First of Many New and Remodeled Disney Stores to Open in June

With a wave of a wand, a Disney princess magically appears in the mirror. Photo courtesy Disney Consumer Products.Disney Store is poised to redefine children’s retail, launching a magical new store design in major markets across the United States and Europe this summer.  The innovative Disney Store design will be unveiled for the first time in June at The Shops at Montebello in Montebello, CA just outside of Los Angeles, followed by the European premiere in early July in Madrid, Spain at La Vaguada. A unique destination developed from a child’s perspective, the new store design integrates the latest technology to create an enhanced shopping experience inspired by Disney’s most popular characters and stories.

“We have infused Disney magic into all elements of this one-of-a-kind retail experience, and have selected prime retail centers to launch the Disney Store of the future,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide. “Special features like the iconic Disney Princess castle with magic mirror and the Disney Store Theater are just two of the amazing elements in the new store that will enrich every child and family’s experience at the Disney Store.”

More than 20 new and remodeled Disney Store locations are slated to open this year in premier retail centers throughout North America and Europe.  North American locations have been confirmed for Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York; Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, California;  International Plaza in Tampa, Florida; Stockton St. in San Francisco, CA; and Fashion Valley in San Diego, CA.  European locations cover four markets with openings in Spain, Portugal, Italy and the UK. These include NorteShopping in Oporto, Portugal; Orio Center in Bergamo, Italy; and UK locations including Centre MK in Milton Keynes, Bon Accord Centre in Aberdeen and Donegal Place in Belfast.

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More Dooney & Bourke Items Introduced to DisneyStore.com

New Dooney & Bourke Arrivals at DisneyStore.comSeveral additional Disney-inspired Dooney & Bourke fashion accessories in three different designs have been made available on DisneyStore.com beginning today, although at press time, they have not yet been properly categorized into the Dooney & Bourke subcategory under the Disney Parks shop.

The Tonal Mickey Mouse is currently available as a champsac bag (item #400000016238P), a checkbook wallet (item #400000016368P), a letter carrier bag (item #400000016290P) and a wristlet (item #400000016412P).

Faces of Minnie is available as a pouchette bag (item #400000033051P) and a satchel bag (item #400000032993P).

Mickey Mouse is available as a satchel bag (item # 400000032917P).

For more information and to order the new Dooney & Bourke items, please visit DisneyStore.comand search for the specific item numbers.

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LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to Host ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Exhibition

In celebration of Alice in Wonderland’s Blu-ray™ and DVD debut on June 1, 2010, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE), in partnership with Disney Consumer Products (DCP), are unveiling a first-of-its-kind Alice In Wonderland Exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.  The exhibition is free to the public and opens on Thursday, May 27 and will run through September 30, 2010.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 9

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

A Dozen Fairy Dresses (Step into Reading) (Available Tuesday, May 11 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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A Dozen Fairy Dresses (Step into Reading) (Available Tuesday, May 11 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Deputy Mater (a Golden Go-Along Book) (Available Tuesday, May 11 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Limited Edition Disney-Star Wars Kooky Pen Set Release and Artist Signing at Walt Disney World May 21 & 22

Limited Edition Disney-Star Wars Kooky PensOn May 21 and 22 from 10 am – 11 am and 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Kooky pen creator Brent Reese and Disney Design Group Senior Character Artist Cody Reynolds will be on hand to meet guests and sign the newest Kooky pen releases at The Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Each set is limited to a production run of just 5,000 pieces. Kooky Kollection #7 features the heroes of the Disney-Star Wars universe: Mickey as Luke Skywalker, Minnie as Princess Leia & Stitch as Yoda while Kollection #8’s ink goes a tad darker with Goofy as Darth Vader, Donald as Darth Maul & Stitch as the Emperor.

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Kohl’s Offers Exclusive Toy Story Books and Plushes for $5 to Benefit Children’s Health and Education

Buzz Lightyear and Woody return to theaters in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, opening in June, but they’re making a stop at Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) first. Get ready for a Toy Story adventure with exclusive books and plush toys from the hit films. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Rex the Dinosaur, along with coordinating Toy Story and Toy Story 2 books from Disney Book Group, are available at Kohl’s for just $5 each through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids® program, with 100 percent of the net profit from the sale of these items benefitting children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. Since the program’s inception ten years ago, Kohl’s has turned $5 merchandise into more than $150 million to help make a positive difference in the lives of children.

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MINDStyle Offers New Details on ‘Alien Invasion’ Tour

Toy Story Alien Figures from MINDStyleMINDStyle revealed on its blog earlier today that the first stop on the Alien Invasion tour will take place in Hong Kong this summer. In addition to acknowledging the inclusion of artist Secret Base, the new announcement notes that the re-imagings of the Toy Story alien will include offerings from Disney and Pixar artists.

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Celebrated Designer Charlotte Tarantola Announces Line Inspired by ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Charlotte Tarantola's 'Alice in Wonderland' collectionThe surreal/fantasy-adventure film directed by Tim Burton, “Alice in Wonderland,” comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on June 1, 2010 (U.S. retailers). In the spirit of this fantastic journey, Disney Consumer Products and Charlotte Tarantola have come together to create stunning cardigans worthy of this celebrated Disney line: Charlotte Tarantola for Disney. Well-known in the fashion industry for her trend-right designs that play up coloration and innovative treatments, Tarantola was given access to Tim Burton’s artwork for “Alice in Wonderland” to develop a collection that captures the allure and mystery of Alice’s surrealistic journey in an apparel line that is decidedly 21st Century.

The collection offers prints, ruffles and sparkles that will make you never want to leave Wonderland. Like Alice peering through the looking glass, you can see flowery friends, tea-time treats, pocket watches, lace and mysterious keys, elements from the film with a balance of artistry and subtlety found only in other Tarantola creations.

“The arresting settings and characters in Tim Burton’s interpretation of “Alice In Wonderland” provided great inspiration and have made it possible for us to work with a group of renowned designers to create a truly unique collection of lifestyle products that will continue to position Disney at the forefront of fashion trends,” said Pam Lifford, executive vice president, global fashion and home, DCP. “Our collaboration with Charlotte Tarantola brings it all together in a way that is fun and interesting for consumers and Disney fans alike.”

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D23 Introduces New Limited Edition Team Disney Seven Dwarfs Pin Set

D23 Membership Exclusive Team Disney Building Dwarfs Pin SetAvailable exclusively to D23 members on DisneyStore.com, this 7 pin set, limited to just 200 pieces, pays homage to the facade of the Team Disney/Michael D. Eisner building at the Walt Disney Studios designed by Michael Graves. Each pin is 1 3/4″ and represents one of the seven dwarfs portrayed as holding up the building’s roof.

For more information and to order this D23 exclusive, limited edition pin set, visit the DisneyStore.com D23 Boutique.

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First Look: Disney Taps into Silly Bandz Craze with Classic and Pixar Properties

Lord Redbrick ©Miramax Film NY, LLC. All Rights Reserved. A couple of weeks ago, the official Disney Parks blog made it known that Disney had plans to jump on the Silly / Crazy Bandz tween craze and was going to introduce a line of Disney-themed (shaped) elastic bands.

Today we get our first look thanks to a tip from the Animal Bracelets Blog who notes that the full packaging for one of the Disney Princess sets can be found on Amazon.com.

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