D23 Expo: Exhibitors and Exclusive Offerings Announced

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Disney D23, the official fan club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced the initial line up of exhibitors at its upcoming D23 Expo, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 9-11, 2013, via its dedicated Exhibitors page. Below is a round-up of the additions along with what they will be offering attendees of the Expo:

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Report: Ridemakerz Introduces Exclusive ‘Cars 2′ Kits at Toys ‘R’ Us; Francesco First Look

Ridemakerz Toys 'R' Us Event

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend a special media event held at Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square to introduce the exclusive Ridemakerz vehicles inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, now available in stores. We have previously reported on the exclusive collection back in February, but the event afforded me the opportunity to get a hands-on look at the Francesco Bernoulli — in fact, I was even able to build and take home my own Francesco ahead of his official release.

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Details Announced for ‘Car Masters Weekend’ at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

Walt Disney World has released additional details for what they are calling ‘Car Masters Weekend’ at Downtown Disney West Side at the Walt Disney World Resort from May 13-15, 2011 as part of the Disney/Pixar Weekend. The event, which we first announced in early April coincides with the Walt Disney World stop of the State Farm ‘Agents on a Mission’ Tour.

Activities at Downtown Disney are scheduled to run all three days from 10:30 am through 6:00 pm and will include the following:

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RIDEMAKERZ Walt Disney World Location Awarded ‘Pop-Up Store of the Year’

RIDEMAKERZ at Walt Disney World's Downtown DisneyRIDEMAKERZ announced today its Downtown Disney shop at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida won worldwide “Pop-Up Store of the Year.” This is the second year in a row that RIDEMAKERZ has claimed the award presented by Chain Store Age magazine. The award recognizes RIDEMAKERZ for its creativity in transforming a 16,000 plus square foot retail venue into an auto-garage where kids and kids at heart can customize their own 1:18 scale toy vehicles, or RIDEZ.

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Ridemakerz Gears Up for ‘Cars 2′ Launch Debuting at Toys ‘R’ Us

Finn McMissile 'Shell from Ridemakerz

Up until now, Ridemakerz has been available exclusively at its brick and mortar stores and its online site as well as offering Cars-branded Ridemakerz vehicles at the new ‘Imagination Park’ Disney Stores. But with the release of the Disney/Pixar summer blockbuster, Cars 2, all that’s about to change.

For the first time ever, Ridemakerz will soon be available at Toys ‘R’ Us locations around the nation and feature new shells for Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater to collect. In addition, Ridemakerz will be introducing shells for new characters Finn McMissile and Francesco Bernoulli. As an added bonus, each retailer will have their own exclusive Cars shells, but there will also be some overlap on the availability of the other shells.

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Photo Gallery: Disney Store Montebello (Imagination Park) Grand Opening and Tour

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Yesterday, at the Shops at Montebello in Montebello, California, Disney Store launched its first of many new stores this year to feature its new ‘Imagination Park’ concept in which the store is designed to resemble a park full of imagination and wonder, broken down into different neighborhoods while offering unique experiences.

On hand to celebrate the day’s momentous occasion were Disney Store President Jim Fielding and stars from the Disney Channel original movie Camp Rock 2, Maria Canals Barrera, Chloe Bridges and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle.

All photos above by Jeff Lewis, courtesy of Disney Consumer Products.

Later on in the day, Stitch Kingdom’s Kelly Noble had the opportunity to explore the Disney Store ‘Imagination Park’ at Montebello experience which features an exclusive RIDEMAKERZ opportunity featuring the stars of Disney/Pixar’s Cars. For more information on the experiences one can find in the Imagination Park model, review our original report here.

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Downtown Disney in Orlando to Receive D-Street, RIDEMAKERZ

Walt Disney World has officially announced that the Downtown Disney area in Walt Disney World will soon be receiving a couple of shops that have already recently made the Disneyland Resort their home.

Vinylmation will find its east coast home in D Street, an urban art-inspired shop that has already proven itself successful since opening in Anaheim just a few months ago.

DTD will also receive a RIDEMAKERZ, a place for guests to custom design and build their own radio controlled vehicles.

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