Friday, April 25, 2014

Tom Ameen's Magical Moment's Giveaway!!!!!

If there is one thing I love, its alternative versions of my favorite classic Disney Animated Feature or Park music. As someone who works primarily in an office from 9-5, I have to always find a way to get my fix of Disney Magic without annoying my other coworkers.

Well, not too long ago, I heard about Tom Ameen on a weekly Disney Fan podcast, WDW News Today. It was not the first time I had heard them interview Tom, so you could say I was extremely intrigued when he was being interviewed again on his amazing covers (that he publishes with the seal of approval from the “big cheese” himself) of nostalgic Disney songs from the parks and other outlets of the Disney Parks.

 In his latest release, Magical Moments, Tom has taken some beloved Disney songs as well as some music of “Disney Past”. Music from attractions such as Food Rocks!, Carousel of Progress, The Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean give a sense of nostalgia to the album. Each song almost played as a loving lullaby. And to my excitement, the theme song from the popular television series Zorro is also featured. Although some of the music may be obscure to the younger crop of Disney fans, this album is sure to make any the day of any Disney Fan. Especially those who are old enough to remember Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit or I’d Like To Be You For A Day.

In case you would like to get a listen to his coveted album or others that he's come out with, check out Amazon and CDBaby (which gives more to independent artists if their music is purchased). Also make sure to check out his Website, Facebook Page, Twitter, and Youtube Channel for more information on Tom and his music.

As a special treat to our readers, Tom has graciously given us a copy of his latest release, Magical Moments. Enter our raffle copter which will end on Friday, May 2nd. Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 3rd.

Good luck and remember, the more entries you complete the better chance you have to win this wonderful bit of magic.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Disney's Frozen Collector's Edition Review

Since its release in theaters, Disney’s Frozen has become a world-wide phenomenon. Not only has the film continued to break records at the box office, but it finally brought home the Oscar for “Best Animated Feature Film” and “Best Original Song” for Let It Go.

After having seen it in theaters and participating in one of the sing-along versions, it is no surprise to most that I would be making Frozen part of my Disney collection. I received the Collector’s Edition that offered not only the Blu-ray, but the DVD and Digital Copy. The crisp, beautiful colors come through brilliantly on Blu-ray. It even includes four versions of the Pop version of Let It Go. Demi Lovato performs the version featured in the credits while the other four videos are performed by Martina Stoessel (Spanish & Italian) and Marsha Milan (Malaysian).

Demi Lovato, Martina Stossel, & Marsha Milan
The only negative thing I would say is that I wish there were more special features. I really love seeing what it took to make these films and history behind its origin. Some of the videos that had been leaked at the time of release and what I thought would be in the featurette just wasn't there.

However, Alice Davis (wife of the famous Marc Davis of Disney’s Nine Old Men) was featured in D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen. She shared some of Marc Davis’ drawings for an attraction created for Disneyland where the producers for Frozen took some inspiration from. It was something that really hit home for those who yearn to always have a connection with what Walt Disney had been involved in while he was alive to what the Walt Disney Company is doing with those ideas and entities.

Overall, Disney’s Frozen Collector’s’ Edition is ultimately the way to go. At least in a household that has multifunctional digital gadgets will definitely make a difference to have both of the DVD Blu-ray and digital copy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lou Mongello's 102 Ways To Save For And At Walt Disney World

Here at Picturing Disney, we believe that the more prepared you are for your Walt Disney World vacation, the better off you will be once you get to the parks.

Lou Mangello is best known as the radio personality behind the WDW Radio Show and is often the go to “
Disney Expert” for Fox35 Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel,, and countless others. 
To say the least, Lou has a ton of knowledge about the Disney Parks. So much so that he decided to put together a guide on the most popular inquiry he has received.
"How do I save money for or at Walt Disney World?"

102 Ways To Save For And At Walt Disney World is not only informational, but straight to the point. Within 197 pages, the guide gives great tips from beginning to end. His tips are expanded to give simple and straight-forward explanations of each tip. For example, I have always heard about the options for Disney Dining, but I have never truly understood how it’s supposed to work. In this guide, he explains how each option works and gives suggestions on if the plan is right for your specific situation.

For this guide, there are both physical and digital copies offered. For this review, I used the digital copy. If you have a smart phone, you can download the Kindle App and read a page during a 15 minute break at work or while you wait in line at the grocery store. The beautiful bright colors add a nice touch to either version.

For this guide, there are both physical and digital copies offered. For this review, I used the digital copy. If you have a smart phone, you can download the Kindle App and read a page during a 15 minute break at work or while you wait in line at the grocery store. The beautiful bright colors add a nice touch to either version.

Not only does Lou believe that you will improve the value of your vacation experience for your dollar, but he guarantees that if you use even just a few of the tips in this book, that you will be able to save money for and during your next Walt Disney World vacation. If you don’t, let him know what you did and why it did not work, and he’ll gladly refund the purchase price of your book. If that is not a selling point for the guide, I don’t know what is!

If you would like more information on Lou, check out his website. You can also get more information on the guide and his radio show here.

Overall, I recommend this guide to anyone who would like a more direct guide to planning your Disney vacation. With the convenience of downloading the guide to your smart phone or iPad, it makes it a little easier to sit down anywhere and get some money saving ideas for your next trip to the world. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Disney Nature's Bears Review

As someone who doesn't often watch nature documentaries of any sort, you could say I was a bit skeptical about watching the newest release from Disney Nature.

Bears is a heartwarming tale of a small family of bears during their first year together. Even amongst all the ups and downs, this film opens the eyes of viewers to show the bond of a loving family. It's also a great film for young ones to see as it shows these majestic beasts in their own habitat. With the gentle and humorous narration of John C. Reilly (the voice actor for Ralph in Wreck It Ralph) what's not to love?

Check out this trailer and see for yourself how hard it is to resist these cute, little cubs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

How to Cure the "Case of the Mondays"

We’ve all felt like this at some point. Having a “Case of the Mondays” can be rough, but how do we combat this down trodden feeling?

I’m glad you asked.

One can start off by waking up and having a good breakfast. Put a bit of magic in your day by having some Disney Brand Coffee or by having your breakfast and morning drink served on Disney themed/inspired kitchen ware. Nothing says it a great morning more than when Captain Jack Sparrow is staring back at you.

Another great way to beat the Monday blues is to turn up your Disney Music in the morning. On the way to work, I have been known to blast the Frozen Soundtrack on a packed highway or two, singing “Let It Go” or “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” at the top of my lungs. The fun doesn't have to stop there. During work, I listen to different movie soundtracks or Disney Instrumental Music like Magical Moments from Tom Ameen (remember this…it may come in handy later).

Something else that may help is during your lunch break, take a moment and check in with your favorite Disney Blog!!!!!! Taking a mental break from whatever stresses you may be dealing with at work can actually refocus your mind and make you more prepared for the rest of your day.

What do you do to combat the “Case of the Mondays”? 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

America's mightiest hero returns to the silver screen for an epic new tale of his new found glory in a world he's unfamiliar with. Without giving too much away about the film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has brilliantly continued on the path that Marvel has set for the “second phase” of blockbuster films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier picks up a couple months after The Avengers, but also includes memories and records of Captain America: The First Avenger.

In this new time era stripped of barbershop quartets, boiled food, and polio (said by Captain America himself), he finds himself asking a lot of tough questions. The most important question is who to trust in this new world. Even familiar faces can be deceiving.  Marvel’s familiar funny puns make it into the film as well, giving the feature light hearted moments that break from the seriousness of most of what the  storyline deals with. The stunts and explosions are gut-wrenching and real. I was gripping the edge of my seat through most of the film. If you are thrill seeker and love action or suspense films, this is definitely a movie for you. If you are a fan of the Marvel comics like my husband and I who have been following the franchise, it would be a disservice to miss this one.

Enjoy the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Enjoy the trailer for Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

It's A Small World in Walt Disney World

After taking a look at Disneyland’s It’s A Small World attraction, let’s take a look at the version most of us are familiar with. In 1971, the attraction was recreated at Walt Disney World. It was an Opening Day attraction and is still considered a must do for a Walt Disney World trip. With a cast of 300 traditionally dressed hosts and some of their papier-mâché friends, it’s hard not to love your ride through the Seven Seaways Waterway. Although it was meant to mimic the Disneyland version, It’s A Small World in Florida has some distinct differences. For one, it visits some different areas of the world such as:

·         Scandinavia
·         The British Isles
·         Western Europe
·         Eastern Europe
·         The Middle East
·         Asia
·         Africa
·         Antarctica
·         South America
·         Australia and the South Pacific Islands

The famous white and gold façade is placed indoors. Unlike Disneyland, Walt Disney World’s crazy weather and insane heat forced imagineers to keep most of the lines for attractions within the show buildings. Another difference is the grand finale room where all of the children gather to offer their celebratory farewell. Unlike its twin brother, Walt Disney World minimizes the color scheme to only showing hues of cool tones and white/gold brilliance. It truly brings together the visual and thoughtful idea that we are all the same, no matter where we come from.

Please enjoy this look at Walt Disney World’s It’s A Small World attraction and there may be a treat at the end.

As some of you may know, my husband and I honeymooned in Walt Disney World. After a long day at the Magic Kingdom, (we made it for the Welcome Song and everything) we finally got to this attraction toward right before dinner. As we sailed through the Seven Seaways Waterway, I looked over to my left and found a surprise. I couldn’t help but capture the moment. ;D