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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Marketplace Co-Op Gets It Right: Merchandise for Ultimate Disney Fans

Marketplace Co-Op Gets It Right: Merchandise for Ultimate Disney Fans

| June 7, 2014 | 8 Replies

Tea cup-shaped salt & pepper shakers?  Tiki Room throw pillows? Orange Bird figurines? Haunted Mansion dessert plates? Dole Whip trinket boxes? The new Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney in Florida has all of that and more! This innovative retail shop has something for ultimate Disney fans looking to bring a bit of the parks back [...]

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Star Wars Merchandise That’s Out of This World!

Star Wars Merchandise That’s Out of This World!

| May 20, 2014 | 5 Replies

Star Wars Weekends are just beginning! What are you the most excited to see? The parade? Characters? Special guests? If you’re anything like me, you have something else on your mind: merchandise! This event is offering some fantastic new items (and a few creepy ones) to fans. Let’s head over to Darth’s Mall, which is [...]

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New Technology at Star Wars Weekends “Augments” Reality

New Technology at Star Wars Weekends “Augments” Reality

| May 19, 2014 | 1 Reply

Even though science fiction isn’t my preferred genre, Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is probably one of the most unique events at Walt Disney World. To think that fans from all over the world congregate each spring to share their love of the films and participate in celebratory activities is pretty epic. Special [...]

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Disney Infinity Confirms Marvel Edition of Game

Disney Infinity Confirms Marvel Edition of Game

| May 1, 2014 | 16 Replies

Well, Disney Infinity fans, it’s happening. Marvel is coming to our universe! During a special webcast announcement, Disney Interactive President Jimmy Pitaro and Marvel Chief Creative Officer were joined by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg to introduce Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the first chapter of Disney Infinity 2.0. The project, which involves a [...]

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Disney Infinity Teases Marvel & Confirms Version 2.0

Disney Infinity Teases Marvel & Confirms Version 2.0

| April 8, 2014 | 2 Replies

Today, Disney Infinity teased fans around the world with information about its future. While many have been making predictions for several months now, no official word has ever been given by the franchise regarding what is the next step. That has all changed…and the possibilities are definitely endless!  

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Saying Farewell to Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom

Saying Farewell to Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom

| March 24, 2014 | 11 Replies

I love the parades at Walt Disney World. Growing up, they were always factored into our touring plans for each and every trip. One of my favorites was Aladdin’s Royal Caravan parade over at Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios) from the early 90s. It featured a 26-foot tall giant Genie balloon, dozens [...]

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New Frozen Merchandise at Disney Parks

New Frozen Merchandise at Disney Parks

| March 20, 2014 | 17 Replies

Just in time for this week’s DVD and Blu-Ray release of Disney’s Academy Award-winning film, Frozen, new merchandise is popping up on the shelves at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. After selling out their stock back in the late fall, stores are expanding what’s available for adult and kid fans. I recently took a [...]

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A Shopping Oasis: Merchandise at Disney’s Flower & Garden Festival

A Shopping Oasis: Merchandise at Disney’s Flower & Garden Festival

| March 6, 2014 | 3 Replies

Yesterday marked the first day of Walt Disney World’s International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. From March 5-May 18, guests visiting the park will be surrounded by an abundance of fresh blooms, impressive topiaries, and delicate butterflies. In addition, as done for the first time last year, numerous kiosks featuring spring-inspired flavors of treats [...]

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Haunted Mansion Merchandise Materializes in Disney Parks

Haunted Mansion Merchandise Materializes in Disney Parks

| March 3, 2014 | 7 Replies

When hinges creak in doorless chambers and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls, whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still, that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight. Listen up, goblins and ghoulies! Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction this summer, Disney [...]

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort is Changing in a Big Way

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is Changing in a Big Way

| February 24, 2014 | 32 Replies

Big changes are underway at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The eastern portion of the beach and Sunset Point are unavailable, the Great Ceremonial House Lobby is about to begin an extensive rehab, and Captain Cook’s will be closed from next month until the early summer. Construction crews, hard hats, and trucks are becoming a common sight. [...]

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