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Today in Disney History: ‘Mulan’ Debuts

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in 1998, Walt Disney Pictures “Mulan” was released in theaters. Based on an old Chinese folktale, Mulan tells the story of the spirited-young girl who secretly joins the Chinese army in her father’s place and helps defeat the Huns, while saving the Emperor.

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Fans of Disney Parks know that Mulan can be found greeting guests at Epcot at the China Pavilion where she greets guests regularly.

“Mulan” can also be seen in Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland park in California. Singing “Reflection,” Mulan is joined on stage by both Pocahontas and Rapunzel each singing songs from their respective films.

“Mulan” was the first feature-animated movie primarily produced at Disney Feature Animation at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Back to Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is a guest favorite at the Disneyland Resort, and of course one of mine too. Not only do I like riding the attraction, I also think the exterior of the building is a great subject to photograph. I like the photos for their unique perspective and futuristic appeal.

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Celebrate the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ with New Merchandise at Disney Parks

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Disney•Pixar’s newest original film “Inside Out” arrives in theaters on June 19. I’m looking forward to seeing it with my son who has been watching the trailers for months now. While my parents were visiting us, they bought him a few Disney Tsum Tsum featuring characters from this upcoming film. I recently visited Downtown Disney Marketplace to discover what other items were now at Disney Parks.

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The small “Inside Out” assortment includes home décor, apparel, plush and toys. I love the five plush inspired by the emotions of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear.

I found the Disney Tsum Tsum my parents purchased at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. They will also be offered at World of Disney in Downtown Disney District in California.

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Other items include a deluxe figurine playset, a coffee mug, and a new book titled “Sadly Ever After” by Elise Allen with illustrations by Dan Holland.

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I love the packaging for the open edition six-pin set. Disney pin collectors should also look for an open edition pin with Joy and Bing Bong and a limited edition opening day pin (the latter has an edition size of 3,000).

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Finally, the D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace will also offer six different “Inside Out” designs. You can create and customize a case for the following mobile phones: iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 6/6+, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5. These new designs will be introduced at the location by June 19.

Select items will be found in a variety of merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You can find other items from “Inside Out” online here.

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@Disneyland Makes Your Memories Dazzle on Twitter

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort is dazzling during its 60th anniversary celebration, and we want your memories to dazzle as well! Share your favorite Disneyland selfies, family & group shots on Twitter with the hashtag #Disneyland60 and you may receive your image back from @Disneyland with a few magical touches added!

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We’ve created many ways to make your Disneyland photos sparkle, so keep sharing them on Twitter with the hashtag #Disneyland60 – and keep an eye out for even more magical touches coming in the future!

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Look Ahead to New Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks Later in 2015

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


As summer begins at Disney Parks, here is a sneak preview of items coming later this year. This is one of my favorite articles to write as I get to share some awesome things currently in development.

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Time For MagicSliders
One of the more popularly requested accessories for MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort is a watch. I’m happy to report there will be two MagicSlider timepieces coming this summer – a Minnie Mouse analog timepiece and one with a digital display.

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Disney Pins From Regions Beyond
Memento Mori, the Haunted Mansion-themed shop located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park, inspired two open edition pins coming late summer. One pin resembles the brooch that female cast members wear in the location, while the other looks like a sign found outside the shop. You can see both of those items in this previous article.

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Cogsworth and Chef Figment
Cogsworth may be one of my favorite characters from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” I was happy to see there will be a medium-sized figurine coming this September. This figurine is the companion piece to the Lumiere figurine we released in 2013. The best part – Cogsworth’s face is a working clock!

Also arriving this fall is a new 12-inch Figment plush created especially for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. My favorite festival of the year returns to Walt Disney World Resort from September 25 through November 16.

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Villainous T-Shirts
This fall, Chernabog from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and Hades from Disney’s “Hercules” will be featured on new Disney Villain T-shirts. I love this artwork created by Disney Design Group artist Dave Keefer.

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Disney Theme Park Holiday Ornaments
This year, we will release ornaments featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in attire representing different Disney Theme Parks. It’s probably no surprise that I adore the Epcot ornament especially since Mickey and Minnie are wearing their spacesuits from the 1980s.

Look for these and other items coming to select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

Which item is your favorite? Please share in the comments below.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise Continues to Dazzle

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Hey Disney fans! Over the past couple weeks I have seen many of you dazzling in Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration product. It’s been amazing! So what’s next? You may want to put on your sunglasses, because if you are looking for some serious sparkle, check out the black and white embedded ear hat!

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If you’re curious as to how much this would be to add to your collection, hold on to your wallet … this specially created Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration ear hat is a limited edition of twenty-four (24) and is $2,000. Whether you want a peek at the ear hat or decide to buy, you’ll find it in Disneyana and Disney Showcase in Disneyland park and World of Disney in Downtown Disney District.

If you’re looking for something else that “sounds” good, then I have just the item for you. Some of you may have had the opportunity to get the first edition of the limited-edition crystal embedded headphones in May. SMS Audio is the official headphones of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort and the sound quality is impeccable. The second edition of the headphones will be releasing soon and will be an edition size of 60. One of the main differences you’ll notice is the much darker blue stones. Here’s your first look!

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I know that many of you have been curious on availability of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration product through Merchandise Guest Services. Please keep in mind that a VERY limited assortment will be available through the Merchandise Guest Services team beginning June 22 and an even more limited assortment will be available online in August.

Which Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration souvenirs have you picked up?

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VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Lights Up the Night

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re just a few weeks into the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and already our new,
dazzling nighttime spectaculars are hits with our guests. From the amazing “Paint the Night” parade to the Diamond-edition return of the fan-favorite, Mad T Party, the celebration is lighting up the night throughout the Disneyland Resort. Take a look!

What has been your favorite part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration so far? Tell us in the comments!

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Spotlight on Tees Coming to the Disney Parks Online Store in June 2015

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


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To kick off the summer season at Disney Parks, we are releasing a few tee-shirts on our Disney Parks online store that I think fans will love. These limited release tees will only be offered online at DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. All shirts will be offered for adults, women and youth. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

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June 17-23
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Resort, we are launching a series of online tees that salute original Disneyland park attractions. The first tee celebrates the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction. In addition to the shirt, poster artwork will also be available during this sale.

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June 22-28
I’m particularly excited for the Triple R Ranch tee shirt, which was inspired by “The Adventures of Spin and Marty” from the 1955-56 season of the “Mickey Mouse Club.” Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones worked with the Walt Disney Archives to get photo reference of the summer camp shirts used in the show. You may also recognize the shirt as something Andy wore in Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” (I tried recreating a shot from that animated feature above).

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June 29-July 5
The final shirt for June features the Harmony Barber Shop from Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park. This location opened in 1975 and is a great place to get a first haircut as seen in this video article. This shirt will be online from June 29 through July 5.

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Summer Sounds Inspired by the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Now on Pandora

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Experience the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at home this summer with the new Disneyland 60th Anniversary Summer Sounds station on Pandora! Now through August 31, this special station will feature music inspired by the celebration now underway. Check it out here!

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Sing Along with ‘Frozen’ Favorites During Frozen FANdemonium at D23 EXPO 2015

posted on June 15th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Frozen” fans have already enjoyed the opportunity to sing along with Anna and Elsa at Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and now D23 EXPO 2015 will present another unique opportunity to enjoy the music from this fan favorite.

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On Sunday, August 16, at 3 p.m., in the 7,500-seat Hall D23, host Chris Montan, president, Walt Disney Music, and the Oscar®-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will take D23 EXPO 2015 attendees on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world of “Frozen” during Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration! This one-day-only performance will feature sing-along experiences of your “Frozen” favorites such as “Let It Go,” “In Summer,” and more. Plus, fans can expect special surprises and fascinating stories behind some of your favorite Frozen songs. The performance will even feature Anna and Elsa!

D23 EXPO 2015 runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, directly across the street from Disneyland Resort. Tickets are available here.

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