Happy Halloween! It’s the perfect day for this particular installment of Saturdays With Nick. Spooky shopping!!! If you’ve not had the pleasure, next time you visit Walt Disney World, save a few minutes and some souvenir money for Memento Mori. Personally, I think this is one of the very best attraction-related shopping experiences to be found in a Disney park! I’ll let Nick fill you in on the details…
Memento Mori: Ghostly Shopping in Magic Kingdom
A new shop, (or is it an old residence?) mysteriously appeared a few months ago in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, at the exit of the Haunted Mansion.
Memento Mori was the home of Madame Leota, until her disappearance, and, I suppose, partial reappearance within the Haunted Mansion. Her portrait can be found inside.
According to Webster’s Online Dictionary, Memento Mori means “a reminder of mortality.” Google provides a definition that is even more appropriate; “an object serving as a warning or reminder of death,” and the Memento Mori shop is happy to provide such reminders of the iconic ride it is located beside.
There are a lot of items in here that appeals to fans of the HM, and you can go a little nuts. Indeed, if we had more space in the house, I’d have walked out with much more than just the one item I did leave with. I could easily see having a room dedicated to some of this fanatasmagorical merchandise.
Think of a merchandise category, and there is a really good chance you’ll find it here. Clothes? Obviously. Shoes? Check. Make-up? Wait, what? Yes. Haunted Mansion Make-up kits from the Beautifully Disney line!
Want to redo the kitchen in Early American spooky? Yes, you can do that also. Dish Towel sets are $19.95, coaster sets are $24.95.
We were very interested in the dinner plates, but had breakage concerns. The round plates are $26.95.
There is a lot to see here, and you may stay so long you actually build up an appetite. If you are hungry for Haunted Mansion food, popcorn and cotton candy are readily available.
Want chocolate? They have chocolate in the form of bats, for $4.95.
There are many t-shirts and even collared shirts to choose from.
The Gracey Family Reunion shirt is $24.95.
This shirt of the Ghost Host himself, which is $ 36.95, changes, transforming into a skeleton…
…like the portraits below.
A version of this can be had on a postcard as well.
Looking for the perfect Haunted accessory to go with your clothes?
How about a protective case for your smart phone?
There are action figures for boys, and even something for your little girl. Perhaps she’ll like a Haunted Bride doll for $21.95?
Holidays aren’t forgotten, as there a couple of different ornament sets to be had.
There are higher end collectibles and home decor items, such as the Haunted Mansion wall hanging for $100.
This replica of the Haunted Mansion sign can hang in your home for $95.
Plenty of less expensive souvenirs can be found as well, such as key chains, notepad and magnet sets, and antenna toppers, which are 2 for $8.
You can even take home an 8×10 ghostly image of yourself or a loved one for $19.95 plus tax.
Step behind the curtain for your own piece of “Spirit Photography.”
I had read online that there is a limit to how many items a guest could purchase at one time, and indeed there was this sign hanging under one of the displays:
When I asked a Cast Member why guests would be limited to 6 items, unless otherwise specified, I was told it was because people would buy items in bulk, and sell them on eBay!
We did buy one item, the throw pictured below, for $59.95.
As you can see, Disney has found yet another ingenious way to separate me and my money.
“Hurry back, hurry back,” indeed!