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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Christmas Merchandise At Walt Disney World

 

Christmas Merchandise has started to arrive at Walt Disney World, and it is cuter than ever!!!

This year’s merchandise is filled with a lot of shimmer and whimsy!

I really like how they have more than just one standard look and feel to the Christmas merchandise this year.

I hope that you enjoy this quick peek at some of our favorite pieces from the Christmas merchandise at Walt Disney World!

 

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise – UPDATED WITH PRICES

The ability to purchase Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise is a huge perk of attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise goes out promptly at 7:00pm, and is available at select locations while supplies last.

So with all this in mind if there is a certain piece of party exclusive merchandise that you would like to buy, you may want to head directly to one of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise locations shortly after the party starts.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Guide

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise can be found at the following locations:

  • Emporium, Main Street U.S.A – Shirts and Pins
  • Uptown Jewelers, Main Street U.S.A – Pins Only
  • Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazar, Adventureland – Shirts and Pins
  • Frontier Trading Post, Frontierland – Pins Only
  • Heritage House, Liberty Square –  Shirts and Pins
  • Fantasy Faire, Fantasyland – Shirts and Pins
  • Mickey’s Star Traders, Tomorrowland – Shirts and Pins

Once you get to the locations, you will find the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Pins on racks near the registers and the shirts will be on fixtures that will be rolled out into the store. If you get to the locations early, Cast Members are more than happy to let you know where you will be able to find the merchandise later in the night.

This year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise continues last year’s trend of being more ‘spooky’ than fun, but it is nothing that is inappropriate for kids.

Another fun thing to note about this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party shirts is that their design has elements that glow in the dark, which is always fun!

Also if you are a pin collector, you will want to know that you are limited to buying two pins per location. So if you are interested in buying all the pins, you may want to consider buying the set, either framed or boxed, since you will get around the buying limit and will receive a bonus pin that you can’t buy outside of the set.

UPDATED: All of the prices shown are without tax or discount of any kind.

Happy Shopping and Haunting!!!

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The 2012 Walt Disney World Halloween Merchandise is Out!

I was wandering around the Grand Floridian the other day and I came across some of the 2012 Halloween merchandise.  I love being in the parks during Halloween and I can’t wait for the season to start!

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Halloween Trading Pins Are Out At Walt Disney World!!!

It is my favorite time of year again…time for Halloween Merch at Walt Disney World!!!

I was beyond excited to find Halloween Trading Pins and Holiday Lanyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last night!!!

I am in love with the Duffy Pin!!!

I hope you enjoy this first look at the 2012 Halloween Trading Pins and Lanyard!!!

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Sneak Peek At The 2012 Disney Park Trading Pins

One of the coolest perks of attending a DVC Merry Mixer, Thank you Todd and Cheryl Perlmutter, is that you get a sneak peek at some of the pins and accessories that will be available in the upcoming months.

I am in LOVE with the Annual Passholder Key Pins!!!

I hope that you love this sneak peek at the 2012 Pins!!!

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2011 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise

This year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was an absolute blast!!!

Who wouldn’t love a party filled with snow, hot chocolate, Christmas music…and pretty cool party exclusive merchandise!!!

While I will talk about the party itself some more soon, I hope that you enjoy a peek at this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise!!!

 

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2011 Holiday Merchandise Spotlight on Antenna Toppers and Pins

It’s that time again…Merchandise, Merchandise, Merchandise!!!

I thought that I would do things a little different for this holiday! Instead of clobbering you with a ton of photos in one post, I thought that I would break my posts up in hopes of not being overwhelming.

So let’s get this holiday shopping season started with Antenna Toppers and Pins!!!

First up, the Antenna Toppers!!!

 

The holiday antenna toppers!

 

I love the Angel Topper!!!

 

The back of the Angel Topper.

 

This guy is soooo cute!!!

 

So sparkly!!!!!

 

And now for the Holiday Pins and Lanyard!!!

This is so fancy!!!

 

Mickey Claus!

 

Minnie Claus!

 

Here comes Mickey!!!

 

Soooo cute!!!

 

It's a Mickey Snowman!!!

 

I am absolutely loving the pie-eyed Mickey & Minnie!!!

 

The whole gang is here!

 

You can never go wrong with Tink!

 

Wayne & Lanny! Love me some Prep & Landing!!!

 

The Hanukkah Pin! ** This is not the 2011 pin. That pin will be released 11/24/2011**

 

The lanyards seem to be a little longer this year, but the print on them is super cute!

 

A close up of the lanyard print.

 

A closer look at the bottom of the lanyard.

 

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2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

Inside of the 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Center, located in the much beloved Wonders of Life Pavilion, you will find the most comprehensive collection of Festival Merchandise.

Let’s take a look at what this year has to offer…

This is the painting of the International Food and Wine Festival's signature print.

 

As always, the focus of the merchandise are items that you can use in your own kitchen.

 

PINS!!!!

 

I am in LOVE with the Minnie Pin!!! So I may be biased, as she's my favorite character...

 

This is the Annual Passholder exclusive pin for the Food & Wine Festival.

 

The old world looking stamps on the hat look super cool.

 

This burn-out t-shirt is really cute! It might be my favorite.

 

There were a large variety of shirts this year.

 

 

While the front seems unassuming...

 

The back is awesome, because it has replicas of all of the kiosk signs!

 

 

This looks dangerous!

 

Chef Duffy!

Now the next few items I found are so amazing! These cosmetic and messenger bags are created from the banners that flew at last year’s International Food and Wine Festival!!!

 

 

 

 

The 2011 Food and Wine festival Vinylmation.

 

The 2011 International Food and Wine Festival has also added two signature wines to their list of exclusive offerings.

The festival Pinot Grigio.

 

The festival Chianti.

 

The thing that strikes me the most about the merchandise for the 2011 International Food and Wine Festival is that the quality has definitely been kicked up a notch since last year!!!

Also, with the addition of the wines and the priorLife merchandise you will find more opportunities, outside of the featured artists, to purchase one-of-a-kind items!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2011 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Exclusive Merchandise

One perk of attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is that you can purchase special 2011 edition event merchandise at specific locations throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Visit the following locations in the Magic Kingdom® Park for special 2011 edition event merchandise

Emporium, Main Street, U.S.A

Pirates Bazaar, Adventureland

Frontierland Trading Post, Frontierland

Haunted Mansion Cart, Liberty Square

Heritage House, Liberty Square

Fantasy Faire, Fantasyland

Mickey’s Star Traders, Tomorrowland

** Event Merchandise available at the above locations based on availablity.**

**Please see a Merchandise Cast Member for details**

This year’s Limited Edition pin selections offer a little something for everyone, and cost between $10.95 and $12.95.

This set of Scarecrow Pins costs $44.95.
This is the entire set of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Pins, and it is $124.95
This is the framed pin set, and it is actually super cool!

They also were offering two t-shirts this year, with the same design for adults and children that glow in the dark and are candy scented!

These aren’t Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party exclusives, they are still AWESOME!!!!

This is what I call $12.00 well spent!!!
This guy lights up, and can possibly hold 3 pieces of popcorn! Plus it has an extra added bonus...
It projects this light out of the bottom!!! AWESOME!!!
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UPDATED: 2011 Halloween Merchandise!!!!

I have to say that Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday, and I am really excited about the new Halloween Merchandise Offerings!

They seem to be a little more on the ‘scary’ side this year, but they are still fun through and through!

I hope that you enjoy the 2011 Halloween Merchandise offerings as much as I do!

Continuing with my Mickey Ear obsession, I take a look at the Pumpkin Ears! Soooo adorable!!!
The pumpkin stem detail is cute!!!
The Minnie witch ears are my absolute favorite!!!!
I love how they changed the bow this year!!!
FrankenMickey Ears!!!!
I bolt details are awesome!!!
These bad boys light up, and are pretty stinking cool!
Mickey Ears Headband with a Pumpkin Witch on top.
Mickey Ears Witch Headband that lights up! I love the spider that dangles at the top!

A look at the 2011 Halloween Banner
The spooky 2011 Halloween Reusable Bag
2011 Halloween Reusable Bag
A few of the Home Decor offerings! I love the Halloween Trees!
I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SHIRT!!!! This is the front of the Women's Halloween shirt.
The back of the Women's Halloween Shirt
Close up of the Men's Halloween shirt
Another close up of the Men's Halloween shirt.
A close up of the glow in the dark kid's Halloween shirt.

Minnie is my favorite!!!
Halloween Pins
Halloween Lanyards

I like how the Mickey pumpkin topper is a little creepy this year.

The Mickey ghost antenna topper is an oldie but goodie.

I really loved this Minnie Mouse bracelet!
Halloween Pens!!!
I know that these aren't really Halloween-y...but I thought that you might like to see them.
The Tinkerbell little hat.
The back of the Tinker Bell Hat.
The Cheshire Cat little hat.
The back of the Cheshire Cat little hat.
The Mad Hatter little hat.
This is the side of the Mad Hatter little hat...this one definitely has the most detail!
The back of the Mad Hatter little hat.

 

This morning I went by World of Disney at the Downtown Disney Marketplace, and found a few more items that I would like to share with you!

These tea light holders are pretty cool!!!
Mugs Mugs Mugs Mugs
Halloween Treats!!!
A Haunted Mansion of your own!
Crazy Mickey...I know that I already tweeted a picture of this, but I couldn't resist!!!
Popcorn...get your popcorn!!!
Again, I know I tweeted a picture...but it's Halloween Duffy!!!!!
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