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The Real Magic of a MagicBand

One of my favorite things Disney invented was the MagicBand. If you don’t know what a MagicBand is, it is an all in one wristband that makes your vacation very convenient. The band is your room key, park ticket, photopass card, fastpass, dining reservation and even your charge card if you are staying in a Disney resort hotel.The MagicBand is something I love to wear, and even accessorize my outfit with when at the parks.

These bands are waterproof, and can be adjusted for adult and kid sizes. Coming in a variety of colors, they are free if you stay in the resort, as they are your room key. But, you can buy ones with different designs. Most of them are open edition, but there a few special edition that you can get at certain parks or during different events! And, at Disney Springs and Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, you can make a custom one! Here are a few I’ve loved:

This first one is the Frozen Ever After Anna band. It debuted July 2016, right after the ride opened (pictured below). This is my favorite as it’s pink, shows Anna’s spring dress, and is a hand drawn animation of Princess Anna. You can also find Elsa and Olaf ones!

This second one is a custom made Minnie band. This Minnie design can be found on a pink band for purchase, but I got it customized onto a purple band to have Minnie’s dress stand out. I love the purple color against the pink dress!

Next comes MagicBand 2.0. These new bands debuted at the D23 expo in November of 2016, and everyone went crazy for them! They are lighter and more flexible than the original band, and they come designed so that the touch point (Mickey) can come out from the band and be used separately. There are key chains available to purchase, so that the touch point can still go with you and is usable conveniently.

New MagicBand 2.o bands are starting to debut more frequently than had been earlier this year. There is the limited edition Flower and Garden band that features Figment on one side and Mickey on the other. This band is retailed at $32.9 and can be purchased at Epcot (while supplies last).

This last band is my favorite of all the 2.o MagicBands. This live action Beauty and the Beast band features Belle on the one side and the movie logo on the other. I have purchased it, and love it! It’s still in the box for me to use this summer.

Have you used a MagicBand before? Do you like them? Do you have a favorite one that you’ve purchased? Let me know!

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Traveling to Pandora for ‘Avatar’ Merchandise

With there being exactly one month until Guests of Disney’s Animal Kingdom getting to travel to Pandora, the world of Avatar, it is only fitting that there is a sneak peek of new merchandise! These photos were just released, and the merchandise looks absolutely stunning. Guests will be able to find all of these items and more at Windtraders, the primary merchandise store in Pandora, starting May 27th.

First, there is bioluminescent pieces created by Casey Jones, the Senior Character Artist with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative Group. The pieces are meant to reflect how Pandora looks at night. From the picture, we have a puzzle, mug, tote bag, lanyard, wristlet and tee shirt available in the bioluminescent prints.

This next set of pieces were designed by Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde and are inspired by the Avatar Flight of Passage attraction. The attraction will feature Guests being able to ride on the back of a banshee, and Rohde has made his pieces on the banshee and how it flies. Dylan Cole, co-production designer for the new Avatar sequels, designed the prints on the left of the photo. He wanted to capture what it was like to experience Pandora at night. From the picture, there are prints of the design, a pillow, a mug, and a photo frame with the design on them.

Jones also designed pieces based on the Shaman of Songs from the Na’vi River Journey attraction. This attraction will be a boat ride through the valleys of Pandora, and the Shaman will see you at the end of your journey. The next design was done by Daphne Yap, a member of the Avatar film team, and features Na’vi weavings and Banshee totems done on digital rendering with a hand-drawn feel. These designs will be available on select apparel and accessories.

Our last look is at some Pandora exploration gear. We have patches, bags, tee shirts, hats, a mug, and an Intergalactic Passport Kit from Alpha Centauri Expeditions. Along with this kit, a Na’vi translator will be available for purchase. This translator will also offer expansion packs available for purchase so Guests can learn the language.

With all this as a preview, one can only imagine what else is available in the world of Avatar. I’m sure we will find out once Pandora opens!

Are you planning to explore Pandora this summer? Does this merchandise make you excited to go? Comment below!

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A Handy Disney Handbag

I cannot tell you how much of an accessory person I am. Clothes and accessories are what make or break my park visits. I have to be looking cute and representing what I can while I’m out and about. And, to me, purses and handbags are my main staple. They have to serve a purpose as a statement to an outfit and also be functional. There are a few brands and bags I love, and I will share them with you: Continue reading “A Handy Disney Handbag”

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The Force is Strong With This Merchandise

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”

That quote is one of the most easily recognized quotes in cinematic history. In 1977, a little known movie called Star Wars was released. The instant fan favorite would go on to spawn two trilogies, with a third one under way, spin-offs, and bring different generations to enjoy what is easily the biggest movie saga. With the newest movie, Episode 8: The Last Jedi, coming out in December, Star Wars has done the impossible.

Star Wars has been such a big thing in my life the past few years. I immediately fell in love with the original trilogy, and the new movie, The Force Awakens, once it was released. I’ll never forget being at Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios on opening day with my friends. We ended up meeting Darth Vader and every once of us were scared and laughed the entire time. I have accumulated some really cool merchandise, and here is some of the more awesome pieces I have: Continue reading “The Force is Strong With This Merchandise”

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This stuff is beyond cold, it’s basically “Frozen”

No one knew how a little movie during Disney’s Renaissance period could blow up into a worldwide phenomenon. In November 2013, Frozen was released. No one knew the extent of the movie, or the chaos that would ensue. I went into the movie theater not knowing what to expect. All the ads had a little snowman and reindeer, but I knew some of my favorite Broadway actors and actresses are in it. I came out crying, with a new appreciation of such a film that no one was counting to be.

Flash forward three years after the movie has been released. It has gone on to be the number one animated movie ever created, and Disney has made billions in merchandise. From the moment I knew I connected with Elsa, I felt that my money went to buying any Frozen merchandise I could get my hands on. Here are some of my favorite things: Continue reading “This stuff is beyond cold, it’s basically “Frozen””

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“Be Our Guest!” By Celebrating all things Beauty and the Beast!

 

Today is a big day for many Beauty and the Beast fans: the live action movie finally hits theaters! When it was announced, many people, including myself, freaked out and have had this date circled on our calendars for over a year. With a star studded cast and a new take on the original, it has been leaving fans anxious to see it.

With the movie came all new merchandise, many of which can be found in stores including the Disney Store, Hot Topic, Torrid, Macy’s, Kohl’s, and many more. With collections selling out quickly, I knew I had to jump to get my hands on some of it. Below are some new items, as well as items from the animated original that are my favorites. Continue reading ““Be Our Guest!” By Celebrating all things Beauty and the Beast!”