Disney’s New “Cinderella” First Look


The images are flat out breathtaking, there are no scary scenes I will be nervous about taking my timid daughter to, and the trailer gives me GOOSEBUMPS!  "Hooray!" for Disney's new upcoming film Cinderella, slated to be released in theatres in March 13, 2015. Actress Lilly James (the likable, hard-to-control "Lady Rose" from Downton Abbey) plays everyone's favorite princess, and promises to bring the role to life in this 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.     Disney's Cinderella Trailer Ahhh.... how we all know and love this story!  The trailer gives us a taste of just how luscious and enjoyable this film will be to watch.   This film will definitely be going on my family's "We're Seeing THAT in the Theatre" list!  Are you excited for the upcoming … [Read more...]

Walt Disney World Discount for Early 2015

Disney EPCOT Early 2015 Discount Deals

At last!  Hot off the presses, it's a new Walt Disney World Discount for Early 2015.  This is the one my family has personally been waiting for... as we are headed to Disney World during our absolute favorite time of the year:  January/February 2015! Disney has just released their special offer discount deals for Disney World, for early 2015 dates.   Looks like your choice of two offers - room discount, or Stay and Play package discount.  You can get a free vacation quote here. This combination of deals is perfect for my family, as we will be trying out our first "split stay"!  We'll be using the Stay and Play for a package for the first few nights, then heading to the ocean for two nights, then back to Disney to use the room only discount and stay at a Deluxe Resort.  Exciting! Here are the details: Walt Disney World Discount for Early 2015 For those of you thinking about a January-March Walt Disney World Vacation you won’t need anymore convincing! The popular Stay Play and … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Favorite Disney View

Disney kids with Mater

Welcome to the fun Disney Wordless Wednesday photo hop!  This week's theme is "Your Favorite View". *o*    *o*    *o* What an interesting theme.  Is my favorite view *of* something at Disney, or would the view be looking *out from* something at Disney?  After some thought, I realized the obvious.  My favorite view at Disney is "viewing" my kids taking it all in! Anticipation. Wonder. Silliness. Laughter. And love. Ok, and also I really love this view... because it means I'm about to ride my favorite attraction!  :)   *o*    *o*    *o* Thanks to Deb at Focused on the Magic for hosting!  Click on the button below to see more great Disney photos from this week.   … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Details to Love

Disney Details Main Street horse in harnass

This week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme is:  Disney in the Details! There are thousands of details which are cleverly and artfully woven together at Disney World, each delightful and unique.  For me, "details" doesn't just mean the tiny things.  It's anything that's above and beyond, that makes the whole experience extra special.  Here are a few of the Disney Details I love. Disney Details to Love I love Disney Details like... Snow falling outside my castle.  In Florida.  All year round. Snoring guards Towel Mickeys   Feeling like a world traveler, even when I'm not.  (Yet.) Lush landscaping Live horses on Main Street USA (wearing gold Mickey harnesses) Danish plates with frolicking characters & fireworks What are some of your favorite Disney details? *o*     *o*     *o* Thank you Deb at Focused On The Magic, for hosting this fun weekly Disney photo hop.  Click on the button below to see more great "Disney Detail" pictures from this week! … [Read more...]

Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” Opens Friday, 5/16 [Trailer]

Disney Million Dollar Arm

Disney's new movie "Million Dollar Arm" is slated to open in theatres this Friday, May 16th.  The film looks both engaging and heartwarming, and as a parent who appreciates PG-rated movies being produced, I definitely plan on my family seeing it. Based on a true story, the film premise is as follows: Sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, … [Read more...]

Disney World Free Dining Offer ~ 2014 Dates & Tips

Disney World Free Dining Offer 2014 Dates

Arguably the best deal Disney World runs is back, for special offer pricing on their vacation packages ~ free dining!  This is a fantastic deal, and one that my family has been able to take advantage of in the past, at times saving us over $1000. Now for the second year in a row, the Disney World Free Dining Offer has been extended for a nice range of dates starting in late summer 2014 on through even December. Disney World Free Dining Offer ~ Tips Some quick tips: The price of your trip will vary (even within these promotion dates) based on the dates of your stay.  I like to check HERE for a chart of Disney Resort rack room rates, which gives me an idea of how the prices fluctuate. Crowds will also vary significantly.  Touring Plans Crowd Calendar is my favorite site to check out the estimated crowd levels before I select my Disney vacation dates. When looking at the Disney World Free Dining Offer 2014 dates below, keep in mind that the offer has to be valid on your … [Read more...]

Disneynature BEARS Activity Sheets

Disneynature bears playing on mom

Earlier this week, I gave you a [3 trailer!] glimpse at the upcoming Disneynature film "Bears", and why seeing it in theatres during the first week can help out the National Park Foundation.  Now I'm here with Disneynature BEARS Activity Sheets for you, which is actually just one awesome downloadable file filled with some of the most colorful, diverse, and jammed-pack with fun movie activity sheets that I've seen! Disneynature BEARS Activity Sheets The Disneynature BEARS Activity Sheets start out with a cool bear information sheet for kids, helping us to appreciate why these massive, amazing creates are so important. All you have to do is grab this single Bears activity sheets download, and it will include multiple games with awesome colorful images, such as: Make your own bear mask Word search (with great background image) Ecosystem "Where Do Bears Live?" game with activity cards Compare your hand to a bear paw! Brown Bear adaptation cards & game (grades … [Read more...]

Disney Pressed Penny Money Holders

Make Your Own Disney Pressed Penny Money Containers

Sprinkled throughout the Disney Parks are pressed penny machines, adored by children of all ages.  Each typically features 3 designs to choose from, often themed to the attraction or land they are near. And kids are drawn to them like moths to a flame. Disney Pressed Penny Machines ~ The 51 Cent Souvenir At first, we resisted.  There’s so much to see, and do, (and spend money on) at Disney… surely this tiny thing can’t be that big of deal?  After awhile it occurred to me, that the resulting pressed penny is actually a pretty neat souvenir. They’re also cheap.  And small.  Both good things on vacation. Most machines currently take 51 cents:  2 quarters and 1 *shiny!* penny.  (There are a few pressed quarter machines, which cost a little more, but they are more rare.) But let's face it, having your child pester you for change every time they spot a Disney pressed penny machine can be annoying... even on a vacation when anything goes!  So when I heard about this … [Read more...]

See BEARS Protect Our National Parks [Trailers]

Disneynature Bears fishing

Living in a Rocky Mountain state, my love of bears is expressed in multiple ways.  Everything from that mix of hope and fear that I will spot one while hiking, to my penchant for using bear designs in my Colorado home's lodge decor.  So when I saw this year's new Disneynature film to be released in celebration of Earth Day was "Bears"... I was a very happy camper! See BEARS Protect Our National Parks You've perhaps seen the TV commercials where they say:  "See Bears Protect our national parks".  Well here's the scoop on what they are talking about, and how when you see the movie affects whether you can participate in this great campaign. If you go to see the new movie Bears in theatres during opening week (April 18-24, 2014) - Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to protect wildlife and wild places across America’s national park system. So there's your … [Read more...]

#DisneySide Link-Up Blog Party!

DisneySide Blog Hop

Were you able to join the fun this past few weeks, by hosting a #DisneySide Home Celebration Party?  The range of events from Disney Villain lunches, to Princess Play Dates, to breathtaking Frozen Themed Bashes were spectacular and inspiring.  At my house, we braved a wide age span and hosted a Disney Costume Party... for ages 2-14! My hosts and I would love for you to share your party post here.  Let's keep the pixie dust flying a little longer as we trade ideas... with the #DisneySide Link-Up Blog Party! How did you show off your #DisneySide?  #DisneySide Link-Up Blog Party Simply follow the directions in the Link up tool below. Add a direct link to your party post (no Link up posts please) and you are off to the hop. We all love reading comments so please leave a few as you hop.  You could start right here, for instance!  ;) Optional - Share the hop with friends so that we can see more parties!    *o*    *o*    *o* Disney Side Party Blog Hop is … [Read more...]