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Celebrate 14 Days of Love at Disney Parks: Honoring a family of Heroes

posted on February 13th, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


At Disney Floral & Gifts we love to help families create magical moments for their loved ones. So when military wife and mother, Brandy Koory, shared her family’s story with us, we knew we wanted to help her create something extra special for them.

In honor of our “Celebrate 14 Days of Love” series we wanted to feature an unforgettable moment for a hero and his family, deserving of recognition for their acts of valor, endurance, and sacrifice.

Air Force Lt. Col Thomas Koory, has devoted his life to his military career, and still manages to be an outstanding husband and father of three girls Emma, Shelby, and Kayla. For the past 18 years of their marriage he’s been on and off tours both stateside and abroad, missing Christmases, birthdays and more.

Just finishing a six month tour in Afghanistan, each of the Koory girls knows how important Dad’s job is, and so, at home they brave through each day without him. Much like the bravery shown in their new favorite film, Disney’s Frozen.

“They love Anna and Elsa,” Brandy shared. “They constantly quote the movie and sing ‘Let it Go’ all the time.”

Brandy shared it is this same film and characters she adores because it teaches her girls a valuable lesson. “The film is all about selfless love,” she said. “Letting your loved ones be who they want, supporting them every step, and being brave while doing it.”

So, in honor of not only her husband’s bravery in his line of duty, but her girls’ everyday bravery at home, we paired up with the Shades of Green Resort right here on property and helped Brandy surprise her daughters with our Presenting Your Royal Princess In-Room Celebration. With tiaras for each princess, sparkling jewelry, framed Princess proclamations and much more, the Koory girls experienced a fairy tale.

But what about Dad? To see how the man of the hour was honored, check out our behind the scenes footage!

And for more ideas on how to Honor Your Hero visit us at www.disneyfloralandgifts.com. You can also speak with a friendly Disney World Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT or Disneyland Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT.

Stay with us for our finale of our “Celebrate 14 Days of Love” series, where tomorrow we will be sharing one last heartfelt story featuring an amazing surprise to create an unforgettable homecoming, right here on the Disney Parks Blog! Get your Kleenex ready, you’re going to need it.

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Celebrate 14 Days of Love at Disney Parks: A Fairytale Proposal Brought to Life

posted on February 12th, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Today you’re in for a real treat my friends! Remember yesterday when I told you we’d be sharing a story about a real life Disney proposal? Well the hour is upon us! As part of our “Celebrate 14 Days of Love” series I’m going to share what happened.

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When we first learned New Mexico native, Issac Gomez, wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Amanda, my friends and I at Disney Floral & Gifts were eager to help … it’s what us Dream Makers do best!

Like most love stories, theirs began with a surprise encounter, and one Issac can’t help but share with a huge grin. “We met through my cousin, being introduced to her was my Christmas present,” Issac shared. “Best present ever.”

While telling us about her, Issac shared on numerous occasions how selfless Amanda is. “She takes care of literally everyone and would do anything for the people she loves.”

So when Issac shared he wanted to propose, we recommended the ideal gift to set the stage for their moment near Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park.

Here’s what happened: The night before, a gift was delivered to their room along with a card message that prepped the proposal for the next day. Of course, we’re keeping some of the details secret just in case your sweetheart may be reading this story (wink). As their day was winding down in Magic Kingdom Park, Issac took Amanda to La Fontaine de Cendrillon, Cinderella’s fountain, just as the card message mentioned.

At the fountain, Issac asked Amanda to get two coins from her bag. Realizing she only had one coin, she tried to convince Issac to make his wish in the fountain instead. “We went back and forth for a few minutes before I finally got her to make her wish with the coin,” he laughed. “Just goes to show how thoughtful she really is, always thinking of the other person.”

As Amanda tossed her coin into the fountain, eyes closed, Issac knelt to the ground with her ring in hand and popped the question.

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“I asked her to fulfill my wish and spend her life with me, she thought I was kidding,” he said.

“I’m glad he wasn’t,” she added. “I couldn’t have dreamt of a better proposal!”

As if the day wasn’t magical enough, Issac had one more surprise being prepped in their Walt Disney World Resort room … our Presenting Your Royal Princess In-Room Celebration. Imagine Amanda’s surprise to walk in their resort room door to discover roses, her very own tiara, proclamation, and sparkling fairy tale necklace and more, just as if the Fairy Godmother stopped by! “The In-Room Celebration was a complete surprise, unlike anything I could have imagined” Amanda shared.

Or course after the proposal, they captured their memories in France pavilion at Epcot with a romantic photo session taken by our photography experts from Disney Fine Art Photography. Check it out!

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Looks like our friends have stepped into their very own Happily Ever After …

To discover more enchantment, visit disneyfloralandgifts.com or call 407-WDW-GIFT for Walt Disney World Resort, or 714-781-GIFT to reach Disneyland Resort.

And be sure to tune in tomorrow when we’ll feature the story of a military family who reconnected at Walt Disney World Resort after Dad had been serving our country for the past six months. You won’t want to miss it!

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Celebrate 14 Days of Love at Disney Parks: Propose Near the Cinderella Castle

posted on February 11th, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Growing up it would seem we used the phrase “I Promise” to get anything we desired in exchange for good behavior. It was the best way to show how much you wanted something, and how willing you were to do whatever it took for parents to say yes.

Now that we are all a little older, we know that a promise is so much more than words of persuasion, it’s the assurance and ultimate commitment to someone that you will abide by until that promise is fulfilled.

A proposal is the perfect example of such a promise. And there’s no better place to make a promise to someone you love and want to share your life with than the place where Dreams Come True.

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If your sweetheart has loved Disney all their life, more than likely they’ve imagined and dreamt of a fairytale proposal and fairy tale wedding. Want to know a secret? The majority of guests looking to propose at Disney want to propose at Cinderella’s Castle prior to Wishes Nighttime Spectacular firework show. And who could blame them? It is one of the most romantic locations on the planet!

As part of our Celebrate 14 Days of Love series, I wanted to share that at Disney Floral & Gifts we can totally recommend a proposal idea for you that takes place near the castle.

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With a rose created to grant a wish and a keepsake to commemorate this life-changing moment, you can create one of the most magical proposals at Magic Kingdom Park to date!

We don’t want to give too much away in case your loved one is reading, but this happy ending includes you down on one knee and your loved one doused in happy tears. With a Wishing Rose and Bracelet offering, you can propose right at La Fontaine de Cendrillon, Cinderella’s fountain. There, you’ll be able to offer the promise of a lifetime, and still have time to watch the fireworks with the one you love.

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Now that’s what I call a Happily Ever After.

And if this sounds like a proposal you would be interested in, let us know in comments. Here’s our opportunity to proclaim our wishes to the Prince Charming’s reading this post.

If you’re ready to set up your fairy tale proposal, then visit our website, DisneyFloralandGifts.com or speak with a friendly Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT.

Stay tuned to tomorrow’s story right here on the Disney Parks Blog, we’ll share how one man made the dreams of his princess come true with a proposal right at Cinderella Castle. How did he do it? Did she say yes? We’ll tell you all about their love story, dream proposal and more.

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Celebrate 14 Days of Love at Disney Parks: Ask Your Dream Maker!

posted on February 10th, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


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Does it ever seem that when holidays or special occasions come up you have a hard time finding the right gift; one that will make your loved one’s eyes light up? Wouldn’t you feel good knowing that going into this holiday, you just may showcase the hero that you are?

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As part of our “Celebrate 14 Days of Love” series, I want to help you sweep your loved one off their slippers. Think of me as your very own Dream Maker. So, here’s the scoop. On Monday, February 10, I will answer your Valentine’s Day gifting questions from 3 – 4 p.m. EST to help you create a memory whether on Disney property or at home.

To ask a question simply address your comment with “Dear Dream Maker,” I’ll know it’s a question for me and try to answer as many as possible. Be sure to include who you’re gifting, who their favorite Disney character is and why, and if you’re coming to the park or staying at home. Questions will be answered on a first come, first serve basis. In fact, you can start asking them now.

For those who are ready to create a memory, feel free to visit our east and west coast websites or speak with a friendly Dream Maker at Walt Disney World Floral and Gifts (407-WDW-GIFT) or Disneyland Floral and Gifts (714-781-GIFT).

And, make sure to stay tuned to our next story tomorrow that will feature a proposal idea that just may make their eyes sparkle more than the diamonds!

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Celebrate 14 Days of Love at Disney Parks: Share Your Heart With a Friend

posted on February 8th, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


As your new friend, I must say I’ve learned quite a bit while sharing the 14 Days of Love series. All this talk of love makes me think of the people in my life that I don’t know what I would do without. Like my friends.

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There are no rules or requirements to being a friend. A friendship can be between siblings, coworkers, classmates, or childhood friends. I think what makes friendships truly special is no matter how far apart you are, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve last spoken, you can always pick up where you left off. You can grow apart just to grow closer together again. My sisters, who I would consider my best friends, are the best and strongest long distance relationship I’ve ever had.

There’s a special bond between siblings, and when you’re friends with your siblings it makes that bond of love even stronger.

Disney’s newest hit animated film “Frozen” is all about that sisterly bond and how selfless love can change everything. Throughout the fun packed, adventure film, Anna helps her sister Elsa break an icy spell she’s cast, creating an eternal winter on their kingdom. I certainly don’t want to spoil the ending, but let’s just say it’s an act of selfless love they have for each other that helps them save the day!

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When I saw this film, there were so many moments that resonated for me as a big sister. So many memories of us as kids came rushing back to me, the memories that are etched in my heart forever.

Just as I’ve shared my heart with you, I want to help you share yours. So, in honor of our friends, and our siblings who share that same title, my friends and I at Disney Floral & Gifts have created a heart that you can share with your loved ones, and it’s so easy to do!

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Share our link via Facebook to post this electronic heart image to your friends’ wall. Once posted, you can share a message, saying how much your friend means to you, straight from the heart (pun intended). You can share as many times or with as many friends as your heart desires (pun intended again).

No matter where or why we met, our friends are the glue that keep us together and they deserve to be reminded of how special they are to us. Even while at the Disney Parks, there’s an opportunity for friends and family to stay connected.

And, if you’re visiting the Disney Parks over the next few days, check out the film at at the AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theatres at Disneyland Resort in California, and the AMC Downtown Disney with Dine-In Theatres at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

For more gifting ideas for our friends this Valentine’s Day, visit us at disneyfloralandgifts.com, call 407-827-GIFT for Walt Disney World Resort, or call 714-781-GIFT to reach the Disneyland Resort. And be sure to stay tuned for our 14 Days of Love campaign! Our next blog post will include an opportunity for me to respond to your gifting challenges. You won’t want to miss it!

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Celebrate 14 Days of Love at Disney Parks: Love is Creating Cherished Memories

posted on February 6th, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Throughout the world, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a holiday for couples. But just as Walt created the Disney Parks for children of all ages, we want to open our heart and share ideas as to how you can express your affection, appreciation and admiration for anyone special in your life, regardless of age. As part of our “Celebrate 14 Days of Love” series, I have an idea that’s a gift to children and parents alike!

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At the Disney Parks there is nothing more exciting for a child than meeting a character; seeing and embracing their all time favorite heroes, heroines, princesses and pirates from the films and stories that have played such a role in their childhood in the flesh (or fur). And it’s an equally touching moment for parents, watching the dream of their child come true right before their very eyes.

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As if this moment wasn’t magical enough, Disney Floral & Gifts at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts has found a way to extend this magic, making it a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

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With both parents and children in mind, Mickey and Minnie’s Valentine Day Surprise is a gift designed not only to allow children to meet their favorite mouse, but receive a gift and return the thoughtful gesture. Not only will children receive a Valentine card from Mickey or Minnie, but will be provided with an opportunity to create one in return, teaching them that holidays are not about receiving, but giving. Once created, children can personally deliver their handmade Valentine at any meet and greet location in the parks and surprise Mickey or Minnie! The child will know they’ve created something so special for that character, and that they will be remembered by them, with a memory to cherish.

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We’ve even created a gift for the little ones who may just be too little to understand the memories they’re creating. And though too little to understand, we’ve created a way to capture those first time memories so they can be shared as they grow.

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Your little one will be ready for their Disney adventures with all the first-visit essentials like an official autograph book, their first pair of Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears, a cozy blanket and Mickey or Minnie Mouse plush to cuddle with. But the most important piece to this puzzle is the photo memory cards. My First Disney Visit- Valentine’s Day provides parents a way to capture detailed moments to share with those who are not present, and of course share with those too little to remember them for a later time.

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Whether it’s their first monorail ride, first castle photo, or their first Disney meltdown, (trust us, it’s bound to happen once) parents will be able to Tweet, Instagram, post on Facebook and text all these cherished memories and more! The gift of a memory is the greatest and most loving gift a parent can give. And watching a child’s wish be granted is just a major plus.

You know what they say: time flies when you’re having fun, and in the place where dreams come true, fun is inevitable. It seems these moments fly away faster than Tinker Bell and, like her trail of pixie dust, they will eventually fade. But although they will soon be in the past, we want to help you remember them, now and always. A gift you can share, and a memory you will cherish forever.

For more gifting ideas for children and adults too, visit us at disneyfloralandgifts.com or call 407-WDW-GIFT for Walt Disney World Resort, or 714-781-GIFT to reach the Disneyland Floral and Gifts Dream Makers. And be sure to stay tuned for our 14 Days of Love campaign! Next time we’ll feature a story of selfless love to help you express your appreciation for those who have been there for you.

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Celebrate 14 Days of Love at Disney Parks: Love is Courageous

posted on February 5th, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


When we think about heroes and those of great courage, a few may come to mind … perhaps a whole array of fictional superheroes. But as we get older we come to know and appreciate these heroes as figures who are quite non-fictional and present in our everyday lives.

They are the teachers who educate us valued lessons. They are the military soldiers who protect and serve us around the clock. They are the law enforcement and firemen who sacrifice their lives for us. And they are our families that support and love us endlessly. We call it courage, they call it love. Love for our neighbors, love for our country, and love for our families.

With such a great impact left upon us all, it seems nearly impossible to show our deepest gratitude towards them. What could compare to the greatest gift of sacrifice? As part of our 14 Days of Love celebration we want to share how you can express your appreciation and admiration with the gift of a memory.
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There are hundreds of ways to say thank you, but my friends and I at Disney Floral & Gifts have found a way to express our thanks with a gift of recognition. Honor Your Hero gives the opportunity to not only honor a hero of yours but medal them, letting them know they are a champion in your eyes. Take a moment to read this declaration.

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Upon receiving a triumph medal, fitting for a hero celebrating a great accomplishment, they will also receive a certificate with an official seal from the Walt Disney World Resort, the place where dreams come true. When you present them with this certificate your hero will officially be honored as part of a Disney tradition. It is their character, courage, and hope that earn them such recognition like so many dreamers and doers before them.

By wearing this medal of triumph, it will be known that your hero has inspired, protected, and encouraged a dream-come-true for another, a gift that truly keeps giving.

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Now we know heroes don’t necessarily require a cape, tights, and the ability to fly, I’ll bet there’s someone that comes to your mind. For me, my hero is my knight in shining armor, my husband. Nearly saving my life he was able to find a cure to my illness and stayed at my side through a life changing ordeal. It was his courage and love that lead me to Disney, and here I am, able share my story with you!

If the world were full of those who could help others, what a difference it could make! All it takes is the power of one to inspire another. And in honor of all our heroes during our 14 Days of Love celebration we want to share a few “pay it forward” ideas that hopefully will inspire someone else to show their heroic side, no matter the size.

  • When someone repays you, ask them to pay it forward to someone else.
  • Check up on someone who has been over-looked (our widows, those who are sick). Offer to provide an act of service to help.
  • Spend time teaching someone something that will help them with their life skills.
  • Offer your seat to someone who is standing.
  • When someone performs act of kindness on the road, wave to say thank you.
  • Spend consistent time with family! Set aside time each week, even if it’s small at first.
  • Secretly choose someone to become a source of inspiration and encouragement. Recognize them periodically.
  • Extend yourself to new employees or neighbors. We know how it feels to be the new kid on the block, make them feel welcome.
  • Write a note to a teacher who made a difference in your life.
  • Write a thank you note to your hero and leave it in a surprise location they’ll discover.

Whether an act of bravery, thanks, or kindness, the difference begins with you. We all have the ability to create a memory; all it takes is a little faith, trust, pixie dust, and you!

For more gifting ideas for our heroes and any other inspirations in our lives, visit us at disneyfloralandgifts.com or call 407-WDW-GIFT for Walt Disney World Resort, or 714-781-GIFT to reach the Disneyland Resort. And be sure to stay tuned for our 14 Days of Love series! Next time we’ll share a story about creating Disney memories. Stay tuned!

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Celebrate 14 Days of Love: Love is Charming at Disney Parks

posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


As a Dream Maker, I’ve spoken with countless guests who’d love to create a charming moment for their Princess. And, of course, they’d love to express their affection in a chivalrous, superhero type way (without having to wear the tights!). If your sweetheart loves the fairytale, then this post is for you. You may be surprised how easy it may be to unleash the Prince within.

For the romantic at heart, there is nothing more your loved one wants than to experience their very own fairytale brought to life; a world where you are their hero and they become your Princess. So I’ve whipped up this list of “charming tips” that you can experience at home or at the Disney Parks.

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Tips to show your charming side:

  • Surprise your Belle with love notes – Write notes to your special someone sharing what you love most about them, then leave those notes in surprise locations for them to find throughout their day. Whether it’s on the seat of their car along with a single rose or perhaps in a lunch.
  • Become part of their world – Much like Ariel wanted to become part of another world, take interest in spending a portion of your day to become part of your loved ones world. What hobby do they enjoy that you could learn about? Then surprise with a date to do just that.
  • Grant three wishes – Become their Genie outside the magic lamp and grant them three wishes. Send three roses representing these three wishes. Keep it small or go all out, it’s up to you!
  • Set up a “movie under the stars” – There’s no better romantic lighting than from the moon. Just like the movie under stars here at the Disney resorts, create your own movie under stars at home. Set up a cozy viewing area outside along with your delectable treats and watch a favorite movie together under a moonlit sky.
  • Find your own “Paradise Falls” – Just like the movie “UP” … go on an adventure outdoors to find a special location, a place where you can go to talk, share dreams, and spend quality time alone together. You don’t need to wait to find your very own Paradise Falls.

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Of course Disney knows all about fairy tales on the screen and in the parks. If you’re interested in creating a personalized Fairytale moment here, then keep reading for an idea to spotlight your charm.

There are so many ways that you can bring the fairytale to life on property. One idea is through a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride for two at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort or Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Create A Fairy Tale by having this gift presented by the driver at the beginning or end of the carriage ride and say, “We’ve found the lady’s slipper.”

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Then, let us set up an enchanting Princess In-Room Celebration at your Walt Disney World Resort room! Just when your sweetheart thinks there’s no magic left in the day, you’ll return to your resort room that evening to yet another charming surprise!

Imagine walking up to your resort room door to discover a fairy tale door sash. Then once you open the door, you’ll see rose petals covering the floor, as well as gifts and surprises to declare this moment of enchantment for your loved one. And take a guess at who gets the credit for looking extremely charming? You guessed it, you.

I’m sure you’re wondering if any of these tips will actually work. Well, take it from this starry-eyed romantic, test out just one of these ideas and if the shoe fits you’ll be one step closer to a happily ever after.

To discover more enchantment, visit us at disneyfloralandgifts.com or call 407-WDW-GIFT for Walt Disney World Resort, or 714-781-GIFT to reach Disneyland Resort. And be sure to stay tuned for our 14 Days of Love series! In our next post, we’ll be sharing how you can honor your hero.

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Celebrate 14 Days of Love: Love is Fulfilling a Wish at Disney Parks

posted on February 1st, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


As a Dream Maker, making dreams come true for you is a passion. And, over the years you’ve asked how you could create a Disney moment for your loved ones here and at home. Well, I’ve taken your requests to “heart” and have an announcement just for you.

In the season of showing our Disney Side, my friends and I at Disney Floral & Gifts want to help you show your ‘charming side,’ so we’re announcing our first “Celebrate 14 Days of Love” series.

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For the next 14 days I’ll share ideas, tips, and secrets to create a memory for your special someone, on the Disney Parks Blog and on Twitter (follow @DisneyParks and @WaltDisneyWorld for more).

Whether it’s affection for a loved one, appreciation for a friend, or admiration for your hero, I’ll share heartwarming ideas and secrets for Valentine’s Day that you can use throughout the year.

When creating a magical moment for someone, it really comes down to showing others you care and reminding them how special they are. At Disney Floral and Gifts we use four components to create a gifting experience; Story, surprise, fulfilling a wish, and you! So let’s share some secrets.

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  • Secret #1 – Create a story – What’s your loved one’s secret fairy tale, wish or dream? That’s the first step. For example, when dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table you’re a guest of honor, your name is announced upon arrival and you’re addressed as “Princess” or “my lord.” The same concept applies at home. Place your loved one in their fairy tale with soft touches like this.
  • Secret #2 – Create a Surprise – At the Disney Parks, we enjoy surprising you by delivering gifts to your resort, dining location or perhaps a carriage ride. At home, present your gift and love note in an unexpected location they’ll discover easily. Better yet, surprise them with your thoughtfulness for no particular reason, this is often the most impressive and word will travel that you are their hero.
  • Secret #3 – Fulfill a wish – Last but certainly not least, fulfill a wish of theirs. Yes, we all want to win the lottery, but I’m talking about a longing wish of theirs. It can be dainty such as a thoughtful note or something grand. Everyone loves to be remembered.
  • Secret #4 – You’re the most magical piece – It’s true! The most magical piece to the puzzle is you, your unique thumb print. To be remembered by someone you love, any time, for any occasion. More than likely your loved one wants you to be their hero, so step into the spotlight.

In case you’re out of ideas, we’ve got one that will get you started on the right slipper, I mean foot! Let’s start with the story! Take a moment to read the card included with our gift. A Magical Wish – Romance Your Love.

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After they read the card, they wave the scepter and make a wish. Then, you place the Swarovski® crystal bracelet on their wrist as a reminder to believe.

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If you’re staying on Disney property you can have this delivered to a resort room or dining location, but think of how amazing it would be to receive this Disney gift in the comfort of your own home. We can ship it anywhere within the 48 continental U.S.

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For more gifting ideas that your loved ones will simply fall for, be sure to stay tuned for our “Celebrate 14 Days of Love” series! I’ll be sharing more ideas like these, posting tips for your Disney visit, along with some heartwarming stories and surprises you won’t want to miss!

So if you’re ready to give the gift of a memory and sweep your loved one right off their slippers, let the magic and your journey of 14 Days of Love begin.

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You’ve Got Mail … and Gifts from Disney Floral & Gifts

posted on December 17th, 2013 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Remember the days when the mainstream form of communication was writing letters? You’d wait all day for the mailman to stroll by your house in the hope that maybe you’d be lucky enough to receive one. But times have changed. Now we text, tweet, “Like” and instant message like crazy and the only letter I’ll be reading is if there is one posted to my wall. Even I’m speaking the lingo!

Although all of the techno-toys are impressive, I can’t help but miss the old days where I’d get to tear open a signed, sealed and delivered envelope full of stories, news and heartfelt chatter. It’s through these fond memories that Disney Floral & Gifts is bringing a piece of the good ol’ days back with our Friends & Family program … another magical addition to our new website.

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Here’s the scoop: The Friends & Family program creates an opportunity for everyone to take part in the celebration, regardless of their location. With each gift purchased you will have an opportunity to notify your loved ones to create messages through our website. Then, once loved ones are notified, they will be invited to write a note that will be inserted into the guest of honor’s gift for a surprise they will not soon forget!

How does this work? Let’s take, for example, sending one of our Stocking of Surprises to your loved one staying at the Walt Disney World Resort! Filled with stocking stuffers, treats of all kinds and surprises, including a special invitation from Minnie Mouse to create something special for Mickey Mouse for the little ones, you can create any kind of message you want! It’s a chance to dig deep and show your creative side. Then, once created, we’ll tuck your notes inside a card featuring an exclusive piece of artwork created by an original Disney artist and tenderly written by a Disney writer, both of which are sure to melt the heart.

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You could send a note that says, “Although we are apart this year for Christmas, I know our good friends at Disney will fill your celebration with magic and create a day you will remember for a lifetime.” Or, “Wishing you the happiest of holidays, may all your dreams come true!”

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Or for our friends staying at Disneyland Resort, nothing says family-friendly gift like our Very Merry Character Gathering Tree. Extend your own family tree on the branches of this 4-foot-tall treasure, with special frames left unfilled for portraits of you and your loved ones. This year, you’ll be able to have all your loved ones in the same place for the holidays, no matter where you might be!

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Imagine your loved one’s surprise when they receive a gift, let alone the added surprise of a special warmhearted note from a loved one far away. There are lots of unique celebrations you can create messages for too! Marathon runners, cheerleaders, dancers, and all other athletes could all use a little pep talk or a cheer-gram from their fans for a little pre-game inspiration. Or for guests celebrating great milestones like a wedding anniversary. You know your grandparents will keep every card they receive from you. All celebrations are special and deserving of recognition from your loved ones. But what truly makes the Friends & Family program special is the time your loved ones will take to let you know they wish they could be there celebrating with you. I mean, who gets mail while on their vacation?

So whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, engagement, triumph, holiday or any other celebration that comes to mind, loved ones are invited and encouraged to join the celebration and help create that magical moment. And just like Mr. Postman from back in the day, in rain or shine, we promise the mail you send will reach your loved one in time for their special day! And that my friends, is truly something worth tweeting about.

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