I first heard of the marriage of Disney designs with Dooney & Bourke purses from a good friend on twitter. He’d seen the posting on a popular Disney-related message board. I hopped over to check it out and, like hundreds of others, I instantly fell in love.
As with most things Disney, once word of mouth gets started, it spreads like wildfire. People reading the message boards and seeing the pictures posted needed one right away and didn’t want to chance waiting until their next visit to see if they were still in stock. If you’ve visited Disney a lot, one thing you learn is that merchandise changes frequently. There may be some tried and true items you can always find in the parks and resort shops, but other special or limited edition items may disappear within months. Of course there is always ebay, but you are then paying quite a markup and must deal with the possible risks associated with a third party seller.
For those familiar with Dooney & Bourke purses, the Disney designs are similar in style and design aesthetic to the Hearts or Fantasy designs D&B has made popular. The Disney D&B bags currently come in 3 different sizes: [links are for size/feature reference and do not show Disney design] Medium Cindy Tote, smaller Tassel Tote, and Wristlet. Best of all, if you have a Disney Visa, Disney Annual Pass or other discount you can use in certain stores, you are be able to get 10% off your purchase. The purses are exclusive to Disney Parks and not available where regular Dooney & Bourke bags are sold.
Pictures of the Disney Dooney & Bourke designs, courtesy of the DIS Boards and my own collection: (as always, click for full-size picture)
As you can see, the print varies with each bag. I have to extend special thanks to Olga from Brooklyn, the Cast Member at Downtown Disney’s World of Disney who made a special trip back to search for my Wristlet – the only one with Tinker Bell’s face on it. Have I mentioned how much Cast Members rock? 😉 When I was there on October 17, World of Disney was sold out of the Medium Tote. I discovered then that the Tassle Tote is way to small for me, personally. I either use a bag big enough for any and everything, or something small enough for just my ID card wallet (and Annual Passes!).
EDIT: After being told by the Merchandise Hotline that the parks would indeed be getting the white print bag back in, I’ve discovered that it is actually a slightly different print from the 1st edition.
- The “Dooney & Bourke” banner has been taken off the print and is now featured as a leather tag sewn onto the back of the bags.
- The two separate “Walt Disney World” and “Disneyland” banners have now been combined and are in red lettering.
- Minnie Mouse has also been added to the print and on the Wristlet there is a pocket on the back where the leather tag is.
- Prices have gone up and are now correct on this page.
Here are a few pictures of the new design from ebay:
Another new style was introduced a few months back: the Large Tote
Thanks to Shelley C. for the following photo of the newest Cindy Sketch style available at the Parks! Now THAT’s a bag!
And coming soon to a Disney Park near you – the Lucy bag! Thanks again to the DIS boards for being on top of this new style, which is going to be released on the DisneyStore.com first (it’s not currently listed buy some have had luck by repeatedly asking for it when they call). This photo courtesy of NikkiLovesWDW:
If you are unable to get to the Disney Parks any time soon, you may purchase them via the Merchandise Hotline. No information has been given out as to the edition size of these purses, how long Disney will be carrying them or how many new designs will be released.
There are two numbers you can check for availability to order the purses: 407-363-6200 or 407-828-1451. From what I have heard availability changes daily, some of the sizes may be back-ordered, in which case Disney will take your information and call you when they are back in stock. The stores in the parks, resorts and Downtown Disney get new shipments in daily, but cannot guarantee any of the purses will be part of those deliveries. Mail Order is served first, and the park and resort stores get new shipments in a few days after that.
Current prices for the White Sketch Pattern:
Weekender Large Duffle: $395
Large Tote: $225
Medium Tote: $190
Small Tassel Tote: $160
Don’t forget to check ShopDisney.com for sales of select current released Disney Dooney & Bourke purses and Zannaland’s Disney Dooney & Bourke page with ALL handbag photos and info.
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Donna Davis says
Thank you so much for the Dooney information. Mine is on back order and I hope to get it by my birthday next month
…I might have worked with Olga at WOD years ago…very nice woman if it is the same Olga at WOD…not sure if there are too many!!! 😉 I really, really, REALLY want the Large Cindy Tote…REALLY. Maybe I will be lucky enough to get one…even if it is one backorder for awhile…
Excellent! Great article, I already saved it to my favourite,
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Just a fyi, but these are selling like hotcakes at WOD in DTD. I got mine on Sunday, and customers were buying them left and right…flying off the shelves. So it’s not just employees buying them (though I did use my hubby’s CM discount to get mine…to keep, not to sell on ebay).
At the time I wrote the update, there weren’t any of the new ones IN the
parks, but there were a ton on ebay. I continually come back and edit the
entry as I get new information, so I’ll edit that part out now. 🙂 (but
there are 60,000 other cast members too) 😉
I looked them up on ebay. Wow! Too bad it’s against policy to use your discount to re-sell and make a profit (ahem Disney CMs). I’ll keep mine, thank you. No reselling for me. :o) I do love the new purse and have had lots of people stop me to check it out. One lady even opened it up to get a look at the inside. I guess I have to put a “look but don’t touch” policy in place now. lol
hello everyone. I was one of the overly excited ones that got on ebay….and ended up winning TWO. Now what?
So in all seriousness, I have a 1st Edition, NEW medium sketch tote for sale (NOT trying to make a profit – more like appease the hubby!) I got it cheap though…175. let me know if you are interested! [email protected]
one quick correction – the wristlet DID have one minor change from 1st edition to the 2nd. the 1st edition does NOT have a side pocket on the back side, but the new ones DO.
Thanks for the info on the pocket, I’d forgotten to update that! 🙂
Dust Collector Remote says
Bravo, Bros! keep going like this, more good info again.
I think they make these sketch bags with the shiny coating like the balloon bags i have seen a few on ebay.