Connie R. (NDI#176) (12 Posts)

Connie Roberts can still remember her first trip to Disney World even though she was 7 years old. The joy she felt would stay with her for years until she could visit again as a teen. That's when she hatched her plan to move to Florida. Although it took many years for this plan to come to fruition, Connie surrounded herself with all things Disney. And with every move, the closer she came to the parks, the more Disney she gathered. Finally in her late 20's Connie was close enough to Disney World to visit and drive back home in a day. Being a Disney FANatic has been passed on to her 2 daughter and her husband and she's found sharing this love on her blog Brain Foggles and on Twitter, where she's known as the go to person for Disney World questions.

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.

Contributed by: Connie Foggles (NDI#176) Connie is the DDL Interview and Collectibles Blogger. She is also the creator of Brain Foggles.

4 thoughts on “DISNEY PLUSH FOR ALL

  1. Oh yea. I am a adult woman with 1 daughter in college and another younger daughter. I collect Mickey & Minnie plushes too. I even have some of the 3ft plushes from the Disney Stores, that were specific for a holiday. Then I have a few from Toy Story, my youngest I have let her have her Woody, Jess & Buzz Light year, but I had to have bullseye. He is displayed on my night stand and is not to be played with.

  2. When I was teaching, I used my classroom as a reason to buy more Disney plush friends. Eeyore and others would always end up there dressed for the right season. While cleaning today, I found a photo of little me in the late 70’s with my retro Donald Duck. I need to scan some of those.

  3. Shelley, I’d love to have those big plushes all for myself! I get you about Bullseye needing to be on the nightstand and untouched. Some things are just sacred.

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