Finding Nemo 3D

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.

The Small Pleasures of Disney World

Disney World is an wondrous place. Just think about some of the amazing attractions and the imagination and technology that it took to bring those experiences to life. Attractions like Mission:SPACE, DINOSAUR, and Toy Story Mania! They’re rides that we, even as adults, love to go on. And hey, that’s why we’re ok with spending some substantial cash to get in, right?

But we noticed a funny thing with the kids, especially when they’re younger, like Kyle – who started visiting Disney at 15 months (He’s also since been back at just 2 and just 3 years old)

Some of the attractions that we think he should love, he simply does not.  And even more surprising, he took a strong liking to some of what we us adults might consider to be the most boring parts of the park. He loved the Tomorrowland_Transit_Authority_PeopleMover, Brer Rabbit’s Playground (a hidden gem of a playground underneath Splash Mountain), riding the Carousel again and again, and the guns on Tom Sawyer Island.

I urge you to embrace the small pleasures your kids find in the hidden nooks at Disney and let go of the need to hustle and bustle to the star attractions. Take in the parade. Hop on the carousel ride with your kids. Dance in the Streets when you find an impromptu character dance party happening. Relish the small playgrounds your kids find in a hidden area of Disney.

Some of our most magical moments and memories at Disney are from the spontaneous joy the kids have found in the out of the way & little known attractions – that also have generally have zero lines and no wait time. Something that will please everyone in the family from birth to age 80.

Disney Magic in New York City Times Square

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.

Incredible!

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!

What it takes to be a Disney Princess

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.

Aulani Disney Resort and Spa – New York Times Review

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.”

Read the full New York Times review.

Disney’s Pirate League – Pirate Makeovers for Boys

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!

Sofia the First

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?

Justin Bieber Rocks out with Goofy

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)

 

Aboard the Disney Dream in Pictures

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!

The Disney Dream Cruise Ship

The Disney Dream Cruise Ship

The Disney Dream Cruise Smokestack

The Disney Dream Cruise Smokestack

The Disney Dream Deck

The Disney Dream Deck

Posh Seating

Posh Seating

Top Deck

Top Deck

Elevator

Elevator

Sand Art

Sand Art

Dining on Deck

Dining on Deck

Oceaneer's Lab

Oceaneer's Lab

Oceaneer's Lab

Oceaneer's Lab

Oceaneer's Lab

Oceaneer's Lab

Oceaneer's Lab

Oceaneer's Lab

Andy's Room

Andy's Room

Andy's Room

Andy's Room

Andy's Room

Andy's Room

Monster's Academy

Monster's Academy

Monster's Academy

Monster's Academy

AquaDuck Water Coaster

AquaDuck Water Coaster

AquaDuck Water Coaster

AquaDuck Water Coaster

Adult Pool

Adult Pool

Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Spa

Spa

Port Holes

Port Holes

Port Holes

Port Holes

Snow White

Snow White

The Golden Mickey's Broadway Show

The Golden Mickey's Broadway Show

The Enchanted Garden Restaurant

The Enchanted Garden Restaurant

Mickey Cupid Statue

Mickey Cupid Statue

The Disney Dream Lobby

The Disney Dream Lobby

Disney Dream Stateroom

Disney Dream Stateroom

Disney Dream Stateroom

Disney Dream Stateroom

Disney Dream Stateroom

Disney Dream Stateroom

Disney Dream Stateroom

Disney Dream Stateroom

Pixie Hollow

Pixie Hollow

The Disney Dream Cruise Animator’s Palate Restaurant in Pictures

The kids just loved the Animator’s Palate restaurant aboard the Disney Dream. The walls came to life – literally. From sketch drawings of character from Nemo, to Crush the turtle swimming around the restaurant, talking and interacting with the diners. An amazing and totally unique experience.

Animator's Palate Kid's Meal

Animator's Palate Kid's Meal

Animator's Palate Table

Animator's Palate Table

Animator's Palate Kids Coloring Menu

Animator's Palate Kids Coloring Menu

Animator's Palate Kids Coloring Menu

Animator's Palate Kids Coloring Menu

Animator's Palate Dining

Animator's Palate Dining

Waiting for our food

Waiting for our food

Thanks Mom!

Thanks Mom!

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