31 December 2011

New Happenings Coming into the World of Disney 2012

  With 2011 about to appear in our rearview mirrors, D23 is already racing full speed ahead with a first look at what’s to come in the wonderful world of Disney in 2012. 

Newsies, the breakout new American musical, will move to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre for a strictly limited 101 performance run following its critically hailed stint at Paper Mill Playhouse earlier this fall.
"It's our first fairy tale, first period film, and first lead female character," John Lasseter says of Brave.
John Carter---which stars Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, and Lynn Collins, among others---lands in theaters in March.
The newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line, Disney Fantasy, starts sailing in March 2012.
Buena Vista Street, a new themed land representing the California Walt knew in the 1920s, will also open at DCA in summer 2012.
Cars Land is the new 12-acre land at the heart of DCA---is inspired by the town of Radiator Springs from the Disney•Pixar film Cars.
Jump on in, fasten your seatbelts, and get ready for a wild ride! As D23 speeds into the new year, we’ll make some pit stops along the way to check in on our friends around The Walt Disney Company and see what they have in the making for 2012.
Pit Stop #1: Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Welcome to our first stop, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (WDPR), which is revving up for an exciting new year with countless additions, updates, and celebrations in store for guests around the world!
For starters, let’s visit Disney California Adventure (DCA), where we find Cars Land gearing up for a summer 2012 launch. Cars Land is the new 12-acre land at the heart of DCA that’s inspired by the town of Radiator Springs from the Disney•Pixar film Cars. When it gets the green light to open its doors, Cars Land will invite guests to check out exciting new attractions (Luigi’s Flying Tires, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, and Radiator Springs Racers), delicious new eateries (Cozy Cone Motel, Flo’s V8 CafĂ©, and Fillmore’s Taste-in), and fun new shops (Ramone’s House of Body Art and Radiator Springs Curios). John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, recently got a chance to test drive Luigi’s Flying Tires—”This was awesome!” he announced afterwards—and gave the upcoming attraction two big thumbs up. Sounds like one sweet ride! Buena Vista Street, a new-themed land representing the California Walt knew in the 1920s, will also open at DCA in summer 2012.
Over at Walt Disney World, the Fantasyland expansion—first announced at the 2009 D23 Expo, with an update given at the 2011 D23 Expo—will more than double the size of the area. The first phase opens in summer 2012 and will feature fresh attractions and richer experiences. Cruise by to check out Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Be Our Guest restaurant, and more!
Our other Parks and Resorts around the world are also getting ready for a high-octane year. At Tokyo Disney Resort, Toy Story Mania will open in July 2012 and Goofy’s Paint and Play House will open in the fall; at Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL), Grizzly Gulch—HKDL’s equivalent of Frontierland and Critter Country—will open its doors in summer 2012; and Disneyland Paris will kick off its 20th anniversary celebration in style with the new Disney Dreams show, a nighttime spectacular that will dazzle guests beginning April 2012.
And we’d be remiss not to mention the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line, Disney Fantasy, which starts sailing in March 2012. Disney Fantasy is a majestic sailing vessel where early 20th-century design—recalling the golden age of cruising—meets state-of-the-art technology. As can be expected, the cruise liner was specially designed with families in mind, combining sleek style and convenient facilities with splashes of Disney magic.

Pit Stop #2: Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation
Grab some popcorn and put on your high beams—we’re about to take a tour of Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animations’ thrilling slate of films for the new year.
First out of the gate, is John Carter, an action adventure story set on Barsoom, the exotic and mysterious planet we know as Mars. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic novel series, John Carter is the story that inspired many of the most imaginative and well-known Hollywood movies, past and present. “My introduction to John Carter was through the Marvel comic series, which led me to the books,” Andrew Stanton, writer and director, said about his first live-action film. “I discovered there were 11 and I proceeded to read them cover-to-cover.” John Carter—which stars Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, and Lynn Collins, among others—lands in theaters March 2012.
We also can’t wait for Disney•Pixar’s summer 2012 original film, Brave. “It’s our first fairy tale, first period film, and first lead female character,” John Lasseter says of Pixar’s latest project. For the last five years, Pixar artists have been working tirelessly to create the mystical 10th century world of Brave. Whether designing the rugged rock-strewn terrain, a mist-filled forest, or one of the rolling green landscapes, the team at Pixar is making sure that they get every last detail right.
Also on the calendar for 2012 are The Avengers (in theaters May 4), Frankenweenie (in theaters October 5), and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph (in theaters November 2)! Keep checking back on D23.com for updates on all of these and other exciting Disney films premiering in the new year.
Pit Stop #3: Disney ABC Television Group and Disney Channel
Disney Junior---currently a programming block on Disney Channel---will become its own American-based cable channel in February 2012.

Now let’s cruise on over to visit our friends at Disney ABC Television Group and Disney Channel, where they have a ton of fun new shows and original movies planned for 2012.
For starters, Disney Junior—currently a programming block on Disney Channel—will become its own American-based cable channel in February 2012. Current programming includes the popular Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Special Agent Oso, Handy Manny, and others. On Disney XD, Tron: Uprising, an animated science fiction series set between Tron and Tron: Legacy, will air this summer. On Disney Channel, a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) titled Let it Shine, which follows a talented musician who writes romantic rhymes, will premiere in June. The DCOM will feature an ensemble cast that includes Coco Jones, Tyler James Williams, and Trevor Jackson, to name a few. And on ABC,  Katie, a new talk show hosted by the oh-so-talented Katie Couric, is slated to premiere in September.

Pit Stop #4: Disney Consumer Products
No time to refuel! Let’s go full speed ahead over to Disney Consumer Products (DCP) to see what they have in store for 2012.
Disney Store’s 25th anniversary—which kicked off at the 2011 D23 Expo!—will continue through the new year with exclusive collectibles, fun celebrations, and more. You’re sure to find something to satisfy every member of your pit crew! And Disney Baby—a special DCP line designed with babies and their parents in mind—will be right at home in the new Disney Baby stores, which are scheduled to open on both coasts in 2012.

Pit Stop #5: Disney Theatrical Productions
Now approaching on the driver’s right-hand side is Disney Theatrical Productions (DTP), where they’ve been hard at work preparing a thrilling new slate of shows for the new year.
As we announced here on D23.com this past November, Newsies, the breakout new American musical, will move to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 W 41st St) for a strictly limited 101 performance run following its critically hailed stint at Paper Mill Playhouse earlier this fall. The musical, featuring a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), will play its first Broadway preview on March 15 prior to its March 29 opening night; the final performance is scheduled for June 10.
Also headed to Broadway in 2012 is Peter and the Starcatcher, an adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s prequel to the tale of Peter Pan. The off-Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher first opened March 9, 2011, to rave reviews, twice extending its run.

Pit Stop #6: Disney Interactive Media Group
Slow down! We have to check in with Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) to learn what they have planned for the new year!
DIMG has several new mobile apps and fun games planned for 2012, so keep checking back to learn more!

Pit Stop #7: D23
And for our next and final destination, we arrive back at D23, home of the Official Disney Fan Club. After an exciting 2011 that included D23′s second Expo, exclusive member events, and more, we can’t wait for another year full of Disney magic and memories.
Be sure to tune in throughout the year for new seasons of Disney Geek and Armchair Archivist; Member-only events and extras; and, of course, Disney-inspired articles, trivia, and more on D23.com!

Happy New Year!

22 December 2011

Disney Christmas Parade & The Rockefeller Tree

Check out the schedule below to find out when the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade is airing in your area on December 25th.
12PM - 2PM Eastern Standard Time
(10AM-12PM in NY, Philadelphia and Raleigh)
(11:30AM -1:30PM in Miami)

11AM - 1PM Central Standard Time

(10AM-12PM in Chicago and Houston)

10AM - 12PM Mountain Standard Time

9AM - 11AM Pacific Standard Time 

Mickey and Minnie Ornament

Disney Christmas Printable - Mickey and Minnie Ornament

Download the template here:
Mickey and Minnie Ornament

Craft Materials:
Scissors, ribbon or string at least 9 inches long, glue, and tape or stapler

    Mickey Mouse
  1. Print out the ornament on regular paper or use cardstock for a sturdier ornament. Cut out all three Mickey pieces. (All three pieces make one ornament.)
  2. Fold each piece in half so the white side is facing out. Re-open the pieces and place them picture side down on a table or flat surface.
  3. Cut a piece of ribbon or string about 9 inches long. Fold the string in half and tape or staple it together at the ends.
  4. Cover the left side of the first ornament piece (pieces can be used in any order) with glue. Place the end of the ribbon or string into the glue as close to the center of the ornament as possible and press down firmly.
  5. Place the second ornament piece (picture side up) on top of the ornament piece that has the layer of glue. Make sure the pieces line up so the ribbon is stuck between the two pieces. Fold back the flaps that are not glued together.
  6. Spread glue onto the remaining white flaps of the ornament. Press the last piece of the ornament into the glue. Make sure the edges line up. Your ornament is finished!

My trip to New York City last week was so awesome. I not only got visit the famous Times Square Disney Store but, I also got to see "the tree". The famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. At this time of night, it was surrounded by hundreds of people and security guards. It is as beautiful in person as I imagined. Yes, I have seen it before but it has been many years since the last time and I have some pictures to remember it by. They are as follows

21 December 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~~ Spreading the JOY

Focused on the Magic


Today I thought since it almost Christmas, I wanted to spread some JOY to everyone. My pictures today are not of Holiday things but things that make me feel joyful like Going to Walt Disney World. This is big on my list of when I feel joy and all the things that I see there. Going to the Flower and Garden Show and seeing all the beautiful flowers are especially special to me. I hope you enjoy them.

And Thank you Deb for hosting and join the hop @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/

Orchids at the Flower and Garden Show

Really Big Flowers

Balloons on Main Street USA
Happy Holidays!!!!

14 December 2011

Wordless Wednesday~ Disney Christmas Tree Ornaments

Focused on the Magic

Happy Holidays to everyone and welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday. Please join the Holiday HOP. And a big Thanks to our hostess Debs @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/  stop by and link up... ;-)

I wanted to show some our of family's Disney Christmas ornaments we have gotten over the years.

This is my work in progress craft for today

11 December 2011

Disney Crafts: Hidden Mickey Paper Wreath

Disney Holiday Fun

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Paper Wreath

Brighten up your home this Christmas with this beautiful wreath that you can customize too look just the way you like. Build it for yourself or someone special this holiday season!
Download the wreath here: Mickey Paper Wreath

Using this printable template, you'll be able to create a beautiful wreath to hang in your home. You can put the pieces together any way you like to create a customized design, or you can follow these basic instructions:
  1. Print the template on regular paper or cardstock and cut out the pieces. When cutting out the ring, it's best to cut around the outside circle first. Remove the inner circle by folding the entire circle in half and cutting along the inner circle line. The ring you are left with is what you'll attach the printed leaves to.
  2. Fold all 24 leaves in half along the dotted lines.
  3. You'll find that the curve at the bottom of each leaf matches the curve of the ring. Line the curves up, and use glue or double-sided tape to attach four leaves to the ring -- one at the 12:00 position, one at 3:00, one at 6:00, and one at 9:00. The fold of all of these leaves should be convex (mountain).
  4. Once the first four leaves are in place, attach eight more so that the space between each leaf is about the same. You should now have 12 leaves on your wreath.
  5. Next, attach concave (valley) folded leaves between the convex (mountain) folded leaves. This will create an effect that adds depth to your wreath by making it look fuller.
  6. Once all 24 leaves are attached, add the "Mickey" berries anywhere you like.
  7. If you want to make your wreath even fuller, you can print more leaves. 
Click Here
 Mickey Wreath Template  

09 December 2011

Really Cute Mickey Mouse Holiday Craft

Mickey Mouse Santa

 Mickey Mouse Santa Candy Box

Download the template here: 
Mickey Candy Box Template

Santa Mickey will light up any room this Christmas. And as if he wasn't already full of holiday cheer -- he holds candy!

  1. Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out Mickey's body and each of his arms. Do not cut along dashed lines in the body or arms -- these lines are where you will fold the paper.
  2. Take Mickey's body and make all of the folds along the dashed lines for the body and the tabs. Make each fold away from you except for Mickey's legs. For Mickey's legs, fold the top dashed line towards you and the bottom dashed line away from you. This will help Mickey sit on the edge of a table or shelf.
  3. Glue the tabs to the inside of Mickey's body. The glued tabs will create an open box on Mickey's back.
  4. Fold each of Mickey's arms in half along the dashed line and glue the two sides together. Be careful not to glue the tabs at the end of each arm together. Instead fold the tabs outward in opposite directions so it creates a base to attach the arm to Mickey's body. Glue each arm to Mickey's sides.
  5. Drop a few pieces of candy into Mickey and make a special Christmas delivery!

This project is a lot of fun. This is my follow up to the Halloween candy box I did 2 months ago. I have printed out the template on card stock, it really makes the cutting and putting it together much easier. The only hard part it cutting around the edges, it's challenging for kids to get around all the edges.  So they can help with the taping it together. Thanks for stopping by ;-)

And Don't forget Wayne from Prep and Landing
Wayne Cutie Papercraft

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Cutie Wayne makes an easy papercraft and an awesome Christmas decoration. Set him up somewhere with a good vantage point so he can prepare for Santa's arrival!
Download the template here: Cutie Wayne Papercraft
  1. Print Wayne on regular paper or cardstock and cut out all of the pieces. Do not cut along the dashed lines -- this is where you will fold the paper.
  2. With the design facing you, make all of the vertical folds in Wayne's pants away from you. Close the pants by gluing the A tab to the inside of the design.
  3. Fold the bottom of Wayne's pants outward, his feet down, and his tail up.
  4. Fold the top of the pants like a box and tuck the tab inside.
  5. Fold and glue the front and back of Wayne's head so the design is two-sided. Make sure the pieces are lined up evenly before the glue dries. Insert the neck into the top of the pants where you folded the top closed.
  6. Fold each arm in half and secure so the design is two-sided. Do not get glue on the tabs at the ends of the arms. Fold those outward so you can use them as a base to attach the arms to Wayne's pants. Glue the arms to Wayne and your elf is finished!

07 December 2011

Wordless Wednesday~Holidays Disney Style

Focused on the Magic

Happy Holidays Everyone and welcome to this week Wordless Wednesday.
Please join us @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/  and Thanks Again Deb for Hosting. CHeers ;-)

These are 2 things I have on my special holiday gift list..

06 December 2011

My First Disney Memories

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Peach. Enjoy the ride as we share memories of our first trip to a Disney park as an adult. 

My love for Disney began not as a child, you see I had never gotten to the most wonderful place on Earth until I was 18. At this point in my life I was had recently graduated High School and didn't know what I wanted to do with my life so heading to Florida seemed like a good idea. But my destination wasn't WDW it was the beach. I wasn't interested in Walt Disney World too much, I didn't know that much about it really. After my family decided to go to the parks for one day, I could pick which one to visit and back then it was Magic Kingdom or Epcot, so I choose Epcot. It seemed like it would be a lot more fun than Magic Kingdom for my age group. The funny thing is I don't remember anything at all except for what I called the "big ball" (Spaceship Earth). The other funny thing, I have nothing to remember this trip by except the ticket. I bought no souvenirs, not a one.

Here is the only thing I have from that one day visit.

Years later in 1990, I met someone at college, he was a big Disney Fan, so his sister and her boyfriend had suggested a winter vacation to Walt Disney World for 3 days and a cruise on the "Big Red Boat" for 4 days, just the four of us. Well, I was game since I had never been on a cruise, again I was more interested in that part. When we arrived at WDW, I was in awe because, I had never stayed on property before and our room was at the Caribbean Beach Resort.

This is a postcard from our room

I thought the whole resort with the Caribbean theme was so beautiful, remember I love the beach. Our room was in the part of the resort they called Jamaica. I remember thinking this resort is so big, the bus would ride around in a circle picking everyone up seemed to take forever. The resort itself had a great big pool and I remember ordering a lot of fruity blue drinks at the restaurant they had in the main building.

Postcard of the Pool
The Lagoon

One huge difference from the last time I was there in '87 was I had another park to choose from The Disney-MGM Studios had just opened in May and it sounded so exciting. A whole park based on the movies and a Star Wars ride too. We were both so excited about going on Star Tours which had just opened in December, and getting a look at the outside of the attraction with a movie set of Star Wars props was just too cool. We were both huge Star Wars fans and when we got there and saw some of the characters outside for pictures and autographs, well who could ask for anything more? With the crowds being big we set our sights on Chewbacca, he was available and we got a couple of really cool pics with him.

It was great trip because this time I took a bunch of pictures and remember that as being my First Disney trip. I bought two gigantic Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger stuffed animals, that I still have today. My husband being a big Roger Rabbit fan bought a Roger stuffed animal. It is amazing how Disney changes lives...

Me, Pooh, Tigger, Roger

And that someone I met at college back in 1990 when I went on this trip, well I married him a few years later and we have been together ever since. Our love for Disney has only gotten bigger and bigger and we share that with our children now.

Will, Chewbacca and Me

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is  Disney on Wheels 

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Peach should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Can Do It Mom AKA Mouse Fan Diane
2nd Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
3rd Stop ~ 400 Miles to Disneyland
4th Stop ~ Disney in Our Blood
Final Stop ~ Joanna and her Amazing Technicolor Interwebs