Who says toys are just for kids? In the Happiest and Most Magical Places on Earth, kids at heart can let their inner child roam free. And Disney Parks toys help adult guests do just that. While I believe that any toy can be enjoyed at any age, I have rounded up a number of playthings that I feel will particularly appeal to a wide range of ages. The majority of these toys can be found either in Disney Parks or at Downtown Disney and Disney Springs. So here, in no particular order, are the top Disney Parks toys for adults!
1. Disney nuiMOs
Disney nuiMOs (pronounced “new-ee-moes”) originated in Japan and are small posable, dressable plush toys. Their name is a combination of the Japanese word for “stuffed toy,” which is “nuigurumi,” and the English word “model.” Beyond simply being fun to dress up and accessorize, a big draw for these toys is their social media-friendly aspect. Arranging these plush friends into different poses and then sharing them across the internet is quite fun, especially on trips to Disney Parks.
Disney periodically adds new characters to the nuiMOs lineup. Here are the ones that are currently available at the Disneyland Resort:
Representing Mickey and his friends are Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Chip, and Dale.
As for Disney princesses, there are nuiMOs versions of Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Rapunzel, and Moana.
And there are still other beloved characters available in the form of Marie, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch, Nick Wilde, Judy Hopps, Kermit, and Miss Piggy.
After you’ve selected your nuiMO, dress them up with outfits and costumes sold separately. These items switch out over time as additional styles are released monthly. Some of the outfits are themed to characters, like the princesses. Or they might be made to fit the season they are released, like summer beachwear. There are even nuiMOs-sized Spirit Jerseys!
Then, you can go even further with additional accessories, a tiny Loungefly Mini Backpack.
Disney set up some darling displays in Downtown Disney’s World of Disney to demonstrate some of the many ways to play with these toys.
2. Action Figures
Action figures appeal to any age. Whether you are reenacting scenes from a favorite movie or creating adventures of your own, these toys will be an integral part of the imaginary play. And there are so many varieties to choose from! Action figures have a surprisingly large following on social media, so these little guys make help you make some new waves in your social groups.
Courtesy of Hasbro, Star Wars: The Black Series offers realistic, articulated figures packaged with accessories.
Prefer something more old-school? The Star Wars: Power of the Force series has a more retro feel to it.
Adult action figure enthusiasts will remember Kenner as the maker of all those Star Wars toys from our childhood. And now they made figures from the more recent Star Wars series (and older ones) in the same style you remember and love.
But wait, there is even more down this nostalgic rabbit hole! Kenner also released this retro collection figure set. It includes a Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo. Even the box has a distressed look to it!
Of course, the heroes of the Marvel cinematic universe lend themselves easily to the action figure medium. Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Series, like their Star Wars: The Black Series, features film-accurate designs, multiple points of articulation, and accessories.
Occasionally, Disney makes special edition figures of Marvel characters, like America Chavez from Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. These toys have impressively detailed outfits and multiple points of articulation and are larger than many of the other action figures sold at Disney Parks.
But if you prefer to display your toys than actively play with them, Diamond Select Toys’ Dr. Strange PVC diorama is an option.
3. Weighted Plushes
Think of these hefty friends as something akin to a Gravity Blanket but a heck of a lot cuter. Disney’s weighted plushes are intended to be soothing and relaxing to hold. They come in two styles, a large plush with fuzzy fabric and a slightly smaller plush with fabric that is smooth to touch. Each type has different characters, except for Mickey Mouse, who is available in both forms. This Disney Parks toy is popular right now. And because of that, certain characters may be unavailable during your visit.
On my last trip to Disneyland on August 4, these were the only characters available:
4. Disney Railroad Train Set
Walt Disney loved trains well into adulthood and wasn’t the only one. All around the world, the love of toy trains is ageless.
The set comes with models of a steam locomotive, a tender, two trolley passenger cars, and a caboose. And tons of track! It includes 16 straight tracks, 12 curved ones, a left interchanger, a right interchanger, and a figure 8 crossover. This Disney Parks toy also has a looping set of sound effects: steam chuffing, a whistle, and a bell. You can also choose to have it run without sound if you prefer.
But, planning and building the track is just part of the fun. Once you get it set up to your satisfaction, take it for a ride and enjoy the detail of the cars as it passes by.
Disney typically releases a winter-themed holiday train set at the Disney Parks around the Holiday season. We can’t confirm whether or not one will be sold this coming winter, though.
5. Board Games
Get your game on with the many attraction-themed board games sold at Disney Parks.
An example of a classic board game with a Parks twist is this Pirates of the Caribbean version of Battleship. Both the board and game pieces are themed to the ride with special art and custom-made ships.
And there are plenty of other games to choose from, too! Some are inspired by specific attractions, like Funko Games’s “it’s small world” board game, and others are more broadly themed and encompass the entire park-going experience, such as The Game of Life – The Disney Parks Edition.
These Disney Parks toys were created for Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus. They tie into the land’s attraction, Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, where you aid the Marvel hero in rounding up the escaped robots. Then after experiencing the ride, you may feel inclined to purchase a Spider-Bot of your own.
Spider-Bots are remote-controlled toys with a fun multiplayer aspect. Two Spider-Bots can engage in a friendly battle, controlled by the players through their remote controllers.
And by adding optional “Tactical Upgrades” to your Spider-Bot, you can customize parts of the battle experience, such as the special effects. These Tactical Upgrades are themed to different Marvel characters, like Dr. Strange and Black Panther. It seems that additional characters may continue to be released over time. For example, the Thor and Dr. Strange designs are more recent additions.
Visitors to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park or Hollywood Studios can customize a remote-controlled droid, courtesy of the Droid Depot. Initially, the options were limited to BB-series and R-series models. However, the C-series, which resembles Chopper of Star Wars Rebels, was added earlier this year. In addition to the customizable models, several droids are preassembled and available for purchase at the Droid Depot, including the DJ at Oga’s Cantina, R-3X.
After building your droid, select accessories to further personalize it.
Your new droid also reacts to its surroundings while in Galaxy’s Edge. And for your convenience, this backpack to carry the little fellow is also sold at the Droid Depot.
Read more about the droid-building experience as well as the toy’s remote-control features here:
Another item from the Star Wars universe, the lightsaber, is a classic roleplaying toy that knows no age. And if purchased at Savi’s Workshop in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the lightsaber is a custom souvenir with a special activity included. Customizing a lightsaber is an interactive event that guests need to reserve ahead of time.
Alternatively, you can opt for a legacy lightsaber, one of the high-end models resembling those belonging to the many characters of the Star Wars universe.
But if you have a lighter wallet, there are also more budget-friendly alternatives, such as these two toys sold at World of Disney and other locations.
Puzzles are a pastime that is enjoyed both on your own and with friends. And there are also puzzles created just for the Disney Parks. These three puzzles imitate the seaside signs along Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure. Once you’ve finished assembling it, affix the complete puzzle to the included light-up billboard frame, and you’ll have a piece of Pixar Pier right at home. The three designs are from Finding Dory (this one is my favorite), Coco, and WALL-E.
10. LEGO play sets
You’ll find a LEGO store in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs. And while these stores carry licenses beyond Disney, there are also plenty of options for the Disney-loving adult to choose from.
Here are some of the highlights from my recent trip to their location in Downtown Disney:
This Frozen Ice Castle had an intriguing look to it. And I loved that snowgies were among the mini-figures included in the set.
And there were tons of Marvel sets. Some resembled props, such as the Infinity Gauntlet and the Nano Gauntlet, while others depicted scenes from the movies.
But this Millennium Falcon set was the biggest, most eye-catching of them all. The thing was huge! With 7,541 pieces, this set will certainly take a chunk of time to build.
More Disney Fun for Adults
In Ravensburger’s Disney Villains Labyrinth board game, you play as one of several fan-favorite baddies and wander through a constantly changing maze in search of your henchmen. Two to four players choose between Scar, Maleficent, Hades, and Ursula. Turns are spent moving the tiles that make up the labyrinth’s pathways in hopes of finding your way and also hindering your opponents’ progress. Play sessions typically run between 20 to 30 minutes.
Ravensburger’s Disney Villains Labyrinth board game costs $36.99 and is for sale on Amazon.
Ravensburger is also the creator of the cult-classic Disney Villainous board game series. We took a look at their Villainous: Bigger and Badder game, which can be played by itself and as an expansion to an earlier release. Take a look here:
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