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    Someone had mentioned here once there is a store near WDW that sells the old or overstocked items from the parks.

    Does anyone know or remember what I'm talking about? If so can you give me the name or the address if you know it?

    Mom and I are heading over to Orlando this weekend for some Christmas shopping and we'd like to check it out!

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    Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

    There is more than one. The Character Premiere is at the Orlando Premium Outlets, near the Shrine of Mary/Dolly Parton theater. The parking is crazy in the front, park in the back (you'll see Publix coming up on the left), it's much easier to find a spot. I was just over there again a couple of days ago.

    The other one (and I've not been there since it was remodeled, but have been going for over 10 years now) is the Character Warehouse. That is at the end of I-Drive, near Wet and Wild. There was a Character Premiere that way also, I'm not sure if there is now (I haven't been over there in a year or so now - I need to!) These are all Disney owned. TDL Fan has recently been over to the I-Drive Character Warehouse, he posted pics a couple of months back of it since the remodel.
    Denise

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    Originally posted by TDLFAN
    I think it will give more pipping pervs the reason needed to go parasailing
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      Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

      Oh - Willcad has a great page on this, I almost forgot:

      http://willcad.org/disney_outlets.html

      The Character Connection mentioned is definitely hit or miss (he mentions it on his page). It is not owned by Disney, but may be worth a few minutes of your time. Or not. It wasn't worth that much of mine when I visited a few times, it reminded me more of the character outlets in CA.
      Denise

      www.mousesteps.com




      Favorite TDL Typo:

      Originally posted by TDLFAN
      I think it will give more pipping pervs the reason needed to go parasailing
      on Bay Lake.

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      • #4
        Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

        The Character Premiere is the one we go to but the parking is insane all over. It is crazy getting in to the place and crazy getting out. Your best bet is to go early.

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          Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

          We went to the Character Premire on our last trip and we actually found a lot of great stuff, it was defintely a hit that trip.



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          • #6
            Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

            another way to do it is on e-bay. Its a very good source of theme park merchandise, new and discontinued. Plus, there are many e-bay stores that specialize in WDW/Disney stuff.
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              Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

              Originally posted by jane2073 View Post
              The Character Premiere is the one we go to but the parking is insane all over. It is crazy getting in to the place and crazy getting out. Your best bet is to go early.
              I have never had a problem in the back (not yet anyway). Maybe over the holidays, or evenings - I don't tend to go then. The front is almost always busy, I don't even bother checking anymore.

              Either way - the stores are terrific, though there is more 1/2 off merchandise right now at the CP (as opposed to deeper discounts). But the merchandise changes so often, it's always a fun place to stop.

              Anything can be hit or miss - but the one I mentioned as being iffy for me is the Character Connection. They aren't owned by Disney. I never bought anything there, though some of the prices were good. It has a different feel than the Disney-owned stores, and not everything was Disney merchandise (when I went). If you have time, it might be worth the trip - it's just down 535.

              One of my favorite finds was a denim Mickey jacket, normally $84, I bought it last year for $21.00.
              Last edited by nbodyhome; 11-30-2007, 09:18 AM.
              Denise

              www.mousesteps.com




              Favorite TDL Typo:

              Originally posted by TDLFAN
              I think it will give more pipping pervs the reason needed to go parasailing
              on Bay Lake.

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

                Originally posted by nbodyhome View Post
                I have never had a problem in the back (not yet anyway). Maybe over the holidays, or evenings - I don't tend to go then. The front is almost always busy, I don't even bother checking anymore.

                Either way - the stores are terrific, though there is more 1/2 off merchandise right now at the CP (as opposed to deeper discounts). But the merchandise changes so often, it's always a fun place to stop.

                Anything can be hit or miss - but the one I mentioned as being iffy for me is the Character Connection. They aren't owned by Disney. I never bought anything there, though some of the prices were good. It has a different feel than the Disney-owned stores, and not everything was Disney merchandise (when I went). If you have time, it might be worth the trip - it's just down 535.

                One of my favorite finds was a denim Mickey jacket, normally $84, I bought it last year for $21.00.
                Hi Denise!
                Have you ever been to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores?, that is one of the shopping centres we were planning on visiting during our trip, i have not heard of anyone who has been so far to ask if it's worth going to.
                We are also going to the Premium Outlets and Florida Mall


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                • #9
                  Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

                  Originally posted by Charmed-One View Post
                  Hi Denise!
                  Have you ever been to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores?, that is one of the shopping centres we were planning on visiting during our trip, i have not heard of anyone who has been so far to ask if it's worth going to.
                  We are also going to the Premium Outlets and Florida Mall

                  That is where the Character Outlet is (the non-Disney owned store), I like some of the other outlet malls better (like the Premium outlets). If you do go, it looks like they have some coupons here: http://www.lbvfs.com/
                  Denise

                  www.mousesteps.com




                  Favorite TDL Typo:

                  Originally posted by TDLFAN
                  I think it will give more pipping pervs the reason needed to go parasailing
                  on Bay Lake.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

                    Originally posted by nbodyhome View Post
                    That is where the Character Outlet is (the non-Disney owned store), I like some of the other outlet malls better (like the Premium outlets). If you do go, it looks like they have some coupons here: http://www.lbvfs.com/
                    Thanks!, i will definetly use some of those coupons, i love a bargain!
                    I see that they also do a free shuttle bus from some of the non Disney Resorts in the DD area but i'm guessing you would have to be staying there to use it.


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                      Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

                      Fabulous! This was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks so much everyone!

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                        Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

                        Originally posted by Charmed-One View Post
                        Thanks!, i will definetly use some of those coupons, i love a bargain!
                        I see that they also do a free shuttle bus from some of the non Disney Resorts in the DD area but i'm guessing you would have to be staying there to use it.
                        You probably would. I am not sure if there is a bus that goes to the Orlando Premium Outlets from the TTC, but once there - you can get the I-Drive trolley, and hit a lot of outlets (if you wanted to).
                        Denise

                        www.mousesteps.com




                        Favorite TDL Typo:

                        Originally posted by TDLFAN
                        I think it will give more pipping pervs the reason needed to go parasailing
                        on Bay Lake.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

                          I wonder when all the Disney-MGM Studios merchandise will start piling up at the outlets ... perhaps, Disney is dumping what it can at Property Control/Cast Connection before the holidays.

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                            Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

                            Originally posted by WDW1974 View Post
                            I wonder when all the Disney-MGM Studios merchandise will start piling up at the outlets ... perhaps, Disney is dumping what it can at Property Control/Cast Connection before the holidays.
                            There hasn't been a lot of it in recent years though so Disney might be slightly ahead of this curve. Maybe they'll send the park maps and travel information instead? :cwink: Although they did decide to come out with dated park-specific merchandise for the Disney-MGM Studios for 2007. Odd choice if you ask me, but personally I didn't mind since I'm all for park-specific merchandise. :ap:

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                              Re: Discounted Walt Disney World Merchandise?

                              Originally posted by BigPigletFan View Post
                              There hasn't been a lot of it in recent years though so Disney might be slightly ahead of this curve. Maybe they'll send the park maps and travel information instead? :cwink: Although they did decide to come out with dated park-specific merchandise for the Disney-MGM Studios for 2007. Odd choice if you ask me, but personally I didn't mind since I'm all for park-specific merchandise. :ap:
                              I'm holding out for the t-shirts that will say "My Parents went to the Oliver Garden at Flamingo Crossing on Western Way, and all they got me was this Lousy t-shirt".
                              Denise

                              www.mousesteps.com




                              Favorite TDL Typo:

                              Originally posted by TDLFAN
                              I think it will give more pipping pervs the reason needed to go parasailing
                              on Bay Lake.

                              Comment

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