fabric plum blossoms that are scattered across the bow.
Another T-shirt features art of Mickey and Minnie in festival attire, riding atop an ox.
Kids aren’t left out of the festivities, either. This costume hoodie, complete with plush ox horns on the hood, is an option for them.
Onward and “Up”ward
Disney-Pixar’s Up recently received a wave of new merchandise and they are pretty darn cool.
Decorated with pictures of South America and a “Paradise Falls” note, this coin bank looks just like the one belonging to Carl and Ellie in the beginning of the movie. You can even customize it with the included adhesive cling stickers.
Few images so identify with the film as much as Carl’s home, floating with the aid of balloons. The house is replicated on this throw pillow, with some of the balloons given a 3D effect via attached pompoms. The phrase “Home is where the adventure is!” is embroidered on the front as well.
The scene of Carl and Ellie cloud-watching is converted into this woven throw.
Mimicking the style of those old-fashioned “Wish you were here” postcards, the wrap-around art on this tumbler has characters like Dug and Russell.
Home goods aren’t the only new Up items. We spotted this hoodie and matching leggings (sold separately).
Slightly less new, but still worth mentioning, is this Ear Headband. This one replaces a now-retired, previous Up design (which you can see in our Ear Headband guide). I personally like this new style better.
A Honey of a Collection
A new Dooney & Bourke collection is available over at the Disney Dress Shop. The art used on the bags looks just like the illustrations found in the original Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne.
There are delightful little hidden details, like this message of “Oh Bother” located on the bottom of the tote.
Even More Cats and Dogs Merchandise
We already covered a huge amount of merchandise that is part of the Reigning Cats and Dogs Collection, which highlights different felines and canines from Disney films (and some are less mainstream, which I appreciate). But it looks like there are even more items left to discover!
While there are Marie and Dalmatian Ear Headbands included in this collection, if you are looking for something slightly more subtle (or just want to pull your bangs back), there are hair clip sets in both cat and dog varieties. The cats one has Figaro while the dogs one stars Pluto.
Although I love these water bottles, I do wish they used the stylized art found on the rest of the collection rather than the standard Disney art.
And now on to the socks! There are two socks sets, each with four pairs of crew socks. The cat set includes Thomas O’Malley and Duchess from The Aristocats, Mittens from Bolt, and Felicia from The Great Mouse Detective. The dog set has Dug from Up, Percy from Pocahontas, Max from The Little Mermaid, and Stella from The Princess and The Frog.
The allover patterns on these zippered totes are so cute. Which one would you choose?
This shirt looks a little bit like it was a design from Etsy— but that isn’t a bad thing. The simplicity of the concept is sure to appeal to Disney lovers who want a shirt that shows off their fandom without a bunch of graphics.
Plug into the Magic
There are several new iPhone cases now available if your smartphone is in need of protection.
For standalone Popsocket Popgrips, you have a variety of options ranging from the standard Mickey and Minnie Mouse plus Grumpy of Snow White fame along with The Child from The Mandalorian.
A good number of people make use of Apple’s AirPods and now you can add some Disney flair to your pair with either a themed case, available in Mickey or Donald varieties.
The Holidays are Officially Over
Downtown Disney, which was Winter Wonderland just a week ago, has shed its holiday decor in favor of more generic transitional displays.
The exception is the addition of window art at World of Disney themed to the New Year.
World of Disney’s main room has transformed from Santa’s workshop to Mickey’s closet.
Odds and Ends
This Minnie Mouse tumbler with straw was seen over at Disney Home. It is decorated with art of Minnie in the classic style.
In terms of Disney Parks attractions-based drinkware, it is hard to beat this tumbler inspired by Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. It is made to look like one of the perches used by the show’s singing birds.
Here is a hot/cold tumbler decorated with art from Disneyland’s 65th anniversary. It has a nice mix of characters from across the spectrum of Disney-owned licenses.
Clearly made to be sold in the currently-shuttered Parks, you can also purchase this 65th Anniversary-themed swirly straw with detachable Mickey and Minnie charm.
This squeaky Monorail toy is part of the Disney Tails line.
Here’s a new face mask by Spirit Jersey that has the image of a smiling Mickey Mouse on the side.
If you are enamored with The Mandalorian, you will likely be interested in this cap and Spirit Jersey (sold separately). Both integrate Mando’s helmet into their design.
This Marvel Spirit Jersey has the emblems of different Avengers along the sleeves.
Alternatively, these two extra-fuzzy Spirit Jerseys focus on texture and warmth over graphics.
These Mickey and Minnie convertible blankets are items that I am particularly excited about. They are similar to ones sold at the Tokyo Disney Resort, where a large variety of character options are available. I hope we see more choices in the future. The great thing about these blankets is that they can be transformed into several versions (which you can see on the tags’ diagrams below), two of which make it easy to stay warm and still go about your day at the Parks (specifically, the poncho and the sleeved versions).
This Loungefly Mini Backpack not only includes Mickey and Minnie on what appears to be a date but also several Disney Parks snacks.
Over at the Annual Passholder Corner at Kingswell Cameras on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure, we not only spotted an AP-exclusive Lunar New Year shirt but also noticed some older items sold alongside it. There is even a shirt from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s 2019 opening available.
Meet 2021’s Monthly Merchandise Series: Stitch Crashes Disney
The Disney Store’s monthly collectible series for 2020, Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction, is wrapped up, so what’s coming for 2021? It seems that Disney has tapped the mischievous alien Stitch to fill in the role in the series, Stitch Crashes Disney. This time, things are a little different. For one thing, 2020’s series included a plush, Loungefly bag, pin set, Ear Headband, mug every month. However, each 2021 monthly release will only include a plush ($24.99), a single pin ($24.99), and a MagicBand (not pictured). Additionally, Stitch’s series will focus on different Disney movies each month, rather than Disney Parks attractions.
January’s Stitch Theme is Beauty and the Beast
To help celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary, Stitch mimics the stained glass artwork seen in Beauty and the Beast (and even steals the Enchanted Rose). I’m honestly not the biggest fan of this design. The stained glass look on his fur is a bit over-the-top in my opinion. Here’s hoping the next designs look better because the premise is promising.
January also includes the release of the themed pin album ($34.99) to hold the year’s pin releases. It will be released at the same time as the other merchandise.
The monthly merchandise from the Stitch Crashes Disney Collectible Series will first be available for purchase on shopDisney on January 12 using the MerchPass system (love it or hate it). Items will then be sold at Disney Stores, Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort, Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort on January 16. It should be noted that the MagicBand will only be available for purchase online.
We only have info for the themes from January through June, which are teased on the series splash page. Here’s what we know:
- January – Beauty and the Beast
- February – Lady and the Tramp
- March – The Lion King
- April – The Little Mermaid
- May – Pinocchio
- June – Aladdin
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Let’s Hear from You
Thank you for joining me on this Disneyland Merchandise Update! What were your favorites items? Are you sorry to see the Holiday decorations go? Will you miss the Lunar New Year Celebration? And what’s your opinion on the Stitch Crashes Disney Collection? Let us know in the comments below!