Recently, I caught up with product developer and proud pet parent Kevin-Michael Lezotte at Disney Parks Merchandise headquarters. He is part of the team who created the Disney Tails pet collection. This year, the collection was expanded to include products for smaller pets. Kevin-Michael shared a behind-the-scenes look at how his dog Haji inspired these new items created especially for Disney Parks.
New products in the collection include leads, headbands, collars, comfort harnesses, and pet bowls. Guests will find both Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse-inspired looks.
In addition to dog products, we released a red cat collar with removable bell. Based on its popularity with guests, Kevin-Michael told me will be adding a purple cat collar in the coming year.
I loved seeing his dog Haji sporting the checkered comfort harness and collar in the video. The photograph inspired me to capture an image of my long-haired Chihuahua Yodie wearing the Mickey Mouse headband (I slightly modified it to fit his small head).
Kevin-Michael discussed how he feels when seeing pets with Disney Tails items.
“I actually get quite emotional [laughs]. I’m honored when guests choose Disney Tails products that we’ve spent so much time and thought developing. I know pets are important to families as my dog is like a child to me. These items are a fun way guests can share their love of Disney with their furry family members.”