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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.


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.

Retail MagicBands and Accessories Available at Walt Disney World Resort Stylish Apparel and Accessories from Disney Parks

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.


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.

2016 Disney Parks Attraction Poster Calendar and Disney Tails Items Available at Disney Parks Delicious Treats From Disney Parks

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


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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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Digging Up Merchandise at Disney Parks for Disney•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


This week, we are celebrating “Dino Week” in honor of the upcoming release of Disney-Pixar’sThe Good Dinosaur” which arrives in theaters on November 25. I recently visited the appropriately themed Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures in Dinoland, U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to survey merchandise being offered at Disney Parks for this film.


For the release of this film, we have a small assortment of toys and apparel for kids. Guests may also find adorable plush resembling Arlo the Apatosaurus and his unlikely human friend Spot. Look for them on an open edition two-pin set as well.


My favorite item is a kids’ zipper jacket that looks like the Tyrannosaurus Rex named Butch. I love the little arms that stick out from the front of the jacket.


In the mix, we included some toys created by our partners from the Disney Store.


Guests should also look for a limited release logo pin that opens to reveal an image of characters from the film.

Finally, we are hosting special signing events at Disney Parks this weekend.

For guests visiting Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort, filmmakers, Pete Docter and Jerome Ranft will be appearing from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on November 21. Jay Ward will be appearing at the location from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on November 22. They will be meeting with fans and signing select Pixar-themed merchandise during their appearances.

At Disneyland Resort, Disney artists Joey Chou and Jerrod Maruyama will be on hand for a signing event on November 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney District. You can see some of their artwork in the top image. This artwork will also be released in Florida this weekend.

You can find select items from “The Good Dinosaur” online at Select items may also be found using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

Check out all of the exciting activities happening at Disney in celebration of Dino Week at

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Holidays For Your Home Collection Returns to Disney Parks With New Products

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


With holiday decorations returning to Disney Parks, I’ve started thinking how I’m going to decorate my place this year. One of my favorite collections introduced last year was the nostalgic Home For Your Holidays collection. This popular line of decorative holiday items included ornaments, pillows, home goods and more. I’m happy to report that many items offered last season, including the fun vintage holiday blub necklace shown above, have returned along with some new options.


The Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park had several items available from this collection including the tree skirt, holiday cards and decorative apron. I also found the new assortment of gift bags that are perfect for gift giving this year.


A doorknob banner is also new this year. One side of the banner states “Joy from the World” with Mickey Mouse, while the other side features Minnie Mouse celebrating from the “Merriest Place on Earth.”


Mickey and Minnie Mouse can be found on a ceramic mug set and in a 3-inch Vinylmation figure set this year. One of the more unique items is a translucent Mickey icon ornament that lights up, illuminating the retro-styled artwork.


I’m looking forward to trying some gourmet cocoa with flavors such as Cinnamon Cookie, Candy Cane and Chocolate S’Mores.

Look for these items and more in select Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations. You may also find select items on the Disney Parks online store under the “Disney’s Days of Christmas” section. Lastly, I invite you to try the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app that gives you access to thousands of products created especially for Disney Parks.

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Add a Splash of Disney to Your Dining Table This Thanksgiving Holiday

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


I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday this year as my parents will be visiting from Ohio. My girlfriend and I are going to try cooking a delicious meal, which will be served on the outstanding Adventureland-inspired dinnerware released last year at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. If you are looking to add a splash of Disney to your table this year, here are some suggestions of home décor products from Disney Parks.


The dinnerware items shown in the above images are part of the Gourmet Mickey collection. In addition to the colors shown, we also offer plates and bowls in green and red (perfect for the upcoming holiday season after Thanksgiving).


You can nibble like the Mouse with this set of five stainless steel serving utensils with Mickey icon cut-out on the handles. This boxed set includes knife, fork, spoon, slotted spoon, and slotted cake server.


I love these wine glasses that feature the lyrics to “Be Our Guest” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” They are part of the Chalkboard artwork collection released last year at Disney Parks. The glasses are offered in both 16 oz. and 18 oz. sizes.


Finally, we offer several decorative salt and pepper shakers including Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as Pilgrims. These sets are fun ways to spice up any Thanksgiving meal.

Look for select dinnerware items on our Disney Parks online store at You may have select items shipped directly to your home using the free Shop Disney Parks app.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Meet David Foster and Charles Perry from ‘We Love Disney’ on November 12 at Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m excited to announce a special appearance by award-winning producer David Foster, and singer and musician Charles Perry on Thursday, November 12 in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace.


David and Charles will be signing the recently released album “We Love Disney” from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This album is a unique collaboration between Verve Records and Walt Disney Records that features interpretations of classic Disney songs by some of the hottest artists from the worlds of pop, rock, R&B and country.

Please note that wristbands will be required to meet David and Charles. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed at Marketplace Co-Op with the purchase of the “We Love Disney” CD on a first come, first serve basis. Once wristbands have been distributed, the line to meet David and Charles will close.

Merchandise available while supplies last. We ask that only two (2) items be signed per guest, per time in line. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Valid Walt Disney World Resort receipt may be required. Artist signing is subject to space and time availability and is not guaranteed. Event information subject to change without notice.

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Twenty Eight & Main Boutique Now Open in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


One of my favorite additions this year to Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort is the new Twenty Eight & Main boutique that recently opened in the Marketplace Co-Op. You may recall from a previous article that Twenty Eight & Main is our new men’s apparel and accessories collection created for especially for distinguished gentlemen who love Disney Parks. I recently stopped by the Marketplace Co-Op to get a first look inside this new destination.


This location carries a variety of apparel items that are classic, stylish yet modern. A handful of accessories, such as headware or luxurious leather bags, are also offered. It was great to see one of my favorite items, the leather briefcase, which has an awesome all over pattern on the inside flap. That same pattern was used on pajama pants and even on the inside of some wall fixtures.


In addition to the Twenty Eight & Main collection, the shop carries apparel and accessories by Pendleton along with shirts by Levi Strauss & Co. Look for a selection of pub-themed goods from the United Kingdom Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot.


There will be several apparel items that will only be found in this location at Disney Springs. You can see some of those items along a wall that has framed shirts. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a closer look at the shirts (the Shrunken Ned shirt is fantastic!).

Finally, the shop is filled with little details including nods to the lion from the Disney family crest. I loved finding the Orange Bird in a display along with a miniature Rocketeer helmet.

Look for select Twenty Eight & Main items on our Disney Parks online store by visiting Select items may also be found using the free Shop Disney Parks app (see this video for more details about using the app).

Here are some additional images from the shop.

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Commemorative Merchandise For Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2015 at Magic Kingdom Park

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

With the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, I wanted to give you a preview of some commemorative merchandise created for this year’s event.


One of the most popular items from last year was the retail MagicBand. I’m happy to report a new limited edition MagicBand will be released this year starting November 8. This MagicBand will have a retail of $29.95 and an edition size of 4,000.


Other items will include t-shirts for adults and kids, and a decorative holiday ornament.

At the new D-Tech on Demand location in Tomorrowland Light & Power Co., guests will be able to create and personalize a case for select mobile phones. We currently 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 release several Disney pins created especially for the event. There is a limited release logo pin and a jumbo sized pin featuring Mickey Mouse and Pluto. The latter has an edition size of 750.


The limited edition pins will include artwork of characters like Dumbo and Timothy; Captain Hook and Smee; and, my favorite, the Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion. Annual Passholders should look for a limited edition pin with Huey, Dewey and Louie (this pin has an edition size of 3,000).

Here are the best places to find these items at Magic Kingdom Park during the party. Please note that all items will be available while supplies last.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights, November 8 – December 18, and is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are available now on See my fellow author Shawn Slater’s article for more details about the event this year.

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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – Disney Parks Tsum Tsum

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

Today, I’m continuing our video series called Disney Parks Blog Unboxed with a look at new Disney Tsum Tsum. You may already play the incredibly fun and engaging mobile app that introduced these adorable characters to the world (if not, check out to learn more).

During this video, I visited Japan Pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort to “stack, stack” the latest details on new 3 ½-inch plush created especially for Disney Parks.

The best places to find Disney Parks Tsum Tsum are World of Disney at Downtown Disney District in California and Once Upon a Toy at Disney Springs Marketplace in Florida.

These new Disney Tsum Tsum will eventually be carried online at

Guests may also find these items at a future date using the free Shop Disney Parks app. This video shows you how easy it is to use the app to find favorite Disney Parks merchandise and have those items shipped directly to your home.

Happy Stacking!

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