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Memento Mori- A Store Dedicated to All Things Haunted Mansion in Disney’s Magic Kingdom ~ By Guest Author Karyn Locke

Published November 13, 2014 by Karyn Locke

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Those of you that have read my blog posts in the past certainly know my affection for Disney’s Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom. I get asked what my favorite ride at Walt Disney World is all the time, and without hesitation, I happily answer, “Haunted Mansion”. My family and I have gotten to the point that we know which wall panel of the stretching room will slide open and head directly to it, and can talk right along with “Your Ghost Host” while he is reciting his monologue. Yeah, I’m that much in love with the ride. With each visit to Magic Kingdom, I would hunt out the latest Haunted Mansion items for sale in the shops and carts, hoping for something other than a HM key chain or t-shirt to purchase.

Fast forward to the opening of Memento Mori- Disney’s Haunted Mansion store in Liberty Square. From the Latin phrase Memento mori (remember death), the Magic Kingdom store was bound to not only have every item that I’ve dreamt of owning, but a sense of humor just like my beloved ride.

I, along with my family,  was one of those folks happy to queue up outside the storefront in Liberty Square waiting my turn to purchase goodies covered with spooky-eyed wallpaper and adorned with candlestick-holding gargoyles. Giddy with delight, my family and I headed into the shop, and just like a kid in a candy shop, could not decide what to purchase first.

What’s “In Store” for You?

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What’s in store for happy shoppers, you ask? So many spooky, kooky, creative, and downright awesome Haunted Mansion items that you’ll be hard-pressed to choose a favorite!

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When you walk through the store entrance, you’ll notice a cool photography room where you can get “ghostified”, as my daughter calls it. Just like the famous paintings in the ride, the photo will look normal from one angle and creepy from another. Well worth the $20 if you ask me.

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There’s tons of fun items to take home, like well-made pens, fedoras, and of course, t-shirts.

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Make sure to mosey around the store, as there’s some really cool details along the walls.

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Haunted Mansion phone cases, necklaces, and other themed jewelry as far as the eye can see!

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Want a Haunted Mansion hair accessory? Look no further. There’s really cute headbands with the bat stanchions from the ride queue available for your wearing pleasure.

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Here’s the part of the store that was the most fun for me- the kitchen/table ware area. There’s Master Gracy china, Madame Leota towels, HM aprons, cups, glasses, and candlesticks for your table.

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Looking for a way to spruce up your living room & bedroom? There’s throws and pillows that would make a fine addition to the room.

I did notice an absence of one important item: the doombuggy! I’ll put that on my list for Santa this year.

Karyn Locke, Marketing and Social Media Guroo and Mid-America Guroo for trekaroo is a travel writer from Ohio that has a passion for all things Disney and a hankering for Dole Whip Floats at least three times a week. Also creator and blogger for Sand and Snow…and everywhere in between!, she’s happy to give Disney tips to anyone that asks and is pleased as punch that her family shares her love of the most magical place on earth.

New Information on the Construction in Morocco at Epcot

Published November 20, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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We got some new information on Spice Road Table, the exciting new waterfront restaurant coming to the Moroccan World Showcase Pavilion in Epcot! I wrote a story for Chip & Company with all the details! You can check it out HERE.  I can’t wait to see the new restaurant, how do you feel about it?  

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.

Video! A Love Letter to the Main Street Electrical Parade

Published August 13, 2013 by Disneyways.com

The lights around the kingdom dim – and you feel the rush of excitement when you hear the words,

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! The Magic Kingdom proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination. In thousands of sparkling lights, and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds: the Main Street Electrical Parade!”

If you haven’t seen it in person for a while – today is your lucky day. I sat with John from BigFatPanda.com the other night  as he filmed the entire parade from two different areas of the park and put them together in one glorious video, just for you. John calls it his “Love Letter tribute to the Main Street Electrical Parade, shot in Glorious Multi Angle Pandavision in HD including overhead Train Station”.

It’s a beautiful video and I think it is just about as close to being here as you can get. Enjoy!

An Interview with Pat Carroll: Voice of Ursula from The Little Mermaid

Published August 12, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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As I write this I still can’t believe it happened. The Disney Parks Podcast was fortunate enough to welcome the fabulous Pat Carroll and interview her on our podcast! You can hear as I ask her my first question, I sound like I am about 4 years old. The reason for that is I FELT like I was a little kid – talking to her childhood hero. Pat was amazingly personable, and so wonderful to speak with.

You can access  the Pat Carroll episode on the DPP website and clicking on the grey circle that has the sideways white triangle inside. Just click the link HERE. Make sure your speakers are on. We are getting so much great feedback from this episode and I hope you will check it out and enjoy it too!

Disney Parks Podcast Show #59 – Tips for having the BEST Character Meet and Greets

Published August 1, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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On Episode 59 of the Disney Parks Podcast we talk to Kenny the Pirate and learn:

  • The BEST places to see characters
  • What to say and do with the characters when you meet them
  • MANY creative ways to collect character autographs and memories
  • The secret to meeting all your favorite characters without waiting in line
  • The secret word that will save you 10% off Kenny’s Character Locator App!
  • Kenny’s story about winning the Disney Dream job
  • How Kenny keeps all of his character information up to date — and SO MUCH MORE!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

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Disney Parks Podcast Giveaway! $25 Disney Gift Card and More!

Published July 31, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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