‘The Princess And The Frog’ Merchandise Sales Exceed Projections; New Disney Store Promotion

GLENDALE, CA — November 17, 2009 — Weeks before the theatrical release of Disney’s upcoming animated feature The Princess and the Frog, the excitement for film-inspired merchandise is already building in a big way as anticipation for the film intensifies. Since its launch just a few weeks ago, the merchandise has already begun out-selling other Disney Princess items by double digit percentages. At Disney Store locations nationwide and DisneyStore.com, the Princess Tiana Halloween costume and role-play dress were best sellers. At major retailers, top sellers include The Princess and the Frog-inspired dolls, play sets and books. The Princess and the Frog toys have also captured industry praise as the Princess Tiana doll tops FunFare magazine’s “Holiday Hot Dozen” list and the Toys”R”Us “Fabulous 15″ Holiday list.

The Princess and the Frog introduces Disney’s newest princess character in more than ten years and the first African-American Disney princess. The product line from Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is supporting the film with a wide range of products spanning toys, fashion, home décor, food, personal care, beauty, stationery, books and an assortment for adults including collectibles, art, bridal wear and couture fashion.

“It is typical with any major Disney film to see movie-inspired product available as early as six weeks prior to the film’s release, and the same is true for The Princess and the Frog,” stated Mary Beech, vice president franchise development and marketing for Disney Consumer Products. “However, the historic release of The Princess and the Frog film has generated tremendous consumer excitement well in advance of the film – and sales thus far have exceeded projections, something that is remarkable for characters that fans are not yet completely familiar with.”

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FAO Exclusive: Madame Alexander Disney Princess Cloth Doll

Madame Alexander Disney Princess ToteBring home Ariel.. and Snow White.. and Cinderella with the Madame Alexander Disney Princess Tote. Available exclusively at FAO Schwarz, the Disney princessses-in-a-box is currently available for pre-order with an expected shipment date of November 25, just in time for the holidays and can be yours for $54.99

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Got Room for Three More? Mickey, Goofy and Donald Go Hitchhiking in Limited Edition ‘Haunted Mansion’ Cel

Limited Edition Haunted Mansion Cel featuring Mickey, Goofy and DonaldBeginning November 17, Disneyland Merchandise Guest Services will begin accept phone orders for this brand new limited edition cel featuring Mickey, Goofy and Donald as Ezra, Phineas and Gus, the famous Hitchhiking Ghosts, with Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion looking in the background.

The edition is limited to just 1,000 pieces with 200 being framed with a pin ($225) and 300 framed with the pin plus a postcard signed by Imagineer WDI’s and Director of Concept Show Design, Kim Irvine, whose mother was Leota Toombs ($250).

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Square Enix Honors Pixar with Next Disney Formation Arts Collectibles Set

The Square Enix Disney Characters Formation Art: Pixar SetThe newest set of PVC collectibles from Square Enix pay homage to five Disney/Pixar films. Miniature scenes atop a Pixar base detail characters from CARS, Ratatouille, Wall-E, UP and Toy Story. Now available for pre-order from several online sites, the set retails for 6,000 yen (about $67).

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Disney Store Expands 2009 Black Friday Midnight Openings at Malls Nationwide; Slashes Prices on Top Holiday Gift Ideas Starting at $5

NOTE THIS INFORMATION IS NO LONGER CURRENT. FOR INFORMATION ON THIS YEAR’S BLACK FRIDAY EVENT, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Night owls and early morning bargain hunters can get a head start on holiday gift buying this year as Disney Store prepares to open more than 125 stores nationwide at midnight on Nov. 27 (Black Friday). From opening hours until 10 a.m., shoppers will benefit from 20% off all items, including already discounted merchandise. A host of Black Friday deals at affordable $5, $10 and $15 price points, as well as amazing discounts on big ticket items marked $20 – $40 off*, and special gifts with purchase, will make Disney Store the must-go-to location for shoppers looking for an amazing array of Disney toys, apparel and seasonal décor.

Guests can prepare for their Black Friday Disney Store shopping by previewing hot Disney holiday toys and gift ideas in the YouTube video “Disney Store Holiday Shopping Guide: Share the Magic” now playing online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3-idoWGEiA.

Disney Store is also reaching out to surrounding communities this year to “share the magic” by donating toys to local Boys & Girls Club chapters across America. On behalf of each of its locations in the United States, Disney Store will donate one hundred (100) toys to each of the local BGCA chapters nearest such locations. Guests who shop at the Disney Store are also encouraged to bring in unwrapped toys, which Disney Store will also donate to the local Boys & Girls Club chapter during the holiday season.

“We recognize that consumers are looking for the best value without compromising quality, and Disney Store offers a unique experience, high-quality product, and this year we have bigger and better holiday deals that will begin on Black Friday and last all weekend long,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Store Worldwide. “Last year, we had an overwhelming response from shoppers during our midnight openings, and we are expanding the number of stores opening at midnight to accommodate even more guests.”

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Tired of Racing to Check for Email? Let Lightning McQueen Check it For You!

Available in Lightning McQueen, Mater, Doc Hudson, Chick Hicks and The King flavors, this $33 gadget from Brando Workshop plugs into your PC’s USB port and actively monitors popular email sites (including any POP3 accessible account) and lets you visually and audibly know when email has come in. Check out the demo below!

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Disney Precious Collections to Feature Exclusive Jewelry at New Orleans Museum of Art Disney Retrospective

Princess and the Frog PendantDisney Precious Collections, Fine Disney Jewelry For Children, has been selected as the featured product during Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios, at The New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans from November 15, 2009 – March 14, 2010.

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, which cannot be seen anywhere else, is set to coincide with the premier of Disney’s newest animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. The exhibition will feature 600 original works instrumental in the development of animated features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. In addition, there will be artwork from The Princess and the Frog, an animated comedy from the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. This current version of the princess and the Frog is set in New Orleans during the 1920s Jazz Age, and is due for release Christmas, 2009.

“We are delighted to present this magical exhibition in New Orleans,” said “NOMA director E. John Bullard. “Children will love seeing their favorite Disney characters in a museum setting and adults will be taken by the technical skill and emotional depth reflected in these works. It was Disney animators who really led the way in the 20th century toward establishing animation as a serious art form.” The exhibition will also feature a children’s section celebrating Disney’s connections with jazz music and the Crescent City. The artworks, on loan from the Walt Disney Studio Animation Research Library, will be accompanied by film clips to demonstrate how individual sketches and paintings lead to a finished celluloid masterpiece.

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Exclusive ‘Sailor Mickey’ Holiday Plush Available at Macy’s; Mickey to Make Chicago Macy’s Appearance

Sailor Mickey Holiday Plush from Macy'sEarlier this week, we told you about the new Sailor Mickey helium balloon that will make its debut during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Today we bring you news of the Sailor Mickey plush by Gund exclusively from Macy’s to commemorate  the event. The 18″ collectible plush speaks three phrases: ‘Gosh, you’re great,’ ‘Ahoy there mateys’ and ‘Merry Christmas!’ and includes a bonus alarm clock which doubles as his own personal compass. He retails for $14.95 and can be found in the Holiday department at Macy’s all over or can be purchased online (where you can also check local store inventory).

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Disney Announces 2009 ‘Most Wanted Holiday Toys’ List; A Dozen Deals Under $25

Disney Princess Tiana Classic Doll with Frog FigurineGLENDALE, Calif. — Disney Consumer Products (DCP) today released its “Most Wanted Holiday Toys List,” featuring its Disney Dozen Deals – toys that bring Disney’s rich storytelling heritage home for the holidays for less than $25, plus six standouts for the most discerning gift-givers. Already garnering top honors and awards from media and organizations including FunFare, FamilyFun, iParenting and the National Association of Parenting Publications, Disney toys will delight boys and girls of all ages and bring to life the magic of its beloved characters and storylines for a cheerful holiday season.

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Epcot Puts the Mouse Ear in Mouse Gear; Offers Embroidery as of November 1

It’s such an innocent question for the average Walt Disney World vacation planner: Where can I get my Mickey Mouse ears embroidered? But historically, the answer has pointed out an obvious flaw in a nearly-essential element of every Disney fan’s vacation: to date, only the Magic Kingdom (The Chapeau, Sir Mickey’s, County Bounty), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Head to Toe) and Downtown Disney Marketplace (Days of Christmas, Wonderful World of Memories) have offered the option.

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