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First Look at New Fantasyland Pins Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

First Look at New Fantasyland Pins Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

With the opening of New Fantasyland only a few months away, I’m beginning a series of articles to reveal merchandise we’ve created for this exciting area. I figured I’d start with Disney pins, which have been a part of major openings since the introduction of Disney Pin Trading in 1999. For New Fantasyland, the pin team created a variety of pins to collect, including open and limited edition pins, boxed sets, multi-pin sets, and some pins designed especially for Annual Passholders. Today, I’m highlighting just a handful of favorites.

New Fantasyland will officially open on December 6 at Magic Kingdom Park. On that day, we will release several limited edition pins that commemorate the grand openings of different experiences. The image above also shows the awesome opening day “I Was There” pin, featuring Belle.

 collect all the pins in a particular mystery set

People have often asked me which pins they should collect. I recommend pins that have a special meaning to the collector. I also suggest mystery sets, as they are a collection with an ending. Once you collect all the pins in a particular mystery set, you can focus on a different collection.

We are releasing a few different mystery sets for New Fantasyland. One set is a limited release and will feature pins inspired by the “Beauty and the Beast” experiences. Another is a limited release “reveal / conceal” set with 10 known pins featuring images from New Fantasyland. This set will also have 10 mystery pins. Each box contains one pin you can see, while the other pin is a mystery. Also look for a similar “reveal/conceal” set for The Barnstormer.

 pins created for Storybook Circus

I like some of the pins created for Storybook Circus. The Dumbo-themed set contains one of my favorite images from the film – storks flying over Florida. Five of the eight Dumbo pins in this set will be sold individually, but the boxed set contains the complete collection. I was also happy to see Humphrey the Bear included in the five-pin character set (more Humphrey merchandise, please!).

 super jumbo pin that will measure approximately six inches by five inches

Finally, to celebrate one of the largest expansions in Magic Kingdom Park’s history, we will have a super jumbo pin that will measure approximately six inches by five inches. Now that’s a pin!


Frankenweenie Merchandise Comes to Life at Disney California Adventure Park

A few weeks back, friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover announced that “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition” will be making a stop on its worldwide tour right here at Disney California Adventure park on September 14. So naturally my detective-like instincts kicked into gear and here’s what I was able to dig up in the way of merchandise.

Frankenweenie Merchandise Comes to Life at Disney California Adventure Park

Right off the bat, I knew there were a few things that would spark your interest. You will definitely want to fetch the cute and cuddly plush of Sparky and Persephone. It’s “ruff,” but someone had to show them to you.

cute and cuddly plush of Sparky and Persephone limited Frankenweenie edition pin







Other things you might find electrifying are a few media items including a cinematic storybook on the film, a novel, the official film soundtrack and the “Frankenweenie Unleashed” CD. We have also created two pins that will only be found at Disney Parks. The limited edition pin has an edition size of 1,000 and celebrates the opening day of the film; the other pin is an open edition logo pin. Both pins will be released in late September.

 “Frankenweenie”-inspired tees

Now if you’re wondering what else we’ve brought to life then try on some of our “Frankenweenie”-inspired tees.

So grab your “best friends” and head to Disney California Adventure park to check out the new exhibition and of course all of our frightfully fun “Frankenweenie” merchandise. It will be available at Off the Page beginning September 14 for a limited time before making its way to other locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Passholders Tip! Be sure to watch the Disney Parks Blog this week for a special announcement about opportunities to preview this new exhibit.

Disneyland Park Then and Now: Lafitte’s Anchor

One of my favorite things about Disneyland park is its history. As the first in what would become many Disney parks, Disneyland represents years of legacy and tradition. You may be able to name the attractions that still remain in the park since opening day, but what else? Which details, with their quiet stories, are still tucked away in corners of Disneyland park, 57 years later?

 Lafitte’s Anchor

In what was then Frontierland, guests in the summer of 1955 could see Lafitte’s Anchor – a “relic” from the pirate ship commanded by Jean Lafitte in the battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. But, as the plaque warned, “… don’t believe everything you read.”

Lafitte’s Anchor

The anchor has been moved a bit and has a new plaque, but you can still see this piece of Disneyland history in what is now New Orleans Square, along the banks of the Rivers of America.

What other bits of the past have you found while exploring Disneyland park?

The Magic Kingdom’s Enchanted Tiki Room to be Restored

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A Magic Kingdom favorite, “Enchanted Tiki Room,” is scheduled to reopen later this summer in a version reminiscent of the original show (called Tropical Serenade). The attraction has been entertaining guests since the theme park’s opening day October 1, 1971. Its winged hosts — Jose, Fritz, Pierre and Michael — led 200 other birds, tikis and flowers in an entertaining Polynesian revue. The Adventureland attraction was inspired by Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, which opened at Disneyland Park in 1963.

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