A while back, I managed to snag a deal on a Disney suitcase—the American Tourister Wavebreaker Spinner. Super cute, the design featured multi-colored polka dots with Mickey and Minnie on the front and back. For those who are curious, it cost me around $90, which is less than half of its retail price (~$229.99).
Overall dimensions: 29.5″ x 19.75″ x 10.5″
Weight: 9.6 pounds
Features: Multi-directional spinner wheels, top carry handle, pull handle, TSA lock
How practical is the luggage? What are some of its pros and cons? These are some of the things that we’ll be looking at in our review!
1. First Impressions
The suitcase appeared sturdy. I was a little iffy about using a hard shell at the beginning (I usually use soft luggage) but that thought eventually fade. The handles, zippers, wheels—everything seemed to be well built.
The inside was also what I’d expected. A matching shade of red, it featured plenty of space both on the top and on the bottom. Not only was there a large, zippered pocket, but the back could also be stuffed with things as well—you just have to open up the compartment with the zipper.
Another thing that I like about the American Tourister is that it comes with a built-in lock. Personally, I had no issues with resetting the passcode. The whole process is quite simple—you just have to follow the instructions. When you’re done packing, you secure the zipper heads by placing them into designated spots on the lock. There’s a button on the right that will release them when the number combination is correct.
2. My Experience with Using it On a Trip
A few months after getting it, I used it for a trip to Japan. Packing was quite painless as the thing had plenty of room. One of my favorite things about it is that you can store a good amount of things behind the zippered pocket. In the end, that’s where I put most of my clothes. On the bottom, there is also a belt that you can use to secure your items.
To be honest, I was a little worried that the plastic shell would get dented en route, but to my pleasant surprise, that didn’t happen. When the luggage came on the conveyer belt, though, there were a few noticeable scratches on the surface. That’s to be expected, I guess.
Maneuverability-wise, the wheels worked a lot better than I thought they would. Even with bumps and whatnot on the street, I had no problem hauling it to the hotel. It’s probably worth mentioning that I also didn’t have to use the pull handle—I just “pushed” it along with the small handle on the top.
There’s one thing about it that bothered me on the trip, though—the amount of room that you need to open it up. I suppose this is obvious, but it really hit me when I tried to get my clothes out in our tiny hotel room. I also wasn’t used to the fact that the luggage wasn’t expandable, but that’s more of a preference issue.
3. Pros and Cons
Now that I’ve shared my experience, let’s go over some of the pros and cons of the American Tourister Disney Luggage.
– Very easy to maneuver with the multi-directional wheels
– The 28” version is very roomy
– Cute design makes it easy to recognize on the conveyer belt
– Hard shell is sturdy (i.e. does not dent easily)
– Built-in lock is convenient
– Not exactly scratch resistant
– Requires a good amount of space to open up fully
– Pull handle is difficult to use if the luggage is very heavy
– The zipper can get caught in the underlying fabric if you’re not careful
4. Final Thoughts About the American Tourister Disney Luggage
The American Tourister is a good option if you’re looking for a Disney suitcase. For one thing, its quality is definitely better than the ones sold at Disneyland. If you want something that’s sturdy and easy to manuever, go with their luggage.
They have a variety of sizes to choose from (obviously, the smaller ones would be cheaper) as well. Aside from hard shells, they also have soft luggage, if that’s what you prefer.
If you have any questions about the Disney suitcase, feel free to ask in the comments below!