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Looking Back at D23 EXPO 2015 Disney Theme Park Merchandise

Michelle Harker

by , Manager, Event Programming

I know that many of you, our Disney fans, were with us all weekend long at D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. I mean what an experience, am I right? New film releases, new attraction and lands announced and of course, merchandise!

Those of you who attended the 60 Years of Disney Theme Park Merchandise panel discussion were in for quite a surprise as we took a look at the evolution of ear hats, new artwork set to appear on Twenty-Eight & Main, Disney Boutique, Disney Couture, Princess, Haunted Mansion – Revisited and Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course, it was the What Lies Ahead segment that caught the attention of some folks, with merchandise art reveals for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and of course, Shanghai Disney Resort. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the art that was shown and be sure to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, as I will have posts about all of these and more in the near future.

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With the panel also came the world debut of the artists taking part in the We Love Disney compilation album by Verve Records and Walt Disney Records, due in stores October 30. Produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy award winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster, the album will feature some of today’s hottest artists across pop, rock, R&B and country as they deliver their own interpretations of classic Disney songs. I could go on and on about who is featured on this album but why don’t you check it out for yourself including the We Love Disney Box Set here.

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The spectrum was broad when it came to finding favorite souvenirs, as there was literally something for everyone. D23 EXPO merchandise, from t-shirts to mugs, handbags to drinkware, flew off the shelves, and of course the R4-D23 was definitely the droid everyone was looking for, and Force For Change t-shirts, fleece and pins weren’t far behind. Tip: Look for Force For Change apparel shortly at select locations at the Disneyland Resort through Labor Day and help us make a difference! If you have the D23 EXPO App, go to Aurasma and watch as the shirt activates before your very eyes.

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What did I find? With ALEX AND ANI on hand, it’s no surprise that I spotted my souvenir at their table. While I almost picked up the new Snow White-inspired bangle, available at Disney Parks now, I chose to go a bit simpler with the Mickey Filigree Wrap in the Rafaelian Silver finish. I know you’re shocked! This is one of three pieces ALEX AND ANI pre-launched at D23 that won’t be available in the parks until the fall.

Finally, throughout the weekend, Disney fans were lined up to meet some of their favorite Disney Legends, artists, authors and special guests and the Disney Dream Store did not disappoint. More than 45 special guests and 80 signings took place over the course of the weekend, including a special appearance and signing with the Mouseketeers!

Who were you most excited to meet? What was your favorite part of D23 EXPO 2015?

Comments

  • Jerry, just wanted to let you know that the Oswald shirt only came in kids sizes. I wanted one too for my husband. The only line problem to me was to get in which for me ead on Friday. Was very disorganized. It didn’t help that it was hot outside. But no one got rude.
    I lined up for The Disney Dream Store around 2:00 and it was only 30 mins. I didn’t have the special shopping pass but I got the items I wanted/could afford pretty easily. Stood in line for artwork autograph for 20 mins. Checkout was 10 mins. Met great Disney fans in there.
    The line for the archives exhibition was also only about 30 mins at 4:00! Had a great time!!

  • I wasn’t able to attend this year, but closely followed tweets and posts from those who could, seems the lines and timing were very poorly handled for everything from being let into the venue to waiting for passes to get into the panels and to get into the Disney stores. Is there any plan to utilize the magic band technology to make the next D23 go any smoother?

  • I bought the D23 E-Ticket coffee mug from the D23 Dream Store to give to my girlfriend for her birthday. I went to the party store and attached a bunch of balloons to it with candy in the mug to weigh them down. I was on my way to surprise her when the wind caught the balloons and they flew out of my car and the mug shattered all over the road! I was so disapointed! Is there anywhere I can re-purchase one of the coffee mugs??

  • Please, please have DLR 60th theme songs (Live the Magic & Kiss goodnight) CD or download on sale!!!

  • When and where in the park will the force for change shirts be available to purchase?

  • Aw man I couldn’t go. I really wanted to buy that Oswald shirt.

  • Artwork for Disney California Adventure and Disney World 45th are excellent!

    Do you know when items with the new DCA artwork will be released and what some of the product assortment will include?

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