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#DisneyGrandAdventure: Multigeneration Vacation Planning Made Simple

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Paula Hall, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort Multi-Generational Travel


I have exciting news to share. My daughter got engaged this week, which means I’m one step closer to becoming a grandmother!

This isn’t the only news for #DisneyGrandAdventure this week. I’m delighted to announce the relaunch of our Grand Adventure website! This easy-to-use site created especially for grandparents offers a world of tips and tools to begin planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

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The Grand Adventure website is a one-stop shop for Disney family vacation planning information. Whether you want to schedule Fastpass+ for your granddaughter’s favorite attraction, book a family suite at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, or simply learn more about the four theme parks and other sensational offerings at Walt Disney World Resort, this site has the answers. With a sleek new look, helpful links, and all the information you could possibly need, planning a Grand Adventure has never been easier.

The website also features links to some of our Disney Parks social media resources, such as the Disney Parks Moms Panel that offers insider secrets from real moms, “grands”, and Resort experts. Grandparents also can find lists of suggested attractions for guests of different age groups, which makes Fastpass+ selections for children and grandchildren of all ages even simpler!

These are just a few of the many incredible resources offered through The Grand Adventure website. We will take a more in-depth look at some of the vacation planning tools available through the site in the future, so stay tuned for upcoming blog posts. In the meantime, please visit the re-imagined website and share your feedback!

Have a Grand weekend!

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‘Rock the Dots’ with Disney Parks Merchandise on January 22 for National Polka Dot Day

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Did you know National Polka Dot Day will be observed on January 22? Since 1928, Disney First lady and fashionista Minnie Mouse has rocked polka dots through her fun-loving, timeless and positive spirit that inspires Disney fans and polka dot fashionistas around the globe. At Disney Parks, guests can “rock their dots” every day with polka dot fashions from bows and blouses to designer purses and jewelry. I recently visited Disney Springs Marketplace to find some of the best Minnie Mouse products we carry.

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There are numerous items featuring Minnie Mouse for guests of all ages. For kids, we offer apparel, shoes, hats, dresses and more. As a side note for parents, I learned there will be three new “Minnie’s Bow-Toons” shorts premiering on Disney Channel during the morning of January 22.

Adults will find Minnie Mouse-themed charms by PANDORA Jewelry, stylish apparel and accessories from the Disney Boutique collection, coffee mugs, and other souvenirs such as hand sanitizers or pins.

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I also discovered that retail MagicBand on Demand is now available at the D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op. This creation station has a few Minnie Mouse designs which can be added to a phone case or a retail MagicBand.

In celebration of our favorite style muse Minnie Mouse, I invite you to show us how you “Rock the Dots” by sporting your favorite polka dot look. Just tag your photos on social media channels with #RockTheDots.

Here are images of other items that you may find at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort or on the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

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Purple Retail MagicBand and More Coming Soon to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 17th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Some of the most popular Disney Parks Blog stories in 2015 have been about retail MagicBands. With only a few weeks left in this year, here is an update about new and upcoming retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort.

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One of the most requested MagicBand colors this year was purple. In fall, we introduced a purple option for guests who create retail MagicBands at the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. in Magic Kingdom Park. I have even more exciting news! Soon, guests will be able to find an individual purple retail MagicBand in select Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations. This solid color retail MagicBand will join the other solid color MagicBands we currently offer. Look for the purple retail MagicBand in late December.

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Another popular MagicBand request this year was for the Orange Bird which I discussed in a previous Disney Parks Blog article. This retail MagicBand was recently released along with a Princess Tiana MagicBand and a red holiday sweater pattern MagicBand featuring Mickey Mouse.

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In addition to retail MagicBands, we have new MagicBand-its inspired by classic Disney characters and attractions at Disney Parks. These small accessories can be easily attached to the side of any MagicBand.

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We’ve added new artwork to the previously mentioned Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. location. They include Orange Bird (which you can now have printed on eight different colors including orange or green as pictured). We also have A-E Tickets that are reminiscent of ticket books once used at Disney Parks until the early 1980s.

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Finally, we will have two new MagicBands celebrating 2016 that will be released on January 1, 2016.

You may find select retail MagicBands using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app. Some retail MagicBands I mentioned may be available first on the app before being released in merchandise locations at Walt Disney World Resort. To download, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

What has been your favorite MagicBand this year?

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Top Holiday Gifts For 2015 from Disney Parks

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the holiday season returning to Disney Parks, here are my top gift items created especially for Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. To make holiday shopping even easier this year, try using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app to order and ship select item listed below to your home.

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Disney Parks Castle Play Set – All new for this holiday season, this Play Set was inspired by Disney Parks Castles from around the world. Twenty-two new Action Figure Play Sets will also being introduced throughout the coming months. Check out this Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video for more details.

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Retail MagicBands and Accessories – For guests at Walt Disney World Resort, give the gift of a personalized retail MagicBand that’s decorated with favorite Disney characters or icons. Look for several pre-printed graphic MagicBands that can be linked-later to a My Disney Experience account. Guests may also create their own unique MagicBand at the Retail MagicBand on Demand station in Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. at Magic Kingdom Park.

Stylish Apparel and Accessories – The Disney Boutique and Twenty Eight & Main collections offer stylish assortments of fashion-forward apparel, accessories and more for guests who love Disney and Disney Parks.

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Made with Magic – Light up the night with a colorful collection of magical accessories! Four sensational items – the Mickey Ear Hat, Minnie Mouse Headband, Mickey Mouse Glove and the Sorcerer Mickey Wand – have each been programmed to light up at key moments during select nighttime spectaculars at Disney Parks.

Decorative Designer Nutcrackers and Disney Attractionista Dolls Available at Disney Parks Disney Parks Merchandise Pieces by PANDORA Jewelry, Dooney & Bourke or Vera Bradley

Decorative Designer Nutcrackers – Disney Design Group artists have created a limited release series of nutcrackers based on the themed lands and attractions from Disney Parks.

Disney Attractionista Dolls – Inspired by the themed lands and attractions found in Magic Kingdom Park, Disney Attractionistas are special friends that love to be together at the Disney Parks every chance they get. Each doll has wished to always be part of their favorite attraction, and that it could be a part of them. Now all their wondrous wishing has come true with six different fabulous 12″ fashion dolls.

Classic Collaborations – Disney Parks Merchandise has collaborated with popular designers such as PANDORA Jewelry, Dooney & Bourke or Vera Bradley to offer fantastic accessories all with a Disney twist.

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Disney Tails – Disney Tails is a new line of pet products for dogs that includes several colorful leashes with matching collars, Disney Parks-inspired food toys, and a handful of apparel items like bandanas or bow ties.

2016 Disney Parks Attraction Poster Calendar – This oversized 2016 calendar include attraction posters from Disney Theme Parks around the world. Each poster is suitable for display in a standard 12-inch by 18-inch frame, with perforations above and below each poster for easy removal after its calendar month.

Delicious Treats From Disney Parks – Give sweet and delicious treats created especially for Disney Parks. Snacks with Character, a line of better for you snacks, is great for guests looking for dietary alternatives related to food allergies or lifestyle choices. Other options include offer highly-themed goods inspired by the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Jasmine, Princess of Agrabah

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


This week in Disney history back in 1992, we met Jasmine, the heroine of one of my favorite Disney films, “Aladdin.” This love story takes us on an adventure as independent Princess Jasmine and “street rat” Aladdin fall in love and fight to be together – despite their stop-at-nothing nemesis Jafar.

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Today, you can often meet Jasmine in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience App for her latest schedule.

Thanks to Kent Phillips for the great portraits. To check out more in our series, see the list below.

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New Delivery Options and Free Shipping Limited Time Offer Coming to Shop Disney Parks App

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


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A few weeks ago, I shared details about using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app to search, locate, and purchase thousands of merchandise items offered in Disney-operated retail stores at Walt Disney World Resort. Today, I’m excited to announce some additional enhancements to the app will soon make the shopping experience even better.

Free Shipping Limited Time Offer*
Free shipping will be offered for a limited time now through November 22, 2015 on all Shop Disney Parks standard ground Home Delivery purchases.

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New Delivery Options
Once the app update is released, guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort can choose Resort Hotel Delivery, Park Gate Pick-Up or Home Delivery from the Delivery Options on the Review & Purchase screen.
If you choose Resort Hotel Delivery on purchases, you need to have a current Disney Resort reservation linked in My Disney Experience. Resort Delivery is a delivery option for guests until 3:00 p.m. each day. Items will be ready for pick-up at your resort the following day after 12:00 p.m.

If choosing Park Gate Pick-Up as a delivery option, you need to be physically present in a theme park and the item must be available for purchase in that park. Park Gate Pick-Up orders are ready for retrieval at Park Package Pick-Up locations three hours after purchase.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Products
Finally, I’m happy to report that select products created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will soon be available via Shop Disney Parks. Additional products from Disneyland Resort may be added at a future date.

This free app is available for iPhone and smartphones for Android. Visit this page for more details how to download the app.

*Free shipping offer expires 11:59 pm Pacific Time, November 22, 2015. Free shipping applies only to Ground Delivery on orders sent to a single shipping address and does not include shipments to Alaska, Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or other U.S. territories and possessions. Offer valid on orders placed on the Shop Disney Parks app. Not valid on purchases from DisneyStore.com and Disney Store and Disney Baby Store locations. We reserve the right to cancel or modify this offer at any time. Void where prohibited.

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New Orange Bird Home Décor and More Landing This Fall at Disney Parks

posted on October 26th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Long time readers of the Disney Parks Blog know I have a special place in my heart for the happy little Orange Bird. He returned to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park in 2012, and can now be found in the Sunshine Tree Terrace location. Last year, we introduced several Orange Bird-themed products at Disney Parks (yes, I have them all). I’m happy to report additional items will be arriving soon.

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These new home décor items will include two small kitchen towels decorated with Orange Bird graphics. An Orange Bird coffee mug, small dish, and salt and pepper shakers are also planned. These items were designed to complement the previously released bowl, orange juice pitcher and small juice glasses. I can’t wait to “Think Orange Thoughts” while enjoying my morning cup of coffee!

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One of my favorite items (besides the coffee mug) will be the new, open edition retail MagicBand coming this December to select Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations.

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Once these items are released at Disney Parks, you may find select products using the free Shop Disney Parks app. This video shows you how easy it is to use the app to find favorite Disney Parks merchandise and have those items shipped directly to your home.

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Retail MagicBand on Demand Opens in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Guests now have a new option to create and personalize retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort. We recently opened a new retail MagicBand on Demand station inside the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. location near Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom Park. This new option for guests is similar to the D-Tech on Demand boutique first introduced in June 2014 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace (as seen in this video).

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At the Tomorrowland location, you may choose to create either a retail MagicBand or a D-Tech phone case. If creating a retail MagicBand, we offer your choice of eight different MagicBand colors including purple.

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There are also approximately 40 graphics to apply to your custom MagicBand. There will be a few MagicBand graphics that will only be found in this location that salute classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions and icons (the first image in this story has a few examples).

In addition to artwork, the retail MagicBand can be personalized with a name printed on the outside.

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Once designed, the retail MagicBand is printed in the location. The printers use UV ink which dries immediately and requires no cooling time.

For the final step, the custom retail MagicBand can be either associated to your My Disney Experience account, or you can give it as a gift to friends or family who may be visiting Walt Disney World Resort soon.

Retail for a custom retail MagicBand is $24.99 while a personalized retail MagicBand is $32.99.

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New ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ Items Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in October

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I loved seeing the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” a few weeks ago during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park. If you plan on attending an event in October, I invite you to look for a few commemorative items inspired by this new show.

We have an event T-shirt featuring the Sanderson Sisters and Disney Villains from the show such as Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.

Guests attending the events may also find artwork for select mobile phones at the new D-Tech on Demand area inside Tomorrowland Power and Light Co. at the exit of Space Mountain. We offer cases for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6.

Finally, we will offer a limited release retail MagicBand starting October 9.

The best place to look for the event shirt and retail MagicBand is Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A.

The retail MagicBand may be found in additional locations such as Box Office Gifts on Main Street, U.S.A., Big Al’s in Frontierland and Tomorrowland Power and Light Co. in Tomorrowland.

For more information about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, please visit DisneyWorld.com.

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Disney PhotoPass Service Tips during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


Looking forward to the special Character Greetings and photo opportunities available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Disney PhotoPass Service has you covered!

To make the event picture perfect for you, we’re offering up some Disney PhotoPass tips:

Know where Disney PhotoPass Photographers will be located.
During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ll be able to find Disney PhotoPass Photographers at various locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park, as well as at party-exclusive Character greetings, like with Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, The Seven Dwarfs, Queen of Hearts, Captain Jack Sparrow, and more!

Plus, some of your favorite Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Winnie the Pooh will be dressed in their Halloween costumes, so don’t miss out on these amazing photo opportunities by being stuck behind the camera!

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Get Halloween-themed Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots!
Disney PhotoPass Service is also giving you the chance to hitchhike with your favorite ghosts, dangle a poison apple over a boiling cauldron, and much more with festively themed Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots!

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Please note that a Memory Maker entitlement is required to download Animated Magic Shots.

Purchase Memory Maker to get all of your Disney PhotoPass vacation and party photos for one price.

Want to download your Character Greeting shots, Magic Shots, and Animated Magic Shots for one price?

With the purchase of Memory Maker, a Disney PhotoPass Service product, you will receive unlimited digital downloads of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation memories, including your Disney PhotoPass photos from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, as well as photos from select attraction and dining locations.

Please note that Memory Maker is subject to the Memory Maker Terms and Conditions and Disney PhotoPass expiration policy.

Use the My Disney Experience Mobile App.
You can now view your Disney PhotoPass photos in the My Disney Experience mobile app!

And if you’ve purchased Memory Maker, you’ll be able to download and share your Disney PhotoPass photos from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party from your mobile device as soon as they appear in your Disney account!

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