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New HARVEYS Seatbeltbags Come Together Like ‘Patchwork’ at Disney Parks

posted on April 23rd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Looking for a special gift for yourself or someone else? Then do I have a tip for you. The team from HARVEYS has just given us the first look at one of their newest HARVEYS for Disney Couture Seatbeltbag collections, titled “Disney Patchwork.”

New HARVEYS for Disney Couture 'Disney Patchwork' Seatbeltbag

While I could probably go on for days about these bags, and how this particular collection came to be, I think HARVEYS owner and creator Dana Harvey sums it up best: “Patchwork is a mashup of all of our favorite Disney prints. When woven together it creates a colorful patchwork quilt effect. The quintessential Disney bag.”

Not sure? Check out this image of the dangle that will appear on the bag.

Dangle That Will Appear on New HARVEYS for Disney Couture 'Disney Patchwork' Seatbeltbags

There will be several different Patchwork silhouettes available. Look for this new collection to debut mid-to-late May at the following locations at the Disneyland Resort: Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District, Fortuosity Shop in Disneyland park, Elias & Co. and Gone Hollywood in Disney California Adventure park. At the Walt Disney World Resort you will find them at Tren-D in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park, Summer Lace at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as well as On the Boardwalk at Disney’s Boardwalk. Prices range from $114 to $178.

How many of the designs do you recognize? Or have?

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Walt Disney World Resort – May 2013 Merchandise Events

posted on April 23rd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Quick Update on Trading Night! The Trading Night hours have been extended to start at 5 p.m. ending at 9 p.m.

Just a couple of reminders:

  • The specific location of Trading Night will actually be in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill Restaurant area and adjacent lobby area.
  • Space will be extremely limited, we ask that you limit the number of items that you choose to bring.
  • Vinylmation Trading will not be offered, however the Product Preview Section and Artist Signing Area remain.
  • Food & Beverage concession areas will be open.

Before we jump into May events, here’s one last note for April. Trading Night has just been announced! The Walt Disney World Resort Trading Night will take place April 30, 2013 from 6 – 9 p.m. 5-9 p.m. at ESPN Grill and Josten’s Center at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex. So bring your friends and family and trade stories, Vinylmation and pins.

Walt Disney World Trading Night Will Take Place April 30 at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex

Now onward to May we go!

May 3: Disney Design Group Artist Betsy DePadova will be appearing at Disney’s Pin Traders in Downtown Disney Marketplace from 5 -7 p.m. to sign the latest pin and Vinylmation release in the 2013 series. Fellow author Steven Miller was the first to give you a glimpse at this artwork and more as he turned the spotlight on 2013 posters. Learn more here.

May 3 – 4: Everyone loves jewelry, or at least I know I do. So be sure to stop by Tren-D in Downtown Disney Marketplace between the hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 10 p.m. to see some of the newest releases from Chamilia. If your interest is piqued about this event, be sure to look for an upcoming post by author, Steven Miller who will give you a glimpse of what you’ll find before you go.

May 6 – 11: For those of you visiting Magic Kingdom Park, be sure to stop in and say hello to Larry Dotson who will be taking up residence in Uptown Jewelers, May 6 – 11 and at Art of Disney in Epcot, May 16 – 19, as we debut some of his newest releases. Learn more here.

Larry Dotson Will be in Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park May 6-11 and at Art of Disney in Epcot May 16-19

May 8 – 19: Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace will once again welcome David Doss, who will be on hand to showcase some of his most recent releases. Learn more here.

May 9 – 13: If you are a Precious Moments Dolls collector, then this release is for you. Making a splash at Walt Disney World Resort is the new collection of dolls inspired by “The Little Mermaid.” Representatives will be on hand on each of the days at Once Upon A Toy in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Want to meet Linda Rick? Well you’re in luck. We have official confirmation that Linda Rick will be appearing, May 10 – 12. Learn more here.

New Collection of Precious Moments Dolls Inspired by 'The Little Mermaid'

May 10 – Okay Vinylmation collectors, mark your calendars! Park Starz 2 Vinylmation designed by Disney Design Group artists Casey Jones and Thomas Scott hits shelves at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside on May 10. Casey Jones will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of this new collection from 5 – 7 p.m. Here are a few of my favorite Park Starz, wait until you see the rest. Learn more here.

Park Starz 2 Vinylmation Hits Shelves at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside on May 10 Park Starz 2 Vinylmation Hits Shelves at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside on May 10 Park Starz 2 Vinylmation Hits Shelves at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside on May 10

May 17 – Planning on attending Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? If not, you should consider it. It’s literally the best place in the galaxy to be. Steven was the first to give you a look at Star Wars Weekends 2013 merchandise, and I assure you there’s more to come, from new artwork to toys, tees, Vinylmation and more. Passholders, we even have some special items just for you! Keep watching as the date draws near.

Look for details on all of these events and more on www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

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It’s All ‘Good’ at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District

posted on April 22nd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here’s your first look at some of the new “Good vs. Evil” artwork debuting at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District over the coming weeks.

The first two images are by this month’s WonderGround Gallery artist in residence, Jeff Granito, and feature Cinderella in Magical Makeover and Tiana in Blooms of the Bayou. If you are an avid collector, then make your way down, as the one-of-a-kinds are available now. Look for special hand embellishments on the one-of-a-kind images that will surely take your breath away. If you are looking to display this image in a more subtle way, then I’d recommend the deluxe print version. Note: Meet Jeff Granito every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of April from 5–9 p.m.

Tiana in Blooms of the Bayou by This Month’s WonderGround Gallery Artist in Residence, Jeff Granito Cinderella in Magical Makeover by This Month’s WonderGround Gallery Artist in Residence, Jeff Granito

Available later this month will be three pieces by artist J. Scott Campbell, including Her Wonderland featuring Alice and the Queen of Hearts, Her Hair featuring Rapunzel and Mother Gothel, along with Her Slipper featuring Cinderella, Lady Tremaine and of course, her stepsisters. Be sure to check them out when they make their way onto the store walls in the coming weeks.

Her Wonderland Featuring Alice and the Queen of Hearts by Artist J. Scott Campbell Will be Available Later This Month Her Slipper Featuring Cinderella, Lady Tremaine and Her Stepsisters by Artist J. Scott Campbell Will be Available Later This Month Her Hair Featuring Rapunzel and Mother Gothel by Artist J. Scott Campbell Will be Available Later This Month

One-of-a-kind, original and limited edition giclee artwork prices will vary, but look for the deluxe print version of all of these pieces to retail for $39.95.

Which one of these can you see in your home?

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May Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on April 17th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This May, look for events around every corner at the Disneyland Resort.
Precious Moments Doll Inspired by 'The Little Mermaid' at the Disneyland Resort

May 3–5: This collection of Precious Moments dolls inspired by “The Little Mermaid” will make a splash when they debut at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District. Look for the Doll Maker, Linda Rick, from noon to 10 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

ACME Archives Limited Star Wars Inspired Pieces at D Street in the Downtown Disney District ACME Archives Limited Star Wars Inspired Pieces at D Street in the Downtown Disney District ACME Archives Limited Star Wars Inspired Pieces at D Street in the Downtown Disney District ACME Archives Limited Star Wars Inspired Pieces at D Street in the Downtown Disney District
Spider-Man Inspired Art at D Street in the Downtown Disney District Iron Man Inspired Art at D Street in the Downtown Disney District

 
May 4: Celebrate “May the Fourth Be With You” at the Disneyland Resort and stop by D Street in the Downtown Disney District, where artist Mike Kungl will be on hand for an appearance and signing from 1-6 p.m. as we debut some of the newest ACME Archives Limited Star Wars inspired pieces. Are super heroes more your speed? Well you’re in luck, because a selection of art inspired by Spider-Man and Iron Man will also debut. Learn more here.

May 4: Look for Gregg Visintainer appearing from 1–4 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Unable to make it? It’s okay. Gregg will be appearing again on May 26. Learn more here.

May 10: It’s time to trade! Bring your friends, family, trading stories, pins and Vinylmation from 5–8 p.m. to the Pacific Ballroom at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. Learn more here.

Character Key Art by Louis Solis at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District Character Key Art by Louis Solis at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District Character Key Art by Louis Solis at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District

 
May 18: This next event is key! That’s because ACME Archives Limited artist Louis Solis will be on hand at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District from 2-7 p.m. for the debut of the newest releases in the Character Key series. Inspired by Snow White, Aurora, the Evil Queen and Maleficent, these pieces feature color key references used to create the image and fun facts about each character. Learn more here.

May 18: You’ll “Crush” over this next set of romantic releases from Noah, who will be on hand at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 3–5 p.m. Learn more here.

May 24–25: Visiting Disneyland park? Then make sure to stop by The Disney Gallery, where artist Katie Kelly will be appearing from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

May 24–25: Guess who’s back … Jerrod Maruyama! Look for Jerrod appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 6–8 p.m. each day, as we debut his newest pieces titled “Modern Mouse” and “Good vs. Evil.” Learn more here.

May 25–27: Opa! Take part in this month’s Opa! A Celebration of Greece at the Disneyland Resort. Keep an eye out for commemorative tees and more.

Artist in Residence: Rounding out the month is Frank Svengsouk, who will be appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as the Artist in Residence. Catch Frank May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 5–9 p.m. Learn more here.

It’s going to be a busy month, so start planning for the events you want to attend now. For more details be sure to check out www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

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Disney Design Group Artist Showcase at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 16th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I love my job! Why? Because I get to share with you events like the upcoming Artist Showcase with the Disney Design Group, taking place on April 27-28. Not only do you get the opportunity to add beautiful masterpieces to your very own Disney collection, but you also get the chance to meet and hang out with some of our very own Disney artists, including Costa Alavezos, Brian Blackmore, Natalie Kennedy, Randy Noble, Mark Seppala and Darren Wilson. It doesn’t get better than that.

The artists will be taking turns appearing and signing art at the Walt Disney World Resort on Saturday, April 27, from 2–5 p.m. and 6–9 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 3–6 p.m. Keep in mind, not all artists will be present at all times. Make sure you visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com for a complete list of signing times, in case there are particular artists you want to see.

Here’s a look at some of the art you can expect to find.
“Disney

Want to see more? You know where they’ll be. I can tell you that there are quite a few other pieces by these artists debuting the same day, and you are not going to want to miss it.

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New Disney Fine Art Debuts at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 4th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Heading to the Walt Disney World Resort April 13-14? If so, be sure to add Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace to the list of places you will want to visit during your stay.

Disney Fine Art artists Rob Kaz, Tim Rogerson and Michelle St. Laurent will be on hand for special appearances and signings, Saturday, April 13, from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and again on Sunday, April 14, from 1-4 p.m., to sign artwork published exclusively by Collectors Editions.

Here’s a look at some of the new art heading your way.

Rob Kaz - Flight Over Fantasyland, at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace Rob Kaz - Our Royal Kingdom, at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace Tim Rogerson - Dapper Dans, at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace
Tim Rogerson - Fantasia, at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace Michelle St. Laurent - Forest of Friends, at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace Michelle St. Laurent - Hitchhiking Ghosts, at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace

 
For information on this merchandise event, Art in the Garden, Ridley Pearson and more taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort this month, visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

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Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event at the Disneyland Resort – Merchandise Update

posted on April 2nd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Beat the drums and start chanting now, because today is the day Tiki fans! Tickets for the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event, taking place June 28–29, go on sale today!

A few weeks ago I gave you a bird’s eye view on the upcoming event, including ticket prices, event packages, a sneak peek at event product and more.

Here are a few other fun activities scheduled for the event:

  • Memories of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room with Disney Legends Rolly Crump and Bob Gurr
  • Merchandise artist signings with Disney Design Group artists, Alex Maher and Mike Sullivan, as well as Disney-inspired artists Dave Avanzino, Jody Daily, Jeremy Fulton, Doug Horne, Katie Kelly, Kevin Kidney, Noah, Robert Olszewski, SHAG, Javier Soto and Yakovetic
  • Product showcases

Here’s one last peek at another one of my favorite pieces debuting as part of the event:

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event at the Disneyland Resort

Want to see more? Then be sure check out the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event Catalog which showcases all of the random selection process merchandise that will be available.

For more information on this event, ticket sale information and more visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

Remember, tickets will be flying fast, so be sure to book your reservation when they go on sale at 11 a.m. Pacific Time today.

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April 2013 Merchandise Events at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 25th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Put some spring in your step and plan your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort during April, because we have a lot of events taking place!

April 5: Disney Design Group Artist Tyler Dumas will be appearing at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to sign the latest pin, Vinylmation and D Tech release in the 2013 series.

Walt Disney World Resort – April 2013 Merchandise Events

April 4: ACME Archives Artist Annick Biaudet will be appearing at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to sign her newest releases inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.”

New Release from Annick Biaudet Inspired by 'Beauty and the Beast' New Release from Annick Biaudet Inspired by 'Beauty and the Beast'

April 5-7: Spring is in the air and the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom. Take time to join us for Art in the Garden Weekend, taking place from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. each day along the promenade in Epcot. Throughout the weekend, artists Larry Dotson, David E. Doss and Noah, along with ACME artist Annick Biaudet will be on hand for artist demonstrations and signings. Note: Noah will appear April 6–7 only.

'Mickey and Minnie Picnic' by Artist Larry Dotson 'Beauty Blooms' by Artist Noah 'A Sunflower's Friend' by ACME Artist Annick Biaudet Artwork by Artist David E. Doss

April 6: I guarantee this next event is not a figment of your imagination, it’s in fact a signing with Sculptor Bruce Lau at Art of Disney in Epcot from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Bruce will be on hand to sign his latest sculpture Magician Figment, while Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan will be joining in the excitement to sign his latest Figment-inspired piece, Mickey and His Pal Figment. Look for Monty at the Art of Disney in Epcot as well, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Magician Figment Sculpture by Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan Mickey and His Pal Figment by Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan

April 8–12: Check out the latest releases from David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

April 10–11: This next event is literally an open book. World renowned author Ridley Pearson is returning to the Walt Disney World Resort for a special appearance and signing April 10-11. Want to know more? Watch for a special post about his appearance and his newest release from author, Erin Catalano.

April 18–22: Be on the lookout for Larry Dotson who will be appearing at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., each day.

April 19-22: Rounding out the month is a special Disney’s Animal Kingdom park Earth Day celebration with artists and vendors such as Just Plumerias, Elemental Nursery, Photographer Carlos Cuba, Silver Designer, Tim “Bushman #1” Adebule and ACME Archives artist, William Silvers. Looking for something special merchandise to commemorate the day? Keep an eye out for more information to be released shortly.

Look for details on all of these events and more on www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

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April Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 19th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Being a fan of different art styles, mediums and content definitely has its charms. Why? Because if you’re a fan like I am, then you’ll also find yourself a fan of our artist showcases this April, where you can actually chat with the artist and add some of their newest creations to your collection.

This month’s events and artist showcases are just the beginning. Take a look at some of the new art and collections coming your way.

Bob Elias Artwork at the Disneyland Resort Bob Elias Artwork at the Disneyland Resort Bob Elias Artwork at the Disneyland Resort Bob Elias Artwork at the Disneyland Resort Bob Elias Artwork at the Disneyland Resort

 
On April 12–13, Bob Elias will be appearing at The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park from 1–4 p.m. each day.

On April 20, Noah will return to Disneyland park for an appearance at The Disney Gallery from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. While I can’t show you the entire piece created by Noah, here’s a little teaser of what you can expect:
Noah Artwork at the Disneyland Resort

Then, on April 27, representatives from Commune, Ezekiel and Neff will make D Street in the Downtown Disney District the place to be, as they show off some of the newest apparel and accessory items from their collections.

Rounding out the month is local artist and graphic designer Jeff Granito, who is this month’s artist in residence at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Look for him each Friday and Saturday, beginning April 12, from 5–9 p.m.

Finally, if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, then you’ve found it. Eecycled creator Ericka Eickman has brought to life hip, unique recreations and one-of-a-kind hats, scarves, home accessories and decorative gifts, from her passion for recycling and preserving previously loved and gently worn clothing and notions. Look for Erika each weekend throughout the month of April from 1-4 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.

I know where I’ll be this April. Will you be joining us?

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Meet Pop Artist Romero Britto at Walt Disney World Resort on March 22-23, 2013

posted on March 19th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Figurines by Pop Artist Romero Britto at Disney Parks

One reason I enjoy Disney Parks is that there is always something to do. I enjoy annual events like the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival or the upcoming Star Wars Weekends. There are also many smaller events held each month that offer chance encounters with some cool people. One such opportunity will take place this weekend when pop artist Romero Britto visits Walt Disney World Resort.

Brazilian-born Britto has been creating colorful masterpieces for years. He uses bold patterns and vibrant colors that he says are a “visual language of hope and happiness.” Romero has lived in Miami, Florida, since the late 1980s. I recall hearing about his art in 2007, when he created a giant pyramid in Hyde Park to celebrate the return of Tutankhamen to London, England (in another life, I would be an Egyptologist).
Art by Pop Artist Romero Britto at Disney Parks

In recent years, Romero created several whimsical Disney figurines of some well known characters like Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket and Kermit the Frog. These figurines have been carried in the Art of Disney gallery locations at Disney Parks. I also found some of his non-Disney works at Pop Gallery located at Downtown Disney West Side.
Figurines by Pop Artist Romero Britto at Disney Parks

We are releasing three newer items this weekend that my fellow author Michelle Harker first told you about in early March. They include figurines of Sorcerer Mickey and Mickey Mouse with stylized heart. We are also releasing a figurine plaque that shows Mickey and Minnie Mouse in a loving embrace.
Figurines by Pop Artist Romero Britto at Disney Parks

I invite you to stop by this weekend to meet Britto. On March 22, he will be at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. He will be at the Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace on March 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please note that we will be distributing wristbands to guests who purchase Britto merchandise on the day of the signing and would like to have two items signed.

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