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Unbearably Cute Costumes and More for Duffy the Disney Bear Coming to Disney Parks in Early 2014

posted on December 30th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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While recently roaming the halls of Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters, I visited with Julie Young who is now the merchandiser for dolls, plush and Duffy the Disney Bear. Julie and I have been working together for more than 10 years (much of that time was spent together on the Disney pin team). That day, Julie was particularly happy to share details about new costumes and more coming for Duffy the Disney Bear in early 2014. Here is a brief summary of what you can expect to see in the New Year.

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As in previous years, there will be a new 12-inch, pre-dressed bear celebrating 2014. This art is part of what we call a “global program” as it is used on a variety of hardlines and softlines merchandise. This bear will be joined by a new reversible costume for a 17-inch bear in January. One side of the costume celebrates St. Patrick’s Day while the other side celebrates Easter.

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Additional costumes for 17-inch bears are coming in February. You should look for a Stitch outfit and, one of my favorites, a yellow rain poncho (do you remember those from Disney Parks?). There will also be a deluxe costume inspired by Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” that comes complete with a small Jiminy Cricket plush.

There will also be two pre-dressed bears released in February including one inspired by Steamboat Willie and one featuring Duffy in a safari outfit.

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Finally, March will see another new costume for the 17-inch bear that looks like Jake from Disney Junior’sJake and the Never Land Pirates”.

The best places to find a great assortment of Duffy the Disney Bear merchandise is at Treasures in Paradise inside Disney’s California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort and at Disney’s Traders near the entrance to World Showcase in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort.

Select items will also be carried on our Disney Parks online store in the coming months.

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First Look at New Pins Coming to Disney Parks in 2014

posted on December 27th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the start of a new year, I stopped by merchandiser Jeanne Lewis’ office to get a first look at new Disney pins coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. These monthly or quarterly pin collections are a great place to start if you are new to collecting or trading pins. Here is a look at some of my favorites coming in 2014.

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The Piece of Disney History collection returns in 2014 as a monthly pin collection. Introduced in 2005, each limited edition pin in this collection contains small pieces of items from attractions or shows. For Walt Disney World Resort, the collection will contain items from the former SpectroMagic parade which originally debuted on October 1, 1991. For Disneyland Resort, the collection will contain items from various attractions such as a purple glove that Jessica Rabbit wore in Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin at Disneyland park.

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The monthly, perfume bottle-inspired “Eau de Magique” collection will be shared between Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Each limited edition pin will be attached to a scented backer card. Guests at Disneyland Resort should also look for the monthly “Funny Business” collection which features windows with some clever pretend businesses.

There are two different quarterly collections coming next year – “Keyhole Characters” for Walt Disney World Resort and “Ink and Paint Collection” for Disneyland Resort.

Jeanne also shared details about two surprise pin collections – a Steampunk-inspired “Mechanical Kingdom” for Florida and a music-inspired classic character collection for California. These surprise pins will be released at random times throughout the year. For the music collection, the pins can be placed next to each other to form a scene.

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I also got a look at the “Characters & Camera” surprise pin set. This limited release 30-pin collection will be presented in a mystery boxes (two randomly selected pins per box), and will be released at random times and locations in Florida and California throughout the year. There will also be limited edition, monochromatic chaser pins included in this set. Each chaser pin will have an edition size of 250, and will be found at random in the mystery boxes.

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Finally, I couldn’t resist giving you a look at a jumbo-sized pin celebrating the upcoming 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios this May.

Happy Trading!

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Fan Selected Artwork for 2014 Merchandise Arrives at Disney Parks Starting December 22, 2013

posted on December 20th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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As part of “Limited Time Magic” this week, I’m happy to share that merchandise featuring artwork selected by Disney fans earlier this year will be arriving at Disney Parks starting December 22, 2013.

In January, my fellow author Tom Smith shared three pieces of 2014 art for a new, small line of merchandise offerings for Disney Parks. Many fans voted for their favorite art design on the Disney Parks Blog or the official Facebook pages for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. After votes were tallied, I revealed the winning design in this video interview with Patty Landing, Creative Manager with Disney Design Group.

As a celebration of the final “Limited Time Magic” surprise of the year, we will offer an early debut of some of the 2014 dated items, including an adult T-shirt, ladies T-shirt, D-Tech cases for the iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5/5S, as well as mug and a timepiece that feature the new artwork!

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Look for these items beginning December 22 (while supplies last) at either the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort, or at the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

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From December 27, 2013 through January 9, 2014, we will be carrying a limited number of items on the Disney Parks online store. A special deluxe print (as seen in the first image of this story) will be available online only. All online sales orders will be fulfilled within 6-8 weeks.

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New Women’s Apparel Makes Waves on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

posted on December 18th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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My fellow Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado has recently shared some great stories about the Disney Cruise Line. After reading them, I find myself daydreaming of tropical waves and warm sunshine (I really need another Disney cruise!). Since I have yet to move my office to a lounge chair on the top deck, I did the next best thing. I caught up with merchandiser Laura Caszatt in the Disney Cruise Line merchandise showroom at Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters. The room is lined with merchandise developed for the ships including a new line of women’s apparel called “The DCL Project.” Laura explained her inspiration for this new collection.

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“For several years, I created merchandise for Tren-D, the stylish boutique at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida,” said Laura. “Now as a merchandiser for Disney Cruise Line, I wanted to add some similar unique and fashionable apparel to the ships. This collection was inspired by the latest marketplace trends and feature images of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, all with a nautical theme.”

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The collection was recently added to the White Caps merchandise location on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Each item in the collection contains a specially designed hangtag with the DCL Project logo.

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The cotton apparel items are super soft and have a natural free flowing feel to the designs (reminded me of waves on the ocean). I was particularly happy to see classic images of Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie and my favorite character, Donald Duck, riding a surfboard.

These items were developed especially for Disney Cruise Line, and are currently only available on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy ships. Items may be added to additional ship locations at a future date. They will not be available via mail order or online at this time.

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Stay Cool This Winter With New Sweater T-Shirts at Disney Parks

posted on December 17th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Winter officially returns to North America on December 21 this year. While shopping at World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace last weekend, I spotted four new T-shirts that would be perfect for winter in the Sunshine State.

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According to softlines merchandiser John Smith, the four T-shirts were inspired by those tacky holiday sweaters that have become a popular trend in the marketplace. Since my closet currently consists of Aloha shirts and lots of Disney T-shirts, I think I need to add all of these shirts to my collection. I love the navy colored one with Mickey’s face!

At Walt Disney World Resort, the shirts are being carried at World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, MouseGear in Epcot and Keystone Clothiers in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Guests visiting Disneyland Resort should look for these shirts at Emporium in Disneyland park, Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park or World of Disney in Downtown Disney District.

Select shirts are also being offered on the Disney Parks online store.

Happy winter!

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Favorite Stocking Stuffers from Disney Parks for 2013

posted on December 16th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


A holiday tradition in my family was finding loose change, nuts and fruits like oranges and apples in the bottom of stockings. These items would usually accompany other small gifts both wrapped and unwrapped. Since there are only a few days left until Christmas, I thought I would offer a few of my favorite stocking stuffers from Disney Parks.
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The image above contains three new holiday-themed antenna toppers along with new refrigerator magnets that look like iconic foods found at Disney Parks. I also selected some magnets, which I briefly discussed in a previous article. Finally, there are some new die-cast cars featuring holiday versions of characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Cars.”
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I love food so I selected a handful of holiday treats including fun concession candy, shortbread cookies and hot cocoa.
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For those who want to add a little sparkle to a stocking, I suggest the small mini-nail polish or a compact mirror from Beautifully Disney. One of the most popular accessories at Disney Parks is a colorful acrylic bracelet with Mickey Mouse shapes.
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Finally, I selected a new animated glow Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen” mostly because that film is incredible! If you are still undecided on what to give, I suggest a new holiday Disney Gift Card with limited-release pin.

Merry Christmas!

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D-Tech on Demand Comes to Disney Truck Shop at Downtown Disney West Side for the Holidays

posted on December 12th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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A few weeks ago, I shared details about the new Marketplace Co Op location coming to Downtown Disney Marketplace in spring 2014. This location will occupy the space that is currently Team Mickey, and will feature six different mini-shops within the one big shop. One of those shops will be D-Tech on Demand, a place to personalize and customize your own electronic accessories. I’m happy to share that guests visiting Downtown Disney West Side during the holidays can get a sneak preview of D-Tech on Demand in action at the Disney Truck Shop. I recently visited this mobile location to get a first look.

The D-Tech on Demand machines uses some cool printing technology to create phone cases for guests while they are visiting a location. We’ve featured the machine at previous events like Star Wars Weekends 2013 or Star Wars Celebration VI, a Star Wars fan event held in August 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center. This is the first time the machine has made an appearance at the Downtown Disney area.

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We are offering eight different D-Tech on Demand cases for either the iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5/5S. Guests can select their artwork, rubber bumper color (either black or white) and add their name if desired. There are four character designs including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Cinderella Castle with additional Disney characters.

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I’m particularly excited about the four holiday designs, which will be available now through December 25, 2013. Two of the designs feature artwork for what will become the holiday artwork used next season! The retro-style artwork is amazing (I adore anything mid-century modern!). I love the vintage style, colors and even character designs. In a word, I think they are “swell”! I will share some additional looks at the 2014 holiday artwork in January, so please stay tuned.

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Speaking of holidays, the other side of the Disney Truck Shop had a great mix of festive glow merchandise. I particularly liked the light up holiday necklace and the light up reindeer headband.

The Disney Truck Shop will be open at Downtown Disney West Side from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 15. Starting Thursday, December 19, the Disney Truck Shop will operate daily from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. through Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

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Holiday Gift Ideas from Around World Showcase at Epcot

posted on December 4th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


World Showcase in Epcot is one of my favorite places to shop at Walt Disney World Resort. With Holidays Around the World returning to Epcot, I recently spent some time strolling through the 11 World Showcase pavilions looking for great gift ideas. Here are a few highlights from my travels.

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Mexico Pavilion – Look for spirited chocolates from Jose Cuervo and Kahlua, along with assorted traditional ceramics in the Plaza de Los Amigos.

Norway Pavilion The Puffins Roost is home to winter sportswear by Helly Hansen and Laila fragrance gift sets by Geir. This pavilion will also offer a new skin care line called “Skin of Norway by Geir,” which will be only found at Epcot for the next six months.

China Pavilion – The House of Good Fortune offers festival ornaments, exquisite crystal jewelry, fine tea sets and merchandise with pandas (who doesn’t love panda bears?!).

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Germany Pavilion – This pavilion has Werther’s Original Caramel in Karamell-Küche, beautiful Reinhard Herzog blown glass ornaments and ornate cuckoo clocks. Look for the Christkindlmarkt located next to the pavilion, which will again offer a Werther’s Original Hot Salted Caramel drink during the holidays (it’s delicious). I also thought the steins with pieces from the Berlin Wall were very unique!

Italy Pavilion – Find panettone, a traditional Italian fruit cake, in Buona Festa, and frangrance gift sets in Il Bel Cristallo.

The American Adventure – I recently shared details in a previous Disney Parks Blog article about the unique “American story” gifts in Heritage Manor. New to the shop are a holiday book by Deanna Bufo Novak that can be personalized and penny themed jewelry.

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Japan Pavilion – I love the handbags by Shinzi Katoh bags found in Mitsukoshi. This shop also contains lovely scarves, hair accessories, pearl jewelry, toys, games and more.

Morocco Pavilion – In this pavilion, look for ornate jewelry and beautiful wooden boxes.

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France Pavilion – Find fragrance gift sets in Plume et Palette & La Signature shops. The Galerie des Halles carries the specially designed Holidays Around the World ornament plus other French-themed items.

United KingdomThe Tea Caddy carries two lovely Twinings teas – Mint Humbug and Jasmine Pearl – presented in decorative baubles. You can also find jewelry by Kitt Heath as well as merchandise for aspiring Time Lords.

Canada PavilionThe Northwest Mercantile now carries coffee and hot chocolate from Tim Hortons. Look for other delicious candy, warm blankets and two cool story books by Nicholas Oldland.

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Enter the Show Your Ears Sweepstakes on Disney.com Now Through December 20, 2013

posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This year, I’ve shared several stories about new Disney ear hats as part of our “Year of the Ear” celebration. These iconic hats are a great way to show off your Disney Side while visiting Disney Parks. Our partners at Disney.com recently launched a sweepstakes that invites guests to show their ear hats. Now through December 20, 2013, you can enter the Show Your Ears Sweepstakes by uploading a photo of yourself in a Disney ear hat to Disney.com/ShowYourEars.
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One Grand Prize winner of the Show Your Ears Sweepstakes will receive a 5-day / 4-night stay at either the Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort! Five First Prize winners will receive a $100 Disney Store shop card. If you don’t have an ear hat, no worries! You can print out and make your own, or read the Official Rules for alternate methods of entry. Of course, if you need some inspiration, I found a few recently release hats at Disney Parks that you may enjoy.

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You may recall an article from summer 2012 where I gave you a look at then new resin ear hat holiday ornaments. The headwear team used artwork from those ornaments to create much larger, wearable versions. The images above give a side by side comparison of the original holiday ornaments and their ear hat counterparts (I feel like I’m on the stage of “Honey I Shrunk the Audience.”)
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I think my favorite hats include the Queen from Walt Disney’s “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” and the Chip ‘n’ Dale hat. The latter is actually just one hat that has Chip on one side and Dale on the other.

These hats were recently released in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You may also find select hats on the Disney Parks online store.

The Show Your Ears Sweepstakes runs through December 20, 2013, so Show Your Ears today!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to persons of all ages, who are, as of entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States, D.C. or Canada (excluding Quebec). Entries must be received between 12:00 PM (PST) on 11/21/13 and 11:59:59 PM (PST) on 12/20/13. Click here for Official Rules and details on alternate method of entry. Many Will Enter. Few Will Win.

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Dreamfinder and Figment Holiday T-Shirt Coming to Disney Parks Online Store from December 4-8, 2013

posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I recently shared with you details about an online exclusive T-shirt celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Horizons. Being a long time fan of that classic attraction, I was thrilled to see other Horizons fans shared my passion (by the way, Omega Centauri was the most popular destination selected of the three shirts we offered). When we were planning the Horizons shirt, Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones suggested we offer another shirt featuring a different classic Epcot attraction, Journey Into Imagination. Fortunately, Casey, who created the artwork for the aforementioned Horizons shirt, had artwork ready to go.

From December 4-8, 2013, I invite you to visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents where you will find a holiday-themed T-shirt featuring Dreamfinder and Figment. Please note that items will ship in 6-8 weeks and express shipping will not be available.

The original Journey Into Imagination attraction opened at Epcot on March 5, 1983, so this seems like the perfect year for this shirt. Casey originally created the artwork for a virtual holiday card last year for D23, the official Disney fan club.

I really want Santa Dreamfinder to bring me a replica of the Rainbow Corridor/Sensor Maze from the former attraction’s Image Works post-show. I promise I’ve been good all year.

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