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How Will You Celebrate Halloween at Disney Parks?

posted on August 29th, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Remember Halloween back in the good old days? Did you trick or treat with a variety of makeshift costumes (like I did), with sheets that could transform into a ghost costume, and carry trick-or-treat pillowcases? Years later we graduated to the “high-tech” plastic face masks – remember those? Not the most comfortable. But we had so much fun, dressing up to go on a trick-or-treat quest with friends and family. Now, years later, there’s so much more available.

In-Room Halloween Celebrations by Disney Floral & Gifts In-Room Halloween Celebrations by Disney Floral & Gifts

 
This year, we’re taking Halloween to a whole new level – of course, at Disney Parks, we totally have to “scream” Halloween with creativity “ghoul”ore. In this post, I thought you’d like to read about some new experiences Disney Floral & Gifts is offering in Florida and California. Not coming to the parks this fall? Not to worry, I included a fun game in this post to play at home as well. Interested in learning more? Well, read on (If you dare! Muhahaha!).
Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration by Disney Floral & Gifts

If you’re going to the Walt Disney World Resort this fall, check out Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration. What’s included? Well, imagine walking up to your resort door after a full day in the parks to see a one-of-a-kind Halloween banner that lights up, then entering your resort room only to discover creepy hidden surprises, cobwebs, candy and more, prepared by Mickey and Minnie. There’s also a special message from Mickey and a “ghostly” activity waiting just for you. After you’ve discovered special Halloween haunts lurking in the room, little ones can snuggle up with their new Mickey and Minnie Mouse plush, and rest on their personalized Mickey Mouse pillowcase! They’ll be retelling this not-so-scary tale for years to come!

In-Room Halloween Celebrations by Disney Floral & Gifts Skellington Mickey’s Haunted Adventure by Disney Floral & Gifts

 
What’s available at the Disneyland Resort? What if you could experience Skellington Mickey’s Haunted Adventure in your resort room? What’s included? Well, legend has it that Jack Skellington and Mickey teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind surprise that “eeks” Halloween. After a full day in the parks, imagine walking up to your resort door to find a Halloween light-up banner – but that’s only the beginning. You’ll then enter your room to find an illuminated Jack Skellington head, a candy filled jack-o-lantern, a cobwebbed candelabra, a personalized note to the family, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”-themed playing cards and tiny tombstones scattered throughout your room. And once you’ve found all the lurking treasures and haunts, you can cozy up with your new Mickey plush and fleece blanket to complete one thrilling Halloween family memory.

Not staying in a Disney resort during Halloween time? No need to go batty! Here’s a spin on an old “boo” game for the neighborhood that’s sure to spark the haunting season for you. It’s called the “Neighborhood Goodie-Tag.” Here’s what to do:

Neighborhood Goodie-Tag

Make or decorate a goodie bag, then gather some Halloween-themed treasures like Halloween goodies and other small holiday surprises. Secretly deliver it to a friend with a sign that says “BOO!” The sign lets them know they’ve been “Boo’d” and they must create and pass another bundle of treasures on. Be sure to include a secret Halloween message in the bag explaining why they’re receiving the bundle and what to do next. Get creative with it: write a poem, create a song, you could even leave a picture message. The goal is to deliver the goodie bag to a friend or neighbor without them knowing it was you who left it. If the trend follows, you’ll have the whole neighborhood “booing” in no time, creating lots of fun and surprises.

Want to learn more about Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort? Call a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker 407-WDW-GIFT or visit Disneyflorist.com.

Want to learn more about Skellington Mickey’s Haunted Adventure at Disneyland Resort? Call our Disneyland Dream Makers at 714-781-GIFT or visit Disneyflorist.com.

And whatever you choose to do this fall, make sure its “spooktacular”…. just like when we were kids.

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Enter to Win a Disney Fairy Tale Glass Slipper

posted on August 6th, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


UPDATE: Click here for a list of recipients.

Do you remember the first time you watched the movie, “Cinderella”? I do – it’s my favorite Disney story. And one of my favorite scenes is when the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella’s outfit into a twinkling dress with those gorgeous sparkling glass slippers.

Disney Fairy Tale Glass Slipper

Disney Parks Blog readers, we are running a promotion from 2:00 p.m. on August 6, 2013 through 2:00 p.m. on August 8, 2013 for the giveaway of three (3) Disney Fairy Tale glass slippers!*

Each slipper is six (6) inches in length and made of 100% lead-free crystal and enhanced with a sparkling rhinestone pavé heart. It’s gorgeous. But what really sets the shoe apart is that it lights up. Inside the gemstone heart on the shoe is a hidden button that you press to illuminate the slipper in blue light.

To enter for a chance to win one (1) of the three (3) glass slippers, email us a “Disney Fairy Tale Glass Slipper” greeting of no more than 50 characters in length to WDW.Sweepstakes@disney.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address in the email. Once the potential winners are determined, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements by clicking here.

And for those who may not win the slipper but want to experience the fairy tale, the slipper is now featured in several of our gifting experiences, including: Create a Fairy Tale, Once Upon a Time, Proclaim Her a Princess and A Princess Dream Come True. To learn more, please call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT (407-939-4438).

* Open to residents of the 50 United States and D.C. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

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Disney Fine Art Photography & Video Releases New One-of-a-Kind Disney Letter Art Portraits

posted on July 16th, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


I have some exciting news to share with you today! Disney Fine Art Photography & Video has just released an all-new unique portrait experience that will capture the memories of your family’s visit to the Walt Disney World Resort and even allow you to bring a little magic and Disney art home with you!
“Disney

This new and exclusive portrait session, shot by one of our very talented Disney photography artists, places your family inside the magic of Disney and comes complete with a whimsical, one-of-a-kind piece of framed artwork you will truly cherish forever!

Letters spell out “DISNEY” or a character’s name, while playful pictures of your family are nestled inside those letter – posing, hugging, peeking and smiling. Then, a Disney character appears with your family on the final artwork, completing your Disney family memory and telling the magical story of your vacation! Can you imagine having this piece of fine art to cherish for years to come? Even the mounting, packaging, prints, a double matte, acrylic glass and a wire frame hanger are included.

It’s so simple to order, too. Just select a Mini Photo Session or Enhanced Portrait Session, choose a theme and the size!

I had a chance to speak with Ty Boyce, Disney Senior Fine Art Photographer, about the new product and creative concept:

Why is this experience something Disney Fine Art Photography & Video wanted to bring to life for our guests?

Ty: We are always challenging ourselves creatively and exploring innovative ways to tell stories. We developed this portrait to make guests’ photo sessions more interactive and fun … more of an experience than a standard portrait session. We wanted the shoot experience itself to become a special Disney memory for the family.

When did your team begin developing this?

Ty: We started developing the concept about six months ago. I would create a few shots at the end of sessions to see if the guests would enjoy the interactivity of creating letters with each other. We realized guests loved the interactive part of the session and it really helped young children to have fun and allowed us to capture them more naturally!

Why is this portrait so extraordinary and unique?

Ty: There’s no other piece of artwork that will be the same. It’s a one-of-a-kind personalized piece of Disney Fine Art customized to your family’s experience. We’ve heard comments from kids, “I’ve never seen my dad be so funny.” You’re here to have fun with your family and we are just setting up an experience for that to take place.

For more information on this new Disney experience visit disneyeventphotography.com or to book a session, call 407.934.4004.

If you could choose any Disney character for this piece of fine artwork, who would it be?

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Surprise your Hero on Father’s Day

posted on June 5th, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


How are you going to celebrate Father’s Day this year? Not sure just yet? Still looking for ideas to show your Dad just how important and appreciated he is? While every father is different, a large amount enjoy hearing how much they’re valued, especially by those they love the most. There are so many ways you can express your appreciation. It could be as simple as cooking his favorite dinner with all the trimmings or, letting Dad choose what he would like to do on Father’s Day. But, if you’d like to create a one-of-a kind exclusive Disney memory that honors him, I’ve got an idea for you. After all, he may not just be your Dad; he may be your hero too! Take a look below.

The gift is called, “Honor Your Hero”. It was created by Disney Floral & Gifts so you could recognize the champion in your life.
'Honor Your Hero,' Created By Disney Floral & Gifts So You Could Recognize The Champion In Your Life
Imagine presenting Dad with this certificate, recognizing his most honorable characteristic. Take a moment to read the copy!
Imagine Presenting Dad with this Certificate, Recognizing His Most Honorable Characteristic
Then, after he reads the certificate, award him this exclusive Disney medal, presented in a special storybook. Talk about creating a magical moment in time for Dad…created by you.
After Dad Reads The Certificate, Award Him This Exclusive Disney Medal, Presented In A Special Storybook
So, if you’re interested in learning more, click on to our “Honor Your Hero” link or call a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. This gift can be delivered on Walt Disney World Resort property or shipped anywhere in the 48 contiguous states! And a thought to consider.. if you’re interested in shipping this gift to your home, order sooner rather than later. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, and more than likely, final shipments will be sent on Wednesday, June 12.

And, for all those who are not able to spend time with your Dad this holiday, but would like to recognize or remember him…take a moment to post a tribute below. It’s a great opportunity to share their legacy.

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New Star Tours Gift Preps Young Jedi for Departure at Disney Parks

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


If you enjoy Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as much as I do, then you’ll love what our creative team at Disney Floral & Gifts has created for young Jedi this year. It’s a new “interplanetary gift” called the Star Tours Adventure Pack.
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The new gift prepares young Jedi for their interstellar trip, compliments of the Star Tours Travel Agency. And today, Disney Show Director Ken Malquist, who led the creative development of this new offering, is sharing a behind-the-scenes look at what went into designing the Star Tours Adventure Pack. Here’s my interview with Ken:

Jean: Ken, what’s this gift about?
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Ken: Well, as the galaxy’s foremost vacation and travel provider, Star Tours takes great care in enhancing their passenger’s in-flight experience, so Aly San San, Star Tours Spokesbot, has provided the essentials a Jedi should never travel without: A satchel, a motion activated nametag with flashing blue lights, travel credentials, a pillow/blanket, chocolate, and a Light Saber.

Jean: What special creative experiences did you go through to create this gift?

Ken: We worked closely with our Star Wars experts on staff, Star Wars Weekends, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering, [to share] our concepts and ideas. It truly was a collaborative process to create this gifting experience.

Jean: As a Star Wars/Star Tours enthusiast, what do you think fans will especially like about this gifting experience?

Ken: It’s the whole package and the detail. Having the light-up lanyard, boarding documentation and ticket really takes it to the next level. You’re now in the adventure and the Force is with you. Creating this gift was an amazing and unique experience. At the end of the day, I would share with my family that I had spent time researching Ewoks, how many fingers they had, and how tall they are! I never thought I would actually become an expert, which is literally what happened. I had to immerse myself in the Star Wars universe; it was definitely a personal journey.

If you want to learn more, visit DisneyFlorist.com or call a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. And of course, may the Force be with you!

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Give Mom a Magical Wish for Mother’s Day

posted on May 4th, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Looking for a gift for Mother’s Day that’s exactly what she wanted, customized and personalized just for her? Well look no further. For the third consecutive year, Disney Floral & Gifts is featuring the most popular offering for the holiday called, “A Magical Wish: Fulfill A Dream.” This enchanting Mother’s Day gift – yes, I said enchanting – can be sent to your Walt Disney World Resort room, or shipped anywhere in the U.S. Her surprise arrives in a beautiful cream-colored box with a teal satin bow to resemble the Fairy Godmother’s robe. Once opened, she’ll find this heart-warming card that provides her very own magical wish. Take a moment to read the story below and make sure to get out the tissue!
Give Mom a Magical Wish This Mother's Day
After she reads the card, she discovers the fairytale wand.
Magical Fairytale Wand for Mother's Day
And then, she finds one more gift: A velvety black box! She opens it to find a sterling silver bracelet with sparkling Swarovski crystals and three charms featuring the words “Dream,” “Wish” and “Believe.” And, believe me when I say it’s a real eye catcher. Every time she wears it she will be able to tell the story of the most magical and thoughtful gift she ever received. This is a fabulous way to let your Mom know just how much her dreams mean to you.
Sterling Silver Bracelet With Sparkling Swarovski Srystals and Three Charms Featuring the Words 'Dream,' 'Wish' and 'Believe'
Sound “charming”? Then, just call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW–GIFT or visit our website at disneyflorist.com. Oh, and a friendly reminder since Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, be sure to order early enough to provide time for shipping anywhere in the U.S.

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A Magical Mother’s Day Disney Present Back by Popular Demand

posted on May 3rd, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Ok, all you dads, sons and daughters, we brought this to you last year and just had to bring it back by popular demand. It’s a present you can print and give to your mom right from home.
Book a Family Portrait Session with Disney Fine Art Photography & Video and Receive a Magical Mother’s Day Gift Proclamation
So just like last year, if you book a Family Portrait Session as a Mother’s Day gift with Disney Fine Art Photography & Video, they will email you a Magical Mother’s Day Gift Proclamation to present Mom on Mother’s Day to let her know you’ve booked a special portrait session for her. Her name will even be placed on the proclamation and “signed” by your royal family. This was a huge hit with moms and dads last year and so easy to do.

All you have to do is call Disney Fine Art Photography & Video at 407-934-4004, and tell them you want to book a Family Portrait Session and a Magical Mother’s Day Gift Proclamation emailed to you. It’s that easy.

Book a Family Portrait Session with Disney Fine Art Photography & Video and Receive a Magical Mother’s Day Gift Proclamation Book a Family Portrait Session with Disney Fine Art Photography & Video and Receive a Magical Mother’s Day Gift Proclamation

You don’t even have to be staying on Walt Disney World Resort property or visiting one of the parks to have a session with Disney Fine Art Photography & Video – anyone can book a session.
Book a Family Portrait Session with Disney Fine Art Photography & Video and Receive a Magical Mother’s Day Gift Proclamation
Capturing and holding those memories close is so important to our moms. She will truly cherish this gift from the heart.

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Celebrating Easter Traditions at Disney Parks

posted on March 22nd, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Celebrating Easter Traditions at Disney Parks
How does your family celebrate the Easter holiday? Maybe you get dressed in your Sunday best for Easter service, or maybe you decorate eggs and have an egg hunt. I bet some of you even see the Easter Bunny on Easter morning. Well here at the Disney Parks, we’re big on tradition, and our goal every holiday is to make you feel right at home at the most magical place on earth. We make this all possible by making your families’ traditions come to life here at our Disney Parks.

Did you know there are Easter activities and events all around property for guests staying at the Walt Disney World Resort or visiting the parks? Experiences such as: Easter services, Easter-themed arts and crafts, games, Easter egg hunts, special meet-and-greets and yes, you can even meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., at the Magic Kingdom Park now through March 30. For more information on the Easter offerings at your resort, simply contact your guest concierge for specific details.

But, if you’re looking for a “home away from home” family experience that you can enjoy in the comfort of your room at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, Disney Floral & Gifts created something special just for you. Check this out. It’s called, Easter Family Fun.

What’s included? Quite a few things that just may transform your current holiday traditions into a Disney memory. For example, there’s an Easter cookie decorating kit so you don’t miss out on coloring Easter eggs. There’s also a special “duck hunt” you can set up in your resort room, approved by Donald of course. They also sweetened the gift with a variety of traditional holiday goodies and Disney treats. And, instead of dressing in fancy attire and Easter bonnets, they included two pair of Mickey ears to wear into the parks. Interested in picturing holiday memories for years to come? Then you’ll like the Easter frame they tucked inside – and get this, they featured a QR code on the art insert of the frame that connects you to a new Disney website that shares easy to make crafts, recipes and activities for the family.

So if you’d like to bring the magic of the holiday inside your Walt Disney World Resort room, check out Disneyflorist.com or call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. For more information on Disneyland Easter gifts and gifting experiences, call 714-781-GIFT.

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Tips for a Memorable Easter at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 19th, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Are you visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during the Easter season? Worried the Easter Bunny won’t be able to find you here or you won’t have everything you need for Easter? Not to worry! Mickey Mouse and the Easter Bunny team up each year to make sure everything you could possibly need is here for Easter.

Today, we’ve put together a few helpful tips on what to bring (or not to bring), what to do, and how to make your Easter stay stress-free, magical and memorable.

    Disney Floral & Gifts Offers Many Different Types of Easter Baskets that Mickey Mouse can help the Easter Bunny 'Deliver' at the Walt Disney World Resort

  1. Keep your travel light. We’ve got everything you need for Easter.
    We all know how much parents must travel with for any holiday but when you visit Disney, everything you could possibly need for a memory-filled Easter is here. The Easter Bunny and Mickey Mouse are great friends and team up every year to make sure everything for a great Easter is here. Visit Disney Floral & Gifts to take a peek at the types of baskets Mickey Mouse can help the Easter Bunny “deliver.”
  2. Create a Little “Eggstra” Easter Magic at Walt Disney World Resort with Mickey’s Grand Easter Surprise 2013

  3. Create a little “Eggstra” Easter Magic at Walt Disney World Resort.
    Disney has some great offerings you can only experience here. For example, Mickey’s Grand Easter Surprise 2013 gives you an experience like no other. Not only will your child receive an Easter basket Disney-style, but it’ll appear as if Mickey Mouse delivered it for the Easter Bunny – an exclusive Easter morning experience that could only happen at Disney.
  4. Take Advantage of a Great Tween Offering with Easter in a Cinch – The Agent 'P' Adventure Pack at Walt Disney World Resort

  5. Catch opportunities to create a memory that will last a lifetime.
    Don’t miss out on that magical opportunity to make a memory for your tween. Some memories that can be made are available for a limited time only. Yes, it’s true; as our little princes and princesses grow older, we must grab that opportunity to create those magical memories and hold them in our hearts forever. Capture their excitement and make that memory with them this Easter by taking advantage of a great tween offering such as the Easter in a Cinch – The Agent “P” Adventure Pack!
Capturing Easter Memories with Disney Fine Art Photography and Video Capturing Easter Memories with Disney Fine Art Photography and Video Capturing Easter Memories with Disney Fine Art Photography and Video Capturing Easter Memories with Disney Fine Art Photography and Video
  1. Capture those memories and relive them for a lifetime.
    Making those special memories with your family is just as important as capturing them. Make sure you capture your beautiful family this Easter at the parks or at an Easter egg hunt in their Easter attire.

    Want a little help capturing those once-in-a-lifetime memories? You can book an Easter session with Disney Fine Art Photography and Video, even if you’re not staying at one of our Disney Parks.

These are just a few of the many tips and “eggsperiences” Disney has to make your stay magical and memorable. For more information on Disney gifting experiences, call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT, or visit Disney Floral & Gifts. For more information on capturing the memory of your Easter visit or to book a Disney Fine Art Photography session call 407-934-4004, or visit Disney Fine Art Photography.

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Send Your Loved One An E-Valentine From Disney Floral & Gifts

posted on February 14th, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Looking for a clever way to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Well, we were too! So we created this custom Valentine so you could surprise your love with a timeless romantic gesture and Disney classic love story of “Beauty and the Beast.” Here’s your opportunity to relive the fairy tale by capturing your loved one’s heart before the last petal falls – or before Valentine’s Day, that is!
“Beauty
Whether your loved one is near or far (overseas), you can send this valentine to surprise him or her. Just write a special note in the “Comments” section below and share this post with that special someone!

Gentlemen, from a woman’s perspective…this is the perfect opportunity to create that surprise romantic experience and simple classic gesture she has been longing for!

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