Author Archive: Nicole Mancini

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicole is an avid Disney fan and frequents both Walt Disney World and Disneyland several times each year. Interests include Walt Disney Imagineering, merchandise, backstage tours, and more. Be sure to check out her other articles here on the DIS Blog!

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Resort Hopping 101: The Art of Carpetbagging Around the World

Resort Hopping 101: The Art of Carpetbagging Around the World

| July 17, 2012 | 2 Replies

Breathtaking views, comforting ammenities, and amazing locations. All of these attributes make staying at a Walt Disney World resort a special part of your vacation. Whether you celebrate Disney classics over at the Art of Animation Resort or spend your time observing zebras at Animal Kingdom Lodge, you are sure to feel immersed in the [...]

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Restored Faith in Disney Merchandise: A Look at What’s New in the Parks

Restored Faith in Disney Merchandise: A Look at What’s New in the Parks

| July 15, 2012 | 6 Replies

I have to admit: shopping is definitely my thing. I scour online and print ads looking for sales. I track trends. I have even been known to wait outside of stores at 2 am for Black Friday markdowns. However, when it comes to Disney shopping, I tend to relax a bit and study the merchandise [...]

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Unique Sweet Spots at Walt Disney World: Joy of Tea Stand

Unique Sweet Spots at Walt Disney World: Joy of Tea Stand

| July 13, 2012 | Reply

Nothing beats the Florida sun better than a sugary treat from your favorite eatery at Walt Disney World. Mickey bars, Dole Whips, cupcakes, popcorn – you can find it all in the parks. But, did you know that there are other unique concoctions available to tempt your sweet tooth? Over the next few weeks, I’ll [...]

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The Return of Resort Specific Merchandise at Disney

The Return of Resort Specific Merchandise at Disney

| July 9, 2012 | 1 Reply

Beginning in 2009, Walt Disney World enthusiasts began to see a decrease in the types of items available for purchase that were branded with their favorite resorts’ logo. For many, this was a disappointment and even a topic of discussion on several episodes of the DIS Unplugged Podcast. The days of coming home from a [...]

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Dooney and Bourke Release for Disney World Fans

Dooney and Bourke Release for Disney World Fans

| June 18, 2012 | 2 Replies

Back in April, I shed some light on the Dooney & Bourke phenomenon that has taken Disney enthusiasts by storm. It was at this time that Disney Design Group announced a new collection focusing on the retro icons of the Disneyland Resort. While this was well-received, Walt Disney World fans began to speculate whether or [...]

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The Highland Games Tournament Hits Epcot This Summer

The Highland Games Tournament Hits Epcot This Summer

| June 10, 2012 | 1 Reply

Looking for adventure and friendly competition? How about a fun-filled game of Flip the Haggis? Is archery more your style? This summer, young guests of the Walt Disney World Resort will have the opportunity to participate in The Highland Games Tournament at Epcot, a kid-focused event filled with competitive games and activities.   Image: Get Ready [...]

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Farewell to a Legend: Ray Bradbury

Farewell to a Legend: Ray Bradbury

| June 6, 2012 | 1 Reply

Sadly, today it was announced that the literary visionary, Ray Bradbury, passed away on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91. The author is best known for his contributions to the world of science fiction including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man. Unbeknownst to many, Bradbury also made a major impact [...]

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