I have to say that the latest addition to the Disney Dooney & Bourke line of purses, may be my favorite event based pattern yet!
The Disney Dooney & Bourke release will have four purses and will feature a special dated ‘2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival’ tag.
The Disney Dooney & Bourke purses (prices coming soon) will be:
Wristlet – $98
Crossbody – $268
Tote – $278
The black background with the gem toned Chef Mickeys, are perfect for fall! I especially love how the green pops!
The new Epcot International Food and Wine Festival print will be released at the Festival Center in Epcot starting September 29.
The Festival Center is located between the Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE pavilions in Future World. We will have these items on display in that location when the event kicks off on September 19. This Dooney & Bourke collection will not be available on our Disney Parks online store at this time.
What do you think of the newest Disney Dooney & Bourke pattern? Will you be picking one up at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?
We are incredibly excited to have Elantrice from Diz Thru Brown Eyes joining us today for a guest post! She is an avid collector of Disney Pins, Vinylmations, Alex and Ani Bangles, and her Harveys for Disney Couture bags will make you green with envy!!! She also is a runDisney participant, who just earned her Coast-to-Coast challenge medal. Elantrice is one heck of a great blogger and friend, and again we are stoked to have her!
The Imagination Gala
Shines in these Brown Eyes
I attended Walt Disney World’s annual pin and Vinylmation event that is held in early September in Epcot. The events are themed with this year’s being The Imagination Gala.
Figment was our wonderful host and we even got to walk the violet carpet. The pin event was held over two days, September 5th and 6th. The Vinylmation event was held on September 7th.
Before I get into the event, I wanted to share the registration process. You have to register for the pin and Vinylmation events separately. You can also choose to attend a breakfast for each event at an extra price and you get into the venue an hour and half before it opens to those who do not attend the breakfast. The merchandise offered during the event are limited edition. In order for there to be fairness, Disney uses Random Selection Progress (RSP). You place your choices on up to three forms. In early August, an email is sent stating what you have been awarded. At that time, you can choose to have items removed before your credit card is charged. If you did not receive what you wanted, you can possibly purchase at the event if items are available.
I selected to do early registration which allowed me to pick up my credentials and items on September 4th at Coronado Springs Resort.
Usually there is a mad rush to get from the turnstiles to the venue that is located in United Kingdom Pavilion. I took my time both mornings and got coffee at Starbucks.
Why the mad rush you ask? Several attendees come to the event to participate in trading activities and to trade with others. There are several trading lines manned by Cast Members. The pin boards are refreshed a couple a times an hour with rare pins. There are “Pin Talks” with Disney Artists to inform us of what pins are to come. Besides this, there are fun contests to win prizes and a silent auction. On the last day of the pin event, winners of the silent auctions are announced as well as a grand prize winner. I do not trade. I spent my time taking pictures of upcoming releases of pins and Vinylmations.
At the pin event, pins are released before the public can purchase. Hipster Mickey and Minnie pins were released on September 5th and the first pin in the Gen-EAR-ation D 2015 Walt Disney World series was released on September 6th.
September 7th was the Imagination Gala Vinylmation Event. I attended the breakfast that began at 8am. You could munch on fruit, pastries, quiche, and biscuits while waiting in the trading activities lines.
For attending the breakfast, the gift was Imagination Gala Award Ceremony Minnie.
I got in line at the event store for the opportunity to purchase Vinylmation. Released were 2014 Trade Night Figment Vinylmation (Limited edition 500) and Imagination Gala Award Ceremony Clarice (Limited edition 1000).
I got a variant Figment, which was very exciting due to their being only 50 made.
Also offered was Vintage Vinylmation Vault, where you had the opportunity to buy Vinylmation in past series. I choose a Vinylmation from Park 2.
I left the Vinylmation event early due to my flight leaving at 4:30pm. I can say I enjoyed both events. Even though I do not trade, I enjoyed talking with other collectors, Disney Artists, and Cast Members. I even took a picture with I think I mostly enjoyed sharing upcoming pin and Vinylmation releases with the Disney Community. I enjoyed attending this events due to me being a collector and a Disney Lover. I cannot wait for the 2015 event!
Make sure you keep up with Elantrice’s adventures on her blog DizThruBrownEyes!!
Souvenir shopping on a budget can be quite tricky at Walt Disney World, and since we talked about souvenir shopping on a budget for boys I thought it would be fun to next take a look at gifts for your little princess!
So let’s go back to the Zawadi Marketplace located in Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House to see what great treasures I was able to find there.
So again my rules for this post were to find gifts that were under $10 (I counted $9.95), these were items that had to be found all over property, are easy to travel with, and would be age appropriate for girls ages 3 and up.
What are we waiting for…let’s get shopping!
Souvenir Shopping On A Budget: Gifts For Girls
This Disney Princess Mini Coloring Set is one of my favorite souvenirs to pick up for girls, because for $6.95 it’s a great value as the weight of the coloring sheets is really heavy and it includes 6 crayons that fit perfectly into purses and ‘Busy Bags’. If you have a little artist, this is a great choice!
Zoe has hit the age where all she wants is pens and notebooks, and these Pom Pom Pens at $7.95 are a bit of a splurge but they are crazy fun!
These travel Minnie Mouse Toothbrushes are super adorable at $9.95, but in a practical sense I love that the shoes on the base of the brush provide a stable way to store your toothbrush upright while traveling!
What little Fashionista wouldn’t love this Minnie Mouse folding brush with mirror for $7.95??? It’s a great size for small purses and backpacks!
And finally, Zoe LOVES these clips with funky colored hair!!! With six clips included per card, $9.95 is actually a good deal for this souvenir!!!
What are some of your favorite souvenirs shopping items when you are on a budget for little girls from Walt Disney World?
Souvenir shopping on a budget can be quite tricky at Walt Disney World, but if you are on the hunt for some fun gifts for your little dudes I found a couple of finds at the Zawadi Marketplace located in Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House.
So my rules for this post were to find gifts that were under $10 (I counted $9.95), these were items that had to be found all over property, are easy to travel with, and would be age appropriate for boys ages 3 and up.
What are we waiting for…let’s get shopping!
Souvenir Shopping on a Budget: Gifts for Boys
The Disney Racers at $5.95 are my first choice for an inexpensive souvenir, because they have designs specific to so many interests and characters that you are sure to find one that is perfect for you little guy!
Perfect for the summer is this battery operated Mickey Mouse fan at $7.95. The soft blades make the fan super safe and useful on those hot Florida days!
I am a sucker for a Magic Towel, and at $4.95 this Sorcerer Mickey Magic Towel is a great find. Also, you can sometimes grab them at a special price!
Zoe is a BIG fan of these small plush characters that are on keychains! She loves to put them on her backpack at school, and at $8.95 they are a great way to bring home a little bit of the magic.
We are always looking for ways to encourage Zoe to read, and for $4.95 this Mickey Mouse and Pluto Bookmark is a fun way to add a touch of Disney fun to reading!
And finally, this Matchbox airplane at $9.95 is decorated with characters and the year as a way to commemorate a trip!
What are some of your favorite souvenirs shopping items when you are on a budget for little guys from Walt Disney World?
I am always on the look out for new MagicBand Accessories, and I was really excited to find a few that I had never seen before as I was walking around the Downtown Disney Marketplace.
I really love the new MagicSliders!
Who wouldn’t love to have an R2D2 MagicSlider???
The newer MagicSlider characters are really fun with a slight Japanese influence in their shape and design. Also, I appreciate that they have less parts that stick out far enough to get caught on sleeves. I think that Mike Wazowski is my favorite!!!
It’s also great to see the Princesses get some love, too! And the set of three would be great for siblings to split up.
Seeing Star Wars MagicBandits made my day! I like how their look and that they are here before Star Wars Weekends, because I can now match my bandits to my outfit. (I know…I am matchy-matchy!)
The jelly sparkle Mickey heads are also a welcome addition to the MagicBand accessory line, because these look like a vast improvement from the first set of MagicBandits that came out last year. The colors are more vibrant and the glitter seems to be a better quality.
Don’t forget to check out and subscribe to our YouTube Channel with great tips for utilizing FastPass+, accessorizing your MagicBands, and even how to make a box to keep your MagicBand Accessories organized!
What do you think? Will you be buying any MagicBand accessories for your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World?
This week’s Merchandise Spotlight takes us to Walt Disney World to look at some fun shirts for the guys!
I thought that I would start with my personal favorite…the sweater t-shirt! I love how absolutely these fun t-shirts, and they’re ideal for Florida where it has been way too warm for sweaters lately!
Looking to show your inner John Lasseter? Here are two Hawaiian Shirts for you!
When I was peeking around, I found a shirt that I have to get for myself! I found this really fun soccer jersey that has some great details on the front and back. It’s a little pricey, but I think I will have to splurge for this one!
I am also really digging on this vintage athletic line of Walt Disney World Merchandise! I did notice that this line sports more of a athletic cut, more room in the shoulders and slimmer cut through the body, so you’ll definitely want to keep that in mind when you are shopping for your special guy.
And finally, there are two Walt Disney World t-shirts that I thought were worth mentioning.
I hope that you enjoyed window shopping with me!
And if you missed last week’s Merchandise Spotlight, never fear you can find it here!
With the start of a new year and with so much going on after the holidays, I thought it would be a great time to restart our Week in Review and play a little catch up on this week’s highlights and news from the Orlando and Central Florida Attractions and Venues!
Week in Review – December 30, 2013 to January 3, 2014
Walt Disney World Resort
The Disney Parks Blog announced a new contest where you can win a 5-day/4-night vacation for four to either the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort.
We’ve just launched disney.com/resolutions where Disney celebrities are sharing how they plan to resolve to spend more time with family in 2014. A new video will be uploaded everyday in January.
On disney.com/resolutions, we are also awarding a vacation-a-day from December 31, 2013 through January 31, 2014! So enter every day for your chance to win because this is the year to spend more quality time with the people you love most. Good luck!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to individuals, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec) and who are not Minors. Sweepstakes starts 12:01 AM (EST) on 12/31/13 and ends 11:59:59 PM (EST) on 1/31/14. Click here for Official Rules.
With Walt Disney World Marathon weekend right around the corner, runDisney was everywhere when they released details about the Limited Edition runDisney 2014 New Balance shoes!
I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for everything that is coming to the Universal Orlando Resort!!!
January is Passholder appreciation month at SeaWorld Orlando, and they are offering some great deals!
Bring a friend for FREE! SeaWorld® Orlando Pass Members receive a friend for free ticket*. Online registration is required. Valid for one single-day admission by January 31, 2014. Register Now.
Double Your Discount**
Save 20% on dining in all of our cafeteria-style restaurants
Save 20% on merchandise in our gift shops
*Pass Member must be present for guest to gain admittance. Free ticket offer valid for active SeaWorld Orlando 1-Year, 2-Year and FL Platinum Pass Members. Not valid for Fun Cards, Teacher’s Study Passes or Friends & Family Passes. Free ticket is non-transferable, not for resale and may be revoked for misuse.
**Offer only valid between Jan. 1-31, 2014. Must present active SeaWorld Orlando 1-Year, 2-Year, or FL Platinum Pass to receive savings. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. Not valid on All-Day Dining offers. Merchandise offer valid for in-park purchases only.
The Circus is coming to town!
Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus LEGENDS is coming to the Amway Center January 9-12, but Monday the circus train rolls into Orlando. Fantastic photo opportunities will be available as the Ringling Bros. pachyderm performers parade to the Amway Center.
The Ringling Bros.animal performers will unload at 8:00 p.m. and walk beginning at 8:30 p.m. Animals will unload at railroad tracks near 1035 W. Amelia, then travel east on Amelia, south on North Hughey Ave., then west on West South St. and enter the GEICO Garage behind Amway Center. (Note: route and time are subject to change without notice.)
Tickets are still available and start at $16. Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available atwww.ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone:407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.
If your house is anything like mine, you have watched the trailer for ‘The LEGO Movie’ four times daily and I was excited to see that they are going to be having a weekend of activities in February!
February 8 & 9, 2014 Enjoy fun for all with activities to celebrate “The LEGO Movie”, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO adventure featuring an all-star cast and set to open in theaters February 7. Guests will enjoy a special movie-themed building activity, movie-themed scavenger hunt in Miniland USA and meet and greet sessions with costume characters Emmet and Wyldstyle, who play leading roles in this epic movie.
Busch Gardens Tampa
January is also Passholder appreciation month at Busch Gardens Tampa!
Double the Fun – Bring a Friend for FREE
During January, Pass Members can bring a friend for free! Online registration required. Limit one free ticket per active Pass Member. Offer valid between January 1-31, 2014. Other Restrictions Apply. Log in now to register your friend’s ticket and learn more about this limited time offer.
Triple the Savings – 30% off merchandise, food, and beverages
All month long, Pass Members get 30% off merchandise, food and beverages when you visit the park! Offer valid between January 1-31, 2014. Other Restrictions Apply.
Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex
A Falcon 9 rocket is targeted to lift-off during a dramatic SpaceX launch scheduled for January 3, launch time is subject to change but the launch window of 5:05 p.m. to 7:17 p.m. EST. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests may view the launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the closest possible public viewing area, or special areas at the Visitor Complex.
Launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, located in Kennedy Space Center, includes live mission control commentary and is available for Visitor Complex guests for $20 plus the cost of admission. Admission to the Visitor Complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Bus boarding for the Apollo/Saturn V Center begins at 3:15 p.m.
Launch viewing, featuring live mission control commentary, also is available from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is included in regular admission.
This holiday season has been a great one for those of us who are totally into Walt Disney World Merchandise, and this year’s Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments definitely do not disappoint!
With some great new additions, returning favorites, and expanding offerings you are sure to find a Christmas ornament that speaks to you or is a perfect gift for a friend!
In today’s Pick Six, I am taking a look at a few of my favorite Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments!
1. Princess and Villains Shoes
What I wouldn’t give to have REAL shoes just like this series!!!!
Designed to resemble the costumes and stories of each Princess and Female Villain, these high heel shoe ornaments don’t miss a detail.
This pair of Ariel pumps are to die for!
2. Occupation Christmas Ornaments
If you love what you do, are looking for a great gift for a co-worker, or a special gift for a service provider you might want to consider the Occupation Christmas Ornaments.
Mickey and Minnie not only depict everyday jobs, but they also are all dressed up for some of the most iconic Walt Disney World Cast Member roles.
This Minnie Mouse Tour Guide stole my heart!!!
3. Attraction Based Ornaments
Being far away from Walt Disney World for the holidays is always tough, but one way to make it a little easier and to show your family & friends your favorite attraction is by displaying Attraction Based Ornaments.
The Haunted Mansion has an ever expanding merchandise line, thank goodness, and this new ornament is absolutely adorable and fun!
We all have our favorite Disney Characters, mine in Minnie Mouse, and you can find some really great character Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments.
They have a HUGE variety of character ornaments, and you will be surprised to see some of your favorite characters that don’t always have a ton of merchandise have their own ornament.
This WALL-E and Eve ornament is one of my favorites, because it captures the spirit of the movie and their characters!
5. Mickey Ear Hat Ornaments
This year the Mickey Ear Hat Ornament line has expanded greatly with new character designs, limited edition sets, and even attraction designs now available.
I love how this Big Thunder Mountain Mickey Ear Hat Ornament has trains running on both sides and great details from the ride!
6. Traditional Christmas Ornaments
If you are more of a traditionalist when it comes to choosing your Christmas Ornaments, you will love the line of glass ornaments that were created exclusively for Walt Disney World.
Glass ornaments with this level are generally expensive, but for the size and craftsmanship of these ornaments you can’t go wrong!
Also a really fun way to plus your Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments is to have them personalized! For $3.00 per word at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Days of Christmas at Downtown Disney Marketplace, Cast Members with better handwriting than you and I could ever dream of having can add dates and names to a lot of fun Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments!
I’d love to hear and even see what some of your favorite Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments are hanging on your trees and displays!
The first is that the first two patterns of the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley will be available online starting October 21, 2013!
The ‘Just Mousing Around’ and ‘Midnight With Mickey’ patterns have been wildly popular, you see them EVERYWHERE in the parks, and now Disney Vera Bradley fans can add these to their holiday wish lists!
Here is another look at the patterns and purses in the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley collection that will be available in the Disney Parks Online Store!
And the second announcement was the reveal of the ‘Where’s Mickey?’ pattern that will be coming soon to the World of Disney Marketplace in Florida!
The pattern features great colors for the fall, and enough Hidden Mickeys to make any hunter excited!
‘Where’s Mickey?’ will be featured on several familiar and popular styles such as the hipster, backpack, large duffel, Smartphone wristlet and more.
As with the previous Disney Collection by Vera Bradley patterns, they have been created especially and exclusively for Disney Theme Parks Merchandise and will be only be available for purchase in the Disney Parks and online at the Disney Parks Online Store!
I will definitely be on the lookout for this new pattern, and will bring you the news as soon as they are spotted at the World of Disney Marketplace!
The new site launched a few weeks ago to great reviews, and is much more user friendly.
One exciting new feature is that you can now order any of Disney Floral’s Magical In Room Celebrations directly from the site, which was previously not possible.
When choosing your gift you can even add that extra magical touch by personalizing your gift with embroidery on many of the items. Disney Floral and Gifts have even added thread color and font styles to the options now, so you can be sure to achieve the exact look you’d like.
If for some reason you don’t see a gift that’s exactly what you’d like, you can create your own basket now. Just use the “Custom Gift Builder” tab, and from there you can select the type of bag or container you’d like to use. Then you can go ahead and fill it as you desire, they have also added lots of snacks and little extras so you can now customize your gifts and create the perfect basket!
New items for fall and Halloween have already been added for you to order, and their Mickey’s Spooktacular In Room Celebration is not one to be missed! This year Disney Floral even added Halloween pillow cases, which can be embroidered, so guests can take these home and use them each year!
One exciting new item is their Cinderella slipper! This slipper is actually crystal and now has a little heart on the front that has a blue light underneath, so when switched on the slipper glows blue like Cinderella’s dress!
Soon enough they will be adding their Winter offerings for Christmas and Hanukkah so be sure to check back regularly to Disney Floral and Gifts for new exciting gift ideas!
After my last Hit and Miss TrenD Report, I was BEYOND excited to find so many great things at my favorite store just in time for my Birthday (Do you hear that dear Hubby?)!
It is definitely time to get ready for spring at TrenD, because there are a ton of great tanks available! I love that the tanks all have a little something that makes them so perfect for so many styles and occasions. I really love the fun and flirty floral details that are being used on these tanks that are perfect for spring and summer!
I was also super excited to see two new styles of Maxi Dresses, since the last few styles have sold out! They have stayed with their love of black and white in a fun layered Hidden Mickey Maxi Dress. And expanding on the popularity of the Bambi Maxi Dress, they have a new style that is so adorable and perfect for a sunny Sunday!
They’re also using a lot of sketch designs in their shirts this year, and it’s super fun! From regular cotton shirts with fun details, to burnout t-shirts perfect for hot days, and even some great purses!
I was also able to find some fun jewelry and watches on this visit. It is great to see designs that work so well on shirts featured on watches, bracelets, and necklaces! I am especially in love with the layered necklaces!
The only item that I was on the fence about was a shiny vinyl bowler bag…it seems more appropriate for the fall, but it could also double as a fun carryon for summer trips.
The Le Sportsac It’s a Small World Global Journey Collection has found its way to TrenD, and it is quite possibly my new favorite pattern! The charm is more understated, and the pattern is more sophisticated. I love it!!!
This brings me to the fun new twist to my TrenD Report I talked about last report! I am going to start giving away one of my favorite pieces that I find once a month. And this month I will be giving away a LeSportsac Rectangular Cosmetic Case to one lucky reader!
Congratulations Liz on winning the LeSportsac Case!!!
I hope that you enjoyed this TrenD Report and that you have fun entering the contest! Good Luck!
With Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party well under way, I thought it was a perfect time to take a look at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party exclusive merchandise!
As they did with Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise, Walt Disney World has released a series of pins for the party that you can buy individually or in a set. This year the ‘completer pin’ to the set, which features Duffy, is only available in the box and framed sets.
This year at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, they are also offering a special Annual Passholder pin. I really like the design of this pin, and appreciate that it is a little less expensive than the other pins available.
The short sleeved t-shirt, long sleeved t-shirt, and sweatshirt all feature the same design, and are available in green and red. I really feel like Disney missed an opportunity to make some really fun shirts that were a little more ornate like they did at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. But that being said, these are definitely made of a thicker t-shirt material and better suited for winter layering.
Shopping is always the first thing we do at the parties, and I still encourage you to do the same if buying party exclusive merch is your thing! The shirts and sweatshirts seem to always go first, but don’t hesitate if you see a pin that you have to own!!!
I hope that you enjoy this look at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party exclusive merchandise!