I’m “On-the-Road” Again….

Take a minute and sing the song with me: “on the road again.” That is actually all the words I know to that song. Moving on…I have some awesome news:

I AM GOING TO DISNEY SOCIAL MEDIA MOMS “ON-THE-ROAD” PORTLAND!

I woke up to a dear bloggy friend’s Facebook message that simply read “So…?!?!?!?!”

I knew exactly what she was talking about, and not through my powers of ESP (which I do have if you ever talk to my kids) but because we have been waiting for this email for weeks! This pixie dusted, magical email inviting us to partake in a day of learning, fun, and best of all: Disney!!!
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
If you have followed along with any of the social media hype that surrounds the #DisneySMMC hashtag every year around late Spring, you probably recognize the “Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.” Now that is a doozy of an event that involves inviting bloggers to come and spend multiple days at the Walt Disney World Resort and they even once invited them to my “hometown” the Disneyland Resort. There are dinner parties, dancing Disney characters, inspirational speakers and an endless supply of magic! The “On-the-Road” event is when they take the show to a few locations across the country to share the fun, learning and Disney with even more bloggers and social influencers!
So the words, “magic,” “pixie dust,” and “Disney” have been thrown around, but maybe you’re wondering exactly what does all of this mean? What does an “On-the-Road” event look like? While every year is different, I can give you a glimpse of my experience from the 2013 event in San Francisco. I can’t speak highly enough of the event and am so thrilled to get the chance to be a part of this year’s #DisneySMMC On-the-Road. I’ll get to meet new friends, learn new things, get inspired, and find our more about the Disney Parks that I love so much!
Now onto more important matters, like what in the world and I going to wear!?!? And better yet, how am I going to get there? Stay tuned people, more to come for sure!
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Wordless Wednesday ~ May 2015 Calendar Shot

Hello, Mousefans! Since I missed last week (and since I don’t have any recent Disney parade photos to go with this week’s theme,) I wanted to share my May calendar shot! I am so in love with the sparkly new castle overlay at Disneyland and I’m so glad I had the chance to see it on our latest trip to the parks!  It is stunningly covered in diamond accents for the big #Disneyland60 celebration. Can you believe Disneyland has really been around for almost 60 years? Also, while visiting Disney’s California Adventure, we (miraculously) got a picture of everyone smiling….even Mickey! Disney truly is magical!

Disneyland Castle, Mickey Mouse

Thanks for hopping by today! Keep hopping around to see all of the other amazing Disney posts on today’s Wordless Wednesday blog hop!


Focused on the Magic
 

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Magic Abounds at Modesto’s Disney Store Opening

Disney Store Grand Opening

The magic at the Disney parks is something special. It’s something that takes you over, no matter how hard you try to resist. It is in the music, the food, the rides, the entertainment, and of course, the smile on everyone’s face (not just the young, but the young at heart.) It is what keeps me coming back again and again. I never expected to find that same magic in Modesto.

Disney Store Opening

The line to get into the Disney Store goes all the way down to the Sears and then back up on the right.

Last Saturday, I attended the grand opening of the Disney Store at the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, California. I knew that the store opened at 10am, so I grabbed two of my kiddos and left to be sure we were there by 10am. I had NO idea that there would be a line rivaling that of Space Mountain to get in! The first 500 people in line got these very cute Mickey ear hats (seen on the Cast Member in the picture below,) and everyone got stickers, jokes and fun conversations with the Cast Members.  They were even asking quiz questions like “what is Donald’s middle name?” I may have been a tad bit overly excited and started to answer that one myself, but I did bite my tongue in time to let the kiddos answer, I promise! (Cough cough, Fauntleroy, cough cough.) But back to the Cast Members. They were fabulous and out in force! Seriously, they had to have bussed in cast members from other Disney stores or something because there was a pixie dusted army of them out there, each one just as wonderful as the next. Their smiles and singing and chatting made the wait time fun and so exciting.

Disney Store Opening, cast member

We finally got in the store and, I have to say, it was well worth the wait! I loved looking up at the special touches that made this store unique to Modesto, like including the Gallo Center for the Arts and the historic McHenry Museum in the skyline. Of course, I’ve never seen Pooh or Bambi here in Modesto…. maybe I just haven’t looked hard enough!

Disney Store

Check out the shadows on the wall…see anyone familiar?

The kids’ favorite part of the new Disney Store was the castle! Yep, there is a castle in the store! It is big enough to be impressive, yet small enough that the kids can run in and out and around it over, and over, and over again!

Disney Store CastleThere is a sweet movie corner conveniently located near the checkout. We all know that kids get a smidge restless when they’re just standing there waiting for you to pay for all of their fun new toys. Having a little area for them to watch movies like Frozen was so very helpful.

Disney Store

Aside from the amazing Disney retail therapy, my favorite part of the day: seeing the Disney magic in the eyes of everyone there. Not just in the store, but downstairs at the meet and greet with Donald. There were grandparents in line with their grandkids, couples in line together, and parents in line with their babies. A couple of these people really stood out to me. This one family had a one week old baby who they wanted more than anything to introduce to Donald. The mom was so excited and had dressed up this sweet baby girl in an adorable dress and fancied her all up just to meet Donald Duck. Looking at my two girls, I thought back to how excited I was when I took them to meet their first Disney character….tears were flowing, guys.

Donald Duck

I knew that people would be excited that the new store was opening, but I just couldn’t imagine the kind of Disney love that would be there that day. Modesto is nowhere near Disneyland, but Disney magic has certainly found its way here! The next time I’m feeling a little “homesick” for Disneyland, you can find me at the Disney Store getting my dose of pixie dust!

 

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D23 EXPO 2015 Announces Hall D23 Presentations Lineup

D23 ExpoGO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH WALT DISNEY STUDIOS, PIXAR, MARVEL, STAR WARS, AND WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS AT D23 EXPO 2015
Fan-Favorite Events, Including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, Take Center Stage in New 7,500-Seat “Hall D23” Venue at the Anaheim Convention Center
BURBANK, Calif., May 7, 2015 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announces the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 EXPO 2015, August 14–16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday, August 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Disney Animation and Pixar. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Then on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek.
To showcase these Expo favorites, Disney is creating “Hall D23,” a new 7,500-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center, so that more guests than ever can see the presentations live and in person.
The Schedule of Hall D23 Events and Presentations includes the following (times and additional announcements forthcoming; all events subject to change):
The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, August 14. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. The creativity and innovation of these visionaries and artists have earned them a place among such names as Dame Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Sir Elton John, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, and Robin Williams. At the D23 EXPO in 2013, Tony Baxter, Collin Campbell, Dick Clark, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Jobs, Glen Keane, and Ed Wynn were inducted.
In two separate Hall D23 sessions, The Walt Disney Studios will unveil an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming film slate. At Friday’s session, fans will go in-depth with the talented filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios to get a sneak peek at films such as Zootopia and Finding Dory.On Saturday, live-action titles such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book and films from Marvel and Lucasfilm, along with some very special guests, take center stage.
On the afternoon of Saturday, August 15, join Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, for a behind-the-scenes peek at the magical experiences and entertainment coming to Disney’s parks and resorts around the world.
Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Until June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.
About D23 EXPO 2015
D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23Expo.
About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.
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Medieval Times Mother’s Day Special AND GIVEAWAY

Medieval Times Buena Park

Knights. Lots of them. Need I say more? Well yeah, I probably should say a bit more than that.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and if you’re like me, you still have nothing bought for that special woman who went through a billion hours of labor (not to mention the 9 months of pregnancy) to bring you into this world! Sorry mom, but I promise, I’ve got an awesome idea!

Now through Sunday May 10th (Mother’s Day….in case you forgot already,) moms are FREE for all shows at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park when accompanied by one full-paid adult admission. Yep, you’re reading that right! You pay for yourself to go to a fun show and eat the yummy food and you get to bring mom along FOR FREE! Where else are you going to get a free mother’s day gift?

And since mom is tagging along for free, why not spend $20 and get her this special Mother’s Day Package that includes:

  • Photo of “Queen Mom”
  • “Queen of the Castle” Cape
  • Mom’s choice of a champagne mimosa or cider in a souvenir champagne glass

* Mention the code: MOMWEB at the time of purchase. Not valid on prior purchases or gift certificates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations and payment required.

Want to spend the day, not just with mom, but with the kiddos as well? Not to worry because Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is extremely family friendly! I wrote this post about taking our kids a few years back and long story short, we all had a blast! If you’ve never been, I promise, you’re in for really fun time.

I did mention a giveaway before, right? I have a pair of two tickets to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park to giveaway to one lucky reader! These tickets can be used anytime during the month of May 2015! Enter by using the rafflecopter entry form below and good luck!

You can find out more about Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park by following them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MedievalTimesBP,)  Twitter  (https://twitter.com/MedievalTimesCA,) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/Medieval_TimesCA.) Be sure to follow along with the Medieval fun by using the hashtags #MTFan and #MedievalTimesCA.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: Tickets for this giveaway have been supplied by Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

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Happy Earth Day!!!

Happy Earth Day, Mousefans! I thought today would be an appropriate day to share these pictures of some of my favorite inhabitants of this planet on our trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Today is not only Earth Day, but it is Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s birthday! Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on April 22nd, 1998.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

If you’re looking for a good way to celebrate Earth Day, consider heading to the movies to see Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom. If you see this fun family film during opening week (April 17-23,) Disneynature will make a donation in your name to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Learn more at http://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom.

And as always, don’t forget to check out the other Wordless Wednesday posts by clicking the link below!

Focused on the Magic

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Showing our #DisneySide with a Disneyland Themed @ Home Celebration!

Disclaimer: I received free products from Disney Parks and Mom Select in exchange for me hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Disneyland Party

Pinterest. It is the addicting world of endless inspiration. It is also the land of “oh my gosh, how in the world did that person make a cinderella carriage bed out of popsicle sticks and taffy?” Seriously, people do some incredible things on pinterest and sometimes you fall in love with (and pin the heck out of) these incredible things! However, sometimes you just have no idea how to recreate them! Last year when I was planning my first #DisneySide @ Home Celebration, I stumbled across the most magical party on Earth! Million Dollar $mile Celebrations had thrown the perfect little girl’s Disneyland themed birthday party and it was incredible! And yes, as a grown adult, I decided then and there that someday, I too would have a Disneyland themed birthday party as gorgeous as this little girl’s was.

Fast forward to this year when I was again given the wonderful opportunity from to throw a Disney Side @Home Celebration! The party ideas were definitely swirling even before my magical box of party goodies arrived!  I immediately started brainstorming with an amazing friend of mine: Courtney from Fave Mom. I happened to mention my love for this adorable party and not long after, she sent me an email with some of the very same printables from that party! Talk about magical mail! Courtney even made me some matching water bottle labels! Now that I was equipped with a theme and adorable printables, I was excited to throw my own take on a Disneyland themed party for all of my friends!

Disney Side Party

Disneyland Party

#DisneySide Party

Since my theme and much of the decor was now taken care of, now I just had to brainstorm on food! Hmmmm, Disneyland themed party….DISNEYLAND FOOD!!! Yes I know it was a stroke of genius! I thought of a few of my favorite Disney foods, and then invited my guests to bring some of THEIR favorite Disney foods as well. After all, this was a party for all of my friends, not just me! On my menu of Disneyland’s “must eats,” I had:

Little Red Wagon corn dogs

#DisneySide Party Food my absolute favorite: snickerdoodles from Pooh Corner

Disneyland Snickerdoodles

popcorn (because duh)

Disneyland Party Food

pickles (my childhood Disneyland snack of choice…in addition to a churro, of course!)

#DisneySide Party Food

Mint Juleps and waters with the adorable labels (Confession time. These aren’t really mint juleps….I made them for the first party that was cancelled last minute due to illness, and just wasn’t able to make them again. This is in fact, green Gatorade.)

Disneyland Party Beverages

and taffy and rock candy (because I always leave the parks with pockets full of candy!)#DisneySide Party candy

I also threw in some oranges to stand for the orange groves that once stood on the land that Disneyland now inhabits! (That is right, I got a little historical and symbolic for my party! Sometimes I think about more than just delicious Disney food….not often, but sometimes.) The apples were really just for good measure! I do love a good chocolate covered Mickey apple, but I am not nearly crafty enough to attempt to make those!

Disneyland Party

Since we just recently took our first family vacation to Walt Disney World, I also wanted to have the Florida parks represented a little as well. I made these Cinnamon Glazed Almonds that we found at Magic Kingdom park. They smell ahhhhh-mazing warm! We brought some home with us from Florida, but they didn’t make it off the plane!Cinnamon Glazed Almonds

Originally, I had baked a glorious Mickey cake with the Duff Tie Dye Cake Mix that was included in our incredible kit that was sent to us to help throw the party. It was really easy to make, and VERY delicious! Why was it not at my party? Because life happened and our original party had to be postponed due to illness. While I am sad that my friends didn’t get to enjoy our tie dye cake, I am mostly sad for my waistline. It was really good, and it didn’t last long with our family of six munching on it!

Duff Tie Dye Cake Mix

For our party favors, I handed out some fun, orange, ABC Family reusable totes filled with Disney parks luggage tags, Twinings Tea, Disney Princess Nail Polish, HP Create Memories You Keep Packs of photo paper, and a customizable “Family Tree of Life” poster. I also got a little crafty and made some Disney savings jars! I kept it super simple. I just took a mason jar, cut a Mickey shape out of vinyl, slapped it on the jar, wrapped it with ribbon, stuffed it with tissue paper and voila! The perfect #DisneySide party favor!

#DisneySide Party Favor

Now onto the party fun! Yes, we did actually do something other than eat. (Although heaven knows there was enough Disney food out to just sit and eat all day!) My multi-generational Disney Side @ Home Celebrations kit came complete with fun party games for everyone to enjoy!

We played bingo (with cotton candy Jelly Belly markers)

#DisneySide Bingo

& pin the smile on Mickey.

#DisneySide Party Game

We also played a trivia game with the adults which I loved because A) Disney trivia is the best kind of trivia! And B) I’m not gunna lie, I love it when I am the caller for the game…mostly because I can never get the answer wrong! Well, I guess I could, but with the answer right in front of me on the handy dandy cards, I’d have to try really hard to miss it! We also had some fun prizes with the games that included Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce, Wisk and all mighty packs with oxi.

Before our party came to a close, we of course had to get some fun shots in at the photo booth!

#DisneySide Party Photo Booth

#DisneySide Party Photo Booth

We all had a great time! It is always great to take a little time out and have fun with your friends. It is even better when you get to combine two of the things you love the most in one event: my friends and Disney! While I can’t speak for my friends, I know I immediately started looking at the calendar to see when I could get another Disneyland trip on the books. This party reminded me that it has been too long and I need my Disney fix! If you are also in desperate need of some Disney, the Disney Parks website is a wealth of information for those planning a trip or those just wanting to know more about the parks. You can also follow the Disney Parks on Twitter @DisneyParks and the Disneyland Resort @Disneyland to learn about all of the pixie dusted happenings at the parks!

Thank you to all of our friends who helped to make the day so much fun! Thank you to Courtney at Fave Mom for getting me permission to use these fun Disneyland party printables and for making the water bottle labels! Thank you to Nicole at Million Dollar $mile Celebrations for letting me use your fun printables! A really big thank you to Mom Select and the Disney Parks team for selecting me to show my #DisneySide and for all of your hard work on this fun event!

Disclaimer: I received free products from Disney Parks and Mom Select in exchange for me hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

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I’m Throwing A Disney Side @ Home Celebration!

Disclaimer: I received free products from Disney Parks and Mom Select in order to host my #DisneySide @Home Celebration Party. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Well it has happened again! I was selected to host a Disney Side @ Home Celebration! (Here is a link to last year’s fun Celebration!) I could not be more excited and I can’t wait to show my #DisneySide to all of my friends! Well that isn’t EXACTLY true. All of my friends (and anyone who knows me at all) have seen my Disney side since I really can’t hide my Disney love! Maybe it is more accurate if I say that I’m excited to celebrate my Disney side with my friends. Enough with the chit chat and on with the fun!

Disney Side @ Home Celebration Kit

I was sent this amazing (and huge) package of goodies to throw a multi-generational Disney Side party. This party theme is perfect for our family as most of our Disney trips include 3 generations! Let me show you all of the gloriousness that was inside. The kids were definitely excited to see all of the goodies!

#DisneySide Kit

Here it all is! Disney Side Kit

If this kit won’t help me throw an amazing #DisneySide party, then I don’t know what will! Here are a few close-ups!

DisneySide Kit contents

DSC_0481DSC_0472 My daughter fell in love with the Mickey cake pan and claimed it as her new toy to pile all of her blocks in. It is apparently a very versatile product!

DSC_0484

 And of course, there are these awesome gifts from the sponsors! (Such great ones this year!)

DisneySide Celebration Sponsors

Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki

all mighty packs with oxi

HP Create Memories You Keep Packs

Twinings Tea

Duff Goldman Cake Mix

I am already dreaming up party ideas! What will it be? Stay tuned to find out! In the meantime, are you wishing you could throw your own Disney Side @Home Celebration? Well you can! Visit the Disney Side @Home Celebrations website to download your own party kit! Til next time, mousefans!

Disclaimer: I received free products in order to host my #DisneySide @Home Celebration Party. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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How Woody Saved my Walt Disney World Vacation

Imagine that you and your family of six are starting your first day of your first Walt Disney World vacation. You are so excited to see all that there is to see, but even more than that, you are excited to see your KIDS get excited. This was me last September when we made our way to Florida to visit Mickey and all of his friends. I decided to wait to take the obligatory family pictures until after our first ride as we were running late for our Toy Story Midway Mania! FastPass+ reservation. So we took a 4D spin and then found ourselves right across from a Buzz and Woody meet and greet. Having bought the Memory Maker photo package, I wanted to get the most out of it that I could and immediately announced that we were going there before we went anywhere else!

Woody and Buzz meet and greet

We waited in line for about 10 minutes, took some fun pictures in the queue, and then we were ready to meet with Buzz and Woody themselves. I was so excited to see the kids interact with these two! We go to Disneyland often, but we don’t visit the character meet and greets as often as we should. My 2 1/2 year old daughter was the first to toddle in and say hi, followed by my 5 year old daughter. They were so excited and chatting up a storm with the life sized toys!  My littlest one was even comparing her shoes to Woody’s boots saying “your boots are BIG!” Of course, my middle daughter was true to form and snuggled up to her Toy Story favorites.

Woody and Buzz Meet and GreetAfter a minute or so, I noticed my 8 year old daughter was still standing next to me. I turned to her and asked if she was ready to go in and visit with Woody and Buzz. Her reply, accompanied by an annoyed look on her face: “I don’t want to see them.” I said that it was fine and if she changed her mind to go ahead and come join us as I was taking our baby boy up next. But my words did not match the tears welling up in my eyes (which I promptly covered with sunglasses)  and the sinking feeling in my stomach. You see, I promised my husband before we left for this trip of a lifetime that I wouldn’t try to “cram in the fun.” This is a phrase we use when I do things like go into beast mode and make a crazed mad dash through the park, dragging the kids in my wake, to hurry and get in a line for a ride that nobody really needed to ride but me. With this being our first day, I was determined to keep my promise by not making her meet with Buzz and Woody if she didn’t want to. However, taking a family picture with the characters, without my oldest daughter, was just too much to take. I was now officially sniffling with tears falling out from under my shaded lenses. Was this how the entire vacation was going to go? She was still 8, not 14, I thought I still had time before she really settled into the “too cool” teen years. I have been watching her grow up, and so quickly as of late, but I still just see her as my sweet baby girl. The one that almost climbed out of her stroller waving and calling out for Minnie (MeeMee) Mouse on the Disneyland parade float. I so badly wanted to see some of that same excitement in her eyes on this trip. I just wasn’t ready to let that go. My husband quickly came over to console me as I gathered up the troops to head out to the next ride.

Family picture at pixar

I had the little ones ready to head out the door, when my husband tapped me on the shoulder and gestured back towards Buzz and Woody. I turned around, having just dried my tears, only to start crying again. But this time, it was the happiest tears of all. Woody had walked over to grab Morgan’s hand and playfully led her over towards Buzz. They proceeded to play around with her and tickled her until she broke down in laughter. My beautiful, happy, not “too cool” daughter had returned! That Disney magic is simply (thankfully) too hard to resist.

Woody and Buzz meet and greetThis is my baby girl, the one who made me a mommy. I hope that she’ll always want to take pictures with the characters on our Disney trips. If there is a time in her teens where she gets “too cool,” I will patiently wait for that time to pass by looking at this picture on my wall and remembering this moment.

Woody and Buzz Meet and Greet

This was truly the most magical moment of our vacation and I will never forget it.

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Disney Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid {A Review and Giveaway}

 

I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network.  No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  This post may also contain affiliate links.

The Legacy Collection The Little Mermaid CD

My kids love Disney’s Frozen. All of the kids I know love Frozen. Frozen is everywhere and it is all anyone sings. Frozen to this generation is what The Little Mermaid is to mine. I grew up singing “Under the Sea” in my friend’s mom’s car on the way to Girl Scouts. I sang “Part of Your World” like a boss while imitating Ariel’s classic rock pose on the steps of our neighborhood pool. As a 5 year old, The Little Mermaid was basically the coolest thing in the world. The soundtrack to that movie is the soundtrack to my childhood and I absolutely love it. That is why I jumped at the chance to review The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid 2 CD set.

The Little Mermaid is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Please don’t do the math on that one….ouch. The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid CD set has been released just in time for the celebration. This is a 2 disc set that features a list of 32 songs and original score from the movie that you love and grew up with on Disc 1, and 12 work tapes and demos performed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman on Disc 2. Disc 2 is incredible because you hear the songs as they were originally intended: different lyrics, different settings, different feeling behind the words. You can really hear the process of how the songs developed and changed. The collection also includes a beautiful 20-page booklet with gorgeous artwork and liner notes. I immediately fell in love with this CD set because of the artwork. The case itself is gorgeous and while I throw most of my CD cases away to conserve space, I’ll be making some room on the shelf for this one. 

My youngest daughter is three. In spite of my best efforts, she has never really shown an interest in The Little Mermaid, but she is a lover of all things Frozen. I had been playing this CD in the car for a week, and she ever so sweetly asked, “Mommy, this isn’t Frozen, what is it?” To which I responded by telling her that it was from the amazing movie with the mermaids that I had been trying to get her to watch with me since her birth. She said “I like The Little Mermaid, can we watch it?” Well that was it. She has watched it almost everyday on the tablet and is now all about The Little Mermaid. She has now stolen her sister’s plush Ariel and has already planned her outfit to meet Ariel on her next trip to Disneyland!

The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid CD

The soundtrack to The Little Mermaid has stood the test of time. I venture to say that someday, my little girl will be playing this soundtrack for her baby girl and watching her fall in love with this amazing music just like I did.

All  Disney music can be found in the new Disney Music Emporium http://www.disneymusicemporium.com/.  For more information, visit them at Facebook.com/disneymusicemporium or follow them at Twitter.com/DisneyMusicEmp.

You can also find the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid CD set on Amazon.

And now for the giveaway! I have one copy of Disney’s The Legacy Collection The Little Mermaid CD set to give away to one lucky reader. Just enter by using the rafflecopter below. A winner will be chosen on January 17th. Good luck!

The Little Mermaid Legacy Collection Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*If it comes to this blogger’s attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner.

Disclosure: I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. Giveaway prize provided by Disney Music via Entertainment New Media Network.

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