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15 posts from June 2011

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Cars Spy Photo Contest Highlights

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 30, 2011 9:49 AM

Hey there! 

Remember our Cars Spy Photo Contest on Facebook? Well, the entries have been judged, and the finalists have been revealed on Facebook! We have selected 25 second prize winners and 5 first prize winners! One of the 5 first prize winners will be the Grand Prize Winner! Go onto the Disney Store Facebook to vote for your favorite photo.

We wanted to show you some of the second prize winners' photos because awesome Cars shots were captured! 


Jill D. - "Best Friends in The Rockies"


Andrea H. - "Lightning Feeding Giraffes at the Local Zoo"


Annette H.  - "Flying Over The Colosseum"


Stephanie J. - "Racing Past Mt. Rushmore"

Thanks to all who participated in the contest! Click here to vote for the Cars Spy Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner!

Unlock the Disney Store Treasure Chest

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 28, 2011 8:55 AM

Hey Buzz Fans!

Are you a Disney Store Facebook Fan too? We have created special rewards just for our Disney Store Facebook Fans out there! All you have to do is Unlock the Disney Store Treasure Chest by posting this Key to your wall. Once 4,000 keys have been added, the chest will open, revealing a special treasure available only to Disney Store Facebook Fans. You can only find out what the treasures are by posting your keys; the quicker you do it, the faster you can unlock the Magic!

 FB Unlock the Magic Image

Click here to Post Your Key!

Ka-chow! Cars 2 Disney Gift Cards Now Available at Disney Store and!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 27, 2011 9:30 AM

Hey Cars fans – start your engines – a new Cars 2 Disney Gift Card is racing into a Disney Store near you!

Cars 2 pals Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and newcomer Finn McMissile are featured on the newest Disney Gift Card, “Cars 2 Friends to the Finish,” exclusively for Disney Store!

The “foil finish” treatment on the card shows off Finn’s sleek spy exterior and Lightning’s updated paint job, which contrasts Mater’s untreated rusty shell.

The glossy red bottom of the card also pays homage to Lightning’s new paint job while the checkered flag background is a reminder that he has a race to win -- the World Grand Prix!

Cars 2 Gift Card

And for those of you looking to get your wheels on a gift card from, check out our two Cars 2 designs only available online!

The first card, “Cars 2 Lightning Coastal Cruisin’,” features Lightning McQueen racing along the Italian coastline.


The second design, "Cars 2 Mater & Finn Secret Mission," features Tow Mater and Finn McMissle tackling Tokyo together.



Disney Gift Cards are good for almost everything Disney, including Mickey merchandise, Theme Park tickets, dining, and more!  Get yours today at U.S. Disney Stores and at!

San Francisco Vinylmation Series Released TODAY Exclusively at Stockton Street Disney Store

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 26, 2011 9:00 AM

Today, in the City by the Bay, Disney Store has a lot to say! What's the big deal in San Francisco, you ask? Today marks the release of our San Francisco Vinylmation series! This City Specific Vinylmation is exclusively sold at the Stockton Street Disney Store.

Our very own Disney Store Artists, Dan Beltran and Gerald Mendez, were inspired to create the series by the iconic Cable Car and the city's most treasured landmark, Golden Gate Bridge.  The series includes the San Francisco Trolley 3” Vinylmation and the San Francisco Day and Night 9” Vinylmation.

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Tell us! What's your favorite San Francisco landmark? You might just see it on a future San Francisco Vinylmation figure!

Cars 2 Countdown Week: CARS 2 is in Theaters TODAY!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 24, 2011 3:09 PM

Ka-Chow! We are ecstatic that this day has finally come; Cars 2 premieres in theaters TODAY! Disney Store Home Base Cast Members revved up by having our very own Home Base Grand Prix! We took our passports and traveled to Tokyo, Porto Cosa, London and Paris. Take a look at memories we captured:

Remote control car races!

Watch out for oil leaks!


Fun photo opportunities as race car drivers!

Disney Store Human Resources Pit Crew

The Home Base Grand Prix was such a blast! Sadly, we had to travel back home and go through our "grumpy" USA Customs officer.

 Are you heading to the theaters today? Here's your last sneak peek of Cars 2 before you can see the real deal!


Go to theaters in your very own Cars 2 gear:


Cars 2 Countdown Week: 1 MORE DAY! Celebrate Cars 2 at Disney Store This Saturday at the Secret Agent Escapade

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 23, 2011 9:00 AM

What are YOU doing this weekend?  We know you already have Cars 2 scheduled for Friday, so why not enjoy even MORE Cars 2 fun? Rev up at Disney Store! 

Join your local Disney Store Saturday, June 25 at 11am-1:30pm as we celebrate the release of Cars 2 in theaters June 24. Guests will become secret agents (just like Finn McMissile and Mater) and search out clues to reveal a coded word.


RSVP to the event on Facebook:

Find a Disney Store near you:

Get your very own Cars toys, clothes and more at: 


Here are the answers to yesterday's trivia questions:

1.)    He was named after Pixar animator Glenn McQueen who died from skin cancer in 2002.

2.)    Stickers

3.)    The animators decided to put the eyes up on the windshield, because that made the characters more expressive. This idea was largely influenced by the 50's Disney cartoon Susie the Little Blue Coupe, one of director John Lasseter's favorite cartoons.

4.)    Ka-Chow!

5.)    Larry the Cable Guy

Cars 2 Countdown Week: Test Your Cars IQ!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 22, 2011 9:28 AM

The Friday premiere of Cars 2 is almost here! How well do you know the Cars series? Test your Cars IQ with our trivia questions. Look out for the answers in tomorrow's post!



1.)    Who was Lightning McQueen named after?

2.)    What's Sally's nickname for Lightning McQueen?

3.)    Why did the animators behind Disney's Cars decide to put the car's eyes on the windshield instead of on their headlights where you usually find the eyes of car toys?

4.)    What is Lightning McQueen’s favorite thing to say?

5.)    Who is the voice of Mater?

6.)    How many Cars characters have been made into die cast models?


Don't forget to enter into our Cars Spy Photo Contest! You could win a $250 gift card! Read more about the contest and upload your photos here: Cars Spy Photo Contest

Get your Cars 2 gear:

Cars 2 Countdown Week: Behind the Scenes with Disney Store Toy Designers

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 21, 2011 9:16 AM

Boogity Boogity Boogity! Let's go racin'! Cars 2 is racing to the theaters this Friday! In preparation for the Cars 2 film release, we visited Marty Rivero and Sean Lee, our Disney Store Toy Designers.  They have been busy this past year designing lots and lots of cars! We wanted to know some insights into the background of the Cars 2 designs; check out our behind the scenes interview...

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 Meet Marty!                                                                                       Here's Sean!

The Buzz: First off, can you tell us a little bit about what you do here at Disney Store Headquarters?

Marty: I manage the Boys Toy Design for the Disney Stores North America.
Managing & designing toys from concept, design, features, sculpt, deco and through final production approvals.

Sean: I am a Toy Designer for boys toys.


The Buzz: The Cars 2 toys look intricate and extremely fun! How did you come up with the new Cars 2 toy designs?

Marty: We tried to incorporate characteristics and features they have in the movie to bring the toy to life.

Sean: We watched an early screening and dream about how to bring characters to life in toys.


The Buzz: Did you do anything different this time around, than you did when designing the first CARS toy series?

Marty: We went ALL OUT for this movie launch, doing over 50 new die cast cars, 4 Remote Control cars with special features, 4-8” action figures with special features, 2 figurine sets.

Sean: Yes, the toys aren't so "young" for Cars 2. More action!


The Buzz: Were there any unique challenges designing the Cars 2 toys?

Marty: Getting it all done! It’s been a year in the making.

Sean: Yes, the Cars 2 characters are way more detailed and animated.

The Buzz: I know you are Toy pros, so how long have you been designing toys for?
Marty: 12 years.

Sean: About 20 years.

The Buzz: Wow! Lastly, who’s your favorite Cars character and why?
Marty: Mater, he’s a fun loving and down to earth kind of guy.

Sean: I would have to say "Guido." He's cute and lovable, but don't mess with him!



There you have it! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Marty and Sean! Stay tuned in for more Cars news this week...


Have you entered into our Cars Spy Photo Contest? You could win a $250 gift card! Read more about the contest and upload your photos here: Cars Spy Photo Contest. Here's a cool example: Cars photo contest

Get your very own Cars toys, clothes and more at:

Cars 2 Countdown Week!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 20, 2011 11:17 AM

Vroom Vroom! Rev up your engines Buzz Readers! Get ready for a full week of posts solely about Cars 2. We are thinking exclusive Q & A sessions with our new Cars 2 merchandise, NEW products, NEW photos, and of course a lot fun!

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Cars 2 premieres in the theaters this FRIDAY, June 24. Are you racing to the Friday premiere? We are, and we can't wait to see who wins the first-ever World Grand Prix! Get more info on the Cars 2 Official Website.

Happy Father's Day from Disney Store!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 19, 2011 5:00 AM

Q: What do all of these photos have in common?

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A: There's a loving father protecting and caring for their most precious thing in the world, their child. In honor of Father's Day, we wanted to thank all the dads for being there for us!


We would love to hear from you! Who is your favorite Disney dad and why? Or share your favorite Disney experience with your dad!

Still looking for the perfect gift for your dad? Here are some links to products we picked out for him: ClothesWatchesElectronics

From of all of us at Disney Store, Happy Father's Day!

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