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Yesterday Kathy Ireland had the opportunity to visit with Minnie Mouse in the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot. In fact, Minnie brought out her special St. Patrick’s Day polka-dotted dress to meet Kathy.
Disney photographer and Disney Parks Blog author Gene Duncan snapped this photo of the two famous ladies at the U.K. Pavilion. And as excited as Minnie was to see Kathy, the feeling seemed quite mutual as Kathy sent a tweet following the meet-and-greet that read, “Minnie is an ICON!”
We couldn’t agree more.
- Souvenirs: Stylish Minnie Mouse Merchandise (aglassslippervacation.com)
- ‘Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline’ to Take Off at Disney California Adventure Park on February 17 (chipandco.com)
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) unveiled a colorful and playful assortment of more than 130 toys inspired by four series on Disney Junior.
Don’t forget Disney Junior will be launching a 24-hour channel for kids age 2-7 on March 23!
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were joined by special guests Sharon Osbourne and David Arquette, voices of Mama Hook and Skully on Jake and the Never Land Pirates, to treat the toy and entertainment industry audience to a light-hearted talent show previewing new toys and upcoming content inspired by Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Minnie’s Bow-Toons, and Doc McStuffins, a new animated series set to debut on Disney Junior next month about a six-year-old girl who heals toys and stuffed animals out of her backyard clinic.
The new Disney Junior toy line is packed with creativity to inspire hours of imaginative play based on popular play patterns with preschool-aged kids. The line features colorful play sets, figures and feature plush from Fisher Price; role play sets, accessories, plush and dolls from Just Play; interactive board games from Wonder Forge; children’s electronics from VTech; ride-ons from Kiddieland; and bikes and scooters from Huffy, among other products. Popularity for the breakout hit series Jake and the Never Land Pirates has created a pent-up demand for the series’ first toy line. While Mickey Mouse proves once again that he offers versatile appeal to a new generation of fans with both farm- and dance-themed toys. Minnie Mouse, the leading lady of Disney Junior, gives girls new ways to play with fashion, kitchen and travel-themed play sets and role play. And Doc McStuffins, the newest gal on the Disney Junior block, will inspire nurturing play through doctor-themed role play, dolls and accessories.
“Disney Junior has proven to be a favorite with preschoolers and their parents; consumer response has been so strong that it has generated tremendous demand for products and resulted in our most robust Disney preschool toy line ever,” said J.D. Edwards, senior vice president, media networks licensing for DCP.
Osbourne and Arquette were each presented with custom-made toys inspired by their characters while guests enjoyed a sneak preview of Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns, a primetime special premiering tonight at 7 p.m. EST/PST on Disney Channel. In this highly anticipated episode, Peter Pan makes his first-ever appearance on the series, returning to Pirate Island to enlist Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully in finding his lost shadow.
Key toys from the new Disney Junior toy line include:
Jake and the Never Land Pirates— A breakout hit, Jake and the Never Land Pirates ranked as 2011′s #1 cable TV series for boys 2-5, a spot it continues to hold, generating strong consumer demand for a merchandise line that allows fans to take home their favorite characters. A brand new toy line releasing in June will feature plush, role play and accessories from Just Play and action-oriented play sets and figures from Fisher Price, including:
Jake’s Pirate Ship (MSRP $44.99, national retailers, June 2012)— Designed after Bucky, Jake’s ship featured in the series, this swashbuckling pirate ship rocks and rolls when pushed along a surface, with Skully smartly perched on the lookout. Kids can join Jake and his crew to live a pirate’s life through multiple pirate-themed phrases and songs. To really bring the adventure home, kids can fire water out of the cannon or stage a surprise croc attack.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – A viewer favorite, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse delivered last year’s #1 preschool telecast for kids 2-5 and inspired an imaginative toy line of space-themed play sets and figures. This year, Fisher Price has developed a new line featuring fun and interactive play sets, figures and vehicles inspired by the upcoming Mickey Mouse Clubhouse special, Mickey and Donald Have a Farm, premiering this fall. Mickey Mouse will also move like never before with a new feature plush. Key toys releasing in 2012 include:
Mickey’s Farm Play Set (MSRP $44.99, national retailers, Aug. 2012)— Kids can create their own fun farm stories with Mickey Mouse and his friends with this new play set that features realistic animal sounds and fun farm music. Character figures and animals can go for a spin on the dance floor, and a silly hand moves between the silo and windmill.
Master Moves Mickey (MSRP $69.99, national retailers, Aug. 2012)—Decked out in his freshest dance gear and ready to get down, Master Moves Mickey dances and interacts, showing off some never-before-seen break-dance moves, ending in a signature handstand. His moves are hotter and hipper than ever! Master Moves Mickey features original music tracks, funky beats and plenty of awesome humor to get the whole family up and dancing.
Minnie’s Bow-Toons —Based on a popular episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, this new series of shorts finds Minnie and her good friend Daisy Duck running Minnie’s Bow-Tique, a specialty shop which stocks only bows and bowties. Highlighting the themes of friendship, fashion and travel, DCP will introduce an adorable pink and polka-dotted line of Minnie Mouse toys including kitchen and fashion-themed role play from Just Play and dolls and accessories from Fisher Price.
Minnie’s Kitchen (MSRP $74.99, national retailers, Aug. 2012) – This colorful, multi-level play set has everything girls need to cook up their own kitchen adventures. Featuring multiple ‘flipping’ functions to maximize the play experience and creativity in the kitchen, the set includes a sink that flips to a hidden cutting board and dish rack that flips to a hidden blender. Girls can cook up their own treats with a frying pan to flip a Minnie-shaped pancake and flipping recipe book for inspiring new ideas. The kitchen includes Minnie’s voice and realistic kitchen sounds.
Doc McStuffins – Debuting next month, this imaginative animated series features six-year-old Doc McStuffins, who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic. Little girls can nurture their own toys with a fun new assortment of products from Just Play, including:
“Time for Your Check Up” Doc Doll with Lambie (MSRP $34.99, national retailers, Aug. 2012) – Girls can bring home their new friend and sing along to the entire ‘check-up’ song with Doc as they nurture their own toys. Doc comes to life, speaking more than 10 phrases and can bring her friend Lambie to life with the touch of her stethoscope, which activates with lights and sounds.
- Disney Junior Orders New Episodes of “Minnie’s Bow-toons” (chipandco.com)
- 24 Hour Disney Junior Set to Launch March 23rd (chipandco.com)
Disney Junior has ordered 10 additional episodes of the popular short-form series “Minnie’s Bow-Toons” starring Minnie Mouse and her pal Daisy as they run Minnie’s Bow-Tique, a specialty shop stocked only with colorful bows and bowties.
Disney Junior will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a marathon of Minnie Mouse-themed episodes of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Minnie’s Bow-Toons” on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., ET/PT), including the new episode, “Fashion Emergency” (9:55 a.m., ET/PT), where Minnie showcases her passion for fashion with a pet runway show.
Starting today,DisneyJunior.com/Valentine will launch a Valentine’s Day greeting card maker where fans can create a sweetheart-themed card to be printed out and given to friends and family. In addition, fans will be able to send and receive online cards from their favorite Disney Junior characters including Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Jake from “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” Special Agent Oso, Handy Manny and the Little Einsteins. The site also features Valentine’s Day-themed crafts that kids and their parents/caregivers can do at home.
On February 7, The Walt Disney Studios released “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: I Minnie,” a DVD and digital copy compilation of five fun-filled episodes centering on Minnie, including the never-before-seen episode “Minnie and Daisy’s Flower Shower.” In addition, a bundle of 13 Minnie Mouse-themed episodes of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” will be available on iTunes the same day.
One of the most beloved characters in the world, Minnie Mouse is seen alongside her #1 guy, Mickey Mouse, at Disney Theme Parks worldwide and is featured in the popular Disney Junior Live On Stage Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure.
“Minnie’s Bow-Toons” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” are productions of Disney Television Animation. The series carry a TV-Y parental guideline.
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s animated and live action series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the daypartin Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5, Girls 2-5 and Women 18-49 and increased by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior will add a basic cable and satellite channel in the U.S.
- DVD Review: MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: I ♥ MINNIE (chipandco.com)
- MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: I ♥ MINNIE Coming to DVD (chipandco.com)
Children’s birthdays are meant to be magical and DisneyJunior.com has launched a special new birthday experience to make it all possible – with a little help from Disney Junior friends Mickey, Minnie and Jake! Available now on DisneyJunior.com the “It’s Your Birthday!” Celebration is an exciting new program for parents to create a memorable Disney Junior-inspired birthday for their child.
The program is free and easy! By signing up for the “It’s Your Birthday!” Celebration at DisneyJunior.com/Celebration, parents can schedule a personalized birthday greeting for their child in the form of an animated video greeting and/or phone call from Mickey, Minnie or Jake, from the popular Disney Junior animated series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” Phone calls from the Disney Junior friends include the child’s name. The animated video is personalized with the child’s name, age and photo to make for a truly memorable birthday experience. Starting five weeks before the child’s birthday, parents will receive email reminders with instructions on how to set up the phone call and animated video delivery.
Parents will also receive new ideas for celebrating their child’s big day including party tips, recipes for yummy treats, printable paper crafts and fun online birthday activities for kids, all featuring Disney Junior friends. These include:
- “Ahoy Me Hearty Come to My Party” invitations
- Minnie’s Polka Dot Cookies
- Disney Junior Friends Coloring Pages
- Disney Junior Birthday Videos
- Disney Junior Happy Birthday Party game
To view a video about the new DisneyJunior.com “It’s Your Birthday!” Celebration, click here.
- Disney Junior Magazine from Disney Publishing Worldwide (chipandco.com)
- Jake and the Neverland Pirates Coming to Disney Parks (chipandco.com)
When it comes to your Walt Disney World vacation, there are a lot of benefits to staying on property, but perhaps the best benefit of all is the benefit of getting the Extra Magic Hours. If you have never stayed on property before at Walt Disney World, the extra magic hours are extra times that a park is open on a given day or night that only Walt Disney World resort guests can utilize. The key is that only one park a day will have either morning or evening extra magic hours, not all of them, so you should use this as a means to decide which park you want to see on a particular day of your vacation. If you stay off property, you aren’t allowed to get the extra hours.
When it comes to extra magic hours, the debate rages over which is better — morning extra magic hours, or evening? In this writers opinion, the evening extra magic hours win hands down! The biggest reason for this for me is that morning extra magic hours are only for one hour early, so if your park opens at 9:00 AM, and it has morning EMH, then it will open at 8:00 AM. However, if your park has evening EMH, and it closes at 11:00 PM on that particular night, the evening hours will allow the park to stay open until 2:00 AM the next morning! This is because the evening EMH are for three extra hours, not just one.
The photo at the beginning of this post was taken on the first time that my family had ever experienced evening extra magic hours. On June 20th, 2010, the Magic Kingdom had evening extra magic hours, so we decided that our daughter was old enough to experience the thrill of that, and we stayed out late. Little did we know that Mickey and Minnie were going to be paying the park a visit, and we were able to see them while they were riding the Dumbo ride with two very lucky guests! This picture was taken on June 21st, 2010, at 12:06 AM, during the extra magic hours window.
Obviously, evening extra magic hours are not for everyone. If you have small children, then it’s a no-brainer that you are going to utilize the morning extra magic hours rather than the evening. However, if that is not a factor in your decision, give the evening extra magic hours a try. The park is less crowded, the night weather (even during the middle of summer) is quite enjoyable, and the park you are visiting takes on a special magical vibe that can sometimes be missing when it’s 100 degrees at 3PM and the crowd calendar has the crowd level at 8.0 out of 10! We had a great time that night, and I look forward to the next time we can enjoy an evening extra magic hour time slot!
The best place to discover what the hours are for Walt Disney World (and also which park has extra magic hours on a given night) is to check out the Disney World Park Hours.
However, this is just this writer’s opinion, so tell me, which do you prefer?
- Ride Along with Mickey & Minnie – 39 Days Til Disney! (mydreamsofdisney.com)