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Disney is planning to introduce a new mobile app that will make finding, buying and shipping merchandise from the Walt Disney World theme parks easier and faster than ever.
Unlike the existing offerings at the DisneyStore.com site,
the new app will offer nearly the full range of merchandise available in the
parks, and should once-and-for-all resolve that problem of - “I wish I had
bought it when I was there.”
Called ‘Shop Disney Parks,’ the app will allow guests to
locate, order, and ship merchandise from any Disney operated retail store at
Walt Disney World.
If you are shopping at home within the US, the app will let
you browse, buy and then ship the items directly. If you are already in the
parks, the app will have the capability to browse, buy and then ship to the
front of park, or for resort guests, directly to the hotel.
Inside the stores, guests will be able to scan the
merchandise for more information about the product.
By linking in with My Disney Experience, the app will also
honor discounts, such as Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts.
The app will be launching soon, and will be available for
iOS devices, such as iPhone and iPad, and Android.
Disney has recently introduced new ranges of attraction
merchandise that appeal to the more dedicated fans and expected users of the
new shopping app. Memento Mori at the Magic Kingdom, Tower Gifts at Disney's
Hollywood Studios and The Sign Shop at Marketplace Co-Op have all recently been
updated with new ranges of merchandise.
Disney and Brazilian flip-flop creators Havaianas have
announced a new strategic alliance that will see dedicated Havaianas flip-flop
retail stores open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort theme parks.
"We are thrilled to have entered into this relationship
with the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation
Club because they embody instant joy much like Havaianas," said Marcio
Moura, Havaianas' USA President. "We look forward to creating a harmonious
relationship and further expanding opportunities within the Walt Disney World
Resort, the Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club in the coming
The alliance makes Havaianas the official Flip-Flop of Walt
Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club, and later in the fall,
Havaianas becomes a sponsor of runDisney races.
Disney and Havaianas have worked together over the past four
years creating Disney-themed flip-flops, and this new agreement will see
dedicated retail stores open inside Disney's theme parks, including the
Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks and Disney California Adventure.
In addition, 22 existing stores through the parks will carry the Havaianas
Havaianas also operates a dedicated retail store in The Landing district of Disney Springs.