Dooney and Bourke Disney bags have long been the obsession of Disney fans the world over for some time and for good reason. The secrecy behind “when” the bags will be available and “which design” will appear no doubt add to the tension. What’s more is that the Disney Dooney has become the must have item for serious Disney fans. Here’s the general yearly timeline for what gets released when.
The Dooney and Bourke Disney collections like to match up the hype with a Disney festival, movie or event. And while it may seem like the only Dooney and Bourke Disney bag you see are the Mickey Sketch pattern, you can actually count on seeing about 20 new designs every year!
The Dooney and Bourke Disney Bag Holiday 2018
Each holiday for the last three years, Dooney and Bourke has released a Christmas or Holiday Dooney for Disney fans. The first two years brought the same design in a white, then black background. For 2018, we see a completely new pattern on a black background. The Christmas designs are always limited time, special edition and will surely cost you a pretty penny on Ebay later if you decide to wait. As with all Dooney bags, the pattern layout is unique to each bag, so no two will be exactly the same. You can also check out the new Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dooney and Bourke collection in honor of the holiday movie this year. Check out our post on the merchandise for the movie here.
Where to Find Dooney and Bourke Disney Bags
The collections release in several locations at Disney and online throughout the year.
- The Disney Store: Check out the shopDisney site for up to date releases here. Note, these are different designs than you’ll find in the parks and have a quarterly release schedule.
- The ShopParks App: The Disney ShopParks app will often have releases FIRST and only those accessing the app will know that a bag has become live for purchase.
- Who to Follow: Disney Parks Blog, Disney Lifestylers and MoonPrincess will have the releases as they happen
- Cherry Tree Lane: The Orlando, Florida Disney Springs shop can be found inside the Marketplace Co-Op and hosts the release parties as well as keeps current designs stocked.
- Amazon: You can grab both current and past Disney Dooney and Bourke Bags on Amazon through Disney and Disney Parks. See ALL THE BAGS on Amazon.
- Walt Disney World Resort Gift Shops: You can find the Dooney and Bourke Disney bags at some of the moderate and most of the deluxe Disney resorts. We like the gift shops at any of the monorail resorts near Magic Kingdom for the most variety. But you can always check the app or website here.
Some Disney Dooney
- Disney Vacation Club Dooney and Bourke
- Aulani Beach Nylon
- Mickey and Minnie Sweethearts
- Minnie Rocks the Dots
- I am Mickey Mouse
- WDW Marathon 2018
- Parks Passport
- Haunted Mansion Wallpaper
- Ear Hat I AM 2018
- Flower and Garden 2018 Minnie’s Flower Shop If you’re not going to the parks, grab it on Amazon here.
- Lady and the Tramp 2018
- The Gus and Jaq Cinderella Wallet
- Mulan 2018
Dooney and Bourke Disney Bags & Purses Release Timeline
Marathon, RunDisney and Festival of the Arts Bags
Early in the year we can usually see several designs released. A special Dooney and Bourke bag in honor of RunDisney and the Princess Half Marathon in February. Both Princess and Full marathon bags are available, usually different designs and like all DB bags, are only available for a limited time or at a giant markup on ebay.
Flower and Garden Festival Bags and Spring Summer Event Bags
The Disney Store adds a Springtime bag to the Dooney and Bourke Collection routinely every year. The Disney Store bags are not the same ones found in the Disney Parks, though no less amazing. We also see a new bag as early as February for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. At least 3 new designs are set to arrive in Disney Park stores. Last year we saw Mickey Thru the Years, Romancing Minnie and yet another marathon bag; the new Star Wars line for the Half Marathon this year featuring Darth Vader.
Disney Attractions and Movie Bags
Last year premiered two new designs- Lovebirds and It’s a Small World. These were unveiled at Disney Springs in special unveiling parties. Annual passholders usually get an email about the event, but readers of the Disney Parks blog also gets the news a few days prior. Otherwise you should be following all things Disney on Twitter. As you’ll see the information on special events break first on social media.
Disney Bags honoring Fall Movie Releases
In the early Fall months Dooney and Bourke plays catch up and releases bags that coordinate with film releases, as well as classic patters they couldn’t release any other time of year due to the full calendar. An example from a previous year is that DB released three new designs in August. Beauty and the Beast in anticipation of the new live-action film. Alice in Wonderland Tea Time, and a Dumbo bag to celebrate the films 75th anniversary. We’ll be sure to see an anniversary bag this year as well for Animal Kingdom’s 20th.
Food and Wine Festival Bags
Sometimes prior to September the Disney Food and Wine Festival Dooney design is released. The Food and Wine Festival bags are sometimes about Mickey, Minnie, Figment or all of them. We can see as many 4 or 5 designs for the Food and Wine Festival, so
The past two years Dooney has integrated Figment into its designs, hot on the tail of the Epcot updates, and talk about figment’s fate. Needless to say, the popularity of these bags is helping ensure Figment stays as a main player in Epcot through renovations in preparation for the 50th Anniversary in 2021.
We also tend to see a new Disney Princess Dooney embracing all things pretty late September in Disney Parks.
Disney Dooney and Bourke Holiday Bags
Just in time for the holidays Dooney and Bourke releases 6 new designs. Previous years have included Princess Keys, Disney Cats, Retro Sticker Collage, Disney Villians, and WDW Toile Collections.
Holiday Designs: The first ever holiday bag premiered Nov 11, 2016, and since it was so well received started a tradition currently in the making. Now happening annually, releases may once again happen at Cherry Tree Lane in Market Co-Op at Disney Springs, Orlando, FL. We see a first sneak peak each year of the designs during Walt Disney World’s Christmas in July events.
All in all Dooney and Bourke released 19+ designs for Disney last year.
Preparing for the Disney Dooney and Bourke Release Dates
If you feel like the designs you want are never available, don’t worry, we know the struggle is real. Dooney and Bourke Disney bags are limited edition, special edition, limited quantity and limited time. They are special because they are cut from a single run of fabric/leather and no two are alike. Not to mention, they can pretty much last forever. Our best advice to nurture a Dooney and Bourke Disney Bag obsession is to follow the Disney parks blog twitter feed @DisneyParks. You should also have the Shop Disney Parks app, and the DisneyStore app on your phone. Dooney and Bourke does different designs for the Disney Store, so cover all your bases if you’re on the lookout for a certain pattern.
With the arrival of Pandora: The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom, Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios, Marvel taking center stage and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland we will see themed merchandise to support all of these developments. Disney films will also influence what’s on the horizon. Check out this post for a more comprehensive list of Disney films coming up. Disney Dooney and Bourke Bags are designed to align with the live action Aladdin, and The Lion King in 2019.
Whatever the inspiration for the prints, we’re excited to see them and can’t wait for what’s next.