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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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January 2016 Walt Disney World Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

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


Take time in the New Year to meet some of the amazing artists behind the magic. Here are a few events taking place in January 2016 at the locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort, which is how I captured them this month, so be sure to keep a close eye on where exactly they will be appearing.

Disney Springs
Now – Jan. 4: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Jan. 1 – 3: Join us as we welcome artist Bryan Fyffe, who will be on hand for special appearances and signings, Jan. 1 – 2 from 5 – 8 p.m. and Jan. 3 from Noon – 3 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op. Learn more.

Jan. 13 – 17: Artist Greg McCullough returns to Art of Disney this month. See some of his latest releases and more Jan. 13 – 17 and Jan. 27 – 31 from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

Jan. 16: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith who will be on hand showcasing some of her newest releases, among other favorites, from 4 – 7 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op. Learn more.

Jan. 22 – 24: ACME Artist Raymond Swanland will be appearing from 7 – 9p.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.

Epcot
Jan. 1 – 3: Larry Dotson returns to Art of Disney this month with special appearances throughout the day, each day, Jan. 1 – 3 and Jan. 7 – 10. Learn more.

Jan. 8 – 10: 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, Jan. 8 – 10 and Jan. 15 – 17 at Heritage Manor in the American Adventure Pavilion. Learn more.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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January 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s almost the New Year! Here are a few quick tips on some events taking place in January 2016 at the Disneyland Resort. I captured them a bit differently this month, separating them out by theme park and Downtown Disney District. Don’t miss out on such special opportunities to meet some of the artists behind the magic!

Disneyland Park

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January 16–17: Artist Yakovetic will be on hand for an artist showcase throughout the weekend from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Disneyana located on Main Street, U.S.A. Learn more here.

Downtown Disney District

January 9-10: Take part in a special artist showcase with Happy Pantry from 1–4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

January 15-16: Join us as we welcome artist Joe Corroney, who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of some “out of this world” Star Wars artwork from 5–7 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery.

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January 16–17: Meet artisan Ann Shen, who will be on hand showcasing some of her newest releases, among other favorites, from 1–4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

January 16–17: Guy Vasilovich is back! Look for a “galaxy” of Star Wars-themed pieces available throughout the weekend, with special appearances by Guy from 1–5 p.m. each day at D Street.

January 23–24: Meet Nan Hockin, whose newest art releases are too cute for words! Be sure to stop by WonderGround Gallery between 1–4 p.m. each day and see what Nan has in store for you! Learn more here.

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January 30–31: Take a look at some of the latest releases from artist Jeannine Schafer when she appears at WonderGround Gallery from 1–4 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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A Special Holiday Treat from Our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers

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


Each month, I love giving you an inside look at delicious treats prepared in our Disneyland Resort candy kitchens! We recently had a chance to meet up with Master Candy Maker Rob Mc Hargue, who shared some magical tricks and tips on how you can create some of this year’s favorite holiday treats at home, including the peppermint-infused candy-coated apple and winter crispy. Take a look!

Special Fun Fact: Did you know that Rob has been a Candy Maker at the Disneyland Resort for more than 41 years? The next time you visit any of our candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort including Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., or Hunny Spot in Critter Country at Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park or Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney District, see what kind of magic our Candy Makers are creating.

What is your favorite treat to make for the holidays?

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New Canteen Packs a Punch at Refreshment Point at Disney California Adventure Park

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


On a recent visit to Disney California Adventure park, I made a quick trip over to Refreshment Point located just outside of Humphrey’s Service & Supplies in Grizzly Peak Airfield. This quick stop started with an attempt to quench my thirst at our mix-and-match Coca-Cola Freestyle machines – which include your choice of more than 70 different soft drink options – and became something much more. New to the area – and definitely the essential item for any day trip or extended camp out – are the new Grizzly Peak Airfield canteens.

Not only is it perfectly themed to the area, but it is definitely a great way to take your drink on the go. If you’re like me, I constantly struggle to finish my drink before hopping onto one of our beloved attractions. Now, I can fill it up and with a simple twist of the lid, secure it tight for the trip, no matter where it takes me. The new canteen is only $12.99, plus tax, and includes your choice of soft drink at the time of purchase.

So the next time you’re at Refreshment Point, fill up your tank – or canteen in this case – and set your course for adventure.

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New Super Hero Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What marvelous new merchandise is debuting at the Disneyland Resort? Here’s your first look at some exciting new offerings themed to some favorite super heroes.

I admit I’m the first to get caught in the web of having to try this new apple. I think it’s safe to say you know who I’m talking about. So how did they do it? Magic, of course, along with super hero powers. This new apple has been dipped in rich caramel, covered in red sanding sugar and minutely detailed with chocolate to create the look of the mask.

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It can be found at Candy Palace and Hunny Spot in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. Don’t despair, East-coast crime fighters – Goofy’s Candy Company and Candy Cauldron in Disney Springs will be offering it soon as well.

What else? I’m glad you asked! If you haven’t had the chance to visit Super Hero HQ in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park to see all of the amazing new offerings, here’s one more reason to check it out! D-Tech on Demand recently expanded to both merchandise locations within the Tomorrowland Expo Center. What does that mean? When you visit Super Hero HQ, you can create your very own D-Tech on Demand case for any of the following devices – iPhone® 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6. Once you have the perfect fit, select your favorite piece of art from 70 new themed designs featuring some of the characters that have assembled here.

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In approximately 10–15 minutes from start to finish, you’ll be ready to go! You can even personalize your phone case with your name! I know which one I have my eye on. I’m curious to know which super hero you’ll choose.

iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Apple and Samsung are third party products and are not affiliated with this offer.

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December Gourmet Treats Delight at the Disneyland Resort

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


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Treat yourself to something special this holiday season at the Disneyland Resort! The December gourmet caramel apple has been dipped in dark chocolate infused with peppermint oil, covered in red and green chocolates and drizzled with white chocolate and sanding sugar. We’ve added to the mix this year with a similar marshmallow wand and bark.

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Other seasonal favorites will make their return, including apples themed to Santa Mickey and Santa Minnie, ornaments and of course, the ever-popular snowman.

Of course, I know you’re all curious about the candy canes, so here’s what you need to know before you go. A limited number of candy canes will be available for each release, while supplies last. Wristbands will be distributed at park opening and are limited to TWO (2) wristbands per guest. Each wristband will allow the bearer to purchase ONE (1) candy cane.

Candy canes will only be available on the following dates at the locations listed below.

What is your favorite holiday treat at the Disneyland Resort?

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – December 2015

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


This December, make your list and check it twice! If you are in need of a few gift ideas here are a few Disney Theme Park Merchandise artist appearances and signings taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort that might help!

December 1 – 10: Artist Greg McCullough will take part in special artist showcases December 1 – 10 and December 26 – January 3 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace, from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

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December 3 – 6: Artist William Silvers will be on hand for special appearances December 3 – 6 at Art of Disney in Epcot and December 10 – 13 at Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom Park, from 12 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

December 3 – 6: Meet artist Larry Dotson who will appear throughout the day, on each date at the following locations. Learn more.

  • December 3 – 6 – Main Street Cinema, Magic Kingdom Park
  • December 9 – 12 – Art of Disney, Epcot
  • December 19 – 23 – Main Street Cinema, Magic Kingdom Park
  • December 26 – 27 – The Puffin’s Roost, Norway Pavilion, Epcot (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

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December 4 – 5: Meet artist Sydney Hanson who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

December 4 – 5: Take part in Holidays Around the World and join us for a special appearance and signing with Dept. 56 artist, Jeff Junkins from 2 – 6 p.m., each day at Santa’s Village in the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot. Learn more.

December 10 – 18: ‘Scent’sational news! Gier Ness and Patti Moreno return this month with special appearances at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

December 11 – 12: Join us for special artist showcases at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace as we celebrate the release of new works by Will Gay, Joe Kaminski and Darren Wilson, December 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. and December 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. Learn more.

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December 11 – 13: Artist Whitney Pollett will take part in a special artist showcase December 11 and December 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. and December 13 from Noon – 3 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

December 12: A new hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint cel, titled “A Jolly Afternoon” featuring Minnie Mouse dressed as Mary Poppins will be available at Stage 1 Company Store at Disney Hollywood Studios. Look for appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it? A special pre-purchase opportunity is available now through December 10, 2015. Order Here!

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December 13 – 23: Meet artist David E. Doss from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

December 18 – 20: Mike Kungl will appear December 18 – 20 from 2 – 5 p.m., each day at Watto’s Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not able to make it? Mike will appear later in the day, each day, from 7 – 9 p.m. at D-Street in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.

Reminders:

Now – December 30: Celebrating Holidays Around the World with us at Epcot? Be sure to look for special merchandise locations, artist appearances and signings and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list! Learn more.

Now – January 4: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot. Learn more.

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Disneyland Resort Event Snapshot – December 2015

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


Let us help you find the perfect gift for the ones you love this holiday season. Here are a few Disney Theme Park Merchandise events taking place this December at the Disneyland Resort that I highly recommend you add to your list!

December 4-6: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of her holiday collection, among other fan favorites, December 4–6 and 18–20 from noon-10 p.m. each day, at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

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December 5: Take part in a special Lovely: Ladies of Animation book signing with Lorelay Bove, Mingjue Helen Chen, Claire Keane, Lisa Keene, Brittney Lee and Victoria Ying from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

December 5: Game On! Meet Disney Design Group artist Quynh Kimball, who will be on hand to showcase and demonstrate some of this year’s top Disney Theme Park Edition games. It’s guaranteed to be the perfect gift for the entire family this holiday season. Quynh will appear from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park and 3–5 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

December 5-6: Temecula Olive Oil Company returns just in time for the holidays. Join us as they set up shop for special tastings inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, December 5–6, 19–20 and 26–27 from 2-5 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

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December 5–6: Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest releases, among other favorites, December 5 from 9–11 a.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park and December 6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

December 12: We have the perfect recipe to make your pin collection complete! Look for this year’s new Gingerbread House themed pin and meet the Art Director and Chefs behind this year’s creation, which stands inside the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. The signing will take place from 9–11 a.m. at Acorns Gifts & Goods in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Pins will be available to purchase beginning at shop opening. Learn more here.

December 12: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Shannon Bonatakis, Bryan Fyffe and Chris Lee from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. Learn more here.

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December 12: Authors Dave Bossert and Eric Goldberg will be on hand for a special signing event of their newest releases Dali & Disney: Destino, as well as An Animator’s Gallery. Meet Dave and Eric from 2–4 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

December 12-13: Now’s the time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques or Custom Ticket Book Plaques. Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. Learn more here.

December 12–13: Meet artist Raymond Swanland and find “out of this world” artwork that might just make the perfect gift for someone on your list. Raymond will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 2–6 p.m. each day at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Noah. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: December 4–5, 11-12 and 18-19 from 6-9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which event are you most excited for?

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New ALEX AND ANI Debuts at Disney Parks

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Charm your way into the new year with the ALEX AND ANI Dated 2016 Charm Bangle (available in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver Finishes) featuring Sorcerer Mickey, beginning December 14 at Disney Parks.

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I can tell you this much — this is just the beginning of what’s in store for you in the new year. I can hardly wait to share more. In the meantime, I have some very special shopping tips just for you!

Online Holiday Shopping Tip:
Now through November 30, receive 15 percent off all ALEX AND ANI available online, while supplies last, at DisneyStore.com/AlexandAni. Just use the special promotion code: CHARM

In the coming months, we will begin to retire some of our styles of ALEX AND ANI bangles. Be sure to stay tuned for more information.

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