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A First Look at the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley “Where’s Mickey?” Design

Published October 15, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Today Disney released a first look at the brand new Disney by Vera Bradley collection called “Where’s Mickey?” If you recall, back in August we predicted more Vera by Disney patterns would be released.

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I am happy to announce that Steven Miller of the Disney Parks Blog informed us that the new “Where’s Mickey” pattern was release at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Marketplace on Tuesday, October 29th! I have seen photos on social networks of the bags in the stores already. No information yet on when the new pattern will be available to purchase on the Disney Store Online. It will be featured on several familiar and popular styles such as the hipster, backpack, large duffel, Smartphone wristlet and more. In addition to a future release at the World of Disney Store in Florida, the “Where’s Mickey?” color will also be available on Disney Parks online store and at select Disneyland Resort locations in the coming months.

Depending on what style you choose, most likely, measurements will be the same as the previous line . You can click either of the pictures below to see those numbers.

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In other exciting news, you can visit DisneyStore.com/VeraBradley starting October 21, 2013, to get the “Just Mousing Around” and “Midnight With Mickey” colors online!

Disney by Vera Bradley: New Details Revealed – Don’t You Just Love Being Right?

Published September 19, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Congratulations! If you read Disneyways back on August 31st 2013 you already knew the measurements, pricing and styles of the highly anticipated Disney By Vera Bradley collection! You get to tell your friends and family you were right! Today we got official word from Disney on these numbers, and here they are! Photo credit Disney Parks Blog.

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In addition we got a reminder about the patterns! They melt my heart! Aren’t they adorable?!

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We got some new information today too! Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, Vera Bradley Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, will also be attending the September 21 release party. Barbara will be meeting with fans that morning from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A limited number of wristbands to meet Barbara will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to guests who make purchases that morning.

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We love you Barbara! Not to outshine you though…there is more BIG news everyone has been waiting for!! It’s almost like an early black Friday! Are you ready for this?

If you are planning on attending the event on Saturday, Disney would like to make you aware that parking for Downtown Disney Marketplace will begin at 3:00 a.m. YES – you read that right. That is 3 o’clock in the morning eastern time!

Getting up before the birdies helps guarantee you a place in line.

There will be a designated queue outside World of Disney starting at 4:00 a.m. Wristbands will be given to guests in line to “ensure an enjoyable shopping experience for everyone”.
There will be purchase limits in place at the World of Disney in Florida on September 21-22, 2013.

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Guests can get (1) of each style of Vera Bradley bags in the “Just Mousing Around” collection (8 styles total) and one (1) of each style of Vera Bradley bags in the “Midnight with Mickey” collection (8 styles total). You can get your bags only while supplies last. Disney reserves the right to change any of these rules without notice.

Being a huge fan of Vera Bradley bags, especially in for use the parks, I think I would get in line in the middle of the night if I could. (I am in love with the Midnight with Mickey Hipster and Smartphone Wristlet!)

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Don’t feel sorry for me though…I have invested in a ticket to Florida Blog Con – a currently sold-out blogger conference being held here in Orlando on the very same day. I have been looking forward to his conference since tickets first went on sale months ago. Last year was amazing and this year is expected to be just as wonderful! I am super excited and I just can’t wait!

Besides…if I am a good little girl maybe Santa will leave one of these gorgeous Vera Bradley bags under my Christmas tree this year. Do you think Santa reads Disney blogs?

OK so what are your thoughts? Are you going to get involved in all this excitement? What patterns and styles will you be wishing for – or perhaps buying? Please leave me a comment and tell me all about it! Have a magical day!

Special Announcement: Disney Collection by Vera Bradley Pricing and Measurements

Published August 31, 2013 by Disneyways.com
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Have you heard about the fantastic Disney Collection by Vera Bradley coming to the Disney Parks and at the Disney Parks on-line store? I scoured the internet to see if I could find price points and measurements for you on the different designs – and I was very excited to find this information to be able to share with you today. The bags are just gorgeous and if you’re wondering if they will fit in to your budget (like I was) – here are some guidelines to follow.

I do want to provide the disclaimer that this pricing was found at Disney World Personal Shopper. Disney has not formally released this information themselves, so I am unable to promise you that it is completely accurate. Also, as with all things Disney, pricing is subject to change. These measurements were taken from similar items on the Vera Bradley website and may not be exact either. Please keep these things in mind and use these figures as a “general” idea.

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Backpack $99.00 The approximate measurements are 10 1/2″ by 13″ by 4″ with a 31 1/4″ adjustable shoulder strap and a 2″ drop.

Tote $99.00 (Judging from previous pictures, the “tote” is the Vera – 6 slip pockets on the inside, zip pocket on the back, slip pocket on the front.)
Dimensions are: 19 1/4″ x 14 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ with an 11″ strap drop.

Duffel $99.00 The approximate measurements are 22″ by 11 1/2″ by 11 1/2″ with a 15″ strap drop

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Hipster $70.00 The approximate measurements are 11″ by 11″ by 1 3/4″ with a 52″ adjustable strap

Mini Hipster $60.00 The approximate measurements are 6″ by 7 1/2″ by 3/4″ with a 53″ adjustable strap

Smart Phone Wristlet $55.00 5 1/2″ by 3 1/4″ by 2″ with a 6″ strap

Cosmetic Case $35.00

ID Case $15.00 5″ by 3″

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For more information about The Disney Collection by Vera Bradley including release dates, design names and more – click HERE.

Disney Parks Podcast Episode 63 Vera Bradley, Dapper Day, Prizes and More!

Published August 29, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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Check out the latest episode of the Disney Parks Podcast! Hear how Disney is “going to the dogs” and so much more! The team has been working hard to improve the sound quality and I think it really shows! Leave me a note if you are enjoying the podcast and let me know what you would like to hear more of, or if you have questions or comments! I’d love to hear from you. Have a magical day!!

PS We will have a limited supply of goody bags and prizes available at our next event. Click here for details and come join us! As a reminder – to listen to the show – just click the photo above to go to the DPP page. Look for the small grey circle with the sideways white triangle inside. Click on that circle and make sure your speakers are on. The show will begin immediately. There’s a lot of time sensitive news and information in this one so don’t wait – listen in as soon as you can. Thanks for tuning in – I appreciate you SO much. 🙂

Have a magical day!

Date Announced: The Disney Collection by Vera Bradley coming to Walt Disney World!

Published August 14, 2013 by Disneyways.com

HOORAY!! Disney has  announced a date for the big release of the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley. More great news: they are calling this the “initial” collection – which makes me think there will be more of these bags to come. Cathy Dawson, merchandiser for accessories at Disney Parks says, “We are thrilled to introduce Vera Bradley to our accessories assortment. In recent years, we’ve seen several guests in our parks and resorts sporting fun, colorful bags by Vera Bradley. Even our Disney Cruise Line team recently added some items by Vera Bradley to the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. We thought it would be wonderful to add a splash of Disney to these popular and colorful accessory items.”

Vera Bradley names all of her patterns and these are no exception. The black pattern is called “Midnight with Mickey,” while the pink pattern is named “Just Mousing Around.” These patterns will be seen on duffel bags, totes, cosmetic bags and more.

Earlier this year, I visited the  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival  to get these photos for you of the bags on display. Needless to say, I am in love with these new bags, and I hope you are too!

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Guests in Florida, mark your calendars! Disney will be holding a special release party on Saturday, September 21, at the World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m., and will feature the first opportunity to purchase items from this new collection.

In California, guests can find these new items starting Monday, September 23, in select locations at the Disneyland Resort.

If you are unable to visit Disney Parks, no worries!  Disney will be releasing the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley on the Disney Parks online store starting in October 2013.

Disney Inspired Jewelry at a Discount!

Published May 4, 2014 by Disneyways.com

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Are you looking for something NEW to add to your Disney collection – or maybe a wonderful unique gift for someone else?  How about something very special?

As a reminder, if you are looking for a new bookmark, key chain, or cell phone charm perhaps for those teenagers who are so hard to shop for…

Julie Leedy is my amazing friend from California – and my go to girl when I am looking for – not just Disney – but ANY sort of beautiful new jewelry or accessories!

I am amazed at how many compliments her pieces inspire. In fact – if you are a  Disney travel agent or blogger – you definitely won’t want to go out without wearing some of Julie’s jewelry. These pieces are real conversation starters. Just make sure you have your business cards with you too!

Whatever it is that you love earrings , bracelets and ankletes , necklaces and pendants, even belly button rings…Julie has them all.

When you see the chuckhljal logo on top you’ll know you are in the right place. Just click here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/chuckhljal

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Happy shopping and have a magical day!!

Julie’s Disney inspired pieces are featured on the Disneyways Pinterest board.

Revealed! Festival of Fantasy Parade Floats Backstage and More

Published January 15, 2014 by Disneyways.com

Spoiler alert! The nice folks at DisneyLifestylers, DisneyParksBlog, and InsideTheMagic.net have posted backstage photos of some of the magical floats that will debut this spring in the brand new Festival of Fantasy Parade. As a refresher: the new Magic Kingdom parade titled Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will feature new parade floats, costumes and theme music. We are expecting floats that will include themes such as “Tangled” “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan,” “Brave,” and a Princess unit. 

Over the past year The Disney Parks Blog has released concept art and photos of the floats that we know for sure are coming, so let’s start with those:

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Check out the backstage photos that the DisneyLifestylers posted HERE.

InsideMagic.net has a couple of additional ones that you can check out HERE.

Despite no official date being announced by Disney, The Disney Parks Podcast team is betting on March 16th 2014 as the first day of the parade. In fact, we have built a meetup around it! We would love to have you join us, and you can get the details HERE. This is subject to change – so be sure to check our facebook page and website for all the latest on the meetup.

If you like this post, be sure to check out SOLVING THE MYSTERY SURROUNDING THE RAPUNZEL TOWER IN NEW FANTASYLAND… and A FIRST LOOK AT THE DISNEY COLLECTION BY VERA BRADLEY “WHERE’S MICKEY?” DESIGN

Discount Park Tickets Available for Dapper Day Fall 2013

Published August 19, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Back in June we released some preliminary details, but today we have some new Dapper Day Fall 2013 information.

Visit these links to previous posts to  learn more about the history of Dapper Day,  how to dress, even see photos . We also have a fabulous Dapper Day pinterest board  to help provide you with even more inspiration!  As a reminder, Dapper Day Fall Soiree at Walt Disney World will beheld on Saturday September 21, 2013.

Check out our awesome video from last time!

Dapper Day events celebrate the tradition of stepping out in style. All sophisticated fashions, from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic, are encouraged.

Dapper Day is NOT a Disney sponsored event. It is completely optional and perfectly OK to stay casual or not even participate at all. Event hours and schedules are merely suggestions and organizers encourage you and your party to enjoy the park at your leisure. The following information is subject to be updated or change, so be sure to subscribe to  Disneyways and check the Dapper Day website for the latest info.

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Spend the afternoon at DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS!

At 5:00 in the evening, you can meet up with friends at the famous Chinese Theater for a nostalgic journey aboard THE GREAT MOVIE RIDE.

After Hollywood Studios closes, (currently scheduled closure is  8PM) hop on a bus, boat, or walk to Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and enjoy elegant clubs, bars, and arcades with the rest of the dapper crowd until 1am.

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Discounted Park Tickets are also available!

After 2:00 pm discount tickets are $74 with tax, and after 4:00 pm they are just $59 with tax. There are also discounted multi-day, park hopper and annual passes (for Florida residents) AVAILABLE HERE. These are regular park tickets sold by Walt Disney World’s Group Ticket Sales just for Dapper Day purposes. They can only be purchased online in advance. (A great deal since a full price 1-day ticket is normally $95 with tax.) The ticket store closes at 9pm on September 20, 2013.

DAPPER DAY Events are NOT private or separate ticketed functions. They are intended to be a regular day to visit the parks with other stylish guests. If you have regular admission to the parks, you are all set.

Dapper Day organizers have items for the Fall Soiree that will be available in an online store starting Friday September 6th, 2013 at Shop.DapperDay.com.

They are already planning Spring of 2014 Events at Disney Parks in Florida and California (dates to be announced).

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Disney Function and Fabulosity – this bag has it all.

Published March 9, 2013 by Disneyways.com

My wonderful sister-in-law Karen recently gave me a Vera Bradley bag for my birthday. It is the cross-body style and it is by far the best bag I have ever used to carry what I need around the Disney parks. Hands free, machine washable,  and just the right size. What’s not to like?

Here is a photo of the one I have:

Check out the Little Hipster! It is 9.75 x 6.5 x 1.75 and it retails for $45. It has a zip around pocket in the front with card pockets, ID window and a bill pocket and then a zip main compartment and a slip pocket with a magnet on the back. Photo credit OhMyVera.com

Have you heard about the new Disney-inspired handbags and accessories by Vera Bradley?

They are coming in the fall of 2013. Cathy Dawson, merchandiser for accessories at Disney Parks says, “We are thrilled to introduce Vera Bradley to our accessories assortment. In recent years, we’ve seen several guests in our parks and resorts sporting fun, colorful bags by Vera Bradley. Even our Disney Cruise Line team recently added some items by Vera Bradley to the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. We thought it would be wonderful to add a splash of Disney to these popular and colorful accessory items.”

Vera Bradley names all of her patterns and these are no exception. The black pattern is called “Midnight with Mickey,” while the pink pattern is named “Just Mousing Around.” These patterns will be seen on duffel bags, totes, cosmetic bags and more.

When released this fall, we will be able to buy these items at select locations in Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. They will also be sold via the Disney Parks online store at a future date.

Recently I visited the  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival  Festival Center, located between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy in Future World, to get these photos for you of the bags on display. Needless to say, I am in love with these new bags, and I hope you are too!

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