Shopping With Character: Minnie Mouse

Shopping at Walt Disney World is always a lot of fun, and a great way to show your #DisneySide is by shopping with character!

I enjoy adding a bit of my favorite character to my everyday outfit or even my beauty routine.

While staying ‘budget friendly’ with gifts and souvenirs can be a challenge, I found some great ideas for under $25!

Since my favorite character is Minnie Mouse, I thought I would start with her!

Shopping With Character: Minnie Mouse


Anytime I can find a kiss-lock coin purse I am over the moon! This embossed silicone coin purse is perfect at $9.95! I like to use them for keeping my earbuds, cord, and a brick organized in my backpack or purse.


When I picked up this embroidered vinyl cosmetic case, and saw that it was only $9.95 I was thrilled. It would be great for keeping items like pencils organized, small necessities in a purse together that end up in a mess in the bottom (I hope that is not just me…), and even as a way to keep things like boarding passes and passports organized for longer trips. This pouch is a great bargain for any use!


Want to add a touch of bling to an outfit? These rhinestone classic three circle Mickey Mouse silhouette bobby pins are awesome. They are super sparkly and useful, and at $19.95 a really playful touch for a fancier outfit.


I adore wearing a bow in my hair, and for $9.95 this fabric bow is fun and durable! I am also a sucker for polka dots, so it is the best of both worlds for me!


If you don’t like to wear bobby pins, these rhinestone and pearl classic three circle Mickey Mouse silhouette head bands are for you. At $16.95 you really can’t go wrong!


You can also find these rhinestone classic three circle Mickey Mouse silhouette hair bands that are $14.95 for two. These are great if you like to wear a band around your wrist.


Beautifully Disney has some amazing brushes, and this Minnie Mouse inspired Kabuki brush is no exception. For $21.95, this high quality brush is a great value.


If you are looking for a utility pouch that is on the larger side, this pie-eyed Minnie Mouse vinyl case would be a good choice at $19.95.


Beautifully Disney has this red and black polka dotted vinyl large cosmetic case with bow and mirror for $24.95. I like these vinyl cosmetic cases, because if a powder or eyeshadow breaks the clean up is easy.


And rounding out my list is the zip ID Mickey and Minnie Mouse Bouncing Bouquet case from Vera Bradley. The Disney Vera Bradley Collection is wildly popular, and even on a small piece like this you can still get a glimpse of a character. This one takes some patience, because if you are set on finding the perfect one for you it could take some time.

I hope that you enjoyed a look at how you can add a touch of your favorite character to your wardrobe on a budget.

What is your favorite character to add as you are shopping with character?

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Marketplace Co Op Opens At The Downtown Disney Marketplace

Marketplace Co Op

The Marketplace Co Op opened today at the Downtown Disney Marketplace, and we were fortunate enough to get an early peek at this new and exciting area!

The Marketplace Co Op, in the former Team Mickey location, houses six specialty merchandise locations that will be updated every quarter so your shopping experience will be able to change with the season to serve as a showcase for new items and lines of products.

The interior of the Marketplace Co Op is really sparse and industrial looking so that the individual spaces can really take on the lifestyle and look of its content.

Marketplace Co Op

I especially loved the chandelier with its mixture of antiques and modern sensibility.

Marketplace Co Op

I also like how the Marketplace Co Op is still open to TrenD and Downtown Disney Marketplace Guest Relations to give the space an even more unified feel!

Now it is time to get to the good part…

The six new specialty merchandise locations of the Marketplace Co Op!!!

D-Tech on Demand: A place to personalize and customize your own electronic accessories

Marketplace Co Op

Marketplace Co Op

D-Tech on Demand has a wide variety of electronics, headphones, speakers, phone cases, and electronic accessories, but the gem of the store is the D-Tech On Demand Cases!

Marketplace Co Op

Marketplace Co Op

In the center of the store is a bay of iPads where you can choose the perfect case for YOU and even personalize it with your name! Currently the D-Tech On Demand Cases are only available for the iPhone 4/4S/5/5S and the Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4. We were told that new phones will be added soon!

Marketplace Co Op

The D-Tech On Demand customized cell phone cases are $36.95 and the Personalized D-Tech On Demand cell phone cases are $44.95.

Marketplace Co Op

Also available are Disney Vacation Club Resort specific phone cases with the DVC logo. DVC member do receive a 10% discount on these customized cell phone cases. We were given conflicting information about if these are exclusive to DVC members, so we will update you with information as we find out!

The Trophy Room: Vintage inspired, lifestyle sports apparel, and collectibles.

Marketplace Co Op

While this area of the Marketplace Co Op is definitely the least ‘Disney’ of the areas I have to say that it is one of my absolute favorites!

Marketplace Co Op World Cup

The area has an old world gentleman’s sporting club feel, and is filled with vintage apparel that is absolutely reasonably priced!

Marketplace Co Op

I was kind of bummed that they didn’t have an runDisney Merchandise here, since Team Mickey was the place to get those items!

However, my biggest complaint about The Trophy Room is that there was no love for my Alma Mater Virginia Tech…Go Hokies!!!

Beautifully Disney: A beauty destination for woman featuring make-up, fragrance, and beauty accessories.

Marketplace Co Op Beautifully Disney

The Beautifully Disney area at the Marketplace Co Op is definitely the smallest area of the six, but it packs quite a punch with all that they have to offer!

Marketplace Co Op Aulani

Inside this area you will find the entire Beautifully Disney line, spa items that are exclusive to Aulani, H2O products, and fragrances galore.

Marketplace Co Op Pop of Minnie

There are also certified makeup artists that are happy to give you a complimentary mini-makeover using the Beautifully Disney products! Talk about a great break from the parks!

Marketplace Co Op Make Over Area

Marketplace Co Op Make over

Right now, they have an extremely limited promotion where for every $60 you spend you can receive a shirt with the Beautifully Disney logo. There are only 300 of these shirts, so they will go quickly.

Marketplace Co Op Beautifully Disney Shirt

One little tid bit of fun! While I was getting my mini-makeover this morning we got a peek at the new Beautifully Disney Makeup Mirror coming to the stores in December. The details are amazing and it’s a great size for home and travel. I have a feeling that I am going to be buying a lot of these as gifts for the holidays!

Marketplace Co Op Mirror

Centerpiece: Home product for Guests that want a splash of Disney in their room furnishings, textiles, and everyday ware.

Marketplace Co Op Centerpiece

Centerpiece at the Marketplace Co Op is going to cause a lot of issues in my house, because there wasn’t one thing that I didn’t want to buy!!!!

Marketplace Co Op Orange Bird

You had me rom the 20,000 Leagues Mug, the Orange Bird wall of amazingness, the Mr. Toad small tray, and the Tiki Room Cloth Napkins!

Marketplace Co Op 20,000 Leagues Mug

I’m just going to give you pictures so we can mourn the loss of our money together!!!

Marketplace Co Op Tiki Room Napkins

Marketplace Co Op Tiki

Marketplace Co Op Chalk

Marketplace Co Op Mr Toad

Zoey and Pickles: A girls’ destination containing the latest trends and glamour for the up and coming fashionista.

Marketplace Co Op Zoey and Pickles

So my Zoe will not know that Zoey and Pickles exists, because she will want everything in this store!!!

Marketplace Co Op Pascal Shirt

Full of great clothes, accessories, and shoes in an assortment of styles Zoey and Pickles is sure to have something that your girl can’t live without.

Marketplace Co Op Shoes

The displays are fun and colorful, and even the stools are just the right size for them to sit and try on shoes!

This is a much needed area for girls who have maybe outgrown the Princesses, but are still a little young to venture next door to TrenD!

Cherry Tree Lane: Accessories for the sophisticated woman with a passion for scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry.

Marketplace Co Op Cherry Tree Lane

Cherry Tree Lane…you are also going to get me in a lot of trouble!!!

Marketplace Co Op Mary Poppins

The design of Cherry Tree Lane has a lot of nods to Mary Poppins and is home to a great line of merchandise inspired by the movie

Marketplace Co Op Vera Bradley

This is also going to be where you will find new Disney Dooney and Bourke and Disney Vera Bradley purses launching in the future.

Full of fun accessories, purses to die for, and a great atmosphere Cherry Tree Lane is awesome!

A lot of the merchandise featured at the Marketplace Co Op is currently available on, however we are hearing that the pieces are selling out quickly, so my best piece of advice is to call Walt Disney World Merchandise Guest Services at 877-560-6477 (toll Free) with a detailed description of what you are looking for if you can’t wait for your ‘Must Have’ items!

Marketplace Co Op Shopping Bag

I really love the idea of the Marketplace Co Op, because it is a way to get out of the hustle and bustle that can be shopping at Walt Disney World for more of a boutique and unique shopping experience. I also can’t wait to see how these spaces evolve as Disney Springs is built!!!

We posted more photos on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts if you want even more great pics from this morning at the Marketplace Co Op!


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Two Disney Collection by Vera Bradley Announcements

Today the Disney Parks Blog has two great announcements about the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley!

The first is that the first two patterns of the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley will be available online starting October 21, 2013!

The ‘Just Mousing Around’ and ‘Midnight With Mickey’ patterns have been wildly popular, you see them EVERYWHERE in the parks, and now Disney Vera Bradley fans can add these to their holiday wish lists!

Disney Collection by Vera Bradley

Here is another look at the patterns and purses in the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley collection that will be available in the Disney Parks Online Store!

Disney Vera Bradley Patterns Up Close

Disney Vera Bradley

And the second announcement was the reveal of the ‘Where’s Mickey?’ pattern that will be coming soon to the World of Disney Marketplace in Florida!

Disney Collection by Vera Bradley

The pattern features great colors for the fall, and enough Hidden Mickeys to make any hunter excited!

Disney Collection by Vera Bradley

‘Where’s Mickey?’ will be featured on several familiar and popular styles such as the hipster, backpack, large duffel, Smartphone wristlet and more.

As with the previous Disney Collection by Vera Bradley patterns, they have been created especially and exclusively for Disney Theme Parks Merchandise and will be only be available for purchase in the Disney Parks and online at the Disney Parks Online Store!

I will definitely be on the lookout for this new pattern, and will bring you the news as soon as they are spotted at the World of Disney Marketplace!

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Disney Collection By Vera Bradley Preview

If you are anything like me, I am BEYOND excited for the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley bags to be available in the parks and online!!!

My Mother has given me a Vera Bradley bag for every holiday and birthday for as long as I can remember, and at my baby shower she got Zoe and I matching duffle bags and purses to use when we were coming home from the hospital! And now that two of my favorite things are about to come together, I am almost giddy!

Disney Vera Bradley Patterns Disney Collection by Vera Bradley

I love how the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley stays true to the spirit of both Vera Bradley and Disney, and is a very vibrant color palate and I love how Mickey and Minnie are arm-in-arm!

Disney Vera Bradley Patterns Up Close Disney Collection by Vera Bradley

Midnight with Mickey is my favorite, because I love a great black purse and the colors are awesome!

Just Mousing Around is a lot of fun, and as the more whimsical of the two patterns it is going to be great collection for the spring or as a way to brighten up a dreary winter day!

Fans of Vera Bradley will notice that the prices of the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley bags are a little higher than bags in the current collection. However these prices are highly competitive against the Disney Dooney & Bourke and LeSportsac lines.

Disney Collection by Vera Bradley

This morning I will be attending the media sneak peek of the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley, and I will be keeping you updated with pictures and information from the event on our Twitter and Facebook pages!

However, there will be a fun release party for the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley that will take place on September 21, 2013. This event is open to everyone willing to get up a little earlier than usual and will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the World of Disney at the Downtown Disney Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Steven Miller shared a lot of great info on the Disney Parks Blog about the release of the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley that is good to keep in mind if you are planning on attending the release party!

First, I’m happy to announce that Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, Vera Bradley Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, will also be attending the September 21 party. Barbara will be meeting with fans that morning from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A limited number of wristbands to meet Barbara will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to guests who make purchases that morning.

Disney Vera Bradley Barbara Bradley Baekgaard
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

If you are planning on attending the event on Saturday, please note that parking for Downtown Disney Marketplace will begin at 3:00 a.m., and guests may form a line in the designated queue outside World of Disney starting at 4:00 a.m. We will also be distributing wristbands to guests in line to ensure an enjoyable shopping experience for everyone.


We will have purchase limits in place at the World of Disney in Florida on September 21-22, 2013.
Guest purchase will be limited to one (1) of each style of Vera Bradley bags in the “Just Mousing Around” collection (8 styles total) and one (1) of each style of Vera Bradley bags in the “Midnight with Mickey” collection (8 styles total). While supplies last. Subject to change without notice.


Starting on Monday, September 23, the purchase limits will change slightly for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort locations:


Guest purchase will be limited to two (2) of each style of Vera Bradley bags in the “Just Mousing Around” collection (8 styles total) and two (2) of each style of Vera Bradley bags in the “Midnight with Mickey” collection (8 styles total). While supplies last. Subject to change without notice.


As a reminder, the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley was created especially for Disney Parks. The collection will also be sold on the Disney Parks online store starting in late October 2013.

I am really excited to see the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley in person, and can’t wait to share with you!!!


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