Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Why it's worth Visiting the Disney Outlet near Disney World

I have always been curious about the Disney outlets in Orlando. I have heard of people getting some really good deals on merchandise and have heard that sometimes you can even find left over race merchandise. I've never had the opportunity to check out these outlets because I normally depend on Disney's Magical Express as my main mode of transportation.

However, on our past trip to Disney for the Tower of Terror race weekend, we had our own transportation so we decided to check it out.

There are actually 2 Disney outlets in Orlando.  One is at the Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue and the other one was on international drive.

Since we were staying in the Boardwalk resort area, we chose to go to the ones on Vineland avenue because they were the closer ones. They were very easy to get to and it took us less than 15 minutes.

The actually name for the Disney outlet store is the Disney Character Outlet.

Here are my thoughts.


It was not as large as I was expecting it to be. It was probably just a little bigger than the Disney stores at the mall.

The did have a nice variety of merchandise.

They were selling a lot of those tote bags and throw blankets that you would normally see at  World of Disney ( and other gift shops). You know, the ones that you can purchase for an additional $19.99 when you spend $50 or more.

I thought the prices were fabulous and most of the stuff was 50 % off what you would find at the onsite gift shops.  I saw some of the picture frames that I purchase during previous Disney trips for sale here at half the price I paid.

I was looking to see what kind of race merchandise they had left and unfortunately the only thing they had was from a race I did not run.

Too bad, because I actually thought it was a cute shirt!

I don't know why I hoped to see other race merchandise here. It would make sense that Expedition Everest merchandise would be the only stuff  here because after all, that was the most recent Disney World  race at that point.

I was surprised to see that they even had a good selection of merchandise from Alunai.

I didn't really need any other souvenirs, but if I did, this would have been a great place to stock up on them. This would be a great place to bring kids to shop since the prices were so much less than the gift shops in the parks.

If you do happen to have your own transportation, I would recommend checking out the outlets.  I did see that they had cab service running as well, so it looked like catching a cab wouldn't be a problem ( but I bet that would be costly).

Have you been to the Disney Outlets in Orlando?  Do you find that you "over buy" in the souvenir department? ~M

20 comments:

  1. I have only visited the Disney outlet in Wrenthen MA and that was on opening day. They had no race merchandise, but alot of cute things for children and they gave away mouse ears to the customers that day!

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    1. This was the first Disney "outlet" I had ever visited.

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  2. I've never been to the Disney Outlets. I didn't even know they existed. And here I've just been paying full price for all my Disney stuff over the years.

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    1. Yea, I couldn't believe how much of a mark up there is on that merchandise. Never mind, yes I can believe it. It's Disney!

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  3. Interesting. I didn't know about the outlets either. We don't usually have a car when down there but I'm thinking of renting a car on our next trip so this might be a good addition.

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    1. If you have a car then it is definitely worth making the trip.

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  4. I have yet to visit a Disney outlet, but have heard that they are hit or miss. We usually have our own transportation, but wind up trying to maximize our park time which hinders our ability to spend much time off property.

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    1. There are definitely deals to be had, it just depend if it is on the merchandise you are looking for!

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  5. What a good idea -- I didn't know an outlet existed. It reminds me of the last time I went to Disneyland and it was a lot colder than I expected so I bought a sweatshirt -- for over $60 haha woof.

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    1. Oh I hear ya. That happened to me once. It was January 2007 and it was freezing. I bought a sweater for about $60. It was pink and had a teeny tiny mickey mouse in the corner. I still have it but hardly ever wear it. I should dig it out this winter!

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  6. I went to one for the first time at Wine and Dine weekend. It was nice, but like you I didn't need anything so I just browsed.

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  7. I didn't even know they had an outlet but its a great idea if you can get there since souvenirs at most theme parks are SO expensive, especially if you are trying to buy for more than a few people so it's cool that they have this!!

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  8. It's been ages since I have been to Disney World, I really need to change that:) I went to Disneyland a few years ago, and I stayed at the Marriot next door to Alunai in Oahu before they opened it (the beaches are sort of shared with Marriot's) But it's still not the same thing as Disney World, I would love to go back sometime... hopefully!

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  9. Never been to an outlet, but the mall where I grew up had a Disney store and I LOVED it.

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  10. I didn't even know these existed! I'll have to check one out for race shirts if I'm ever near.

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  11. I'll have to check these out next time I'm there!

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  12. I hope I can make a stop in February :)

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  13. That's a really smart idea to bring kids there to pick out souvenirs. They don't know the difference!

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  14. I have been to the outlet at Concord Mills near Charlotte NC. I picked up a Pirates of the Caribbean hoodie with an $80 price tag on it for $15! So it will be going in my suite case this fall on our honeymoon which includes a stay at the Disney resort in Hilton Head.

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