Monday, December 29, 2014

Into the Woods Film Review

Into the Woods is definitely not what I expected. When it was first announced at the 2013 D23 Expo, it was described as a fantastic musical that followed the intertwining stories of some of our favorite fairy tale characters. Not much more was mentioned except for the casting of Meryl Streep as the Witch, Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, and Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince. Not much more had been discussed about the film since then. 

The original musical was developed with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine. From the beginning, music filled the air as each individual character began to harmoniously sing about their innermost wishes. Favorite characters from the original Grimm Brothers fairytales come to life on screen. Themes and storylines from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella all intertwine as we meet the cursed Baker and his Wife. 

Having never seen the live musical, I thought the film was alright. The cast chosen for each role fit perfectly and the music is intoxicating. There were moments that felt as though they could have been explored a little more and others that just were too short. This film is a bit dark, but so are the original tales. If anything, that was my favorite part about the entire film.

Check out the Trailer below and go see the film for yourself!

Have you seen either the live or film version of Into the Woods? If so what did you think?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Trees at Disney

Disney is beautifully decorated during the holiday season.  Disney is always at the top of their game when creating wonder and awe and the holidays are the perfect canvas for Disney Magic!

What impresses me the most over any holiday season stay are the gorgeous trees throughout the different parks and properties.  The attention to detail and care put into each and every tree is amazing.  Each park has trees dressed to capture its particular essence.

Here is a sampling of some of our favorite Disney stunners:

Hollywood Studios:

Animal Kingdom:

Kidani Village:


Magic Kingdom:

The Art of Animation:  
This Sketch Tree at the Art of Animation Hotel is my absolute favorite Disney tree 

Which is your favorite tree from your holiday adventures at the Disney Parks?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom

Yak and Yeti is a restaurant not to be missed.
It is located in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom on the left as you head into Kali River Rapids. It has a quick service option as well as table service. Both are great.
Take a few minutes before or after you eat to wander around the restaurant to take in the many intricate details. Nobody does a theme better than Disney and this restaurant is a prime example. The furniture alone is worth going inside to see. Posters, old photographs and statues adorn the walls and alcoves.

 When my family goes out to eat somewhere new, we order different entrees so that we can taste a variety of dishes. Our daughter loves lo mein. She devoured hers so there was notch sharing going on there. My husband's mahi mahi was fabulous. I got the seared miso salmon which was was delicious. Of course, our favorite part was the dessert. We tried the sorbet trio, the mango pie and the fried wontons. The fried wontons were filled with cream cheese and skewered along with fresh pineapple. Vanilla ice cream and a honey vanilla drizzle topped it off. My mouth is watering just typing this. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented.

We had visited the quick service section on a prior visit.  We recommend the beef lo mein, honey chicken, chicken fried rice and egg rolls. The service was quick and the portions very generous.

   Since we are in the holiday season, I thought a holiday tip would be fun. I have started a collection of Disney Christmas ornaments. I bought my first artificial tree and it is only Disney. Every time we go I will be buying at least one new Disney ornament. I made a tree topper out of our daughter's first set of Mickey ears. It is perfect! Thank goodness there is a Christmas store because my husband and I are headed back to the World in February!! We can't wait! It will be our first adults only trip.  Perhaps another trip back to Yak and Yeti is in order!

Forever Disney,

Do You Want To Build a Snowman? - A Bedtime Story Review

Story time with the little princess in my life was "really cool" last night. So cool, she decided to cease all crafting projects and read this interactive storybook instead! It was imagination fueled all the way as we had fun tapping, shaking, and following along for 48 pages. 

The best part? 

The goal of the story was to build your very own lovable, warm, hug-gable, baritoned  snowman.

Do you want to build a Snowman? will be available in March of 2015 for $12.99 from Disney Publishing Worldwide. The book is recommended for ages 3-5 (but my personal story teller at age 7 enjoyed it all the same)! Definitely check out Disney Publishing Worldwide for more great books for your little princess or superhero this holiday season!