Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Disney Wordless Wednesday: The Parks at Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

We LOVE the glowing, light up sidewalks at Epcot! Definitely a must for my boys at The Parks at Night!

Focused on the Magic

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Three Caballeros Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Movie #7 in our New Year's Resolution list was The Three Caballeros. This film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on February 3, 1945 and in the United Kingdom in March, 1945. This was the first time I had seen this movie all the way through. One thing that immediately stood out to me was the Birthday of Donald Duck. In the movie, Donald receives 3 presents from his friends in Latin America for his birthday on "Friday the 13th." I always thought Donald's birthday was June 9, 1934... so I did some research and found this on
Donald's birthday is officially recognized as June 9,1934, the day his debut film was released, but in The Three Caballeros, his birthday is given as simply "Friday the 13th," while in Donald's Happy Birthday, it is elaborated to be March 13th.
Regardless of when Donald's birthday really is, this movie obviously reminded me of the Gran Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase. Watching this movie will definitely make you appreciate this attraction more!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure is a fun, interactive, FREE activity for children young and old at Epcot's World Showcase. This attraction opened in 2012 and I'll be honest, I've never experienced this adventure firsthand. Each time we've been at the World Showcase, we were either crunched for time or nobody in my party wanted to try it with me. That WILL change on my trip this summer!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Epcot Attractions: Circle of Life | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

This attraction closed on February 7, 2016 for refurbishments. According to WDW News Today, this show will actually not reopen on April 3 and a new film will take its place. This news has not been confirmed by Disney.

The Circle of Life attraction is an indoor movie inside The Land Pavilion in Future World of Epcot. This attraction opened in January of 1995. This is a 20 minute movie featuring Pumba, Timon, and Simba from The Lion King. The movie focuses on the environment and how we are connected to the land. Pumba and Timon want to build "Hakuna Matata Resort" and have to cut down trees and dam up rivers to make it happen.  Simba reminds them of their environmental responsibilities and cutting trees and damming rivers will upset the environment. This show combines both live footage and animation and has footage from over 30 countries. This is an attraction that can be enjoyed by all age groups.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Epcot Attractions: Soarin' | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Soarin' is an attraction inside The Land Pavilion in Epcot's Future World. It opened in May 2005. The original attraction, "Soarin' Over California" opened at Disney's California Adventure in February 2001. Currently, this attraction in Epcot is closed for refurbishments and a remodel. They are adding a third theatre, new digital screens and projection system, and a new film which will be "Soarin' Around the World".  This new film will include scenes from The Great Wall of China, the African savannas and Monument Valley in the USA.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Saludos Amigos Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Saludos Amigos was released in Rio De Janeiro on August 24, 1942 and in the USA on February 6, 1943. This weekend was the first time I had seen this movie. This was the 6th movie on our Resolution List and we really enjoyed this one! As we settled down to watch the movie, I brought out Choco Tacos for a snack. This was also a first for us!  A new movie and a new snack all in one weekend!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: Night Vision Animal Viewing | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Ten years ago I stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first time. We had a fabulous time there.  There were so many unique things to do there, we could have made a vacation out of this resort alone! One of my favorite FREE things to do at Animal Kingdom Lodge is use night vision equipment to view the animals in the savanna. Sadly, I don't have any photos of this experience because this trip was "pre blogging" and I wasn't taking a photo of every. little. thing. we. did. at that time! :)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Kingdom Classics {Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I was provided with a complimentary copy of Kingdom Classics from Disney Ways and Peter Alden Entertainment in exchange for writing this review. This did not influence my opinion and all thoughts are my own.

Several months ago, my son celebrated the 50th day of school with a 1950's themed day including a sock hop, hula hoop contest, bubble gum blowing contest, milkshakes, and a visit from an Elvis impersonator. Ever since then, he's been intrigued by Elvis!  When I received this CD, I didn't tell my boys about it. On the way to school one day it just started playing.

My 7 year old said, "What is this? Is this a new CD?"  I told him it was. Then he said, "This is Disney, but I've never heard it before. This is weird." I told him to just be quiet and listen. The next comment from the backseat was, "Who is singing? Because it sounds like that guy who sings songs on the 50th day of school." I asked
if he meant Elvis and he said, "Yeah, that's him! Did Elvis sing Disney songs, because it sure sounds like it!" Well, Peter is actually an Elvis impersonator and while he didn't travel to North Alabama to sing for my son's 50th day of school, he does do Elvis shows in Florida.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bambi Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Movie #5 in our Resolution was Bambi.  I forgot how sad this movie was. I think the last time I saw this movie I was a child. While watching, I remembered Bambi, or the young prince, was a boy. During the movie, I had to explain to my boys why I was crying when the hunters came.  Then had to explain what "Twitterpated" was. Watching these older Disney movies makes me have to explain more things than I wanted to!

Bambi was released on August 13, 1942.  This was a good Sunday afternoon movie for us.  We were able to curl up on the couch and enjoy the movie. While I was explaining several things during this movie, overall it was a great time for us to also learn from wise Friend Owl about love, loss and life.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dumbo Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Movie number 4 in our 2016 Resolution to watch all the Disney Animated Movies was "Dumbo."  This was one we have all seen several times.  Last year, we even had a "Dumbo" birthday party so we had all the things we needed to pull off this movie night with ease!
Before we watched the movie, we had to get our snacks together. This time, we chose "Jumbo Jr. Pretzels."  Soft pretzels are always a favorite of ours at Walt Disney World, the circus, sporting events, and anywhere else they are sold! It was easy for us to tie this treat into the movie. We also had Circus animal crackers. We used these as party favors at our Dumbo birthday too!  There are so many fun, creative snacks to go along with this movie.  You can find some of them in my birthday party post or on my Pinterest page!