Celebrating A Disney Christmas in…April?

Disney Christmas in April

It is NEVER too early to starting thinking about celebrating a Disney Christmas…right?

Every time I walk into Disney’s Days of Christmas in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, I can’t help but get excited about Christmas!

With so many Christmas ornaments how could you not?

Priced between $17.95 and $19.95, these Disney Christmas Character Ornaments are a great way to add a really personal touch of ‘Disney’ to your Christmas tree.

I have really enjoyed watching and collecting this line of ornaments as they have grown over the years, and I thought I would share some of my favorite new (and new-ish) Character Ornaments!

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Up

Russell and Dug from Up

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Mickey Mouse and Duffy Christmas Character Ornament

Mickey Mouse hugging Duffy the Disney Bear

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Bambi Character Ornament

Bambi and Thumper

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Character Ornament Green Army Man

Parachuting Green Army Man

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Character Ornament Nemo Seagull

Seagull from Finding Nemo

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Character Ornament Pete the DragonElliott from Pete’s Dragon

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Character Ornament Timon and Pumba The Lion King

Timon and Pumbaa

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Character Ornament Marie Cat AristocatsMarie

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Character Ornament Muppets Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Character Ornament Muppets Beaker and Honeydew

Dr. Bunson Honeydew and Beaker

Celebrating A Disney Christmas Character Ornament Mr. Toad Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

J. Thaddeus Toad

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TrenD Report: April 14, 2015

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World Beautifully Disney TrenD Report

Why hello there TrenD! It has been a loooooooong time since my last TrenD report, and it is time to bring back ‘Shopping Tuesday’ to On the Go in MCO!

While parking during the construction of Disney Springs has improved greatly with the parking garage additions, the hike over to TrenD can be quite daunting. However I was glad that I ventured over for some window shopping, because I found some great new pieces.

Today I will be sharing my top ten picks from my latest visit to TrenD!

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney WorldThis Tinker Bell shirt is gorgeous in person! The colors are spot on trend and it is a great weight for springtime in Orlando.

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This 3/4 sleeve Mickey and Minnie go to the beach t-shirt is super adorable. In the store the shirt is paired with some floral leggings, however I think it would be super cute with a pair of denim shorts for a cool spring night.

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How cute is the embroidered detail of Minnie kissing Mickey’s nose? The 3/4 length shirt is lightweight, but not too thin that you would want to wear something underneath it. I also really like how the bottom of the shirt is scooped.

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This vinyl satchel with a large Minnie Mouse bow is on the larger side, but it is a good bag for the parks this time of year because there is a lot of room for you to carry umbrellas and ponchos for rainy days.

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This Ariel shirt is perfection, because it really captures her spirit! With sheer shoulders, this white shirt could easily be dressed up for a nicer dinner in the parks or at a resort.

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World

I really love the bandana look that this Mickey Mouse t-shirt has. The shirt itself is on the thicker side, but the deep V neckline is really nice.

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This sheer Mickey Mouse tied crop top is absolutely adorable. I wanted to include how it looked on the mannequin, because it looks much shorter and sheer on the hanger.

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This Beauty and the Beast top at first looks familiar, but they really did a great job with the detailing on this top. It is a slightly silky material that handles the pleating and structural details nicely, and the neckline is a good shape.

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This Snow White tank top is 80’s-tastic! I really enjoy how the graphic plays off of the lace detail on the bottom of the shirt.

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World

While I have never considered wearing a hooded zip up vest, this Ariel one might change my mind. I think it would be great over a LBD or a 3/4 sleeve shirt on a chilly night. I also like her reflection in the water.

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Disney Minnie Mouse for LeSportsac: Minnie Rocks the Dots

LeSportsac Minnie Rocks the Dots

Disney Minnie Mouse for LeSportsac has added a new pattern to their line-up called Minnie Rocks the Dots, and it’s awesome!

Minnie Mouse is my main gal and favorite character, so the fact that my favorite purse line is showing her more love fills me with glee!

Minnie Rocks the Dots is a really versatile pattern, and while you may think that a black background wouldn’t be ideal for a spring/summer purse I am here to tell you that it’s my favorite.

LeSportsac Minnie Rocks the Dots

I have really enjoyed the LeSportsac patterns with the darker backgrounds, because I love how I can use them in the parks multiple times before I have to wash them.

Also different from previous LeSportsac for Disney releases, this print is being released in a large variety of bags.

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I definitely give this Disney Minnie Mouse for LeSportsac: Minnie Rocks the Dots pattern two thumbs up, what do you think?

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Shopping With Character: Minnie Mouse

Shopping at Walt Disney World is always a lot of fun, and a great way to show your #DisneySide is by shopping with character!

I enjoy adding a bit of my favorite character to my everyday outfit or even my beauty routine.

While staying ‘budget friendly’ with gifts and souvenirs can be a challenge, I found some great ideas for under $25!

Since my favorite character is Minnie Mouse, I thought I would start with her!

Shopping With Character: Minnie Mouse

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Anytime I can find a kiss-lock coin purse I am over the moon! This embossed silicone coin purse is perfect at $9.95! I like to use them for keeping my earbuds, cord, and a brick organized in my backpack or purse.

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When I picked up this embroidered vinyl cosmetic case, and saw that it was only $9.95 I was thrilled. It would be great for keeping items like pencils organized, small necessities in a purse together that end up in a mess in the bottom (I hope that is not just me…), and even as a way to keep things like boarding passes and passports organized for longer trips. This pouch is a great bargain for any use!

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Want to add a touch of bling to an outfit? These rhinestone classic three circle Mickey Mouse silhouette bobby pins are awesome. They are super sparkly and useful, and at $19.95 a really playful touch for a fancier outfit.

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I adore wearing a bow in my hair, and for $9.95 this fabric bow is fun and durable! I am also a sucker for polka dots, so it is the best of both worlds for me!

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If you don’t like to wear bobby pins, these rhinestone and pearl classic three circle Mickey Mouse silhouette head bands are for you. At $16.95 you really can’t go wrong!

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You can also find these rhinestone classic three circle Mickey Mouse silhouette hair bands that are $14.95 for two. These are great if you like to wear a band around your wrist.

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Beautifully Disney has some amazing brushes, and this Minnie Mouse inspired Kabuki brush is no exception. For $21.95, this high quality brush is a great value.

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If you are looking for a utility pouch that is on the larger side, this pie-eyed Minnie Mouse vinyl case would be a good choice at $19.95.

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Beautifully Disney has this red and black polka dotted vinyl large cosmetic case with bow and mirror for $24.95. I like these vinyl cosmetic cases, because if a powder or eyeshadow breaks the clean up is easy.

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And rounding out my list is the zip ID Mickey and Minnie Mouse Bouncing Bouquet case from Vera Bradley. The Disney Vera Bradley Collection is wildly popular, and even on a small piece like this you can still get a glimpse of a character. This one takes some patience, because if you are set on finding the perfect one for you it could take some time.

I hope that you enjoyed a look at how you can add a touch of your favorite character to your wardrobe on a budget.

What is your favorite character to add as you are shopping with character?

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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Disney Dooney & Bourke Purses

I have to say that the latest addition to the Disney Dooney & Bourke line of purses, may be my favorite event based pattern yet!

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Dooney & Bourke Purses
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

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
  • Satchel- $268

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.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Dooney & Bourke Purses
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

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?

 

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Shopping At Walt Disney World: Fun Shirts For Men

Shopping for t-shirts for my husband at Walt Disney World can be challenging, because he loves showing his #DisneySide but he also looks for shirts with personality.

When I was strolling through MouseGear at Epcot, I was really excited to see some newer shirts that I thought that he would love!

So, let’s go shopping at Walt Disney World for some fun shirts for men!

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I love the ‘Old Postcard’ feel of this shirt!!! Plus orange is a great color to wear in the parks!

shopping at Walt Disney World

 

The older ‘look’ to Mickey and Pluto rolling around the park in their roadster is really fun! Plus this khaki color is one that my husband likes a lot!

shopping at Walt Disney World

 

While this Oswald shirt isn’t new, I wanted to share it because it shows how character shirts don’t have to be too childish!

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I just think that this shirt is super cool and spacey! Love it!

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I wish I had a Mickey emoji option in my texts!!! I think I would probably use the WINK WINK the most!

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You won’t miss your guy with this neon lettering!

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Now the following t-shirts are full of sass!!! Again, this is a great way to show who your favorite character is in a fun and funky way!

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Are you sure about that Gaston???

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I would!

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I am pretty sure that this is my favorite one in this collection of shirts. I would totally wear this shirt in the park!

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I think that our own guy, Todd Perlmutter, would like this one!!!

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Love the neon color of this shirt! Also a great way to find your guy in the park.

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Goofy…you might want to check your spelling buddy! LOL!

shopping at Walt Disney WorldAnd this might be the shirt that Dave ends up with!

 

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Guest Post: The Imagination Gala Shines In These Brown Eyes

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.

The Imagination Gala

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.  

The Imagination Gala

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.  

The Imagination Gala

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.

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

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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.

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

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. 

The Imagination Gala

For attending the breakfast, the gift was Imagination Gala Award Ceremony Minnie.

The Imagination Gala

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).

The Imagination Gala

I got a variant Figment, which was very exciting due to their being only 50 made.

The Imagination Gala

Also offered was Vintage Vinylmation Vault, where you had the opportunity to buy Vinylmation in past series.  I choose a Vinylmation from Park 2.

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

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!

The Imagination Gala

Make sure you keep up with Elantrice’s adventures on her blog DizThruBrownEyes!!

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More Walt Disney World Character Ornaments

I have a Walt Disney World Character Ornament problem!I  love them and I always find myself popping into Disney’s Days of Christmas to see if there are any new treasures that I must have for my tree!

On my most recent trip to Disney’s Days of Christmas at the Downtown Disney Marketplace, I found some new additions that I am pretty sure I am going to need to purchase for our tree this year!

While in my last Disney Character Christmas Ornaments post, I found individual ornaments this time around I found some adorable pairs ornaments.

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Lady and the Tramp

You seriously can’t have a Disney pair without Lady and the Tramp!

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Kermit and Piggy

I just love both of their expressions in this ornament! I love Kermy & Piggy!

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Bunson and Beaker

Watch what happens when I push this little red button…

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Chip and Dale

And how can you not love Chip and Dale in their festive hats and scarves!

This visit I was also really excited to see some new individual character ornaments, too!

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Evil Queen

Merry Christmas! I brought you this apple…

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Figment

Look at how sweet Figment’s face is on this ornament looks!

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Peter Pan

And Peter Pan has never looked so dashing!

I really love the new Nightmare Before Christmas Shoe Ornament that was added to this extremely popular line collection of ornaments!

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Jack Skellington Shoe

And finally, I found these really unique and fun hand-blown glass Mickey and Minnie ornaments in Disney’s Days of Christmas.

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Murano Style Glass Mickey and Minnie Ornaments

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Hand Blown Glass Minnie Ornaments

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments - Hand Blown Glass Mickey Ornaments

So as you can see, I really have a Christmas Ornament problem!

Which ornament is your favorite?

Want to see some really fun Disney Ideas for Christmas? Check out our Pinterest Board ~Dreaming of a Disney Christmas!

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Souvenir Shopping On A Budget: Gifts For Girls

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

Souvenir shopping on a Budget - Girls Walt Disney WorldThis 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!

Souvenir shopping on a Budget - Girls Walt Disney WorldZoe 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!

Souvenir shopping on a Budget - Girls Walt Disney WorldThese 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!

Souvenir shopping on a Budget - Girls Walt Disney WorldWhat 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!

Souvenir shopping on a Budget - Girls Walt Disney World

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?

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Marketplace Co Op Opens At The Downtown Disney Marketplace

Marketplace Co Op

The Marketplace Co Op opened today at the Downtown Disney Marketplace, and we were fortunate enough to get an early peek at this new and exciting area!

The Marketplace Co Op, in the former Team Mickey location, houses six specialty merchandise locations that will be updated every quarter so your shopping experience will be able to change with the season to serve as a showcase for new items and lines of products.

The interior of the Marketplace Co Op is really sparse and industrial looking so that the individual spaces can really take on the lifestyle and look of its content.

Marketplace Co Op

I especially loved the chandelier with its mixture of antiques and modern sensibility.

Marketplace Co Op

I also like how the Marketplace Co Op is still open to TrenD and Downtown Disney Marketplace Guest Relations to give the space an even more unified feel!

Now it is time to get to the good part…

The six new specialty merchandise locations of the Marketplace Co Op!!!

D-Tech on Demand: A place to personalize and customize your own electronic accessories

Marketplace Co Op

Marketplace Co Op

D-Tech on Demand has a wide variety of electronics, headphones, speakers, phone cases, and electronic accessories, but the gem of the store is the D-Tech On Demand Cases!

Marketplace Co Op

Marketplace Co Op

In the center of the store is a bay of iPads where you can choose the perfect case for YOU and even personalize it with your name! Currently the D-Tech On Demand Cases are only available for the iPhone 4/4S/5/5S and the Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4. We were told that new phones will be added soon!

Marketplace Co Op

The D-Tech On Demand customized cell phone cases are $36.95 and the Personalized D-Tech On Demand cell phone cases are $44.95.

Marketplace Co Op

Also available are Disney Vacation Club Resort specific phone cases with the DVC logo. DVC member do receive a 10% discount on these customized cell phone cases. We were given conflicting information about if these are exclusive to DVC members, so we will update you with information as we find out!

The Trophy Room: Vintage inspired, lifestyle sports apparel, and collectibles.

Marketplace Co Op

While this area of the Marketplace Co Op is definitely the least ‘Disney’ of the areas I have to say that it is one of my absolute favorites!

Marketplace Co Op World Cup

The area has an old world gentleman’s sporting club feel, and is filled with vintage apparel that is absolutely reasonably priced!

Marketplace Co Op

I was kind of bummed that they didn’t have an runDisney Merchandise here, since Team Mickey was the place to get those items!

However, my biggest complaint about The Trophy Room is that there was no love for my Alma Mater Virginia Tech…Go Hokies!!!

Beautifully Disney: A beauty destination for woman featuring make-up, fragrance, and beauty accessories.

Marketplace Co Op Beautifully Disney

The Beautifully Disney area at the Marketplace Co Op is definitely the smallest area of the six, but it packs quite a punch with all that they have to offer!

Marketplace Co Op Aulani

Inside this area you will find the entire Beautifully Disney line, spa items that are exclusive to Aulani, H2O products, and fragrances galore.

Marketplace Co Op Pop of Minnie

There are also certified makeup artists that are happy to give you a complimentary mini-makeover using the Beautifully Disney products! Talk about a great break from the parks!

Marketplace Co Op Make Over Area

Marketplace Co Op Make over

Right now, they have an extremely limited promotion where for every $60 you spend you can receive a shirt with the Beautifully Disney logo. There are only 300 of these shirts, so they will go quickly.

Marketplace Co Op Beautifully Disney Shirt

One little tid bit of fun! While I was getting my mini-makeover this morning we got a peek at the new Beautifully Disney Makeup Mirror coming to the stores in December. The details are amazing and it’s a great size for home and travel. I have a feeling that I am going to be buying a lot of these as gifts for the holidays!

Marketplace Co Op Mirror

Centerpiece: Home product for Guests that want a splash of Disney in their room furnishings, textiles, and everyday ware.

Marketplace Co Op Centerpiece

Centerpiece at the Marketplace Co Op is going to cause a lot of issues in my house, because there wasn’t one thing that I didn’t want to buy!!!!

Marketplace Co Op Orange Bird

You had me rom the 20,000 Leagues Mug, the Orange Bird wall of amazingness, the Mr. Toad small tray, and the Tiki Room Cloth Napkins!

Marketplace Co Op 20,000 Leagues Mug

I’m just going to give you pictures so we can mourn the loss of our money together!!!

Marketplace Co Op Tiki Room Napkins

Marketplace Co Op Tiki

Marketplace Co Op Chalk

Marketplace Co Op Mr Toad

Zoey and Pickles: A girls’ destination containing the latest trends and glamour for the up and coming fashionista.

Marketplace Co Op Zoey and Pickles

So my Zoe will not know that Zoey and Pickles exists, because she will want everything in this store!!!

Marketplace Co Op Pascal Shirt

Full of great clothes, accessories, and shoes in an assortment of styles Zoey and Pickles is sure to have something that your girl can’t live without.

Marketplace Co Op Shoes

The displays are fun and colorful, and even the stools are just the right size for them to sit and try on shoes!

This is a much needed area for girls who have maybe outgrown the Princesses, but are still a little young to venture next door to TrenD!

Cherry Tree Lane: Accessories for the sophisticated woman with a passion for scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry.

Marketplace Co Op Cherry Tree Lane

Cherry Tree Lane…you are also going to get me in a lot of trouble!!!

Marketplace Co Op Mary Poppins

The design of Cherry Tree Lane has a lot of nods to Mary Poppins and is home to a great line of merchandise inspired by the movie

Marketplace Co Op Vera Bradley

This is also going to be where you will find new Disney Dooney and Bourke and Disney Vera Bradley purses launching in the future.

Full of fun accessories, purses to die for, and a great atmosphere Cherry Tree Lane is awesome!

A lot of the merchandise featured at the Marketplace Co Op is currently available on DisneyShopping.com, however we are hearing that the pieces are selling out quickly, so my best piece of advice is to call Walt Disney World Merchandise Guest Services at 877-560-6477 (toll Free) with a detailed description of what you are looking for if you can’t wait for your ‘Must Have’ items!

Marketplace Co Op Shopping Bag

I really love the idea of the Marketplace Co Op, because it is a way to get out of the hustle and bustle that can be shopping at Walt Disney World for more of a boutique and unique shopping experience. I also can’t wait to see how these spaces evolve as Disney Springs is built!!!

We posted more photos on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts if you want even more great pics from this morning at the Marketplace Co Op!

 

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Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

As I walked into Disney’s Days of Christmas in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, I found a ton of great Disney Character Christmas Ornaments that are new-ish that are a really great way to add a personal touch to your tree!

I know it is only April, but I think it is never too early to start finding treasures to show your #DisneySide on your tree! Plus by spreading out the cost throughout the year we are able to buy more ornaments without feeling the extra pinch at the holidays.

So, join me as I look at twelve of my favorite Disney Character Christmas Ornaments!

12 Days of Disney Character

Christmas Ornaments

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

I love how Eeyore and Tigger are usually together! While they usually couldn’t be more opposite, in this ornament they both look happy…believe me that is happy for Eeyore!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Everyone’s (alright maybe not EVERYONE’S) favorite little alien is super festive popping out of a present!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Prep and Landing is by far one of my absolute favorite Christmas specials, and we watch it over and over and over every year! So when I saw Wayne and Lanny’s ornament I was really excited. We will definitely be picking this one up for our tree!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

The working joints of this Pinocchio Disney Character Christmas Ornament are a much appreciated detail that made me smile!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

As Dave is a gigantic Oswald fan, we will definitely be adding this to our tree this year!!! He has gone in and out of stock, so you will want to pick this one up if you see it around Walt Disney World.

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Mike isn’t amused by these Christmas lights…

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Lacrosse is a sport that is really picking up steam in our area, and it is really great to see Mickey decked out for Lacrosse fans!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

I can’t tell you how much I miss Luxo Jr. at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but it helps that I can pick up this little guy to add to my tree!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

I am sorry, but these Flamingo ornaments make me incredibly happy!!!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Fish are friends, and now Disney Character Christmas Ornaments! I love Bruce’s face!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

How sweet is this Angel Minnie ornament? I love her!

Which one is your favorite Disney Character Christmas ornament?

Want to see some of my other favorite Disney Character Christmas Ornaments? Check out this Pick Six!

Want to see some really fun Disney Ideas for Christmas? Check out our Pinterest Board ~ Dreaming of a Disney Christmas!

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New MagicBand Accessories

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???

MagicBand Accessories

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!!!

MagicBand Accessories

MagicBand Accessories

MagicBand Accessories

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.

MagicBand Accessories

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!)

MagicBand Accessories

MagicBand Accessories

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.

MagicBand Accessories

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!

httpv://youtu.be/koolv7fRW-g

What do you think? Will you be buying any MagicBand accessories for your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World?

 

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Merchandise Spotlight – Walt Disney World January 7, 2014

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!

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Hey Mickey! It’s not often that you find a good navy t-shirt.
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I like how this one has a knit/pixelated feel.
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This one is just too sweet!
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Skiing anyone?

Looking to show your inner John Lasseter? Here are two Hawaiian Shirts for you!

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I like how you have to look really closely at this pattern to find the Disney Characters.
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Surfing Mickey? Hula dancing Donald? You can’t go wrong!

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!

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This jersey is too cool for school!

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.

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I like how collegiate this sweatshirt feels.
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This lightweight pullover would be ideal for the slightly chilly nights we get in Florida.
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This green is absolutely perfect!

And finally, there are two Walt Disney World t-shirts that I thought were worth mentioning.

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If you liked this shirt at Disneyland, you are going to love it at Walt Disney World!
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These glow in the dark shirts seem like they would be a lot of fun!!!

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!

 

 

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Week In Review And News – January 3, 2014

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.

runDisney

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!

httpv://youtu.be/C8YXAZu9kCE

You can find out more about these shoes here.

Universal Orlando Resort

Harry Potter Diagon Alley Week in Review

With construction on Diagon Alley ramping up, A Celebration of Harry Potter drawing close, Cabana Bay opening reservations being taken, and CityWalk undergoing a HUGE transformation, the Universal Orlando Resort is buzzing with energy!

Diagon Alley Construction on December 29, 2013. Week in Review
Diagon Alley Construction on December 29, 2013.

Antojitos Update Week in Review

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for everything that is coming to the Universal Orlando Resort!!!

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando

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.

Amway Center

The Circus is coming to town!

Ringling

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.

LEGOLAND Florida

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!

httpv://youtu.be/fZ_JOBCLF-I

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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

BG Bring a friend for free Week in Review

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.

Week in Review- Posts from On the Go in MCO

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Staycation

New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort

Wordless Wednesday – Happy New Year

Merchandise Spotlight – Walt Disney World Resort

Thanks for joining us for this Week in Review, and if this is indication of how jam packed 2014 is going to be I am really excited!

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Merchandise Spotlight – Walt Disney World January 2, 2014

For this week’s merchandise spotlight, I take a peek at some of the new women’s shirts, jackets, and accessories that can be found at Walt Disney World.

I thought that I would start off this merchandise spotlight with my favorite merchandise…purses!

I am always up for a great tote, and there were a few new park and character totes that I really love.

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Hipster Minnie Mouse Tote? Check!
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A really fun vintage and sporty tote!
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While I love this tote, I wish it didn’t have both Walt Disney World AND Disneyland on the bag.
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This patriotic wristlet is a great size for phone accessories.

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the bowler bags that came out earlier this year that were made in a shiny red vinyl, I really like these new black matte designs!

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I wasn’t a huge fan of the Mickey Parts in the red shiny vinyl, but I am totally digging this pattern!
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Even on a smaller item, like this wallet, the new pattern really works.

I also like how they tweaked the black and white design of this bag.

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I love that the black and white with the pop of fuchsia!

And finally, these structured purses are a great new option!

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Glad to see some more structured purse styles at Walt Disney World. Especially the grommet details.
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More structured purses, with some really great details and textures.
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I love both of colors of this neon, snakeskin, structured purse with metal details.

There were some new jewelry pieces, but I especially loved this simple broach and this ‘gold’ necklace.

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Such a pretty and simple broach!
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I’m totally into gold jewelry lately, and this necklace has great detail while not being overly ‘Disney’.

This new windbreaker/rain coat is a really high quality jacket with great pockets that is the perfect weight for both a summer rain that is sticky and layering when it is cooler.

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This rain jacket is BOMB!

There were a ton of new Mickey pajamas, but these were my favorites!

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These Mickey Mouse pajamas were SUPER cute

I found a few great shirts while I was in the park, too.

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This Minnie Mouse glow in the dark t-shirt is super fun!
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I saw this shirt out in California, but I absolutely love Ariel’s face!
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Can you go wrong with a sequin Mickey Shirt? Answer: No

What park merchandise are you looking forward to in 2014? I’m excited to find more great purses and accessories, and maybe even trying my hand at Disney Bounding!

 

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