Monday, June 27, 2016

Enjoy Joffrey's Teas for some Disney magic at home!

I can say with sincere honesty that I did not know much about the Joffrey's company before seeing them pop up as a coffee producer in Disney Parks and we very soon became vacation BFFs.

Although without Joffrey's I wouldn't be able to make my way through 3am extra magic hours and then get up after a few hours to ensure a ride on Test Track at park opening... at home I am not much of a coffee drinker. I am a tea girl all the way, and while I am being honest here I should admit... a complete tea snob. I swallowed the hard pill of moving for a year into a town that was a 52 mile commute each way to work, and I did so knowing that the flagship of my favorite tea brand was on my ride home.  I love loose tea and tea sachets are so convenient and the taste is so much better than tea bags that I gladly pay the upcharge for the loose-tea-in-a-tea-bag flavor.

I tried Joffrey's Black Currant loose and Earl Grey sachets this weekend (Thanks to Joffrey's for sending them to us to sample!) and they were sweet and smooth in all the right ways.  (Most notably similar to Harney & Sons if you have ever tried these.)  I was more than just pleased to find out how lovely the tea tastes but that it was direct from Joffrey's and that I can get it right in Disney Springs on my next trip to Walt Disney World! I cannot wait to enjoy the great tea drinks (I love the iced chai) on my trip and grab some tea to bring home as well. Enjoy a cup of tea at home and in the parks, and enjoy every sip thanks to Joffrey's!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Magical Collaboration Featuring Disney and Coach

Two American Icons collaborating equals one amazing collection!

By now you have heard that for their 75th anniversary, Coach is debuting a Disney collection online and in stores on June 17th.

We could not wait until then so we ventured down to Coach’s store in the Soho neighborhood of New York City as soon as they debuted their inventory!

The collection is every Mickey fan's dream come true.  There a ton of pieces to choose from in varying price points.  If you are not ready to commit to the $795 bag (that I am lusting after but can’t buy) there are $25 key chains that are one cuter than the next.

The collection is as timeless as all the classic Coach bags we have all treasured over the past few decades. 

I have to give a special shout out the staff at the Soho store.  Everyone was knowledgeable and brought their fun loving Disney spirit!  Shopping there was truly a magical experience.  I felt like I was in Disney for the time we spent browsing.  The store was transformed into Mickey heaven for the launch!   Here are some shots of the magic!

Coach Soho really went all out to give shoppers a magical Disney experience.  If you find yourself in the New York City area over the next few weeks, put Coach Soho on your destination list.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Disney Store Summer Play Days Come Splashing In

If you're looking for something fun and entertaining for the kiddos, Disney Store Summer Play Days is returning back with a splash. Each week, Disney Store locations nationwide will host Finding Dory Coral Reef Parties that will include fun games and dancing featuring Dory and her friends, new and old. Some of these splash-tacular games include Crush's Party, Learn to Speak Whale, Dory Memory Game, and Camouflage like Hank.

Each Wednesday, between June 8th and August 31, participating guests can collect Tsum Tsum-inspired writstbands featuring different Disney characters. Guests are encouraged to "stack" them as their collections grow.*

Below is the list of featured characters by date. :D

Sat. 6/4: Dory

Wed. 6/8: Hank

Wed. 6/15: Destiny

Wed. 6/22: Bailey

Wed. 6/29: Nick Wilde

Wed. 7/6: Judy Hopps

Wed. 7/13: Mike Wazowski

Wed. 7/20: Sulley

Wed. 7/27: Mickey Mouse

Wed. 8/3: Pluto

Wed. 8/10: Lumiere

Wed. 8/17: Cogsworth

Wed. 8/24: Stitch

Wed. 8/31: Olaf

At the end of the summer, Guests who have collected all of the character bands will receive an exclusive Ultimate Collector Set - a special set of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Tsum Tsum character wristbands.** 

Oh and don't forget to tag your fun at Disney Store with the special hashtag #DisneyPlayDays!

Please Note:
*Wristbands are available "while supplies last". Get there early so you don't miss out on the featured character of the week. 
**Guests must present all 14 weekly designs to receive an Ultimate Collector Set - "while supplies last" and are valid only 8/31/16 - 9/5/16.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Art of The Jungle Book Giveaway

If you are a fan of the latest The Jungle Book film, you are going to love what we are sharing today on the blog. ;D But just in case, definitely check out our honest review on Disney's latest live action film here.

There was a lot of love and care placed into the live action adaption of Ruyard Kipling's The Jungle Book by Director Jon Favreau. Favreau's innovative new spin on the classic tale includes state-of-the-art CG and motion-capture technologies. Inspired by Disney's beloved animated movie, this adventure explores iconic characters such as Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, and Kaa, but also focus on the jungle itself. Amazingly, a lot of the beautifully designed elements and ideas used to help create the film are jam packed into one spectacular book, The Art of The Jungle Book.

This book is filled with an in-depth  look at the making of the film as well as showcasing dazzling concept art, behind-the-scenes photography, CG designs, and insightful interviews with the key cast and crew. There is also full-color images and gorgeous spreads to illustrate the technological magic behind the art of the film. 

We are so excited to share that Insight Editions has offered a copy to one of our lucky readers. This stunning coffee-table book provides a fascinating look at how Director Jon Favreau and his team created the films striking visuals and provided an enthralling experience for fans of all ages. 

Click HERE to enter for your chance at winning this fabulous book. 

This giveaway will be up for 2 weeks. Enter today for a chance to be the lucky winner of this fabulous book!! Good Luck!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Star Wars Collectibles - Ultimate Studio Edition

Disney and Lucasfilm launched Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition that will bring even the biggest Star Wars fan to their knees.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wonder Forge's Protect The Pride Lands Game Review

We are big The Lion King fans so when we heard that there was going to be a new The Lion Guard series on Disney Junior we could not wait.  My son quickly realized that some fun merchandise would probably follow.  
Wonder Forge's game Protect The Pride Lands tops the list of fun!
Character Game Pieces: Beshte (Hippopotamus), Fuli (Cheetah),
Bunga (Honey Badger), & Kion (Lion Cub)

Team Work is at the center of Wonder Forge’s new Protect the Pride Lands game.  In order to get Kion, Simba's son and Leader of the Lion Guard, to the top of Pride Rock and secure the Pride Lands, each player has to work together to defeat the Outlanders (a menacing group of hyenas, vultures and snakes).  Players take turns picking up directions from a deck of colorful picture cards. Each turn has a player move an Outlander and a Hero to get to the end goal.  A fun twist in the game is that each player has to choose between moving one of two heroes per card.  This gets the kids thinking strategically.  Does it make more sense to move Bunga two places on the path (to try to banish Outlanders) or move Kion up Pride Rock?  We played as a family so my son was picking based on the character he liked best.  I can't wait to see him playing with friends and watch the debates that ensue!

What I love most about the game is that everyone gets a fair chance to play their favorite characters Kion, Fuli, Bunga and Beshte.  No one has to argue over being their favorite character.  Sharing, team work and cooperation are underlying themes in this game.  Even better, everyone wins together or loses together.  Just like in a real pride everyone has their place and success and failure are shared by all.

-Ages 4+
-1-4 players
-Easy to assemble but will require parental help for the younger cubs
-Parts are sturdy and well made
-MSRP $19.99

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Picturing Disney was provided with a Protect the Pridelands game by Wonder Forge. The opinions of our writer are honest and without bias.