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February 2016 Walt Disney World Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Make time on your calendar to meet the artists behind the magic! Find all the details on February merchandise special events taking place throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

February 19 – 21: Look for the release of Star Wars-themed art from ACME Artist Brian Rood, who will appear from 2 – 5 p.m. at Watto’s Grotto in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Note: Not able to make it to the park? Brian will also be appearing at Star Wars Galactic Outpost (previously D-Street) in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.

Disney Springs

February 4 – 29: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of their new Valentine inspired collection, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Doll Designer Linda Rick will make a special appearance February 19 – 21. Learn more.

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February 12 – 13: Take part in an artist showcase at Art of Disney with Brian Blackmore and Mark Seppala who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of their latest works February 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. and February 13 from 4 – 6 p.m. Learn more.

February 19 – 21: ACME Artist Brian Rood will be appearing from 7 – 9 p.m., each day at Star Wars Galactic Outpost (previously D-Street) in Disney Springs West Side. Don’t miss the chance to see some of his latest Star Wars releases. Learn more.

February 20: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith who will be on hand showcasing some of her newest releases, among other favorites, from 4 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op. Learn more.

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February 24 – 28: Check out the latest releases from artist Greg McCullough appearing at Art of Disney from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

Epcot

February 10 – 14: Greg McCullough will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest works at Art of Disney from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. If you are unable to make it, don’t worry, look for additional appearances by Greg later this month at Disney Springs. Learn more.

February 10 – 15: Find ‘scent’sational releases from Givenchy at Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

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February 12 – 14 and February 19 – 21: Stop in and check out the latest Yardley fragrance and beauty products and meet representative Isis Sio throughout the day, each day at The Queen’s Table in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase.

February 14 – 17 and February 19 – 21: Be sure to stop by and check out the latest releases of handmade bath and body products from Rinse. Representatives will be on hand throughout the day, each day at Heritage Manor in The American Adventure Pavilion. Learn more.

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February 18 – 21: Geir Ness will be on hand for a special appearance as he showcases the latest from his Laila fragrance and beauty collection. Meet Geir at The Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

February 19 – 20: Meet Kit Heath representative Mary Finnegan from 2- 7 p.m. and learn more about the beautiful, classic and contemporary British Jewelry Designer and the stunning jewelry designs available at The Queen’s Table in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

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February 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this February? Here’s the latest on some of the artists you can expect to find this month and some very special events you don’t want to miss!

Disneyland Park

February 5-14: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Valentine-themed collection, among other fan favorites. Look for a special appearance by Doll Designer Linda Rick, February 5-7 from noon – 10 p.m. each day, at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

Disney California Adventure Park

February 6: Local Southern California artist Noah returns to Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park with a special appearance and signing from noon – 4 p.m. as we celebrate the release of his latest pieces inspired by Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Alice in Wonderland. Learn more here.

Downtown Disney District

February 6: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Nidhi Chanani, Eunjung June Kim and Jerrod Maruyama from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also being released is the 9” Hipster Mickey Vinylmation figure by artist Jerrod Maruyama. Learn more here.

February 6-7: Take part in a special artist showcase with Nidhi Chanani from 2-5 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Gabby Zapata. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: February 6–7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27–28 from 5–9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – December 2015

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This December, make your list and check it twice! If you are in need of a few gift ideas here are a few Disney Theme Park Merchandise artist appearances and signings taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort that might help!

December 1 – 10: Artist Greg McCullough will take part in special artist showcases December 1 – 10 and December 26 – January 3 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace, from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

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December 3 – 6: Artist William Silvers will be on hand for special appearances December 3 – 6 at Art of Disney in Epcot and December 10 – 13 at Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom Park, from 12 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

December 3 – 6: Meet artist Larry Dotson who will appear throughout the day, on each date at the following locations. Learn more.

  • December 3 – 6 – Main Street Cinema, Magic Kingdom Park
  • December 9 – 12 – Art of Disney, Epcot
  • December 19 – 23 – Main Street Cinema, Magic Kingdom Park
  • December 26 – 27 – The Puffin’s Roost, Norway Pavilion, Epcot (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

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December 4 – 5: Meet artist Sydney Hanson who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

December 4 – 5: Take part in Holidays Around the World and join us for a special appearance and signing with Dept. 56 artist, Jeff Junkins from 2 – 6 p.m., each day at Santa’s Village in the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot. Learn more.

December 10 – 18: ‘Scent’sational news! Gier Ness and Patti Moreno return this month with special appearances at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

December 11 – 12: Join us for special artist showcases at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace as we celebrate the release of new works by Will Gay, Joe Kaminski and Darren Wilson, December 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. and December 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. Learn more.

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December 11 – 13: Artist Whitney Pollett will take part in a special artist showcase December 11 and December 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. and December 13 from Noon – 3 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

December 12: A new hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint cel, titled “A Jolly Afternoon” featuring Minnie Mouse dressed as Mary Poppins will be available at Stage 1 Company Store at Disney Hollywood Studios. Look for appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it? A special pre-purchase opportunity is available now through December 10, 2015. Order Here!

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December 13 – 23: Meet artist David E. Doss from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

December 18 – 20: Mike Kungl will appear December 18 – 20 from 2 – 5 p.m., each day at Watto’s Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not able to make it? Mike will appear later in the day, each day, from 7 – 9 p.m. at D-Street in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.

Reminders:

Now – December 30: Celebrating Holidays Around the World with us at Epcot? Be sure to look for special merchandise locations, artist appearances and signings and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list! Learn more.

Now – January 4: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot. Learn more.

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – October 2015

posted on September 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here are a few special artist appearances and signings taking place during October at Walt Disney World Resort that you won’t want to miss. So mark your calendars!

October 1 – 4: Look for special appearances by artist Larry Dotson throughout the month of October at Walt Disney World Resort. Larry will appear throughout the day, each day October 1 – 4, 15 – 18 and 28 – 31 at Art of Disney in Epcot; and Oct. 22 – 25 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

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October 1 – 12 : Artist David E. Doss returns this month with special appearances and signings from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, October 1 – 12 and 28 – 31 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace and October 22 – 25 at Art of Disney Epcot. Learn more.

October 2 – 3: Meet artist Dave Perillo who will be on hand for a special artist showcase and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

October 2 – November 2: 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 Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing October 2 – 4 and October 9 – 11. Learn more.

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October 6 – 11: Be sure to stop by this month when Greg McCullough returns to Walt Disney World Resort with special appearances from 1 – 8 p.m., each day, October 6 – 11 at Art of Disney Epcot and October 19 – 23 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

October 8 – 11: Meet artist William Silvers who will appear throughout the day, each day, October 8 – 11 and October 29 – November 1 at Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom Park and October 15 – 18 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

October 24 – 25: Join us for an artist showcase at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Noah, Randy Noble and Don “Ducky” Williams, October 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. and October 25 from Noon – 2 p.m. Learn more.

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Just a few other things before I go …

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

Or if you are planning to take part in the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2015, be sure to check out the commemorative merchandise available at the Festival Center and other select locations. Tip: Look for special artist appearances, demonstrations and signings throughout the course of the festival.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Lilo & Stitch Enjoy Dole Whip in Adventureland

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Today’s doodle has Lilo and her best friend, Stitch, showing their #DisneySide in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. It looks like they’ve stumbled across a new favorite dessert – Dole Whip.

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Thanks to artist Ashley Taylor for the doodle.

To check out how other Disney characters may show their #DisneySide in our parks, check out the list of related posts below.

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Artist at Work! Come see Dallas Clayton Create a Mural Inspired by ‘Inside Out’ Today in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on June 5th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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Like many fans of Disney●Pixar animation, I’m looking forward to “Inside Out,” which opens in theaters Friday, June 19.

Adults and children visiting Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort can get a little taste of what’s to come today, Friday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as renowned artist, author and illustrator Dallas Clayton (“Lily the Unicorn,” “An Awesome Book!”) creates a mural, six feet tall and 12 feet long, inspired by “Inside Out” next to the AMC Theatres.

Clayton has teamed up with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to celebrate “Inside Out” and its depiction of emotions: Joy (voiced by Poehler), Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. Producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s partner in Smart Girls, is featured in an online video inviting fans to submit their representations of these emotions. The submissions may inspire portions of the mural created by Clayton.

The completed mural will remain in Downtown Disney District as a photo location throughout the month, and photos by families and other guests can be curated on social media with #SpreadJoy and #BeEmotionalInsideOut.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Tinker Bell Readies for a Day at the Park

posted on June 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Our #DisneySide Doodle series this week continues our artists’ interpretation of how a Disney character would show his or her #DisneySide at a park, with this new sketch of Tinker Bell. This original painting, by Ty Amato, shows Tinker Bell primping before a day at the park.

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According to Ty, “The painting was done with gouache, which is kind of a mix between watercolor and acrylic paint. I (added) the luminescent glow of bubbles in PhotoShop to bump up the magic.”

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New Artist Sketch Debuts for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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Earlier today, I checked out Drawing Disneyland: The Early Years – Imagineers Who Helped Bring Walt’s Dream To Life exhibit at The Disney Gallery in The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction. So I figured why not make the hop, skip and a jump over to Disneyana Gifts to see what else is happening – and I’m glad I did! Our talented teams of Disneyland Resort Sketch Artists have very busy creating what I consider a “diamond in the rough” – because it’s a sketch, of course. Take a look!

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Special Tip: Have the artist add a personal touch to your sketch by adding a special date, name or message.

If you’re curious where to find the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration artist sketch and other favorites, visit Disneyana in Disneyland park or Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park.

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot: March 2015

posted on February 28th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Spring is in the air! See what’s happening this March at the Walt Disney World Resort!

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March 2 – 8: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, March 2 – 8 and 18 – 22. Stop by and find a new piece of art to add to your collection! Learn more.

March 4 – 8: Renowned international artist Larry Dotson is set to appear this month at Epcot. Find him, March 4 – 8 at Art of Disney and March 27 – 29 at Puffins Roost in the Norway Pavilion. Learn more.

March 4 – May 17: Commemorative Epcot International Flower & Garden Merchandise will be in full bloom, beginning March 4! Visit the Festival Center, open Friday through Sunday, or the bridge kiosk at the entrance of World Showcase and find special treasures to help grow your collection. Tip: Check out special artist appearances and chef demonstrations as well as festival showcases. Learn more.

March 6: Meet author and Major League Baseball Legend, Cal Ripken, Jr. Cal will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest book Out at Home at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports during the 2nd inning of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training game. Please note, a game ticket is required to attend this signing. Learn more.

March 6 – 7: Join us as we celebrate the opening of WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Take part in a special artist showcase and signing from 1 – 3:30 p.m. with Michael Lewis Glover and Jerrod Maruyama and 5 – 7:30 p.m. with Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Robert Jimenez. Learn more.

March 8: Disney artist Jerrod Maruyama will be on hand for a signing of his Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival inspired piece Spring Has Sprung at the Festival Center from 11a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 2p.m. Learn more.

March 12: Something ‘charm’ing awaits you from the Disney Parks Collection │PANDORA. What you ask? Keep watching, fellow author Steven Miller will have all the details.

March 13: Pick up a copy of Lee Cockerell’s newest book, Time Management Magic at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Watch DisneyParksMerchandise.com for more information regarding this event, including signing times.

March 13 – 15: Precious moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand for special appearances and signings throughout the day at Heritage Manor at the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot, as we celebrate the release of her Spring collection. Linda will also appear March 20 – 22. Not able to make it? No problem! Representatives from Precious Moments Dolls will be on hand March 12 – April 12 at Heritage Manor at the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot and March 12 – April 27 at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

March 25 – 26: Are you a fan of Ridley Pearson? Be among the first to pick up two of his newest releases, Kingdom Keepers: The Return: Book 1: Disney Lands and The Syndrome: A Kingdom Keepers Adventure. Meet Ridley, March 25 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Once Upon A Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace or March 26 from 9 – 11a.m. at Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Learn more. Tip: Wristbands will be distributed to Guests at store open on the day of the signing with each purchase of a book by Ridley Pearson. A wristband from the appearance location is required to meet Ridley Pearson and allows the guest to get two books signed. A limited number of wristbands will be available the day of the signing. Once the wristbands have been distributed, the line to meet Ridley Pearson will close.

March 27 – 29: Celebrate Art in the Garden with us and take part in special artist appearances and signings with David E. Doss and Greg McCullough from 11a.m. – 7p.m. throughout the weekend at the entrance to World Showcase. Watch DisneyParksMerchandise.com to learn more.

March 27 – April 5: We have ‘egg’-citing news. Check out this post on the Disney Parks Blog.

March 28: Add the limited edition hand-painted Ink & Paint cel ‘A Dapper Day in the Parks’ featuring Mickey Mouse looking his best aboard the Main Street Trolley! Ink & Paint artists will be on hand for a special signing from 10 a.m. – 1p.m. and 2p.m. – 5p.m. at Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Note: The cel will be available in a variety of formats including Unframed; Framed, Framed Cel with Postcard and Framed Cel with Postcard and Pin. Learn more.

Not able to make it? Take advantage of a special pre-purchase opportunity now through March 26 at 5p.m. Eastern. Of course, applicable tax and shipping fees apply. Order now!

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot: February 2015

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This February, fall in love with some of the latest releases debuting at Walt Disney World Resort!

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February 5 – 23: Meet representatives from Precious Moments Dolls at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace as we celebrate the release of the Valentine’s themed collection. Or make a special stop February 20 – 22 and meet creator and designer Linda Rick. Learn more.

February 9 – 15: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings at Art of Disney in Epcot. Be sure to stop by and see what’s ‘in store’ for you! Learn more.

February 12 – 16: Meet renowned international artist Larry Dotson this month at The Art of Disney, Downtown Disney Marketplace and add a new piece to your collection. Learn more.

February 13: Drop in if you dare, as we celebrate Friday, the 13th with a special artist showcase featuring Brian Blackmore, Tyler Dumas, Quynh Kimball and Richard Terpstra from 4 – 6 p.m. at Tower Hotel Gifts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as we celebrate the release of some of their new pieces in the Hollywood Tower Hotel authentic collection. Keep an eye out, Steven Miller will be sharing more details on this new collection on the Disney Parks Blog in the coming weeks. Learn more.

February 19 – 22: Beloved artist David E. Doss will appear at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace February 19 – 22 and again February 26 – March 1. Be sure to stop in and say hello! Learn more.

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