Sunday, November 2, 2014

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Fire

Normally, I don't pay too much attention to the sensational news out of Disney World.  However,  last night I was there,  so I know it's true.  Apparently,  a firework from Wishes landed on the exterior of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride and set it on fire.  The fire was quickly extinguished,  but the ride was closed for nearly two hours.  It reopened shortly after midnight,  which was when my family and I rode for the first time.  It was well worth the wait; we loved it! The fire doesn't seem to have done any major damage, but I suspect there will be some changes for fireworks on windy nights.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

El Dia de los Muertos at EPCOT

Have you ever been at EPCOT on November 1st or 2nd? These two days are part of a Mexican celebration called El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. As mentioned at EPCOT, "The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember relatives who have died." While the Mexico Pavilion doesn't have any special events to mark this holiday, they do have a lot of fun merchandise to decorate your home with. Here are a few of my favorites.
Painted skulls, t-shirts, books and much more.
I love these large, skull-shaped pillows. 
They have fantastic floral embroidery reminiscent of sugar skulls.
These square pillow cases are also cool. I especially like the ball fringe.
Can you imagine wearing skulls on your shoes? Well you can with these ShWings. Bean has some that are actual pink wings and she loves them. They are very easy to put on shoe laces and can definitely add a bit of fun to some boring shoes.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween at Coronado Springs

My family and I are back at Disney World again. We are staying at Coronado Springs this time, and so far I really like it. It is amazing how much different (and better) the moderate hotels are compared to the value ones. Anyway, Coronado Springs has a bunch of special events planned for Halloween.

There is trick or treating throughout the lobby and restaurants.
Pluto and Donald are stopping by in their best outfits for pictures.

The cast members had a pumpkin carving competition where guests could vote for their favorites. I personally like the Baymax pumpkin, but Bean was partial to the Rapunzel tower.

There have been Disney Halloween movies under the stars all week. Tonight's film is Hocus Pocus, but they've played the Haunted Mansion, and other similar movies as well. A dance party on the patio is also on the events list for this afternoon. And the coloring pages in the lobby have all been replaced with Halloween designs. Even the restaurants are decorated with carved pumpkins.

 These Frozen pumpkins are especially cute.
They seem to really enjoy Halloween at Coronado Springs. It looks like it will be a lot of fun.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bat Day at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Have you ever spent Halloween in the parks at Walt Disney World? Surprisingly, it can be a great way to spend the spooky holiday. While I'm sure most people would be inclined to head to the Magic Kingdom and Mickey 's Not So Scary Halloween Party, there is a much less expensive alternative to be found in Disney's Animal Kingdom: Bat Day.

At the Conservation Station, Halloween is Bat Day. Last year, they had at least half a dozen activities aimed at teaching kids more about bats. (And don't worry, adults can participate, too.) Our first activity was making bay masks. There were five different mask printouts to color and cut out. They also had a lifesize silhouette of a bat with its wings extended. Kids could kneal in front of it and hold out their arms to see how they measure up to the wingspan. Another station involved walking into a "cave" filled with paper bats. You had to use a flashlight to count the different species and report back how many you found of each. Next, we learned about several forms of enrichment used by cast members to keep the bats entertained. We even tried to lift a bucket of candy using only our pinkies to pull up each link of a chain. That was a lot more difficult than you'd think. We also talked with the bat keepers about how to help bats flourish at home, from reducing the use of pesticides to building bat homes. They also gave us magnets, temporary tattoos, and stickers with photos and facts about bats. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

For a little more animal fun, on October 31, all of the animals receive pumpkins as part of their enrichment program. We enjoyed watching the tortoises trying to eat the giant pumpkins.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

13 Nights of Halloween on ABC Family

Tonight is the first night of ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween. It looks like a pretty good lineup. Which movies will you be watching?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Good Witch's Wonder

Cassie Nightingale is back for a seventh film with an all new mystery to solve. Her stepson Brandon and his fiancee Tara have suddenly decided to rush their wedding, leaving Cassie only days to plan it. Martha has been elected mayor of Middleton and has pushed Caddie into running a silent auction to raise money for the Middleton Botanical Gardens. Cassie meets a new arrival to Middleton and immediately hires her to help run the Bell, Book & Candle. However, Audrey may be hiding something. When donations for the auction turn up missing, it's up to Cassie, with a little help from her husband Jake, the local Chief of Police, to solve the mystery and set everything to rights.

I love the way they have kept so many of the characters from the previous stories as well as introducing new ones along the way. The kids have grown up and the family has grown closer together, adding new members with every story. These are some of my favorite movies, and my entire family loves watching them together. The Good Witch's Wonder premieres Saturday, October 25 at 9/8c.

In case you missed one of the movies, here's are the titles (and my reviews) in order:

The Good Witch
The Good Witch's Garden
The Good Witch's Gift
The Good Witch's Family
The Good Witch's Charm
The Good Witch's Destiny
The Good Witch's Wonder

Monday, October 13, 2014

Phineas and Ferb: Night of the Living Pharmacists

Have you seen the latest Phineas and Ferb Halloween episode? It's absolutely hilarious! For once, it appears that Doof's inator has been successful. He's finally gotten his brother Roger out of his way, but with unforeseen consequences. The Repulse-inator has turned Roger into the most repulsive thing possible: a zombie clone of Doof himself. Unfortunately, it also allows him to infect everyone around him, making "Lots of me!" Doofenshmirtz schemes always remind me of Pinky and the Brain; they rarely work, and when they do, he's still unhappy with the results. This is no exception; Doof loves the idea of "an army of me", but the zombie clones don't really care for him, throwing him out of his own building, saying "Less of me!"

As usual, Phineas and Ferb and the gang must save the world. They come up with a plan to protect themselves from the Doof zombies (crazy suits made of salvaged rubber) and try to find Isabella, who has become separated from the group, causing Phineas to panic. Although they don't see him, Agent P is protecting the group, drawing away the zombies and making sure that they can complete their mission. Eventually, they find Isabella, who once again tries to tell Phineas about her feelings for him, but is thwarted by memory loss, as usual. Of course they save the world (or at least Danville) and everyone is changed back to normal.

I loved this episode of Phineas and Ferb. It had a million zombie jokes, and definitely poked a bit of fun at the Resident Evil franchise. I love that Phineas and Ferb episodes aren't just aimed at kids. There are definitely several zombie movie jokes that will be over most kids heads, but that just makes it more fun to watch as a family. If you missed it the first time, be sure to catch one of the replays; the next one is on Sunday, October 19 at 11am on DisneyXD. Or watch it anytime online at WatchDisneyXD.