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Create Unforgettable Memories at Disney Parks This Fall with New Companion Shirts

posted on November 5th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I recently stopped by China pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot to take a photo of two new companion shirts now available at Disney Parks. In recent years, we’ve released several companion tees including the extremely popular “I’ll Be Your Mickey” and “I’ll Be Your Minnie” shirts as seen in this previous Disney Parks Blog article. Here’s a look at other companion shirts I found at Disney Parks that may help you create some unforgettable memories during this fall season.

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The Raglan tees shown above are a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. They are a slightly different take on the previously mentioned “I’ll Be Your” shirts. Since I’m originally from Columbus, Ohio, I am a big fan of the red and grey colors used.

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also featured on these Disney destination shirts. The Walt Disney World Resort shirts are shown above; shirts for Disneyland Resort are also available.

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For those celebrating a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding or Honeymoon at Disney Parks, the bride and groom costume tees are a fun way to celebrate the special day.

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Finally, we are continuing our online collection of Mickey and Minnie Mouse tees in November with four new designs. Two of the tees were inspired by the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction at Disneyland park while the other two shirts feature the “wildest ride in the wilderness,” Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. These shirts will only be offered on our Disney Parks online store from Friday November 6, 2015 through Thursday November 12, 2015. Items will ship in 3-5 weeks. You can order these shirts by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.

For select companion shirts seen in this article, you can download the free Shop Disney Parks app to order and have them shipped directly to your home (see this video article for details about using the app).

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Next Wave of Hidden Mickey Pins Releasing at Disney Parks in November 2015

posted on November 4th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The next wave of Hidden Mickey pins for 2015 will soon be arriving at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You might recall reading about the first part of this collection released earlier this year. Here’s a closer look at what you may find when trading pins with Disney cast members in the coming months.

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For Disneyland Resort, guests will find two collections celebrating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. These diamond shaped pins feature classic attractions and Disney characters.

I love the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups as they remind me of the coffee mugs coming to Disney Parks next year.

One of the most unique collections contains the daughters of King Triton from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” They are characters rarely included on merchandise at Disney Parks.

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At Walt Disney World Resort, the Mickey Mouse-inspired macaroon pins are fantastic! I was also happy to see Figment and Elliot included in the Disney Dragon collection. The best pins, however, feature the Genie from Disney’s “Aladdin.”

If you are looking for Hidden Mickey pins, remember they typically measure approximately 1.25-inches and contain small Mickey Mouse icons in the artwork. The back stamps contain the words “Hidden Mickey pin,” and the pins are usually silver in color.

Finally, the Disney pin team is adjusting the release schedule for new Hidden Mickey pins in 2016. The first part of the collection will be released in spring and the second part will be released in fall. This is similar to how these pins were released in 2015.

Which pins will you add to your collection?

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Closer Look at New PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks in Fall 2015

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Almost one year ago, we introduced the Disney Parks | PANDORA Jewelry Collection at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. This original collection of hand-finished .925 sterling silver and 14K gold charms were inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters. Today, I’m delighted to give you a closer look at new charms coming to select Disney Parks merchandise locations this fall.

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From October 29-31, we are having a special release party at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. I shared some details about this event in a recent article. The image at top shows two limited release charms that will also be found at the event.

The Sparkling Mickey Portrait Head is a sterling silver charm with 37 clear cubic zirconia, 6 micro bead-set and 177 pavé-set black crystals, and black enamel.

The Sparkling Minnie Portrait Head is also a sterling silver charm with 31 clear, 6 micro bead-set, 19 pavé-set red cubic zirconia, 156 pavé-set black crystals, and black enamel. Both of these charms will only be available in select locations until December 31, 2015.

I received additional details about the previously mentioned holiday charms being released that same weekend. The Minnie Sparking Holiday Bow is a polished sterling silver charm containing 69 pavé-set red, and 36 pavé-set, dark green cubic zirconia. The Mickey Holiday Wreath is a sterling silver charm with 8 micro bead and 28 dark green cubic zirconia.

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One of my favorite charms was inspired by “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park presented by PANDORA. This sterling silver charm contains black enamel and clear cubic zirconia.

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Finally, we will release sterling silver charm with shimmering blue and black enamel celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s “Fantasia.” This charm is limited release and will be available while supplies last.

Both the “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular and “Fantasia” 75th Anniversary charms will be release in select Disney Parks merchandise locations on November 13.

Guests using the free Shop Disney Parks app will find these two charms starting November 6. See this video article for details about the new app.

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New ‘Disney Parks Blog Unboxed’ Video Series Launched

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


Today, we are introducing a new video series for the Disney Parks Blog called “Disney Parks Blog Unboxed.” For this series, we will be giving you a first look at some of the newest and most exciting products created especially for Disney Parks.

For this first video, we reveal something iconic that hasn’t received a major update in 13 years.

Guests who attended the recent meet-up for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival may have recognized Rob, The Disney Delivery Guy, in this video. Keep your eye out for him in future videos on the blog and at our events in coming months!

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New Delivery Options and Free Shipping Limited Time Offer Coming to Shop Disney Parks App

posted on October 27th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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A few weeks ago, I shared details about using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app to search, locate, and purchase thousands of merchandise items offered in Disney-operated retail stores at Walt Disney World Resort. Today, I’m excited to announce some additional enhancements to the app will soon make the shopping experience even better.

Free Shipping Limited Time Offer*
Free shipping will be offered for a limited time now through November 22, 2015 on all Shop Disney Parks standard ground Home Delivery purchases.

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New Delivery Options
Once the app update is released, guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort can choose Resort Hotel Delivery, Park Gate Pick-Up or Home Delivery from the Delivery Options on the Review & Purchase screen.
If you choose Resort Hotel Delivery on purchases, you need to have a current Disney Resort reservation linked in My Disney Experience. Resort Delivery is a delivery option for guests until 3:00 p.m. each day. Items will be ready for pick-up at your resort the following day after 12:00 p.m.

If choosing Park Gate Pick-Up as a delivery option, you need to be physically present in a theme park and the item must be available for purchase in that park. Park Gate Pick-Up orders are ready for retrieval at Park Package Pick-Up locations three hours after purchase.

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Finally, I’m happy to report that select products created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will soon be available via Shop Disney Parks. Additional products from Disneyland Resort may be added at a future date.

This free app is available for iPhone and smartphones for Android. Visit this page for more details how to download the app.

*Free shipping offer expires 11:59 pm Pacific Time, November 22, 2015. Free shipping applies only to Ground Delivery on orders sent to a single shipping address and does not include shipments to Alaska, Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or other U.S. territories and possessions. Offer valid on orders placed on the Shop Disney Parks app. Not valid on purchases from DisneyStore.com and Disney Store and Disney Baby Store locations. We reserve the right to cancel or modify this offer at any time. Void where prohibited.

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New Orange Bird Home Décor and More Landing This Fall at Disney Parks

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


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Long time readers of the Disney Parks Blog know I have a special place in my heart for the happy little Orange Bird. He returned to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park in 2012, and can now be found in the Sunshine Tree Terrace location. Last year, we introduced several Orange Bird-themed products at Disney Parks (yes, I have them all). I’m happy to report additional items will be arriving soon.

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These new home décor items will include two small kitchen towels decorated with Orange Bird graphics. An Orange Bird coffee mug, small dish, and salt and pepper shakers are also planned. These items were designed to complement the previously released bowl, orange juice pitcher and small juice glasses. I can’t wait to “Think Orange Thoughts” while enjoying my morning cup of coffee!

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One of my favorite items (besides the coffee mug) will be the new, open edition retail MagicBand coming this December to select Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations.

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Once these items are released at Disney Parks, you may find select products 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.

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Retail MagicBand on Demand Opens in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Guests now have a new option to create and personalize retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort. We recently opened a new retail MagicBand on Demand station inside the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. location near Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom Park. This new option for guests is similar to the D-Tech on Demand boutique first introduced in June 2014 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace (as seen in this video).

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At the Tomorrowland location, you may choose to create either a retail MagicBand or a D-Tech phone case. If creating a retail MagicBand, we offer your choice of eight different MagicBand colors including purple.

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There are also approximately 40 graphics to apply to your custom MagicBand. There will be a few MagicBand graphics that will only be found in this location that salute classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions and icons (the first image in this story has a few examples).

In addition to artwork, the retail MagicBand can be personalized with a name printed on the outside.

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Once designed, the retail MagicBand is printed in the location. The printers use UV ink which dries immediately and requires no cooling time.

For the final step, the custom retail MagicBand can be either associated to your My Disney Experience account, or you can give it as a gift to friends or family who may be visiting Walt Disney World Resort soon.

Retail for a custom retail MagicBand is $24.99 while a personalized retail MagicBand is $32.99.

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First Look at Commemorative Products for Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort

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


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The Disney Wine & Dine Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort on November 6-7, 2015. If I was a runner, this would be the race for me (okay, I’m really all about the Finish Line party at Epcot). For guests attending this year’s event, here is a first look some commemorative merchandise being released that weekend.

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Guest will have many options for apparel items this year including logo t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Two of my favorite items are the jackets with the best tagline printed on the back – “Don’t Wine … Just Run!” In addition, we’ve created commemorative pins, drinkware, Sweaty Bands and Bondi Bands.

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Other items will include the ever popular “I Did It” shirt for both the half marathon and Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K. Guests may also find car magnets for all races that weekend and a special ear hat for the Kids Races.

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Finally, we will be introducing several new runDisney logo items during the weekend. From comfortable shirts to stylish jackets, these items are the perfect thing to wear while training for your next runDisney event.

This year, we are offering an early shopping opportunity for guests who attend the first-ever Disney Wine & Dine Welcome Reception on Thursday, November 5. This ticketed event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the hp Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. You can read more about this reception by visiting runDisney.com.

Look for these items and more at runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. On Friday, November 6, the Expo will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Expo will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7.

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New Snacks With Character Offer Better For You Snack Options at Disney Parks

posted on October 19th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m delighted to share that guests now have new snack options at Disney Parks called Snacks with Character. This Disney-branded line of better-for-you snacks is great for guests looking for dietary alternatives related to food allergies or lifestyle choices. I recently spoke with Patrice Guy, merchandiser with Disney Theme Park Merchandise, about how these items were created.

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“We listened to guests who said they wanted options when it comes to snacks at Disney Parks,” explained Patrice. “The Snacks with Character line was developed in collaboration with Merchandise Product Development, Food and Beverage Health and Wellness, Disney Design Group, and various suppliers in this field. We hope guests will enjoy these new tasty treats that are fun to share.”

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To create these treats, Disney Theme Park Merchandise teamed up with well-known specialty suppliers such as Ocean Spray, Enjoy Life Foods, Way Better Snacks and WOW Baking Company. Several of the dietary needs addressed in the new assortment products include gluten-free, nut-free, and other allergy-friendly products.

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The Snacks with Character line will launch with 11 new items. Look for the snack option from Ocean Spray later this year at Disney Parks.

Guests should look for these select items in merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, on Disney Cruise Line ships, and at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

Select food and beverage locations at Walt Disney World Resort will also carry Snacks with Characters.

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VIDEO – Inside Scoop About Twenty Eight & Main Collection Coming This Fall to Disney Parks

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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A few months ago, I shared a first look at the Twenty Eight & Main collection created especially for Disney Parks. Designed with gentlemen who love Disney Parks in mind, this collection will contain apparel, accessories and more. I recently caught up with merchandiser Bobby Bongiorno in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs to get the inside scoop about what Disney fans can expect.

Besides the incredible artwork, I love all the little details the design team included such as patches, buttons or embroidered logos. You can see a few of those details in the image below.

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The all over graphic pattern will be found on lounge pants and boxer shorts, and on the insides of the luxurious accessories like the leather messenger bag.

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You may have noticed that Bobby and I were inside the Trophy Room at the Marketplace Co-Op when we shot the video. We selected that location as it will soon transform into a dedicated location for Twenty Eight & Main. The Marketplace Co-Op was designed to be a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops and products, so this will be a wonderful new addition to the shop. Look for the location to officially open on November 6.

Twenty Eight & Main items will be found in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Guests may find some items on our Disney Parks online store by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/28&Main. Finally, you can download the free Shop Disney Parks app to order items and have them shipped directly to your home (see this video for more details about using the app).

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