A look at what I brought home from Tokyo Disney
Happy last day of 2017! Here we have it, folks. My long awaited and way overdue Tokyo Disney Merch Haul. Now, this isn’t everything we bought (a lot was gifted to friends and family once we got back) but this is most of it — minus the stationary which, of course, merits its own post.
If you’re a Disney Parks fan, you may be aware of the almost-mythical status associated with Tokyo Disney merchandise. There’s just something about it (the kawaii factor? exclusivity factor?) that puts it over the edge in terms of a) cuteness, b) ridiculousness, and c) got-to-have-it-ness.
Everyone we spoke to who’d been to Tokyo Disney beforehand had warned us: “You’ll want to buy everything.” “You’re not going to have enough room for it all in your suitcase.” “Good luck, & RIP your wallet.”
They weren’t wrong.
The Year of Wishes
Our trip last December lined up with Tokyo Disney Sea’s 15th Anniversary, which they were calling the “Year of Wishes.” Among other things (like limited run shows and parades) Mickey and Minnie got dressed up in special outfits.
So, naturally, there was a lot of special edition merch in Disney Sea themed to this “Year of Wishes” celebration — you’ll notice that the big bow ears and the Mickey sailor hat are life size replicas of what the little Mickey ‘n Minnie plush keychains are wearing. A+ attention to detail!
Ridiculous sunglasses on point.
Chip & Dale scarves: cute ‘n practical. (They’re my fav things to wear on a chilly park day.)
They had these pictures up in our room at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, so when we saw them for sale at the gift shop we haaaaad to get them.
I snagged this Baymax crossbody bag, as well as the Baymax bobblehead below, outside of the parks, at the Disney Store in Harajuku. So, if you’re heading to Tokyo but you’re not going to make it to the Disney Parks, you can still snag craaaazy cute stuff at the many Disney Stores throughout the city.
Tokyo Disney Sea has an AMAZING soundtrack (especially for the “Year of Wishes” shows), so we picked up an old school CD bundle on the way out.
Hamburger Mickey! Need I say more?
This (reindeer!!) alien man cup was the souvenir holder that came with our alien men mochi, one of my hands down favorite snacks from Tokyo Disney.
And the Stitch on the left came with the fruity flavored Scrump mochi we picked up near Pooh’s Honey Hunt in Tokyo Disneyland. The flavors weren’t as good as the alien men mochi, but they were absolutely worth it for the souvenir cup.
Have I mentioned Tokyo Disney’s obsession with all things Duffy? He (and his girlfriend Shellie May) are pretty ignored in the States. But in Japan? Holy moly, he is a phenomenon. Right up there with Mickey Mouse.
I didn’t really get it before I visited Tokyo Disney, but now I am fully on board. He is so beloved there that it’s hard not to get bitten by the bug. Which means, of course, I bought a bunch of Duffy merch.
No, we did not save these for over a year. Our friends Jason and Thea (of @journeywithjasea) picked this tin up for us when they were in the park this last November. Have I mentioned that they are among the sweetest humans on Earth!? Mark and I are so, so grateful to have met them through this crazy Disney community.
Santa Mr. Potato Head is a popcorn bucket, but I’ve given him a lot of love as a purse here in the States. I pretty much use all the popcorn buckets we picked up as multi-functional bags, cause why not?
Oh, Pooh Bear
No merch post is complete without a nod to all the Winnie the Pooh goodies Tokyo has to offer. I’ve always loved Pooh Bear, but he’s skyrocketed in my “Favorite Characters” standing since visiting TDR. Like Duffy, Tokyo Disneylanders LOVE Pooh Bear. One of the most popular rides at Tokyo Disneyland is Pooh’s Honey Hunt, which has its own Pooh themed souvenir shop attached.
I brought home quite a few Pooh items from our visit back in December of 2016, and Jason and Thea so kindly added to my collection by picking me up a few more when they visited this year…
Including this special edition winter Pooh Bear crossbody bag (which is SO cute & fuzzy & lovable).
This Pooh Bear stationary set.
And these Winnie the Pooh bookmarks.
I nabbed this Winnie the Pooh backpack myself when we visited, and it’s probably my favorite of all the stuff we brought home.
This Winnie the Pooh cape blanket might just be a close second.
These figurines were all Mark finds. They’re pretty neat, cause they’re mini replicas of the vehicles you’ll see around the Tokyo Disney Resort.
From top to bottom, we have: 2 monorail cars, the special “Year of Wishes” boat that they installed at the entrance of Tokyo Disney Sea, and the cars you ride in Journey to the Center of the Earth (our favorite attraction at Tokyo Disney Sea).
For the love of hats
When it comes to sheer volume, the clear winners from our Tokyo Disney Merch Haul are the hats. Most of the stuff we brought home were for our noggins. So many character hats! Ears! Beanies! And each more outrageous than the last.
Admittedly, we went a little overboard. The hats at Tokyo Disney are so much more interactive and creative than the hats we have back home in the States, so every time we saw one it was a case of “MUST HAVE.”
We have no regrets.
This Donald hat was actually a birthday present to Mark from one of his friends. It’s a special Tokyo Disneyland 30th Anniversary hat that was snagged off Ebay. It’s supposed to look like Donald’s ears are balloons, and he’s actually holding the string to himself. In other words, A-FREAKING-DORABLE.
I think my favorite part about the Tokyo Disney hats is that they all have little character bodies that dangle off the back when you wear them. It’s such a subtly over-the-top addition.
Actually, scratch that. My favorite part is the fact that the hats MOVE.
Take this Donald beanie, for instance. When you squeeze the hand, it’s little feet pop up.
And when you squeeze Sully’s foot, he waves at you!!
Last up we have the classic Mickey jazz hands, probably my favorite of all time. (I say that about all my Tokyo Disney merch, but can you blame me?)
I didn’t bring Lilo home from Tokyo Disney, but she’s just as cute as the merch there… 😉
Here’s to a happy & safe New Year’s Eve, and an even more fabulous 2018! Hoping the next year brings joy, adventure, and another Tokyo Disney trip with a big ‘ole batch of goodies to love & share.