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.
Playhouse Disney’s #1 preschool series, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” celebrates Pluto with a marathon spotlighting Mickey’s loyal pal, SATURDAY, AUG. 29 (7:00–10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The marathon includes the premiere of a new episode, “Pluto’s Playmate” (9:00 a.m., ET/PT), which was inspired by the original 1941 Pluto cartoon of the same name featuring Salty the seal.
In “Pluto’s Playmate,” Mickey, Pluto and pals teach Clubhouse visitor Salty the seal some new tricks for his debut in Mickey’s Circus. The marathon schedule is:
7:00 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto to the Rescue!”
7:30 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Puppy-Sitting Adventure”
8:00 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Ball”
8:30 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Best”
9:00 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Playmate”
9:30 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Bubble Bath”
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” regularly airs weekdays at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. ET/PT, and weekends at 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Mickey’s beloved pal Pluto made his film debut in 1930 as a nameless bloodhound in “The Chain Gang.” Later that year he played Minnie’s dog, Rover, in “The Picnic.” He was officially known as Mickey’s dog, Pluto, in “The Moose Hunt” (1931). Pluto starred alongside Mickey in numerous shorts, including the Academy Award-winning “Lend a Paw” (1941), and later teamed with Donald Duck on a number of shorts. Pluto made his feature film debut in 1988′s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”