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Saturday, June 20, 2015

13 Fun Things To Do with Dad at Disneyland

Give your Dad the most magical Father's Day yet, by taking him to the Happiest Place on Earth. Typically, when Dads head to the Disneyland Resort they most likely don't get to do their favorite things very often, (or ever.) They are busy making sure that the rest of the family is having a great time! On your next trip, why not surprise him with a list that is filled with all of HIS favorite things to do at Disneyland? He will never be expecting that! A day all for for Dad at Disneyland, the perfect way to thank him for everything he does for you all year.


If the Dads in your life are like our Dad and our husbands, then they probably have a lot of things in common. They want an adventure, a cold drink, no lines, good eats, and exciting rides! Well, we can't do anything about the crowds, but we can help you out with this Father's Day Guide to Disneyland. Dads like thrill rides! Dads like outer space! Dads like cars! Dads like BBQ! Dads like Star Wars! Dads like sweet snacks! So we made this list sure to make your Dad's eyes light up like a kid again on your visit to Disneyland celebrating the most important man in your life.


1. Magic Shop on Main Street
This special store on Main Street U.S.A. will bring back fond memories of childhood. He may even want a souvenir. Say Abracadabra!

2. Star Tours - The Adventure Continues
Take your Dad to a galaxy far, far away. He'll be proud to say, "I Am Your Father."

3. Space Mountain
Show your Dad he's out of this world with a ride on this speeding rocket!

4. Autopia
Let Dad ride shotgun while the kids drive him around on Autopia.

5. Big Thunder Ranch BBQ
Grab a bite with Dad at this classic hoedown all-you-can-eat BBQ spot.

6. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Take Dad on the "Wildest ride in the wilderness!" Make sure to hang on to yer hats!

7. Frontierland Shootin' Exposition
This is a rite of passage for Dads and their cowboys and cowgirls. Put in a quarter & aim for the targets.

8. Indiana Jones
Danger awaits you and your dad while you hop into a jeep and head straight for adventure.

9. Matterhorn Bobsleds
Don't worry, Dad will protect you from the new scarier Yeti on this high-speed run down the Mountain.

10. Funnel Cake
Time for dessert! This snack is sure to please any Dad and give him the energy to get through the Park.

11. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Challenge your Dad to a blast-off where you're sure to travel to Infinity and Beyond! See who can get the highscore, and defeat the 'Evil Emperor Zurg.'

12. Fantasmic!
End your night arm in arm with Dad while you watch Mickey become the hero in this spectacular nighttime show!

13. Starbucks
Make sure that Dad gets a little caffeine for the long drive home. Hit up the Starbucks on the way out.

Happy Father's Day from
DISNEY SISTERS!


All photos belong to us, except the Indiana Jones image, which is courtesy of Disneyland Resort. Note to self, take a picture of the Indiana Jones ride next time we're at Disneyland. Thanks for reading our blog!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Inside Out Books: Get To Know the Emotions

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Get ready to go on an emotional roller coaster with these
Disney Pixar Inside Out Books 
your family will love!
There's nothing that makes me feel more joy than when my young reader has found a book she likes! Reading has not come naturally or even easy for my 7 year old. We've had struggles in Kindergarten and still have to work on building her literacy skills, even now at the end of first grade. So helping her build confidence with books that are age appropriate and at her level is key. Equally important is finding books that excite her by evoking emotions. Bottom line: if it doesn't interest her, she's not going to want to read it. The books she tends to choose are funny. She is always entertained by a book that makes her laugh! 

Disney Pixar Inside Out Books

We're excited to partner with Disney Worldwide Publishing to bring you all of these recently released books inspired by the Pixar movie Inside Out. Driven by Emotions, Sadly Ever After?, Box of Mixed Emotions, and Inside Out Read Along Storybook and CD are quickly becoming the go-to bedtime stories in our home. These books range in all the emotions and feature the loveable characters from Disney Pixar's INSIDE OUT, coming to theaters June 19, 2015.


Driven by Emotions
(Ages 9-12 / Hardcover / 240 pages)
"Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what is going on inside their head?"
This unique hardcover chapter book reveals unseen stories from Inside Out. Five different stories, all told from the mind. This book has 240 pages with each chapter offers a different retelling of the film from one of Riley’s Emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.
Driven By Emotions Inside Out

Inside Out Box of Mixed Emotions
(Ages 3-5 / Board Books / 120 pages)
Dive inside Riley’s mind and get to know the Emotions that know her best with this unique format. With five fun storybooks, each devoted to a different Emotion, as well as a die-cut slipcase, fans of Pixar’s upcoming film, Inside Out, will treasure this special collection of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.
Box of Mixed Emotions Inside Out

Sadly Ever After?
(Ages 6-8 / Hardcover / 40 pages)
Featuring an original story from the world of Pixar’s Inside Out, this jacketed picture book will appeal to every fan of this remarkable film. Inside cover of the book: Sadness is always obsessing over the weight of life's problems. She is Sadness, after all. But her fellow emotions in Headquarters are determined to get Sadness to feel something - anything - other than sad! After recalling some of Riley's best memories, will Sadness finally have her happy ending?
Sadly Ever After Inside Out

Inside Out Read Along Story and CD
(Ages 6-8 / Hardcover / 32 pages)
Jump inside Riley’s mind and get to know the Emotions who know her best: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Relive all of the adventure from the Disney*Pixar film, Inside Out, with this storybook-and-CD-set. The CD includes word-for-word narration, thrilling sound effects, and original character voices from the movie! You can read along with your book which is great for children still learning to read.
Inside Out Book and CD

You can purchase these books at
DisneyStore.com
Amazon.com
BarnesandNoble.com
or just by clicking on the affiliate links below.

        

Disclosure: We received copies of the books listed above for review - thanks DPW. No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only. All photos belong to us, unless otherwise stated. Thanks for reading our blog!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Disney's PLAYMATION Announcement Event (VIDEOS)

DISNEY ANNOUNCES PLAYMATION – THE NEXT STEP IN THE EVOLUTION OF PLAY

Connected toys and wearable technology come together to put kids at the center of the world’s greatest stories from Disney, Marvel and Star Wars.

On June 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA - Disney Consumer Products introduced the world to PLAYMATION, and we recorded the entire presentation for you to see. Whoop! Whoop! 
Hear all about the future of play, where imagination becomes real and digital gets physical. The groundbreaking system of toys and wearables uses smart technology to inspire kids to get active and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of stories from across The Walt Disney Company.


Part 1 of the Presentation
In this video you will hear from:
Tom Staggs, COO of The Walt Disney Company
Leslie Ferraro, President of Disney Consumer Products
They introduce the concept and talk more about the inception of PLAYMATION.
They talk about partnering up with Hasbro on this project.
Announcement of the future PLAYMATION Line-Up:
Avengers coming in 2015
Star Wars coming in 2016
Frozen coming in 2017
And you will see the first official trailer of Disney's PLAYMATION.


Part 2 of the Presentation
In this video you will hear from:
Leslie Ferraro, President of Disney Consumer Products
Joe Quesda, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment
Afsoun Yazdian, Director Product Management & User Experience of Disney Consumer Products
Iron Man himself
They will discuss how PLAYMATION'S Marvel's Avengers gear works and how it all fits into the MARVEL Universe, including PLAYMATION what is included in the Starter Pack and introduce some of the action figures. They talk about the ultimate villain Ultron, Avengers laboratories, other super villains like Loki, the AvengersNet App. 
They also anoounce that you can Pre-Order July 7, 2015 for arrival October 2015.


We hope you enjoy our live coverage of PLAYMATION Announcement Event powered by Disney. Next up is Part 3 of the Presentation which will give you a close up look at the Starter Pack and all of the figures and gear from Marvel's Avengers Collection. 

For more information, visit www.playmation.com.

Connect with Playmation on social:
Twitter: @Playmation

 Disclosure: We were invited as members of the media to the Disney Playmation Event. No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only. All photos belong to us, unless otherwise stated. Thanks for reading our blog!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Playmation by Disney – The Future of Play is Here

Today in Los Angeles, CA Tom Staggs, COO of The Walt Disney Company announced Playmation – the next step in the evolution of play. It was exciting to be front and center at this monumental Disney event. Playmation is a unique system of connected toys and wearables that combine Disney storytelling and the latest technology to inspire kids to run around and play using their imaginations. Helping the digital kids of today get up and get active all while still enjoying gaming technology through these new 'power toys' created by Disney Consumer Products. Sounds like the future of play has arrived! To quote our new "pal" Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, "I wish it was around when I was a kid!" We do too Joe, but you can bet we will be playing along with our children!


Here's the full scoop straight from Disney paired with our event recap in photos.
Stay tuned to Disney Sisters for videos and even more photos.


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Today, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) introduced the world to Playmation – the next step in the evolution of play, where digital gets physical and imagination becomes real. The groundbreaking system of toys and wearables uses smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of stories from across The Walt Disney Company.

“Innovation and creativity are the driving forces behind Disney, and our goal is to inspire children to unleash the power of their imaginations through the stories we tell and the experiences we create. With Playmation, we’re taking the next step in that tradition – bringing the worlds of play, storytelling, and technology together – in a new and very exciting way,” said Leslie Ferraro, president of Disney Consumer Products.

She continued: “Playmation takes the best the digital world has to offer and uses it to create supercharged, real world play. This is play updated for today’s kids – bringing their imaginations to life as they go on active adventures alongside their favorite characters.”

Dreamed up by a team of technologists, Imagineers and storytellers from across The Walt Disney Company, Playmation is the culmination of extensive research into the world of play. A new third party study commissioned by Disney reveals that parents feel nostalgia for the way they used to play growing up and that they also have a desire to keep their kids active.  The study also found that children enjoy being active—yet at the same time, they have a growing appetite for technology-infused products.

The online study of 2,000 families across the country shows that while almost all parents believe in the power of active and creative play, they believe technology is also an important part of growing up today. In fact, 9 out of 10 parents are open to new technology that could play a role in keeping their child active.

“The study highlights a major opportunity to meet the needs of both parents and kids with a new way to play,” said Kareem Daniel, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. “Playmation uses technology to make active, physical play even more fun. It puts kids at the center of our stories in a way we’ve never been able to before.”

Playmation also marks a new chapter in Disney Consumer Products’ long-term partnership with Hasbro. DCP and Hasbro collaborated on physical product design and manufacturing of Playmation. Hasbro’s record of innovation and consumer insights make them the perfect partner to ensure that Playmation is a truly ground-breaking play experience.

“This is classic play for the millennial generation,” said Jim Silver, editor in chief and CEO of TTPM. “Playmation takes the role play category to a new level of engagement with their breakthrough interactive play. It is the entry point into a new category of toys that bring digital experiences into the real world. With Playmation, Disney Consumer Products is going to raise the bar in the world of play.”

Playmation Marvel’s Avengers is the first in a series of systems in development around Walt Disney Company franchises, and will hit shelves this October. At launch, the Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack will include five connected toys: one piece of Avenger Gear (Repulsor), two Power Activators and two Smart Figures – a Super Hero (Captain America) and a Super Villain (Iron Skull). Getting started is easy, strap the high-tech Repulsor Gear onto your arm (it fits adults, too!) and listen closely to JARVIS as he takes you through the tutorial on how to control your new Gear, inspired by Iron Man technology. Other Playmation Marvel’s Avengers connected toys that work with the Starter Pack will also be available separately for purchase at launch, with more on the way.

Also available at launch, is the AvengersNet app where you can register your Avenger Gear to see progress, explore additional locations and characters, and get access to new missions. New recruits to the Avengers can fight Marvel Super Villains including Ultron, Iron Skull, Loki, or join fellow Avengers Super Heroes like Black Widow, Falcon and more as they battle to save the Earth by running, jumping, ducking and dodging – whatever each challenge requires.
“With Playmation Marvel's Avengers, the very best of Marvel storytelling is infused into every aspect of the system to further spark imaginative, active play,” said Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer, Marvel. "Playmation offers kids a dynamic way to interact with their favorite Super Heroes." You're a Super Hero to us Joe!

Playmation Marvel’s Avengers uses familiar technologies including smart toys, wearables, wireless technology, motion sensors and more, but applies them in ways that are completely new to create an experience that’s never been possible before. The Repulsor Gear connects with the Power Activators and Smart Figures to take you on a variety of adventures through locations around the Marvel Universe, from the Avengers Lab in New York to the jungles of Wakanda. Playmation is purposely not tethered to an Internet connection so players can run around and explore each adventure from anywhere they want – a bedroom, living room or yard. With multiplayer modes, recruits can sync their Avenger Gear to tackle missions and combat arenas together, or face off in competitive play.  

The Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack will have a suggested retail price of $119.99 and will launch in October 2015 in the United States and Canada at mass and specialty retailers, select Disney Store locations and DisneyStore.com, and will be available for pre-order starting July 7.

Star Wars and Disney Frozen systems are currently in development for 2016 and 2017, respectively. Each will use a range of technologies to create a system based on the different ways that kids play and experience their favorite stories and characters from that franchise.

For more information, visit www.playmation.com.

Connect with Playmation on social:
Twitter: @Playmation

 Disclosure: We were invited as members of the media to the Disney Playmation Event. No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only. All photos belong to us, unless otherwise stated. Thanks for reading our blog!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Teen Beach 2: Coolest Beach Party Ever at Typhoon Lagoon

What if your kids could have the ultimate summer beach party with the bikers and surfers from Teen Beach 2?  Well it looks like their ship just came in because Teen Beach Movie has invaded Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer at Walt Disney World Resort

(Image via Disney Parks)

Part of Walt Disney World's Coolest Summer Ever celebration, guests can now hit the shores and experience a retro Teen Beach 2: Beach Party from May 22 to July 5, 2015. You can discover if your "Disney Side" is more 'Surfer' or 'Biker' (or both) during this 60s-style Beach Party. Activities include water ballon tossing, dancing, hula hoop spinning, relays in the sand, beach ball throwing - plus you will Twist and Shout to the grooviest dance music since the first Teen Beach Movie! Make sure to find an official Teen Beach 2 party planner at the park to get you started. COWABUNGA!

There's so much wet and wild fun to explore at Disney World's Water Parks. Your family can cool off at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park which has awesome waterslides, relaxing rivers, surf lessons, raft rides, snorkeling at Shark Reef, a water play area for kids, and a giant wave pool. Or they can cool out in winter wonderment at Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. And you thought Splash Mountain got you soaked!

(Image via Disney Channel)
Teen Beach 2 premieres Friday, June 26 at 8pm on Disney Channel.


 Disclosure: We were graciously hosted by the Walt Disney World Resort at the #CoolestSummer Ever Press Event. (Including airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, and park tickets.) No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only. These images are from Disney Channel and Disney Parks. Thanks for reading our blog!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tomorrowland: A Thrilling Journey to the Future

Imagine a place where anything is possible. 
Then imagine if all it took to get you there was with the touch of a pin. 

Welcome to Tomorrowland.


This is a movie for dreamers. This is a movie for creatives. This is a movie for those with a big imagination and even bigger ideas. The is the perfect Disney movie as it celebrates the values that were at the core of Mr. Walt Disney himself. Tomorrowland is a movie that inspires you to be innovative and ask the question, what if?

What if you could change the world?



“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein

A classic family film with the perfect blend of action, adventure, sci-fi, and mystery. It has that old nostalgic feeling of vintage Disneyland in select points of the film. Pay close attention to the 'it's a small world" scene, which is especially exciting for us Disneyland freaks! You will probably feel slightly different when you ride the classic attraction from now on. The younger actors in this film are fantastic and George Clooney has the all the charm that you'd expect from a middle aged burned out ex-dreamer who's given up on hope. LOL. But when paired together with a glass half full, think of the possibilities, teenager filled with curiosity Casey Newton, (Britt Robertson) they end up on an epic adventure to try and save the world and the future for all of mankind.

Click HERE to see another one of our favorite quotes from the film.

Even though this film is not about the Tomorrowland at Disney Parks, we wanted to share the placard at Disneyland Park that quotes Walt Disney on opening day of Disneyland almost 60 years ago. This quote fits the overall theme of the movie nicely.


TOMORROWLAND
"A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man's achievements... a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideas: the Atomic Age, the challenge of outer space, and the hope for a peaceful and united world."
- Walt Disney (July 17, 1955)

To hear more about how Disneyland is celebrating it's 60th Diamond Anniversary, be sure to follow Disney Parks Blog!


Disclosure: We attended an early screening of Tomorrowland as members of the media. SO GOOD! No other compensation was received. Opinions shared on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tomorrowland: The Tale of Two Wolves

One of our favorite quotes from the new Disney movie Tomorrowland,great movie with an inspiring message. When daughter, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) reminds her father Eddie Newton (Tim McGraw) about this old Indian Legend.

There are two wolves who are always fighting.
One is darkness and despair.
The other is light and hope.
The question is: which wolf wins?

The one you feed.




Happy Walt Wednesday.

Happy Wordless Wednesday.

Disclosure: We attended an early screening of Tomorrowland as members of the media. No other compensation was received. Opinions shared on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Amphicar at Walt Disney World: A Closer Look

It's a car. It's a boat. It's an amphibious automobile.
They call it an Amphicar!

Ahoy there! Did you know there are currently nine of these part land, part sea beauties operating right outside The Boathouse in Walt Disney World Resort? They are all a part of the newly re-imagined Downtown Disney Area which is getting a magical makeover into what eventually will be called 'Disney Springs.' (To be complete in 2016.) Walt Disney World guests can now experience these Captain-guided Amphicar tours in vintage vehicles, which are open and ready for cruisers! You and 2 of your closest friends can hop aboard on the Amphicar launch, as your car drives right into the water. Make a splash in Orlando & embark on this 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Downtown Disney! Included in your journey is a little whimsical history lesson about the Amphicar from your Captain and how they came to be. (We hear they may have a joke or two up their sleeve.) It's the perfect thing to include in your #CoolestSummer Bucket List at Walt Disney World!


About the Vintage Amphicar Tour:
The cost is $125 per car.
Vintage Amphicar Tour is a 20 minute trip.
Tours are offered hourly (weather permitting) each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Every Amphicar trip includes a skipper who is the perfect informative tour guide.
Each vehicle seats up to three guests (three adults or two adults and two small children).
You don't have to be dining at The Boathouse in order to take a tour.
They currently accept walk up reservations.


About the Amphicars:
Amphicars are rare vehicles that drive on land and float in the water!
There are currently nine of these restored Amphicars at Walt Disney World Resort.
These Amphicars were purchased from private collections worldwide. 
Only 3,878 of these unique vehicles were produced during the 1960’s (1961 to 1968). 
The Boathouse is the only place in the world where you get the opportunity to ride in these vintage vehicles.

For more information please go to TheBoathouseOrlando.com.





For more information on how to have the Coolest Summer Ever visit Walt Disney World Resort.


 Disclosure: We were graciously hosted by the Walt Disney World Resort at the #CoolestSummer Ever Press Event. (Including airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, and park tickets.) No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only. All photos belong to us unless otherwise stated. Thanks for reading our blog!
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