RUMOR: Disney Phasing Out Spirit Jerseys Due to High Production Costs, Replacing Offering with New ‘Celebration Crew’ Sweatshirts

Brit Tuttle

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RUMOR: Disney Phasing Out Spirit Jerseys Due to High Production Costs, Replacing Offering with New ‘Celebration Crew’ Sweatshirts

If you’ve visited Walt Disney World in the past day or so, you might have spotted a new apparel offering, “Celebration Crew” sweatshirts. New reports indicate that these styles will soon replace Disney’s Spirit Jersey offerings, which are being phased out due to high costs.

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A Stitch Celebration Crew sweatshirt hangs on a merchandise display.

The new Celebration Crew sweatshirts feature similar traits to Spirit Jerseys, with custom illustrations of Disney characters, all-over print designs. and more.

A close-up of the Stitch graphic art on a Celebration Crew sweatshirt.

This Celebration Crew design features an all-over print of white squiggles, with Stitch on his surfboard. It has also made its way to shopDisney, where Spirit Jerseys are still being sold.

A close-up of the Disney Celebration Crew tag attached to the new sweatshirts.

The new apparel even comes with its own bespoke tag and logo.

The back of the Disney Celebration Crew sweatshirt price tag.

Some of the Celebration Crew sweatshirts are priced at $64.99. Spirit Jerseys are normally $79.99.

A look at the back shoulders of the Stitch Celebration Crew sweatshirt.

The Celebration Crew sweatshirts also feature a puffy ink print across the back shoulders.

A blue tie-dye Walt Disney World Celebration Crew sweatshirt, featuring Goofy, Donald, Mickey, Pluto, Minnie, and Daisy on the front lower torso.

According to sources, Disney’s merchandising teams are slowly phasing out the Spirit Jersey offerings, as they have become too costly to manufacture.

The back of the blue tie-dye Walt Disney World Celebration Crew sweatshirt. The backs of Daisy, Minnie, Pluto, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are featured on the lower torso.

As the Celebration Crews are a new offering, it could take some time before we see Spirit Jerseys completely disappear. Even this week, new Spirit Jerseys for both adults and youth were released.

The front of a black Walt Disney World Celebration Crew sweatshirt, hanging on a clothing rack.

We also spotted this new black Walt Disney World Celebration Crew, which could easily be confused for a Spirit Jersey.

The back of a black Walt Disney World Celebration Crew sweatshirt.

Both have the puffy ink print on the back shoulders and front left breast, but the Celebration Crew is missing the outside seam along the breast line.

A close-up of the price tag attached to the black Walt Disney World Celebration Crew sweatshirt.

This plain black Walt Disney World Celebration Crew is priced at $59.99, significantly cheaper than its Spirit Jersey counterpart.

A Walt Disney World Celebration Crew sweatshirt and Spirit Jersey sit side by side on a clothing rack.

We put the Celebration Crew and a Spirit Jersey side-by-side. Can you tell the difference?

Despite the presence of the Celebration Crews, this is still a rumor and has not been confirmed. Stay tuned for more updates.

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  • Brit Tuttle

    Brit didn't grow up going to the Disney Parks, but had basically the next best thing: the Phantom Manor ride operations simulator flash game and the Disney Sing-Along Songs Beach Party at Walt Disney World VHS. You can email them at brittani@wdwnt.com.

4 thoughts on “RUMOR: Disney Phasing Out Spirit Jerseys Due to High Production Costs, Replacing Offering with New ‘Celebration Crew’ Sweatshirts”

  1. Kinda funny how they’re replacing it because of high production costs. Did the workers from the Chinese sweatshop they come from manage to get a 5 cent pay raise? Given that all Disney merch comes from China I don’t see how production costs could be too high.

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    • Not everyone is from Florida. We love 5he spirit jerseys. You can purchase sweatshirts just about anywhere unlike the spirit jerseys. What next phase out the Doomey and Bourne purses for the Walmart bags?

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  2. What I like about the Spirit Jerseys are the more airy style of them and the fact they don’t fit as tightly as sweatshirts. I often wear “aloha” style shirts (like RSVLTS, camp shirts, etc.) to Disneyland during warmer weather. Those shirts are made to be worn un-tucked. During the spring months is can get cool at night and if you put on a regular sweatshirt the un-tucked shirt underneath hangs below the bottom of the sweatshirt. But a Spirit Jersey covers the entire shirt.

    The other point is— Why do they cost more to manufacture? Maybe the material costs more? But if that is the case, just charge more for them. People buy them in droves even as the price has increased. I cannot see Disney getting rid of such a popular item.

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