Prime Early Access Sale is Amazon’s new “epic” two-day deal event starting October 11, and promising holiday shopping season discounts over a month before Black Friday or Cyber Monday. This post rounds up the best deals during Amazon’s “Christmas Before Halloween” deal days for your Walt Disney World vacations, plus products that will make great gifts for yourself or others. (Updated October 12, 2022 at 12 pm EST.)
If you feel like you’re having déjà vu all over again, that’s because Amazon Prime Day already happened this summer. This is Amazon Prime Early Access, which is essentially a bridge between the last sale and the holiday shopping season. Hence the “Early Access” name–it’s a headstart on Cyber Monday sales exclusively for Prime subscribers. (If you’re not already a member, click here for a FREE 30-day Amazon Prime trial membership that allows you to take advantage of these deals!)
Like Prime Day was Amazon’s “Christmas (shopping) in July” sale, this is the company’s “Holiday Headstart” deal days. Amazon’s unstated goal is to undercut its competitors, moving forward the shopping season in an effort to move excess inventory. This is something we’ve mentioned before when discussing a sudden spike in discounts (including on merchandise at Walt Disney World and Disneyland), and it’s known as the bullwhip effect.
For the last two years, retailers could barely keep items in stock due to record consumer spending and supply chain disruptions. That resulted in businesses ordering more and merchandise, much of which wasn’t arriving in a timely manner. As pressured have eased in 2022, inventories have surged to record levels…right as consumer spending started to shift to services.
Retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and more now face a glut of inventory as inflation-squeezed shoppers are making fewer discretionary purchases due to the rising prices of gas and groceries. Consequently, retailers are reporting a steep jump in inventory levels from a year ago from a mix of items not selling and supply chain delays easing. This is great news for consumers looking for bargains–deals now abound as retailers look to unload excess inventory!
This post aggregates the best Amazon Early Access Day deals likely to be of interest to Disney fans and travelers. Some items are Disney-specific, others are travel gadgets that are not exclusively Disney-related. The former are fun items for collectors, parents, people doing gift shopping, and so on. The latter are practical items that would be useful for Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacations.
If you want a broader selection of the current deals, check out Amazon’s Spotlight Prime Early Access Sale page for the biggest savings and most popular deals. Even then, the options can be overwhelming, as there are literally tens of thousands of items on sale for the Prime Early Access Sale.
As with any of these promotional event sales, some “special offers” are great and some are…not so special. We’ve combed through the various deals and are sharing only those we deem good. We receive a small commission from Amazon for your purchases, so buying through these links helps support the site. However, neither the price you pay nor our recommendations (or lack thereof) are impacted by that.
We’ve purchased these items ourselves, have friends who recommend them, or are debating the purchase. It should be clear from each item’s description how we feel about a particular product. On with the list of the Best Amazon Prime Early Access Sale deals for 2022…
Disney Travel Accessories
Personal Neck Fan– We bought one of these neck fans last summer, and it’s shockingly effective. It’s like that refreshing feeling you get when walking past an open doorway of an air-conditioned building. It’s not perfect, but it’s a really fantastic idea, and is a breath of fresh air during hot and humid days in Florida (which is ~10 months of the year). If you want a more powerful and high-tech model–check out the TORRAS Coolify Portable Air Conditioner Neck Fan, which is also on sale.
Life Straw Go Filter Water Bottle — Florida water tastes awful straight from the tap, so it’s key to get a bottle with a filter. This bottle is the best option, hands down–what we take to the parks every day. It’s durable, BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and uses a 2-stage activated carbon filter reduces odor, chlorine and leaves zero aftertaste! It may not seem like it, but this is a GREAT DEAL (look at the normal price–this is an excellent water bottle).
Hydro Cell Water Bottles – This patented, BPA-free design is a cool idea that’s new-to-us, but incredibly popular. It’s a great way to keep drinks cold all day long, too.
Repel Travel Umbrella – This is windproof, durable, and compact. You may not think a windproof umbrella is necessary for Walt Disney World, but during storm season, it absolutely is. (We’ve also lost multiple umbrellas under the Spaceship Earth “wind tunnel.)
Gonex Compression Packing Cubes– They key here is that these are compression packing cubes, which normally cost more and will save you even more space when packing. If you need the suitcase space, we recommend this set over the one below. At 38% off, this is Amazon Early Access Sale price is cheaper than we’ve seen during past Cyber Mondays.
Maxtop Packable Backpack— Takes up minimal room in your suitcase and more importantly is super lightweight. That minimizes the amount of back-sweat you’ll have to endure from the Florida heat and humidity. (Seriously, it makes a world of difference!)
BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow – This is new-to-us travel pillow is incredibly popular, rating better than our favorite pillow (that had its design cheapened and no longer scores well). At 52% off, it’s worth checking out!
H2O Bath Products– Okay, so H2O products are not technically “Disney.” However, given the reaction to the news that Walt Disney World’s bath brand is ending…I think it’s fair to say that many fans have a strong sentimental attachment.
Mickey & Minnie Salt & Pepper Shakers– The vintage style figural ceramic shaker set features the original Mickey and Minnie head design from 90 years ago! According to the Amazon product page, they can double as…cake toppers?! (That doesn’t seem right.)
Disney, Star Wars & Marvel Hoodies– These low key hooded sweatshirts feature retro inspired designs and are mostly simple and sharp-looking. I especially like the yellow Mickey Mouse and blue Boba Fett styles.
Cricut Items– I say the same thing whenever this stuff is on sale: I have no idea what any of it does. Sarah said I should add it because her friends love this for Disney use, and there are some great deals on the various products.
$10 Off $50 Purchases
$10 off $50 Purchases– As part of the Amazon Early Access Sale, you can take $10 off $50 purchases of select items, including many Disney board games, toys, and accessories.
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When you’re done shopping, select Go to Cart.
The offer will automatically be applied at checkout, if eligible.
Funko Disney Happiest Day Magic Kingdom Game– Visit exciting attractions, meet cherished characters, and experience magical moments throughout Magic Kingdom–a great way to relive the magic, complete with a 3D Cinderella Castle and day-to-night versions of the park. This is 20% off, plus part of the $10 off $50 promo for the Amazon Early Access Sale.
Hocus Pocus: The Game – Another board game for your Halloween gatherings. In this, players work together to protect Salem’s children and stop the Sanderson sisters from completing their wicked potion before the sun rises. Play potion ingredients to the cauldron and match all the colors or ingredients.
Villainous Disney Strategy Board Game – This Halloween-adjacent game is hugely popular and the winner of several prestigious ‘Game of the Year’ awards. We aren’t as big of villains fans as others, but it’s undeniably good (to be bad?).
Both of the Halloween-adjacent games above are also part of the $10 off $50 promo. There are a ton of other eligible products that are eligible for that $10 off, but nothing else seems worth highlighting. The games that follow have their own significant savings as part of the Amazon Early Access Sale…
Haunted Mansion: Call of The Spirits Board Game – I’m a total sucker for cheesy and cheeky board games, as well as Walt Disney World board games. This is the perfect intersection of those interests. It’s a fairly strategic game that’s easy enough for kids but also deep enough for adults. At 56% off (or only $11!), this one is a MUST BUY!
Funkoverse: Marvel 100 4-Pack Strategy Board Game – Four Avengers Funko Pop! movers made exclusively for this game. Each character is unique and has their own abilities, with game modes that include Scrimmage and Siege that allow you to explore the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and Shuri’s Wakanda Laboratory.
Funko The Rocketeer: Fate of The Future Game – A two-player strategy game that immerses the players into the events of the movie and the golden age of Hollywood. Play a game of cat-and-mouse with the rocket plans and keep them hidden from your opponent. Original illustrations and design that evokes the art deco style of the 1930s, and are inspired by the 1991 Disney film. (44% off!)
Disney Eats: More than 150 Recipes for Everyday Cooking and Inspired Fun – From healthy snacks like a Minnie Mouse-inspired crudité platter and savory dinners such as Mulan’s Blossom Stir-Fry to Disney-character-themed bento box lunches and easy-prep treats such as Frozen Banana Dalmatian Pops, author Joy Howard shows that the creative possibilities are endless. 56% off for Amazon Early Access!
The Haunted Mansion Little Golden Book— Disney Parks just started doing this new line of Little Golden Books last year, and they have been crushing it so far. We absolutely adore the art and style—they’re great for anyone with kids, theme park fans, or anyone who was a kid and has fond memories of Little Golden Book.
There are many other Disney Little Golden Books, which each appear to be $1 or $2 off today. (Savings might be better during Cyber Monday, as there’s typically a ‘book bundle’ discount for spending $25). In any case, here are the other titles:
The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge– This offers an inside look at the magic behind the Disneyland and Walt Disney World lands, documenting the art and innovations that led to the creation of Galaxy’s Edge. Featuring hundreds of full-color concept artworks, sketches, blueprints, photographs, and more, the book reveals Walt Disney Imagineering’s creative process.
This is Walt Disney World’s “Nickel Tour,” which is the highest praise possible. It’s going to be the souvenir that creates new lifelong fans among Walt Disney World first-timers, and the spark that sets young kids on a lifelong career path. For more effusive praise and why you should buy it, read our book review. (Or just buy the book and read that instead.)
Marc Davis in His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks — This behemoth is by Pixar director Pete Docter and Imagineer Christopher Merritt, and it’s a passion project about one of the true Walt-era Imagineering heavyweights who is behind a bunch of iconic attractions, including Country Bear Jamboree. CLIP THE COUPON TO SAVE AN EXTRA $20!
Walt Disney’s Disneyland— This is one of my favorite Disney books of all-time. Anyone who has owned or even held a TASCHEN book knows why this is something special. At a whopping 68% off, this deal cannot be beat! Seriously, this is an incredibly high-quality coffee table book…at under $20?!?!
The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky — If you’re a fan of Disney’s monorails (who isn’t?!), you’ll love this. There’s a ton of concept art and photos, as the authors take readers on a historical ride the Highway in the Sky. From Walt Disney’s Progress City ambitions to the future of this innovative transportation system.
One Day at Disney– I don’t like this book, but it’s a popular one and the price is right at 55% off. YMMV.
Disney Princess Fashion Doll Castle – Kids can imagine the “Comfy Squad” Disney Princess characters lounging in style in this large doll house, which stands over 32 inches tall. Castle includes a sofa, vanity, stool, wardrobe, shell-inspired chair, and a bean bag chair so kids can imagine all the dolls relaxing together. Can’t speak to the quality or appeal of this, but it’s a great deal!
Frozen Arendelle Castle – Same idea, but Elsa’s ice palace. At 64% off, it’s an even better deal than the princess castle above.
Galactic Snackin’ Grogu — A follow-up to last year’s the Child Animatronic Edition, which won several “Toy of the Year” awards. This new version is inspired by Grogu eating his way through the galaxy in Season 2 of The Mandalorian on Disney+. Snacking expands the range of Baby Yoda’s interactives and reaction. The Child Animatronic Edition is also a great deal–and even cheaper!
Fire 8 HD Kids Tablet— An educational and entertainment tool for kids with parental controls, goal-setting, time limits, plus 1 FREE year of Amazon Kids+ with access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.
Okay, that’s it for right now. There are a bunch of other great deals that are irrelevant to Disney and travel (but also don’t appeal to me) on the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale homepage. We recommend browsing for yourself a bit, and checking back often, as new deals are regularly appearing–and disappearing. Just be mindful of the fact that some of these offers are time-sensitive, so you don’t want to spend too much time procrastinating and end up losing out!
Also, check back here throughout the deal, as I’ll share more Lightning Deals as they become available if they’re any good. Oh, and if you find anything that you think would be useful for other Disney fans, please share in the comments below!
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