Friday, December 15, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

O Christmas Tree


My tree is finally decorated, if a bit eclectically, with many of my favorite decorations. I haven't had a tree this big in ages, so it was fun putting on a random assortment of ornaments I've collected over the years. There are ones from my childhood and ones that represent places I've been or things I've done, and many that feature my favorite Disney characters. Opening up the ornament boxes and unwrapping each treasure is like taking a long walk down memory lane. I look forward to it every year.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Pentatonix - Deck the Halls

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Here's a lively and cheerful version of "Deck the Halls" from my favorite a capella group, Pentatonix.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Quote of the Week

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As long as there's Christmas 
I truly believe
That hope is the greatest
Of the gifts we'll receive
As long as our guiding star
Shines above
There'll always be Christmas 
So there always
Will be a time
When the world
Is filled with peace
And love

- Belle, 
Beauty and the Beast:
Enchanted Christmas

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Olaf's Frozen Adventure is Coming To ABC


After a brief run in theaters, Olaf's Frozen Adventure is headed to TV. This Thursday, December 14, the 22-minute short will debut on ABC at 8PM EST.


Here's the official synopsis from Disney:

When the kingdom of Arendelle empties out for the holiday season, Anna and Elsa realize that they have no family traditions of their own. So Olaf sets out on a merry mission to bring home the very best traditions and save Christmas.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Retro Christmas at Hollywood Studios


I love the retro decorations around Echo Lake in Hollywood Studios. The lightpoles each have a lighted retro panel and lots of tinsel.




In front of 50s Prime Time Cafe, you'll find these absolutely adorable reindeer.




As well as a wonderful tinsel wreath.


Even Gertie the Dinosaur is decked out for the holidays with a Santa hat and an ornament.


And the umbrellas over the outdoor dining have been transformed into Christmas trees.


Finally, this year, the tree is in the middle of the lake, surrounded by floating, glowing ornaments.



All together, it's awesomely retro Christmas!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV Spot

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Have you seen the latest TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? It debuted yesterday, when it was just eight days until episode eight. Caution: The clip contains spoilers.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Wrinkle in Time Posters

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The latest A Wrinkle in Time character posters feature Storm Reid as Meg Murry and the three celestials: Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who.

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Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which

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Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit

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Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who

A Wrinkle in Time arrives in theaters on March 9, 2018. Here's the official synopsis:

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Directed by Emmy(R) winner and Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” stars: two-time Academy Award(R) nominee Oprah Winfrey, Oscar and Emmy winner Reese Witherspoon, Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa and introducing Storm Reid, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis and Emmy nominee Chris Pine.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas

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Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas is back with a ton of Christmas favorites to get you in the spirit.

Wednesday, December 6

  • 2:05PM Eloise at Christmastime 
  • 6:45PM The Polar Express 
  • 8:50PM Elf
Thursday, December 7
  • 11:00AM Snow Day
  • 1:00PM The Nightmare Before Christmas 
  • 2:35PM National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 
  • 4:45PM A Christmas Carol 
  • 6:50PM Elf
Friday, December 8
  • 7:00AM Little Drummer Boy 
  • 7:30AM A Dennis the Menace Christmas 
  • 11:00AM The Nightmare Before Christmas 
  • 12:40PM Eloise at Christmastime 
  • 2:45PM A Christmas Carol 
Saturday, December 9
  • 7:00AM Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
  • 9:05AM Eloise at Christmastime 
  • 11:10AM Arthur Christmas 
  • 5:55PM Toy Story That Time Forgot
  • 6:25PM The Santa Clause
  • 8:35PM The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • 10:45PM National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 
Sunday, December 10
  • 7:00AM Jack Frost
  • 8:00AM Snow Day
  • 10:05AM Richie Rich's Christmas Wish
  • 12:10PM The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 
  • 2:15PM A Christmas Carol 
  • 4:20PM The Santa Clause 
  • 6:30PM National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 
  • 8:40PM Elf
  • 10:50PM Four Christmases
Monday, December 11
  • 7:00AM The Bells of Fraggle Rock
  • 7:30AM Richie Rich's Christmas Wish 
  • 11:00AM Little Drummer Boy 
  • 11:30AM A Christmas Carol 
  • 1:35PM Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
  • 2:40PM The Year Without a Santa Claus 
  • 3:40PM Four Christmases 
  • 5:50PM Elf
  • 8:00PM Disney's Fairytale Weddings: Holiday Magic 
  • 9:00PM The Polar Express 
Tuesday, December 12
  • 7:00AM Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey 
  • 7:30AM Eloise at Christmastime 
  • 11:00AM Santa Claus is Comin' to Town 
  • 12:10PM National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 
  • 2:20PM The Nightmare Before Christmas 
  • 6:40PM The Polar Express 
  • 8:50PM The Santa Clause 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok Review

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I saw Thor: Ragnarok last week and I absolutely loved it! It's a rollicking adventure with a lot of comedy to lighten up the darker moments, and all about family, which makes for a fun film. Caution: Spoilers Ahead.


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The film starts with Thor travelling around the galaxy, trying to prevent the coming of Ragnarok, which will bring about the downfall of Asgard. He quickly defeats the giant Surtur and returns to Asgard. There he discovers an odd tableau.

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Odin is lounging around, watching a play featuring the overly dramatic death of Loki (who is humorously played by Matt Damon, opposite Luke Hemsworth's Thor and Sam Neill as Odin.) Thor quickly assesses the situation and forces Loki to drop his Odin disguise. They head to Earth in search of the Allfather and run into Doctor Strange, who helps them on their way.

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In Norway, Odin reveals that he has another child, Hela, his eldest, goddess of death. She has been imprisoned for centuries, but as Odin'  power fails, she will soon be released. When she appears, Thor and Loki attempt to stop her. Hela destroys Mjollnir, and Loki attempts to flee to Asgard, with disastrous results.

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Thor finds himself in a junkyard on an unfamiliar world, surrounded by people who want to eat him. He is captured by Valkyrie,  who presents him to the Grandmaster as a champion for his arena. Thor finds that Loki has also landed on Sakaar, but is looking out for his own interest. Thor then prepares to meet the Grandmaster's champion. (Love the cameo by Stan Lee as a crazy barber.) Of course, the champion is the Hulk, who has been the big green for two years, with no sign of Bruce Banner reappearing.

Thor now has to battle his way from Sakaar to Asgard, build an army, and save his world. You'll have to see how it ends for yourself, but the battles are pretty epic. I can't wait to watch it again!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Pop Icon Posters

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The latest posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi feature icons from the movie, pop art style. There are 17 posters total: nine for the Light side and eight for the Dark side. Love the Porg!

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First up, the Light side, starting with a Resistance Pilot Helmet.

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The hilt of Rey's lightsaber

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The Millennium Falcon

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An X-Wing 

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C-3PO

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R2-D2

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BB-8

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And finally, a Caretaker from Ahch-To. 

On to the Dark side... 

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The red helmet worn by Supreme Leader Snoke's guard

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A First Order Stormtrooper executioner's helmet

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A First Order shuttle pilot helmet

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Kylo Ren's lightsaber hilt

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And his Tie Silencer

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First Order Tie Fighter

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The Dreadnought

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And finally BB-8's evil counterpart BB-9E. Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Quote of the Week

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Christmas isn't just a day.
It's a frame of mind.

- Kris Kringle,
Miracle on 34th Street

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Photo of the Week


I love seeing all of the characters dressed up for Christmas in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Ivy the Elf has Arrived!


It's always exciting to see the Elf Scouts arrive each holiday season. While I must admit, our elves are a bit different from the usual elf (no reporting to Santa or potential for lost magic, just lots of wild and crazy Christmassy antics to help pass the days until the main event), they are always a lot of fun. This year, Ivy has brought us a sweet surprise to help countdown the days until Christmas.