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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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Additional Details About PANDORA Jewelry Showcase in Marketplace Co-Op at Walt Disney World on November 7-8, 2014

posted on November 5th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I wanted to share a few more details about the upcoming PANDORA Jewelry Showcase that will be held at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida on November 7-8, 2014. The showcase events will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. each day. We will be featuring the PANDORA Jewelry created specifically for Disney Parks, which includes items inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters.

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You may recall reading about the new Disney jewelry collection in a previous Disney Parks Blog story. At this event, we will be offering the 16 items found only at Disney Parks, including a Parks-exclusive bracelet engraved with the castle logo. We will also have the additional 25 charm designs from the Disney jewelry collection, which can found at PANDORA stores throughout North America and online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/Pandora. There will be a purchase limit of three of each style of charm.

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Guests will also have an opportunity to meet Brenda Green, the stylist for PANDORA Americas. Since joining PANDORA in 2009, Brenda has helped shape the identity of PANDORA Americas through her innovative approach to jewelry styling. Her unique interpretation of each of the products has made the PANDORA story relatable and accessible to all guests. Brenda and her fellow PANDORA representatives will be helping guests create unforgettable Disney charm bracelets from 10:00 a.m.to 10:00 p.m. each day.

I hope to see you there!

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New Holiday Decor Coming to Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 4th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially at Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. With new decor coming to the Marketplace this holiday season, there’s even more to celebrate!

Recently, I had the opportunity to tour the Holiday Services Warehouse to get a sneak peek at what’s coming. Can you imagine a giant treasure trove of holiday magic, filled from top-to-bottom with sky-high trees, larger-than-life snowmen and thousands of ornaments in every size and shape imaginable? I couldn’t, until I saw it for myself!

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I was able to get permission to share some early photos of the new enhancements coming to Downtown Disney. The new look and feel is tied to the idea of a ‘uniquely handcrafted’ Christmas. Many of the elements use found objects such as yarn, spools, buttons, burlap and the like. Remember making felt stocking ornaments as a kid? Or creating reindeer keepsakes out of clothespins? These ornaments are similar, but on a much grander scale.

Keep in mind that many of these images showcase works in progress, so what you see in the gallery below is just the start of what’s to come.

New Holiday Decor Coming to Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

As you visit Downtown Disney this holiday shopping season, be sure to keep an eye out for all that’s new. With over 70 venues open for your enjoyment, plus the opportunity to meet Santa during Festival of the Seasons (November 14 – December 30, 2014), Downtown Disney is a ‘must-do’ during this festive time of year!

Tips for visiting during the holidays:

  • Arrive earlier in the day for a more leisurely shopping experience.
  • If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, take complimentary transportation, as parking may be limited.
  • Follow the signs to available parking, which may be located in adjacent lots across the street.
  • Allow extra travel time for reservations or showtimes; we suggest 60 minutes in advance.
  • When driving via I-4, take exit 67 for the most efficient route to property.

I love the holidays … the shopping, the music, the and yes, the peppermint lattes from Starbucks! Luckily, I can enjoy all that (and much more) right here at Downtown Disney, which makes me a happy little elf.

What’s your favorite part of the holiday season at Downtown Disney? Please share in the comments below – I’d love to know!

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Disney Artist Showcase Coming to Art of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace in November and December

posted on November 4th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I have great news for guests who love wonderful Disney art. On select weekends in November and December, we will be hosting a Disney Artist Showcase at the Art of Disney location in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. Events will be held on Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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These events will feature works from several talented Disney artists from Disney Design Group, Yellow Shoes Creative Group, Walt Disney Imagineering and others. Guests attending the showcase events will also have the opportunity meet these talented individuals and purchase original works of art.

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Below is 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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    During the December events, we will also have available “The Magic Kingdom Storybook” written and illustrated by Walt Disney Imagineer Jason Grandt.

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    You may recall from this Disney Parks Blog story that I’m in love with this 128-page hardcover book. It was on the top of my gift list last holiday season. Jason will be signing his books during the events.

    I hope to see you at Art of Disney!

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – November 2014

posted on October 30th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


November is bustling with events at Walt Disney World Resort, take a look!

Have you taken part in this year’s 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival? There’s still time. Here are a few special guest appearances you won’t want to miss. Learn more.

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November 1 – 2: Be among the first to get Disney Infinity 2.0 during our special launch event at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

November 3 – 6: Meet artist Larry Dotson who will be on hand for special appearances each day at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more.

November 6 – 9: Beloved artist David E. Doss returns to Walt Disney World Resort this month. Look for appearances by David at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

November 7: “Drop” in to Tower Gift Shop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a special Game Night with Disney Design Group Artist, Quynh Kimball. From 4 – 6 p.m. you can challenge Quynh to a game of Jenga or Clue, both inspired by The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction, as he tells you about how he designs these Disney Theme Park Exclusive games. Learn more.

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November 7 – 8: Excited for PANDORA? Be sure to watch for a special post from Steven Miller on a special jewelry showcase scheduled to take place at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

November 7 – 8: Join us as we welcome artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith who will appear for the very first time at Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Meet Jasmine from from 5 – 7 p.m. each day. Learn more.

November 7 – 9: Representatives from Precious Moments Dolls will be on hand at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace for the release of the Villains Collection inspired by Maleficent, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen. Not able to make it? No problem. Representatives will be on hand throughout the holiday season, beginning November 20. Learn more.

November 10 – 13: Artist Greg McCullough will be on hand for special appearances and signings this month at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Meet Greg (November 10 – 13, 16 – 20, 26 – 28 and November 30 – December 4). Learn more.

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November 14 – 15: Meet Disney artists David Buckley, Will Gay, Joe Kaminski, Mark Seppala and Don “Ducky” Williams, November 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. and November 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

November 14 – 16: ACME Archives artist William Silvers will be on hand for a special showcase as we debut some of his newest pieces inspired by Star Wars. William will appear November 14 – 15 from 5 – 9 p.m. each day and November 16 from Noon – 4 p.m. Learn more.

November 21 – 22: Take part in a Disney artist showcase with Joe Kaminski, Alex Maher, Tim McCloskey and Darren Wilson, November 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. and November 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

November 21 – 23: Precious Moments doll designer Linda Rick will be on hand for the debut of her Holiday Princess Collection. Look for special appearances by Linda, November 21 – 23 at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace and November 27 – 30 at Santa’s Village at American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot. Learn more.

November 29 – 30: Meet Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore and see some of his latest releases November 29 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace and November 30 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Heritage Manor in Epcot. Not able to make it? Take advantage of a special pre-purchase opportunity. Learn more.

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There’s just one last thing to note before I go. Holidays Around the World kicks off November 24, I know Steven Miller is planning to share all the details with you but here are a couple of events worth noting on your holiday calendar.

  • Precious Moments Dolls (Nov. 24 – Dec. 30)
  • Reinhard Herzog (Nov. 25 – Dec. 23)

Which event are you most excited about?

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Be the First to Get Disney Infinity 2.0 at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace on November 1-2, 2014

posted on October 29th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Since the announcement of Disney Infinity 2.0 earlier this year, my son has been asking when he can get the new figures. He currently has every figure from the initial release and loves playing the game. He will be excited to hear about an early purchase opportunity on November 1-2, 2014 at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace for Disney Infinity 2.0.

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We will release the Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Pack containing Merida from Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” and Stitch (retail $59.99 plus tax). Guests will receive one complimentary Disney figure with the purchase of a Disney Infinity Starter Pack at Once Upon a Toy during the weekend.

Additional items being released will include figures of Maleficent, Donald Duck, Aladdin and Tinker Bell. Guests should also look for figures of Hiro and Baymax from Disney’s upcoming animated feature “Big Hero 6” coming to theatres on November 7.

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Game developers will also be on hand throughout the weekend providing game demonstrations. I’ve played Disney Infinity many times with my son and it’s fun (I especially like the mode where he can create his own worlds).

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Finally, guests should look for a new series of Power Discs as shown in the image above. These discs are typically presented in a mystery pouch, so you won’t know which ones you get. I can’t believe there will be a Power Disc for Gus from Disney’s 1976 motion picture “Gus.” That’s amazing!

The national market release date is November 4, so guests visiting Once Upon a Toy will be some of the first people to get these items.

I can’t wait!

Gift with purchase offer valid while supplies last. Qualifying purchase based on pre-tax, post discount single transaction amount. Offer not valid on previous purchases. One (1) complimentary Disney Interactive Game Piece per purchase of a Disney Infinity Starter Pack at Once Upon A Toy in the Downtown Disney® Marketplace. Complimentary Disney Interactive Game Piece determined by Disney in its sole discretion and is subject to change without notice. Promotion only applies to Disney Infinity Starter Pack merchandise transactions. Complimentary Disney Interactive Game Piece must be returned in the event that the Disney Infinity Starter Pack from the qualifying purchase is returned. Offer subject to change without notice. Limits and restrictions apply.

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Rocky Road Gourmet Apple Returns to the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Rocky Road Gourmet Apple is a long-time favorite of mine, and I’m happy to announce that this fan favorite is returning for a limited time in November. This month’s apple has been dipped in creamy caramel, enrobed in sweet milk chocolate and covered in marshmallows and diced almonds. Add a drizzle or two (maybe more) on top, and I guarantee your taste buds will be begging for more.

Try the‘Rocky Road’ Gourmet Apple this November Disneyland Resort

Look for this sweet and classic treat beginning November 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which apple is your favorite?

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Morimoto Asia, BOATHOUSE Dining Experiences Coming to Disney Springs in 2015

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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It was just announced that Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who many of you know from his appearances on Iron Chef America, is opening a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Morimoto Asia will be the Japanese master chef’s first-ever pan-Asian restaurant featuring flavors from across the continent. This Disney Springs dining destination will include unique exhibition kitchens showcasing traditions like Peking duck carving, and dim sum.

“I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Chef Morimoto. “It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”

The two-story restaurant is scheduled to open in the Summer 2015 at The Landing (formerly Pleasure Island) in Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia will feature waterside seating, terraces, a grand hall and a cocktail lounge.

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Also today, another new concept dining experience, The BOATHOUSE, was announced for The Landing in Disney Springs.

The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience that’ll immerse guests both on land and on water with live music, guided tours aboard the Captain’s piloted 40-foot Italian Water Taxi with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and guided Amphicar rides that launch from land, enter the water, and take guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs.

“We are very excited that the BOATHOUSE is joining the Walt Disney World family at Disney Springs,” says creator Steven Schussler. “Walt Disney Imagineering has created a wonderful, interactive, culinary and entertainment experience at Disney Springs. We are proud to be part of this magical experience.”

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The BOATHOUSE will open in the Spring of 2015 in Disney Springs. The restaurant’s gourmet menu (served daily until 2 a.m.) will feature steaks, chops, seafood and a raw bar. The BOATHOUSE is the latest project of Schussler Creative, the creators of Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex and Yak & Yeti at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE as well as other new experiences coming to Disney Springs.

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November 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 23rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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

November 1-2: Artist Jackie Huang will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District for the month of November. Look for additional appearances by Jackie from 2-5 p.m. on November 29 and 30. Learn more here.

November 8: Jerrod Maruyama is back! Join us as we celebrate the release of “A Hipster’s Life For Me,” the latest from the Happiest Hipster on Earth collection. Jerrod will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

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November 8: Join us as we welcome artist Brittney Lee and celebrate the release of her latest work inspired by the Disney animated film, “Frozen.” Brittney will take part in an artist signing from 4–6 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

November 8-9: Meet ACME Archives artist Guy Vasilovich who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest releases including “Winter’s Greeting.” Guy will appear November 8–9, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., each day at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

November 15: Join us for a special artist showcase as we celebrate the release of some of the newest pieces by artists Joey Chou, Brian Crosby, Eunjung June Kim, Kristin Tercek and Lyla Warren. Meet the artists from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

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November 15: Be among the first to get the latest collection from HARVEYS seatbeltbags, titled Silver Screen Mickey Mouse. Meet Dana and Melanie Harvey from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

November 15–16: Take part in a special artist showcase with ACME Archives artist Raymond Swanland as we celebrate the release of his newest piece Last Look Back, among others. Meet Raymond from 2–5 p.m. each day at D Street in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

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November 22: Artists John Coulter and Noah will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Joey Chou. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: November 1, 7, 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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Another Look at PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks in November 2014

posted on October 21st, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Today, I’m thrilled to share a new image featuring PANDORA Jewelry created especially for Disney Parks. Coming this November, PANDORA’s Disney jewelry collection features hand-finished .925 sterling silver and 14K gold charms inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters.

The image above showcases the new sterling silver Disney Parks “Wonderful World” bracelet, which features PANDORA’s unique threading system and a ball clasp engraved with our castle logo.

The bracelets are styled with some of the previously discussed charms, including the sterling silver Walt Disney World Resort destination charm, which is hand-finished with flush-set cubic zirconia star detail. You can also see the “Mickey Mania” charm, a sterling silver openwork Mickey charm with red, light yellow, black and white enamel.

Newly pictured charms include the aptly named “Mickey Swirls,” which is an openwork sterling silver charm with a Disney Mickey icon swirl design. There is also a beautiful dated sterling silver and blue enamel 2015 Edition charm (blue is my favorite color!), with 18 cubic zirconia stones bead-set in star and Mickey details.

I particularly like the Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat dangle in sterling silver with blue enamel, as it reminds me of one of my favorite Disney films, “Fantasia.” You may also notice a specially designed sterling silver charm featuring a Disney Cruise Line ship (I really need to take another Disney cruise).

Select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts will release the 16 Disney Parks-specific PANDORA Jewelry items beginning November 3. You will also find select items on our Disney Parks online store on that day at DisneyStore.com/Pandora.

Guests can also find an additional 25 charm designs from the Disney jewelry collection at PANDORA stores throughout North America, starting October 31.

Stay tuned for additional details about a special release party that will be held on November 7-8 in Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.

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