Theme-park gifts can supplement hint to holiday

November 24, 2014 - garden totes

Your friends and desired ones merit a commemoration from your theme-park exploits. A folded-up beam map isn’t going to cut it. Instead, we could ascent your gift-giving knowledge with one of these park purchases.

•The year’s prohibited new enchanting object is, once again, a wand from a Wizarding World of Harry Potter during Universal Orlando. With this summer’s opening of Diagon Alley came an interactive wand that creates puzzling things (a k a special effects) occur in a thesis parks, quite in storefront windows — though customarily if we expel a spell only right. One bummer: At home, it’s merely a imagination stick. The upgraded wand is $45 and accessible during both Ollivanders wand shops during Universal.

•We adore a good theme-park present that requires a double take. The Hogwarts receptacle from Universal Orlando is a smart-looking, color-block bag that’s 13 inches high with thick handles and an festooned pattern from a wizarding propagandize on a side. You could substantially reserve Harry Potter’s pet owl in it. Price: $49.95

•There’s something strangely unconventional about a radio-control inflatable minion, a little, yellow, goggled impression from a “Despicable Me” movies. It zips along, George Jetson-style though next knee level. They can be purchased during Islands of Adventure for $69.95. (Related: The park also sells a serf water-balloon siphon with 300 balloons inside for $17.95.)

Disney’s latest cookbook brings recipes together from 3 Epcot events, Food Wine, Flower Garden and Holidays Around a World. Some aged faves are included, though there are equipment from a recently resolved Food Wine Fest, such as a “crabless crab cakes” and a blueberry-lime cheesecake roll. The 80-page book sells for $19.95.

•A conform advantage emerged from Disney’s billion-dollar MyMagic+ program: MagicBands, a plastic, RFID-powered bracelets that open hotel doors, keep float reservations and, for some review guests, act as a assign card. Naturally, a strange 7 bands with plain, plain colors were not enough, and Disney stretched into bands with characters and assorted themes with varying availability. For example, “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf are featured on “open edition” bands, that sell for $19.95. A “limited release” rope featuring “Big Hero 6” characters sells for $24.95. “Limited edition” MagicBands come in special wrapping and sell for $29.95. Recent examples have been themed to Haunted Mansion and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

•Disney World parks are offered a lightsome fibre of lights that doubles as a necklace. They demeanour like large old-school bulbs, though they are light plastic, of course. Best of all, they can peep musty sequences or only sojourn on. It’s a elementary pleasure for $13.89.

•Disney is expanding a former “glow with a show” ear-hat product line to embody a Minnie Mouse wipe and a Sorcerer Mickey palm with wand. (They have a new name of “Made With Magic.”) These products light adult during certain times during name shows such as “Fantasmic!” The Sorcerer can change a colors of other intense products. They sell for $25 apiece.

•The Disney Parks Train Set has 30 pieces, including an engine and a caboose that facilities Pluto, Chip, Dale, Stitch and Duffy a Disney Bear. There’s also a “skating tune car” starring Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Minnie, who rotates when a sight is in motion. The set sells for $129.95.

•SeaWorld Orlando has a slew of musical holiday nutcrackers, and a name series of them have particular oceanic flair. Some of a bearded figures, customarily dressed in pastel blues and purples, have animals organised as hats, including penguins, whales, frigid bears and dolphins. The code is Hollywood Nutcrackers by Holly Adler. The tallest ones, about a feet high, are $59.95, though there are also ornament-sized versions that cost $9.95.

•A black-on-black backpack from SeaWorld includes a pointed shark pattern and shark-shaped lift tab, and a theme-park trademark on one side. The soft-sided pouch costs $25.95; a identical fanny container costs $14.95.

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