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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot: May 2015

Michelle Harker

by , Manager, Event Programming

See what’s happening in the world of Merchandise Special Events this May at Walt Disney World Resort!


April 29 – May 3: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings April 29 – May 3 from 1 – 9 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot and May 18 – 23 and 27 – 31, from 1 – 9 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

April 30 – May 3: Meet artist Larry Dotson, April 30 – May 3 (throughout the day) at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it? Look for additional appearances by Larry, May 14 – 17 at Art of Disney, Epcot. Learn more.

May 1-2: Need a gift for Mother’s Day? Stop by Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace where you can find some of the latest releases from PANDORA and just the gift you’ve been looking for. Learn more.

May 1 – 11: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the debut of the Precious Moments Mother’s Day Collection. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Artist Appearance Tip: Look for a special appearance by designer and artist Linda Rick, May 8 – 10. Learn more.

May 8 – 9: Disney Fine Art artist, Michelle St. Laurent, will be on hand for a special appearance from 3 – 9 p.m., each day at Art of Disney in Epcot. Be sure to stop in and say hello! Learn more.


May 8 – 9: Join us as we welcome artist Liana Hee to WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Take part in a special artist showcase and signing from 4 -7 p.m. each day. Learn more.

May 8 – 16: Stop in and find some of the latest releases by artist David E. Doss from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

May 14: We are summoning the most loyal in the galaxy to gather at the Galactic Gathering Event on May 14, 2015 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A limited number of tickets to this special merchandise event are still available. Learn more.

May 15 – June 14: Visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Fridays – Sundays for Star Wars Weekends. Darth’s Mall is expanding to a three-location complex and is your one-stop galactic destination for commemorative merchandise. Tip: Take part in special artist appearances and signings each weekend. Learn more.

Are you curious what else we have up our sleeve? Here are a few other events to keep in mind.

June 20: A new hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint cel, titled Ariel and Friends, will make a splash at the Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Look for appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 5 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it? A special pre-purchase opportunity will be available May 4 through June 18, 2015. Learn more.

September 11 – 12: Wanna trade? Tickets to this year’s GenEARation D event are available now and are in limited supply. Don’t miss out! Find out all the details and get a sneak peek inside the merchandise catalog for the event. Learn more.

Which event are you most excited for?


  • Hi Michelle! I will be at WDW May 14 and am super excited about purchasing some of the fantastic work of Liana Hee. Can I call the WonderGround Gallery and purchase it in advance, have Liana sign it and pick it up when I arrive at WDW on the 14th? Thanks!

    • Hi Kim! You’ll actually need to attend the event in order to get the pieces signed, unless of course they have any signed pieces remaining. They typically will not take any pre-orders.

  • Sheryl, it’s such a fantastic piece. I would recommend taking advantage of the pre-purchase opportunity if you will be on the cruise when it comes out or try to stop by the location when you return.

  • Will you be able to return the cel? I love it so much in the pictures and hope it looks exactly the same in person! Also I will be on the cruise when it official comes out. Is there any way they can hold it?

  • Hi Michelle! I am super excited about the new “Ariel and Friends” Ink and Paint cel, but I have a few questions. On the page you linked it to, it says to continue to watch for more information on mat color choices. Will those mat color choices be posted before the pre-sale begins next Monday? Also, will an image of the pin be posted too before the pre-sale begins? Lastly, is the signed postcard that comes with the cel signed by the same artists who will be at the signing on June 20th, because I don’t think I will be able to make it to the sighing in person? Thanks as always for you help.

    • Hi Lauren! I know the teams are working hard to get an image of the pin and the matte choices. As soon as I have them, we’ll make sure they are posted on the website and I’ll update my reply to you. As for the postcard, I know many of the artists that participate in the signing generally sign the postcard itself. But I can try to confirm that as well.

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