I am convinced that I have found the most expensive thing that only the one percent buy in Disney World. Why am I sure it is what they buy? Because no one else in their right mind (or any mind) could afford it. Before we get to that though I thought I’d share some of the other potentially high priced items we found while we were there.
There were Disney themed artwork stores at every theme park and some of the higher end Walt Disney World Resort hotels. It was amazing but it definitely wasn’t cheap. You could get a pencil sketch for around $35 and some other smaller artwork for under $100. That was about as cheap as it got.
How do they get you to buy these smaller sketches and other artwork? They allow you to see the artists creating them in their gift shops. In one gift shop there were two pencil sketch artists drawing Disney sketches in front of theme park guests. I suppose we could have talked to them because they were out in the open but I didn’t want to bother them.
In the animation exhibit in Hollywood Studios there were two employees at desks but they were completely surrounded by glass and acted oblivious to the fact that people watched them do their jobs. They were working on some more complex artwork. I don’t know if they were available for sale but I believe they were animation cels. A cel is a clear sheet of plastic (kind of like an overhead transparency sheet… I know… I’m dating myself…) that the artists painted for more traditional animation. I’m sure they sold them somewhere in the park but it is possible they were still using them for a current Disney project.
They also sold wall art but this category of artwork is where it really started to get more expensive. I think the cheapest one I saw was $400 and I know there were some that got up in the thousands of dollars easy. The wall art was really cool but I don’t think I’d ever have a place for them in my house. I know I wouldn’t have a place for them in my budget. They were beautiful but they wouldn’t add much value to my life.
Crystal and Glass
Every park also seemed to have a glass and crystal shop. The coolest part, like the animation, was watching the artists create the glass creations. They had some cheaper ones but they also had some really expensive pieces that reached into the four figures. I liked the glass pieces because you could see them being made. The artists are so amazing at what they do. In the beginning you have no clue what they’re making but they know exactly what they were doing.
They also had multiple places where you could buy Swarovski crystal. They didn’t show anyone making these but they can get into the thousands of dollars as well. I think they had the whole entire collection of current Swarovski crystal in one store. Luckily it was all locked in cases because I’d hate to be the parent of a kid who broke one of those pieces on accident. And now what you’ve been waiting for…
What the One Percent Buy at Disney World
What is it? It is a replica of the castle at Disney World (at least I think it is… I don’t know the details of each Disney castle). I didn’t just see one of these. I think they had one at every theme park! On top of being a replica it appears to be encrusted with crystal all over it. The only reason I don’t think it is encrusted with diamonds is because the price tag would have to be a lot bigger than five figures.
What about the price tag? Just in case you were wondering what Disney charges for such an insane piece of art they charge $37,500.00! I even have a close up of the price tag if you really want it. Thirty Seven THOUSAND Five Hundred Dollars… INSANE!
I could buy two of my Honda Civics for that brand new and still have money left over. I could have bought a little less than half of my townhouse for that. Instead someone buys this as a decoration. It has to be a one percent item.
What are your thoughts? Could anyone besides the one percent afford this? And why would anyone want it anyway? Just to say they bought the most expensive souvenir at Disney World?