Living in "The Room of a Thousand Eyes," Natalie Kipper is a plush enthusiast who steadfastly refuses to grow up. As a Tomopop Associate Editor, she focuses on plushes of all kinds as well as Disney merchandise. The odd anime or video game vinyl toy sneaks in there on occasion, too. In short, if it's cute and/or cuddly, Natalie is interested!
On a recent trip to Disney's California Adventure, I decided to catalog all the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit merchandise available at the park (as of January 2013, that is).
The main hub for Oswald merch is Oswald's Gas Station, located to the left of the entrance gate on Buena Vista Street. Some of the same products can be found at Elias & Co., the adjacent store that is DCA's answer to Disneyland's Emporium.
I pointed out the Oswald plush in a previous blog post, having purchased my own when the DCA expansion was previewed to a select number of annual pass holders. I seem to remember the plush costing around US$30. I spotted some on eBay for close to US$90; don't fall for that. If you absolutely must have a certain park-exclusive item, odds are you can special order it by contacting Parks Merchandising Services.
The Oswald ears are a really popular item. A large amount of people (mainly adults) were wearing them. They quickly sold out when they were first released but, since the holiday time, they have received more stock and seem to have managed to meet demand.
The first shirt has been around for a while but the second is pretty new. The newer one has Oswald's bio on one of the sleeves.
Some of the fancier goods were were the denim jacket with a big Oswald's Gas Station logo on it and and Oswald bowling shirt. They both seemed to be very good quality. I should mention I did not look at the price tag for either of them.
The Oswald's Gas Station motif is also used on glasses, some really spiffy looking wooden magnets, and metal wall signs.
I freaking love that little rabbit dude so I am pleased as punch to see him get more merchandise exposure. If you have a chance, be sure to visit Disney's California Adventure Park and see Oswald's Gas Station for yourself (along with the rest of the resort).
June 9th was the start of the Annual Passholder preview for Carsland and Buena Vista Street (Disney California Adventure's answer to Disneyland's Main Street). I had tickets for the first time slot of 8 a.m. to noon. I gotta say, Carsland was impressive and all but, for a Los Angeles native whose family has resided here since before it was dubbed "Los Angeles," it was really really cool to see a circa 1920s LA replica. I think I wound up spending more time at Buena Vista Street than at Carsland because it was just so pleasant. I didn't come home empty-handed either.
So, without further ado, some of the new merchandise I picked up (and yes, they are mostly plushes):
First, allow me to introduce you to my new favorite piece of Disneyland memorabilia (not counting Dufffy).
Isn't Oswald absolutely adorable? He is made of a knitted material and 15 inches tall. I love him so very very much.
The next plush I purchased was the Red Car Trolley Mickey.
He is 12 inches tall and looks very dapper in his suit and conductor's cap. There is a lot of detail in this guy like a name tag that reads" Mickey" and underneath "Buena Vista St." The Conductor's cap also has the Red Car Trolley logo on it and says "conductor." But, by far, my favorite detail is ...
The pocket watch Mickey is carrying in his hand. It is attached by a cord to his side.
My final purchase was neither a plush nor intended for myself. It was a scarf that I am going to give as a gift to a very good friend who could not attend the preview because of work. It is part of the new Route 66 line of merchandise at California Adventure. Within the blue background, you can see DCA landmarks like Grizzly Peak and Mickey's Fun Wheel.
That is all of my loot but I also took scenic pictures of Buena Vista Street and Carsland. Let me know if you guys want to see them.