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Look Ahead at New Pins Coming to Disney Parks in 2016

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


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New pins to collect or trade are on their way to Disney Parks in 2016. I recently stopped by the Disney pin development office at Disney Theme Park Merchandise to get a first look at several new open edition and limited edition pins. Here are a handful of my favorites coming soon to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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One of my favorite new pin-of-the-month collections is called “Disney Love Letters.” Each limited edition pin features characters expressing warm sentiments of love. You might recall seeing two of these pins in a recent Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video. The collection will be shared between Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, and each pin will have an edition size of 3,000.

The “Magical Montage 2016” collection will be released at Walt Disney World Resort. Each limited edition pin will have characters next to an icon that opens to reveal another character. A new pin will be released each month, and each pin will have an edition size of 3,000.

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We’ll continue saluting the Disneyland Diamond Celebration with more Disneyland “D” character pins. Each pin will have an edition size of 3,000 and will be released at Disneyland Resort.

I love the “Disney Duets” pin-of-the-month collection as each pin is like a work of art. The monthly series will be released in a metal box with lid.

The popular Piece of Disney History will return to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in 2016. Each pin in this collection contains a piece of a Disney Park attraction, show or icon.

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There will also be two mystery pin sets inspired by artwork from March Magic 2015. You may recall we offered t-shirts online with these designs last spring. Now, guests will be able to trade for their favorite teams with these mystery sets containing 16-pins each. Pictured above are some of the teams from the Disneyland Resort collection.

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Finally, we’ll have several new open edition pins released throughout the year. I was delighted to see Humphrey the Bear and a pin inspired by Walt Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” These pins and others make great gifts which can be presented in two unique pin gift boxes currently available at Disney Parks.

Stay tuned for additional looks at new and upcoming pins this year on the Disney Parks Blog.

Happy Trading!

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Year in Review: Most Popular Products from Disney Parks in 2015

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


As this 2015 draws to a close, here is a look back at some of the most popular Disney Parks Blog articles about merchandise. My fellow author Michelle Harker and I loved sharing the latest and greatest products created especially for Disney Parks. Thank you for your enthusiasm and comments this year. We look forward to an exciting 2016 filled with even more Unforgettable tangible memories.

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Retail MagicBands – The most popular item this year was retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort. We released a variety of new character, limited release, and limited edition MagicBands throughout the year. In fall, we opened a retail MagicBand on Demand station inside the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. at Magic Kingdom Park where guests can create and personalize their own MagicBands.

Dia De Los Muertos Treats – Michelle shared details about Dia de los Muertos, apples, cake pops and crispies at Disneyland Resort.

Disney Parks Collection | PANDORA Jewelry – We continued offering new items from the Disney Parks Collection | PANDORA, a collection of hand finished sterling silver and 14K gold charms developed especially for Disney Parks.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – One of the most exciting things this year was the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. The Disney Theme Park Merchandise team created more than 500 products, including apparel, accessories, headwear, home décor, souvenirs, toys, pins, D-Tech, collectibles and more. Michelle Harker shared details about these new items in a series of articles throughout the year including this popular behind-the-scenes video.

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New Collections and Classic Collaborations – We introduced two new collections this year for guests who love Disney and Disney Parks – Disney Boutique and Twenty Eight & Main. Guests also found new accessories by Vera Bradley or Dooney & Bourke.

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Unique Souvenirs From Disney Parks – This year saw plenty of unique souvenirs from Disney Parks including the Disney Parks Castle Play Set, hand sanitizers, and a new Disney Park Pack – Trading Edition offered only on the Disney Parks online store. The Disney Egg-stravaganza returned to Disney Parks in spring and the Sanderson Sisters put a spell on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties in the fall.

Finally, we launched the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app which gives guests access to thousands of products created for Disney Parks. It’s one of my favorite downloaded apps this year that can be found at DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

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Purple Retail MagicBand and More Coming Soon to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 17th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Some of the most popular Disney Parks Blog stories in 2015 have been about retail MagicBands. With only a few weeks left in this year, here is an update about new and upcoming retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort.

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One of the most requested MagicBand colors this year was purple. In fall, we introduced a purple option for guests who create retail MagicBands at the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. in Magic Kingdom Park. I have even more exciting news! Soon, guests will be able to find an individual purple retail MagicBand in select Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations. This solid color retail MagicBand will join the other solid color MagicBands we currently offer. Look for the purple retail MagicBand in late December.

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Another popular MagicBand request this year was for the Orange Bird which I discussed in a previous Disney Parks Blog article. This retail MagicBand was recently released along with a Princess Tiana MagicBand and a red holiday sweater pattern MagicBand featuring Mickey Mouse.

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In addition to retail MagicBands, we have new MagicBand-its inspired by classic Disney characters and attractions at Disney Parks. These small accessories can be easily attached to the side of any MagicBand.

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We’ve added new artwork to the previously mentioned Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. location. They include Orange Bird (which you can now have printed on eight different colors including orange or green as pictured). We also have A-E Tickets that are reminiscent of ticket books once used at Disney Parks until the early 1980s.

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Finally, we will have two new MagicBands celebrating 2016 that will be released on January 1, 2016.

You may find select retail MagicBands using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app. Some retail MagicBands I mentioned may be available first on the app before being released in merchandise locations at Walt Disney World Resort. To download, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

What has been your favorite MagicBand this year?

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VIDEO – Holiday Gift Ideas from Newly Expanded World of Disney at Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on December 14th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the holiday shopping season in full swing at Disney Parks, I visited World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort to find great gifts for loved ones. You may recall the shop was recently expanded with additional 6,000 sq. ft of retail selling space, a new entrance to the location, and more. Here is a video recap of my shopping adventure!

For guests using the Shop Disney Parks mobile app, free shipping continues through January 2, 2016. To download this free app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

Happy Shopping!

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Disney Delivery Guy Delivers New Wallpaper to Download

posted on December 10th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Rob, the Disney Delivery Guy, is the star of new festival wallpaper just in time for the holidays. You may recognize him from our monthly video series called “Disney Parks Blog Unboxed” where he delivers all sorts of unknown treasures for me to discover. He made his first appearance at the Disney Parks Blog meet up for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this past fall.

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If you missed any of the Disney Parks Blog Unboxed videos, check out the links below. Keep your eye out for the Disney Delivery Guy on the blog and at our events in 2016!

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Happy Holidays!

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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – 16 Products That Will Make 2016 an ‘Unforgettable’ Year at Disney Parks

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


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As 2015 draws to a close, I’m looking ahead to a new year at Disney Parks. In this edition of Disney Parks Blog Unboxed, I’m revealing 16 new products that will make 2016 an Unforgettable year at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Check out the video below to see what Rob, the Disney Delivery Guy, delivered to me early one morning at the newly expanded World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace.

The items shown in the video will be released throughout 2016 (I don’t have exact dates at this time).

Once released at Disney Parks, you may find select items using the Shop Disney Parks mobile app. This free app gives you access to thousands of products we carry at Disney Parks which you can have shipped directly to your home. To download, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

I’d love to hear which item is your favorite. Please share in the comments below.

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VIDEO – Welcoming Made with Magic to World Showcase in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 8th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m happy to share that Made with Magic has officially arrived to World Showcase in Epcot. You may recall that these accessories allow guests to become a part of a show by lighting up in time with or in the same color scheme at select nighttime spectaculars. This time, Made with Magic items will light up at key moments as you travel from country to country in World Showcase.

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I recently visited Epcot where the friendly cast members of World Showcase helped me welcome Made with Magic to our worldwide family.

Look for Made with Magic items in select merchandise locations around World Showcase or Mouse Gear at Epcot. You may also order items and have them shipped directly to your home using the free Shop Disney Parks Mobile app.

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Top Holiday Gifts For 2015 from Disney Parks

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


With the holiday season returning to Disney Parks, here are my top gift items created especially for Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. To make holiday shopping even easier this year, try using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app to order and ship select item listed below to your home.

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Disney Parks Castle Play Set – All new for this holiday season, this Play Set was inspired by Disney Parks Castles from around the world. Twenty-two new Action Figure Play Sets will also being introduced throughout the coming months. Check out this Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video for more details.

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Retail MagicBands and Accessories – For guests at Walt Disney World Resort, give the gift of a personalized retail MagicBand that’s decorated with favorite Disney characters or icons. Look for several pre-printed graphic MagicBands that can be linked-later to a My Disney Experience account. Guests may also create their own unique MagicBand at the Retail MagicBand on Demand station in Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. at Magic Kingdom Park.

Stylish Apparel and Accessories – The Disney Boutique and Twenty Eight & Main collections offer stylish assortments of fashion-forward apparel, accessories and more for guests who love Disney and Disney Parks.

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Made with Magic – Light up the night with a colorful collection of magical accessories! Four sensational items – the Mickey Ear Hat, Minnie Mouse Headband, Mickey Mouse Glove and the Sorcerer Mickey Wand – have each been programmed to light up at key moments during select nighttime spectaculars at Disney Parks.

Decorative Designer Nutcrackers and Disney Attractionista Dolls Available at Disney Parks Disney Parks Merchandise Pieces by PANDORA Jewelry, Dooney & Bourke or Vera Bradley

Decorative Designer Nutcrackers – Disney Design Group artists have created a limited release series of nutcrackers based on the themed lands and attractions from Disney Parks.

Disney Attractionista Dolls – Inspired by the themed lands and attractions found in Magic Kingdom Park, Disney Attractionistas are special friends that love to be together at the Disney Parks every chance they get. Each doll has wished to always be part of their favorite attraction, and that it could be a part of them. Now all their wondrous wishing has come true with six different fabulous 12″ fashion dolls.

Classic Collaborations – Disney Parks Merchandise has collaborated with popular designers such as PANDORA Jewelry, Dooney & Bourke or Vera Bradley to offer fantastic accessories all with a Disney twist.

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Disney Tails – Disney Tails is a new line of pet products for dogs that includes several colorful leashes with matching collars, Disney Parks-inspired food toys, and a handful of apparel items like bandanas or bow ties.

2016 Disney Parks Attraction Poster Calendar – This oversized 2016 calendar include attraction posters from Disney Theme Parks around the world. Each poster is suitable for display in a standard 12-inch by 18-inch frame, with perforations above and below each poster for easy removal after its calendar month.

Delicious Treats From Disney Parks – Give sweet and delicious treats created especially for Disney Parks. Snacks with Character, a line of better for you snacks, is great for guests looking for dietary alternatives related to food allergies or lifestyle choices. Other options include offer highly-themed goods inspired by the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Find Magical Deals on Shop Disney Parks Mobile App During Thanksgiving Week

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Guests using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app this week through Monday, November 30, 2015 will find magical deals on merchandise. If you are unfamiliar with this new mobile app, check out this video article which shows you how easy it is to find and purchase merchandise from Disney Parks.

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During Thanksgiving week, Shop Disney Parks will have deals each day on items such as stocking stuffers, home décor, accessories, toys, plush and more. Deals may change each day so you’ll want to check back often.

We are also extending our “Free Shipping” offer I previously discussed through January 2, 2016.

To download the app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

Happy Shopping!

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World of Disney Expands in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort has recently transformed into a larger, more spacious shopping experience for guests. I recently visited this flagship merchandise store to discover the latest additions.

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The World of Disney expansion includes an addition of 6,000 sq. ft of retail selling space, a new entrance to the location, and interior changes to help guests better navigate this incredible shopping destination. The location is now considered the largest merchandise shop at Walt Disney World Resort.

I loved the gorgeous stained glass window found in the new space. I also found enhanced directional signs throughout the entire shop which made locating products easier.

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One of my favorite details was the new artwork added to the ceiling including Elliot the dragon from Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon”; WALL-E and Eve from Disney•Pixar’s “Wall-E”; and Hiro and Baymax from Disney’s “Big Hero 6.”

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Guests can now complete purchases at one of several, more efficient, centralized register locations. There was also a new information desk for guests who may have questions about Disney products.

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Finally, cast members have new, re-designed costumes as shown above by Leo Cal and Cencen Wang.

To celebrate the newly expanded location, we are offering a “Free Shipping” promotion on purchases made only at World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, 2015. This would be a great time to get a jump start on holiday shopping!

To see the latest Disney Springs happenings, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and the brand-new Instagram account. Be sure to use hashtag “#DisneySprings” for an opportunity to be featured.

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