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Merchandise Events at the Walt Disney World Resort for April 2013

Put some spring in your step and plan your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort during April, because we have a lot of events taking place!

April 5: Disney Design Group Artist Tyler Dumas will be appearing at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to sign the latest pin, Vinylmation and D Tech release in the 2013 series.

Disney Design Group Artist Tyler Dumas will be appearing at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to sign the latest pin, Vinylmation and D Tech release in the 2013 series.

April 4: ACME Archives Artist Annick Biaudet will be appearing at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to sign her newest releases inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.”

ACME Archives Artist Annick Biaudet will be appearing at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to sign her newest releases inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.”

April 5-7: Spring is in the air and the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom. Take time to join us for Art in the Garden Weekend, taking place from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. each day along the promenade in Epcot. Throughout the weekend, artists Larry Dotson, David E. Doss and Noah, along with ACME artist Annick Biaudet will be on hand for artist demonstrations and signings. Note: Noah will appear April 6–7 only.

Art in the Garden Weekend, taking place from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. each day along the promenade in Epcot. Throughout the weekend, artists Larry Dotson, David E. Doss and Noah, along with ACME artist Annick Biaudet will be on hand

April 6: I guarantee this next event is not a figment of your imagination, it’s in fact a signing with Sculptor Bruce Lau at Art of Disney in Epcot from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Bruce will be on hand to sign his latest sculpture Magician Figment, while Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan will be joining in the excitement to sign his latest Figment-inspired piece, Mickey and His Pal Figment. Look for Monty at the Art of Disney in Epcot as well, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Sculptor Bruce Lau at Art of Disney in Epcot from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Bruce will be on hand to sign his latest sculpture Magician Figment, while Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan will be joining in the excitement to sign his latest Figment-inspired piece, Mickey and His Pal Figment.
April 10–11:
 This next event is literally an open book. World renowned author Ridley Pearson is returning to the Walt Disney World Resort for a special appearance and signing April 10-11.

April 8–12: Check out the latest releases from David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

April 18–22: Be on the lookout for Larry Dotson who will be appearing at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., each day.

April 19-22: Rounding out the month is a special Disney’s Animal Kingdom park Earth Day celebration with artists and vendors such as Just Plumerias, Elemental Nursery, Photographer Carlos Cuba, Silver Designer, Tim “Bushman #1” Adebule and ACME Archives artist, William Silvers. Looking for something special merchandise to commemorate the day? Keep an eye out for more information to be released shortly.

Meet Disney Artist Brian Blackmore at the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Meet Disney Artist Brian Blackmore at the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

I can’t get enough of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I believe I have been around the world at least five different times this year! My favorite foods kiosks are Hawai’i, Australia and South Korea (hello, lettuce wrap!). A great place to start is at the Festival Center located in Future World next to Mission: SPACE. This themed area is home to food demonstrations, special activities, and an extensive merchandise location. If you enjoy fine art, there is a section within the Festival Center called “The Art of Food and Wine.” This store-within-a-store showcases artwork from several talented artists including Noah, Heather French, Patryk Poslednik, Liné Tutwiler, William Silvers and others.

Artwork from Disney Design Group character artist Brian Blackmore

Artwork from Disney Design Group character artist Brian Blackmore recently joined this section at the Festival Center. You may recall my conversation with Brian back in early September about his artwork found at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot. We recently introduced some canvas wrapped giclées based on that art. Brian also created one-of-a-kind original paintings based on his four designs. Each of these original works will measure 2-feet by 4-feet, and will be introduced starting October 26.

canvas wrapped giclées based on that art. Brian also created

If you are headed to the Festival in the coming weeks, please stop by the Festival Center to meet Brian during these dates and times:

  • Friday, October 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hauntingly Fun Halloween Merchandise Features the Haunted Mansion at Disney Parks

Halloween at Disney

As summer winds down, I’m anticipating the arrival of my favorite season. Fall is host to many things I love, including college football and my birthday. At Disney Parks, fall signifies the return of Halloween, a two-month celebration that includes special events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida or the amazing holiday makeover for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. Speaking of the Haunted Mansion, this classic attraction will be prominently featured in new Halloween merchandise arriving in August. You may recall my conversation with Cody Reynolds, Senior Character Artist with Disney Design Group, about last year’s playful artwork. Cody explained that collaboration was a key ingredient in creating this year’s designs.

Disney Halloween Merchandise

“This year’s art program has been in development for about 18 months,” said Cody. “Disney Theme Park Merchandise partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering, Entertainment and the Food and Beverage division in order to create one cohesive visual story for Halloween that will be used in several ways at Disney Parks.”

As we talked, Cody showed me the progression of concepts for this year’s art.

“We worked through concepts that had characters wearing a variety of costumes,” continued Cody. “We dressed them as pirates, princesses, clowns and more. We finally settled on their theme park attire with a fun Halloween twist, like Minnie’s classic polka dot dress done in black and orange.”

Halloween artwork

This artwork will be used on a variety of merchandise items, including decorative items, mugs, pins, shirts, hats,Vinylmation, and much more. We are also introducing a line of Haunted Mansion-inspired items that will be carried year round. (I gave a first look at these items a few months ago.)

I particularly like how the Mansion’s gates were used as the place where the characters and Mansion residents meet.

“We intentionally chose the gates as a meeting place,” Cody explained. “They worked really well for the story we were telling, as they are a common feature found at the Haunted Mansion attractions.”

Disney's “Countdown to Halloween” figurine

Cody drew the characters, while Disney Design Group artist Darren Wilson created the “ghostly” type font. Disney artist Patty Landing contributed the great patterns and graphic elements (like that stylized Haunted Mansion wallpaper!).

I think one of my favorite new items is the “Countdown to Halloween” figurine. Now I just need to figure out what costume to wear this year.

 

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