Black Friday 2022 has arrived, with great deals on toys, books, collectibles, travel accessories, gadgets, tech, and more! This post rounds up the best discounts on items for your Walt Disney World vacations, or that will make great gifts for the Disney fans on your Christmas gift-giving list.
While Black Friday has just arrived, retailers started the sale season about a month ago, seeking to unload excess inventory accumulated due to the “bullwhip effect.” We’ve discussed this elsewhere, including in our Early Black Friday Deal Roundup, but suffice to say, we’ve already received a ton of emails the last couple of weeks from retailers like Target, Walmart, and Amazon–plus our favorite deal aggregators about some super sales. Of course, not all deals are created equal–some “special” offers are simply marketing–but many discounts are actually quite good this year!
That’s where this post comes into play–separating the cream of the crop from the marketing fluff to bring you the best deals related to Disney and travel! In this post, I’ve aggregated the best deals–some of which are Disney-specific, whereas others are non-Disney items. This includes a lot of fun items for collectors, parents, people doing gift shopping, plus things that will be useful for Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacations…
Black Friday is increasingly dominated by a few major retail players, most notably Amazon.com. If you want a broader selection of the current deals, check out Amazon’s Black Friday Deals page for the biggest savings and most popular deals. For Disney fans, we’d recommend checking out shopDisney’s Black Friday Sale, which is offering 30% off site-wide plus free shipping with code MAGIC. (Note that while we obviously can’t promise anything, ShopDisney’s Cyber Monday sale is almost always better than their Black Friday deals.)
We’ll add and remove Black Friday deals as new discounts spring up and disappear. Note that 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–there’s a lot of junk deals we’re passing over to get to the good stuff!) are impacted by that. On with the list of the Best Amazon Black Friday Sale deals for 2022…
Thomas Kinkade The Mandalorian Collection Star Wars Puzzles – You know we will always recommend deals featuring art from Thomas Kinkade Studios, and this is a new one to us–a bunch of different puzzles featuring Baby Yoda that are 50% off. (Note that these deals have been coming and going, and not all designs are currently half-off.)
Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams Collection Deals– Same idea here, with various puzzles in the Disney Dreams collection on sale for Black Friday. (Lots of options listed as Black Friday deals, but we’d only recommend going for ones that are over 30% off.)
Disney Pajama Sleepwear Sets – A variety of sleepwear sets from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Frozen, etc. Savings vary by size, but we’re seeing 40% off or more as the norm for many sets.
Moana Dress Up Trunk 11 Piece– Same idea as the trunks above, but this Amazon exclusive is a separate listing. It’s also 30% off, which makes it $21–but it has fewer pieces. I have no clue which is a better value–I had actually never seen this version before Black Friday.
Princess Activity Tote– Also pretty far from my area of expertise, but this playset looks fun and is another cheap gift option.
Lenox 2022 Santa Baby Yoda Christmas Ornament– A great price on an absolutely adorable ornament. (FWIW, on both Nordstorm and Lenox’s website, this has a list price of $80–meaning it’s actually a much better deal than it appears on Amazon.)
Lenox 2022 Disney Castle Ornament – This one is new to me, but we love the other Lenox Disney Christmas ornaments we own–they’re high quality and gorgeous. At 66% off for Black Friday, this is an excellent deal!
LEGO Star Wars The Razor Crest Building Toy Set – Reenact scenes from the Mandalorian with this detailed, LEGO brick model of The Razor Crest starship, featuring figures of the Mandalorian, Greef Karga, Scout Trooper, and Baby Yoda/Grogu in this 1,023-piece playset. At 30% off, this is a great deal by LEGO standards.
LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy Advent Calendar – As we get closer to their starting window, there are better deals on most Advent Calendars. The LEGO Advent calendars are my absolute favorite and is a great deal at 47% off (up from 36% off just 2 days ago).
Anker Slimline Phone Charger 10,000mAh External Battery Pack – Even before Genie+, we recommended bringing a backup battery pack to charge your phone while using My Disney Experience or social media at Walt Disney World. This one has great capacity, fastest quick-charging capabilities, and is updated with USB-C compatibility. This is the battery pack we bring to the parks now—perfect for the two of us.
Anker 335 PowerCore 20K Portable Charger – Double the capacity of the above charger and with USB-C fast-charging as the default. The downside is that it’s larger, but the value for money is great. (For only ~$3 more, THIS is the version we highly recommend. It’s the better of the two deals!)
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. (Note that there are a variety of Gonex compression cube sets on sale–our personal favorite is this 4 piece set, but the 6 piece one arguably offers better bang for buck.)
Christmas Mickey Mouse Santa Red Graphic T-Shirt — This is one of my go-tos for wearing underneath Christmas sweaters (since the weather isn’t usually right for those until the sun goes down). It’s cheap and looks far nicer than you’d expect for a shirt that costs for $9, down from $10 just 2 days ago. (Just don’t wear it to the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in December if the weather ends up being warm–unless you want to inadvertently “twin” with me!)
Funko Pop! Disney Advent Calendar – We don’t love the look of Funko Pop figures, but it’s impossible to deny their quality…and even I am really tempted by this at 58% off (up from 42% off two days ago). It’s with that in mind that we recommend this Funko Pop Advent Calendar–quality, non-disposable prizes at a good price.
Villainous Disney Strategy Board Game – This game by Ravensburger has received rave reviews and won the prestigious ‘Game of the Year’ Award at the TOTY Awards. It’s made our past deal lists, but at 50% off for Black Friday, I think this is the cheapest we’ve ever seen it.
Disney-Pixar Monopoly— Another great game deal at 45% off. (This just scratches the surface on the deep discounts for board games on Black Friday–see below for our dedicated section on them!)
This is also part of the 3 for 2 deal discussed below, but the difficulty here is going to be finding 2 other books that are similarly-priced in order to max out your savings. This is a MUST-OWN, so figure it out–even if that means buying non-Disney titles.
Marc Davis in His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks — This monster of a book by Pixar director Pete Docter and Imagineer Christopher Merritt is nearly 50% off, which is a great deal…but that’s BEFORE the $26.66 off coupon (!!!) for Black Friday! It’s a passion project about one of the true Walt-era Imagineering heavyweights, who was a driving force behind Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, Jungle Cruise, and more. He’s basically the *godfather* of Country Bear Jamboree…need we say anything more?!
Walt Disney’s Disneyland— This is NOT part of the 3 for 2 deal below, but bears mentioning as one of my favorite Disney books of all-time at a crazy-good price. Anyone who has owned or even held a TASCHEN book knows why this is something special. By clipping the coupon, you’re getting this for OVER 66% off, which is an insane deal. Seriously, this is an incredibly high-quality coffee table book…at under $20?!?!
Mickey Mouse Iconic Coffee Sign– Just checking to see if you’re paying attention. (I do NOT recommend buying this, but it was too good not to share. WTF, right?! (Ironically enough, I did a literal spit-take when I found this Black Friday “deal,” getting coffee on my computer screen this morning at 4:30 am.)
Mickey Mouse Watch– I like the all-grey style and whimsical yet classic Mickey Mouse face. A playful design that’s classy and not too eye-catching.
Cricut Items— Once again, Cricut items are on sale, and once again, I have no idea what any of this stuff is or what it does. Sarah said I should add this. Cricut is apparently great for Disney use somehow?
Apple AirTags– We use these to “track” our car (good for rental cars that can get lost in the sea of the TTC), checked baggage (good for peace of mind), and much more that isn’t relevant to travel (Yossarian the Cat tracking). The best potential use of all that we have not tried is tracking strollers. In a recent article about Walt Disney World’s new strollers, several readers complained that Cast Members relocate parked strollers, making them difficult to find. AirTags should offer a great solution to this problem!
AirTag Waterproof Case– Great for attaching AirTags to your stroller, or Yossarian the Cat. (We’ve learned that the waterproof version is key.)
16-Pack Roll-Up Compression Travel Bags for Packing – We have never used these as we prefer something more durable since we travel frequently, but reviews are positive. It sounds like they save even more space, but for that you give up a bit of reusability. Totally a matter of personal preference.
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!
Hydro Flask 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–and is a larger size than most bottles.
New Outlander 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!)
Personal Neck Fan– This is 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).
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!
Disney Books (3 for Price of 2)
Amazon has a Black Friday promo offering one book FREE when you purchase 2 eligible titles. To take advantage, simply add 3 items from the books on this page to your Shopping Basket via the “Add to Basket” button. The offer will be automatically applied to your total at checkout and you’ll get one of the titles for free (so in other words, 3 for the price of 2 books. Here are our recommended titles from this offer:
Disney Who’s Who (Autograph Book Substitute) – Instead of having characters sign a blank page, have them sign this actual book about 150+ Disney characters. After the trip, it’ll be a treasured keepsake. Now that normal character meet & greets and dining experiences with hugs, autographs, five highs, and everything else are back at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, this is once again one of our top recommendations for families with small children. Get it as part of this 3 for 2 deal to save even more!
Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World– This is a cookbook, with recipes for iconic dishes like the Grey Stuff, Tonga Toast, Kungaloosh, Ronto Wrap, Hollywood Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake, and Le Cellier Steakhouse Cheese Soup. However, it’s also so much more. You’ll also find rare restaurant concept art, history (my favorite is “Walt Loved Fried Chicken”), and old menu scans.
Santa Stops at Disneyland (Little Golden Book) – The Disney Parks Little Golden Books released thus far have been fantastic, with gorgeous art and cute stories. While we definitely aren’t the target audience for the stories, 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. Here are other recommended titles, which are also part of the promo:
Disney 5-Minute Christmas Stories— Join in the festivities of the season as Mike and Sully race to light the big Christmas tree, Alice finds the Red Queen’s present, Peter Pan brings Christmas to Never Land, and more!
Disney Baby “My First Christmas”– I guess the idea here is introducing babies to Christmas vocabulary? As someone with a limited lexicon, I couldn’t tell you anything about that. I just love the art direction of this book and would recommend it on that basis alone!
Thomas Kinkade Disney Coloring Books– Mentioning this because there are a lot of Kinkade-Disney fans. We love his studio’s actual art, but are not huge fans of the coloring books. (Isn’t the whole point of Kinkade the color and light?!) Still a great deal.
Thomas Kinkade 2023 Disney Calendar – You’ve seen Kinkade’s work if you’ve ever been in an Art of Disney store. It’s the dreamy, improbably-lit paintings that you want to step inside. With their mix of artistry and impressionism, Kinkade’s Disney designs are mesmerizing, and this calendar is a great way to look at them all year long…without spending $1,000+ on a painting!
Disney Storybook Collection— A large, 300+ page hardcover book retelling several classic Disney stories complete with 250 pieces of artwork from the Disney Archives.
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.
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.
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.
Maps of the Disney Parks— This is a staple of our gift-giving guides, and that’s in part because it looks really nice, making it an eye-catching gift.
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.
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 42% off, this one is a strong deal.
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. (64% off!)
Frozen Arendelle Castle – A relatively simple version of Elsa’s ice palace. At 55% off, it’s a good deal–just keep in mind that what you see is what you get.
LEGO Buzz Lightyear Planetary Mission Playset– There aren’t many Disney toys on sale, but several that are on sale are from Lightyear. I think this looks like a knockoff version of the real Toy Story, but to each their own. Hopefully deals on the good “authentic” stuff come on Cyber Monday.
Mirabel Encanto Fashion Doll– All things Encanto still seem incredibly popular, so taking $10 off this with a $50 purchase is noteworthy. (The doll itself isn’t discounted.)
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 Black Friday 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!
Be sure to check back here throughout the coming days, as I’ll share new discounts and more Lightning Deals as they become available. 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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