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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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First Look: Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As we first told you back in February, Luigi – the most famous tire salesman in Cars Land – has temporarily closed his Casa della Tires to visit family in Italy. Today, I’m excited to tell you that he is returning with some special guests!

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates as our special guests continue to settle in at Disney California Adventure park!

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It’s a Beautiful Morning at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

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


One of my absolute favorite weekend activities at the Walt Disney World Resort is hitting the slopes – I mean slides – at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.

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Good Morning from San Francisco with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Adventures by Disney now offers “Long Weekend” getaways, taking travelers on 4-day, 3-night trips to some of North America’s most beloved destinations. While I’m eager to try them all, this early morning shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic sights you can see on an Adventures by Disney trip to San Francisco & Napa, truly beckons me.

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Caption This: Mind the Alligators at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!

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


This week’s “Caption This” image was shot at Port Holes Miniature Golf at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and it sure looks like these gators have “a taste” for golf.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we celebrated the anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on the Disney Parks Blog with images, stories, a tough quiz and a special wallpaper created just for readers.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

posted on July 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week we celebrated the anniversary of what I’d consider to be one of the most visually interesting attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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#DisneyKids: First Train Ride at Disney Parks

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Walt Disney was a huge train enthusiast, which is why you can find unique railroads for all ages at every Disney Park around the world. There’s something about riding a train that seems to fascinate young children and as the parent of little ones, I appreciate the relaxing downtime a train around the park provides.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park?

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


“Disneyland Forever” is an all-new kind of fireworks spectacular that uses sparkling pyrotechnics and larger-than-life projections to immerse you right in the middle of your favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar stories. How well do you know this brand-new fireworks spectacular? Test your knowledge in our quiz below!

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