A couple of weeks ago, the official Disney Parks blog made it known that Disney had plans to jump on the Silly / Crazy Bandz tween craze and was going to introduce a line of Disney-themed (shaped) elastic bands.
So far, six sets are being offered (all pictured below): Mickey Mouse & Friends (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, Daisy); Princess #1 (Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White); Princess #2 (Tiana, Jasmine, Ariel, Snow White); Disney Fairies (Tinker Bell, Silvermist, Fawn, Rosetta, Iridessa); Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story #1 (Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Rocketship); Toy Story #2 (Alien, Hamm, Slinky Dog, Mr. Potato Head, Rex); Toy Story #3 (Lotso, Twitch, Sparks, Chunk, Stretch) and Disney/Pixar’s CARS (Lightning McQueen, Snot Rod, DJ, Boost, Wingo).
UPDATE: 5/4/10 – We spoke to Forever Collectibles who are manufacturing the products, known as Logo Bandz, and have learned that despite pre-orders promising a delivery of July, the products may be shipping as early as mid-June. In addition to the Disney line of Character Bandz (which also includes two additional Toy Story assortments we hope to be getting more information on soon), Forever is creating lines for NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, AFC/NFC and College teams. Also on the Disney front will be a line of Marvel inspired Character Bandz including Spider-Man (which we have a photo of that’s yet to be posted), Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Wolverine and two sets simply titled Superheros.
UPDATE: 6/8/10 – The Disney Bandz have begun appearing at various retail locations in Walt Disney World. On a local level, the best place to check is Modell’s (because the manufacturer produces mostly sports-related product) and sightings have been reported at Walgreens. Of course, Amazon.com is one of the best choices since you don’t have to go anywhere to chance finding them.
Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson poses Feb. 27, 2010 with Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Johnson, a past champion on ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” series, was at Walt Disney World appearing at “ESPN The Weekend,” a sports fan festival held annually at the theme park. She also was a special celebrity guest for the grand “re-launch” of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
(L-R) Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises; George Bodenheimer, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports; Al Weiss, president of worldwide operations for Disney Parks and Resorts; and Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort, pose Feb. 25, 2010 with a football-clad Mickey Mouse during the official re-launch ceremony for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. ESPN Wide World of Sports is a 220-acre international sports complex located at Walt Disney World Resort. (David Roark, photographer)
Garrett Hartley, place-kicker for the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints, kicks a football Feb. 25, 2010 over the entrance archway to the newly rebranded ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Hartley’s kick was the official “relaunching” moment during a gala ceremony held for the 220-acre, international sports venue. Hartley joined more than 50 sports celebrities for the red carpet-style event at Walt Disney World Resort. (Garth Vaughan, photographer)
Hip-hop artist Big Boi, one-half of the Grammy Award-winning duo “OutKast,” poses July 24, 2009 with Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Big Boi (born Antwan Andre Patton) is scheduled to release his first solo album, entitled “Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty” in 2009. In addition to his work with OutKast, the Atlanta-based artist and producer has appeared on tracks by Beyonce, Jay-Z and Missy Elliott. In 2008 he collaborated with the Atlanta Ballet for a series of critically acclaimed performances.. He is visiting the Walt Disney World Resort on vacation this week. (Garth Vaughan, photographer)