Thursday, August 31, 2017

Quote of the Week

I put a spell on you
And now you're mine
You can't stop the things I do 
I ain't lyin'

Its been 300 years 
Right down to the day
Now the witch is back
And there's hell to pay

I put a spell on you
And now you're mine!

- Winifred Sanderson, 
Hocus Pocus

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Orange Bird POPVinyl

The most adorable Orange Bird POPVinyl is flying into Disney World on September 8. The character, which was created by Disney for the Florida Citrus Commission, has long been featured at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in the Magic Kingdom. You can find this exclusive POPVinyl at Pin Traders in Disney Springs and Pirate's Bazaar in the Magic Kingdom.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lion Guard Tsum Tsums

The Lion Guard Tsum Tsums are roaring into the Disney Store this Tsum Tsum Tuesday. The set of six Tsums includes: Ono, Beshte, Bunga, Fuli, Jasiri, and Kion.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Disney Treasures Haunted Forest Trailer

The next Disney Treasures box from Funko features the Haunted Forest. I'm hoping that means Maleficent the dragon, but we'll have to wait until October to find out.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Photo of the Week

I know it's a little early for Halloween, but with all the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party pictures I keep seeing, I couldn't resist.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hex-clusive PhotoPass Coming to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

It looks like Disney has really outdone themselves for this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. From returning favorites, like the Boo-to-You Parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and HalloWishes Fireworks, to a ton of spooktacular new desserts, and finally some incredible new PhotoPass options. It looks like it will be a night to remember.

As seen above, fans of the Headless Horseman can finally get a perfect shot with the elusive spook. This photo can be taken at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.

For a photo with a few ghostly residents from the Haunted Mansion, stop for a photo in the Town Square.

If hitchhiking ghosts are your favorite, just stop by the Haunted Mansion for this ghoulish photo.

For more Haunted Mansion fun, visit the attraction's entrance beginning around 8 PM. There, you'll have a chance to hold a lamp inspired by the cemetery watchman for you photo.

Finally, for a photo with a backdrop of skeletons from the 1929 Silly Symphony "The Skeleton Dance", stop near Ariel's Grotto after dark.

All of the photos from Disney PhotoPass are available for purchase, either individually or as part of a Memory Maker package. And if you're an Annual Passholder, they are included free as one of the perks.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Olaf's Frozen Adventure Poster

Courtesy of Disney

Disney has released a delightful poster for Olaf's Frozen Adventure. The short film features Olaf and Sven and their search for holiday traditions. It should be filled with wintery fun. Olaf's Frozen Adventure arrives in theaters with Coco on November 22

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 As Told By Emoji

It's time for another "As Told By Emoji" short. The Guardians are back, and cuter than ever. I love the way it ends with Yondu's "I'm Mary Poppins, y'all". Too adorable.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Quote of the Week

No cause is lost
if there is but one fool
left to fight for it. 

- William Turner,
Pirates of the Caribbean:
At World's End

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bring Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Home Today

Courtesy of Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today. It's funny, and action packed, and occasionally sad, and all about family; definitely one of my favorite Marvel movies. One of the most quoted scenes in my house involves Rocket, Baby Groot, and a certain button that can cause instant death. Too funny.

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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