Friday, June 26, 2020

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort—A Detailed Look at the Toy Story Themed Area!

Today I'm throwing it back once again to our last Walt Disney World trip (October 2018) and sharing a detailed look at the All-Star Movies Resort's Toy Story themed area! This was our first time ever staying at (or even being at) this resort. I know the "All Stars" get kind of a bad rap, but hey. No shame! We actually have no issue staying at any of the value resorts to save some money since we're not in the room most of the time anyway (if we had our way though, we'd always stay at the Polynesian; that's where my family always stayed growing up).

At this point, Brita and I have stayed at all three All-Star Resorts now since we've been married— Sports, Music and Movies—and we've enjoyed them all. I just find it really funny (and nostalgic) that they are all frozen in time in the 90's! That's part of their charm and part of why I enjoy them so much. Sure some refurbishments have happened to the rooms and such, but I believe the resorts have remained pretty much identical to when they first opened. All-Star Movies opened in 1999.

There are five themed areas at All-Star Movies: Fantasia, Mighty Ducks (yes, the animated show that ran for just two seasons; not sure how it got its own themed section here, but it doesn't get more 90's!), 101 Dalmatians, The Love Bug and, of course, Toy Story! You can't necessarily choose which area you stay at, so it was a complete coincidence that we were assigned one of the buildings in the Toy Story section! I didn't even mention that it was my preference, but maybe my aura was giving off those vibes ;). I was SO excited! 

I honestly didn't even knew this area existed until a few years back—and I've been going to Disney World all my life! It's definitely a hidden gem. Take a look at all the amazing details below! Again, totally 90's—you can absolutely tell! It's like the Toy Story Land BEFORE Toy Story Land.

Four large (well two of them are GIANT) characters stand in the middle of the Toy Story courtyard: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and Rex. Perfect for photo ops! Plus there are some Army Men protecting the tops of the buildings and some fantastic oversized alphabet blocks. There are two small sections of Andy's walls/iconic cloud wall paper to take pics in front of as well—one with his window and one with his bedroom door (complete with the "Andy's Room Keep Out" sign on it). And don't miss the gigantic Bucket O Soldiers buckets (especially at night when they glow) and an RC you can sit in right outside the courtyard!

Notice the Easter Eggs in the book titles? Straight from the film!

There's even a big ol' checkerboard, inspired by the one in Andy's Room that Slinky drags out.

What are your thoughts? Did I miss any fun details? If you've stayed at the All-Star Movies Resort, I want to hear all about your experience. Let me know down in the comment section and be sure to stay tuned right here soon for more from Pixar collection of merch and memories!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Toy Story 4 Tsum Tsums—Complete Set!

toy story 4 tsum tsums complete

I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to share with you the complete set of 14 Toy Story 4 Tsum Tsums— sold last summer exclusively at Disney Stores in Japan! Though I had to pay a pretty penny for them on eBay, it was totally worth it to have my Pixar Tsum Tsum collection complete. Tsum Tsums have essentially been discontinued here in the US and, even though Japan still gets some new releases, I don't really see it continuing on in the Pixar realm. This set feels like the last hurrah, which is fitting since the very first Tsums I ever purchased were the original Toy Story ones back in 2014. It's come full circle! Literally though, my circle Tsum Tsum shelf on my wall is totally full, so there's no room for any more. ;) I had just the right amount of space for these final few!

This set includes a hefty amount of characters including: Woody (NEW; different from original version). Buzz Lightyear (NEW; different from original version), Jessie (NEW; different from original version), Hamm (NEW; different from original version), Slinky, Rex, Bo Peep (classic dress), Bo Peep (TS4 outfit), Ducky, Bunny, Forky, Gabby Gabby, Giggle McDimples and Duke Caboom! A perfect mix of old and new characters. I absolutely love that we finally get Slinky and Rex to finish up the classic gang after all these years! (note: Mr. & Mrs Potatohead couldn't be produced because of rights issues)

Take a closer look at the great details on each Tsum Tsum down below. They all look SO incredibly cute.

toy story 4 tsum tsums woody

toy story 4 tsum tsums buzz

toy story 4 tsum tsums jessie

toy story 4 tsum tsums hamm
toy story 4 tsum tsums hamm

toy story 4 tsum tsums slinky

toy story 4 tsum tsums rex

Love the staff detail on both the classic and TS4 Bo!

toy story 4 tsum tsums bo peep
toy story 4 tsum tsums bo peep

 toy story 4 tsum tsums bo peep

toy story 4 tsum tsums ducky

toy story 4 tsum tsums bunny


toy story 4 tsum tsums gabby gabby

toy story 4 tsum tsums giggle

toy story 4 tsum tsums duke

Like all mini Tsum Tsums, these plushies about 3 1/3 inches long, are super soft and are made from a variety of quality materials/fabrics. Man, I sure miss the days when Tsum Tsum collecting was in full swing. Remember "Tsum Tsum Tuesdays" at the Disney Store?

Let me know your thoughts down below! Who's your favorite here in this set? Are there any Pixar characters you wish got made that never did? Fun Fact: There are Tsum Tsums for every Pixar film  except Brave, The Good Dinosaur and Onward (and technically there are no Cars 2 specific characters, but Cars as a franchise is represented). Do you think Tsum Tsums will make a comeback here one day?

Keep checking current eBay listings HERE if you're looking to add these to your collection!