I just came back from a family vacation to Disney World last week. My sister and I have been excited for months to buy Tsum Tsum stuffed animals while we were at the Parks. She was even excited to see them displayed in the stores, since we knew they’d be adorable all stacked up together! (“Tsum Tsum” means “Stack Stack” in Japanese, by the way.) I expected them to be in nearly every gift shop, especially the large Emporium on Main Street USA.
Sadly, there were no Tsums to be found at Disney World. I asked a Cast Member at Big Top Souvenirs in New Fantasyland and she informed me that the only place on property that carries them is Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney. We squeezed in a little bit of time to visit the shop and were sad to see this as their selection:
It was exciting to finally see Tsums in real life, but I was really hoping for a broad array of characters and–of course–the minis!! I’ve heard them described as “Twinkie-sized.” How cute is that?! As if their faces weren’t cute enough! As the picture shows, Once Upon a Toy carried medium and large versions of Mickey, Minnie, and Stitch. No other characters. No mini ones.
So, if you’re heading to Disney World and you’re planning on buying Tsums for souvenirs like I was, be prepared for this. A few more Tsums are available online at The Disney Store’s website. However, they’re selling out quickly and quantities are limited to four of each kind. The selection, so far, is pretty much limited to the Fab Five (minus Goofy), Pooh and Friends (minus Piglet), Stitch, Marie from the Aristocats, and Chip and Dale. They released a few Alice in Wonderland Tsums, but they are sold out already.
If you’d like to browse just for fun (no international orders), Japan had the game and the toys first, so their Disney Store sells a lot of Tsums. However, Japan is also selling out quickly. I was recently talking with a friend there and two or three different mini Tsums went from “available” to “sold-out” during our short conversation. Hopefully, their selection will eventually become available in the United States. According to this article in the New York Times, (which calls these toys “the new Beanie Baby”), Disney is having a hard time keeping up with the rush. So, we’ll see how long it takes for them to become more readily available.
If you aren’t sure what Tsum Tsum is, don’t miss out on the fun. Read my previous post here about this new craze.