31 January 2014

Just In Time for #SuperbowlSunday - Score with Disney Infinity’s “The Big Game” Toy Box



Just in time for one of the biggest sporting events of the year, Disney Interactive has released a new Disney-created Toy Box called “The Big Game.”  Players can channel their game day spirit in the Disney Infinity themed football stadium, which is fully equipped with a show-stopping halftime stage, and even a racetrack. Up to four players can join the huddle and defeat enemies to advance the ball to the end zone. First one to score three touchdowns wins!





So cool and just in time for the SuperBowl, play along with Mr. Incredible.

30 January 2014

#ThrowbackThursday - Halloween at Walt Disney World

This is for all you peeps who Love Halloween as much as I Do 



This is a great time of year to visit Walt Disney World. I recently went to Magic Kingdom and the park is decorated beautifully for the Fall. With Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party going on from now until the beginning of November, the decorations are all out.  Pumpkins are everywhere from the moment you enter, every size and shape too. Some are scary and some are funny but, if you go by too fast down Main Street and forget to look up you will miss the ones peeking through the windows of the store fronts above. The popularity of this party is amazing and now extends into November and it’s because everyone has such an awesome time. You get to dress-up, collect candy, go on your favorite rides over and over and witness one of the Greatest Parades Disney has ever put on.



I didn’t always take a moment to look at all the details in the parks. I used to rush to get our fastpasses or to get on line at Space Mountain, but I recently read about how cool the windows are in MK and you should take time to look at the famous names and characters printed on them. Some are former Disney Imagineers and some are characters from Disney movies.

If you get the chance to go in September, it is not a very crowded month at the parks, I found getting on rides was not too bad. The waits were not too long for anything. And to get character autographs, not very long either, 20 minutes or less. If you plan it right you can get on rides in the afternoon when crowds are a little less but, on nights when the MNSSHP is on, the park will get more crowded as the afternoon goes on. It’s always good to get there as early as you can to plan your day and get the fastpasses you need for the most popular rides and wait out the rest of the attractions. This way you don’t wear yourself out and have the most fun…




Thanks for joining me today, Hope you have a Magical Day!



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Warm Thoughts and Springtime Wishes

With one day left in this month, I'm looking forward to warmer and longer days ahead. I miss the long days, being able to extend the fun and not give it a second thought. The extra sunshine makes the days so much more fun. I feel like I can accomplish so much more. Now I'm thinking about it will be dark in and hour, let's get to the store and get back quick. lol.

I look forward to lots of Flowers, Beautiful sunsets and days at the Beach. February brings us closer and to a very sweet treat. A day of Love, one that should be spent with all the people you love and that love you.

Here's some fun List of National Food Holidays - because without food there would be no comfort. You get it that's why they call it comfort food.

I love these other Daily National Holidays - Which Ones are Your Favorites. 


January 26 National Peanut Brittle Day

January 26 National Pistachio Day 

January 28 National Blueberry Pancake Day :-) 

January 29 National Cornchip Day

January 30 National Croissant Day :-) 

January 31 National Popcorn Day :) 

And Here's February 


29 January 2014

Just Out - Disney's #Frozen - "Let It Go" Sing-Along Version



More than 2,000 theaters nationwide are staged to showcase the all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning big-screen adventure "Frozen," beginning this Friday, January 3st!

But if you can't wait another minute, check out the video for a sneak peek of the fun. On-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake will accompany select showings; moviegoers can check local listings for showtimes and theaters. 

Disney's Frozen - "Let It Go" Sing-Along Version

#DisneyFrozen
Buy Tickets Here:

“Like FROZEN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen

Follow FROZEN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyAnimation

Visit the official website: http://www.disney.com/frozen  


Thanks for stopping by and I love this movie. I think it's awesome they are releasing it with a sing-a long version. I can see the whole theater singing ;-) And a big thanks to Walt Disney Pictures for the info!



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28 January 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ #Disney SideKicks


Focused on the Magic


 Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday and I love this topic. It's just like in superhero world the sidekicks don't get enough praise. So I picked a few of my favorites. Aren't they cute? Think of them right next to there BF's - Mickey Mouse and Bambi.

PLUTO and our family

Bambi with Flower and Thumper

 These pics were taken a few years ago at the Flower and Garden Show at Epcot. The topiaries and the gardens are amazing, come down and see them.


 Thanks for stopping by and a big thanks to my friend Deb - Head on over to see lots more and join the Hop for lots of #Disney Fun @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/




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Have You Tried a Goofy #Apple - The Funnest Apples TO Eat


I think one of the most magical times at Walt Disney World is when you’re watching the Fireworks. You can see them a million times and it's still worth stopping for. The cast members at Disney makes a display so powerful both in colors and design that you remember it long after you’ve left the park.

Both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot have some spectacular displays.

Fireworks Collage
On this night we were enjoying being at the park later in the evening when some of the crowds had finally left and we discovered something new at Disney like we do each and every time we go.
Each time we go it is a tradition to do or try something new/different at the parks and tonight we decided we were getting one of those giant and delicious looking Character Apples. 

You know the ones - they look like Mickey, Mike, Sulley, Goofy . There are so many now you could take weeks trying to eat them all and we just might, lol. So we get in line at the counter inside Big Top Souvenirs. Now this place in case you haven’t been there is a huge circus tent with lots of circus characters merchandise like Dumbo, Mickey, Minnie - but in the middle of the tent is a grand Sweets counter. And behind that glass lots of yummy goodies just waiting to be eaten. You can also watch the CM's create these yummy apples and treats right there in front of your eyes. A CM will also cut it for you making it much easier to enjoy and share. They are around $10 so, it’s a nice treat to share with the whole family. And personally speaking it was delicious – the caramel and the chocolate were a great combination. It was so big we didn’t even finish it, it was great the next day too.

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So after we got our Goofy Apple, which was not an easy decision to must goodness in one place, we start to hear an all too familiar noise coming from outside the tent. The fireworks had begun, one of our favs, Wishes. So we picked a spot, watched and ate our apple. The night couldn’t have been better.

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Disney FYI- Wishes debuted at the Magic Kingdom park on October 8, 2003.  Wishes is hosted by Jiminy Cricket

Wishes is the largest fireworks show ever presented at the Magic Kingdom.





Thanks and Enjoy. Which Apple Would You Try ? Do Tell in the Comments Below ;-) 


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27 January 2014

Hysterical #Disney Cast Member Balloon Guy



I saw this at Hollywood Studios and just couldn't stop laughing. He did this repeatedly for about 10 minutes. Was is boredom OR trying to sell balloons in the rain. Not much balloon selling when it's wet.

Thanks and enjoy and don't forget to add your 2 cents about what he's doing! lol ;-)

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Minnie Tips Monday

Mini Walt Disney World Vacation Tips

I wanted to used the word Minnie with a little play on words - Minnie meaning Mini ;-) 


On our last trip to WDW - we stayed at the Beach Clubs Villas - located in the Epcot Resort Area. I wanted to share a quick version of what I learned on this last trip.

Tip 1:
- Try and stay at a DVC (Disney Vacation Club not just for members) -- resort it gives a lot more options for saving money.

  • You have your own kitchen and washer/dryer  in the 1/2/3 bedroom rooms. So even if you wanted to just cook breakfast and keep snacks - you can save money. 
  • At the Beach Club resort you have many dining options because, you are near to 4 other beautiful resorts for eating out. I recommended the Pizza on the Boardwalk (next to Cat Cora's restaurant Kouzzina)- by far best value for a family - instead of a restaurant which can be pricey. 
  • Some of the other resorts to check out for entertainment and food are Yacht Club right next door, they are connected so if it's raining you don't have to even go outside. The Boardwalk right across - you can take the boat too it and The Swan and Dolphin Resorts which are just great to visit and see how magnificent inside they are. 


Beach Club Villas 
Tip 2 - 
For some great Ice Cream visit The Fountain - located on the bottom floor of The Dolphin resort.

The Fountain also has :
Crisp salads, custom grilled burgers, and a delectable array of sandwiches and desserts. Take away homemade or soft serve ice cream. Open for lunch and dinner. DOLPHIN

Tip 3 - 

If you want to skip the crowds at the parks - my family and I try and take one day to just enjoy the resort and the pool. This resort has one of the best, called Stormalong Bay - it has many areas to play/swim in, a lazy river, a pirate slide and a place to get some quick grub.

Thanks for stopping by. Do you have any tips to share from your last WDW Vacation? Love to hear them in the Comments --->





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26 January 2014

Get Ready To Join The Act - In #Disney's Oscar Nominated Film "FroZen"

Get Ready “Frozen” audiences - YOU are invited to join the act—literally—as more than 1,000 theaters nationwide introduce an all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014!!!



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FANS GET IN ON THE ACT:
ALL-NEW SING-ALONG VERSION OF DISNEY’S “FROZEN” HITS THEATERS NATIONWIDE JAN. 31, 2014

Moviegoer Response to Film’s Original Songs Triggers Sing-Along Experience in More Than 1000 Theaters

BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2014) – “Frozen” audiences are invited to join the act—literally—as more than 1000 theaters nationwide introduce an all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014.

“‘Frozen’ fans have embraced the film’s original songs and its soundtrack with such passion—there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like ‘Let It Go’—we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president, theatrical distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s a great opportunity for families to get together and have some fun with these songs.”

According to Hollis, on-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake will accompany select showings; moviegoers can check local listings for showtimes and theaters. The duration of the sing-along run will vary by theater.

Disney’s “Frozen” received two Oscar® nominations, including best animated feature and best original song (“Let It Go”). Named best animated film by more than a dozen critics associations, the film won a Golden Globe® for best animated feature, two Critics Choice Movie Awards, including best animated feature and best song (“Let It Go”), and a Producers Guild of America Award for outstanding animated feature.

In wide release since November 27, the film posted the No. 1 all-time Thanksgiving debut and the largest opening ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. “Frozen,” WDAS’ 53rd feature film, has earned more than $773 million worldwide, including $337` million domestically. The film’s soundtrack was No. 1 in the Billboard top 200 for two straight weeks.

Now Available - Five New Hair-Raising #Disney Infinity “Tangled” Toy Boxes

Today, Disney Interactive is releasing the winners of the Disney Infinity “Tangled” Toy Box challenge. Players were tasked with building new Toy Boxes inspired by the popular film “Tangled” and were encouraged to use their Rapunzel Toy Box Chests, which include her Tower, and Rapunzel themed power discs to enhance their creations.

Check out the latest episode of the web series, “The Disney Infinity Top 5 Toy Box Countdown,” for a look at the winning submissions

Winning “Tangled” submissions include:

·         Rapunzel's Rumble - Rapunzel vs. Ruffians & Thugs: Return to your tower! Rules: 1 player only. Use only the items found within the level.
·         Hidden Worlds - A Tangled tribute to the Disney game of the same name. Find four items: the flamingo, golden flower, tiki statue and plush hearts.
·         Tangled Hair - Ride up and down leftover strands of Rapunzel's hair to get to the top of the tower.
·         Maximus Speed - Rapunzel wants to see the lanterns, but they've already started! Get her and bring her to see them before they're over.
·         Tangled Race - Race around the kingdom and visit Rapunzel's tower! Good luck!

Available Right Now - Lion King in Disney's Hidden Worlds

Hakuna Mata! Classic Scene from The Lion King Now playable in Disney Hidden Worlds for a Limited Time

For a limited time starting today, Disney Hidden Worlds, the hidden object adventure game for Facebook and mobile devices, has just been updated with an iconic scene from the animated classic “The Lion King” for fans to search and explore!

Download (iOS | Android) or log on to Disney Hidden Worlds today and enter a world of imagination where Disney stories come to life!


Be on the lookout, many more beloved Disney animated films are coming to Disney Hidden Worlds soon! Dive into the magical moments of Disney Hidden Worlds.

Thanks for stopping by and a big thanks to Disney Interactive for the update. 

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24 January 2014

Freakout Friday ~ The Cronut - No Words Can Describe It

Words No, Taste Yes !  - I was not prepared for how good this thing tasted.



This is my review of the Croissant - Doughnut

Located at Epcot in the Refreshment Port Stand, Run, not Walk when you enter the front gate. After going through Future World head toward World Showcase and after the bridge turn right it 's the first stand on the right.

IT's brand new and very delicious - But It's not just a donut or a croissant it's a combo of both. Simply called the Croissant - Doughtnut, it's a combo that is simply awesome. Talk about melt in mouth treat, this one is tossed in Cinnamon and Sugar making the taste even sweeter.  It looks like a donut but, has that croissant texture too it. It has the sweet taste of a donut and the flakiness of a croissant. My favorite part was how soft, light and puffy it was. I love donuts and croissants so this combo is right up my alley.  When I say I love it, I did and could have probably eaten a dozen. lol.

Priced at $4.49 and for more delightfully sinful taste you can get it a la mode for $5.79. I will be trying that next but I wanted to get it plain first.

Thanks for stopping by ;-) Will You be trying one? Or Have You?


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23 January 2014

#ThrowbackThursday - Playing The Phineas and Ferb - Waffel-inator at D23 Expo Last Summer

Being a Huge Phineas and Ferb Fan, This was a Great way to start the Day !

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Looking back at Summer 2013,  I'm thinking of warmer days indeed. At the D23 Expo there was a really fun game with the Phineas and Ferb gang. If you dare you could try and launch waffles.


This challenge was particularly hard using a (what looked like an old tv camera) waffle launcher and trying to aim it high enough to hit the building to score was just to funny. The sound that it made when launching the waffles was VERY LOUD, like someone being launched out of a cannon.  I loved the replica of the Dr. Doofenshmirtz evil headquarters. It was a great morning and the free breakfast of waffles wasn't bad either. Meeting a lot of the cast and watching them try it was hysterical, nobody was good at this game. But, it was a great memory and that's today Throwback Thursday


Some of the cast of Phineas and Ferb and the creators - Including Vincent Martella (Phineas), Alyson Stoner (Isabella) and Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh

Thanks for stopping by....
Who's your favorite Phineas and Ferb character ? 


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This Is So Cool - Disney's #Frozen - "Let It Go" Multi-Language Full Sequence



With FROZEN still playing in theatres everywhere, hear "Let It Go" in 25 different languages in the new multi-language sequence that is now available. This is so cool, Enjoy ;-) 

“Like FROZEN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen

Follow FROZEN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyAnimation

Visit the official website: http://www.disney.com/frozen  

Thanks to Walt Disney Studios !

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D23 UNLOCKS THE MAGIC OF DISNEY WITH A NEW YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEMBER EVENTS

Looks Like it's going to be another Magical Year - D-Fans !

I'm very much looking forward to the return of the Fanniversary (my 3rd) again this year. It has so many behind the scenes Disney moments and it's so exciting to see all that cool stuff 

In 2014, The Official Disney Fan Club Will Travel to New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Other Cities as Well as Walt Disney World Resort

BURBANK, Calif. – January 21, 2014 – This year, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will reach out to fans across the country with a wide array of uniquely magical Disney experiences for members.

DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H20 Plus: Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” It’s in that spirit that guests this summer will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear.Destination D: Attraction Rewind, held July 26 and 27 at Walt Disney World Resort, 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 revealing stories. In addition, several presentations will be dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which spawned beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress.

MARY POPPINS 50th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING: On August 24, 2014—nearly 50 years to the day on which this beloved classic premiered—D23 will celebrate with a very special screening event.

D23’S DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: For the third year in a row, D23 will hit the road, visiting 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, D23’s Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, New York City, Seattle, and other cities in fall 2014. Fanniversary 2014 will revisit some of the most 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. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission prices and surprises created for D23 Members in attendance.

21 January 2014

Wordless Wednesday -- Disney Parades

Focused on the Magic


 Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday and I wanted to share a great Walt Disney World parade.


 I love the look on my kids faces as the parade goes down Main Street and of course I'm so excited to see Mickey and Minnie too. We love waiting by the Firehouse to get the best pics. 

 Thanks for stopping by and Have and Magical Day. A really big thanks to Deb, be sure and check out more pics on the WW hop @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/




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20 January 2014

Love Is In the Air - Special WDW Valentine's Day Smiles

Welcome

With Valentine's Day right around the corner - I decided to feature 2 Princesses.
Cinderella and Abby..
Meeting the characeters is a must do on every trip and you can see why in the photo. Some of my most treasured moments are at the Character Meet-ups. Put them on your WDW must Do List, and don't worry about the ages all kids are welcome, even grown-ups.

Cinderella and My Girl
Who's Your Favorite CHARACTER to find?

Have Magical Day !


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19 January 2014

DISNEY INFINITY: "Pirates Adventure Challenge" Top 5 Toy Box Countdown



Disney Interactive is releasing the winners of the Disney Infinity “Pirates Adventure” Toy Box challenge. Players were tasked with creating ARGH-mazing Toy Boxes utilizing many of the Pirates of the Caribbean items that are available. Check out the latest episode of the new web series featuring the top global Toy Box of the week, “EpicPirateCombat,” where players will need to get to the “Dragon’s Den” to save the trapped Princess: 


Here are The Winning “Pirates Adventure” submissions include: 

·         EpicPirateCombat – Reach the “Dragon’s Den” to free the trapped Princess! Rules: no flying, gliding or hovering.
·         Man the Cannons! – Avast matey! Board ye ship and destroy the pirate fort. Send those 3 ships down to the locker while ye at it!
·         Blast and Seek – Choose your side in a two-player pirate ship battle and take a walk in the village.
·         TreasureHuntRace – Race round the Pirate Island Racetrack and then help Jack Sparrow find the X and get the buried treasure!
·         Blackbeard’s Map – Use the map to find the 10 hidden chests – all leading to the greatest treasure of all… The Fountain of Youth!



17 January 2014

Flashback #Friday - No More Toddlers Just More Drama


As I was saying goodnight to my kids last night, I released how much they have grown. I know that it is life to grow up but I miss them being little. It seems like there's less togetherness and more texting and video gaming going on. With age comes more independence and I'm happy they are so strong willed but it's the little things like hugs, hanging out with us and please less "NO" that I really miss. I hear that word a lot and I remember when they couldn't talk and they were so open to just following me around with smiles on their faces.

I have been on a quest to stay involved with their lives both at school and home, because it seems in this busy world I was told most parents don't ask a lot of questions. I am after all very interested in what my kids are doing and I have told them they can talk to me about anything. As they have grown there is sometimes less talking from them and more of me preaching I often think they are hearing Charlie Brown's teacher - you know the wonk, wonk wonk, sounds. But I do think they understand where I'm coming from.

I know the world is a busy place but, I always want to make time for my kids. Sometimes I realize I'm the one working on my computer/iPhone but, I have always said if you need me you come and get me.












This is dedicated to 2 of the most loved kids in the world ;-)


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16 January 2014

Who would go into a show called "ICE" with shorts and flops on?

I think what I loved about this ICE show was that it was based on one of my most favorite Holiday Cartoons ever, Frosty The Snowman. I won tickets from Dunkin' Donuts on twitter and I was so thrilled it was something very cool, no pun intended. But, I wasn't prepared for the below freezing temps inside. Yes, being in Florida I'm used to being warm now and in shorts and flops and that's how I entered. Big Mistake and I kinda knew it was because, everybody ahead of me was in their total winter gear. Hats, gloves, scarves and boots, I knew I was in trouble.


As soon as I entered into the giant A/C room it all came back to me, living in the freezing cold North, I used to live there not to long ago and feeling my feet freeze I had remembered why I didn't like the cold. It was a balmy 9 degrees inside and the bottom line was I loved the exhibit and spent about 10 minutes total to see the whole thing. There was no hanging out for me, although I would have liked to. And the one saving grace was they gave you a Parka before you went in, so instead of maybe 5 minutes of the show I got 10.

I can't wait to go next year it was truly amazing how the Ice Sculptures looked, It was truly  beautiful in there. The artists who spent hours sculpting are so talented. I loved it despite being Frozen myself and the Ice Slide which was incredible hopefully will be back next year. I wasn't going to try that in Shorts, can you say frostbite butt. lol.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope next year you will check out the new theme at ICE located at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida very close to Walt Disney World . I'm hoping it will be a "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" theme next year, yes they asked and that was my vote ;-)

Disclaimer: I won 2 tickets to go see ICE from Dunkin Donuts. All opinions are my own and are never influenced by anyone.

Ice Slide on Left 


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15 January 2014

#Disney Magical World Coming to Nintendo - Spring 2014

 Hello and Welcome - I wanted to pass on some info about a very fun Disney game.

 Nintendo and Disney Interactive announced Disney Magical World, an all-new adventure lifestyle RPG for the Nintendo 3DS that will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on April 11, 2014.

Disney Magical World allows gamers to interact with Disney characters in a variety of Disney-themed worlds to find missing items, solve problems, and use magic to defeat all monsters.







To learn more about Disney Magical World, please visit the Disney Interactive Blog.









A big thanks to Disney Interactive for all the info - Have a magical Day - D-peeps ;-)


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14 January 2014

Wordless Wednesday - "S" is for Some Disney Sweets

 
Focused on the Magic


Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday and I hope you take time and Enjoy the Sweets ! Which one is your Favorite at WDW ?








A big thanks to Deb and for more great pics stop by all the other sweet blogs @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/


 Have A MagicaL Day ;-)














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10 January 2014

D23 MEMBERS SAVE BIG WITH NEW, EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS AND OFFERS FROM DISNEY AND BEYOND



Members of The Official Disney Fan Club Can Now Save Hundreds of Dollars with Adventures By Disney, Disney Store, Disney on Broadway, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and More!
BURBANK, Calif. – January 7, 2014 – Whether they’re headed to a Disney Park or staying close to home, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can save hundreds of dollars on shopping, entertainment, and their next Disney adventure when they present a D23 Membership Card or use special member-only online codes.
To kick off the New Year, D23 is proud to offer savings with partners from around The Walt Disney Company, including:
  • 10% off all purchases of more than $50 made at Disney Store locations or on DisneyStore.com through March 31
  • D23 Members-only ticket prices for Newsies on Broadway
  • Savings on tickets to see The Wind Rises and Lady and the Tramp at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
  • Special rates on all Disney magazines
  • A member-exclusive discount on tickets to experience D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
Also included in the more than three dozen special offers for D23 Members are terrific savings on hotels, restaurants, and stores in and around Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, including:
  • Discounted rates at Howard Johnson Anaheim, Carousel Inn & Suites, and the Anabella Hotel located near Disneyland Resort; as well as at Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, and B Resort located near Walt Disney World Resort
  • 10% savings on activities at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre and on merchandise at CURL® by Sammy Duvall at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Savings on sweet purchases made at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, either online or in its two Disney Park shops, as well as at the El Capitan Theatre
  • 10% off purchases at all RIDEMAKERZ® and Apricot Lane locations
  • Dining discounts in and around Disneyland Resort including House of Blues Anaheim, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Catal, Uva Bar, Naples, Tortilla Joe’s, Earl of Sandwich, ESPN Zone, The Pizza Press, and Tangerine Grill
In addition, D23 Members can take advantage of a host of ongoing offers online and around the country developed exclusively for them, including:
  • Terrific attractions around the country, including The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline, Mo., the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, N.C., Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, Calif., and Madame Tussauds Hollywood
  • 10% off SuperShuttle bookings, ideal when headed to the airport for your next Disney destination
  • Online shopping discounts at H20+, Brookstone.com, the ABC TV Store, Jelly Belly, ACME Archives, Van Eaton Galleries, Sprint, and more

Muppets Most Wanted - Very Funny New Video



MUPPETS MOST WANTED opens in theaters on March 21, 2014!   #MuppetsMostWanted 
Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

DISNEY INFINITY 411 : "Heroes v. Villains" Top 5 Toy Box Countdown




Disney Interactive is releasing the winners of the Disney Infinity “Heroes vs. Villains” Toy Box challenge. Players were tasked with creating innovative Toy Boxes where they size up heroes against villains, bringing both sides to life.  Check out the latest episode of the new web series featuring the top global Toy Box of the week – “Ralph vs. Turbo” – and see who might win in a race to help Vanellope: Check out the Video ABove 

09 January 2014

Be Our Guest ! Great Food and A Great Host, The Beast Himself



 From the moment it was announced that there would be another Castle with a restaurant in it  there was reason to celebrate. It was being added to the New Fantasyland, and reservations were being taken for this grand new restaurant way in advance. I waited 2 hours to get through and then finally it would be right around my son's birthday (December) and I thought that was perfect to celebrate his day in Beast's Castle eating a great meal.

When we got to the entrance of New Fantasyland approaching Beast's Castle everything looked just like in the movie "Beauty and The Beast". The bridge crossing over the water, the waterfall in the back of the castle and the doors leading into the castle.  Once inside you were greeted and escorted in like royalty.  The hallway had men in armor lined up and down and the dining room was as grand as the ballroom dance scene in the movie. Large windows in the back with falling snow coming down, a balcony all around the top and a beautiful mural on the ceiling with cherubs.

We ordered ~
Thyme-scented Pork Rack Chop
with Au Gratin Macaroni, Seasonal Vegetables, and Red Wine Jus

Pan-seared Salmon on Leek Fondue
served with Creamy Saffron-crushed Potatoes 


Layered Ratatouille
Oven-baked Zucchini, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Caramelized Onions sliced and layered on Quinoa served with a Bell Pepper Sauce 

After dinner, a very elegant see through cart is rolled up to your table and you can pick from a variety of delicious looking desserts. And these were our choices for the night ~
  






Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake
Vanilla Sponge Cake, Strawberry Mousse Filling, and Cream Cheese Icing 

Triple Chocolate Cupcake
Chocolate Sponge Cake, Chocolate Mousse Filling, and Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Cream Puff
filled with Chocolate Mousse topped with Whipped Cream 
And because it was my son's Birthday we got to try the Grey Stuff and it really was delicious. It was a chocolate frosting with candy pearls on it and all edible.   He was sang to by the cast members and the night was complete. 

At the end of our dinner we got to meet the Beast himself in one of the front rooms, we had our pictures taken with him, it was so cool. He walks around while dinner is going on and waves to his guests.

The food and service were wonderful and I can't say enough about the whole ambiance of the Castle. It truly felt like you were in the movie, remembering each scene and you feel like your there as you walk though the door. The attention to detail was spectacular from each of the dining rooms, the West Wing and even the hallways are decorated just like his castle.

Thanks for joining me today !!! Hope you enjoy "Be Our Guest" Restaurant ! If you have what was your favorite part?


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