Disney Store Event for the film release of Monkey Kingdom

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

For the past few years, Earth Day has been a prominent day for Disney to celebrate the Earth, its inhabitants, and environments. Well this year is no different.

This Earth Day, Disney Stores invites guests to celebrate and protect our planet with a free reusable bag giveaway. Each guest who visits a local Disney Store on Wednesday, April 22nd, will receive a free reusable Monkey Kingdom shopping tote with any purchase (up to 200 totes, one per guest per store).

The free reusable tote features a design inspired by the new film from Walt Disney Studio's Disneynature, Monkey Kingdom, in theaters Friday April 17th.  The reusable tote is made of 80% recycled materials.

Monkey Kingdom is the sixth theatrical release from Disneynature and follows the adventures of a new mom named Maya, who is a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey. She is determined to give her newborn son a "leg up" in the world. Through

In addition to the reusable tote program, Disney Store will donate $1 to Conservation International for every Disneynature plush purchased between March 13th through May 14th, 2015. In addition to those donations, every ticket sold for opening week, Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.

Is this the first time you hear about Monkey Kingdom? Check out the trailer below!

What will you be doing to celebrate Earth Day? Will you be going to see Monkey Kingdom?

New Wonder Forge Games Perfect For This Easter & Passover Holiday

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

As the Easter and Passover holiday season quickly approaches, we think of egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and jellybeans, this is the time for families to come together and share special moments. What better way than to play some fun games together!

The wonderful people over at Wonder Forge sent me the following four games for review. I have to say, my family had a blast. These NEW games that will be available in April have gorgeous color artwork from some of the family favorites such as Frozen, Doc McStuffins, Peanuts, and Marvel. There is something for every preschooler on your list.

Here's the skinny on the new games:

Disney Frozen Matching Game On-The-Go Edition
Ages 3+

"Flip over brightly colored tiles and find beautiful pictures of sisters Anna and Elsa, plus friends Kristoff, Olaf, Sven and more. What familiar faces will you see? Pick up the most matching pairs to win!"

For some extra fun, each of us would say a line from the film whenever a character was revealed. Let's just say Oaken had everyone saying, "Yoo Hoo"!

Diseny's Doc McStuffins Mix Up Fix Up Game
Ages 3+

"Can you cure the mystery boo-boo like Doc McStuffins? Use deduction to figure out what will help Lambie, Stuffy, Chilly, and friends feel all better! Collect the most bandages to win. Put your problem solving skills to the test with this clever guessing game!"

Marvel Dominoes Game
Ages 3+

"It’s a superhero twist on classic dominoes, with daring portraits of your favorite Marvel characters to collect and connect!"

If you only have two players in a game, raise the amount of domino pieces given to each player from 5 to 10.

Peanuts Surprise Slides Game

"Time flies when you are having fun with the colorful character of PEANUTS®! Zing through Srping, race past Summer, fly through Fall, and skate across Winter! Shortcut slides zoom you ahead...or fling you backward! You'll never know when the seasons will mix and flip, filling the year with surprises. It's a different game board every time you play!"

One of the best features for each of these games is clean up. I remember growing up, most of the pieces for a board game would somehow get lost since there was no way to keep all the pieces together. Wonder Forge games have games that are easy to pack and some even have baggies to keep small game pieces from getting lost.

For more information about and where to purchase these games, visit Wonder Forge Games.

Disney Store is Celebrating 28 Magical Years

Friday, March 27, 2015

I think we can all safely say that when we need a taste of magic, we can all count on a trip to the Disney Store to grant us a mouthful. As it turns out, Disney Store will be Celebrating its 28th Anniversary on March 28th! To celebrate, there will be a special one-day savings online and in-store.*

Each store will host a special opening ceremony and if you are part of the first 28 guests to make a purchase, you will receive a free gift. Throughout the day, Cast Members will be on hand to share in engaging activities and the 28th minute of every hour, prepare for the Cast Member JAMboree. 

Here are the specs on what to expect for the celebration:

28th ANNIVERSARY – Saturday, March 28, 2015

  • Special opening ceremony**
  • 28 great gifts, one for each of the first 28 guests who make a purchase in each local store**
  • 28th minute of every hour, dance and sing during the Cast Member JAMboree
  • Additional free activities offered throughout the day
  • Special one-day savings online and in-store

  • Disney Store locations nationwide and online at DisneyStore.com

*Some exclusions apply. See Store for details.

**Contact your local store for operating hours.

To find a local Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. For more information, please visit www.disneyconsumerproducts.comGuests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Updates, become a fan on Facebook or follow Disney Store on Twitter to stay connected to your favorite destination.

All Star Music Resort

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Upon arriving to the security gate of the All Star Resorts in Walt Disney World, I felt a twinge of excitement. We (my husband, Gus, and I) have only stayed on-site once. We've always passed by the huge marquees of other resorts, but had never gotten to enjoy them...until now.

Some of you may already know, but the All Star Resorts are made up of four neighboring resorts. You have:
  • Disney's All Star Music Resort
  • Disney's All Star Sports Resort
  • Disney's All Star Movies Resort
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort
Now these four resorts make up Walt Disney World's "Value Resorts". A Value Resort is the lowest resort type Walt Disney World offers. Art of Animation is considered a "Value Plus" as its amenities and rooms allow for a more "comfortable stay".

Upon arriving to the security gate, we were kindly greeted by the security guard and allowed in. We drove up and unloaded our car. After a cast member took our luggage and stored it in luggage storage, due to the fact that we were quite early for our check in time, we walked in and were surprised. There was still Christmas decorations and music filling the space with holiday cheer. We excitedly got to the check in desk to find out our room was ready for us. As we already had our magic bands with us, we took our car, parked, and walked up to our room. As we got our first view of the resort, our immediate attention went to the huge guitar-shaped pool. In the middle were some of our favorite characters: Donald Duck,  José Carioca, and Panchito from the animated short film, The Three Caballeros.

The Value Resorts are known for their oversized, larger than life decor outside and their over the top theming inside. There are five different musically themed sections that one can stay at at the All Star Music Resort:
  • Calypso - Tropical styled music fills the air as bright bold colors pop out at you. Bongos and xylophones are the oversized icons you'll find. This area is considered the "Preferred" area being the closest to All Star Music's Main Hub. 
  • Jazz Inn - Reminders of New Orleans and smooth jazz music fills the air. A small rose garden in the middle gives a small hideaway for those who want to disconnect. 
  • Rock Inn - There was definitely a cool vibe in the air. Guitars and Amps will be the oversized icons for this area.
  • Country Fair - This area will definitely remind anyone of country style music. Huge western boots will surely remind you where you are.
  • Broadway Hotel - The Big White Way is greatly represented here. With it's enormous show marquees, how couldn't you be mistaken that you weren't in New York?! ( My only critique is that they still need to add in the Aladdin Marquee...I'm just sayin...)
We stayed in a Calypso building, with a view looking out to the pool. Our room had a King size bed, small fridge, microwave, and flat screen television. The bathroom was wheelchair accessible, so it didn't have a tub...but it made for a ton of space to shower (which had a removable shower head).

This bed was really comfy.

Overall, for its value, we had a great time at the resort. For more images from the resort, check out the photos below.

Have you stayed at the All Star Music Resort? How was your experience?

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