Disney Parks Retire Exclusive Merchandise During Costly Event, “This Was Super Disappointing”

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Fans were disappointed after Disney Parks retired exclusive merchandise during one of the most expensive events of the year.

Walt Disney World Resort is home to different events throughout the year, from EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts, International Flower & Garden Festival, International Food & Wine Festival, and International Festival of the Holidays to Halloween and holidays celebrations at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney World is a must-do destination for every family vacation.

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays
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While most of these festivities are included with Park admission, Disney World hosts several events that require a separate ticket to enjoy them. These include Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. While these events offer unique entertainment and character interactions, multiple attractions, and exclusive treats and merchandise, several Guests had a less-than-magical experience during a recent event at Magic Kingdom.

mickey and minnie dressed up for mickey's not so scary halloween party
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Redditor u/darlinggirlkitchen shared her experience during a recent Disney World trip with her husband, commenting that it had been a fantastic experience for both of them. However, the couple — and many other Guests — experienced a less-than-magical evening during their visit to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party because a lot of exclusive merchandise was unavailable for Guests despite the pricey admission ticket to the event. The original post reads:

My husband and I just got back from a fantastic Disney World trip. It was seriously one for the books.

My only complaint was the lack of merchandise for the Halloween party! They only had kids sized shirt, Christmas ornaments, and a magnet. No adult shirts at all. I (kindly) asked a cast member about it and she said that “toward the end of the season, Disney stops sending merch”.

child trick or treating with Cast Members
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This was super disappointing because our tickets were some of the more expensive ones being so close to Halloween. I bought a youth large for myself but my husband was unable to get a shirt. We were ultimately okay with it because we’re super “pick your battles” type of people and went on to have total blast! There were, however, a TON of super disappointed, and even angry folks, crowded around the extremely small selection.

The cast members were extremely apologetic and I feel bad that they had to deal with that. I do, however, understand the frustration of buying almost $200 special event tickets and not being able to leave with a shirt or price of merch that you’re really happy with.

Did y’all experience this?

Update: Just wanted to add that merch or no merch the party was absolutely incredible!

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
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Despite the spooktacular experience, the original poster makes a fair point by commenting on the lack of merchandise available during the most expensive nights of the event. While it is true that event nights closer to Halloween are the final nights of the event, Guests should be able to have the complete experience, especially with the pricey tickets and the event’s high demand.

Have you ever been to a Disney Parks exclusive event? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below!

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