I think we can all agree that adolescence was a time of transformation, self-discovery… and some serious awkwardness. These are just some of the themes you’ll find in Disney and Pixar’s new animated film “Turning Red,” a coming-of-age tale like none you’ve ever seen, now streaming on Disney+. Based in the early 2000s, this nostalgic flick follows 13-year-old Meilin “Mei” Lee, who turns into a big red panda when she gets excited (talk about awkward!). Can’t wait to be transported back to this boy-band-loving time? Neither can I, which is why I’m delighted to share with you the multiple ways you can celebrate the film with new products from Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, shopDisney, and global retailers.
If you’re looking to sport your red-panda-best and bring the fun of the film home, check out this plaid flannel shirt, featuring the embroidered face of Red Panda Mei on the back, and highlights of the film on the front. I should mention that it also goes perfectly with this panda-riffic top that’s sure to zen you out. Both are available now on shopDisney and coming soon to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Finish off your look with a classic Minnie Mouse ear headband, which features a plush embroidered Mei, Panda Mei, and a furry fleece bow- coming soon to shopDisney, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort!
For the little panda cubs, there are plenty of goodies for them to join in on the fun too, including a baseball cap and plush slippers– both available now at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, and on shopDisney—and a tie-dye T-shirt and mineral wash T-shirt, available now on shopDisney and coming soon to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Stylish, cozy, and– above all– cute!
For the chefs or foodies in your life, this red figural mug and noodle bowl will have them bursting with excitement. Write down all your recipes and notes in this adorable Red Panda Mei journal, along with stickers to help amp up the fun. Any journal that has a tail is a journal that deserves to hear MY deepest thoughts! These are all coming soon to Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, and shopDisney.com.
Not that this “bears” repeating, but your red-panda-best wouldn’t be complete without your very own Red Panda Mei plush, ready for all the cuddles! If you want to match and turn into a panda yourself, snuggle up in this plush robe. Both are available now on shopDisney and coming soon to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Keep checking back on shopDisney for even more great items to appear! By the way, if you’re snagging any of these goodies from Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort, I highly recommend using merchandise mobile checkout to save yourself a bunch of time! It’s a new way to scan and pay at select stores right from your phone (Check the My Disney Experience or Disneyland app during your visit for the latest location availability).
Check out two of the film’s stars—Sandra Oh and Rosalie Chiang—unboxing even more exciting “Turning Red” merch in this fun video. Be sure to follow @pixarstyle on Instagram for all the product releases around the film, too!
Speaking of more exciting products… Beyond being cute, the Many Moods of Red Panda Mei plush plays music and growls with excitement too! If relaxing is more your tune, snuggle up with this plush for a snooze. Enjoy 2-in-1 play with the Turning Red Deluxe Meilin doll. Featuring Mei in her school outfit, this doll set also comes with a Red Panda Mei costume and mask for you to dress her up in, whenever the excitement hits you.
Totally cute RPG (red panda girl) gear can also be found at BoxLunch, where you’ll want to wrap yourself in an ombre crewneck, with even more super cute “Turning Red”-themed items coming soon.
Danielle Nicole is joining in the party, too, with a mini backpack, perfect for holding your flip phone and electronic pocket pet (those DO still exist, right?!).
After you see the film, you’re going to fall in love with the character of Meilin. Get to know her even better with some books that will have you Turning “Read!”
Little Golden Book fans will want to get their paws—err, hands—on the new “Turning Red” Little Golden Book. Featuring a classic retelling of the animated feature film, this book is sure to be a favorite for kids and Disney Little Golden Book collectors of all ages. For even more adventure, check out “The Real R.P.G.: The Story of the Red Panda Girl.” You may think you know the real Meilin, but what we see is only the beginning of her exciting journey. This book gives you a look at the girl behind the fluffy exterior – and she has A LOT to say. And finally, if you’re like me, you love any look behind the scenes at the magic of Disney and Pixar. “The Art of Turning Red” is exactly that. Featuring production art, stories, and making-of details, this book is a must-have for any fan of Disney, Pixar, animation, or filmmaking.
Attention, Disney Emoji Blitzers! You’re in for a treat with a special Item Card event in honor of the film’s release. Just log in between now and March 14 to have a chance to unlock Meilin Lee and Red Panda Mei Emojis! Gamers will also want to check out Disney Melee Mania which brings you to a 3v3 multiplayer battle arena starring our very own Mei and some of your favorite characters from Pixar and Disney animated films such as Mickey Mouse, Moana, and Buzz Lightyear (and beyond!). Are you a Disney Sorcerer’s Arena fan? Be sure to log in today or tomorrow to receive an exclusive Red Panda Mei Talisman in your inbox and you could unlock an additional special offer: a Ming Lee talisman!
How excited have all these new products gotten you? Have you poofed into a panda yet? Whatever mood you’re in, grab your BFFs, your family, and your squad to meet Meilin and watch “Turning Red,” now streaming, only on Disney+!
I’m so hoping for the plush to be available when I go to Orlando in a few weeks! Do we know when this will be available in the Disney parks/Disney Springs at all???