Spotted! New Disney Princess Mugs… and a few Villains, too!

Okay, Disney Princess fans, this one’s for you (oh, and you Villains fans haven’t been forgotten, either)!

I always love to check out the mugs in the big merchandise shops around Disney World – places like Magic Kingdom’s Emporium, Epcot’s Mouse Gears, and Downtown Disney’s World of Disney.

Main Street Emporium

Main Street Emporium

Why, I don’t know, because I have way more mugs than I have people to pour coffee for… plus, I’m pretty sure they multiply themselves (I mean, I couldn’t have purchased all of those, could I?). But still, I’ve always liked the idea of a souvenir that you can use in your daily life — and use often, at that.

Well, my most recent visit to the Emporium was rewarded with my first look at these: the new line of Princess mugs!

Princess Mug Display

Princess Mug Display

Much like the popular ear hat ornaments, these mugs incorporate distinctive elements of a particular character’s design and story (in fact, Disney Merchandising has stated that this line was inspired by the ear hat ornaments).

First, for those who might be unfamiliar with the ear hat ornaments, here’s an example.

Ariel Ear Hat Ornament

Ariel Ear Hat Ornament

Now on to the mugs! I have to start with Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), because I love how the clever design showcases both her pink dress as well as her blue one. I’m also pretty impressed with the way the “gems” are painted in such a way that they almost look real.

Both sides of the Princess Aurora Mug

Both sides of the Princess Aurora Mug

Princess Aurora Mug down the middle

Princess Aurora Mug down the middle

Snow White’s mug is certainly eye-catching, due to her bold primary colors as well as the sparkling apple.

Snow White Mug

Snow White Mug

By the way, the sparkling apple is what makes this one unfit for the microwave – I did not find that to be the case with the other mugs when I peeked at the bottom (though I should note that Cinderella’s mug wasn’t yet on the shelves the day I saw them, so I’ll need to check. I can’t wait to see that one!).

Sparkling Apple

Sparkling Apple

You gotta love that so many of our Princesses have iconic hair-dos, and those have been incorporated into each mug handle as well. Arguably, the most famous locks belong to Rapunzel

Rapunzel Mug

Rapunzel Mug

Though many are partial to Ariel’s red hair.

Ariel Mug

Ariel Mug

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Disney Popcorn News! New Flavors, Vinylmation Popcorns, and more!

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Popcorn is a staple snack at theme parks. It’s the perfect parade-waiting, fireworks-viewing, queue-calming munchie at Walt Disney World. And unless you purchase your popcorn in a pricey souvenir bucket, you’ll spend one snack credit or about $3.95 to $4.95 for a small box/bag.

Most of us are familiar with the traditional flavors such as butter, cheddar, kettle corn, and caramel. But, have you tried any of the specialty flavors?

Pre-Packaged Popcorn

The DisneyParks Blog recently found some interesting popcorn varieties at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Mint, and Chocolate Caramel were all on display in pre-packaged bags.

New Popcorn Flavors

And here are some of the Disney popcorn flavors that we reported on last year.

Indecisive? Grab the bag of Chocolate Cheddar Caramel! Apparently the Consumables Team (a superhero sounding name, if you ask me) is testing this salty and sweet mixture to see if guests find it, well, consumable. Flavor testing? Sign me up.

Patrice Guy, a developer on the Team, says sales results show that “it is proving to be popular with our guests.” Maybe this flavor will be in a Disney Park on your next visit!

Vinylmation

Fans (and Erin, our resident vinylmation guru) should stay tuned for Vinylmation Popcorns.

Vinylmation Popcorns

Vinylmation designer Thomas Scott indicated that [Read more…]