When I see Disney plush, all soft and cuddly, in an unusual color, or a rare character, I have to have it. I stare at them all in a row or in a tower at one of the Disney Stores or at the World of Disney and I picture it in my own home. It’ll be picked up and hugged often, whispered to and snuggled.
Well not all of them. There’s some plush that deserve to be displayed like fine art. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Disney/Pixar’s Cars plush are for looking, not touching. I feel more of the movie characters fit in this collectible category, except the adorable animals and princesses of course! Maybe that’s a female thing.
I began collecting Disney plush as a child. Yes, way back then there were Disney stuffed animals! The easiest to find in the late 1960s were the Fab Five and my parents would get a few of them each year. I loved Pluto and Mickey, but was thrilled to own any of them. They’d be proudly displayed at the bottom of my bed and each night, and one was chosen to snuggle with. What a tough decision. No one’s feelings should be hurt, so sometimes I’d choose a few. No one knew except me and my mother.
As I grew older, unfortunately, I allowed my Disney stuffies to be handed down to cousins or given to thrift stores. There’s not one left. I long for them and one day I may plunk down the money and buy some online or from an estate sale.
As an adult I try to make up for those lost babies. I’ve bought so many Disney plush for my two daughters that they could be hidden underneath them. I still buy more and don’t mind about allergies to dust. Who cares if people think my daughter is spoiled? It’s a necessary part of childhood, especially for a Disney family.
My 12 year old went through a Club Penguin phase and there were lots of Puffle Plush around the house. Of course she has a plush of every princess, but her favorite right now is Piglet. She now has her eye on Duffy The Disney Bear.
My favorite Disney plush of all times is Mickey Mouse. Minnie cannot be with him though since she thinks she has my main man. I love him in rare colors like orange, and if he’s dressed up for the holidays or for a special Disney celebration, even better. Another rule is no baby Mickey’s allowed. He’s an adult after all. My next purchase may be a Mickey Pookalooz plush, because there’s just something special about them.
Disney plush can be personalized, given to babies before they’re born, used as decorations for the holidays, cuddled with, displayed, given as gifts, bought as a pick me up, brought home as a souvenir, told secrets, shared with older folks and loved. They are memory makers. Don’t fight the urge to get one – or 10.