GIVEAWAY: Win a Disney Store Singing Ariel Doll Signed by Jodi Benson


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In celebration of the grand opening of Disney Store Times Square and the magic’s return to New York City, we are pleased to team up with Disney Store to offer one of our extremely lucky readers this Disney Store Singing Ariel Doll signed by the original voice of Ariel herself, Jodi Benson. Jodi was recently on hand at the all new Disney Store Times Square in Manhattan to celebrate with a small group of Disney D23 members and we were there to bring you news of the exciting event. Only a few of the dolls were signed by Jodi and we were very fortunate to be able to share one of them one of our readers. Note that the doll pictured here with Jodi is not the actual doll we are giving away. The winner will receive the doll new-in-box, never-opened, with the box signed as shown below.

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Report: Disney Store Times Square (NYC) Soft Opening and Merchandise; D23 Event with Jodi Benson

DISNEY STORE TIMES SQUARE HAS NOW OPENED! CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE GRAND OPENING AND LEARN HOW TO WIN A FREE DISNEYSTORE SINGING ARIEL DOLL SIGNED BY JODI BENSON!

Early yesterday morning, a small group of Disney D23 members were invited to visit the all new Disney Store Times Square before it opened its doors to the public for a private shopping experience and in-store continental breakfast. With the store operating in soft mode since last Thursday, Disney Store President Jim Fielding was on-hand to celebrate with the Disney D23 members as was Jodi Benson, the voice of The Little Mermaid’s Ariel and Toy Story 3‘s Barbie.

With check-in for the event commencing at 7:30 am sharp, guests were ushered into the lower level of the store which features a combination of New York City-themed merchandise, exclusive to the Disney Store Times Square location, as well as seasonal Disney Store merchandise and that aimed towards an older demographic, but more on that later. At the event’s official start time of 8 am, guests were invited to journey upstairs to the more ‘traditional’ ‘Imagination Park’ concept store which is where Fielding addressed the crowd from the store’s gazebo which serves as the 350 square foot Disney Store Theater.

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Fielding talked about the store’s genesis in August of 2008 and how when he first saw the location at 1540 Broadway, former home to the world’s largest Virgin Megastore, he knew he had to have the space. According to Fielding, it took nearly a year for Disney Store to obtain the lease for the store because the space was in such high demand. He spoke of the nearly 250 cast members, some of which had returned to the company, it took to conduct interviews, hire and train new staff for the store which maintains 24 hour shifts to keep the store in tip-top shape. Although the store is open until Midnight most days, Fielding noted that they have had to keep running the store to 1 am due to large groups of guests still remaining inside. He mentioned that by year-end, they will have opened 19 of the new concept stores with an expected 30 – 40 in 2011, including two in Canada (but declined to identify where specifically). Surprisingly, the most profitable store worldwide is the Paris on the Champs-Élysées store according to Fielding, but he joked that the Times Square store calls Paris daily to make sure they’re beating them.

Of course Fielding spoke to the store itself, which consists of two floors, although the Virgin Megastore it partially replaced was four. He explained that the mezzanine from the former store was removed, resulting in a longer escalator ride and that half of the fourth floor, which houses the store’s internal offices, was also removed, allowing the store to have its high ceilings. About 80% of the merchandise found on the lower floor, according to Fielding, is unique to Disney Store Times Square while the upstairs is what he referred to as ‘”Imagination Park” on steroids.’ The ‘Imagination Park’ portion at Disney Store Times Square is roughly twice the size of the norm so far, all told easily making it the largest Disney Store in North America. The store is so large in fact that its Disney Princess castle is 20 feet tall and features not one, but two of the magic mirrors.

After tackling a brief Q&A session in which Fielding responded to questions along the lines of  the current location of the Mickey and Minnie Mouse figures that once hung over the entrance to the former World of Disney store (they’re in storage at Walt Disney Imagineeering as the World of Disney was operated by Disney Parks and Resorts, not Disney Consumer Products as Disney Store is), he introduced Jodi Benson to the attending crowd.

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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for November 8, 2010 (31 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for November 8, 2010

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Customized Adult Gray Mickey Mouse PRO-Keds Lo Customized Adult Gray Mickey Mouse PRO-Keds Lo – $70.00
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Compact Series Tangled Rapunzel Pin Compact Series Tangled Rapunzel Pin – $16.95
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Web-Slinging Spider-Man Tee Web-Slinging Spider-Man Tee – $24.50
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Customized Adult Logo Mickey Mouse PRO-Keds Customized Adult Logo Mickey Mouse PRO-Keds – $70.00
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Customized Womens Camo Mickey Mouse Keds Customized Womens Camo Mickey Mouse Keds – $65.00
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Customized Womens Vintage Mickey Mouse Keds Customized Womens Vintage Mickey Mouse Keds – $65.00
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Customized Womens Comics Mickey Mouse PRO-Keds Customized Womens Comics Mickey Mouse PRO-Keds – $70.00
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Customized Womens Sketch Art Minnie Mouse Keds Customized Womens Sketch Art Minnie Mouse Keds – $65.00
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Jumbo Hanukkah Mickey Mouse Pin Jumbo Hanukkah Mickey Mouse Pin – $14.95
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Customized Womens Comics Mickey Mouse Keds Slip On Customized Womens Comics Mickey Mouse Keds Slip On – $65.00
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Disney Product Releases for the Week of November 7, 2010 (12 Items)

New Disney releases for the week of November 7, 2010

Below is a list of new Disney items being released this week at Amazon.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Amazon.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

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New Disney Arrivals at Hot Topic for November 6, 2010 (2 Items)

New Hot Topic arrivals for November 6, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Disney Epic Mickey Paint Ears Key Cap Disney Epic Mickey Paint Ears Key Cap – $4.99

This key cap features the paint drip Mickey Mouse ears logo from the Disney video game Epic Mickey.
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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for November 6, 2010 (2 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for November 6, 2010

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Victorian Mickey Mouse Holiday Ball Ornament Victorian Mickey Mouse Holiday Ball OrnamentSALE $8.99 — SAVE 31%!
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Personalized Nifty Nineties Mickey Mouse Snowglobe Personalized ”Nifty Nineties” Mickey Mouse SnowglobeSALE $39.99 — SAVE 50%!

Personalized ”Nifty Nineties” Mickey Mouse Snowglobe
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New Disney Arrivals at Hot Topic for November 5, 2010 (3 Items)

New Hot Topic arrivals for November 5, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Disney Epic Mickey Head Black Key Chain Disney Epic Mickey Head Black Key Chain – $8.00

This heavyweight Disney key chain is molded in the shape of the new Epic Mickey game logo and is accented with brushstrokes of color!
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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for November 5, 2010 (27 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for November 5, 2010

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Let the Season Ring Tinker Bell Figurine by Jim Shore ”Let the Season Ring” Tinker Bell Figurine by Jim Shore – $39.95

”Let the Season Ring” Tinker Bell Figurine by Jim Shore
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Flannel World of Disney Pajamas Flannel World of Disney Pajamas – $34.95
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Mickey Snowman Chip an Dale Figurine by Jim Shore Mickey Snowman Chip an’ Dale Figurine by Jim Shore – $39.95

Mickey Snowman Chip an’ Dale Figurine by Jim Shore
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Snowman Goofy Figurine by Jim Shore Snowman Goofy Figurine by Jim Shore – $24.95
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Cookies for Santa Mickey Mouse Plate and Mug Set -- 2-Pc. ”Cookies for Santa” Mickey Mouse Plate and Mug Set — 2-Pc. – $19.95

”Cookies for Santa” Mickey Mouse Plate and Mug Set — 2-Pc.
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Flannel Tinker Bell Pajamas Flannel Tinker Bell Pajamas – $34.95
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Snowman Donald Duck Figurine by Jim Shore Snowman Donald Duck Figurine by Jim Shore – $24.95
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Mickey Mouse Comics Minnie Mouse Wallet by Disney Couture Mickey Mouse Comics Minnie Mouse Wallet by Disney Couture – $24.95
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Christmas Minnie and Mickey Mouse Pillow and Throw Set -- 2-Pc. Christmas Minnie and Mickey Mouse Pillow and Throw Set — 2-Pc. – $24.50
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Alice in Wonderland Pajamas Alice in Wonderland Pajamas – $34.95
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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for November 4, 2010 (19 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for November 4, 2010

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Fitted Hooded Long Sleeve Burnout Minnie and Mickey Mouse Tee Fitted Hooded Long Sleeve Burnout Minnie and Mickey Mouse Tee – $39.50
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Rhinestuds Long-Sleeve Thermal Mickey Mouse Tee Rhinestuds Long-Sleeve Thermal Mickey Mouse Tee – $34.50
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Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar Gift Drawers Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar Gift Drawers – $29.50
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Vintage Thru The Mirror Mickey Mouse Tee Vintage ”Thru The Mirror” Mickey Mouse Tee – $34.50

Vintage ”Thru The Mirror” Mickey Mouse Tee
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Vintage The Mad Doctor Mickey Mouse Tee Vintage ”The Mad Doctor” Mickey Mouse Tee – $34.50

Vintage ”The Mad Doctor” Mickey Mouse Tee
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Vintage Mickeys Rival Mickey Mouse Tee Vintage ”Mickey’s Rival” Mickey Mouse Tee – $34.50

Vintage ”Mickey’s Rival” Mickey Mouse Tee
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Fantasia Journal Fantasia Journal – $16.50
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Light-Up Diorama Ariel Trinket Box Light-Up Diorama Ariel Trinket Box – $16.50
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Light-Up Diorama Cinderella Trinket Box Light-Up Diorama Cinderella Trinket Box – $16.50
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Disneyland Resort Imagineering the Magic 2-Disc DVD Set Disneyland Resort Imagineering the Magic 2-Disc DVD Set – $24.95
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Disney Store Times Square to Make Soft Opening Debut Thursday

DISNEY STORE TIMES SQUARE HAS NOW OPENED! CLICK HERE TO READ THE LATEST UPDATES, VIEW PHOTOS AND SEE THE LATEST NEWS ON ITS GRAND OPENING TAKING PLACE NOVEMBER 9, 2010!

Although all the pomp and circumstance that comes with a grand opening will take place the morning of Tuesday, November 9 (doors will open at 1 pm), Disney Store President Jim Fielding made it known via his twitter that the store, the largest of its kind in North America, will commence a soft opening on Thursday, November 4 at 9 am.

The store is located at 1540 Broadway in Manhattan, between 45th and 46th Streets.

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