On Tuesday, March 18, Downtown Disney hosted a party to celebrate the release of Disney’s hit movie Frozen on Blu-ray and DVD.
This free event at Once Upon a Toy at the Marketplace featured an outside DJ dance party and an inside Frozen backdrop for people to take photos with.
We got there around 2pm, and headed inside to see the photo area. It was actually pretty cool, with faux snow-covered mountains and Olaf in one corner. The line was never longer than a few minutes, so pretty soon adults were getting in on the action.
Just outside, in the area where the water fountain normally is, a DJ spun songs to dance to. There were also hula hoops for kids to play with. Every 30 minutes or so, one of the DJ’s would lead a sing-a-long to “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack, and encourage all the kids to sing into a microphone he had. It was really cute. Around 4pm, the DJs led the crowd in a spirited version of “Simon Says.”
Author Ridley Pearson, who has written the popular Kingdom Keepers series, is set to release the next installment, Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game. To celebrate, he will be returning to Walt Disney World to sign copies of the new book.
Pearson will first appear at Downtown Disney on March 29, from 4pm to 6pm, at Once Upon a Toy. The store is located in the Marketplace side, near Earl of Sandwich.
The store will begin selling copies of the book starting at 3pm, and a wristband will be issued with purchase. That will allow the purchaser to meet Pearson and get the book signed.
He will appear the next day, March 30, from 9:30am to 11:30am, at The Writer’s Stop, inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They will again use the wristband system for autographs, and park admission is required to attend this appearance.
On Monday, April 4, Pearson will be signing copies of the new book, along with other volumes of the Kingdom Keepers series, at Once Upon a Toy at the Downtown Disney Marketplace. He’ll be there from 4pm to 7pm.
On Tuesday, April 5, the author will be at The Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, from 2pm to 5pm. Since this is inside the theme park, you do need park admission to gain access to this appearance.
For both appearances, a wrist band is necessary to meet the author and they are given out only with purchase of the new book (Once upon a Toy is actually selling the book a day early than any other bookstore in the country).
Once the wristbands are gone, the lines will be closed – there is no standby. Wristband supplies are limited and not guaranteed.