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April 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Looking to have some fun during your spring break? Here’s a glimpse of the merchandise events happening this April at the Disneyland Resort!

April 5: Artists Jason Bahret, Sean D’Anconia and Christopher Uminga will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

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April 5 – 6: Katie Kelly returns to Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day, as part of a special artist showcase. Be sure to stop by and check out some of her latest works, including Into the Forest. Learn more.

April 5 – 6: Meet artist Ben Burch from 1 – 4 p.m., each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Not able to make it? No problem! Ben will be on hand later in the month as well, look for him again April 26 – 27. Learn more.

April 11 – 13: Have you ever wondered what it would be like if one of our artists took over our store? We did! So for this weekend only, local So. Cal artist Noah will take over WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District and fill the store with Disney inspired and non-Disney artwork. Learn more.

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April 18 – 20: Hop in and meet Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick who will be appearing throughout the weekend from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort as we celebrate the release of her Spring collection. In case you miss her the first weekend, Linda will return April 25 – 27. Learn more.

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Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of April is artist Matt Spangler. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: April 4, 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn more.

A quick reminder before I go! Tickets for the Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disneyland Trading Event taking place June 13 – 14, 2014, will be available beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT. Learn more.

Which event are you most excited to check out?

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Disney Trade Celebration 2014 – Imagination Gala – A Magic Carpet Event at Epcot

posted on March 18th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you ready to make an entrance and arrive in style at our award-worthy Imagination Gala – A Magic Carpet event? This year’s Disney Trade Celebration 2014, is set to take place September 5 – 7, 2014 at World ShowPlace in Epcot. So join us as we honor our ‘bests’ in Disney films, storytelling, characters and attractions with an Imagination Award, represented by none other than a Golden Figment.

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There’s no need for your imagination to run wild anymore. Here are all the details on this year’s event packages.

Pin Trading Showcase Package – $140
September 5 – 6, 2014
(9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Event Admission Includes:

  • Opportunity to pre-purchase select themed merchandise designed for the event
  • Pin Trading activities and games
  • Silent Auction of pre-production pins, artist proof pins and more
  • Opportunity to trade for specially designed pins produced for Imagination Gala – Pin Trading Showcase
  • Meet Disney Pin Merchandisers
  • Artist Signings with Disney Design Group Artists
  • One (1) $30 Disney Gift Card
  • Limited edition commemorative gifts

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Vinylmation Showcase Package – $70
September 7, 2014
(9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Event Admission Includes:

  • Opportunity to pre-purchase select themed merchandise designed for the event
  • Vinylmation Trading activities and Games
  • Silent Auction featuring a variety of Vinylmation items
  • Opportunity to trade for specially designed Vinylmation™ items produced for the Imagination Gala – Vinylmation Showcase
  • Meet the Disney Vinylmation Merchandiser
  • Artist Signings with Disney Design Group Artists
  • One (1) $15 Disney Gift Card
  • Limited edition commemorative gift

I know what you’re thinking … Will there be special breakfast experiences like there have been in year’s past? Of course! We have all of the details on the Imagination Gala, the Purple Carpet Pin Breakfast and Violet Carpet Vinylmation Breakfast online now.

Ticket sales and event registration will begin Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern via www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

I couldn’t end this post without giving you a sneak peek at the art for some of the Disney pins and Vinylmation that will be offered as part of the event. For those of you who attended last year’s 13-Reflections of Evil trading event, you might remember casting your spell (I mean vote) for these. Take a look!

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Can’t wait to see you on the Magic Carpet!

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Gourmet Apple is a Definite Delight at Disneyland Park

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I am always eager to find out the new type of gourmet apple the Disneyland Resort has in store each month. Why? Because the Disneyland Resort Candy Making team continues to amaze me with their magnificent concoctions. This month, prepare to be surprised and delighted as well!

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So what is it? Wait no more … this month’s caramel apple has been covered in dark chocolate and has been encased with semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate chips and almonds. At this point, I’m sure you’re saying… stop! You’re making me hungry! I have to have this now! Well, I’m not finished yet. They have actually taken one more step, and infused raspberry into white chocolate and drizzled it over the entire apple.

Where will you find it? Candy Palace in Disneyland park; Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District; and Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park.

For the record I call first dibs! Who’s joining me in line to try this apple?

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‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ in Disneyland Trading Event

posted on March 12th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What’s this? I’ve got all the scoop and I’m not going to make you wait any longer for the details on the “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event taking place June 13-14, 2014, at the Disneyland Resort.

Jack Skellington and his Halloweentown gang are not satisfied with just taking over the Haunted Mansion for the holiday season. With thirteen years of Haunted Mansion Holiday behind them, Jack and his pals are looking to expand their presence throughout Disneyland park all year long. Join us as we take a peek into what things might look like if Jack and company could have their way. Could there be a nightmare in Disneyland park?

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“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event Package Details – $90
Event Admission Includes:

Registered event guests will have the opportunity to purchase “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event themed merchandise via the Random Selection Process.

June 13, 2014 (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

  • Early Registration
  • Event Store & Random Selection Process Merchandise Pick-up
  • Trading Area

June 14, 2014 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • Event Store & Random Selection Process Merchandise Pick-up
  • Trading Area
  • Trading Boards
  • Trading Activities
  • Merchandise Artist Signing Opportunity
  • Silent Auction – featuring pre-production pins, artist proof pins and more
  • Product Showcase – meet Disney Pin Merchandisers and view upcoming pin releases
  • Commemorative Gifts (including a commemorative event T-shirt*)

Early Bird Offer:

  • Don’t miss out! Register early and receive an early bird pin. Available while supplies last.

*Event T-Shirt:
When registering for “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event, please indicate your desired T-shirt size. Guests who do not register prior to Thursday, May 1, 2014, will not be guaranteed the desired shirt size.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the pins that will be offered for purchase.

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Reservations for “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event will be accepted only via www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time).

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Beautifully Disney Makeup Tutorial: Pop of Minnie Lipstick

posted on March 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Recently, I introduced the first in a series of Beautifully Disney makeup tutorials for Disney Parks, offering you tips and tricks for using some of our favorite items. I’m excited to bring to you the next tutorial, which introduces a brand-new product that launched with the Pop of Minnie collection — our mini lipsticks. These creamy lipsticks are great to wear alone or layered under your favorite Beautifully Disney lip gloss, adding a glamorous finish.

For those of us who are a little more subtle about showing our Disney Side, Disneyland Resort Cosmetologist, Daniella, demonstrates how to bring a dash of Disney to your everyday beauty routine. Check it out!

Daniella applied Fierce, a pigmented, long-wearing red lipstick from the Pop of Minnie collection.

Tip: For a more even application of your lip color, exfoliate your lips with a damp washcloth or your favorite lip buffer, and apply a light layer of lip balm as a base before application. Apply a layer of your color evenly. Then, gently blot with a tissue and apply another layer of color for extra staying power. Bold colors can be tricky to apply, so our beauty experts recommend using a lip brush for a more precise application.

The lipstick set is available now at select locations throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and will be offered online shortly.

Which shade from the Pop of Minnie collection would you like to try? Let me know!

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New Merchandise Makes Its Way to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Don’t you always feel like you’re in need of a vacation? Thankfully, from time to time I get to show some of the amazing new merchandise offerings from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, so it’s a little bit of a vacation for me, at least for a moment, in my head.

So what can you expect to find on your next trip? Take a look!

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The new Brights collection, which as you can see is very colorful, features beloved characters and icons on a variety of different items including T-shirts, frames, magnets, tumblers and mugs. My favorite part is that it reads “Aloha from Aulani,” in a throwback to some of the vintage style postcards we have all come to know and love. Look for this new collection to hit store shelves after April 1.

Is there more? You bet! New items are hitting Kālepa’s Store and Hale Manu all the time. Here’s a peek at another collection themed to floral Minnie Mouse that is sure to be a fan favorite of your island princess. The T-shirt’s, tank, dresses and accessories are embellished with a flower giving it a little bit of an extra touch, making them feel as special as they are.

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If it’s not obvious that I love the products we are offering at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, perhaps I should tell you about and show you a few more things. There is a selection of new Nike polo shirts and T-shirts that can easily be added to your travel attire, making it your go-to look for vacation. For our Disney Vacation Club members who frequent the resort, don’t despair! I have some good news for you, too. Here’s a look at the new logo that will appear on an array of new items including ladies and men’s T-shirts, a hat, ornament, window cling and more.

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What’s next, travelers? Look for a post in the coming weeks on some additional releases this spring, including newly themed Duffy the Disney Bear costumes and unique offerings from our Disney Dream jewelry collection.

For any of you visiting Aulani, look for Aunty Lorna May Pacheco (Lau hala Plaiting) and Dalani Tanahy (Kapa Printing) to appear this month as part of our Artisan Showcases.

There’s so much coming your way and so much to share. Until then … Aloha!

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New Muppets Merchandise Comes to Disney Parks

posted on March 5th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I’m sure many of you have your favorite Muppets characters. Which one do I relate to the most? I don’t know – I love them all! However I may have a little “Animal” in me. So naturally, when I found out we were going to have new Muppets-themed products at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts I knew it was time to play the music and light the lights, because “Muppets Most Wanted” is opening soon.

There are T-shirts for kids and adults, both long sleeve and short sleeve as well a fleece, all featuring iconic characters, logos and humorous phrases. My top picks? Take a look!

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For those of you who are a bit more subtle in showing your Muppets side, consider one of our new mugs which will debut this April! These mugs feature a cast of characters, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beeker (meep, meep) and of course, Kermit the Frog. I mean let’s be honest, is there a better way to start your day off than with a cup of coffee in a favorite mug? Other than maybe a breakfast prepared by Swedish Chef, of course.

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Want to nail a look so perfect even Miss Piggy would approve? Try one of the new nail polishes from “Muppets Most Wanted” 2014 Collection from OPI. Be sure to keep an eye out for it!

So where can you find some of these great new items? Look for them Studio Store in Disney California Adventure park and Stage 1 Company Store at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

If you can’t get enough Muppets, look for a special themed topiary at the 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival this year. Tip: You can find it between the Italy and Germany pavilions.

If the Muppets theme song is now in your head … or you can’t wait to check out some of these great new offerings, well, than my job is done! I hope you love it all as much as I do.

Do do do do do, Mahna Mahna!

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Looking for a ‘Cool’ Gift at the Disneyland Resort?

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Our Sketch Artists at the Disneyland Resort have been hard at work recreating iconic moments by some of the beloved characters from the Disney animated film “Frozen.”
'Frozen'-Inspired Artwork by Sketch Artists at the Disneyland Resort

It was impossible for me to pick just one, as you can tell, so here are a few others I thought you might enjoy.

Curious about the price? A one-character sketch is $39.95, while a two-character sketch is $64.95, plus tax. Prices will vary based on the number of characters in the sketch.

So if you are looking for a “cool” gift for yourself or someone else, be sure to check out our “Frozen” inspired sketches and more, available now at Disneyana in Disneyland park and Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park.

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – March 2014

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


March 5 – May 18: Looking to ‘grow’ your collection or ‘pick’ the perfect item from this year’s assortment of 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival merchandise? Now you can! Fellow author Steven Miller recently shared details about some of this year’s new merchandise, among other items. See what’s in bloom and be sure to keep an eye out because several of our beloved Disney artists will be on hand for special appearances and signings throughout the festival as well as during the Art in the Garden Weekend taking place Mar. 28 – 30. Tip: Passholders be sure to keep an eye out for special merchandise created just for you!

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March 5 – 9: Meet renowned artist Larry Dotson who will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Epcot. Be sure to stop by and say hello as you check out some of his latest releases. Learn more.

March 12 – 16: Artist Greg McCullough will be appearing at Art of Disney in Epcot, Mar. 12 – 16 and Mar. 26 – 30, as we celebrate the release of some of his latest pieces. Learn more.

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March 15: Stop by Animation Gallery inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the limited edition release of “Off the Page – 25 Years,” which features Sorcerer Mickey as he conjures various images from “Fantasia,” and meet the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more. Can’t make it to the event? Order yours now!

March 18: Mark your calendars for the DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Frozen” and “Saving Mr. Banks,” two of my personal favorites. More details on these releases will be available shortly, so keep watching the Disney Parks Blog.

March 21 – 26: David E. Doss will be appearing daily at The Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Stop in and find a new piece of art to add to your collection! Learn more.

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March 26 – 27: Are you a fan of Ridley Pearson? Are you ready for the release of “Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider”? If your answer was yes, then be sure to check out all of the details on Ridley Pearson’s appearances and details on the last book in the beloved Kingdom Keepers series. Learn more.

Which artist showcase and event are you most excited to attend?

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March’s Gourmet Apple at the Disneyland Resort is a Chocolate Delight

posted on February 24th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Every time I think that gourmet apples can’t get better, our Candy Makers at Disneyland Resort take it up another notch. What can you expect to find this March? How does a Triple Chocolate apple sound?

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Each apple has been dipped in creamy caramel and enrobed in sweet milk chocolate. What could possibly make it better? They’ve added a mixture of white and semi-sweet dark chocolate chips all around it and then topped it off with drizzles of white, milk and dark chocolate. It’s unbelievable!

You will no doubt delight in this amazing concoction, I hope you try it! Look for it at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

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