Roll Call: Vanessa!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
I'm Nesa, just your friendly neighborhood Disney enthusiast (something we have in common I’m sure). Now, I’m also sure we’re eventually going to get to know each other very well, but I figured to break the ice, I'll tell the story of my very first Disney memory.

I was about 5 and it was our last day at Magic Kingdom so the goal was to get as many autographs as possible. My grandma and I had just made our way back from a Chip and Dale meet-n-greet, and she was insistent that we take a break. I impatiently obliged but immediately started looking for my mamma because -Who was going to take me to hug Pinocchio?!

 Making the executive decision to find her instead of waiting,  I wandered off and got lost. . . I'm not sure how long it was before I found refuge by crying in a squish-free corner. After what felt like an eternity, I felt a tap on my shoulder, so I look up and a Fantasyland Cast Member was there to wipe away my tears. He grabbed my hand and told me he was taking me to the place where all “lost parents” go to be found.
(For those who don’t know: MK Baby Care Center between Casey’s and Crystal Palace.) Along the way we made pit stops at Sleepy Hollow (for ice cream) and the Christmas Tree Shoppe (for a Little Mermaid back pack and tea set to keep me entertained). It delights me to know how unbeknownst to me at the time, my first proper interaction with a Disney Cast Member, was a prime example of  one “Making Magic”. Fantasyland guy didn't have to console me much, get me ice cream, or toys or anything, all he had to do was walk me over. He was just one sincere cast member making sure a lost little girl still had magical time. 

15 years later. . . I find myself at Magic Kingdom again, this time as a college program Cast Member. As my first shift was coming to an end it dawned on me, that I would have 6 months to make tons of magical moments for so many people!  I can’t wait to share some of these moments with you, and hear about yours! 

Until next time, see you all real soon!

Tsum Tsum - A New Cute Obsession

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

 If you haven't heard about the latest free Disney themed app, I'm here to introduce you to the adorably, addictive TSUM TSUM. 

TSUM TSUM is a matching game almost like Bejeweled. The only difference is you have 60 seconds to match and "pop" as many cuddly Tsums as possible. The more tsums you pop in one shot, the more points and coins you receive.

Each Tsum has a special power up play. At the very beginning, you are given a Mickey Mouse tsum. As you increase your level and complete daily missions, you can purchase from either a Happiness Box or a Premium Box.

Here are some of the Tsums I've collected:

So far, Perry has become a great asset to have. Zero, not so much. Also, I included a list of characters each box will give you. The Happiness Box will cost 10,000 coins while a Premium Box will cost 30,000 coins.

In order to interact with others and play against them, you need to have a LINE account. LINE is a Japanese messaging system, almost like Whatsapp, that is directly tied to the creation of this app. If you do not want to create an account with LINE, you can still play, but it may not track your progress. The both apps (LINE & TSUM TSUM) are available for both IOS and Android devices.

If this wasn't enough information to get you playing, watch this:

Don't they look cuddly?! Well, I can tell you firsthand that they are. It turns out (as end of the video mentioned) that Tsums are a new product sold by the Disney Store. You can get your very own Tsum(s)!! They recently came out with an Alice in Wonderland themed bunch that are just too cute not to share. I personally cannot help but want to get one myself.

How about you? Have you or anyone else you know been bit by the TSUM TSUM bug?

Would you like to be a part of the Picturing Disney family?!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

UPDATE: As of 9/1/14 we have filled the position for book reviewer and guide contributors. If you are interested in writing in another capacity, however, feel free to contact us!

Greetings fabulous people!

Picturing Disney is looking for some committed and caring new writers to join our family! 
Take a gander at what we are looking for from some passionate Disney lovers like yourselves and email us if you think you would be the perfect fit:

Children's Book Reviewer:
Each month Disney sends us anywhere from 5 to 15 books directly from Disney Publishing.  We would be looking for someone who would be willing to read through and review these books and post weekly.  Ideally, this would be a Sunday column which would cover whatever books were recently sent and would include pictures and reviews.  The books we have gotten in the past ranged from baby to school age chapter books so a parent would be a great fit here since the books will be yours to keep post-review.  

Disney World Dining Writers
Ideally looking for 1-2 writers to specialize in Disney World Dining where they could complete our Dining guide as well as rework parts of the guide which become out of date or add new sections as the parks change. This would be a Monday and possibly Friday slot where we could bookend the work week with some Disney food porn. 

Here at Picturing Disney we do not make any money from blogging BUT we often receive items for review which we share openly with writers (in the past these have included LeSportSac bags, American Tourister luggage, books, and etsy shop items).  Please take a moment to read through our "About Me" section and check out the site before deciding if you would be interested then send us an email and let us know a little bit about yourself so we can begin looking through candidates! 

Late Summer/Early Fall Fantastic Book Finds From Disney Publishing!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We are thrilled about the partnership we have with Disney Publishing over the last several months and the new and recent releases could not be more promising! The adorable "purse" books which include both Sofia's Purse and Minnie's Purse can be carried around like pocketbooks (literally) and clip open to revel an adorable thin board book! You can get either of these for under $9* and they make an adorable addition to any little girls book collection (or a great gift)!

 Just as I am a huge fan of animated/live-action combos I am a fan of the integration of photos and drawings in the great word recognition book My First Words.  It combines images of the real world and Disney characters.  The easy words can make this book transition from a book to help a baby learn new words to a book that helps an early reader identify letters.  At around $7* the quality can't be beat for this book!

 Doc McStuffins hardcover book Doctor's Helper is incredible beautiful and well done.  I love the drawing style- it reminds me very much of the Frozen book I reviewed earlier this year! I love the smell of books that are printed in this style too.  This adorable story centers around Doc and Ellie and you can get a copy for around $13* and comes with a free e-book version.   

Also be on the lookout for new adventures in the realm of thin paperbacks. Spiderman vs Dracula, A Goofy Fairytale, and Treasure of the Tides are out now.  Each adventure comes with a sticker page and can be picked up for around $5*!  Also look out for the Jake Winter Neverland board book for your favorite Disney Junior fan!

 The Marvel release Captain America The Tomorrow Army is a chapter book with some comic stylings that I adore.  The pictures often have bubbles and the fonts remind me of some of my favorite comics.  You can nab a copy for under $7* or right now head over and enter our Back to School giveaway where a copy of this title is part of the prize pack!

 Rounding out this roundup of books is a great compilation hardcover called Five Minute Spooky Stories.  Featured are stories starring character from your fave Disney films: Toy Story, Tangled, Finding Nemo, Winnie the Pooh, Sleeping Beauty, Monster's Inc, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Cars, Beauty and the Beast, Wreck it Ralph, and of course Mickey & friends. For around $10* you can pick up this great book with stories to fill up your child's October bedtimes in anticipation of Halloween! The art is well done on this hardcover and the spooky stories are not spooky enough to haunt anyone at night! ;)

*All suggested prices are the Amazon listed prices as of publishing this article.  We received these books as review copies and the MSRP and local purchase prices in stores may differ (as well as the Amazon prices fluctuate). 

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