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Disney Characters Showing Off Their #DisneySide in New 2015 Merchandise

Steven Miller

by , Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walt Disney World Resort


I recently spotted some new 2015 merchandise during a visit to Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. This time of year is usually when the new dated merchandise (that is products that have a specific date) arrives at Disney Parks. I noticed something different about the artwork for these items this year – Sorcerer Mickey was nowhere to be found. When I returned to the office, I caught up with Disney Design Group Artist Thomas Scott to learn more.


“For the 2015 artwork, we imagined the Disney characters were showing off their Disney Side just like our guests do when visiting Disney Parks,” explained Thomas who was one of the lead designers for the 2015 artwork. “We dressed the characters in products we carry such as the Buzz Lightyear costume tee-shirt that Goofy is wearing. Sorcerer Mickey has been included in the dated art program for a few years. This time, we put a Sorcerer’s hat on Mickey Mouse that resembles the hat we carry in our merchandise shops. I thought it was a great nod to that artwork tradition.”


Work on the 2015 artwork began about 18 months ago. Thomas told me that several Disney artists collaborated on the style guide. Different product categories use the style guide artwork to create a consistent look for all items. I particularly love the artwork by Disney Design Group Artist Mike Sullivan that shows the characters doing things I do when visit Disney Parks (the selfie photo made me laugh as I have taken many of those).


The dated merchandise is some of our most popular items sold at Disney Parks (a great way to remember the year you visited). We offer apparel items, seasonal ornaments, souvenirs, pins, plush, home goods and much more that uses this artwork. I love the propeller cap, and I thought the scrapbooking kit was pretty neat too.


These items are available in a variety of merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Guests can also find select 2015 items on our Disney Parks online store.


  • We just returned from a very magical Disney World vacation, staying at the very lovely Beach Club Resort. There were a couple of items that I had wanted to purchase but just never got back to the park to get and I was hoping that somehow I could order them online, but they are not shown in the park products on the website. One of them is the lumiere candlestick – I copied the product information from another post – resin Lumiere figure (item number 400007852693) is $49.95 plus tax. The other is the Mine, Mine, Mine mug – it’s blue with the pelicans from Nemo on it. I think it’s $14.95, but I don’t know the item number. Would appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks.

    • @Johanna – I’m glad to hear you had a great trip! The item number for the mug is 400008699570. Your best option would be to contact our Merchandise Guest Services team by telephone at 877-560-6477 or by email at Please refer to the item numbers and they can assist you with placing an order.

  • I hope you all are adding the 2015 Vinylmation too! I have the last five years.

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