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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! February’s Black Forest Gourmet Apple is Fit for the Kingdom at Disneyland Resort!

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


Most fairy tales that we’re familiar with have far off kingdoms, royal families and, in the far off corner, some type of black forest that strikes fear in the hearts of the villagers everywhere. Rest assured there is nothing to fear with what I am about to show you. For the month of February, our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers have whipped up something fit for a royal family – a Black Forest apple. Even just at the site of it, without even tasting it, there wasn’t an ounce of doubt in my mind that it was the perfect addition to the gourmet apples series that you have come to know and love.

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Imagine taking the essential flavors of a black forest cake and re-imagining it onto a caramel apple. Should I go on? The tart green apple is covered in creamy caramel, lost in a forest of dark chocolate and roasted almonds and adorned with sweet Maraschino cherries. How do you top that? Well I asked that same question, and of course, their answer was… ‘easy.’ ‘To top it off, this decadent confection is drizzled in sweet milk chocolate and crowned with additional cherries.’ Say it with me now… Yum!

Will you try this enchanting new gourmet apple? Look for it beginning February 1 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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2014 Merchandise Debuts at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 22nd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Who doesn’t love the idea of a tropical getaway? So any time that I can share details about what’s happening in the world of merchandise at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – I’m in. Let’s be honest, I feel like I’m already there!

If you are looking to commemorate your stay at the resort, consider our 2014 Program which is available at Kālepa’s and features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Stitch, Chip n’ Dale and Duffy the Disney Bear. You will find elements of the art in some form or fashion on vast array of merchandise including tees for kids and adults, a mug, frame, magnet, keychain, ornament, jumbo pencil, pen and D-Tech phone case. Here’s your first look!

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Vacation is a time to get away, so I encourage you to embrace your aloha Disney Side while you’re at Aulani with one of our four new tees.

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Now, one thing that I hope you have planned during your stay is a trip to Laniwai Spa. I actually haven’t been myself, but I am looking forward to the opportunity of experiencing the massages and skin care treatments they offer. What I have been lucky enough to try is some of the amazing product that is used in many of the exquisite treatments. One of these great product offerings is the Laniwai collection, a luxurious skin care line, embodying the roots of Hawai‘i while providing natural and botanical benefits.

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I was a bit curious about what made it so special, so I inquired with my friend and merchandiser, Emilio Martinez, who had this to share: “The Laniwai collection commits to providing luxurious natural products made from organic ingredients, from the most serene tropical wonders that Hawai‘i has to offer. If you choose the body polish, body cream or body wash, you will find that it provides the perfect combination of exfoliation, nourishment and hydration; giving you the relaxed and natural glow one seeks.” So if you long to re-live your stay at Aulani or perhaps an amazing spa treatment at Laniwai, take the Laniwai collection home with you, and recapture the natural beauty Hawai‘i has to offer.

For details on Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa merchandise, artisan signings with Aunty Lorna May Pacheco (Lauhala Plaiting) and Dalani Tanahy (Kapa Printing), and more visit www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

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February Merchandise Events at Disneyland Resort

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


Are you planning a trip to Disneyland Resort this February? If so, here are a few merchandise events you should plan on checking out. But before we head into February, here are details on one last event taking place in January.

January 25: Meet Yakovetic and be among the first to pick up his newest piece titled, “Mickey’s Dreamsuite.” Yakovetic will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 9 – 11a.m. at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. Learn more here.
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Now on we go…

February 1 – 2: Join us for the launch of “Castle Coffee Break,” the third in a series from the “Happiest Hipster on Earth” collection by artist Jerrod Maruyama. This new piece captures Hipster Mickey and Hipster Minnie as they break for coffee and pose for “selfies” in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Jerrod will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 2 – 5 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of “Castle Coffee Break.” Also, we will be releasing two other pieces titled “A Small World of Cute” and “Life Lessons from Princesses.” Learn more here.
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February 7 – 9: So sweet! Be sure to stop by and 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 as we celebrate the release of her Valentine’s day collection. Learn more here.
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February 8: Mini-Makeovers, or should I say “Minnie”-Makeovers, will be taking place from 1 – 5 p.m. at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District to celebrate the release of the Pop of Minnie collection from Beautifully Disney! Learn more here.
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February 15: Stop in to check out the latest release from the HARVEYS for Disney Couture collection, featuring none other than Tinker Bell. Available in some of HARVEYS most popular silhouettes, this pixie-inspired collection is an essential for any Tinker Bell fan or Disney fashionista. So make plans to pick up a sassy new handbag at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District and meet the creators Dana and Melanie Harvey from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. Learn more here.
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February 15 – 16: Meet local artist Katie Kelly from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Her newest piece features Alice so make sure you stop by and take a look at this ‘wonder’ful work currently in progress. Learn more here.
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February 22: Join us as we celebrate the launch of the newest exhibit to line the walls of The Disney Gallery in Disneyland park inspired by Steampunk. Keep an eye out for more details on this new exhibit to be released shortly on the Disney Parks Blog, but until then make sure to mark your calendar for a special artist signings at Disneyana as we celebrate the release of artwork and collectibles inspired by turn of the century inventors and writers, as well as artwork inspired by Disney attractions, icons and innovations that have been cultivated from this view of the future from the past.
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February 22 – 23: Stop in and check out the latest releases from artist M. Andonia from 1 – 4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.
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Scheduled to appear as the Artist in Residence at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout February is artist Liana Hee. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: January 31 and February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Hope you can join us!

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New Nostalgic Authentic Cars Land T-Shirts Debut at Disney California Adventure Park

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


If you find yourself cruising through Cars Land during your next visit to Disney California Adventure park, do what I did and make a pit stop at Radiator Springs Curios to check out the newest nostalgic authentic T-shirts that have hit the floor.

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As you can see, the short sleeve T-shirt, in black is themed to Ornament Valley and features some of Radiator Springs most iconic ranges including Willy’s Butte, Piston Peak, Cadillac Range and Radiator Cap. The art on the long sleeve grey T-shirt (on the right) definitely appears a bit more distressed and gives you a glimpse at what seems to be the perfect view of Radiator Springs from Piston Peak. This T-shirt in particular hits home for me, as it’s definitely my dad’s speed, since he is a huge vintage car buff. So dad, if you’re reading this post, look away because I’m pretty sure you’ll be getting it as a gift shortly.

Here’s one more thing that might drive you a little crazy until you can get your hands on it. Take a sneak peek at two Cars Land D-Tech iPhone cases that will be appearing shortly in Radiator Springs.

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Have you found any favorite nostalgic or authentic souvenirs on any of your road trips or journeys through Cars Land?

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First Look at the Beautifully Disney Pop of Minnie Collection at Disney Parks

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


A homage to Mickey Mouse’s leading lady, the fifth collection from Beautifully Disney arrives at Disney Parks on February 8 and features our style icon Minnie Mouse. Channeling the vibrancy and mix of patterns of 1960’s Mod pop art, this line is all about adding color to classic looks that can change your appearance in an instant depending on your mood. Every detail of this collection, down to the pop art inspired packaging, puts a fun twist on a quintessential look. So whether you decide to channel Minnie’s flirty girly side, the glam fashionista or just want to show some serious sass, we have you covered. Let’s take a look!

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Pop of Minnie brings splashes of color to the current line of Beautifully Disney products including eye shadow, nail polish and lip gloss that you’ve come to know and love. The eye palette features six new shades Downtown Mouse, A la Mode, Polka, I’m Seeing Dots, Oh My Bow! and Fa-Bow-Lous with which you can create countless looks.

You will also find four brand new nail colors available both individually and in a mini nail polish set. I had some fun with these new colors, and so did my colleague and friend Rachel Brent, as you are about to see.

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Pop of Minnie also introduces four new lip gloss shades that provide sheer coverage and are definitely colorful, wearable, lightweight and moisturizing. Here’s a closer look!

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For the first time, the collection will also offer a four piece set of mini lipsticks that are creamy, pigmented and pair perfectly with any lip gloss – the colors look great on all skin tones!

You can also look for brand new accessories to launch with the line – including an eyelash curler and brush set. There is also my personal favorite—the emery boards, a perfectly stylish way to keep your manicure in top shape. And to store all your accessories, be sure to check out the marvelously Minnie-inspired polka dot cosmetic bag.
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Another really exciting addition to the Beautifully Disney collection debuting this Spring are character and non-character nail appliqués. These long wearing appliqués are available in three different design sets. So keep an eye out for them!

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Quick Tip: Beginning February 4 through March 10, 2014, when you spend $50 (before tax, after discount) on Beautifully Disney cosmetics, you will have the opportunity to purchase a polka dot-inspired Kabuki brush for only $16.95 (actual retail $21.95), available while supplies last.

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On February 8, take part in special Pop of Minnie launch events at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Tren-D in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).

For those of you who will be joining us for the launch on either coast, I encourage to embrace your Disney Side in your very own Pop of Minnie inspired attire. Use hashtag #DisneySide #PopofMinnie across our social channels, including Twitter, Vine, Google+ and Facebook, and if you tag your Instagram photos using #DisneySide, we may just share them on our @Disneyland and @WaltDisneyWorld Instagram feeds or on DisneySide.com!

Last but not least, in the coming months, continue to follow us the Disney Parks Blog and via Twitter @DisneylandDTD and watch for special tips and tutorials on Beautifully Disney products!

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Keep Warm and Look Cool at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 14th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


For all of you Disney fans here in California, you are probably like me and are sometimes at a loss of what to wear. The calendar says winter is officially here and yet, it’s definitely ringing true to a California winter! In my experience, that feels more like a cross between spring and summer. However you know that it cools down quite a bit at night and that winter chill slowly creeps up on you and before you know it … you’re cold. So how can you plan on keeping warm but still look cool while visiting the Disneyland Resort or while watching some of our nighttime parades and spectaculars? It’s easy… here are a few top choices and quick tips.

Consider what we call the Disneyland 55 Authentic hooded jacket which comes in navy blue and charcoal grey. The navy blue one features Mickey Mouse on the back, while the charcoal grey features Grumpy. Look for them at Disney Clothiers and Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland park; World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District; and Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park.

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Another way to stay warm and cozy is to snuggle up with one of our fleece throws. I especially like the design featuring Snow Car, available at Radiator Springs Curios and the Radiator Springs Racers throw which features elements, icons, and characters from the attraction, and is available now at Ramone’s House of Body Art and Sarge’s Surplus Hut.

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Quick Tip: Purchase this Disneyland Throw for only $19.95 when you spend $40 (before tax, after discount) or more in merchandise at participating Disneyland Resort locations. Check it out!

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The special offer is taking place right now at locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including Disney Showcase, Emporium, Gag Factory, Pioneer Mercantile and Star Trader in Disneyland park; Gone Hollywood and Oswald’s in Disney California Adventure park; and World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District as well as Disneyland Resort Hotel stores.

If you are looking for something that is more your cup of tea, maybe this will work. Plan on taking home some of our Disney Wonderland Tea. It’s the ‘Official Unbirthday Tea’ you can enjoy all year round. Enjoy flavors like Earl Grey, Lemon Chamomile, Blueberry, Mad Tea Party Blend, Mango and Pomegranate.

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Hot cocoa is more my speed, so if you’re lucky enough to come across some, be sure to add it to the mix.

Quick Tip: Remember to use your Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder merchandise discount whenever applicable.

Are there any jackets, throws, or accessories that top your list or you never leave home without while braving the cold?

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2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Returns with New Merchandise at Disneyland Resort

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


The 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon returns to Anaheim, Calif., January 16 – 19, 2014. I know many of you are pumped up for your first race of the New Year, and I’m here to make sure you do it in style. Here’s your first look at this year’s logo, which will appear on a multitude of merchandise items. Of course, I had to go to a few of my resident experts whom I know have run many a runDisney event … you might even recognize some of them. Here are some of our favorites, I can’t wait to see what you pick!

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Top choices this year include our Half Marathon themed apparel including long and short sleeve T-shirts, performance T-shirts, tanks, a fleece hoodie and of course the ever popular ladies jacket. I asked good friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover her thoughts on the ladies T-shirt and jacket, and here’s what she had to share (as you can see she really got into it, literally), “I love the sparkles on the front of the shirt,” said Erin, “it’s like it’s already been sprinkled with pixie dust. And there’s no need to add your own wings because it comes with a pair already, right on the back!” That’s right! Keep an eye out as you’ll actually find ‘Flutter to the Finish’ screened on the back of several of our apparel items.

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Social Media Community Manager Lisa Kanazawa, says and I quote, “I want it all!” and even offered a few tips on how you can feel your best in your race day outfit! “Everyone has a different preference on what they like to wear on race day, but don’t be afraid to go outside of the norm and dress up based on the theme for each race you participate in. For example, you can easily create a Tinker Bell or fairy inspired costume for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend events by accessorizing your race day outfit with a pair of wings and a new runDisney tutu!”

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A few more items you can expect to find this year include an Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K T-shirt and what I think will be one of the hottest choices around, the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Event T-shirt. What I love most about this particular T-shirt is that on the back it says ‘Earn Your Wings’ and showcases some of the medals.

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Other items to race in for include Vinylmation, plush, a runner’s hat, Disney pins, magnets, headbands, a mug, stemmed glassware, tumbler, water bottle and toothpick holder.

Joanna Pisanski from Store Operations definitely had her eye on a few things, including the water bottle to keep her hydrated during the race and the commemorative mug, which she says has become a tradition of getting since she and her family started running the races together. Check it out!

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Those of you continuing your Coast to Coast tradition will not be disappointed. 2014 Coast to Coast Race Challenge performance T-shirts as well as other essential runDisney gear are bound to fly off the shelves.

I know many of you are probably wondering what the Dooney & Bourke bags will look like. Wonder no more, here’s a special sneak peek!

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If you are looking for other ways get into the racing spirit, how about our Pixie Power transformation – which will be available at the Expo and at Studio Disney 365. Let’s just say the look will make you feel like you have been given wings to fly. Also taking place over the Half Marathon weekend at WonderGround Gallery is a special Art Attack with artists J. Scott Campbell, John Coulter and Noah, who will be showcasing some of their latest works, themed to none other than Tinker Bell herself.

Finally, take part in special online opportunity to purchase an Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K T-shirt in lavender and “I Did It” T-shirt in navy, which will vary slightly from those sold at this year’s Expo, some of the Coast to Coast Race Challenge T-shirts, plus the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Event T-shirt. Find them online January 20 – 27, 2014 via www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.

Find out all the details about the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Expo taking place at the Disneyland Hotel and more at runDisney.com. For those of you contemplating getting a new pair of new running shoes, be sure to check out the 2014 limited edition New Balance runDisney running shoes that Disney Parks Blog author Robert Hitchcock recently shared details about. They’re beyond cool!

To all of you participating in the race, I wish you all the best of luck!

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Rush In to Rushin’ River Outfitters at Disney California Adventure Park Today!

posted on January 9th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Happy New Year Disney fans! Have you found what best represents your Disney Side yet?

While out and about over the holidays, I explored the wet and wild wilderness side of Disney California Adventure park. Currently topping my list of “must-do” attractions is Grizzly River Run! As you can see I could “bear”-ly contain my excitement and I had to stop in to Rushin’ River Outfitters! What kind of visit is it without a shopping trip?

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Most of you probably know someone or have friends who love to fish, hunt, bike, hike, ski or simply just enjoy the outdoors. If that’s the case, this is one location you’ll want to map out to explore on your next visit. The merchandise is themed to the surrounding atmosphere and attraction.

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Inside you’ll find everything from Pendleton button down shirts to T-shirts and fleece by Element, and more.

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Check out these vintage novelty signs that will give your own home that lodge-like feel.

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Or perhaps these furry friends will float your boat.

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Find your Disney Side in the outdoors of Disney California Adventure park and all of your essentials inside Rushin’ River Outfitters.

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January Brings a New Gourmet Apple Treat Your Way at Disneyland Resort

posted on December 12th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


For those of you who love our delicious and oh-so-sweet gourmet apples, here is a new one to add to your list during your visit to Disneyland Resort!

I have no doubt in my mind that this is going to be by far one of the most popular apples around. Yes, I’ll admit, I got a sneak preview and taste test of this one. When it comes to combining apples, caramel, peanut butter and chocolate cookie sandwiches, the only question I have is, where do I line up?

Yes, you read that right! This particular apple has been covered in caramel, rolled in crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and drizzled with peanut butter. The one word I can use to describe it … perfection! It could be because I’m a fan of each of those elements, but I’m telling you right now, you haven’t tasted anything like this. Take a look!

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Look for it beginning January 1 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. Are you ready? Or do you have a different favorite gourmet apple?

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Walt Disney World Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot – January 2014

posted on December 12th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Before I jump ahead to share details on events heading your way for the month of January, here are a few last-minute additions that popped up for the next couple of weeks.

December 13: Disney fans, meet author Dave Bossert who will be on hand to sign his latest release Remembering Roy E. Disney, which draws a poignant and funny picture of a man revered and idolized by legions of Disney fans and admired, cared about, and very well-liked by all those that had the honor to know him. Dave will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 4-5 p.m. at The Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Tip: It’s a great gift for any Disney fan, film buff or animation historian. Learn more here.

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December 13 – 14: Find the perfect gift for all of the wine lovers on your holiday shopping list! These candles are simply ‘scent’sational and have been made by hand from reused wine bottles. Representatives from Rewined Candles will be on hand from 1 – 4 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m., each day at Heritage Manor in the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot. Learn more here.

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Now on to January!

January 1 – 5: Start the New Year out right with fan favorite and Disney-inspired artist, Larry Dotson! Larry will be appearing daily at the Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park as we celebrate some of his latest releases. Learn more here.

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January 1 – 5: Make sure you stop by The Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace to meet Disney-inspired artist Greg McCullough, who will appearing daily and check out some of his latest releases. I have my favorites, do you? Learn more here.

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January 17: Be among the first to pick up Cutesters Series 6 at D Street in Downtown Disney West Side. Artists Maria Clapsis and Caley Hicks will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 – 6 p.m., so don’t miss out! Learn more here
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Finally, keep an eye out for special Disney Pin and Vinylmation releases this month in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

There’s more to come this February, so keep watching! Happy New Year!

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