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20 posts from July 2010

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Update: Grand Opening Celebration at Roosevelt Field

By Gina, Jul 30, 2010 1:30 PM

Boys & Girls club Update:  I just wanted to share this great photo of some members of the Boys and Girls club of Queens as they officially opened the newly-designed Disney Store at Roosevelt Field.  Congratulations on a great Grand Opening Celebration!

I just want to remind everyone in the Nassau County area of New York that tomorrow is the Grand Opening Celebration for the first totally re-imagined and redesigned Disney Store on the East Coast.  Located in the Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, the Disney Store has undergone a floor-to-ceiling Magic mirrormakeover with new and exciting interactive features such as Magical Trees, the Disney Princess castle with a Magic Mirror, the Disney-Pixar CARS-branded Ridemakerz experience and the Disney Store Theater. There's also an expanded assortment of exclusive Disney Store merchandise for kids of all ages, including select Adult Apparel and Disney Parks Authentic Vinylmation. 

The first 500 guests at the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday will get free Mickey ears! 

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, July 31st
10:00 am Opening Ceremony
12:00 - 4:00 pm meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Radio Disney will be on hand with giveaways, prizes and more!
Lower level near Macy's
Characters alternate every 30 minutes. Character appearances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Call store for more details: (516) 739-0072

The All New Disney Store at the Roosevelt Field Mall is located at 630 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY 11530

This Just In: Dooney and Bourke Pop Princess Collection

By Gina,

Princess Satchel by Dooney & Bourke at Disney

Ok, I admit it, like so many other fashion-obsessed gals, I love handbags. Princess Bucket Bag by Dooney & Bourke at I would say I'm addicted, but as much as I love 'em, I limit my purchases to those bags that are truly special.  I guess that's why I'm so excited about the new Disney Parks Authentic Dooney and Burke Pop Princess Collection that has just become available on  Created especially for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, these quality bags are positively charming!  I especially love the colors -- they're vivid without being garish and will coordinate with just about everything. 

The collection, which includes a tote bag, satchel, bucket bag and wristlets, just became available at today, but given how irresistible they are, I'm going to have to make up my mind which one I want sooner rather than later.  Which is your favorite?

Disney Magic Comes to Comic-Con 2010

By Gina, Jul 29, 2010 7:44 AM

As I'm pretty certain everyone in the universal already knows, the 41st Annual Comic-Con International was held in San Diego last week.  Alas, I was unable to attend.  But I did manage to score a ticket for one of my colleagues on the condition that she write a blog post about it.  With that said, I'll let Lise take it from here.

Disney Magic Comes to Comic-Con 2010

By Lise

Disney characters united with aliens, anime characters, vampires, mythical beasts from every galaxy, fangirls and boys under one roof to celebrate this year’s Comic-Con convention held on the beautiful San Diego waterfront.  And, I was there for it all!  It was thrilling to see people dressed up as my favorite Disney Princesses to Marvel superheroes—there was something for everyone to enjoy.Disney Princesses at ComiCon  

Cinderella, Snow White and Belle grace Comic-Con with their royal presence. (Photo left)

Captain America at Comicon



Captain America poses with a superhero colleague. (Photo right)


Mad Hatter & Red Queen at Comicon

All the best people are mad!  The Mad Hatter and Red Queen bring Wonder to Comic-Con. (Photo left)


Jack Sparrow at Comic-Con Hey, is that Johnny Depp?  I'm not sure, but it certainly does appear that Cap'n Jack Sparrow has anchored in San Diego for the Comic-Con festivities. (Photo right)


Tron Lightcycle at Comicon One of my first stops was to the TRON: Legacy booth and boy was it a treat.    Fans were able to see the TRON: Legacy Light Cycle (something we’ve been lucky to host in our lobby for the past few months,) along with props, costumes and the new movie trailer.

I overheard many people ask where they could find TRON: Legacy shirts.  (I’ll let you in on a little secret – you can find them here.)

Tron Models at Comicon

My favorite part of the display was the TRON: Legacy costumes worn by models, which light up when your  camera flash goes off!

Next, I was off to TV land to join a room of 4,000 fans for the “V” panel.  One of the Season 2 secrets revealed revolved around the Visitor’s Queen Anna.   We will meet her mother, Diana, in her “natural environment.”  Now that will be something to look forward to!  If you’re not familiar with this thrilling sci-fi series you can catch up on all the suspense here

Cast of V at Comicon  

The cast from V, from left to right: Charles Mesure, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin and Scott Wolf

Lego Woody & Buzz at Comicon Another one of our lobby staples – Buzz and Woody – also made an appearance at Comic-Con 2010.  It took three model builders about 250 hours to assemble the Buzz sculpture out of some 40,000 LEGO bricks, while Woody took “only” about 150 hours and 13,600 bricks to put together.    Standing an impressive 5 and 6 ½ feet tall, these guys may be a little too big to take home, but we have lots of portable fun Disney themed LEGO play sets at Disney Store and

Kermit & Rizzo at Comicon

Even Kermit the Frog and Rizzo were on-scene to report on the all the action. This is one of my favorite pictures.

It was a fun-packed weekend and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!

First East Coast All New Disney Store Opens - Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday!

By Gina, Jul 28, 2010 7:40 AM

Magic is Back Get ready New York, 'cause a Grand Opening Celebration for the first totally re-imagined and redesigned Disney Store on the East Coast happens this Saturday, July 31st.  Located in the Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, the Disney Store has undergone a floor-to-ceiling makeover. Imagination Park Now the good people of Nassau County can meander the Pixie Dust Trail beneath Magical Trees, step inside the Disney Princess castle to gaze at the Magic Mirror, unlock their imaginations with the Disney-Pixar CARS-branded Ridemakerz experience and choose a Disney song or short from the video jukebox to watch on the movie screen in the Disney Store Theatre. (Phew!)  They'll also be able to select from an expanded assortment of exclusive Disney Store merchandise for kids of all ages, including select Adult Apparel and Disney Parks Authentic Vinylmation. 

Oh, and the lucky first 500 guests at the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday will get free Mickey ears!  Here's the schedule:

Saturday, July 31st
10:00 am Opening Ceremony
12:00 - 4:00 pm meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Radio Disney will be on hand with giveaways, prizes and more!
Lower level near Macy's
Characters alternate every 30 minutes. Character appearances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Call store for more details: (516) 739-0072 

The All New Disney Store at the Roosevelt Field Mall is located at 630 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY 11530

Princess (Doll) Power

By Jennifer, Jul 27, 2010 10:22 AM

We have 3 beautiful nieces who have always lived far from us. Disney Princess Pocahantas Doll at Their father is a Lt. Colonel in the US Marine Corp so, as part of his duties, the family moves around – a lot.  Disney Princess Snow White Doll at Each of the girls were born in the summer months, so when June, July, and August roll around, I am busy happily shipping birthday gifts to them.  This year, the youngest took a liking to all things girlie.  Keeping in mind her bold and brave personality, I decided that I would send Disney Princess Dolls to her.  After all, can you think of anyone more bold and brave than a Disney Princess?  Anyway, upon their arrival, Princesses Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Snow White  apparently delighted more than the birthday girl and her sisters.  In the thank you note from my sister-in-law, the card read:

Disney Princess Jasmine Doll at Dear Jen & Kelly, 

Maggie would like to thank you for all the Princess Dolls.  She especially likes Snow White, while I especially liked the fact that each of the girls chose one and played with them nicely and quietly for hours!  Can I hear a whoo hoo?


Krisi & the Girls  

Guess what?  Right now at Disney Store and, select Princess Dolls are 2 for $20.  That's a great value for these beautifully detailed dolls, not to mention hours of fairy tale playtime.

Ready, Set, Paddle!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jul 23, 2010 5:45 PM

Mickey Canoe Races

Today was the final day of qualifying rounds for the Disneyland Resort Canoe Races and Team Shop Now was down at the dock and raring to go at 6:00 am.  But this came only after some very intense earlier-in-the-week practice sessions in Conference Room 145.  A week earlier we ranked 24th out of 40 teams in our first day of qualifying and we were determined to shave the necessary 45 seconds off of our time in order to make it to the quarter finals.  Can't you just feel our determination as we practiced rowing in rhythm?       

Practice 1

By the time we got down to Disneyland this morning, everyone was full of team spirit and ready to WIN!    But our eagerness to "power 10" from the starting line didn't prevent us from stopping on our way into Critter Country through the backstage area to admire the work of this guy who might just have the coolest job in all the realm: painting King Arthur's Carousel horses.

Carousel Guy

Truly, one of the best things about working for Disney is that there really is magic everywhere, even when you pull back the curtain.  In this case, the magic is in this artist's talent and the obvious pride he takes in helping to create these fantastic horses.  Just beautiful!

But on to the race...


Continue reading "Ready, Set, Paddle!" »

Inspiring Disney Characters: Alice

By Gina, Jul 22, 2010 7:30 PM

''On the Other Side'' Alice in Wonderland Gicleé on Paper at

As depicted in the recent hit film "Alice in Wonderland" by Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton, the character of Alice is curious, level-headed and possessed of a healthy dose of stubbornness mixed with enviable negotiating skills.  Following all manner of bizarre and often scary adventures which come on the heels of a terrifying tumble down a rabbit hole, she heroically stands up to all the madness Wonderland has to offer, forging ahead with dignity, grace and strength. 

Thank you, Alice, for supplying us with a template for dealing with those times when we feel like the only sane person in a world gone crazy.

What Disney characters inspire you?

Behind the Scenes at Disney Store - Guest Services Edition

By Gina, Jul 21, 2010 2:28 PM

Meet Steve Fryer, Director of Guest Services for Disney Retail, including all North American Disney Stores as well as  His 16 year career in Guest Services has also included assignments leading Guest Services at Disney Mobile and Disney Online.  He is convinced he has the best job in the world, bringing Disney Magic to every Disney Guest!  With his congenial Southern accent and unflappable demeanor, I think even Tinker Bell would be impressed by his mad pixie dust sprinkling skills.  I asked Steve if he would share some especially memorable Guest Service stories (he's got a gazillion) and he very graciously agreed.  Hopefully, we'll make this a regular feature on The Buzz!

A Fairy Tale Wedding Dream Come True

By Steve Fryer

One of the exciting elements of working in Guest Services is knowing that every day will present you with something unexpected.  No two days are ever alike.  It is the unexpected opportunities that provide the ultimate reward for a Guest Services Cast Member, performing the seemingly impossible to make a Guest’s day magical.

One of our Guests planned for her fiancé and herself an amazing Disney-themed wedding.  It was her day to be a princess.  The ring bearer was her 6-year-old son from a previous Limited-Edition ''Once Upon a Dream'' Sleeping Beauty Figurine by Lenox at marriage.  She called him her “little prince.”  In keeping with the wedding’s theme, the bride ordered a role play Prince Charming costume from us for her son to wear as he walked down the aisle.

The bride-to-be didn’t actually have her son try on the Prince Charming outfit until the day before the wedding.  Unfortunately, it was way too small.  She immediately called our Guest Support Center to see if there was anything we could do.

We had another Prince Charming costume in a larger size, but our last overnight delivery shipment left our Distribution Center several hours earlier.  Springing into action, the Guest Services Team packaged the new costume, jumped in a Cast Member’s car and reached the FedEx office a few minutes before their overnight deadline.  The package arrived at the bride-to-be’s doorstep the next morning, and that afternoon her “little prince” walked down the aisle in a costume that fit him perfectly.

Crisis averted!  It was just another day at our Guest Support Center where we always strive for magical, happy endings.

It's All In Good Fun on Family Game Night

By Gina, Jul 20, 2010 4:51 PM

Family game night created some of my most cherished childhood memories.  A couple of times each month, Mom, Dad, my brother, sister and I would gather around the dining table to play a few rounds of hearts or a long game of Monopoly.  As we grew into our teenage years, my siblings and I would occasionally roll our eyes at Dad's insistence suggestion that we sit down to a family game, but  inevitably we found ourselves having a blast.  I remember my brother clowning around, the giggling and the good natured teasing.  I remember the look on Dad's face as he watched us enjoying ourselves. I smile just thinking about it.  It never really mattered who won or who lost, it was about spending time together and feeling like... well, a family.  That was the best. 

These days, it seems when we're home, we're always super busy with or distracted by things -- email, chores, favorite tv shows.  Often we don't take enough time to step back and appreciate our family members.  A family game night is an excellent way to get back in touch with each other and have fun in the process.  It's inexpensive compared to a night out at the movies and certainly more intimate.  So why not put off putting away the dishes and set the dvr to record those tv shows. They'll still be waiting for you in an hour or two.  Instead, gather your family together for a game night.  Sure, there may be a few adolescent eye rolls, but I bet in the end everyone will have had so much fun they won't even remember (or admit) they didn't want to join in.  And if your family is anything like mine, you'll be creating cherished memories for everyone involved. 

Here are some new versions of classic games created especially for Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort and available at that are sure to please your entire family!

Clue the Twolight Zone Tower of Terror Disney Theme Park Edition Game at

1. Clue® The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ Disney Theme Park Edition Game - Mickey & friends star in this new take on the board game classic. The setting: 1939 Hollywood, in the historic Hollywood Tower Hotel.  When a violent storm knocks out the power, it's up to you to follow the clues and discover which movie star is missing, what prop they have, and where they were.

Game of Life Haunted Mansion Edition at  2. The Game of Life® The Haunted Mansion® Disney Theme Park Edition- This re-incarnation of the classic board game scares-up a lifetime of fun as you race for a final resting place. Gameboard features Haunted Mansion® and Phantom Manor® buildings from Disneyland® Park, the Magic Kingdom® Park and Disneyland Paris®Resort, plus a crypt, a carriage house, the Grounds Keepers shack, and a BOO-niversity.

3. Disney Theme Park Edition Trouble® Game Disney Theme Park Edition Trouble Game at - Keep Stitch in the bubble and stay out of Trouble with this playful edition of the classic game. As guards for the Galactic Federation, it's your job to hop around the chamber and keep Experiment 626 under wraps.

Check out the complete assortment of Disney Parks Authentic games available at

Tron: Evolution

By Gina, Jul 16, 2010 3:25 PM

The original movie TRON holds a special place in my memory.  You see, I went on my very first date to see TRON.  It was a double date, which is the kind of date that was pretty common at the time for kids in Junior High.  (Junior High was what we used to call Middle School back in the olden days.)  I had a huge crush on the boy I was with and I was totally amped to be out with him. ("Totally amped" was the phrase we used to convey "really excited" back in the olden days.)  My date and I both thought the movie was great, although we did get into a rather intense discussion about the merits or lack thereof of Wendy Carlos' score. (I liked it, he didn't.)  Even though the crush ended soon thereafter, I still have fond memories of that matinee screening back in 1982 of the movie TRON.

Which is just one of the reasons why I'm so looking forward to TRON: Legacy, the new Disney movie that is coming out later this year.  But, even if I didn't feel nostalgic about Disney's original TRON, the trailer for TRON: Legacy looks amazing.  Right? 

Anyway, while I eagerly anticipate the film, I remembered that TRON: Evolution is available for pre-order on where you can get $5 off of all pre-ordered video games. 

TRON: Evolution is an epic adventure set in a massive digital world filled with high-mobility disc-based combat and advanced light cycles. Set during the era between the two TRON films, TRON: Evolution reveals the story of significant events within the TRON mythology. TRON: Evolution is scheduled for release in Holiday 2010 before the TRON: Legacy film arrives in theaters and is available for pre-order for Xbox 360® , PLAYSTATION®3  and Windows PC .

Here's the trailer for "TRON: Evolution," but I warn you, you're gonna want to pre-order it.