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New Attraction Merchandise ‘Soars’ into Disney Parks

posted on May 29th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I am a huge fan of Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure park! For me, it’s definitely a must-do attraction. I’m sure many of you who frequently visit Epcot feel the same way about Soarin’. That’s why I’m so excited to give you a first look at some of the new merchandise that will prep your flight crew for their next trip. It’s truly ‘first class!’

Whether you’re classified as an aviator or a little aviator, it’s the clever Aviator Checklist that appears on the back of the adult and youth T-shirt, giving a subtle nod to the attraction that ranks in my book. Take a look!

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Other new arrivals include the youth aviator jacket, an adult long sleeve T-shirt, youth fleece, a leather luggage tag bearing a sculpted metal logo, mug and pin.

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So start making room in your luggage, because some of these new items are set to fly into stores beginning June 2. Look for them at Fly ‘n’ Buy in Disney California Adventure park and Green Thumb Emporium in Epcot.

Are you ready for take-off?

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June 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

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


Start your summer off right! Here’s a look at some of the merchandise events headed your way in June at the Disneyland Resort!

June 7: Need a Father’s Day gift? Meet representatives from Goorin Bros. at D Street in the Downtown Disney District from 1 – 4 p.m. and find the perfect headwear for dad. Learn more here.

June 7: Meet artist SHAG from 5 – 7 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we debut his newest piece Morning in the Magic Kingdom. Click here to learn more.

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June 7 – 8: Meet artist Katie Kelly each day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

June 7 – 8: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques, you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Learn more.

June 7 – 8: Artist Erin Leong, will appear from 1 – 4 p.m., each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Not able to make it? No problem! Erin will return later in the month, look for her again June 28 – 29. Learn more.

June 8: Meet author Charles Solomon who will be on hand for special appearances and signings of his newest book, “Once Upon A Dream: From Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty to Disney’s Maleficent,” from 9 – 11 a.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Joining him will be renowned Executive Producer Don Hahn. Learn more.

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June 21: Artists Pascal Campion, Jerrod Maruyama and Whitney Pollett 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 here.

June 21 – 22: Meet artist Nidhi Chanani from 1-4 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more.

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June 27 – 29: Meet Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick who will be appearing throughout the weekend from 12 – 10 p.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of June is artist Noah. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: June 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more.

Last chance! It’s not too late to get your tickets to attend the Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disneyland Trading Event. Learn more here.

Which event are you most excited to check out?

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Rockin’ Your Disney Side at the Disneyland Resort Can Be a Real Treat!

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort



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A couple of days ago I teased you with the fact that we would be casting a spell on your taste buds with some new treats debuting today as part of the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event at the Disneyland Resort. Here’s your first look at our Candy Maker’s wonderfully wicked creations.

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If your Disney Side tends to be more hero than villain, here are a few other sweet suggestions to help you make it through the night. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Jack Skellington and Olaf-inspired apples are tantalizing treats. Our character-inspired cookies, cake pops and cupcakes are full of fun.

Special tip: If you find yourself bouncing off the walls and in need of a Tigger Tail, be sure to visit Hunny Spot in Critter Country.

Some of you who are rockin’ around the park with us already may have discovered these tasty treasures, but for those of you heading to the resort a little later today, keep an eye out for these treats at Candy Palace in Disneyland park, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District!

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Rock Your Disney Side With Special Merchandise at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 20th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Have you figured out how you’re going to Rock Your Disney Side for 24 hours? I know that my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller gave you a look at the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event merchandise earlier today, which may help you decide. However, I have a few more tips for those of you planning to visit Disneyland Resort, so let’s get ready to party!

My costume options for the party might be a bit more subtle than Steven’s, but I think you would agree that I found the perfect fit.

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Joining us at Disneyland Resort? Here are a few more things you won’t want to miss!

If you are looking to take something home to remember this rockin’ party, be sure to check out the special artist sketches debuting May 23 at the Disneyana Shop in Disneyland park, Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park and WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. The two new sketches feature some of our most beloved Disney heroes and villains, like Scar and Simba & Maleficent and Briar Rose. Which one did I choose? I guess you could say, I kept with the theme.

Special Tip: Our artists will be on hand to personalize the sketch for you.

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Finally, a couple of wickedly cool treats will surely cast a spell on your taste buds. Created by our team of candy makers, you will find a Maleficent-inspired apple, krispy treat, cake pop and of course the cupcake Steven mentioned earlier. How’d they do it? Magic of course! I will tell you that the apple is very tempting, but I can only tease you with that for now. Be sure to keep an eye out for these spellbinding sweets, beginning May 23. Where can you find them? Try Candy Palace in Disneyland park, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park or Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

I can’t wait to see how you Rock Your Disney Side. Steven – I say why stop at one costume? I’m sure the Disney fans will agree with me that we are all anxious to see what you choose.

I’m ready to rock my Disney Side. Are you?

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Magnificent ‘Maleficent’ Merchandise Debuts at Disney Parks

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you prepared to see Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent” in theatres starting May 30? Here’s your first look at some of the film inspired merchandise hitting store shelves this week at Disney Parks to help get you ready! To give you a little bit of background on the film, “Maleficent,” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the animated classic, “Sleeping Beauty,” revealing the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse Princess Aurora … only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the kingdom.

The photo-real film-inspired fashion T-shirts for women are bound to be an instant hit. Tip: To complete your outfit, rock any of the shirts with a pair of black, charcoal gray, or purple skinny jeans and a few simple accessories.

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You’ll find the T-shirts along with other character and film inspired apparel, accessories, books, dolls, novelty headwear and headbands at select locations throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts starting May 16. Definitely keep an eye out for this next headband set to debut later this month – the horns actually glow!

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A few additional cool finds include the D-Tech Maleficent iPhone 5 and 5S case, debuting May 17, as well as a limited edition opening day pin, debuting May 30.

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So when and where can you find it? Most of the product will debut on May 16 at the following locations:

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Here are a few other things you don’t want to miss!

Are you ready to rock your “Maleficent” “Disney Side”?

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Goofy’s Glaciers Climb to the Top of Frozen Treats at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 15th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What’s the best way to beat the heat and quench your thirst when visiting Disneyland Resort? I have two words for you! Goofy’s Glaciers!

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These ever-popular drinks, available in a 16 oz. or two different souvenir cups, have previously only been found at Walt Disney World Resort. However, these frozen treats have now made their debut in locations here at the Disneyland Resort.

I know what you’re thinking … “What flavors are available? Where can find them?” I dare you to tantalize your taste buds with a Cherry flavor which is available at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park or at Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. But if it’s Blue Raspberry you seek, you’ll find it at Pooh Corner in Disneyland park.

As you can see, I convinced my partners in crime and fellow Disney Parks Blog authors, Erin Glover and Tyler Slater to join me in a taste test. Which one did we try? Blue Raspberry of course!

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Which flavor will you try?

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A Shopper’s Guide to Mother’s Day at Disneyland Resort

posted on April 30th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The pressure to find mom the perfect gift for Mother’s Day is on! So I hit the ground running and stopped by some of our Disneyland park locations to find out what’s made the top of the list from some of our resident experts!

I’m pretty sure I know what I’m getting my mom! How about you?

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May 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

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


See what’s happening this May in the world of merchandise events at the Disneyland Resort!

May 3: Are you curious about the next Beautifully Disney collection? Wonder no more. Check out the new line inspired by “Alice in Wonderland” and meet the artist behind the Beautifully Disney collection. Jeff Granito will be on hand from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more.

May 3 – 4: Meet artist Bill Robinson from 1 – 4 p.m., each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Not able to make it? No problem! Bill will return later in the month, look for him again May 31 and June 1. Learn more.

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May 4: Celebrate “May the Fourth Be With You” and stop by D Street in Downtown Disney where artist Mike Kungl will be on hand for an appearance and signing from 2 – 6 p.m. as we debut some of the new ACME Archives Limited “Star Wars” pieces. Learn more.

May 17: Meet artist Noah from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more.

May 17: Jerrod Maruyama will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 2 – 4 p.m. as we debut his latest piece from the Happiest Hipster on Earth Collection inspired by “Alice in Wonderland.” Learn more.

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May 17 – 18: Meet artist Bob Elias from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park and see some of his latest works inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters. Learn more.

May 23: Have you been waiting for just the right hand-painted Ink & Paint Cel to add to your collection? I think I found the one for you! Mickey Mouse is dressed in his fireman best as he stands proudly in front of the Disneyland Fire Dept. on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park. Stop by Disneyana throughout the day and meet the artists behind this new piece. Not able to make it? Look for a special opportunity to purchase this piece online. Learn more.

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May 24: Artists Joey Chou, Liana Hee and Jeremiah Ketner will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of May is artist Gregg Visintainer. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 6 – 10 p.m. Learn more.

Don’t forget! It’s not too late to get your tickets to attend the Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland Trading Event. Learn more.

Which event are you most excited to check out?

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The Gourmet Apple for May at the Disneyland Resort is a Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cup Dream

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I’m on the official countdown to May! If you’re wondering why, wonder no more. I just found out that the next gourmet apple set to debut at the Disneyland Resort has been covered in peanut butter and chocolate. I’m pretty sure life as I know it is complete. See for yourself!

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So allow me to tempt your taste buds further, here’s what you can expect. Tart green apples will be covered in creamy caramel and milk chocolate and topped with pieces of peanut butter cup filled chocolates. If you’re sold on what I just shared with you, it gets better. Our candy makers have taken it one step further, drizzling melted peanut butter and sweet milk chocolate over the top.

I don’t know about all of you, but I can’t wait to try it! Spoiler alert Mom, this will be headed your way for Mother’s Day! Where can you find this delicious dream come true? 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.

Do you plan to add this to your list of things to try?

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – May 2014

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here are the merchandise events headed your way this May at Walt Disney World Resort!

Before we jump in, here’s one last event taking place at the end of April that you should definitely check out!

Stop by Art of Disney, Downtown Disney Marketplace April 26 -27 for a special Disney Design Group Artist Showcase! Not only do you get the opportunity to add beautiful masterpieces to your own Disney collection, but you also get the chance to meet Disney artists Costa Alavezos, Brian Blackmore, Alex Maher, Randy Noble and Darren Wilson. Check the website for artist appearance times. Learn more.

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Now on to May!

May 1 – 4: Look for special appearances by artist Larry Dotson throughout the day at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it? Look for Larry later in the month from May 21 – 24 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

May 2: Ahoy there! Meet Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones, who will be on hand to sign the new “Pirates of the CaribbeanVinylmation Series 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. at D Street in Downtown Disney West Side.

May 2 – 3: Find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day during the Chamilia Trunk Show taking place throughout the day at Tren-D in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

May 4: Put some spring in your step with A Perfect Petals Brunch, featuring the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley coming to World ShowPlace at Epcot on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Register now! Learn more.

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May 7 – 11: Artist Greg McCullough returns May 7 – 11 to Art of Disney in Epcot and will appear later in the month from May 21 – 25 at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace and May 28 – June 1 at Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be sure to stop in and say hello! Learn more.

May 8 – 12: Meet Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace, May 8 – 11, as we debut her collection inspired by Cinderella. Learn more.

May 10 – 20: Artist David E. Doss will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Stop in and find a new piece of art to add to your collection! Learn more.

May 17 – 18: Dana and Melanie Harvey from HARVEYS seatbeltbags are headed to Walt Disney World Resort! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to pick up some of the newest silhouettes inspired by their Pop Art Mickey collection and meet Dana and Melanie, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Tren-D in the Downtown Disney Marketplace; May 18 from 12:00 to 2 p.m. at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park; and May 18 from 5 -7 p.m. at Summer Lace at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Learn more.

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Here are a few other things you don’t want to miss!

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