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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor

The Holidays Come to Disneyland! A week-long series

I was walking through New Orleans Square early one morning last week, and noticed that the Christmas Shop was still closed. I glanced through the window as I walked past, and did a double take: the store was piled floor to ceiling with boxes of merchandise. Stack after stack of boxes filled the tiny store to the walls. A sign in the window announced that the store would be open at noon. I made a note to come back, and spent a quiet hour feeding ducks. 

I returned to New Orleans Square promptly at noon and joined the crowd at the Christmas store. Oh what a sight to see! The Disneyland elves had managed to place most of this new treasure onto the shelves, and my fellow shoppers were going wild! A couple from Hawaii was trying to decide exactly how much room they had in their spare suitcase for the stacks of ornaments they had already selected. Another woman was holding an armload of Bean Bag Plush, and naming off her grandchildren out loud to herself... "Let's see, Rosie likes Piglet, and David likes Eeyore...". A mother / daughter duo were busy deciding on WHO got the Tinkerbell Tree Topper. "But MOM, we can't both have it, and Christmas IS at my house this year!". And one gentleman has resigned himself to a seat in the adjacent courtyard, knowing full well that he might never see his wife, or his credit card, again. $200 later, I had enough ornaments to decorate two trees, and it was time to go home.

Heading back to Main Street, I stopped to visit a friend and learned that the China Closet shop was about to undergo it's Holiday Transformation that evening. "More new stuff?" I asked. "More than what I just saw at the Christmas Shop?" "Oh yes", I was told. "They don't have half of what we're going to offer". Uh oh - I was definitely in trouble!

Wednesday morning, I called Mr. Mavica, and requested the loan of his camera. We agreed to meet later that day, and spent a lovely afternoon shooting disc after disc of all of the AMAZING Holiday merchandise that arrived. The pictures that follow are the result of my Photo Safari.

To steal a line from The Lion King, there is more to see than can ever be seen (on one small web page). So, I'm going to break this into bite sized chunks for you. Check back each day this week to see more of the collection. (If you can't wait that long, the whole collection is now available at MouseShoppe).

Today's Treasures: The BIG Stuff!

You can get lost looking at all of the tiny little ornaments, but I was really impressed with the bigger decor pieces. I'm showing these on the first day of this series, because they may very well be sold out this week. On my return visit this Sunday, I saw that many of the items are already gone. 

The Fab 5 Cookie Jar is THE place to store all of your homemade holiday cookies. Shaped and decorated like a Gingerbread House, the Cookie Jar seems to be inhabited by Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy! 

Gingerbread House Cookie Jar

If you collect trains, there are two great pieces for you. We featured the Christmas Cannonball last week in a sneak preview. This train plays 16 songs, has animated characters, moving wheels AND real smoke! Imagine how cute this would be on top of your mantle, or as a table centerpiece. 

Christmas Cannonball

There is also a Holiday Snow Globe. The train actually moves around the base of the Snow Globe while "Jingle Bells" plays. The inside of the globe has a Christmas tree, and the Fab 5 ride the train.

Holiday Train Snowglobe

Finally, my favorite pieces from this collection: The LIGHTED Character Houses. These are simply the greatest decorations I have run across, and I can't decide which one(s) I need.

Each is about 9" tall, and is a replica of a Character's House from Toon Town. The collection includes Mickey's House,

Lighted Toon Town House - Mickey's House

Minnie's House,

Lighted Toon Town House - Minnie's House

Goofy's House

Lighted Toon Town House - Goofy's House

and Donald's Boat.

Lighted Toon Town House - Donald's Boat

The houses have working holiday lights on the eves, while Donald has his lights strung from mast to mast. Snow and wreaths complete the decor of each home, and the Character themselves are at their front doors to greet you. The lights are battery operated, so you don't have to place them near an outlet. You can use these to add holiday cheer just about anywhere.

These are totally unique decorations, and are perfect for anyone who loves the characters and Disneyland. As of Sunday morning, Mickey and Minnie's houses are already sold out! I'll keep a waiting list if you'd like to order one when I can get more - just e-mail me. 

As you can see, this is going to be an expensive Holiday Season. These items are just the beginning! Keep checking back all week as we explore more of the collection, and be sure to stop by MouseShoppe to order your favorites. 

NEXT: The SMALL stuff!


Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact Adrienne here.


ABOUT THE EDITOR

Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix is the super-shopper behind MouseShoppe, your personal and unofficial shopping service for the Disneyland Resort, and the owner of CharmingShoppe, a Disney collectibles store located in Anaheim.

In addition to scouring the park to find you the latest and greatest merchandise, she keeps you updated on all of the merchandise events happening in the parks.

If you want to talk to her about this column, merchandise, or events, contact her here.

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