Thursday, October 31, 2013

This is Halloween!


Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn't you like to see something strange?
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night
This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red
I am the one hiding under yours stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

In this town, don't we love it now?
Everybody's waiting for the next surprise
Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can
Something's waiting now to pounce, and how you'll...

Scream! This is Halloween
Red 'n' black, slimy green
Aren't you scared?
Well, that's just fine
Say it once, say it twice
Take a chance and roll the dice
Ride with the moon in the dead of night

Everybody scream, everybody scream
In our town of Halloween!

I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace
I am the "who" when you call, "Who's there?"
I am the wind blowing through your hair
I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
Halloween! Halloween! 

Tender lumplings everywhere
Life's no fun without a good scare
That's our job, but we're not mean
In our town of Halloween

In this town
Don't we love it now?
Everybody's waiting for the next surprise 
Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back
And scream like a banshee
Make you jump out of your skin
This is Halloween, everyone scream
Wont' ya please make way for a very special guy

Our man jack is King of the Pumpkin patch
Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King now!
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

La la la la-la la [Repeat]

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Magical Blogorail Disney Transportation: The Parking Lot Trams


Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 10th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Parking lot trams are located at all four parks at Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.  These trams travel at 13.5 miles per hour and will carry you from your car to the park rain or shine!  

When you park your car in a parking lot at one of the parks, you first need to remember the name of the lot where you parked.  Then proceed to the end of your parking row and wait for the tram to pick you up.  You must exit your wheelchair before boarding.  If you can't exit your wheelchair, you will not be able to board the tram.  Once you board, you will get a fabulous safety spiel from the cast member on board along with other information.




Tips:

  • Put smaller guests in the middle of the row.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs need to be folded and stored.
  • Hold on to your belongings.
  • Keep your arms and legs inside the tram.
  • Remember your parking lot name and row number.
  • The tram will continue to run for 1 1/2 hours after the park closes.
  • Listen to the tram spiel.  They will share important information about parades, fireworks, park operating times and more!
Parking for the Magic Kingdom is actually the parking lot for the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC).  Once you park and board the tram, you will be taken to the TTC where you can take the Monorail or Ferry to the park.  At the other parks, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, you will be carried to the park entrance.  Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Downtown Disney do not have parking lot trams.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Living.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard! 

The Disney World Buses at yourfirstvisit.net
Disney's Magic Express at The Disney Kids
The Monorail at Heidi's Head
Ferryboats to the Magic Kingdom at DISTherapy
Motor Launches & Motor Cruisers at Focused on the Magic
Friendship Boats at The Disney Point
Port Orleans-Downtown Disney Ferryboats at Can Do It Mom aka Mouse Fan Diane
The Walt Disney World Railroad at Return to Disney
Surrey Bikes at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
Parking Lot Trams at A Disney Mom's Thoughts
Disney World Walking Paths at Disney Living

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Disney's Haunted Mansions

Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion

Disneyland Haunted Mansion 

Did you know the Haunted Mansion is the only Disney Attraction to be in 4 different lands in the 4 different parks?
  • In Walt Disney World it's located in Liberty Square.
  • In Disneyland, it's in New Orleans Square.
  • In Tokyo Disneyland, it's in Fantasyland.
  • In Disneyland Paris, it's in Frontierland.
Now, I just need to make it to Tokyo and Paris to check out their Haunted Mansions!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Magical Blogorail Green: Perfect Solo Disney Trip


Welcome to those of you joining me from Walt Disney World: It's Not Just For Kids and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

A solo trip to Walt Disney World!  What a dream!  I honestly can't imagine what fun that would be to be able to do whatever I wanted at the parks!  And since this is a dream, my solo trip doesn't have a price limit...
The first part of my solo trip would involve an airplane.  I would definitely fly and take Magical Express to my studio room at Bay Lake Tower that has a view of the Magic Kingdom.  (Honestly, I'm not even sure if that's possible since I'm not a DVC member or if the studio rooms offer a MK view!)

Upon arrival, I would tour the Towers taking photos and hop on the monorail to visit the other monorail loop resorts- Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian.  I would eat dinner at 1900 Park Fare with Cinderella and Prince Charming.  Following dinner I would go back to the Polynesian to catch Wishes from the Beach and watch the Electrical Water Pageant.  By this time I will know how to properly use my DSLR camera and will have the proper lenses to be able to shoot good, quality photos at night and on dark rides! :)
On day 1, I would visit the Magic Kingdom.  I would arrive in time for the rope drop and then spend most of the morning on Main Street meeting the Citizens of Main Street, taking pictures galore and looking for hidden gems I've missed in the past because I've been pulled in too many directions by others!  I would eat a cinnamon roll from Main Street Bakery and then make my way to the New Fantasyland where more photos would be taken.  Along the way, I would talk with cast members, look for hidden Mickey's, try new foods, and try to meet as many characters as possible.  Lunch would be at Be Our Guest and dinner would be at The Plaza.  Attractions, shows and parades are all optional on this trip!
Day 2 will be spent at Epcot.  I would arrive at rope drop to explore Future World.  Most of my time would be spent at The Land.  I would ride Test Track to see the new changes.  Again, most of my time would be photographing new (and old!) things, talking to cast members, looking for hidden gems and meeting characters.  Lunch would be at San Angel Inn at the Mexico pavilion and I would slowly make my way around the World Showcase taking it all in and photographing as much as possible.  I want to see as many shows and performances as possible.  If it's in the "Times Guide" I want to see it!  Dinner is at Via Napoli and an evening of Illuminations completes the night.  
The third day would be my last day.  By this time I'm sure I would be ready to be with my family again!  And I'm an extrovert, so being "alone" without someone to talk to would drive me nuts!  I would start my day at Animal Kingdom and end at Hollywood Studios, since they have Extra Magic Hours! ;)  Same routine:

  • Photograph as much as possible
  • Look for hidden gems
  • Find Hidden Mickeys
  • Do all the "Times Guide" shows and such
  • Talk to Cast Members
  • Meet Characters
Lunch at Animal Kingdom would be at Tusker House.  I would take in The Festival of the Lion King then make my way to Hollywood Studios.  Dinner would be at Hollywood and Vine.  I would spend a lot of time in The Magic of Disney Animation and Walt Disney: One Man's Dream.  I would learn to draw a character and look at all there is to offer.  My evening would end with an obscene cupcake from Starring Rolls and a viewing of Fantasmic.


Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Green this month. We will be back on November 22nd with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

Here is the map of our Magical 
Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Disney Living

2nd Stop ~ Mouse on the Mind


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stop asking "How Much Longer?!"


When we travel to Walt Disney World, we drive.  It's a fairly easy drive: 3 hours to Atlanta, 3 hours to the GA/ FL state line and 3 hours to Walt Disney World.  Then you throw in gas, food and stretch breaks- it can take longer than 9 hours!

With three boys, we always hear the following questions:

  • "Are we there yet?" 
  • "How much longer?"
  • "When will we get there?"
  • "How many more hours?"
You get the point.  It gets old.  It doesn't matter if we are traveling 9+ hours to Walt Disney World or if we are traveling 30 minutes to the next town, we get those questions.  So, I came up with a way to show our youngest boys "How much longer."



We now have a laminated road that can be taped across the sun visors in our car.  Along that road, I taped laminated pictures of the cities, landmarks and state lines we'll pass in route.  I also printed and laminated a picture of our Honda Pilot.  As we travel, we'll move the car along the road to the landmark pictures.  It will serve as a visual for our boys to see just how far we have traveled and how much more we have in our drive.  I tried to include something for every hour of the trip, so we could move the car about every 30 minutes from one picture, to a blank space, to the next picture.

I hope this visual road map will help our middle son!  The car questions are killing me! :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

American Tourister Has Gone Hollywood!


Did you know American Tourister was the official Luggage of Walt Disney World and Disneyland?  Right now there is a Facebook campaign to celebrate American Tourister’s appearance in Hollywood Studios as the Official Luggage!
1940's American Tourister Billboard in Hollywood Studios
Photo courtesy of Disney on Wheels

From Monday, October 21- Friday, October 25, head over to the American Tourister Facebook Page and answer their fun questions.  When you comment on the Facebook Questions you will gain an entry into the exclusive American Tourister D23 Minnie and Mickey luggage set!  One comment qualifies one entry, and there is only one entry per person (additional comments will not get you additional entries).  At the end of the week, there will be 5 lucky winners chosen at random based on the comments received throughout the duration of the 5 days (from 10/21-10/25)!
● The sweepstakes is only open to permanent legal residents of the fifty states of the U.S. and the District of Columbia (excluding Guam, Puerto Rico and all other U.S. and foreign territories and possessions), who are physically located and residing therein and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.

You can also shop the American Tourister Website where bags are always on sale!!  Right now, they are currently offering free shipping on orders over $99.  Any of these bags would be an excellent addition to your must have Disney travel items!

Enjoy a few photos of American Tourister's appearance in Hollywood Studios!
American Tourister Bench on the Streets of America at Hollywood Studios
Photo Courtesy of Disney on Wheels

Retro American Tourister bags around Hollywood Studios
Photo Courtesy of Disney on Wheels

American Tourister Window Display at Hollywood Studios
Photo Courtesy of Disney on Wheels

American Tourister Window Display at Hollywood Studios
Photo Courtesy of Disney on Wheels

New Fisher Price Little People Flower Power Interactive Storybook App

image from Fisher-Price.com
The newest Little People iTunes app from Fisher Price is scheduled to release on October 22.  "The Little People Flower Power Interactive Storybook immerses preschoolers in the exciting adventures of Eddie, Sofie, Koby, Mia and Tessa.  The book, narrated by singer- songwriter and children's TV star, Genevieve Goings, will ignite children's imaginations as they try, try and discover why with their Little People friends."

Genevieve Goings from Disney's Choo Choo Soul is the narrator of the app and the voice of Miss Hugg!  (My 4yo son has a secret crush on her, so he will LOVE this app!)

FOR ONE DAY ONLY, on Tuesday, October 22, this app will be on sale for .99 cents!!  After this date, the price will be $3.99. 

With this app, children will be able to have it read to them, or read it themselves.  Genevieve will read it if 'read to me' is selected!  Children will also be able to choose their own adventure during the story.  Sounds like an excellent app and we look forward to trying it out one day!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Disney Branded Fruits and Vegetables

Disney Consumer Products Triples Sales of Disney-Branded Fruits and Vegetables and Showcases New Produce Selection at PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo

More than 3.1 Billion Servings of Disney-Branded Fruits and Vegetables Served

Glendale, Calif. (October 17, 2013) – Kid-friendly and parent approved, Disney Consumer Products (DCP booth #783) will showcase its newest selection of "better for you" produce, lunch items, and snacks at the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention & Expo on October 18 - 20 in New Orleans, La. Sales of Disney-branded fruits and vegetables have tripled over the last two years, and more than 3.1 billion servings of Disney-themed fruits and vegetables have been served in the U.S. since 2006. Grocery retailers have expanded distribution of Disney-branded produce, and licensees continue to introduce new products featuring beloved characters from Mickey Mouse and Disney Princess to Monsters University and Marvel Super Heroes.

“Disney’s growth in the produce arena is a great sign that kids and parents are receiving the message and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their daily meals,” said John T. King, director of licensing, consumables, Disney Consumer Products. “We continue to innovate, delivering flavors that appeal to kids and offering an ever-expanding assortment of fruits and vegetables featuring the Disney characters kids know and love.”

Through innovative marketing campaigns and in-store experiences, families have been encouraged to choose more nutritious food options and live a more active lifestyle. For the first time, DCP’s PMA booth experience will feature artwork from Marvel and Star Wars, representing the entirety of The Walt Disney Company entertainment brands under one umbrella.

Disney produce to be featured at PMA Fresh Summit include:

· Marvel and Crunch Pak (Booth #403) team up for healthy snacking, with Marvel’s The Avengers and Spider-Man featured on custom designed packages of fresh sliced apples, shipping in spring 2014.
· Monsters University-branded Flavorz by Crunch Pak (Booth #403) are apples infused with blue raspberry flavor for a shockingly refreshing taste. Disney Foodles offer delicious combinations of fruits, vegetables and other sides like dips, raisins, crackers or cheese in a fun, Mickey-shaped tray or Disney Princess carriage tray. Both are available at select grocers nationwide.

· Disney-branded mangos by Freska (Booth #441) will launch beginning spring 2014. Four varieties of Mexican mangos including Tommy Atkins, Kents, Keitts and Ataulfos with packaging featuring a variety of Disney characters will be available at select grocers nationwide.

· Disney Berry Quick Fresh Blueberry Snacks by Naturipe (Booth #1647) are pre‐portioned, single‐serve packs perfect for on‐the‐go snacks and lunches or a wholesome addition to everyday favorites such as oatmeal, yogurt, parfaits, cereals, salads and desserts. Packs feature classic Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy.

· Disney-branded stone fruit and table grapes from SGS make healthy eating fun! The Disney peaches, plums and nectarines are yummy and nutritious, and Mickey Mouse- and-Donald Duck-themed clams of red and green grapes are an instant go-to snack.

· Disney-branded bagged apples and cherries by Chelan Fresh (Booth #4157) are enough for the entire family to share and come in colorful packaging with information to educate children on how to live a healthier lifestyle.
· Disney-branded grapes by Dayka & Hackett are a tasty anytime treat with fun packaging featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and more.

Disney Becomes “Champion Sponsor” of PMA Foundation’s 5K Race for Talent

This year, Disney is serving as the “Champion Sponsor” of the PMA Foundation 5K Race for Talent. More than 1000 participants will join the race and support PMA Foundation’s mission to sustain a vibrant global produce industry through initiatives that seek to recruit and retain top talent. At the finish, participants will be treated to Disney-branded produce.

Disney Magic of Healthy Living

Disney Magic of Healthy Living partners with parents to inspire kids and families to lead healthier lifestyles. Through engaging content, useful tools and unique experiences, this company-wide initiative helps parents by making nutritious eating and physical activity simple and fun. As a part of this initiative, Disney Consumer Products has transformed the landscape of Disney-licensed food offerings. DCP maintains a balanced portfolio with 85 percent of all of its U.S. licensed products meeting the company's nutrition guidelines and only 15 percent reserved for special occasion treats.

For more information on Disney Magic of Healthy Living, please visit www.thewaltdisneycompany.com/mohl or follow us at www.Twitter.com/CitizenDisney.

About Disney Consumer Products Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that delivers innovative and engaging product experiences across thousands of categories from toys and apparel to books and fine art. As the world's largest licensor, DCP inspires the imaginations of people around the world by bringing the magic of Disney into consumers' homes with products they can enjoy year-round. DCP is comprised of three business units: Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store. The Licensing business is aligned around five strategic brand priorities:Disney Media, Classics & Entertainment, Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Princess & Disney Fairies, Lucasfilm and Marvel. Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of children's books, magazines, and digital products and also includes an English language learning business, consisting of over 40 Disney English learning centers across China and a supplemental learning book program. DPW's growing library of digital products includes best-selling eBook titles and original apps that leverage Disney content in innovative ways. The Disney Store retail chain operates across North America, Europe and Japan with more than 350 stores worldwide and is known for providing consumers with high-quality, unique products. Disney's official shopping portals online arewww.DisneyStore.com and www.DisneyStore.co.uk. For more information, please visit Disney Consumer Productswww.DisneyConsumerProducts.com or follow us at www.YouTube.com/DisneyLiving,www.Facebook.com/DisneyLiving, www.Twitter.com/DisneyLiving and www.Pinterest.com/DisneyLiving.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit marvel.com.

Walt Disney World Friday Freebies- Animal Kingdom Lodge

Taking the family to Walt Disney World can be very expensive.  But, did you know there are lots of fun, creative, FREE things you can do there too??  Each Friday, I'll share one (or more) Freebies to do at Walt Disney World!

This week, I'm encouraging you to take some time to head to the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  While this is a deluxe resort and very pricy, it isn't closed to those who aren't staying there.  Visit this resort, take in the African decor and spend some time wandering the Savannas   You and your family will see lots of authentic plants and animals on the grounds.  There are "Safari Guides" outside in the viewing areas.  Guests staying at the resort will get an animal guide in their room, but you can also request one from the front desk.  Don't forget your camera!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

#DisneyDozen Gifts for the 2013 Holiday Season

Disney Consumer Products Unwraps its #DisneyDozen Gift List for the 2013 Holiday Season 

Receiving more awards and accolades than ever before, this holiday toy list showcases imaginative products for all ages and budgets featuring Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters.

Glendale, Calif. (October 15, 2013) —It's the holiday season and Disney Consumer Products has magical gifts for all ages and budgets in its #DisneyDozen gift list inspired by favorite Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters and stories. This award-winning assortment includes 12 entertaining and innovative holiday gifts – plus some additional "must-have" items – that tap into The Walt Disney Company's rich history of storytelling, while offering enduring play value and transforming playtime into a truly magical experience that Disney is known for.

With products inspired by popular Disney properties such as Disney Junior's Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins along with Disney's Planes and Disney Infinity, the #DisneyDozen products are being recognized by more national retailers, toy experts, industry organizations and media outlets than ever before, including: Toys "R" Us, Walmart, Kmart, TimetoPlayMag.com, The Toy Insider, Parentsmagazine and more. There's something for every budget with toys ranging from $5.99 to $189.99, and digital apps ranging from FREE to $4.99.

The #DisneyDozen gift list includes:

1. Angry Birds Star Wars TELEPODS (Hasbro)

2. Cheerin' Minnie (Fisher-Price)
—Amazon's 2013 Holiday Toy List

3. Disney Infinity (Disney Interactive)
—Amazon's 2013 Holiday Toy List
—TimetoPlayMag.com's "Most Wanted" toys for 2013 and "People's Play Award" nominee
—Toy Insider's "Hot 20" toys for 2013

—Toys "R" Us 2013 Holiday Hot Toy list


4. Disney's It's A Small World Animator's Collection (Disney Store)
—Family Choice Awards 2013 Holiday Gift Guide Winner
—Parents magazine "Top 10 Favorite" for November 2013
—TimetoPlayMag.com's "People's Play Award" nominee
5. Disney's Planes Wing Control Dusty Crophopper RC Plane (Mattel)
—Amazon's 2013 Holiday Toy List
—National Parenting Publications Awards 2013 Children's Products Honors Winner in the Toys category
—TimetoPlayMag.com "People's Play Award" nominee
—Toy Insider's "Hot 20" toys for 2013
—Toys "R" Us, Walmart and Kmart's top holiday toys lists
6. Disney Princess Palace Pets (Blip) and Palace Pets app (Disney Publishing Worldwide)
—Amazon's 2013 Holiday Toy List
—TimetoPlayMag.com's "Most Wanted" toys for 2013 and "People's Play Award" nominee
7. Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle (Mattel) and Magic Mirror App (Disney Publishing Worldwide) 
—Amazon's 2013 Holiday Toy List
—Parents magazine "Virtual Reality" Top Toy Pick 2013



8. Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center (Just Play)
—TimetoPlayMag.com's "Most Wanted" toys for 2013 and "People's Play Award" nominee
—Toy Insider's "Hot 20" toys for 2013
—Toys "R" Us, Walmart and Kmart's top holiday toy lists
9. LEGO® DUPLO®-brand Jake and the Never Land Pirates™ construction sets (LEGO)
10. Iron Man Flying RC Extreme Hero (EB Brands)
—Amazon's 2013 Holiday Toy List
—TimetoPlayMag.com "People's Play Award" nominee
11. Sofia the First Magical Talking Doll with Animal Friends (Mattel) 
—Amazon's 2013 Holiday Toy List
—Kohl's Top 25 Dream Toys list
—TimetoPlayMag.com's "Most Wanted" toys for 2013
—Toy Insider's "Hot 20" toys for 2013



Additional "must-haves" items:


1. Disney Baby The Lion King Simba Drop N' Roar (Fisher-Price)
—Amazon's 2013 Holiday Toy List
—Parents magazine "Best for Babies" Top Toy Pick 2013

2. Disney's Frozen Anna & Elsa dolls (Disney Store)

3. Marvel Creativity Studio Deluxe Stylus and App (eKids)

4. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint & Play App (Disney Publishing Worldwide)
—National Parenting Publications Awards 2013 Children's Products Gold Winner in the Virtual Products category
5. Winnie the Pooh Interactive Story Book Buddy (Hallmark)

From the lovable characters of hit Disney Junior shows and new characters discovered on the big screen, to soaring Super Heroes and angry Darth Vader birds (and pigs), the best-of-the-best products from the world's leading entertainment company are available now at national retailers including Toys "R" Us, Walmart, Kmart along with other mass and specialty retailers, as well as Disney Store retail locations and DisneyStore.com, and the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Best for Baby
1. Disney Baby The Lion King Simba Drop N' Roar (MSRP $34.99; Amazon.com, Target.com and Walmart.com)
Surprise baby with different reactions via drop-through ball play with The Lion King Simba Drop 'n Roar, which includes sound effects and an original song, 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King.'

2. Winnie the Pooh Interactive Story Buddy (MSRP: $34.95, available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores starting November)
Bring story time to life with Hallmark's Winnie the Pooh Interactive Story Buddy that uses Hallmark's I Reply® Technology – the plush Winnie the Pooh Story Buddy chimes in when key phrases from the book are read aloud.

Preschool Picks
1. Cheerin' Minnie (MSRP: $44.99; available at mass retailers)
Watch every girl's friend, Minnie, raise her pom poms high while she cheers for her favorite mouse, singing and dancing to the hit song "Hey Mickey"!

2. Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center (MSRP: $79.99; available at mass retailers)
The Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center has everything kids need – from the Big Book of Boo Boos to other doctor "tools" and accessories – so they can imagine they are healing toys and giving healthy checkups right along with Doc McStuffins!

3. LEGO® DUPLO®-brand Jake and the Never Land Pirates™ construction sets (MSRP: $14.99, $24.99 and $39.99; available at mass and specialty retailers)
Build your own pirate fun – from Jake's Treasure Hunt, to the Never Land Hideout, to Jake's Pirate Ship Buckey; a swashbuckling adventure awaits young Jake and the Never Land Pirates fans!

4. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint & Play app by Disney Publishing Worldwide (app is $4.99; available on iTunes and Google Play)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint & Play is a magical 3D coloring book that lets kids create the Clubhouse world. With unlimited combinations of tools, colors, patterns, stickers, and more, kids paint everything they see – even Mickey and Minnie! A magic wand brings the Clubhouse to life as a fully-animated 3D world.

5. Sofia the First Magical Talking Doll with Animal Friends (MSRP: $39.99; available at mass retailers)
Dressed in her signature princess gown and very special amulet from the King, Sofia can recognize and talk with three of her best animal friends. With multiple character-specific phrases, it's endless interactive friendship fun with everyone's favorite princess-in-training!

Boys Toys
1. Angry Birds Star Wars TELEPODS (MSRP: $14.99 - $39.99, available at mass retailers; app is $0.99 available on iTunes and Google Play)
For the first time ever, TELEPODS lets you teleport your Rebel Bird and Imperial Pig figures into the new Angry Birds Star Wars II app so you can choose who you launch. You can also launch your Rebel Bird figures in real life to destroy iconic Angry Birds Star Wars structures and topple the evil Pig Empire!

2. Disney's Planes Wing Control Dusty Crophopper RC Plane (MSRP: $39.99; available as mass retailers)
Kids can have fun recreating the action seen in Disney's Planes with this RC vehicle that offers role-play remote control, which means the plane moves when they do!

3. Iron Man Flying RC Extreme Hero (MSRP: $79.99; available at mass retailers)
Experience the thrill of controlling the world's first flying Iron Man. The Extreme Hero banks, soars dives and climbs, just like the real Iron Man and offers high performance yet easy enough for a beginner as it soars up to 300 feet in the air.

4. Marvel Creativity Studio Deluxe Smart Stylus and App (MSRP: $34.99, available at Apple Stores; app is FREE, available on iTunes)
A truly creative gift for any Marvel fan or budding artist, the Marvel Creativity Studio features a "smart" stylus that magically transforms into a pencil, marker, crayon, brush or stamper, for an immersive art experience on iPad devices. Through engaging activities and assembling your own action stories, kids of all ages can draw, color and activate their favorite Marvel Super Heroes to create their own customized artwork and storytelling.

Gifts for Girls
1. Disney's Frozen Anna & Elsa dolls ($39.95 each; available at Disney Store locations anddisneystore.com)
From Disney's Frozen, these beautiful dolls begin to sing their own signature songs triggered by motion-activation – Anna ("For the First Time") and Elsa ("Let It Go").

2. Disney Princess Palace Pets and Palace Pets app (MSRP: $5.99 - $29.99, available at mass retailers; FREE app, available on iTunes)
Inspired by the love for animals the Disney Princess characters display in their classic stories, the Disney Princess Palace Pets app and product collection enable children to play with, nurture and love their Palace Pets, just like their favorite Disney Princess characters. The product line includes figures, "plush" stuffed animals and playsets.

3. Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle and Magic Mirror App (MSRP: $189.99, available at mass retailers; $3.99 for app or FREE with Castle purchase, available on iTunes)
The Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle and Magic Mirror app merge physical and digital to create magical interactive experiences both in and around the castle themed to girls' favorite Disney Princess characters. Special spots in each room trigger activities including baking with Snow White, popping bubbles with Ariel, sewing beautiful dresses with Cinderella, and singing songs with Aurora. With so many areas of play, more than 30 accessory pieces, and the new augmented reality app, it's the ultimate castle for any little princess to call home.

4. Under the Sea Surprise Ariel (MSRP: $29.99, available at mass retailers)
When is placed in water, Ariel's fin lights up, creating a magical rainbow of color; she also sings and says phrases from favorite movie moments in both English and Spanish.

Family Fun
1. Disney Infinity (MSRP: $74.99 starter pack, available at mass and specialty retailers)
Disney Infinity is an all-new video game starring the beloved characters from Walt Disney Studios' and Pixar's most popular franchises. Players can place real-world toy versions of their favorite Disney characters onto a device called the Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, The Incredibles, Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger and Toy Story in Space as well as into a giant Toy Box where they can create their own adventures.

2. Disney's It's A Small World Animator's Collection ($29.95 each, available at Disney Store locations and disneystore.com)
Celebrate our "small world" with a new collection of dolls inspired by the original Fantasyland attraction, "it's a small world," and one of the best-known Disney tunes of all time. Each doll is dressed in traditional costume and sings in its native language.

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About Marvel Entertainment, LLC Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics). Marvel's strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world, including feature films, consumer products, toys, video games, animated television, direct-to-DVD and online. For more information, visit marvel.com.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Odd WDW Lost and Found

At Walt Disney World, "according to long-time Lost and Found staffers, the most unusual items turned in have been a glass eye, a prosthetic leg and a potty trainer. Each, incidentally, was claimed (but not by the same person)."

~Thanks to corporate.disney.go.com for this trivia!
~Thanks to my friends Jodi, Mike, Heidi and Jenn for the fun hop! :)

Tiggerific+Tuesday+Trivia Tiggerific Tuesday #DisneyTrivia: Cirle of Life Lyrics

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Driving to Walt Disney World

If you've read my blog to any extent, you know we often drive to Walt Disney World.  Living in North Alabama, we are only about 9 driving hours away (10+ with all our stops for bathrooms, eating and stretching!).  We have traveled many routes over the years to get to WDW.  

In the past, there have been 2 ways our car's GPS or online maps have taken us that are NOT the best way.

The first way: when entering the Central Florida area on I-75 South, take the Florida Turnpike to I-4 and head straight to WDW.

The second way: when entering the Central Florida area on I-75 South, take the Florida Turnpike to US-27 S, to US 192 E to WDW.

While both of these ways are fine and offer lots of things to look at and different places to stop, we've found it's not the most direct way to arrive.


Our favorite way to travel to Walt Disney World is: when entering the Central Florida area on I-75 South,  take the Florida Turnpike to Florida 429 toll Road and take Exit 8 toward Disney World.  This will take you in behind Animal Kingdom.  You will enter between Coronado Springs and the All Star Resorts.  

One reason I love this way is the straight shot with less traffic.  I also love the fact that you can see Cinderella Castle, The Contemporary, Spaceship Earth, The Swan & Dolphin and more WAY off in the distance while you are traveling on Florida 429!  I know when I see those icons in the distance I'm not too far away from my Happy Place!