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Show Your Disney Side with New Spring 2014 Apparel for Women and Girls at Disney Parks

posted on February 5th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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There are two times during the year that our Disney Theme Park Merchandise team introduces new apparel at Disney Parks – spring and fall. Since the spring items can be set as early as February, I contacted the softlines team for an update. They shared with me a few new items for women and girls that I thought would be perfect for showing off your Disney Side at Disney Parks.

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The first program is based on the new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts that were recently introduced on the Disney Channel and on Disney.com. I love the animated style and humor of these new Mickey Mouse cartoons especially “Potatoland,” “Tokyo Go” and “Croissant de Triomphe.” The four new women’s T-shirts feature Mickey Mouse and friends drawn in that same cartoon style. My favorite T-shirt has Minnie Mouse on the front of the shirt kissing Mickey Mouse who is found on the back.

In California, look for these T-shirts at World of Disney in Downtown Disney District, Gone Hollywood at Disney California Adventure park, and Disney Clothiers in Disneyland park.

For guests in Florida, look for the T-shirts at World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, Mouse Gear at Epcot, and Emporium at Magic Kingdom Park.

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The softlines team also shared with me four new Minnie Mouse T-shirts coming soon to Disney Parks. They are part of a new art program called “Beyond the Dot” which contains a host of fresh, fashion-forward designs and original illustrations by Disney Design Group artists. These four women’s T-shirts are some of the first from that program. Look for additional styles in the coming months that feature Minnie Mouse in a whole new way.

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For girls, the softlines team is introducing four T-shirts that feature classic couples like Ariel and Prince Eric, or Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. They said these T-shirts are test items as they have never really featured couples like this before on girls’ apparel.

The girls’ T-shirts and the “Beyond the Dot” items will be carried in select locations at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. There are no immediate plans to carry these items on the Disney Parks online store.

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Valentine’s Day Merchandise Gift Guide for Disneyland Resort

posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you bringing your Valentine to Disneyland Resort? If you are still in search for the perfect gift, here are a couple of ideas and tips that you might want to consider to add a touch of Disney magic to the special day.

I’m a jewelry girl – there’s no denying that. A pick that might win the heart of the one you love is with our Alex & Ani bracelets. Charm them with one of the many selections you can add. I personally have one charm that has my initial on it and the other says Disneyland, with Sleeping Beauty Castle. Find them at select locations throughout Disneyland Resort, including New Century Jewelry in Disneyland park.

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Looking for something to frame up your relationship? Visit our Silhouette Studio on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park and let our talented team of Silhouette artists help! Did you know that our artists can actually create a silhouette in approximately 60 seconds? Per portrait, of course.
Valentine's Art from Silhouette Studio on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park

If the key to their heart is through delicious sweets and treats, here’s what you need to get. Being introduce for a limited time, now through February 16 is a dark chocolate peppermint-infused heart. You’ll find this amazing new treat and other Valentine’s Day-inspired sweets at candy locations throughout Disneyland Resort.

Looking for something ‘scent’sational? World-renowned fragrances, including the newest Disney exclusive, Hypnotic Poison eau Secrete are available now at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square. Special Tip: Have the fragrance bottle hand-painted by artist Pam Smith, February 8, 13, 14 and 15.

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Have you met your Prince Charming but can’t decide what to get him? I would definitely recommend making a pit stop in Cars Land to check out some of our nostalgic and authentic gear. Not his speed? No problem. Look for some of today’s top brands in headwear, T-shirts and more at Elias & Company in Disney California Adventure park; Disney Vault 28 and D Street in the Downtown Disney District.

Last but not least, treat them to something special with the latest collections from Beautifully Disney available at select locations throughout Disneyland Resort, including Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District; Disney Clothiers in Disneyland park; and Elias & Company in Disney California Adventure park.

I hope some of these tips will help you find what you are looking for? Is there anything special you’ve found at the Disneyland Resort?

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Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Marks the Year of the Horse at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend

posted on January 31st, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Today marks the start of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, now through Sunday, Feb. 2, at Disney California Adventure park. Since 2014 is the Year of the Horse, it’s only fitting that one of Circle D Ranch’s own steeds, Finn, is featured in the procession of performers through Paradise Gardens.

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For this occasion, Finn is wearing a special saddle blanket adorned with the Chinese symbol of good fortune. Finn is relatively new to the Disneyland Resort, but he’s very friendly and loves to have his picture taken; guests can even have their photo taken with Finn throughout the celebration.

In addition, guests who visit the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration can see a variety of performers as well as some favorite Disney characters. And for snacking, there’s a special Year of the Horse sourdough bread!

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Pick Your Sweet Treat at Market House, Disneyland Resort

posted on January 31st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Deciding which treat to enjoy may be difficult on your next visit to Market House in Disneyland park and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure park. Both serve Market House serves Starbucks specialty beverages and a variety of “Disneyland Favorites” as part of its sweet lineup, including the gooey Berliner donut.

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The Berliner is a type of jelly donut made in Berlin, Germany. Disneyland Executive Chef Christine Weissman, a native of Germany, loves to share the story of the donut’s connection to President John F. Kennedy – so if you see her out and about in the theme parks, stop and ask! (It’s one of her favorite stories and favorite desserts.)

Several delicious La Boulange pastries were recently added to the selection of sweet offerings. Starbucks recently partnered with La Boulange, a San Francisco Bakery and café, rolling out their baked goods in Starbucks nationwide. The new pastries showed up this week in the two locations that serve Starbucks inside our parks at Disneyland Resort, and will be coming to Walt Disney World Resort this spring. There’s everything from a bacon, egg and Gouda artisan sandwich to a chocolate croissant, everything served warm.

Along with the Berliner, Fans of classic Disneyland Resort sweets will still find the cinnamon roll at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, and the Mickey Mouse-shaped sugar cookie remains on the menu at Market House. And the popular Mickey Mouse-shaped cookie with chocolate icing is still at both.

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VIDEO: How to Play the Fun Wheel Challenge at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


A few months ago, we told you about a new, interactive game for Disney California Adventure park guests. Each night, before “World of Color,” guests can log on to play the Fun Wheel Challenge on their mobile devices. Competing against other park guests to match the color patterns, the winner gets to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel! We recently spent the evening on Paradise Pier to check it out for ourselves. Come along with us!

So the next time you’re waiting to watch “World of Color,” just join the PierGames Wi-Fi network from your mobile device, play the game within your device’s web browser – there are no apps to download. This special Wi-Fi network is available 45 minutes before the start of the first “World of Color” show each evening.

Have you played (or won) the Fun Wheel Challenge? Tell us about it in the comments!

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New Hidden Mickey Pins Arriving Soon at Disney Parks for 2014

posted on January 27th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m happy to share that new Hidden Mickey pins are arriving soon to cast members’ lanyards at Disney Parks. For those unfamiliar with these pins, the Disney pin team distributes these pins to Cast Members to use for trading with guests. The Hidden Mickey pin collection was first introduced at Walt Disney World Resort in 2002. Today, they have become something fun for guests to collect or trade while visiting Disney Parks. Jeanne Lewis, merchandiser for Disney pins, recently gave me a look at the first wave of pins for 2014. This year’s collections feature familiar Disney characters and icons from Disney Parks.

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For Disneyland Resort, Jeanne included pins that were inspired by the beautiful tile artwork found outside Carthay Circle on Buena Vista Street (you can see a great video about the creation of those tiles in this Disney Parks Blog story). I also love the character tiki face and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit pins.
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For Walt Disney World Resort, Jeanne continued the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot sign collection first introduced years ago. There is also a collection featuring the Seven Dwarfs, which is a slight nod to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coming to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park in 2014.

There will also be one shared collection between Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. That collection features the “it’s a small world” attraction, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

As a reminder, there are a couple of ways to identify a Hidden Mickey pin. The pins typically measure about 1.25-inches and contain a small Mickey Mouse icon “hidden” in the artwork. The back of the pin will also have the words “Hidden Mickey pin.”

Happy Trading!

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! February’s Black Forest Gourmet Apple is Fit for the Kingdom at Disneyland Resort!

posted on January 27th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Most fairy tales that we’re familiar with have far off kingdoms, royal families and, in the far off corner, some type of black forest that strikes fear in the hearts of the villagers everywhere. Rest assured there is nothing to fear with what I am about to show you. For the month of February, our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers have whipped up something fit for a royal family – a Black Forest apple. Even just at the site of it, without even tasting it, there wasn’t an ounce of doubt in my mind that it was the perfect addition to the gourmet apples series that you have come to know and love.

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Imagine taking the essential flavors of a black forest cake and re-imagining it onto a caramel apple. Should I go on? The tart green apple is covered in creamy caramel, lost in a forest of dark chocolate and roasted almonds and adorned with sweet Maraschino cherries. How do you top that? Well I asked that same question, and of course, their answer was… ‘easy.’ ‘To top it off, this decadent confection is drizzled in sweet milk chocolate and crowned with additional cherries.’ Say it with me now… Yum!

Will you try this enchanting new gourmet apple? Look for it beginning February 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District!

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New Kids’ Meals at Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 21st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration is a magical spot for little ones as they descend the spiral staircase into Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park and enter an enchanting restaurant with seaweed-wrapped pillars and glowing sea creature light fixtures — plus their favorite Disney Princesses and Characters.

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And now the kids’ meals for breakfast and lunch match the fun with new creations on the menu. For breakfast, there are three new choices. The Sandy Scoop of Sweet features fresh fruit, strawberry yogurt, granola and a seasonal muffin – and it meets the Disney Mickey Check guidelines that limit calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. Seashell Symphony is a clever stack of turkey bacon, tri-tip or sausage with scrambled eggs topped with a slice of croissant to create the “seashell.” It’s served with hash browns and cereal. And the cute Chocolate Chip Cruise is a sailboat crafted from a waffle with a turkey bacon sail and a side of cereal. Kids are happily digging into these fun creations.

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Lunch has four new dishes. Ursula’s Octo-Dog is a hot dog carved into the shape of an octopus (a good trick to try at home) served with mac-n-cheese and fruit and veggie skewers. Whozits & Whatzits is baked chicken nuggets with fruit and veggie skewers. The Clammy Turkey is a turkey sandwich with a bun that looks like a clam shell served with fruit and veggie skewers. And the Dinglehopper Angel Hair Pasta comes with fruit and veggie skewers, and meets the Mickey Check guidelines.

Grown-ups have delicious options too, such as grilled lobster tail salad, red oak-smoked honey-whiskey barbecue tri-tip, fire-roasted corn cakes, and sustainable fish of the day, citrus-glazed chicken breast and sautéed shrimp with angel hair pasta.

For reservations, visit www.disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE (3463).

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February Merchandise Events at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 21st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to Disneyland Resort this February? If so, here are a few merchandise events you should plan on checking out. But before we head into February, here are details on one last event taking place in January.

January 25: Meet Yakovetic and be among the first to pick up his newest piece titled, “Mickey’s Dreamsuite.” Yakovetic will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 9 – 11a.m. at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. Learn more here.
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Now on we go…

February 1 – 2: Join us for the launch of “Castle Coffee Break,” the third in a series from the “Happiest Hipster on Earth” collection by artist Jerrod Maruyama. This new piece captures Hipster Mickey and Hipster Minnie as they break for coffee and pose for “selfies” in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Jerrod will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 2 – 5 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of “Castle Coffee Break.” Also, we will be releasing two other pieces titled “A Small World of Cute” and “Life Lessons from Princesses.” Learn more here.
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February 7 – 9: So sweet! Be sure to stop by and meet Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick who will be appearing throughout the weekend from 12 – 10 p.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park as we celebrate the release of her Valentine’s day collection. Learn more here.
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February 8: Mini-Makeovers, or should I say “Minnie”-Makeovers, will be taking place from 1 – 5 p.m. at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District to celebrate the release of the Pop of Minnie collection from Beautifully Disney! Learn more here.
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February 15: Stop in to check out the latest release from the HARVEYS for Disney Couture collection, featuring none other than Tinker Bell. Available in some of HARVEYS most popular silhouettes, this pixie-inspired collection is an essential for any Tinker Bell fan or Disney fashionista. So make plans to pick up a sassy new handbag at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District and meet the creators Dana and Melanie Harvey from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. Learn more here.
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February 15 – 16: Meet local artist Katie Kelly from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Her newest piece features Alice so make sure you stop by and take a look at this ‘wonder’ful work currently in progress. Learn more here.
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February 22: Join us as we celebrate the launch of the newest exhibit to line the walls of The Disney Gallery in Disneyland park inspired by Steampunk. Keep an eye out for more details on this new exhibit to be released shortly on the Disney Parks Blog, but until then make sure to mark your calendar for a special artist signings at Disneyana as we celebrate the release of artwork and collectibles inspired by turn of the century inventors and writers, as well as artwork inspired by Disney attractions, icons and innovations that have been cultivated from this view of the future from the past.
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February 22 – 23: Stop in and check out the latest releases from artist M. Andonia from 1 – 4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.
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Scheduled to appear as the Artist in Residence at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout February is artist Liana Hee. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: January 31 and February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Hope you can join us!

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Mariachi Divas Celebrate With a Pre-GRAMMY Performance in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 20th, 2014 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


In recent years, thousands of guests at Disney California Adventure park have enjoyed performances by Mariachi Divas, who appear regularly in the Pacific Wharf area of the park. Recently, Mariachi Divas were among the entertainment highlights of the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! and Three Kings Day holiday celebrations at Disney California Adventure park.
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The all-female ensemble has also enjoyed great recording success, with a GRAMMY award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, along with five GRAMMY nominations and a Latin GRAMMY nomination.

Now they are GRAMMY-nominated for their ninth album, “A Mi Manera.” They will celebrate, prior to the January 26 awards ceremony, with a free performance including a medley of songs from the album on Wednesday, January 22, at 12:30 p.m. on the stage near the ESPN Zone in the Downtown Disney District.

And Mariachi Divas have something else to celebrate: the ensemble, founded in 1999, has its 15th anniversary – a Quinceañera! – this year.

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