Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Day 2017

Courtesy of NASA

I'm sure you've already made your plans for viewing the eclipse today, but if you need to know more about when to see it in your area, or want to learn about the science behind the eclipse, be sure to check out NASA's website. It's full of fascinating information and fun ideas, such as the printable pinhole projectors in the shape of the US or individual states.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Beaker Bottle Planter

Courtesy of Disney

This Beaker Bottle Planter from Disney Family is kind of adorable. I've always loved Beaker, so I may just have to make one.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Halloween Treats at the Magic Kingdom and MNSSHP

Courtesy of Disney

Disney World is getting into the Halloween spirit extra early this year. The first night of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is next Friday, August 25. And this year, there's new treats galore, both during the day and at the parties. Which one will tempt you most?

First up, the treats that you can find anytime between August 25 and November 1:

πŸŽƒ At the Main Street Bakery, you'll find two delightful treats:

  • Mickey Halloween Cupcake with purple marshmallow fluff, orange vanilla buttercream, sprinkles, and a white chocolate scarecrow Mickey
  • Mickey Cinnamon Roll with orange icing and a chocolate spiderweb
πŸŽƒ The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor will be dishing up pumpkin flavored ice cream.

The treats that are only available on party nights sound even more spooktacular:

πŸŽƒ Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome - graham cracker strudel, cheesecake, orange white chocolate glaze, and a chocolate Mickey, at Main Street Bakery and Gaston's Tavern

πŸŽƒ Jack Skellington Dessert - vanilla pans cotta, chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white and dark chocolate crisp pearls, dark chocolate curls, and a white chocolate Jack, at Sleepy Hollow

πŸŽƒ Four different Haunted Mansion Desserts, each a chocolate tart with a unique white chocolate portrait inspired by the ride:
  • At Aloha Isle - the tart is filled with chocolate ganache and Oreo panna cotta
  • At Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies - the tart is filled with raspberry compote and white chocolate mousse
  • At Liberty Square Market - the tart is filled with chocolate ganache and peanut butter icing
  • At Storybook Treats - the tart is filled with lemon curd, strawberry compote and strawberry mousse

πŸŽƒ A Pumpkin Mickey Waffle with vanilla cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and caramel sauce at Sleepy Hollow

πŸŽƒ Worms and Dirt - a chocolate gravestone, chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and chocolate glaze topped with Oreo crumbs and gummy worms at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.

πŸŽƒCandy Corn Ice Cream at Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies

πŸŽƒ Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats and Vampire Mickey Brownies at kiosks throughout the park

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party runs on select nights from August 25 to November 1.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Guardians' Inferno Music Video

Courtesy of Marvel

The music video for "Guardians' Inferno", from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, is so bad it's hysterical. The look is totally retro, and the majority of the main cast is a part of it, which is hilarious. And then there's David Hasselhoff, and of course, a cameo by Stan Lee. Too, too funny!

The "Guardian's Inferno" music video will be included in the extras on the Blu-ray, which arrives in stores next Tuesday, August 22.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Star Wars Blips

Have you seen the Star Wars Blips on YouTube? The animated shorts are kind of adorable.

In the first Blip, "Lightsaber", BB-8 is preparing for Star Wars Day with a little lightsaber practice.

In "One Up", R2-D2 and BB-8 get into a dance off.

"Out of Reach" finds R2 and BB-8 struggling to open a door, which comes easily to C-3PO.

And finally, in "The Chase", the Stormtroopers get a little more than they bargained for when the chase BB-8. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quote of the Week

Courtesy of Disney

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will loose your heartache
Whatever you wish for, you keep

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

- Cinderella

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Endor and Tower of Terror Tsum Tsums

This Tsum Tsum Tuesday brings the release of a new Star Wars collection: Endor. The set of six Tsums include: Luke, Leia, and Han in forest gear, a Bike Trooper, and two Ewoks, Wicket and Logray, the shaman. The set was released in the UK today, but should be available in the US soon.

Another park set was released online last week featuring Mickey and friends as characters from the Tower of Terror. The set of six Tsums includes: Mickey in a tux, Minnie the starlet, Goofy and Pete as bellhops, Daisy as Sally Shine, and Donald the director. They're so 20's it's adorable!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Porgs Are Coming!

Courtesy of Disney/ Lucasfilm

It seems everywhere you look these days, someone is talking about the Porgs of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The cuddly, bird like creatures are quite darling, with tiny fuzzy wings and giant black eyes.

The creators of the Porgs were inspired by the puffins of Skellig Michael, the Irish island used in the final scene of The Force Awakens. Porgs are natives of Ahch-To, the island home of the first Jedi temple and Luke Skywalker. Porgs can fly, make nests, and have babies called "porglets". But don't let their adorable appearance fool you. The Porgs have razor sharp teeth and can bite when provoked.

They're very curious little critters, and seem to have an affinity for Chewbacca. There's a photo of Chewie and a Porg in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. There's even a children's book called "Chewie and the Porgs" due out on December 15.

Finally, you can expect the Porg madness to extend to toys this Christmas. A plush Porg which makes sounds has already been announced. The Chewbacca figure also includes a tiny Porg. It seems the Porgs are set to take over, but they're so cute, you can't really mind.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Walt Disney Presents at Hollywood Studios

Courtesy of Disney

With all of the changes happening at Hollywood Studios, it's still a surprise when yet another is announced. It seems that One Man's Dream is going to be reimagined as Walt Disney Presents. The attraction, which currently showcases historic items from Disney history, will add previews for new attractions coming to the park in the next two years.

Starting in September, guests can view concept art, ride vehicle macquettes, and models of Toy Story Land. Part of the model for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will also be on display, as well as concept art for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. Character Meet and Greets, such as Star-Lord and Baby Groot, will continue, as will the sneak previews for upcoming Disney films.

Walt Disney Presents at Hollywood Studios

All of these changes mean it's going to be a very different park once they are finished. I'm excited to see how it turns out.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Descendants 2 POPVinyl Shorts

Courtesy of Disney

Have you seen the Descendants 2 shorts made with POPVinyls? They're wicked cute.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Wrinkle in Time Teaser Trailer

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time is based on the beloved young adult series by Madeleine L'Engle. A teaser trailer for the film has been released which gives a brief glimpse into this science fiction/fantasy story.

Five years ago, Mr. Murry (Chris Pine) disappeared. The scientist had discovered a new planet, as well as way to travel there nearly instantly, but he never returned home. Now Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), must search for their father and stop the darkness from overtaking the universe. They are joined on their quest by Meg's classmate, Calvin O'Keefe (Levi Miller). With the help of three celestial guides: Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), they travel through wrinkles in time to find their father and set things right.

A Wrinkle in Time arrives in theaters on March 9, 2018.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Quote of the Week

Courtesy of Disney

You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.

- Gusteau, Ratatouille

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 on Blu-ray

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 is a zany, and action-packed, and fun, and occasionally sad, film. And its coming soon to a home theater near you. Marvel and Disney have created a hilarious 1980s throwback commercial to advertise the upcoming home video release.

You can visit the website for more information, or call the number for a message from Baby Groot. I'll bet you can guess what it is.

Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook

The 4K Ultra HD will be available in an "Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition" with an array of bonus materials:
  • A collectible poster
  • The Making of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – A four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.
  • Visionary Intro – Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
  • Guardians Inferno Music Video – Join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic retro dance party.
  • Gag Reel – Laugh out loud at all the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” featuring all your favorite Guardians.
  • Four Deleted Scenes – Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.
  • Audio Commentary – Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.

Target Exclusive Blu-ray

The regular Blu-ray has all of the same extras except the poster. The digital download contains all of the extras from the Blu-ray and four more:
  • Three Scene Breakdowns (Digital Exclusives)– We’ll reveal the anatomy of a few key scenes from the film. Discover the process in bringing these scenes to life. It starts with a doodle and the rest is film history. Audiences will be given the option to view 5-6 layers of specific scenes in the film. Scenes include “Eclector Escape,” “Gamora and Nebula,” and “Rocket and Ravagers.”
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (Digital Exclusive) – Get an exclusive sneak peek inside the most anticipated ride at Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. We’ll dig into the concepts and inspiration, and talk about what it took to bring the most epic ride at Disneyland to life.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is available for digital download in both standard definition and 4K Ultra HD today. The Blu-ray and DVD will be released on August 22.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Frozen: The Broadway Musical Poster

Courtesy of Disney

The poster for Frozen: The Broadway Musical is gorgeous. I love the images of the sisters in the design of the snowflake. The musical will debut on Broadway next year.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Coloring Book

While wandering through the bookstore the other day, I happened across something unexpected: a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Coloring Book. I still love all things Buffy, some 20 years later, so I had to check it out. The images inside are simple line drawings of characters and scenes with quotes from the show on the opposite page. The drawings are quite good and really capture the Scooby Gang's likenesses. The book is available at bookstores and from Amazon and retails for $14.99.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Courtesy of Marvel

Marvel recently released a very brief teaser to let fan's know that filming has started in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The film won't arrive in theaters until July 6, 2018, but there's a lot to look forward to. Several familiar faces will be returning from the first film, and a few newcomers have been added to the cast, including Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster.

Here's the official description from Marvel:

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of "Captain America: Civil War," Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

What's My Name - Descendants 2

Courtesy of Disney

The new VKs in Descendants 2 were appropriately evil. Their leader Uma, Ursula's daughter, is not content with their small corner of the world. She has big plans for the future, if she can just get off the Isle.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Toy Story Land Update

Courtesy of Disney

Disney's Imagineers have been hard at work creating the new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios for some time. Recently, they shared a photo of the final piece of track for the Slinky Dog Dash being lowered into place.

The ride is a family friendly coaster that Andy has built using his Mega Coaster Play Kit, with his usual creative flair. In Toy Story Land, guests shrink to toy size while they explore Andy's backyard.

There's still a lot of work to do before the attraction opens next summer, but so far, it looks pretty awesome. Are you looking forward to playing in Andy's world?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Quote of the Week

Compromise where you can. And where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right, even if the whole world is telling you to move. It is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say, no. You move.

- Sharon Carter, Captain America: Civil War

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lady and the Tramp Tsum Tsums

Tomorrow is another Tsum Tsum Tuesday, and this one has gone to the dogs. The latest collection features Lady and the Tramp and their pals Jock, Peg, and Trusty, and those devious felines Si and Am. The collection will be available starting August 1 at the Disney Store.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Photo of the Week

I love the ever changing windows at World of Disney in Disney Springs. I'm especially fond of this bookish window featuring a quote from Walt Disney: "There is more treasure in a book than in all of the pirate loot on Treasure Island."

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Descendants 2 Chillin' Like a Villain

Descendants 2 aired on the Disney Channel recently, and when I saw it, I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't sure what to expect, after Teen Beach Movie 2 was so terrible, but Descendants 2 was actually pretty good. The music was catchy, the story was cute, and it had a fun ending. It's definitely one to rewatch. In the meantime, here's a song featuring Evie, Carlos, and Jay as they try to help King Ben blend in on the Isle of the Lost.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tron Lightcycle Power Run Coming to Disney World

Courtesy of Disney

Disney World is in for a lot of changes in the next four years. From new lands like Pandora at Animal Kingdom, and Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywwod Studios, to a ton of new rides at all four parks to suit a variety of tastes, there should be something new to please everyone. One of the most exciting rides is coming to the Magic Kingdom.

The TRON Lightcycle Power Run is a coaster-style ride featuring two-wheeled Lightcycles from the popular films. Currently only in Shanghai, the ride is touted as one of the most thrilling at any Disney park.

The ride will sit next to Space Mountain in a currently empty area and should be open in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Inhumans Trailer

It looks like the Royal Family of Attilan is in for a bit of a coup.

Inhumans debuts in IMAX theaters September 1st, and on ABC September 29th.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Avengers: Infinity War Posters

Courtesy of Marvel/Ryan Meinerding

While footage from Avengers: Infinity War won't be released online for some time, Marvel has released three incredible posters created by artist Ryan Meinerding.

Part one features characters from several different stories: Hulk, Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Winter Soldier, War Machine, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Mantis, Gamora, Iron Man, and Nebula.

Part two is Thanos and the Black Order.

Part three shows Rocket, Groot, Thor, Loki, Star-Lord, Drax, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Black Widow, and a bearded Captain America.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Quote of the Week

I know my value.
Anyone else's opinion
doesn't really matter.

- Peggy Carter, Agent Carter

Monday, July 24, 2017

Black Panther Poster

Marvel released a new Black Panther Poster at Comic-Con this weekend. It looks pretty cool. Black Panther arrives in theaters on on February 16, 2018.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer and Poster

The first full trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is finally here! This trailer gives us a better glimpse at what's been happening in Thor's universe. It seems he must now face Hela, the goddess of death, to stop Ragnarok and save Asgard, as well as everywhere else.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Big Hero 6: The Series

Big Hero 6 is coming to DisneyXD as an animated series. Picking up where the film ended, the story follows the adventures of Hiro, Baymax, and all their friends from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

Here's the official description from Disney:

As the new kid at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges at the prestigious “nerd school” and the social trials of being the “little man on campus.” Luckily, Hiro has his brains, his ingenuity and his best friend bot to help him find his way. But it’s off campus where things get dangerous. Along with neat freak Wasabi, bubbly mad scientist Honey Lemon, fanboy Fred and no nonsense Go Go, the friends form an unlikely, but awesome super hero team – Big Hero 6. Together they face madness and mayhem as a colorful array of science-enhanced villains threaten San Fransokyo.

And here's a special clip from Comic-Con showing a scene from the series.

Big Hero 6: The Series will debut on DisneyXD in fall 2017. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Steamboat Willie As Told By Emoji

Steamboat Willie gets the "As Told By Emoji" treatment in the short from Disney.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

DuckTales Woo-oo

If you grew up in the late '80s, you probably remember watching DuckTales. The cartoon series followed the adventures of Donald Duck's nephew's, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and their great-uncle, Scrooge McDuck.

Disney has created a new series, loosely based on the original, which will feature an amazing cast, including David Tennant as Uncle Scrooge, Danny Pudi as Huey, Ben Schwartz as Dewey, Bobby Moynihan as Louie, Kate Micucci as Webby, Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley, Beck Bennett as Lauchpad McQuack, and Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck.

Here's the official description from Disney:

Featuring a distinct animation style inspired by the classic Carl Barks’ comic designs, DuckTales chronicles the high-flying adventures of Duckburg’s most famous trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his mischief-making triplet grandnephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie, temperamental nephew Donald Duck and the trusted McDuck Manor team: big-hearted, fearless chauffer/pilot Launchpad McQuack; no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Beakley; and Mrs. Beakley’s granddaughter, Webby Vanderquack, resident adventurer and the triplet’s newfound fierce friend.

The story unfolds as Donald Duck reluctantly takes Huey, Dewey and Louie to the home of their reclusive great-uncle Scrooge McDuck. Enthralled by their once-legendary great-uncle and the wonder of McDuck Manor, the triplets and Webby learn of long-kept family secrets and unleash totems from Scrooge’s epic past, sending the family on an adventure of a lifetime to the Lost City of Atlantis.

DuckTales will debut with a 24 hour marathon of the first episode on DisneyXD August 12.