30 May 2014

Maleficent - The Movie and Here's My #Review

All I can say is I loved it. It was a short movie only about 90 minutes and it's nothing like the Disney Fairytale you know as Sleeping Beauty.  The characters names are the same but, they are portrayed a little differently.  Aurora is beautiful, playful and sweet. This Maleficent is not the one you know from the fairytale, yes she casts the evil spell but, I didn't dislike her. In this movie she is powerful, big and you get to see her as a child. This is her back story from when she started out and where she came from, it's not to far from where Aurora is from.

As the movie progressed, I loved how Aurora and Maleficent became so close from something evil and vengeful. The story maybe a little scary for young children but, nothing that is too far from the cartoon. Maleficent is tall, wears black and has horns, but she has a funny sarcasm to her character that even thought she is bent on revenge - she becomes likable and tries to do the right thing and save Aurora. I don't want to give to much away, so you'll have to see the movie to find out the rest. I would definitely see it again and my kids absolutely loved it too.

Angelina's Daughter pictured here with her as Aurora age 5 

Disclosure: I was invited to see this movie for free by Walt Disney Pictures, my opinions/review are my own and are never influenced by anyone.

Will you go see Maleficent?

Thanks Again and Enjoy =)

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28 May 2014

Disney's Big Hero 6 Official Teaser Trailer & Pics

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who’s catapulted into the midst of a dangerous plot and must transform his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and a diverse group of friends into a band of high-tech heroes.

DreamWorks Pictures' Movie News - HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY + New Wing #Recipe now available!!!

In honor of DreamWorks Pictures’ charming new movie arriving in theaters everywhere on August 8th!  The HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY starring Helen Mirren.  Please find a brand new recipe to help spice up your Summer BBQ!

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Letter "W" - Star Wars

Focused on the Magic

Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday and today's share is all about meeting the Stormtroopers at Hollywood Studios. Star Wars weekends are so much fun and I love seeing the characters from all the movies.

 And a big thanks to Deb - check out more great pics @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/

 Have a Magical Day !

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27 May 2014

Just Announced - The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend #runDisney

This is awesome news. 
Running now for Star Wars Fans - Yes! I guess it's another reason to go to California and Disneyland. 

Here's some info on the races - head over to the runDisney page for more -
The newest race weekend comes to Disneyland Resort, January 15-18, 2015! In addition to the Half Marathon, the event will include a 10K5KKids RacesWookiee Welcome Party and an Expo. So Wield your lightsabers in the Rebel Challenge and you'll be rewarded for completing both the Half Marathon and the 10K. - Very Exciting Padawans Indeed. 
Sign up for the runDisney email to be notified when registration opens at Noon ET on Tuesday, June 10. May the Course be with you!
More awesomeness - Kick off your Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend with your fellow Jedi's at the Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party!

The Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party features:
  • Private Party in Tommorrowland
  • Character Meet & Greets with Star Wars Characters and Classic Disney Characters in Star Wars Outfits
  • Entertainment
  • Dessert Reception
  • Select Attractions open including Space Mountain and Star Tours – The Adventures Continues, Astro Orbitor, and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster*
A variety of Official Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend merchandise will be available for purchase at the Expo.

Will you be joining the running Force? #LetTheWookieWin 

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Disney Legends Charlie Ridgway, Ron Logan, Bill Sullivan, and a host of Walt Disney Imagineers join previously announced guest such as Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis for the salute to beloved Disney attractions and entertainment of yesteryear.

BURBANK, Calif. – May 27, 2014 – The roster of talent continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus. The event will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations dedicated to Disney’s contributions to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair.

23 May 2014

#Maleficent Movie Clips - "In The Clouds" and "On the Battlefield"

Love this clip of Maleficent "Flying" - Really Cool - Check it out -- I think we've thought we know all about her but, this story goes much deeper.

"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.    

Like MALEFICENT on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent

Follow MALEFICENT on Twitter: @Maleficent

MALEFICENT is rated PG and releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

Thanks for the info (Walt Disney Studios) and tell me if you are going to see this movie =)

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This is news like none before -

Director J.J. Abrams Announces “Force for Change” Campaign to Benefit

UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and Programs 

Beginning Today, Visit Omaze.com/StarWars to Enter for a Chance to Win

A #TGIF Tip for a Flipping Fun Family Dining Experience at "The Whispering Canyon Cafe"

One of the Best Dining Experiences ~  
@ The Whispering Canyon Cafe 

One of my Disney Must-Do's !!!!

If you can take the bus or boat to the Wilderness Lodge, GO...

We always put one new restaurant on our WDW vacation list every time we plan our trip. One of the best things about going to Walt Disney World are the dining experiences. I think every place we have eaten has been a blast, so fun a family experience that only Disney could makes your meals as fun as the parks. Although we planned for a new one, this is one of my family's tradition each and every time - going to the Whispering Canyon Cafe.

Let me give you a little back round about this particular family tradition. The restaurant is located at one of our favorite resorts, The Wilderness Lodge and staying there is how we came to find it and love it.

Whispering Canyon Cafe
Pic courtesy of Disney

It hands down has the best BBQ and we order the build your own family platter (with choice of 3) from the list below.  It includes ribs, chicken, pulled pork, beef strip loin, fish, sausage. With sides for sharing - baked beans, corn on the cob, veggies, Yukon-gold potatoes, a dessert sampler and the best salad and cornbread this side of Wyoming.

Here are the reasons it makes great WDW memories:

Kids love everything that is going on in this not so "typical" restaurant. The funny and goofyness of the Cast Members is very entertaining, they talk loud and throw straws at the guests. They also have the kids ride around the restaurant going around the tables on wooden horses. On the way in if there is a wait for a table they have Lincoln Logs to built to keep the kids busy.

But the most fun of all is when you ask for Ketchup. The tradition is you get every bottle in the place. Let me explain, you ask your server for ketchup and your server yells across the whole restaurant for the ketchup to be brought to your table and then everyone in place who has a bottle brings it to ya. The kids really love this and it makes for a great funny moment.

Kids Running the Horse Race
Thanks for joining me and I hope you get a chance to try the Whispering Canyon Cafe.

Have you been to the Whispering Canyon Cafe, what was your favorite part? 

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22 May 2014

Win A Chance to see "Disney On Ice" ~ Starring #FROZEN

With The Recent Announcement of the Frozen Characters joining the line up! 


The Prize is Ticketmaster Gift Cards which can be redeemed for tickets to Disney On Ice, or any number or shows/events. ~ After entering below 

  • Giveaway starts Friday, May 23, 2014 at 12:00am ET and runs until 11:59pm on Sunday, June 1, 2014
  • Open to residents of USA and Canada, 18 years of age or older.  


Win a Chance to See Disney On Ice Presents "Frozen"!

And A big Thanks to All the Bloggers who are making this giveaway Possible - Check out their Blogs and have some fun .

Big Fat Panda
Home Is Where The Mouse Is
Disney Day By Day
Dixie Midwest
Jackie's Magical Moments
Mouse Ears Mom 
My Pixie Dust Diary
Personalized Gift Express
Special Mouse Podcast
Temporary Tourist

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21 May 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Featuring Disney "Weenies"

Focused on the Magic

This week's Wordless Wednesday features Disney Weenies, and you ask what is that? They are the Parks Icons or Focal Points like Sorcerer's Hat, Cinderella's Castle, Tree of Life and SpaceShip Earth to name a few. I picked Cinderella's Castle. Even being so far away at the Grand Floridian I can still see it.

A big thanks to Deb for hosting and be sure and check out the other Weenies - 
It's just FUN to say - lol. 

Which one is your favorite and why - be sure and tell me in the comments below =) 

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20 May 2014

Top 5 Most Delicious Treats at The Contemporary Resort #WDW

If your looking for some to die for sweets at Walt Disney World, head over to the Contemporary Resort. Go to the Contempo Cafe next to Chef's Mickey's located on the Grand Canyon Concourse - 4th floor. And get some of these delights -

  • Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Lemon Pudding.
  • A chocolate Blue Frozen Cupcake 
  • A chocolate fudge giant brownie with rainbow Mickey Sprinkles 
  • A Mickey Chocolate atop a Red Velvet cupcake 

And How about
  • A sweet glass of Wine to wash it down later - check out the new selections I found
And Don't forget to 
  • Watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from the outside balcony at the Contemporary
  • You can get a great view of Cinderella's Castle from the bridge that takes you to Bay Lake Tower
I loved seeing something from my favorite show "Once Upon A Time" wine. There were lots of great "Fairytale" selections at the Fantasia Market. It can also be found in the Polynesian and The Grand Floridian resort gift shops.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a magical day =)

Which Cupcake Hits Your Sweet Spot ? 

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17 May 2014

Brand New Clips from Maleficent - "Light and Dark"

Like MALEFICENT on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent

Follow MALEFICENT on Twitter: @Maleficent

MALEFICENT is rated PG and releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

Thanks and enjoy your magical day ;-)

Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - New Poster and Live Q&A with the Cast and Exclusive Trailer Launch on Facebook!!!

You Won't Want to Miss This!

A LIVE Q&A with the cast of MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Director James Gunn and the exclusive world premiere of the trailer on Monday, May 19th at 10:00am PST only on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy

Make sure you log in and ask questions!    

About the movie : 

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

15 May 2014

New Exclusive look at #Disney's Cinderella Official Teaser Trailer

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.


14 May 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Details - Up Close Lions

Focused on the Magic

Have A Magical Day - Thanks for stopping by =)

A big thanks to Deb for hosting.

What's Your Favorite Animal On Safari? 

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09 May 2014

Malaysian Orange BBQ Pork Belly Sliders with Ginger #Florida Grapefruit Chutney

Yield: Makes 6 servings
For the Weekend =)

BBQ PORK SLIDERS with ginger grapefruit chutney - YUM 

Using fresh grapefruit from Florida is best when preparing your recipes. Here's a tip on how to ensure freshness. They will last much longer under refrigeration. Temperatures from 35 degrees Fahrenheit to 50 degrees Fahrenheit are best. Grapefruit temperature should be between 45-48  Fahrenheit. Citrus can be stored unrefrigerated in a cool, dry place for four to five days.

enjoy the recipe 

08 May 2014

Nintendo and Disney's Magical World Game - My Review

I have been playing this amazing game for a few weeks now and I love it! Being a huge Disney Fan and a Gamer, made it easy for me to get addicted to Disney Magical World. One thing, I really like is that all the main Disney characters are in it: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, Chip, Dale and yes even Pete. The town in the game is called Castleton, a very cute place to visit. Another thing, I really liked was when I created my own character, I made it look like me and got to used my own name, so when I interact with the other characters they greet me with my name, it's a really neat feature.

I also loved dressing up in some of my favorite Disney character clothes. Right now, I'm dressed with a Minnie polka dot dress and a Mickey ears hairband. So cool. It is also so awesome to be fishing with Donald Duck in a Hidden Mickey shaped pond. I love making the clothes and other apparel in Daisy's clothing shop too. With Chip and Dale, I got to build furniture. It's a very easy game to play, it gives you prompts about what to do and you collect stickers to get into higher levels of the game. There's many reasons I love playing especially, hearing the characters talk that is really neat.

Here are some details about the game -- 

In this all new adventure lifestyle RPG from Nintendo gamers get too interact with more than 60 Disney characters. You can also visit Disney themed worlds and customize your character with hundreds of outfits. But, not just any outfits - Disney themed clothes and accessories. Another fun thing is you get to plant crops in the 100 Acre Wood. Rare Disney character cards are also out there to collect as another way to have some magical fun. Your favorite Disney characters also join in the fun to find missing items and solve problems. The game is great for Disney fans young and young at heart. In the pictures below you get a taste of what the game looks like and how much fun it is.

 You can also connect with other Players:
Tag other players through Streetpass and their avatars will appear in your Castleton area.

Share Your Creativity:
Use local multi-player mode to visit another player's Cafe and My Room to show off your creativity and customization.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions about the game I would be happy to answer them. More posts to come as I complete more of the game. =)

Disclosure - I was given a copy of the Magical World game and a Nintendo 3DS to try and give my opinion on from Nintendo. In no way did that influence my opinion at all. All opinions and facts are true and honest. I want to thank Nintendo of America for their generosity, I am very appreciative. All pictures are copyrighted material, that I was given permission to use. 

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07 May 2014

D23 Hits the Road Again, The "Fanniversary" Celebration is Bringing Beloved Disney Memories to Life

Rarely Seen Film Clips, Photos, and Art Highlight the Roadshow Event, Which Will Tour the U.S. this Fall.

BURBANK, Calif. – May 7, 2014 – For the third year in a row, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will hit the road with D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection. The live event will visit 11 cities across the U.S. to commemorate dozens of magical Disney milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries this year.

Hosted by Disney archivists and the D23 Team, Fanniversary 2014 will revisit beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, characters, TV series, and more than 90 years of Disney history including Donald Duck, the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, Sleeping Beauty, Haunted Mansion, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Little Mermaid, and many more. The event, which runs approximately 105 minutes, will also feature the never-before-heard track “Evil Evil” from Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Sleeping Beauty and a demo recording from Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection The Little MermaidFanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission prices for D23 Members.

In addition, following each show, two rare items from the Walt Disney Archives will be on display for guests to see and photograph: a hat worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins and a “Duckster” award. Created in 1952, this bronze-colored award in the image of Donald Duck honored those who made significant contributions to Disney over the years. Both Walt Disney and Donald Duck himself were among the recipients of this unique prize.

Disney Club Penguin, the #1 Virtual World for Kids, Now Playable on iPhone and iPod Touch

Who Loves Club Penguin?

Disney Club Penguin players can now experience the #1 virtual world for kids on iPhone and iPod Touch. The virtual world was brought to iPad as a playable experience in December, and today’s update brings the playable world to iPhone and iPod Touch. The Club Penguin app has reached nearly 5 million downloads and is available in six different languages.

The update coincides with one of Club Penguin’s most popular events in the virtual world, the Puffle Party. Features from the Puffle Party event will be included in the app, such as:

Members can now adopt up to 40 pet puffles, including the new dog and cat puffle
Members can walk puffles in the world and play and dig for cool clothing or coins
Players can roleplay in six new rooms like the Puffle Park, Hotel Rooftop and Pet Shop

Download Club Penguin for free on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch: http://appstore.com/clubpenguin.

Enjoy and Thanks. =)

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06 May 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ May #Disney Calendar Shot

This week's WW features some pics from the Celebration at Hollywood Studios ~ 

May The Fourth Be With You! Featuring Ewoks and the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi - James Arnold Taylor, yes that's him mouth open, lol.  

Thanks to Deb for hosting and May the Force Be With You!

Focused on the Magic

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Exclusive Sneak Peak of New #StarWars "Rebels"on GMA - check it out

Can't wait to see Rebels - This Fall, the newest edition from 
the Star Wars world. It takes place between Star Wars 
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. 

Do you miss Clone Wars?

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LEGOLAND FL Marks Final DUPLO Valley Construction Milestone Ahead of May 23 Opening

Awesome News ~

The park also announces ‘Preschool Pass’ granting annual admission for a toddler and a parent

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (May 5, 2014)— LEGOLAND ® Florida completed installation of an iconic archway to the site of the DUPLO ® Valley expansion, marking the final major construction milestone ahead of the area’s May 23 opening. DUPLO Valley brings the LEGO® DUPLO line of preschool building toys to life with new farm-themed attractions, an air-conditioned indoor play area, and a water play area all geared to toddlers ages 2 to 5.

02 May 2014


Image courtesy of hot topic 
Hot Topic unveiled a limited-edition collection of apparel inspired by Disney’s “Maleficent.” The collection will be available exclusively at Hot Topic stores and online starting in May. 

The “Maleficent” fashion collection is inspired by the feature film, which is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film, in theaters on May 30, reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora, only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the land. The collection is dark and mysterious like Maleficent herself.

“There is so much we instantly loved about ‘Maleficent’ – the complex story behind this beloved villain, the breathtaking scenery and the striking costumes,” said Cindy Levitt, SVP, Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic. “We just knew we had to design a dark and edgy collection – because it’s exactly the kind of fashion our customers love.”