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.

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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! 🙂

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?