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Merchandise Monday – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

It is almost September and that means that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is gearing up for the 46-day event begining on September 27.  So take a look at all the great merchandise that will be available so you can decide what to put on your shopping list.


First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Instead of a Hidden Mickey on the mouse ear headband, there is a Hidden Remy from (Disney•Pixar’s ‘Ratatouille’) in the top of the chef’s hat.

First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Every year there is a poster to commerate the Festival.  This year’s is very cute with some great colors.

First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The bumbling chef is a seven-inch bobble figurine sculpted by artist Robert King.

First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The limited edition Vinylmation figure features Gusteau from ‘Ratatouille’ and will be packaged in a mystery box. The color figure will be an edition size 2,250 while the monochromatic variant figure will be an edition size 250.

Merchandise will be available at the Festival Center in Future World and at kiosks around World Showcase.

Happy Shopping!!!

Disney Fandom Rumor Mill – Soft Drink Price Increase

The Disney Fandom Rumor Mill has been busy again and this time not for the good.  Apparently soft drinks property-wide have increased to $2.69 and $3.19. (That is a $0.20 increase for the large size and a $0.10 increase for the medium.)

Now, I love my Diet Coke and am no means cheap but $3.19 for a large soft drink is a bit much for me to stomach since a 2-Liter bottle of Diet Coke is only $1.99.  It wouldn’t be so hard to take if there were free refills, like at a few of the quick service restaurants, but for a one-time fill up I am questioning my sanity at paying that price.

(Presumably, this increase in drink prices also applies at the resorts but since you can buy a mug for the length of your stay the price increase isn’t as daunting.)

I am sure that when I am tired and hungry and waiting in line at the Columbia Harbour House that I will forget my current outrage and go ahead and order my large Diet Coke – which I am sure is what Disney is hoping – but somewhere in the back of my mind I will be cringing on behalf of my wallet and secretly praying that my 401(k) will get fully funded this year.

For right now, my plan is to only get a soft drink where there are free refills and drink healthy water instead.

I can think of a few refillable locations but help me think of the rest.

So far, I’ve got these:

Epcot – Electric Umbrella, Sunshine Seasons

Magic Kingdom – Tortuga Tavern, Be Our Guest (lunch service)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Backlot Express

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Restaurantosaurus

Any others?

Are you upset at the rumored price increase?   Can you think of any other free refill locations?

Starbucks is Coming to Downtown Disney District at Disneyland

The Starbucks is coming!  The Starbucks is coming!  (Did I just paraphrase Paul Revere?)

Good news or bad news – you decide – but starting this Winter, Starbucks is coming to the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, in not one location, but two.

Starbucks Coming to Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort this Winter


There will be a Starbucks location opening in front of the west entrance to World of Disney and another will be a kiosk location.

Starbucks products are already available at the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café in Disney California Adventure park and opening in September at the Market House inside Disneyland park.    The Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World recently converted to a Starbucks location and a location is under refurbishment to be opened next year in Epcot in Future World.

Is this good news or bad news?  Let the coffee debate begin!!!

Downton Abbey hits Epcot Store

The only thing I love almost as much as Disney is Downton Abbey.*  And my most favorite fandoms have just collided!!!!  And I like it.

Look what the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase is selling!!!!  Downton Abbey T-Shirts!!!!!!  Okay.  I know it is just a t-shirt but it is exciting nonetheless.



Not sure of the prices but if anyone is interested, Shop the Magic can get items for you if you can’t make it to Orlando any time soon.

*I should preface my statement with the fact that I love my family, my sweet Brody Baby, and my friends more than anything.  But Disney and Downton Abbey are next on the list.

Royal Baby Inspires New Merchandise at Epcot

The whole world waited anxiously as Prince William and Kate introduced us to the newest prince and heir to the throne a few weeks ago.  To celebrate Prince George’s arrival, the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase has introduced new merchandise fit for your royal little one.  Doesn’t every baby deserve to look like a prince or princess???

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