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Creating Holiday Memories at Disney Parks and at Home

posted on December 21st, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Each year, when I decorate our Christmas tree at home, I’m reacquainted with ornaments I’ve collected over the years. Some are very special ornaments I’ve had since childhood that make me smile. You know the type – they’re the ones that take you to a special moment in time.

At Disney Floral & Gifts, we love helping you create those memories, especially during the holidays. To do that, we create and design all sorts of gifts each year that tell a story, including our almost 4-foot-tall Christmas tree. Didn’t know about our Christmas trees? Well, then you’d be tickled to learn that we design a new tree each year that can be set up in your Walt Disney World Resort room.
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Take a look at this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Tree. There are vintage and Mickey ornaments and someone special setting the twinkling star. And to add a bit more magic, there’s a train that sits at the base of the tree bringing holiday candy.

Of course because it’s a Disney tree, you know there’s a heart-tugging story that comes with it.
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And the best part is that when your celebration is over, you can take the tree with you or our Floral & Gifts Dream Makers can ship it to your home. To learn more details about the tree, just click on this Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Tree link or call a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. And, while you’re looking at this tree, take a peek at our Mickey’s Sweet Celebration design hand-crafted from a mix of holiday greens.

By the way, if you’re celebrating the holiday at the Disneyland Resort, they also have a new and exclusive tree as well, which is different from the tree at Walt Disney World Resort. To learn more about the Disneyland Resort Christmas tree and other holiday gifts that can be delivered to your resort room, just call 714-781-GIFT.

Just imagine the memories you’ll create at the parks and stories you’ll recall for years to come.

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An Unforgettable Disney Christmas Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 7th, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


What’s your most memorable childhood Christmas? For each of us, the memories are different, but they all have one thing in common. Someone made us feel special and created an amazing experience that has lasted our lifetime. And now, because of that, we want to make our loved ones feel special and create wonderful memories for them. And why do we do it? It’s all about their smile, their reaction, their excitement… It’s just the best, isn’t it? So if you’re coming to the Walt Disney World Resort this holiday and looking for a new memory-making Disney experience, check this out. It’s a new in-room celebration from Disney Floral & Gifts called “Dreaming of a Disney Christmas,” which feels as if Mickey and Minnie set up a personalized holiday surprise for you and your family in the comfort of your resort room.

Imagine walking up to your resort room door to discover this banner, featuring a holiday wreath with your family name on it. Something magical took place while you were out!
'Dreaming of a Disney Christmas' at Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Floral & Gifts

Then, once you step inside your room, it’s clear that Mickey and Minnie created a personalized surprise just for you. There are glowing luminaries, there’s a large present from Mickey with special gifts and…
'Dreaming of a Disney Christmas' at Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Floral & Gifts

…there’s a gift from Minnie featuring a “Disney kiss goodnight” for the family. Take a close look at the copy on the pillow…and did I mention there’s lots of opportunity for personalization, too?
'Dreaming of a Disney Christmas' at Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Floral & Gifts

There’s also the Toon Town Times newspaper, featuring the story of your arrival for the holidays, along with a letter from our “first Family” welcoming you home. Speaking of home, Minnie Mouse also left you a cookie decorating kit to trim some of her delicious goodies while in your room.
'Dreaming of a Disney Christmas' at Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Floral & Gifts

Is there more? Glad you asked. Check out the back-of-the-door banner – it’s a holiday tree with one-of-a-kind ornaments…
'Dreaming of a Disney Christmas' at Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Floral & Gifts

…all to create a one-of-a-kind memory while you’re here at the Resort! But the best part? When you go home, you can take it all with you.

So check it out. To learn more, visit our website, DisneyFlorist.com, or call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. It’s a magical holiday memory for the entire family to experience and cherish for years to come.

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A Disney Christmas Stocking That Gives and Receives

posted on November 16th, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Don’t you love finding unique Christmas gifts your loved ones will treasure? We know that at Disney Floral & Gifts and our creative team has found a way to create a magical gifting experience for kids that also encourages them to give back – with a random act of kindness. You could say it’s a present that gives and receives. Sounds interesting, right?

Mickey's Stocking of Surprises Available from Disney Floral & Gifts Minnie's Stocking of Surprises Available from Disney Floral & Gifts

Take a peek at our new Mickey’s Stocking of Surprises and Minnie’s Stocking of Surprises. Each stocking is packed full of holiday goodies and a special holiday picture frame ornament to make your little ones experience meeting our characters in the parks extra special.

Just take it to any of the character greeting locations in the park this holiday season, and have it signed by your child’s favorite Disney character.

Mickey Mouse Picture Frame Ornament Available from Disney Floral & Gifts Back of Mickey Mouse Picture Frame Ornament Available from Disney Floral & Gifts

Later, you can add your favorite picture from that moment into the ornament and you’ll have a one of a kind timeless keepsake you can hang on your tree for years to come.

Give Back with Kindness This Holiday Season with Special Cards Included in Mickey and Minnie's Stockings of Surprises Available from Disney Floral & Gifts Give Back with Kindness This Holiday Season with Special Cards Included in Mickey and Minnie's Stockings of Surprises Available from Disney Floral & Gifts

And now, the opportunity to give back with a random act of kindness. Here’s a look at our special card and note from Mickey and Minnie included in their stocking.

To participate, your child simply notes how they will make a difference this season on the Christmas card, then they can hand it to Mickey or Minnie as a surprise Christmas gift when they meet them in the parks. They’ll get to learn first-hand too how great it feels to give back and be tickled to see Mickey and Minnie light up over their gifts, too.

Celebrate the Holidays and Give Back with a Random Act of Kindness with Holiday Stockings from Disney Floral & Gifts

Of course, our creative team had to test the reaction to a random act of kindness so we captured a moment with one of our Show Directors and his daughter backstage.

Interested in this for your loved one? Just check out any one of the links above at DisneyFlorist.com or call 407-WDW-GIFT.

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A Disney Signature Dream Halloween Offering That’s ‘To Die For’

posted on October 17th, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


A Disney Signature Dream Halloween Offering That’s ‘To Die For’

Oh my stars, do I have a special Halloween treat for you today. Every now and then I come across a party that Disney Signature Dreams has created for one of our guests and I am just blown away. You have got to see these images from a Haunted Mansion “Room for One More” party they created for one of our guests.

A Disney Signature Dream Halloween Offering That’s ‘To Die For’

This party had it all – from a Haunted Mansion replica entrance to a misty spooky graveyard and caretaker, this party was truly to die for.

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To create this one-of-a-kind “Room for One More” Disney Signature Dream, everything had to be created, designed, written and customized specifically for the guest, and built and constructed onsite at the event location, including the table décor, linens, props, furniture, bookshelves, fireplace – everything.

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Oh, and the entertainment! There was an organ-playing ghost and a spectacularly spooky singing ghostly quartet. The entire party was themed as an eerie mystery dinner, complete with an elegant Hollywood actress, a professor, a maid, a French heiress and a fortune telling medium. It was truly a party from another realm – a haunted one!

What is so amazing about Disney Signature Dreams is that whatever you can imagine, they can bring to reality. Whether your dream is a party in Pixie Hollow or ice-skating in a winter wonderland with Mickey and the gang, creating the dream-come-true is what they do. Take a look at more of the dreams they have brought to life at www.disneysignaturedreams.com.

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The Most Magical Trick or Treat Celebration in the World at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 11th, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


As we’re prepping for the Halloween season and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, I got some “sweet” inside information from Creative Entertainment Producer Gene Harding that I had to share with you. Take a look at this – I just got a hold of the 2012 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Treat Location Map and I’m sharing it with you so you can map out your plan to capture as much candy possible before you even arrive on property.
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This year, there will be 11 candy spots, plus a few pop-up treat stations as well. And this year’s event will feature more candy than ever before – yum! (Check the Disney Parks Blog later today for Jennifer’s update on what you can expect.)

And if sugary candy is not your thing, there will be healthy options, too. You can exchange all your goodies, collected at the treat locations, for candy that fits your dietary needs, such as sugar-free candy, treats without nuts and healthy options too. Simply bring your candy to City Hall, and they’ll exchange your goodies for treats that meet your dietary restrictions.

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Now I bet you’re wondering what to bring to hold all your treats. There’s no need to bring a thing, because Disney Floral & Gifts created these light-up Trick or Treat Pumpkins. Each pumpkin is filled by one of our “basketeers” with a holiday Mickey or Minnie plush, treats, an autograph book and pen for the meet-and-greets, and a light-up pumpkin lanyard, plus a special trick inside. Your child can “treat” at the meet-and-greets with their very own exclusive pumpkin, and show a simple magical illusion as well! And, for easy transport home, the pumpkin is collapsible to enjoy now and for years to come. By the way, did you notice the bat-shaped tag that can be personalized with glow-in-the-dark thread, too? Truly one of a kind.
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Have teens? Sneak a peek at our “Spirited” Halloween Surprise that includes a blacklight flashlight to help guide them through the treat locations and ghostly evening with special Haunted Mansion insight to make their visit one that is simply to “die for”!
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But, if you’re one of those Halloween fans that wants the party in the park to continue in your Walt Disney World Resort room, check out the Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration 2012! It’s a personalized “not-so-scary” party for the whole family.

Only at Disney Parks can you experience one-of-a-kind spooktacular celebrations like these. To learn more, just visit www.Disneyflorist.com or call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT.

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Your Wish-Come-True Disney Parks Engagement

posted on August 3rd, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Oh my stars, do I have an exciting and oh-so-magical secret to tell you today! The Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Makers (or shall I say, Disney’s Enchanted Florist) are now offering a new proposal that takes place at Magic Kingdom Park at a somewhat royal location. Since we want to keep this secret for all our future brides who just might be reading this post, I can’t give away all the details, but, I can share a few.

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Imagine this: Your bride-to-be receives a beautiful gift along with a special note upon returning to your Walt Disney World Resort room or even while having dinner at a Walt Disney World Resort restaurant. After receiving the special gift and note, which requests your presence at a certain location, you both travel to this special spot that will soon have your bride-to-be exclaiming “Yes!” as you propose under starry skies, fireworks and, of course, watch the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

There is so much more I want to tell you, but we don’t want to give away the surprise for our future brides. To learn more, call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. They will walk you through the proposal, beginning with recommending the engagement gift and magical note. They’ll also recommend a window of time to arrive at the “special” location so you’re not blocked out for safety purposes due to the fireworks. And, after your proposal, if you’re looking for a personalized and over-the-top romantic celebration set up in the comfort of your Walt Disney World Resort room, check out the In-Room Celebrations available, too.

Stay tuned to future posts, where I’ll share more engagement ideas you can experience at the Walt Disney World Resort!

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A Spooktacular Celebration That’s to Die for at Disney Parks

posted on July 13th, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


As a Dream Maker, I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to help make dreams come true – even the spooky ones! So when Disney Floral & Gifts created a brand new Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration this year, I just had to share it with you right away!

A Spooktacular Halloween Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort from Disney Floral & Gifts

Picture this: You return to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room after a full day in the parks – or a ghostly night at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – to find a light-up Mickey Mouse pumpkin banner on your door enticing you to enter for tricks or treats. There’s also a not-so-spooky “supr-eyes” on the back of the door as well, but perhaps you should see for yourself!

A Spooktacular Halloween Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort from Disney Floral & Gifts

When you enter your room you’ll find a fully tricked-out Halloween celebration that begins with a personalized note to you from Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

A Spooktacular Halloween Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort from Disney Floral & Gifts

Then there are some unexpected surprises and clever gifts you can use in our parks and resorts, topped off with Halloween décor that transforms your resort room into a personalized Halloween experience. The great part is that you can take it all back home with you. There’s something for everyone, so you can also “rest in peace” knowing the whole family will have a spooktacular time.

This celebration is available now at Walt Disney World Resort hotels only. And for the super Halloween enthusiast, you can add on additional surprises to add to the already wickedly over-the-top experience!

To learn more, click on this link or call a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT.

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Top Off Your Stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort with the Ultimate ‘Cars 2’ Fan Kit

posted on June 22nd, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Do you have a little Lightning McQueen who is totally revved-up about anything “Cars”? Imagine surprising your champ with a stay at one of the new “Cars” rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, complete with plans to visit Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now, top it off with a “Cars 2” Super Fan Kit to really kick it into high gear!
The 'Cars 2' Super Fan Kit from Disney Floral & Gifts

This exclusive “Cars 2” Super Fan Kit comes with a drawstring bag which includes a “Cars 2” hat, a Lightning McQueen or Tow Mater RC, four die-cast cars, “Cars” Uno cards, and an exclusive light-up, personalized license plate lanyard featuring your child’s name on the outside and “Cars” games on the inside!

To get some expert advice on this new gift, we let 5-year-old Owen, a “Cars” fan extraordinaire, take it for a test drive. According to Owen, he is a “Cars” expert: “I have ‘Cars’ shoes and I can run faster in them, really. I watch the movies all the time and I even met Lightning McQueen and Mater! I have ‘Cars’ lights across my door – I have ‘Cars’ everything!” So, as you can see, we are definitely getting some expert advice here!
Owen with the 'Cars 2' Super Fan Kit from Disney Floral & Gifts

When Owen first saw this gift he was amazed at the real RC and how many cars were in the gift: “It has a real Lightning McQueen RC race car! It has so many cars and I have a ‘Cars 2’ hat now!” he shouted. He was also very excited about the backpack and said he looks forward to taking it to school.

What made this gift so cool to Owen was, in his words, “Everything!” He even let me know he was “gonna play with the RC and the little cars for a long time. Most boys [...] would love to play with this all the time too.”

Well there you have it. I have to say during his test drive he certainly didn’t “tire” of the topic!

Visit our website to learn more about the “Cars 2” Super Fan Kit or call a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. This gift can be shipped anywhere in the US and delivered to any hotel at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Creating a Magical Engagement for Two Members of the U.S. Military at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 24th, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


With Memorial Day just around the corner, I just had to share this story with you about a recent engagement we helped plan here at Magic Kingdom Park for two members of the U.S. military.
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John Moffett of the U.S. Army and Cynthia Armendariz of the U.S. National Guard knew fate had brought them together when they met by chance not once, but twice, in two separate cities within a week!
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Right before John graduated from West Point, Cynthia’s National Guard unit was deployed to Iraq for a year. Four months after her return, John learned he was going to be deployed to Iraq (above, right). Then only two months after his return, John learned he would be deployed again, this time to Afghanistan, at the end of May.
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John knew he wanted to propose to Cynthia before he was deployed, so he worked with our Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Makers to create the perfect engagement.

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On the night before the proposal, John had a wishing rose and bracelet delivered to Cynthia to set the stage. The next evening, at Magic Kingdom Park in the Rose Garden, moments before Wishes Nighttime Spectacular began, John took her hand, knelt down and asked, “Will you make my wish come true and be my wife?” Surrounded by an applauding crowd, Cynthia was so overjoyed that John had to ask again, “Will you?” The answer was, “Of course I will!” What a magical moment and a dream come true for two of our U.S. military service members!

If that wasn’t amazing enough, the next day John surprised her with an enhanced engagement photo session with Disney Fine Art Photography at Epcot. John expressed that it was truly a magical moment that will live in their hearts forever.
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John is leaving for Afghanistan on Saturday, May 26, and when asked for a thought to share with us he stated, “I’m sad to leave, but glad I proposed and [that I] have this memory. These are the reasons we’re fighting – to keep America safe and provide freedom for more memories like these. So I’m looking to do a good job and get done as quick as possible so I can come home to experience more memories like these.”

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Send a Magical Message to Your Mom This Mother’s Day at Disney Parks

posted on May 11th, 2012 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Moms are truly magical. They inspire, encourage, teach and guide all with a special touch that lets you know you’re loved. As a Dream Maker with Disney Floral & Gifts, I love to create a special memory every chance I get and this Mother’s Day is no exception!

A 'Magical' Proclamation for Moms on Mother's Day from Disney Floral & Gifts

Take a look at this proclamation! Here’s your chance to do something unique and magical for your mom and to create a moment she’ll remember for a lifetime.

Here’s what to do…post the reason why your mom is the “Most Magical Mom in the World.” Then, e-mail or forward this story to her along with identifying your comment number. This Mothers Day, let’s inspire and warm her heart to let her know how much she’s loved.

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