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New Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Attraction Totes Debut

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you ready to see the next wave of attraction poster totes from HARVEYS created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration?

Fans who previously added Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion or “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” to your current seatbelt bag collection, prepare yourself for what you are about to see!

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The new line includes inspired totes ($198, plus tax) themed to Autopia, Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Cruise, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Storybook Land Canal Boats.

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Look for them in stores now at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District and other select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Personally it’s between the Autopia and Matterhorn Bobsleds for me. Which one is your favorite?

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February Gets Even Sweeter at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I am so excited to share details on all of the special hand-crafted treats headed your way this February from our (candy) kitchen to yours at the Disneyland Resort.

The gourmet collection for February will include an apple dipped in caramel and dark chocolate, rolled in chopped roasted almonds and garnished with cherries, drizzled milk chocolate and a few additional chopped almonds, for the finishing touch.

The gourmet bark, however, is infused with nut and amaretto oil, drizzled in white and milk chocolate and then topped with dried cherries and chopped roasted almonds. Yes, I tried it — it’s incredible!

Are you unsure what type of candy your Valentine might enjoy? Our candy makers are way ahead of you and have just what you’re looking for to make this the sweetest Valentine’s Day yet.

Look for a special themed pink Minnie Mouse apple, which I’m not actually showing you here, because I want you to see it for yourself and even share it with me! The cake pop and crispy treat have been dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with red and pink pareils, with an extra drizzle or two of white chocolate. As you can see, the marshmallow wand is pretty much the same, but don’t forget the layer of caramel it’s dipped in before we dip it and sprinkle it with everything else.

Our candy makers had one last trick, or in this case, treat up their sleeve: a peppermint-infused, heart-shaped pattie. Is there any better way to say “I heart you”?

The Valentine-themed treats will only be available until February 14, so don’t miss out!

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February 2016 Walt Disney World Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Make time on your calendar to meet the artists behind the magic! Find all the details on February merchandise special events taking place throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

February 19 – 21: Look for the release of Star Wars-themed art from ACME Artist Brian Rood, who will appear from 2 – 5 p.m. at Watto’s Grotto in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Note: Not able to make it to the park? Brian will also be appearing at Star Wars Galactic Outpost (previously D-Street) in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.

Disney Springs

February 4 – 29: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of their new Valentine inspired collection, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Doll Designer Linda Rick will make a special appearance February 19 – 21. Learn more.

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February 12 – 13: Take part in an artist showcase at Art of Disney with Brian Blackmore and Mark Seppala who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of their latest works February 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. and February 13 from 4 – 6 p.m. Learn more.

February 19 – 21: ACME Artist Brian Rood will be appearing from 7 – 9 p.m., each day at Star Wars Galactic Outpost (previously D-Street) in Disney Springs West Side. Don’t miss the chance to see some of his latest Star Wars releases. Learn more.

February 20: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith who will be on hand showcasing some of her newest releases, among other favorites, from 4 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op. Learn more.

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February 24 – 28: Check out the latest releases from artist Greg McCullough appearing at Art of Disney from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

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February 10 – 14: Greg McCullough will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest works at Art of Disney from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. If you are unable to make it, don’t worry, look for additional appearances by Greg later this month at Disney Springs. Learn more.

February 10 – 15: Find ‘scent’sational releases from Givenchy at Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

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February 12 – 14 and February 19 – 21: Stop in and check out the latest Yardley fragrance and beauty products and meet representative Isis Sio throughout the day, each day at The Queen’s Table in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase.

February 14 – 17 and February 19 – 21: Be sure to stop by and check out the latest releases of handmade bath and body products from Rinse. Representatives will be on hand throughout the day, each day at Heritage Manor in The American Adventure Pavilion. Learn more.

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February 18 – 21: Geir Ness will be on hand for a special appearance as he showcases the latest from his Laila fragrance and beauty collection. Meet Geir at The Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

February 19 – 20: Meet Kit Heath representative Mary Finnegan from 2- 7 p.m. and learn more about the beautiful, classic and contemporary British Jewelry Designer and the stunning jewelry designs available at The Queen’s Table in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

Which special appearances are you most excited to attend?

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February 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this February? Here’s the latest on some of the artists you can expect to find this month and some very special events you don’t want to miss!

Disneyland Park

February 5-14: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Valentine-themed collection, among other fan favorites. Look for a special appearance by Doll Designer Linda Rick, February 5-7 from noon – 10 p.m. each day, at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

Disney California Adventure Park

February 6: Local Southern California artist Noah returns to Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park with a special appearance and signing from noon – 4 p.m. as we celebrate the release of his latest pieces inspired by Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Alice in Wonderland. Learn more here.

Downtown Disney District

February 6: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Nidhi Chanani, Eunjung June Kim and Jerrod Maruyama from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also being released is the 9” Hipster Mickey Vinylmation figure by artist Jerrod Maruyama. Learn more here.

February 6-7: Take part in a special artist showcase with Nidhi Chanani from 2-5 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Gabby Zapata. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: February 6–7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27–28 from 5–9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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‘Goofy Sport’ Hand-Painted Ink & Paint Cel Debuting at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Those of you who have been following the releases of our hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint Cels at Disney Parks over the year are in store for more great pieces this year! Debuting March 12 at Stage 1 Company Store located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a new piece titled “Goofy Sport.” It’s such a “kick,” see for yourself!

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This new piece, available now, is limited to an edition size of 300. The cel will be available in a variety of formats including Unframed ($125), Black Framed Cel ($215), Black Framed Cel with mounted Pin ($245) and Black Framed Cel with mounted Postcard and Pin ($255), Gold Frame ($285).

Tip: A specially designed limited-edition pin is available with the purchase of each cel, while supplies last. Here’s a peek at what it will look like!

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Finally, for those of you who will make your way to the event on March 12, 2016, look for special appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1p.m. on the day of release. If you’re not able to make it, a special pre-purchase opportunity is taking place now through March 10, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Order yours today!

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SMS Audio Hits the Perfect Note with Super Hero Sound at Disney Parks

posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It sounds like the new year will continue to surprise and delight us with new offerings from SMS Audio! Debuting this month is a collection of super hero-themed SMS Audio headphones (the official headphones of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort) that will only be found at Disneyland Resort, Disney Springs and other select locations at the Walt Disney World Resort, before hitting national retailers this spring.

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Look for designs that resemble the high-tech armor of a certain billionaire industrialist, complete with a red headband, 3D Arc Reactor gold ear cups and black leather ear cushions.

If it’s a more covert mission, perhaps consider the black headphones that resemble a certain master of disguise, complete with red perforated ear cushions and headband. There’s no doubt it will be the “mane” attraction when you first catch a glimpse, before getting caught in its web, of course.

Finally, look for headphones designed with a royal blue finish, ear cups that are both patriotic and symbolic of an indestructible domed shield and premium perforated ear cushions styled in classic grey.

The retail price on these sleek and stylish super hero-themed SMS Audio headphones at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort is currently $99.95, plus tax. Look for them in the coming weeks at the following locations:

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Which super hero-themed headphone sounds the best to you?

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First Look at 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Merchandise

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


As many of you know, there’s recently been an awakening in the Force. runDisney enthusiasts from the outer rim will soon enter a galaxy we like to call the Disneyland Resort. The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend is set to take place January 14–17, 2016, and I can tell you this much ─ this year’s merchandise is out of this world.

The vintage-style design and logos of this year’s collection include subtle nods to X-wing fighters and classic Star Wars characters. In some cases, the patterns even seem to play a trick of the eye, creating what could be a certain villainous character. Not only that, but the throwback color palette is sure to hit home with Star Wars fans everywhere, as well as the occasional use of Aurebesh.

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Look for the art to appear in a variety of formats and styles on short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, a ladies tank, hoodies, hat, magnets and performance jackets. If you’re curious as to what the team has so cleverly emblazoned on the back of the jackets … The Force is Strong With Me, of course.

Have you chosen to take on the Star Wars Rebel Challenge? No matter where your loyalties lie, the Rebel Alliance has certainly left their mark on this line of long and short sleeve T-shirts, pants magnet and hat, with art inspired by several notable figures, as well as a clever use of X-wing fighter pilot helmet.

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Whether you choose to participate in one or all of the races taking place, look for an entire collection dedicated to the weekend event, including “I Did It” 5K and 10K T-shirts, an event logo T-shirt, performance T-shirt and jacket, tumbler, water bottle and mug, stem glass and backpack.

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Many of you may have already pre-ordered your pins – they’re quite the fan favorite ─ but I have more to share. Debuting during the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will be an event logo pin, and a Star Wars Rebel Challenge pin with a special spinner that features the Rebel Alliance logo on one side and R2-D2 on the other.

Wondering about Dooney & Bourke? I think you’ll find this eye-catching collection worth running for. Look for this year’s design to appear on a satchel, pouchette and letter carrier.

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Finally, keep an eye out for specially created runDisney apparel, souvenirs and drinkware, Vinylmation, plush, Coast to Coast Race Challenge offerings and more.

I wish you all the best of luck as you make the jump to lightspeed and travel through hyperspace. May the course … and Force … be with you all!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration ‘Decades’ Collection 1985–1994 Debuts January 14

posted on January 7th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues! On January 14, bring home the next piece in the “Decades” collection, depicting 1985 to 1994.

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I’m probably not the only one having flashbacks right now, mostly of the late 80s, early 90s style, but here are a few other things you may remember that happened during that time frame at the Disneyland Resort.

I know some of you spent time at the high-tech (for its time) Videopolis! Don’t deny it. During this time, it was also the 30th and 35th anniversary of Disneyland park; a certain intergalactic musical adventure debuted in the Magic Eye theater in Tomorrowland; Star Tours launched us into a galaxy far, far away; we found our laughing place inside Splash Mountain, changes were underway at the Disneyland Hotel; nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” gave us our first look into Mickey Mouse’s imagination; Mickey’s Toontown came to life. That, my fellow Disney fans, is just the tip of the iceberg, as I’m sure you know.

To commemorate this special time in Disney Parks history, the art designed by local southern California artist Jeff Granito will appear on a t-shirt, mug, plate, pin and print. Look for the new “Decades” collection at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including:

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Tip: Have you already pressed a penny with this art at World of Disney Store? If not, put it on your list of things to do on your next visit.

What are some of your favorite Disney memories from 1985 to 1994?

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ALEX AND ANI to Retire Mickey, Minnie and Pluto Character Bangles at Disney Parks

posted on January 5th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The new year is here, and new styles and designs from ALEX AND ANI are on their way. In order to make room, for the very first time, the following character silhouette ALEX AND ANI bangles will retire beginning January 11, 2016.

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If you’re looking to add one of these bangles to your collection or someone else’s, be sure to get them before they’re gone! Look for these ALEX AND ANI pieces and more online and in stores at:

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Which character silhouette is your favorite?

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Gourmet Treats Kick Off the New Year at the Disneyland Resort

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


Ring in the New Year with new gourmet treats from our Candy Kitchens! If you’re headed to the Disneyland Resort this January, here are a few quick tips on some of the special, hand-crafted items you’ll find. January’s gourmet apple and marshmallow wand are dipped in caramel and milk chocolate, rolled in chocolate cookie pieces and then drizzled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. How can you top that? Chopped roasted peanuts, of course!

While the crispy follows suit to the listed ingredients above, minus the caramel, it’s the bark that we’re finding has everyone’s taste-buds piqued. Being introduced for the first time is layered bark.

What does that mean exactly? Folded between thick milk chocolate is a layer of creamy peanut butter. While that alone makes me happy, our candy makers added a few finishing touches that I think you’ll enjoy. Topping the layered bark is dark chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate cookie pieces and chopped roasted peanuts! Yes, this is in fact, where I drop the mic and walk away. I’m pretty sure the description says it all.

Which one will you treat yourself to?

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