I recently shared with you a look at some new apparel for women to show off their Disney Side this fall at Disney Parks. After that article was published, I spoke with John Smith and Kaleigh Wright from the graphic apparel team to get a look at some new items they have developed. This year, they’ve added more splashes of humor to the tees being released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. There is one shirt, however, that caught my eye as it features one of my favorite treats ever – the Dole Whip!
You may recall that we first introduced a Dole Whip shirt in early 2012. It was followed by a similar shirt for women in the summer of that year. This new shirt was designed by Disney Design Group artists Casey Jones and Tim Whalen, and features Rongo, the god of agriculture from the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland park. There will also be a version with the Walt Disney World Resort logo (as I’ve also spotted Rongo at Disney’s Polynesian Resort).
I asked John about the humor behind these T-shirts.
“I don’t take myself too seriously,” laughed John. “I think laughter is one of the best things, especially for someone on vacation. These T-shirts were inspired by similar playful T-shirts we released in recent years that were a big hit with our guests.”
I was particularly happy to see a new Hercules shirt as I love seeing merchandise from one of my favorite animated features! With the amount of time that I spend on Twitter, the Donald Duck shirt made me laugh (out loud, of course).