DISCLOSURE: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for this post, however all opinions are my own.
So I don’t know about you but Zoe watching Stranger Things has really got her interested in all things 80’s, and the ION Boom Box Deluxe is a great mix of yesterday and today with it’s retro style and modern features!
The ION Boom Box Deluxe, available at Best Buy, lets you not only play your old cassette tapes (I can’t be the only one who kept her ‘favorites’) but let’s you record them onto a USB stick to archive them.
This ION Boom Box Deluxe may look retro, but it’s as modern as can be!
It streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device and it has USB playback capability to handle virtually any other music source. With bass and treble controls, you can customize the tone to your exact taste. Boom Box Deluxe combines the best of the old with the best of the new. It adds up to non-stop fun.
But if you really want to take your experience ‘old school’ you can tune in to your favorite radio station with the AM/FM radio or try making a mix tape of your very own
Plus the ION Boombox Deluxe has two robust full-range speakers powered by 14 watts of system power to crank out powerful bass and clear highs for great music quality.
While the ION Boombox Deluxe looks like it runs on 18 D batteries, it really runs on AC or long-lasting (10 hr) rechargeable battery making it convenient to take with you on the go!
My favorite fashionista, Minnie Mouse, will soon be getting her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Disney Springs will be hosting a special event to celebrate her style, flair, and polka dots from January 18-21, 2018.
At Disney Springs you will find all sorts of great offers and #RockTheDots Activities including:
A new ‘Minnie’-makeover debuting on January 18th at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique that is called the Minnie Dot Package that includes a tutu, t-shirt bow and Minnie Mouse hairstyle. I strongly advise calling to book an appointment advance via 407-WDW-STYLE in Florida. AS A BONUS: guests that experience a Minnie Dot Package Makeover January 18 – 22, 2018 at Disney Springs, they’ll be eligible for a complimentary Minnie Mouse dessert at Amorette’s Patisserie.
PANDORA Jewelry will release a new limited-time Minnie Mouse gift set featuring three Minnie Mouse-inspired charms, plus a gift with purchase – a polka dot Minnie Mouse scarf – while supplies last.
Fifteen Disney Springs retailers will be offering additional savings from January 18 – 22, 2018.
At Alex and Ani, the first 100 guests each day will receive a free gift along with daily in-store surprises.
At Coach, a free gift with any purchase is in the bag for all event guests.
M.A.C. Cosmetics is also participating with a complimentary “mini” Minnie-inspired demo.
A handful of food and beverage locations (Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea, Paddlefish, D-Luxe Burger, The Ganachery and Sprinkles) will feature discounts and/or Minnie-themed products as well, so bring your appetite, too.
The #RockTheDots event culminates on January 21, which just happens tobe National Polka Dot Day, when the main event showcases a DJ Dance Party in the heart of Town Center from 1 – 6 p.m. where Minnie Mouse will make frequent appearances in different stylish outfits.
There will also be a photo backdrop sponsored by PANDORA Jewelry with Disney PhotoPass photographers on-site to capture the moment with fun props and frames to ensure you strike your most stylish pose.
If you want to start the party early, Paddlefish will offer a “polka dot brunch” from 12 – 3 p.m. that infuses a bit of pampering to the meal, there will be complimentary hand massages from L’Occitane, and make-up applications from Sephora are on the menu.
As a special treat for Minnie Mouse herself, she is going to get a very special send-off for her grand Hollywood adventure to get her star from Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Sunday, January 21 at 1 pm EST!
If you can’t make it in person to the send-off, you can watch a special #DisneyParksLIVE stream of this milestone in Disney history!
Also commemorative buttons will be given out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort while supplies last.
For more information on Minnie Rocks the Dots in Florida, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and Instagram.
At today’s Media Preview of the Festival we were treated to some delicious eats, but also a peek at the new merchandise including the Disney Dooney & Bourke Epcot Food & Wine exclusive purses AND matching MagicBand.
What makes this year’s collection even better is that the design itself is a playful nod to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival with Figment posing alongside of the names of the kiosks. There will be a tote ($318.00 +tax), a crossbody bag ($178.00 +tax), and a zip-around wallet with a wristlet strap ($158.00 +tax).
Since this year mark’s the 35th Anniversary of Epcot, there is also a tote ($318.00 +tax) with a special design calling back to the beginnings of the park.
Each bag also features a leather hang tag noting this year’s festival date.
To keep on the trend of Annual Passholder exclusive bags, AP holders will find a large tote ($308.00 +tax) with the Annual Passholder logo with the pattern on a lighter background.
Annual Passholders should remember to show their valid Walt Disney World Annual Pass and ID for an additional discount on these bags and other merchandise at the parks!
And finally, new this Epcot Food & Wine Festival is a matching Dooney & Bourke MagicBand that comes with a slider and commemorative box that is much larger than the boxes in the past.
I didn’t get the prices for these bags, but as soon as I do I will update the post!
The Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets are celebrating the Lunar New Year (Did you know that this is the year of the Rooster?) and the coming of spring by inviting Orlando-area residents and visitors to an event full of traditional holiday fun for the entire family and special offers on Saturday, January 28 from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Food Court Patio.
Shoppers can enjoy a time-honored Chinese New Year celebration with activities for all ages including traditional performances, delectable cuisines and arts and crafts throughout the event. The first 150 guests to arrive will receive a special Lunar New Year gift tote with a Savings Passport and exclusive retailer offerings*.
Beginning January 28 through February 5, guests who spend $689 or more at any of our retailers if eligible to receive a special gift** from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.
*While supplies last
**Terms and conditions apply. Visit Simon Guest Services in the Food Court to redeem offer.
Lunar New Year Celebration – Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
The latest collaboration that I am excited to share with you is Disney Bambi by LeSportac!
Inspired by the original artwork of Bambi that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the latest collaboration brings the joy of spring and fun of friendship to a group of bags that are perfectly on trend with a charming floral pattern in rich pastel hues.
Let’s take a look at the collaboration’s 20 pieces that are split between a main pattern and five coordinating accent pieces.
Wearing the Magic: Disney Bambi by LeSportsac
Bambi and Friends
Bambi and Friends is the name of the main pattern in the Disney Bambi by LeSportsac line featuring a lovely floral print with Bambi, Thumper, and Flower.
There are 15 items from cosmetic cases to weekend bags ranging from $28 to $144 available in this print, and all three of my ‘go to’ LeSportsac bags are here!
Bambi’s Buddies Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($31) is a great case for traveling! I use my LeSportsac Rectangular Cases for traveling with my make-up. But the sweet front and detail of the front and back are lovely.
This XL Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($40) is the one coordinating accent LeSportsac piece is extremely versatile, and I use the one I have as a packing cube for smaller accessories. It works like a charm!
I hope that you are not in the same boat as I am…The holidays are less than a week away and I am TOTALLY unprepared, because I I have a ton of shopping and decorating left to do!
However if you are looking for a last minute gift from Walt Disney World, the Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) has your back, because today is the last day you can order goodies from the theme parks with 3-Day Express Shipping!
If you aren’t familiar with the Shop Disney Parks App, you should be! The app is completely free, and allows you to shop for authentic Walt Disney World Resort merchandise some of which has never before been sold outside of Disney Parks and Resorts. Using the app you can:
Search and browse thousands of gifts, toys, collectibles, costumes, pins, Mickey ears, and more.
Use the map to see what souvenirs and keepsakes are in stock near you in Walt Disney World Resort.
Scan an item you love in a Walt Disney World Resort store to view it on the app.
Ship your purchase to select Walt Disney World Resort hotels or have your order shipped right to your door! Shipping is available to all 50 states in the U.S., but does not include P.O. boxes.
Track your package as they make their way from Cinderella’s castle to yours.
One of my favorite gifts to give are ornaments from Walt Disney World, because they are easy to transport and are extremely personal. Every year the line of ornaments expands, and here are some of my new favorites!
All of these ornaments are extremely affordable (under $20) and are perfect for any Disney fan!
ALEX AND ANI bracelets are some of my absolute favorite Disney Parks exclusive merchandise pieces, and I wanted to share all about these awesome bracelets!
Wearing the Magic: Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI
If you aren’t familiar with them ALEX AND ANI bracelets are eco-friendly, created in the United States, full of positive energy, and inspired by meaningful memories.
What makes these bracelets truly unique is that these may look like traditional bangle bracelets, but they are an innovative signature expandable bangle concept that is completely adjustable with a built-in expanding slide feature making them a perfect fit any wrist shape or size.
The best way to wear ALEX AND ANI bracelets is by ‘stacking’ several bracelets which they call having a ‘Charmed Arm’ representing your favorite Disney or Star Wars movie, theme park, character, or words of wisdom with exclusive designs for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.
Bracelets are also available available in several styles to suit any outfit or occasion. You will find the charmed bangles with metal and enamel charms, traditional bangle perfect for stacking, beaded bangles perfect for adding a pop of color to your stack, and wraps that gently go up your arm from your wrist.
ALEX AND ANI bracelets are made of Rafaelian gold and Rafaelian silver making them extremely easy to care for and durable for everyday wear.
The Disney line of ALEX AND ANI are exclusive to the Disney Parks, and can only be purchased three ways.
At Walt Disney World:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Discovery Trading Company
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Bayview Gifts
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Keystone Clothiers
Disney Springs Town Center – ALEX AND ANI Store
Disney Springs Marketplace– Tren-D and World of Disney Store
Epcot – Mouse Gear
Magic Kingdom Park – Emporium
The Disney Store online (http://disneystore.com) carries a large selection of ALEX AND ANI bracelets, and if you sign up for email alerts you can even find them on sale!
The Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) lets you to find the bracelet you are looking for from home! If you are an annual passholder, make sure you connect that to your account to receive your discount.
PANDORA Jewelry and Disney Parks have teamed up to create a line of jewelry that any Disney fashionista will want to own! You can choose from exclusive charms, rings, necklaces, and earrings to personalize any look.
When you are designing your look to commemorate your magical memories you will find pieces designed around iconic characters, pretty princesses, Disney Parks, holidays, and even runDisney participation.
In addition to the popular bracelets and charms PANDORA has created earrings, necklaces, and stackable rings to add a touch of Disney magic to any outfit.
What makes PANDORA so wonderful is that you can start your collection with one or several pieces, because the price point is affordable for most budgets and each item in the collection is handcrafted with hand-set stones that are never plated to ensure quality and durability.
These PANDORA charms and jewelry pieces are extremely popular, so if you see a piece you like buy it when you see it! When visiting Walt Disney World you can find the largest selection of PANDORA at their store in Disney Springs and at the newly redesigned Uptown Jewelers on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. Or if you want to shop from home The Disney Store carries a selection online or with the Shop Disney Parks App available for Apple and Android devices.
How to start the perfect PANDORA bracelet
1. Choose your bracelet.
The first step is to choose your bracelet, and there are a lot of great options available! There are sterling silver, gold, leather, and cord options in different lengths, but they all feature the patented PANDORA clasp that is very secure and easy to put on by yourself. There are even Disney Parks exclusive bracelets available.
2. Choose your clips and spacers.
Clips are the beads that don’t move that keep the beads divided into three sections, and spacers are beads that are skinnier that help the beads from rubbing together.
3. Choose your beads.
Now this is where the fun begins!!! You can choose one or several charms to represent your favorite Disney memories, characters, or parks. The possibilities are endless!
Town Center At Disney Springs Welcomes The Trophy Room May 23rd
An exclusive athletic retail boutique to open in Walt Disney World’s Town Center at Disney Springs
Marcus Jordan, son of Michael Jordan, will be opening the first Trophy Room boutique in Town Center at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort on March 23rd at 5:23 am, which is a fitting nod to Marcus’ father.
The Trophy Room is a unique athletic footwear and apparel boutique featuring premium products, memorabilia and exclusive merchandise – all in a one-of-a-kind setting. The store takes its name from the place in the Jordan family estate where the family’s awards were displayed and that served as a source of inspiration. The retail environment will include a display of rare Jordan family photos, home videos and limited edition memorabilia.
“I’m thrilled to bring Trophy Room to life as part of the world-class shopping and dining expansion at Disney Springs,” said Marcus Jordan, Founder and CEO of Trophy Room. “As a University of Central Florida grad, I spent much time learning about Walt Disney and was inspired by his pioneering spirit. It is a true honor to build my dream business at Walt Disney World.”
Attending the Grand Opening of the store is sure to be a hot ticket, and here is some information you will need to know if you are looking to snag a pair of the exclusive sneakers.
About Trophy Room
Trophy Room was founded by Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan. It is an elevated and unique retail boutique experience, inspired by the Trophy Room in the Jordan family estate. Trophy Room offers footwear, apparel and exclusive merchandise that will serve as trophies for its loyal and dedicated consumers. For more information, visit TrophyRoomStore.com and follow @TrophyRoomStore on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat.Follow us for more updates:
Dramatic Enhancements Announced At The Florida Mall
Premier Orlando Shopping Destination Enhancing Customer Experience
Simon (NYSE: SPG), a global leader in retail real estate, announced today that The Florida Mall will undergo a significant interior and exterior makeover. These improvements will enrich the guest experience, seamlessly blending with the design concepts found within the recently completed Dining Pavilion and exterior Plaza. The announcement comes as The Florida Mall celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Scheduled to begin in May, the improvements will create a brighter, more inviting atmosphere inside the center. Overall, The Florida Mall will be modernized with a timeless color palette and clean architectural lines. Additional plans include:
More than a dozen new or enhanced seating lounges throughout the property featuring mobile device charging stations and upgraded furniture, giving shoppers the opportunity to relax and recharge in a comfortable space during shopping breaks.
Improved lighting throughout the center with illuminated ceiling fixtures featuring state-of-the-art LED lighting, expanded sky lights, and raised ceilings to maximize the property’s existing natural light.
New neutral tile flooring in light tones throughout the center, along with upgraded and remodeled mall entrances.
Colorful, resort-style landscaping improvements incorporating native Florida plants and additional palm trees at all four property entrances.
Updated way-finding signage to further assist shoppers in locating a store, restaurant or entertainment venue.
The dramatic enhancements will also include a new, experiential play area located in the wing by Crayola Experience and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The immersive playscape will be designed to promote creative play among children ranging in age from toddler to early elementary. A social environment for kids and parents, the play area will include interactive and multi-sensory elements like soft-touch floor matting, sculptural climbing features, adult and kid-friendly seating, and more. Further details about this exciting new addition will be announced in the near future.
“The Florida Mall has proudly served the Orlando community, visitors and international tourists for 30 years. This renovation is a culmination of the substantial investments we have made in the center over the years, most recently with our premier Dining Pavilion,” said Brian Hanson, General Manager at The Florida Mall. “These enhancements are designed with families, retailers and our shoppers in mind, and we look forward to sharing this new and refined shopping experience with the community.”
Construction activity is expected to be complete by spring 2017. The property and its retailers will remain open and operating throughout the project. The architects on this project are GH+A Design and Cuhaci & Peterson, and the General Contractor is VCC.Follow us for more updates:
I am always looking for fun ways to add a touch of Disney flair to my home, and on a recent visit to Mickey’s Pantry at Disney Springs I found some great Disney Kitchen items that were too cute not to share.
If you can’t wait to pick up these goodies on your next visit to Walt Disney World, I’ve included the Disney Store links when I could or you can download the Shop Disney Parks App (iTunes and Google Play) to shop the Disney Parks from home.
This colorful ceramic cannister-shaped cookie jar brings a world of whimsy to your kitchen with its contemporary design pattern featuring the best of Mickey and the gang along with bakery symbols and Fantasyland Castle icons that measures 8 1/2” H (including lid and handle) x 6 1/2” Diameter.
This Mickey Mouse and Friends Apron for Adults has all the ingredients to make it a delicious favorite in the kitchen. The bold design with its allover characters and utensils print provides the perfect recipe for fun printed on 100% cotton.
Mickey Mouse and Friends Colorful Kitchen Bamboo Cutting Board with Prep Trays – $39.95
This bamboo cutting board comes with 4 prep trays is really neat way to bring a little fun to your Disney Kitchen.
Mickey’s here to lend a hand with the drying up. The red towel features an embroidered Mickey’s glove appliqué while the coordinating black towel has an allover Best of Mickey design that is sure to add some ”Spicy” fun to washing up.
Minnie’s happy to help out with a spot of drying up using this dish towel set. Both cotton towels feature different designs with ”Sweet” Minnie’s signature polka dots covering one towel while a large bow appliqué decorates the other.
A friendly face will protect your table and countertops when something hot comes off the stove or out of the oven. Mickey can take the heat with our Aluminum Mickey Mouse Trivet. Plus, he looks mighty cute hanging around the kitchen that measures 8” H x 9 1/2” W.
Mickey Mouse Glove Oven Mitt
I don’t think that there was ever a more perfectly Disney oven mitt than this Mickey Mouse glove oven mitt!
To kick off the launch of the limited edition and Brazilian inspired TILLFÄLLE collection, IKEA Orlando hosted an exclusive launch for their IKEA FAMILY members.
To created the TILLFÄLLE collection, IKEA designers visited Brazil to create a line inspired by the spirit of Brazil while staying true to their roots in Scandinavian simplicity.
The line features bold patterns and mixed colors that are easy, fun and full of energy.
From larger furniture to smaller accessories, this line has fun accessories you can mix in with your existing decor or pieces you can design a whole room around.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the TILLFÄLLE collection:
TILLFÄLLE Occasional Table – $159
TILLFÄLLE Paper Napkins – $1.99
TILLFÄLLE Serving Bowl with Stand – $22.99
TILLFÄLLE Dish Towels – $5.99
TILLFÄLLE Coffee Table – $119.00
TILLFÄLLE Cushion Cover – $5.00 (Insert sold separately)
TILLFÄLLE Candlesticks – $19.99 to $59.99
The TILLFÄLLE is perfect for adding a touch of fun & whimsy to your decor, and during the IKEA FAMILY event I did purchase a few cushion covers and paper napkins. I can’t wait to go back to pick up a few candlesticks for the top of the buffet in our dining room.
You can’t order the TILLFÄLLE collection online and supplies are extremely limited, so you may want to check online to see if your local IKEA store has the pieces you are looking for before you go.
Don’t forget to sign up for the IKEA FAMILY program to receive special offers and invites like this one!Follow us for more updates:
Disney and LeSportsac are at it again with a new Spring line of purses in the Disney | LeSportsac featuring Mickey and Minnie Collection that are perfection.
There are four different designs with several special feature pieces in this 60 bag collection that is, as always, on trend with a bag for everyone.
Disney | LeSportsac – Mickey Loves Minnie
The Mickey Loves Minnie print has a vintage feel starring the classic Disney couple walking hand in hand, dancing, flirting, and falling in love. I ADORE this pattern!!!
My favorite bag in the Mickey Loves Minnie print is the EveryGirl Tote ($108), that measures 11 x 12 x 7 inches with aZipped main closure, Pleated front pocket with zipped closure, Lightly padded bottom panel, 9 in (22.86 cm) Handle drop, Interior back wall zipper pocket.
Disney | LeSportsac – Spring Fling
Spring Fling is a pastel spring floral print featuring everyone’s favorite sweethearts Minnie and Mickey in a garden of love. This saccharine sweet pattern will add just the right amount of pop of love to your outfit.
My favorite bag in the Spring Fling print is the Voyager Backpack ($144) that measures 16.5 x 13.5 x 5.5 inches and features a Drawstring main closure, Top flap with quick release clip lock closure, Exterior front pocket with zipped closure, Two exterior side pockets with clip lock closures, Adjustable shoulder straps, Three interior mesh pockets, Interior signature zip/open pocket. I have ALWAYS wanted the Voyager Backpack, and this is my favorite so far.
The square Spring into Lovecosmetic showcases everyone’s favorite ears and bow over the print.
Disney | LeSportsac – Blooming Love
Blooming Lovefeatures Cherry Blossom Lightning metallic ripstop nylon fabric with embossed Mickey and Minnie head silhouette design that is sure to be an instant classic and must have for your collection.
My favorite bag in the Blooming Love pattern is my ‘Go To’ LeSportsac bag! The Small Cleo Crossbody ($86) measures 9 x 9 x 4.5 inches and features a Zipped main closure, Exterior front zipper pocket, Exterior back open pocket, Adjustable shoulder strap (Max. 50in / 127cm), Interior signature zip/open pocket. Don’t be put off by this bag’s smaller size!
Disney | LeSportsac – Checks and Bows
Checks and Bowsis a classic picnic blanket print of blue and white that features the classic three circle Mickey and Minnie with her signature bow silhouettes. It is a simple pattern that will make you want to head to the park for a lovely day.
My favorite bag in the Checks and Bows pattern is the Small Edie Backpack ($123) that is perfectly on trend for the spring and measures 11 x 10 x 5 inches that features a Drawstring main closure, Top flap with hidden magnetic snap closure, Side zipper for main compartment access, Exterior front pocket with zip closure, Adjustable shoulder straps (Max. 30in/76.20cm), Top loop, Interior back wall signature zip/open pocket, All metal hardware.
Playing off this sweet print is the graphic rectangular cosmetic Love Checkthat takes Minnie and Mickey’s smooch front and center.
The Springtime Outingmini tote is also check based featuring an oversized Minnie silhouette.
I am a HUGE fan of the Disney | LeSportsac bags, because they are the perfect weight to carry in the parks with storage for days and perfectly sized sleeves & pockets.
I can’t wait to bring you even more information about this amazing line of bags.Follow us for more updates:
Disney TAG is the newest store to open at the Marketplace Co Op in Disney Springs, and features key travel essentials called Disney Travel-Accessories-Gear or Disney TAG that let you Travel With Character.
Located where Zoey & Pickles formerly was in the Marketplace Co Op, the store brings a lovely touch of whimsy and fun to organizational items that are almost always utilitarian in design.
As soon as I walked in, I found myself drawn into the eclectic mix of items focused on making travel both more comfortable and organized.
There we so many great pieces in Disney TAG, but here are a few of my favorites!
I absolutely LOVE this pattern featuring a fun mix of silhouettes of characters, distinctly Disney vacation highlights, and transportation icons. The bright colors pop against the black background making it a piece that you will be able to quickly locate on a luggage carousel, too.
You can find a large variety of luggage tags, but these were my favorites! These luggage tags are oversized and are a hard acrylic to help with durability. How fun would it be to keep WDW and DLR tags to use especially when you are heading to those locations? Answer…lots of fun!
Not every product that I use comes in a size that is approved for travel, so this Travel Bottle Set is a fun way to take your favorite products along with you. With the bottles featuring character couples (Donald & Daisy FTW!!!), you could split the set between two people to use with items that go together like shampoo & conditioner or face wash & toner. Perfection!
This iPhone 6 Case features a pattern that you can find throughout Disney TAG, and it is perfect for any Disney vacation. From a trip on the monorail to sailing with Disney Cruise Line, you are set with this phone case.
I know what you are thinking…an electric toothbrush? Just take a second look at the packaging. There are two heads with this electric toothbrush, so you could pack one per couple on your trip to help save precious toiletry space. Plus, you get to start your day with a magical thought.
The Monorail Throw is a bit pricey, but it is a great weight that will fold nicely into a larger carry-on so you can nap in comfort while you are On the Go.
Zoe has gotten me into these Sleep Eye Masks, and I really love the fun design of this one. How could you pass up napping under a fun pair of Mickey glasses?
These Reusable Totes come in handy when you are traveling, and are useful for so many things! Some ways I like to use them are a small hamper for hotel rooms for shorter trips, a way to consolidate purchases, and as a pool bag to carry my sunscreen and snacks without packing an additional bag.
When I was a little girl one of the COOLEST things I ever got for traveling was a collapsible cup, so imagine how excited I was to see this hanging up. Cut me some slack…I am easily amused!
This Travel Flats and Tote is ideal for longer trips, because the flats are a great way to stay comfortable and the tote lets you keep just a few items near your seat so you can stow your carry-on to clear up valuable leg room.
I love a patterned umbrella, and the umbrella with the TAG pattern was my first purchase from the store! It is so great to see fun umbrellas back at the park again!
I learned the joys of a Neck Pillow late in life, so learn from my mistake and pick up one before your next trip. You won’t regret it or this Haunted Mansion print.
You can find all of these and more at the Disney TAG store open daily from 10 am to 11 pm in the Marketplace Co Op located at Disney Springs in the Marketplace.
At the #ZootopiaEvent I had the chance to be a part of a roundtable interview with the film’s Co-Director Jared Bush, Producer Clark Spencer, and Screenplay Writer Phil Johnston to get a glimpse into the process of creating the story of Zootopia.
Inevitably the discussion of Zootopia Easter Eggs came up, and having just seen a preview of the movie I was really excited to get the stories behind some of their favorite details.
An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in an interactive work such as a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen. The name has been said to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.
None of the Zootopia Easter Eggs I’m sharing are ‘story spoilers’, they are just really fun touches to the world of Zootopia!
8 Zootopia Easter Eggs
1. The Corner of Tujunga & Vine
“If you look at when they,they arrive at the Rain Forest district, the sign says Vine and Tujunga, and Tujunga is the crappy warehouse that we had working in for the last two years. They moved us – they’re renovating our main Disney animation building, and they put us in a warehouse with a leaky roof…But it was such a, sort of a family building environment because you really kinda, okay, we’re all stuck next to the planes, and the trains, and the weird junkyard, and who knows what else.
So that’s my favorite because it’s one of those very specific things that people that worked in that building, it’s really something for them, that they all – and when we got to the premiere, everyone really liked that, that didn’t see it before.” – Jared Bush, Co-Director – Zootopia
I wanted to mention this Easter Egg first, because it really showed how much heart the cast and crew of Zootopia worked with on this project. How awesome is it that they have this memory to share with the world!
2. Who knew an Arctic Shrew could be a kingpin?
This one walks the line between obvious and Easter Egg…but I’m counting it! You don’t want to mess with Mr. Big, because this Arctic Shrew might ice YOU!
3. Double the Weaselton
“And we’re like, and we have a weasel. Oh, well, we should call him, uh, Weasel. His last name is Weaselton, and then Jim Reardon’s like, it should be Duke Weaselton. It’s gonna be Duke Weaselton. And then we’d always been looking for what role could Alan play, and there was like, I think this- these things are all coming together. Let’s make that happen. And so it was kind of perfect.” – Jared Bush, Co-Director, Zootopia
Alan Tudyk is the voice of Duke of Weselton in Frozen, and I adore how he is back to voice Duke Weaselton to really drive the connection between the two characters similarity home!
4. Elephant Princesses
“In the background, you’ll see little animation in the background characters or signage that is- we still discover that, and it’s entertaining as we’re going through it. So there’s even new stuff for us going through it, having seen it in different forms a thousand times.” – Jared Bush, Co-Director – Zootopia
Now while I cannot take credit for finding this Easter Egg, it is such a wonderful example of how much thought goes into creating the background of Zootopia!
5. Chief Bogo thinks you should Let it Go
Do you think that this is some cartoon musical where your insipid dreams come true?
Well, Let it Go.
“Phil was working with us on Wreck-It Ralph and said, hey, Jennifer [Lee], do you wanna come out to LA and work on this project? So he kinda brought her out, so then to have Phil write a line that is back in there, that’s the true kind of inside – the audience is gonna enjoy it for the reference to Frozen, obviously, or hopefully they will.” Clark Spencer, Producer – Zootopia
There are quite a few Frozen zingers in Zootopia…and every single one of them made me laugh!
6. Sloth dreams do come true
This is also one of my favorite Zootopia Easter Eggs!
Kristen Bell is a sloth fanatic, and her dreams came true as she plays Priscilla the Sloth at the DMV…Department of Mammal Vehicles.
7. Bootleg ‘Disney’ Movie Hustle
Seems like Duke Weaselton has QUITE the Bootleg Movie Hustle going on in Zootopia! He’s got the latest blockbuster movies available! Pig Hero 2, Wrangled, Wreck-It Rhino, Floaten 2, Giraffic, and Mewana…he’s got them all!!!
8. Is it a Jug-Band Christmas in Zootopia?
If you haven’t seen Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, well then you are missing one of the saddest and most beautiful Christmas Specials ever created. It is one of my absolute favorites, so you can imagine my excitement when a character named EMMET OTTER was introduced!!!
When Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4th, I can’t wait for you to experience these Easter Eggs and to find some that aren’t included because they were spoiler-ish.
I can’t wait to see Zootopia again to find even more!Follow us for more updates: