Monday, February 20, 2017

5 new Mickey Mouse rings from Arribas Brothers

In the galaxy of Mickey Mouse jewelry — and it is large enough that you would need the Hubble Telescope to see it all — the only thing in somewhat short supply is rings. You can find plenty of trinkets for kids, and there are diamond rings that run into the thousands of dollars. But in between? There's just not that much to choose from.

So we were tickled to see five new styles from Arribas Brothers arrive today. All of the rings feature Swarovski crystals and are available in sizes 5-9. Prices range from $70-$130. Check them out:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Opening night fan event planned for 'Beauty and the Beast'

There will be some special extras and events taking place at theaters on opening night of Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" in March.

About 590 theaters in the U.S. with with IMAX, Dolby Cinema and other large formats, will show special behind-the-scenes on-screen features and the Ariana Grande and John Legend's music video for the movie prior to the 7 p.m. shows.

The theaters include AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Marcus and Wehrenberg.

Tickets are available through

The move stars Emma Watson as Belle, an independent book nerd taken prisoner by a Beast, San Stevens, in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The movie has not only the songs for the original animated movie, but additional music written for the live-action version.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Disney is getting topiaries ready for 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Topiary specialists are putting final touches on the nearly 100 topiaries which will dot the landscape around Epcot during the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

The 90-day festival runs from March 1 to May 29. Disney has released two photos of workers getting the topiaries ready.

A new Belle topiary, based on “Beauty and the Beast,” will grace the entrance of the France Pavilion Topiary artists have found new ways to use a wider variety of plant materials to represent character topiary facial features.

In the second photo, a worker at the Walt Disney World Horticulture Center blends color and adds detail that enhances the natural organic material used in the Mickey Mouse topiary.

Disney publicity photo by David Roark

Disney publicity photo by David Roark

Disney unveils medals for Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Disney has unveiled its runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon medal, as well as the medals for the 5K, 10K, Kids Races and Pixie Dust Challenge.
Disney publicity photo

The medals were created by David Brotherton, art director at Disney Yellow Shoes and PANDORA Jewelry. Brotherton has been designing runDisney medals for the past half dozen years.

"Seeing our combined ideas converge and come to life was awe-inspiring and we can’t wait to do it again," graphic artists Kim Schnell and Greta Roy from PANDORA said on the Disney Parks Blog.

The half marathon weekend takes place May 11-14, 2017.