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Inside Our Own Disney Vault 28 Time Capsule at the Downtown Disney District – Five Years Later

posted on October 27th, 2011 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Do you remember where you were November 12, 2006? I know exactly where I was. Picture a red-carpet grand opening of Orange County’s hippest new upscale boutique that offers funky, fashionable merchandise uniquely targeted to the fashion-savvy shopper who follows the current trends.

In just a few weeks we will celebrate 5 years since the opening of Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District. For me, it seems like it was only yesterday but as I think back on the successes we’ve had, how far we’ve come, how many events we have hosted and how many designers, artists and notable celebrities have walked through the doors, I’m amazed.

So take a quick peek inside the Vault and see what we’ve been up to including events with Bloc 28, Dooney & Bourke, HARVEYS for Disney Couture, Yvette Mandell, Billy Martin, Noah and Tarina Tarantino, just to name a few.

Disney Vault 28 Celebrates Five Years at the Downtown Disney District

Thank you to all of our Disney fans who have been a part of our first 5 years. We look forward to kicking off the next five with a trunk show on November 12 from 2-5 p.m. featuring men’s apparel and accessories from brands Goodie Two Sleeves, Goorin Bros., ACME and even the debut of an assortment of tees featuring art from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Shortly thereafter, fan favorite Tarina Tarantino will be launching her newest collection, December 3 from 1–4 p.m. Want more details? Check out as we bring back old favorites and introduce you to upcoming artists, events and trends.

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Comic Book Inspired Disney Villains Take Over Merchandise

posted on October 27th, 2011 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

Comic Book Inspired Disney Villains Take Over Merchandise

My favorite Disney Villain is Hades mostly because he “rules!” The animated feature “Hercules” has been on my favorite list since its initial release in 1997. I like the art style of the film, and James Woods’ portrayal of the overly sarcastic Hades is spot on! I know I’m not alone in having a favorite villain as seen in articles covering the Wicked Gooey Apple Awards from my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover. Villains have been popular on one merchandise item in particular this past Fall – a comic book style hoodie. The artwork was created by Disney artists Casey Jones and Dave Keefer from Disney Design Group. I ventured down to their lair to learn more.

Comic Book Inspired Disney Villains Take Over Merchandise

“Dave and I worked together about ten years ago on a Disney Villains art program,” explained Casey. “In early 2010, we collaborated again on some comic book style artwork featuring ‘Alice In Wonderland’ characters, Disney Princesses and Disney Villains.”

Casey, a senior character artist with Disney, spent 15 years in the comic book industry. I nearly fell over when he showed me the original pencil sketches of the artwork. We discussed the unique style found in the sketches.

“There are certain comic book dynamics found in the images,” continued Casey. “The characters are presented in comic book like panels, and I used forced perspective and foreshortening to capture key moments from several Disney animated films.”

Casey showed me one trick that illustrators use to fine tune artwork – turning the image over. Casey said that by turning over the image he can see the trouble spots and make corrections. I’m doubtful that same trick will work with my writing but I’m trying it with my photography.

Comic Book Inspired Disney Villains Hoodie

Once the initial sketches were complete, senior graphic designer Dave Keefer then added the finishing touches.

“Originally, the artwork was going to be in color,” said Dave. “Instead, we used a minimal color pallet which fit perfectly with the slightly sinister nature of the villains. I was also responsible for creating the repeating pattern that was used in the art. You may notice a few villains unfortunately didn’t make the final cut.”

The artwork will also be used on a journal and some items coming to the D-Tech electronic accessories line in 2012.

Comic Book Inspired Disney Villains Pin Set

While the hoodie artwork doesn’t feature my favorite villain, a new mystery pin set being released in November at Disney Parks does. The set is the complete opposite of the minimalistic comic book art from Casey and Dave. This set was designed by Adrianne Draude and pairs colorful Disney Villain images with quotes that made them famous. There’s even a pin with Judge Claude Frollo!

I asked Casey about his favorite Disney villain.

“I love Maleficent,” exclaimed Casey. “She was originally drawn by the incomparable Marc Davis. She is beautiful and I think she may be the best character design of all time.”

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Evil Queen Reigns Supreme with Three Wicked Gooey Apple Awards

posted on October 27th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Wicked Gooey Apple Award Recipients

Voting is over, the results are in, and the Evil Queen has secured her third Wicked Gooey Apple Award. This week, she was awarded the final award of the year when she was named “Unfairest of Them All.” Adding this to her two previous awards – “Sinister Stylings” and “Curses! Foiled Again!” – the Evil Queen is the Disney Villain who has taken the most awards this year!

Here’s a look back at this Halloween’s Wicked Gooey Apple Awards:

What do you think – did your favorite Disney Villains receive awards this year? Which frightful, creepy or sinister Disney Villain traits do you think deserve their own awards?

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Walt Disney World Resort Cosmetology Shares Halloween Makeup Tips

posted on October 27th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

I’ve always loved Halloween, but now that we have a child in the family, dressing up to go out trick-or-treating (or attend a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party) makes the holiday even more exciting.

Over the years, I’ve become quite good at pulling together fun costumes but I can always use some help with the makeup, which really brings a costume to life.

Here’s a video from the Walt Disney World Resort Cosmetology team, with tips on how you can create cute or scary Halloween looks this year.

What (or who) will you dress as this Halloween?

Take a look at the posts below for a more on how we’re celebrating Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort:

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Disney’s Halloween Festival in Paris

posted on October 27th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Halloween at Disneyland Paris

Earlier this week, we shared a peek at Hong Kong Disneyland decorated for their unique Halloween celebration – today it’s Disneyland Paris. This year’s Halloween Festival has a few new surprises, including Disney’s Maleficious Halloween Party and Mickey’s Halloween Treat in the Street. Our friends in Paris have shared some images from the festivities.

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As you can see, characters like Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar and the wicked witch from Snow White are part of the celebration. And in this “Halloweenmosphere,” you’ll also see some really cool Mickey-shaped pumpkins in Town Square. Check the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow for more on those pumpkins.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Haunted Mansion is Built at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 27th, 2011 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Welcome, foolish mortals. This year I have a Halloween treat and not a trick for all of you vintage fans out there. Here is a look at The Haunted Mansion while it was still under construction on February 24, 1971.

The Haunted Mansion While it was Still Under Construction on February 24, 1971

A look at this photo begs to have the following question answered… have the 999 happy haunts already taken up residence, or are they waiting for the mansion to be complete before inhabiting it? If only I could get in touch with Madame Leota. Have a Happy Halloween!

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‘Good Luck Charlie’ Stars Enjoy Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

posted on October 26th, 2011 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Leigh-Allyn Baker and Bradley Steven Perry from the Disney Channel hit series “Good Luck Charlie” scared up some fun with Mickey Mouse and Goofy at Disneyland park last week.

Leigh-Allyn Baker and Bradley Steven Perry from the Disney Channel Hit Series ‘Good Luck Charlie’ with Mickey Mouse and Goofy at Disneyland Resort

Bradley’s real-life mom, Kim, was also on hand and this was the first time any of them had experienced Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. In addition to seasonal favorites like Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday, both of them were most excited about checking out Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

Bradley and Leigh-Allyn also told me they have their own family traditions for Halloween. Bradley and his family head to his aunt’s house for a homemade chili dinner, and Leigh-Allyn said she creates her own unique candy combination: candy corn and M&M’s!

TV’s Duncan family already has big plans for another holiday season. Disney Channel has just announced that “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!,” a Disney Channel Original Movie, premieres Friday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Boyz II Men Celebrate 20 Years of Hit-Making at Walt Disney World Resort During Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 26th, 2011 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor

In an industry where a singer can be on top of the charts one week and nearly forgotten the next month, it’s quite an achievement to have the talent and dedication to succeed for even a few years. But how about 20?

On Monday night, music legends Boyz II Men celebrated their 20th anniversary following a performance as part of the “Eat to the Beat!” Concert Series during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Mickey Mouse joined the trio on stage and helped them celebrate with a two-tiered cake.

Boyz II Men Celebrate 20 Years of Hit-Making at Walt Disney World Resort

In the early 1990s, Boyz II Men exploded onto the music scene with “Cooleyhighharmony,” the debut album that featured smash hits like “It’s Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday” and, in a nod to their Philadelphia background, “Motownphilly.” That album vaulted the group into superstardom and they would go on to sell more than 60 million recordings and win multiple Grammy Awards.

Two decades later, they are now more “Men” than “Boyz,” but still producing hits, performing live concerts and gaining a new generation of fans. This week also marks the release of their new studio album, “Twenty,” which features brand-new songs and some of their biggest chart toppers from the past 20 years.

Today (Oct. 26), Boyz II Men will perform their final concerts for this year’s “Eat to the Beat!” performance series. If you’re heading to Walt Disney World Resort this afternoon, be sure to try and catch their show in the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Performances are scheduled (subject to change) at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m., and the concerts are included in regular admission to Epcot.

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Muppets Mayhem on D Street at the Downtown Disney District

posted on October 26th, 2011 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

This fall make sure you take time to get warm and Fozzie! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. As you may know, November 23 marks the return of the ever-lovable and oh, so popular Muppets. Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang return to theaters in their newest feature film, Disney “The Muppets.” I don’t know about you, but I’m counting down the days.

Muppets Mayhem T-Shirts at D Street in the Downtown Disney District

In celebration of the release of this highly anticipated film, Noah along with two of his favorite collaborative artists, Dez Einswell and Jon Chase, will bring these amazing characters to life on an array of clothing, original and limited edition artwork, skate decks and Vinylmation.

The Muppets have impacted each one of us, in different ways. Growing up, I think we can all remember watching the show, laughing at the characters, their jokes, mannerisms and even the music. I was chatting with Noah just the other day about this new collection and I think he summed it up best. “Being given the unique opportunity to bring such nostalgic, everlasting characters to life, for others to enjoy, was Muppet Mayhem at its best. All three of us have incredible creative outlets in art, apparel and toys. At the heart of each is art and storytelling, which is also the core of Noah Fine Art Collective. This collection embraces that philosophy and allowed each of us to celebrate our favorite characters, and showcase them in non-traditional formats, all while staying true to the personalities of each character and each artist.”

Noah Working on Muppets Mayhem Artwork

This program will make its debut at D Street in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, to a limited number of invited guests on November 17. We welcome everyone to come out for the public launch on Friday, Nov. 18, when artists Noah, Dez and Jon will be on hand for demonstrations and signings. Be sure to check for details and appearance times.

Wondering what other Muppets merchandise you should add to your “must have” list … I can definitely recommend the new film soundtrack, officially called “The Muppets.” With well-known favorites and all-new songs recorded by The Muppets and cast, it’s destined to be a classic! Look for it at select Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations starting November 21.

Are you excited to see the film and this trendy new take on Muppets merchandise?

See the posts below for more from the Art of Disney:

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Today in Disney History: Electrical Water Pageant Celebrates 40 Years at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 26th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

“Water will also serve as a ‘stage’ in Walt Disney World. Lakeside and on the lagoon, fireworks shows and water spectacles will be presented – even including special ‘parades.’”

These words printed in the 1970 “Walt Disney World Preview” book certainly ring true when you think of the Electrical Water Pageant, which launched in 1971 and marks 40 years of shows today, Oct. 26.

Electrical Water Pageant at Walt Disney World Resort

When Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971, a series of grand-opening ceremonies took place: One for Magic Kingdom Park, one for each resort (then the Contemporary Resort Hotel and Polynesian Village) and one for the Polynesian Luau show. The Electrical Water Pageant, originally called “Electrical Pageant,” debuted as a part of these various grand opening celebrations.

Much like today, the first pageant consisted of 14 barges that pull 25-foot-tall floats across Seven Seas Lagoon. Each float features illuminated characters, such as a whale, turtle, sea horse and a multi-float sea serpent. During the second half of the show, these floats switch to display illuminated American flags and stars.

Electrical Water Pageant at Walt Disney World Resort

Not only did the pageant wow guests, making it a regular sight on Seven Seas Lagoon, but it’s success also inspired the creation of another innovative guest draw – the Main Street Electrical Parade, which opened at Disneyland in 1972. Incidentally, the parade’s signature track “Baroque Hoedown,” was originally featured in the Electrical Water Pageant. A compilation of music by Georg Freidrich Handel, and several other tracks, later replaced “Baroque Hoedown” in the pageant.

Today the show can be seen by guests (weather permitting) at resorts along the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake: Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

All entertainment is subject to change without notice.

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