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Romantic Carriage Rides for Valentine’s Day in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


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Still searching for a Valentine’s Day treat for your loved one? Would a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage fit the bill? This weekend at the Disneyland Resort, you can snuggle with your loved one as hooves clip clop on the path through the Downtown Disney District and the gardens of the Disneyland Hotel. The ride fee of $25 includes a souvenir 5” x 7” photo. Rides are offered tonight and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Your equine chauffeur for a Valentine carriage ride is Circle D’s own Lucky. Lucky is a Clydesdale who can also be seen pulling the Horse-Drawn Street Car on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park. The stately white carriage behind him is a known as a “vis à vis”, which is French for face to face, but we have a feeling true Valentines will sit side by side!

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Caption This: Downtown Disney Ahoy!

posted on February 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you ever seen this friendly pirate, who is stationed outside World of Disney at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort?

What’s his mission here at Downtown Disney? Is he friend or foe? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” in the “Comments” section below!

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Interactive Fun Awaits in the ESPN Zone Sports Arena at the Downtown Disney District

posted on February 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Come with us inside the ESPN Zone Sports Arena in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – we found lots of fun, interactive sports games, video games and much more. Next time you’re looking to add a little sports fun to your Disneyland Resort visit, stop by the Sports Arena. It’s on the second floor of the ESPN Zone, and it’s got something for everyone. Check it out!

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Love is in the Air, and On the Ground, at Downtown Disney this Valentine’s Day

posted on February 12th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


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Downtown Disney is a great place for a date any day of the year, so it should come as no surprise that I highly recommend it for celebrating Valentine’s Day, too! Read on for a few of my favorite ways to spend quality time with the one you love:

If you’re a classic romantic, there’s a good chance either dinner for two, a big-screen romance or decadent chocolate tops your list of Valentine’s Day gestures. Guess who’s got them all? Restaurant options abound here at Downtown Disney (book early here or via 407-WDW-DINE), AMC Downtown Disney 24 is showing all the latest flicks, and Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop is the “go-to” source for chocolate delights. (And if you want to roll those all into one big experience, may I suggest AMC 24 Dine-In Theatres – opt for the Chocolate Brownie Sundae for dessert.)

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If you’d rather surprise your mate with something unexpected, you could take your love to new heights with a ride aboard the world’s largest tethered helium balloon, Characters in Flight, presented by Aerophile (weather permitting). Or strike it big with a lane “a deux” at Splitsville Luxury Lanes – not only can you show your flirty, competitive side, but you can feed each other gourmet sushi (if you’re into that sort of thing). One more idea that’s perfect if you just can’t decide what to get … a Valentine’s Day shopping spree! Let your love loose to pick out the perfect gift – whether it’s a watch, jewelry or a special piece of art, there are plenty of retail shops to explore.

Of course, this is just the icing on the cake (which reminds me … BabyCakes NYC is perfect for Gluten-free Valentine’s treats!); the real gift is getting to spend time with your special someone.

So? What’s your “dream” Downtown Disney date? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below. And who knows, maybe your Valentine will be reading, too!

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D Street in Downtown Disney District Welcomes ‘Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story’ Filmmakers to the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


As you can tell, the excitement at the Disneyland Resort over the release of “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” is building! Just a few nights ago, several of my friends and colleagues had the chance to hit the premiere on The Walt Disney Studios lot and to meet several of the stop-motion, animated short filmmakers, designers, composer and artists.

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What could be more exciting? What if I were to tell you that some of those same filmmakers will be appearing here at the Disneyland Resort?

So let me tie up all of the event details in a nice little ‘bow.’ Yes, I went there (insert laugh here). On Friday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., D-Street in the Downtown Disney District will host a special release and signing of “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” merchandise with the following:

  • Mike Ambs (Director, Cinematographer)
  • Paul Foyder (Director, Editor, Sound Designer)
  • Alfred Montejano (Composer)
  • Gino Roy (Director, Production Designer)
  • Whitfield Scheidegger (Director, Cinematographer)
  • Greg Shewchuk (Director, Writer, Co-Producer)

Check out Steven Miller’s post from earlier today to find out what merchandise will be offered and for a glimpse at the product and related events taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. If you are attending one of their screenings, you’ll find the merchandise available adjacent to the Premiere Theatre.

You can see more about “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” at www.Disney.com/Blank and remember to use the hashtag #BlankAndBow on any of your social networks.

Will you be joining us for this special release this Valentine’s Day?

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Show Your Disney Side with New Spring 2014 Apparel for Women and Girls at Disney Parks

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


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There are two times during the year that our Disney Theme Park Merchandise team introduces new apparel at Disney Parks – spring and fall. Since the spring items can be set as early as February, I contacted the softlines team for an update. They shared with me a few new items for women and girls that I thought would be perfect for showing off your Disney Side at Disney Parks.

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The first program is based on the new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts that were recently introduced on the Disney Channel and on Disney.com. I love the animated style and humor of these new Mickey Mouse cartoons especially “Potatoland,” “Tokyo Go” and “Croissant de Triomphe.” The four new women’s T-shirts feature Mickey Mouse and friends drawn in that same cartoon style. My favorite T-shirt has Minnie Mouse on the front of the shirt kissing Mickey Mouse who is found on the back.

In California, look for these T-shirts at World of Disney in Downtown Disney District, Gone Hollywood at Disney California Adventure park, and Disney Clothiers in Disneyland park.

For guests in Florida, look for the T-shirts at World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, Mouse Gear at Epcot, and Emporium at Magic Kingdom Park.

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The softlines team also shared with me four new Minnie Mouse T-shirts coming soon to Disney Parks. They are part of a new art program called “Beyond the Dot” which contains a host of fresh, fashion-forward designs and original illustrations by Disney Design Group artists. These four women’s T-shirts are some of the first from that program. Look for additional styles in the coming months that feature Minnie Mouse in a whole new way.

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For girls, the softlines team is introducing four T-shirts that feature classic couples like Ariel and Prince Eric, or Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. They said these T-shirts are test items as they have never really featured couples like this before on girls’ apparel.

The girls’ T-shirts and the “Beyond the Dot” items will be carried in select locations at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. There are no immediate plans to carry these items on the Disney Parks online store.

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Find Sweets for Your Sweet at Ghirardelli this Valentine’s Season

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


Choosing Valentine’s Day gifts can be tricky. My advice? When in doubt, go with chocolate. With just two weeks until the holiday of love commences, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what to give your sweetheart.

To help you plan, I reached out to my friends at Ghirardelli to get the inside ‘scoop’ on what they’re offering this year. Here’s what they shared:

  • NEW! Muir Woods Sundae – This Black Forest Cherry Sundae features black cherry vanilla ice cream smothered with homemade hot fudge, whipped cream, semi-sweet chocolate chips and a cherry. You can find it at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain. (I couldn’t finish it by myself; it looks perfect for sharing, doesn’t it?)

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  • Premium Heart Gift Tins – This is a classic, can’t-go-wrong Valentine’s Gift filled with 14 assorted Ghirardelli SQUARES chocolates; 2 for $25.
  • Impression Heart Window Box – Who doesn’t love conversation hearts? The Ghirardelli version features 20 chocolate hearts, each displaying a romantic phrase; 2 for $35.
  • Sweetheart Truffles – Ghirardelli’s exquisite truffles come in an assortment of unique flavors all designed to help you celebrate romance; 2 for $20.
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I can’t help but notice that most of these items are priced as bundles of two. I’m taking that as a sign that I can gift one and keep another for myself. (That seems right, right?)

These items are available now at Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop located at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Which one do you hope to unwrap on February 14th this year?

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Valentine’s Day Merchandise Gift Guide for Disneyland Resort

posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you bringing your Valentine to Disneyland Resort? If you are still in search for the perfect gift, here are a couple of ideas and tips that you might want to consider to add a touch of Disney magic to the special day.

I’m a jewelry girl – there’s no denying that. A pick that might win the heart of the one you love is with our Alex & Ani bracelets. Charm them with one of the many selections you can add. I personally have one charm that has my initial on it and the other says Disneyland, with Sleeping Beauty Castle. Find them at select locations throughout Disneyland Resort, including New Century Jewelry in Disneyland park.

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Looking for something to frame up your relationship? Visit our Silhouette Studio on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park and let our talented team of Silhouette artists help! Did you know that our artists can actually create a silhouette in approximately 60 seconds? Per portrait, of course.
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If the key to their heart is through delicious sweets and treats, here’s what you need to get. Being introduce for a limited time, now through February 16 is a dark chocolate peppermint-infused heart. You’ll find this amazing new treat and other Valentine’s Day-inspired sweets at candy locations throughout Disneyland Resort.

Looking for something ‘scent’sational? World-renowned fragrances, including the newest Disney exclusive, Hypnotic Poison eau Secrete are available now at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square. Special Tip: Have the fragrance bottle hand-painted by artist Pam Smith, February 8, 13, 14 and 15.

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Have you met your Prince Charming but can’t decide what to get him? I would definitely recommend making a pit stop in Cars Land to check out some of our nostalgic and authentic gear. Not his speed? No problem. Look for some of today’s top brands in headwear, T-shirts and more at Elias & Company in Disney California Adventure park; Disney Vault 28 and D Street in the Downtown Disney District.

Last but not least, treat them to something special with the latest collections from Beautifully Disney available at select locations throughout Disneyland Resort, including Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District; Disney Clothiers in Disneyland park; and Elias & Company in Disney California Adventure park.

I hope some of these tips will help you find what you are looking for? Is there anything special you’ve found at the Disneyland Resort?

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Walt Disney World Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot – February 2014

posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


February is here! Whether you are heading to Walt Disney World Resort for vacation or for the day, here are some great merchandise events you won’t want to miss.

February 7 – 9: Looking for the perfect gift to pamper your Valentine? Heather Swanepoel from Rinse Bath and Body Co. can help you find just what you’re looking for. Heather will be at Port of Entry in Epcot each day throughout the weekend as she showcases the latest skin moisturizers, facial masks and scented soaps, among other items. My personal favorite: The flavored lip balm. Learn more here.

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February 8: Join us for the launch of the Pop of Minnie collection from Beautifully Disney and take part in Mini-Makeovers, or should I say “Minnie”-Makeovers from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Tren-D in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more here.

February 8: Take a walk on the “wild side” with Rosemary Begley who will be on hand to showcase some of her latest pieces of art inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Meet Rosemary from 1 – 3 p.m. at Disney Outfitters located on Discovery Island. Learn more here.

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February 12 – 16: Artist Greg McCullough will be on hand for a special artist showcase at Art of Disney in Epcot. Greg will also be available February 26 – March 2 at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more here.

February 13 – 14: Precious Moments Doll Maker Linda Rick is back! Be sure to stop in and say hello at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace as we celebrate the release of her Valentine’s inspired collection. Look for Linda to make an additional appearance later in the month from February 21 – 23. Learn more here.

February 13 – 17: Internationally known artist Larry Dotson will be appearing daily at the Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Be sure to stop by and say hello as you check out some of Larry’s newest releases. Learn more here.

February 14 – 15: Join us as we welcome Designer, Petra Azar to Tren-D in Downtown Disney Marketplace for a special Valentine’s Weekend trunk show! Find necklaces, earrings and more, for yourself or for the one you love. Meet Petra from 1 – 9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

February 14 – 21: Are you a fan of David E. Doss? Mark your calendars, David will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Stop in and find a new piece of art to add to your collection. Learn more here.

February 22: Make sure to mark your calendar for a special Steampunk artist signing at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace as we celebrate the release of artwork and collectibles inspired by turn of the century inventors and writers, as well as artwork inspired by Disney attractions, icons and innovations that have been cultivated from this view of the future from the past. Disney Design Group artists Costa Alavezos, Alex Maher and Mike Sullivan will be on hand from 2 – 5 p.m. to sign their masterpieces.

More things are coming your way, so stay tuned!

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Mechanical Kingdoms ~ Steam-Driven Visions of a Victorian Future Art to Debut at Disney Parks

posted on January 29th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Steampunk and Disney fans alike, this one’s for you! On February 22, The Disney Gallery at Disneyland park will unveil a new exhibit titled Mechanical Kingdoms ~ Steam-Driven Visions of a Victorian Future.

Steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction loosely built around retro-futuristic visions of a steam-powered society, has been gaining (pardon the pun) steam over the past several years. The movement, which is expressed culturally and stylistically in everything from technology and design to music and fashion, was dubbed steampunk in the late 1980s. Though certainly not part of the steampunk “wave” (at least not consciously), Walt Disney Imagineers have been creating their own visions and versions of retro-futuristic technologies since well before that time, incorporating them into Disney Parks and attractions around the world.

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Mechanical Kingdoms ~ Steam-Driven Visions of a Victorian Future features conceptual designs and ideas for an array of inventive vehicles, machines and gadgets. The collection also shares some of the same inspirations as steampunk – most prominently a fascination with the extravagantly inventive visions of tomorrow expressed by such Victorian futurists as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. So don your petticoats and bustles or your suits and old military storm coats, pull on your brass goggles and get ready for an adventure that takes us forward into the past, as seen through the eyes of Disney artists and designers.

Here’s one piece that was actually done in collaboration with several of the artists, and for me, kind of tells the story of Steampunk and what you can expect to see.

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Of course, it was hard to pick one piece of art to show you, so I convinced the team to let me show you at least one piece from each artist. Take a look!

If you are a fan of Steampunk then mark your calendar now, because as part of the Steampunk launch, we will host artist signings at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

Disneyland Resort:
Meet artists Dave Avanzino, Jim Crouch, Jeremy Fulton, Brian Kesinger, Noah, Mark Page, Michael Peraza and Javier Soto from 9 – 11 a.m. at Disneyana.

Walt Disney World Resort:
Disney Design Group artists, Costa Alavezos, Alex Maher and Mike Sullivan will appear from 2-5p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

For event information and to see more images being released as part of the events, visit the event section of www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

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