New “In The Clouds” Maleficent Clip Just Released (Video)

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Every time another image or clip is released for MALEFICENT, I get more and more excited. I can hardly wait to see this movie!

In fact, hold onto your hats, my husband is looking so forward to seeing this movie that he insisted we make a trip to the AMC Dine-In Theaters at Downtown Disney. We did Fork & Screen for the first time when we saw Frozen and it was so awesome that my hubby said we didn’t need to see movies anywhere else again! Works for me!

Anyway, take a peek at this newly released “In The Clouds” clip and get more excited about this amazing film. We only have a week to go!

Remember, MALEFICENT is rated PG and opens in theatres everywhere on May 30th!

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Celebrate Earth Day With Disneynature’s BEARS

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Celebrate Earth Day
With Disneynature’s BEARS

I had a fabulous opportunity last week while attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration [#DisneySMMoms] at the Disneyland Resort to watch a preview of Disneynature’s BEARS! And I have to tell you, I was relieved at first that I didn’t have my kids with me for this because they are always hesitant to see movies that they think have the potential of being sad. Without giving away too much about this great story, I will tell you that if you have a little animal lover in your family, I give it the all-clear!

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BEARS showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold.

The world outside is exciting but risky as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever present wolf.

BEARS captures the fast moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses Alaska!

The program SEE “BEARS,” PROTECT OUR NATIONAL PARKS invites moviegoers to see the film during opening week (April 18-24, 2014) and Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to protect wildlife and wild places across America’s national park system. What a great way to help out!

Disneynature’s BEARS opens in theaters everywhere on April 18th!

Also, check out this new featurette that includes interviews with John C. Reilly, who narrates the film, as well as well as with Dr. Jane Goodall who is the Disneynature Ambassador:

For more information about Disneynature, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’ve also got some gorgeous family activity sheets for you below.

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Disney’s Frozen Coming To Theatres In November!

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One of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving Day is to go see a brand new movie with my family while the turkey is baking away. We get up in the morning and get everything ready to go and head off to see an early matinee. By the time we get home, the entire house smells AMAZING!!

This year, I’m really looking forward to seeing Disney’s Frozen! It looks like a really fun story line as we’ve all come to expect from Disney. I watched the newest trailer this morning and I just have to share it with you all because it really made me laugh! Take a peek…

 

Here is the official info from Walt Disney Studios directly:

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on
an epic journey — teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,”Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 27, 2013.

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Visit the official website: http://www.disney.com/frozen

Be on the lookout in November/2013 for a new Meet & Greet featuring Anna and Elsa in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion!

Who Loves Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior?

When I was pregnant with my second child, our son was four and I just couldn’t wait for that day we went in to find out whether we were having a boy or a girl. I was excited when I found out we were having a girl and immediately started dreaming about how she would one day play with my Barbies and all of my baby dolls from when I was a little girl. Princesses, dress-up clothes, BAM!!! As it turns out, my girl was ANYTHING but a girlie girl! She developed a strong love for stuffed animals before she was a year old. Well, fast forward a few years [she’s ten now] and she’s become the official pet stalker of our neighborhood and only owns ONE Barbie doll that she only played with because it was from the Veterinary Barbie set. Often I’ve gone into her room and she’s having tea parties and playing veterinary hospital with stuffed animals…it’s the cutest thing ever. Of course, she wants to be a Veterinarian when she grows up and we are encouraging her to pursue that dream! When Doc McStuffins premiered earlier this year on Disney Junior, I was longing for my daughter to be a pre-schooler again! Low and behold, she watched the show and was SO excited that there was another little girl just like her!! It just tickled my insides! Here’s a little about the show…

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Disney Junior’s animated series “Doc McStuffins” tells the story of a nurturing six-year-old girl who can talk to the stuffed animals and toys that she cares for in her playhouse clinic. When Doc puts on her stethoscope, something magical happens; toys, dolls and stuffed animals come to life and she can communicate with all of them, including the toys belonging to her friends and other neighborhood kids.

Assisting Doc at the clinic are her much-loved stuffed animal friends:  Stuffy, an exceedingly proud dragon; Lambie, her cuddly best friend; Hallie, a jolly and caring  hippo nurse; Squeakers, an alarmist squeaky fish toy; and Chilly, a snowman who spends a lot of time getting check-ups at the clinic.  Whether it’s a case of loose stitching, low batteries or a blow-up toy who has sprung a leak, Doc and her pals are there to lend a helping hand, while imparting to young viewers the importance of taking care of oneself and others.

Doc McStuffins” exemplifies Disney’s brand values of celebrating one’s family and appreciating diversity and difference.  Doc’s mom is a doctor who can be counted on to help Doc with her “diagnoses,” and her dad is a chef who whips up healthy treats for Doc and her four-year-old little brother, Donny.  Like a lot of younger siblings, Donny looks up to his sister and, although he is not aware of Doc’s ability to talk to her toys, he knows she’s the best healer for stuffed animals and toys around.

Each episode features two 11-minute stories in which Doc and her friends diagnose the situation and nurture the toy in need.  The characters and featured themes are relatable to young viewers and are designed to ease kids’ trepidations about everything from a doctor’s visit to removing a splinter.  Many of the stories directly address the kinds of issues that parents face with their young children when it comes to health, hygiene and medical care.  In one episode, Doc’s Jack-in-the-Box patient, Little Jack, is scared about getting a check-up.  Doc (with help from Stuffy, Lambie, Hallie, Chilly and Squeakers) reassures him that Big Jack, his dad, will be with him the whole time, and ultimately she diagnoses him with a case of “Can’tpop-itis,” which she records in The Big Book of Boo Boos.

Well, I have some great news for you all! Disney Junior has just launched a new craft where your kids can create their VERY OWN Big Book of Boo Boos!!!! Check it out!

Disney Junior has a new episode premiering next week in which Doc herself gets sick and becomes the patient!  In the episode titled “Doctoring the Doc,” Doc’s mom diagnoses her with the flu, so the toys step in to entertain and take care of her while she rests and tries to get better.  The episode premieres FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 at 9:00 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 7:30 p.m., ET/PT on the 24-hour Disney Junior channel. Here’s a sneak peak from the upcoming episode…

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InsidEARS Welcome Video!

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InsidEARS Welcome Video

You guys, I’m so excited to have been asked to be a Beta-Tester for the brand new InsidEARS program for Disney Parks! I’m really looking forward to working with Marissa and Kelly, the Community Managers for this exciting venture! I thought I’d share our welcome video with you all to give you a little taste of what’s new on the horizon!

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: A Magical Day of Learning

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DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011
A Magical Day of Learning

Our conference day started out with a fabulous breakfast at Citricos, one of the Signature restaurants on the second floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. I had never eaten there before so I was pretty excited. There was a fabulous buffet breakfast set up for us and everything was delish! I also got to sit with Lou Mongello of WDW Radio, Chris Brogan, and Cindy who writes Mom Maven! Very fun!

After breakfast, we headed over to the Convention Center. We were welcomed to the conference by Meg Crofton, President of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is always so sweet and excited to see us all.

Our first speaker of the day was Matt Jacobson, the Head of Market Development for Facebook. He offered some helpful suggestions to make Facebook work better for you by using available social plug-ins on your blog, advertising effectively by targeting the right audience, and separating your personal page from your business page. He also pointed out that there are 500 million Facebook users and 1 million users are added daily. He reminded us that “the world is stunningly small when we are all connected.” Makes sense to me!

Next, we had the pleasure of meeting Rene Syler of Good Enough Mother. She was amazing from the first moment she took over the stage. She talked about parenting and how none of us are perfect, we just do the best we can. She spoke to us about how she found her voice through the use of social media. She made us all laugh by saying she is an over-achiever because she was fired from a job not once, but twice. She brought tears to our eyes with her personal story of surviving breast cancer and how she made the decision to have her breasts removed. She was an inspiration and reminded us that “no one will ever believe in you as much as you believe in yourself” and “real growth hurts, you will not grow when you’re comfortable” and my favorite, “don’t spit fire with your message because your message will be lost.” She truly made me feel like it doesn’t matter how big or small of a blogger you are, YOU are important! You should really follow her on twitter at @ReneSyler and @goodenufmother.

Me with the lovely Rene Syler

Next up was Chris Brogan. I was thrilled when I learned that he would be returning this year because I loved his talk last year. If you go to Chris’s website, you’ll find that he uses video a lot, video of himself, so people can see and hear who he is. He’s very genuine and REAL. He told us that seeing someone is so much more important than simply putting your words out there. He thoroughly enjoys meeting each and every person he interacts with online. He even remembered me from last year and I was completely tickled!

Chris Brogan and I

Chris continued to give us all more pointers about blogging. He said that we need to “ask ourselves why a hell of a lot…how is easy to answer.” He told us to focus on the top three things that really matter, customer service, sales, and marketing. He reminded us that EVERYTHING is content when you are a blogger and that “you need to take care of you first…you can only do so much…the you will eventually turn into a community.” Most importantly, he said to figure out distribution, if you want to be remembered, do different things. Then he talked a little CRAP with us:

C = Connections
R = Referrals
A = Attention / Awareness
P = Presence

An important motto of his is “Always Be Connecting” and I strive to connect with more and more people each day. You live or die by your database! My very favorite take-away from Chris’s talk was when he talked about supporting each other. He talked about how the competition in the blogging world gets so ugly sometimes and recommended that everyone just come together and support each other. I personally have felt like a huge underdog in the blogging world, often wondering why anyone would care about what I have to say. I’ve often felt like I’m just repeating what other bloggers have already said in their blogs that are much bigger than mine. I’ve often not posted articles I’ve written just because I felt like it had already been said, just in a different way, by a different person. What I learned from Chris (and a couple of my dear blogging friends) is that everyone has their own take on everything and we all need to “raise each other up…give it in order to get it.” Think about how many Facebook “likes” we would have if we all just returned the favor! By the way, Chris said these “likes” are a great distribution tool, more powerful that re-tweets! He also told us that it took him eight years to get his first hundred readers!

Chris’s talk was broken in half around our fabulous lunch! We walked over to eat at Citricos again! Amazing! When we came back, Duffy was in the hallway waiting for us! I had never met him before so that was a real treat!

Meeting Duffy!

When we went back into the conference room, we all had a stuffed Duffy to take home with us and he was wearing a very fancy DisneySMMoms T-Shirt!

Surprise Duffy!

We were welcomed back from lunch and there were some raffle drawings for some VERY fun things. One of which, was a night’s stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite! You can read about my friend Amanda’s experience over on her blog.

All of a sudden, a lady from one of the back tables started talking very loudly and fast as she approached the stage! It took many of us a few minutes to figure out that she was part of the show! Her name is Fran Capo and she is the Guinness World Record Holder for the fastest talking female. I highly recommend that you check out her website and you’ll get a bit of a taste of her! She was hysterical, although she spoke too fast for me to take notes! LOL! You can follow her on twitter too, she’s lots of fun and full of great information…trust me, it’s much easier to read! LOL!

When I saw on the agenda that Georgia Stitt and Susan Egan were going to be there, I wasn’t really sure who they were exactly…shhh…don’t tell them. Well, they were truly amazing singers! I’m so glad to be able to share a video of Susan Egan singing “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” from the movie Hercules, that a fellow blogger posted on YouTube…

The wonderful day ended with Susan singing “The Mom Song.” If you have never heard it before, you will laugh your head off! Even if you have, you will still laugh your head off. Promise. Susan Egan is amazing! Thanks to ThemeParkMom for sharing this video with us!

What a fun day!

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 2011 ~ Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons Platinum Soiree {Part 4 The Speakers}

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Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons
Platinum Soiree {Part 4 The Speakers}

So, after filling our colorful take-out boxes with some amazing goodies and touring Franck’s beautiful studio, Franck himself announced that we should start making our way over to the Wedding Pavillion for some more surprises!

Let me tell you, it is beautiful in there! We were all seated and just looking around in awe at how gorgeous everything was. I’d never been inside there before, however; a friend of mine had her wedding there two years ago so I’d seen pictures, which don’t do it justice. It was so amazing that you could actually see Cinderella Castle right through the stained glass windows! Breathtaking!

We were treated to a great introduction from Korri McFann Spolar, who began her career with Disney in 1995. Korri has been working with Disney’s Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons for the last 13 years.

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She gave us a sneak peak of the wedding and honeymoon options that would be offered in the fall of this year in Hawaii at the new Disney Vacation Club property, Aulani.

Next up was Michael Shettel, the Vice President of Alfred Angelo Designs.

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He gave us an inside look into the Disney Fairytale Wedding Collection as well as introduced the Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown! It was magnificent!

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Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Before we saw this dress, the Sleeping Beauty inspired dress was my favorite. Now I have two favorites because this one is right up there!

I just love the way the Cinderella Platinum gown looks as though it has cascading waterfalls of ruffles while the Sleeping Beauty gown has whispy, feathery ruffles with that gorgeous rose on the hip and another one up by the left shoulder! Aaah! Just beautiful!

Ok, now on to our next speaker! Carley Roney of TheKnot.com came and talked to us about social media and how making your audience your obsession in giving them what they want will ignite their passion and they will keep coming back! Don’t forget to check out her two sister sites TheNest.com and TheBump.com.

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For our next surprise, David Tutera from My Fair Wedding was introduced! My friend Kristen was so excited to see him that she got up and hugged him on his way up! It was adorable!

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Now, mind you, I’ve been married for nearly 18 years so even though I’d heard of his show, I’d never seen it before (shh…don’t tell). He talked to us about how he works hard to keep things trendy and is always looking ahead to see what color/style weddings are up and coming.

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Next we were introduced to a lovely couple who had gotten married at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion just two years ago. Their story was shared with us and we were shown beautiful pictures of their wedding. Much to our surprise, they were about to renew their vows right before our eyes! They were whisked away by Franck and Edna to go get ready. All of a sudden, you would have thought that a dance party broke out right there! The bridesmaids came through the doors and danced down the aisle and they were shortly joined by the groomsmen while they danced together as couples down the aisle. Next, the bride came and she danced her way down the aisle! It was really cool! If you want to see the video of all this fun, click here!

We got to watch their beautiful vow renewal ceremony and then we went outside to watch the Cinderella Coach pull up to whisk them away to their happily ever after! But, not before there were fireworks! Ah-mazing!

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Next up was our dinner party along the beautiful sandy shores of the Grand Floridian! I’ll tell you all about that in my next post!

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 2011: Rocking Disney’s Wedding Pavillion!

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Rocking Disney’s Wedding Pavillion!

I’ve told some of you how the vow renewal we witnessed during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was my VERY FAVORITE and here, my friends, is a video of the entire thing! It’s incredible and FUN!

I would seriously consider having this “dance party” for my own wedding if I were to do it all over again…our 18-year wedding anniversary is next week! So much fun! What a fabulous memory to create of your wedding day! I just love the non-traditional feel of this.

Leave it to the fine folks at Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons to think of such a clever experience!

What are your thoughts on this? Would you ever step out of the box and have a non-traditional wedding like this?

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.

Meet Mickey and Minnie – TOGETHER!

One of my most favorite character experiences was at last year’s Disney Social Media Moms Celebration when I got to meet Mickey and Minnie at the same time! I had never been able to have a picture taken with them together because I’d only seen them before at their respective houses in Toontown at Disneyland in California.

I’m so excited about this new character Meet and Greet with Mickey and Minnie together on Main Street at Walt Disney World! Have a look…

Wordless Wednesday…From the Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons Platinum Soiree(sort of)

Wordless Wednesday
From the Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons
Platinum Soiree!