Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited to Santa’s Workshop South—aka Disney Consumer Products—and got a sneak peek at some of this year’s must-have items. Now, while I am an adult is age and size, thankfully my love of Disney has kept the child inside me alive and kicking. This proved to be a good and bad thing because seeing some of these things in person really made me want to ask Santa for them even though I may be too “big” for some of them. While everything coming our for this holiday season is a “must have,” I feel that these five were the ones that would be the “eyes light up” gifts for the Disney fan young or old.
The Incredimobile Remote Control Vehicle – Incredibles 2
As a kid, I loved remote controlled cars and this mechanical member of the Incredibles is as super as the rest of the Parr family. This detailed remote control replica of The Incredibles features working headlights, light-up hood and is very easy to control. With a $39.95 price tag, this will be family favorite and is available now at shopdisney.com.
Disney Princess Horse and Carriage Battery Powered Ride On
I was never lucky enough to have one of those drivable vehicles when I was a kid, but this deluxe Disney Princess Carriage (a WalMart Exclusive) is one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time. It features easy-to-open and close doors. Inside, push the heart-shaped button on the steering wheel to hear various Disney Princess sounds. Also, the drink holder is perfect to hold a favorite beverage. The roomy glove compartment is great for toys and tiaras. It’s easy and fun to drive! Push the power button then press the pedal accelerator to drive forward or reverse up to 2.5 m.p.h. When playtime ends for the day, the Royal Horse folds up for convenient storage. For $149.99 it is perfect for the little prince or princess to enjoy till the stroke of midnight every day.
This item is available for now on WalMart.com.
Yoda Electronic Mask
We all remember “Chewbacca Mom” but now we can channel the wise Master Yoda with this Electronic Mask! Simply open your mouth while wearing the mask to activate signature Yoda sounds and ear wiggling action. I see this being a family favorite and lots of fun at parties! Sure it is “for kids” but as a wise man once said, “for the kids and kids at heart.” $39.95 from Hasbro and it requires 2 AAA batteries, included.
This one you may want to order from ShopDisney.com now and hide from yourself to avoid playing with you will.
Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
This item I fell in love with and will be asking for! As a kid, I had LEGO bricks and small transistors to try and build things with, I never could have imagined something like this. littlebits has put together a starter kit on how to be a genius superhero like Tony Star or Shuri. With a few simple pieces you make your own gauntlet with sounds and lights and from there the imagination is the limit!
With Iron Man as your guide, create and customize your own hero gear. CREATE: Build your own high tech hero gauntlet with Iron Man. PLAY: Step into your hero training. Code new powers. Use your smart device to control your abilities. INVENT: Join the Avengers team and use your creativity to design your own hero identity and gear to match.
The $149.95 price tag, I feel, is an investment in opening up the world of the future to your own personal superhero! This one is going to be the big one this year so order now at ShopDisney.com.
Walt Disney’s Disneyland by Taschen
As a kid, I hated getting two things for the holidays, socks and books…unless it was about Disney! Over the years books have been published about Disneyland, Disney Parks, and Disney overall but this one has been described as THE DISNEYLAND BOOK. From early concept drawings to never before seen photos of the park this book is the MUST HAVE for any Disneyland fan! As a lifelong Disney fan I have seen books like this come out and be gone before you can get your hands on it so order this one now. Heck, order two because you will want another one when you wear out the first one. For $60.00, this is a perfect addition to your Disney library and is available now HERE.
For more suggestions for the holiday shopping Disney has put together a Holiday Gift Guide that will take care of any Disney fan, young or old.
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