With Halloween only a few days away, I’m still deciding how I want to dress up this year. I already dressed up as a space cowboy during the Disney Parks Blog meet up in September (that event was filled with some wonderful costume ideas). But I’m considering some other options including my awesome “TRON: Legacy” costume that I would wear everyday if I could. Here are a few costume ideas for showing off your Disney Side during Halloween at Disney Parks.
The image above features a Sheriff Woody zip-up sweatshirt that would be perfect with a cowboy hat, jeans and boots. The Buzz Lightyear t-shirt could be paired with Buzz Lightyear gloves that we also carry at Disney Parks.
I snapped a candid image around our offices of the new hooded sweatshirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I would add some Mickey Mouse gloves and yellow slippers for a simple nod to these classic Disney characters.
We have a variety of Disney Princess costumes, which are a perfect addition to an ultimate makeover experience for guests ages 3-12 at the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney Marketplace or in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, or at the Disneyland Resort.
We also have two new costumes (with matching accessories) inspired by Anna and Elsa from the upcoming Disney animated feature “Frozen”. I can’t wait for this film!
While we do not carry adult-sized costumes at Disney Parks, the softlines team updated two popular costume t-shirts from last year featuring Minnie Mouse and Snow White.
Other new costume t-shirts include one inspired by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Finally, I liked the new Star Wars-inspired costume t-shirts featuring a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (the latter would look great with a new Mouse ear helmet).
I recently shared with you a look at some new apparel for women to show off their Disney Side this fall at Disney Parks. After that article was published, I spoke with John Smith and Kaleigh Wright from the graphic apparel team to get a look at some new items they have developed. This year, they’ve added more splashes of humor to the tees being released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. There is one shirt, however, that caught my eye as it features one of my favorite treats ever – the Dole Whip!
You may recall that we first introduced a Dole Whip shirt in early 2012. It was followed by a similar shirt for women in the summer of that year. This new shirt was designed by Disney Design Group artists Casey Jones and Tim Whalen, and features Rongo, the god of agriculture from the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland park. There will also be a version with the Walt Disney World Resort logo (as I’ve also spotted Rongo at Disney’s Polynesian Resort).
I asked John about the humor behind these T-shirts.
“I don’t take myself too seriously,” laughed John. “I think laughter is one of the best things, especially for someone on vacation. These T-shirts were inspired by similar playful T-shirts we released in recent years that were a big hit with our guests.”
You can still find some of those T-shirts on the Disney Parks online store such as this one with Gaston.
I was particularly happy to see a new Hercules shirt as I love seeing merchandise from one of my favorite animated features! With the amount of time that I spend on Twitter, the Donald Duck shirt made me laugh (out loud, of course).
I’m beyond excited to share with you details about a new 2014 calendar coming to Disney Parks this month. The calendar features one of my favorite things – Disney attraction posters! You may recall the amazing book that was published last year titled “Poster Art of Disney Parks” by Walt Disney Imagineers Vanessa Hunt and Danny Handke. I love that book as it contains a great history and plenty of photographs of those classic Disney Parks’ images (a must have for any Disney fan!). Like the book, the new 12-month calendar is a tribute to some of the most iconic Disney attraction posters.
The calendar uses the same oversized format as the previous 2013 calendar and the calendar we released at Star Wars Weekends this past May. Each 12-inch by 18-inch poster can be removed from the calendar (edges are perforated), and is suitable for framing. They were printed on acid-free and lignin-free paper.
There are two different calendars – one for Disneyland Resort and one for Walt Disney World Resort. The souvenirs team selected complementary attractions for most months, but there are a few exceptions (hello, little Orange Bird at the Sunshine Tree Terrace at the Walt Disney World Resort!).
The other cool part about these new calendars is that you get a preview of some 2014 artwork that will be featured on select merchandise in the coming year.
Which attraction poster is your favorite? Please share in the comments below.
A few weeks ago, I attended the launch party for the new Disney Collection by Vera Bradley at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace. I enjoyed seeing several Disney Parks Blog readers during that fun (and early) morning event. During the event, I was asked when these items would be released on our Disney Parks online store. I have great news to share! I invite you to visit DisneyStore.com/VeraBradley starting October 21, 2013, as we will be releasing the “Just Mousing Around” and “Midnight With Mickey” colors that day.
It is important to note that the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley was created especially for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. This means the only places to find this collection is either at Disney Parks or on the Disney Parks online store starting this coming Monday. These and future colors won’t be offered at locations owned and operated by Vera Bradley, or via their online store.
Speaking of future colors, I’m delighted to give you a first look at “Where’s Mickey?,” a new color coming to the World of Disney Store at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida on Tuesday, October 29.
This new color will be featured on several familiar and popular styles such as the hipster, backpack, large duffel, Smartphone wristlet and more.
In addition to a future release at the World of Disney Store in Florida, the “Where’s Mickey?” color will also be carried via the Disney Parks online store and at select Disneyland Resort locations in the coming months.
Fall marks one of two seasons for new apparel at Disney Parks. I recently spent time with Christina Bonet, merchandise assistant for softlines, getting an overview of what new items to expect this season. After walking through the softlines showroom, I selected a few items that caught my eye.
Fans of Disney Princesses and Villains will be delighted to see several new T-shirts this fall. Christina told me that the Ariel and Belle shirts shown above have already moved to the top of their charts. There will be four additional shirts arriving in locations soon featuring additional characters.
I love dapper, mid-century modern vibe from several new chiffon blouses. The images of Snow White and Ariel shown above are actually printed on the back of each blouse.
Christina explained that many of their styles were inspired by popular trends in the marketplace. One trend that has been popular for years is tie-dye. Some of the most popular shirts we carry at Disney Theme Park Merchandise have tie-dye designs. This time, they have created two shirts with “hidden” Mickey and Minnie Mouse designs. The new tie-dye shirts join brightly colored tanks with sequin Mickey Mouse silhouettes.
Finally, with the cooler temperatures arriving in the coming months, there are two new hoodies with dolman sleeves.
These new apparel items will be found in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
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This October marks the third anniversary of one of my favorite spots in Epcot, Karamell-Küche (or Caramel Kitchen) in Germany Pavilion. Three years ago, this location became one of the first free-standing locations for Werther’s Original Caramel (you can see a video of a slightly younger version of me talking about the location in this Disney Parks Blog article). I think I’ve lost count of the number of chocolate and caramel-covered strawberries my son and I have enjoyed since the location opened. The coolest part about this shop is they regularly introduce new things, all of which include some element of Werther’s Original Caramel.
After receiving a tip from Patrice Guy, merchandiser for consumables with Disney Theme Park Merchandise, I visited the location to see the new offerings. These new items include an apple tart, sea salt fudge brownie, caramel toffee bark, caramel cheesecake with chocolate, and a German chocolate chip cookie.
In case you need another excuse to visit Germany Pavilion at Epcot, check out these 10 images. I’ll take one of each please!
This past Sunday was a gorgeous day to visit the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I took my son for an all-day excursion around my favorite Disney park, Epcot. We had a blast trying various new treats. My son was a big fan of the salmon in Scotland, while I truly enjoyed the Orange Dole Whip at the Refreshment Port toward the Canada Pavilion. I put some money on a Disney Gift Card for my son so he could pretend to be a grown up and pay for everything (I had him figure out how much money was left after each transaction).
The best place to start for first time guests is the Festival Center, which is located in Future World between Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE. This location houses a merchandise shop that includes items created especially for the event, a fine art and book section and a massive area with bottles of wine for purchase. This area is also the place for numerous culinary demonstrations and seminars (see the official website for additional details).
In the coming weeks, you will also be able to meet Disney Design Group Artist Randy Noble in the Festival Center. He created the main artwork for this year’s merchandise featuring a French chef named Chauncy (as discussed in this previous article). Randy will be meeting with guests on Friday, October 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
After visiting the Festival Center, I invite you to stop by the Port of Entry located at the entrance to World Showcase toward the Canada Pavilion. This year, the Epcot team created a one-stop destination for culinary-themed goods from around World Showcase. One of the best things I saw in the shop was a wine cork globe. While this item wasn’t for sale, it inspired me to possibly create one at home one day.
If you can’t attend this year’s festival, we will be offering select event merchandise online from October 4-10, 2013, at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.
Here are a few more images from my recent visits (it’s plural because I can’t stay away from Epcot!).
For more about the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, click on the links below:
With the start of October, I’m turning the “Limited Time Magic” spotlight on Halloween headwear at Disney Parks. If you are looking for an instant costume, a decorative hat or headband may be one of the simplest ways to join the festivities. Here are a few of my favorite Halloween-themed items this year.
I loved carving pumpkins for Halloween when I was younger. That is probably why I love the pumpkin ear hat designed by Disney Design Group artist Mark Seppala. I spotted this one on a ghost in Gateway Gifts at Epcot after a day of fun with my son at the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The best part about this hat is the hidden image of Chip ‘n’ Dale that is found under the pumpkin’s topper.
In California, you can find this hat at the following Disneyland Resort locations:
In Florida, look for this pumpkin ear hat in these Walt Disney World Resort merchandise shops:
You can also find the ear hat on our Disney Parks online store.
A Mouse ear headband, particularly the Minnie Mouse sequined headband with a red bow, is one of the most popular headwear items at Disney Parks. This year, you will find two different Halloween-themed headbands including one with purple and green sequins.
Finally, I love what the headwear team did with the four new Disney Villain headbands that were recently introduced at Disney Parks. These headbands were also designed by Disney artist Mark Seppala. My favorite is the headband with the glow-in-the-dark apples inspired by Walt Disney’s animated classic, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
This weekend marks the return of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort. I’ll admit I’m not a runner, yet this event piqued my interest (especially considering I’m a super fan of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror). I recently caught up with Mary Myers, merchandiser for runDisney events, who gave me an overview of several merchandise items being offered this weekend.
I think one of my favorite items is the new pull-over “I Did It!” jacket. The best detail is the course map featured on the back. There is also a long sleeve shirt featuring a similar map on the back.
Mary created several logo shirts for women and men that feature the race logo with Stitch and the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
The race weekend will see other events besides the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. There will also be the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and runDisney Kids Races on Saturday morning. My son participated in one of the Kids Races several years ago and loved it (the best part is every child takes home a finisher medallion).
Mary created a few commemorative items for those additional events including a limited-release pin for the 5K Trail Run and an ear hat for the Kids Race. Pins were also created for the 10-miler along with a necklace and a logo glass.
Look for these items at Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo that will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. On Friday, October 4, the Expo will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Expo will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5.
I will be sending good thoughts to all participants this weekend. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #Tower10Miler or #HappyHaunted5k if you will be participating.
As a child, I loved visiting toy stores. I would spend countless hours roaming aisles in search of the perfect toy (which was typically some kind of Star Wars action figure). As a parent today, I see that same kind of thrill in my son’s eyes when we visit a store. I also still feel that thrill when I visit with Cody Hampton, merchandiser for toys and games at Disney Theme Park Merchandise. Cody recently took me on a tour of his toy showroom to highlight a few new novelty toys coming to Disney Parks this fall.
I think my favorite new item is a Pluto bank. When a coin is dropped into Pluto’s dish, he licks his plate clean. I recall having a metal bank with baseball players similar to this when I was younger (the pitcher would throw a coin into the catcher’s glove). I’m going to need more coins when my son sees this one.
Two of the more unique items Cody shared with me were Disney Mouse-Staches. Cody said these play mustaches were inspired by a popular trend in the marketplace. I once tried growing a mustache, but became impatient with how long the process took (and my fiancée Jennifer said “No”). I think I’ll stick with these peel and stick ‘staches from now on.
Another fun item that Cody shared was Disneyvision. This small retro television measures about 7-inches tall by 5-inches wide and was designed by Disney Design Group Artist Lin Shih (whom you may recall from Radio Disney Music Award fame a few months ago). The set comes with six different characters that can be placed into the television. Once Disneyvision is turned on, you can control the speed of six built-in LED strobe lights and motion of the characters by turning the dials. This lighting effect makes it appear like the characters are animated.
Finally, there are a few new Disney Princess items arriving this fall including a small rubber ball inspired by a scene from “The Little Mermaid,” a 500-piece puzzle featuring the works of Thomas Kinkade, and a small castle turret bank that contains sculpted images of Cinderella, Belle, Ariel and Rapunzel.