Last year, I introduced you to the world of D-Tech, the new electronic accessory line created for Disney Parks. Electronic gadgets are at the top of my gift giving list again this year, so I checked in with product developer Kevin-Michael Lezotte for an update.
“We have been thrilled with the response from fans about D-Tech,” exclaimed Kevin-Michael. “This past year, we have tried a lot of new things. We know that guests use a variety of electronic gadgets. That has challenged us to create a variety of accessories to match. I’m happy to say that in 2012 we will be releasing new accessories for the top five smartphone models.”
Kevin-Michael and I walked through the D-Tech showroom to survey newly released items. Following the success of the limited edition iPhone 4 case created for the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, there are two new limited edition iPhone 4 cases created for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort featuring the holiday castles (they also fit the new iPhone 4S).
Kevin-Michael created three new cases featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The sparkly case in the middle has been one of the most popular cases this holiday season.
There are also new iPad cases, laptop sleeves and gift sets that contain both a hard and soft case for the iPhone 4.
Some of those new smartphone cases Kevin-Michael mentioned have already been released including the three pictured above. He also showed me new cases that were similar to the leather iPad cases.
There are two additional cases that fans of Vinylmation may enjoy. They have been in development for about a year and were finally released a few weeks ago. One of the images – the allover pattern – has been used as a header image on the Disney Parks Blog.
If you are looking to give D-Tech items as gifts this year, check out the D-Tech boutique on the Disney Theme Park Online Store – DisneyParks.com/D-Tech.
I hope more items will be created with Disneyland artwork. I mean I love Disney stuff, but it is Disneyland that has my heart.
Any chance of a laptop sleeve for a 13.3″ laptop? A lot of macs are that size, and right now you only have the big laptop sleeves. Just something to pass along.. 🙂
@Jennifer – The limited edition Holiday Castle cases were not sold via the on-line store. You may want to try contacting Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise Guest Services at 1-877-560-6477 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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You may also want to check Off the Page at Disney California Adventure or Disney’s Pin Traders at Downtown Disney District. Please note that availability is subject to change and the cases may not be available when you visit. Those locations were showing limited quantities in our system as of this afternoon (Decemember 21).
@Colleen – I haven’t seen plans at this time for any such development. Doesn’t mean things won’t change in the future though 🙂
Any plans for something for a Kindle or Kindle Fire?
I must have the Holiday Sleeping Beauty Castle. I am unable to locate online anywhere. Do you have another link or a location I may purchase? Thanks
I would have to say if it fits my Android I would be purchasing but in my travels to Walt Disney World in October I didn’t find anything for my Android. My mother found a Pink case somewhere but it was all iPhones otherwise.
Android!! I’m a huge fan as well as a travel agent and I’d LOVE to have my Android covered with my favorite place on Earth!!!
Disney is missing a huge market of people who own Droid phones and tablets! These are so cute and I would love to have them 🙂
i’d rather buy multiple d-tech items for my android phones (we are a 4 phone family) than to pay for the iphone… (but don’t get me wrong, i’d love to buy an iphone… just isn’t practical.)
I would love to get the Cinderella Castle one for my iPhone, but sadly it’s not available online. Something tells me it won’t be there in Feb when we are at Disney World. Hopefully I’ll find something else I like. 🙂
@Jean – Your best option would be to contact Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise Guest Services at 1-877-560-6477 or send an email to email@example.com
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I would suggest contacting them sooner than later if you like that nighttime Castle look. Come early 2012, there is something new coming that looks awesome (Kevin-Michael just showed me the artwork).
Any chance that these are (or will be) available for Windows phones? I have an HTC HD7, and would love one of these!!!!
I’m with the other commenters. I appreciate that Disney, as the major shareholder of Apple, is going to support apple products. But you would still make sales out of us Samsung owners too!
@Leanne – Thanks for your comment. The decision to make certain cases versus others is based on several factors. For D-Tech, we needed to start somewhere (which was cases for iPhones / iPads). Based on feedback from our fans, we are expanding our assortment in 2012 to include cases for several other phones. Unfortunately, we won’t have cases for every single phone (based on space in locations and other factors). Yet we have identified those phones which are the most popular in the marketplace. It’s certainly a balancing act as we want to create items that match our guests needs while ensuring the items we produce are popular (if that makes sense).
I would love to see laptop sleeves that fit a macbook air. I was at WDW Dec 2nd-10th and all I could find were sleeves to fit 17 inch laptops. I would have bought one in a heart beat if they had one to fit my computer. Just a suggestion 🙂
Please, please, please make some of these wonderful cases available for Droid phones and Galaxy Tabs! There are still a LOT of people who don’t have, or plan to purchase, iPhones or iPads, that would adore these.
@Lisa – Stay tuned as we’ve heard the feedback from many fans. There are new Android phone cases coming in 2012.
I love the black and white case (I have the purse in the same pattern). Might that be available as a hard case for the iPhone4, or is it only the soft wristlet? At which locations are these available in Anaheim?
Tiffany. I think the iPad case has been discontinued as it was an iPad 1 version, I picked up a a couple for ours in November from the outlets on iDrive.
The D-Tech online does not have the new limited editions showing, again I picked in some in November as they are only a 2,000 LE. The WOD sold out whist we visited. Think this blog is a bit late myself!
Hopefully anyone wanting one might get one from the parks?
The Vinylmation concept is a spin off of the Steampunkin Mickey, Minnie, and Donald characters done in 2000 at Tokyo Disneyland. They even did a little steampunkin tool box with writing and drawing tools inside, as well as tins for cocoa and candies. I would love a smartphone Steampunkin case.
What happened to the Cinderella Castle iPad case? I’ve seen it before (unless I’m going crazy) but have been looking for it in the Parks/online ever since I bought an iPad but can’t find it!
I have the Disneyland Christmas Castle case on my phone right now and I love it. When I take flash pictures with the case on though, it makes my pictures blue from the bounce off from the blue case. I’m hoping that issue has been fixed with the new cases, making the opening for the flash different.
yes, can D-Tech please make something for electronics other than Macs? i’ve got a Galaxy Tab that needs a case 🙂
@Kevin and Lacey – I spoke with Kevin-Michael who said that there are currently no plans for development for the Galaxy tablet at this time.
He did share with me artwork for additional D-Tech cases for Android phones. We are developing cases for the top five phones from the Android market. Look for an article in early 2012 about that development.
Wonderful! I am going to snag a few myself! My favorite is definitely the Mickey and Minnie themed cases, and according to this article I’m not alone! Thanks for the photos and the heads up!
Please tell me the Galaxy S 2 is on the list to get cases. Share the magic! LOL