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Merchandise Monday – New Disney Vera Bradley Pattern

Things have been busy with the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley.  This past Sunday, there was the launch of the Pretty Petals pattern during the Pretty Petals Brunch at Epcot.  The event was very nice but I will leave all the juicy details of the brunch will be in a separate post.

Display booth at the Perfect Petals Brunch

Display booth at the Perfect Petals Brunch


However, during the brunch, the Bouncing Bouquet Vera Bradley was was announced. Unfortunately, this new pattern won’t be available until the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney opens and the date for the store opening keeps getting pushed back.  (Currently the opening is June but every Cast Member I talked to about it said “June” like they didn’t believe that would actually happen.  So, we will wait patiently and hope for sooner rather than later.)



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The new pattern is pink and green with some orange accents.  (The glass display case was back lit with a green light so getting a decent picture was near to impossible.) Bouncing Bouquet prominently features both Mickey and Minnie.  Some of the other Disney Vera patterns are a bit more Disney subtle so if you want to show your Disney side then this might just be the pattern for you.

~~~ Happy Shopping!!! ~~~

Frozen’s Future is Busy, Busy, Busy

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During an earnings call on Wednesday, Disney’s Bob Iger discussed the company’s strong first quarter results and gave much of the credit to Frozen.  To date, Frozen has earned $865 million worldwide surpassing The Lion King as Walt Disney’s highest grossing animated movie and during the last three months of 2013, Frozen-themed merchandise were top sellers at Disney Stores.  So, of course the company is looking for ways to capitalize on their newest franchise.
“There’s a lot of active development, on new iterations of “Frozen,” said Walt Disney Co. Chief Bob Iger.   “You will see ‘Frozen’ in more places than you see today,” including as an adaptation for Broadway, sequels and integrations into its theme parks, videogames and other opportunities.


There are rumors swirling around the Disney community that a Frozen attraction will replace Maelstrom in the Norway pavilion at Epcot.

What are your thoughts on Frozen attractions in Disney Parks?

Merchandise Monday – Epcot Int’l Flower & Garden Festival

It may be snowing where you are but it isn’t too soon to start planning your trip to Orlando for the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which starts March 5th.

The Flower & Garden Festival is one of my favorite times to visit Epcot.  Everything is alive and green.  It is a great way to forget the gloomy winter you just experienced and start anew with Spring.

Along with any festival, there is of course merchandise.  And this year the merchandise department has outdone themselves.  There is something for everyone.  Check out the cute offerings below.


New Merchandise to Bloom at the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

No garden would be complete without a Garden Mickey or a Minnie Windchimes.

New Merchandise to Bloom at the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Featuring Garden Items


You can’t leave Duffy the Disney Bear out of Flower & Garden!!!

New Merchandise to Bloom at the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival


And I always collect a pin from Flower & Garden Festival as a reminder of all the beautiful exhibits I saw on my visit.

New Merchandise to Bloom at the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Featuring Pins


Vinylmation collectors aren’t left out either.  I don’t collect Vinylmation but the Daisy Duck one is so cute, I may have to have her!!!

New Merchandise to Bloom at the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Featuring Vinylmation

The merchandise will be available throughout Epcot at booths or at the Festival Center located between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy pavilions.  Some limited edition items do sell out quickly, so don’t wait if you want something.

And if you aren’t able to make it to this year’s Flower & Garden Festival but still want some merchandise, be sure to contact Shop the Magic.  They will do their best to locate the items you want and send them to you.


~~~ Happy Shopping ~~~

Throwback Thursday – Character Bus at Epcot


Today’s throwback takes us to Epcot circa March 1991.*   And that is all I really remember about the picture.  I remember the trip with my best friend but I can’t for the life of me remember this event.




After doing some internet sleuthing it appears that Epcot had Character Buses that came out loaded with characters at certain times of the day.  Signs on the side of the bus read “Characters on Holiday.”  It was really the first chance for character meet and greets at Epcot.  But the pictures of those buses don’t look like my picture.   See for yourself:

So, I am not really sure if this pre-dates the “Characters on Holiday” bus or if this is something totally different.  Either way, it is fun to see Roger Rabbit getting some love.

If you know anything about this picture, please leave a comment.  I would love to find out more about it.



You have to remember to forgive the photography.  This one is a little better than the older pictures since it was taken in the 90’s.


Two Anniversaries on One Day

It’s October 1st!!!  It may mean a different things to different people.  It is the first day of enrollment in Obamacare at healthcare.gov.  The government has shut down (and I won’t go into all the horrible ramifications of that.)  And it is the Magic Kingdom’s 42nd anniversary and Epcot’s 31st anniversary.


The Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971, along with Disney’s Comtemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  On opening day it had twenty-three attractions, three unique to the park and twenty replicas of attractions at Disneyland.


Walt Disney World’s Epcot – then EPCOT Center – opened on October 1, 1982 and is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as a “Permanent World’s Fair.”

As part of the opening-day ceremony, dancers and band members performed We’ve Just Begun to Dream. The Sherman Brothers wrote a song especially for the occasion entitled, “The World Showcase March”. During the finale, doves and many sets of balloons were released. Performing groups representing countries from all over the world performed in World Showcase. Water gathered from major rivers across the globe was emptied into the park’s fountain of nations ceremonial containers to mark the opening.


Happy Anniversary to my two favorite Parks!!!

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