Almost Wordless Wednesday – “Wonder”ful Details

13 May
May 13, 2014

Colorado Dad and I are headed San Diego this weekend to board the Disney Wonder for a quick “cruise to nowhere” and I can’t wait! It’s the 3rd time we’ve been on the Wonder and I know we’ll see lots of great details on the ship. Here are just a few we’ve seen on previous cruises.

What are your favorite Disney details? Let me know in the comments and then head over to Focused on the Magic to see the other great Disney bloggers in this week’s blog hop!

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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Some beach, somewhere

01 Apr
April 1, 2014

Although April is traditionally the snowiest month in Colorado, it’s also when we start to get really nice, sunny days that make me start dreaming of beaches…and cruises…and cruises that go to beaches.

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Disney Wonder, as seen from Play Del Amor (Lover’s Beach), Cabo San Lucas – April 2010

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Throwback Thursday: Cruisin’

27 Mar
March 27, 2014

Well, it’s happened again, that siren call of the Disney Cruise line has reached out to me and FORCED (ok, forced is probably a strong word!)  me to book another cruise. This time, we’re going all out – a 15-day transatlantic cruise from Port Canaveral to Copenhagen. Oh man, I seriously can. not. wait! :)

It’s got me thinking of our first Disney cruises and since this just happens to be Throwback Thursday, I figured I might as well share some of my memories with y’all :)

We first cruised way back in 1998 – Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural year, which also just happens to be the inaugural year for the DisFan family. Yep, Colorado Dad and I got married, and then went on a cruise with Mickey!

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Our next cruise was 12 LONG years later, this time with the Colorado kids. Colorado Princess was just over a year-old and Colorado Boy was almost 7. Boy how time flies!

I remember absolutely NOTHING about our honeymoon cruise, but I will always remember that 2010 cruise as the first time Colorado Princess walked by herself and as the last time Colorado Boy had short hair :)

Have you been on a Disney Cruise? What are your favorite memories?

Destination D: Attraction Rewind details announced!

26 Mar
March 26, 2014

In case you missed it earlier, the D23 team released some more information about this November’s Destination D, to be held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World, Nov. 22-23.

The weekend, entitled “Destination D: Attraction Rewind” is going to include some great presentations about Disney’s involvement in the 1964-65 World’s Fair and some beloved attractions like Adventure Thru Inner Space and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

The team also announced an evening event that will celebrate Pleasure Island, including one of my favorites – the Adventurers Club.

Tickets go on sale April 16th and will be $190 for Gold and Silver D23 members. There is also a VIP “Top of the World” package that will be available for $1000. And, there’s good news for free D23 members – any leftover tickets not sold by May 28th will be made available to them.

Unfortunately, this will be the first Destination D I’m going to miss. I am VERY bummed, because it sounds like the D23 team has a GREAT weekend planned, but I’ll be heading off to the Caribbean on a Disney Cruise, so I guess I can’t complain too much :) If you haven’t had the chance to attend one of these weekends, I highly recommend going!

For all the details, take a look at the full press release below.

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DISNEY LEGENDS AND LUMINARIES CELEBRATE THEME PARK FAVORITES OF YESTERYEAR AT D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND

 

FROM AMERICA SINGS AND IF YOU HAD WINGS TO DISNEY’S GROUNDBREAKING PARTICIPATION IN THE 1964–65 WORLD’S FAIR, GUESTS WILL ENJOY PRESENTATIONS, SCREENINGS, UNIQUE SHOPPING, AND MUCH MORE, NOVEMBER 22 AND 23 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

 

BURBANK, Calif. – March 26, 2014 – Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward—opening up new doors and doing new things—because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” It’s in that spirit that guests this fall will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which debuted beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress.

Presenters and panelists include Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis; Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline; Disney and World’s Fair historians Bill Cotter, Stacia Martin, and Michael Kelley—and more to be announced.

During the weekend, guests will be able to explore a special exhibit designed by the Walt Disney Archives in honor of the event.

The weekend will end with an exciting evening event—Pleasure Island: Rewind. This celebration of the Downtown Disney nightlife district will include areas dedicated to the Adventurers Club, Comedy Warehouse, Mannequins, and 8 Trax. And of course there will be a “New Year’s Eve” celebration to cap the night.

Plus, for the first time, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, will set up a pop-up shop at the event for attendees, featuring a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event. The shop will also carry a special line from H2O Plus, whose products are featured at Disney Resort Hotels.

Highlights of D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus will include*:

  • Disney Goes to the World’s Fair: A look at how Disney became a part of the landmark event
  • Lost on the Way to the Fair: Pavilion concepts for the World’s Fair that never came to be
  • Retro Rewind References: Nods to favorites of the past in current Disney Parks attractions
  • That Was Entertainment: Revisiting beloved theme park parades, shows, and spectacles

The weekend event will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tickets, available Wednesday, April 16, are $190 each and available exclusively to D23 Gold and Silver Members for a limited time. Any remaining tickets will be made available to D23 Free Members on May 28 for $250 per ticket. All guests will receive a special gift in honor of Disney’s contributions to the 50th anniversary of the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York City. A limited number of “Top of the World” tickets will be available featuring reserved seating, early shopping on November 21, an exclusive dinner reception, special collectibles, gifts from H2O Plus and Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and more.

More details about the program and tickets for D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus, as well as a special offer just for members of D23, can be found at D23.com/Events. Additional schedule announcements will be made in the coming months.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 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.

About H2O Plus, LLC
H2O Plus, LLC is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of prestige, marine-based skincare products for the face and body. Their parent company, Pola Orbis, is the fourth-leading beauty care company in Japan. Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, H2O Plus continues to develop innovative products based on their heritage of water-based formulas powered by exclusive marine blends and state-of-the-art technology. H2O Plus has a large and expanding global presence in more than 9,000 points of distribution, worldwide. For more information on H2O Plus, please visit www.h2oplus.com

Fans can join D23 at Gold, Silver, and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

The Disney Letter “U”

26 Mar
March 26, 2014

(Clockwise from the top right: Colorado Dad with the “Up” gang, “Umbrellas” in the Disneyland Hotel, “Under” the Sea)

What’s your favorite Disney “U”? Visit our wonderful blog host Deb, over at Focused on the Magic to link up or see some other great “U” pictures!
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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Hawaiian Flowers

19 Mar
March 19, 2014

This week’s Disney blog hop theme honors EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival, but since I haven’t visited during the festival in several years, I thought I’d share some of the beautiful Hawaiian flowers we saw during our trip to Aulani last year. I have no idea what any of them are called, but they sure are pretty! And, if you look closely, you may see one of those mischievous Menehune who live at the resort :)

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Just Announced: D23 Expo Set For 2015

18 Mar
March 18, 2014

Exciting news coming out of Disney’s annual shareholder meeting in Portland today! Disney Chariman and CEO Bob Iger officially announced the dates for next year’s D23 Expo. The D23 Expo, which brings together divisions from all over the Disney company, will be back at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14-16, 2015. Advance ticket sales will begin on August 14th this year, giving you plenty of time to plan your trip!

The full announcement can be seen in the official press release below, and while there aren’t many details available now, I can tell you it will be well worth attending. For a recap of all the excitement of last year’s Expo, take a look at my trip reports page for a full recap of all the fun.

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ALL THE WONDERFUL WORLDS OF DISNEY COME TOGETHER

AT THE D23 EXPO—THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT—
AUGUST 14–16, 2015 IN ANAHEIM, CALIF.
 

Advance Tickets on Sale August 14, 2014 for the Biggest Disney Fan Event Ever

 PORTLAND, Ore. – March 18, 2014 – All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again under one roof when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of Aug. 14–16, 2015. Each of Disney’s wonderful worlds will unite to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, games, and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel.

“The D23 Expo is the ultimate Disney fan event, created to honor and celebrate your love of all things Disney,” Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger told shareholders and D23 Members at the Company’s Annual Meeting today in Portland, Oregon. “And we hope to see you there.”

The fourth event promises to be the biggest ever, following the success of D23 Expo 2013, which drew more than 65,000 Disney fans for three star-studded days and nights. Fans were treated to appearances by such superstars as Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston; watched performances by Idina Menzel, and R5 featuring Ross Lynch; enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime concert from Disney Legends Alan Menken and Richard M. Sherman; explored the inner workings of Walt Disney Imagineering; looked back at Disney’s rich history through extraordinary panels, presentations, and exhibits; and discovered the newest entertainment, technology, and products from The Walt Disney Company.

Highlights planned for D23 Expo 2015 include the 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a collection of one-of-a-kind assets, props, and costumes curated by the Walt Disney Archives; and the Collectors Forum, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, and merchandise. Once again the event will feature a massive show floor full of special opportunities to see what’s on the horizon for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. Plus, the event will once again feature StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system that allows attendees to obtain a guaranteed seat for some of the Expo’s most popular presentations.

Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2015 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning August 14, 2014. D23 Members will receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is open to the general public. D23 Gold and Silver Members will also be entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor. D23 Charter Members will enjoy access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge. Members will also have an opportunity to purchase the Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities.

About D23 Expo 2015
The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof, providing attendees with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, and theme parks. 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 fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 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 and a rich website at D23.com. D23 Members enjoy exclusive discounts and special events, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 14–16, 2015.

Fans can join D23 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.

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Disney History

25 Feb
February 25, 2014

Since I flip-flopped the WW theme last week, I’m sharing some Disney history pics today. These are from our 2012 trip to Walt’s hometown of Marceline, MO. One of the best D23 experiences I’ve had so far!

(Clockwise from top left: The Emporium and Uptown Theatre, on Marceline’s Main Street, both used as inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street; Walt’s Barn, where he learned the art of entertaining a crowd; Walt’s Dreaming Tree)

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Going Digital with Disney Movies Anywhere

25 Feb
February 25, 2014

It was a pretty exciting day of Disney news today – first the announcement of a new Marvel-themed runDisney event coming to Disneyland in November (a post on that coming later this week) and then later in the day with the release of a brand new, free iTunes-integrated app called Disney Movies Anywhere that gives you access to all your digital copies of Disney, Marvel and Pixar movies from one central location. In addition to the digital copies you already own, you also have access to more than 400 Disney titles that are now available for purchase in the iTunes store.

I’ll be honest, I still haven’t totally embraced the digital world. We redeem all the digital copies we get on movies we buy and I love Netflix, but I’ve still been buying all our Disney movies on Blu-ray. I do kind of like having a disc I can physically hold, but the big draw for me was getting those Disney Movie Rewards points that come with every Disney Blu-ray or DVD. Buying a digital copy from iTunes just wasn’t going to cut it if I couldn’t get those points! :) But, that all changed today when I logged on to the Disney Movies Anywhere app and saw this:

The Journey of Natty Gann, available for digital download via the Disney Movie Anywhere app

The Journey of Natty Gann, available for digital download via the Disney Movie Anywhere app

Woohoo! Disney Movie Rewards points for every Disney movie in iTunes! But, even better than that, I can get points to buy my favorite Disney movie EVER in wonderful, Technicolor HD digital copy? I am in! Anyone else LOVE The Journey of Natty Gann? No? Ok, maybe it’s just me – it’s definitely one of my “guilty pleasures”!

While lots of people are complaining about it only being available on Apple devices, it’s not a big deal for me since we have Apple devices anyway. And, based on Disney’s marketing material, they’ll be expanding to other providers “soon”. I’m much more interested to see if Disney will provide a way to buy digital copies of movies you already own on Blu-ray or DVD for a discount. I have a big library of Disney movies that didn’t originally come with a digital copy, and while it would be nice to have them in a digital format, I’m not too keen on buying the movie all over again, just for a digital version. Hopefully they’ll come up with something there!

So far, I’m pretty excited about Disney Movies Anywhere. Since Frozen was released today, I think that’s going to be my first purchase through the app, but that will be closely followed by Natty and her Wolf!

What about you? Have you downloaded the app yet? What are your thoughts?

Almost Wordless Wednesday: “T” is for Tinkerbell

18 Feb
February 18, 2014

In January, Colorado Dad and I ran the Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland, so when we visited the park the next day, we made sure to stop by Pixie Hollow for a picture with one of our favorite Disney “T”‘s! Amazingly enough, this was our first time visiting with Tink, but we’ll definitely be going back to visit more. She was great – spending lots of time talking to Colorado Princess and making sure that her pixie dust “worked” to make us run fast in the race :) I also liked her “winter” outfit, which I am told (by my expert 5-year-old) is what she wore in “Secret of the Wings” when she meets her sister for the first time!

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