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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Frozen Ice Palace Debuts at Malls Across the Country

Frozen Ice Palace Debuts at Malls Across the Country

| November 6, 2014 | 15 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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New Disney Parks Inspired Coffees from Joffrey’s

New Disney Parks Inspired Coffees from Joffrey’s

| August 4, 2014 | 7 Replies

Back in December, I brought to you the news of Disney’s partnership with Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company. The company replaced Nescafe in resort rooms and introduced a line of brews inspired by favorite restaurants in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Announced this morning, Joffrey’s is expanding this collection with nine new blends created [...]

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Disney’s Magical Express Age Limit Changes: A Parent’s & Teacher’s Perspective

Disney’s Magical Express Age Limit Changes: A Parent’s & Teacher’s Perspective

and | July 20, 2014 | 27 Replies

If you are a frequent traveler to the Walt Disney World Resort, you probably are very familiar with Disney’s Magical Express.  The complimentary shuttle service takes you from Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World resort hotel.  It’s a very convenient service that makes your visit more care-free and relaxing. Recently, Walt Disney World announced that the [...]

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UPDATE: I Just Spent $20 on FastPasses! Would You?

UPDATE: I Just Spent $20 on FastPasses! Would You?

| July 7, 2014 | 46 Replies

For quite some time now, Disney Parks fans have been discussing the possibility of purchasing FastPasses to attractions and entertainment experiences. Rumors have circulated for years that this would be the next direction Disney would go in whether it be done directly by buying an allotment of passes or indirectly based on the hotel tier [...]

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Making the Most Out of a Summer Trip to Walt Disney World

Making the Most Out of a Summer Trip to Walt Disney World

| June 30, 2014 | 6 Replies

For many, visiting Walt Disney World during the summer is their only option. Whether you have work obligations or prefer not to take your children out of school, you may find yourself planning a trip during some of the hottest and busiest months of the year. As someone who falls into that category quite often, [...]

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