Back To The Beach – What I Loved About Teen Beach 2 (No spoilers)

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Ready to go back to the Beach with Brady, Mack and the rest of the gang?

Since we have a Roku and Watch Disney Channel, we were able to watch the new Teen Beach 2 movie early. (Good news for those of you with Sling. Teen Beach 2 is now available in the on demand section of the Disney Channel). 🙂

Today I will share what I loved about Teen Beach 2.

First of all, I loved how they tie the beginning of Teen Beach 2 to the end of Teen Beach Movie. It’s not how you would expect, but it’s totally awesome!

Next, I loved seeing more of the characters from Teen Beach Movie.  It was great getting to know Lela and Tanner more. I love that this movie goes more in depth as to who they really are. We also get to see more of the bikers and surfers from the original movie.

Tanner, Tanner, and Tanner.  Oh my goodness.  Tanner is officially my favorite character in the Teen Beach Movies.  He cracks me up! I also love seeing a little more into his soul, past the silliness we usually see from him.

Lastly, the music in Teen Beach 2 is awesome!  There are so many great, new catchy songs that you’re sure to find yourself singing after watching it.  My favorites are definitely “Best Summer Ever” and “Gotta Be Me”.  And Cheeche and Seacat’s version of “Falling For You” is so much fun to watch!

I have to say that I’m REALLY hoping they make a Teen Beach 3.  I don’t want to say why right now and spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen it yet.  I’ll post that blog after it has aired this weekend. 😉

So grab your surfboards and beach balls and get ready to have the best summer ever!

Teen Beach 2 premieres Friday, June 26th at 8:00 on Disney Channel.

24 Hour Event – Disneyland and Walt Disney World Live Stream

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Today, May 22, 2015; both Walt Disney World and Disneyland will be holding their 24 hour events.  These events run from 6:00am on Friday, May 22 until 6:00am on Saturday, May 23rd.

Both events are being streamed live, so if you can’t be there in person, you can still take part in some of the fun!

In Walt Disney World, watch for the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Noon and 3:00pm, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at 9:00pm, and Main Street Electrical Parade at 11:00pm and 1:00am.  You can also watch the Move It! Shake It! Play It! parade at 9:30am and 5:40pm.  Be aware that the camera in Magic Kingdom is set at the end of Main Street USA, so it will take a few minutes for the parades to reach that area.

Watch here: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/05/watch-the-coolest-summer-ever-live-on-the-disney-parks-blog/

In Disneyland watch the new Paint the Night Parade at both 8:50 and 1:00am, and the Disneyland Forever Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Since Disneyland has six camera views for its Diamond Anniversary celebration, the best camera angels for the shows are as follows:

Paint The Night Parade – Main Street USA, or Town Square view

Disneyland Forever Fireworks – Town Square, or Sleeping Beauty Castle 2 view.  The Town Square View is farther away, but you may be able to see more of the full show from there.

Watch here: http://www.disneylandevent.com/24hrevent/

*Keep in mind that Disneyland is in the Pacific time zone, and is three hours behind us here in the East coast.
Since there is only one camera view from Disney California Adventure right now, and I haven’t been to Disneyland myself, I’m not sure if the new World of Color – Celebrate! will be seen from that angle.

The Dis has a great video from the preview of it the other night here:

Have fun, and enjoy the start of The Coolest Summer Ever!

Disney Cruise Line Returns to New York in October, 2016!

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For anyone in the north who has wanted to take a Disney Cruise – I have great news for you!

Disney Cruise Line has just announced that they will be returning to New York in October of 2016!

On October 7, 2016 the Disney Magic will set sail from New York for an eight-night cruise to the Bahamas.  This cruise includes stops at Nassau, Bahamas; Port Canaveral, Florida; and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

October 15, 22, and 29, 2016 Disney Cruise Line sets sail on a seven-night cruise with stops at Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Florida.

Both of these cruises to the Bahamas include a one-day Park Hopper ticket to Walt Disney World, as well as round-trip transportation between the ship and Walt Disney World.

Looking to head to cooler weather? On October 2, 2016 Disney Cruise Line will sail from New York on a five-night trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Want more information on these exciting Disney cruises coming to the north?  Contact me today!

Phineas and Ferb’s “Last Day Of Summer” – The End Of An Era

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All good things must come to an end.  I was so sad to learn that Phineas and Ferb’s final episode will air on June 12th.  I literally cried when I saw it online. 😦

What makes me so sad about the show ending isn’t the show itself. It’s realizing that my kids are growing up.  Our oldest graduates 8th Grade this year, and I remember him being the same age that our youngest was when Phineas and Ferb first introduced us to the fun of Summer.31099060037

Our kids have grown up on this show.  We’d all look forward to the new episodes as they came out.  We had a Phineas and Ferb Backyard Beach party once.  We made t-shirts when we met them in Hollywood Studios.  Our kids were even both picked for the Phineas and Ferb show they used to do while waiting in line to meet them. 31099060041

We loved watching Agent P and his antics with the not-so-evil Dr. Doofensmirtz (especially in The Second Dimension when Perry pees on his couch). 😉

My favorite Phineas and Ferb of all time is Summer Belongs To You.  I love the music, and often play it in the car when the weather gets warmer.  (If you’re ever looking for something fun to do at a red light, play “J-Pop (Welcome To Tokyo)” from Summer Belongs To You, and do the silly hand dance thing.  It’s quite entertaining for anyone waiting in their car next to you.) 😉

We will miss you Phineas and Ferb. You will always hold a special place in our hearts.  Thanks for the best Summer ever. 🙂Phineas and Ferb

A 73-hour Phineas and Ferb marathon will begin on Tuesday, June 9th at 8pm on DisneyXD.  The final episode, “Last Day Of Summer”, airs Friday, June 12th at 9pm on both DisneyXD and Disney Channel.

2015 Tinkerbell Half Marathon Merchandise

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I am seriously loving the merchandise for the 2015 Tinkerbell Half Marathon this weekend in Disneyland. The shirts are gorgeous and so bright!

*Photo Credit – Disney Parks Blog

There are also some other great items, including water bottles, reusable tumblers, coffee mugs, and stemware – all wonderfully themed to this weekends runDisney event

*Photo credit – Disney Parks Blog

For those of you who love Dooney and Bourke, there will be four items available – a backpack, wristlet, letter carrier and satchel. (Sorry, Flynn Rider.  No crown included. 😉 )

*Photo Credit – Disney Parks Blog

So there you have it!  All of these items go on sale today, and will be sold throughout the weekend at the runDisney Health & Fitness expo, being held this weekend at the Disneyland Hotel:

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 8, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Best of luck to all of the runners this weekend, and don’t forget – think happy thoughts! 🙂

Walt Disney World Planning 101: Budgeting

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I started a new series on YouTube for helping anyone who is thinking about planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation.  In this video, I talk about the different ways you can set a budget and start planning.

Next up: Saving for your Walt Disney World Vacation 🙂

Please visit my YouTube channel.  Don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe! 🙂


Showing My #DisneySide

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I belong to a “few” Disney related groups on Facebook. 😉 About this time last year, I saw a bunch of people posting about how they were hosting DisneySide Home Celebrations.  Hey, if I can have an excuse to hold a Disney party without looking like a total loon, I’m there.  Plus, after seeing the AWESOME kits they got last year, I knew I had to at least try to host one if I got the chance. So, this year, some wonderful person on one of the Facebook groups posted the link for the application to hold one of the Home Celebrations.  Wohoo!  Once I got into filling out the short application, I thought there was no way I would be selected.  At that time I had a whopping 100 followers on Twitter (which I thought was awesome – until I saw people had thousands), and about 160 Facebook friends.  My blog had been inactive for a year or so, so I didn’t even include it.  There were also all kinds of questions about involvement in PTAs, school, church groups, etc.  I answered “no” to pretty much all of them.  So, at this point, I’m thinking there’s no way – but by the Grace of God – that I’m going to get picked.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and the Facebook groups were abuzz with people waiting for e-mail notifications to find out if they were selected for a party.  Imagine my surprise when I received the “Congratulations!” e-mail.  It was like the whole Disney Moms Panel process all over again. (Which I will blog about another day). 🙂 I was so excited!

So, here’s how the DisneySide Home Celebration works.  They send you a kit in the mail with all kinds of goodies to hold a party at your home.  You then take pictures/video during the planning stages and the party itself, and post them on as many social media outlets as you’d like using the hashtag (I can’t believe I’m saying that, and am actually part of the Twitterverse now) “DisneySide” @Home Celebration. Super cool.

So now you’re asking yourself “what is this DisneySide thing I keep hearing about?” Well, your DisneySide is the part of you that comes out when you’re watching a Disney movie with your kids, or singing Let It Go for the millionth time. 😉 It’s skipping down Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom Park while singing Zip A Dee Do Dah (while your teen gives you a weird look).  It’s your teenager getting just as excited for the trip to Walt Disney World as he did when he went for the first time at eight years old.  So what’s my DisneySide?  I’m six. Seriously.  When it comes to Disney, and especially Walt Disney World, I’m six years old again.  I get excited to see the Disney Princesses.  I’m wearing my Minnie Mouse ears, or DisneyBounding as one of my favorite characters.  I break loose of this whole being an “adult” thing.  I’m free!  I’m young again, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks.  Now, be warned, if you show your DisneySide out there in the “real” world, people might think you’re nuts. Heck, they might even call the men in the white coats. 🙂 But, it’s worth it.  We all need to take the time once in a while to be a kid again.  I’m with Peter Pan. This grown up stuff is highly overrated.

So that’s it.  I now sit in anticipation of the UPS e-mail saying that my kit has shipped. Once I get it I’ll definitely be sharing more.  Until then, take time to show your DisneySide and embrace being a kid again! 🙂