Sunday, January 25, 2015

Disney Parks Flip Side Sweepstakes #DisneySide

Enter the Disney Flip Side Sweepstakes and you could win a Walt Disney World vacation including a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite.

We just entered at and thought you might want to as well!


Disney Parks are awarding a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite, plus a 5-day, 4-night vacation to Walt Disney World Resort every single day in January. There's still time for you to win, contest goes until January 31, 2015!

Click HERE to Enter. 
Click HERE for Official Rules.

Enter daily for a chance to win! We sure are! Good Luck!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Gary Buchanan: The Ultimate Disney Cast Member #DisneySMMoms

"It doesn't matter where you take things from, 
it matters where you take them to." - Jean Luc Godard 
(one of Gary Buchanan's favorite quote)

If you've ever been to any of the Disney Parks, you've probably been touched by a Cast Member. A Cast Member is what employees who work at Disney are called. They add the pixie dust to your Disney vacations. The people who work hard everyday to make sure that your experience at Disney is the very best it can be. They are always smiling, engaging with you (or your children), and usually asking if they can be of help in any way.

We have had an exceptional experience with an incredible Cast Member in particular. We met Gary Buchanan, Disney Parks Social Media Managing Editor, a few years ago in Florida at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. He was leading a conference breakout session called "Fire and Ice" about the Disney Parks Blog with the Disney Parks Social Media Director, Thomas Smith. Over the past few years, he has wowed us with his creativity and made us laugh with his cute and quirky videos. He's super smart, unique, and not afraid to take risks. He has been an inspiration and a mentor to hundreds of Disney employees, Disney Moms Panel members, and Disney Social Media Moms. Everyone who meets him feels happier, and when he leaves you are left feeling that you just met someone really special - Gary is the real deal!

This week, we learned that his time at Disney is coming to an end which makes us very sad. We will miss learning from him and just being in his presence at various Disney events. Gary made our Disney experience as a whole even more magical and we truly appreciate him! We gathered a few of our favorite "Gary" quotes about creativity and paired them up with photos from some of our favorite moments of him!

Good luck on your new adventure Gary! You are a character all your own. We look forward to seeing the magic you create in your next role. Thanks for the memories!

Some Thoughts on Creativity from Gary:
"Date an idea, don't marry it."

"Creativity is coloring outside of the lines."

"Have fun and play with no rules."

"Through play you go from Ha-ha moment to Ah-ha moment."

"You can build on an idea that's been done before and you make it your own."

"Keep your foot on the gas pedal!"

(Gary's favorite Disney quote:)
"If you are coasting, it means your are going downhill" - Walt Disney

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Show Your #DisneySide in 2015: Have a Disney Side Party!

It's 2015 folks, a brand new year! It's time to show our Disney Side in a whole new way. Are you with us? In the next month or so we will be planning another magical #DisneySide Party. We will be hosting this party sometime in February and we can't wait. Who remembers last year when we had the Multi-Generational Disney-Side Tea Party for our Mom's Birthday? It was a great way to get all three generations to show their #DisneySide. From ages 1-100 you're never too young or too old for Disney. Make sure to follow along with the magic on @DisneySisters across all of our Social Media channels and by searching the hashtag #DisneySide.

We all have a Disney Side. If you are reading this blog, we know YOU have a rockin' Disney Side! It's the side of you that plays more, and has more fun. It's that geeky Star Wars side or that dazzling Princess side or even that spooky Disney Villain side. It's the side that likes to go to Disney Parks with your friends or family, it's putting on those mouse ears and not being afraid to be yourself! Maybe you like to decorate your hair, makeup, or nails like you favorite Disney character. Maybe you like to help people and flex your Superhero muscle or you have a big imagination that takes you on wild adventures. It's the feeling you get each time you walk down Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland. All of these things that get you excited and make that happy childlike feeling in your heart come alive... 
That's your DISNEY SIDE!

Will you be showing off your Disney Side this year? Whether you're visiting the parks or having a Disney Side Celebration, it's all about having fun, being together, and making memories that will last a lifetime! You can get lots more ideas from recipes to games, and activities by check out the official website of Disney Side Celebrations.

If you'd like to have a Disney Side Party of your own (and who wouldn't) here are a few handy tips:

For even more inspiration from other people who have hosted their own celebrations, check out our Disney Side Party Link Up.

Disclosure: We will receive a party kit from Disney to help host our Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Club Penguin Helps Millions of Kids Give Back 'Coins For Change'

Want to hear a heartwarming story about kids helping other kids in the ultimate gamer give-back? Yeah, we thought you might. The holiday season has come and gone but not without a really important contribution made by Club Penguin players like your kids (and maybe even you!) We were so super excited to hear that real world change happened this past month, to the tune of One Million Dollars USD all thanks to Disney and Club Penguin!

How did it work? 
Club Penguin hosted a Coins for Change drive this December, where kids were encouraged to donate the virtual coins that they earned playing games on the site. Players from 193 countries participated in Coins for Change this year, donating more than 21 billion virtual coins! So while these millions of players were gaming and having fun, they were also doing good and making a difference at the same time. High fives all around!

How much of a difference did they actually make? 
A huge difference! Club Penguin will be providing funds to build schools, playgrounds and libraries, and to protect endangered animals and their habitats. Funding the following projects because everyone deserves a safe place to play, learn, and grow:

1. Schools (Ethiopia, Nicaragua, China):
Through partnerships with organizations such as Free The Children and imagine1day , Club Penguin funds the construction of schools and classrooms, helping children get an education.

2. Libraries and Reading Spaces (Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India):
Club Penguin works with Free The Children and Partners in the Horn of Africa to provide books, training and information. These libraries supplement the basic education program by encouraging kids to read and learn on their own.

3. Playgrounds (U.S., UK, Haiti, Afghanistan, Argentina):
With KaBOOM!, Club Penguin is building playgrounds and supplying Imagination playgrounds around the world. With Playground Builders, Club Penguin constructs playgrounds for children affected by war. These efforts provide jobs and bring money into local economies.

4. Animal Homes for more than ten different species (Argentina, India, Nepal, Russia, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe):
With organizations such as the Global Penguin Society, Wildlife Conservation Network and Rare, Club Penguin directly supports the protection and conservation of over ten animal species. Our partners use science management, field research and community education to help promote and protect endangered animals.

Through programs like Coins for Change, Club Penguin has contributed more than $12 million USD since 2007 to projects around the world, further raising social consciousness, inspiring and activating the 200 million players who take part in the online community.

Way to go Club Penguin Players! You Nailed It!

(Images used with permission from Disney/Club Penguin.)

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Picture Perfect #Disneyside Holiday Gift

It’s not too late to make it a picture perfect handmade holiday gift that really shows off your #Disneyside! Shutter Sisters & Camera Men have created their annual downloadable DIY photo calendar template to use with your own photos. 

We can’t help but think that this calendar is a divine way to showcase and share your favorite Disney photographs throughout 2015!'s free!

Here’s the simple step-by step:

1. Visit Our Collective's calendar post and click the download button to download the zipped files to your computer.

2. Extract the files from the zipped folder and open them in Photoshop (we use Photo Shop Elements). 

3. Choose 13 of your favorite Disney themed photos (12 months plus a cover shot) for the calendar pages. We know, it's not easy to pick only 13!

4. One-by-one create each month of your calendar. Instructions are included with the download! From #DisneyHolidays to #HalloweenTime to a runDisney race. You can include all of your favorite memories from the past year.

5. Print, trim and assemble. We use card stock that's made for printing photos. HP Brochure and Flyer Paper in Matte finish is our favorite. You can find it at Staples.

6. Make your calendar a table top version (using a CD jewel case - below) or a wall version using your choice/style of paper clips.

7. Wrap and give with love. (Be sure to make one for yourself too, because... tis the season!)

Wishing you and your loved ones a Magical Holiday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Disney Gift Guide: Video Game Edition @DisneyGames

Disney Gift Guide: Video Game Edition

Tis the season for gaming! If you have any gamers on your list, you don't want to miss our picks for the Top 7 Disney Video Games this year! We're pretty sure that you've seen these titles on some Christmas/Hanukkah lists in your house. From Disney Fantasia to Disney Infinity 2.0, whether you prefer the Xbox, Play Station or Nintendo 3DS - there's plenty of fun gaming to be had with these top 7 Disney picks! Because it's all fun and games people...

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Kinect, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
A breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney's classic animated film "Fantasia." In the game, players enter the magical realms of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid, to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice. "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved" takes players on an interactive and immersive motion-controlled journey through worlds of music and magic.

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary hits, classic rock, classical music, and more – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways. Players will be introduced to Yen Sid’s previous apprentice, Scout, via the game’s narrative, who will guide the player as they perform, transform and create music to restore order to the world.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 Edition (PS3 / PS4 / WiiU / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PC)

Disney Infinity just got super powered! Conquer a game universe where you have endless opportunities to create stories and action adventures featuring all-new Super Heroes, characters and powers! Join Earth's mightiest heroes to stop Loki and his army of Frost Giants before they freeze Manhattan - and the world!

Disney Magical World (Nintendo 3DS)
A new life awaits you in the magical world of Disney! Meet and interact with over 60 of your favorite Disney characters while exploring the worlds of Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Aladdin, and Winnie the Pooh. When you can manage your own cafe filled with Disney magic and set off on ghost-hunting quests, your life becomes the adventure.

Go customization crazy! Build new furniture to decorate your cafe with, and your own personal room above it. Put together hundreds of Disney-themed outfits with collectable clothes and accessories for your avatar. You can even plant and harvest crops, learn new greetings, and collect Disney character cards. Or, collect magic wands and battle through ghost-filled forests and dungeons. In other words, with Disney Magical World game the magic never has to end!

Frozen: Olaf's Quest (Nintendo 3DS)

Everyday is a snow day with this side scrolling adventure game and stars Olaf, the carefree snowman, in all new story. Following the events of the film this original adventure throws the focus to Olaf, the happy-go-lucky snowman, as he tries to hold himself together through all the perilous situations he stumbles into. An Icy (and Dicey) Adventure - Players must guide Olaf across 60 imaginative levels inspired by the mythical kingdom of Arendelle, navigating stimulating but accessible challenges, icy hazards and encountering mischievous natives while discovering hidden collectibles and unlockable accessories along the way.

Disney Planes Fire and Rescue (Wii / WiiU / Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DS)

Earn your wings in all 12 Fire & Rescue story missions. Practice your skills in 30 training academy missions. Show off your teamwork with Dusty and his friends ? use different character's abilities to help battle wildfires. Switch between 8 different playable characters from the film, including Dusty, Dipper, Avalanche, and many more.

Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay (Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DS)

The Big Hero 6 team is targeted a dangerous gangster named Yama and his legion of out of control fighting robots! Fight alongside Baymax and send robot's flying across the screen as Hiro with his electro-mag gauntlets! Zoom through levels at top speed as Go Go! Slice and dice as Wasabi with his plasma blades! Smash and burn as Fred in his Kaiju monster super suit!

Just Dance 2015 (Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4)

We know this isn't a Disney video game, but it features some Disney songs like the classic, "Let It Go" from Frozen, so we wanted to include it. Just Dance 2015 is the latest, most awesome-filled version of the world's #1 dance game! Bringing new moves and game modes to over 40 top tracks, Just Dance 2015 features hit songs like "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen, "Maps" by Maroon 5, "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj plus other favorites like "Walk This Way" by Run DMC & Aerosmith."

What Disney video games are your kids asking for this holiday? Which ones are you planning on buying? Better yet, which Disney games do you want to play yourself?


Disclosure: We were not compensated for this post We were sent Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved for review purposes. The opinions shared on this blog are 100% magical and 100% ours only.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Signing Event in Hollywood

Meet the Director and Co-Writer of Guardians of the Galaxy 
Friday, December 12th at Amoeba Music in Hollywood!

Director and Co-Writer James Gunn (SuperSlither and The Specials)

In celebration of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuting on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand December 9th, there will be a signing event for the first 200 people to purchase it at Amoeba Hollywood on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray or DVD beginning December 9th. 

Amoeba Music 
6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 245-6400

Friday, December 12th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Guardians of the Galaxy arrived this week (12/9) on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray and On-Demand! Enjoy the bloopers clip below.


From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Frozen Fever Short to Open in Theaters in 2015 in Front of Cinderella #FrozenFever


For those who are itching to see another chapter in the "Frozen" saga, you don't have to wait long. It's not Frozen 2, but it is a new short called, "Frozen Fever" just announced by Disney. YAY!

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new short “Frozen Fever,” which welcomes Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf back to the big screen, in front of Disney’s “Cinderella,” a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, will open in theaters on March 13, 2015.

In “Frozen Fever,” it's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and produced by Peter Del Vecho and Aimee Scribner, with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen Fever” marks the first project reuniting the Oscar®-winning original team from Disney’s “Frozen.”

We can't wait to catch Frozen Fever! 
How about you?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Haunted Mansion Holiday: 14 Fun Facts You May Not Know

Haunted Mansion Holiday:
14 Frightfully Fun and Festive Facts to Share with Your Friends

It's hard to believe that this is the 14th year of Haunted Mansion Holiday, where Jack Skellington has visited the 999 Happy Haunts who dwell in the Haunted Mansion. Disney Parks Imagineers have perfected the festive blend of 'Scary' and 'Merry' transforming this beloved Disneyland attraction. Each year, Jack dresses up as “Sandy Claws” as he and his ghost dog Zero bring ghoulish delights from Halloween Town to visit Disneyland Park. You don't want to miss out on this unique holiday treat sure to delight your family and park goers of all ages.

1. Holiday Makeover – This frightfully awesome attraction has the longest holiday makeover of all. It doesn't go down once Halloween is over, since the theme is "A Nightmare Before Christmas" it stays up for the entire holiday season, this year until January 6, 2015. That is something to scream about!

2. Deck the Halls – Each season, thousands of feet of “Black Gnarly” garland is draped and hung inside and outside Haunted Mansion Holiday. Jack’s faithful dog Zero gathered more than 200 bones to use as décor, garland and presents. Now that's a good example of man's best friend!

3. The Eerie Exterior – More than 400 flickering candles create a ghostly glow on the façade of the Haunted Mansion. Each night, more than 100 jack-o-lanterns shine their ghoulish light.

4. Home Creepy Home - Creepy cobwebs are artistically kept (not swept!) year-round to make Jack Skellington and the 999 Happy Haunts feel right at home. We can't figure out if this is more strange or just pure genius. No dusting required!

5. “Come Out to Socialize” - More than two dozen additional animated figures “materialize” inside the mansion whenever Jack brings his Haunted Mansion Holiday around. From man-eating wreaths to vampire teddy bears, they wait all year to join in the holiday spirit.

6. The Haunted Elevator – Jack Skellington and his ghost dog Zero appear in a fully animated sequence on the ceiling of the “stretching” room, which transports guests into the depths of the mansion.

7. The Portrait Gallery – Ghost dog Zero makes a surprise appearance among the spooky, transforming portraits in the gallery corridor. Look quickly down the hallway or you may just miss him.

8. The Graveyard – The graveyard inside Haunted Mansion Holiday is covered with nearly 7,500 square feet of snow. More than 20 gallons of UV (ultra-violet) paint is used to enhance the snow’s eerie glow. Nearly 1,000 tiny, orange lights decorate the trees.

9. Graveyard Ice Angels – The iconic Graveyard Ice Angels are designed with a jagged, ice-carved look. Their ethereal wings and snow-glow colors shine with a more ghoulish luster than ever this year.

10. Seasonal Séance Room - Madame Leota’s “13 Days of Christmas” are featured in 13 spinning fortune cards that tell of the Christmas gifts which, as she proclaims, “My ghoul love gave to me…”
Kim Irvine, daughter of the original Madame Leota – For this seasonal attraction, Imagineer Kim Irvine gives a spirited performance as the Haunted Mansion’s favorite psychic, floating inside the Haunted Mansion’s Crystal Ball in the Séance Room. Her mother Leota Toombs, Disney Legend and long-time Imagineer, first gave life to the floating head.

11. Supernatural Sweets – Every year, a new ghoulish concept for the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house is created for the celebration scene in the mansion’s Grand Hall. This strange and wonderful treat is almost always “supernatural.”

12. Haunting Gingerbread Smells - The haunting scent of tasty gingerbread wafts throughout the Grand Hall, tempting Happy Haunts and guests alike. If you've ever smelled it, you know exactly what we are talking about. It delights the senses and makes you want to eat a gingerbread cookie!

13. Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House - One of Jack’s holiday traditions is leaving a special treat for the ghosts who dance around the Haunted Mansion’s Grand Hall. The annual centerpiece for this “waltz of the weird” is always a huge, creepy gingerbread creation. Jack delivers new and thrilling surprises every year. A team of five pastry chefs created this year’s Gingerbread Mansion. Three of them have been part of the Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House team since the annual holiday transformation began 13 years ago. The Ghost Host of Haunted Mansion Holiday always says, “even a gingerbread house can be scary,” and this year’s design definitely lives up to the “scary” definition. Of course, the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house adds a little whimsy with a hapless gingerbread zombie trapped inside – and those frightening spikes are very sharp, red-and-white candy canes. The gingerbread house also will feature opening and closing doors and special lights.

14. ‘Hurry Back!’ – New for 2014, a more “animated” Sally bids farewell to “Sandy Claws” Jack Skellington as he, and Haunted Mansion Holiday guests, depart from the Mansion. While you ride on the last escalator as you are exiting the ride, make sure to listen for Sally and watch Zero leading the reindeer and sleigh. Your family will definitely want to "Hurry Back" to ride this beloved holiday attraction!

For more attractions you don't want to miss at during the #DisneyHolidays, check out:

Top 2 images taken by the Disney Sisters, the bottom 3 images Courtesy of Disney.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cinderella Official Trailer and Movie Poster Reveals First Look


One of Disney's most popular Princesses whose life is the ultimate fairy tale comes to life next Spring in Cinderella. So grab your glass slippers and leave your evil step mother at home. Remember, if you keep on believing the dreams that you wish will come true.

CINDERELLA opens in theaters March 13, 2015.
A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

The movie poster above, featuring Lily James as Cinderella, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for the film’s campaign. Additional photos by Annie Leibovitz featuring the cast from the film can be seen in the costume feature of Vogue magazine’s December issue, on stands now. 

From Walt Disney Studios:
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”) 
Starring Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), 
Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”)
Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”) 

Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”),
Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I”),

David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”)
Executive produced by Tim Lewis (“Goldeneye”). 
Screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”).

“Cinderella” will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 13, 2015. What do you think about Cinderella? Are you excited to see it? We sure are!

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Photos courtesy of Disney Studios
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