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First Look at Commemorative Products for 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The countdown is on to the start of my favorite event at Walt Disney World Resort – the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The festival opens September 25 and runs through November 16, and will feature more than 30 global marketplaces (including some new experiences in Future World.) This year also marks the 20th time this event has been held at Epcot. Here is a first look at some of the merchandise commemorating this milestone anniversary.

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There are three distinct art programs for this year’s merchandise. The World Showcase logo program includes icons from each of the 11 pavilions. The Disney character program will feature Mickey Mouse and, my favorite, Figment dressed as chefs. We will also offer a “Brews Around the World” assortment, a returning favorite from previous years.

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Other returning favorite items include Vinylmation of the Swedish Chef from The Muppets, collectible pins on recipe cards, and three new Dooney & Bourke handbags. Guests will also find drinkware, four different appetizer plates, and some holiday ornaments.

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I love the coffee mug that uses Figment’s tail as the handle. I also thought the bottle opener on the “Brews Around the World” baseball cap was creative. Finally, I was happy to see salt and pepper shaker trash cans which were inspired by items released last year in Disney Centerpiece at the Marketplace Co-Op.

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Stay tuned in the coming weeks for details about a new activity called “Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak” that includes limited release pins.

The best place to find many of these items starting September 25 will be in the Festival Center. This location will be found in Future World between Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE pavilions. Additional merchandise locations throughout World Showcase will also carry select items. There are no plans at this time to carry these items on our Disney Parks online store.

Do you have a favorite item? Please share in the comments below.

I hope to see you at Epcot this fall.

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Checking Out Latest Arrivals to Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic Collection at Disney Parks

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


On July 22, 2015, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates another anniversary. To mark the occasion, I recently stopped by Tower Hotel Gifts to check out the latest arrivals from the Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic collection. You may recall that in February we released several new products inspired by this thrilling Disney Parks attraction. Here is a quick recap of some items I found.

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One of my favorite items now available is a luxurious bathrobe. This black robe contains an embroidered Hollywood Tower Hotel logo, and is an update to the previously offered white robe seen in this article from 2013. I love the feel of this robe so much that I’ve been known to wear it around my office.

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Other new items include a women’s shirt, a sweatshirt with an iconic front desk bell, and a Raglan T-shirt with a bellhop silhouette.

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You can also find a notepad and a nice packaged pen both of which are perfect for sending greetings from the beyond fifth dimension.

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The pin team gave me a first look at a new open edition pin coming later this year to Disney Parks. The pin includes an image that slides to reveal Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck.

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Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing this image of my son for this anniversary. He loves riding this attraction every time we visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While exiting one time, he spotted this nod to an original television show episode and proceeded to try walking through it. Luckily, I pulled him back before he became lost in another dimension.

Happy anniversary, Hollywood Tower Hotel!

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

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Video: Coolest Summer Ever Shopping Spree in the Marketplace Co-Op at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 21st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace has been open for a little over a year now. This flexible space location is home to several unique boutiques including Cherry Tree Lane, which offers fashion accessories created especially for Disney Parks. Recently, Downtown Disney’s fashionista Isabella went on a Coolest Summer Ever shopping spree in this location to check out some of our most popular co-branded items.

In the video, Isabella mentioned that additional laser cut bags by Vera Bradley were coming to Disney Parks. I spoke with the accessories team who shared these images of the two new bags. They are the reverse colors of the current white bags with black trim featured in the video. Look for them at the Marketplace Co-Op in the coming weeks.

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You can also find select items from Cherry Tree Lane online by visiting DisneyParks.com/Store.

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Ice Palace Boutique Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Frozen Summer Fun This July

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m excited to announce the Ice Palace Boutique will join Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting July 26. This wintry salon is where guests ages 3-12 can undergo a magical transformation as they prepare for Coronation day revel in a flurry of “Frozen” fun. The Ice Palace Boutique will be located on Commissary Lane across from ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Unique to this location, guests can purchase select packages where families can also join in the “Frozen” fun. Additional party members can enjoy the exclusive Ice Palace Café, an immersive “Frozen”-themed café with included snacks while they wait for their Anna or Elsa.

The party will also get reserved seating at one show of “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Hyperion Theater.

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The “Frozen”-inspired packages include:

  • Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package – This package includes Anna or Elsa-inspired shimmering makeup palette, face gems, nail polish, a braided hair piece with sparkling snowflake accessory and an exclusive photo opportunity. Package retail: $75, includes tax.
  • Ice Palace Boutique Package – This package includes the items offered in the Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package. It also includes access to the Ice Palace Café and reserved seating at one of the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” shows. Package retail: $175, includes tax.
  • Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package – This package includes an Anna or Elsa costume plus the items offered in the Ice Palace Boutique Package. Package retail: $240, includes tax.

The Ice Palace Boutique Package and the Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package is for up to 6 guests, including the child getting the magical transformation.

Reservations can be made in advance and are highly recommended. To book your appointment starting July 17, please call 407-827-7400. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. The location may be able to accommodate guests without reservations on a limited, first-come, first-serve basis each day.

Ice Palace Boutique will only be offered during Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios which continues through September 7, 2015.

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Greetings Programs – Celebrating My Love of All Things ‘TRON’

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Today marks the anniversary of Disney’s live action film “TRON,” which was first released on July 9, 1982. Long before the days of Blu-ray or digital streaming, I recall borrowing a VHS cassette from my local library and memorizing the film. I pretended I was Kevin Flynn trying to hack into the Master Control Program using my personal computer (that had no Internet connectivity). My love for all things “TRON” has spilled over into my office at Disney Theme Park Merchandise. It’s covered with movie posters, artwork and, of course, merchandise from both the original 1982 feature film and the more recent “TRON: Legacy.”

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Two of my prized possessions include an activity book from 1982 that I colored, and a 33 ½ long playing record featuring “The Story of TRON” that I received as a birthday gift a few years ago. When the film was released in 1982, there were several action figures of main characters like Kevin Flynn, Sark, and TRON; and a couple of Lightcycle vehicles. Sadly, I don’t have those toys today. They are on my wish list in case anyone needs gift ideas for my birthday in September.

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Other items in my office include an ear hat, Vinylmation figures and action figures from “TRON: Legacy.” I also have several pins including a boxed pin set from the Disney Store. I love the die-cast Disney monorails from 2011 (I have both colorways because I’m obsessive). Some of the coolest items in my office were made by extremely talented friends. They include a custom Sam Flynn action figure that resembles me and two nine-inch Vinylmation figures.

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I’m particularly excited for the Disney Infinity 3.0 figures of Sam Flynn and Quorra coming later this year. I will be buying these figures for my son who loves “TRON” as much as I do.

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Finally, I’m proud to say that I own a Halloween costume of Sam Flynn that was created by Disney Consumer Products a few years ago. I also never miss an opportunity to play the classic 1982 arcade game. I’ve put many quarters in those machines all throughout the United States.

Do you love TRON as much as me? I’d love to hear your story in the comments below.

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Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries This Month with New Shirts on the Disney Parks Online Store

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the start of a new month, I’m excited to highlight a few new shirts coming to the Disney Parks online store. Guests can order these limited release shirts by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParksEvents during the following dates in July. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

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July 7-13
This month marks the start of a new series of companion T-shirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. For July, Mickey and Minnie are covered in sparkling lights for a salute to the Main Street Electrical Parade. Look for new companion tees each month with nods to other classic Disney attractions, shows and experiences (the EPCOT Center ones are spectacular!).

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July 17-23
Celebrate 60 years of Disneyland Resort with this commemorative “Day Of” T-shirt for this milestone anniversary on July 17. We will also release the second shirt – Dumbo the Flying Elephant – in our original Disneyland park attraction series that day. Please note that the images above contain concept artwork for these two shirts.

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Show Your Patriotic #DisneySide with Americana Themed Goods from Disney Parks

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner at Disney Parks, I recently found a few items to help guests show their patriotic Disney Side.

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Our newest retail MagicBand features Mickey Mouse standing in front of an American flag. This limited release item has a retail of $24.95 and can be found in select merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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I adore the Fourth of July limited edition pin with Carl and Ellie from Disney•Pixar’s “Up.” This pin has an edition size of 3,500 and will be released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I also like the new, open edition Minnie Mouse bow decorated in red, white and blue.

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The Graphic Apparel team introduced shirts including a tank top along with short and long sleeved options. These designs will be similar in both California and Florida with the only differences being the name of the Disney Resort destination.

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Finally, guests visiting Heritage Manor Gifts in World Showcase at Epcot will find some unique Americana items including shirts. The location also carries USA Charm Bracelets by Alex and Ani in both gold and silver.

Happy Independence Day!

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Celebrate the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ with New Merchandise at Disney Parks

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Disney•Pixar’s newest original film “Inside Out” arrives in theaters on June 19. I’m looking forward to seeing it with my son who has been watching the trailers for months now. While my parents were visiting us, they bought him a few Disney Tsum Tsum featuring characters from this upcoming film. I recently visited Downtown Disney Marketplace to discover what other items were now at Disney Parks.

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The small “Inside Out” assortment includes home décor, apparel, plush and toys. I love the five plush inspired by the emotions of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear.

I found the Disney Tsum Tsum my parents purchased at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. They will also be offered at World of Disney in Downtown Disney District in California.

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Other items include a deluxe figurine playset, a coffee mug, and a new book titled “Sadly Ever After” by Elise Allen with illustrations by Dan Holland.

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I love the packaging for the open edition six-pin set. Disney pin collectors should also look for an open edition pin with Joy and Bing Bong and a limited edition opening day pin (the latter has an edition size of 3,000).

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Finally, the D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace will also offer six different “Inside Out” designs. You can create and customize a case for the following mobile phones: iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 6/6+, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5. These new designs will be introduced at the location by June 19.

Select items will be found in a variety of merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You can find other items from “Inside Out” online here.

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Look Ahead to New Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks Later in 2015

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


As summer begins at Disney Parks, here is a sneak preview of items coming later this year. This is one of my favorite articles to write as I get to share some awesome things currently in development.

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Time For MagicSliders
One of the more popularly requested accessories for MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort is a watch. I’m happy to report there will be two MagicSlider timepieces coming this summer – a Minnie Mouse analog timepiece and one with a digital display.

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Disney Pins From Regions Beyond
Memento Mori, the Haunted Mansion-themed shop located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park, inspired two open edition pins coming late summer. One pin resembles the brooch that female cast members wear in the location, while the other looks like a sign found outside the shop. You can see both of those items in this previous article.

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Cogsworth and Chef Figment
Cogsworth may be one of my favorite characters from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” I was happy to see there will be a medium-sized figurine coming this September. This figurine is the companion piece to the Lumiere figurine we released in 2013. The best part – Cogsworth’s face is a working clock!

Also arriving this fall is a new 12-inch Figment plush created especially for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. My favorite festival of the year returns to Walt Disney World Resort from September 25 through November 16.

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Villainous T-Shirts
This fall, Chernabog from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and Hades from Disney’s “Hercules” will be featured on new Disney Villain T-shirts. I love this artwork created by Disney Design Group artist Dave Keefer.

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Disney Theme Park Holiday Ornaments
This year, we will release ornaments featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in attire representing different Disney Theme Parks. It’s probably no surprise that I adore the Epcot ornament especially since Mickey and Minnie are wearing their spacesuits from the 1980s.

Look for these and other items coming to select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

Which item is your favorite? Please share in the comments below.

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Spotlight on Tees Coming to the Disney Parks Online Store in June 2015

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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To kick off the summer season at Disney Parks, we are releasing a few tee-shirts on our Disney Parks online store that I think fans will love. These limited release tees will only be offered online at DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. All shirts will be offered for adults, women and youth. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

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June 17-23
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Resort, we are launching a series of online tees that salute original Disneyland park attractions. The first tee celebrates the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction. In addition to the shirt, poster artwork will also be available during this sale.

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June 22-28
I’m particularly excited for the Triple R Ranch tee shirt, which was inspired by “The Adventures of Spin and Marty” from the 1955-56 season of the “Mickey Mouse Club.” Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones worked with the Walt Disney Archives to get photo reference of the summer camp shirts used in the show. You may also recognize the shirt as something Andy wore in Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” (I tried recreating a shot from that animated feature above).

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June 29-July 5
The final shirt for June features the Harmony Barber Shop from Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park. This location opened in 1975 and is a great place to get a first haircut as seen in this video article. This shirt will be online from June 29 through July 5.

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