13
Oct

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 Release problems and quality issues plague the Disney Parks x Haunted Mansion Dooney and Bourke bags

At 3:00-3:30AM EST this morning Disney Parks released another volley of Haunted Mansion Dooney and Bourke bags on DisneyStore.com. They were all sold out before 4 AM except for the tote which was sold out by the time I woke up for work.

The most infuriating bit is that they weren’t even listed on the site properly so regular customers didn’t even have a chance. You can see that as of this writing the link above doesn’t actually include the Smith Bag. It’s on the site but you have to manually type in the SKU. It’s excluded from the search!

Seriously. The only way to get certain bags, like the bag I wanted, the Smith Bag was to know the freaking 10-15 digit long SKU number and manually input that into the search bar.

This Smith bag I have wanted for over a year:

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So a handful of people who stayed up all night and also were members of Disney Dooney and Bourke fan communities where the SKU numbers were posted got bags. No one else did.

I have to admit that it is tough to contain my frustration and anger that I’ve been trying to get this bag for over a year. I managed to pick up a Haunted Mansion Tote in the parks by sheer luck but it’s not actually the bag I wanted. I was going to return or exchange it when my Smith bag came out because I knew that if I didn’t buy the tote I’d probably never get any Haunted Mansion bag. Disney has done an extremely poor job of releasing these bags. It’s as if they have no faith in the Haunted Mansion. It’s clear that a lot of people want them because it’s become a frenzy over this. It is way past the ridiculous point.

Worse yet, on the Disney Dooney and Bourke fan communities photos surfaced of broken straps, unsewn seams, and the fabric peeling off on some people’s Haunted Mansion bags within just a day or two of being opened.

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Images from Disney Dooney and Bourke community.

I had thought that Dooney and Bourke was a good company, but it seems that if you do get one of these Haunted Mansion Dooneys you should keep the receipt. They have a year warranty from Dooney so make sure to carry it for a bit immediately.

It’s very depressing to me that something so awesome is being marred by poor releases and allegedly worse quality. The bags that I got had rough straps that will definitely tear up my clothing. I am legitimately not sure if I can carry it because it’s like sandpaper.

Disney and Dooney and Bourke need to fix this unless they want to be known for being of poor quality.

I emailed Disney a complaint and they replied with a copy/paste that answered a question that I never asked. :(


07
Oct

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 Pictures from Memento Mori grand opening: New Disney Haunted Mansion gift shop in Florida’s Magic Kingdom

I had the opportunity to preview and then check out the grand opening day at Memento Mori, the new gift shop just for Disney’s Haunted Mansion in Florida. Finally they have heard our words and have given us a place to drop substantial coin.

The merch in here is fabulous. If I hadn’t just bought 3 of the Haunted Mansion Dooney and Bourke Bags I would have spent a lot in here. Disney REALLY knocked out out of the park (no pun intended) with this one!

Here is a picture of the front as well as the cute outfits that the ladies have for this shop. (Can someone make me a haunted mansion maid outfit and/or one of these? Get in touch, please!)

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These aprons were incredibly high quality! I plan to purchase one asap:

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Many of these items will be listed online in the next few weeks and some are available NOW, so if you can’t get to Disney be sure to watch out here.


03
Oct

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 Florida Haunted Attractions: Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 2014 Alien vs. Predator video


11
Sep

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 Florida Haunted Attractions: Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O Scream: Scott Swenson talks about new haunted house “Dead Fall”

Busch Gardens Tampa Entertainment Director Scott Swenson spends 60 seconds giving you an insider look at Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O Scream’s new haunted house, Dead Fall.


10
Sep

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 Florida and California Haunted Attractions: Disney Villians x Haunted Mansion limited run t-shirts are available now

Disney has released some limited run print on demand shirts based off of the Haunted Mansion. They are only for sale until September 14, 2014. These are a little too cartoony for me, but I’ll bet many fans of that style will love this.

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