Monday, February 28, 2011

A Preview of Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival is almost here and although it is still 2 days away, flower beds and flower sculptures have been springing up all over the park for some time now.

Here is a preview of what to expect at this year's festival that runs March 2nd - May 15th:

The Beast & Belle

Cogsworth & Lumiere

Chip & Mrs. Potts

Lady & the Tramp

Pandas in the China Pavilion

Minnie, Mickey and Pluto enjoying a picnic


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bambi is coming to Blu Ray

Bambi & Thumper, my two favorite characters!
The classic Disney movie (and on of my personal favorites), Bambi, is coming to Blu-Ray on Tuesday, March 1st for a limited time. This is the first time that Bambi is being released in high definition. The Diamond Edition is a combo pack that includes a Blu-Ray, a DVD and a digital download version of the movie.

Disney Movie Rewards' members can save $10 on the purchase of the combo pack between March 1st and March 8th by logging in to their account and downloading a coupon under the "Special Offers" section. After you purchase the movie don't forget to log back in and enter the Magic Code to redeem your points.

If you aren't already a member of Disney Movie Rewards, I highly recommend joining. It's free and you earn points just by purchasing Disney movie. Points earned can be redeemed towards various rewards that include: movies, limited edition posters, toys, paraphernalia, trips, experiences and much more!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FASTPASSES to Meet Mickey Mouse

Disney announced yesterday that this spring when Mickey Mouse moves to his new home, Town Square Theater, a FASTPASS will be available to determine the exact time in which guests will meet the famous mouse.
Artist Rendering of Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom

Town Square Theater, will be located at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom in what is currently Exposition Hall. It is replacing  the once popular and recently closed Mickey's Toontown Fair where guests lined up to take pictures and meet with the characters. 

Although the FASTPASS to meet Mickey may turn out to be a wonderful thing, there are many mixed feelings circling around the idea at the moment. This is the first time that the Disney Parks are offering a FASTPASS for anything other than an attraction. Guests will get a one hour time frame to come back and surpass the standby line.

I personally am one of those that is not too thrilled about the Mickey FASTPASS idea. As a child much of the excitement was standing in line knowing waiting to meet the famous Mickey Mouse and have my picture taken with him. I'm not quite sure how exciting it would be to go with your child to pick up a time to meet him and then return. It may even cause a tantrum or two for those kids that will not understand why they just can't wait like the other kids to see him. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Disney Launches New Channel: Disney Junior

Yesterday launched a new channel in Disney entertainment, Disney Junior. Formerly Playhouse Disney, the new channel is for kids ages 2-7 and their families to experience television in a whole new way. The programming on Disney Junior runs from 4am to 2pm with shows like Handy Manny, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and the newest addition of Disney shows, Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Disney Junior combines both television and online games and activities to help young children and their parents make learning a fun experience. At Disney Junior Online, there are games, coloring pages, online storytelling and even full episodes of the shows for kids to enjoy.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Love is in the air at Disney

Valentine's Day is just a short 10 days away and with love in the air Disney Stores have released some great new merchandise to show that special someone in your life just how much you care! They have a great selection of apparel and personalized plush characters that you can purchase straight from your computer by visiting the online Valentine Shop

Here are a few of my favorites:

Love Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse Tee

Valentine's Day Mickey Mouse Plush Toy -- 7''

Valentine's Day Minnie Mouse Plush Toy -- 7''