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    D23 Expo: Disney Store Announces Plans and Exclusive Merchandise

    The Disney Store has just announced its plans for the D23 Expo August 19th through 21st. New Disney Store princess designer dolls, 25th anniversary products, Kidada for Disney Store Wish-a-Littles, and 2011 Halloween costumes will be unveiled.

    The Disney Store promises to treat fans to a sneak peek of its fall and holiday 2011 products, as well as offer them a chance to meet and hear from the artists and designers who created them. Disney Store guests will also get a first look at this year’s Halloween costumes and Disney Princess Designer Doll Collection— which Disney hopes will be popular items this holiday season.

    Artist signings and special guest appearances, as well a Halloween costume parade and latest news on what’s next for Disney Store will all be features of the Disney Store's pavilion at the Expo.

    Exclusive merchandise will be available in a 1,500 square foot pop-up store housed in Disney Consumer Product’s Disney Living Pavilion. Featured products include items created especially for the D23 Expo, limited edition 25th Anniversary items, Vinylmation, and Kidada for Disney Store Collection items. A daily opening ceremony, where a special attendee will be chosen to “unlock imagination” will be presented each day at 9 a.m.

    Here's some additional information Disney Store released today:

    25th Anniversary Collection and Celebration Kick off: D23 guests will help Disney Store kick-
    off its celebration of 25 magical years. Since the opening of the first store in Glendale, California on
    March 28, 1987, Disney Store has become a global retail phenomenon with more than 350 stores
    in eight countries and foot traffic of more than 200 million guests per year worldwide. On Friday,
    Aug. 19 at 9 a.m., Disney Store president Jim Fielding will kick off the celebration with remarks prior
    to opening the store on the first day of D23. The first 25 guests in line will receive a special limited
    edition 25th anniversary pin. Disney Store artist Jim Salvati will sign exclusive 25th anniversary
    commemorative art. The pop-up store will offer the first 25th anniversary products ever.

    Disney Princess Designer Doll Collection: At D23, Disney Store will debut ten spectacular
    designer dolls just in time for the holidays. Each classic doll dressed in a glamorous runway inspired
    gown comes in its own special collector case with a sleeve that showcases the beautiful sketch art
    created for each one. A limited number of complete sets will be available for pre-purchase at the
    D23 event, in addition to a special limited edition 25th Anniversary silver Cinderella. As part of the
    worldwide debut at D23, the dolls will be given to the honorees at the Legends of Disney Awards
    ceremony on Friday, Aug. 19, where the extraordinary actresses whose voices brought to life many
    modern-day Disney Princesses including Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Paige O'Hara
    (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Lea Salonga (singing voices of Jasmine from Aladdin and Mulan
    from Mulan), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin), and Anika Noni Rose (Princess
    Tiana from The Princess and the Frog) will be named and honored.

    Starting Aug. 22, 2011, one new Disney Princess Designer Doll will arrive in stores each week for
    10 weeks in a random order not to be revealed to guests until each Monday when they go on sale.
    An assortment of home products (stationery and mugs) as well as special trend items (t-shirts,
    cosmetics, and accessories) inspired by the beauty of the new dolls will also be available at D23. D23
    guests will be the first to see these beautiful dolls.

    Halloween Costume Parade: The Halloween Costume Parade held Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. will
    unveil the hottest costumes for 2011, including a beautiful limited edition Rapunzel costume (only
    2,000 will be available this fall). Visitors can watch kids modeling the best Disney Store costumes
    on the Disney Living Pavilion Center Stage. Five lucky guests will win the opportunity to receive a

    complimentary costume, courtesy of Disney Store.

    Vinylmation Artists Signing: On Sunday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m., Vinylmation artists will sign the new
    Lion King inspired Vinylmation collection. Vinylmation toys are the latest pop culture phenomenon
    and are treasured by collectors of all ages.

    New Kidada for Disney Store Wish-a-Littles Line: On Sunday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Disney
    Living Pavilion Center Stage, celebrity jewelry designer Kidada Jones will make a special appearance
    to welcome her newest friends to her exclusive line of jewelry and accessories. Wish-a-Littles are
    Kidada’s design twist on Disney characters – each figure opens to reveal a secret jewelry charm. The
    new fall Wish-a-Littles include Alice, Ariel, Jasmine and Tinker Bell. Guests can make their D23 trip
    extra special and get their photo taken with Kidada following the reveal.

    In addition to all the events and guest appearances, fans can chat with Disney Store president Jim
    Fielding and other surprise guests via Disney Store’s Twitter, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the
    D23 experience by checking Disney Store’s blog, The Buzz, at The Buzz: The Official Disney Store Blog

    Disney Store at D23 can be found in the Disney Living Pavilion. Check the D23 Expo web site for event
    schedule details and locations.
    Seems like a lot of the Disney pavilions will offer their own retail space at the expo this year. Guests may want to make lists of pavilions and items they are hoping to buy so they don't miss out.
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    Re: D23 Expo: Disney Store Announces Plans and Exclusive Merchandise

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    [snip]Seems like a lot of the Disney pavilions will offer their own retail space at the expo this year. Guests may want to make lists of pavilions and items they are hoping to buy so they don't miss out.
    There is a list of the shopping venues on the D23 Expo website, under the "shopping" tab, under "Venue":
    D23 Expo Dream Store

    Prepare to shop 'til you drop! Step inside the D23 Expo Dream Store, which will be filled to the brim and bursting with D23-themed merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise. From souvenirs and upscale logo assortments to Disney inspired art and collectibles, ear hats, pins, Vinylmation™ and more, it's a Disney enthusiast's "dream" come true.

    Mickey's of Glendale

    For the first time ever, Mickey's of Glendale is leaving Walt Disney Imagineering and heading to Anaheim. For three days only, the private store for Imagineers is coming to the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion at the D23 Expo.

    Walt Disney Archives Treasure Trove

    Bring home a piece of the D23 Expo magic from Walt Disney Archives Treasure Trove, a shopping experience bursting with collectibles to commemorate this incredible event.

    A Small World Village

    Make your own it's a small world statement with an exciting new fashion program, inspired by Mary Blair's original art for the iconic attraction.

    Disney Store

    Share in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Disney Store. D23 Members are invited to our signature opening ceremony everymorning at 9 a.m. when the D23 Expo floor opens for members.

    Also, under the Show Floor --> Exhibitors, as well as its sublisting --> Collector's Forum, there are a number of other non-Disney owned shopping opportunities listed. -- Suzanne
    Last edited by SuzanneSLO; 08-08-2011 at 03:06 PM.

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