Author Archive: Nicole Mancini

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicole is an avid Disney fan and frequents both Walt Disney World and Disneyland several times each year. Interests include Walt Disney Imagineering, merchandise, dining, backstage tours, and more. You can also find her on The DIS Unplugged forum on DISBoards.com. Be sure to check out Nicole's other articles here on the DIS Blog and follow her on Twitter @DISNikkiBell for regular updates about all things Disney!

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Christmas by the Numbers at Walt Disney World

Christmas by the Numbers at Walt Disney World

| December 18, 2014 | 2 Replies

The Christmas season is well underway at the Walt Disney World Resort. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find bows, glitter, and garland adding a bit of holiday cheer. Have you ever wondered just how many decorations are used? Check out the stats below detailing what goes into making this a very special time of year.   [...]

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Frozen Welcomes the Hour of Code

Frozen Welcomes the Hour of Code

| December 8, 2014 | Reply

Disney’s animated hit, Frozen, is coming to the screen in a new way. As a part of this week’s Hour of Code initiative, fans can now control Elsa and Anna in a puzzle game that teaches the basics of computer programming. The effort is a part of the celebration of Computer Science Education Week which [...]

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Walt Disney World Holiday Breakdown

Walt Disney World Holiday Breakdown

| November 29, 2014 | Reply

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year to visit Walt Disney World. There’s just so much to see and do! From the spectacular decorations and displays to the heart-warming entertainment, the Florida parks definitely know how to get you in the Christmas spirit. Here’s a breakdown of this year’s festivities.  

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Vintage Christmas Merchandise at Walt Disney World

Vintage Christmas Merchandise at Walt Disney World

| November 26, 2014 | Reply

The snow may be falling outside, but things are definitely heating up in the shops at Walt Disney World. New merchandise for the holidays is popping up on the shelves regularly, much to the joy of fans. Unlike years past, designers have created a unique collection that builds off of the popularity of Downtown Disney’s [...]

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Frozen Ice Palace Debuts at Malls Across the Country

Frozen Ice Palace Debuts at Malls Across the Country

| November 6, 2014 | 16 Replies

Today marked the debut of a new Disney experience that fans can now find in their neighborhoods: the opening of the Frozen Ice Palace. Thanks to a partnership between Disney and Taubman Centers, the management company for several shopping outlets in the U.S. and Asia, the magical world of Elsa, Anna, and that lovable snowman [...]

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Spooky Halloween Merchandise in Walt Disney World

Spooky Halloween Merchandise in Walt Disney World

| October 10, 2014 | Reply

It’s that time of year again! The winds are blowing, the leaves are falling, and pumpkins are popping up at every corner. Of course, it wouldn’t be fall without new Halloween merchandise at Walt Disney World. Shirts, mugs, hoodies, hats, blankets, and more began appearing on the shelves in late August and are being replenished [...]

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Navigating Walt Disney World on Wheels

Navigating Walt Disney World on Wheels

| October 1, 2014 | 15 Replies

My Experience as a Temporary ECV Pilot Introduction This summer, I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks at Walt Disney World on vacation. I was eager to explore the sights, enjoy a few special events, and soak up the atmosphere. I packed my bags strategically, planned my dining reservations ahead of time, and scheduled [...]

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Handbag Round Up: Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, & LeSportsac

Handbag Round Up: Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, & LeSportsac

| September 19, 2014 | 4 Replies

Wow! Disney has been busy! Several new styles of handbags are appearing on shelves and in the hands of some very happy ladies. Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, and LeSportsac have all added to their Disney collections recently. If you’re like me, making a decision on which to buy is going to be difficult, so [...]

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Back to School Disney Style: Great Merchandise Finds in the Parks

Back to School Disney Style: Great Merchandise Finds in the Parks

| September 3, 2014 | Reply

School days, school days Dear old Golden Rule days ‘Reading and ‘riting and ‘rithmetic Taught to the tune of the hick’ry stick!   It’s that time of year again! Back to school is upon us! While many districts across the country returned a few weeks ago, most schools in the upper tri-state area on the [...]

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Haunted Mansion Merchandise Continues to Materialize

Haunted Mansion Merchandise Continues to Materialize

| August 10, 2014 | 5 Replies

“When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake, spooks come out for a swinging wake! Happy haunts materialize and begin to vocalize. Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize!” Happy anniversary to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion! It’s hard to believe that it has been 45 years since this classic attraction began spooking guests of all [...]

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