Shopportunity of the strange at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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You might think this is odd, but when it comes to leaving a Disney park, I plan my exit route around how many shops I can hit as I make my way toward the gate. (Long-time readers are feigning shock. Tink *~*~* – a shopper? No! Really? ;p ) There are a couple of reasons you should consider doing this, too. One, you are addicted to Disney merchandise, and even if you’re not buying, you’re still looking. Two, if it is a really hot day, the shops are your air conditioned refuge. Some of them are quite long, actually a series of shops strung together; you can get from one to the next without having to exit to the sidewalk. For instance, at the Magic Kingdom you can enter Casey’s at the rear where the bleachers and cartoons are, and walk clear down to the Emporium without ever having to leave the comfort of climate control.

030620102530-WDW-Shopping-Tinkerbell-pinAt Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are major shops spaced out all around Discovery Island, so no matter which land you are coming from, you’re passing merchandise and cool air. The shopportunities are just too good to pass up, so you enter to see what you can see. Much of the merchandise will be similar to what you just saw in the last shop you were in, but once in a while you come across something unique, different…. ok, odd. Take this Pirate Tinkerbell pin as an example. Adorable, right? Well, yes – but only until you get close enough to realize that her eyes are these strange, glowing, neon blue blobs and it makes her look like a pod person ready to shed her humanoid form and take over the planet. I would have bought her, except that she gave me the willies!

030620102529-WDW-shopping-Ariel-skirt-sceneHere’s another head-scratcher. We already knew that Ariel didn’t have legs until her dear Auntie Ursula gave her some in exchange for her lovely singing voice. What we didn’t know is that Ursula apparently reneged on the deal, for here we see that instead of legs, Ariel’s got a miniature theater under her skirt, complete with her own “mini-me” shown here in the boat with Prince Eric. The statue is very pretty but when you think about it, she’s actually floating legless above a rowboat and that’s just a tad bizarre. I passed on this one, too.

030620102527-WDW-Shopping-run-away-MickeyThis t-shirt is a bit of a change of pace for Mickey. Normally, he’s friendly, charming, outgoing and always smiling. On this t-shirt, not so much. Mickey is depicted here running, with his hands flailing in the air, looking over his shoulder in abject terror. Clearly, someone – or someTHING – is chasing him. However, we cannot see that because the t-shirt ends just where a would-be pursuer would begin. We may never know what’s made poor Mickey take off like this, but judging from his face, it can’t be good! Still, this one is more edgy than strange, so there’s the possibility I’d buy it, just to be droll. ;)


So what about you?
Do you cut through the shops in the Disney parks to cool off?
And what’s the strangest Disney merchandise you’ve ever seen?

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9 comments for “Shopportunity of the strange at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  1. April 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    fun articlexhappy ruby tueday to youxlynda

  2. Jim
    April 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Tink, long time no see. Thank you for the Disney post, it was most interesting. I KNEW you live there and hide out someplace there during the night!
    I have Mom’s Mickey Mouse watch. She died in 1999 and it was pretty old back then. I might wear it more but it is a ‘wind-up’ model and it keeps stopping on me, just about once a day! :)
    ..

  3. April 20, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Tinkerbell is so cutie, isn’t it? heheheh.. The second photo is awesome! Have a great Ruby Tuesday!

    Mine is up as well.. Come and visit anytime you like.. See yah.. :)

  4. April 20, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Guess I will have to be on the lookout for strange merchandise today.

  5. April 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

    In much the same way that I never visited Alcatraz while living in San Francisco, I likewise have never gone to Disney while living in Florida. This post sort of makes me want to go, but I have a history of catching unspecified viruses from Disney-branded stores (like on Pier 39 in SF during the Christmas crush); or perhaps the whole thing is psychological and has to do with an aversion to shopping in any store that calls its staff a “cast.”

  6. April 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Know what you mean, Suzanna – I grew up in NYC and there are still things I haven’t done there that half the tourist world seems to have done multiple times.

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  7. April 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I love the Ariel statue. :)

  8. April 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I love this post! Happy RT.

  9. April 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    These are so cute.

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