Free Peter Pan Coloring Pages

The PETER PAN Diamond Edition Blu Ray/DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack officially released on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Based on the Scottish novel by J.M. Barrie, Disney brings to life the story of a mischievous and magical boy who never ages. Peter Pan visits the nursery of three young children in London – Wendy, Michael, and John – and ultimately takes them on an adventure of a lifetime. With pixie dust to help them fly, they venture to Never Land, where they must courageously work together to outsmart the crafty Captain Hook and his comedic sidekick Mr. Smee.

If you saw the film as a child (the film originally came out in February 1953), you’re sure to enjoy taking a second look at this brilliant new edition with digitally restored images and plenty of fun bonus features.

Want to know where to purchase a copy for your Disney movie collection? Just follow the second star to the north and straight on ’til morning. Or…Buy it on Amazon for $27.99.

In the meantime, break out the crayons and let your children get creative with these free Peter Pan Coloring Pages by Disney.

Click on the image to download and print from your computer.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.

Lunch Options at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café in California Adventure

Do you research dining options as part of the Disney vacation preparation process? I have to admit to neglecting this aspect of vacation planning. With so many details to consider (what to wear, where to stay, all the baby gear to pack, etc), we usually just “swing it” when it comes to meals…which doesn’t always end well.

During our most recent trip to California Adventure, our family wandered in to the Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Cafe on our way to Soarin’ Over California. We were weary and hot after a morning of attractions.

Our first impressions were positive. The delicatessen and cafe features wooden bench-style seats and open glass “bakery style” windows.

We were hoping to find a few sandwiches or salads that would suit our healthy appetites and line up with our daughters’ palettes.

Unfortunately, the fast-casual restaurant featured only four sandwiches – all heavy on the vinaigrette side of things:

  • Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwich with Horseradish Sauce ($9.69)
  • Turkey Rueben with Sauerkraut ($9.69)
  • Paneer & Roasted Vegetable Sandwich with a Spicy Tomato Sauce ($8.99)
  • Salami Royale with an Olive Vinegar Sauce ($8.99; pictured)
We settled on the last option.

Our three daughters (ages 6, 3, and 6 months), like many young children, were not thrilled by the sour sauce. Both my husband and I agreed that we wished that there had been more “traditional” sandwich options – perhaps a Turkey & Provolone Sandwich, a Grilled 4-Cheese Sandwich, and/or a Roast Beef and Cheddar Melt (minus the horseradish).

Note that several of the sandwiches are sold as a half-sandwich, which isn’t exactly filling after a hard day of play.

If you’re looking for a coffee, espresso, or smoothie, this place is a good stopping point. The Starbucks-branded beverages range from $2.69-$5.49, depending on your drink of choice. You can also ask for a tall glass of complimentary water.

If, however, you’re looking for a lunch spot with little ones, skip this dining venue in favor of something more kid-friendly and with more “fun factors.”

Where do you like to eat lunch in California Adventure? What restaurant inside the park offers the most filling entrees? 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.

Disney Bucket List

Our family has traveled all around the USA…and I do mean all over! We lived in an RV for over 9 months in 2011, driving coast to coast. We swam in lakes, dined in revolving buildings, hiked through gorgeous mountains, explored at science centers, and roasted marshmallows around open fires.

Even after all that, I maintain that Disney is one of our top vacation picks for families.

When I think of the Disney brand, I think of Walt Disney and his relentless pursuit of innovation. I think about excellence, happiness, and the magic of following “impossible” dreams.

Though this list isn’t as serious as my Life List, I do have a few Disney-related things that I’d love to do in the next 30 years.

1. Hire a photographer to follow our family around a Disney park to capture great memories.

2. Spend a day “solo” in the parks with my camera, taking photos of whatever sparks my interest.

3. Run in a Disney Half Marathon.

4. Enjoy a Dole Whip.

5. Go on an “Adventures by Disney” tour abroad.

6. Experience “Enchanted Tales with Belle.”

7. Ride Radiator Springs Racers.

8.  Sail on a Disney cruise ship with my family.

9. Stay in the Adventureland Suite at Disneyland Hotel.

10. Be hired by Disney to do Communications, PR, Writing, or Imagineering work.

Dream with me! What is on your Disney Bucket List?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.

Disneyland Hotel Remodel – Two Mickey Thumbs Up

Our family stayed one night at the newly remodeled Disneyland Hotel in late September.

Compared to our previous stay in 2009, we marveled at the magnificent changes. The lobby’s decor has been updated. The rooms have been completely redone. And the resort now features 3 swimming pools – one that is Monorail themed with two water slides!

We stayed in a guest room in the Frontier Tower with two queen beds, a flat screen TV, and complimentary WiFi (so important for people who want to tweet, facebook, pin, and/or blog their experience!).

The decor is classic Disney – sophisticated without being stuffy. A black and white photograph of Walt Disney hung on the wall in our room and Mickey Mouse accents were subtly integrated into the lamps and handles.

The headboard behind the beds was our favorite part. With the push of a button, the castle lights up and a tranquil lullaby begins to play: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” Excellent for bedtime.

Each room comes equipped with a refrigerator and a pack & play in the closet. Plus, you can call to schedule a wake-up call from Mickey Mouse.

I’d love it if the hotel would offer complimentary vouchers for each guest to receive a giant Mickey Mouse cinnamon roll and cup of coffee (or juice for kids) each morning. That would add great value to the price.

The resort is walkable to Disneyland and California Adventure, but note that it’s more than just a few steps away. You walk a considerable distance through Downtown Disney to the park entrance. If you’re looking for easier access, choose the Grand Californian or a hotel across the street (many of which are actually closer than the Disney branded hotels).

If you have a bigger family and/or are planning an extended stay, renting an Anaheim home or condo may be your best bet. That way, you’ll have access to a full kitchen plus separate bedrooms to more easily put little ones down to bed.

That said, if you’re staying 1-2 nights and want to go “all disney,” the newly renovated Disneyland Hotel is a good pick. Staying on-property also gives you the advantage of an “Extra Magic Hour” – early admission to the park so you can beat the crowds to catch your favorite attractions.

Have you ever stayed in a Disney resort? What was your experience like?

* Thanks to Disneyland for providing us with a 1-night complimentary stay.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.

What to Eat at Flo’s V8 Cafe in California Adventure

Looking for a breakfast spot in California Adventure? Rev up your engines and head to Cars Land for a retro dining experience at Flo’s V8 Cafe. The fast-casual restaurant features 50′s decor that keeps time with the “Cars” movie. Enjoy oldies tunes, fun pink sparkly seats, and mementos from Flo’s singing career.

Choose to sit indoors or out on the patio…both provide a fantastic view of the Radiator Springs Racers and the desert sand dunes beyond.

Try the American Breakfast for $7.99. The plate includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, and a biscuit. A hearty choice.

Got a sweet tooth? You’ll likely enjoy the Brioche French Toast ($7.99). The toast is topped with a generous helping of caramel sauce with bananas sliced on top. Our 6-year-old gobbled this up, smacking her lips with each bite. Note that this entree is on the smaller side and may not be quite as filling as the American Breakfast (though it is deliciously rich and dessert-y).

For healthier fare, choose the Seasonal Fruit Plate ($5.49). Includes a medley of in-season fruit, a small cup of strawberry yogurt, and a blueberry muffin.

Overall, Flo’s is a good choice for breakfast in the park:

  • Fun atmosphere
  • Great View
  • Good Eats
  • Family-Friendly

What is your favorite breakfast spot at California Adventure and/or Disneyland?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.

51 Disney Animated Films In Chronological Order

To date, Disney has released 51 theatrical animated features.

It all began in 1937 with the extraordinary accomplishment of Snow White…and the movie industry has never been the same.

How many have you seen? I was surprised that my tally only reached 34.

                                                  

What is your all-time favorite animated Disney movie? 

Which decade do you think produced the best films?

REFERENCE:

  1. 1937:Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  2. 1940:Pinnochio
  3. 1940:Fantasia
  4. 1941:Dumbo
  5. 1942:Bambi
  6. 1942:Saludos Amigos
  7. 1944:The Three Cabelleros
  8. 1946:Make Mine Music 
  9. 1947: Fun and Fancy Free
  10. 1948: Melody Time
  11. 1949:The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  12. 1950:Cinderella
  13. 1951:Alice in Wonderland
  14. 1953:Peter Pan
  15. 1955:Lady and the Tramp
  16. 1959:Sleeping Beauty
  17. 1961: One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  18. 1963: The Sword in the Stone
  19. 1967:The Jungle Book
  20. 1970:The Aristocats
  21. 1973: Robin Hood
  22. 1977:The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  23. 1977:The Rescuers
  24. 1981:The Fox and the Hound
  25. 1985: The Black Cauldron
  26. 1986:The Great Mouse Detective
  27. 1988:Oliver and Company
  28. 1989:The Little Mermaid
  29. 1990: The Rescuers Down Under
  30. 1991: Beauty and the Beast
  31. 1992:Aladdin
  32. 1994:The Lion King
  33. 1995: Pocahontas
  34. 1996: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  35. 1997:Hercules
  36. 1998:Mulan
  37. 1999: Tarzan
  38. 1999: Fantasia 2000
  39. 2000:Dinosaur
  40. 2000:The Emperor’s New Groove
  41. 2001:Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  42. 2002:Lilo & Stitch
  43. 2002: Treasure Planet
  44. 2003:Brother Bear
  45. 2004:Home on the Range
  46. 2005:Chicken Little
  47. 2007:Meet the Robinsons
  48. 2008:Bolt
  49. 2009: The Princess and the Frog
  50. 2010:Tangled
  51. 2011: Winnie the Pooh

Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.

7 Tips for Traveling With Small Children to Disneyland & Walt Disney World

Disneyland and Disney World are both ideal picks for vacations with small children.

The Disney magic extends to even the youngest of visitors. We’ve been to Disneyland three times and Disney World once with little ones under age two and it was delightful each time.

Our family at Disneyland - 2009

Although both places have their own charm, I prefer Disneyland and California Adventure for little ones. It’s MUCH smaller than WDW and wonderfully walkable (plus, the tickets are a little less). Oh, and did I mention the breezy, beachy California weather?

Either way though, you’re bound to have a magnificent time.

These seven tips will help ensure that your babies and toddlers stay happy at the Happiest Place on Earth:

1. Bring your own food (and water). We always think we’ll just swing by a grocery store when we arrive, but it usually ends up being more complicated than that. Try to shop ahead of time. Bring lots of snacks (fruit leathers, been jerky, granola bars, etc), plenty of water bottles, and at least 1 easy meal.

2. If you have a small child, bring a stroller. At the parks, single strollers cost $15/day or up to $31/day for a double stroller. Save by bringing your own $15 umbrella stroller. If you have two little ones and two parents, it might be worthwhile to bring 2 umbrella strollers as opposed to a massive double stroller. By the way, it’s wise to bring a stroller for kids in their early school years too. Big parks make for tired feet.

3. Pack toiletries, baby gear, & medical supplies. Here’s a basic list: feminine products, a razor, diapers, wipes, tylenol, sunscreen, hairbrush, etc. If you forget these necessities, you’ll end up in an overpriced gift shop or driving to the nearest [overpriced] Walgreens.

4. Pick up a complimentary “1st Visit” Button from Guest services. Disney cast members sometimes give perks and friendly advice to first-timers and your little ones will love wearing a button with all their favorite characters.

5. Make use of the Baby Care Centers. All Disney Parks offer baby care centers which feature a quiet (and private) curtained area for nursing your baby, changing tables, and miniature potties. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and other baby toiletries are available for purchase.

6. Book a hotel room with a suite or rent a house/condo. If you opt for a traditional style hotel room, you’ll likely find yourself whispering in the dark post baby’s bedtime. With an extra room, you’ll be able to shut the door and have some privacy…plus, it allows for greater flexibility if certain members of the family need/want to wake up early, sleep in, stay up late, etc. If you can find a place with a full kitchen or kitchenette, that’s even better. Check Vacation Rentals for options. You’ll be surprised at how affordable renting a home can be…especially if you split the cost with friends (see the next tip!).

7. Bring along grandparents or friends. For extra fun, bring along other adults so that YOU have an opportunity to go on rides (It’s not as thrilling to ride Space Mountain by yourself, after all). This “tactic” also allows you to extend your park visit because you’ll be able to go out to enjoy the park while baby naps at the hotel or post-bedtime.

Have you been to Disneyland and/or Disney World with little ones under age two? Share your top tips!

Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.

On Etsy: Elegant Disney Princess Dresses

You can buy Disney princess dresses at almost any retailer, but these gorgeous handmade gowns by DIPdesigns are truly exceptional. Beautifully crafted in sizes 2T-6T, the gasp-worthy dresses range in price from $69-$83.

Next time you shop for a little girl in your life, support an independent seamstress…and give the gift of “Happily Ever After” at the same time.

SNOW WHITE. $75. Sizes: 3T-6T.

RAPUNZEL. $83. Sizes: 2T-6.

BELLE. $79. Sizes: 3T-6.

CINDERELLA. $69. Sizes: 2T-4T.

* Disneyed is not affiliated with DPIdesigns. These dresses just caught our eye…and we thought you’d be equally enchanted.

Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.

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