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Photos – Toy Story Land Exterior Construction and Signs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Check out photos from Toy Story Land Exterior Construction and Signs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Disney Parks: Halloween events without the screams

During the Halloween season, parks such as Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm transform their midways into hellish landscapes with blood-splattered mazes designed to invoke terror. The Disney theme parks, however, celebrate the spooky season with nary a drop of blood.

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Disney MICKEY MOUSE Merry & Scary Holiday Collection Review

Love Mickey Mouse? Love the holidays!? If so, then you will absolutely love the latest Disney release… MICKEY MOUSE Merry and Scary Holiday Collection. This DVD has two full-length cartoons the whole family will enjoy.  Both my daughters are in college, and I was literally sitting in my living room laughing out loud by myself.  It is awesome when animation is so clever that adults can enjoy it just as much as the kiddos. In The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spookacular, Mickey and the gang are trying to tell the scariest story ever.  Of course the kids think it is a dud so Mickey, Goofy and Donald have to step up their game to really put some fear into them.  The last story they tell is so creepy–let’s just say it involves a little old lady, pies, and a shocking pie ingredient.  Blech!  I cannot wait to show this to my 5th graders at their Halloween party in a few weeks.  As we know, stores have pumpkins in one aisle and snowmen in the next so Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special is the perfect pairing. This story starts like a traditional Christmas tale with caroling in the streets and decorations everywhere.  Donald usually goes south for the season with Daisy.  He decides to stay to see his very first Christmas.  Winter and ducks apparently do not go well together so Donald doesn’t fare too well.  Mickey, Minnie and Goofy try to make it the best Christmas ever, but poor Donald struggles to make it to the special day.  There is a line with Goofy at the end that is hilarious!  Listen close.  MICKEY MOUSE Merry and Scary Holiday Collection also has 5 bonus shorts to keep you entertained. Ghoul Friend was my favorite.  Goofy has certainly looked better.  Yikes!  MICKEY MOUSE Merry and Scary Holiday Collection is the kind of fun we all need right now.  Pick up a copy of the DVD and let the world’s troubles wash away as you laugh along with Mickey and the whole gang.  It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it.

Disney PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Blu-Ray and DVD Review

Yo ho yo ho a pirate’s life for me! Looking for a way to bring out your inner pirate? Look no further than the latest Disney movie release-PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, now on Blu-Ray and DVD. 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”. Clearly we are a pirate loving household. Now PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is part of our family story. Be sure to watch every single bonus feature. I literally could watch the behind the scenes footage for hours. Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure is amazing with all of the cast and crew interviews and filming footage. The bonus clips with legendary Paul McCartney is the coolest. Did you even catch him as Jack’s uncle when you saw it in the theater?  If not, keep a weather eye out for him on the Blu-ray and DVD. Disney’s PIRATE OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is a must have in your movie collection. Sail on out and pick up a copy.  If you choose not to, there may be rough waters ahead for ya. Ye be warned!

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 Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com. 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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