We all know that the bottom line for any studio is the merchandise. And Disney is the best in merchandising. This year’s Expo D23 unveiled many new products, and most of them were exclusive to the Expo.
As guests stroll along Main Street USA in Disneyland, they are often greeted by the delightful four-part harmony of the Dapper Dans. This quartet of hair salons – in the past – helped promote The Osmond Brothers. The Dapper Dans have iconic and colorful outfits. There is a Dapper In POP! Vinyl set of the four crooners.
But not to be outdone, the company also unveiled a limited edition of plush characters all decked out in colorful Dapper Dans outfits. Pluto, Mickey, Donald and Goofy play their part as the barber quartet. By the way, on a recent visit to Disneyland, Jay Osmond joined the famous quartet for a brief song. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icGzn3DZnsI)
Did you know Donald Duck is 85 years old? To commemorate his birthday, the Expo produced a bright orange Donald plush toy that comes in an orange juice box.
For a blast from the past, there is a collection of black and white toys from “Toy Story”. Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye each come in boxes that look like old televisions. It’s like watching 50’s TV. They are definitely for collectors.
It’s the 25th anniversary of “The Lion King” and with a plush baby Rafiki holding Simba, this is a set any movie fan – young and old alike would appreciate. In addition, there is a beautiful figurine of giraffes and Simba and Nala.
The Expo unveiled the new EPCOT logo. This new stylized logo is adapted to the new millennium. It is currently available on various clothing and merchandise.
Balloons have been a part of Disneyland since its opening. Who hasn’t owned a Mickey Mouse-shaped balloon? There are plenty of merchandise celebrating this iconic shape, including popcorn buckets, clothing, mugs, and mugs.
Two new Disney Animators’ Collection dolls have been unveiled. These are not your typical characters that we adopted in the collection. These two are “bad guys”. There is a young Ursula and a young Maleficent. These two adorable dolls represent the characters as they were when they were children, and they each have their little sidekicks with them.
And the new Classic Disney Couples Masquerade Edition features beautifully dressed characters ready for the ball. The series will be released in a period leading up to the holidays. There is Esmeralda, Belle, Cinderella, Meg and Rapunzel. They will be available online at shopDisney and in the Disney Stores.
The collection of the new Mickey Shufflerz will delight young and old. These little guys hang out and make young people laugh for sure.
These are just a small selection of the new merchandise revealed at Expo D23 2019. And trust me, everything was popular and queues were rolling in the hallways for people to have a chance to hand out their stuff. silver and slip their plastic for these collectibles, adorable and memorable items.