The Top 10 Christmas Ornaments at Walt Disney World

| December 16, 2013 | 8 Replies

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.

 

Disney's Days of Christmas Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace

Disney’s Days of Christmas Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace

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.

 

This cute Mickey head topiary is perched outside of the store and surrounded by beautiful poinsettias.

This cute Mickey head topiary is perched outside of the store and surrounded by beautiful poinsettias.

 

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.

 

A charming Mickey & Minnie Christmas figurine displayed on a shelf at the shop.

A charming Mickey & Minnie Christmas figurine displayed on a shelf at the shop.

 

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.

 

This blue glass ornament features sparkling silver glitter on Mickey's ears.

This blue glass ornament features sparkling silver glitter and the current Walt Disney World logo.

 

This ornament has a stained glass type of effect and features gold trim.

This ornament has a stained glass type of effect and features gold trim.

 

This ornament is bright and cheerful.

This ornament is bright and cheerful.

 

Silver and ice blue colors make this another gorgeous ornament.

Silver and ice blue colors make this another gorgeous ornament.

 

This zebra stripe Mickey head ornament is sure to be a hit this year.

This zebra stripe Mickey head ornament is sure to be a hit with animal lovers this year.

 

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.

 

Don't Mickey and Minnie look so happy on this ornament?

Don’t Mickey and Minnie look so happy on this ornament?

 

A Disney cast member personalizes a guest's latest purchase while she looks elsewhere in the store.

A Disney cast member personalizes a guest’s latest purchase while she continues her shopping.

 

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.

 

Mickey & Minnie sit near a glittery Disneyland castle in this ornament.

Mickey & Minnie sit near a glittery Disneyland castle in this ornament.

 

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.

 

A Murano glass ornament would make a lovely gift for someone who enjoys art and collectibles.

A Murano glass ornament would make a lovely gift for someone who enjoys art and collectibles.

 

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.

 

These ornaments can be personalized as a gift for a loved one.

These ornaments can be personalized as a gift for a loved one.

 

These delicate beauties will shine brightly on your tree.

These delicate beauties will shine brightly on your tree.

 

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.

 

These hand-crafted ornaments come in a variety of colors.

These hand-crafted ornaments come in a variety of colors.

 

Swarovski crystals add a bit of bling to each bird.

Swarovski crystals add a bit of bling to each bird.

 

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.

 

Alice in Wonderland ornaments can be found in many different shapes, sizes, and styles.

Alice in Wonderland ornaments can be found in many different shapes, sizes, and styles.

 

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.

 

Sorcerer Mickey is ready to add magic to your tree!

Sorcerer Mickey is ready to add magic to your tree!

 

Lightning McQueen is decked out and ready for action this holiday season.

Lightning McQueen is decked out and ready for action this holiday season.

 

These ornaments highlight the beautiful gown of each Disney princess.

These ornaments highlight the beautiful gown of each Disney princess.

 

Luxo, the icon for Pixar Studios, is ready for the holidays.

Luxo, the icon for Pixar Studios, is ready for the holidays.

 

Prep & Landing are on duty and ready to help Santa this season.

Prep & Landing are on duty and ready to help Santa this season.

 

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.

 

These ornaments will have you asking, "Isn't life grand?"

These ornaments will have you asking, “Isn’t life grand?”

 

Mickey and Minnie designed with Victorian romance and charm.

Mickey and Minnie designed with Victorian romance and charm.

 

These bulbs incorporate sequins, gold glitter, and more.

These bulbs incorporate sequins, gold glitter, and detailed designs.

 

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.

 

Mickey as the ultimate Disney tourist!

Mickey as the ultimate Disney tourist!

 

Phineas eats a Mickey bar and Ferb chows down on a caramel apple while they both show off their ear hats.

Phineas eats a Mickey bar and Ferb chows down on a caramel apple while they both show off their ear hats.

 

Minnie dressed as a Walt Disney World tour guide.

Minnie dressed as a Walt Disney World tour guide.

 

Display your love for The Haunted Mansion with these two ornaments.

Display your love for The Haunted Mansion with these two ornaments.

 

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!

 

Images:

N. Mancini

 

 



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  • CrazyAuntie

    Love all the Murano ornaments!

  • Paul Saint

    I want the Hitchhiking Ghosts ornament in such a BAD way! I saw this one and fell in LOVE with it, since the Haunted Mansion is my favorite attraction at WDW.

  • Kim

    all very nice! My favorite this year was the Shoe collection. I an a Tink fan so I purchased hers, but it was a hard choice!!

  • Denise Hallett

    Isn’t this pretty much all the ornaments offered in the store?

    • Nicole L. Mancini

      Denise, definitely far from it!

  • Jessi Winther

    the hand-blown ones are being custom-made by a glass blower in the Germany pavilion at Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration. You can pick the colors you want on the ornament and then the artisan will hand-engrave the ornament with the phrase or wording of your choosing. It’s a great way to commemorate a fantastic holiday vacation!

  • Michael Bear Bailey

    FYI: Murano is IN the city of Venice, not near it. It’s one of the islands that make up Venice. Disney should open a park there!

  • Cara Gaul Jones

    besides going to the store itself is there a site we can buy these ornaments from my family went there in June and I bought some ornaments however when our elf left them this morning my oldest broke two of them and i need to replace them