When one thinks of Walt Disney World they may think about Mickey Mouse, riding Dumbo, or playing with the Princesses. For me, I think about the pins, T-shirts, Vinylmations, and Disney “silly bands” that I want to purchase. Yes, shopping is a Disney attraction that I am always up for riding. Think about it – you are in awe of the theme of the stores, the “it” item that has been given that special Disney touch, you are placed in a queue to check out, and your hands go up in the air and squeal with excitement when you get a gift with purchase!
My mind races with excitement about the newest items I read about on blogs and Twitter. I usually start my Disney adventures with a trip to Downtown Disney with a list of “must-do’s”. For example, I must go to D-Street to purchase the latest Vinylmation or go to Trend-D to look at the latest Disney Dooney & Bourke bags.
There are those who do not understand the time that is taken in finding the right item to symbolize the trip or special occasion celebrated on my Disney trips. My sister and I took our first sister trip to Walt Disney World last year. We loved encouraging the other to purchase all the items that caught our eye with our motto of “It’s Disney”. My sister’s inner chef spied Disney themed cooking items, such as kitchen utensils, aprons, and plates. I would be drawn to bright colored journals, tote bags, and scarves. We had a wonderful time shopping together and sharing laughs about the adventures we had on getting a good deal or finding the most wanted items. That sister trip is symbolized by our matching 2010 Wine & Dine ½ Marathon Relay shirts.
My Disney purchases are ways I incorporate that magic into my everyday routine when away from the World. I enjoy using my Mickey Mouse sticky-notes, Princess Tiana Kooky Pen, and Mickey Mouse binder. I take the time to smile at the Sorcerer Hat key chain I purchased because it reminds me of my favorite version of Mickey Mouse. The first sip of morning coffee is taken out of my Mickey Mouse mug. These items, plus others big and small, remind me of Disney and how I feel when I am there.
So, along with the rides, shows, wonderful restaurants, and meeting a character, Disney shopping is an attraction that is at the top of my must do list.
Contributed by: Elantrice Hughley (NDI#132) Elantrice is the DDL Shopping Blogger