7 Must-Have Gifts for the Disney Lover

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2020 has been a strange year for Disney fans. We have been dealing with park shut downs, movies getting delayed, and a massive shift in how we, as a society, navigate the world. There have been some bright points: Disney+ is here and is wonderful, the parks are slowly reopening, and movies and shows are back in production. So, while things are moving back to resembling normal, we have compiled seven gifts to get those special Disney fans in your life through the holiday season. 

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Disney Castle Playset by LEGO

This Limited Edition castle set is a 4080 piece replica of Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle. Not only does it have a faithful recreation of the pre-2020 paint job, it includes all the iconic spires and details that make the Walt Disney World Castle so special. As you move around to the back of the castle you are met with dozens of easter eggs from your favorite Disney movies. References include Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Cinderella, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and many more. Included in the set are five figures: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Tinkerbell; all dressed in their most iconic costumes. Finally, once this set is built, it even includes its own fireworks show. 

This set is guaranteed to provide a massive dose of nostalgia to any Disney World fan, not to mention hours of fun building and discovering all the wonderful secrets locked away inside. And for the extremely passionate, the Etsy shop gameofbricks sells an easy to install lighting kit that allows you to adjust the colors and recreate some of your favorite nighttime moments from the park. 

(If you’re looking for a LEGO Playset for smaller hands, check out the Disney Frozen Ice Castle by LEGO.)

Villainous: The Worst Takes it All

This 2019 TOTY Game of The Year Award Winner is an amazing addition to any family’s board game collection. A strategy game for ages 10 and up, you play as your favorite Disney Villains, each trying to be the most wicked and achieve your own character’s specific goals. The card decks also include protagonists such as Ariel, Aladdin, Robin Hood, and others. The game is easy to learn with clear instructions and guides for each villain, and can be played “as is” or combined with the three other editions: Evil Comes Prepared, Perfectly Wretched, and Wicked to The Core. Whether you’re buying for a Disney fan, or just a board game enthusiast, this is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to have a family game night. 

Dooney & Bourke Bag There are Disney fans and then there are DISNEY FANS, the ones who go out and show their fandom to the world. This is the gift for them. Bag makers Dooney & Bourke have been making officially licensed, high-quality Disney bags since 2009. Each year they release multiple designs, based on anniversaries, events, and promotions at the parks and company. This season’s current styles are a series of Tangled 10th Anniversary bags, Disney Cats and Dogs, Jungle Book, Disney Vacation Club, and of course, Mickey and Minnie bags. If the person you’re buying for isn’t a fan of the current series of bags, don’t worry. There is a thriving community of traders and collectors of the previous designs, so you can generally find a gently used older bag for sale if, for instance, their 2018 Haunted Mansion design is a must have. 

KawaiiDressShop Disney-Inspired Clothing This Etsy shop specializes in clothing and accessories inspired by some of our favorite rides and movies. They have a variety of reasonably priced leggings, dresses, shoes, tank tops, face masks, bags, and wallets each one brilliantly made and inspired by your favorite Princesses, Villains, and park rides. Perfect for Disneybounding, these can either be the centerpiece of a wonderfully themed outfit, or a nice accent piece to subtly (or not) show off your Disney spirit. Our personal favorites are the Haunted Mansion Maid’s dresses, and the Tower of Terror Sweetheart Midi Dress

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Delicious Disney: The Fresh Edition

There are many ways to bring the parks home with you, including souvenirs and a few other items on this list, but the delicious dishes created by the Disney chefs have generally been a “parks only” experience. The Delicious Disney series of cookbooks has done wonders to fix that. Now you can bring home the recipes used at some of the most famous locations on Disney property, including Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani. This cookbook has more of the high end dining that the parks are known for, like the Beef and Shrimp from Cinderella’s Royal Table, or the Lobster Bisque from Disney’s Yacht Club. This cookbook has everything a home cook needs to bring the flavors of the parks home.

Magic Candle Company Candles All Disney fanatics know that the company uses “Smellitizers” in their parks to turn on scent memories and entice you to buy popcorn or candy on Main Street USA, or to enhance your experience on Pirates of the Caribbean with the smell of rum and salt air. Now you can bring the vacation to you with candle scents from the Magic Candle Company. Their Disney-inspired scents are truly spot on and harken back to some of your favorite rides, foods, and resorts. Their candles use a blend of paraffin and soy waxes to give a pleasant and environmentally friendly experience, and their use of wooden wicks adds a soothing aesthetic to the burn. Some of their most popular scents are Pirates Life, Haunted, Rome Burning, Autumn on Main Street, and Walter’s Office. For those who prefer to not use candles, they also have scented hand soap, bath products, hand sanitizer, air fresheners, fragrance oils, and wax melts. 

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Ye Olde Proppe Shoppe Park Inspired Home Décor What better way to bring home the Disney parks than to bring home replicas of pieces of the park itself. The folks at Ye Olde Proppe Shoppe have amazing replicas of plaques that can be found throughout the parks, including a Disneyland Welcome Plaque Replica Inspired Sign which includes the famous Walt Disney opening day quote “To all who come to this happy place: Welcome.” The shoppe also sells coasters and door signs inspired by It’s a Small World, Club 33, The Haunted Mansion, and the Polynesian resort. If reproductions aren’t what you’re looking for, then perhaps you would like their many available personalized plaques, including house numbers inspired by The Haunted Mansion, The Polynesian, Disneyland Magic Kingdom, and Cinderella’s Castle. Want free shipping on your goodies? Use code YOPSFREESHIP at checkout!

There you have it, seven amazing gifts to give that Disney fan in your life. Some help show off their Disney spirit, and some are to bring the parks home with you, but all of them are truly magical. What’s on your Disney wishlist this holiday season? Share your must-have items in the comments!

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