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Celebrating the Art of…Marie Osmond

posted on January 6th, 2011 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


In the past year, I have had the opportunity to interview some of our most notable Disney-inspired artists and beloved icons, as part of our “Celebrating the Art of…” series. Kicking off the series for 2011 is Entertainer and Doll Designer, Marie Osmond, who will debut her newest Disney-inspired Princess and the Frog doll at the Disneyland Resort later this month.

Disney-Inspired 'The Princess and the Frog' Doll

Michelle: This year the Resort is celebrating the memories that guests make on trips to the Resort, and we’re asking guests to share these memories in the form of photos and videos. We have truly enjoyed having your family visit the resort on many occasions. Can you share with us one of your favorite experiences or memories?

Marie: “I was realizing the other day, while looking through scrapbooks that so many of my favorite family photos were taken at Disney, because everyone in the family is smiling from ear to ear. I think one of my personal favorite memories, which I’ve experienced eight times individually, is being on ‘it’s a small world’ with each of my kids for their first time and watching their eyes discover a whole new world. Then, they would almost always spend the rest of the day singing ‘it’s a small world.’ Even my now grown children still want to go to Disney for family vacation days.”

Michelle: You’ve been considered one of the top doll designers in the industry for almost 20 years. When did you first start to design for Disney? And while we’re on the subject, what has been your favorite doll, and why?

Marie: “I’m a founder of Children’s Miracle Network, since 1982, which helps more than 17 million sick and injured children every year. In the early 1990s, when I had just started out as a doll designer, we created a series of dolls called “Miracle Children.” One of the first sets, a boy and girl, wore Mickey Mouse ears and were on an adventure at Disneyland Resort. Soon after, Disney and I partnered to make my personal signature sculpt doll, Adorabelle, into the signature tour guides for various attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. I can’t pick a favorite doll from all of these years, but I can tell you that my collectors continuously seek after the Tour Guide Adorabelles. It makes me so happy that they love them.”

Michelle: Not only do you create exquisite dolls for collectors worldwide, but you have also collaborated with Disney on Disney Theme Park exclusive dolls such as your newest release inspired by Princess and the Frog. Where do you draw inspiration to create your Disney-themed dolls and what can you tell us about this newest doll that makes it so special?

Marie: “For Disney’s 50th Anniversary year, I had the best time designing dolls of the three favorite Princesses from the stories which I had grown up loving: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and, of course, Cinderella. They were gorgeous, very limited edition, dolls and are now a hard-to-find collectible because so many of us adored these Disney princesses. They are still favorites, but now I see kids, including my own little girls, who want to hear the stories of the more modern princesses, like my newest Disney exclusive doll: ‘Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.’”

“Her gorgeous gown was inspired by the story and her delicate features and raven colored hair are breathtaking. Wait until you see her in person!! I love every aspect of this porcelain doll. She’s a stunning addition to any collection. I’ve got a place set aside on my own shelf for this one!”

Michelle: I’m sure our Disney Parks Blog fans look forward to seeing what’s next on the horizon from you. Without giving too much away, can you give us a glimpse into what we can expect to see in the future?

Marie: “I’m heading into my 20th anniversary of doll design in 2011. I think my collectors appreciate that I have always taken the chance to bring them the types of doll designs that I feel are collection stand-outs, both traditional and also trend-setting. I know my doll team has a great year planned, so…let me just say ‘Happy New Year!’ because it will be one for all of us who love to collect dolls.”

Special Tip: Entertainer and Doll Designer Marie Osmond will be on hand at The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A., on January 15, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a special appearance and signing of her newest doll. Hope to see you there!

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Lauren on January 6th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Wow, what a great post. I just love Marie Osmond dolls, especially the ones she does for Disney. This newest Princess and the Frog doll is just beautiful.

However, as I don’t live anywhere near Disneyland, I was wondering if there was any way to purchase the Princess and the Frog doll without actually being there for the release??? Is there a Disneyland Resort Merchandise number that I can call to order the doll? Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

 

Michelle Harker on January 6th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Hey Lauren! The best thing to do is to call Disneyland Merchandise Guest Services the Monday following the event at 800.362.4533. Thanks!

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Melissa from DE on January 6th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

That’s not Tiana, is it? Because those are the facial features of one Anglo-lookin’ princess…..

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Sarrah on January 6th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I agree Melissa. Haha, I was thinking the same thing while looking at the doll’s face, that she looked almost odd in a way because her features are so Anglo.

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Susan from UT on January 6th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I think the doll looks more like Marie Osmond than it does Tiana. Maybe that’s why it is a “Princess and the Frog INSPIRED doll” :)

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Julie on January 6th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

The dress is beautiful! The doll…would’ve been gorgeous with at least a darker skin tone and probably a different face sculpt too….

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Erin from RI on January 6th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

The costuming on the doll is gorgeous!

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Mary on January 6th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Mary from Santa Barbara, CA

This Tiana doll from Marie Osmond is very beautiful!!!!

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Troy on January 7th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I think the doll is gorgeous!! Let’s not waste time thinking she is too anglo….she is not enough of this…..she doesn’t look enough like…., the doll is inspired by Tiana. It is not meant to be a Tiana lookalike. My husband and I will be there to see/meet Marie. I grew up with her music and entertainment. And to look back at what she has experienced in just the last few years and to see her still standing- she is a true inspiration. Thank you, Disney!! THANK YOU.

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Dewey on January 15th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

She was at Disneyland today. I saw here there.

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