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Favorite Stocking Stuffers from Disney Parks for 2013

posted on December 16th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


A holiday tradition in my family was finding loose change, nuts and fruits like oranges and apples in the bottom of stockings. These items would usually accompany other small gifts both wrapped and unwrapped. Since there are only a few days left until Christmas, I thought I would offer a few of my favorite stocking stuffers from Disney Parks.
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The image above contains three new holiday-themed antenna toppers along with new refrigerator magnets that look like iconic foods found at Disney Parks. I also selected some magnets, which I briefly discussed in a previous article. Finally, there are some new die-cast cars featuring holiday versions of characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Cars.”
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I love food so I selected a handful of holiday treats including fun concession candy, shortbread cookies and hot cocoa.
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For those who want to add a little sparkle to a stocking, I suggest the small mini-nail polish or a compact mirror from Beautifully Disney. One of the most popular accessories at Disney Parks is a colorful acrylic bracelet with Mickey Mouse shapes.
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Finally, I selected a new animated glow Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen” mostly because that film is incredible! If you are still undecided on what to give, I suggest a new holiday Disney Gift Card with limited-release pin.

Merry Christmas!

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Walt Disney World Merchandise Event Snapshot – December 2013

posted on November 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 December!

December 1: Meet Disney Traditions artisan Jim Shore from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Heritage Manor at the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot, where he will be on hand to sign some of the newest releases in his collection. Learn more.

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December 4 – 8: Make sure you stop by Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace to meet Disney inspired artist Greg McCullough, who will appear daily. Look for additional appearances by Greg, December 11 – 15 and 18 – 22 at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more.

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December 6 -7: Meet artist Jackie Geiger of Department 56 who will be on hand for a special signing from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., each day at Heritage Manor in the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot, as we celebrate the release of some of Department 56’s latest items, including the Mickey’s Christmas Village series. Learn more.

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December 7: Stop by Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the limited edition release of Last Resort featuring retro Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto on a holiday gone awry. Tip: Ink & Paint artists associated with this piece will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Not able to make it? No problem. Pre-order The Last Resort cel, now through December 6, 2013 here.

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December 9 – 15: Fan favorite and Disney inspired artist, Larry Dotson will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Look for an additional appearance by Larry, December 19 – 22 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

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Now – December 29: The holiday collection from Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick is now available at Once Upon A Toy in the Downtown Disney Marketplace and Heritage Manor at the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot. 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 Learn more.

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December 16 – 23: Artist David E. Doss is back! David will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, and will return later in the month from December 27 – 30. Learn more.

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December 17: Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place December 17 from 6 p.m. – 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.

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. Learn more.

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December 20: Be among the first to pick up Animation Series 4 at D Street in Downtown Disney West Side. Disney Design Group artists Maria Clapsis, Ron Cohee and Caley Hicks will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 p.m. – 7p.m., so don’t miss out! Learn more.

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December 20 – 21: Join us for a special Chamilia Trunk Show at Tren-D in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Representatives will be on hand throughout the day. Learn more.

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December 21: Meet representatives from Ne’Qwa from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Pipka from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot. Learn more.

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There’s so much more in store for you this month, including special artist appearances as part of Holidays around the World at Epcot and other special product releases, so keep an eye on www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

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New Disney Trading Pins Come with the Purchase of a Holiday Pin Series Disney Gift Card

posted on November 27th, 2013 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


Be on the lookout for this year’s Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. These cards come in four different designs which when combined make one complete scene featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy preparing for the holidays.

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All four of these Disney Gift Card designs, which can be purchased for $75 each, come with a Disney Trading Pin. This year’s Disney Trading Pins are shaped like ornaments and are designed to reflect iconic elements of each character. These pins can only be found on these new Disney Gift Card designs.

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The Disney Gift Card is the gift that is simple for you and perfect for them. The Disney Gift Card can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, DisneyMusicOnline.com, Disney Store locations in the US and online at DisneyStore.com. For more information on the Disney Gift Card and for more holiday designs, please visit DisneyGiftCard.com.

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Warm Up To New Merchandise for Disney’s ‘Frozen’ at Disney Parks

posted on November 21st, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I recently shared with you details about special makeover experiences at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques for Disney’s “Frozen.” These special looks feature the two princesses – Anna and Elsa – from the upcoming animated feature that arrives in theatres on November 27. Like previous animated features, such as Disney’s “Wreck It Ralph,” Disney Parks are carrying a selection of merchandise inspired by this new film. I visited a few Walt Disney World Resort locations to survey what we are offering.

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For Disney’s “Frozen,” Disney Theme Park Merchandise again partnered with the Disney Stores to carry a selection of dolls, plush, toys and other items. The dolls include two new Disney Animator’s dolls featuring Anna and Elsa. There are other action figure playsets with a variety of characters from the film.

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For plush, we are carrying Olaf (seen in the first image above) as well as the reindeer, Sven. One of my favorite items is the signing Olaf plush. When you press his foot, he will speak and sing his hilarious song “In Summer” from the motion picture.

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The softlines team created two apparel items – a T-shirt and long sleeve jacket for girls – along with costumes and accessories featuring Anna and Elsa.

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There will also be a limited edition opening day pin being released in select locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts on November 21. The pin features Olaf and will have an edition size of 2,500.

Vinylmation collectors should look for two new items being released on November 22 at the D Street locations in Florida and California and on the Disney Parks online store. Disney artist Maria Clapsis designed a two-figure limited edition set (edition size 1,500) featuring Anna and Elsa.

Maria also designed a 3-inch figure of Olaf that will be sold as a new Vinylmation “Eachz” concept. This item will be sold as a mystery box with an edition size of 2,500. The more common figure to find is Olaf in winter, while Olaf in summer with his sunglasses and hat is rarer.

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Meet the Disney Chefs Behind This Year’s Gingerbread Houses at Walt Disney World in November 2013

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


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This month, beautiful gingerbread houses are returning to select Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World Resort. As done in previous years, the Disney pin team has created several new limited-edition pins inspired by these marvelous creations. Jeanne Lewis, merchandiser for Disney pins, said the Disney pastry chefs selected each of the characters found on the pin designs. Here are some details about what you can expect, and how you can meet the chefs behind these holiday displays.

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The pin for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa this year commemorates the 15th anniversary of their gingerbread house. I was happy to see the infamous five-legged goat from the Grand Canyon Concourse made it to the Disney’s Contemporary Resort pin (I adore that mural created by Disney Legend Mary Blair). The gingerbread design at Disney’s Boardwalk is new this year. The pin features Mickey Mouse dressed like he is working in turn of the century soda shop (and now I want an ice cream milkshake!).

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Here are the dates and times to meet the talented Disney chefs this month.

November 15

  • Meet pastry chef Jeff Barnes at Disney’s Contemporary Resort from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

November 16

  • Meet executive chef Erich Herbitschek from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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November 29

  • Pastry chef Matt Avery will be meeting with Guests from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Disney’s Boardwalk.
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 8th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


There’s nothing like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to get you in the spirit of the season! Do you have plans to attend this year? If so, here are a few “must-have” items to add to your list of things to pick up during the event.

First, be sure to deck yourself and your family out in our Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas best, with special commemorative T-shirts and fleece.

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If you’re hoping for limited-release and limited-edition pins you’ve come to the right place. You will find some of Disney’s most beloved characters appearing as if they were in a snow globe.

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Look for a special tiered boxed set and framed set featuring the same pins, as well as two specially created completer limited edition pins. Wishing there was more? You’ve got it. Also releasing during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a jumbo trading pin.

Passholders don’t worry, we have you covered too. There will be a special limited edition holiday pin created just for you and featuring none other than Grumpy. Those of you hoping to add another ornament to your tree or ever growing collection, be sure to pick up this years dated piece.

Look for the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party merchandise at Big Top Souvenirs, Emporium, Heritage House and Mickey’s Star Traders. Of course, if you are only looking for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party pins, Frontierland Trading Post is the place to be.

Not able to make it to the party this year? That’s okay! You’ll find select items including youth and adult T-shirts, a youth fleece and specially offered D-Tech on Demand iPhone 4 and 5 cases for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party online via www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents, November 12 – 17. Check out the D-Tech case below.

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Do you have any favorites?

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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Boo-tiful Merchandise Materializes at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I don’t want to appear completely transparent when I tell you this, but I love the merchandise that has recently materialized at Hong Kong Disneyland. I channeled my counterpart Fion Lai, and she told me she had special treats in store for you, and she was right! Take a look at the frightfully fun Halloween-inspired t-shirts, plush, frames, headwear, D-Tech, keepsake boxes, pens and keychains.

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Looking for something else to get you in the spirit? Check out the collection of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise including a t-shirt, headwear, plush, pillows, frames, totes, drinkware, a watch, D-Tech, pins and Vinylmation.

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Because we are literally window shopping, I must remind you there isn’t a ghost of a chance of actually being able to purchase this product, unless you and/or someone you know is visiting Hong Kong Disneyland. But I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into the crystal ball to see what is happening at Disney Parks around the world.

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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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