Disney Trip Planning: An Etsy Inspired Disney Vacation
As mentioned in the previous Disney Trip Planning blog, it’s super fun to amp up the anticipation for your upcoming Disney trip. One of the ways I like to do this that wasn’t mentioned there is buying (or even “window shopping”) for Disney Merch to bring with you on your trip! But, anyone can go over to the Disney Store online and purchase the same ol’ same ol’ Mickey ears and Goofy shirts that everyone else has, but what about that stuff that is more unique and customizable? Well, there’s this great site called Etsy.com where crafters can list their hand made products for browsers to buy! There are a lot of pre-made items for sale, while also having lots of listings for custom orders where the seller can cater to your ideas of your own personal item made by them! My favorite products to browse are the Disney themed things, of course, and here are some of my favorites you might consider shopping for to bring with you on your next Disney Trip (or just for every day use, for all you hardcore Disney fanatics)!
(Note: There are tons of shops that do all of these different themes, but I am only going to feature one per category)
Bows – Mickey Waffles Bows – I actually bought an Alice in Wonderland themed bow from this shop. Ashley owns this shop and hand makes tons of different bows that are themed to Disney characters, different park lands, and attractions. My personal favorite is her Eeyore bow which I hope to get as a present some day *wink wink* I love her shop because the bows are super affordable and they come in different sizes. Ashley will also work with you if you want to change something about the design of the bow, for example, I wanted little tails added to my Alice bow and she did it no problem! She is also constantly coming out with new designs and posting them on her website and Facebook page which you can find the links for by visiting her Etsy Shop!
Fish Extenders – Jolee’s Pockets – If you are going with a group on a Disney Cruise Line cruise, there’s a common thing that a lot of groups plan on their own. It has nothing to do with the Disney company themselves, but groups who meet on forums or Disney fan sites will organize it amongst themselves. Ok, I am getting ahead of myself because I haven’t explained what I am talking about yet. So, basically, outside of your stateroom on a Disney Cruise ship, there’s a little fish clip on the wall where cast members will post letters and notices for you. What Disney fans have done is take advantage of this hook-type-thingie and they will hang something they appropriately call a Fish Extender which is a fabric basket of sorts with pockets for people to leave stuff in for the guest staying in your state room. Groups will do this as part of a gift exchange, where everyone in your group with make gifts for everyone else and deliver them to your room throughout the course of the trip. I did this once and made little
paper bag scrapbooks, and received things like candy, personalized notebooks, handmade Mickey koosies, Disney pins, and X-mas ornaments. (Tip: People also sell crafts on Etsy that you can purchase as your gift that you give out!)
Jewelry – Kawaii Candy Couture – I really love vintage inspired styles when it comes to design, and this shop has really got a grasp on how to make that work. The great thing about this shop in particular is that the stuff isn’t blatantly screaming Disney, so you can actually wear it simply because it’s a beautiful piece on its own!
Costumes – Costume Kids – The only problem with this option is that you’re not going to get the official Disney Brand character costumes. Of course some designers might be more true to the official look of the Disney characters’ look, but you still might get your kid saying “Mommy/Daddy, why doesn’t my dress look like THAT!?” Also, you probably aren’t really getting a lower price buying it this way, but it’s still super cool to have something handmade that is great quality and one of a kind, sort of. And you are also supporting a crafter which is awesome, too! You might also find a costume for a character that Disney doesn’t offer!
Shoes – Angie’s Workshop – I am going to shamelessly plug myself here, because I actually have my own Etsy Shop where I paint and sell canvas shoes! Of course, I mostly get orders for Disney character designed shoes, so it’s completely appropriate to list it here! Canvas shoes are generally comfortable to wear to walk around in the parks and what Disney fan wouldn’t want to have their own pair of custom shoes with their favorite character on them for everyday life!
Autograph Books – Tink’s Table Scraps – This is one of my favorites because a really great crafter can get super creative with these! You can usually order one with your favorite characters and themes on them and even with your kids’ names! These inspire me to make my own!
Do you like to buy handmade items to bring with you on your Disney Vacation? Will you start to after reading this post? Leave your answers in the comments below!
Posted on October 14, 2013, in Articles and tagged accessories, Angie Carreiro, costumes, Crafts, dcl, Disney, Disney Cruise, Disneyland, etsy, fish exteners, hair bows, handmade, jewelry, shoes, trip planning, Walt Disney World. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.