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Disney Tails Pet Products Coming to Disney Parks in Spring 2015

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


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Dogs have been on my mind lately. I recently met my daughter’s new dog, Gracie, whom she found at a local shelter upon returning to college. I also read Tom Smith’s story about the Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park on August 30. Both things sparked a flood of memories about the two dogs I had growing up. I know pets are important members of many families, so I’m delighted to announce the return of pet products to Disney Parks. Coming in spring 2015, guests will find a small assortment of dog items as part of a new program called “Disney Tails.” I spoke with Nicole Brann, merchandiser for souvenirs, about this new line.

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“We know our guests love their pets,” said Nicole. “Guests may remember the pet products that we carried at Disney Parks in the mid-2000s. I’m excited to reintroduce some of those popular items under this new product line called ‘Disney Tails.’ For the initial small assortment, we will only focus on dog products, including bowls, squeak toys and apparel. I hope these new items will be another fun way that guests and their pets can show their Disney Side at home.”

Nicole shared with me concept artwork for some new items. I, of course, love the Haunted Mansion-
themed bow tie for dogs. All of the products in this line will feature packaging with the Disney Tails logo.

Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts next year. I’ll share additional updates as final samples arrive at our Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters.

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While my traveling lifestyle makes me more of a cat person today, I miss my first dog Charlie, as seen here in 1978.

I’d love to hear a “tail” about your favorite pet, so please share in the comments below.

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – September 2014

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


Wondering what merchandise events are headed your way this September at Walt Disney World Resort? Take a look!

September 3 – 7: Artist Greg McCullough will be appearing this month at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, September 3 – 7 and September 17 – 21. Learn more.

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September 7: A limited number of tickets to the Vinylmation Showcase for the Disney Trade Celebration 2014 – Imagination Gala taking place at World ShowPlace in Epcot, are still available. Get yours today! Learn more.

September 8 – 11: Meet international artist Larry Dotson, who will appear be appearing this month at Walt Disney World Resort. Find him September 8 – 11 at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace and September 18 – 28 at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more.

September 12 – 13: Join Master Sculptor Hiko Maeda as he introduces an all-new Disney Showcase Collection figurine and ornament, only available at Disney Parks. This new piece titled, “Let Your Light Shine” is available as a figurine for $50, plus tax, and as an ornament for $28, plus tax. Look for special appearances by Hiko Maeda, September 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park and September 13 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it to the event? No problem! A limited number of signed pieces will be available for pre-order through Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT. Learn more.

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September 18 – 22: Look for the latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist, Linda Rick, including her newest collection inspired by “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Linda will appear throughout the day (each day), September 18 – 21, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

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September 27: The next hand-painted Ink & Paint Cel, titled “Summertime Pals,” is set to debut at Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 27, 2014. Meet the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.– 5 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it to the event? Disney Event Services is taking pre-orders via www.disneyurl.com/CelPreOrder now through September 25, 2014 at 5p.m. EDT. Learn more.

Which event are you most excited about?

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VIDEO – Halloween Merchandise Returns to Disney Parks

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Halloween season returns to Disney Parks in just a few days. I recently took a break from making my next homemade costume to visit Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. There, I stopped by the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A., to make this short video highlighting my favorite Halloween merchandise items created especially for Disney Parks.

The products shown in the video can be found in select merchandise locations at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

You can also find select items by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/Halloween.

Trick or treat!

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Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle with VIP Parade Viewing, Fireworks and Delicious Sweets at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

posted on August 25th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Starting Monday, you can make a reservation for this fun new, must-do last stop of the evening at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Villain’s Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle.

First you enjoy preferred viewing for Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and the HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular. Then head to Cinderella’s Royal Table for devilish desserts and wicked entertainment in celebration of the villains’ favorite time of year.

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Lady Tremaine takes over Cinderella’s Royal Table after everyone has gone to bed, and she’s invited some of the most evil friends and special guests for a decadent dessert party (maybe you’ll see the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil or Dr. Facilier?).

Lady Tremaine will welcome guests, and her personal piano player provides live music. (She’ll sing a few haunting solos while guests enjoy the delicious desserts inspired by the villains.)

Cost is $99 ages 3 and older, plus tax (gratuity included). Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required – this is a separate ticketed event not included in Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets for the soiree are limited and reservations recommended! Call 407-939-5262 – no online reservations.

Your ticket includes:

  • Preferred Viewing for the 8:15 p.m. Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
    Watch the Headless Horseman lead off the parade on a hair-raising ride, followed by a collection of frightful floats and some of your favorite Disney Characters in Halloween costumes.
  • Preferred Viewing for HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular
    The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion and some of the most notorious Disney Villains light up the sky to wicked remixes of their favorite songs.
  • Dessert Soiree at Cinderella’s Royal Table
    Lady Tremaine shares her musical talents while you enjoy themed desserts, specialty non-alcoholic drinks, entertainment and visits from some of your favorite Disney villains. Each guest gets an autograph card and souvenir Maleficent dragon cup.

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Disney Parks Merchandise to Show Off Your Back-To-School Disney Side

posted on August 25th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Both of my children returned to school in mid-August. Like many parents during this time of the year, I recently went shopping for their school supplies. Granted, the supplies needed for my college-age daughter are much different than the ones for my grade-school-age son. The idea of supply shopping, however, got me thinking about how to kids could show their Disney Side when returning to classes this fall. Luckily, I spotted a nice display in the Emporium at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World Resort that offered a few ideas.

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Located just inside the location, the small back-to-school display contained a handful of items including pencils, pens, supply boxes, and more. There were also a few backpacks that we offer at Disney Parks. I wish I had that Buzz Lightyear backpack growing up!

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After seeing the display, I spoke with the souvenirs team at Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters. They gave me a closer look at the newest erasers to arrive at Disney Parks.

The mystery collector packs were inspired by other collectible merchandise such as Disney pins and Vinylmation. Each pack contains one eraser from a series of themed erasers with characters like Mickey Mouse and friends; Disney princesses; and characters from Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb.” Some of the designs are shown on the packaging with one eraser design remaining a mystery in each series.

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The team also created new, foot-long erasers that have a colorful hidden Mickey Mouse icon in the designs.

Finally, I love the new character erasers which stand about 4-inches tall. These incredibly detailed erasers are probably more decorative in nature; I wanted to display them on my Disney shelf in my office.
Look for these items in select locations at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

I want to wish all teachers, faculty and students an exciting and productive school year!

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#DisneyKids: First Photo at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Sure, millions of photos are taken every year at Magic Kingdom Park but the first is almost always the most memorable. My first photo is in a family scrapbook and I still share first shots of my daughters visiting the park – just as many of you do. Today, we’re continuing our #DisneyKids series with a special look at first photos.

You can find more fun for the little ones – as well as special offers designed with your family in mind – on our preschool page.

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More Disney Villains and Other Enhancements Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Fall is one of my favorite times of year at Walt Disney World Resort. The weather starts to change (at least a little bit), autumn décor makes Main Street, U.S.A. even more inviting, and it’s time once again to get dressed up for trick-or-treating during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park.

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This year, the Disney villains are stepping out like never before during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, featuring new and enhanced experiences.

The popular “Villains Mix & Mingle – Live on Stage” returns to the Castle Forecourt Stage several times each night, with an unforgettable performance by beloved baddies from Disney films. Throughout the evening, guests interested in meeting their favorite Disney villains will now encounter them at locations around the park. Look for Jafar in Adventureland and the Queen of Hearts near Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland, while Lotso lurks near Buzz Lightyear in Tomorrowland.

Another all-new feature of this year’s event, Club Villain, takes over The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square with a wicked atmosphere, lively music, glowing décor, and appearances by Cruella De Vil, Dr. Facilier, Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine, and more!

We’re also introducing enhancements to Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, including the expansion of the Phineas and Ferb Creepa Crew pre-parade interactive experience to more of the parade route and the first-ever appearance of Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope in the parade.

Of course, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party also features treat trails with candy galore, the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball in Tomorrowland, appearances by Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the ride of the Headless Horseman, and “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks.

My family looks forward to dressing up and attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party every year. For 2014, this separately ticketed event has expanded to 26 nights, from opening day September 1 through Halloween night, October 31. When will you be going?

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Enter Now for an Opportunity to Attend A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’re looking for 101 pet dogs to celebrate their Disney Side at one of the most unique events the Disney Parks Blog has ever hosted. A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park will be held on August 30, 2014, (before the park opens) at the Walt Disney World Resort – and we’d love for you and your costumed dog to participate if you are eligible and if a photo of your dog showing his or her Disney Side is selected in our contest.

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The event officially begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday, August 30, but we’re asking for attendees and their pet dogs to arrive at 5:45 a.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort parking area. Inside the park, dogs and owners will walk the “green carpet” (with fire hydrants) on Main Street U.S.A., enjoy a “Doggie Dance Party” and experience a special walk in the park around a portion of Magic Kingdom Park. A light breakfast will also be served.

During the event, a crew from Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest Pet” will be filming pet dogs for a special Disney Side edition of the TV show that’ll air in October. Attendees will have the option to be filmed for the TV show but participation is not mandatory.

Please read the official rules before you enter the contest, and please pay special attention to the following “Do’s and Don’ts” when preparing your entry.

Do’s

  • Showing your dog’s Disney Side means your dog should be costumed in a fun way, a way that also ties into what Disney Parks represents through its Disney characters and attractions.
  • Be sure your dog’s costume and photo of you and your dog comply with the official rules and contest criteria.
  • Be creative with the costume and the photo.
  • Make sure your photo is not larger than 2MB. Color and black and white images are acceptable.
  • Include all paperwork required in the Official Rules.
  • By entering the contest you agree to Disney’s Terms of Use.

Don’ts

  • Don’t show any prominent brands or logos other than those on/in your Dog’s costume.
  • Don’t include anyone besides yourself and your dog in the photo.
  • Don’t show anything that might be objectionable, vulgar or obscene. Avoid rude gestures, and other inappropriate stuff and for your and your dog’s safety, don’t try any risky moves.

Now, to enter, send us an email titled “A Disney Side Dog’s Day in the Park” with a photo of your Disney Side-costumed dog, your name, your pet’s medical documents and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

Also, there are a few more things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the winners do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest and one dog per winner in the contest.
  • We will send a confirmation email to the winning contest entrants to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at the front of Disney’s Contemporary Resort for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Winning confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the winner of the contest submission, winner’s dog and winner’s guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming our selection of your contest submission, then your contest submission was not selected.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to persons who are 18 years of age or older, as of entry, and are legal residents of, and physically located within, Florida and currently own a dog in good health under 70 pounds that has been spayed or neutered with required paperwork. Entries must be received between 11:00 AM (ET) on 8/22/14 and 11:00 AM (ET) on 8/24/14. Limit one (1) entry per person. Prize does not include accommodations or transportation between winner’s home and Magic Kingdom Park Event. For full details including eligibility and entry requirements, judging criteria, prize descriptions & limitations, see Official Rules.

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‘Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!’ Street Party Debuts This Fall at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party has been a guest favorite at Magic Kingdom Park since its debut in 2009. This fall, we’re kicking things up a notch with new music, new characters, and a new way for you to be part of the show!

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We’re even giving this party procession a new name – “Move it! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party. The fun begins on Main Street, U.S.A., as a high-energy party anthem heralds the arrival of favorite Disney characters – including new additions Stitch and Phineas & Ferb – who parade toward Cinderella Castle as the emcee, stilt walkers, and the rest of our party peeps encourage everyone to join in.

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Things heat up in the Central Plaza when hosts Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy appear atop giant gift boxes, leading everyone in a medley of remixed classic party songs. Once you’ve moved it, shaken it, and danced it, it’s time to help decide what comes next, as you vote for one of three current hits during the “Play It!” part of the show. You never know which way it might go!

The “Move it! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party will be presented several times daily, starting this fall. In the meantime, you can still enjoy the “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party each day at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Classic Game of Baseball

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Here’s the windup and the pitch! A little throwback to 1973, when Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Chip and Dale were playing baseball out on the lawn near Cinderella Castle. Hey, batter, batter!

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See the posts below for more about Vintage Walt Disney World:

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