Thursday, November 26, 2015

Chip and Dale Thanksgiving Fun


The Disney Parks Blog shared the most adorable Chip and Dale Thanksgiving placemats recently. There are two pictures to print: one is Chip and Dale in a cornucopia to color and the other has games and puzzles to solve. Too cute! So if you looking for something fun for the kids to do while they wait for dinner, head over to the Disney Parks Blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Miles from Tomorrowland


Bean and I love Miles from Tomorrowland on Disney Junior. Miles and his sister Loretta travel the galaxy with their parents, Captain Phoebe Callisto and Engineer Leo Callisto. Along with their robo-ostrich Merc, they solve problems and have amazing adventures while working missions for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. (The TTA is run by Admirals Watson and Crick, named for the scientists who discovered the chemical composition of DNA. That's just one of many little scientific in-jokes for the parents who are watching.) It's a really cute show that does a great job of explaining basic science concepts so that kids will understand them.

I love the show overall, but I especially like the guest stars. Disney does a great job of choosing a character that perfectly represent a specific person.  The most recent episode featured the voice talents of Alton Brown, host of Cutthroat Kitchen among other shows on Food Network, as a chef named Lysander Floovox. It also featured a scientist named Professor Rubicon who is voiced by the legendary Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Other guest stars have included Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher, Star Trek: TNG) as Commander S'Leet, Mark Hammill (Luke Skywalker, Star Wars) as Gadfly Garnet, and George Takei (Hikaru Sulu, Star Trek) as Spectrix. It's a sci-fi nerd's dream come true!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Disney's 25 Days of Christmas Schedule

With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, I guess it's time to consider Christmas. And that means it's nearly time for ABC Family's 25 days of Christmas. This year's lineup includes two Jim Henson specials that have been remastered: "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" and "Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas". And on December 13th and 14th, you can watch a marathon of the Toy Story movies: 1, 2, & 3 plus the Toy Story That Time Forgot. They're also showing a special behind the scenes look at the new Shadowhunters television series based on the Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare. (Yay!!)  Here's what else you can look forward to seeing.

December 1st
7:00-9:30am The Preacher's Wife
11:00am-1:00pm Disney's A Christmas Carol
1:00-2:30pm Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
2:30-3:30pm The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
3:30-4:00pm Frosty's Winter Wonderland
4:00-6:00pm Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
6:00-7:00pm The Year Without a Santa Claus
7:00-9:00pm The Polar Express
9:00pm-12:00am Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12:00-1:00am The Year Without a Santa Claus
1:00-2:00am Rudolph's Shiny New Year

December 2
7:00-9:00am The Christmas Shoes
9:00-9:30am Frosty's Winter Wonderland
11:00am-12:30pm Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
12:30-1:30pm A Miser Brothers Christmas
1:30-2:30pm Jack Frost
2:30-3:30 Rudolph's Shiny New Year
6:00-8:45pm Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8:45-11:00pm The Santa Clause
12:00-2:00am Snow - an ABC Family original movie

December 3
7:00-9:00am Christmas in Boston
9:00-9:30am Mickey's Christmas Carol
1:45-4:00pm I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
4:00-6:00pm Jack Frost
6:00-8:15pm The Santa Clause
8:15-11:00 Fred Claus
12:00-2:00am Snow 2: Brain Freeze

December 4
7:00-9:00am Meet the Santa's
9:00-9:30am The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (one of my favorite old Rankin Bass cartoons, it's narrated by Angela Lansbury.)
11:00am-12:00pm Rudolph's Shiny New Year
12:00-2:00pm Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
2:00-4:00pm Jack Frost
4:00-6:00pm I'll Be Home for Christmas
6:00-7:00pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town
7:00-9:30pm Fred Claus
9:30-11:50pm Elf
11:50pm-2:00am Prancer

December 5
7:00-8:00am Rudolph's Shiny New Year
8:00-10:00am Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
10:00am-12:15pm I'll Be Home for Christmas
12:15-3:00pm Prancer
3:00-4:00pm The Year Without a Santa Claus
4:00-5:00pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town
5:00-7:15pm The Polar Express
7:15-9:30pm Elf
9:30pm-12:30am Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12:30-2:00am Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

December 6
7:00-9:00am A Very Brady Christmas
9:00-11:00am Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
11:00am-12:00pm The Year Without a Santa Claus
12:00-12:30pm The Little Drummer Boy
12:30-2:30pm Disney's A Christmas Carol
2:30-4:45pm The Polar Express
4:45-6:30pm Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
6:30-9:30pm Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
9:30-10:00pm Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters
10:00pm-12:00am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

December 7
7:00-9:00am Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
9:00-9:30am The Little Drummer Boy
11:00am-1:00pm Three Days - ABC Family original movie
1:00-4:00pm Love Actually
4:00-6:30pm Fred Claus
6:30-8:45pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
8:45-11:00pm The Santa Clause
12:00-2:00am The Mistle-Tones - ABC Family original musical, I really liked this movie, which stars Tia Mowery and Tori Spelling.

December 8
7:00-9:30am Fred Claus
11:00am-1:00pm Secret Santa
1:00-3:00pm The Mistle-Tones
3:00-4:00pm Pinocchio's Christmas
4:00-6:00pm Disney's A Christmas Carol
6:00-6:30pm Frosty's Winter Wonderland
6:30-8:45pm The Santa Clause
8:45-11:00pm The Polar Express
12:00-2:00am Snowglobe - ABC Family original movie

December 9
7:00-9:00am 12 Dates of Christmas - ABC Family original movie
9:00-9:30am The Little Drummer Boy Book II
11:00am-12:00pm Pinocchio's Christmas
12:10-2:20pm Prancer
2:20-4:30pm Snowglobe
4:30-6:00pm Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
6:00-6:30pm Mickey's Christmas Carol
6:30-8:45pm The Polar Express
8:45-11:00pm Elf
12:00-1:00am The Year Without a Santa Claus
1:00-2:00 Rudolph's Shiny New Year

December 10

7:00-9:30am Prancer
11:00-11:30am Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
11:30am-12:00pm Frosty's Winter Wonderland
12:00-2:00pm Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
2:00-2:30pm Mickey's Christmas Carol
2:30-4:00pm Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
4:00-4:30pm The Little Drummer Boy
4:30-5:30pm Rudolph's Shiny New Year
5:30-6:30pm The Year Without a Santa Claus
6:30-8:45pm Elf
8:45-11:00pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
12:00-2:00am Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe - ABC Family original movie

December 11
7:00-9:00am Desperately Seeking Santa - ABC Family original movie
9:00-9:30am Frosty's Winter Wonderland
11:00am-1:00pm Holiday in Handcuffs - ABC Family original movie
1:00-4:00pm The Family Man
4:00-6:45pm Fred Claus
6:45-9:00pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
9:00pm-12:00am Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12:00-1:00am Santa Claus is Coming to Town
1:00-2:00am The Year Without a Santa Claus


December 12
7:00-8:00am Jack Frost
8:00-9:45am Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
9:45-11:30am Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
11:30am-12:15pm The Bells of Fraggle Rock
12:15-1:20pm Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
1:20-2:30pm The Year Without a Santa Claus
2:30-3:30pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town
3:30-4:00pm Frosty's Winter Wonderland
4:00-6:00pm Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
6:00-9:00pm Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
9:00-11:15pm Elf
11:15pm-2:00am Fred Claus

December 13

7:00-8:45am Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
8:45-10:25am Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
10:25-11:05am The Bells of Fraggle Rock
11:05am-12:10pm Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
12:10-2:15pm Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July 
2:15-4:30pm Elf
4:30pm-12:00am Toy Story Marathon

December 14

7:00-9:00am Mr. St. Nick
9:00-9:30am 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
11:00-11:30am Frosty's Winter Wonderland
2:00-8:45pm Toy Story Marathon
8:45-11:00pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
12:00-2:00am Snow

December 15
11:00am-1:00pm Desperately Seeking Santa
1:00-3:00pm Santa Baby - ABC Family original movie
3:00-5:00pm Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
5:00-6:00pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town
6:00-8:15pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
8:15-10:30pm Elf
10:30-11:00pm The Little Drummer Boy
12:00-2:00am Snow 2: Brain Freeze


December 16
7:00-9:00am Three Days
9:00-9:30am The Little Drummer Boy
11:00am-2:00pm The Family Man
2:00-4:00pm Christmas in Boston
4:00-5:00pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town
5:00-6:00pm The Year Without a Santa Claus
6:00-8:15pm Elf
8:15-10:30pm The Polar Express
10:30-11:00pm Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
12:00-2:00am Desperately Seeking Santa

December 17
7:00-10:15am The Family Man
10:15am-1:30pm Love Actually
1:30-4:15pm The Preacher's Wife
4:15-6:30pm Snow
6:30-8:45pm The Polar Express
8:45-11:00pm Disney's A Christmas Carol
12:00-2:00am Holidaze - ABC Family original movie

December 18
7:00-9:45am The Preacher's Wife
9:45am-12:00pm Christmas Cupid - ABC Family original movie
12:00-2:00pm The Mistle-Tones
2:00-4:15pm Snow 2: Brain Freeze
4:15-6:30pm Disney's A Christmas Carol
6:30-7:00pm.Disney's Prep and Landing
7:00-7:30pm Disney's Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
7:30-9:45pm The Santa Clause
9:45pm-12:00am The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
12:00-2:00am Three Days

December 19
7:00-9:30am Prancer
9:30-10:30am Rudolph's Shiny New Year
10:30am-12:30pm Jack Frost
12:30-2:30pm Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
2:30-3:00pm Frosty's Winter Wonderland
3:00-4:00pm The Year Without a Santa Claus
4:05-5:15pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town
5:15-7:30pm The Santa Clause
7:30-9:45pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
9:45pm-12:00am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
12:00-2:00am Holiday in Handcuffs

December 20
7:00-8:00am Rudolph's Shiny New Year
8:00-10:00am Jack Frost
10:00am-12:45pm Prancer
12:45-3:00pm Disney's A Christmas Carol
3:00-4:45pm Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
4:45-7:00pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
7:00-9:15pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
9:15-11:30pm Elf
11:30pm-12:00am Mickey's Christmas Carol

December 21
7:00-9:00am Prancer
9:00-11:15am Disney's A Christmas Carol
11:15am-1:00pm Tim's Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
1:00-2:00pm Rudolph's Shiny New Year
2:00-2:30pm Frosty's Winter Wonderland
2:30-4:30pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
4:30-6:30pm Snowglobe
6:30-8:45pm Elf
8:45-11:00pm The Santa Clause
12:00-2:00am Jack Frost

December 22
7:00-8:00am Rudolph's Shiny New Year
8:00-10:00am 12 Dates of Christmas
10:00am-12:00pm Holidaze
12:00-2:15pm Christmas Cupid
2:15-4:30pm Jack Frost
4:30-5:30pm The Year Without a Santa Claus
5:30-6:30pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town
6:30-8:45pm The Santa Clause
8:45-11:00pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
12:00-2:00am Holiday in Handcuffs

December 23
7:00-9:00am The Mistle-Tones
9:00-11:00am Holiday in Handcuffs
11:00am-1:00pm Santa Baby
1:00-3:15pm Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
3:15-4:15pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town
4:15-6:30pm Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
6:30-7:00pm Frosty's Winter Wonderland
7:00-7:30pm Mickey's Christmas Carol
7:30-9:45pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
9:45pm-12:00am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
12:00-2:00am Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

December 24
7:00-9:00am Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
9:00-9:30 The Little Drummer Boy
11:00am-1:00pm Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
1:00-3:15pm Prancer
3:15-5:00pm Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
5:00-5:30pm Disney's Prep and Landing
5:30-6:00pm Disney's Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
6:00-6:30pm Toy Story That Time Forgot
6:30-8:45pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
8:45-11:00pm Elf
12:00-2:00am The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

December 25
7:00-9:00am Prancer
11:00-11:30am Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
11:30am-12:30pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town
12:30-2:15pm Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
2:15-4:30pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
4:30-5:00pm Toy Story That Time Forgot
5:00-7:15pm Elf
7:15-11:00pm Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone
12:00-1:00am Santa Claus is Coming to Town
1:00-2:00am The Year Without a Santa Claus

You can find additional information on the ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Star Wars in the Kitchen



I was in Target yesterday, when I stumbled across these R2-D2 kitchen accessories.  The timer is very cool, but I really like the salt and pepper shakers. What a cool way to add a little Star Wars to your kitchen.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Star Wars Treats at Disneyland


Disneyland recently opened its new Star Wars: Seasons of the Force. Along with galleries for both the Light and Dark Sides and the Space Mountain revamp Hyperspace Mountain, they've added a few new treats and collectible treat containers.


I especially like the Tie Fighter popcorn bucket. It's huge and yet totally awesome.


The other collectible is a BB-8 sipper cup. I really hope they show up in Disney World when the new Star Wars attractions open this December! I totally need them for my ridiculous collection! Photos courtesy of Disney

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Subway Star Wars Kids Meals



It seems that Subway has new bags for their kids meals. With artwork inspired by the Force Awakens, each bag also contains a glowstick lightsaber with a handle that you decorate with a sticker. They're kinda cool! There are 8 different bags available: a blueprint of the Millennium Falcon, BB-8, two Stormtrooper bags, Kylo Ren, and two with everybody. My favorite is the Millennium Falcon bag, how about you?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Star Wars Land Update


Disney had some major announcements yesterday regarding Star Wars and it's presence at Hollywood Studios. It seems that there are many new experiences that will be opening in the coming months, starting December 1. The Star Wars Launch Bay will be a sneak peek behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There will be special exhibits, merchandise, and the chance to meet Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

Star Tours will be adding a new adventure to its line-up. For the first few months, everyone will experience the new adventure. Afterward, it will be part of the random adventures we can see now. Disney shared a quick glimpse of this new adventure. I can't wait to see it in the park!


Another new experience is Star Wars: Path of the Jedi. Featuring scenes from all of the films, this will give new fans a chance to explore the galaxy many of us know and love. Finally, the Jedi Training experience for Kids will receive a makeover and a new home. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will take tingling to the site of an ancient Jedi temple where they will face off against Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister. Bean is going to love it!

Unfortunately, with all these new experiences comes the loss of an old one. While construction is underway on the new 14-acre Star Wars Land, Star Wars Weekends have come to an end. While we'll now be able to experience a galaxy far, far away every day, I will miss this special event. I'm glad we had the chance to see it one last time this year. Which experience are you most looking forward to?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Disney World at Christmastime


Have you ever visited Disney World during Christmastime? It's a wonderful time to visit. All of the parks are decked out in their holiday finest and there are many special shows and events that are only available at this time of year. One of my favorites is the Holidays Around the World. Storytellers from every country in EPCOT share tales of the holiday traditions of their homelands. They are fascinating, fun, and very informative. And at Hollywood Studios, you can see the final year of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. It's a beautiful, yet over the top display of Christmas lights. In the Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Cruise gets a holiday makeover at this time of year, and there's also Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights. It seems even at Disney World, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Alice Through the Looking Glass Trailer


The time has come to return to Wonderland. Alice must save the Hatter! Bean and I are super excited to see what happens. (And Bean totally wants the "present" Time gives to the Red Queen.) Alice Through the Looking Glass arrives in theaters on May 27, 2016. To learn more about Alice's latest adventure, follow the official Facebook page.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Alice Through the Looking Glass Sneak Peek 4


And now one final sneak peek before the official trailer debuts later today. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the original Alice in Wonderland book, so it's only fitting that a new Alice movie is in the works. Too bad we'll have to wait until next May to see the finished product.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Alice Through the Looking Glass Sneak Peeks


Have you seen the two incredibly short glimpses Disney has released of Alice Through the Looking Glass? They're very brief, but tantalizing.



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