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12 posts from August 2010

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Too Cute for Their Own Good! (Pook-a-Sode #4)

By Gina, Aug 31, 2010 1:57 PM

For those of you unfamiliar with Pook-a-Looz ("Pook-a-who's?"), they're a series of super soft and cuddly plush toy collectibles featuring your favorite Disney characters like you’ve never seen before.  (Update:  Right now at Disney Store and, you can buy 2 Pook-a-Looz for $20.  That's a savings of $5!)  Pook-a-Looz fans are almost certainly in-the-know about a series of "Pook-a-Sodes" posted on Disney Living's YouTube Channel.  If you haven't checked them out, you should - they're adorable.  Below is the latest Pook-a-Sode, "Fairy Tale Ending:"

Oh, and each "Pook-a-Sode" features a hidden "Pook-a-Looz."  Did you spot it?

Will You Be Ready for Halloween?

By Gina, Aug 25, 2010 5:03 PM

Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas Clock As I begin to type this post, there are a mere 66 days until Halloween.  For all practical purposes, that's just around the corner.  This begs two questions: "Will you be ready?" and "Gina, just how did you know how many days until Halloween?" 

In answer to the second question, I suppose I could have calculated the number of days until Halloween with a fairly simple mathematical formula, but instead, I chose a much more whimsical way.  I consulted the Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Clock, available now at

You see, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (along with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco De Mayo, Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day,) so it's important to me to stay on top of things in order to properly prepare for a spooktacularly good time on October 31.  By knowing just exactly how many days I have until Halloween, I can plan ahead to make sure I've got everything I need to celebrate in true Disney style: Halloween decor, festive Halloween apparel and, of course, costumes and accessories.  And thanks to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Clock, which features a working countdown to Halloween, staying on schedule is frightfully fun. 

So, now that we've answered the question of how I knew the number of days until Halloween, the first question still remains.  It's a question only you can answer:  Will you be ready for Halloween?

New Epic Mickey Trailer

By Gina, Aug 20, 2010 5:02 PM

I'm just gonna geek-out for a minute and say that Disney Epic Mickey looks like the ultimate video game for Disney fans of all ages.  Literally every detail of this game is inspired by something Disney, such as Walt's early animations, long forgotten theme parks attractions or even rejected character concepts.  Disney Epic Mickey truly honors Disney's creative heritage. 

Scheduled for release this holiday season and available for pre-order on, Disney Epic Mickey is "an adventure-platforming game with light role-playing elements for the Nintendo Wii, featuring an iconic and retro Mickey Mouse inspired by cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s. In the game's fiction, a sorcerer named Yen Sid creates a beautiful, whimsically-twisted world where Disney's forgotten and retired creations thrive. Originally, the powerful sorcerer from The Sorcerer's Apprentice in Walt Disney's 1940 film Fantasia was nicknamed ''Yen Sid'' by Disney animators, although never named as such on screen. In Disney Epic Mickey, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit -- Walt Disney's first cartoon star created in 1927 and Mickey's half-brother -- becomes the earliest inhabitant of Yen Sid's Cartoon Wasteland after Mickey Mouse is created. Oswald makes the Cartoon Wasteland comfortable for other retired characters as they join him in this magical land. Years pass, and as Oswald dwells in the Cartoon Wasteland, he becomes resentful watching Mickey's popularity swell. When Mickey curiously stumbles upon Yen Sid's map, he makes an innocent yet terrible mistake and inadvertently devastates Oswald's comfortable world. Eventually, Mickey's mistake pulls him deep into the mysterious Cartoon Wasteland to face the destruction he unknowingly created. Mickey must use the very elements of animation, paint and paint thinner, to explore the Cartoon Wasteland, find the source of evil that is destroying the land, and redeem his fellow cartoon characters including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. With visionary game designer Warren Spector behind the title, players choose their own path to defeat supreme evil, face the consequences of those decisions and ultimately free the Cartoon Wasteland. Rating E10+"

Pre-order Disney Epic Mickey at and save $5.00  (Sorry.  The $5.00 savings offer has ended.)

This Just In: Colorful New Dooney and Bourke Disney Sketch Collection

By Gina, Aug 17, 2010 5:57 PM

New Dooney & Bourke Sketch Collection at

Fresh off the release of the Disney Pop Princess Collection, on August 18th (tomorrow) will make available the latest Dooney and Bourke Disney Sketch Collection.  The new collection features wristlets and bags with the whimsical sketch print against your choice of cheerful candy colors.  Who says summer has to end? 

0.00007465746363196676 Percent

By Gina, Aug 16, 2010 1:57 PM

Of the approximately 6,697,255,000 people who inhabit the world, only 5000 of them will be able to own the collector quality worldwide Limited Edition Belle Doll.   Will you be among the 0.00007465746363196676 percent of the world's population lucky enough to claim membership in that elite group?  The Limited Edition Belle Doll is available for pre-order starting today at Disney Store and

Limited Edition Belle Doll at

"With its intricate details inspired by 18th century French fashion, this beautifully designed Belle doll captures the essence of the Beauty that turned a Beast into a handsome prince. The elegance of her golden satin dress is enhanced by the intricate layers of gathering, each punctuated by a shimmering golden rhinestone. The bodice is accented with five perfect golden roses, each capped by a single glittering stone, and gleaming golden jeweled strands which add to the magical look befitting a Disney Princess. A delicate swag of luxurious chiffon held in place by gorgeous golden roses adds the perfect touch to an exquisite gown. Belle holds a single glittering red rose; a fitting testament to the power of true love."

Limited Edition Pre-Order - Teaser #2

By Gina, Aug 13, 2010 2:43 PM

Only 5000 of these limited edition beauties will be available to own and Disney fans and collectors will be able to pre-order at Disney Store and beginning Monday, August 16th.  What is it?  Here's another teaser:

Belle Doll #1

Care to take a guess? 

(Reminder: Special Event Tomorrow 8/13) He's a Platypus. They Don't Do Much.

By Gina,

Perry the Inaction Figure 2

It's fresh, it's new, it's incredibly hip. Soon to be the biggest hit of the new toy season, Perry... the Platypus Inaction Figure!  It does nothing!  And now, on August 14th, two-thirds of the way into the 104 days of summer (day 70?),Make a Perry the Platypus  you get the chance to make your very own Perry the Platypus Inaction Figure at your local Disney Store!

Here's the skinny:

Date:  Saturday, August 14th


11:00 am and 1:00 pm (each session lasts approximately 40 minutes)

Step 1: Watch "Toy to the World," the Phineas and Ferb Episode that inspired Perry the Inaction Figure.

Step 2: Your friendly Disney Store Castmembers will walk you through the building of your very own Perry the Platypus Inaction Figure - your's free to take home!

This event is designed for ages 6 and up with a minimum age requirement of 3 years old.

Perry the Inaction Figure kits are available while supplies last, one per attendee.

Event subject to change or cancellation without notice.  Call your local Disney Store to confirm participation.

Seize the day!

Have You Tracked Your T Yet?

By Gina, Aug 11, 2010 4:14 PM

Track My T

Did you know that it takes 11 people and 243 feet of thread to construct the average large size t-shirt?  That's just one of the interesting things I learned when I Tracked My T today on  I bought the Organic Glitter Mickey Tee a few weeks back and I love it, but only today did I finally get around to using the unique tracking number hidden inside to see the journey it made from seed to me. Here's what I found out about my new tee:  

Track My T 5

Pretty neat, huh?   Another thing I learned was that all the factories involved in the production of my Organic Glitter Mickey Tee were certified by WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Product.) WRAP is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world.  So, not only do I look good in my new tee, I can feel good about wearing it!

Buzz Tee Check out the great assortment of organic graphic tees for adults and kids, many of which are value priced at 2 for $24 and 2 for $18 respectively, at Disney Store and  And then don't forget to Track Your T!






Limited Edition Pre-Sale

By Gina, Aug 10, 2010 5:31 PM

In the coming days, Disney fans will be able to pre-order a very special Limited Edition... that's all I'm saying for now.  But here's a teaser:


Teaser 2

  Any guesses?

A Little Back to School Magic (and Free Shipping)

By Gina, Aug 09, 2010 4:32 PM

Back to School at

No matter how far into the past my school days recede, this time of year never fails to elicit vestigial feelings of back-to-school butterflies.  In the same way the early days of November kick off the warm fuzzy feelings of the holiday season, the waning days of August conjure up a familiar set of emotions no matter how old mature I get.  You know the feeling - a potent mixture of excitement mixed with anxiety that accompanies all the questions surrounding the first day of the school year.  Will I like my teachers?  Will my classes be hard?  Will I have friends in my classroom?  Will there be cute boys?  And, most importantly, what will I wear?  Even though these questions no longer pertain to my personal experience (except for the question of "what will I wear?" which remains a daily dilemma) the feelings they generated still awaken year after year.

Organic Long Sleeve Minnie Mouse Tee at DisneyStore.comSome of my favorite August memories are of buying new clothes for the school year.  My mom would take me shopping and though we always found a lot of great things, there would inevitably be one item that I really wanted but that she would veto for one reason or another.  "It's too expensive," or "It's too unconventional," she'd say.  Of course, both of those lines of reasoning only made me want even more whatever it was she objected to.  Ultimately she would hold her ground and I'd secretly plan to save up my allowance to buy the disputed garment on my own.  During the shopping trip in in the weeks prior to my first day at junior high school, I fell completely in love with a dark grey cotton pull over T-shirt with the Classic Mickey logo and gold Asian design background.  Mom thought it was way too trendy and, to my utter disappointment, she refused to buy it for me.  I sulked a bit, but I figured I probably shouldn't be too petulant since there were lots of other cute new items in my wardrobe.  Imagine my surprise when, the night before the first day of classes, she presented me with the grey Mickey t-shirt.  Any anxiety I may have had about entering junior high school was magically transformed into pure excitement over my new favorite garment.  The t-shirt may have been trendy, but I think I wore it for several years until it came to the point where it couldn't sustain another trip through the wash cycle without completely disintegrating.

Mickey SneakersThe Mickey and Minnie trend that was so popular back when I was in high school is back today and I really wish I still had that wonderful dark grey Mickey t-shirt.  Fortunately for anybody shopping for Back-to-School gear, Disney Store and have a great assortment of value priced clothes and accessories featuring Mickey, Minnie and all their favorite Disney characters.  And, right now on you'll get FREE SHIPPING on your entire order when you purchase any kid's clothes or accessories item and apply the promo code KIDSFREE at checkout.  But the FREE SHIPPING offer ends tomorrow, August 10th at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, so you'd better hurry.

What are some of your favorite back-to-school memories?