Disney Sisters: March 2015

Egg Hunt at Disneyland, California Adventure, and Epcot

It's Springtime at the Disneyland Resort and it couldn't be more beautiful with all of the flowers blooming and the gorgeous So Cal weather. Spring Break is here for our kids and we always have to visit the Happiest Place on Earth to make our Easter Vacation complete! During our childhood, we remember going on Easter Egg Hunts at Disneyland (do you) so we are happy to see them bringing back a variation to Disney Parks the past few years that is part hide, part seek, part prize, and all magic. 

The Disney Egg-stravaganza has returned to Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and Epcot! From March 27 – April 5, 2015, you’ll be able to search for special hidden eggs at three of your favorite Disney theme parks. (Two at DLR and one at WDW.)

Have fun on your magical egg hunt throughout the Disney Park of your choice. Each egg is themed to a different Disney character and hidden really well. Look up, down, and all around to find them, they are a little bigger than the size of a football. Once you find each egg, place the corresponding sticker on the map to represent each location. There are 3 different map choices (one for each park) and several different plastic egg prizes that you can win at the end. Only one prize per purchase. (You may play/pay multiple times and get multiple egg prizes.)

The good news, you can receive your egg surprise whether you choose to hunt for the eggs or not. So don't even worry if you can't find all of the hidden eggs, we didn't! Or if you don't have time to look at all, that's okay too.

Finally return your map to one of these locations depending on which park you are egg-hunting at - Disney Showcase in Disneyland park, at Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park; and at the Port of Entry in Epcot. The surprise, similar to the objects of the hunt, is received after taking part in what Disney calls an “egg-scramble.” Our kids loved trying to guess which egg was under which! It's all part of the magic and we had a great time doing it on our last visit.

You can purchase the Maps including stickers for $4.95 (plus tax.) There are no discounts and they will only be sold until they run out. Redemption valid through April 30, 2015 or until supplies last.

Here's where you can buy the maps inside each park:

Disney Showcase, Disneyana, Fairy Tale Treasures, Stromboli's, Little Green Men Store Command, Pioneer Mercantile, and Pieces of Eight.

Disney California Adventure:
Oswald's, Elias & Co., Disney Jr. Kiosk, Treasures in Paradise, and Radiator Springs Curios.

Epcot (WDW):
Heritage Manor Gifts (American Adventure Pavilion), Pin Central, Plaza Towers (Port of Entry) and World Traveler (International Gateway).

Here's a list of what areas to look for the 12 hidden eggs at Disneyland:

1. Emporium (Outside)

2. Emporium (Inside)

3. Haunted Mansion

4. New Orlean's Square Fountain

5. Frontierland (Entrance)

6. Adventureland (Bizarre)

7. Fantasy Faire

8. Stromboli's Wagon

9. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

10. Pixie Hollow

11. Snow White Grotto

12. Astro Orbitors

The only one we've done so far is at Disneyland Park. It's harder than you think. Confession: we haven't even find all of the eggs so far. Especially the one at the Astro Orbitors location. OMG you guys, we have NO CLUE where that thing is hiding! Did you find it? Hopefully we will find the rest on our next few trips to Disneyland Resort, and also do the hunt at Disney California Adventure too!

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Review

We were so excited to get the opportunity to see a screening of the new digitally released Disney movie Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. We have followed the new Tinker Bell series since the beginning and love all the magic and adventure of the fairies of Pixie Hollow. The movies have been such a clever way to reveal a creative character study and captivating backstory of Tinker Bell, the beloved character that Disney introduced in 1953 in their movie Peter Pan (an adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story). If you haven’t yet discovered the Tinker Bell movies, you really should. They are darling movies that take place in Pixie Hollow and begin at the very start, answering the when/how/why Tinker Bell became a Tinker (adorable). Pixie Hollow is full of wonderful things including delightful cast of Pixies. Note: the voices behind these characters represent quite a list of A-List female celebrities, including Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell who hosted the screening of the movie we went to on the Disney lot. It was really neat!

The most recent release, the seventh of the series, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, focuses on Fawn, the animal fairy (Ginnifer Goodwin) and the NeverBeast, the mysterious creature that myths are made of) and how they forge a special friendship based on faith, trust, patience and fierce love.

We were definitely not expecting a movie based on fairies and mythical creatures to keep us on the edge of our seat but we were drawn in during the first action packed scene and the intensity only built from there. Beautiful animation, humor, compassion, kindness and the many endearing characters carried the movie as we (and everyone in the theater) we’re entranced by Gruff (Fawn’s name for the NeverBeast) but there were highs and lows and twists and turns that were, in a word, intense! There were moments that potentially very scary for young children (the NeverBeast is misunderstood, for good reason) but in the end, the Gruff’s true intentions revealed and Fawn discovers that her intuition about him was right all along and that they’re friendship was real. Thankfully, all ends well for all the fairies and Pixie Hollow is safe. As for the end of the movie…

[Please note: if you don’t want any kind of hints as to how the movie ends don’t read on]

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast takes a very sweet yet very sad turn. The way the movie ends is BEAUTIFUL; truly touching and almost unbearably tender. In other words, take your tissue. The difficult yet universal themes of love and loss are handled in such a thoughtful way, none the less, we cried in the theater, on the walk to the car and on the drive home. Heartfelt, authentic and tender Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast left us feeling very deeply about the themes of friendship, love, trust, true connection and loss. It was a wonderful movie and it’s available on DVD now.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the movie. 
Let us know what you think of it. Did you cry as much as we did?

Disclosure: We were invited to the movie screening as a member of the media. No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only.

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