FREE Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue Activities Plus Film Review!


Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue

My 6 year old son and I enjoyed a pre-screening of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, the all-new film preceding Disney Planes. I was a little apprehensive about the film prior to viewing it, as I knew it had only been one short year since the original Planes had been released. I didn’t think one one year would be sufficient enough time for the production to be as good as the original, but I was wrong. We actually enjoyed Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue even more than the original Planes!
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Disney Channel Casting Call 2014 ~ Break A Leg!


Disney Channel Casting Call!


Come one, come all to the Disney Channel casting call! Do your kids dream of being on TV? Do they act out parts of scenes from their favorite Disney Channel shows? If so, they may be just what Disney Channel is looking for!

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~ Looking For Young Talent! ~


Disney Channel representatives are holding an open casting call for YOUNG talent, age 10-17, for consideration for upcoming movies and television shows with Disney Channel and Disney XD on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Loews Hollywood Hotel (LOCATION INFO), in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California.

~ Lights! Camera! Action!!! ~


There’s NO FEE to participate! Applicant registration is from 9am-1pm PST. Those interested in auditioning must bring a photo of themselves; even a snapshot is ok! Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

~ Break A Leg! ~


If your kids are outgoing, and want to be on TV, this could be a great opportunity for them to try out. Further details are within the image below. As they say in theatre talk, “break a leg”!
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Free Disney Maleficent Movie Printables Plus Film Review!


Disney Maleficent Movie Printables Plus Film Review


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Powerful and dark, yet surprisingly witty and heartwarming at times, Disney’s new movie Maleficent struck me by surprise. I went into my pre-screening thinking it would be a film enjoyed more by some of my readers than myself, but I was mistaken. I absolutely loved it.


Maleficent takes you on a journey into the lives of the characters prior to, during, and after, that which you know from the classic story “Sleeping Beauty“.

Angelina Jolie plays the lead role of Maleficent, and she does an AMAZING job portraying the character. She was absolutely perfect for the role. All of the acting in the film was superb, the set was incredible, and the animated features were just as top notch as you would expect from Disney.
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5 Paws Up For The Disneynature BEARS Movie!


Disneynature BEARS ~ Meet The Cubs!


Disneynature BEARS

~ Heartwarming ~


My 9 year old daughter and I were invited to attend an advance screening of the new Disneynature BEARS movie. It’s a heartwarming film about an Alaskan brown bear named Sky, and her 2 cubs, Amber and Scout, as they learn what life is like outside the realm of their Winter den. This movie has real footage of the bears in their natural habitat, and is not animated, like most associated with Disney.
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Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland
If you’re like me, planning your child’s first visit to Disneyland is so exciting! The memories you have from your own early visits to The Happiest Place On Earth flood into your mind, thinking about the moment you enter the gates, hearing the whistle of the steam train, and feel the excitement on Main Street. At least that’s how it was for me planning our daughter’s first trip to Disneyland!
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Disney FROZEN Movie Review Plus Free Printable Activity Sheets


~ Disney FROZEN Is Heartwarming ~

Disney Frozen Movie

Once upon a time, in a far away land, lived two sisters, one of whom had a special gift of “icy powers”. These special powers which brought both good and bad upon the kingdom. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s book “The Snow Queen“, Disney’s film FROZEN, will take you on an epic journey of two sisters overcoming their fears and finding true love.

Disney Frozen

Prior to seeing the film I wondered how in the world princesses, a talking snowman, and a semi-goofy looking reindeer would all mesh, but they did. Although this movie contains princesses, it’s hardly a princess movie. My entire family had the pleasure of previewing the film, even my dad and stepmom, and each of us enjoyed it thoroughly. In my honest opinion, it surpassed my expectations.

Disney Frozen

Just as you would expect from any movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios, FROZEN has an incredible soundtrack, and awesome animation. The film had us laughing, awing, and pleasantly surprised by some of the twists and turns of the plot.

Disney Frozen


FROZEN Is Full Of Warm Characters!


Although there were many memorable characters in the film, my absolute favorite was Sven, the lovable reindeer. He’s just adorable! A movie clip with he and Olaf, the snowman, is below. I kid you not, I REALLY want a plush Sven for Christmas!


FREE Fun & Educational Prinatable Downloads!


Disney has come up with some fun and educational printables, which are absolutely FREE to you! You’ll need a PDF viewer to download the sheets. Here’s a LINK to one in case you need it. Click the links below to download the PDF documents of your choosing. I particularly like the Olaf activity and mazes!
Build Olaf
Frozen Maze 1
Frozen Maze 2
Frozen Maze 3
Anna Coloring Page
Elsa Coloring Page
Kristoff Coloring Page


FROZEN Opens 11/25/13


FROZEN opens in theaters in 3D on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013. We truly enjoyed the movie, and are looking forward to adding it to our movie collection. We hope you enjoy it as well!

Disclosure: Many thanks to Walt Disney Animation Studios for the opportunity to preview FROZEN. Our opinions are our own. This site contains affiliate links.

Disney PLANES Movie Review Plus Printable Activities For Kids!


~ Take Flight With PLANES ~


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There once was an underdog named Dusty. He had sweet blue eyes, a gentle smile, and BIG dreams! Although he could talk, and had a great personality, he wasn’t what you might think. You see, Dusty was a crop hopper. Yes, an agriculture plane. The type that you might find on a farm.
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Disney • Pixar Monsters University Movie Review Plus Monstrous Summer Info!

Monsters University

Monsters University

Summertime just isn’t summertime around our house without going to the movies. Our kids have been super excited about the new Disney movie, Monsters University, so when I had the opportunity to take one of them to a prescreening, we jumped at the opportunity!

Monsters University is the prequel to the ever-popular Disney movie, Monsters, Inc. Unlike a sequel, a prequel focuses on events prior to a previous work. Monsters University takes you back in time, to when Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, AKA “Sulley”, the two main characters met in college, rather than life after Monsters, Inc. I absolutely love this creative twist!

There were many parts of the movie that took me by surprise. I expected Mike and Sulley to be buddy buddy from the moment they met, but that was not the case. I also liked that it had many subtle lessons such as telling the truth, that we may all be different, but that we’re all special in our own way, and the importance of teamwork. I really loved each of the principals covered!

So many times movies based on a prior work do not meet viewer expectations. This was neither mine, nor my daughter’s experience with Monsters University. We both loved it MORE than Monsters Inc.!

Monsters University has incredible graphics, great characters, and a wonderful music score, just as you would expect with any Disney • Pixar film. The movie is rated G, and is shown in 3D. I personally loved the film being in 3D, but could see how a young child, perhaps under the age of 3 or 4, may not be as accepting to wear the 3D glasses.

Disney is holding a Monstrous Summer Celebration, including fun online games and a Sweepstakes, with the chance to win a vacation for 4 at the Disney Park of your choice! Details and entry at this LINK.

We really enjoyed the movie, and since I only took one child to the prescreening, we’re planning on going to see the movie with the whole family this summer. You can find more information about Monsters University, AKA “Monsters U“, at the official Disney website, HERE. Monsters University opens in theaters on June 21. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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As stated above, we were invited to a prescreening of Monsters University. We received complimentary entry to the movie. We believe many of our readers are interested in knowing more about the new film, and our opinions are own. Thank you, Walt Disney Pictures, for inviting us to preview the movie!
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Oz the Great and Powerful ~ Movie Review + Oz Inspired Activities!

OZ the Great and Powerful
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, arrived a Wizard, or so thought the people living in the land of Oz! The new Disney movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, is thrilling, and at times, literally had me jumping out of my seat.

Oz “The Great and Powerful”, Is Just That!


“Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.”

I attended a media advance screening of the film, which was viewed in 3D. This movie has a yellow brick road, but is unlike other versions of Oz. It had an amazing set, incredible cinematography, wonderful costumes, and superb music, by Danny Elfmann. The movie, as a whole, was great, but in many ways, very different than your typical Disney film. It had me laughing, surprised and enlightened some of the twists and turns that I did not foresee, and at times, truly startled.

My favorite character from the film was Finley, a charming, talking, flying, monkey. He has lovable eyes, and a good heart. I wish I could take him home!
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This was probably the first Disney movie that I’ve seen on the big-screen that did not have me in tears because of heart-felt pull-strings. This is not a bad thing, just different. Although this film is rated PG, in my opinion, it’s definitely not for the younger kids. It’s much more sinister than other Disney films. It’s not for the faint at heart. As stated above, certain scenes literally had me jumping out of my seat.

In my opinion, the suggested minimum age for viewing this film in the theatre, in 3D, would be age 10-12. If you choose to take a child younger than that, just beware that there are some very dark scenes, and intense moments, which are accentuated by the 3D. With that being said, as well as the length of the film (127 minutes), I think tweens on up are a good fit for viewing film.


World of Oz Featurette



Oz Inspired Party Ideas


I know many people have been super excited about the release of this film. For those of you planning a party to view the film with friends, this write up, by BRIT + CO., has some cute ideas that you could easily do when planning an OZ party: 15 DIY Ideas for the Ultimate Oz Party. I could see these ideas used as fun tween girl activities for an Oz inspired sleep over.


Oz Inspired Activities for the Littles


For those of you with younger kids that want get into the spirit of Oz, there are some links below to PDF’s with fun activities. You’ll need a PDF viewer to download the sheets. Here’s a LINK to one, in case you need it. (Oz the Great and Powerful activities provided by Disney.)
Oz the Great and Powerful Finley Mask
Oz the Great and Powerful Maze
Oz the Great and Powerful Memory Cards
Oz the Great and Powerful Spot the Differences Game

P.S. Oz the Great and Powerful opens in theaters on March 8, 2013.

We were invited by the Disney® Studios to attend an advanced screening of OZ the Great and Powerful. Many thanks to Walt Disney Studios Publicity for the opportunity to view the film. Our opinions are our own.

Holiday Season Safety Tips From Radio Disney and UL

christmastreeRadio Disney and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have teamed up to promote safety during this holiday season and together they’ve come up with many great ideas for families to incorporate into this special time of year. Below are some great tips they’ve shared with us, which we’d like to pass on to you for a SAFE and happy holiday season!

• Water your Christmas tree daily.
• Blow out unattended candles.
• Always make sure your holiday lights and decorations bear the UL Mark of Safety.
• Only plug in one plug per outlet.
• When online shopping, be aware of what personal information you are providing.
• Always log off a website before you close your browser.
• Stay at least 3 feet away from portable heaters.
• Keep stairways and pathways free of clutter.
• Remind your kids to dial 9-1-1 in emergencies.
• Make sure your home has a UL listed Carbon Monoxide alarm, UL listed Fire Extinguishers and a home escape plan.

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About Radio Disney
Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network’s current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Cody Simpson, Mindless Behavior and Adele. The network is available on 31 owned terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones, the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps, and the Radio Disney Facebook page.

About Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
UL is a premier global safety science company with more than 100 years of proven history. Employing nearly 10,000 professionals in 46 countries, UL is evolving the future of safety with five distinct business units – Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Verification and Knowledge Services – to meet the expanding needs of customers and the global public. For more information on UL’s family of companies and network of 95 laboratory, testing, and certification facilities, go to UL.com.