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Most Popular Items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise in 2013

posted on December 30th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

As this year draws to a close, I looked back at some of the most popular stories we shared on the Disney Parks Blog about Disney Theme Park Merchandise. Thank you for the wonderful feedback throughout the year. From what I’ve seen in development, next year is going to be awesome! Please share your favorite merchandise item from Disney Parks in 2013 in the comments below.


Disney Collection By Vera Bradley
The new Disney Collection by Vera Bradley was the most popular story in 2013. Announced in March 2013, three colors – “Midnight with Mickey,” “Just Mousing Around,” and “Where’s Mickey?” – were released in the fall at World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida, select Disneyland Resort locations and online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/VeraBradley. There are additional orders of select items en route to Disney Parks, and stay tuned for news about new colors for 2014.

Monstrous Summer All-Nighter
In May 2013, three Disney Parks were open for 24 hours as part of the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter. Michelle Harker and I enjoyed sharing updates throughout the day, including photos of my crazy coast-to-coast adventure.

Monstrous Summer All-Nighter The Haunted Mansion at Home

The Haunted Mansion at Home
In February, we shared details about nine Haunted Mansion home décor that really capture the spirit (pun intended) of this classic attraction. These items were followed by an online exclusive tee shirt in August and a beautiful Dooney & Bourke handbag in September. Haunted Mansion fans should prepare for even more incredible things later in 2014.

Beautifully Disney
In March, we launched Beautifully Disney a new collection of cosmetics and beauty products created especially for Disney Parks. Four different collections – “Wickedly Beautiful,” “Unlock the Spell” “Fiery Sprit” and “Fantasy in Flight” – can be found at Disney Parks and the Disney Parks online store. In spring 2014, a dedicated Beautifully Disney boutique will open inside the Marketplace Co Op at the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.


Star Wars – D-Tech Me Returns and the Droid Factory Expands
The Star Wars D-Tech Me experience returned to Star Wars Weekends 2013. Using 3D imaging and printing technology, Guests could either cast themselves in Carbonite or become a Stormtrooper. The Droid Factory, the build-your-own Astromech droid action figure experience, was also expanded to Disneyland Resort in spring.

Year of the Ear
We turned the “Limited Time Magic” spotlight a few times on iconic Disney ear hats from strawberry-inspired hats to a unique Disney heroes and villains ear hat cover.


Stylish Holiday Ornaments
Beautiful shoe ornaments strutted into Disney Parks’ locations in May 2013. They were soon followed by another wave of resin ear hat ornaments during our Christmas in July celebration. We also released two limited edition ear hat ornament sets featuring the Main Street Electrical Parade and Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Music from Disney Parks
Two new official music albums for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort were released in August. These albums can be found at select locations at Disney Parks as well as http://www.DisneyMusicStore.com.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holiday Celebrations Abound at Disney Parks

posted on December 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Today in our weekly photo recap, we’re taking a look at how guests celebrated the season at Disney Parks around the world and even at sea aboard Disney Cruise Line.

Check out the gallery below for some amazing images of our parks.


Are you spending the holiday week at a Disney park or resort? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: All Is Calm & Bright at Tokyo Disneyland

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image comes to us from Tokyo Disneyland. This serene shot, taken by Photographer Tom Bricker, shows a peaceful Cinderella Castle after all the holiday guests have gone home for the night.


Which international attraction would you like to see featured here? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

For more from the “Disney Parks After Dark” series, click the links below:

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Enjoy Holiday Entertainment Through Early January at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Still in the mood for more holiday fun? Several entertainment options at Walt Disney World Resort run as long as January 5. See the list below for end dates for your favorites.

Christmas by Candlelight

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Tips On Visiting Walt Disney World Resort During the Holidays

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Will you visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday week? Lots of guests will head to our parks this week, so we thought we’d share some tips on how to make the most of your trip during this busy time of year.


Preparing For & Traveling To Walt Disney World Resort

  • Use the on-property resort buses, boats and Monorails to avoid traffic and parking fees.
  • Valet parking is now available at Downtown Disney near La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
  • When utilizing your own car, plan for additional travel time.
  • Limit your time at theme park bag check by traveling light. Bags can also be checked at Bell Services at resorts or at lockers within theme parks.
  • If staying at an on-property Disney resort, don’t forget about Extra Magic Hours. Different theme parks offer Extra Magic Hours on different days, so check the calendar here for more.
  • Want to stay longer or visit more than one park in a day? Visit Guest Relations or a ticketing window to modify your tickets.
  • Designate a spot inside the park for your party to meet, should someone get separated. Lost and Founds are located at park Guest Relations.
  • Grab a Times Guide on your way into the park to stay informed on showtimes, character greeting locations and more.

Attractions & Entertainment Tips

  • Download the My Disney Experience app for your smartphone. This vacation-planning tool can help you access current attraction wait times, find the nearest entertainment and more. Or visit the Tip Board at the center of each park to see which attractions have the shortest wait times.
  • Utilize the park’s FastPass options. Don’t forget that in addition to attractions, FastPasses also may be available for some character meet and greets, such as Town Square Theater and Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park.
  • Catch a show in the middle of the day when attraction wait times are typically longer.
  • Some extra performances have been added to the calendar to accommodate our holiday guests. Pick up a Times Guide on your way into the park to see your options.

Dining Tips

  • Avoid crowded restaurants by grabbing a snack from quick service carts located throughout the parks.
  • Use the My Disney Experience app, visit Guest Relations or call 407-WDW-CNCL to modify dining reservations.

Do you have a tip to share on visiting our parks? If so, leave it in the “Comments” section below.

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Ho`olaule`a – Celebration! Disney VoluntEARS Spread Holiday Cheer in Hawai`i

posted on December 25th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Mālama – to care for. That’s what we do for each other here in Hawai`i, especially during this special time of the year. Mālama is also why giving back to our community through the Disney VoluntEARS program is something that’s so valued by our cast members at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. It gives them a chance to share a little bit of Disney magic while making a difference in our own community.

Elliot Mills, Vice President and General Manager, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Helps Present Donation to the Kapi`olani Health Foundation

Last week, a holiday VoluntEARS event was made even more memorable for everyone in attendance with a special announcement. While visiting keiki, the children, and staff at Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women & Children we announced a $250,000 gift to the Kapi`olani Health Foundation for the renovation and rebuilding of their facility servicing keiki from Hawaii and throughout the Pacific. The gift will support a special family-oriented play area in the soon-to-be constructed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit building. Afterward, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Disney VoluntEARS toured the hospital, visiting keiki patients and their families in rooms, delivering small gifts and bringing smiles and holiday cheer wherever they went.

Mickey, Minnie and Disney VoluntEARS at the Kapolei Holiday Lights Parade Mickey, Minnie and Disney VoluntEARS at the Kapolei Holiday Lights Parade

Mickey and Minnie once again were the Grand Marshals of the Kapolei Holiday Lights Parade with Disney VoluntEARS walking alongside and sharing Aulani’s support for the community it calls home. At the end of the parade, Mickey and Minnie helped turn on the lights on the City tree and fireworks closed out this special night for our local community.

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The Christmas Trees of Disneyland Park

posted on December 25th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Merry Christmas from Disneyland park! Yesterday we shared a look at the trees of Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park, so I thought today would be the perfect time to show you a few from around Disneyland park.

Winne the Pooh's Christmas Tree at Disneyland Park

Winnie the Pooh has the sweetest tree in Critter Country, but watch out for honey bees!

A Precarious Christmas Tree at Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

Not far down the trail, this precariously perched tree is marked “To: Brer Bear and Brer Fox; From: Brer Rabbit.” Well, it is the season of giving, I suppose …

Christmas Trees at Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland Park

Over at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland, the trees are decorated with rope and cowboy-themed ornaments.

Christmas Tree at Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park

And one of my favorite new trees this year can be found over at the Jingle Cruise. When traditional trees are scarce, you’ve got to be resourceful!

Which is your favorite Christmas tree at Disneyland park?

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Merry Christmas from Disney Cruise Line

posted on December 25th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Wishing a Very Merrytime Christmas from our family to yours…

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Merry Christmas from the Disney Parks Blog

posted on December 25th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

We’d like to be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas. For today, we’ve added a few new photos to our beautiful gallery of Disney Parks Christmas trees. But first, enjoy a holiday favorite – “Joy to the World” performed by the Voices of Liberty.

Check back later today for some more holiday stories, including a wonderful image from Disneyland Resort. Merry Christmas!

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Disney Parks Christmas Eve HD Yule Log Returns

posted on December 24th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Back in 2010, we featured the Disney Parks Yule Log here on the Disney Parks Blog. This year, it’s back and in high definition. If you didn’t see this version last season, watch for the surprise ending.

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