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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales DIGITAL MOVIE REVIEW

Yo ho yo ho a pirate’s life for me! Looking for a way to celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day”? Look no further than the latest Disney digital movie release-PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. In fact, if you have been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, I bet you just read that movie title in the same voice as the iconic ride. This rollicking adventure finds my favorite Disney character, Captain Jack Sparrow, trading away his beloved compass and trying to escape from a ghostly crew led by Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem). Johnny Depp is amazing once again as Captain Jack. It is so cool that even in the Blooper bonus footage, he stays in the character of Captain Jack.  I believe Jack and Johnny share the same soul! PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is the 5th movie in the franchise.  I can’t believe my daughter was only 6 when we took her to the first movie in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, in 2003. She celebrated her birthday in 4th grade at the Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead Man’s Chest in 2006.  I remember carving out time on a family vacation to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End in 2007. When she was in 3rd grade, my other daughter dressed up like Captain Jack for a biography speech on Johnny Depp. We were even lucky enough to go the Disneyland red carpet event for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011.  My husband got his first pirate tattoo last summer…”Take What You Can, Give Nothing Back” with a skull and crossbones. Clearly we are a pirate loving household. Now PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is part of our family story. The September 19th digital movie is just what we needed to hold us over until the Blu-Ray release on October 3, 2017.  If you are like my family, and you wish you could act like a pirate more often than you do, then be sure to get a copy of the digital movie as well as the Blu-Ray on October 3rd.  If you choose not to, there may be rough waters ahead for ya. Ye be warned!

Walt Disney World Resort Update – Information on Hurricane Irma

Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks and Disney Springs® will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 with normal, advertised operating hours. Special events, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, will also take place. Water Parks will remain closed tomorrow and will reopen later this week.

Magic Kingdom® Park – 9:00am-7:00pm, with an added Extra Magic Hour beginning at 8:00am for Resort Guests who weathered the storm with us
Epcot® – 9:00am-9:00pm, with previously scheduled Extra Magic Hours from 9:00-11:00 pm for Resort Guests
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – 9:00am-9:00pm
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – 9:00am-9:00pm
Disney Springs® – 10:00am-12:00am
Disney’s Blizzard Beach® Water Park – Closed
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon® Water Park – Closed

All Disney Resorts will begin normal operation Sept. 12, 2017 with the exception of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground will remain closed at this time while assessments to the property are completed. To allow Disney’s Fort Wilderness to prepare the property after Hurricane Irma, all shows at The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ will be cancelled Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Any existing reservations will be automatically cancelled and refunded.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas are scheduled to re-open on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Disney’s Vero Beach and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resorts will remain closed at this time.

Guest Transportation will be available beginning Tuesday morning, Sept.12, 2017.

On Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, the only select restaurants at Disney Resort hotels are open for Disney Resort Guests. We are not taking reservations for Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, any existing reservations have been cancelled, and any prepaid dining and premium experiences will be automatically cancelled and/or refunded. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Guests staying at our Disney Resorts should refer to information within their resort for available dining options today.

Disney Reservation Center will resume operations Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

Guests requiring assistance due to canceled Night of Joy on Sept. 9, 2017 or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Sept. 10, 2017 should call (407) 939-7818 by Jan. 31, 2018 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM., or email us at Please have your tickets available so we may process your request for you as quickly as possible. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

For more information, review frequently asked questions regarding our hurricane policy.

Disneynature BORN IN CHINA Review

Disneynature has done it again.  These amazing filmmakers have taken us to places rarely visited and shown us never-before-seen footage.  Disneynature BORN IN CHINA introduces us to animals and habitats that are simply breathtaking.  The film focuses on three animal families-a snow leopard and her cubs, a giant panda and her daughter, and a young golden snub-nosed monkey.  We also get to see red-crown cranes and Tibetan antelope. Disneynature has a way of pulling us into their films so that we truly come to care about these animals.  What better way to bring light to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund?  I cannot wait to show this to my 5th grade students when we study animals and habitats from around the world.  Before that though, I plan on playing the bonus extras.  The way this crew battled everyday through harsh weather and hiking conditions is the epitome of perseverance.  To literally climb mountains and walk though bamboo forests just to sit and wait for a giant panda to come into the area takes true patience.  They waited for a month before they saw the amazing animal come into focus. I want my students to see the reward for hard work.  You just have to see it to believe it!  Disneynature BORN IN CHINA is now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.  If you are an animal lover and a fan of all things Disney, then you must pick up of copy this nature masterpiece.

STAR WARS REBELS-Complete Season Three Blu-Ray Review

If you need something to fill the void in your life between the Star Wars  franchise feature films, then STAR WARS REBELS-Complete Season Three now on Blu-Ray is the perfect purchase.  For those of us who saw Star Wars:Episode IV A New Hope in a theater way back in 1977, it is so cool that the story continues to draw in new generations. Of course I was only 6 at the time, but I still remember hiding behind the couch whenever someone mentioned Darth Vadar.  My college age daughter jumped into the Star Wars world when we took her to see Revenge of the Sith for her 8th birthday.  She was hooked after that and wanted to see them all.  Now kids and adults have the chance to follow their favorite characters in STAR WARS REBELS.  This series is not your typical “cartoon.” The animation is truly unbelievable.  Watching it, I actually forgot I wasn’t watching live footage.  Even in the behind the scenes bonus extras, it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the live action and animated material as the cast and crew discuss it. Top notch for sure!  STAR WARS REBELS: COMPLETE SEASON THREE is packed with action and adventure as the rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet against the Empire. The Blu-Ray bonus features have all of the crew commentary and backstage footage that I absolutely love.  In fact, I tend to watch all of that first.  Stephen Stanton is amazing with his voice work for Obi Wan.  He sounds exactly like Alec Guinness.  I loved watching the crew turn and look at each other when he read his first line.  Fans who love all things Star Wars must have a copy of STAR WARS REBELS-Complete Season Three on Blu-Ray. What better way to get us through until The Last Jedi in December 2017 and Star Wars Land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019? Use the force and get yourself a copy today!

THE LION KING-The Circle of Life Edition

There may not be a Disney animated feature that stirs up emotions as much as THE LION KING.  Disneys THE LION KING, originally released in 1994, is a classic that has stood the test of time. For over 20 years, generations have been able to enjoy an amazing storyline, an award winning soundtrack, and characters we all love.  The relationship between Simba and his father, Mufasa, is one that pulls at the heart strings and brings a smile to your face.  Zany sidekicks Timon and Pumbaa are true comic relief in a sometimes heavy storyline-remember the first time you watched Mufasa fall?  Simba’s uncle Scar and his hyena underlings are iconic Disney villains. THE LION KING-The Circle of Life Edition includes the Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital versions.  There are some outstanding bonus extras. Be sure to check out The Recording Sessions and watch the actors bring their characters to life in the studio.  Inside the Story Room has the behind the scenes footage that I love.  I could watch the crew go through the storyboards all day long. I think it is so cool that they can basically act out the whole movie just by using the storyboards.  (I have even incorporated US history storyboards into my classroom lesson plans!) There are bloopers with the animated characters and great interviews.  The interview with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane was too short.  I want more!  The kind has certainly returned in this newest Walt Disney Signature Collection release.  Take time out of your stressful day to go back to the pridelands and lose yourself in THE LION KING-The Circle of Life Edition.  Hakuna Matata!

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I have always thought the premise for Disney Descendants was awesome.  What could be better than the children of our favorite heroes and villains interacting with one another? So cool!  Descendants introduced us to Mal (daughter of Maleficent), Carlos (son of Cruella de Vil), Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen), Jay (son of Jafar), and Ben (son of Belle and Beast). The gang is back together in Descendants 2 for another adventure. This time they face some villains from their past-Uma (daughter of Ursula) and Harry Hook (son of Captain Hook).  When Mal is conflicted between being good and going back to her evil roots, she heads to the Isle of the Lost.  There she is confronted by her nemesis, Uma.  Along the way there are so many catchy songs and amazing dance numbers.  The costuming is outstanding as well.  I think we will be seeing a lot of these Halloween costumes this fall.  With a talented cast like Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, and China Anne McClain, Descendants 2 will have you singing along in no time.  The DVD includes several bonuses like Cast Secrets, Bloopers, Deleted Songs, and the animated series, “Descendants:Wicked World.”  Whether you lean toward the hero side or the villain side, you will not be disappointed with Disney Descendants 2.  After spending some time with Mal and her friends, will you be W-I-C-K-E-D or Chillin’ Like a Villain?  Guess only time will tell.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI / Behind-the-Scenes Look Now Available

A new behind-the-scenes look at STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI just debuted at D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Director Rian Johnson surprised fans with on-stage appearances by cast members Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Photos – Cosplay at D23 Expo – Part 3

All photos courtesy of D23

How Disney Does Fireworks

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has debuted its first new fireworks show in 14 years. The show is packed with state-of-the-art projection mapping, lasers, pyrotechnics, and of course, fireworks.

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