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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor
Disneyland Holiday Merchandise-11/2/01
The holiday season is simply the most magical time of the year at Disneyland. Main Street gets its annual holiday makeover, brightly colored lights twinkle from every window, and everything just seems more festive and cheerful. Another noticeable transformation occurs inside the shops at the park, as the new collection of holiday merchandise hits the shelves.

Here are the new collections, and some returning favorites, for this holiday season, plus a peek at the holiday decor in and around the shops.

Chip 'n Dale's Treehouse

Miniature winter villages are a hot collector's item, and the Mickey's Toontown set has been extremely popular among Disney fans. The original set of four houses has been expanded, and now includes Toontown City Hall, Toontown Fire Department, and Chip 'n Dale's Treehouse (above). These buildings are each decorated with snow, garlands, and working strands of lights.

The Disneyland Theme collection for 2001 is Mickey's Toyland, an entire motif centered on the Main Street Emporium. The group currently includes a snow globe, two collector's plates, ornaments, plush characters, a picture frame, and a mug. Some of the pieces have special lighting effects.

snow globe

The snow globe (above) is my favorite item, because it incorporates a small blower inside the globe to keep the snow swirling. Imagine-a snow globe you don't have to shake!

Winter Pooh

The other new collection is the Winter Pooh group (above). Personally, I think this looks a lot like the Snow Babies collection by Department 56. Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore are rendered in frosty whites and icy pastels with silver star accents.

Victorian Mistletoe Kiss group

Several of the popular themes from last year have been repeated, many with new additions. The Victorian Mistletoe Kiss group (above) was extremely well received last year, selling out well before the holiday.

Disney movie characters

Another returning collection (above) features famous Disney movie characters in three ornament styles - glass balls, glass bells, and 3-D resin figures.

The Tinkerbell series

The Tinkerbell series (above) was a hot seller last year, with the tree topper being the most-requested item.

Sorcerer Mickey

Sorcerer Mickey appears in an expanded collection (above). In addition to the bell and resin figure, also available are a snow globe sculpture, glass ball, and new resin ornament.

Disney Princesses

The Disney Princesses (above) have been honored with an entire collection, including the 3-D figures and darling bell ornaments.

Disney's California Adventure is offering a T-shirt and sweatshirt (above) in a holiday motif, showing the Golden State district and Grizzly Peak decorated for the season. Other than the color, there is not anything overtly Christmassy about this design, so you can wear it all winter.

Rather than DCA- specific holiday decor items, a generic collection of blown- glass ornaments has been brought in (above). These replicas of famous California icons, like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood sign, are nice, but they really are not park souvenirs. I would like to see an ornament that I cannot get at every California tourist gift shop.

Fortunately, there are two DCA collections that include ornaments. One has a generic DCA image (above); the other is themed to the Animation Building.

Victorian Mickey and Minnie

Holiday plush are always popular, even after the "crash" of the Beanie Baby craze. The most popular duo from last year, the Victorian Mickey and Minnie (above), are back for an encore appearance.

Disneyland theme collection

The Disneyland theme collection (above) also includes five mini bean bag characters, as well as larger Santa Mickey plush.

commemorative ornaments

And don't forget the collection of commemorative ornaments (above). Whether celebrating a wedding, new baby or new home, there is an ornament just for the occasion.

More collections and individual items will be released over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back here for the latest additions.


Next weekend at the Disneyland Resort:

From the invite...

Join us as we celebrate "Magical Moments - Disneyland" featuring Artist Dick Duerrstein

Saturday, November 10, 2001 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Disneyana Shop, Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland Park

Dick Duerrstein

Dick Duerrstein's stylistic interpretations of Disney characters are featured in this latest release entitled "Magical Moments."

This dynamic & distinctive series captures Disney characters as they make "magical moments" throughout Disneyland Park.

This limited-edition giclee features beloved characters Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in a fun & imaginative fashion, taking character art to a new level.

The "Magical Moments - Disneyland" gicleŚ is limited to an edition size of 50 and will be offered for $500. Image size: 32"x 23"

Also available as part of the "Magical Moments" collection is a poster, notecard set, mug and a keychain.

Additional Dick Duerrstein original art images are available at The Disney Gallery, New Orleans Square (Images include Donald & Daisy, TinkerBell, Jiminy Cricket and Mickey Mouse.)

A wish list will not be taken for this event. Information & event subject to change without notice. As always, paid admission is required to enter DISNEYLAND Park.


Disneyland Holiday Merchandise

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix is the super-shopper behind MouseShoppe, your personal and unofficial shopping service for the Disneyland Resort, and the owner of CharmingShoppe, a Disney collectibles store located in Anaheim.

In addition to scouring the park to find you the latest and greatest merchandise, she keeps you updated on all of the merchandise events happening in the parks.

If you want to talk to her about this column, merchandise, or events, contact her here.

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