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First Look at the Disneyland Resort Holiday Magic ‘Decades’ Collection

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you a fan of the Disneyland Resort Diamond CelebrationDecades” collection? If you’re like me, one of the most magical and favorite times of the year at Disneyland Resort is the holiday season. Since 1955, the magic of the holidays has brought joy, merriment, lots of cheer and lasting memories to guests of all ages. Here’s your first look at the new art debuting November 12 celebrating 60 years of Holiday Magic.

As you can see, this new piece features cherished holiday attractions, icons and characters throughout the resort. Look for this image on an array of merchandise items including an adult fleece, D-handled mug, set of two kitchen towels, deluxe print, ornament, pin and my personal favorite, (great as a serving dish or a cookie plate), the oval platter. Tip: Some items even feature the story of this particular piece on the back.

Find it beginning November 12 at Disney Showcase in Disneyland park; World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District; and Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park, among other select locations.

Will you add holiday cheer to your collection with this “Decades” piece?

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Ghirardelli’s Comin’ to (Down)Town Disney District at the Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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If you’re looking for holiday treats, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort offers a new opportunity. Beginning today – Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Ghirardelli will have a seasonal holiday store, located next to the Disney Vacation Club Preview Center across from Rainforest Café.

For the shopping convenience of Downtown Disney District guests, the seasonal retail location offers a variety of beautifully wrapped gifts, limited-edition Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark, classic bars and SQUARES, pick-and-mix chocolates, novelties and more.

Please note that this is a merchandise-only location. For the Ghirardelli ice cream experience, please visit the location in Disney California Adventure park.

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Disneyland Resort Event Snapshot – November 2015

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here are a few quick tips on Disney Theme Park Merchandise events you should check out this November at the Disneyland Resort!

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November 7: Artist Steven Daily will appear from 3–5 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as release of some of his newest pieces. Learn more here.

November 14: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Joey Chou, Daniel Davis, Max Grundy and Sydney Hanson from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

November 14-15: Look for special appearances by Daniel and Dawna Davis from Steam Crow who will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on November 14–15 and 28-29, from 2-5 p.m., each day. Learn more here.

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November 21: Take part in a “dino-mite” artist signing with Joey Chou and Jerrod Maruyama featuring artwork inspired by “The Good Dinosaur” from 7–9 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Joey Chou. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: November 6–7, 13–14 and 28 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which event are you most excited for?

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Event Planned For Disney Springs AMC Theatres in Florida

posted on October 18th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Tickets have sold out for this event. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more coverage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Are you counting down the days to the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Today we’re happy to share details of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Event, a special ticketed event that’s planned for Thursday, December 17 at the Walt Disney World Resort for those who want to be among the first to see the new film and celebrate with fellow fans.

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Starting at AMC Disney Springs 24 between 7 and 8 p.m., guests of the Opening Night Event will have a confirmed seat at the first few public showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then enjoy a private after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until 2 a.m. The party will include access to the new Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit, the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, and a DJ dance party. The night will be highlighted with the preview of a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic “Star Wars” score. Event attendees will also get a commemorative souvenir event ticket. Guests of the Event are encouraged to come dressed in costume showing allegiance to the light side or dark side of the Force. Please see the Costume Guidelines in the FAQs.

The newest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will debut in ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” Monday, October 19, during halftime of the National Football League (NFL) game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. Tune in to ESPN to watch the premiere of the final trailer or join your fellow Star Wars fans at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA to watch the trailer on a giant screen outside AMC Downtown Disney 12 theatres. The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. counting down to the trailer release.

Following the trailer launch, tickets to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Event will be on sale. For tickets to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Event at Walt Disney World Resort, visit amctheatres.com/starwarswdw to purchase.

Here are some important FAQs for the event.

This film is not yet rated. The number of tickets available is limited. Event may sell out early. Tickets are valid only on specific Event date and hours. Entertainment, ticket types, entitlements and prices subject to change and cancelation without notice. Tickets are nontransferable. Star Tours© Disney/Lucasfilm, Ltd. Star Wars: TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. As to Disney properties/artwork: ©Disney.

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See the Stars of Disney’s ‘Descendants’ in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on October 17

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


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Tomorrow, the stars of Disney Channel’s hit movie, “Descendants,” will join fans in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort for an on-stage celebration! Come see stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson and the movie’s director, choreographer and executive producer Kenny Ortega at this special event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Downtown Disney Live! Stage.

Fans will have the opportunity join in a dance tutorial featuring the movie’s opening number, “Rotten to the Core,” and a sing-a-long featuring fan-favorite songs “Rotten to the Core” and “If Only.” Come dressed in your best Isle of the Lost or Auradon-inspired costume to take part in the “Descendants” costume showcase!

Disney’s “Descendants” tells the story of the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains in a live-action movie that – with a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales – fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations. Come join us tomorrow for a celebration of this unique hit!

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New Rocky Road Gourmet Treats Added to the Mix at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


A “Rocky Road” lies ahead for you this November at the Disneyland Resort. Our Candy Makers have been hard at work preparing themed gourmet treats based on the fan favorite Rocky Road flavors of years past.

The gourmet apple, dipped in creamy caramel, enrobed in sweet milk chocolate and covered in marshmallows and diced almonds, will be available for a limited time.

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Of course, we’re adding a few other treats to tempt your taste buds – the Rocky Road marshmallow wand, crispy treat and bark.

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Look for these fan-favorite treats beginning November 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.

Which treat will you try?

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Celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest This Month in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 9th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


October is all about seasonal celebrations in the restaurants, shops and entertainment venues of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Whether your taste runs to harvest, Halloween or “hoisting” a beverage for the occasion, the Downtown Disney District offers something for every age and every member of the family.

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Pumpkin is one of the predominant tastes of the season, and there is plenty to taste at locations throughout the Downtown Disney District: a pumpkin churro from the California Churro cart, a pumpkin macaroon from Kayla’s Cakes, Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and a pumpkin smoothie made with almond milk, pumpkin, bananas and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg at Jamba Juice.

Halloween celebrants can enjoy an evening of “Scary-Oke,” including costume and karaoke contests, at Crossroads at House of Blues on Saturday, Oct. 31. LittleMissMatched is offering a Buy 3 Get One Free deal on limited-edition Halloween-themed socks.

And if, inspired by Haunted Mansion Holiday, you’d like to construct your own haunted gingerbread house, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will offer a Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. A Gingerbread Kit and two seats at the work table are available for $48; additional seats would be $12 apiece. Tickets are available online here.

Meanwhile, October brings with it the opportunity to show your Bavarian side with the celebration of Oktoberfest. Uva Bar is currently offering an Oktoberfest-inspired menu through October 31. Crossroads at House of Blues will have a special Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring specialty menu items, a stein-hoisting competition and a pretzel eating contest. Meanwhile, a special Oktoberfest menu at House of Blues features grilled bratwurst, schnitzel, apple strudel and giant Bavarian pretzels.

It’s a full month of October events at the Downtown Disney District. Choose your celebration!

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New ALEX AND ANI Wraps Debut for Fall at Disney Parks

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Fall fashion is one thing I love, especially when it comes in the form of ALEX AND ANI! If you’re curious as to what releases we have lined up this October at Disney Parks, wait no more! Here are all the details and a look at what you can expect to find.

On October 12, add texture to your bangle set with new braided leather wraps available in cream leather with Rafaelian Gold Finish accents and black with Rafaelian Silver Finish accents.

There is also the intricate Gift of Wisdom Wrap, which you will find in Rafaelian Gold, Rafaelian Silver and Rose Gold Finishes. My favorite part about these wraps is, of course, the Mickey Mouse shaped-head on the end of both sides!

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Debuting October 19 is a nostalgic line considered part of the ALEX AND ANI “Precious” collection. These beautiful new pieces include a Mickey Filigree expandable necklace and ring, a pull chain bracelet and post earrings. Each item will be sold individually in .925 sterling silver or if you’re a fan of gold, look for the 14kt gold plated version. Tip: Please note that only Downtown Disney District and Disney Springs locations will offer the “Precious” collection at this time.

Look for all of these ALEX AND ANI pieces at:

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Tip: The wraps shown above will be available online on or around the same dates as they debut at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations. Please note: The “Precious” collection will not debut online until November 23.

Which one will you add to your collection?

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New ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Ornament Set Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you are a fan of the new “Paint the Night” parade, which debuted as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, then keep reading because I have no doubt that you will want to add this new ear hat ornament set to your collection!

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I had the chance to chat with Merchandiser Roger Dressen, who shared some details on the creation of this new collection. “‘Paint the Night’ parade is such a magical experience for our guests, with its dazzling array of color and light,” said Roger. “By creating a set of five ornaments, it allowed us to capture a variety of key moments from the nighttime spectacular as well as beloved Disney characters such as Sorcerer Mickey, Mike and Sulley, Tinker Bell, “The Little Mermaid” (Ariel and King Triton) and Belle. My favorite feature of all … they actually light up!”

This set will retail $150, plus tax, and can be found at the following locations in mid-October 2015.

Which ornament is your favorite?

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First Look at New ‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Merchandise at Disney Parks

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


New “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise featuring some frightfully fun friends from Halloween Town is in stores now at Disney Parks! Let’s check it out!

Fall accessories are definitely a must! Look for a messenger bag and sectional tote, along with a cleverly designed Jack Skellington suit tote and reversible Jack and Sally cross-body. Other festive wear includes arm warmers, themed scarves and even a coffin-shaped Jack wallet. I’ve already shared some of this year’s novelty headwear with you, but as you can see there are a few other choices that are a bit more subtle and can certainly be worn any time of year.

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New art debuts on a variety of themed tees including Jack Skellington as the Master of Fright, Pumpkin King and one that will have you wondering if it’s a “trick of the eye.” As the evenings cool down and a chill starts to fill the air, don’t despair – a new themed fleece will have you more than prepared. Ladies, a new dress, fashion tees and even a Sally-themed costume tee (available in select locations) are just a few ways for you to rock any look! Don’t worry, we have your little guys and ‘ghouls’ covered, too, with new fleece and tees and even a Jack Skellington suit-inspired coverall for your little pumpkin.

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Look for all of these new merchandise offerings and more at the following locations:

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Two new Dooney & Bourke collections themed to “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” are also set to debut this fall! The first collection is a “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” wallpaper print in coated canvas, featuring a black and white all-over pattern with Jack Skellington with leather accent trim and handles. In the coming weeks, a second nylon collection featuring silhouettes of some of your favorite Halloween Town characters will also materialize.

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Look for these new Dooney & Bourke silhouettes at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort as well as Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Which “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise are you most excited for?

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