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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Fun Facts! Test Your Knowledge about Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

Fun Facts! Test Your Knowledge about Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

| September 28, 2013 | Reply

The beautiful sights, upbeat sounds, and tantalizing aromas. The 18th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is underway, and Disney fans couldn’t be happier! The 46 day festival, known for celebrating the best in culinary delights, brings food and beverage marketplaces, high energy concerts and performers, and premium dining experiences to the World Showcase. [...]

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Vera Bradley’s Disney Collection Hits Stores at Walt Disney World

Vera Bradley’s Disney Collection Hits Stores at Walt Disney World

| September 20, 2013 | 4 Replies

This weekend brings with it a special merchandising milestone at Walt Disney World: the official debut of Vera Bradley’s Disney collection. The line of bags which includes backpacks, hipsters, duffels, and more is the first collaboration between the two companies and has been highly anticipated by thousands around the globe. In fact, when we first [...]

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Wild Designs: New Animal Kingdom Merchandise for Safari Adventures

Wild Designs: New Animal Kingdom Merchandise for Safari Adventures

| August 27, 2013 | 3 Replies

This may come as a surprise to some, but Disney’s Animal Kingdom (DAK) happens to be my favorite park in all of Walt Disney World. The amount of attention paid to detail is astonishing and themeing exists at every corner. DAK touts itself as “not a zoo” but a wildlife preserve filled with areas for [...]

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Summer Never Ends: Neon Merchandise at Disney Parks

Summer Never Ends: Neon Merchandise at Disney Parks

| August 22, 2013 | 5 Replies

Even though the air is getting cooler and school buses are once again driving down the streets, summertime is still in full swing at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. As a part of the Monstrous Summer campaign, Sulley and Mike Wazowski, two quirky characters from Monsters University, are brightening up the days at the parks. [...]

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Bringing the Island Home: Enchanted Tiki Room Merchandise from Disney Parks

Bringing the Island Home: Enchanted Tiki Room Merchandise from Disney Parks

| August 18, 2013 | 1 Reply

This summer marked the 50th anniversary of the world’s first Audio-Animatronic show: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, an attraction that lets birds and flowers sing together in a tropical paradise in Disneyland park. Using pure Disney Imagineering magic and a bit of pixie dust, guests find themselves transported from Adventureland to the Seven Seas and are [...]

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Disney Infinity Launches at Walt Disney World This Weekend

Disney Infinity Launches at Walt Disney World This Weekend

| August 15, 2013 | 3 Replies

Have you ever wanted to create your own adventure starring your favorite Disney characters? Do you think about what it would be like if Captain Jack Sparrow met Mike and Sulley? Wouldn’t it be neat to decide “what you would like to do today” with Phineas and Ferb? Well, with Disney Infinity, a new gaming [...]

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Update: Getting Closer!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Update: Getting Closer!

| August 15, 2013 | 18 Replies

Even though Walt Disney World has officially unveiled the new Fantasyland after its extensive expansion, one area is still filled with construction workers, walls, and machinery: the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a “musical ride into the mine where a million diamonds shine.” I spent some time exploring the surrounding area recently and was impressed by [...]

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Disney’s Planes: The Story, Merchandise, & Controversy

Disney’s Planes: The Story, Merchandise, & Controversy

| August 9, 2013 | 4 Replies

Today, August 9th, marks the premier of Disney’s next animated film, Planes. Soaring high above the world of Cars, the film brings to life new characters and an adventure in beating the odds. With that comes new promos, merchandise, and even a bit of controversy. Join me as we take a look at all things [...]

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A Closer Look: Kameleon Jewelry Line at Walt Disney World

A Closer Look: Kameleon Jewelry Line at Walt Disney World

| July 16, 2013 | 10 Replies

I’m always looking for new and unique merchandise when visiting Walt Disney World. Instead of the standard Mickey hat or t-shirt, it’s fun to find something special to commemorate a trip. Luckily for us, Disney Merchandise Group has been reinventing what types of items are for sale in its shops around the World lately. Less [...]

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A Step Inside the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

A Step Inside the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

| July 14, 2013 | 6 Replies

Granite countertops, crown molding, and marble tiling. Stainless steel appliances, cove ceilings, and state-of-the-art mirror TVs. Cherry wood furniture, freestanding tubs, and home theater systems. All of these luxuries and conveniences make up what guests will find in The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a new extension of the Disney Vacation Club. [...]

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