Disney Announces New Merchandise

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland you probably have seen the tourists from Tokyo or Hong Kong wearing merchandise you’ve never seen.

From adorable purses with Duffy the Disney Bear’s face to super cool t-shirts printed with princesses and other characters. In recent years much of the merchandise released over seas is slowly making it’s way across from Asia to our stores here.

Shellie May is probably the most coveted souvenir from Tokyo Disneyland and fetches a hefty price tag via eBay and other sites.

Last year in August Disney announced that Japan’s beloved Shellie May was coming to Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii. Many fans of Duffy Bear have become acquainted with Shellie May and her adorable merchandise that shows up in Japan. Shellie who is Duffy’s friend also created by Minnie Mouse, keeps Minnie company while Duffy and Mickey are off on their own adventures.

On Monday Disney Parks Blog announced that that Shellie May would be making her final leap onto the mainland, the adorable girly bear will be arriving at Epcot this fall. While it wasn’t announced if Shellie would get her own meet and greet like Duffy had, it was announced she would be available for purchase along with her own story book and set of costumes.

Along with the arrival of Shellie May, Disney continues to bring over merchandise which had been created for Tokyo. If you have been living under a rock for the past 2 years, then you have probably heard about the Tsum Tsum craze that hit the U.S., the adorable stuffed toys which stack have been welcomed with a grand frenzy.

A full set of Alice in Wonderland Tsum Tsum.

Along with the Tsum Tsum, Disney has also released merchandise to match their cute appearance. From socks to shirts, as well as dinnerware. This past week the Disney Store released their D/Style page, which includes a lot of these items along with a few other items such as handbags and a few other goodies.

Winnie the Pooh stuffed Tsum Tsum pencil case.

Winnie the Pooh stuffed Tsum Tsum pencil case.

D/Style comes straight to us from Japan, all items found on the Disney Store website, they were designed by Japan’s creative team. According to the Disney Style Blog the items found in the collection are exclusive and bring a more “Kawaii” look to characters we already love, along with more Tsum Tsum.

The collection which was announced earlier this year at D23, has been long awaited by many fans since it caters to the 18-30 demographic of women. Though one could argue the items cater to all ages since it’s cute and colorful, but also very stylish.

Let me know which items you love the most on the new D/Style section and what you think of Shellie May coming to visit finally.

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Disney Announces Expansions

In the ever changing theme park world, it’s about who is making the bigger and faster rides. Though in the heart of the theme park world it seems Disney is throwing the first shots in both it’s California and Florida parks.

The media giant who just revealed the inner workings of its new Shanghai park, has also released some news about its U.S. based parks.

With the ever growing popularity of Star Wars and Pixar films, Disney has decided to expand a total of 14 acres in order to provide new thrills for guests. According to Inside the Magic the new Star Wars expansions will include the famous Mos Eisley cantina, Millennium Falcon ride and a battle of the First Order and the Resistance.

While at Hollywood Studios in Orlando the 14 acres would more than likely be an expansions near the already existing ride between the Indiana Jones experience and where Muppetvision currently sits.

Bob Iger and Disney Imagineering have confirmed that the Disneyland project will not affect Mickey’s Toontown but instead expand into back stage areas located near Thunder Mountain.

During D23, Iger and Disney also announced an expansion of Pixar area in both parks. While at Hollywood Studios the expansion would take 11-acres to create it, the expansion would occur near the Midway Mania area. Orlando’s My News 13  reported that the expansion would bring a family friendly roller coaster based on the slinky the dog character and an expansion to Midway Mania.

While Disney didn’t announce what they plan to rename Hollywood Studios, after Iger let it slip earlier this year that there would be a name change. They have confirmed the expansions to both parks and even more attractions to come in the following years.

The Star Wars expansions are looking to be completed by 2017 in both parks, more information is expected to be released in the coming year.