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New ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ Items Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in October

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


I loved seeing the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” a few weeks ago during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park. If you plan on attending an event in October, I invite you to look for a few commemorative items inspired by this new show.

We have an event T-shirt featuring the Sanderson Sisters and Disney Villains from the show such as Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.

Guests attending the events may also find artwork for select mobile phones at the new D-Tech on Demand area inside Tomorrowland Power and Light Co. at the exit of Space Mountain. We offer cases for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6.

Finally, we will offer a limited release retail MagicBand starting October 9.

The best place to look for the event shirt and retail MagicBand is Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A.

The retail MagicBand may be found in additional locations such as Box Office Gifts on Main Street, U.S.A., Big Al’s in Frontierland and Tomorrowland Power and Light Co. in Tomorrowland.

For more information about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, please visit

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PANDORA Jewelry and Other Popular Products Coming to Disney Parks This October

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Each month, Disney Theme Park Merchandise releases new items at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. With the start of October, I selected a handful of my favorite new things that guests will soon find either at Disney Parks or on our Disney Parks online store. Select items may also be available using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app (see this video for details about using the app).

Retail MagicBands for Haunted Mansion and Disney Villains
Two new retail MagicBands are coming to Walt Disney World Resort on October 9. The Disney Villains MagicBand is open edition while the Haunted Mansion-themed MagicBand is limited release. You may notice that both MagicBands are printed on a much requested purple-colored MagicBand.


Jungle Cruise-Themed Companion T-Shirts
From October 7-13, we are continuing our monthly series of companion T-shirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. This time, they are dressed as characters from the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland. Guests can only find these limited release shirts online at Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.


Carrie and Nellie Join Disney Attractionistas Collection
Speaking of attractions, two new Disney Attractionistas are due to arrive in October at Disney Parks. You may recall reading about these Disney Parks-inspired dolls a few months ago on the Disney Parks Blog. This month, guests will find Carrie, who was inspired by King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland Resort and Prince Charming Regal Carousel at Walt Disney World Resort; and Nellie whose looks were inspired by the world famous Jungle Cruise.


Vinylmation – Haunted Mansion Series 2
The second series in the Vinylmation – Haunted Mansion collection will be released D-Street locations on October 30. The first series in this collection was originally released in 2012. This time, the limited release series contains seven known figures and one mystery chaser figure. There are also a few variant figures and the last of the three Hitchhiking Ghost figures.


Disney Parks | PANDORA Jewelry Collection
New Holiday charms from the Disney Parks | PANDORA Jewelry Collection are debuting on October 29-31 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. Don’t miss the chance to check these Disney-inspired charms off your shopping list to make the perfect holiday gifts.

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Meet Barbara Bradley Baekgaard During Vera Bradley Event at Marketplace Co-Op at Walt Disney World Resort on October 9

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

I have exciting new for Vera Bradley fans at Walt Disney World Resort. We will be holding a special release party on October 9 at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace.


We will release two new colors at the event as part of the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley – “Mickey Meets Birdie” and “Preppy Poly.” Guests will also have an opportunity to meet Vera Bradley Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Barbara Bradley Baekgaard from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that day. I recently spoke with the Vera Bradley team about the inspiration behind “Mickey Meets Birdie.”


“Barbara Bradley Baekgaard’s chic home has always been filled with beautiful bright colors, patterns and design pieces – many of which contain scenic landscapes and birds. When Barbara’s first grandson, Christopher, visited her home as a child he would point out all the birds in each room and repeat, ‘Birdie, birdie, birdie.’ One day, after several visits and ‘bird watches,’ Christopher was asked which grandparent he was visiting and he enthusiastically replied, ‘Grandma Birdie!’ The name was quickly adopted by all of Barbara’s 14 grandchildren and family. Barbara loves Disney, so [Mickey Meets Birdie] is the perfect representation of a match made in heaven!”


For “Mickey Meets Birdie,” we will have 10 styles available including a Hipster Bag, a Zip ID Case, a Vera Bag and more.

New 'Preppy Poly' Tango Red Color by Vera Bradley New 'Preppy Poly' Violet Color by Vera Bradley

There will be four styles each for “Preppy Poly” offered in two different colors – Violet and Tango Red.

In addition to Cherry Tree Lane at Walt Disney World Resort, guests may find these new items select merchandise locations at Disneyland Resort starting October 9.

In the coming weeks, guests may also find these items on our Disney Parks online store, or from the new Shop Disney Parks mobile app that is available as a free download from your favorite app store.

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VIDEO – How To Use the Shop Disney Parks App at Walt Disney World Resort

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


A few weeks ago, we introduced the new Shop Disney Parks mobile app. This free app offers access to thousands of Walt Disney World authentic products, including some of the newest arrivals like retail MagicBands.

I recently visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios to show you just how easy and convenient it is to use the app when shopping at Walt Disney World Resort.

Look for future enhancements and updates coming to the Shop Disney Parks app in the coming months.

The app is currently available for iPhone and smartphones for Android. You can also use the iPhone app on an iPad (a dedicated iPad app is not currently available).

For more information about downloading this free app, please visit*

*Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

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Celebrate National Coffee Day with a Look Ahead to New Mugs Coming to Disney Parks

posted on September 28th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I love coffee, so you can imagine National Coffee Day, which is celebrated on September 29, is a festive day in the Miller house. Every morning, I brew a fresh pot of coffee which I enjoy all day at work. During the weekends, I sip delicious cups of hot, black coffee from one of my many coffee mugs. Since I know I’m not alone in my love of all things coffee, I thought today was a good day to give you a sneak preview of new mugs coming soon to Disney Parks.


The Disney character mugs in the first image are part of an upcoming Colorful Kitchen collection. While the home décor considers them soup mugs, I know some days require that much coffee.

Coming in October, we will release two mugs as part of Twenty-Eight & Main, the new men’s apparel and accessory collection. Stay tuned for a closer look at this collection with a video coming to the Disney Parks Blog.


In 2014, we introduced a series of mugs inspired by Disney Princesses. The newest mug in that collection will be Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.”


Finally, these four mugs were inspired by the Mad Tea Party attraction in Fantasyland. The cups and saucers are attached, and they will be released at some point in 2016. Merchandiser Aaron Babcock told me they originally started with purple but decided to release all four colors after seeing the first samples. I think they are a perfect complement the other home goods resembling Disney Park icons such as the salt and pepper shaker trash cans.


I mentioned I brew coffee every day, so I’m excited to try the newest blend in the Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection from Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company. The blend was inspired by Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Master Roastmaster Chris deMezzo worked directly with Sanaa staff to create a blend that not only complemented the foods prepared at Sanaa, but enhanced the overall experience of dining. The end result was a medium roast with bright acidity, great aroma, with a dry winey after taste.

The Sanaa blend sounds exceptional, and I can’t wait to enjoy it in one of these new mugs during National Sanaa Bread Service Day (that is a holiday, correct?).

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PHOTOS: First Look at Festival Center For 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 26th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


September is my favorite month of the year as I celebrate two awesome things – my birthday and the return of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. The latter is celebrating 20 years this fall, and I can’t wait to taste my way around the world again. I recently stopped by the Festival Center in Future World to check out the merchandise being offered this year. Here are some of my favorite things you will find throughout Epcot.


The Festival Center is located between Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE pavilions in Future World. This location houses many experiences including a merchandise location, wine shop, Intermission Café, and cooking demonstrations. This is also a great place to pick up the new scavenger hunt called Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak (see my fellow author Michelle Harker’s article for details.


This year, there are three distinct art programs for the merchandise – World Showcase logo, Disney characters dressed as chefs, and Brews Around the World. You may recall reading about some of these items in a previous Disney Parks Blog article. Guests will find many of these items including apparel, home décor, drinkware and other goods at this location. One item that won’t arrive until later during the festival is the previously shown Figment coffee mug (just in case you were looking for it).


I’m also happy to announce a specially designed charm from PANDORA. This sterling silver charm with white and black enamel features Chef Mickey, and it will be released during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.


Finally, we will offer a limited release tee-shirt on our Disney Parks online store from September 25 through October 1. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. You can order the shirt by visiting

Here are a few other items I found including a new Disney Gift Card and Festival Cookbook. I hope to see you at Epcot this fall!

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Experience Frozen Fun All Year Long at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with New Disney Frozen Package

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

With the Halloween season returning to Disney Parks, I’m happy to announce a new option at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for guests ages 3-12 called the Disney Frozen Package.

This new package includes a choice of the Anna hairstyling with costume or Elsa hairstyling with costume. Guests will also receive shimmering makeup, face gem, nail polish, a Princess sash, a Princess cinch bag, and a huggable 12-inch Olaf plush.

If guests already have an Anna or Elsa dress, they may select the Disney Frozen Crown Package which includes Anna or Elsa hairstyle with braided hair piece and sparkling snowflake hair accessories. Guests will also receive other items featured in the Disney Frozen Package including the 12-inch Olaf plush.

You may recall seeing similar transformations offered at the Ice Palace Boutique during Frozen Summer Fun this year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

For guests visiting the Disneyland Resort in California, this package will be offered at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland inside Disneyland park (Note: Separate theme park admission required).

Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Florida can find this packages at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace or inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park (Note: Separate theme park admission required for the latter).

To make your reservation starting September 25, call 714-781-STYLE (714-781-7895) for Disneyland Resort or 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895) for Walt Disney World Resort.

Guests must be between 3-12 years of age and must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older during the entire experience. Costume select and sizing may vary and certain accessories are sold separately. No discounts apply unless otherwise noted. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior arrival. A valid accepted credit card number is required at the time of booking. A $10 cancellation fee will be applied to such credit card for all no-shows or if reservation ins cancelled within 24 hours of experience. Subject to restrictions. All prices, package components, costumes, accessories, hairstyles and information contained herein are subject to change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission may be required.

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VIDEO – Inside Look at the Disney Boutique Collection Designed for Fun Loving Disney Fans

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

The Disney Theme Park Merchandise team recently introduced a new clothing and accessories line for fun loving Disney fans called “Disney Boutique.” This collection features modern styling, fabrics and trims all presented in a unique Disney way. I visited Tren-D at Walt Disney World Resort where I learned more about this collection from merchandiser Angelique Vu.

Here are a few photographs I took at Tren-D that highlight a few options or styles that guests may find. These items will change seasonally so look for our fall collection in the coming weeks.

The Disney Boutique collection was created especially for Disney Parks. Guests should look for Disney Boutique items in select locations at Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. Disney Boutique items may also be found using the new Shop Disney Parks app available from your favorite app store. Finally, you may also find items online at

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Inspired Apparel Coming to Disney Parks Online Store from September 21-27, 2015

posted on September 15th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


This year, a brand-new stage show called “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” has joined Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park. To celebrate, the Disney Parks online store will offer several limited release “Hocus Pocus” apparel items from September 21-27, 2015.


Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra (who is a super fan of the 1993 live-action film) designed three costume tees that resemble the Sanderson Sisters’ outfits. Each of the tees will have a “Hocus Pocus” logo on the back.


The coolest part about the costume tees is the images used are the actual dresses from the film. A few months ago, I photographed the costumes that were on loan from the Walt Disney Archives. Richard used those high-resolution images when designing these costume tees. It was a real treat to see these iconic costumes up close as I could see the little details found on each one.


Richard also designed the “Sanderson Sisters Witch Museum” graphic that will be used on a short-sleeve tee, long-sleeve tee and hooded sweatshirt.

You can order these items starting September 21 at Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

If you haven’t seen the film in awhile, you can see it during the 2015 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN celebration on ABC Family. The film will be shown on October 19, 20, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30 and 31. Check local listings for times.

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Spotlight on Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store in September 2015

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

With the start of September, here is a roundup of limited release shirts you will find on our Disney Parks online store this month. These shirts will only be offered online during the dates listed below. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. In related news, I’m celebrating my birthday in mid-September, so friends and family might also consider this list as possible gift ideas.


September 4-10
Pluto celebrated 85 years on September 5 this year. He made his debut as a bloodhound in a Mickey Mouse cartoon called “The Chain Gang” in 1930. He became Mickey’s dog, Pluto, in the 1937 cartoon “The Moose Hunt.” These adult and youth shirts celebrate this milestone anniversary for one of Disney’s most beloved four-legged friends.


September 7-13
Our companion series continues this month with these Haunted Mansion-inspired T-shirts. The shirts feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as cast members from the frightfully classic attraction. The shirts will be printed on Hanes Nano-Ts.


September 17-23
The 60th Anniversary of Disneyland Resort continues with this limited release shirt celebrating the Disneyland Railroad. This original attraction has circled Disneyland park since 1955. In addition to the adult and youth T-shirts, we will be offering artwork which will be shipped in 12-14 days.


September 23-29
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort celebrates 35 years on September 23. This shirt will be offered in adult and youth sizes.

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