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New Artist Sketch Debuts for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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Earlier today, I checked out Drawing Disneyland: The Early Years – Imagineers Who Helped Bring Walt’s Dream To Life exhibit at The Disney Gallery in The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction. So I figured why not make the hop, skip and a jump over to Disneyana Gifts to see what else is happening – and I’m glad I did! Our talented teams of Disneyland Resort Sketch Artists have very busy creating what I consider a “diamond in the rough” – because it’s a sketch, of course. Take a look!

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Special Tip: Have the artist add a personal touch to your sketch by adding a special date, name or message.

If you’re curious where to find the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration artist sketch and other favorites, visit Disneyana in Disneyland park or Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park.

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Find Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Souvenir During our 24-Hour Event

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


With so many dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise choices, it wasn’t hard to get caught up in the excitement during our recent shopping adventures at the Disneyland Resort. Ashley and I were all ears trying to find out what Disney fans were buzzing about!

It took Ashley and I only a moment to find our favorites.

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Erin continued to dazzle us, setting her sights on the Diamond Collection. Something sparkly for America’s Sweetheart!

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What about Tyler? Well he couldn’t resist keeping us on track with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration train.

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Last but not least, Rachel loved the Diamond Celebration ALEX AND ANI bangles so much that she got one for her mom, too!

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Where have your shopping adventures taken you Diamond Celebration so far?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Brings ‘Sweet’ Surprises

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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Is there anything sweeter than the kickoff to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? In my case, yes! There are dazzling and delectable new confections debuting in the candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort, and I have all the details!

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These stunning Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse apples are enrobed in caramel, dipped in chocolate and have been dusted in sparkling blue sanding sugar. With final touches of chocolate “gem” buttons and a diamond-shaped bow for Minnie Mouse, these two never looked so delicious.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without some of our other fan favorites like the marshmallow wand, krispy treat and the ever-popular cake pops, all of which were inspired by the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration sparkling blue and silver tone theme. The candy makers didn’t stop there, so be sure to keep an eye out for a special Ear Hat Cake Pop featuring a commemorative “60” chocolate lay-on.

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We didn’t stop there ─ If you were hoping for something more nostalgic, you’re in luck! Chocolate-dipped caramel bars (with and without sea salt) will be available, along with the pecan roll and other delicious treats. Note: These items will only be available at Candy Palace in Disneyland park.

If you are planning to ‘sweeten’ your experience in the park today, visit Candy Palace in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District!

What is topping your list of must have treats?

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The Disney Gallery Unveils New Exhibit for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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May 22 is finally here, and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is underway! While there’s so much to see and do, one place I couldn’t resist visiting on one of my shopping adventures was The Disney Gallery located in the lobby of The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. A new exhibit was unveiled just this morning — Drawing Disneyland: The Early Years – Imagineers Who Helped Bring Walt’s Dream To Life.

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I had the chance to get the back-story about this exciting new exhibit which of course, I wanted to share with all of you:

Walt Disney had an idea for “a family park, where parents and children could have fun together.” Problem is, he didn’t know how to design and build it. Unfortunately, neither did the architecture and engineering firm he hired. That’s when Walt’s longtime friend, architect Welton Becket, told him the best people to design the park were his own animators and art directors. These were the people who best understood Walt and what he wanted to do.

So in 1952 Walt formed WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) and recruited members of his own staff from the Disney Studio, as well as designers and artists from other studios, to help him develop this new kind of park he was calling Disneyland. Though none of them had ever designed theme parks (Who had at that time?), they did know, with their film backgrounds and set-designing skills, how to turn Walt’s ideas into concept sketches and detailed renderings.

Drawing Disneyland celebrates five of those artists, all with experience in live-action and animated films, each of whom played a key role in the development of one of the original lands of Disneyland – and ultimately proved Welton Becket right. Who are they? I won’t leave you in suspense any further.

Harper Goff – Adventureland
John Hench – Tomorrowland
Harry Johnson – Main Street, U.S.A.
Bill Martin – Fantasyland
Sam McKim – Frontierland

I hope during your next visit you’ll enjoy this historical retrospective, which showcases the rich heritage and history of the Disneyland Resort — from how far we’ve come to where we’re headed.

Special Tip: If you find a favorite piece of art on display in the new exhibit, stop next store at Disneyana Gifts to inquire whether it is available to purchase via Art on Demand, and bring the magic of Disney, home.

What places are on your list to visit today?

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New Pressed Coins Debut for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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Last month, my fellow Disney Parks Blog author and friend, Shannon Swanson, got a “Penny For Your Thoughts” as she took you inside the Electromechanical Shop and behind-the-scenes of the making of coin presses at the Disneyland Resort. Shannon mentioned that I would have exciting news to share, and I do — as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we are introducing sixty (60) new pressed coins themed to favorite attractions, icons and characters!

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How can you tell which designs are being introduced for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? Here are a few tips to help you out!

  • Look for the special 60-D symbol which appears on the art for each new die.
  • Each coin will bear a special back-stamp that says Est. July 17 1955 – Disneyland Resort 60-D!

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One of my favorite things is the new Pressed Coin Location Guide that features all of the presses throughout the Disneyland Resort. All of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pressed coins can be found by simply locating the diamond icon next to the coin image. Where can you find the pressed coin location guides? Great question — the new guides are available here on the Disney Parks Blog! Take a look at the images below or download the PDF here. You can also find printed brochures at City Hall in Disneyland park, Chamber of Commerce at Disney California Adventure park and select merchandise locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Tip: There is a specially designed Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration collector’s book to help you keep track of your collection.

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Finally, there’s one last thing before I go: keep an eye out for special ‘Decades’ presses in the Downtown Disney District that will only be available for limited period of time.

Are you ready for the Pressed Coin Challenge? Let us know which coins you are looking forward to adding to your collection in the comments below!

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Shopper’s Guide to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Beginning May 20 – 22, several locations will begin to sparkle with dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise. Rest assured that as time goes on, more and more locations will join in the excitement. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know before you go shopping at the Disneyland Resort.

May 20

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise

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Disney Parks │ PANDORA Jewelry Collection (limit three (3) of each per guest, per item)

  • Disneyland park – La Mascarade d’Orleans (opens 9 a.m.), New Century Jewelry
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

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  • Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – Disney Vault 28, World of Disney Store

May 21

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May 22

Art & Collectibles

  • Disneyland park – Disneyana
  • Disney California Adventure park – Off the Page
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

Dooney & Bourke and HARVEYS

  • Disney Vault 28 (opens 8 a.m.)

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Limited Edition Pinocchio Plush (First in a Series of Four)

  • Disneyland park – Emporium
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

Limited Edition Pins

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  • Downtown Disney District – D Street (opens at 8 a.m.)

I recently shared details on the “Up All Night Makes Me Dopey” merchandise and cupcake for the 24-hour event, so be sure to add that to your list of things to pick up!

Here are a few other things to know before you go …

Purchasing limits will apply to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise. If you’re curious as to what that entails, items considered limited edition will be limited to two (2) per guest, per day, per item. Open edition items, will be limited to five (5) per guest, per day, per item.

Let us know which shops you plan to visit in the comments below!

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24-Hour Event Merchandise Sparkles at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


There’s a number of reasons why I’m looking forward to May 22! First of all, it’s my mom’s birthday, so happy early birthday Mom! Not only that, it’s the exciting moment we have all been waiting for — the official kick-off to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! When you couple that with a 24-hour event and new nighttime spectaculars like the “Paint the Night” parade, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, could it get any better? When I got a sneak peek at the artwork for the 24-hour event tees, “Being Up All Night Makes Me Dopey,” the answer was yes! Take a look, and I think you’ll agree.

Special Tip: Look for special glow-in-the-dark elements on the adult and youth tees.

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Also debuting as part of the exciting event is a limited release pin.

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Want more? Let me sweeten the deal — there will also be a specially created cupcake with the “Up All Night” logo. Our candy makers have been hard at work, creating delicious new confections in honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, because I’ll be sharing all of the details shortly.

Tees and pins will be available at:

Cupcakes can be found at:

It’s going to be an amazing celebration! Are you ready for it?

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2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Merchandise Flies in for Mother’s Day Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

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


Pixie Power is in the air! Can you feel it? We went inside Pixie Hollow to bring you all the details on the runDisney 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry, which is just days away, May 7–10 at the Disneyland Resort. You won’t believe the selection of merchandise this year. So let’s get started!

Themed Tinker Bell Half Marathon apparel will include the ever-popular “I Did It” T-shirt, performance shirts, a tank, shorts, fleece hoodie and of course, the ladies zip jacket. One of my favorite features on this collection is the clever saying “Tink Happy Thoughts” and the screened floral wings that appear on the back of several items. It certainly makes me feel as if I could fly to the finish line.

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Tinker Bell 5K fans will have some extra support this year from the Lost Boys, while the “I Did It” Tinker Bell 10K fans will be filled with pixie power.

Are you participating in the Inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge? Short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, performance wear, a tank, fleece hoodie and ladies jacket have made the list of this particular spirited sprite. Take a look!

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Other items to race in for include the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend shirt and jacket, runDisney and Coast-to-Coast merchandise, hats, magnets, clings, pins, headbands, special artist sketches and an array of drinkware. Here’s a look at the water bottles, tumbler, glass stemware and mug, in case you’re thirsty for more.

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What about Dooney & Bourke? Don’t despair, Tinker Bell fans! The satchel, backpack, letter carrier and wristlet are sure to make your heart soar.

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So get a jump on your shopping list and be ready when the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo takes flight beginning Thursday, May 7, at the Disneyland Hotel.

To all of you participating in the race, I wish you all the best of luck with a touch of pixie dust!

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Humphrey’s Service & Supplies Sets Up Shop When Grizzly Peak Airfield Opens May 15 at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 4th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


With so many exciting changes coming when the new Grizzly Peak Airfield opens May 15 at Disney California Adventure park, I bet you’re curious about the location formerly known as Fly n’ Buy. Wonder no more!

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Humphrey’s Service & Supplies will be the “campers welcome” headquarters of Grizzly Peak – that type of small-town gas station, general store or “vacationer’s paradise” that you might find on a trip through California’s majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. The location is named for Humphrey the Bear, a scruffy, snack-loving bear who appeared in several Disney animated shorts in the 1950s.

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Walt Disney Imagineering show writer Carolyn Gardner, who had this to say about the new location: “Humphrey’s Service & Supplies is an homage to the roadside stops of the late 1950s and early 1960s when families packed up the station wagon and set out on vacation. My family took long trips like that, and in the summer, we rolled down all the windows because our station wagon didn’t have air conditioning. When we’d spot a gas station, dad would fill up the car and we kids would run to pick out a cold drink from the soda machine. First thing I’d do was put that icy cold glass bottle on my forehead and neck, just to cool off.”

Humphrey’s Service & Supplies will have all the ‘bear’ necessities you’ll need for a day trip, or even a hike through the Disneyland Resort. Happy campers will find gear for their Junior Rangers, as well fleece and hats, or if you’re more apt to ‘bear’ (or bare) your shoulders, there’s even a tank top. Hunting for more? Keep an eye out for camping essentials themed to the great outdoors including a thermos, lunchbox, lantern and card games.

Also opening with Grizzly Peak Airfield on May 15 will be Soarin’ Over California, with updates to its screen and projection system. Don’t miss this visually enhanced guest favorite!

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May 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on April 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this May prior to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? If so, here are a few quick tips on merchandise events you don’t want to miss!

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May 1-3: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand from noon to 10 p.m., each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park, as we celebrate the release of her Mother’s Day Spring collection, among other fan favorites! Learn more here.

May 2-3: Join us as we welcome Elizabeth and Mark from Hero Handmade Goods, May 2-3, 16–17 and 30-31, from 1-4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

May 9: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Brian Crosby, Martin Hsu, Sho Murase (not appearing), Jared Andrew Schorr and Gregg Visintainer from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Gregg Visintainer. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: May 1, 2, 8, 9, 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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