Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, and The Walt Disney Company, the world’s leading entertainment company, announced today their collaboration on the 2012 Holiday campaign at Barneys New York retail venues: Electric Holiday. A multi-platform initiative infused with fashion and fantasy, Electric Holiday will merge the creativity and magic of Disney with the wit and surprise of the legendary Barneys New York annual holiday campaign to create a celebration of festive modern electric lights, music and fashion.
Beginning in mid-November, the Barneys New York Madison Avenue windows will serve as the centerpiece of the Electric Holiday campaign in which an exclusive moving art short created by Disney artists, will be showcased amid a celebration of lights. Disney has also created a modern, three-dimensional electric light show that will encompass the Madison Avenue store entrance and showcase the moving art housed within the windows. To accompany the façade and moving art, Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino is creating an original score of highly-charged music to bring the show to life.
The Electric Holiday program and the Madison Avenue flagship’s windows will be unveiled on November 14th. Air France will be supporting the Holiday 2012 campaign with an integrated promotion and the Electric Holiday light show will feature innovative display technology, using Christie® MicroTiles®, from Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
“The legendary characters and world created by Disney live in the active mind and memory of virtually every citizen of the world,” said Mark Lee, Barneys New York CEO. “Barneys New York has been privileged to collaborate with Disney and its remarkable talents this holiday season on the Electric Holiday campaign, which places these iconic characters into the center of our fashion world.”
“In the tradition of legendary New York Holiday retail campaigns, Electric Holiday is a festive extravaganza that will delight people of all ages,” said Bob Chapek, president of Disney Consumer Products. “From the stunning visuals, to iconic Disney storytelling and unique merchandise assortment, this collaboration with the venerable Barney’s New York is a celebration worthy of the season.”
Electric Holiday is a fusion of some of the most creative minds, a collaboration comprised of the Barneys New York team under the direction of Creative Director Dennis Freedman and Disney veterans Luis Fernandez, senior vice president of global creative, Disney Consumer Products, and John Quinn, Disney character art director.
The Electric Holiday moving art will feature models inspired by Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse as well as other iconic Disney characters as they star in a fantasy Paris runway show, capturing the essence of the high-fashion world along with the electrically-charged colors and brilliant lights of the magical world of Disney. Minnie and Mickey are transported into a fantasy world where they are transformed from their traditional Disney form into dream-like fashion-forward runway models, and are joined on the Paris runway by five other models evocative of other iconic Disney personalities: Goofy, Daisy Duck, Snow White, Princess Tiana, and Cruella de Vil.
Each transformed Disney model is dressed in a one-of a-kind exclusive look created by some of the most influential fashion designers in the world, including: Nicholas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Oliver Rousteing for Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Peter Copping for Nina Ricci, Proenza Schouler, and Rick Owens.
To fully bring the iconic Disney characters into the Barneys world, true fashion insiders will be featured within the moving art short, from designers featured in the fantasy runway show, to revered hair and make-up artists, photographers, respected journalists and editors, and the celebrities and notable guests that typically attend the high profile shows. The result depicts a unique, fantasy Paris show with all of the real-world elements of backstage, front-row and runway in illustrated form.
Barneys New York has worked to create a range of exclusive (XO), limited-edition holiday gift items, which will be available for a limited time only at Chelsea Passage on the ninth floor in Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship location in New York, at select Barneys New York locations nationwide and Barneys.com. The product assortment includes Disney’s highly collectible Vinylmation figures designed by Paul Smith and Diane von Furstenberg, Mickey Mouse ears designed by Rag & Bone and L’Wren Scott, and smaller items such as holiday ornaments, edible sweets, toys for children, and much more.
In the spirit of the holiday season, Barneys New York will donate 25% of sales from all Electric Holiday products to a charity in honor of their special collaboration.
Original and exclusive Electric Holiday artwork will be featured on special Barneys shopping bags available with all in-store and Barneys.com purchases during the holiday season.
Walt Disney World has begun announcing its celebrity narrators for its Candlelight Processional performances which will take place this year during the ‘Holidays Around the World’ celebration at Epcot from November 23 through December 30, 2012.
The shows will take place at the America Gardens Theatre, located across the American Adventure pavilion. Shows are free with seating available on a standby basis, or through priority seating which is offered via special dinner and lunch packages from table service restaurants at Epcot. Park admission is separate and required regardless.
The schedule is currently as follows (subject to change at any time)
- 11/23 – 11/25 Isabella Rossellini
- 11/26 – 11/29 Neil Patrick Harris
- 11/30 – 12/01 Whoopi Goldberg
- 12/02 – 12/04 TBA
- 12/05 – 12/07 TBA
- 12/08 – 12/10 TBA
- 12/11 – 12/13 Jodi Benson
- 12/14 – 12/16 Olivia Newton John
- 12/17 – 12/19 TBA
- 12/20 – 12/22 Trace Adkins
- 12/23 – 12/25 Gary Sinise
- 12/26 – 12/28 TBA
- 12/29 – 12/30 Marlee Matlin with Jack Jason
With good wishes for 2012, the Disneyland Resort invites guests to celebrate the Lunar New Year season at Disneyland park from Jan. 20-29. The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration! at Disneyland is a joyous tribute to coincide with the traditional Lunar New Year, and it recognizes time-honored traditions of the season with exciting, live performances, fun activities and special food offerings.
- Guests will enjoy the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration! from 10 am to 5 pm Jan, 20-29 at Small World Mall with special character appearances and family entertainment. Exhilarating live performances will be held Jan. 20-23, Jan. 25 and Jan. 27-29 (weather permitting).
- Lunar New Year is a time when families and friends gather to wish each other good fortune and good health for the coming year. The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration! at Disneyland Resort pays tribute to the time-honored traditions and family celebrations that are observed within the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.
- Throughout the day, cultural groups perform in colorful attire along Small World Mall. These may include a Chinese Dragon dance troupe, lion dancers, ribbon wand dancers, Korean drummers, Vietnamese musicians and dancers, and martial artists.
- In Mulan’s Chinese New Year Procession, seen at selected times throughout the day, Mulan and Mushu proceed in colorful costumes to the photo location area. There, guests will greet Mulan and Mushu, along with Chip ‘n’ Dale dressed in festive, Asian-inspired attire.
- Small World Mall is decorated for the celebration with Chinese Zodiac symbols, ornamental lanterns, “Happy Lunar New Year” banners and more.
- Signs explaining the meaning and traditions of various Lunar New Year celebrations are presented in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
- The Lunar New Year begins at a different time each year according to the movements of the sun and moon, usually beginning in late January. It’s fitting to have the Disneyland celebration at Small World Mall, where “just one moon and one golden sun” are shared by children from around the globe in the “it’s a small world” attraction.
- A colorful, photo location invites families to pose in front of themed backdrops, which include a variety of Disney characters and family photos. Disney’s PhotoPass Service will be on hand to help guests capture their magical experiences and share their memories.
- Food carts at Small World Mall will serve special treats, including chocolate churros, eggrolls, edamame and almond cookies.
Disney Parks and Resorts almost had us. Back in August, we revealed that we had learned Disney Parks and Resorts was working on something dubbed ‘One More Disney Day.’ Due to the timing (close to when new campaigns were usually announced) and the Disney D23 Expo looming ahead, we naturally made the assumption that it must be the campaign for the 2012 year.
Well months came and went and we ended up sporting egg on our face as we found out Disney Parks went ahead and created a page dedicated to ‘One More Disney Day.’ The problem? It ended up seeming more like a blase sales pitch then anything else. Hey, stay another day. Why not? Why not indeed.
Dismissed. Rejected! Why it was more than we could bear. It looks like our hopes of breaking news of the next Disney Parks campaign, as we had done with the ‘Let the Memories Begin‘ campaign, were shattered.
Fast forward to earlier this month and we revealed that not only does the hyped up New Year’s Eve announcement apply to Walt Disney World, but Disneyland as well, along with rumored and somewhat well-founded expectations that the announcement will involve parks at both resorts remaining open all night leading into leap day, February 29. A leap day at Disney Parks? It does sound like ‘One More Disney Day,’ no?
According to a guest who attended the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade taping at the Magic Kingdom, Banks Lee, co-hosts Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos mentioned ‘One More Disney Day’ during their patter. Whether the slogan applies to the year-long campaign or just to leap day remains to be seen.
It’s also unclear, if in fact the parks will remain open for more than 24 hours straight, how ticketing will be handled or if it will be a hard-ticketed event requiring separate admission.
What we do know is that Disney Parks has registered ONEMOREDISNEYDAY.COM, which currently goes nowhere, as well recently registering its Spanish equivalent, UNDIAMASDEDISNEY.COM.
The Disneyland Resort today announced that for the first time, it will observe Three Kings Day as part of its holiday celebration festivities in addition to its traditional offerings including nightly snowfall on Main Street USA and holiday overlays for ‘it’s a small world’ and Haunted Mansion.
Also known as Día de los Reyes Magos, Three Kings Day is celebrated in many Latin American countries as part of the Christmas story. It commemorates the day the three kings (the magi or ‘wise men’) followed the star to Bethlehem and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Activities for Three Kings Day celebration will take place from 10 am – 6 pm, January 6 – 8, 2012 around Zocalo Park (Spanish for ‘Town Square’) in Disneyland’s Frontierland. Walt Disney envisioned Frontierland as a showcase of America’s Western and Mexican heritage and this celebration will continue that vision.
Activities will include:
- Visits from Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in Fiesta costumes along with other characters including The Three Caballeros: Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Panchito.
- Folklorico dance along with musical performances by the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas.
- Bilingual activity hosts will join children in face-painting, coloring, crown decorating and other activities.
- Special food carts will appear in Zocalo Park for the occasion, serving Three Kings Day treats. The seasonal menu at Rancho del Zocalo restaurant includes tamales and Mexican hot chocolate.
Radio Disney, the #1 radio network for kids, tweens, and families, invites listeners across the country to ring in the new year at its annual family-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” events taking place on December 31. The “Noon Year’s Eve” events, taking place in 19 markets, will welcome kids and families to their favorite locations including local zoos, museums or shopping centers for a family-friendly celebration that gives kids the opportunity to have all the fun of New Year’s Eve before their bedtime.
Hosted by Radio Disney’s local stations, the “Noon Year’s Eve” events will feature the best songs of the year from Radio Disney’s “Top 50 of 2011,” interactive entertainment and prizes. Many of the events will also feature special balloon drops and a countdown just for kids and families.
The “Noon Year’s Eve” events take place on December 31 at the following locations:
Chicago, Illinois 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Chicago Wolves Fun Fest at AllState Arena’s Skyline Room with AM 1300
6920 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018
Dallas, Texas – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Main Event with AM 620
4801 Citylake Boulevard East, Fort Worth, Texas, 76132
San Francisco, California – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose with AM 1310
180 Woz Way, San Jose, California, 95110
Additional activities include New Year’s resolution writing, party hat decorating and a countdown across time zones with free phone calls to friends and relatives from MetroPCS.
Atlanta, Georgia – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The City of Smyrna Community Center with AM 590
200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, Georgia, 30080
Houston, Texas – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Main Event Shenandoah with AM 1590
19441 Interstate 45 S, Shenandoah, Texas, 77385
Phoenix, Arizona – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Phoenix Zoo with AM 1580
455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona, 85008
Additional activities include New Year’s resolution writing and apple cider toast.
Tampa, Florida – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lowry Park Zoo with AM 1380
1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33604
St. Paul, Minnesota – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Como Zoo with AM 1440
1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55103
Denver, Colorado 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Southlands Town Center with AM 1690
6155 South Main Street, Aurora, Colorado, 80016
Cleveland, Ohio – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with AM 1260
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, Ohio, 44109
Additional activities include a special “Move It” area powered by Cleveland Clinic Hospitals, and festive activities powered by Root Candles and Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.
Sacramento, California – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Old Sacramento with AM 1470
1110 Front Street, Sacramento, California, 95814
Additional activities include fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.
St. Louis, Missouri – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saint Louis Science Center with AM 1260
5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 63110
Will include special “Science Goes Splat” ball drop and “Radio Disney Golden Ticket” prize awarding one lucky family with four VIP tickets to “Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!,” two “Disney On Ice” shows, and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 11:00am – 1:00pm
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with AM 1250
One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206
Charlotte, North Carolina – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Northlake Mall with AM 1480
6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28216
Additional activities include apple cider toast provided by presenting sponsor Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
Salt Lake City, Utah – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Shops at Riverwoods in The Manor in Provo with AM 910
4801 North University Avenue, Provo, Utah, 84604
Kansas City, Missouri – 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
North Kansas City Community Center with AM 1190
1999 Iron Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64116
New Year’s Eve party favors will be given to the first 100 guests provided by North Kansas City Community Center.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mayfair Mall (Center Court, Level 1) in Wauwatosa with AM 1640
2500 North Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 53226
*Note: No balloon drop, but New Year’s Eve party favors will be given to the first 200 guests.
Little Rock, Arkansas – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Veterans Park Community Center in Cabot with FM 99.5
508 North Lincoln, Cabot, Arkansas, 72023
Richmond, Virginia – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Science Museum of Virginia with AM 1290
2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23230
Additional activities include Anthem Get Active Get Fit Dance Party and red carpet premiere of the new IMAX film “Born to Be Wild.”
Radio Disney’s “Top 50 of 2011″ will air Saturday, December 31 (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT) featuring the most requested songs of 2011, with re-airings throughout New Year’s Day. Hosted by Radio Disney on-air personalities Ernie D, Jake, Hallie, Candice, and Blake, the five-hour broadcast counting down the year will also feature interviews with listeners favorite artists like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Cody Simpson and Willow Smith.
How many months have 29 days? All of them if it happens to be a leap year and that aspect of 2012 seems to be the cornerstone of what Disney Parks and Resorts is billing as a big New Year’s Eve ‘surprise announcement.’ Leave it to Disney Parks to schedule and pre-premote their spontaneous surprises.
The internet buzz around the surprise announcement, which is anticipated to be revealed live on the ABC television network on December 31 during ‘Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve’ television event. The announcement was first revealed through a news update on the official Walt Disney World site under a headline promoting 2012 as ‘The Year of More Magic.’ With quite a bit to highlight in 2012, including the first phase opening of the New Fantasyland Magic Kingdom expansion, it’s plain to see that Walt Disney World is ready to make every day count in the upcoming year.
But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander and the Disneyland Resort has plenty to celebrate in 2012 itself in that regard, in particular the Disney California Adventure re-do and expansion with Cars Land. And that’s why they too are part of the big New Year’s Eve ‘surprise announcement’ according to this update which offers to get 2012 off to a magical start.
So just what does Disney Parks and Resorts have up their sleeves? Guesses have run rampant across the net, though most appear to be Walt Disney World-centric (as the Disneyland portion seems to have been lost along the way). The most likely ‘surprise’ is that both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts will be open for 24 hours on February 28 – 29. Not only is this without precedent, but this thread on Micechat, which claims the news came from a source inside The Walt Disney Travel Company, was posted weeks before the Walt Disney World (and subsequent Disneyland) pre-announcements were made.
NOTE: As of now, this information is UNCONFIRMED. Do not book a vacation based solely on this information. You would do so at your own risk.
ABC has provided us with these photos of emcee Tom Bergeron exploring Disneyland theme park as he hosts the ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular’ which premieres on the ABC television network on Thursday, December 8, 2011.
This holiday season, ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ celebrates from the Disneyland® Resort in California, with host Tom Bergeron highlighting the best classic Christmas videos in ‘AFHV’ history, along with all-new clips. The exciting episode includes: videos featuring the hazards of decorating, as lights, mantels, trees and people all go down; videos of kids reacting to lousy gifts, or causing mayhem during recitals, or the hilarious things they say while sitting on Santa’s lap; and videos of cats and dogs getting in on the Christmas mischief as they investigate gifts and decorations.
All photos courtesy of and © copyright ABC. All Rights Reserved.
Walt Disney Parks began taping its portion of the 28th Annual ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ special today at the Magic Kingdom theme park. Performances were provided by Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson and ‘American Idol’ winner Scotty McCreery, with some additional appearances by the Buddies (promoting their new film, Treasure Buddies and Statler and Waldorf from the Muppets.
The tapings continue tomorrow with expected performances by Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman of Disney Channel’s ‘Shake It Up’ and a rumored performance by Justin Bieber.
The Disneyland Resort performed its portion of the parade in early November.
The parade will air nationwide on the ABC television network on Christmas Day, December 25.
Photos by Mark Ashman, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
Dressed for the colder weather (read: completely naked save for a scarf), Kermit the Frog of the Muppets was on-hand yesterday evening to assist with the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, DC.
Hosted by Carson Daly, the ceremony also featured performances by OneRepublic, Rodney Atkins, Marsha Ambrosius and Big Time Rush. Kermit joined First Lady Michelle Obama as she read a story to the attending children.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony marks the opening of the four-week event sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s National Parks.
Originally started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, this year’s ceremony marks the 89th National Christmas Tree Lighting. The annual event has become an American holiday tradition. For more information about the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting, visit www.thenationaltree.org.
The 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation and produced by Alex Coletti Productions.
Photo courtesy Walt Disney Studios