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Disney’s MICKEY and the ROADSTER RACERS DVD Review

Mickey and his pals are revving up their engines in Disney’s Mickey and the Roadster Racers, now on DVD. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy team up in 8 adventures in their roadster race cars. If your children love Mickey and his pals,then they will love them zooming around town and helping their friends in need.  Disney Junior has a hit on its hands for sure!  The bonus features also includes 2 music videos that the little ones will really enjoy.  I for one want to get my hands on Mickey’s hat! (It resembles Dipper’s hat from Gravity Falls)  I also can’t wait to check out all of the Roadster Racers merchandise next time I go to the Disney store or to the parks.  How cool would it be for the Tomorrowland Speedway to be transformed into the Roadster Racers cars!  Their helmets would be awesome to wear too–ears and all!  Disney’s Mickey and the Roadster Racers on DVD is a must have for your family.  Ready. Set. Go out and get your copy now!

8 Ways to Have a Luxury Disney Vacation

If your version of a Disney vacation means chaos, long waits, and too many giant turkey legs, you’re doing it all wrong. Discover how the other half does Disney, from the absolute best lodging and dining to guided tours and even how to host your own private party inside the parks.

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ELENA and the SECRET of AVALOR-The Magic Within: REVIEW

Disney’s Elena and the Secret of Avalor-The Magic Within is now available on DVD. This full-length animated feature will take you back to the beginning of the Elena of Avalor story.  Brave Sophia of Sophia the First has been chosen to free Princess Elena from the enchanted amulet.  Once freed, the two work together to take back the kingdom from the evil Queen Shuriki. I love this story because the two girls didn’t wait around for a prince to save the day.  They knew what needed to be done and took charge of the situation.  With the help of some magical friends, they were able to unite Elena with her sister and grandparents and reclaim her rightful throne.  The DVD comes with the full-length feature and several bonus episodes.  The animation is fantastic and the music is entertaining.  Disney’s Elena and the Secret of Avalor-The Magic Within is sure to inspire the youngsters in your family to never give up no matter what obstacles someone may put in your way.  This is just the beginning for these princesses.  I just know even greater adventures await them.

SNEAK PEEK OF DISNEY’S ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ BEGINS THIS WEEKEND AT DISNEY PARKS

For a limited time starting this weekend, a sneak peek of Disney’s epic new live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort, and in the Sunset Showcase Theater at Disney California Adventure® Park at Disneyland® Resort, where it can be seen in 3D with special in-theater effects. Each sneak peek location will feature an advance look at a scene from the film, along with a display showcasing a collection of props and costume pieces actually used in the film’s production.

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

This special 8-minute preview from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” begins Feb. 10, 2017 and will be available at Disney Parks for a limited time through March 26, 2017.

You can discover the timeless tale of “Beauty and the Beast” when the film opens in U.S. theaters in 3D on March 17, 2017.

10 Reasons Disneyland Is More Magical Than Disney World

s Disney World better than Disneyland?

It’s a question that’s been debated amongst Disney lovers for decades. East coast versus West coast. The Grand Floridian versus The Grand Californian. The Matterhorn Bobsleds versus, well, The Laugh Floor?

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SNEAK PEEK FROM DISNEY’S ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ STARTING FEB. 10 AT DISNEY PARKS

Beginning Feb. 10, 2017, you will be able to preview a scene from Disney’s epic new live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast” in sneak peeks planned for Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts.

At Disney California Adventure® Park, the preview of “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, you will get to see this advance look at a segment from the film as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction. Each sneak peek location will also include a display featuring a collection of props and costume pieces actually used in the film’s production.

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar® winner Tim Rice.

Magic Kingdom Shines The Spotlight On Five Pro Bowl Football Stars Jan. 27 With A Celebration Parade Down Main Street, U.S.A.

Their gridiron accomplishments made them standouts worthy of selection for the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl. But even before Sunday’s classic game at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, five NFL Pro Bowl stars – wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos, tight ends Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers and Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans and linebacker Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers – will share in another spotlight: a celebration parade Friday, Jan. 27 down Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort.

In the grand Disney style of celebrating achievement by sports stars and celebrities in other fields, Walt Disney World will strike up the music, shower down the confetti and treat the NFL stars to a special welcome only Disney can do. Park guests and football fans alike can take it all in, beginning with parade step-off at 2:30 p.m.

The five Pro Bowlers will be joined in the parade by Mickey Mouse and his pals, NFL cheerleaders, finalists for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award and kids and families from Make-a-Wish Central and Northern Florida and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

The parade is one of several activities taking place during Pro Bowl Week which includes events at Disney Springs, Epcot and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is the site of the NFL Pro Bowl Experience, an interactive family-friendly event taking place Wednesday through Saturday. Other events feature fan experiences, free admission to team practices, a 5K run, youth and high school football events and much more.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played Sunday night, airing live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. It will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format. Sunday’s game marks only the fourth time the Pro Bowl has been played in Florida – and its first-ever appearance in Orlando.

Disney QUEEN OF KATWE Review

Disney has done it again with the release of QUEEN OF KATWE, now on Blu-Ray and Digital HD.  This is the inspirational true tale of a young girl from the slums of Uganda who reaches her dreams through the game of chess. Coming from such a difficult life, Phiona sets her sights on something better for herself and her family.  She joins a local chess team of children who cannot afford to attend school.  Here they learn the game of chess as well as life lessons. When they go to an affluent school to compete in a tournament, they are at first intimidated by the other students who have better clothes, better beds, and better opportunities.  They soon realize they are able to be equals once they sit in front of the chess board.  They gain confidence and see they too can be winners in life.  QUEEN OF KATWE stars Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Phiona’s mother, David Oyelowo as Coach, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga as Phiona. This is such a powerful story for those who think their current circumstances will not allow them to succeed.  I am anxious to show this film to my students. Many times the students in my inner city school do not believe that they can achieve much or that they have bright futures.  QUEEN OF KATWE will show them that they too can be champions.  The feature film is fantastic!  Be sure to watch the Bonus Features with behind-the-scenes footage of the cast, crew, and the actual chess players of Katwe, including Phiona herself. QUEEN OF KATWE is a must-have movie for anyone who wants to be inspired.

The Lion Guard-Life in the Pride Lands Review

Disney’s The Lion Guard-Life in the Pride Lands, now on DVD, is full of adventure and fun for the whole family.  Those of us who enjoy Disney’s full length feature The Lion King will be thoroughly entertained by this next generation of animals on the Pride Lands.  As the son of Simba and Nala, Kion has pledged to defend the Pride Lands and protect the Circle of Life.  Kino and his friends Bunga the honey badger, Beshte the hippo, Fuli the cheetah and Ono the egret are all part of the Lion Guard. Working together, they make sure the animals of the Pride Lands respect the Circle of Life.  Small children will love the characters and will learn lessons about different animals in Africa. This DVD includes 5 full episodes, 2 bonus music videos, and 6 shorts.  By the end of the show, you will be pledging to protect the animals and roaring along with Kion.  With fun songs, plenty of humor, and some animal education, you can’t beat Disney’s The Lion Guard-Life in the Pride Lands.

TRAVEL WEEKLY READERS NAME DISNEY VACATION EXPERIENCES AS THE BEST

Travel Weekly recently unveiled its winners for the trade publication’s latest Readers Choice Awards and we’re honored to have made the list – not once, not twice, but three times!

Readers named Adventures by Disney® as the best tour operator in the “adventure” category, Disney Cruise Line as the best “family experience” cruise line and Walt Disney World Resort as the best “theme park.”

The winners, ranging from hotels to tour operators and airlines to cruise lines in a total of 78 categories, represent the finest in travel and we couldn’t be more honored to be among them.

Whether you’re looking to explore faraway lands with Adventures by Disney, sail the high seas with Disney Cruise Line or discover the magic of Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.