Archives for June 2014

Disney News & Updates

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Here is our round-up of Disney news at the parks and beyond!

Walt Disney World Resort

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‘Frozen’ Summer Fun at Hollywood Studios – starting July 5

  • Anna & Elsa Royal Welcome down Hollywood Boulevard including Kristoff, a horse-drawn sleigh, skaters and skiers and more!
  • Sing-Along Celebration inside the Premier Theater including Anna & Elsa
  • Olaf of Summer Vacation will be sharing his summer adventures as well a new Take-Along Olafs will be  available throughout the parks for you to share your photos with Olaf on social media. Tag your photos with #OlafSummerVacation and they may be selected for the day’s grand finale.
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland will open inside Soundstage One. It will include activities and photo opportunities as well as a  play area for kids and ice skating demonstrations.
  • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage, starting at 5:30 daily.
  • “Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular that starts at 9:45 pm – best viewed by the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage. Fireworks display set to the fabulous music of ‘Frozen’

New VIP Tours at Walt Disney World

  • The Ultimate Day of Thrills – A VIP Tour Experience
  • The Ultimate Day for Young Families – A VIP Tour Experience
  • Both tours are 6-7 hours long
  • Include a number of attractions at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom – the young families tour will offer attractions specifically for younger audiences
  • Meal at a Disney table-serve restaurant
  • Tours offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and cost $299 per person. DVC Members, Disney Visa Cardholders and Annual Passholders receive a 15% discount.
  • For more information, call 407-WDW-TOUR

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Celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World? Here are the special attractions to look forward to:

  • Magic Kingdom will have a special fireworks display over Cinderella’s Castle at 9 pm on July 3rd and 4th.
  • Epcot with have a special concert of American songs by the Voices of Liberty at the American Gardens Theater. Special Disney characters in their favorite patriotic attire will be out for pictures outside The American Adventure pavilion. IllumiNations will have a special grand finale at 10pm.
  • Hollywood Studios with offer “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage. Nighttime fireworks with include live band music at 10:15 pm.

Rock Your Summer Side – Dance party celebration at Hollywood Studios at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage from 6:00-10:00 pm including a live band and your favorite Disney characters dressed for summer fun! There will also be a giant postcard set up for fun selfies and family photos.

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New pins are being released for BOTH parks this summer. If you are a pin collector or trader, there will be 250 new open edition pins at Disneyland, Disney World and Disney Cruise as well as new Aulani pins. They also recently released an Olaf pin!

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Cinderella’s Royal Table, the table-serve dining located within Cinderella’s castle at Magic Kingdom, will be closing for refurbishments from January 5, 2015 until March 6, 2015.

Monorail service at Disney World will be reduced for the summer due to construction and enhancement work. The new monorail schedule for the summer starting June 22 will be:

  • 8:30 am -midnight for MK Resort beam
  • 9:30 am -11:30 pm on the MK Express beam (MK to the TTC)
  • 9:00 am -11:00 pm on the Epcot beam

Friendships and additional buses will be available for guests. No end date on these time changes.

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Tinkerbell has moved from Adventureland to Main Street inside the Garden Theater. Pixie Hollow will be located there for meet and greets of your favorite pixie friends!

If you would like to book a vacation to Disney World, visit our friends at Destinations in Florida for a free quote for all the magic!

Disneyland Resort

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New ‘Frozen’ Pre-parade for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade! See Anna, Elsa and Olaf for Frozen fun at Disneyland!

Alice in Wonderland, which has been closed for extensive refurbishments and renovations, will be opening on July 4th! This is a favorite “dark” ride of ours, so we can’t wait to see how it has been renovated. Work was done on the exterior as well as the interior.

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Monorail, Matterhorn and Submarine Voyage celebrate 55 years at Disneyland! Disney Parks Blog published a wonderful history on these attractions and their dedication from 1959. Here is a link to their post:

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Nemo’s Submarine Voyage is currently closed for renovations and the opening date has been released: September 27th. In the fall, we can explore the seas with Nemo and friends again!

Celebrate the 4th at Disneyland! If you will be at Disneyland for the 4th of July, special events will include a special fireworks spectacular at 9:25 pm, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band performing before the ‘Frozen’ parade and the first performance of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, a patriotic pre-show for World of Color, and Glow with the Show for the World of Color Pre-show.

In 2015, Disneyland will be celebrating it’s 60th birthday! Get ready for lots of special events and magic next year at the park to celebrate! #Disneyland60

If you would like to book a vacation to Disneyland, visit our friends at Get Away Today, Disneyland specialists and get a quote today!

Current Disney Sweepstakes

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BeThe8thMiner is the newest sweepstakes with a Grand Prize of a 7-night Walt Disney World vacation for four! Different challenges each week and winners each week can win $500 and a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train trading pin.

Recreate the Magic – share your Disney World memories for a chance to win a trip to create new ones! Find a throwback photo from the 1970’s and 1980’s and submit to win!

Summer Disney Movies

Maleficent (PG) – now playing in theaters
Earth to Echo (PG) – opens July 2nd
Planes: Fire and Rescue (PG) – opens July 18th
Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) – opens August 1st (Marvel comics)

Upcoming Movies

Million Dollar Arm (PG) – October 7th
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Not Rated Yet) – October 10th

Disney Junior

This summer, Disney Junior launches their Pirates and Princess Summer again! Here is the scoop on the summer fun:

    • Visit the DisneyJunior website for fun new games and videos from Sofia and Jake.
    • New episodes all summer long including new characters with celebrity voices including “Supernanny” Jo Frost, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Morse
    • Mulan visits Sofia the First in a new episode releasing on August 15th
    • New Apps released through the WATCH Disney Junior app on June 20th at “Quest for the Four Swords” and “Sofia’s Enchanting Journey” – for Android users only.
    • New music video featuring Sofia and Jake (video will show on our website but not in emails)

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Disney Junior Live on Tour featuring the new Pirates and Princess Adventure show – touring the US this summer. Check the Disney Junior Live website to see locations and dates.


That’s our roundup for the summer! Lots of great things happening with Disney!

Disney Social Media Moms On-The-Road Celebration 2014

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The power of social media moms! It’s big! Disney loves to work with social media moms and dads, and that is why they support and encourage blogging and vlogging parents. This is the concept behind Disney Social Media Moms. Every year, Disney invites mom bloggers to be a part of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, and last year they launched On-The-Road Celebrations in addition to their yearly gathering to be able to reach even more bloggers. This year, we were invited to attend their On-The-Road event in Phoenix, Arizona.

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We stayed at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. It was a beautiful resort next to a plush golf course. The pools were gorgeous and the grounds were amazing. It was quite a treat for this busy mom of four to stay at such a nice resort and have some downtime. Here are some photos of the beautiful resort in Scottsdale.

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The conference was held on Wednesday, June 25th. There were roughly 100 mom bloggers and vloggers in attendance and everyone was definitely in the Disney mood!

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We were able to hear from Michelle Himmelberg, Disneyland Public Relations Director, as well as Erin Glover (@gopluto), Disneyland Social Media Director. We were able to get some insight into what is happening for Disney Parks for 2014 as well as some tips on how the Disney Park Blog team put their posts and content together. The Disney Parks Blog team covers both parks (Disneyland and Disney World) and provide content over Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. To follow some of the park’s outlets, here are the links:

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/Disneyland
www.facebook.com/WaltDisneyWorld

Twitter:
twitter.com/Disneyland
twitter.com/WaltDisneyWorld

Pinterest:
www.pinterest.com/dlresort/
www.pinterest.com/waltdisneyworld/

Instagram:
instagram.com/disneyland
instagram.com/waltdisneyworld

YouTube:
www.youtube.com/user/Disney

If you are visiting the Disneyland resort, you can follow @DisneylandToday on Twitter as they tweet daily from the parks including pictures and sometimes giveaways. You can tweet them questions too! We have had fun tweeting at them and following them whenever we are at Disneyland and California Adventure.

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Erin Glover also shared with us some of their efforts this year with the new Disney promotion, Show Your DisneySide. One of her favorite videos was the one with Grumpy Cat. If you haven’t seen the Grumpy Cat video, here it is for a giggle (videos are available to view on our website but may not download through email):

We also heard from Lori Lorenz (@HPPrint), HP Senior Director, Direct Print Services. She shared with us how HP wants to help busy parents with new printing services right from our homes. First, HP now offers hundreds of free printables! They also offer a great ink purchasing program for your printer called HP Instant Ink. Your printer will notify your account that you are low on an ink cartridge and it is automatically shipped to your home at half the price! You can also schedule printables to print at a certain time…like maybe right when you are making dinner? All of this is available on the website hpconnected.com. You need to register for free on this site to take part in these programs.

HP also has a new website called TwoSmiles where you print greeting cards at home at any time AND you can add a gift card to the card that prints with the card. So if you have a last minute gift you need to get and you don’t have time to run around, you can visit TwoSmiles and get a card and gift card in one! Check it out at www.twosmiles.com. They also offer great gifts such as canvas photos, cups and other gifts.

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Tracey Clark (@traceyclark), one of the Disney Sisters, spoke on how to take amazing mobile photos. She is a photographer as well as a great Disney blogger. She had wonderful tips on how to use just your phone to take some amazing pictures. I know when we are visiting the parks, our family typically relies on our big fancy camera to get pictures but everyone’s phones can now serve as a great tool. She had useful points about making use of different perspectives as well as repetition, light and composition even with our camera phones! Such great ideas! Visit her website at traceyclark.com

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We also heard from some amazing mom entrepreneurs who shared with us how they got their product started and encouraged other moms to come up with new products. We heard from Lisa Cash Hanson of SnuggWugg, Romy Taorima of Psi Bands, and Allyson Phillips of Tilty Cups. Check out their products they created and developed themselves!

Our last speaker was Nadine Bubeck, who shared her life story and the story of the birth of her son. @NadineBubeck

We had a surprise celebrity at the end of the conference – it was Grumpy Cat! I had to get a picture with this sweet cat who is probably the smallest cat I have ever seen. And he truly has that grumpy face that everyone loves. You can follow Grumpy Cat at @RealGrumpyCat on Twitter, The Official Grumpy Cat on Facebook, and GrumpyCat on Instagram.

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All of this was made possible by Disney, MomSelect and Maria Bailey (@MomTalkRadio, MomTV.com). Disney Social Media Moms On-The-Road was loads of fun and offered great blogging tips as well as Disney news for everyone. We received goody bags with lots of fun Disney treats as well as some GoGoSqueeze treats for our kiddos. I brought home this yummy park treat for my kids which they thought was awesome!

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We are so excited for our next Disney trip now after all this Disney magic! If you want to connect with Preschoolears more, we are also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Check out all the Preschoolears fun!

www.facebook.com/preschoolears
twitter.com/DisneyMama6
instagram.com/disneymama6
www.pinterest.com/disneymama6/

Stay tuned for our next post of the latest Disney news and updates!

A Disneyland Vacation Giveaway!

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Yes! We said “Disneyland Vacation Giveaway”! Isn’t that the best? Well, I know a million dollars might be the best, but this is pretty awesome too. Disneyland is one of the best family vacations around and it is one of our favorite places. We have teamed up with some incredible bloggers and sponsors to giveaway a trip to the happiest place on earth, as well as some runner-up prizes that are pretty amazing as well.

Here is the scoop on all the goodies as well as how to enter!

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This giveaway is brought to you by our amazing sponsors:

Tamron

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MarriedwithMickey.com

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And all these fabulous bloggers: Real Moms Real Views, The Bragging Mommy, One Artsy Mama, A Moms Balancing Act, Maybe I Will, Money Saving Madness, Fabulous Fun Finds, Living with the Magic, Modern Mommy Files, Preschoolears, Bargain Briana, Simply Sherryl, Fabulessly Frugal, Sweet C’s Designs, Busy Mom’s Helper, Bombshell Bling, Embracing Beauty, Brought to You by Mom, A Little Tipsy, The Mommy Nest, Capital B, the SIMPLE moms, Having Fun Saving, Love Our Disney, and Dandelion Moms.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a Disneyland Vacation! This includes a 3 night Hotel Stay at a Moderate Anaheim Hotel through Get Away Today (Subject to Availability), $650 in Disneyland Tickets (or winner’s choice of Disney or Visa Gift Card*), $100 Gift Certificate to MarriedwithMickey.com, and a $50 Gift Certificate to Zazzle.com.

First Runner Up will receive a Tamron16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Zoom Lens ($629 value), and a $50 Gift Certificate to MarriedwithMickey.com


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Second Runner Up will receive a Combi Cosmo Twin Double Stroller ($259.99 value) and a $50 Gift Certificate to MarriedWithMickey.com

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Third Runner Up will receive a $200 Gift Certificate to Canvas HQ.

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Enter via the Giveaway Tools widget below.

Giveaway will begin on June 16, 2014 1:00 AM and will end on June 30, 2014 11:59 PM. *If winner chooses the Visa Gift Card this will forego the 3 night Hotel Stay. This option is offered in the event that the person who wins is unable to travel to Disneyland. These prizes are not transferable and can only be used by the winners themselves. Hotel stay is subject to availability and black out dates. Hotel stay must be used within 1 year of giveaway ending date. Winners will be chosen at random, verified and contacted via email. The winners will have 48 hours to email back and claim the prize, if prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.


A winner has been chosen for this giveaway.

Winners!

Time to announce the winners of our Disneyland Vacation Giveaway.

These are the lucky duckies! They have all claimed their prizes and are super excited to have won!!

Grand Prize Disneyland Vacation Winner: Melissa V.

2nd Place Tamron Lens & GC Winner: Sandy N.

3rd Place Combi Double Stroller & GC Winner: Dawn S.

4th Place CanvasHQ GC Winner: Lisa L.

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A BIG THANKS to all of our fabulous sponsors and bloggers for making this giveaway possible!

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MarriedwithMickey.com

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