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Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort from February 18-21, 2016. Runners from around the world will join the Disney Princess’ in a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs in the most magical place on earth. Today, I have a first look at several commemorative products created especially for the royal event.

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This year, we are offering a few returning favorites including long and short-sleeved apparel for both the overall weekend, Princess Half Marathon and Glass Slipper Challenge. These items include “I Did It” shirts, drinkware, Sweaty Bands, Bondi Bands, collectible pins, car magnets and more.

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Guests will also find shirts and car magnets for both the Disney Princess 5K and the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K races.

There are a few new art programs this year including artwork titled “Run Princess Run” that’s included on apparel and accessories. Another art program, “Run Like the Princess You Are,” has stylized buildings of famous Disney Princesses.

The Princess theme is also carried over onto three new colorful handbags by Dooney & Bourke.

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Finally, if you want to add a little sparkle to your weekend, we are offering a unique “Glitter & Go” makeover experience in the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The package includes a hair twist, light makeup, shimmering lip gloss, a face gem, and a light-up Princess Tiara. Reservations will be taken on walk-in basis for guests ages 3 and up. The experience will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Retail is $19.95 plus tax.

Look for these commemorative items and more during runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Expo will be open during the following times:

  • Thursday, February 18 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 19 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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France Pavilion is one of my favorite places in World Showcase at Epcot. I have spent countless hours watching my favorite film at Walt Disney World Resort, the gorgeous “Impressions de France.” I even had my first cup of coffee at the pavilion when I was 16. In this edition of Disney Parks Blog Unboxed, I was looking forward to spending another beautiful morning in France. My day, however, was interrupted by the arrival of a basket.

This year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 2 to May 30. You will find the items seen in the video and much more at select merchandise locations throughout Epcot. The Festival Center, located in Future World between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy pavilions, will be open Fridays through Sundays throughout the event.

In the coming weeks, stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional looks at merchandise created especially for this event.

For more from the “Unboxed” series, visit the posts below:

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Style Happens Here – Lovely Apparel from Disney Parks

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Today, I’m launching a new monthly series that was inspired by the many Unforgettable moments that happen at Disney Parks. Titled “Style Happens Here,” this series will highlight stylish Disney products including apparel or accessories that guests may find when visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, my first article showcases “lovely” apparel found only at Disney Parks.

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My assignment for this story was simple – look for shirts that have a love theme (characters kissing, hugging, the word “love,” etc). To find these love-inspired items, I visited Tren-D and the newly expanded World of Disney at Disney Springs Marketplace.

First, companion t-shirts are fun options for couples visiting Disney Parks especially during Valentine’s Day. You might recall reading about the popular “I’ll Be Your…” shirts that were introduced in 2012, or the more recent “I Mickey My…” shirts from last fall. I spotted this wall of shirts at World of Disney.

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While at Tren-D, I saw two Mickey and Minnie Mouse shirts from the Disney Boutique collection. Created especially for Disney Parks, this collection features modern styling, fabrics and trims all presented in a unique Disney way. The shirt pictured in the first image is also from this collection.

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Look for these items and more in select merchandise locations throughout Disney Parks. You may order select items and have them shipped directly to your home via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app. To download this free app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

Here is a gallery of other shirts I loved:

If you are active on social networks, I’d love to see your Disney Parks style. Just add #StyleHappensHere to your posts.

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A Knightly Transformation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This year marks the 10th Anniversary since the first Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened at Disney Springs Marketplace. For the past 10 years, a team of Fairy Godmothers-in-training have turned thousands of guests ages 3-12 into Disney princesses at this enchanted beauty salon. In early 2015, my fellow author Darcy Clark shared a great recap of her niece Harper’s magical transformation. Did you know the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique also offers a makeover experience for brave knights? Here’s what I discovered when I booked an appointment for my son Athan.

We arrived at the location around 9:00 for our scheduled appointment. Upon checking in, Athan was greeted by Ines Lucas, his Fairy Godmother-in-training. She was part of the opening team for the original Boutique in 2006, so I knew we were in for a special experience.

We selected the Knight Package, which included hairstyling with gel; a mighty sword and shield; and confetti. We added a Royal Knight costume t-shirt with detachable cape to the package (it’s sold separately). How I wish there was an adult version! Ines led Athan to a specially designed seat and began the experience by adding some “jellyfish gel” to help style his hair.

After styling, she asked Athan to close his eyes and make a wish while she waved her magic wand full of pixie dust.

Then it was time for the presentation of the sword and shield. This ceremony was quickly followed by a turn of his chair to reveal his new regal look.

While the experience took only a matter of moments, I was thankful for how special Ines made my son feel. I know he had fun as he wore his shirt and hairstyle for the rest of that day.

Reservations are recommended for the Knight Package or other makeover experiences at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Appointments can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895).

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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – Disney TAG (Travel – Accessories – Gear)

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


For the latest Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video, I visited Senses Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. This full-service spa and health club offers massages, body treatments and more. I had never visited the spa so I was looking forward to a day of relaxation. My plans, however, were slightly delayed with the arrival of a mysterious yet colorful suitcase.

Disney TAG items will be arriving at their final destination this spring at Disney Parks. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional looks at the collection in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, I invite you to check out Senses spa. My brief visit was wonderful and I’m looking forward to my next visit. To schedule treatments at the spa, please call (407) WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727) as far in advance as possible. Reservations are highly recommended.

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‘Rock the Dots’ with Disney Parks Merchandise on January 22 for National Polka Dot Day

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Did you know National Polka Dot Day will be observed on January 22? Since 1928, Disney First lady and fashionista Minnie Mouse has rocked polka dots through her fun-loving, timeless and positive spirit that inspires Disney fans and polka dot fashionistas around the globe. At Disney Parks, guests can “rock their dots” every day with polka dot fashions from bows and blouses to designer purses and jewelry. I recently visited Disney Springs Marketplace to find some of the best Minnie Mouse products we carry.

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There are numerous items featuring Minnie Mouse for guests of all ages. For kids, we offer apparel, shoes, hats, dresses and more. As a side note for parents, I learned there will be three new “Minnie’s Bow-Toons” shorts premiering on Disney Channel during the morning of January 22.

Adults will find Minnie Mouse-themed charms by PANDORA Jewelry, stylish apparel and accessories from the Disney Boutique collection, coffee mugs, and other souvenirs such as hand sanitizers or pins.

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I also discovered that retail MagicBand on Demand is now available at the D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op. This creation station has a few Minnie Mouse designs which can be added to a phone case or a retail MagicBand.

In celebration of our favorite style muse Minnie Mouse, I invite you to show us how you “Rock the Dots” by sporting your favorite polka dot look. Just tag your photos on social media channels with #RockTheDots.

Here are images of other items that you may find at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort or on the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

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Space Mountain-Themed Products Are Clear for Launch at Disney Parks

posted on January 19th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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One of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World Resort is Space Mountain because I’ve dreamed of being an astronaut. This classic Disney attraction in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park opened on January 15, 1975. During many family trips, you would typically find me hanging out in the attraction queue listening to the out-of-this-world music loop. To commemorate this year’s anniversary, I visited the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. shop to survey some Space Mountain themed merchandise we offer at Disney Parks.

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In the first image, I’m wearing a new shirt coming to the Disney Parks online store from January 25-31, 2016. Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra created the artwork for this retro-looking, ringer tee based on Space Mountain promotional artwork from the 1970s. To order this shirt starting January 25, please visit DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

While at the shop, I discovered a variety of other shirts for adults and kids along with space-themed hats.

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One of my favorite shirts features two astronauts riding Space Mountain. It reminded me of the astronauts once found outside the Florida attraction’s entrance.

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Other items at the location include a frame, a space-themed Attractionista doll named Celeste, and artwork by Dave Perillo titled “Trip of Tomorrow Today.” The latter is being offered as a framed print, matted print and postcard.

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At the shop, guests can create and personalize a D-Tech on Demand phone case or a retail MagicBand with Space Mountain artwork.

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Finally, there is a new Vinylmation mystery set called “Mickey and Friends in Space” coming to Disney Parks on January 29. This limited release set was designed by Disney Design Group artist Costa Alavezos. Once released, look for it in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

You may find and order select Space Mountain items using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app. To download this app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

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Awaken the Force in 2016 with Unique Star Wars Products from Disney Parks

posted on January 14th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Being a long time Star Wars fan, I loved watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with my son in an IMAX 3D theatre. While I had already seen the film twice, I will always remember seeing the pure joy in his eyes as the action unfolded on screen. Now, he wants everything Star Wars (which seems vaguely similar to my childhood). Luckily, I work at Disney Parks which has some incredibly cool products for Star Wars fans of all ages. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Force Push Role Play Action SetThis is my favorite item created especially for Disney Parks. This set gives you the power to move a First Order Stormtrooper or TIE Fighter with a wave of your Force Glove.

BB-8 Spinning Top – This BB-8 top spins, lights up and makes sounds when activated.

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Be the Best Dressed in the Galaxy – Disney Parks has apparel items for women, men and children. The women’s shirts with Rey are gorgeous, and the BB-8-inspired dress from Her Universe is fun. I also liked the ringer t-shirt with Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Apparel From Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – We are now offering two luxurious items from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Look for them at Keystone Clothiers in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort or The Star Trader in Disneyland park at the Disneyland Resort.

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These Are the Accessories You’re Looking For – From Dooney & Bourke handbags to shoes that resemble Darth Vader, there are many accessories available to complete any out-of-this-world outfit. I particularly like the scarf with vintage Star Wars artwork as it reminds me of bed sheets I had as a child.

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Star Wars Name Tags – Guests can create personalized name tags with their names written in Aurebesh, one of the alphabets used in the Star Wars galaxy. There is also a name tag designed especially for Annual Passholders. Look for these name tags at Watto’s Grotto in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida or Tomorrowlanding in Disneyland park in California.

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– Guests will find new Disney pins to collect or trade including a mystery pin set. We also released a limited release Vinylmation mystery set with eight figures. You won’t know which one you’ve got until you open the box.

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Launch Bay Cargo – One of the coolest destinations for collectible merchandise is Launch Bay Cargo. This location is found at both Disneyland park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Guests can find replica costumes, light up Lightsaber umbrellas, toys, collectibles and more. Fans can also create D-Tech on Demand phone cases with Star Wars artwork. In Florida, we also offer an option to create and personalize retail MagicBands.

Shop Disney Parks Mobile App – This free mobile app gives you access to select Star Wars products from Disney Parks which you can have shipped directly to your home. We also introduced some fun hidden search terms that reveal some video clips. To download the free app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

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A World Showcase of Unforgettable Shopping at Epcot – Canada Pavilion

posted on January 14th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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There are many Unforgettable places to shop at Walt Disney World Resort. This month, I’m beginning a new series featuring my favorite place to shop, dine and play – World Showcase at Epcot. A new story each month throughout 2016 will highlight unique products from each of the 11 World Showcase countries. I’m starting my trek around the “World” with a visit to Canada Pavilion.

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Impressive totem poles surround the entrance to the Northwest Mercantile that is home to products inspired by the diverse and rich culture of Canada. Inside, guests will find Canadian flag-inspired apparel, decorative items and more. This location also contains hockey-themed products celebrating popular Canadian teams.

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Guests will also find the popular “O Canada” logo merchandise first introduced in 2012. This program includes short and long sleeved apparel, drinkware and headware. You can read more about the program in this Disney Parks Blog article from 2013.

Other favorite products include Canadian maple syrup, pajamas by Hatley, jewelry and soap from Goat Mountain Soap Company.

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New this year is an updated Canada Native program that includes colorful graphics of native wildlife such as fish, moose and owls. Look carefully at each graphic to find a hidden Mickey Mouse icon included somewhere in the artwork.

Canada Pavilion also has a kiosk along World Showcase Promenade that offers additional items including personalized leather goods.

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Being a long time fan of Epcot, one of my favorite things I found in the shop were the intricate and beautiful carvings. Many of these totem poles and designs have existed since World Showcase opened in 1982.

Here is an image gallery of other items I found during my visit.

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Decorate Your Home with New Disney Parks-Inspired Figurines

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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During a recent Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video, I gave you a first look at three new decorative figurines coming to Disney Parks this year. These figurines were inspired by characters and icons from attractions found at Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. Here’s a closer look at these decorative items.

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We originally released a few decorative figurines when Disney Centerpiece opened in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace in June 2014. You may recall seeing a stylized Sleeping Beauty Castle, Mr. Toad, the Orange Bird, elephants from The Jungle Cruise attraction, and a pineapple ice cream trinket box.

This year, we are adding the crocodile from Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Al from Country Bear Jamboree, and Figment from Journey into Imagination at Epcot.

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Other figurines include Monstro the whale found at Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland park, and a hippopotamus from the “it’s a small world” attraction.

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My favorite figurine is a miniature version of the Moonliner from Tomorrowland at Disneyland park (read about the history of this out-of-this-world icon in this Disney Parks Blog article.

Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks in 2016. Once released, you will also find them available using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app. This app gives you access to thousands of Disney Parks’ products which you can have shipped directly to your home. To download, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

Which figurine is your favorite?

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