Archives for February 2015

Mickey’s Magical Arts World by Disney’s Imagicademy

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Disney’s Imagicademy just introduced their newest app for kids ages 3-8 – Mickey’s Magical Arts World. This highly interactive new app focuses on children’s artistic creativity and curiosity combined with their favorite Mickey and pals characters. We first shared with you their first app release, Mickey’s Magical Math World, which was a huge hit at our house. This newest app has been a favorite as well with our preschooler.

The app is free to download for iPad through Apple’s App Store. It is best to use Magical Arts World on an iPad since there is a lot of drawing and creating in each section. There are 5 areas of discovery in the app: Drawing, Costume & Movies, Materials, Design and Music.

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My preschooler loves Pluto’s Craft Creator, where he gets to design a toy. There are endless possibilities and opportunities for creativity. The unusual materials and designs inspire his creativity. And they can make changes and redesign as much as they would like. There are paint splatters, weird materials and textures, stamping and on and on.

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Minnie’s Art-chitect Design offers children a chance to design different kinds of buildings from apartment buildings to castles. Children can change the color, windows, accents, and yards. It explores symmetry, harmony and balance, and as kids add different elements, others have to be subtracted. There is a wide range of choices in colors, hues and options. It is endless creating and fun!

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Mickey’s Music Maker section has different types of instruments, some real and some pretend. Children can put together a band playing a song of their choice as it marches along. Music choices are from a wide range of genres and styles. And they can mix up the instruments anyway they like and change the tempo. They get a chance to hear what changing different instruments does to the song. And when they have four put together, they can then choose the instruments to play themselves.

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In Donald’s Costume & Movies, they design a character’s hair and clothes outfit, and then when they are done, they can put their character into the film they chose. Children get to also add their own voices and sound effects to the movie.  This part is so much fun to see what you create be added into real Mickey and friends films. My preschooler does this one over and over for different movies.

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My favorite part to do with my kiddo is the Mickey’s Sketch Artist section. There are templates for the kids to choose, and then it walks them through how to draw the picture. They can choose any drawing tool they would like: pencil, paintbrush, spray can, marker. He loves all the different options and how each one makes different shape and texture on the screen. Then they choose from the color, and draw to follow the guides. When the drawing is done, it is animated for them! I love this one!

 

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Mickey’s Magical Arts World as well as Mickey’s Magical Math World link to the parent app Disney’s Imagicademy. You can stay connected with what your kids are doing and pins earned on their apps through this adult app. It also offers parents great resources and articles. One aspect that I have enjoyed is the art projects they have for kids that can link back to the art app. Their art projects are really creative and easy to do – things all parents could do with their kids at home. We also enjoy the articles about Disney.

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There are lots of creative ideas on the app! I love this Perler Bead project that makes sandwich pieces for kids to put a sandwich together!

If you would like to look at more of Disney’s Imagicademy, visit their website.

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I love how Disney Imagicademy links all these interactive elements together and combines learning experiences through beloved Disney characters to engage young kids and inspire them. Their curriculum is developed by leading education and academic experts. Soon they will be launching books and physical education products that will be available for back-to-school in 2015. This is a great new addition to the Disney family!

Our 4-year old loves this new art app and we love watching his creativity! He doesn’t want to stop exploring all the different sections.

Mickey’s Magical Arts World is available now through the Apple app store. While this is a free app to download, there are in-app purchases to unlock all the features. Each section can be fully unlocked for $4.99, or you can purchase the full pack for $19.99. While the full pack is a high price for an app, I will say that it has a lot of features and games for your child. It also requires  a lot of storage space so keep that in mind as well.

Click on the link below to download the app for yourself. You can also download the Disney Imagicademy Parent app which I highly recommend to get as well.

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Keep watching for more from Disney’s Imagicademy as they offer new apps and products that focus on children’s early learning and development through math, art, science, reading, and social skills. And all with their favorite Disney friends!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2015

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The Best Marathon in the World

It’s taken us awhile to pull together all the photos from our amazing marathon at Walt Disney World, but we are happy to finally be able to share with you all our memories. I will confess that although my husband and I are runners, we did not run this for time and we just wanted to have fun. We took lots and lots of pictures and had so much fun. It was a lot of hard work to finish 26.2 miles but Disney did a wonderful job making it fun and taking care of the runners the entire time.

We are ready for the challenge!

We are ready for the challenge!

The Walt Disney World Marathon weekend includes four races: 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon and the full marathon. We ran the 1/2 marathon two years ago and had so much fun – we couldn’t wait to do it again! For those who haven’t experienced a runDisney event, most event begin very early in the morning so that the parks aren’t overwhelmed with runners for hours. The marathon runs through all four theme parks plus the speedway and EPSN Wide World of Sports.

We started our morning at 2:30 am so that we could get on the monorail to take us to the Epcot parking lot. This is where things start for all runners. If someone wasn’t staying on the monorail loop, there would be buses at each hotel to pick them up or they could drive. It was a pretty chilly morning as the cold snap had rolled down into Florida. They offer bag checks for all runners for we were able to check our belongings before the race. The morning is just filled with excitement though! So much adrenaline!

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Waiting to walk to the run corrals

Goofing around before the race

Goofing around before the race

Once everyone walks the 30 minute walk to the corrals, you simply have to sit and wait for the fireworks and the official start!

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Running in the tunnel toward Magic Kingdom

Running in the tunnel toward Magic Kingdom

The race begins with runners heading to Magic Kingdom but there are lots of stops along the way for fun. There are cheerleaders out and characters, wild music and a giant pirate ship with Captain Jack Sparrow. We took a picture with him but our favorite moments at Magic Kingdom were running through Main Street and through Cinderella’s castle which was still lit up with icicles.

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Our favorite part

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Running through the castle!

Getting a boost from Buzz

Getting a boost from Buzz

The crowds running through Magic Kingdom

The crowds running through Magic Kingdom

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The White Rabbit in Fantasyland

Ralph & Vanellope greeted us as we entered Magic Kingdom

Ralph & Vanellope greeted us as we entered Magic Kingdom

After MK, runners head to Animal Kingdom and it is one of the longest stretches of the race, and the second most boring. We stopped for some pics along the way.

Princesses and Princes were out for pictures

Princesses and Princes were out for pictures

Donald & Goofy were taking pictures by a golf course

Donald & Goofy were taking pictures by a golf course

Running through the raceway and lots of race cars were out for pictures

Running through the raceway and lots of race cars were out for pictures

Hit Mile 10 and felt good! Every mile had a different mile marker

Hit Mile 10 and felt good! Every mile had a different mile marker

My favorite movie!

My favorite movie!

Genie and Abu! Its so fun to see such rare characters out!

Genie and Abu! Its was so fun to see such rare characters out!

Photobombing the Villains. Sometimes there just isn't time to stop.

Photobombing the Villains. Sometimes there just isn’t time to stop.

Animal Kingdom was not an exciting run. They had a few animals out for pictures, like a goat and an owl, but it was starting to rain and some of the characters were taken inside. Also, Animal Kingdom has a lot of construction going on so it wasn’t as scenic as we would’ve liked. We did get this picture with Jiminy Cricket and its one of my favorites.

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After Animal Kingdom, runners head to ESPN Wide World of Sports. Remember when I said there was the second most boring part of the run? Well, ESPN was the most boring part for sure. We tried to make it fun, but exhaustion was setting in at about mile 18.

Running around the baseball diamond at ESPN Wide World of Sports

Running around the baseball diamond at ESPN Wide World of Sports

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Mile 19! Trying to stay tough!

Now that the boring parts were done, we got a second wind as runners headed to Hollywood Studios. This part was so much fun!

A picture with our heroes? Yes please!

A picture with our heroes? Yes please!

Running through the costume department at Hollywood Studios was totally cool!

Running through the costume department at Hollywood Studios was totally cool!

We hit mile 23! Almost done!!

We hit mile 23! Almost done!!

One last picture with the hat

One last picture with the hat

Running down Hollywood Boulevard and we are pumped!

Running down Hollywood Boulevard and we are pumped!

Our last stop was back to Epcot and we were energized again! First, we have to run past the Beach and Yacht Club, the Boardwalk and the Swan and Dolphin. It was a peaceful part of the run, but crowded.

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Running past the Beach Club Resort – one of our favorites!

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The walkway to Epcot pst the Swan Resort – it was really crowded.

Finally arrived in Epcot and we were so excited to be near the finish. We were physically tired and soaked from rain and sweat, but we kept smiling and pushing through!

A selfie in Epcot

A selfie in Epcot

Finishing through the World Showcase

Finishing through the World Showcase

Crossing the finish! I had to cry out of total relief.

Crossing the finish! I had to cry out of total relief.

And the best ending, of course, is the bling. Who doesn’t love a big shiny medal?

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The medal picture! It was all worth it!

This was the end of our amazing journey at the WDW Marathon. We had so much fun and worked so hard. I will confess that it is tough to do a runDisney race and then do the parks with your kid in tow, which is what we did. We were mighty sore the next day but we still walked a full day at the park. We could have used a day of rest!

If you are considering a runDisney race yourself, there are only a few more for 2015 that haven’t begun registration. Maybe consider the Marathon weekend for 2016? If was an amazing experience and I would do it again…in a few years.

We will be sharing our stories and pictures from the Family Fun 5K next and it was quite an adventure for our whole family! (Something we will never forget–for good and for bad!)

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