Easter was just around the corner and Walt Disney World was packed with spring breakers, but you know what merchandise caught my eye last week? The Christmas Stuff.
It all started at Hollywood Studios inside Keystone Clothiers. As I was taking in all the Star Wars souvenirs, I found a corner stocked with Chewbacca and Darth Vader gingerbread-scented plushies, Grogu stockings, ornament sets, and a musical Christmas tree. This wasn’t discounted leftovers from December, it was new holiday décor.
That Christmas find inspired me to take a trek over to Disney’s Days of Christmas, a year-round Christmas shop at Disney Springs. There, I went gaga for the nutcrackers of Mickey and Minnie in ski gear, a line of wooden shelf decorations, and a Tinker Bell snow globe.
Of course, a visit to Disney’s Days of Christmas isn’t complete without an ornament re-stock. The shop was jammed packed with Mickey-ear glass bulbs and ornaments featuring every Disney character imaginable. For a few dollars, you can have your ornaments personalized and/or shipped home.
Disney has two other year-round Christmas shops. Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in the Magic Kingdom and the Die Weihnachts Ecke (The Christmas Corner) in EPCOT’s Germany pavilion. While the MK location carries items similar to Disney’s Days of Christmas, the Germany Pavilion’s offerings are much different. (Between you and me, the Germany store is now my favorite of all the holiday stores, and yes, the beer steins have everything to do with it.)
Something else I found in most of the parks were mugs for Life Day (a Wookiee celebration similar to Thanksgiving and Christmas) and Mickey wreaths (which technically weren’t Christmas offerings, but I’m going to swap out the bow and make one so). Both are the kind of Christmas decor only the biggest Disney and Star Wars nerd (and I’m referring to myself here) could love.
When I need a little Christmas nobody does it better than Disney. I’m glad it leaves little touches of the holiday around even in April.
Need a Christmas fix that skews more toward Christmas than Disney? If you are traveling near the great lakes state, stop by Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan. If you love podcasts, give the Can’t Wait for Christmas Podcast a try. It comes out on the 25th of each month.
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