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First Items from Twenty Eight & Main Collection Coming to Disney Parks Online Store Starting August 28

posted on August 14th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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A few months ago I shared details about Twenty Eight & Main, a new apparel and accessories line for distinguished gentlemen who love Disney Parks. Today, I’m thrilled to announce the first items from this collection will be offered on our Disney Parks online store from August 28 through September 3, 2015. For this limited time online sale, we will have three unique t-shirts along with three wooden signs that feature similar graphics.

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In the first image, I’m sporting a slub knit, short sleeve t-shirt inspired by Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. I love the soft feel of this shirt that is 60% cotton and 40% polyester. I also like the little details such as the embroidered lion on the left sleeve which is the same lion found in the coat of arms on Disney Park castles.

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The Florida Project shirt is a burnout t-shirt that includes an image of Walt Disney’s signature at the bottom left and a Twenty Eight & Main embroidered logo on the left sleeve. I love the nod to “The Mouse,” the airplane used to fly Walt Disney on secret scouting missions over Central Florida (see this article for a great story about that plane. This shirt is 60% cotton and 40% polyester so it also feels fantastic!

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The final shirt is a variegated stripe t-shirt with the Twenty Eight & Main logo. Walt Disney’s signature and the lion reaching for the star graphic are included as embroidered elements. This shirt is 75% cotton and 25% polyester which felt extremely comfortable as I ate popcorn on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

The three wooden signs that will also be offered during this sale will measure 18-inches by 24-inches.

To order these items staring August 28, please visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/28&Main. Apparel items will ship in 4-6 weeks while the wood signs will ship in approximately 12-14 days.

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Plan Your Walt Disney World Resort Holiday Vacation Now

posted on August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you considering taking a trip to Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season? Today we’re excited to share our list of holiday happenings with you. Read on.

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Magic Kingdom Park
The holidays will return to Magic Kingdom Park on November 8, with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This year the park will host 20 party nights: November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 29; and December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18. Parties begin at 7 p.m. and include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas! Dance Party, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks and much more. Buy tickets now at Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty.

Epcot
Epcot’s Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional will return to the park November 27-December 30. Holidays Around the World brings the international pavilions alive with holiday cheer, including a Christkindlmarkt in the Germany pavilion and performances by Joyful! gospel. The Candlelight Processional, a show that combines the reading of traditional scripture with live music, is performed three times nightly at 5, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will return to the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016. This holiday offering transforms this part of the park with millions of glittering lights, mobile displays and holiday music. It’s also included in theme park admission.

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During the holiday season, guests will be able to take holiday photos with Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost at the park. Mickey and Minnie will be dressed in their holiday best, which makes for the perfect Christmas card image.

If you’re planning a visit during the holiday season, don’t forget to check out our latest offers. The Magic Together Fall Vacation Package is a 4-day/4-night room and theme park ticket package in a standard room at Disney’s All-Star Resorts for a family of four starting at $1,701. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/special-offers/fall-together.

Families can also save up to 25 percent on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels most nights October 4 through November 24, 2015 and November 28 through December 23, 2015. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/special-offers.

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Popular Disney Theme Park Attractions Inspire New ‘Disney Attractionistas’ Dolls

posted on August 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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In January 2015, I shared a first look at some new dolls created especially for Disney Parks called “Disney Attractionistas.” I’m happy to report that the first four dolls in this collection were recently released at Disney Parks. I spoke with Victoria Hamilton, merchandiser for dolls and plush, to learn more about these Disney Parks-inspired items.

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“Disney Attractionistas are special friends that love to be together at Disney Parks every chance they get,” explained Victoria. “As the story goes, each Attractionista wished to be part of their favorite attraction, and that it could be a part of them. Once their wishes came true, they were magically transformed with attire inspired by those various attractions. These 12-inch fashion dolls come with detailed clothing, a special animal sidekick and a fun story on the back of the packaging about things each doll enjoys. I think these dolls make great companions for any guest who loves Disney Parks.”

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The first four Attractionistas were inspired by classic Disney attractions such as Mad Tea Party (Maddie), Space Mountain (Celeste), The Haunted Mansion (Gracey) and Pirates of the Caribbean (Pearl).

Two additional dolls will arrive this fall including Carrie, who was inspired by King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland Resort and Prince Charming Regal Carousel at Walt Disney World Resort; and Nellie whose looks were inspired by the world famous Jungle Cruise.

Disney Design Group artist Mike Sullivan created the designs for the dolls while Dave Keefer designed the packaging.

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The Attractionistas will be carried in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and they will be found on our Disney Parks online store.

We will be holding a special Attractionistas party on Friday, August 21 in Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. From 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Mike and Dave from Disney Design Group will be meeting with guests and signing dolls.

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Watch as Tiny Hamster Has A Big Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


You may be familiar with Internet sensation Tiny Hamster, who drew attention online with his video Tiny Hamster Eats Tiny Burritos. Perhaps our smallest guest ever, Tiny Hamster recently stopped by Magic Kingdom Park to try out tiny “hamster”-sized versions of some of the park’s tastiest treats, including churros, turkey legs and even mini Dole Whips. Of course, he also stopped by a few favorite park attractions, including scaled-down versions of The Haunted Mansion and Mad Tea Party.

Check out Tiny Hamster’s Best Day Ever for yourself.

Wonder how they made those tiny treats and attractions? Check out the behind-the-scenes video here.

To watch even more Best Day Ever videos, click here.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?

posted on August 11th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Are you a fan of the Disney “mountains”? Then how well do you know Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park? Test your knowledge below and let us know how you did in the “Comments” section.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Louis the Alligator from ‘The Princess and the Frog’ & Main Street Philharmonic

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In “The Princess & The Frog,” Louis is a jazz-playing alligator who dreams of “jammin’ with the big boys.” Looks like he’s got his turn in today’s #DisneySide Doodle, which shows him leading the Main Street Philharmonic down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Thanks to designer 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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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 9th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Regular readers of the Disney Parks Blog know we’ve been testing a breakfast experience at the popular Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park. This week, we shared the update that what was originally a test, is now a permanent offering.

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Reservations for breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant began this week for dates October 4 and beyond. We also got a sneak peek of the artwork that will be on new kid’s souvenir cups, debuting in October. Check out Rachel’s original story to see the artwork and to make reservations.

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We also shared a story this week about a special robot that visited Walt Disney World Resort and amazed guests at Disney’s Contemporary Resort by drawing a giant portrait of Walt Disney.

Disney Research Zurich teamed up with a group of undergraduate students from a Swiss engineering school to build the Beachbot robot from scratch. The team wanted to do something nobody has ever done before and create a machine that could make spectacular art alongside beachgoers.

Our original story has a behind-the-scenes video and more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park? – How well do you know the new nighttime spectacular in Disney California Adventure park? Take our quiz and find out!

Video Rewind: Point-of-View Videos from Disneyland Resort Attractions – Need to fill that time between your last ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the next? Miss that view from the front of the Disneyland Resort Monorail? Good news – Shannon, one of our fabulous video pros, has you covered!

A Unique Point of View: Monstro Looms Over Fantasyland at Disneyland Park – Looming over Storybook Land Canal Boats, Monstro the whale can also appear to be chomping down on other parts of Fantasyland, depending on your point of view.

Official Disneyland App Now Available for Download – The official Disneyland App is available for download now from the App Store and on Google Play. This new app provides useful info, special features and more right at your fingertips.

#CoolestSummer Ever: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Cool – There are more ways to enjoy the coolness of Disney’s Animal Kingdom than simply standing in the shadow of an elephant (and we can’t promise you can do that). Click through for a few more refreshing options!

Reservations Now Open for Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine – Even though we’re in the middle of summer, some of us have started to have visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads. If you’re wondering about holiday dining plans at Walt Disney World Resort, we’ve just added one more option.

Disney Parks Online Store Releasing New Shirts in August 2015 – This month, the Disney Parks online store will continue its series of specially designed limited release shirts!

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#DisneyKids: First Disney Treat at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Walt Disney World Resort is place where little ones can try all kinds of new foods including international fare at Epcot like kebabs from Morocco and sushi from Japan, to giant turkey legs and calamari at Magic Kingdom Park. And now thanks to The Mickey Check, parents can easily identify nutritious menu options at restaurants on property.

Once your kids take their last bite of a healthy meal, sometimes it’s fun to indulge in special treats that you can only find at Disney Parks! Mickey waffles, Dole Whip, character-themed candy apples and so much more can be a sweet surprise to top off an action-packed day.

Just check out the smiles on these little faces as they try some favorite Disney Parks goodies for the first time! Do your kids have any favorite Disney desserts?

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Summertime Update About Retail MagicBands and Accessories at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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As the “Coolest Summer Ever” continues at Walt Disney World Resort, I wanted to give you an update about several new retail MagicBands and accessories. These items are a great way to show your Disney Side during your vacation. Here is a look at some of my favorites.

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The open edition retail MagicBands featuring Steamboat Willie and characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” are currently available in select merchandise locations.

On August 14, we will release two additional open edition retail MagicBands. One will have Winnie the Pooh while the other will feature Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Open edition retail MagicBands have a retail of $19.95 each. Like all other retail MagicBands, these open edition items can be linked later making them great gifts.

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At the beginning of the year, we released a retail MagicBand with an image of Cinderella Castle from Magic Kingdom Park. Later this month, we will have three additional open edition retail MagicBands for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’m thrilled to see Figment on the Epcot-themed MagicBand!

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Some of the coolest MagicBand accessories I’ve seen are the attraction-themed MagicSliders. These small rectangular images easily slide onto the side of a MagicBand. They are a great way to either showcase your favorite Disney attractions or to keep track of which ones you’ve experienced.

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There are three attraction sliders per MagicSlider pack. Look for three different packs of Magic Kingdom Park attractions, and two packs each for attractions at Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each pack has a retail of $6.95.

Finally, we are now offering some of the Disney character MagicBands including Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck on our Disney Parks online store. You can find them along with select MagicBand accessories by visiting this page.

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#DisneyFamilia: Celebridades Enjoy Magical Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


What do a soccer player, a rock star and an actress have in common? They know where to vacation with their families: Walt Disney World Resort!

Recently, we spotted the following celebrities enjoying time with their familias and taking a break from their busy schedules to visit our theme parks, where they took photos with their favorite Disney characters, rode iconic attractions and had lots of diversión (fun).

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Fher, lead singer of the rock band Maná, visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom, su parque favorito en Disney (his favorite Disney theme park) and posed with Rafiki. Fher, director of the nature conservation organization Selva Negra, is the Spanish narrator of the Disneynature film “Planet Earth.”

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Colombian soccer star Radamel Falcao García met Minnie Mouse at Magic Kingdom Park with his princesas (princesses): wife Lorelai and daughters Dominique and Desirée. The girls were crazy about meeting Minnie and they even wore the famous pink Minnie ears during the encuentro (encounter)!

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Many won’t recognize the name of Carmen Sarahí, but they may have heard her voice plenty of times in the Latin-American version of “Frozen.” The singer and actress recently visited Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy all that Frozen Summer Fun offers to our guest. She even got to sing to Olaf, her favorite snowman!

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