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Disney Style Snapshots: Bring on Spring

posted on March 5th, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


This winter has looked a lot like scenes from the film “Frozen” in many parts of the country. Thankfully, spring is just around the corner and you’ll soon be ready to shed some layers and soak in some sun.

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Dresses are a great way to usher in the season, so we’ve chosen a universally flattering silhouette for this week’s look, from Tren-D in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort. Consider belting it if you’re petite or just let it skim your figure if you have curves. We love the cheery coral shade and the “no print” print. Look closely and you’ll see a hidden Mickey. The Dooney & Bourke “Buttons” tote packs more punches of color and is perfect for work or weekend. A fun watch and ballet flats are the finishing touches.

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Style Snapshots: ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Costumes

posted on February 10th, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


Fashion insiders from around the globe have been flocking to the Big Apple since last Thursday for New York Fashion Week. It’s a bi-annual tradition where America’s top designers unveil their new collections for the upcoming season and set trends for months and years to come.

At least one Disney designer is taking her turn in the fashion spotlight this week as Disney Parks unveils a new collection of costume creations for “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” which debuts at Magic Kingdom this March. And we all get a seat on the coveted “front row.”

Costume designer Mirena Rada is expanding her portfolio of design projects for Disney Parks with this latest endeavor for a Walt Disney World Resort theme park. Previous creations include work for Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. These costumes, some of the most extravagant and elaborate in Disney Parks history, took almost a year to complete. The creations transpired in 10 different costume houses across eight cities and two countries, with the Creative Costuming facilities in both Florida and California among the mix.

The production process mirrors current fashion trends, utilizing new technology to design and print custom fabrics in house. Rada partnered with Walt Disney World costumers to select fabrics that would work well in the Central Florida climate while also accommodating the needs of each performer.

Our style squad got a sneak peek of some early sketches and behind-the-scenes video of some completed works.

We can’t wait to see these whimsical designs come to life when “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” finally steps onto the streets of the Magic Kingdom Park. Let us know what you think.

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A modern interpretation of classic elements is a hallmark of Rada’s designs as seen in the sculpted conch shell headpiece and shimmering pastel dress that comprise “The Little Mermaid” unit’s “Seashell Girl.”

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After gathering the materials, Rada and a Creative Costuming graphic artist worked together to create almost 40 custom fabrics including the furry plaids and tweed stripes worn by the “Newsies-inspired” Lost Boys of the “Peter Pan” unit.

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An innovative 3D printing technology was used to create the elegant beaks of the “Ravens” in the “Sleeping Beauty” unit. Each piece was base coated, bronzed, lacquered and gilded with fiery Swarovski stones to complete the finished look.

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The Finale unit’s “Cha Cha Girl” is the queen of head-to-toe ensemble with her big top inspired fit and flare dress, bolero jacket embellished with sequins, star spangled tights and hair reminiscent of pulled taffy exuding the essence of Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland.

Which costume is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Style Snapshots: Game Day ‘Glam’ at Disney Parks

posted on January 22nd, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


Football fan or not, you likely will be attending a party next weekend for the big game. It’s practically a national holiday!

If you happen to be visiting Disney Parks, we suggest huddling around one of the screens at ESPN Zone in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort or ESPN Club at the BoardWalk Resort in Walt Disney World Resort.

If your favorite team is in the game, you probably have no shortage of spirited wardrobe options. But if you’re like me, your team is watching this one from the sidelines, and you’re open to an array of comfortable and stylish choices.

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Check out this look. We start with a pair of distressed jeans and top it off with a varsity-style long sleeved Minnie T-shirt. The bow motif from the top is carried out in the accessories. The adorable Dooney and Bourke wristlet is big enough to hold your phone and other essentials. Enameled charm bracelets by Alex+Ani add just the right amount of sparkle. Speaking of sparkle, we finish the look with a pair of black sequined ballet flats with a Mickey head detail at the bow.

Whether your main event is the game, the commercials, or the half-time show, you’ll be dressed to impress. Enjoy!

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Style Snapshots: Stepping Out in Style at ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 23rd, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


If you can’t make it to Disney Parks this holiday season, you can enjoy some of the festivities from the comfort of your own home. The 30th Annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” returns to ABC-TV on Christmas morning with a star-studded line-up of performers and many of your favorite Disney characters.

Our style team was on location during the show’s taping at Walt Disney World Resort to find out what some of the stars of the annual holiday special were wearing. We spotted a lot of sparkle – silver, gold and sequins. Co-host Lara Spencer, American Idol champion Candice Glover and Italian pop vocal trio Il Volo shared some of their favorite fashion sources.

The show airs Christmas Day on ABC-TV, in Canada on CBC Network, and across the globe on the American Forces Network. For viewing times, please reference your local listings or visit disney.com/christmasparade. You can also join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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Main Street Style: A Retro Day at Disneyland

posted on December 4th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


One of the things I love most about fashion is its ability to transform a person’s look, mood and personality. Some style mavens make such a statement, it can even transport those around them to another place and time.

That’s exactly what happened to me on a recent trip to Disneyland, where I encountered some guests with standout style. They harkened back to the days when Walt Disney strolled down Main Street U.S.A., and for a moment I felt I was seeing the world through the eyes of the man with a dream.

Tomorrow would be Walt’s 112th birthday. We’re celebrating the dreamer and all of those he has inspired.

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Minnie made this look famous, but our guess is this red and white polka dot dress was favored by many women in 1955.

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More polka dots, but this time in aqua blue – a color trend of the 50′s. The plaid circle skirt is a fun and flirty statement complete with a crinoline.

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Who says you can’t mix plaids and stripes? This plaid shirt is reminiscent of the vests and skirts sported by our VIP tour guides. The bow tie is a fashion forward touch. The multi-directional stripes in the dress are a playful take on a classic.

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Disney Style Snapshots: Fall 2013 Collection

posted on November 13th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


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Time sure flies when you’re having fun with fashion. Tomorrow is the first anniversary of our Disney Style Snapshots column. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a little video featuring some of the best Disney Parks looks from Fall 2013. You’ll see everything from T-shirts to tote bags as well as shoes, scarves and other accessories. Let us know your favorites in the comments section.

Thanks for allowing our style squad to share our take on how to look your best on vacation and in your everyday lives!

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Main Street Style: Getting Into Character at Disney Parks

posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


We’ve been celebrating the fall season all month at Disney Parks with Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Looking for some costume inspiration? Look no further than some of the guests recently spotted by our style squad.

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LEFT: You’ll look super… (oh, you know the rest!)… dressed as everyone’s favorite nanny. A smart blue dress, carpet bag, proper hat and brawly (umbrella) bring the whole look together. It’s practically perfect in every way.

RIGHT: This dress is super cute for a day in the park and a dream for Halloween. Inspired by Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, you could amp up the character quotient and top it off with a bright red wig.

Main Street Style at Disney Parks: Donald Duck Main Street Style at Disney Parks: Mickey Mouse

LEFT: If it looks like a duck and dresses like a duck, it must be none other than Donald. This sweet rendition of a Disney classic left us quacking for joy. The yellow sneakers and sailor top are precious.

RIGHT: Mickey is always a favorite inspiration for guests, but we especially like this mod interpretation done with color blocking. The yellow leg warmers are a clever touch.

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LEFT: These friends on Main Street at Disneyland park inspired us to never want to grow up! We love their take on the characters from “Peter Pan.” Group costumes are a great way to extend Halloween fun.

RIGHT: A platypus on a secret mission is the inspiration for this look from Phineas and Ferb. We love the turquoise and white dress paired with the bowler hat. Though it will be hard to maintain your cover with a look this spot on.

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Main Street Style: Mickey Takes Center Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on October 2nd, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


We recently took our style search outside Magic Kingdom Park and found guests expressing their Disney Side at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And both gals and guys joined in the fun this time!
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There’s no mistaking the inspiration for these red pants. We love the unique touch of the white suspenders.
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From ears to toe this look channels a best-dressed Mickey. The red vest is a clever substitute for red pants.
Minnie- and Mickey-Inspired Style at Disney's Hollywood Studios

These BFFs are a match made for Disney Parks. The lace hem and gloves of the Minnie-inspired outfit add a sweet touch reminiscent of the mouse herself. As for the Mickey look, the fascinator ear hat and bow-tie necklace would probably get a chuckle and thumbs up from the Big Cheese.


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Main Street Style: Trendy in Black

posted on August 21st, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


This week’s parade of Disney Parks fashionistas prove you can look both chic and playful in black – fashion’s perennial “it” color.

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#1 Black lace and feather detailed mouse ears are the crowning touch for the strapless sundress and cropped leggings. This look says “comfort” without sacrificing style.

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#2 Spanish label Desigual designed this graphic tee. We love the rouching and pleating details along the sleeve and bodice. The skirt’s uneven ruffled hemline is reminiscent of a flamenco dancer’s flirty frock.

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#3 The Minnie t-shirt is clearly the inspiration for this outfit. Its pink bedazzled bow is referenced in the pink zebra sandals. The polka dot skirt is a nod to that red and white dress made famous by Mademoiselle Minnie.

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Disney Style Snapshots: Monstrous Back-to-School Outfits

posted on August 7th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


We’ve celebrated a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks this year. As the season begins to wind down and parents start preparing kids to get back to school, we thought it only fitting to share a couple of outfit ideas inspired by the Disney•Pixar film “Monsters University.”
Disney Style Snapshots: Monstrous Back-to-School Outfits

Monsters University T-Shirt, Varsity Jacket, Sulley Journal
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Monsters University Polo, Sneakers, Backpack


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