Faster than you could sing Let It Go, Christmas 2014 has come and gone. It’s hard to believe that the holidays have passed by so quickly this year. With that being said, we still have time to take a look at my Top 10 ornaments for this year. Like last year’s list, I considered the quality, uniqueness, and fun of each style before choosing my favorites. I also take into consideration that not all ornaments need to be character-based; I like looking at the variety of color schemes and materials that are used to make them too. Check out my Top 10 below and let me know what you think!
This year’s Top 10 was especially difficult to narrow down. I was really impressed with what has hit the shelves especially in terms of rare characters or those that typically do not have merchandise of their own. In fact, I actually re-wrote this list three times before coming to its present version. I won’t delay you any longer though. Here it is…
My Top 10
10. A Spoonful of…Mary Poppins?! Sweet!
The film, Mary Poppins, is a Disney classic, and there’s no better way to honor this lovable character than with an ornament. To the best of my recollection, this is the first time that Mary has had her own and rightfully so. I love how her dress sparkles in the light.
9. Flamingo a la Disney
Every time I see these crazy flamingos, I think of Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival. During this event, you can find larger versions of the above ornament (without the Christmas attributes, of course) as a garden statue. The bright pink body and Mickey ear hat are so cute to display. This makes it a perfect treat for your tree.
8. If the Shoe…uhh…Slipper…Fits!
Cinderella is another iconic character in Disneyana, and this ornament definitely pays homage to her story. The bulb surrounds her famous glass slipper in all of its glory. What’s even better for us Disney Parks enthusiasts is the saying scrolled around its diameter, “Walt Disney World/Disneyland – Where the Glass Slipper Always Fits!” Even though I absolutely love this ornament, I do have to admit that it would have a higher rating on my list if for not one simple error which will have grammar police everywhere cringing: the lowercase “f” in the quote. Yes, I know; it’s minute, at best, but still a bit bothersome when the rest of the headline is capitalized.
7. You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!
Think of a wonderful thought. Any merry little thought! Peter Pan as an ornament? Yes, please! I love this piece and how it shows Peter soaring through the air.
6. Green Army Men Abound
Green Army Men hold a special place in my heart especially after interacting with them at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They always bring a smile to my face. Having a few perched in my tree brings these memories back, and I’m sure they will for you too.
I thought I had my Top 10 list squared away when I found this little beauty in World of Disney one night. Merida is a powerful female character and doesn’t always get the attention that she deserves when it comes to merchandise. Here, she is decked out in her Scottish best complete with bow and arrow.
4. Cheshire Cat Smiles
The Cheshire Cat has always been one of those odd characters that eventually gains cult-like status. He’s popping up more and more now especially on items that have a gothic flair to them. While I’ve never been a huge fan of this feline, I will say that I found his ornament a hoot. I love how he’s hanging from his purple-striped tail and showing off that wide grin. This would be fun to display on a tree whether Alice in Wonderland is popular in your house or not.
3. Muppets Galore
Ever since the Walt Disney Company acquired Jim Henson’s beloved characters, we’ve seen an increase in Muppet merchandise in the parks. I just love these two ornaments! They truly emphasize the fun of the Muppets. How can you not appreciate Beaker’s face here?
2. Mickey Icons
A Top 10 list wouldn’t be complete without highlighting some of the new Mickey icon ornaments now up for grabs. My all-time favorite is the iced gingerbread ornament in the first picture. It just speaks Christmas to me. I also love the berry style; it’s simple but elegant just the same. Epcot fans will appreciate the Spaceship Earth style ornament. Lastly, these bejeweled red and gold Mickey ornaments will definitely be noticeable anywhere they hang on your tree. I was actually quite surprised by how heavy they were – a solid metal is used, not a plastic like similar versions from the past.
1. It All Started with a…Rabbit
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is this year’s #1 ornament! How could you not love him? Disney history buffs will remember this silly fellow as the original character that Walt Disney himself created when he first entered the animation business in the 1920s. As a result of some unfortunate legal woes, Oswald remained in the hands of Universal Pictures which prompted Walt to create a new character, Mickey Mouse. Luckily for us, the Walt Disney Company was able to regain the rights to Oswald some 80 years later. Honoring him with an ornament seems only fitting.
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I hope that you’ve enjoyed this year’s Top 10 list. It’s been fun looking at all of the ornaments in the stores at Walt Disney World and choosing my favorites. Remember that most of them will be available year-round in stores such as Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Which ones are your favorites? Is there something that didn’t make the list? Let me know your ideas in the comment section below! Happy Shopping!