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Summertime Update About Retail MagicBands and Accessories at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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As the “Coolest Summer Ever” continues at Walt Disney World Resort, I wanted to give you an update about several new retail MagicBands and accessories. These items are a great way to show your Disney Side during your vacation. Here is a look at some of my favorites.

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The open edition retail MagicBands featuring Steamboat Willie and characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” are currently available in select merchandise locations.

On August 14, we will release two additional open edition retail MagicBands. One will have Winnie the Pooh while the other will feature Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Open edition retail MagicBands have a retail of $19.95 each. Like all other retail MagicBands, these open edition items can be linked later making them great gifts.

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At the beginning of the year, we released a retail MagicBand with an image of Cinderella Castle from Magic Kingdom Park. Later this month, we will have three additional open edition retail MagicBands for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’m thrilled to see Figment on the Epcot-themed MagicBand!

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Some of the coolest MagicBand accessories I’ve seen are the attraction-themed MagicSliders. These small rectangular images easily slide onto the side of a MagicBand. They are a great way to either showcase your favorite Disney attractions or to keep track of which ones you’ve experienced.

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There are three attraction sliders per MagicSlider pack. Look for three different packs of Magic Kingdom Park attractions, and two packs each for attractions at Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each pack has a retail of $6.95.

Finally, we are now offering some of the Disney character MagicBands including Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck on our Disney Parks online store. You can find them along with select MagicBand accessories by visiting this page.

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Disney Parks Online Store Releasing New Shirts in August 2015

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


This month, the Disney Parks online store will continue its series of specially designed limited release shirts. Guests can order these items during the timeframes listed below by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of shirts.

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August 7-13
Being a long time fan of all things related to Epcot, I adore these 1980s-inspired, pixelated Mickey and Minnie Mouse T-shirts designed by Disney Design Group artist Maria Clapsis. These Hanes Nano-T shirts are part of our monthly series of companion shirts that was first introduced last month. The shirts will also have a small pixelated Epcot logo on the back.

For the companion tees coming in September, you may want to make room for one more (or should I say two?) shirts.

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August 10-16
Speaking of Haunted Mansion, Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra created these Hanes Nano-T shirts that contain a nod to the Hatbox Ghost at Disneyland park.

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We will also offer a long sleeve option in black. Each of these shirts will contain glow-in-the-dark ink and a small graveyard graphic on the back.

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August 17-23
The third shirt in our series of original Disneyland park attraction T-shirt features the Tomorrowland attraction, Autopia. In addition to a shirt, we will also release a print and a canvas wrap based on this design. Please note that artwork will ship in 12-14 days.

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August 28-September 3
Finally, we will have a special online store release of Twenty Eight & Main items from August 28 to September 3. If you are going to the D23 EXPO 2015, August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, make plans to attend the Disney Parks Merchandise presentation on Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Stage 28. During the presentation, we will share some additional details about this upcoming men’s apparel and accessories collection along with a host of other sneak previews. I hope to see you there!

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘IllumiNations’ Lights Up Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

posted on August 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image was shot at the Japan Pavilion at Epcot during “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

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The color of the fireworks really makes the pavilion’s red torii gate look striking. What’s your favorite pavilion in World Showcase to watch “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” from? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Disney Days of Past: It’s the Dog Days of Summer

posted on August 6th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Hello Disney Parks Blog friends! My name is Rose Monahan and I have worked as a librarian at Walt Disney World Resort for 12 years. I am excited to start sharing some posts with you from our from our photography collection here in the Marketing Resource Center.

Here we are in the full swing of summer. The kids are out of school, the sun is shining and we are all looking for ways to cool off, including Goofy! In this snap from 2000, Goofy is keeping cool by playing in the splash pads at Epcot. Ahhhh, that does look refreshing!

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Disney Days of Past: Transition

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Over four years ago, I was asked to start writing for the Disney Parks Blog. It all started with a photograph of my favorite Walt Disney World Resort theme park, Epcot, still under construction. In honor of that first post, here’s a look back at Epcot under construction from October 1981.

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After over 200 posts, two all-nighters and getting paid to eat delicious theme park snacks way too often, today’s post is my last. Not to worry, Disney Days of Past will continue on with my friend and colleague, Rose Monahan. Check us out from when she joined me during my first all-nighter in 2012. (Who doesn’t love to dance to Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!)

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I know you’ll welcome her with open arms as she starts to share photographs from the Marketing Resource Center. I can’t thank the Disney Parks Blog team and our readers enough for all the fun. It’s been a pleasure.

See ya real soon!

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – August 2015

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort? Be sure to check out these special artist appearances and signings taking place in August 2015!

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August 6 – 17: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, at their new location, Marketplace Fun Finds in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Tip: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing Aug. 8 – 9. Learn more.

August 6 – 9: Artist William Silvers will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest releases, August 6 – 9 from 12 – 8 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Epcot. Not able to make it? William will return for additional signing opportunities August 13 – 16 from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

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August 8: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith who will be on hand for a special artist showcase and signing from 4 – 7 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

August 10 – 15: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings August 10 – 15 from 1 – 8 p.m., each day at Art of Disney in Epcot. Not able to make it? Greg will return later in the month, August 24 – 29 from 1 – 8 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

August 13 – 14: A Kit Heath representative will be on hand to show their jewelry collections at The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

August 14: Take part in Trading Night from 6 -9 p.m. p.m. in Veracruz A at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Register online now!

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August 19 – 21: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at The Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

August 19 – 23: Take part in a special Givenchy fragrance event at Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at Epcot.

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August 21 – 22: Meet artist Whitney Pollett during a special artist signing at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace from 5 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

August 28 – 30: Game on! Be there for the launch of Disney Infinity 3.0 taking place throughout the day, each day, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Be sure to watch the Disney Parks Blog for more details.

Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot, including Le Plume et Palette and La Signature in France, The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom and Puffins Roost in Norway. Learn more.

Which events will you check out?

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Top 5 Picks for Lunch on the Walt Disney World Monorail

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


A lunchtime getaway on the monorail is one of our favorite tips for Magic Kingdom Park guests – take a leisurely mid-day break, then return energized to the park for more fun and fireworks.

Here are our five favorite stops, where you should be able to grab a seat without a reservation (though it’s nice to plan in advance).

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  1. Kona Cafe, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Just steps from the resort’s monorail station, this casual spot is the quickest getaway for a table-service lunch. This might be the biggest challenge without a reservation, so best to call ahead (sometimes early or late lunches work best without a reservation). The dish to taste: fish tacos with seared tilapia, tomato salsa and mango mayonnaise, also a great selection of hand-crafted sushi made to order. And, yes, the legendary Kilauea Torte is still on the menu.
  2. The Wave… of American Flavors, Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Jog downstairs to the first floor from the monorail station to this casual table-service restaurant. Again, reservations are nice, but not always necessary. Dish to taste: the build-your-own burger with Florida-raised and grass-fed beef. Add a little candied bacon, caramelized onions, guacamole – lots of delicious toppings. Organic draft beer too.
  3. Grand Floridian Cafe, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The monorail stops on the second floor, so make your way to the lobby to this airy, pleasant cafe where you reservations are preferred but not necessary. Dish to taste: the tuna Niçoise salad with a medium-rare tuna steak with greens, eggs, fingerling potatoes, green beans, Kalamata olive and tomatoes, served with fresh black olive bread. You can always add a glass of wine.

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  1. Contempo Cafe, Disney’s Contemporary Resort. No reservations necessary, and it’s just steps from the monorail station of the resort’s fourth floor. Contempo Cafe is quick service, and a fun diversion from Magic Kingdom Park. The specialty cupcakes and desserts are not to be missed. Dish to taste: the hot smoked turkey sandwich with Brie, arugula, green apple slices, apple butter and honey mustard on challah bread. Fries on the side.

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  1. Epcot. So it’s impossible to choose just one restaurant, and this requires a much longer departure from Magic Kingdom Park, but it’s doable, and reservations are best. While it’s a hike from the monorail stop to the World Showcase restaurants, a quicker stroll is Coral Reef Restaurant in The Seas with Nemo & Friends – and you get a dazzling live show from the fish, sharks, turtles and rays in the giant aquarium. Dish to taste: the divine lobster bisque with tarragon and brandy has been on the menu since Day 1, but the grilled New York strip steak is a crowd pleaser.

Tell us your favorite! For reservations visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Garden Grill Restaurant Breakfast and Lunch Reservations Open Today

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Tucked into the back of the Land pavilion at Epcot, Garden Grill Restaurant is known for family-style food, unique views of the “Living with the Land” attraction, and fun antics and interactions with our favorite chipmunks — Chip ‘n’ Dale.

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Beginning November 8, Garden Grill Restaurant will begin serving up breakfast and lunch in addition to dinner. The new Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Breakfast Harvest Feast will have all the fixin’s served in an all-you-care-to-enjoy family style. What’s on the menu? Look for breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles, and their signature item, Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake.

At lunch, look for your all-you-care-to-enjoy favorites from the dinner menu, like “Living with the Land” Harvest-inspired Farmer’s Salad (which utilizes greens from the attraction), char-grilled sliced filet of beef, roasted all-natural sliced turkey breast with freshly-harvested vegetables and scrumptious side dishes.

For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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First Look at Commemorative Products for 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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


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The countdown is on to the start of my favorite event at Walt Disney World Resort – the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The festival opens September 25 and runs through November 16, and will feature more than 30 global marketplaces (including some new experiences in Future World.) This year also marks the 20th time this event has been held at Epcot. Here is a first look at some of the merchandise commemorating this milestone anniversary.

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There are three distinct art programs for this year’s merchandise. The World Showcase logo program includes icons from each of the 11 pavilions. The Disney character program will feature Mickey Mouse and, my favorite, Figment dressed as chefs. We will also offer a “Brews Around the World” assortment, a returning favorite from previous years.

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Other returning favorite items include Vinylmation of the Swedish Chef from The Muppets, collectible pins on recipe cards, and three new Dooney & Bourke handbags. Guests will also find drinkware, four different appetizer plates, and some holiday ornaments.

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I love the coffee mug that uses Figment’s tail as the handle. I also thought the bottle opener on the “Brews Around the World” baseball cap was creative. Finally, I was happy to see salt and pepper shaker trash cans which were inspired by items released last year in Disney Centerpiece at the Marketplace Co-Op.

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Stay tuned in the coming weeks for details about a new activity called “Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak” that includes limited release pins.

The best place to find many of these items starting September 25 will be in the Festival Center. This location will be found in Future World between Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE pavilions. Additional merchandise locations throughout World Showcase will also carry select items. There are no plans at this time to carry these items on our Disney Parks online store.

Do you have a favorite item? Please share in the comments below.

I hope to see you at Epcot this fall.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Ludwig Von Drake Goes ‘Behind the Seeds’

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s #DisneySide Doodle imagines what would happen if expert-in-all-subjects Ludwig Von Drake visited the Living With The Land attraction at The Land pavilion at Epcot.

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As you can see, he has shown his Disney Side by adding a few aquatic-animal inspired plants to the pavilion’s garden.

Thanks to artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett for the awesome work.


For more from our #DisneySide Doodles series visit the posts below:

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