I already shouted this from the virtual rooftops over on FB and Instagram a few weeks ago, but since those posts get lost and I want to remember this always, this is for posterity. And for those of you who don't have FB or Instagram. Or who do have it and just missed my posts.
Plus I put some fun new stuff at the end, so keep scrolling even if you saw these before.
Right. Ahem. HERE WE GO.
Yes, friendly FOE, I finally - FINALLY - after five years of trying, took my first ever ride on Voyages Of The Little Mermaid. I promise I won't keep updating you every time I manage to go on a new ride - it's just I've mentioned this one so often here I thought you might want to celebrate with me. Especially because... well, you'll see. Keep scrolling.
I can see why Ursula is everyone's favorite part - SO COOL. And fun(ny) fact: two days after this her head fell off.(!!) That was in California, though, so IT WASN'T ME. Honest.
At some point you just start laughing to keep the terror at bay.
And as a reward for humoring me, here's some fun new merch from Disney Springs that caught my eye last week. This was before I went on the ride, but I must have had Ariel on the brain - I kept finding great Mermaid goodies.
New art in Wonderground Gallery, aka my favorite shop in Disney Springs. It got moved to a bigger space in the Co-op, too, so yay!
I actually got meet Miss Mindy (this Ariel artist) at Epcot later. She was here for the Festival of the Arts, I went Full Fangirl on her, and then she was super awesome about it.
I'm loving all of Miss Mindy's new sculpts coming out:
The interior scenes in the skirts on these figures light up!
One of the newer things with the Mickey ear headbands are these interchangeable bows, which are huge and themed to all different characters/rides. I think this Jasmine one is my favorite - it has the Carpet design in the back, complete with tassels!
Woo! "Give me some tassel!"
Here's an Ariel bow, too, plus a Flounder purse:
Adorable Dumbo mug:
Which is double-sided!
I don't really collect Tsum Tsums, but I make an exception for Donald. And now they have him dressed as a Dapper Dan???
Dangit, Disney. What are you doing to me.
Also in the category of "cruel and unusual" - I just cannot with this Sebastion purse/clutch, gang. IT'S TOO GOOD:
I think the zipper is supposed to be over his mouth, but I keep seeing his upper lip as his mouth ling and the zipper on his chin. ::shrug:: Either way, TOO GOOD.
And the art on this Ariel purse is dreamy perfection:
I hope they sell this as a print somewhere; it deserves to be framed.
Over in the housewares area they've released a whole new line of Little Mermaid goodies, like this pretty mug:
Orange and teal AND it has a seahorse on it? WHO OVER THERE IS READING MY MIND?
There's lots more - frames and dishes and mirrors - but my favorite is this Ariel statue:
I love how bright and subtle she is, and the matte finish makes it look really high-end. Just lovely.
Right, that's all I have for now, gang! Hope some of this made you smile!