Christmas is quickly approaching, and if you’re like me, you love finding a new special ornament to put on display. Walt Disney World is a great place to hunt for one that shows off your style, favorite character, or commemorates a special occasion. Over the weekend, I stopped by the best spot to find a new ornament (or two…or three…) while at Walt Disney World: Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney. I walked out with a few new beauties and thought I’d share my Top 10 favorites for this season.
The Days of Christmas shop is located in the Marketplace at Downtown Disney and is a fun place to visit. The outside walls are decorated with Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, and a few sporadic stanzas of the famous “Twelve Days of Christmas” poem which are continued inside. There’s also lots of garland, brightly colored bulbs, and cheerful displays outside; once inside, you’ll immediately feel the holiday spirit as a thick aroma of pine and spice hits your nose.
As I walked through the store the other day, I found myself really impressed by the different types of ornaments it offers. Sure, the average Disney fan knows the shop to be a place for Christmas hats, plush, and ornaments, but did you know that you could get some that are from different areas of the world? Those made of feathers and sequins? Ones paying homage to the stereotypical Disney tourist? I have to admit, there’s a lot more than meets the eye here.
My Top 10
This has been a great year for new and exciting Disney merchandise, and ornaments are definitely not an exception. Here are my Top 10 for those looking to add a bit of pixie dust to their Christmas tree:
10. The Traditional Mickey Ornament
I don’t know many visitors to Walt Disney World who don’t come back without a traditional Mickey head ornament commemorating their trip. These come in a variety of colors and patterns and are made with glitter, sequins, and more. I noticed that some of these are becoming more and more elaborate lately and really like how they fit in with current trends such as animal prints.
9. A Twist on the Traditional
Playing off of the above, this cute ornament is a great way to commemorate your most recent Disney trip. Mickey and Minnie sit upon a sky blue glass bulb that says “Our Walt Disney World Vacation” on it in gold glitter. Mickey has his camera ready to take pictures of his favorite attractions while Minnie holds one of those famous ear balloons. This would make for a great “first trip” ornament and, like many of the bulbs found in the store, can even be personalized with the year of your vacation.
8. Castle Envy
Even though there have been some advances in what merchandise is available on both coasts, I did a double take when I spotted this tear-drop ornament with Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle on the shelf. It features Mickey and Minnie dressed in sparkly Santa gear sitting on a pile of snow. I did notice a similar ornament using Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle nearby, but was surprised to see that they were not displayed in a more prominent location. Either way, this is a cute addition for your collection…especially if you like Disneyland.
7. Murano Glass Mickey & More
Located near the city of Venice, Murano has been famous for its glass making since the 10th century. The process involves melting various materials at very high temperatures and manipulating them to form intricate patterns. Guests can find Murano glass jewelry, stemware, decoratives, and more throughout Walt Disney World property. However, this was the first time I came upon these darling Murano Christmas ornaments. They were handmade in Venice and come in both Mickey and wreath shapes.
6. Mickey a la Murano?
Speaking of Murano glass, I spotted these blown glass Mickey ornaments elsewhere in the shop. They have a mosaic-like pattern and are beautifully colored. I noticed many guests picking these up to be personalized as gifts for their loved ones.
5. A Little Glitz & Glamour
One of the ways I make my Christmas tree stand out is by adding ornaments that are made with a variety of different materials. This includes feathers, crystals, and glitter. You can imagine my joy when I discovered these hand-painted bird ornaments that come from Germany. Each is mouth-blown glass and features Swarovski crystals and brightly colored feathers.
4. A Spot of Tea?
Alice in Wonderland is a literary and Disney classic. Since Johnny Depp starred as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s remake of the original film, more and more Wonderland merchandise has been showing up on store shelves. You can find ornaments in the shapes of tea cups, hats, and even tea kettles like this one below. I love how Alice is surrounded by The Flowers, singing roses, daisies, lilies, and the like which originated in Lewis Carroll’s novel, Through the Looking Glass.
3. Mickey & Friends
Let’s face it, we love Disney, and we love its characters. I would make a serious mistake if I did not include some of my favorite character ornaments here. Everyone from Dumbo to Jiminy Cricket to the princesses can be found. Pixar favorites are also available, and there’s even one for Prep & Landing, a holiday cartoon favorite.
2. Victorian Elegance & Charm
With the recent opening of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Villas, I am all about everything “grand.” These Victorian-themed ornaments are absolutely delightful and perfect to display. You can find them in many shapes and sizes; a few even include Mickey and Minnie ready for a carriage ride in their Sunday best.
And here it is, the moment you have been waiting for….the #1 ornament for this year! Drumroll, please!
1. Theme Park Specials
I fell in love with this tourist Mickey ornament a few weeks back and just had to have it. Disney Merchandise is finding new ways every year to celebrate the icons of park touring and its associated cult favorites. That’s right. I’m talking about pin trading, turkey legs, ear hats, Figment, hitchhiking ghosts, and the like. It will be difficult to buy just one of these ornaments that help us remember our special moments in the parks.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my Top 10 ornaments for this year. Even though Christmas is just a short time away, keep in mind that you can purchase these items year round at Disney’s Days of Christmas store. Be sure to stop there for more than just a few minutes during your next trip, and check them out. It’s great fun and a break from the heat!