Souvenirs seems to take on an extra special sparkle during the Christmas holidays at Disney World. T-shirts, hats, coffee mugs, and rows upon rows of Christmas decorations. We put our Christmas tree up November 1st this year, so I keep Christmas on the brain. But nothing good comes cheap these days, and with the retail cost of Disney holiday ornaments ranging from $10 to $30, I often wonder if this piece of merchandise is worth the expense.
The ornaments you see pictured here are all glass and were all priced at $16.95, to the best of my memory. The least expensive ornament I found was resin and priced at $9.95, with the most expensive ornament being glass and ringing in at $29.95. Most “normal” (clearly my November tree and I fell outside the boundaries of that description) people only enjoy their trees for a month or less. Would a cheapskate pay up to thirty bucks for a Christmas decoration you will enjoy less than 1/12 of the year?
We went to the Cheapskate Princess fans on Facebook to see what they thought about buying Disney Christmas decorations.
Yes, it’s worth it.
Tonya, my neighbor and good friend, who has the distinction of reading my very first article long ago, votes yes for ornaments. “In 2005, we took our boys to Disney World for their first trip. Zach was into Woody and Ryan was all about Buzz. My parents bought each of them a Toy Story ornament with their names painted on the backs. My boys are teenagers now, yet those ornaments are their favorite to hang on the tree still.”
Kelly-Ann votes yes. “No matter what time of year we go to Disney we always get an ornament. I love hanging them on our Christmas tree and remembering how much fun we had. They are worth the money in my opinion.”
Lauren used a word I like when you are talking money…investment. “I keep my ornaments year after year, so I look at it as an investment. I still have my honeymoon ornament from almost 10 years ago and many others.”
Dana has apparently been to check out the 2012 Christmas items. “They do have wonderful ornaments this year. I love quite a few of them. But my favorites are the storybook ones that are priced around $10 each. And I think that is affordable for just how cute they are!!!!”
Carrie casts an enthusiastic yes vote, “Every year we get out our special 25.99 ornament, and we smile and laugh and remember an incredible trip. Worth every cent.”
Sara relates that she has been buying ornaments for years, “We started a tradition our first year. We buy one ornament in the Mickey ear shape and get it personalized with the year on it. That way every year when we put up the Christmas tree, we can remember each year that we went and relive them. Love it!”
No, it’s a bit pricey.
Ashley is siding with the no votes, for now. “I’ve always wanted to buy an ornament but the price really has kept me from doing so up to this point. I still plan on getting one, but I’m still waiting to find the special one that I won’t mind dropping that much money on!”
Charlotte needs a sale to convince her to make a purchase. “I think ornaments are beautiful, but I can’t see spending that for them. I would want more than one for more impact and just can’t see spending so much for ornaments when there are smarter places to spend that kind of money this time of year. If it was after Christmas and I could find them on clearance for under $10, then maybe I would consider it.”
Looks like I fall under the no votes. As you can see by my photos, I love Disney Christmas decorations. I would readily admit they are quality items, and for what you get, they are probably worth what they charge. (Unless you drop it. My non-coffee drinking son dropped his just-purchased coffee mug last summer as we loaded the car to come home from Disney. He then announced purchasing anything glass was definitely not worth the money.) I have two metal ornaments, not even featured in my photographs, and both were purchased full price at $12.99. I haven’t found one for more than that amount that I just had to have, so strangers stare at me while I photograph ornaments I never purchase.
Find a sale.
Maybe what I need to convince me is a sale! All Cheapskate Princesses love a sale.
Kristie says, “I love them but wait ’til they’re on clearance after Christmas to expand my collection!”
Tom pointed out that you can find sales online, in fact, the Disney Store has a sale going online right now. “Big friends and family sale at disneystore.com. Valid 11/8/12- 11/12/12, 25% off purchases, use keyword: DISNEYPAL (Restrictions Apply)” This sale is almost over, but they have lots of sales, so it’s then a matter of Christmas ornament shopping at the right time.
Dianna said, “We got a few at the Disney store (at the mall not at Disney) I don’t think they were that much, on sale I think.”
Gretchen has already done some sale shopping, “I got some on clearance online from the Disney Store for super cheap when they had an extra percentage off a while back. They are plain Mickey glass balls. I’m going to personalize them with our names and the year. Since I got a set of four for about $10 it’s quite a bargain!
Find another store.
Jay is shopping non-Disney Stores. “While I love them – check out Target. They usually have Mickey shaped ornaments much cheaper than the theme parks.”
Check out this suggestion from Jarett, “If you visit any of the character warehouse stores, (I know there are two in south Florida, and at least 2 in Orlando) you can find them much cheaper. Not as big of a selection, but always at least 10-20 to choose from. I just bought 2 for $5, and $10!!!”
So it looks like purchasing pricey Disney Christmas ornaments for some people are an investment in memories, the commemoration of special holidays and happy times. And for others, paying full price on the spot is definitely out of the question, with the search for a bargain being front and center, regardless of when and where it was purchased.
And if you want to pop over to the Disney Store online to their Ornament Section, just use this link. There are three pages of ornaments, just calling your name, but maybe you better leave your Disney Visa card in the other room, with someone financially responsible.
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Thanks for stopping by for a look at Disney Christmas decorations. My tree is turned on and sparkling, and we hope yours is too!
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