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Quick Merchandise Tips for August at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on August 15th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Whether you are going to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa for the first time or making a return trip this August, here are a few key things you might want to keep an eye out for.

Up first are a couple of pins you could say are filled with ‘character.’ Chip n’ Dale Paddling and the Aulani ~ Mickey Mouse logo pin will release in mid-September. Tip: Pins make great souvenirs if you are looking for something to commemorate your stay at Aulani. They also make the perfect gift for a loved one back home.

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Debuting later this summer is our Aulani-inspired Alex and Ani bangle in Rafaelian Gold finish. Those of you who have seen my recent posts on Alex and Ani bangles know that I’m already jealous since this particular bangle will only be available at Aulani.

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Look for these wonderful treasures and more at Kālepa’s Store. What souvenir will you take home to represent your Aulani vacation?

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Sneak Preview of Merchandise for 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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


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I’m counting down the hours until I can taste my way around the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This annual event returns to Epcot from September 19 through November 10, 2014. I’m already planning on being at the kick-off weekend to celebrate my birthday week (I’m sure I’m not the only one who celebrates her or his birthday all week long). After reading Pam Brandon’s article about new offerings this year, I caught up with the merchandise events team for a sneak preview of festival merchandise.

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This year, I found two different art programs – “Taste Your Way Around the World” and “Brews Around the World” – that will be featured on a variety of items. Guests should look for several familiar favorites including Chef Duffy the Disney Bear, a coffee mug and apparel items like hats. One of my favorite things is the specially designed food tray that was originally introduced in 2012. This new design includes a place to hold beverages and plenty of space for food.

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The Disney pin trading team created some cool limited edition pins that are presented on recipe cards. One features Jessica Rabbit with a recipe for Carrot Cake, while the other has Mickey Mouse that explains how to make Cheddar Breakfast Potatoes (now I’m hungry!). Speaking of recipes, we will also carry a new cookbook that my fellow author Pam announced in this Disney Parks Blog story.

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Finally, I liked this reusable tote bag that contains both merchandise logos.

Look for these items and more in the Festival Center, which will be located between Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE pavilions in Future World. Select items may also be found at merchandise kiosks throughout World Showcase once the festival opens in mid-September. We will not be offering merchandise via our Disney Parks online store this year.

I hope to see you at Epcot!


For more about the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festive, visit the posts below:

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Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Pin Releases at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 4th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Foolish mortals, I have good news for you. I have been digging up as much information as I could on commemorative merchandise that has been created in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. As the gatekeeper to your pin collection, it’s up to you to determine if there is room for one more. Here’s a look at what I was able to unearth in regards to limited edition pin releases taking place on August 7.

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The pins shown above will be available at the following Disneyland Resort locations:

This next collection is sure to send you packing. A limited edition of 300, this boxed set featuring Ezra, Gus, Phineas and the Hatbox Ghost in the mirrors, comes complete in a suitcase inspired box. Also available will be a Jumbo Poster Pin and a Framed Pin Set featuring Haunted Mansion inspired keys. Tip: These items will only be available to purchase at Disney Pin Traders in the Downtown Disney District. Wristband distribution guidelines will apply.

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Now, I always like an air of mystery, especially when it comes in the form of a limited release Mystery Pin Set which features iconic characters throughout the attraction, including the Hitchhiking Ghosts, the Bride, Dueling Portraits, Hatbox Ghost, and Madame Leota.

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Before I go, I couldn’t resist sharing this next group of pins featuring some of our most dastardly Disney Villains in their own interpretations of the Haunted Mansion stretching portraits. As you can see Cruella DeVil, Horace and Jasper, Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts and Cheshire Cat, as well as the one and only Maleficent, are positively haunting in these famed portraits.

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Look for these pins at select pin purchasing locations at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, later in the month on August 21.

Which ones are you ‘dying’ to get?

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Spotlight on New Pins Arriving in July 2014 at Disney Parks

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This summer, the Disney pin team is releasing about 250 new items for guests to collect or trade at Disney Parks. It’s time to turn the spotlight once again on some new pins coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts this month. I spoke with Erin Catalano, the merchandiser behind many of these pins, about some of her favorite selections.

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“There are so many favorite pins we are releasing this month,” exclaimed Erin. “I love the new four-pin chalkboard art set featuring characters from Walt Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ The set reminds me of the chalkboard art-inspired home goods found in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. I also like the vintage Mouseketeer logo as it recall watching the Mickey Mouse Club when I was younger. Finally, Disney’s ‘Hercules’ is one of my favorite animated films, so I included a pin with Hercules and Meg.”

I was happy to see that Blank and Bow, the adorable Vinylmation figures from Valentine’s Day this year, will come to life in pin form.

I also recently spotted the Anna and Elsa pins at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Frozen Summer Celebration. Those pins are also available in a handful of other locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Speaking of Anna and Elsa, their shoe-inspired ornaments are included in a multi-pin set that contains other character-inspired shoes.

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Finally, I pulled together an image of Chip ‘n’ Dale pins as I thought my fiancée would enjoy seeing them (she’s a super fan of those chipmunks). I also know there are a few fans that will be delighted to see a new “Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers” pin (sing along with me … Ch-ch-ch-ch-Chip…).

Look for these pins in a variety of Disney pin locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Merchandise ‘Rockets’ Into Disney Parks

posted on July 16th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


My friend and Disney Parks Blog author Shawn Slater was the first to give you the inside scoop on the “Guardians of the Galaxysneak peek taking place now at Disney Parks. How many of you have already seen it? If you haven’t, I’m not going to spoil it for you, but I would definitely recommend checking out this intergalactic 3D cosmic adventure the next time you visit the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park or ABC Sound Studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you are planning to set your course for space adventure and join the quartet of ragtag rivals along with Peter Quill to help save the universe, then we better make sure you are prepared for battle. Here’s your first look at some of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” merchandise you can expect to find at Disney Parks.

Fans of the entire “Guardians of the Galaxy” crew or Rocket, in particular, will be happy to find these film-inspired T-shrits.

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As for toys, we have those too! You’ll find the Rapid Fire Rocket, Star-Lord Blaster, a Hero Ship and Pursuit Spacecraft play sets, as well as Galactic Battler, Titan Hero figures and more.

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A few other things to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks is the “Guardians of the Galaxy” book and CD, as well as a specially designed D-Tech iPhone case and more. One final pick for me, is the “Guardians of the Galaxy” limited edition pin. Take a look!

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Here’s quick list of where you can find all of the merchandise I’ve shown you for your very own super heroes:

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New Hidden Mickey Pins Arriving at Disney Parks in July 2014

posted on July 11th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Now that summer has arrived at Disney Parks, guests will soon find new Hidden Mickey pins at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. These unique pins will be distributed to cast members to use for trading with guests by late July 2014. You may recall that we typically release two different waves of pins a year (the first wave this year was introduced back in February). Here is a closer look at what guests can expect to trade in the coming months.

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Cast members at Disneyland Resort will soon receive an assortment of 30 different pins to use for trading with guests. The image above is a checklist to help you identify the new pins coming to California. As a reminder, Hidden Mickey pins typically measure about 1.25-inches and contain the phrase ”Hidden Mickey Pin” on the back of the pin.

I think my favorite series features Disney Birds (I’m partial to birds, especially ones that are orange). The special thing about this series is that there will be five different Disney bird pins found at Walt Disney World Resort that complement the pins at Disneyland Resort. The “Villainous Sidekicks” collection will also feature complementary pins.

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The image above shows the 30 pins that will be distributed to cast members at Walt Disney World Resort. The series that caught my eye in this collection is the character themed MagicBands.

Chaser pins will also be included in this new wave for 2014. These silver-colored pins are rarer to find compared to their full color counterparts.

Which pins do you want to trade? Please share in the comments below.

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Distinctly Patriotic Merchandise at The American Adventure in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With the Fourth of July holiday only a few days away, I spent some time in one of my favorite pavilions at Epcot, The American Adventure. After all these years of visiting Walt Disney World Resort, I never tire of seeing the magnificent Voices of Liberty followed by the amazing show hosted by Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. I still tear up when hearing “Golden Dream” played during the montage of historical events (the Apollo 11 moon landing gets me every time!). After the show, I stopped in Heritage Manor Gifts, the merchandise location at Epcot that introduced a whole new assortment of goods last fall. This time, I was in search of merchandise with a distinctly patriotic theme.

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I was delighted to find several things bathed in red, white and blue including many new shirts. I really liked the patriotic Mickey Mouse shirt which was made in the U.S.A. (just like the shirt states). The location also had a few different Tervis Tumblers along with red and blue toothpick holders.

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In addition to a few Disney-themed T-shirts, there was an assortment of Americana-themed shirts by Black & Denim, a company based out of Tampa, Florida.

My favorite item in the shop was the tapestry featuring Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck with artwork reminiscent of Disney Parks’ bicentennial celebration from 1975, America on Parade.

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While many of these items are found only in Heritage Manor Gifts at Epcot, guests may find the patriotic Mickey Mouse plush in several shops at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

This year, there is also a limited edition pin with Tinker Bell that isn’t offered at The American Adventure Pavilion. The pin has an edition size of 3,000 and contains a red, white and blue pinwheel that spins. Look for it in Disney pin trading locations in both California and Florida.

Have a Happy Fourth of July!

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New Pins to Collect and Trade Coming Summer 2014 to Disney Parks

posted on June 19th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With the start of summer just around the corner, I caught up with Erin Catalano, merchandiser for Disney Pins. You may remember Erin when she wrote articles for the Disney Parks Blog as a member of our Merchandise Communications team. Last December, Erin transitioned to her new role and has since kept busy creating many new pins that are coming to Disney Parks this summer. In this first article of a series of three stories for the Disney Parks Blog, I asked her about the number of pins guests can soon expect to find.

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“This summer will be an exciting time for guests who enjoy collecting or trading pins,” exclaimed Erin. “In the next three months, we will have about 250 new open edition pins that will be introduced at locations such as Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort or Disney Cruise Line. We know that finding pins of favorite characters, shows or attractions at Disney Parks is an important part of pin collecting. With these new pins, guests will have even more options to collect or trade what they like.”

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Erin’s favorite pins this month were created especially for Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa at Ko ‘Olina, Hawai’i. They include a multi-pin set and some beautiful logo pins featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

I selected a few of my favorites for the top image in this story. Being a Donald Duck fan, the “I Don’t Tweet, I Quack” pin is outstanding. I was also happy to see Mr. Toad and Rapunzel included in the mix.

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Some other pins that caught my eye include chalkboard art-inspired pins that reminded me of products in Disney Centerpiece at the newly opened Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace and online.

I’ll check back with Erin in a couple of weeks to see other new pins. Meanwhile, you can see the latest pin release information by visiting http://www.DisneyPins.com.

Happy Trading!

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New Soccer Merchandise Scores a Goal at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 18th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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My fellow author Darcy Clark recently shared a look at the United World Soccer store at Downtown Disney West Side. This new location is a must-stop destination for fans of fútbol (and it would appear there are many as the world watches the events unfold in Brazil). Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort, we have recently introduced new soccer-themed goods that have a splash of Disney.

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Decorated in hues of blue, green, yellow and white, this small new assortment was created specifically for World Showcase at Epcot. The main logo features a silhouette of Mickey Mouse kicking a soccer ball, which was used on several apparel items, a glass mug and two open edition pins.

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These items can be found in select locations at Epcot and at the World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. The two open edition pins will also be released in select locations at Disneyland Resort.

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One of my favorite items is a limited release pin featuring José Carioca, a character not often seen on Disney merchandise. He was originally created for Walt Disney’s “Saludos Amigos” in 1942, and now stars in the Mexico Pavilion attraction at Epcot, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. This pin was released at Disney Traders and Village Traders in World Showcase at Epcot, World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace and Sport Goofy at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort.

Speaking of Epcot, you can watch many of the World Cup games in the Odyssey Center. That’s just one of many viewing locations at Walt Disney World Resort. See the complete list here.

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Commemorative Merchandise for the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ at Disney Parks

posted on June 13th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King.” I recently gave you a look at some merchandise we created for Harambe Nights, the special Lion King-themed events taking place every Saturday from now through August 9, 2014 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are, however, some additional items that commemorate this milestone anniversary coming to Disney Parks and the Disney Parks online store.

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From June 12-17, 2014, the Disney Parks online store will offer an anniversary T-shirt with artwork created by Disney Design Group artist Caley Hicks. This shirt will only be sold online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow four-six weeks for delivery.

The Disney Pin team also created a limited edition pin for this anniversary. The pin has an edition size of 2,000, and it will be released in select locations at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. Unfortunately, this pin won’t be available online.

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Disney Theme Park Merchandise has offered items for Disney’s “The Lion King” for many years. I first wrote about them for the Disney Parks Blog in October 2011 when the Diamond Edition of this film was released on Disney Blu-ray and DVD. Recently, I photographed some additional things at Downtown Disney Marketplace including plush, toys, artwork and pins.

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Coming in July, you will also find a handful of new open edition pins with characters from this Disney animated classic. These pins will be released at locations in both California and Florida.

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