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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
When we heard that Frozen princess dresses have been selling out in Disney World each day, it got us wondering…are they really so hard to find? The most gorgeous, premium Anna and Elsa dresses are now on Chasing-Fireflies.com, the site behind the Wishcraft catalog. However, they’re not shipping yet and they won’t be cheap. The Elsa dress shown is $130; the Anna is $124 and when we looked, neither would be available until the end of August in smaller sizes. The size-10 Anna coronation dress looks to be backordered through the end of October!
Less-expensive BuyCostumes.com has pared-down Elsa and Anna frocks, backordered until just after Labor Day. Their Elsa is $38, and Anna is $40.
On to the Disney Store, and…they don’t have the dresses yet either, but nice ones are coming. We saw the two shown below, Anna’s with the cape and Elsa’s with cool ombre sleeves, at their fall preview. AND they are going to have an Olaf costume! No word on exactly when they’ll all hit shelves, but they’ll be about $50 each.
In the meantime, there are $30 dresses for both sister characters at Toys “R” Us and at other mass merchants. Fair warning, the user reviews are brutal. (As in, “The tulle sleeves are like sandpaper.”) But desperate times may call for desperate measures, scratchy sleeves and all. Or try and teach your little princess the virtue of patience!
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Thursday, June 26th, 2014
If you’re planning a trip to Orlando this summer, you’re in luck: Several way-cool attractions and resorts have opened or are debuting soon. Don’t miss:
* Frozen Summer Fun Live!
Since your kids can’t get enough of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, Disney is launching Frozen-themed activities and character appearances at Hollywood Studios from July 5 to September 1. Highlights include Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome on a horse-drawn sleigh at 11 am daily, a 20-minute sing-a-long celebration in the Premiere Theatre presented several times daily, a “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?” area with winter activities, an ice skating rink, and Frozen Fireworks at 9:45 pm daily. How cool does all that sound?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Diagon Alley
Calling all wizards in training: This much-anticipated area of Universal Studios will hold its grand opening on July 8. Families can ride the Hogwarts Express back and forth from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Hogsmeade (inside Islands of Adventure, the sister park of Universal Studios) to this new re-creation of London. Several other fun rides and attractions are on tap too; learn more here.
The B Resort & Spa
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The stylish (but not stuffy) property recently opened in the Downtown Disney area. Many rooms feature bunk beds and kitchenettes. You can borrow an iPad or hang at the pool area, which has lots of fun features for kids. Bus transportation is provided to Disney Parks.Get a Parents-exclusive deal: For $560 (a $120-discount), you can stay two nights in a room with bunk beds, receive four complimentary breakfast buffets at American Q, get four items from the B Treated Tray, and snag four ice-cream cones at The Pickup. Use promo code PARENTS; offer valid for stays between now and September 30, 2014; book by July 31.
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
You likely have fond memories of the Disney Channel Original Movies of your tween and teen years (did anyone else love “Get A Clue” and “Stuck in the Suburbs,” among others?), but unfortunately, these flicks aired way before your kiddo’s time.
This Friday, however, Disney Junior will show its first original movie, “Lucky Duck,” an animated picture featuring the voices (speaking and singing) of Broadway actors Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, and Tom Cavanagh. The film chronicles the adventures of a group of tub toys who have fallen into the ocean. Will they be able to find their way to a kid?
You and your child can view the “Lucky Duck” trailer and then watch an exclusive clip from the movie.
Tune in to Disney Junior to watch “Lucky Duck” this Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. If your family has plans that night (or just wants to watch the movie a second time!), it will also air on Saturday, June 21, at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
Plus, a cute duck-themed game to play at a baby shower:
Photo credit: Disney Junior
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Thursday, May 29th, 2014
By Chelsea P. Gladden, BreezyMama.com
When it comes to the live action Maleficent, Disney is pulling out all the marketing stops. My kids and I will pause from fast forwarding through commercials on TV to watch the preview– every time it airs. And that has been a lot!
When it was time to actually see the film starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, my 10 year old and I were beside ourselves with excitement. So did it live up to all the non-stop hype?
The short answer is: Stop reading this now and head to a theater near you.
My daughter and I absolutely loved it. The film is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale “The Sleeping Beauty,” and the later Disney animated classic Sleeping Beauty, though this time from the perspective of the evil queen Maleficent, played by Jolie.
I’m a little surprised that it scored a PG rating as I felt it might be a bit more on the PG-13 side due to some violent scenes. Though my daughter was fine throughout, we did cuddle up during some very scary moments watching one of the greatest Disney villains ever.
Starting with Maleficent as a rambunctious young fairy you can’t help but root for, her innocence is ripped from her through a heart-breaking betrayal. Though she turns dark and seeks revenge on the king by cursing his first-born daughter (A.K.A. Aurora), you actually, in many ways, don’t blame her. Except for the cursing of the baby, of course!
From the start, the neighboring kingdom was bent on invading the moors she protects. With soldiers willing to stop at nothing to take her down, she relies on the nature around her, including some of the most frightening looking trees and a fire-breathing dragon made from the roots. Flying through the opposing army, she violently knocks them down one by one with her powerful wings protecting the land she grew up enchanting. The inability to bring her down further fuels the original king to encourage her demise, offering his throne to anyone who can exact revenge upon her.
My daughter and I decided those scenes and the epic-though-violent finale would be far too scary for my 5 year old.
With all the press surrounding the film, you probably know by now that Angelina Jolie’s 5-year-old daughter plays a young Princess Aurora. As Jolie previously mentioned, all other kids her age were too afraid of Jolie in costume. It was a bit stunt casting, but when I actually saw the scene, I found it very touching. Vivienne and her mommy have a tender chemistry that ends up being quite essential to the plot.
Jolie as Maleficent is wickedly wonderful, which adds to the fun. Appearing from the shadows, her silhouette often looks just like the cartoon version, which is a treat for fans of the 1959 version.
Speaking of the original, the three fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather – have always been favorites of mine, and the live-action versions definitely add some humor to the plot. Though Jolie is dark, she too has some fun playing tricks on the trio as well as some great one-liners.
Some may find one of the twists as taking too much liberty with the traditional fairy tale (hint: another twist with true love’s kiss). There are some slow-moving moments while waiting for the cursed Aurora to turn 16, prick her finger on the spindle from the spinning wheel and fall into the infamous deep sleep, but overall I found the film a lot of fun to take my own little “Beastie,” as Aurora is affectionately called, to see.
Grade on a scale of kid’s live action films: B+
Rated PG, Violent battle scenes; Slightly graphic; Scary moments; 97 minutes
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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com
It’s simply amazing how quickly kids grow out of toys, isn’t it? One day they’re happily chewing on board books and the next they’re busy playing games on your iPhone that even you wouldn’t know how to play. This week’s deals can help you keep up with your little one’s growing toy needs without spending a ton of cash at the same time. Check out these discounts on items from Leap Frog, Disney Store, kidrobot and more.
- Leap Frog. 15% off orders over $20 (Coupon code: APRILBABY). Expires Today!
- Build-A-Bear Workshop. $6 off stuffed toys orders $12 or more (Coupon code: 2000574). Expires 8/20/2014.
- Sensational Beginnings. 20% off on all orders (Coupon code: SP2014). Expires 6/30/2014.
- Disney Store. Save $15 off your purchase over $100 or more, plus free shipping (Coupon code:DMR15). Expires 6/30/2014.
- kidrobot. 20% off Marvel toys (Coupon code:KRMARVEL41420). Expires 5/31/2014.
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Friday, April 18th, 2014
By Chelsea P. Gladden, BreezyMama.com
Lately, it seems as though it’s getting harder to find a kid’s movie that isn’t too scary for my 5-year-old, yet can still keep her entertained. Frankly, I thought I’d be safe with another gem from the Disneynature series, and in general, this movie worked well for my daughter. However, Bears, like many quality wildlife shows, features the raw, often scary story of survival, which required this mama bear to be on high alert for scenes that might be too much for her litte cub.
Following a mother brown bear and her two newborn cubs for a year, Bears gives a glimpse into their lives: from waking up after hibernation in need of finding food, to avoiding avalanches, threatening rivals and other predators, such as a pesky wolf.
From the beginning, we learn that many cubs don’t survive their first year and immediately the tension is palpable. Fears that an overly hungry rival bear may try to eat them (and actually does go after them!) combined with the over-eager wolf ready to pounce the second the mom turns her back, lead to some anxiety-filled moments that had us on the edge of our seats.
To top it off, the mama bear’s conscious effort to search for food in less threatening environs nearly has her starving to death and you can actually start to see just how emaciated the nursing mother becomes.
Set in Alaska, the documentary is just as captivating a story as any animated cartoon; my daughter and I couldn’t help but root for our heroes every step of the way. Narrated by John C. Reilly, the script offers up humor and playful moments as well. Overall, it wasn’t too scary for my daughter, but the tense moments had her squirming.
At one point, the boy cub gets stuck in water as high tide comes in and my daughter reached for my hand as we hoped he wouldn’t drown. Another particular scene that my little cub found frightening was, “When the [male rival] bears fight.” Other than those moments, she seemed to handle the “scary” scenes well.
Since I saw Disneynature’s Chimpanzee (where the mother dies), I was concerned about whether the cubs would make it and they definitely tease throughout that they likely won’t! SPOILER ALERT: They do survive their first year and their mother fuels up on enough milk to feed them during hibernation to keep them alive for the next spring.
Taking a cue from my daughter’s reactions, however, Bears would be a little too intense for my 3-year-old twins, but any child over age 4 should be fine. Also, the pacing is on the slow side and toward the end, I was concerned it wasn’t going to hold my daughter’s attention for much longer as she started to get antsy in her seat. If your child has a short attention span for movies and television, this movie might not be a choice for her.
That being said, my daughter declared a few times afterward, “It was awesome!” She also added in the car ride home, “Mama, animals are great movie stars!”
Entertaining and informative, Bears demonstrates no matter what your species, a mother’s love for her family is a powerful thing — right down to the occasional bear hug.
Disneynature’s Bears opens in theaters everywhere 4/18/14
Grade on a scale of kid’s films: B
Rated G, Minor conflict among animals; Tense moments; 77 minutes
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Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Are you home with your kids this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Then you’ll all be around for a children’s television event: the premiere of the first Western for preschoolers! Disney Junior’s Sheriff Callie’s Wild West follows a loveable feline law enforcer (voiced by Mandy Moore) and her friends on their adventures in the frontier town Nice and Friendly Corners. Each animated episode features two 11-minute stories focused on teaching valuable life lessons, such as the importance of sharing, honesty, and being a good friend.
We’re particularly excited about Sheriff Callie because she’s a positive female role model for kids. And as you would expect from a show utilizing the talents of singer Mandy Moore, each episode also features two original songs. Plus how can you resist that adorable cactus-wearing a cowboy hat?
Be sure to watch this exclusive preview of the show, and tune in on January 20th at 5pm EST/PST on Disney Junior!
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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Every Disney buff loves reliving classic moments with their favorite characters from the screen. So it’s safe to say you’ve probably also wondered what it would be like if your beloved pals crossed paths outside the movies.
Launched this past summer, the Disney Infinity video game makes that dream a reality. Kids and their nostalgic parents can put iconic characters, like Sully and Captain Jack Sparrow, alongside each other in locales from films such as The Incredibles and Cars.
The figures work across multiple platforms, so whether you’re an Xbox, Playstation, or Nintendo user, you can play at a friend’s house too. Plus, families will love the fact that the game encourages cooperation and teamwork (like using your character to pick up another and help them complete a mission). Kids can also get their creative juices flowing by downloading the free Disney Infinity: Toy Box app for PC or iPad, and using it to create their own worlds, which can later be shared across consoles.
Disney Interactive is offering an awesome prize package for ONE lucky gamer, including Disney Infinity along with its base, three Infinity figures and play sets, and a first power disc, which introduces extra powers or gadgets into the game. Plus, the winner will receive exclusive web codes to unlock content online and on mobile devices.
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and December 23, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on December 26 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
Congrats to Angie Uribe!
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