Disney is slated to re-release Finding Nemo in 3D this fall. Kenzie and Kyle have only seen the original on DVD, so I’m sure they’ll enjoy the thrill of seeing the beautifully animated underwater scenes on the big screen and in 3D. So this will definitely make our to-do list. Supposedly Disney is also considering re-releasing Monsters Inc. and The Little Mermaid in 3D.
When you think about Disney magic, you usually think about Florida or California. But Disney magic delivered big time in the Big Apple in New York City Times Square. Disney characters paid virtual visits besides amazed / surprised / smitten visitors. People were invited to take their place and glance up at the biggest screen in Times Square where you would see yourself alongside a Disney character.
I got the chance to experience it first hand with Kenzie and Kyle. The look on their faces when Daisy Duck magically appeared alongside them on the big screen was just priceless. There really is only one way to describe the experience – magical!
Disney ran a contest recently called Your Princess Moment, inviting little princesses everywhere to capture a princess moment on video. Kenzie’s submission is below and we love her take on what it takes to be a true princess.
The New York Times has just reviewed Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa. Some highlights include:
- “Refreshingly free of kitsch.”
- “Disney is definitely here — witness the pool parties in which employees lead activities while Disney characters in aloha shirts dance — but it’s a more laid-back presence than you would expect from a Disney-themed resort.”
- “A children’s paradise, from the series of linked pools (with water slides and inner tubes) to Aunty’s Beach House, an activities clubhouse for children 3 to 10.”
- “A new family-friendly alternative to the crowded Waikiki scene.”
A big thanks to my great friend Kelly Cockshaw, whom I met at our childrens’ preschool. Her family just got back from Disney World, and she graciously offered to share some very fun activities that she did with her boys:
A while back, Colleen wrote a blog post about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney. Because I have two rough-and-tumble boys, she suggested that we try the Pirate’s League in the Magic Kingdom. It was a great suggestion! As soon as we entered the Pirate’s League, the cast members made the boys feel like they had joined a secret pirate crew. They were given real pirate names (“Ned Bladecutter” and “Joseph Bluefish”) and were transformed into their choice of pirate. With face paint, a sash, tattoo, eye patch, kerchief, earring and sword, they were then “sworn in” to the pirate’s league, and ushered into a back room for their pirate initiation and photo.
The price is very reasonable – $29.95! Of course they have options to upgrade your pirate costume and accessories, but keep in mind you will want to buy the adorable picture they take, which is an additional $15.00.
Here are a few tips for making the most of your pirate adventure:
- Make your reservations well in advance (407-WDW-CREW), especially if you have more than one child and want them to go at the same time.
- Try to get an appointment early in the day, or later in the afternoon. Our appointment was mid-day, and it really interfered with us getting around the Magic Kingdom in a timely fashion.
- Have the kids wear a plain, solid shirt – it will look more authentic under their pirate sash!
Disney has announced its latest princess – Sofia the First. Her movie is due out in 2012 with a TV show shortly following in 2013. While she follows a long line of Disney Princesses, Sofia is wholly unique - she’s a kid.
After attending Rapunzel’s crowning at Kenzington palace, I can only hope to eventually greet this little princess in person. And I must say, that cute little look reminds of someone I know especially well – my little Kenzie.
So what do you think of having a princess who’s a little girl?
Love this pic of Justin Bieber striking a pose with Goofy during a break from filming the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. We LOVE watching this TV special every year on Christmas morning while playing with our new toys from Santa- it’s become a classic tradition in our house as it’s a great way for us to relax after breakfast before the rest of our busy day! And dream of visiting Disney again too!
Excited to see all the stars perform – including Jennifer Hudson & even the real Sharkey and Bones from Jake & the Neverland Pirates too! Wish we had been there live when this parade was filmed!
The 28th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” airs nationwide Dec. 25, 2011 on ABC-TV and features performances by a variety of stars from both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (Mark Ashman, photographer)
The Disney Dream Cruise Ship is amazing. Words can’t do it justice, so here are the pictures that will give you a great feel for the restaurants, pools, and Oceaneer’s Lab for kids age 3-10. Enjoy!