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22 posts from April 2012

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NEW! Vinylmation Facebook Store

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Apr 30, 2012 9:30 AM

Calling all Vinylmation fans!

Looking for that one-stop shop for all your Vinylmation needs? Then look no further! Disney Theme Park Merchandise just recently revealed a brand new Vinylmation Facebook Store—a place for fans to shop, share, vote and receive special offers that can’t be found anywhere else. Located on the Vinylmation Facebook Fan page, this new Vinylmation Facebook Store is the perfect place to unite with fellow fans and expand your Vinylmation collection!

Facebook Vinylmation Store
But that’s not all!

As you become an active user of the new Vinylmation Facebook Store, you’ll have an opportunity to collect exclusive virtual Vinylmation badges! These badges will help you unlock special offers from Disney Theme Park Merchandise—the more badges you collect, the more special offers you’ll receive. What a great gift for being a Vinylmation fan!

Facebook Vinylmation Badges
Fans of the Vinylmation Facebook Store will also be able to shop select new series before they are released at Disney Parks, Disney Stores or DisneyStore.com. Not only new series, but also Facebook Exclusive Vinylmation figures only available at the Facebook Store, just like the one below! 

Blue FB Vinyl
What a perfect place for all your Vinylmation needs! The Vinylmation Facebook Fan page and new Facebook Vinylmation Store are definitely worth checking out—so what’re you waiting for? Head on over to Facebook to be a part of all the action!

Which Disney characters are you hoping to see in Vinyl form this year? I’m hoping for some new Dumbo designs, or perhaps Ariel!

Liz

World Wish Day and Glendale Galleria Disney Store Grand Opening!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Apr 29, 2012 7:00 AM

Happy World Wish Day and grand opening of the newly-designed Disney Store at Glendale Galleria!

Today is a day where all wishes and dreams come true, and where anything is possible with a little faith, trust, and pixie dust. 

Be a princess for a day!
The festivities are ready to kick off over in Glendale, CA as the Disney Store welcomes two wish kids and their families, Guests of all ages, and even Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Belle and the Beast! Excitement and anticipation is in the air!

For Guests planning to visit our Glendale Galleria Disney Store today, be sure to get there early! The first 500 Guests to visit will receive a free pair of Mickey Mouse ears, as well as watch two very special wish kids "Unlock Imagination" in our Disney Store grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m.

Unlock Imagination with us!
Don't forget to purchase your very own special Jiminy Cricket Vinylmation™ figure, released today for World Wish Day. For each one sold (from April 29 — May 31, 2012), Disney Store will donate $1 (up to $15,000) to Make-A-Wish America. Help some very deserving children's dreams come true and take home this adorable fellow!

Jiminy Cricket for World Wish Day
Here is to all your wishes coming true on this magical day!

Liz

World Wish Day Vinylmation

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Apr 28, 2012 9:00 AM

World Wish Day is tomorrow and Disney Store is proud to be sponsoring two very special wishes at our Glendale Galleria grand opening, happening on the same day!

World Wish Day
To honor Make-A-Wish and the fantastic foundation they are, our newly-designed Glendale Galleria Disney Store will be hosting two wish kids and their families to provide a magical Disney experience in addition to all the exciting festivities we have planned for the grand opening. Guests will be able to watch the magical opening ceremony of “Unlocking Imagination” as well as meet and take photos with Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Belle and the Beast! The first 500 Guests to visit the store will also receive free Mickey Mouse ears!

World Wish Day
A special Jiminy Cricket Vinylmation™ figure will also be released on World Wish Day, and for each one sold (from April 29 — May 31, 2012), Disney Store will donate $1 (up to $15,000) to Make-A-Wish America. Take a look at Jiminy below, he is so adorable! Be sure to check out your local Disney Store and DisneyStore.com to purchase your own!

Jiminy Cricket for World Wish Day
We cannot wait for all the festivities tomorrow! Are any of you planning on attending the Glendale Galleria grand opening? How are you celebrating World Wish Day?

Liz

 

Flashback Friday: A Look Back at Glendale Galleria

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Apr 27, 2012 11:30 AM

Happy Friday, Buzz Readers!

For the past few weeks I've taken you behind-the-scenes to watch the construction of the newly-designed Disney Store at Glendale Galleria. From the initial installation of the Pixie Path, to the final assembly of the Princess Castle, it has been quite the journey bringing the magic to life!

Today's Flashback Friday is a special one, as we will be revisiting the complete Disney Store construction process with before and after photos of all the newly-designed store features. I won’t be showing you the final images of the store— I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the big reveal! But don’t worry, I’ll be featuring all the magic of the Glendale Galleria grand opening on The Buzz next week.

Let's go back to the beginning and walk through the Disney Store transformation once again!

PIXIE PATH

Before
After
MURALS

Before
After
THEATER & GAZEBO

Before
After

PRINCESS CASTLE & MAGICAL TREES

Before
After
FRONT ENTRANCE

Before

After
Thank you for pardoning our Pixie Dust during this time of construction! I am so excited for the Disney Store magic to be back in full swing on Sunday!

Liz


Vote Now! Design By Me Contest

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Apr 26, 2012 11:29 AM

It's time to cast your vote!

If you haven't heard, Disney Store is currently promoting an awesome contest called Design By Me, where Disney fans everywhere were called to submit an original tee shirt design featuring the one and only Mickey Mouse

Design By Me Contest
The submissions were all immensely creative and impressive, and Disney has now selected the top five designs, featured below.

Design #1

Design by Michelle M. of Brooklyn, New York.

Design #2

Design by Chris T. of Athens, Georgia.
Design #3

Design by Ashley M. of Monroe Township, New Jersey.
Design #4

Design by Jasmine C. of Port Washington, New York.

Design #5

Design by Christy W. of Harrison City, Pennsylvania.


Now, we need YOUR help!

Head over to our Disney Store Facebook Page to VOTE for your favorite design. The design with the most votes by May 2, 2012 will be produced on an official Disney Store tee shirt! How awesome is that?! You can cast your vote once a day, so be sure to rally for your favorite design.

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And now for some answers to our Disney Princess wish quiz! Let's see how well you did:

1. This Princess with the golden tresses had a dream of seeing the glowing lanterns gleam.

Who is Rapunzel?

Rapunzel
2. This strong-willed Princess with the striped best friend wishes run away from home rather than marry the snobbish princes her father suggests. 

Who is Jasmine

Jasmine
3. This intelligent Princess wishes to read books and live a life beyond her small French village. 

Who is Belle?

Belle
4. This Princess with the evil stepsisters wishes to attend the royal ball. 

Who is Cinderella?

Cinderella
5. This warrior Princess wishes to take her elderly father’s place in the imperial army to protect him from danger. 

Who is Mulan?

Mulan

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Thanks for reading, everyone! I'll be posting another Glendale Galleria Disney Store update soon so keep an eye out.

Liz

 

Glendale Galleria Disney Store Time Lapse: Princess Castle & Magical Trees

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Apr 24, 2012 11:45 PM

Can you believe that we are in the final 5 day countdown to the grand opening of the newly-designed Disney Store in Glendale Galleria? Time flies when you’re having fun constructing a new Disney Store!

I am excited to share with you time lapse photos of two of my favorite newly-designed Disney Store installments, the Princess Castle and magical trees. I was able to watch the assembly of these two features first hand, and the transformation was amazing! Scroll through the pictures below to watch the first part of the magic come to life. 

Princess Castle
Princess Castle
Princess Castle
Magic Mirrors

Magical Trees

Magical Trees
Princess Castle & Magical Trees
Later this week I will reveal the second part of the Princess Castle and magical trees construction, as well as before and after photos of all the installments in the newly-designed Disney Store. It will be neat to view the complete transformation, from the first days of an empty space to the now glowing, colorful, innovative, and magical interior of the Disney Store.

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To tie in the Princess Castle construction with our wish-themed week, can you identify the wishes of each Disney Princess listed below? Check back for the answers on Thursday!

 

1. This Princess with the golden tresses had a dream of seeing the glowing lanterns gleam.

Who is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _?

2. This strong-willed Princess with the striped best friend wishes run away from home rather than marry the snobbish princes her father suggests.

Who is _ _ _ _ _ _ _? 

3. This intelligent Princess wishes to read books and live a life beyond her small French village.

Who is _ _ _ _ _?

4. This Princess with the evil stepsisters wishes to attend the royal ball.

Who is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _?

5. This warrior Princess wishes to take her elderly father’s place in the imperial army to protect him from danger.

Who is _ _ _ _ _?

 

Good luck!

Liz

Wish Week Begins Today! What Do You Wish For?

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Apr 23, 2012 7:20 PM

Happy Monday, Buzz readers!

Disney Store is celebrating the grand opening of the newly-designed store in Glendale Galleria, located in Glendale, CA on Sunday, April 29th, which is also World Wish Day®.

What is World Wish Day®, you ask?

World Wish DayWorld Wish Day® is a global celebration of wish granting, with celebrations and events taking place in the 48 countries where Make-A-Wish® currently serves children. On this day, the very first wish was granted in 1980 to seven-year-old Chris Greicius, whose wish was to be a police officer. From this first wish sparked a global wish-granting movement that has lead to more than 290,000 granted wishes globally since that very first day. To learn more about this amazing foundation, click Make-A-Wish®.

Make a Wish Foundation
We here at Disney whole-heartedly believe in making dreams come true, so we hereby embark on a week-long celebration of wishes leading up to World Wish Day® 2012!

Disney Store has been a World Wish Day® sponsor since the inaugural year's celebration in 2010 and Disney Stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe host unique promotions in stores during the year to raise money to help make wishes come true.

Disney Store, World Wish Day 2011
Disney Store, World Wish Day 2011
Join me here at The Buzz all week as we celebrate making dreams come true. Remember—a dream is a wish your heart makes!

So tell me, what do you wish for? 

Liz

Disney Wishes

"When you wish upon a star..."

CARS Chase Editions Available NOW!

By Official Disney Store Blogger,

Last week we introduced the new CARS die cast Chase program, where your favorite CARS characters will be featured with never-before-seen paint finishes. Today, the first two featured Limited Availability Die Cast Chasers, Metallic Francesco and Lightning Mater, are now available in store and online!

Francesco & Lightning Mater Available Online Now!
Head over to DisneyStore.com to find complete details about our die cast Chase Editions and to order your Metallic Francesco and Lightning Mater! Not only are the paint finishes totally awesome, but each die cast is only $6.50, and two for $12. That’s a deal you don’t want to miss out on!

We’ll be featuring sneak peeks of upcoming die cast Chase Editions right here on The Buzz, so keep an eye out for the next set of Chasers rolling into Disney Stores and DisneyStore.com in May.

What design themes would you like to see next? Let’s hear those creative ideas!

Liz

Happy Earth Day! Win a Disney Store Earth Day Prize Pack

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Apr 22, 2012 9:00 AM

Happy Earth Day, Buzz Readers!

Today we recognize the importance of taking care of our natural environment and celebrate the beauty of our home– the Earth! 

Disney Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day our Disney Store Twitter is giving you a chance to win an excellent eco-friendly gift pack, complete with all the awesome Disney Store products you need to “go green”!

Check out the Earth Day Prize Pack pictured below and click on each image for more information about the product and how they are helping the environment!

Disney Store Earth Day Tee for AdultsDisney Store Earth Day Tee for Women
Disney Store Earth Day Tee for BoysDisney Store Earth Day Tee for Girls

Aluminum Water Bottle with Neoprene CoverReusable Mickey and Friends Bags

For your chance to win, head over to our official Disney Store Twitter, @DisneyStore and be sure to follow us and re-tweet the Earth Day Prize Pack tweet! You can find the rules for our sweepstakes here.

This prize pack is the perfect way to “go green” and use products that help sustain and protect our beautiful environment and home. But don’t stop there! Disney Store has a whole collection of awesome products to help you be eco-friendly and ensure our Earth remains a clean, safe place to live for generations to come! Click on over to DisneyStore.com to take a look for yourself and take those first steps to being green.

Disney Store is going green!And don't forget, all day today in Disney Stores nationwide if you bring in five used plastic bags for recycling, you will receive a free re-usable shopping tote featuring the young chimpanzee, Oscar, from Disneynature's new true life adventure film, “Chimpanzee”. Such a great environmentally-friendly deal!

Disney Store Reusable Chimpanzee ToteHow are you celebrating Earth Day this year? Tell me in the comments section!

It’s a green world after all,

Liz

Peas on Earth!

Peas on Earth!

Flashback Friday: Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Apr 20, 2012 5:05 PM

It was no secret that Walt Disney had a love for storytelling through animation—his classic feature films are a testament to that! But did you know that Walt also had a strong passion for nature and protecting our planet?

Walt Disney Loved Nature
From an early age, Walt Disney was exposed to an agrarian way of life, growing a deep appreciation for nature and wildlife, as well as family and community. It was this love for animals and nature that would ultimately result in a venture into nature documentaries. In 1948, the studio premiered the True-Life Adventures series, a collection of short subject live-action documentary nature films. Walt Disney Productions produced these films for approximately 12 years until 1960, the first being Seal Island, released December 21st, 1948.

True Life Filming
The series won numerous Academy Awards for the studio, including five individual awards for Best Two Reel Live Action Short. These documentaries were not only visually stunning, but very educational as well. Many schools began to use the shorts as part of their in-class lessons, teaching students about our wildlife and greater natural world. The series brought awareness to aspects of our globe never before seen or explored by the average person.

True Life Adventures Poster
By 1960, 16 nature documentaries were created as part of the True-Life Adventures series. In 2007, Disney reinstated a nature film label, creating Disneynature. With 6 independent releases to date, Disneynature has produced critically acclaimed films with gorgeous images of our planet and its wildlife.

Disneynature
In fact, TODAY marks the release of the 6th film, Chimpanzee, and it’s guaranteed to be an excellent one! Read on below to learn more about the movie:

 Chimpanzee takes viewers deep into the heart of Africa, introducing an adorable young chimpanzee named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy — navigates the complex territory of the forest. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimpanzees, who’d rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimpanzees, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever.

Chimpanzee, in theaters now!
Oscar is absolutely adorable! Wish you could take him home?

YOU CAN!

Right now you can purchase the new Oscar Chimpanzee plush toy in store and online at DisneyStore.com. In fact, Disney Store will give $1 to the Jane Goodall Institute for every Oscar plush sold, so help bring awareness to these extraordinary creatures now! You take home a sweet soft-stuff plush chimp and help them in real life as well—it’s a win-win!

Oscar PlushNot only that, but on Earth Day, April 22, Disney Store guests who bring in five used plastic bags for recycling will receive a free re-usable shopping tote featuring the young chimpanzee, Oscar, from Disneynature's new true life adventure film, “Chimpanzee”. You really can’t go wrong!

Reusbale Chimpanzee BagWalt Disney was a champion for wildlife, and we should be, too! Be sure to check The Buzz  all weekend for “green” blog posts leading up to Earth Day!

Are you going to see Chimpanzee this weekend?

Liz