Disney Precious Collections to Feature Exclusive Jewelry at New Orleans Museum of Art Disney Retrospective

Princess and the Frog PendantDisney Precious Collections, Fine Disney Jewelry For Children, has been selected as the featured product during Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios, at The New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans from November 15, 2009 – March 14, 2010.

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, which cannot be seen anywhere else, is set to coincide with the premier of Disney’s newest animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. The exhibition will feature 600 original works instrumental in the development of animated features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. In addition, there will be artwork from The Princess and the Frog, an animated comedy from the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. This current version of the princess and the Frog is set in New Orleans during the 1920s Jazz Age, and is due for release Christmas, 2009.

“We are delighted to present this magical exhibition in New Orleans,” said “NOMA director E. John Bullard. “Children will love seeing their favorite Disney characters in a museum setting and adults will be taken by the technical skill and emotional depth reflected in these works. It was Disney animators who really led the way in the 20th century toward establishing animation as a serious art form.” The exhibition will also feature a children’s section celebrating Disney’s connections with jazz music and the Crescent City. The artworks, on loan from the Walt Disney Studio Animation Research Library, will be accompanied by film clips to demonstrate how individual sketches and paintings lead to a finished celluloid masterpiece.

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Exclusive ‘Sailor Mickey’ Holiday Plush Available at Macy’s; Mickey to Make Chicago Macy’s Appearance

Sailor Mickey Holiday Plush from Macy'sEarlier this week, we told you about the new Sailor Mickey helium balloon that will make its debut during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Today we bring you news of the Sailor Mickey plush by Gund exclusively from Macy’s to commemorate  the event. The 18″ collectible plush speaks three phrases: ‘Gosh, you’re great,’ ‘Ahoy there mateys’ and ‘Merry Christmas!’ and includes a bonus alarm clock which doubles as his own personal compass. He retails for $14.95 and can be found in the Holiday department at Macy’s all over or can be purchased online (where you can also check local store inventory).

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Disney Announces 2009 ‘Most Wanted Holiday Toys’ List; A Dozen Deals Under $25

Disney Princess Tiana Classic Doll with Frog FigurineGLENDALE, Calif. — Disney Consumer Products (DCP) today released its “Most Wanted Holiday Toys List,” featuring its Disney Dozen Deals – toys that bring Disney’s rich storytelling heritage home for the holidays for less than $25, plus six standouts for the most discerning gift-givers. Already garnering top honors and awards from media and organizations including FunFare, FamilyFun, iParenting and the National Association of Parenting Publications, Disney toys will delight boys and girls of all ages and bring to life the magic of its beloved characters and storylines for a cheerful holiday season.

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Epcot Puts the Mouse Ear in Mouse Gear; Offers Embroidery as of November 1

It’s such an innocent question for the average Walt Disney World vacation planner: Where can I get my Mickey Mouse ears embroidered? But historically, the answer has pointed out an obvious flaw in a nearly-essential element of every Disney fan’s vacation: to date, only the Magic Kingdom (The Chapeau, Sir Mickey’s, County Bounty), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Head to Toe) and Downtown Disney Marketplace (Days of Christmas, Wonderful World of Memories) have offered the option.

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Tinker Bell Mix Max Plus Media Player from Digital Blue at 70% Off

With Tinktober coming to a close at an alarming rate, it’s worth taking a look at the Tinker Bell Mix Max Plus Media Player from Digital Blue.  With 1GB of internal memory (expandable up to 4 GB via SD), it boasts a 2.8″ 320 X 240 LCD screen and plays video, audio and displays images along with Disney Mix Clips and Disney Max Clips. The best part is it’s available directly from the manufacturer at 70% off the original retail value of $99.99, so it can be yours today for just $29.99. Perfect for those not quite old enough to handle an iPhone, the Mix Max players have some pretty decent reviews on Amazon but you can only find the Tinker Bell version from the Amazon Marketplace for a current minimum of $50.

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Over 101 More Reasons to Love the Disney Gift Card

101 Dalmations from the Classic Illustrations Series, Released October 2009DisneyGiftcard.com recently gave itself a makeover and now serves as almost-one-stop shopping for any Disney fan, no matter their favorite. Currently almost 120 different gift card designs are available for purchase, including this recently released Classic Illustration: 101 Dalmations pictured to the left that was just recently released.

Be sure to check out the Vault as well for a look at dozens of designs that have either been retired or are in limited release.

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Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson Appearance and Signing at Walt Disney World November 13-14

Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry and Ridley PearsonAuthors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson will be offering a signing of their new book Peter and the Sword of Mercy at Walt Disney World on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14.

On November 13, they’ll be at Once Upon a Toy located at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm; on November 14,  they’ll be in the Magic Kingdom at the Main Street Gallery on Main Street, USA from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. There will also be an early appearance on Saturday by Ridley Pearson only from 9 am – 10 am at the Main Street Gallery.

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‘Disney Underground’ Paints Classic Disney Characters in Whole New Light

Porcelain by Steven DailyI just came across this collection available from Acme Archives titled Disney Underground. The collection allows artists to offer what’s described as an ‘abstract pop surrealism’ effect to classic Disney characters, including the fab five.

Pictured to the left is Porcelain by artist Steven Daily (you decide who it’s meant to be as the artist claims any likenesses are coincidental). The giclee on canvas is limited to 100 pieces, hand-numbered and signed by the artist. It measures 19″ x 24″ and is available unframed for $250 (framing and other options available).

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Have Fear, the Maleficent Bust from Grand Jester Studios is Almost Here

Maleficent Bust from Enescio's Grand Jester StudiosEarlier this year, it was announced that Enesco’s Grand Jester Studios would be introducing a line of sculpture busts based on Disney heroes and villains. Sideshow Collectibles has announced that the next entry in the series, Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, will be available come first quarter of 2010 and is now available for pre-order for $80. At a limited edition of 1500, this gorgeous 10.5″ tall sculpture is bound to go faster than you can say dragon!

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Kirstie Kelly Unveils Bridal Wear Inspired by Princess Tiana, Snow White at New York’s Bridal Week

Disney Fairy Tale Wedding's Princess Tiana-inspried bridal gown by Kirstie Kelly. Photo courtesy Disney.NEW YORK – October 18, 2009—Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and renowned couture designer Kirstie Kelly are launching an exquisite gown inspired by Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess in more than ten years and the first African American Disney Princess character from the highly anticipated animated musical film, The Princess and the Frog. The Tiana gown will take its place in the phenomenally successful Kirstie Kelly for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings line as the signature piece of an all new collection of bridal gowns. The new collection also includes the Snow White Diamond Edition gown, all new “Maidens” for bridesmaids, “Blossoms” for flower girls and a new line of fine jewelry with renowned jeweler Mouawad, each inspired by a Disney Princess character.

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