This Week in Disney News – 2015 Marathon Merchandise, a New Africa Marketplace, and College Football Mascots

New Africa Marketplace Coming Spring 2015 to DisneyÕs Animal KingdomHappy Holidays from DisZine! It’s been a merry week around here and we hope you all had a magical Christmas with family and friends!

Since it is a holiday week it’s been a bit slow in the news department but there were still a few big stories.

Early in the week Disney announced the all-new Africa Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This area will nearly double the size of the existing Africa area of the theme park and includes the Harambe Marketplace which will feature all-new quick service dining options.

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is just a couple week away and runDisney has released a sneak peek of the race-inspired merchandise for the weekend. Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015 and all the merchandise for that race will feature a special anniversary logo. And, all the races will now have their very own car magnet!

Speaking of new merchandise – the 2015-themed Disney Parks merchandise is arriving at Disneyland and Walt Disney World! The merchandise features Disney characters showing their #DisneySide!

Disney World also announced the January merchandise events and one of the events is the release of an all-new fragrance from Laila, Inc. – guests can find out more from fragrance creator Geir Ness at The Puffin’s Roost in Epcot’s Norway pavilion.

And finally a bit of fun. The four college football mascots from the teams in the College Football Playoffs are starring in a string of new television spots inspired by the “I’m going to Disney World!” ad campaign.

Check out the first television spot:

That’s all the news from this week! Be sure to read DisZine every day for the latest Disney news, and follow us on Twitter and like us over on Facebook.

We’d also like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year! See you for another weekly recap in 2015!


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