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Disney DESCENDANTS 2 DVD Review

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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Disney’s Bambi – Bonus Clips

We’ve got some great bonus material to share with you today from Disney’s Bambi. The clips below showcase the early character designs and art styles that went into developing the Bambi we all know and love today. We also have some of the Tyrus Wong’s art that inspired the backgrounds that gave Bambi its unique style.

Bambi | Bambi Effect

Bambi | Grasshopper Deleted Scene

BEAUTY and the BEAST Review

Tale as old as time.  Be our guest.  Kill the beast.  Those three phrases probably just sparked some singing in your head right now.  Or maybe you are belting it out in your living room.  Either way, these iconic lyrics have been shared with Disney fans since 1991 with Disney’s original animated feature BEAUTY and the BEAST. 

Now the adventure is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD as a live-action adaptation. This film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, and Josh Gad as LeFou.  This is a star packed movie as Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson round out the cast. It is unbelievable that Disney was able to put all of these talented people together for this grand tale. The story you love is literally brought to life with the wonderful songs you have come to expect with a Disney classic. Emma Watson is beautiful, smart, and strong as Belle.  I love that she is so interested in inventions. Her version of Belle may make her one of the first females to study STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).  It is so cool to watch the bonus extra that shows how Dan Stevens brought the Beast to life.  He must have calves of steel to do all of his scenes on those stilts and in that suit! My absolute favorite bonus extra was Enchanted Table Read. The whole cast is there to read through the script and to bring the complete story to life through actually performing the musical scenes.  Oh to be at that table that day! I also enjoyed the interviews with Disney Legend Alan Menken.  It must be exciting for him to see his songs inspire so many people. I have seen the animated classic countless times, and I have seen the stage production of Beauty and the Beast. I was happy to now add the live-action version to my collection.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD is a tale as old as time that must be a part of your life.  It is a magical experience that will have you waltzing through the dining room and maybe even talking to your teapot and candlesticks!

BAMBI-Anniversary Edition Review

I am sure everyone thinks of the same thing when the animated feature BAMBI is mentioned…..the fate of his mother.  What an iconic, yet very sad, scene from a Disney classic! It had been a long while since I had viewed Disney’s BAMBI, now on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD in an anniversary edition. I remembered my favorites, Thumper the bunny and Flower the skunk.  I remembered the ice skating scene. I remembered the moment Bambi is left alone in the forest.  What I did not remember was the amazing artwork from the legendary Disney animators.

It is so interesting to watch it with an adult eye.  As a child I wouldn’t have paid attention to the background artwork or the new techniques the Disney animators used. A few years ago I was lucky enough to see the famous Multiplane Camera when I took a tour of the Disney studios and archives in California. I was mesmerized watching the bonus extras and seeing behind the scenes. Studio Stories: Bambi and Inside Walt’s Story Meetings were just so interesting to me. I could literally watch the “making of” footage with Walt and his staff all day.  I also enjoyed The Bambi Effect.  In this bonus extra we get a glimpse into how BAMBI has influenced more recent Disney animated features like Zootopia and Moana. While kids today may be used to more action packed cartoons, BAMBI is a classic adventure that has actually shaped how animated features are made for modern audiences.  Sometimes it is nice to slow down and enjoy a Disney tale that our parents and grandparents grew up with.  The Anniversary Edition of Disney’s BAMBI is a must for any Disney movie collection.

Celebrate Dads On Father’s Day with 10 Fun Disney Faves for Fathers

Summer is here, which means it’s time to celebrate that special man: dearest Dad. At Walt Disney World Resort, Dads can be sure to enjoy days filled with magic and adventure. This nearly 40-square mile playground overflows with classic attractions, thrills, lively shows and fun for the entire family. Here’s some options to make dad feel like a king on Father’s Day and any day:

Travel to Pandora – The World of Avatar
Take Dad on a journey through Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest expansion: Pandora – The World of Avatar. After experiencing the attractions, Na’vi River Journey and Flight of Passage, head over to Windtraders, a themed retail offering in this mystical new land. There, Dad can create his personal Avatar at the ACE Avatar Maker experience. The guest is photographed and then a unique reveal will present the guest with their personalized avatar figure, which is roughly 12 inches tall. There are male, female and young child options to choose from along with accessory kits to customize their personal figure.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party
After a day exploring the parks, treat Dad to an epic show and dessert with Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This galactic party features a selection of specialty drinks and tasty sweets before the grand fireworks display begins. After tasty out-of-this-world desserts, enjoy the show in a special viewing area. Tickets can be purchased at DisneyWorld.com/dining. Park admission is not included.

Ride the Waves at Typhoon Lagoon
Dad can learn how to master the waves at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park with private surfing lessons. Instructors teach participants everything from standing on a surfboard to riding the waves in the park’s large wave pool. The 2.5 hour classes are small, with a maximum of 12 people per session to ensure the best experience. Participants must be age 8 or older to learn to ride the waves. Reservations can only be booked at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Private Surf site.

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SNEAK PEEK OF DISNEY•PIXAR’S “CARS 3” COMING TO DISNEY PARKS

If guests are visiting Disney Parks in the coming weeks, they’ll be able to preview scenes from Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” in sneak peeks planned for Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts.

At Disney California Adventure® Park, the preview of “Cars 3” will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Bug’s Life Theater, starting May 12, 2017. Beginning May 26, Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will get to see this advance look at a segment from the film as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction, where artwork and maquettes from the production will also be on display.

Freeform Makes Wedding Dreams Come True with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ Special Premiering May 7

“The Bachelor” alumni Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell take you behind the scenes of some truly fabulous weddings in Freeform’s “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” special, airing on SUNDAY, MAY 7, at 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. EDT. To get a sneak-peek look, click here.

Getting married is one of the most special days of your life and one you will never forget. For three exceptional couples, their weddings will include some Disney magic and elegance, as well as a few surprises thrown in, to give them the wedding they always dreamed of and more. And while three couples are entering wedded bliss, one lucky couple is just about to start their wedding journey with a proposal of a lifetime. Hosted by “The Bachelor” alums Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the one-of-a-kind weddings, including a surprise performance by the multiplatinum-selling a cappella group Pentatonix and magical engagements that take place at Disney Destinations around the globe.

The four couples featured in the special are:

Ruby and Eric from Oxnard, California
Ruby and Eric quickly got married at the courthouse seven years ago before Eric was deployed overseas. During his two deployments, Eric always vowed to give Ruby the wedding of her dreams and now he is finally able to deliver on this promise. With a breathtaking setting in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California, an unexpected carriage ride down Main Street U.S.A., and an even bigger surprise wedding serenade by Pentatonix, Ruby and Eric’s wedding is one for the history books.

Carolina and Isaiah from Phoenix, Arizona
Carolina was Isaiah’s “seventh grade girl of his dreams” and will now soon be his wife. This adventurous couple knew a traditional wedding wasn’t their style and decided on a “wedding-moon” in the Bahamas. With family and friends in tow, Carolina and Isaiah sail off on Disney Cruise Line for a romantic and fun Disney’s private island wedding adventure.

Taylor and Tyler from Dallas, Texas
Taylor and Tyler spend their magical day at Epcot in Florida. Taylor’s family has a deep history with The Walt Disney Company, with her father working for the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and her sister as a voice actor on Disney Channel’s “Star Wars Rebels.” With this family legacy, Taylor’s dream wedding has always been a Disney wedding. With a choreographed first dance and Taylor’s goal of making Tyler cry, this is sure to be a wedding viewers will never forget.

Melanie and Greg from Peoria, Illinois
Melanie thinks her boyfriend Greg is taking her on a fun vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to get away from the stresses of their life. The couple heads out on a sunrise safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, but unbeknownst to her, Melanie is in for the surprise of her life as Greg has prepared an unforgettable wedding proposal.

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” is a T Group and Roberts Media production and executive produced by Jenny Daly, Ann Lewis Roberts and Simon Lythgoe.