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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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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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Once a Pin Trader, Always a Pin Trader

 

I will never forget the first time I saw pins. It was a beautiful April day, and I was in Hollywood Studios. We went into the tiny outdoor store under the sorcerer hat, and I just saw rows upon rows of pins. I browsed, but did not buy any. Flash forward a year and a half to the first week of my first college program in August of 2014, and I bought myself a red polka dot Minnie lanyard with a Union Jack Mickey pin and an Elsa pin. Little did I know that was the beginning of something I would come to collect and take appreciation of.

Pin trading began at the Walt Disney World resort in the summer of 2000, as part of a special event for the Olympics that year. Within a few years, it expanded, and people were hooked. Pins are now sold throughout the entire Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts, as well as online, on the Shop Disney parks app, Disney Store online, and even the resorts around the world! Continue reading “Once a Pin Trader, Always a Pin Trader”

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Blooming into Spring with the 2017 Flower & Garden Festival!

 

Ah, spring. The time when the flowers start to bloom, and the weather gets warmer, and there’s a sense of refreshment in the air. It also signals the time for the annual International Flower and Garden show at Epcot!

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Spring has sprung early this year, with the festival starting on Wednesd
ay, March 1st and going all the way through Monday, May 29th. This is also the longest the festival has ever run! And with the festival, comes all the amazing merchandise. Lets take a look at some of what is offered this year. Continue reading “Blooming into Spring with the 2017 Flower & Garden Festival!”

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Be the “Belle” of the Princess Half Marathon 2017!

 

February 23rd kicked off the start of the Princess Half Marathon weekend 2017 at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida! The races, that consist of a 5K, 10K, half marathon (13.1 miles), and kids races, will be ran all weekend and include going through the entire resort area. And of course, with the marathon, comes the commemorative merchandise. After attending the expo last year, I couldn’t wait to see what was available this year! Here is a look at the merchandise available: Continue reading “Be the “Belle” of the Princess Half Marathon 2017!”

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Going Wild for Rivers of Light!

 

This past Friday, February 17th, something that has been in the making for quite a while happened: Rivers of Light, the new nighttime show at Animal Kingdom, finally debuted. For the fans who have been following this, the show was supposed to debut on Earth Day 2016, but has now finally made its first performance. And with this debut, lots of merchandise now lines the stores on Discovery Island. But what exactly is available? And how does it fit in with the show? We are going to take a look: Continue reading “Going Wild for Rivers of Light!”