What are your top Walt Disney World Souvenirs?

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If you’ve ever met Steven Miller of Disney Park’s merchandise team, then you know what a honest, knowledgeable, and passionate guy he is. Steven has put together a great video highlighting some of the Magic Kingdom’s top selling souvenirs including a few must-have items for any trip:

I know a lot of families like to arrive at the parks with ears, pins, and autograph books already in hand. If that’s you, you can order most of the items Steven mentioned from the Disney Parks section of the DisneyStore.

Other than the fantastic memories, what items do you consider the top souvenirs from your Walt Disney World visits?

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Maleficent – Featurette “The Legacy”

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Go behind the scenes on the set of Maleficent and see Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Director Robert Stromberg discuss the legacy of Disney’s most iconic villain.

Oh my goodness. May 30th can not arrive soon enough if you ask me.

Gallery and full synopsis below the jump:

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DHS History Lesson: It’s a Bike Helmet…

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“LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION!” on another DHS History Lesson. Remember, we are discussing the past at the Studios in honor of its upcoming 25th anniversary on May 1st. Now this week, we are covering one of the weirdest things Disney has ever done, Disney’s Doug LIVE!

Now, the show itself wasn’t weird, it was how they obtained the show. Now, this isn’t DHS related to begin with, but it becomes intertwined eventually. So, this animated series originally premiered in 1991 on Nickelodeon. It had Doug Funnie going through the trials and tribulations of his new school in Bluffington with his friend, Skeeter, his crush, Patti, enemy, Roger and his trusty dog, Porkchop, among others. Throughout the show, he would write in his journal, which would become the show’s narration.

Here’s the catch, Disney bought Jumbo Pictures, the creator of Doug’s production company, in 1996…which included the rights to Doug. So, in 1996, the show reappeared on ABC’s Saturday Morning, then eventually One Saturday Morning (see my love letter to that here). With the channel change came two new titles (Brand Spanking New! Doug, then Disney’s Doug), a 3 month time lapse, and updated story arcs and character designs. Continue reading

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Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Featurette and Clips

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Last night I saw a preview screening of Million Dollar Arm from Disney. I’m technically embargoed for my full review, but I can sum it up in three words you’ll be happy to read – Classic Disney Film.

Here’s a trailer:

Based on a true story, the plot follows sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) who finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket bowler he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train.

While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Walt Disney Pictures’ drama “Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell.

A couple of clips from the film are below the jump:

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Show your Disney Side with this Minnie Mouse Nail Tutorial

I’ll admit that back in my high school days I might have let my girlfriend paint my nails once or twice. That’s about the extent of my experience. Still, I have to admit that this tutorial for making Minnie Mouse painted nails is pretty cool.

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Thanks to Disney for sharing. Will you be rocking these nails to show your #DisneySide?

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