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Mary Poppins Returns ~ A Spoiler- Free Review by guest author Joelle Heath

Published December 18, 2018 by Disneyways.com

Delightfully whimsical.
That is the phrase that comes to mind for this movie. It was a mostly sweet, sometimes teary, always sassy homage to the original. The songs are fun and in line with those of the original, with one exception being a tune just a bit more ahem mature than one might expect. You will notice many parallels in story elements that are classic to Mary Poppins and rather than coming across as simply repackaged from the original, those elements imbue authenticity for who Mary would still be, even after all these year. Though, don’t ask her age. That would be impolite.
If you still remember what it was like to be a child or need to be reminded, I hope you can find your way to the theater to enjoy this sweet holiday season treat. Keep an eye out for the many Easter eggs. You might even find yourself drawn to see it twice, just in case you missed something.

 

About the Author ~ Joelle Heath grew up in Pennsylvania and attended college at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. After graduating, she moved to sunny Florida. She teaches AP History at Cypress Creek High School and loves working with the great students and a terrific faculty.

FREE Story Time with a Disney Princess Only On May 10th 2018

Published May 3, 2018 by Disneyways.com

 

You don’t have to pay a fortune or stand in the heat to meet a Disney Princess if you are in Orlando on May 10th 2018!  The magic of learning meets the sparkle of live entertainment when a performer from Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream takes to the stage at the downtown Orlando Public Library with an animated reading session. Please note this is recommended for children ages 3-12. Registration requested. Call 407-835-7323 to register.

                      Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream skates into Orlando May 11-13, 2018 for six performances at Amway Center.

The reading will take place Thursday May 10th 2018 at 10:15am at the Orlando Public Library, located at 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando FL 32801 and is completely FREE. You may want to bring some cash to park in the public parking garage close by, or some quarters for the parking meters. Media may be on hand to speak with you about your experience if you’d like to have your 15 minutes of fame! If you go to the event be sure to tag me on facebook, twitter or Instagram so that I can share your photos!

Coco Movie Premier Review

Published November 22, 2017 by ltdjosh

I received a free movie preview in exchange for writing a review on this blog.

Last week, we were treated to our sneak preview premier of the newest Disney-Pixar movie, Coco. This is my humble review of the movie. I promise this will be a spoiler free review.

The first thing I can say is that you simply HAVE to go see this movie if you enjoy any kind of good movies. From the moment I saw the first artwork, I was drawn in to this colorful and magical world. Once the previews and teaser trailers started coming out, I got even more excited about the movie. However, I was not even prepared for how amazing and well thought out this movie is. So what exactly is the premise of Coco, you might ask?

Well, this movie focuses on the family celebration of Dia De Los Muertos, or the Day Of The Dead. This celebration is a time where families lay out altars, or “ofrendas” filled with pictures of relatives that have passed on along with the family members’ favorite foods. This celebration is one time of the year, it is said, that the passed on may cross the universe and return (in spirit) to the living world and be with their families. The movie focuses on the Rivera family, specifically young Miguel, as he fights his family for his right to be a musician instead of a shoe maker like the rest of the family. His family is against his decision because of an event that happens years ago, but Miguel is determined to be a musician, even if he has to do it behind his family’s backs.

Through a series of comical events, Miguel comes face to face with his family on the “other side” and has to find his way back to the living world before the end of Dia De Los Muertos. However, along the journey of getting back, Miguel discovers that things are not always as they seem, including his family’s history. Finally faced with the truth, he must make a decision that could potentially change his life. Where will this decision take him? Well, for that answer, you must watch the movie, but I guarantee that it will leave you breathless with laughter and leave you with  a deeper appreciation for, and better understanding of, the amazing culture of Mexico and Dia De Los Muertos.

There’s also another thing in this movie that followers of Pixar Animation have come to expect and enjoy: the music and the characters. Music plays a very pivotal role in this movie, as has become a bit of custom for anything coming out of the studio, and I have to say that the music in this movie is every bit as good as the music from Frozen (sorry Kristen and Idina). I use this reference because the people behind some of the most memorable music in this movie are the same team from Frozen: husband wife team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The music is just as catchy to me, and I look forward to hearing more from this talented duo. And the characters in this movie are so relatable. Whether you identify with Miguel’s Abuelita, a stern (at first) guardian of the family traditions who in the end just wants what’s best for her family, his Mama Imelda, who was so shaken by the departure of her husband that she bans music in the family forever (again, to protect her family), or Miguel himself, your sure to find a character to suit your fancy in this film, and leave wanting to know more about this amazing family.

To find tickets, just go to http://movies.disney.com/coco. I promise you won’t be disappointed by this amazing movie, and honestly believe that you’ll want to take your family back again and again.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary movie tickets in exchange for writing this review. This did not influence my opinion and all thoughts are my own.

ENTER TO WIN TICKETS!! Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream

Published July 31, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to Disney on Ice in Orlando – click HERE!!

Ticket giveaway contest ends August 25, 2017.

 

A note from Krista: “I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.”

You can also buy tickets and Save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20.

Not valid on premium VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 7, 2017.

Tickets are for Disney on Ice show at Amway Arena/Orlando only. Winner will be notified by email they provide in the rafflecopter on August 25th and must email me back by August 26th 2017 at Disneyways@Disneyways.com to specify if you are able to attend either the opening night, Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. performance. Sorry, no changes can be made once I notify Feld Entertainment of your choice. Winner can pick up (4) tickets at the Amway Center Box Office starting Thursday, September 3rd 2015 during regular Box Office hours (Monday through Friday | 9am to 6pm and three (3) hours prior to any event). We recommend picking up your tickets no later than 30 minutes prior to show time. Paid parking is available in the nearby GEICO garage. Tickets provided by Disney on Ice/Feld Entertainment  – Disneyways is not responsible for delivery.

Showtimes…. (be sure to verify at https://www.disneyonice.com/ticket-info/Dare-to-Dream/110989)

About this show:

Disney’s Smash Hits Moana and Beauty and the Beast Redefine Heroism as Part of Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream
Moana, Maui and Friends from Disney’s Moana Take the Ice for the First Time; Tickets On Sale Now for Orlando Performances, September 8-10, 2017

Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney OnIce presents Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to hometowns across North America. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza featuring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella with other beloved Disney characters to help tell these extraordinary tales. Tickets are on sale today for Orlando.
Dare To Dream takes families on a high-sea adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. With the ice floor transformed into the vast oceanic scape, Disney On Ice allows Moana’s strength and determination to take center stage. This engaging atmosphere lets audiences deepen their existing connection to their favorite wayfinder and discover one’s true identity is never out of reach.
“As parents, we strive to find role models who embolden our children to choose kindness and exhibit the values we aim to impart, and this production of Disney On Ice truly embodies this goal,” said Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer of Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, Nicole Feld. “With Dare To Dream, I want to inspire the youngest members of our families with the heroic stories of their favorite Disney characters and allow them to discover the hero within themselves.”

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Speakers, Book Signings, Trivia and 25 Disney Vendors ~ Disney Event December 3, 2017

Published July 10, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Confirmed speakers so far include Ron Schneider, Tom Nabbe, William “Sully” Sullivan! Come to the Florida Disney Collector Show on December 3rd 2017 from 9am to 4pm! Just $6.00 for adults – payable at the door. Twenty five vendors, pin trading, and so much more! Check out the graphic above or visit the facebook event page for more info!

 

Dance The World

Published July 2, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Dance The World is a unique opportunity for dancers to perform in front of thousands of people from around the world at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. This event is a performance festival, not a competition, and allows families to make this ‘the’ family vacation, with the added benefit of watching their son or daughter perform in America’s Number One Destination. This international event has included fun offerings such as:

Professionally choreographed parades at Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot®
Stage Shows at Epcot® in World ShowPlace
Farewell Gala Dinner Celebration at Epcot® in World ShowPlace… plus much more!

An ALL NEW  Performance Festival is coming to Orlando, Florida. This one-of-a-kind dance festival takes place at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Competition takes place in Epcot® in one 75 – 90 minute time block, enjoy the parks the rest of the day! Parade/ Rehearsal and Master Classes only take a couple hours each day, allowing plenty of time to explore all 43 square miles of the Walt Disney World® Resort! The Event concludes with a spectacular Gala Dinner/Dance & Awards Celebration in Epcot® at World ShowPlace! Here’s a link to details and more for 2018 offerings.
LIKE them on facebook HERE.

 

If you are part of a dance team or school – Click this link to be taken to a form you can fill out for more information on this event! 

Happily Ever After Fireworks from Top of the World Lounge on the roof of Bay Lake Tower

Published June 26, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Happily Ever After Fireworks from Top of the World Lounge on the roof of Bay Lake Tower! If you are a member of the Disney Vacation Club (or just the guest of a member) YOU can go enjoy this view like we did. Head upstairs to the Top of The World Lounge about 2 hours before the fireworks so you can get a great seat in the lounge and enjoy items from the menu. When you get up to go watch the show – have your server place the card on your table that states that you will be returning. We filmed this on Sunday June 25th 2017. Thanks for watching and sharing!

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