Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Take My Money Mickey: Summer Dooney & Bourke collection

Maybe it's because I'm writing this within sight of the beach, with the waves lapping at the shore, and the colorful beach umbrellas ...

Wait, what was I doing? Oh, right: Showing you an aww-inspiring beach-themed Dooney & Bourke collection. The nylon bags come in four sizes and feature Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Chip 'n Dale, and Pluto — each on an island of their own floating in the bright blue sea.

For someone who prefers looking at a beach to actually being on one, one of these bags might provide the perfect pick-me-up. And for those who want to pack a bag and head for the sand, a nylon bag may do the trick.

Backpack, $298

Satchel, $228

EU claims Disneyland Paris is overcharging foreign visitors

The European Commission announced Tuesday that it is investigating Disneyland Paris after complaints from British and German visitors, that they were being overcharged. "Charging different prices in different markets is not illegal. You might not like it, but it is not...illegal, Caudet told RFI's Gilda Di Carli on Wednesday. "What seems to go against EU legislation…

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Special Disneyland Diamond Celebration pins for August are unveiled

Disneyland's Diamond Celebration continues with the August release of nine pins.

Four pins will be available Aug. 6, 2015, four more on Aug. 13, 2015 and one on Aug. 20, 2015.

The pins include it's a small world, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monorail and Trains, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Enchanted Tiki Room and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

First look at merchandise for Epcot's 20th Food & Wine Festival

The 20th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off in just two months, so naturally that means it's time to start making your shopping list, if you'll be visiting Disney World between Sept. 25 and Nov. 16.

Disney has released some images of the merchandise tied to the festival, including t-shirts, a new collection of Dooney & Bourke bags featuring international icons, and limited edition pins. These items will not be available online.

The Dooney & Bourke collection will include three styles: shopper tote ($268), zip-zip satchel ($248) and letter carrier ($198).

We've included some products here, and you can see even more on the Disney Parks Blog

Breakfast and lunch coming to Epcot's Garden Grill

For several years now, fans of the Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot's Living with the Land pavilion have watched their favorite revolving restaurant sit idle — except during dinner service.

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Well, that's about to change. Starting Nov. 8, the Garden Grill will begin serving breakfast and lunch in addition to dinner.

All three meals will be served family-style, all-you-care-to-eat, and will feature visits from Pluto, Chip and Dale, and Mickey Mouse.

Breakfast will include Disney staples: biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon and Mickey waffles. In addition, it's a chance to get into the park before it opens, because breakfast service will reportedly run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The lunch menu, available from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., will be the same as dinner, including the Farmer's Salad, sliced filet of beef and roasted sliced turkey breast.

This will be the first time a character breakfast has been served at the Garden Grill, but lunch was offered until it was discontinued just a few years ago. Disney says this new schedule will continue indefinitely.

You can begin booking breakfast and lunch now for Nov. 8 or later through or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Disneyland and Disney World announce pin releases for August 2015

The August pin releases from Disneyland and Disney World includes a celebration of 85 years of Pluto, three Star Wars Halloween pins, a 1950s Donald and Daisy Duck pin, Disneyland's 60th anniversary Diamond D pin of the month featuring Jiminey Cricket and a Disney Vacation Club Camera pin featuring Olaf.

The first pin is available Aug. 6. Here's a look at the pins being released at Disneyland and Disney World resorts.