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Father’s Day Shopping Tips at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 4th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Why does it feel like sometimes dads are so much harder to shop for? It should be easy, right? I can always use advice from some of our resident experts out in our Disneyland Resort stores. Here are a couple of tips I picked up on my shopping trip that I hope will help you.

Do you have any good Father’s Day gift tips?

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Alex and Ani Add ‘Character’ to the Disney Parks Collection

posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE 6/4: Exciting news Disney fans! We actually just got news that the Disney Collection by Alex and Ani bangles just arrived!  Look for them starting today at the locations listed below.

I adore Alex and Ani bangles from Disney Parks! Curious as to what Alex and Ani is all about? Before I started collecting them, I was too.

Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, Creative Director and Chief Executive Officer of Alex and Ani, hails from a family of jewelers where mastering their craft was not only an aspiration, but a family tradition. For more than 10 years, the lifestyle company, named after her first two daughters, has helped spread positive energy across the globe with its hand-crafted, eco-conscious and Made in America products. The Alex and Ani Disney Collection, featuring signature expandable (yes, they are adjustable for the perfect fit) wire bangles with Disney icons and characters are truly the perfect combination of pixie dust and positive energy.

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How could the collection, currently made up of more than eight different Disney symbols, birthstones and initials, get any better? Perhaps something to complement the Disneyland park Sleeping Beauty Castle and Magic Kingdom Park Cinderella Castle bangles? New bangles with signature icon charms inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will debut at Walt Disney World Resort beginning June 5. Joining that list in late June is Mickey’s Fun Wheel from Disney California Adventure park.

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Or if, like me, you choose to embrace your Disney Side and live your life full of character, take note of what I’m about to show you. Also debuting June 5 is the one and only Tinker Bell, as well as a Dated 2014 bangle.
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Something else to keep on your radar are new bangles, featuring Aurora, Belle and Cinderella, releasing June 30 online and at Disney Parks.

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Are you as excited as I am? Then be sure to check back to learn about even more additions to the Disney Collection by Alex and Ani. I know you want me to tell you now, but where’s the fun in that? If I have to wait, so do you!

A fashion essential, these Alex and Ani bangles, available in both Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes are the ideal keepsake for fans of all ages and are sure to evoke magical memories for years to come!

Tip: You can wear just one, or layer them together, truly making the look your very own.

So where are the best places to find them?

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Which ones have you added to your collection, or are you most excited to get? Don’t even get me started with my list.

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – June 2014

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


Here are the merchandise events headed your way this June at Walt Disney World Resort!
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June 4 – 8: Artist Greg McCullough returns June 4 – 8 to Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will appear later in the month from June 18 – 22 at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more.

June 5 – 8: 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 June 12 – 15 and June 26 – 29 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

June 12 – 22: Find the latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Add to your collection and meet representatives June 12 – 22 and June 26 – July 7. Look for a special appearance by Linda throughout the day, each day, June 12 – 15 and July 3 – 6. Learn more.

June 14: World-renowned Celebrity DJ Pauly D will appear in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from Noon to 1 p.m. to sign his recently released line of DJ Pauly D headphones from SMS Audio. Please continue to watch for more information on the exact location. Learn more.

June 14 – 15: If you are geared up for excitement at the thought of Car Masters Weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for a special post from fellow author, Steven Miller.
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June 20 – July 3: 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.

June 21: Stop by Animation Gallery inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the limited edition release of “Studio Flashback,” featuring Oswald, and meet the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more here. Can’t make it to the event? Order yours now!

June 28: Now, all the world is Figment’s stage! To celebrate the launch of the new, limited edition figurine, Figment Actor, sculptor Jacqueline Perrault will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot. Unable to make it? Take advantage of a special pre-purchase opportunity now through June 27. Also appearing for a special artist signing will be Kevin-John from 1 – 3 p.m. Learn more.
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Finally, for those of you enjoying the excitement of Star Wars Weekends, be sure to take part in some of our special merchandise artist signings at Darth’s Mall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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June’s Gourmet Apple is a Sundae Surprise at Disneyland Resort

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


There’s no split decision when it comes to the gourmet apple for June at Disneyland Resort. Why? Because it was actually inspired by a banana split.

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How did they do it? I’ve got the scoop! The apple has been covered in caramel, enrobed with banana flavor-infused chocolate, rolled in chocolate chips, drizzled with dark chocolate and has been topped off with mini marshmallows and dollops of vanilla white chocolate. Finally, you can’t have a banana split without chopped roasted peanuts and of course, cherries on top!

When I first heard what our Candy Makers had up their sleeves for June, all I could think was, “this apple is going taste like a sundae on a stick,” while my dear friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tyler Slater professed, “I need it in my life.” As you can tell, we are clearly both fans of this sundae-inspired concoction.

Find it beginning June 1 at Candy Palace in Disneyland park, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Simply put, it’s delicious!

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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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