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First Look at Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2015 Merchandise

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Will you be joining us this year for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, taking place September 3-6, 2015, at the Disneyland Resort? Can you believe it’s been “Ten Years Running”? If you’re curious as to what merchandise awaits you for the races, wait no longer. Here’s your first look!

Sought-after items this year include the Disneyland Half Marathon merchandise, performance tees, jackets and tanks. Of course, the ever-popular mens’ and ladies’ tees emblazoned with the “I Did It” message on it and course map on the back continue to be fan favorites.

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I triple-dare you not to fall in love with the Dumbo Double Dare collection. My heart soars just thinking about it. You’ll find plenty of themed merchandise, including men’s and ladies’ tees with Dumbo Double Dare and “Fly to the Finish” logos on it along with a tank, jackets and car magnets.

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We’re not finished quite yet! Look for an additional “I Did It” tee to debut for the Disneyland 5K, along with a Disneyland 10K tee featuring Captain Hook, Hades and Maleficent. If you can’t decide, and it’s an all-inclusive Half Marathon Weekend tee you seek – don’t worry, we’ve got it!

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Some of you may have already seen this, but for you Dooney & Bourke and race fans that haven’t, here’s a look at the pattern that will appear on several silhouettes including a cross-body, tote and wristlet. Are you planning to add this to your collection? Now’s your chance to secure a piece of the magic! Pre-order your Dooney & Bourke bag prior to August 28, while supplies last. Purchase today!

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Finally, you know when it comes to runDisney merchandise it doesn’t stop there. Look for additional items themed to the Disneyland Half Marathon, runDisney, as well as 2015 runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge offerings.

Good Luck!

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Force Friday Merchandise Event Details Released

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


There’s been an “awakening” in the force, have you felt it?

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New Star Wars™ themed merchandise and more will land in our galaxy at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts on September 4, 2015 at 12:01 AM (Midnight). Set your hyperspace coordinates and come to this merchandise ticketed event to gather supplies and other acquisitions in preparation of the highly anticipated film release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.

Tickets to the Force Friday merchandise event include:

  • The opportunity to be among the first to purchase new Star Wars and Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed merchandise, including Disney Theme Park Merchandise exclusives and licensed products. Purchase limits will apply.
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Which “side” will you choose? No matter where your alliances fall, here are the details on where the events will take place.

Tickets for the Force Friday merchandise release are $50 per person and are limited to availability. No discounts apply.

Reservations for the Force Friday merchandise ticketed event will be accepted only via www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning August 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)/ 2 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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Disneyland Resort Event Snapshot – September 2015

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s hard to believe that it’s almost September. If you’re in need of back-to-school fun, then be sure to take part in special Disney Theme Park Merchandise events taking place throughout the month at the Disneyland Resort!

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September 2: Meet Disney Legend and Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest book, One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering from 10 a.m. – Noon at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

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September 5–6: Look for special appearances by Gabriela Ruiz (Serpenthes), who will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on September 5–6 and 26–27 from 2-5 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

September 12: Meet artist Miss Mindy, who will be on hand for an artist appearance and signing of her designer blind box Vinylmation series themed to Circus. Look for Miss Mindy from 3–5 p.m. at D Street in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

September 12–13: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques, or his newest release from D23 EXPO 2015 — the Custom Ticket Book Plaques – you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Add one to your collection! Learn more here.

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September 19: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by John Coulter, Jerrod Maruyama and Kristin Tercek from 3–5 p.m. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist David Lozeau. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: September 4-6, 11–13, 18-20 and 25 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

What events are you most excited for?

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Looking Back at D23 EXPO 2015 Disney Theme Park Merchandise

posted on August 21st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I know that many of you, our Disney fans, were with us all weekend long at D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. I mean what an experience, am I right? New film releases, new attraction and lands announced and of course, merchandise!

Those of you who attended the 60 Years of Disney Theme Park Merchandise panel discussion were in for quite a surprise as we took a look at the evolution of ear hats, new artwork set to appear on Twenty-Eight & Main, Disney Boutique, Disney Couture, Princess, Haunted Mansion – Revisited and Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course, it was the What Lies Ahead segment that caught the attention of some folks, with merchandise art reveals for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and of course, Shanghai Disney Resort. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the art that was shown and be sure to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, as I will have posts about all of these and more in the near future.

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With the panel also came the world debut of the artists taking part in the We Love Disney compilation album by Verve Records and Walt Disney Records, due in stores October 30. Produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy award winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster, the album will feature some of today’s hottest artists across pop, rock, R&B and country as they deliver their own interpretations of classic Disney songs. I could go on and on about who is featured on this album but why don’t you check it out for yourself including the We Love Disney Box Set here.

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The spectrum was broad when it came to finding favorite souvenirs, as there was literally something for everyone. D23 EXPO merchandise, from t-shirts to mugs, handbags to drinkware, flew off the shelves, and of course the R4-D23 was definitely the droid everyone was looking for, and Force For Change t-shirts, fleece and pins weren’t far behind. Tip: Look for Force For Change apparel shortly at select locations at the Disneyland Resort through Labor Day and help us make a difference! If you have the D23 EXPO App, go to Aurasma and watch as the shirt activates before your very eyes.

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What did I find? With ALEX AND ANI on hand, it’s no surprise that I spotted my souvenir at their table. While I almost picked up the new Snow White-inspired bangle, available at Disney Parks now, I chose to go a bit simpler with the Mickey Filigree Wrap in the Rafaelian Silver finish. I know you’re shocked! This is one of three pieces ALEX AND ANI pre-launched at D23 that won’t be available in the parks until the fall.

Finally, throughout the weekend, Disney fans were lined up to meet some of their favorite Disney Legends, artists, authors and special guests and the Disney Dream Store did not disappoint. More than 45 special guests and 80 signings took place over the course of the weekend, including a special appearance and signing with the Mouseketeers!

Who were you most excited to meet? What was your favorite part of D23 EXPO 2015?

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Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Debuts for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


We’ve been cooking up something special for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2015! Beginning September 25, while supplies last, take part in Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak and help Remy as he ventures around World Showcase at Epcot collecting ingredients for his signature dish, Ratatouille.

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Record your discoveries as you help Remy find each ingredient by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed map to represent that location.

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $7.95 $9.95, plus tax at the following locations in the park. Note: Maps, stickers and surprise available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Purchasing limits may apply.

Epcot – Disney Traders, Festival Center, Pin Central, Port of Entry and World Traveler (International Gateway).

Whether you choose to search for each ingredient or not, return your map to the redemption location at Port of Entry by November 16, 2015 at Port of Entry to pick up your surprise.

What’s the surprise? Take a look! You will have the opportunity to receive one of the pins featured here.

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Theme park admission is not included, however is required to participate. Maps, stickers and surprise available while supplies last. Information subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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Shopper’s Guide to the Disney Dream Store at D23 EXPO 2015

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


D23 EXPO 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center is just days away! If you’ve been reading the Disney Parks Blog, then you already have details on some of the D23 EXPO logo merchandise, collectibles, artist signings and more. Here’s a look at some of the merchandise you’ll find as well as some tips on what you need to know before you go shopping in the Disney Dream Store (located in Hall A).

I consider these first items quite the “ticket.” That’s because they have actually been inspired by Disneyland park ticket patterns of year’s past. You’ll find the elements of the art on a Walt’s Kingdom tee, mug, toothpick holders, a car magnet pack, button/lanyard set, and even on our HARVEYS bags and wallets. D-Tech fans will delight in the new phone cases available this year themed to D23 EXPO 2015 and the 60th Anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club—look for similar art to appear on tees as well. Tip: D-Tech cases will be available in iPhone 6, iPhone 6plus and Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Is your head spinning? You’ll be in for one wild ride when you pick up the much anticipated Mr. Toad limited edition 10” plush. This is the second in the series of four plush that is being released for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Of course, you can quench your thirst for this year’s D23 EXPO merchandise with the Everyone’s A Character stainless steel 22 oz. water bottle. You’ll look cool and stay hydrated throughout the weekend’s festivities.

If it’s a statement you’re looking to make this year, the D23 EXPO Castle Foam Hat will certainly do the trick! Tip: Don’t worry, there’s actually a chin strap that will help hold it in place. Or if you’re feeling “Goofy,” like we were, add some character to special D23 EXPO moments with the Photo Prop Set. Be sure to share your photos across all social channels using #D23EXPO.

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I know you’re curious to find out about D23 EXPO vinylmation and pins, so I won’t make you wait any longer. There will be several new Vinylmation debuting themed to Aristocats, Fantasia, Pinocchio and more. As for pins, you will find limited edition and limited release pins, a boxed set, jumbo pin and mystery set. Here are a couple of pins that caught my attention.

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A few additional reminders before you go!

  • If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to bring the magic of merchandise to life, join us August 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Stage 28, as we take you from concept to reality with behind-the-scenes storytelling about classic Disney souvenirs.
  • On August 15, look for a very special release taking place only at the Disney Dream Store. What is it? They have been ‘forcing’ me to tell you, but I can’t, I can simply state, it’s out of this world.
  • New this year is StorePass which will be available for select D23 EXPO shopping locations. Find out more details here.

What are you the most excited for?

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Disney Dream Store to Debut New Art, Books and Music at D23 EXPO 2015

posted on August 6th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney fans! We have just over a week to go before D23 EXPO 2015 takes place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. I’m sure you’re excited to hear more about what will be available and I have all the details on art, books, collectibles, music, artist signings and more. I wish I was able to show you everything, but with over 170 items debuting in the Disney Dream Store alone as part of this year’s D23 EXPO, and over eighty signings taking place my hands and words are a bit tied. So here are a few things you won’t want to miss.

Look for one-of-a-kind pieces including original framed art and sculptures, limited edition giclees and deluxe prints by some of your favorite Disney inspired artists as well as the new Storybook Collection from Disney Publishing. I hope you’ll take a moment to stop by and see some of these amazing pieces for yourself. Of course, I couldn’t resist showing you the latest from artist Dave Avanzino. Being introduced this year is the Custom Name Disneyland Ticket Books, which allows you to create your own Ticket Book featuring your first or last name. If you’re curious as to the color tones, mattes and prices, they will vary, so be sure to check it out.

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Tip: Also, scheduled to appear will be Steve Adams, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Eric Caszatt, David Bird, Lorelay Bové, Britni Brault, Bob Elias, Susan Foy, Sharon & Jerry Freeman, Dana & Melanie Harvey, Rob Kaz, Daniel Killen, Mike Kungl, Art Lewis, Hiko Maeda, Jerrod Maruyama, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, James C. Mulligan, Dave Perillo, Noah, Robert Olszewski, Maggie Parr, Mike Peraza, Larry Nikolai, Linda Rick, Tim Rogerson, Ahab’s Shipyard, Javier Soto, George Scribner, Michelle St.Laurent, Raymond Swanland, Richard Terpstra, Heather Theurer, Guy Vasilovich, Yakovetic and more.

Excited for more? Several authors will be on hand to sign copies of their latest releases including David Bossert, Melissa de la Cruz, Eric Goldberg, Ridley Pearson, Bill Scollon, Disney Legend Dave Smith, as well as Disney Legend & Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, whose newest book One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering, will debut.

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Fans of Disney music visiting the Disney Dream Store will have the opportunity to purchase a selection of vinyl albums, as well as a variety of CD titles from the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, celebrating milestone anniversaries of classic Disney soundtracks, including one of the newest releases inspired by Disneyland. Fans should also be on the lookout for special pre-purchase opportunities including something I know you will all ‘love’ —so stay tuned, as well as the Silly Symphony Collection, a first-of-its-kind box set from Walt Disney Records and Fairfax Classics featuring the complete restored soundtracks from all seventy-five Silly Symphony shorts.

Tip: Look for special appearances by J.B. Kaufman, Russell Merritt and Randy Thornton.

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To stay up to date on the Disney Dream Store, and for a complete list of artists, authors, special guests, signing locations and times, be sure to download the D23 EXPO App here.

Which are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!

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New Merchandise Debuts and Artist Showcases at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


There’s nothing like a summer vacation! While I haven’t had a chance to experience any fun in the sun yet this summer, a girl can dream. For those of you who have chosen Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, as your destination this August, here are few things you won’t want to miss!

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On August 8, Plumeria Sun, known for their great pareos and sun dresses will take part in a special trunk show at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Representatives will be on hand showcasing some of these items and more at Painted Sky from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Hale Manu from 3 – 5 p.m.

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Also debuting this August will be new Duffy the Disney Bear and Shellie May dressed plush. Inspired by Tori Richard art and apparel, you’ll find these two ready for a tropical getaway, just like your own visit to this magical destination. They’ll be arriving shortly at Kalepa’s Store, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Something I plan to look for on my next visit is the Na Mea Hawai’i sunrise shell jewelry collection. I had a chance to chat with Lori Yunson from Na Mea, who shared details on these amazing one-of-a-kind pieces.

“If you are ever fortunate to come across one, you will know right away, as the shell itself glows as the sun rises,” says Lori. “These hand-crafted pieces have been created by local artisans and are considered rare finds from the shores and beaches of Hawai’i.”

On your next visit be sure to stop by Hale Manu to learn more, see the different designs available and perhaps even add one to your collection.

What have you found at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, that I should know about?

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – August 2015

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort? Be sure to check out these special artist appearances and signings taking place in August 2015!

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August 6 – 17: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, at their new location, Marketplace Fun Finds in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Tip: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing Aug. 8 – 9. Learn more.

August 6 – 9: Artist William Silvers will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest releases, August 6 – 9 from 12 – 8 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Epcot. Not able to make it? William will return for additional signing opportunities August 13 – 16 from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

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August 8: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith who will be on hand for a special artist showcase and signing from 4 – 7 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

August 10 – 15: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings August 10 – 15 from 1 – 8 p.m., each day at Art of Disney in Epcot. Not able to make it? Greg will return later in the month, August 24 – 29 from 1 – 8 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

August 13 – 14: A Kit Heath representative will be on hand to show their jewelry collections at The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

August 14: Take part in Trading Night from 6 -9 p.m. p.m. in Veracruz A at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Register online now!

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August 19 – 21: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at The Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

August 19 – 23: Take part in a special Givenchy fragrance event at Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at Epcot.

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August 21 – 22: Meet artist Whitney Pollett during a special artist signing at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace from 5 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

August 28 – 30: Game on! Be there for the launch of Disney Infinity 3.0 taking place throughout the day, each day, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Be sure to watch the Disney Parks Blog for more details.

Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot, including Le Plume et Palette and La Signature in France, The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom and Puffins Roost in Norway. Learn more.

Which events will you check out?

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Get Ready to Show Your Disney Side During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Guys and ghouls, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is creeping up. It’s never too early to start planning Halloween costumes, especially if you plan to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Looking for inspiration? Why not your favorite Disney characters?

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For your prince or princess (3–12 years of age), visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland in Disneyland park and watch as they transform before your very eyes into Halloween Minnie, a Knight or their favorite princess. Fans of Anna, Elsa & Olaf (ages 3-15) should definitely plan a quick trip to Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in the Downtown Disney District for “cool” tips and tricks for the Halloween season. Special tip: A Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Glow Stick or Skull Glow Stick is a perfect way to light your path to Halloween adventure at home or at the Disneyland Resort!

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Of course that’s not all – there’s more Halloween fun brewing. As you can see, I had some help from fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tyler Slater and Merchandise Marketing “Ghost Host” Ashley Cortez who took their roles all too seriously. So this year if you choose not to dress up, we have a few tips for you on how you can show your Disney Side. Costume T-shirts and fleece (for adults and youth) inspired by a few not-so-scary classic characters including Buzz Lightyear, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as well an array of intergalactic-inspired apparel and accessories will help you pay Halloween homage in a frightfully fun way. Find all of these and more for the entire family at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort this August. Tips: Attraction-inspired T-shirts also work well; as you can see, we found these “haunting” T-shirts at Port Royal. If you seek something more subtle, try new headwear on for size – it’s themed to Halloween and the perfect fit for a night of haunting fun.

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Don’t forget to dress your pets! Treat your furry friends to something spook-tacular this season – by adding a little “character” to their look with our Disney Tails Collection. Even Ashley’s dog Nala couldn’t resist showing us her Disney Side in a sparkly sequin bow with her favorite Minnie Mouse shoe toy. Curious as to where they’re available? We found the entire collection at Atwater Ink & Paint on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park, but be sure to check out other locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

Are you ready for Halloween? How will you show your Disney Side?

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