The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) today announced the recipients of its annual Thea Awards during the IAAPA Attractions Expo. The prestigious Thea Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in the creation of compelling experiences and places. TEA serves the global attractions industry, including theme parks, museums, world expos, heritage centers and resorts.
In honor of the Disney 3D Blu-ray release of Secret of the Wings starring Tinker Bell and the rest of her Pixie Hollow friends, the Disneyland Resort has decided to bring some winter magic of its own to Southern California and open a temporary outdoor skating rink in the heart of its Downtown Disney District.
Last night, a grand opening ceremony was held in which Disneyland Ambassador Rene Toricco played emcee and welcomed everyone to the event. Also speaking at the event were Vice President of Resorts and Downtown Disney Daniel Delcourt and Downtown Disney’s General Manager Janet Knox and filmmakers Peggy Holmes and Michael Wigert — along with a special appearance by Tinker Bell and newly reunited twin Periwinkle, of course.
This summer, the eagerly anticipated additions of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land opened to excited Guests as part of a major expansion at Disney California Adventure Park. Now, those popular areas will undergo a spectacular holiday makeover, meaning that The Happiest Place on Earth Just Got Merrier.
Bustling and busy Buena Vista Street, which now welcomes you when you enter Disney California Adventure Park, is themed to a Los Angeles business main street from the 1930s. It re-creates the era when Walt Disney was establishing his world-famous animation studio.
A sparkling 25′ tall Cinderella Castle Ice sculpture, weighing in at an impressive 22 and a half tons, played centerpiece to the latest announcement from Disney Parks early this morning in Times Square.
Along with several other ice sculptures portraying Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, a balloon seller (accented with real Mickey Mouse balloons) and various park guests, Disney Parks is announcing its 2013 campaign, ‘Limited Time Magic.’
The big to-do, which included visits from Disney Parks dignitaries such as Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Cinderella, was all about the new ‘Limited Time Magic’ campaign which brings 52 weeks of both small and large celebrations to both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in 2013.
The Disneyland Resort has announced that it will be offering a special preview opportunity for Annual Passholders to view the ‘Art of Frankenweenie‘ traveling exhibit on the evening of September 13, before it becomes accessible to regular park guests.
Passholders have the choice of packages, either a simple viewing experience or a complete dining package with both experiences taking place after park closing.
New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for August 27, 2012
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.
Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.
|Personalizable Varsity Minnie Mouse Jacket for Toddler Girls- $29.50 |
Join Disney’s winning team in our sparklingly sporty Varsity Minnie Mouse Jacket for Toddler Girls. You’ll cheer for this soft and warm collegiate style coat with Minnie graphics, faceted gemstone snaps and personalizing options.
|Cinderella Party Favor Pack- $132.00 |
Make your guests royally welcome with our Cinderella Party Favor Pack. This 16-piece set features a great selection of regal gifts that include a Cinderella Toy Camera, Necklace, Bracelet and Tiara Haircomb.
|The Haunted Mansion Tombstone Set — 3-Pc.- $22.95 |
Bury your troubles under our Haunted Mansion Tombstone Set. This set of three miniature headstones featuring amusing epitaphs will make a spooky centerpiece for your Halloween party before they move on to haunt the year ’round Disney curio collection.
|Canvas Disneyland Messenger Bag- $24.95 |
Faded artwork gives this compact Disneyland Messenger Bag fashionable vintage styling. Carry memories of your visit to the Happiest Place on Earth wherever you go with this handy-sized canvas bag that has room for all your essentials.
|Walt Disney World Halloween Minnie Mouse Tee for Girls- $24.95 |
Minnie’s masquerade costume looks ”Wicked Cute” on this bewitching Halloween Tee direct from Walt Disney World Resort. Orange glitter and green foil inks create a special touch of magic for the spooky season.
|Canvas Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Messenger Bag- $24.95 |
Vintage style artwork gives this compact Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Messenger Bag a fashionably timeless appeal. Celebrating the Park’s 1971 opening, this handy-sized bag is made of sturdy canvas and features plenty of room for all your essentials.
|Storybook Disneyland Mickey Mouse Pin Lanyard Pouch- $5.95 |
Our handy lanyard pouch features Mickey and storybook favorites at Sleeping Beauty Castle. Clip it to the bottom of our lanyard to hold your Disneyland Annual Passport, cards or pin trading essentials while having a ball at The Happiest Place on Earth!
|Personalizable Varsity Mickey Mouse Jacket for Toddler Boys- $29.50 |
Kick back at the Clubhouse in our sporty Varsity Jacket for Toddler Boys, featuring Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. You’ll cheer for this soft and warm collegiate style coat with ”Fab 4” graphics, soft quilted lining, and personalizing options.
|The Avengers Black Widow Costume for Girls- $34.50 |
Your little Avenger can imagine herself as the all-action member of SHIELD when she wears this Black Widow Costume for Girls. The dynamic design, with its sleek faux leather styling, will make her look and feel like the Marvel superhero!
|Canvas Walt Disney World Messenger Bag- $24.95 |
Faded artwork gives this compact Walt Disney World Messenger Bag fashionable vintage styling. Carry memories of your visit to the Magic Kingdom wherever you go with this handy-sized canvas bag that has room for all your essentials.
The Disneyland Resort has announced that it will be offering a special preview of the fall 2012 menu at PCH Grill, located at the Paradise Pier Hotel, for annual passholders throughout September. The prix fixe cost for the meal is $34.99 per person prior to any eligible passholder discounts and includes an appetizer, entree, dessert, soft drink and FASTPASS tickets to World of Color for the same evening as dining.
The menu is as follows:
Sunday, September 2 through Thursday, September 6:
Choice of Appetizer
- Beer Battered Onion Rings
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Choice of Entrée
The official Disney Parks blog today shared this first image of Tinker Bell and Periwinkle /aka/ Peri /aka/ Tink’s sister as they will appear at both Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland in mid-September (September 17 in Orlando according to this site, to be precise).
Peri will be joining Tink in Pixie Hollow in honor of their upcoming 3D Blu-ray release, Secret of the Wings, available to own on October 23, 2012. For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.
After starting the roll out of FASTPASS+ technology at the Magic Kingdom, which not only included the installation of temporary (and subsequent permanent) RFID readers at return lines at select attractions, along with limited tests, as well as pilot programs to enter the theme parks via RFID and — most recently — pay for purchases and unlock hotel rooms using embedded RFID chips in the Key to the World (KTTW) cards at the Contemporary Resort, it appears Walt Disney World (NYSE:DIS) is steadily pushing on to establish its NextGen technology at the Resort, this time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Via its official blog, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled the first few of a new series of portraits by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz portraying celebrities in iconic classic Disney roles.
The new images feature Russell Brand poised as Captain Hook facing his nemesis, the crocodile known as Tick-Tock with the caption ‘Where every moment leaves you hungry for more’ and Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as the Haunted Mansion ghosts, Phinease, Ezara and Gus with the caption ‘Where you can go on the ride of your afterlife.