Chamilia Trunk Show at Tren-D May 3-4


With Mother’s Day only a few weeks away, I’ve been thinking about what to get my mother (sorry Mom – this is when you should stop reading). One thing she likes is interchangeable jewelry by Chamilia. Disney Parks have carried a variety of their interchangeable beads and bracelets for a few years now. We even offer some Disney Parks-exclusive beads inspired by Disney Princesses like CinderellaSnow White and Ariel. I spoke with Denise Edelmaier, merchandiser for jewelry at Disney Theme Park Merchandise, about the appeal of Chamilia jewelry at Disney Parks.

“I think guests enjoy Chamilia jewelry because they can mix and match bracelets and Disney-inspired beads to match their moods,” said Denise. “We offer a lot of beads, so the combinations are many. It’s also easy to add beads, which become a great way to celebrate a special occasion or remember a Disney vacation.”

If you are unfamiliar with Chamilia, we are holding a trunk show at Tren-D in the Downtown Disney Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort on May 3-4, 2013. Representatives from Chamilia will be at this show each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

One cool thing that the jewelry team is introducing at the show is a unique Disney Parks starter bracelet. The bracelet will contain a few beads, which can jump start a bead collection.

I’m excited to see they are introducing a red Minnie Mouse-inspired bow along with a cupcake bead that has a Minnie Mouse-inspired bow (she is my mother’s favorite character, and, with that, Mother’s Day shopping is done!).

Finally, Denise shared that she is working on a few additional Disney Parks-exclusive beads for later this year (fans of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be happy).

If you can’t attend this event, you can find a small selection of Chamilia jewelry on our Disney Parks online store.

posted on April 29th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager via disney parks blog


Limited Time offer for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Save 20% on the Castle Package at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique salons at the Disneyland®and Walt Disney World® Resorts from June 1-30, 2013.*



With the help of your Disney’s Visa® Card and the wave of a magic wand, your little girl can become a princess! It’s all in a day’s work at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, owned by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and operated by her skilled apprentices.

Whether she’s getting ready for a ball or her next magical adventure, your little princess-to-be can choose a head-to-toe transformation that will make her fairytale dreams come true!

Use your Disney’s Visa Card to enjoy royal 20% savings on the Castle Package, which includes:

  • Choice of hairstyle
  • Shimmering make-up and face gem
  • Princess sash and tote
  • Nail polish
  • Disney Princess Costume with coordinating accessories
  • One 6 x 8 and four 4 x 6 photos in a princess-themed holder

Hurry, this fairytale offer ends June 30, 2013.

Dining Review of Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge

I love to use resources for my blog, and one of the best resources is other Disney Bloggers. I can’t visit every resort, restaurant, snack stand and whatever else in-between so I look to others for a hand. This week we have an amazing review of Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge by my friend Brooke from Jambo Everyone. If you haven’t visited that site I would HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you wan’t to know everything about Animal Kingdom Lodge and Theme Park. You can visit them at

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Unless you are staying at Kidani Village in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Sanaa can be difficult to get to, but is well worth the journey. Located on the ground floor of the resort, Sanaa serves up African style cooking with Indian flavors. Unlike the restaurants at Jambo House, Sanaa offers diners a view of the savanna, as well as being only a doorway away from an outdoor overlook. Which makes waiting for a table enjoyable for any animal lover. In fact, guests are encouraged to visit the bar and take a drink out onto the overlook while waiting for their tables. There are rocking chairs and benches set up around an outdoor fire pit. Night vision viewing of the animals is also available here on most nights from sundown to 9:30 p.m. using the provided night vision goggles.

The word Sanaa translates from Swahili to “work of art” and it is indeed just that. The theming and decor alone are amazing to see. There are brightly painted columns around the dining area that look almost like pots stacked on top of each other. Many of the tables that do not feature the savanna overlook, have museum-like pieces of art on display in nooks along the walls. Make sure to look up at the intricately crafted colorful lamps that adorn the dining area. They are fashioned after the African weaver birds’ nests and are truly a unique sight. These lamps also take on a whole new romantic atmosphere when dining later at night.
Sanaa offers a lunch menu similar to its dinner selections with sandwiches available as well. They also feature a cultural tour; giving guests a detailed showing of the various museum pieces found throughout the hotel and the restaurant. The tour concludes with a sampling of their famous bread service. Guests must sign up for this tour at the front desk of the hotel.
bread service.jpgAs for the dining experience itself, the staff here is extremely helpful. The menu is certainly different and our waiter was well trained on getting the right meal to meet each person’s tastes. For a starter, we had the Indian style bread service with mango chutney, roasted red bell pepper hummus, and red chile sambal as our choice for dipping sauces. There are 9 in total to choose from.
jambohouseThen for our entrees we opted for the Slow Cooked in Gravy. This was a pick and pair combo that you could build your own meal. Diners can pick 2 of 6 available slow cooked meat choices paired with their choice of rice. We had the butter chicken, braised short rib and the shrimp with green curry sauce along with basmati rice. While the braised short rib is not as good as the one in Jiko, the butter chicken, was tender chunks of chicken in a sweet and buttery reddish-brown gravy, and the shrimp in green curry sauce, which was another sweetly spiced dish, was out of this world. Our son had the tomato soup with paneer cheese as his meal and really enjoyed the smoky flavor of it. For picky children, there is more basic fare. Our daughter enjoyed her grilled chicken and fruit combo. Although I have yet to try the dessert options here, I have heard many good things about the Chai Cream and it is a definite must do for me when I go back.
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I have to say the bread service is unlike any appetizer I have ever tried. It is a crave-worthy option and one that I am happy to say is served up until 11:30 p.m. at the bar. On our last visit, we had an evening flight and as soon as we boarded the Magical Express to take us over to Kidani, both my husband and I were planning what type of dipping choices we were going to get, as this was going to be our first stop. We arrived at 10:45 and quickly left our bags with the bellhop the hoofed it downstairs for that late night snack. And it was perfect!

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Written by Brooke McBride of Jambo Everyone

Wishes Fireworks Best Viewing Areas

One of the biggest questions I am asked when putting together plans for a guest is “Where is the best place to watch Wishes at night?”


A lot of my readers can speak from personal experience at the parks and I would love some feedback to add to my list that I will send a guest when they are visiting Disney for the first time.

Here are some of my favorite spots to watch:

  • Near the rose garden just to the left on the bridge leading to Tomorrowland.  Tink passes overhead, the castle is in full view
  • The Benches in front of Crystal Palace are always a great spot, but you will need to be there 45-60 mins before the fireworks.
  • The exit of Splash Mountain is a great area, and far away from the crowds
  • The beach at the Poly is a great, relaxing spot to watch

Where do you like to watch Wishes when you are visiting The Magic Kingdom or surrounding resorts?

Brand New Magic Kingdom Parade for Spring 2014

For many guests, a visit to a Disney Park wouldn’t be complete without catching a parade. Whether it’s the thrill of seeing which Disney character comes up next, or that moment when your favorite character waves right at you, there’s just something magical about a Disney parade.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

Today, we’re happy to share that a new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

'Peter Pan'-Themed Float for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring a celebration of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a parade theme song.

The Story of 'Tangled' Will be Highlighted in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

This parade will specifically highlight the stories of “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan,” “Tangled” and the Disney●Pixar film “Brave” among others. (Check out a sneak peek of the “Tangled”-themed float above).


Will you be visiting next year? 

Jennifer Greene is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida. Contact her today at for a FREE quote and to book your next Disney Vacation

May 4 Special Star Wars Limited Time Magic

For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a “Limited Time Magic” event for the annual, fan-proclaimed “Star Wars Day,” May 4 – a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the Fourth Be With You!”
May The Fourth Be With You at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Separate from our month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May 17), this “Limited Time Magic” celebration features special Star Wars entertainment, characters, commemorative merchandise, a Star Wars dance party and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show to cap off the day.

You might even find yourself sitting next to Chewbacca aboard Star Tours – The Adventures ContinueStar Wars characters will make surprise appearances on the 3-D attraction to enjoy the wild journey through space alongside park guests.

A special edition of Jedi Training Academy also is planned that day, with parents invited to join their children (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come basis) on-stage for the training and final showdown with the Empire.

When the sun goes down, galactic fun lights the night as Lobot (from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back) takes over as DJ for a dance party that will be highlighted by a special Star Wars fireworks show.

“May the Fourth Be With You” “Limited Time Magic” park activities and shows are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Big Changes Coming to Disney Cruise Line Ship

There’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic when the Disney Cruise Line vessel relaunches this fall with new spaces. Here are some highlights in store for your Clients:

Disney, Disney-Pixar and Marvel Characters Join the Fun
Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to 3- to 12-year-old children, is a completely reimagined area that transports children to magical realms.
• Marvel’s Avengers Academy features fun new experiences with Marvel characters – the first time Super Hero icons from the Marvel Universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship
• Other new spaces include: Andy’s Room, Pixie Hollow and the Mickey Mouse Club.


Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is a new pirate-themed area, for 3-to-12-year-old children. And, for the youngest cruisers – ages 3 months to 3 years – there’s a new It’s a Small World Nursery.

New Water Play Areas
The upper ship decks have been redesigned for plenty of splashtacular fun, including: 
• Water thrills on the AquaDunk, a three-story body slide that begins with a surprise launch. A near-vertical drop sends guests on an exhilarating ride in a translucent tube that extends 20 feet over the side of the ship.
• AquaLab is an interactive water playground open to kids ages 3 and up. And, also on deck, get drenched on the Twist n’ Spout water slide.
• Tots up to age 3 can play in the new Nephews’ Splash Zone, offering pop jets and squirting figures of Donald Duck’s nephews.


Reinvented Dining Spaces
New restaurants and new technology are on the menu for the restaurants aboard Disney Magic
• Animator’s Palate is updated with all-new, animation-adorned walls, larger high-definition flat-screens, plus the addition of the popular “Animation Magic” dinner show, currently found on theDisney Fantasy.
• The vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro creates an energetic atmosphere in Carioca’s, a new restaurant where, during the day, there’s a festival theme and, when night falls, the atmosphere transforms into an after-hours city scene with softly illuminated lanterns flickering overhead.
• Cabanas is an expanded casual dining experience themed to the Australian setting of the Disney-Pixar animated classic “Finding Nemo.”

New Nighttime Fun
The Disney Magic offers big city-style fun in After Hours, the nighttime adult entertainment district. An all-new lineup of clubs includes venues for dancing, comedy, music and variety shows.
• Fathoms night club is a celebration of the sea that utilizes special effects, lighting and sound to create different atmospheres from early evening to night.
• A low-key nighttime experience can be found at Keys piano bar and lounge.  
• Pub days of olde are recalled in O’Gills, an Irish pub and sports bar.

The reimagined Disney Magic will also offer expanded spa options in an unmatched ocean-view environment, including an all-new Chill Spa for tweens, family fun in the new D Lounge, a majestic lobby makeover and more!

Monster Summer at all 3 Disney Parks Memorial Day Weekend

Three Disney Theme Parks will stay open for 24 hours during Memorial Day Weekend to kick off a Monstrous Summer on both coasts. This first-ever, three-park all-night party is happening at the Magic Kingdom® Park in Florida, and Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure®Park in California. The Parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time.

  • In Florida, Magic Kingdom Park will feature a “Monsters University” theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade and make appearances in Tomorrowland. There will be extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard ofCinderella Castle.
  • In California, your Clients will be able to party the night away at both parks with special entertainment including: a “Monsters University” “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s ToonTown at Disneyland Park. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at DisneylandPark will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing; and Guests of Disney California Adventure Park will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new “Monsters University” “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new “Monsters University” float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

Beyond Memorial Day Weekend, it’s shaping up to be a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks, with a colossal lineup of unforgettable experiences, including entertainment enhancements celebrating the characters of “Monsters University.”

  • Mike and Sulley are dropping in from MU to scare up fun all summer long. Some of the monstrous surprises in store include all-new, collegiate settings in which your Clients can meet their favorite aspiring scarers. On the Backlot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Guests will find the Monsters University Student Union, complete with a view of the campus. Meanwhile, at Disney California Adventure Park, Mike and Sulley can be found right outside the university dorms, recreated in Hollywood Land.
  • Also at Disney California Adventure Park, Mike and Sulley show their MU spirit as they lead daily performances of the Pixar Play Parade, and at Magic Kingdom Park, your Clients will chuckle along with the gang at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, where they’ve been studying new jokes and are ready to graduate to new comedic bits in honor of their alma mater.

It may be summer vacation, but Monsters University will be in session all season at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts!


Will you be there? I will! 


Jennifer is a Authorized Disney Vacation Planner at Destinations in Florida. Contact her today for a free quote and to book your MONSTER Summer Vacation at

What would you do in Disney or Universal?

I am headed to Disney and Universal in May for 6 days of training. I will have some free time to do whatever I want. I thought it would be fun to let my readers decide on things they would like to try/ride/see while they were in Disney or Universal for a week. I will update my page and twitter with my live experiences and feedback between May 21-26.

Let’s go over a few “rules”:

When I am in Universal I will not ride the following rides for you: Rip Ride Rockit, Dr Dooms Tower or The Simpsons and I will not try vomit jelly beans at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

When I am in Disney I won’t ride: Space Mountain (yup I went there), Soarin, It’s a Small World (yeah the puppets freak me out a little) and Mission Space.

I will gladly try any adult beverages you like within moderation (no drinking around the world, this is a work trip). I also enjoy Disney snacks (really I just enjoy any snacks) so feel free to add them to the list as well.




So please comment and let me know what you would like to see through the eyes of your favorite Disney and Universal Vacation Planner! 

Reflections of Evil Pin Trading Event at Epcot Sept 13-15 2013

The countdown has begun for the 13: Reflections of Evil trading event taking place September 13 – 15, 2013, in World ShowPlace at Epcot. I suggest blocking your calendar that weekend for our largest trading event of the year at Disney Parks. But I offer a few words of advice – Beware the 13! Who are the “13″? I suppose I should bring you up to speed.
13 Reflections of Evil Event Poster
In a far away land there lived a wicked and vain Queen who wanted more power. While pouring over ancient spell books, she discovered an incantation that, when performed on the darkest of days – Friday the 13th – could bring together thirteen of the most evil Disney villains known only as “The 13.” To cast this spell, the Queen must use a powerful, supernatural object – a magic mirror – to transport “The 13” from across time to the present day. As luck would have it, Friday the 13th will take place in September this year! The Queen decided this would be the perfect day to cast the spell.

Let’s fast forward to September. As the newly assembled Villains are hashing out their nefarious plans, the Villains intentionally break the mirror and hide the thirteen shards. Now the mirror can never be used against them, as it is the only object that can send them home. Lucky for us, an imaginative purple dragon named Figment overheard their plotting and asks Mickey Mouse for help. Along with five of their trusted friends known as the “Lucky 7,” Mickey Mouse and Figment devise a plan to stop “The 13.” They must reassemble the broken shards to send the villains back to their rightful places in time.

Now that you know what battle lies ahead, here is a sneak peek at some of the merchandise that helps tell the story. I asked Pin Trading Merchandiser Jeanne Lewis and Disney Design Group Senior Character Artist Michael Sullivan about their favorite pins being created for this event.

Evil 13 Pin from 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot Sidekicks Pin from 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot Villain Mirrors from 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot

“The mirror set is definitely one of my favorites” said Jeanne. “I love that it shows each villain with their alter ego. The detail that has been put into the sculpted metal characters, combined with the translucent fill overlay, makes it look wickedly beautiful.”

Open Believe Pin from 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot Closed Believe Pin from 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot Open Beware Pin from 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot Closed Beware Pin from 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot

Michael’s favorite items fall along the line of a particular storybook (but I can’t reveal that item to you yet). Michael said to look closely at the jumbo pins for some hidden treats. You will find that the number “13” has been incorporated into the words “Beware!” and the number “7” can be found in the word “Believe.”

I also got a sneak peek at some Vinylmation items, including Maleficent and a special two-pack Madame Mim set.

Maleficent Vinylmation from 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot Madame Mim Vinylmation from 13 Reflections of Evil Trading Event at Epcot

Tickets for this event will go on sale via beginning May 8 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Look for more information in the coming weeks on the Disney Parks Blog.

posted on April 25th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Merchandise Marketing & Communications Project Manager, Disneyland Resort

Jennifer is a Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida, contact her for a FREE quote.