Disney Store today began launching its Cinderella Premiere Collection in honor of the diamond edition Cinderella blu-ray being released later this year. The showpiece of the collection, as has become recent tradition, is the gorgeous Limited Edition Cinderella doll, which is now available for pre-order to own on October 2, 2012.
Limited to just 5,000 dolls, the Cinderella doll includes a certificate of authenticity and features a satin bodice covered with rhinestones, full peplum with layers of tulle and organza detailed with rhinestones, ebony bead choker, opera gloves dotted with silver rhinestones and a glittering headband with hair clip. For more information or to pre-order the doll, click here.
While Disney Store has listed several more items (mostly ones we have previously shared having found at Disney Store Times Square some weeks ago), we had the opportunity earlier this year at a Disney Holiday Preview event sponsored by Disney Consumer Products to view a much larger portion of the collection including several pieces that have yet to be released.
In addition to fashion tees inspired by Cinderella and Prince Charming, as well as jewelry from Disney Couture, the collection will include a lobby card inspired-art on several items including a tote and change purse. In addition, as part of its 25th Anniversary, Disney Store will be releasing a very limited edition (just 250 pieces worldwide) replica of Cinderella’s glass slipper. Details on how the slipper will be sold are not yet available, but you’ll no doubt want to keep an eye out for it.
For girls, Disney Store will be releasing its coveted limited edition dress. The special edition dress which is known for often selling out quickly features a musical element via a charm necklace that plays ‘A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.’ Disney Store will also be re-issuing its Cinderella doll from the Animator’s Collection, this time complete with two dresses and accessories which include some animal friends. The bad news is that at this time, Cinderella is the only one to be getting the re-issue with the accessories, but the good news is Disney Store has designed respective sets for all of the princesses in the collection so they may end up producing and releasing them if this set is successful.
Also featured are very elegant tea service and place setting sets from Macy’s, inspired by Cinderella.
Below is a video recap of some of the collection from the special preview event.
Amid a sea of smiles, the U.S. Postal Service celebrated the issuance of 125 million new stamps today featuring popular Disney/Pixar characters. The Mail a Smile Forever stamps official First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony took place at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
Available nationwide today, all 125 million stamps can be purchased online at usps.com/shop, by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724) or by visiting Post Offices.
“These delightful stamps lift spirits and touch hearts and remind us that when it comes to connecting with loved ones, technology is no match for the mail,” said Jo Ann Feindt, Postal Service Southern Area vice president, in dedicating the stamps as part of the resort’s grand opening.
Joining Feindt in dedicating the stamp featuring beloved Disney/Pixar characters was Jay Ward, legacy guardian for Pixar Animation Studios.
“We’re thrilled ‘to infinity and beyond’ that these popular characters from Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo and other great Disney/Pixar films are featured on these colorful new stamps,” said Ward. “This stamp issue will make posting a letter lots of fun for everyone in the family.”
Following up on Send a Hello stamps issued in 2011, the eagerly awaited Mail a Smile stamp sheet includes five different designs spotlighting:
- Flik and Dot from A Bug’s Life (1998);
- Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) and Dashiell “Dash” Parr from The Incredibles (2004), with “Dash” also shown running in the background;
- Nemo and Squirt from Finding Nemo (2003);
- Woody, Bullseye, and Jessie from Toy Story 2 (1999); and
- Boo, Mike Wazowski, and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan from Monsters, Inc. (2001).
The back of the stamp sheet shows blue-pencil sketches of characters from these movies interspersed among text that exhorts readers to mail a smile to a loved one. Postal Service art director William Gicker of Washington, DC, worked with Disney/Pixar to design the stamp art.
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at a local Post Office, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
Mail a Smile Stamp
Main Office — Orlando
10401 Post Office Drive
Orlando, FL 32862-9998
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Aug. 1, 2012.
How to Order First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic Catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:
U.S. Postal Service Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
There are nine philatelic products available for this stamp issue:
- 470063, First-Day Cover Set of 5, $4.45.
- 470066, Postcards (20) 4 of each design, $15.95.
- 470067, First-Day-of-Sale Set of 5, $4.45.
- 470068, Digital Color Postmark (DCP) Set of 5, $8.
- 470084, Uncut Press Sheets, $36.
- 470091, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.
- 470092, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.
- 470094, Stamp Deck Card w/DCP (random single), $1.95.
- 470099, Cancellation Keepsake (Random DCP w/Pane), $10.95.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Video courtesy USPS. Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
Via the unofficial Funko fan forum, Funko recently previewed all of its characters for its upcoming series 4 of the popular Disney POP! line. Included in this set are: Sorcerer Mickey and Chernabog from Disney’s Fantasia; Goofy and Tigger; Oogie Boogie and the Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas; Cinderella; Evil Queen and Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Wall*E and EVE; and Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean.
The new series will be available beginning in July, exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com and will likely be available at other retailers at some point in the distant future. Funko also has yet to reveal (or at least hint) at its exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con which usually features variations on the Disney series. Last year also included exclusives for Disney D23 Expo.
On Saturday, June 23, join Disney Ink and Paint Artists: Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger and Sharon K. Vincent as they celebrate the premiere of the Tailor Made entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series. In the cel, Donald Duck directs the cast of Mickey and Minnie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as they recreate a scene from the 1938 animated short, Walt Disney’s Brave Little Tailor.
The event will take place at the Studios Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm on June 23, 2012.
For those unable to attend the event, you may contact Walt Disney Event Services at 407-827-7600 to pre-order your cel. Artist signatures will only be available for orders placed before or on Friday, June 22 by 3:00 pm ET.
Prices are as follows:
|Black Frame and Cel||$215|
|Black Frame with Pin and Cel||$240|
|Black Frame with Pin, Postcard and Cel||$265|
|Gold Frame and Cel||$290|
The 24″x36″ screen print will retail for $50 and will be limited a print run of just 540 pieces, although it is unclear if all will be made available online as they allude to a film screening being held later in the month.
It will go on sale tomorrow, May 10, at MondoTees.com at a random time. Those interested in purchasing the poster are advised to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the on-sale announcement as the Mondo prints have been known to sell out completely in seconds.
What do you get the Star Wars fan that has everything? Studios Central is reporting that Star Wars Weekends (weekends May 18 through June 10, 2012 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be offering a ‘Carbon Freeze Me’ opportunity in which guests can be digitally scanned to produce a likeness of themselves frozen in carbonite.
The site reports the experience will be offered inside ‘Sounds Dangerous’ and will cost $99.95. The final product will be delivered via mail within 3 – 4 weeks.
No further details have been offered at present, but it’s quite likely the product will resemble the ‘Custom Carbonites‘ by Paul Pape Designs which replicate the personalized iconic image in plastic and Super Sculpey, as pictured here. Paul Pape Designs is not affiliated with the Star Wars Weekends experience at Walt Disney World, but is able to provide custom carbonite sculpts based on photos and is arguably cheaper, offering a 4 1/4″ long sculpt for $50′along with a 12″ long sculpt for $300 (at this time, the dimensions and materials for the Star Wars Weekend version is unknown). Pape also offers a couples version.
Photos © copyright and courtesy of Paul Pape Design. Used with permission.
UPDATE #1: 5/4/12 – According to Cast Member information, the figure will be 8″ in length and appointments are required to participate. Appointments can be made by calling 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324).
‘Cinderella’ Diamond Edition to Include ‘Tangled Ever After,’ Second Screen and New Fantasyland Preview
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Cinderella Diamond Edition will be available to own on Disney Blu-ray/DVD on October 2, 2012 and is now available for pre-order from both Amazon.com and DisneyStore.com (as a 2 disc edition, along with their usual exclusive bonus set of lithographs).
In addition, there will also be a six disc limited edition Cinderella Trilogy boxed set packaged inside a functional jewelry case (also available for pre-order). The boxed set will consist of a the Cinderella blu-ray, a single blu-ray containing both of the sequels (Cinderella, Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True, and Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time) along with individual copies of each on DVD and the digital copy disc). The discs themselves come inside a storybook packaging (Amazon.com has a photo as well as a demo unboxing video).
Bonus features are set to include as follows:
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
- Tangled Ever After animated short
- Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland – Discover how Imagineers are creating a whole new Fantasyland at Walt Disney World featuring each of the Disney Princesses.
- Diane Disney Miller intro
BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:
- All of the DVD bonus features PLUS
- Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You! Personalized Digital Storybook (A Disney Second Screen experience) – With the wave of the Fairy Godmother’s wand, you are transported into a full interactive Cinderella storybook experience.
- The Magic Of The Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story
- The Real Fairy Godmother – The incredible true story of Mary Alice O’Connor
- Alternate Opening Sequence
- And classic DVD bonuses
Let’s all give a huge hey howdy hey welcome to Disney Store’s second and (therefore) newest series in their exclusive Cutesations line, Toy Story. The 5″ Sheriff Woody plush is joined by BFFs Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Wheezy, Alien, Lotso, Hamm and Rex in this adorable new collection. Like the previous Alice in Wonderland set, each of the Cutesations come available either as packaged individually in a blindbox for $6.50 or as a complete set including the exclusive Sheriff Woody’s Badge plush display for $79.50.
If you haven’t yet collected the original Alice in Wonderland collection featuring Alice, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Tweedles, Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar, DisneyStore.com still has them available and at a deep discount. Individual blindboxes are just $3.99 each while the entire collection with exclusive mushroom plush display stand is just $49.99.
The 12″x36″ screen print will retail for $50 and will be limited a print run of just 325 pieces.
It will go on sale tomorrow, April 25, at MondoTees.com at a random time. Those interested in purchasing the poster are advised to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the on-sale announcement as the Mondo prints have been known to sell out completely in seconds.
On April 29, 2012, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will hold its third annual World Wish Day event to commemorate the first wish granted by the organization on April 29, 1980.
Disney Store, along with several other companies, will take part in the celebration by donating up to $15,000 to Make-A-Wish by giving $1 for each of the 3″ Jiminy Cricket Silver Vinylmation figures (pictured here) sold between April 29, 2012 (the official release date) and May 31, 2012. In addition, Disney Store will donate 5% of its sales on April 29 in the United States to Make-A-Wish, up to $50,000.
Make-A-Wish will also be running the video below, which features John Cena, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Buddy Valastro, Jon Stewart, Nigel Barker and Tiffani Thiessen, on the Thomson Reuters’ electronic billboard in Times Square.
Jiminy Cricket is often cited by Disney Store President Jim Fielding as being his favorite Disney character. Fielding also serves as Global Chairman of the Make-a-Wish Foundation International.