I am a huge Disney nerd, but I don't usually buy Disney apparel or housewares because l find the large cartoon characters all over them a little much. What we're seeing from Disney in 2009 is really exciting -- truly beautiful things subtly "inspired" by Disney.
As a 5-year-old, I probably would have committed a felony to have this princess bed set. Instead of loud Cinderella branding all over the place, a little girl can feel like she's the princess. (roomstogo.com) The bed set with planes is taken from the 1928 animated feature Plane Crazy (the first ever to feature Mickey Mouse), and I think it's just plane cute. It's affordable, too, with accessory prices as low as $14. (Walmart)
For these awesome BLOC 28 caps by New Era, Disney paired with well-known contemporary urban artists, so these hats are edgier than your average set of mouse ears. (New Era, available in June '09)
And this beautiful sweater -- I die! Nobody would ever guess that it's inspired by Snow White's Wicked Queen. (Charlotte Tarantola, available in Fall '09)