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Disney Parks Blog Readers Select First-Ever ‘Fan Choice’ Star Wars-Themed Disney Racer

posted on June 16th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Last week, we invited Disney Parks Blog readers to select the next Star Wars-themed Disney Racer coming to Disney Parks in spring 2015. Today, I’m happy to share the winning selection – Chewbacca.

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Thank you to those who took the time to vote. When this die-cast metal car is released next year, there will be a special “fan choice” call-out on the packaging.

Look for future updates on the Disney Parks Blog as development progresses.

May the Force be with you!

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Commemorative Merchandise for the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ at Disney Parks

posted on June 13th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King.” I recently gave you a look at some merchandise we created for Harambe Nights, the special Lion King-themed events taking place every Saturday from now through August 9, 2014 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are, however, some additional items that commemorate this milestone anniversary coming to Disney Parks and the Disney Parks online store.

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From June 12-17, 2014, the Disney Parks online store will offer an anniversary T-shirt with artwork created by Disney Design Group artist Caley Hicks. This shirt will only be sold online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow four-six weeks for delivery.

The Disney Pin team also created a limited edition pin for this anniversary. The pin has an edition size of 2,000, and it will be released in select locations at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. Unfortunately, this pin won’t be available online.

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Disney Theme Park Merchandise has offered items for Disney’s “The Lion King” for many years. I first wrote about them for the Disney Parks Blog in October 2011 when the Diamond Edition of this film was released on Disney Blu-ray and DVD. Recently, I photographed some additional things at Downtown Disney Marketplace including plush, toys, artwork and pins.

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Coming in July, you will also find a handful of new open edition pins with characters from this Disney animated classic. These pins will be released at locations in both California and Florida.

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New Merchandise Rides Into Downtown Disney West Side for Car Masters Weekend on June 14-15, 2014

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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My fellow author Darcy Clark recently shared some details about Car Masters Weekend returning to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort on June 14-15. This fun event dedicated to all things auto will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. Darcy mentioned we will have a few new items being released that weekend, so I raced over to the merchandise events team to survey the goods.

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This year, we have a new event logo that will be used on a variety of items including a print, a shirt, a car magnet, a car flag and a D-Tech on Demand case for the iPhone 5/5S. These items will be released at D-Street and at the Disney Truck Shop located in the event expo area at Downtown Disney West Side.

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I’m also happy to report that custom car builder and designer Chip Foose will be returning to the event. He will be meeting with guests each day at D-Street from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chip will be signing prints of his take on this year’s Car Masters Weekend artwork shown above (you’ll notice it’s slightly different than the top image). Guests will receive a wristband upon purchasing the artwork which will allow them to meet Chip and have their artwork signed. The queue for guests with wristbands will start at 10:00 am in front of D-Street.

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Guests will also have two opportunities each day to meet the filmmakers of “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” the upcoming film from Disneytoon Studios in theaters July 18. Director/co-writer Robert “Bobs” Gannaway and producer Ferrell Barron, will be giving a special conversation each day, and they will meet with guests to sign the new “Planes: Fire & Rescue” books coming to the event. Please visit the event stage in Downtown Disney West Side at the following times:

  • Saturday, June 14 – Conversation will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. with the meet and greet starting at 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 15 – Conversation will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. with the meet and greet starting at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

To learn more about Car Masters Weekend, please click here.

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New Merchandise Coming to Fifth Weekend at Star Wars Weekends From June 13-15, 2014 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


New Merchandise Coming to Fifth Weekend at Star Wars Weekends From June 13-15, 2014 at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Being a long-time Star Wars fan, I’m delighted there is a fifth weekend for Star Wars Weekends this year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This extra weekend takes place during Father’s Day on June 15, which is perfect since I regularly recreate a famous scene from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back with my son. Here is a brief look at some new items that you will find at Darth’s Mall, our merchandise location found between Toy Story Midway Mania and Studio Backlot Tour.

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New items will include fun Darth Vader shirts, and some character T-shirts, a glass mug, and a spinner pin with characters from the upcoming Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels.

Other new items include a 3-inch Vinylmation set that was originally designed for Vinylmation – Star Wars series 2 (it contains a Jawa and R5-D4), and a limited edition, D-Tech on Demand case for iPhone 5/5S featuring Goofy and Max. You can also find a new Disney Theme Park Tagalong, featuring Jedi Master Yoda.

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For the first time, we will release two limited edition, retail MagicBands with pre-printed images (edition size 2,500 each). There will be a green retail MagicBand with Yoda’s image and a red retail MagicBand with Darth Vader’s image (colors were selected to match their light saber colors). Each retail MagicBand will be packaged in a decorative Star Wars Weekends box (you can use the free Aurasma app on your mobile device to make the box image come to life).

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Finally to celebrate this fifth weekend, I would love your help in selecting the next Star Wars-themed Disney Racer that will be released in spring 2015. You may recall that we recently re-launched Disney Racers at Disney Parks. This is the first time we’ve asked our readers to select the next design to be made. When it’s released, the packaging for this die-cast metal car will have a “fan choice” call-out.

Please take a moment to vote for your favorite design from the list below. Voting will only be available for three days, June 12-15, 2014. We will reveal the winning entry on Monday, June 16, on the Disney Parks Blog.

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The One and Original Country Bear Shirt Coming to the Disney Parks Online Store from June 23-29, 2014

posted on June 11th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I love classic Disney attractions and the Country Bear Jamboree is no exception. I recently saw the show again during the Rock Your Disney Side Party at Magic Kingdom Park and loved singing along (I should sing those tunes during karaoke). The attraction had originally been designed as a show for the never built Mineral King ski resort in the 1960s. It opened in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in October 1971, and eventually made its way to Disney Parks around the world (seeing it in Japan in 2002 was incredible!). To salute this classic show, we are releasing the next Disney Parks’ attraction poster T-shirt on the Disney Parks online store from Monday, June 23 through Sunday, June 29.

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The original attraction poster was designed by Jim Michaelson, Marc Davis, and Eddie Martinez. Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra used elements of that poster when designing the shirt, which will be printed on a Hanes Beefy T-shirt.

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Guests can order the T-shirt starting June 23 by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery (yes, we now have a shorter delivery window!).

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Besides the classic country music, the thing I remember most about the Country Bear Jamboree is the image found on this classic lunchbox (I’m sure I’m not alone).

Yee-haw!

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Disney Parks Merchandise: Celebrating 80 Years of Donald Duck

posted on June 9th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This year, June 9 marks the 80th anniversary for one of my favorite Disney characters, Donald Duck. I’ve been a Donald Duck fan since college when I attended a Disney Institute presentation in Lima, Ohio. During that presentation, the facilitator gave me a small Donald Duck figure for sharing a story about the time I applied to work at Walt Disney World Resort while still in high school (I really wanted to be a cast member!). I still have that critter today, and I have an even greater appreciation of the original angry bird. In recent years, I’ve loved Donald even more for the stylish red bow tie he wears.

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To commemorate this milestone anniversary, the Disney Parks online store is releasing a specially designed T-shirt. From June 9-12, you can find this shirt by visiting DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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We are also releasing a limited edition spinner pin that contains both a black and white and a color image of my favorite bird (edition size is 2,500). This pin will be released in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts starting June 5.

This also seemed like a great time to share photos of my favorite Donald Duck items found at Disney Parks. The suitcase “quacks” me up.

Happy Anniversary, Donald!

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Marketplace Co-Op Officially Opens in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 6th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m thrilled to announce that the Marketplace Co-Op is now officially open in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. First announced in November 2013 on the Disney Parks Blog, this new merchandise destination will serve as a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops and products.
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Located next to Tren-D, Marketplace Co-Op will offer six different boutiques containing a variety of unique, authentic and original merchandise developed especially for Disney Parks, including the following:

  • Beautifully Disney – A beauty destination for women, featuring make-up, fragrances and beauty accessories.
  • Cherry Tree Lane – Accessories for the sophisticated woman with a passion for scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry.
  • D-Tech on Demand – A place to personalize and customize your own electronic accessories.
  • The Trophy Room – Vintage-inspired lifestyle sports apparel and collectibles.
  • Disney Centerpiece – Home product for guests that want a splash of Disney in their room furnishings, textiles and everyday ware.
  • Zoey and Pickles – A girls’ destination containing the latest trends and glamour for the up-and-coming fashionista.

Today, we are also launching an online version of the Marketplace Co-Op via the Disney Parks online store at DisneyStore.com/MarketplaceCoOp. This online boutique will contain select items from Cherry Tree Lane, Disney Centerpiece and Beautifully Disney.

I also invite you to join us on Saturday, June 14 when world-renowned Celebrity DJ Pauly D will be appearing in the Marketplace Co-Op from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. to sign his line of DJ Pauly D™ headphones from SMS Audio.

Here are a few images from this exciting new destination:

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New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Materializing This Fall at Disney Parks

posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Haunted Mansion will celebrate 45 years this August at Disneyland park. While I don’t remember much from my first ride at Walt Disney World Resort in July 1983, I’ve grown to love this wickedly fun attraction in all its incarnations at Disney Parks. In 2013, Disney Theme Park Merchandise introduced nine incredibly detailed home goods based on The Haunted Mansion (I love the bottle stopper). In many ways, those items served as a catalyst for an entire new assortment of Haunted Mansion merchandise coming this fall to Disney Parks. I spoke with franchise and brand manager Robb LaFlamme about what we can expect to see.

“We’ve heard loud and clear that our guests love the Haunted Mansion as much as we do,” said Robb. “Starting this fall, we will introduce about 100 new merchandise items based on this attraction. Disney Design Group artists have created a style guide containing many new pieces of original artwork. This art will be applied to numerous things including accessories, apparel, home goods, pins and much more.”

You may recall getting a first look at some of that artwork in January 2014 on the Disney Parks Blog. Robb explained that the artwork is grouped into various themes.

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The “Happy Haunts” artwork will feature character designs that look like they are from a late-1800s newspaper (you may recall seeing something similar when we released a Hatbox Ghost T-shirt last August). The Disney artists also created artwork for items that will look like they came from the estate of Master Gracey (think dinnerware).

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The “Forever Haunted” artwork (left above) contains strong graphic elements with characters like Madame Leota. I liked the playful “Afterlife Advertisements” art (right above) which resembles vintage ads.

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Finally, the “Fortunes and Fashions” artwork will include graphics and patterns based on characters and other icons from the attraction such as the bat stanchion or wallpaper. This artwork may be seen on packaging or apparel items.

One common theme I noticed was the use of Madame Leota in the artwork. I asked Robb if there were additional plans in store. Smiling, he replied, “Details may be materializing but only if you keep watching the Disney Parks Blog this summer.”

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Dooney & Bourke Special Event Coming to Disney Fantasy in July 2014

posted on June 2nd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I recently shared details about new merchandise coming to the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder this summer. There is another special event taking place this July on the Disney Fantasy that will celebrate the fifth anniversary of Dooney & Bourke at Disney Parks.

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For the seven-night, Eastern Caribbean cruise setting sail on July 12, 2014, we will be holding a special product launch featuring a brand new Dooney & Bourke pattern shown above. This specially designed Disney Cruise Line pattern will be included on several items including classic favorites like totes or Crossbody bags.

Additionally, Ian Ray, director of new product development for Dooney & Bourke, will be sailing on this cruise. You may recall seeing Ian in this previous Disney Parks Blog video. For this cruise, he will be hosting a special presentation, highlighting the history and future of Dooney & Bourke at Disney Parks. Ian will also meet with guests in the White Caps merchandise location each evening.

Finally, there will be a silent auction featuring a selection of Dooney & Bourke items, including framed patterns and more.

For more information on how to book this cruise on the Disney Fantasy, please visit DisneyCruiseLine.com. Keep watching DisneyParksMerchandise.com for additional event details as we will share once finalized.

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Gift Ideas from Walt Disney World Resort for Father’s Day 2014

posted on June 2nd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I love being a dad to my two amazing children. I enjoyed taking them to Disney Parks throughout the years much in the same way my father enjoying taking my sister and me when we were younger. With Father’s Day just around the corner, I figured I’d share a few gift ideas from a recent visit to Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. While I’d never ask for gifts (their smiles are the perfect gifts for me), I would consider some of the items to be on my wish list.

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The Disney pin team is releasing a limited edition pin, featuring Pongo and some puppies from Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” This pin has an edition size of 2,500, and will be released in multiple locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts on June 12 (hey, that’s my father’s birthday so happy birthday, Dad).

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I was delighted to find a new graphic novel featuring one of my favorite attractions, Space Mountain. This recently released book was written by Bryan Miller (no relation) and illustrated by Kelley Jones. In a word, it’s super amazing (okay, that’s two words but I’m excited there is a graphic novel from Disney).

I was also excited to find more Disney Parks replica signs at the Art of Disney location including one for The Great Movie Ride attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I also love the Steampunk-inspired locomotive from the Mechanical Kingdom series released a few months ago. That item is now available on our Disney Parks online store along with the other figurines in that series.

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I’ve been in the market for a watch, so a new Disney timepiece by Bulova at World of Disney caught my eye. In that shop, I also found a new Mr. Incredible T-shirt (because dads are pretty incredible) and a fun fedora (I love hats!).

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Finally, I’m obsessed with coffee so I adore these three mugs inspired by Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Spaceship Earth at Epcot.

Happy Father’s Day!

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