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D23 Expo 2013 Pins Coming to the Dream Store

posted on June 25th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


For those of you attending the D23 Expo 2013, the ultimate Disney event for fans and families from August 9–11, at the Anaheim Convention Center, here’s a look at a few more items you might just need to add to that ever-growing Dream Store list. First up, D23 Expo 2013 open and limited edition pins!

You’ll find Sorcerer Mickey, Goofy, Donald Duck and Chip ‘n’ Dale on designs that are reminiscent of a stained glass.

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Of course, the Disney Legends and Piece of Disney History – 2009 Expo Banner pins.

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A D23 Member Exclusive pin.
Remember a D23 Membership I.D. card must be presented to purchase this one.
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Mystery Collection Pin Sets themed to the D23 Expo and Disney•Pixar.

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I know that some of you in the Sorcerer Level package have already seen other collectible items, Vinylmation, logo merchandise, etc … I promise you Disney fans, I’ll be sharing it all with you soon, right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

To find out details on D23 Expo 2013, visit D23Expo.com.

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Meet Precious Moments Doll Maker Linda Rick at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 4th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


For those of you who have been waiting for Precious Moments Doll Maker Linda Rick to return to the Walt Disney World Resort, you are in luck. Once Upon A Toy in the Downtown Disney Marketplace will welcome Linda this month, as she debuts some of the newest releases in her renowned doll collection. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect to find, June 13 – 17, including such fan favorites as classic Cinderella, Aurora and Belle, among others. Hoping to meet Linda? Now you can! Linda will be joining the team, June 14 – 16, for special appearances and signings throughout the day.

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In a recent Walt Disney World Merchandise Events Snapshot post, I shared the Hollywood & Dine Ink & Paint Cel releasing June 22 at the Animation Gallery in Disney Hollywood Studios. If you are still contemplating whether you should order this piece or not, maybe this will entice you? The first 750 framed cels ordered will come with a special limited edition pin to commemorate the release. Take a look!

Special Limited Edition Pin to Commemorate the Hollywood & Dine Ink & Paint Cel Releasing on June 22

For those of you joining the team at the event on June 22, make sure to stick around to meet the artists and have them sign this new piece. If you can’t make it to the event, there’s still time to pre-order by calling Disney Event Services at 407-827-7600.

I’ll be sharing July events with you soon, so keep watching!

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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Mystic Point Merchandise at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on May 14th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I hope you’re packed, because we are on to our next window shopping excursion. Are you ready to visit Hong Kong Disneyland?

I was so excited to see the Disney Parks Blog post from fellow author and Chairman, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Tom Staggs, who gave all of you the first look at Mystic Point, the final chapter of the current expansion project at Hong Kong Disneyland, opening May 17, 2013.

An adventurer and shopper at heart, I of course had to know what kind of merchandise would be offered as part of the opening of this exciting new attraction. Luckily, I was able to get the inside scoop from my Merchandise Communications counterpart and former Hong Kong Disneyland Ambassador, Fion Lai.

“If you plan to visit Mystic Point, then The Archive Shop is one place you don’t want to miss.” says Fion. “There will be over 140 different Mystic Point merchandise items available to our adventurers and explorers. You’ll find tees, plush, toys, artwork, pins, drinkware and more themed to Mystic Manor and Mickey’s Family Adventures through Mystic Manor, as well as glow-in-the-dark memorabilia and a selection of rare collections from treasures and mementos that Lord Henry has found at Disney Parks and attractions around the world.”
Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Mystic Point Merchandise at Hong Kong Disneyland

“There is so much detail that has gone into this new assortment,” says Fion. “Our teams have even designed travel accessories based on Lord Henry’s expeditions. Since he is one of the official members of the S.E.A. (Society of Explorers and Adventurers), he is always prepared to travel, and now you can be too. You’ll find a selection of leather travel accessories available to purchase, including a passport cover, luggage tag and bag tag and more.”

“There’s one final thing I have to show you.” says Fion. “One of my absolute favorite items is the limited-edition Grand Opening Music Box jumbo pin. It slides open just like the actual magical music box from the attraction. Take a look for yourself – isn’t it amazing?”
Limited-Edition Grand Opening Music Box Jumbo Pin at Mystic Point at Hong Kong Disneyland

While I know that Fion hopes to see many of you at the opening of Mystic Manor, I know I’m glad that you could join us today for a quick “window shopping” opportunity and your first official glimpse into the world of Mystic Point merchandise.

Where in the world should we go next?

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Your Ticket to the 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 7th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


You can almost feel a chill in the air (brrr!) as the date to register for this year’s 13 Reflections of Evil trading event draws near. Whether you are a nefarious evil-doer, a sorcerer of courage, or an imaginative purple dragon, you are sure to enjoy the spellbinding thrills, chills and all-around frightful fun during the 13 Reflections of Evil trading event taking place September 13-15, 2013 in World ShowPlace at Epcot.

A couple weeks ago I gave you a sneak peek at some of the pins and Vinylmation debuting at this year’s event. What else can you expect to find? Event logo tees, a baseball hat, D-Tech phone cases, individual pins, jumbo pins, pin sets, original and limited edition artwork, sculptures, Vinylmation (even a few custom pieces), as well as a “lucky” ear hat.

Of course, I couldn’t go on without showing you Disney Design Group Artist Michael Sullivan’s favorite…the storybook pin set.

The Storybook Pin Set at This Year's 13-Reflections of Evil Trading Event at the Walt Disney World Resort

This year, the event will take place over the course of multiple days, with pin and Vinylmation trading each getting their own dedicated day. There are separate packages available to attend the pin trading and Vinylmation events. Both events will include the opportunity to pre-purchase select themed merchandise designed for the event, trading activities, a silent auction, meet & greets with Disney merchandisers, artist signing opportunities, commemorative gifts and more. Craving even more magical experiences? Then add a Perilous Pin Breakfast or Villainous Vinylmation Breakfast to your itinerary if you are planning to attend either one of these trading events. Last but not least, if you choose to become part of the “Club” you will do so at your own peril, as it’s sure to draw you to the dark side (dun dun dun!). Ticket information will be available shortly on www.ArtofDisneyParks.com, so keep watching.

Ticket sales and event registration were slated to begin tomorrow (May 8) but in true Villains fashion, they have hidden the link to the magic portal that allows you to register because they refused to start ticket sales on any date but the 13th. So look to register for the event on the new date, May 13, 2013 at 13:00 hours (so spooky!) or 1:00 p.m. Eastern via www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

Don’t miss out on this wicked good time!

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New ‘Limited Time Magic’ Merchandise Coming For ‘May The Fourth Be With You” Celebration at Disney Parks

posted on May 3rd, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Being a long-time Star Wars fan, I was thrilled to read Gary Buchanan’s article about the special “May The Fourth Be With You” event taking place this weekend as part of “Limited Time Magic.” This one-day celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is separate from our month-long Star Wars Weekends special event, which begins on May 17. Gary mentioned there will be special entertainment, a dance party, fireworks and commemorative merchandise. I’m happy to share with you a first look at the new shirts and pins that will be released on Saturday at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.
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Disney Design Group artist Quynh Kimball told me the character artwork found on the shirts was created by artist Tommy Lee Edwards. The artwork for the limited edition pins was created by Disney Design Group artist Mike Sullivan. The pins will each have an edition size of 1,500.
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If you are in Florida, these items will be released at the Superstar Shop located next to The American Idol Experience attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

For those fans in California, the shirts and pins will be released at Disney’s Pin Traders in the Downtown Disney District and Little Green Men Store Command in Disneyland park. Please note that wristbands will be distributed to those guests purchasing pins at the Disneyland Resort.

I can’t wait for this weekend. I hope you will join us!

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Sneak Peek at 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot

posted on April 25th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The countdown has begun for the 13 Reflections of Evil trading event taking place September 13 – 15, 2013, in World ShowPlace at Epcot. I suggest blocking your calendar that weekend for our largest trading event of the year at Disney Parks. But I offer a few words of advice – Beware the 13! Who are the “13″? I suppose I should bring you up to speed.
13 Reflections of Evil Event Poster
In a far away land there lived a wicked and vain Queen who wanted more power. While pouring over ancient spell books, she discovered an incantation that, when performed on the darkest of days – Friday the 13th – could bring together thirteen of the most evil Disney villains known only as “The 13.” To cast this spell, the Queen must use a powerful, supernatural object – a magic mirror – to transport “The 13” from across time to the present day. As luck would have it, Friday the 13th will take place in September this year! The Queen decided this would be the perfect day to cast the spell.

Let’s fast forward to September. As the newly assembled Villains are hashing out their nefarious plans, the Villains intentionally break the mirror and hide the thirteen shards. Now the mirror can never be used against them, as it is the only object that can send them home. Lucky for us, an imaginative purple dragon named Figment overheard their plotting and asks Mickey Mouse for help. Along with five of their trusted friends known as the “Lucky 7,” Mickey Mouse and Figment devise a plan to stop “The 13.” They must reassemble the broken shards to send the villains back to their rightful places in time.

Now that you know what battle lies ahead, here is a sneak peek at some of the merchandise that helps tell the story. I asked Pin Trading Merchandiser Jeanne Lewis and Disney Design Group Senior Character Artist Michael Sullivan about their favorite pins being created for this event.

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“The mirror set is definitely one of my favorites” said Jeanne. “I love that it shows each villain with their alter ego. The detail that has been put into the sculpted metal characters, combined with the translucent fill overlay, makes it look wickedly beautiful.”

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Michael’s favorite items fall along the line of a particular storybook (but I can’t reveal that item to you yet). Michael said to look closely at the jumbo pins for some hidden treats. You will find that the number “13” has been incorporated into the words “Beware!” and the number “7” can be found in the word “Believe.”

I also got a sneak peek at some Vinylmation items, including Maleficent and a special two-pack Madame Mim set.

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Tickets for this event will go on sale via DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning May 8 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Look for more information in the coming weeks on the Disney Parks Blog.

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New ‘Limited Time Magic’ Merchandise for the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Debuts on April 22

posted on April 19th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


T-Shirts for the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I’m looking forward to the 15th anniversary celebration for Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Earth Day this year. I recall visiting the park on April 22, 1998, for the grand opening celebration. (I still have the opening day T-shirt from it tucked away in my Disney collection.) As part of Limited Time Magic next week, we are releasing a few commemorative items at the Creature Comforts location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, starting April 22, 2013. Some of these items will have the specially designed 15th anniversary logo that was created by Disney Design Group artists Michael Posluszny and Maria Clapsis.
Merchandise for the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There will be a new safari hat along with three new T-shirts featuring the 15th anniversary logo. If you are unable to visit the park, we are releasing the orange-sleeved shirt on the Disney Parks online store starting April 22 for a limited time – http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.

The 15th anniversary logo will also be included on one of three new D-Tech on Demand cases for the iPhone 4/4s and the iPhone 5. (Note: the iPhone 5 cases are pictured above.)
Pins for the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

For Disney pin collectors, we will have two limited edition pins celebrating the 15th anniversary. They join a limited release mystery pin set that was designed by Disney Design Group Artist Mike Sullivan. I like how the set incorporates various characters and experiences from the park (like the Wildlife Express Train!). I also included this year’s limited edition Earth Day pin, which will also be released that day at Walt Disney World Resort (it was released on April 11 at the Disneyland Resort).
Vinylmation for the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We asked a few artists to create one-of-a-kind, 9-inch Vinylmation figures. I was blown away by the level of detail on figures from artists like Brian Blackmore (his figure is shown above). I also loved Javier Soto’s extremely detailed yeti. Other Vinylmation artists include Maria Clapsis, who made the adorable zebra and baby dinosaur; John Henselmeier, who designed the classic safari Mickey Mouse figure; and Adrianne Draude, who created a colorful figure showing Mickey Mouse in the jungle.

You can also find updates on our latest extra sprinkle of pixie dust on Twitter using hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic and on our LimitedTimeMagic.com web page.

I hope to see you at the park on April 22.

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Spotlight on 2013 Posters for April, May and June from Disney Design Group

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


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You may recall that Disney Design Group, the art department for Disney Theme Park Merchandise, introduced a series of uniquely designed posters for 2013. The entire poster collection is featured in an oversized calendar that offers artistic interpretations of this lucky year. (The Walt Disney World Resort version is currently available online.) Today, I turn the spotlight on the months of April, May and June. Graphic designer Tyler Dumas told me he was inspired by Disney Legend Mary Blair when he created April’s poster.

“The poster was inspired by [Mary Blair's] beautiful use of color and geometric shapes,” explained Tyler. “I thought it would be interesting if the castle was constructed out of children’s wood building blocks. Some blocks develop a worn feel after years of play, so you have the bright colors with the texture of the wood coming through.”
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For the May poster, senior production artist Betsy DePadova said she likes to doodle.

“I enjoy doodling,” said Betsy. “For this poster, I incorporated some ‘lucky’ icons from the 2013 dated program style guide into my design. I also added a few hidden characters and more that I hope guests enjoy finding.”
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For the June poster, Natalie Kennedy added some personal touches to her Sorcerer Mickey-inspired design.

“I put my personal touch into the poster by incorporating my love for whimsical hand lettering,” said Natalie. “I wanted something simplistic so I used only two bold colors – cyan blue and black. I also included my signature stars, which added even more magic to the design.”
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New pins and Vinylmation figures inspired by these posters will be released in the coming months. Tyler’s poster pin will be released on April 4 at Disneyland Resort and on April 5 at Walt Disney World Resort. His Vinylmation figure will be released on April 5 at both destinations. We also created D-Tech on Demand cases for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 using his design (notice the white bumper, which is something new). Look for the cases in select locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Please note that Disneyland Resort will only carry the iPhone 5 case for now.

Finally, I invite you to meet Tyler Dumas on April 5 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at D Street in Downtown Disney West Side.

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Some Lucky New Items at Disney Parks for St. Patrick’s Day

posted on March 12th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With St. Patrick’s Day only a few days away, here are a few items at Disney Parks that will add some green to your world.
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This year, our plush team introduced a new seven-inch plush featuring Mickey Mouse dressed in his finest green attire. The plush was designed by long-time Disney Design Group artist Monty Maldovan.
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For women who want to add some green to their wardrobe on March 17, we released a new T-shirt at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. There is not an option for men this year. If you are in Florida, I invite you to stop by Disney Design-a-Tee at Downtown Disney Marketplace. They have a few festive options like the shirt pictured below for men.
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You may recall my previous article about Duffy the Disney Bear’s new 17-inch outfit (which includes an awesome bow tie!). We also currently have an antenna topper and a beautifully sculpted resin ear hat ornament.
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We have some new limited edition pins this year featuring Mickey Mouse and Stitch. One pin uses the “Always Lucky” design also found on the women’s shirt. Both pins have an edition size of 3,000 and were released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Finally, I included the Vinylmation figure and poster pin designed by Disney Design Group artist Thomas Scott. They were inspired by poster artwork created by Thomas for a 2013 calendar at Disney Parks. While these items do not include the words “St. Patrick’s Day,” I love Donald Duck, whom I consider one lucky duck!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Trade for New Hidden Mickey Pins in 2013 at Disney Parks

posted on February 19th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


The start of a new year traditionally marks the arrival of new Hidden Mickey pins at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Cast members at Disney Parks use these specially designed pins for trading with guests. I received a few questions about the new pins for this year, so I contacted Julie Young, former merchandiser for pins, to learn more. Julie now develops Vinylmation, dolls, plush and Duffy the Disney Bear, which makes this year’s collection the final series she created.

“I’m happy how the pins turned out this year,” said Julie. “For my final series, I wanted to capture hidden treasures from Disney Parks and include some favorite Disney characters, like Winnie the Pooh. I love all the details found at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, like the pinwheels found in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park. I think those details are great for Hidden Mickey pins as they make the pins different from other pins we release.”

Similar to previous years, there will be two different series of pins released in 2013 – series A (now available) and series B (the latter will appear toward summertime). Many of the pins will be unique to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts (this time, the exception is the popcorn pins, which are a shared set). As always, you can identify a Hidden Mickey pin with the small Mickey Mouse icon included on the front of the pin. The back stamp also indicates it’s a Hidden Mickey pin.

I like the Disney Villains parking lot signs from Magic Kingdom Park, as they are a continuation of a collection introduced years ago when I was involved with Disney pins. The Duffy the Disney Bear pins and cast member costumes are also continued collections from last year.

Other fun pins include the Wilderness Explorer badges inspired by the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure park, and the Friendship Boats from World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot. Julie said the boats were an idea from a cast member who worked in transportation.

Look for these pins on cast members’ lanyards throughout 2013. As a reminder, you can trade a maximum of two pins, per cast member, per day. With thousands of cast members trading pins, that is a lot of trades waiting to be made!

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