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Celebrate National Sandwich Day by Signing up to Get a FREE Sandwich at Disney

Published November 3, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Why not celebrate National Sandwich Day by signing up to Get a FREE sandwich at Disney? National Sandwich Day is TODAY November 3rd!

John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, and lucky for us, he was also a heavy gambler. Montagu often spent many long hours in London’s gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich by putting meat between two pieces of bread so that he could remain at the gambling table during his meal.

Obviously, the sandwich was named after him, and the rest as they say…is history.

Here are 3 ways you might want to celebrate today, and show Earl a nod of thanks:

First head over to DeliFreshThreads.com and check out the awesome sandwich themed shirts! Until midnight tonight –  you can get 25% off if you use THANKSEARL as your checkout code.

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Second, you can learn how to get a free sandwich at Downtown Disney’s Earl of Sandwich (or other select locations) by clicking here.

Finally, whether you are at Disney or not, why not consume your favorite sandwich? Better yet, go ahead, be bold and daring..try a new sandwich! Have a magical day!

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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!

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.

17 Free and Cheap Souvenirs at Disney!

Published July 19, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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It took some searching…but we found 17 free and cheap souvenirs that you can get on property at Disney! Prices and availability are subject to change.

Here they are in no particular order:

FREE: Character drawings from Animation Studios 

FREE: Downtown Disney LEGO store offers mini models for free once a month! Check HERE for monthly dates.

FREE: Resort soap and shampoo included in the price of your room, so it’s like a gift with purchase! The scents will reminded of the resorts long after you get home.

FREE and CHEAP: Pens, pencils and small notepads are sometimes left in the resort room for you as a guest. You can also buy certain pencils in the parks for just $1.00 each!

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FREE: Celebration Pins – just ask for them at Guest Services. Some people get crafty and even make them into magnets after the return home.

FREE: Park maps

CHEAP: Antenna Toppers are 2 for $8. Bonus: they help you find your car in the parking lot. Even if you don’t have an antenna or a car these can be fun!

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CHEAP: Disney collector packs are 3 for $15.

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CHEAP: Magnets for your fridge or your metal desk at work – some are available for just $4.95.

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CHEAP: Shot glasses. You can get one from each country in Epcot and start a collection.

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CHEAP: Recyclable tote bags.

FREE: Kidcot stations are free! Kids can color and make some arts and crafts that they can take with them for FREE

CHEAP: Inside the Land Pavilion at Epcot, they sell little plants that are actually generated in the Living with the Land laboratories.

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CHEAP: Disney character dangles – another great way to bring something inexpensive home for the entire family!

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CHEAP: Keychains

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CHEAP: Pressed quarters pressed pennies!! We have so much great info on those – they get their own post – coming soon! What are some cheap and free souvenirs that you have found at Disney? Leave me a note in the comments below!

Disney Tip to Help Customize Your Celebration

Published July 7, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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Who says you can’t get anything at Disney for free? Disney is a great place to celebrate any occasion and make magical memories! If you are in the parks and want everyone to know what you’re celebrating – stop by a Vacation Planning Booth, or Guest Services to pick up your celebration button! The best part is – they are absolutely FREE! If you are staying at a Disney resort – just ask for a button when you check in. You may receive special treatment or surprises if you wear it proudly throughout the day. Buttons may vary – but right now they have different ones for your birthday, anniversary, family reunion, happily ever after and more!

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For lots more Disney World “Secrets” click here! Have you ever worn a celebration button at Disney? What were some fun things that happened on your special day?

Photos! Beautifully Disney Launches it’s Latest Edition – Unlock the Spell!

Published July 2, 2013 by Disneyways.com

You may have heard about the Sephora or Urban Decay makeup brands and their partnerships with Disney. Back in February we got to get a first glimpse at the Beautifully Disney line, which is owned and created by the Disney Company itself. Wickedly Beautiful was a fun launch at Downtown Disney, complete with Disney makeup artists on hand to treat guests to mini makeovers! Take a look at the videos we got from that event.

June 29th 2013, Beautifully Disney launched it’s latest makeup line: Unlock the Spell! There were no mini makeovers on the east coast this time, but just the same, I rushed to Downtown Disney to take a look and get you some photos! I braved the rain and more but it was all worth it. I think the colors look like lots of fun! Do you agree?

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Here’s a special tip for you! For a limited time, guests have the opportunity to purchase a Beautifully Disney 5 Piece Brush Set for $15.00 plus tax with any Beautifully Disney cosmetic merchandise purchase of $40.00 or more. If you are unable to pick up this brush set during this special promotion, look for it at its normal retail value of $19.95.

Video! Unboxing Disney’s MagicBand and Accessories

Published June 24, 2013 by Disneyways.com

I found this super awesome video from Attractions Magazine and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! Check this out to see the MagicBand accessories unboxed and demonstrated on an actual MagicBand. Want to know what a MagicBand is and so much more? You may want to start HERE and come back to the video later.

Have a magical day!

FREE Video Game Demos at Disney Now Until June 23rd 2013!

Published June 11, 2013 by Disneyways.com
Jen Jefferson is a travel agent with Glass Slipper Concierge. Jen spent some time in the parks recently and got to check out the Wii U Demos first hand! Thank you Jen for the info!
Wii U Demos at Disney – going on now through June 23rd! ~ By: Jen Jefferson
Video Gamers rejoice!  Just when you thought you had to leave your controllers at home, Disney and Nintendo have brought the living room to your vacation! Nintendo is in the Downtown Disney Marketplace to showcase their newest Wii U console and give guests the chance to test out some of their most popular games – for FREE!
The experience is  open 10am – 10pm daily, weather permitting.
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Now through June 23rd, Downtown Disney at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, is hosting these Wii U demonstrations.  Temporary living room pods are on hand, with Wii Gurus encouraging visitors to have a seat on the couch or bean bag, and try out the new U system and games like New Super Mario Bros. and Nintendo Land.  Photo ops with your favorite Nintendo character decor also abound.  The living room pods are located in front of Once Upon a Toy (Walt Disney World), and Earl of Sandwich (Disneyland).
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The excitement will ramp up during Car Masters Weekend, June 15th and 16th, with a preview of the new game Disney Infinity (Downtown Disney West Side, Walt Disney World).
Game On!
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Disney Parks Podcast Episode #47 Weekly News

Published May 30, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Please click here to read more about our partnership with the Disney Parks Podcast!

Episode 47 brings you a recap of the 24 Hour All-Nighter, Car Masters Weekend and a SPECIAL announcement!!

Short and sweet at just around 15 minutes!

Click here to listen to Show #47!

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Special thanks to these fine companies for providing goodie bags that we gave away on the evening of the all-nighter.

Please show these folks some love:

Ramon from ThemeParkConcierges.com

Sarah from Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW

Sam from WalterandRosie.com

and Julie from  Chuckle JAL on Etsy

***Disney Parks Podcast Meetup at the Cars Master Weekend***

Tony , Parkhoppers John and Sid will meet you at 2Pm Between Wolfgang Pucks and Bongos near the waterfall.

Join them to afterwards to walk around and check out the cars and entertainment. It’s going to be a great time, these 3 are SO much fun!

(I am sad that I have to miss out but I have a family commitment that day.)

Click HERE to see more upcoming events!

Show Notes

Cars Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney’s Westside

June 15 and June 16, 2013   from  9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

  • Cars Meet ‘n’ Greet

  • Downtown Disney Car Show

  • Special appearances by automotive legend Chip Foose, as well as Disney•Pixar’s Cars filmmaker Jay Ward.

  • Exotic Driving Experience

  • Idle over to the Chevrolet Showcase

  • Disney•Pixar’s Cars Movie Marathon at AMC® Downtown Disney 24.
  • Car Masters Merchandise

  • Exclusive Disney Activities — Race over to play Disney Infinity; then get revved up for future Disney film releases with interactive fun.

So come on down for a rev’d up a good time!

Disney Parks Podcast Meetup at the Cars Master Weekend

We will meet at 2Pm Between Wolfgang Pucks and Bongos near the waterfall.

We will then walk around and check out the cars and entertainment

The 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival , September 27 – November 10, 2013

Food and Wine Eat to the Beat Concert Lineup

  • Sept. 27-29 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Go-Go’s

  • Oct. 2-4 – Air Supply

  • Oct. 5-6 – Sister Hazel

  • Oct. 7-9 – Sugar Ray

  • Oct. 10-11 – Edwin McCain

  • Oct. 12-13 – Manhattan Transfer

  • Oct. 14-15 – Wilson Phillips

  • Oct. 16-17 – The Pointer Sisters

  • Oct. 18-20 – Night Ranger

  • Oct. 21-23 – Boyz II Men

  • Oct. 24-25 – Survivor

  • Oct. 26-27 – 38 Special

  • Oct. 28-30 – Smash Mouth

  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1 – Spin Doctors

  • Nov. 2-3 – Christopher Cross

  • Nov. 4-5 – Hanson

  • Nov. 6-8 – Dennis DeYoung

  • Nov. 9-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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