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December 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way this December at the Disneyland Resort!

December 5–7: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand from noon to 10 p.m. each day at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of her holiday collection among other fan favorites! Linda will return for additional appearances December 19–21. Learn more here.

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December 6: Walt Disney Imagineering Art Director Bo Bolanos and Executive Pastry Chefs Jorge Sotelo and Jean Marc Viallet will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of the new limited edition pins inspired by the magnificent gingerbread house creations that are on display at our Disneyland Resort hotels. Meet the creators from 9-11 a.m. at Acorns Gifts and Goods at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Learn more here.

December 6: Join us for a special artist showcase as we celebrate the release of some of the newest pieces by artists El Gato Gomez, Robert Jimenez and Whitney Pollett. Meet the artists from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

December 6–7: Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore returns to the Disneyland Resort! Jim will be on hand for special appearances and signings as we celebrate the release of his Disney Theme Park exclusive piece, inspired by the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction, among other fan favorites. Meet Jim Shore December 6 from 1–3 p.m. at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District and December 7 from 9–11 a.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

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December 6–7: Meet ACME Archives artist Steve Barton who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest releases including Mermaid’s Lagoon. Steve will appear from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

December 6–7: Join us as we welcome back Temecula Olive Oil Company for a special olive oil tasting on December 6–7 and 20–21 from 2-5 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

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December 13: Join us in welcoming Dooney & Bourke Creative Director Ian Ray as we release two new collections (Disneyana and Body Parts) from the iconic line of handbags and accessories. Ian will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

Dec. 13–14: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques, you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Noah. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 and 27 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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Retail MagicBands and Other Popular Holiday Gift Ideas from Disney Parks

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I recently shared with you some of my favorite holiday-themed gifts from Disney Parks. This time, I’m highlighting other popular gift ideas that caught my attention.

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Retail MagicBands and Accessories – We now offer select retail MagicBands and accessories on our Disney Parks online store at DisneyStore.com/MagicBand. I’m also delighted to share that the “link-it later” option is now available for graphic MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort. This means that any retail MagicBand, whether purchased online or at Disney Parks, can now be given as gifts since they can be linked to a valid theme park admission at a future date. See this Disney Parks Blog article for more details about how Link-It Later works.

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Made With Magic – Guests can find an ear hat, a Minnie Mouse headband and, my favorite, a Sorcerer Mickey wand (arriving November 21) that light up and interact with select Disney nighttime experiences at Disney Parks. Please note the aforementioned Mickey Mouse glove will arrive in spring 2015.

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Merchandise from Disney’s “Frozen – From dresses inspired by Anna and Elsa to fun toys and dolls, you can find all sorts of merchandise from Disney’s “Frozen” in Disney Parks’ locations such as Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I particularly like the decorative shoe ornaments or the Olaf hat.

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Disney Parks Collection By Vera Bradley – Known for their stylish quilted cotton luggage, handbags and accessories, Vera Bradley has been infusing color into all aspects of women’s lives for more than 30 years. We carry several colors in a variety of styles created especially for Disney Parks. Look for them on our online store or in locations such as Cherry Tree Lane at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.

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Disney Tagalongs – I first discussed Disney Tagalongs during the 24-hour Rock Your Disney Side Party in May. These small character toys, such as Jiminy Cricket or Yoda, are easily added to your shoulder using a magical, magnetic power disc.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 – Guests have endless opportunities to create stories and fun-filled adventures with all-new characters and powers in Disney Infinity 2.0. The best place to find all things related to this game at Walt Disney World Resort is Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. You can also find items on line at DisneyStore.com/DisneyInfinity.

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D-Tech Electronic Accessories – Add a splash of Disney to you electronic accessories with D-Tech. Guests can create customized and personalized phone cases including cases for iPhone 6 at D-Tech on Demand in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. Cases for iPhone 6+ and Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in late November. I also love the battery power bars which give extra boosts for your mobile devices.

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Puzzles and Games – As a child, my parents always gave me some kind of game for Christmas. I like the new 1000-piece Disney Signature Puzzles or the Disney Theme Park Edition of Jenga featuring the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks. You can also find additional items for the holidays by visiting the Disney Parks online store – DisneyParks.com/Store.

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Time-Lapse Video: Imagineers Install Springs Bottling Co. Marquee at Downtown Disney

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, we shared updates on several new offerings that are on the horizon for Downtown Disney as it transitions into Disney Springs.

One of those updates was that Walt Disney Imagineering recently installed a Springs Bottling Co. Marquee atop the building that will eventually house the Morimoto Asia restaurant. The marquee, which is now part of Downtown Disney’s illuminated nighttime skyline, helps weave the turn-of-the-century theme of Disney Springs through the area, as this building formerly served as Springs Bottling Co., the town’s bottling company.

Check out this time-lapse video of how our Imagineers installed the new marquee literally over night.

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Visions of the Future Spring Up at Downtown Disney

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this fall, we shared the news that two new dining experiences, Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE, are coming to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort. Today we have a few more updates to share about glimpses of the future that are starting to appear as Downtown Disney continues to undergo its transformation.

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The “Springs Bottling Co.” marquee was recently installed above the future location for Morimoto Asia. The sign is an architectural detail that draws from the Disney Springs design story, which harkens back to Florida’s waterfront towns at the turn-of-the-century. The interior of Morimoto Asia will also showcase the theme and pay tribute to the history of Disney Springs.

Located adjacent to the recently announced site for The BOATHOUSE, the Waterview Stage is now offering nightly entertainment, along with great views of Village Lake. Be sure to pick up a Times Guide for specific showtimes.

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Opening later this month, the Food Trucks at Exposition Park on the West Side will be a permanent home for the owned-and-operated Downtown Disney food trucks. Located along the water, the Food Trucks will serve mouthwatering culinary creations daily, such as chicken & waffles and tandoori spiced shrimp. The area will also offer additional seating for diners as well as shaded areas during the day.

Significant progress is being made on the first phase of Disney Springs known as The Landing. Guests can see for themselves as they stroll along a section of the new pedestrian walkway now open between Portobello and Paradiso 37. Later this month, the walkway will fully open and provide direct access to the West Side.

Speaking of progress, the West Garage (the first of two planned garages coming to Disney Springs) is opening in phases and will be available for guest parking starting on November 20.

It certainly is exciting to watch Disney Springs come to life and I’m eager to see what’s in store in the months ahead.


For more about Disney Springs, visit the posts below:

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Ready To Roll Across Walt Disney World Resort This Month

posted on November 17th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I have some exciting news for fans of Disney Infinity. To celebrate the release of Disney Infinity 2.0, guests will soon find five Walt Disney World Resort busses with specially designed wraps. Our partners with Walt Disney Imagineering created these new wraps featuring characters from the game. They are the same team that designed the previous Walt Disney World monorail wraps like my favorite one created for Disney’s “TRON: Legacy“.

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We recently took a photo of one of the busses near Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. That location is the headquarters for all things related to Disney Infinity 2.0. I attended the early release party with my son a few weeks ago where we picked up the new starter set. We also added a few figures to his ever growing collection such as Baymax from Disney’s “Big Hero 6” now in theatres. He spent the rest of that weekend playing the game and creating new worlds to explore. I’m sure he will love taking a ride on these Disney Infinity-themed busses!

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Traditional Candy Kitchen Favorites Return to the Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 12th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Start the magic of the holidays off right this season with a collection of quintessential holiday treats made fresh in our Candy Kitchens at the Disneyland Resort.

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Many popular seasonal selections have made the list of returning favorites this year, including our dark chocolate and peppermint oil infused December gourmet apple, peppermint bark, creamy chocolate and peppermint fudge, holiday candy cane apples, ornament apples, marshmallow wands, holiday themed pretzel rods and more. The list honestly goes on and on.

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Other fan favorites hitting the shelves include handcrafted English Toffee, Pecan and Peanut Brittle, decadent Fudgemallow squares and holiday themed cupcakes. These are just a few of the classic choices amidst this year’s newest additions themed to none other than Disney’s “Frozen”. Our Olaf apple, marshmallow wand and cake pop will undoubtedly make you melt.

Of course, no holiday treat post would be complete without mentioning our hand-crafted candy canes. The candy canes, as you know, are generally in high demand and only available on select dates at the following locations.

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November 28 and December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23 and 24

Disney California Adventure park – Trolley Treats
November 29 and December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 25

Find all of these classic confectionary treats at Candy Palace in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; or Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which delicious seasonal favorites have made your list?

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Self-Taught Disney Artist Inspires With Paint at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 11th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you don’t know Joe Kaminski, chances are you know his work. Joe’s amazing Disney character art has been featured on the Disney Parks Blog since launch and over the years, he’s continued to make magic while most of us sleep – he usually paints from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

As Joe prepares for appearances at this week’s Disney Artist Showcase at the Art of Disney, we wanted to share a special behind-the-scenes look at how this self-taught artist inspires others to follow their passion.

Joe’s motivation to create art comes from his children’s love of Disney characters but he was originally inspired to begin after seeing another Disney Parks Blog favorite, Don “Ducky” Williams, sketching Disney characters.

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Art created by Joe, Don “Ducky” Williams, blog author Will Gay and others will be featured in the upcoming Disney Artist Showcase at the Art of Disney location in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort.

We’ve included a schedule of which artists will make appearances at the events. Please note that all appearances are subject to change without notice.

  • November 14-15 – David Buckley, Joe Kaminski, Will Gay, Don “Ducky” Williams, Mark Seppala
  • November 21-22 – Darren Wilson, Tim McCloskey, Joe Kaminski, Alex Maher
  • December 5-6 – Brian Blackmore, Tim McCloskey, Jason Grandt, Costa Alavezos
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Fans Cheer ‘Big Hero 6′ at Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up

posted on November 8th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Last Sunday, we kicked off the month with our latest Disney Parks Blog meet-up featuring a special preview screening of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Big Hero 6” before it opened on November 7.

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Hundreds of readers (some in costume) joined us at AMC Downtown Disney 24 at Walt Disney World Resort to see “Big Hero 6” – an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

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Attendees of the Meet-Up also enjoyed a meet-and-greet with “Big Hero 6” characters Hiro and Baymax during the event. Both characters are coming to Disney Parks.

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When the movie ended, fans applauded and cheered before heading out to see the giant 40-foot Baymax at Downtown Disney.

Thank you to everyone who attended our latest Walt Disney World Resort meet-up – it was a fantastic time. If you weren’t able to join us to see the movie, remember, “Big Hero 6” opens in theaters, in 3D on November 7. For more information, visit Disney.com/bighero6.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity.

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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Begins November 13 with ‘Frozen’ Additions and Returning Favorites

posted on November 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s almost here! The most wonderful time of the year is here, November 13, with the return of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Through January 6, 2015, the Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier … and yes, even more frozen.

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Fans of Disney’s “Frozen” will especially love this holiday season, as even more touches inspired by the animated film are woven into the celebration. First, stars Anna and Elsa will be featured in A Christmas Fantasy Parade each day at Disneyland park. Also, over at Disney California Adventure park, more songs from the hit soundtrack have been added to “World of Color – Winter Dreams” for the show’s second season. And returning this year is Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, which will return this year as part of the Downtown Disney Winter Village.

And that’s not all that’s new this year. Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland will host an all-new comedy and music show that invites guests to sing along in a wacky tale of Christmas in the West.

Here’s a look at this year’s returning favorites:

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  • “World of Color – Winter Dreams”
  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad! (featuring Three Kings Day celebration, January 2-6, 2015)

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Forty-Foot-Tall Baymax Promotes ‘Big Hero 6’ at Downtown Disney

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you excited to see “Big Hero 6” when it opens in theaters this weekend?

This week, we began celebrating the film’s upcoming release with a fun addition to Downtown Disney West Side – a 40-foot-tall Baymax! Our cameras were there to see just how this larger-than life, lovable robot was brought to life. Be sure to check out the video below to see for yourself.



For more on the film, be sure to check out these blog posts:

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