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New ‘World of Color’ Merchandise Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

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


Here’s your first look at new art for a wave of merchandise capturing a multitude of characters, that has been created in celebration of the nighttime spectacular “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park.

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The new art can be found on adult and youth T-shirts and fleece, a magnet, keychain, mug and more at select locations inside Disney California Adventure park, including Elias & Co., Seaside Souvenirs, and Treasures in Paradise.

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Be sure to check it out on your next visit!

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – July 2014

posted on June 27th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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

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! Look for David again July 24 – 27. Learn more.

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June 26 – July 7: Find the latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Look for special appearances by Linda each day, July 3 -6. Visiting later in the month? Stop by July 17 – 28. Learn more.

July 1 – 4: Renowned international artist Larry Dotson will be appearing throughout the day at Art of Disney in Epcot, July 1- 4. Look for Larry again, July 17 – 20 at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

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July 4 – 11: Meet artist Greg McCullough this month at the Walt Disney World Resort. Greg will appear at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, July 4 – 11 as well as July 30 – August 3. Look for additional appearances by Greg at Art of Disney in Epcot, July 16 – 20 and July 23 – 27. Learn more.

July 25: Get an early jump on your holiday shopping and celebrate Christmas in July with us and Disney artists, Costa Alavezos, Cody Reynolds and Derrick Lirette from 6 – 8p.m. at Disney’s Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Have you signed up for Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Keep an eye out for specially themed merchandise and special appearances by artists Brian Blackmore, Larry Dotson, Greg McCullough and Darren Wilson. Learn more.

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Finally, a limited number of tickets to Disney Trade Celebration 2014 – Imagination Gala taking place at World ShowPlace in Epcot, September 5 – 7 are still available, so sign up for the Pin and Vinylmation Showcase Packages today! Learn more.

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July 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

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


Here’s a look at some of the merchandise events headed your way in July at the Disneyland Resort!

July 12: Take part in a special artist showcase with Walt Disney Imagineers, Stephen Cargile, Larry Nikolai and Mark Page as well as former Walt Disney Imagineers, Maggie Parr and George Scribner from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more.

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July 12: Artists Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Noah are set to appear from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more.

July 12: Meet the filmmakers behind “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” 3 – 5 p.m. at Fly n’ Buy in Disney California Adventure park. Keep an eye out for more information on this event shortly on www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

July 12 – 13: Jasmine Becket-Griffith will also take part in a special artist showcase from 2 – 5 p.m at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more.

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July 19: Artists J. Scott Campbell, Sean Chao, Martin Hsu and Sarah “Nei” Ruffino 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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Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of July is Amy Mebberson. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 4 – 6, 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 from 6 – 10 p.m. Learn more.

Which events are on the top of your list?

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Do You Want ‘S’more’ Gourmet Apples at the Disneyland Resort?

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


It’s been almost an entire year since we have been treated to that ooey-gooey fan-favorite that I like to call the s’more gourmet apple. But guess what, Disney fans? It’s back!

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If you need a reminder as to why it was so good, maybe this will help. The apple has been dipped in chocolate and topped with graham crackers and marshmallows that have been toasted to perfection. Just like last year, you can enjoy this tasty treat fireside or just camping out with family and friends.

The s’more gourmet apple can only be found during the month of July at the following Disneyland Resort locations:

  • Disneyland park – Candy Palace
  • Disney California Adventure park – Trolley Treats
  • Downtown Disney DistrictMarceline’s Confectionary
  • Was this your favorite gourmet apple, too?

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    The Magic Behind Merchandise at Disney Parks: Creating Elsa’s ‘Frozen’ Dress

    posted on June 13th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


    I know that many of you have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the ever-popular Elsa dress (from the Disney animated hit “Frozen“) at Disney Parks, so I wanted to bring you this special behind-the-scenes look at how merchandise at Disney Parks & Resorts is created. Let me start by asking you this important question: Do you want to build a snowman, costume?

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    Much like producing a film or designing theme park attractions, creating a memorable item requires careful planning, creativity, attention to detail and, of course, teamwork. The entire development process for a single item can take anywhere from six months to over one year. With the help of our talented team from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, I uncovered all the details on what makes the Elsa dresses from “Frozen” so special and the magic behind the merchandise. So, let’s get started!

    What does it look like?

    The artist reviews artwork, which allows them to see the original dress from multiple angles and understand the overall color scheme and design. For this particular dress, Disney Design Group artist Cody Reynolds worked closely with Walt Disney Animation Studios to capture the most recognizable elements of the dress from the animated film to translate into a wearable costume.

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    What makes it special?

    According to Cody, the next step is for the artist and the merchandiser to work together to finalize and approve the costume concept prior to production. The team explores a variety of fabric swatches in an effort to find the perfect match and examines how the fabrics will comfortably fit on an actual person. The final materials chosen were able to emulate a delicate, icy and sheer appearance. Here’s a quick look at the some of the fabric swatches used to create the dress.

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    When I asked Cody and merchandiser Katie Patton about their favorite part of the development process, here’s what they had to share. “It’s seeing the first sample for the first time,” said Cody, “when something that has been in your head actually comes to life.”

    Of course there’s a lot of logistical planning that goes hand in hand with all of the creative development, buying the dress, figuring out which store will offer them and determining how they’ll get there. Once the dress arrives in the location, our Merchandise presentation team goes to work, ensuring that the item fits the look, feel and the story.

    For nearly 60 years, it has been the mission of Disney Theme Park Merchandise to provide an experience that goes far beyond your expectations and extends the storytelling into your homes.

    What’s my favorite part of the process? It’s easy! It’s that moment when you see a child smiling and beaming as they exclaim to Elsa, “I’m wearing a dress just like yours!” As you can tell, it’s a rather integrated process that involves collaboration throughout The Walt Disney Company.

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    While I know that our “Frozen”-inspired merchandise at Disney Parks is quite popular and often hard to find, I encourage you to keep an eye out for returning favorites and more to come. Shipments from Arendelle continue to arrive, so be sure to check with us on your next visit.

    Quick Tip: Purchasing limits apply

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    Relax With Our Senses – A Disney Spa Signature Collection at Walt Disney World Resort

    posted on June 10th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


    When you visit the Walt Disney World Resort, you get to experience non-stop magic and fun for everyone. This is why you also deserve a little something just for you. A convenient escape to relax, unwind and enjoy some “me time” to round out that perfect Disney vacation. If you’re saying to yourself right now, sign me up! I’ll tell you, it’s easier than that. It’s an escape that comes in the form of a visit to one of our Senses – A Disney Spa locations which you can find at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort.

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    At either location, not only will you find yourself awash in soothing tones, soft lighting and peaceful music but you’ll also experience pure tranquility and pampering in an environment designed to indulge all of your ‘Senses.’ One of the things I’m most excited about is that Senses – A Disney Spa is launching a signature collection of “lavender Ylang-Ylang” products, which include Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash and Body Lotion. This new collection is now available for you to enjoy while visiting one of our Senses Spa facilities or to take home with you.

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    Here are a few things I found when using the new line. The Shampoo not only added moisture to my hair, but also strengthened and added volume, while the Conditioner finishes off by giving my hair the shine and gloss it needs to feel and look great.

    The Body Wash and Body Lotion are also definitely must have’s — together they are the perfect combination for your skin! Soothing aloe vera makes the body wash very moisturizing, while the lotion contains nourishing elements that leaves the skin looking healthy and radiant!

    If that’s not enough and you want to take it your relaxation one step further, than be sure to take home one of the plush, micro-fiber Senses – A Disney Spa robes, to feel like you are on vacation, all of the time.

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    Are you planning to have some “me time” at Senses – A Disney Spa on your next vacation?

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    Kailee Kauai Jewelry Sparkles Like the Ocean at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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


    I love discovering hidden treasures. Recently, I did just that. In fact it was a collection of hand-crafted jewelry from Kailee Kauai which is available in Hale Manu at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

    What started as a hobby, and gift-giving idea to family and friends for over a decade, quickly turned into a something more for designer Yunah Lee Joseph.

    “The collection is named after my daughter, Kailee. In the Hawaiian language, ‘Kai’ means ocean, while ‘Lee’ derives from my family name,” says Yunah. “It is my daughter’s love of our beautiful, pristine ocean, and the life that inhabits it, that lends inspiration for each unique piece.”

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    One of the things I love most about the collection of earrings, pendants and bracelets is that each bead and stone has been carefully chosen to represent the striking blue and green tones of the ocean, while each shell has been hand-picked from the beautiful shores of Hawai`i.

    One of the most popular pieces that can be found at Hale Manu is the Twist Oval Aqua Chalcedony.

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    I hope that on your next trip to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, you discover a treasure to add to your own collection!

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    First Look at La Mascarade d’Orleans at Disneyland Park

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


    If you’ve visited New Orleans Square in Disneyland park lately, it’s no secret that significant enhancements are underway. Here’s your first look at some of the authentic, eclectic and jazzy new merchandise that will find its home inside the quaint La Mascarade d’Orleans at 28 Orleans Street when it reopens later this month.

    This newly reimagined location exudes old Southern charm with an antique feel, giving you an essence of shops in the French Quarter in New Orleans, rich in its storytelling, from the fixtures that display the merchandise to the actual items that will be carried. The charm of this shop is that the merchandise feels as if it was hand-selected just for you, from places around the world.

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    Parlez-vous Francais? Some of the merchandise you will find at La Mascarade d’Orleans feels a little French in flavor. If you are looking for vintage-inspired apparel with a little bit of a French flair or elegant curios filled with accessories such as hats, beautiful scarves, jeweled headbands and timeless jewelry from Tarina Tarantino, among others, you have come to the right place. If you find yourself looking to accent your French chateau with home décor treasures, the boutique will also offer frames, votive candles, dishes, colorful glassware, kitchen linens as well as wooden signs with Parisian phrases.

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    While you will find the iconic Fleur-de-lis on an array of merchandise, there are a few more things worth mentioning, like the introduction of soaps, sprays and fragrances from luxurious and notable brands like Durance, Historiae and Le Blanc, which are made in France.

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    This quintessential location surely sets the tone for the New Orleans Square area and not just because of the jazzy music it offers.

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    When I say there’s a little a little something for everyone in this location, I mean it. So stroll in when it re-opens just a couple of weeks from now.

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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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