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Ariel Inspired D23 Expo!

Posted by on August 14, 2013

Disclosure: I was provided media credentials to cover D23 Expo this past weekend.

Ariel has always been my favorite Disney Princess, so it was no surprise, to me, at least, that she took center stage at D23 expo.

Perhaps with the release of The Little Mermaid coming out in 3D on September 20th, 2013 that made Ariel, front and center, or perhaps, it truly came down to my love of her.  We’ll never know, now will we?

Beginning Saturday at 9am when the Disney Store opened.  Ariel and Prince Eric joined in on the opening celebrations.  The store was showcasing their new Ariel lined merchandise, not quite available to the public yet.

PRINCE ERIC, PRINCESS ARIEL

Sephora was also present giving Eye and Lip and Nail makeovers throughout the day on Saturday.  They were launching their new Ariel inspired “Dare to Dream” line:

DISNEY FANS

A specially designed compact mirror, lip gloss set, nail polish set, and small eyeshadow and large eye shadow sets were available.  They also launched a perfume (both roller ball) and a full size bottle.  This collection can be found throughout Sephora stores right now.

With every makeover, an Ariel inspired hair clip was handed out (a Starfish beautiful blue clip to be exact.)

Right next store was the “Find Your Voice” singing karaoke booth where members of D23 were invited to sing Disney music to the surrounding audience.  Many times, as I walked by, a song from The Little Mermaid was being sung.  They were also encouraged to dress up as Ariel during their sessions.

DISNEY FAN

But, the true highlight of the day for me was when I was walking through the Collector’s Forum section of the expo, and sitting down to the right of me was none other than Pat Carroll, the voice of Ursula in the “The Little Mermaid.”

PatCarroll

Later in day on Saturday, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were also present signing autographs to the first 100 people.  I was so lucky to walk by as this was happening, but not lucky enough to be one of the first 100:

Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker

Of all the days for me to attend D23 Expo, I couldn’t have chosen a better day to catch these amazing members of one of my all time favorite Disney movies.

But, one last stop at The Dream Store within the expo led me to a gift I just had to take home:

arieldoll

The Precious Moment “Ariel” doll.  Artist Linda Rick, was also present, signing the dolls that day.  So, this was my gift to myself.

Are you an Ariel fan?

Disclosure: I was provided media credentials to cover the D23 Expo. 

Ariel and Castle Fridge Magnets

20 Responses to Ariel Inspired D23 Expo!

  1. Maribel Reyes

    You met Pat Carroll?!? How awesome is that!!!!! My daughter is an Ariel fan, since she was 2 years old. We have all 3 movies of her movies and many items of the Little Mermaid, we know the dialogue, the songs, the characters and can’t go to Disney without buying something Ariel. What an amazing day you had! 🙂

    • Jamie

      I love it =) PS: Aren’t those dolls adorable?? I’ve officially started the collection… next goal is to get Tinkerbell.. lol

  2. Jill

    D23 looked really fun. Now I wish that I had gone!

    • Jamie

      It was a ton of fun… still trying to decide what my favorite part of it was… Pat Carroll was huge icing on the cake though!

  3. Trina

    Those dolls are so cute! I think Tink may be my first one, but yes, the time to get it would have been then because she was there to sign them! D23 is just such a great event! Sometimes artist signings are listed here and I know she’s done them before: http://www.disneyparksmerchandise.com/events/venue/disneyland-resort/
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    • Jamie

      I think she mentioned another signing was happening pretty soon at Disneyland.. I can’t remember the dates.. but that was definitely the icing on the cake to get me to purchase the doll 😉
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  4. The Mom Jen

    I love that they had karaoke! And, that Precious Moments doll…oh my gosh so sweet! I want one for me! 😉
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  5. TheFashionistachic

    Nice! I always wanted to be a princess.

  6. Jennifer M Buxton

    Ariel is our Disney Princess for 2013! Thanks for sharing all the fun products coming out. 🙂
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  7. Amanda

    What a great way to spend a day! My daughter is four and just really starting her love of Ariel!
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  8. Sarah BB @ East9thStreet

    I’ve always been drawn to Ariel for her red hair! My daughter hasn’t seen The Little Mermaid yet but it’s on our list!
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    • Jamie

      Oooh, you’ll have to let me know what she thinks about the movie when you two go =) And yes, it was always the red hair for me too…

  9. Jennifer Bullock {mommybknowsbest.com}

    I saw some awesome pictures on Instagram and Twitter about this event, looks like a blast. My girls LOVE Ariel, thanks for the sneak peek!
    Jennifer Bullock {mommybknowsbest.com} recently posted..Moe’s Southwest Grill® “Mini Moe’s™ Birthday Party Package”

    • Jamie

      The pictures were fun, weren’t they? =) I know there were a bunch of us there. I love how so many people can go to one event and have completely different experiences. Fun times!

  10. Erin

    Awesome! I love the Little Mermaid, one of my favorite Disney movies of all time!! Looks like you had a fun filled day with Ariel and all things Little Mermaid! Those Precious Moments Disney Dolls are too adorable!!! <3
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