Walt Disney World Anniversary Pin Release Information (and How to Get Into Magic Kingdom Early)

Limited Edition 'I Was There' Dangler Pin (LE 1500, $12.95)While the Magic Kingdom will open at 9 am for most folk on October 1st, 2011, for its 40th Anniversary extravaganza, the fortunate folk who managed to secure a pre-opening breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table and Crystal Palace will be happy to know that the privilege is also being extended to those who secure the right to purchase some of the many limited edition pins as well as the very limited number of Anniversary custom Vinylmation figures by Noah.

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Disney Store to Release All Remaining Princess Designer Dolls at Once

In response to backlash stemming from frustrations trying to purchase the limited edition Disney Princess Designer dolls online, Disney Store has announced a new release policy via its Facebook page. The new release policy replaces the one doll per week, online and in-store simultaneous release.

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First Look: Thomas Kinkade’s Disney Dreams #8: ‘Sleeping Beauty’

'Sleeping Beauty' Disney Dreams #8 by Thomas KinkadeThe timeless classic from Walt Disney, Sleeping Beauty, is captured here in the newest entry in the Disney Dreams collection by Thomas Kinkade. As Aurora and Prince Philip frolic in the foreground with Flora, Fauna and Merryweather as danger looms in the background. Clearly any owner of this painting will find themselves in the pink! No, blue! No, pink!

The painting marks the 8th (of potentially 12) entry into Kinkade’s ‘Disney Dreams’ series which includes previous releases Snow White Discovers the Cottage, Pinocchio Wishes Upon A Star, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland, Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream, Bambi’s First Year, Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love and The Lion King.

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Disney Store Artist Signing Events Announced for New York, San Francisco; Stores to Open Early

On September 17, 2011, Disney Store will release three new city-exclusive vinylmation figures, for the New York Times Square, San Francisco Stockton Street and Chicago Michigan Avenue stores. In honor of the releases, the vinylmations’ respective artists, Oskar Mendez (Times Square, Michigan Avenue) and Enrique Pita (Stockton Street) will be making in-store appearances for signings in New York and San Francisco. For the special event, both stores will be opening early, at 8 am local time (the signings will run from 8 am – 11 am). Along with the event, the Disney/Pixar Cars 2 two-figure 3″ Vinylmation set will be available, two days before it becomes available to most Disney Store locations.

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Mondo Announces New Disney/Pixar Poster Series by Tom Whalen; ‘Monsters Inc.’ On Sale Friday

'Monsters Inc.' by Tom Whalen for MondoMondo announced a new Disney/Pixar poster series by artist Tom Whalen today, which will kick off with its first entry, Monsters Inc., to be available for purchase at a random time tomorrow.

The piece features Boo (in Monster form) alongside James P. Sullivan (a.k.a. Sulley, a.k.a. Kitty), Mike Wazowski and a clever appearance by Randall. The bottom is trimmed with the company’s name and tagline along with portraits of George Sanderson, Waternoose, Fungus, Roz and Celia.

The 18″x24″ screened print will retail for $45 and will be limited a print run of just 365 pieces.

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D23 Expo: Acme Archives Event Releases and Exclusives

Late last week, Acme Archives revealed some of the art being released later this week at the Disney D23 Expo, including naming a few of the Expo exclusives. Among the collection of art, shown below, is a 25th Anniversary tribute to Pixar Animation Studios by artist Dave Perillo. Perillo most recently caused a stir at the San Diego Comic Con with his Muppets piece and SDCC exclusive variant, which had no problem selling out. Like SDCC, there will be a D23 Expo exclusive variant of the Disney/Pixar piece, which prominently features Luxo Jr. in the upper left-hand corner.

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LEAKED: Disney Store ‘Princess Designer Doll Collection’ Photos

Ariel Princess Designer Doll from Disney StoreIt appears that those eager to catch a glimpse of the new ‘Disney Princess Designer Doll Collection’ won’t have to wait until Disney D23 Expo after all. The dolls, which re-imagine all ten Disney princesses as runway fashion models, were scheduled to be unveiled at the Expo next weekend with one princess per week being released at Disney Store locations beginning on Monday, August 22.

The picture quality doesn’t appear to be that great, but considering they probably weren’t taken with consent, one has to forgive that just a little.

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D23 Expo: Olszewski Studios to Debut New Work, Member Exclusive

D23 Expo 2011 Member Exclusive PokitPal by Robert OlszewskiDisney artist Robert Olszewski has announced that he will be releasing a few new items at the Disney D23 Expo beginning on Friday, August 19. Among his new pieces will be a 2011 D23 Expo PokitPal (pictured) available exclusively to D23 members for $19.95.

Also being introduced at the Expo is Gallery of Light entries ‘Baby of Mine‘ inspired by Dumbo and ‘Talk to Crush‘ from Finding Nemo, both of which will retail for $85, Olszewski Miniature Disneyland Main Street, USA addition ‘Pinocchio’s Daring Journey,’ which will retail for $425 and an Heirloom Boxes Collection – Paper Clip Series entry, Sleeping Beauty Maleficent which will retail for $30. Olszewksi will also be displaying a new Fantasyland platform.

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D23 Expo: Disney Store Anniversary Exclusives Sneak Peek

When the Disney D23 Expo comes to the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19-21, it will include a substantial presence by Disney Store, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012 and it’s inviting all the D23 Expo attendees to join in the celebration a bit early with the opportunity to purchase items exclusively available at the Expo.

Below is a gallery of item as well as pricing and edition sizes (usually some multiple of 25) which is sure to offer something for everyone, as long as they love the color silver, and don’t mind shelling out a few bucks (anywhere from $19.95 – $2,000.00).

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First Glimpse: Disney Store Princess Designer Doll Collection

UPDATE: PHOTOS OF THE DOLLS HAVE BEEN LEAKED. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Scheduled to make their debut at the 2011 Disney D23 Expo, the Disney Store exclusive Princess Designer Collection brings haute couture to the world of Disney Princesses. Designed by Disney Store artist, the collection consists of all ten princesses, styled and dressed as they might appear walking down the runway at the next great fashion show.

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