Tutorial From The Animation Academy: Minnie Mouse


Tutorial From The Animation Academy:

Minnie Mouse


Minnie Mouse has always been my very favorite Disney Character and I was so excited last week when a video tutorial on how to draw her was shared by Disney Parks. For those of you who have never visited The Magic Of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this will be a real treat for you. It’s a great place tucked into the back of the Park where you can step inside, have a seat and discover how some fantastically talented Cast Members bring Disney Characters to life.

This unique hands-on experience is so cool and often overlooked. I love it most because you will leave with a great souvenir of your visit there!

Grab your sketchbook and drawing pencils and get ready to draw Minnie Mouse!

Wordless Wednesday – Both Sides Of The Force


Wordless Wednesday – Both Sides Of The Force

(Note: Click on the picture to see how you can have this fabulous item delivered to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel during Star Wars Weekends!)

Saving Mr. Banks Practically Perfect Preview


Saving Mr. Banks Practically Perfect Preview

I always get so excited when the Disney Parks Blog has a meet-up and when I saw their announcement for the “Saving Mr. Banks Practically Perfect Preview” – I wanted to be a part of it so badly!! Needless to say, our RSVP for the event was accepted and the preview was this past weekend! We checked in at the front entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios promptly at 8:00 p.m. and headed straight for the Premiere Theater. I didn’t even know there was a theater back there! So special! Magic is always popping up where you’d least expect it at Walt Disney World!

We arrived just a bit early and got all checked in with time to stop and take in all the glory of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. If you haven’t seen this epic display of twinkling and sparkling lights, well…you’ve just got to do it! It’s the most breathtaking display of Christmas lights you’ll probably ever see!

Anywhoo…I have been ridiculously excited to see “Saving Mr. Banks” since I first saw the previews for it months ago. I absolutely love movies that tell the back stories of other movies. Think how “Monster’s University” told the back story of “Monster’s, Inc.” – just love it! Mary Poppins happens to be one of my all-time favorite childhood movies. So excited!!


As we entered the theater, I saw some familiar faces of the Disney Parks Blog and took a few moments to catch up with them. It’s always so fun that everyone is so personable and friendly! There were cute little red and white striped boxes of popcorn and drinks available, so we all grabbed some and took our seats.

Until now, the back story of how P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins” made it to the big screen has been untold. Emma Thompson did a fantastic job of portraying the uncompromising author of her beloved, magical nanny with absolutely no intention of releasing the rights to her story.

As Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, pulls out all the stops to woo Travers to grant him the rights to her story, she becomes increasingly unwilling to budge. She even stated that “Mary Poppins DOES NOT SING” as the Sherman Brothers come up with catchy tunes to tell the story and present them to her. We watched quietly and got teary-eyed, over and over as this remarkable story was told. What I found especially enjoyable was watching Walt as he studied Travers and ultimately figured out a way to reach her. He was an amazing man, as we all know, and if you are a fan of Walt Disney, you will absolutely love this movie as I did.

We had a big treat waiting for us after the preview, in Disney Parks Blog meet-up style! There were two fabulous photo opportunities where we could take pictures with Mary Poppins and one of the beloved penguins and a second with Bert and a couple of the chimney sweeps! The Characters mingled with us as we waited in line to see them keeping us entertained all the while. My daughter even danced with a penguin!



Even though I want to tell you ALL the details about this incredible film, I’m not going to spoil it for you. You simply must go see “Saving Mr. Banks” for yourself on December 20, 2013 when it opens in theaters everywhere! You’ll just love it!

Be sure to check out the following Social Media channels to stay up-to-date!

Saving Mr. Banks on Facebook

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DisneySMMoms 2011: Private Backstage Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

DisneySMMoms 2011
Private Backstage Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


After our very fun day of conferences and amazing speakers, we headed over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a backstage dinner party RIGHT on the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show set! Holy cow! We actually walked over the bridge that the car drives on in the finale! It was awesome!

We were treated to an awesome introduction to Disney Junior and a description of all the fun new shows that would be on! Even though our kids are a bit old for the new Disney Junior shows, our 9-year old really enjoyed watching the younger kids dance and she even got in on the action a little too! I just love that she gets a kick out of the characters at Disney. She is the one who took this next set of pics of the Jake and the Neverland Pirates characters! She’s doing such a great job with her new digital camera!

Bucky and Jake

Captain Hook

Mr. Smee

I can’t believe how cool it was to actually be ON this amazing set! I’ve always loved this show and being able to have dinner and a party there was just amazing!!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2010: Private Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It was our final night at the DisneySMMoms Celebration and we were heading to another private party! I’m sure you can only imagine how excited we all were! This time, we were heading over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We weren’t sure how the wonderful planners were going to pull this off as it was absolutely pouring down rain and freezing cold!

So, here’s the cool part. The bus took us through a backstage entrance because it was so nasty outside! How cool is that? The Park was already closed for the evening too! We came in right next to the Backlot and went right inside where there were tables upon tables of fabulous food choices set up for us. The big group of us moseyed toward the very back where we heard the music and there was a DJ!

Before too long, Mickey and Minnie showed up to dance and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! I had never, EVER seen them together before!! What a treat…seriously…I was sooo excited!!! We all decided that we just HAD to get our pic taken together!

Some of us decided to dance like crazy and Amanda Tinney of DisneyEveryDay.com got some great footage of JL dancing with her oldest! Check out the video below…if you dare!

Here’s a couple of still shots I took of the fun!

After dessert…best cupcakes ever…we headed over to Toy Story Midway Mania! that was open that night JUST FOR US!!! Holy cow, I never thought in a million years that this could ever happen! After all, this was only my third trip to Walt Disney World, I had NO idea what they were capable of doing!

We had so much fun riding and playing! Maria even agreed to go on it with me a THIRD time even though her hand was killing her! She had pity on me since I’d only ever ridden it twice. Yay! Thanks, Maria!

Lynne and I couldn’t wait to go stand on Andy’s bed and have our picture taken with Buzz and Woody, Rex and Hamm! I really dislike this picture of me; however, I just get all tickled when I see it and think about how much fun we had that evening!

I can’t wait for DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011!