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Disney Park Pack Holiday Edition Box Review – September 2016

Chris Acree
ByChris AcreeSep 21, 2016 | 9 comments

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The Disney Park Pack Holiday Edition Subscription Box contains a monthly blind-boxed ear hat ornament premiering online and created for the Disney Park Pack.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: Disney Park Pack: Holiday Edition

The Cost: The Cost: $29.99 + free shipping. (The $300 annual subscription also offered previously is sold out.)

The Products: Fully-sculptured ear hat ornament with satin ribbon for hanging. Bottom of ornament features printed artist signature. Comes in a special blind-box presentation package. Online premier, created for the Disney Park Pack. 

Ships to: Contiguous US only.

Check out all of our Disney Park Pack: Pin Trading Edition reviews, our Disney Tsum Tsum Box reviews, and the Kids Subscription Box Directory

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We are so excited about the Holiday Edition of the Park Pack! Last month was the first box and that one was awesome. We have a small collection of ear hat ornaments so far and are very excited to be adding to that collection!

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Disney does not release spoilers for this subscription box.

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As you saw above, this arrives in an unassuming outside shipping box that does not give away the contents within. As soon as you open that box, you are greeted with Disney Store tissue paper. I don’t know how Disney does it, but as soon as you see that paper, the room gets really quiet, and you can feel something special is inside the box. 

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Disney has perfected the packaging and presentation here.

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More boxes should feature gull-wing box flaps.

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Love the glossy Mickey ear hats everywhere.

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Packaging and presentation are so important for a box like this. This would be an amazing gift.

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Love it.

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Here is the bottom of the box itself.

Let’s take a quick peek….

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Interesting!!!

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Ok, let’s open this thing up! Under the cover, we have another lid. Here the satin ribbon is fed through a hole in the center of the box. I am pretty sure the plastic ring and Mickey tag are there to prevent the ornament from being prematurely removed from the packaging so the recipient knows what they are receiving is authentic. (Smart move, Disney.)

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After snipping the plastic ring, we can get to the ornament inside.

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Stitch! Stitch was first introduced in the Lilo & Stitch movie which was followed by a couple of sequels and a TV series. It seems like Disney is alternating between the classics and newer favorite characters in this subscription box much like they do in the Disney Tsum Tsum Box. This is a good idea to keep everyone happy.

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My son is the biggest Stitch fan in our family and he is working on his collection. Two of the other Stitches in his collection came from the July 2016 Disney Tsum Tsum Box. (That month is the only month I am aware of where Disney veered outside of its tradition of including tsum tsum friends in the box and instead included Stitch in his two forms.) Before this year, I had no idea how popular Stitch really is among Disney fans and collectors, but now I regularly see this. I think the choice of Stitch this month will be well-received by subscribers!

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Last month, the ear hat ornament included a lot of references to the featured character, but not the face of the character himself. This month is the complete opposite! Stitch’s head has been turned into an ear hat shape which works well for him.

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Side views. It is also awesome that the ribbon is easily removable for those who want to keep this ear hat ornament on display all year round instead of just seasonally.

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Here is a closer look at Stitch.

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Here is the back of the ear hat ornament.

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Stitch’s signature and the back of his head. I always love to see Disney characters’ signatures. When you meet characters in the Disney theme parks, they will sign things for you and they always keep each character’s signature consistent. It is the little things.

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Speaking of signatures. The bottom of the ornament has the printed signature of the artist who designed it. Derek Lesinski is a character artist with Disney. Per his LinkedIn profile, Derek has received the Walt Disney Legacy Award which is the Disney Parks highest honor given to those to live up to the standards set by Walt himself and exemplified through the main focal points of Dream, Create, and Inspire. That is really cool. We can also see the Park Pack logo on the bottom of the ornament here. Derek also designed last month’s ornament. It will be interesting to see if this continues.

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Disney Ear Hat Ornaments usually sell for $24.99 each. That is the same monthly cost as this subscription box when an annual subscription was purchased up front and likely why that option sold out. The monthly subscription is $29.99 which is a bit over the annual price per month, but offers flexibility. For reference purposes, both Disney official subscription boxes as well as third-party, unaffiliated subscription box companies who offer Disney items almost always come at a premium cost and still are almost always completely sold out. You can see a list of these here.

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I should note, however, that items within the subscription boxes that come from Disney itself often are exclusives and/or collectible items that either premier in or are completely unavailable outside of the boxes themselves and which regularly command an additional premium on the resale market. However, there are no guarantees of resale value for any particular item.

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The ear hat ornaments usually don’t come in this special packaging which really adds to the whole experience. I love that this subscription box allows subscribers to easily enjoy a little bit of Disney magic in their own homes. To me, that makes this the perfect gift for any Disney fan.

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Verdict: We love the Disney Park Pack: Holiday Edition at our house and can’t wait to see next month! What do you think of this box? Do you love Disney as much as we do?

Disney's Park Packs go on sale the first Thursday of every month and include a monthly mystery box of Disney Parks merchandise.
Chris Acree
Chris Acree
Chris is a moderator on the MSA forum. Her current favorite subscription boxes are Box of Style, RawSpiceBar, Julep, and My Pretend Place although the list changes frequently. She cannot resist a spoiler.

Chris Acree
Chris Acree
Chris is a moderator on the MSA forum. Her current favorite subscription boxes are Box of Style, RawSpiceBar, Julep, and My Pretend Place although the list changes frequently. She cannot resist a spoiler.
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9 comments

Lyndsay Wagner

Chris, do you know if you can purchase precious months? I am in love with this ornament! Thank you. ❤️

chris

Hi Lyndsay!

Unfortunately, you cannot purchase prior months as far as I can tell. If you are really interested in this particular ornament, there are a few on eBay right now running between $40-100. Hope you are able to secure one!

Chris

Gigi

So far I haven’t been amazed by this subscription….I was so excited about receiving it but it’s been a disappointment these past 2 months. I feel the ornaments at the parks are nicer and more unique. Also disneystore.com has the worst customer service I’ve ever experienced….it’s incredible how slow they are and how they are not willing to help at all.

chris

Interesting regarding their customer service! I hope that is not normal for them. I have never had to contact the Disney store website customer service for anything yet.

I have only ever had positive results with any other Disney customer service I have interacted with. Thanks for your comment!

Gigi

Unfortunately I’ve had to contact the disneystore.com CS several times by email and phone regarding different issues and it’s been bad each and every time.

Melissa

At $30 per ornament, it’ll take forever to decorate a tree unless it’s charlie brown style

chris

We mix them in with our other ornaments!

I think a lot of people display these all year round in a collection. We might start doing that in a couple more months. Each one of them is a little piece of Disney art. 🙂

Gigi

That’s hilarious….best comment ever. Lol.

chris

I agree. That is hilarious! I can’t imagine anyone actually doing that?!

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