Disney’s Cinderella – Review

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I took my nine year old daughter this past weekend to see the new, live-action version of the original Disney animated film.  I have to preface this by telling you that my daughter is not girly at all.  She has two brothers, and currently loves Nintendo things like her big brother.  She only likes wearing dresses for picture day at school. The only other time the “girly-girl” comes out, is when we’re at Walt Disney World and she sees Minnie Mouse, or one of the Princesses.

I convinced her to go to the movie with me with the promise of getting to play the “claw” machines afterwards – or so I thought. 😉

We were both really excited to see the new “Frozen Fever” short that played before Cinderella.   Just when you think you’re sick of the whole Frozen thing, Disney goes and makes another amazing short, and you’re in love again!  Loved the song, LOVED Anna and Elsa’s dresses, and loved Olaf – “I’m not eating cake…”  I love me some Olaf! ❤

Okay, so the moment of truth had arrived.  Would my daughter make it through almost two hours of her first non-animated movie in a theater?  Would she get bored and hold me to my “claw machine” deal early?

Cinderella is an awesome movie.  My daughter sat through the whole thing.  She wanted to sit through the whole thing. At one point, we both had to use the restroom, but she opted to wait because she “wanted to see the whole movie”. What?  What miraculous thing has Disney accomplished here?  My daughter, who plays with Pokemon and Nintendo toys actually wanted to sit for almost two hours to watch this?  Amazing!  So, yes, Cinderella is an excellent movie.  Such a beautiful re-telling of a classic Disney tale.  Now, I know some people were disappointed with the lack of songs like “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo”, but I honestly think the songs would not have fit well in this version.  The Fairy Godmother breaking into song would have taken away from the moment and it would have felt a bit, well – for lack of a better word – hokey.

I definitely recommend seeing this movie.  You will love it. Your kids will love it.  Seeing it makes me even more excited for the new live-action Beauty and the Beast that Disney has in the works for 2017.  And that one will have music!

Can I just add how much I want Cinderella’s dress? Oh my goodness!  Just to wear it once and twirl around a few times?  If only they carried them in my size… 😉

Four Things I’d Love To See Come To Hollywood Studios

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With the Sorcerer’s Hat now removed, and a name change coming for Hollywood Studios, here are some things I’d love to see come to this park in the future:

More Pixar Please!  Toy Story Midway Mania is easily the most popular ride in Hollywood Studios for families with smaller children. Many people miss the early morning cardio workout they would get from running to the old FastPass machines there, just to not have to stand in line for two hours. TSMMSo why haven’t we seen anything added to Pixar Place?  Disney already has some great Disney/Pixar rides in place at their other theme parks – Ratatouille at Disneyland Paris, Monsters Inc. at Disney California Adventure, and (my personal favorite) Cars Land, also at Disney California Adventure.   Some of these attractions could be easily replicated to expand Pixar Place in Hollywood Studios. I’ve heard that there just isn’t space for Radiator Springs Racers (which is basically a re-themed Test Track), but it would be great to see something like Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Heck, I’d just love to walk through Radiator Springs and get something to eat from Flo’s V8 Cafe. That would be cool.

More family attractions. Hollywood Studios has some amazing thrill rides – Tower Of Terror, and Rock ‘N Roller Coaster RNRC– but, where I feel it’s really missing the mark, is in more rides for families to do together. We always ride Toy Story Midway Mania there, but there’s not much else for families with small children to ride together. I really noticed this on our last trip. My seven year old was medically restricted from going on anything too bumpy, and wasn’t able to ride anything 4D, so there weren’t any rides there that he could go on (other than The Great Movie Ride, but the “Alien” scene in there would be too scary for him). There are so many great Disney movies out there, and I’m sure the creative genius of the Imagineers could come up with something awesome for the little ones.

More Character Dining. I really think Disney missed out big time when Phineas and Ferb was in its heyday. I would have loved to have seen a lunch or dinner at Hollywood and Vine starring those ingenious brothers and everyone’s favorite Secret Agent platypus. The musicPhineas and Ferb is so great, and what kid (or grownup for that matter) wouldn’t have loved to get up and dance with them? Awesome. Since Phineas and Ferb are out, what other character options are there? Let’s continue the Disney/Pixar theme and do a Toy Story meal. Eating breakfast with Jessie, Woody, Buzz and their other friends would be awesome. Kind of like the Hoop Dee Doo Review for kids. 😉

Permanent Star Wars Character Meals. These meals are really popular during Star Wars Weekends, and with Star Wars Land coming to the Studios, it would be an awesome addition. Or how about a Mos Eisley Cantina themed quick service restaurant? Super Cool.

I would have added “fireworks” to my list, but it has recently been announced that they will be returning to Hollywood Studios this summer! 🙂

So that’s my list for now.  What would you like to see in the “new” Hollywood Studios?

Showing Our DisneySide

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*I received free products from Mom Select and Disney Parks.  All opinions expressed are my own.*

When I first received my DisneySide party kit I was so excited, because it would be coming just in time for my son’s seventh birthday.

The thing is, I know other people who absolutely love Disney that wouldn’t be coming to his party.  So what’s a girl to do?  Have TWO parties! 🙂

Up first was the “Summer In Walt Disney World” party.

My original idea was to crank the heat up in the house so it would be nice and warm, just like Walt Disney World.  Unfortunately, the weather here in New England decided to be freezing the night before (it was minus-something.  I can’t keep track of all of those bitter-cold nights!).  I think I was at least able to get the heat up to 70 degrees, so warm enough. 😉

I had decided to decorate each room in our downstairs area to represent one of the Parks in Walt Disney World.  Thanks to the HP photo paper I received I was able to print out some great photos from our trips over the years to Walt Disney World.

The entry way was the Ferry Boat to the Magic Kingdom.

Then, you arrived just in time for the Welcome Show!

The dining room was Epcot, monorail and all.

Hollywood Studios took over the living room, with our own game of Toy Story Midway Mania on the Xbox Kinect.

The kitchen, unfortunately, didn’t get the full Animal Kingdom makeover that I wanted. Of course, with Animal Kingdom currently going through construction for Avatar Land, I think it worked. 😉

We ate a lot of Mickey shaped foods.  Now if I had only gotten more photos!!

The kids and parents played the Disney versions of Apples to Apples and Beat The Parents.  And the kids did beat us – the parents – with their knowledge of Disney.

It wasn’t a huge gathering, just a few of us parents and our kids.  Of course, when it comes to Disney, a little magic goes a long way!

Now on to party number two!!

When Big Hero 6 came out last fall, my youngest fell in love with Baymax, so his party theme was a no-brainer.

On Saturday we pulled out our bowls and spoons and made the awesome Duff Tie-Dye cake that we received in our DisneySide party kit.

Now, when the thirteen year old gets involved, you know it’s good.

Once the cake was baking in the oven, I set out to make my son a shirt just like the one Hiro wears in the movie.

Of course, I had to get into the fun with a bit of Disneybounding as Aunt Kass.

Baymax cake frosted, decorations up, and we were ready to go the next day.

This party consisted of mostly family – mom, dad siblings and Grandparents.

Time to eat the yummy Baymax Duff Tie-Dye cake!!

It was such an amazing experience getting to host a DisneySide Home Celebration.  In all honesty, if I was given the opportunity to host another one, I think I would do a party strictly for the adults.  We had so many snow days with the kids home this year, that it would have been great to get together to sip some Twinings of London Tea and have some fun.  Maybe make some cool Disney themed crafts, or just put on our Ears and be kids – without our kids.  😉

Baymax Sock Tsum-torial

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In this house, our kids (big and small alike) love Disney Tsum Tsums!  If you’ve never played it, it’s a matching game featuring adorable Disney creatures called Tsum Tsums. The Tsums originated in Japan where “tsum” means “stack”.

How does stacking fit in with a matching game, you ask?  Well, these cute little critters are also adorable plush, beanie toys that you can purchase at your local Disney Store, or through http://www.disneystore.com

Mickey and Friends ''Tsum Tsum'' Mini Plush Collection

There are quite a lot of Tsum Tsums that have made the jump from the game itself into a plush version.  Unfortunately, our favorite, Baymax, has yet to make an appearance.  So what is one to do when they can’t find the Tsum they love?  Head over to YouTube and find a tutorial!  I found a tutorial about a month ago on YouTube for making an Olaf Tsum out of a sock.  They don’t have Frozen Tsums out yet – What?? I know, right? – so someone came up with a great idea of using a sock and felt.  (Luckily, for those of you who have been waiting patiently for Olaf and the gang, Frozen Tsum Tsums will make their debut at the Disney Store on March 3rd!)


So, using the basic Olaf Sock Tsum tutorial, I tweaked it a bit to make one that looked like Baymax.  It was pretty simple really.  He’s pretty much a plain white sock with eyes on the front.  If you’d like to learn how to make your own Baymax sock Tsum, check out my video!  And while you’re there, please like and subscribe!  Happy Stacking!

Miles From Tomorrowland

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Okay, so I’ve been really excited to see the new Disney Junior show “Miles From Tomorrowland”.  Something about it struck me as interesting from the get-go, so I was looking forward to watching it this past Friday.

I actually missed the premiere episode on Friday morning at 9:30 but, as luck would have it, they were showing several episodes that morning.  I was able to catch one of them as I sat down to eat a bit of a late breakfast.

I have to say, “Miles From Tomorrowland” does not disappoint. With other shows like “Doc McStuffins” there tends to be a basic format to the show – Doc finds a toy that needs fixing, and she fixes it.  The thing I love most about “Miles” is that every show is a new adventure!!  There’s no expected format – just expect a lot of fun!

Another great aspect to the show is the lessons it teaches.  In “Game On” one of the lessons is perseverance.  His father reminds him in the final scene that “It’s okay to fall down, as long as you get up”.  Love it!!  I also love the lesson on getting to know others before making a judgement based on their “kind”.

Disney Junior shows are generally made for small children – I would say preschool through 3rd grade – but “Miles” will appeal to all ages.  The STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – aspect to the show is sure to entice and entertain viewers of all ages.  My 13 year old son – who is an aspiring engineer – sat and watched the show with his 9 year old sister and 7 year old brother.  Honestly, “Miles” has been playing on our TV almost non-stop since last night.

I hope you’ll check out the new Disney Junior show “Miles From Tomorrowland”  It’s “blast-tastic”! 🙂

#tbt Today In Disney History

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  • 1984 – Super Bowl XVIII is played at Tampa stadium.  A Disney production called “Salute to Superstars of Silver Screen” is its halftime show
  • 1995 – The second of 40 trading cards celebrating Disneyland’s 40th Anniversary – “1956 Astro Jets” – are handed out to guests visiting the park.
  • 2006 – Disney California Adventure hosts a Celebrity attended premiere for “Monsters Inc.: Mike and Sully To The Rescue!
  • 2008 – The Disney/Pixar movie “Ratatouille” receives five Oscar nominations – the most ever for a Disney/Pixar film.
  • 2009 – Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion 40th anniversary tickets sell out in just 10 minutes – at up to $475 a piece!
  • 2010 – 400 Walt Disney World employees volunteer to man phones during the “Hope For Haiti” live telethon.
  • 2013 – Disney’s oldest cruise ship – the Disney Magic – is named the #1 largest cruise ship by Condé Nast Traveler.