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A Look at Recent and Future Haunted Mansion Merchandise at Disney Parks

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This past year has been an exciting time for Haunted Mansion collectors. In February, we released nine amazing decorative items inspired by the attraction. These items and more are currently found on the Disney Parks online store. In August, we had an online release of a Hatbox Ghost shirt (it’s nice seeing fellow Haunted Mansion fans in the Parks wearing that shirt.) Finally, in September, we released an incredible Dooney & Bourke wallpaper bag. Good news – additional orders of this bag are arriving in November at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. As your humble servant of Disney Parks merchandise information, I wanted to share with you a look at some other recent and future Haunted Mansion items.

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I recently visited the Yankee Trader shop located near the Haunted Mansion attraction in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park. The shop had a nice small display of items including those aforementioned decorative goods and four recently released T-shirts.

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The D-Tech team also recently released two new phone cases. The limited release wallpaper case was made for the iPhone 4/4S (item number – 400007864818) and iPhone 5/5S (item number – 400007863538), and it can be found in multiple locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The limited edition, iPhone 5/5S portrait case (item number – 400007703476) has an edition size of 999, and can only be found at Walt Disney World Resort. The case has a lenticular feature that is similar to the portrait from the attraction.

On December 20, we are releasing a Vinylmation set with figures inspired by the stretch room portraits (as seen in the first image of this article). This limited edition set will have an edition size of 2,000 and was designed by Disney Design Group artist Ron Cohee. The set will be released at the D Street locations on each coast and on the Disney Parks online store.

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Finally, the Haunted Mansion will celebrate 45 years at Disneyland park in August 2014. The Disney pin team is currently planning an awesome pin collection for this milestone anniversary at the Disneyland Resort next summer. Look for more details in the coming months about the new collection.

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The Vinylmation team will also be releasing some new three-inch figures for the 45th Anniversary. These figures, also designed by Ron Cohee, will feature Mickey Mouse and friends playing roles from the Haunted Mansion. Look for this new “Reveal/Conceal” concept late next summer.

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Walt Disney World Merchandise Event Snapshot – November 2013

posted on October 29th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Check out what’s happening in the world of Disney Theme Park Merchandise at the Walt Disney World Resort this November!

November 1 – 3: Artist Rob Kaz will be on hand to showcase some of his “Food & Wine” inspired artwork from his Disney Fine Art collection during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from 1 – 10 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot. Works will include Mad Tea Party, Cuisine for Two, Vineyard Harvest and Decorating Fun! Looking to find out more about Rob Kaz? Visit DisneyFineArt.com. Learn more here.

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November 2: Pick up a copy of the “Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2013 Cookbook Taste Your Way Around the World,” loaded with delectable dishes and recipes inside for beverages, entrees, desserts, Marketplace favorites, Festival Special Event picks and more. Executive Chef, Epcot, Jens Dahlmann will be on hand for a special appearance and signing November 2 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Port of Entry in Epcot. Learn more here.

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November 7: Luck is on your side this month! Join us as we welcome back Disney Design Group Artist Susan Foy, 5 – 7 p.m. at Disney’s Pin Traders, in celebration of the release of the latest pin from the Good Luck/Bad Luck series featuring Belle. Learn more here.

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November 8: It’s a Vinylmation-Palooza! Meet Maria Clapsis, Ron Cohee and Thomas Scott, the Disney artists behind collections such as the Vinylmation 5th Anniversary Eachez, Meet & Greet Mickey, Festival of the Masters Eachez and the Disney’s Animal Kingdom set. Maria, Ron and Thomas will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon at D-Street in Downtown Disney West Side. Look for a special post from Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller.

November 8 – 10: Details on all of the Festival of the Masters art debuting, special artist signings and live performance art taking place will be available in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out!

November 13 – 16: Make sure you stop by Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace to meet Disney inspired artist Greg McCullough, who will appearing daily. Look for additional appearances by Greg, November 27 – December 1 at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more here.

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November 18 – 23: Look for fan favorite and Disney inspired artist, Larry Dotson, who will be appearing daily at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more here.

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November 22 – December 29: The holiday collection from Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick will debut at Once Upon A Toy in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Only visiting Epcot? Beginning November 25, make sure to stop by Heritage Manor at the American Adventure pavilion where the dolls will also be featured. Representatives will be on hand daily at both locations, so be sure to stop by and find new ones to add to your collection, or pick one up for someone on your holiday list Tip: Look for a special appearance by Linda Rick over Thanksgiving weekend at our Epcot location. Learn more here.

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November 29: Vinylmation Park Series 13 is making its debut at D-Street this month. Look for special appearances by Disney Design Group artists from 5 – 7 p.m. I have no doubt you will lose your head over this collection. Care to make a trade?

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November 29 – December 30: Look for a special post next month as we take you on a journey inside our Holidays Around the World Merchandise, with special appearances and signings by notable artists. Watch for more information.

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November 30 – December 1: Join us as we welcome back renowned American folk artist Jim Shore, who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of some of his latest releases in the Disney Traditions collection, including new holiday pieces for 2013 as well as Disney Parks exclusives such as the Cheshire Cat in the Tea Cup. Meet Jim between November 30 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, and December 1 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Heritage Manor in the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more here.

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November 29 – 30: Become captivated by the dazzling and sparkling fine jewelry collection from the Freeman Family, featuring some classic Disney icons and characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Tinker Bell, among others. Take part in this special trunk show with the Freeman family throughout the weekend at World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more here.

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November 30: Meet Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, otherwise known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys, for a special appearance and signing as we celebrate the release of their best-selling book, “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook,” which features over 100+ recipes tied to their families history and roots, with their own signature twist. Look for another post shortly with all the details.

Mark your calendars now, and join us for all of the great events and artist showcases taking place this November!

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New Merchandise for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 4-5, 2013

posted on October 2nd, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This weekend marks the return of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort. I’ll admit I’m not a runner, yet this event piqued my interest (especially considering I’m a super fan of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror). I recently caught up with Mary Myers, merchandiser for runDisney events, who gave me an overview of several merchandise items being offered this weekend.
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I think one of my favorite items is the new pull-over “I Did It!” jacket. The best detail is the course map featured on the back. There is also a long sleeve shirt featuring a similar map on the back.
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Mary created several logo shirts for women and men that feature the race logo with Stitch and the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
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The race weekend will see other events besides the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. There will also be the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and runDisney Kids Races on Saturday morning. My son participated in one of the Kids Races several years ago and loved it (the best part is every child takes home a finisher medallion).

Mary created a few commemorative items for those additional events including a limited-release pin for the 5K Trail Run and an ear hat for the Kids Race. Pins were also created for the 10-miler along with a necklace and a logo glass.

Look for these items at Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo that will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. On Friday, October 4, the Expo will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Expo will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5.

I will be sending good thoughts to all participants this weekend. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #Tower10Miler or #HappyHaunted5k if you will be participating.

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Party in Style During Halloween Time at Disney Parks

posted on September 16th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Halloween time is here … and you know what that means? Nights filled with fright, delight and tricks and treats at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park and Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park. So if you are planning to attend either party and celebrate the “spirit” of the season, then I’m going to make sure you do it in style.

Keep a close eye out for commemorative T-shirts for youth and adults featuring the following artwork.

Commemorative Halloween T-shirts at Disney Parks

If you’re still deciding on whether or not to attend one of the parties on either coast, but you know that these shirts have to become part of your Halloween wear, be sure to take part in a special online shopping opportunity via www.disneystore.com/parkevents, September 18 – 24, 2013.

Now if it’s Halloween-themed pins that you would rather “treat” yourself to, check these out.

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Want to see more pins featuring Goofy with the Headless Horseman, a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary mystery set, a 20th anniversary Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” pin, or Mickey and friends dressed in their Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” best? Check out DisneyPins.com for all the details. Oh and Annual Passholders, make sure you look for the special Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween pin created just for you.

Don’t worry… specially created pins were made for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Time too, including a Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder pin featuring Chip ‘n’ Dale that I guarantee you’ll go “nuts” for.

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If you’re curious if there’s anything to sink your teeth into… check out some of the terrifying treats coming your way from our candy kitchens. They’re to die for…

Hope you have a spook-tacular time!

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September Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 21st, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you are looking for a reason to get out of the house on the weekend, here are a few events happening this September at the Disneyland Resort to keep on your radar.

September 7: Stop in and see what’s popping up this month at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District for the current exhibit titled Pop Fusion. Join us from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. as we celebrate new Pop Fusion releases by Joey Chou and Michelle Romo. Learn more here.

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September 13-15: Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick will be appearing daily, from 12 – 10 p.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park, as she celebrates the release of her Hundred Acre Woods-inspired collection, along with one themed after “Sofia the First.” Learn more here.

September 14: Local So Cal artist Noah will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. He joins us to release his newest piece titled There’s A Rumor featuring Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan and Wendy. Learn more here.
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September 14-15: Fans of Bob Elias, I have good news for you. Bob will be appearing at Disneyana in Disneyland park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. as we celebrate the release of some of his newest pieces, Love’s Light, Mickey and Pluto, as well as Madness in Wonderland. Learn more here.
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September 20: Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you. The pin will be available to purchase earlier in the day at Disney’s Pin Traders in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.
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September 27: Join us for the release of the new Silly Symphony Vinylmation. Monty Maldovan will be on hand for a special appearance and signings of this new series from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at D Street in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.
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September 28–29: If you have been waiting for the perfect time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques, then you’re in luck! There’s no time like the present. Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. This program, which officially launched in 2011, allows you to select some of your favorite Disneyland Resort attractions and icons to spell your name. Custom Letter Plaque prices vary based on name length, ranging from one to twenty letters. Reminder: Custom Letter Plaque orders are limited and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Learn more here.
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Artist in Residence: Rounding out the month is David Lozeau. David will be appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, September 1, 6, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 and 27 from 5 – 9p.m. Learn more here.
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Also, scheduled to appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District this month is Serpentes. Look for artist showcases throughout the month on the following dates: September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29. Learn more here.
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Beat the heat and stop on by!

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Disney ‘Planes’ Merchandise Lands in Disney Parks Merchandise Locations

posted on July 31st, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Disney ‘Planes’ Merchandise Lands at Disney Parks, Including Dusty Crophopper Antenna Toppers

With Disney “Planes” flying into theaters on August 9, new themed merchandise has recently landed in select merchandise shops at Disney Parks. I recently visited Once Upon a Toy and World of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace to check out the new arrivals.

Like previous film releases such as Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” or Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” the new merchandise is a combination of items from the national market (that is things you can find at your local Disney Store or online) and some unique development by Disney Theme Park Merchandise.

One of those unique items is the antenna topper shown above that resembles Dusty Crophopper. The souvenirs team told me this was one of the first times they included a propeller that actually spins on an antenna topper.
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Another item created especially for Disney Parks is a four-pin set with characters from the animated feature.
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My inner child really would love playing with all of the new toys. I recall countless hours playing with die-cast cars and planes as a child. Fortunately, I have a son who is still at that playful age, and I’m sure he will want one of everything.
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Finally, there are new shirts and hats featuring characters and logos from the film.

Look for these items in multiple locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

I recently attended an advanced screening of the film and it was great! I found myself laughing quite a bit throughout the show. I hope to see you at the movies on August 9.

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Walt Disney World Resort – August 2013 Merchandise Events

posted on July 26th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Heading to the Walt Disney World Resort this August? Here are a few events happening that I guarantee you won’t want to miss.

August 7-11: Popular Disney-inspired artist Greg McCullough will be on hand for an artist showcase at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace from 1 – 5 p.m. and 6 – 10 p.m., each day. Vacationing later in the month? That’s okay. Greg will also appear August 21–25 from 1 – 5 p.m. and 6 – 10 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot.
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August 9–11: Game On! Join Disney Design Group Artist Quynh Kimball at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace for a game night. Quynh will be on hand from 6 – 9 p.m. to showcase some of the newest Disney Theme Park Edition board games including Monopoly, Scrabble and Memory, all of which were created with a Disney twist. This is a game night you won’t want to miss. Are you up for the challenge?

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August 13: Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends, or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a special product signing with artists from the Disney Design Group. Tip: Disney bus transportation will be running to and from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex until approximately 10 p.m.

Reminders: The specific location of Trading Night will be in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill Restaurant area, adjacent to the lobby. Space is extremely limited. Please limit the number of items that you choose to bring. The Product Preview Section and Artist Signing Area remain, but the Vinylmation team will not offer trading at their table. If you are in need of a snack while you trade, food & beverage concession areas will be open.

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August 16–18: All dolled up! Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick will be appearing (throughout the day) at Once Upon A Toy in the Downtown Disney Marketplace as she celebrates the release of her newest collection inspired by some of your favorite characters from The Hundred Acre Woods.
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August 26-30: Larry Dotson will be appearing throughout the day at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
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Last but not least, there’s just a little over a month left to pick up your tickets to the 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event. So be sure to get them now, the magic portal is about to close!

There are a few other events up our sleeve but no details on them yet. So be sure to keep an eye out on the Disney Parks Blog.

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New Holiday Merchandise for 2013 on the Horizon at Disney Parks

posted on July 23rd, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I recently turned the holiday spotlight on new collectible ear hat ornaments that are now available at select locations in Disney Parks and via the Disney Parks online store. Since we are celebrating “Christmas in July” this week as part of “Limited Time Magic,” I thought I’d give you a sneak preview of some additional holiday merchandise coming later this year.

New Holiday Merchandise for 2013 on the Horizon at Disney Parks

Pins have been a part of the holidays at Disney Parks for years. The two pins shown above are some of my favorites coming this season. The holiday light bulb with Mouse ears will be open edition, while the “Mele Kalikimaka” (a greeting I’m fond of using during the holidays) pin will have an edition size of 2,000.

New Holiday Merchandise for 2013 on the Horizon at Disney Parks

The softlines team shared a new youth shirt featuring Mike Wazowski from Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.“, and a shirt for adults with Grumpy from Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The shirts will be released at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

New Holiday Merchandise for 2013 on the Horizon at Disney Parks

Speaking of the Dwarfs, a limited edition ear hat ornament is set arriving at select locations in August. This set is similar to the Main Street Electrical Parade set I showed you a few weeks ago. Designed by Disney Design Group artist Cody Reynolds, the set contains Snow White and seven smaller ornaments resembling the Dwarfs. Cody referenced the costumes the Dwarfs wear at Disney Parks, which are more vibrant, when designing these ornaments. The set will have an edition size of 600 and a retail of $175 (plus tax).

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Duffy the Disney Bear will also get a new costume this year. Designed for the 17-inch bear, the costume set will include the outfit pictured above and a smaller Mickey Mouse plush. The popular 9-inch sized bear introduced last year will also return this year.

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Finally, I love the new two-figure Vinylmation set with ice skating Mickey and Minnie Mouse as designed by Maria Clapsis.

Which item will you be giving as a gift this year?

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Trade for New Hidden Mickey Pins Arriving at Disney Parks in Late July 2013

posted on July 11th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Guests will soon be able to trade for new Hidden Mickey pins at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I recently spoke with Jeanne Lewis, merchandiser for Disney pins, who told me that the next wave of the 2013 Hidden Mickey pin collection is arriving at Disney Parks by the end of July. I thought this was a good time to share what you may find when trading pins with Disney cast members this summer and fall.

New Hidden Mickey Pins at Disney Parks

These new pins follow the first part of the 2013 collection that was released in February (see this article for a look at those pins). As a reminder, these pins are distributed to cast members to use for trading with guests of all ages. Each pin measures approximately 1.25-inches and contain a small Mickey Mouse icon. This not-so-hidden icon is an easy way to identify Hidden Mickey pins on cast members lanyards.

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I think my favorite collection for this series feature Disney birds (there is an owl!). This will be a bicoastal collection meaning that guests will find some Disney bird pins in California, which will be different than the Disney bird pins released in Florida.

Jeanne shared some additional insight into pins being released at Disneyland Resort. She said the Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” collection honors the 60th anniversary of this animated classic this year. The “Just Got Happier” collection was inspired by signage found at the resort during the reopening of Disney California Adventure park. The White Glove silhouette pins include a variety of classic Disney characters who have worn gloves.

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Jeanne’s favorite collection for Walt Disney World Resort is Pluto with the days of the week (I’m only collecting the Friday pins to celebrate my favorite day each week). Another fun collection features pins inspired by the oversized character statues found at Disney’s Pin Traders. This premiere pin trading location at Downtown Disney Marketplace opened in 2002, and the statues inside have become a great photograph spot.

This new collection will again include chaser pins, which are silver-colored counterparts to select pins in this series. They are a little more difficult to find when trading with cast members.

Which set is your favorite?

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Spotlight on 2013 Posters for July, August and September from Disney Design Group

posted on July 9th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the start of summer, I’m turning the spotlight on the next series of 2013 posters from the Disney Design Group. This talented art department of Disney Theme Park Merchandise created a series of posters for an oversized 2013 calendar (you can find the Walt Disney World Resort version on the Disney Parks online store). You may recall my previous articles featuring posters for January through March and April through June on the Disney Parks Blog.

The 2013 Poster for July from Disney Design Group Features Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice

For July, Disney Design Group Creative Manager Doug Strayer selected Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice for his vintage style poster.

The 2013 Poster for August from Disney Design Group Features the Iconic Disney Railroad

One of my favorite posters was designed by artist Jon Bishop for the month of August. I love how he incorporated the iconic Disney Railroad into a strong, retro-graphic scene (the colors are great!). I also enjoy the little details found in each poster such as rocket ships reaching for the sky.

The 2013 Poster for September from Disney Design Group Features the Grandfather Clock from The Haunted Mansion

Graphic Designer Caley Hicks (of recent Disney’s “Beauty and the BeastVinylmation fame) created the incredible image for September. I asked her why she selected the grandfather clock from The Haunted Mansion for her poster.

“I love the Haunted Mansion and claimed it before any other artist could,” laughed Caley. “I like the connection between this year’s date and the clock striking 13. I thought the bold face would make for a captivating image. It was also a fitting choice, as September typically starts the Halloween season at Disney Parks.”

A Series of Vinylmation Figures and Limited Edition Pins Available Based on the 2013 Posters from Disney Design Group

As for previous months, we created a series of Vinylmation figures and limited edition pins based on the designs. As an added bonus, an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit pin and Vinylmation figure will be released in September. The design was based on a poster created for December 2012 by Darren Wilson. There will also be D-Tech on Demand cases for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5 featuring the railroad and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit posters. Look for them at a future date at Disney Parks.

Finally, you can find other 2013 related items, including some giclées of previous month’s posters on the Disney Parks online store.

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