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Over the past couple of years, I have been doing Disney Infinity photo shoots every time I have been able to visit Walt Disney World. Links to those shoots can be found here. Last summer, Tinkerbell and Stitch, who I got early at a special event, came with me in August of a special romp through the parks. Earlier this month, I once again headed down to Walt Disney World for vacation, and with me came not just Tinkerbell and Stitch, but the entire Disney Infinity 2.0 Originals characters (minus Jasmine and a couple of others, who have not been released yet). Check out the fun we had.

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First up, the 2.0 Originals gang gathered in front of Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom for a group photo.

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From there it was off to Adventureland, where Aladdin hung around the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and met his Aladdin and Jasmine counterparts. Disney Infinity Jasmine was missed with this one, for sure.

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Over in Fantasyland, Merida has a fabulous meetup with her park counterpart, and then enjoyed exploring the Merida Meet ‘n’ Greet area.

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Back over in the hub, Maleficent saw some of Stitch’s homage handiwork in some Disney Side signage, then caught the Dream Along with Mickey stage show, of which she is the star, of course. (Editor’s Note: She really isn’t the star, but she insisted I said that or she said she would curse me.)

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Then it was off to Town Square in Main Street USA to meet with Princess Aurora.

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From there it was off to Epcot, where Donald hung out for a siesta with Mexican Donald.

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From there, a boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios brought a Big Hero 6 visit with Hiro and Baymax over in the Magic of Disney Animation.

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While there, Crystal Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey paid respect to the Sorcerer’s Hat, which is finally being removed from in front of the Chinese Theatre, where it has been since 2001 (Walt’s 100th Birthday Celebration).

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Finally, we headed over to Downtown Disney, which is currently under construction to become Disney Springs. There Stitch visited his statue in front of World of Disney in the Marketplace.

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Disney Springs will open in phases during 2015 and 2016, and will double the number of dining, shopping, and entertainment venues at the popular area at WDW.

Well, that’s it for this WDW photo shoot. I will probably be heading back down to the parks this summer, and looking forward to taking more pics with Jasmine and any other Originals that surface this year.

Have a great week everyone.

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The magic of a single vinylmation can conjure up some of the most wonderful memories from a special time at the parks, especially one of the most magical times of the year at Disney. Christmas! And the “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Toy Soldier is one of those very special Vinylmations!

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From the Vault way in the North Pole comes one of my favorite Vinyls of all time the “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Toy Soldier”. He was released in 2010 and is from the Commemorative & Events: Holiday Series.

Having been to Disney World quite a bit in the last 10 years or so, it was not until 2011 when I experienced the wonderful magic of Disney World at Christmas. With a fresh memory of how Disney did Halloween in my head I had great expectations of how they were going to do Christmas.

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Upon entering Main Street I was greeted by these beautiful “Toy Soldiers” in Town Square area that up till recently hosted the delightful Halloween Scarecrows. The Toy Soldiers looked amazing and looking down the Main Street I see the most beautiful street decorations hanging from one side of the street to the other. But nothing could prepare me for the most beautiful decoration of all, Cinderella’s Castle. It’s a moment in life like this that you take a mental picture and store it forever in your Happy Moments in life. The Castle looked gorgeous. The beautiful lights shimmered like dancing icicles all around the castle. If I close my eyes I can recall that mental snapshot in my head.

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The Christmas Music playing all around the park was beautiful. Disney does a wonderful job in using themed music to really capture your heart and the made the Christmas mood feel very special. On a side note each of the parks had their own special Christmas feel. With Epcot and the World Showcase countries hosting storytellers of how Christmas was in their country was a pure Delight. Though toned down a bit but not less important was the area once called Camp Minnie Mickey hosted to most beautifully decorated Christmas Trees at Animal Kingdom. Finally how can you forget the wonderful Osborne Christmas lights at Disney Hollywood Studios? Amazing just amazing. There is a Vinylmation that represents the Osborne lights festival and perhaps next Christmas we can talk about it then.

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Okay where was I? Oh yes, the Magic of Magic Kingdom at Christmas. When Disney decorates for the holidays they go all out and they do every practically perfect in every way. With Main Street hosting the Toy Soldiers and a beautifully large Christmas Tree to the streets all a glow (sorry had to steal that verse) and the majestic twinkling icicle lights that can just about turn any adult to a 5 year old kid that loves and believes in the magical Santa Claus with the hope that they were good enough to get that special something they have been wanting all year long. That’s the feeling one can get when spending the Christmas at a Disney Park.

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And what would a holiday, especially at Disney, be without a Very special Christmas Parade? Now at this point if you have still held your adult self in check the parade will surely transform the most reserve adult back to their childhood self when Christmas was special and magical! The floats are impeccably themed with Christmas Spirit at every turn. With Mickey and Minnie leading the way, a happy, an enthusiastic Donald and Daisy to follow and Chip and Dale playfully dancing around enjoying the fresh snow all around them. Progressing along in the parade we see Snow White and Prince Charming, Belle and the Beast, the Gingerbread men dancing about, which I would love to see in a vinylmation form.

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We get to see a few classic characters like Horace Horse-Collar and Clarabelle the cow. But the moment has arrive for my favorite part of the Christmas Parade, sorry Santa but the highlight of the Parade and in my top five magical Christmas moments for me is the Marching Toy Soldiers! With Trumpets, Drums for which you will find yourself toe tapping to the beat and a wonderfully choreographed March is what, to me, one of the best Christmas feelings I ever had and to share it with my son who was 8 at the time is a memory I will cherish forever. Of course to finish the narration of the parade we see the Dancing Reindeer and finally Santa to complete the parade!

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Its funny how just one Vinylmation can recall such wonderful memories, memories that I will cherish forever.

 

Merry Christmas

Christmas Note: Every year Disney enhances parades in many ways. My Story comes from 2011 and will stay special to me and my son forever.

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Here are the official details:

Disney Infinity 2.0 Launch Event at the Walt Disney World Resort

November 1 – November 2

Once Upon a Toy, Downtown Disney® Marketplace.

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Be among the first to pick up Disney Infinity 2.0, November 1-2, 2014 at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney® Marketplace.  Debuting as part of the release is a new super hero inspired video game starter pack as well as figures from Big Hero 6, which comes to theaters November 7.   This release will take place throughout both days at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney® Marketplace at the Walt Disney World® Resort.SpecialOffer

Guests will receive one complimentary Disney Interactive game piece with the purchase of a Disney Infinity Starter Pack on November 1-2, 2014 only at Once Upon A Toy in the Downtown Disney® Marketplace while supplies last.

Gift with purchase offer valid while supplies last. Qualifying purchase based on pre-tax, post discount single transaction amount. Offer not valid on previous purchases. One (1) complimentary Disney Interactive Game Piece per purchase of a Disney Infinity Starter Pack at Once Upon A Toy in the Downtown Disney® Marketplace. Complimentary Disney Interactive Game Piece determined by Disney in its sole discretion and is subject to change without notice. Promotion only applies to Disney Infinity Starter Pack merchandise transactions. Complimentary Disney Interactive Game Piece must be returned in the event that the Disney Infinity Starter Pack from the qualifying purchase is returned. Offer subject to change without notice. Limits and restrictions apply.

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Nintendo trademarks and copyrights are properties of Nintendo.  ”PlayStation”, the “PS” Family logo and “PS3″ are registered trademarks and the PlayStation Network logo is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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With the Imagination Gala just days away, plenty of Vinylmation collectors are heading to Walt Disney World to pick up the latest Vinylmation and thanks to Vinylmation Exchange member Denise Dacanay Floyd, we can see what is currently available at Walt Disney World’s D-Street including plenty of Marvel 2, Animation 5 and many more Vinylmations available.

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What would you love to add to you collection?

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While we have found out about this last week, Disney have posted a reminder story today on the official Vinylmation website about this month’s Trading Night at Walt Disney World.

Disney Trading Night at the Walt Disney World® Resort

April 7 | By: Disney Staff

Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place April 22  from 6 – 9 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends, or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you.

Artists Thomas Scott, Maria Clapsis, Alex Maher, and Derek Lesinski will be on hand to sign pins and vinylmation from 6 – 8p.m.

Pins: The limited edition Walt Disney World® Resort Trading Night pins featuring Elsa from the Disney animated film, Frozen and Jessica Rabbit from the Disney animated film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Please note: Wristband Distribution guidelines will apply.

Vinylmation™: The Walt Disney World® Resort Trading Night Vinylmation™ will feature Buzz Lightyear and Winnie the Pooh. Please note: Wristband Distribution guidelines will apply.

Wristbands will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  Merchandise will be sold to Guests in the order that they arrived. Purchasing limits will apply.

Reminders:  The specific location of Trading Night will be in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill Restaurant area, adjacent to the lobby. Space is extremely limited, we ask that no strollers or ice chests be brought into the Josten’s Grill area. Please limit the number of items that you choose to bring.

See you there!

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We love sharing photographs of the current Vinylmation selection at the parks and in stores, especially D-Street.  And thanks to Vinylmation Exchange member Denise Dacanay Floyd for sharing these photos of the current selection at D-Street in Walt Disney World which show a large variety of figures including many older boxed sets from D23 Expo and lots of different blind box series.

What would you be spending your money on?

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UPDATED with new information from Disney in regards to the event, including the release of the special Trading Night Pins and Vinylmation. ~Travis

Disney Trading Night

April 22

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place April 22  from 6 – 9 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends, or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you.

Artists Thomas Scott, Alex Maher, and Derek Lesinski will be on hand to sign pins and vinylmation from 6-8p.m.

Wristbands will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  Merchandise will be sold to Guests in the order that they arrived. Purchasing limits will apply.

Reminders:  The specific location of Trading Night will be in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill Restaurant area, adjacent to the lobby. Space is extremely limited, we ask that no strollers or ice chests be brought into the Josten’s Grill area. Please limit the number of items that you choose to bring.

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Will you be attending?

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Our Travis is down in Walt Disney World this week on vacation and has sent back some photos of the Vinylmations available at D-Street which include the new Indiana Jones series and many limited edition items still available including the Tower of Terror Set, Haunted Mansion Portraits and many more.

 

What would you be picking up?

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Starting today and running through November 3rd, you can log onto www.infinityendlessfunsweepstakes.com and enter to win a Walt Disney World vacation! Here are the details:

There are lots of ways to have endless fun.

Whether it’s unlocking your imagination with Disney Infinity, creating your custom Disney adventures or building your own worlds – the possibilities are infinite!

And there is no better place to let your Disney Side show than at Disney Parks, whether you enjoy soaring to infinity and beyond, living the pirates live or just being goofy.

Enter for your chance to win a WALT DISNEY WORLD Vacation for 4 and Disney Infinity Starter Pack grand prize including:

  • 4-Night Stay at a WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort Hotel
  • 5-Day Theme Park Tickets
  • Roundtrip Airfare*
  • Disney PhotoPass Archive Disc
  • $500 Disney Gift Card

Remember, you can enter once a day. Good luck!

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Turbo by Sherman Sung (photo by Dylan Pommer).

NOTE: I am well aware that this article is a bit on the late side, and my apologies. As with life, things get crazy. Just so happened that mine got crazy right when I got back from vacation at WDW, which didn’t help. Thanks again to all of these talented artists who contributed to this great swap, and for your patience while I sorted thru the pictures and got this article together!

While I was down at Walt Disney World for the Reflections of Evil trade event, I had the privledge to hold the photo shoot for our newest Vinylmation Kingdom’s Custom Swap… Disney Villains. On a beautiful morning on Sunset Boulevard, my friend and VK colleague Joshua Pirtle (or JEP to you all) met up in front of the Tower of Terror. The ride was still closed down, so we had to improvise where to set up. I think we found a pretty decent spot. While people gathered around to see what awesome vinyls I had out, the group shot containing all 26 entries happened.

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Yes, it was on top of one of the trash bins… not much room anywhere else on Sunset for almost 30 vinyls.

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From there, individual pictures were taken throughout Walt Disney World. Where possible, I tried to match as best as I could character to movie/ show. Granted, a few had to be improvised… but that’s showbiz, kid. Check ’em out!

Magic Kingdom

Jack the Monkey by Sophie Gates, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Jack the Monkey by Sophie Gates, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Br'er Bear by Bethany Gwyther, Splash Mountain

Br’er Bear by Bethany Gwyther, Splash Mountain

Caterpillar from "The Big Stops Here" (The New Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh) by Kimberly Hawk, The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Caterpillar from “The Big Stops Here” (The New Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh) by Kimberly Hawk, The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Emperor Zurg by Catherine Liu, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.

Emperor Zurg by Catherine Liu, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

Ursula by Courtney Arndt, Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid.

Ursula by Courtney Arndt, Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid.

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Epcot

Red Skull by Patrick Thai, Germany Pavilion

Red Skull by Patrick Thai, Germany Pavilion.

Captain Pete (The Three Musketeers) by Arjan deWit, France Pavilion.

Captain Pete (The Three Musketeers) by Arjan deWit, France Pavilion.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Ursula by Cody Shawe, Under the Sea.

Ursula by Cody Shawe, Under the Sea.

Scar by Michael Gall, Pride Lands.

Scar by Michael Gall, Pride Lands.

Zira by Kathlene Evans, Pride Lands

Zira by Kathlene Evans, Pride Lands

 

Downtown Disney

Clu (TRON) by Matt Ferry, Disney Quest.

Clu (TRON) by Matt Ferry, Disney Quest.

Cyrus (TRON) by Edward Brut, Disney Quest.

Cyrus (TRON) by Edward Brut, Disney Quest.

Maleficent by Melissa Carlson, LEGO Store.

Maleficent by Melissa Carlson, LEGO Store.

 

Jack in the Box (Fantasia 2000) by Jennifer Bednarski, Once Upon a Toy.

Jack in the Box (Fantasia 2000) by Jennifer Bednarski, Once Upon a Toy.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Miss Poogy by Jimmy Matejek, Muppet Vision 3D

Miss Poogy by Jimmy Matejek, Muppet Vision 3D

Mad Doctor by Joshua Pirtle, Magic of Disney Animation.

Mad Doctor by Joshua Pirtle, Magic of Disney Animation.

Maleficent by Albert Avila, Villains in Vogue.

Maleficent by Albert Avila, Villains in Vogue.

Darth Vader by Paul Griffin, Star Tours.

Darth Vader by Paul Griffin, Star Tours.

Mr. Winkie by James Hawk, Magic of Disney Animation.

Mr. Winkie by James Hawk, Magic of Disney Animation.

Little Suzy by Scott Morris, Phineas and Ferb Meet 'n' Greet.

Little Suzy by Scott Morris, Phineas and Ferb Meet ‘n’ Greet.

Magic Mirror by Jason Cracraft-Windell, Villains in Vogue.

Magic Mirror by Jason Cracraft-Windell, Villains in Vogue.

Megavolt by Travis Denman, Magic of Disney Animation.

Megavolt by Travis Denman, Magic of Disney Animation.

The Horned King by Dylan Pommer, Magic of Disney Animation.

The Horned King by Dylan Pommer, Magic of Disney Animation.

Don Karnage by Rebecca Adams, Magic of Disney Animation.

Don Karnage by Rebecca Adams, Magic of Disney Animation.

Sadly, a couple of pictures were lost, but with the help of the people who received the customs in the swap, i present to you the final two in this swap:

Turbo by Sherman Sung (photo by Dylan Pommer).

Turbo by Sherman Sung (photo by Dylan Pommer).

Reflections of Evil Logo by Roger Palmer (photo by Jason Cracraft-Windell).

Reflections of Evil Logo by Roger Palmer (photo by Jason Cracraft-Windell).

I would like to thank all of the artists involved. This was our biggest swap to date , and taking your customs throughout Walt Disney World was a true honor.

Our next Custom Swap is in full swing and it’s theme is The Haunted Mansion. Sign-ups already ended and customs are starting to trickle in. To follow all of the fun and get sneak peeks at the new customs, like our Vinylmation Kingdom’s Custom Swaps Facebook page.

have a wonderful weekend everyone.

 

 

 

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The Disney Park Blog today reminded its readers about some events taking place at Walt Disney World in October including the Official Trading Event and Urban Redux Release.

What’s happening in the world of Disney Theme Park Merchandise at the Walt Disney World Resort this October? Check it out and see.

October 2 – 6: Make sure you stop by Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace to meet Disney inspired artist Greg McCullough, who will appearing daily. If these dates don’t quite work out with your vacation timing, it’s okay. Look for additional appearances by Greg, October 16 – 20 at Art of Disney in Epcot and October 23 – 26 as well as October 30 – November 3 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more here.

Princess Hero by Artist Greg McCullough

October 3: Mark your calendars for a special pin signing with Disney Design Group Artist Susan Foy, 5 – 7 p.m. at Disney’s Pin Traders, as we celebrate the release of the latest pin from the Good Luck/Bad Luck series. Learn more.

Good Luck/Bad Luck Pin Series

October 3: Pick up a copy of Remembering Roy E. Disney which draws a poignant and funny picture of a man revered and idolized by legions of Disney fans and admired, cared about, and very well liked by all those that had the honor to know him. Author Dave Bossert and Special Guest Roy P. Disney will be on hand for an appearance and signing from 4-6 p.m. at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Tip: It’s a great gift for any Disney fan, film buff or animation historian. Reminders: The Remembering Roy E. Disney book will be available for purchase at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney® Marketplace upon store opening on the day of the event. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed to Guests who make a purchase at the store on the morning of the signing in order to meet Dave Bossert and Roy P. Disney. Once wristbands have been distributed, the line to meet Dave and Roy will close. Learn more.

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October 7 – 23: Are you a fan of David E. Doss? Make sure to schedule time to stop by and say hello, as David will be joining us at the Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, daily, as we debut some of the latest pieces in his collection. If you’ve booked your trip a little later in the month, then be sure to keep an eye out for David who will be appearing October 30 – November 5, again at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

Fun at Fort Wilderness by David E. Doss

October 11 – 13: Artist Michelle St.Laurent will be showcasing a collection of “Food & Wine” inspired artwork from her Disney Fine Art collection at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from 3 – 10 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot. Works will include All Bottled Up, among, others! Are you planning a visit later in the month? Michelle will appear once again, October 28 – 29. Looking to find out more about Michelle St.Laurent? Visit DisneyFineArt.com. Learn more.

All Bottled Up by Artist Michelle St.Laurent

October 14 – 19: Larry Dotson will be appearing throughout the day at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Not able to make it? Look for Larry to appear later in the month from Oct. 24 –29 at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

October 17 – November 4: There’s nothing more boo-tiful than these Halloween inspired dolls by Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick. Representatives will be appearing daily at Once Upon A Toy in the Downtown Disney® Marketplace, as we celebrate the release of these new dolls, among other fan favorites. Look for a special appearance by Linda Rick, herself, October 17 – 20. Learn more.

Halloween Inspired Dolls by Precious Moments

October 22: Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends, or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you.

A Few Reminders: The specific location of Trading Night will be in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill Restaurant area, adjacent to the lobby. Space is extremely limited. Please limit the number of items that you choose to bring. Disney bus transportation will be running to and from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex until approximately 10p.m. Learn more.

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October 25 – 27: Artist Tim Rogerson will be on hand to showcase some of his “Food & Wine” inspired artwork from his Disney Fine Art collection at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from 1 – 10 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot. Looking to find out more about Tim Rogerson? Visit DisneyFineArt.com.

Artist Tim Rogerson

October 25: The Urban Redux Series 2 is making its debut at D Street this month. Look for special appearances by Disney Design Group artists Maria Clapsis, Billy Davis, Caley Hicks and Thomas Scott from 5 – 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Vinylmation from the Urban Redux Series 2

I hope you can join us for all of the great events and artist showcases taking place this October!