STREAMING WITH DISNEY

It’s finally happening! Disney’s $7 rival to Netflix will stream movies, shows and originals from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and its own studio, plus a library of classics. (Netflix will now be working full time to come up with more original content). Does this mean we can throw out our Disney DVD’s? Will all the classics just stream from now on? 

 

Disney Plus will include all of Disney’s family-friendly content and much of its mass-audience fare — basically, anything made for audiences up to a PG-13 rating. It’ll have content from Disney proper, Marvel, Lucasfilm (so, Star Wars), Pixar and National Geographic. Looking for FOX shows?  it’ll also offer all 30 seasons of The Simpsons.

There will be original marvel and Star Wars shows and movies – but they won’t come out all at once the way they do on Netflix, they will come out weekly. 

Disney Streaming will play on Amazon Fire TV, XBOX, Play Station 4, Apple TV, Samsung TV, LG TV and has a deal with Verizon to give the carrier’s wireless and internet customers one full year FREE!

Here is a list of the movies that should be available right away at launch, to mean, this means no more buying DVD’s: 

Movies

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
12 Dates of Christmas (2011)
101 Dalmatians (1961)
101 Dalmatians (1996)
101 Dalmatians: Patch’s London Adventure (2003)
102 Dalmatians (2000)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
Adventures in Babysitting (2016)
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
African Cats (2011)
The African Lion (1955)
Aladdin (1992)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Aliens of the Deep (2005)
Alley Cats Strike (2000)
Almost Angels (1962)
America’s Heart and Soul (2004)
Amy (1981)
Annie (1999)
Ant-Man (2015)
Apollo: Missions to the Moon (2019)
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
The Aristocats (1970)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Atlantis: Milo’s Return (2003)
Atlantis Rising (2017)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Babes in Toyland (1961)
Bad Hair Day (2015)
Bambi (1942)
Bambi II (2006)
Bao (2018)
The Barefoot Executive (1971)
Bears (2014)
The Bears and I (1974)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Before the Flood (2016)
Belle’s Magical World (1998)
Benji the Hunted (1987)
The BFG (2016)
Big Hero 6 (2014)
The Biscuit Eater (1972)
Bizarre Dinosaurs (2009)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
The Black Hole (1979)
Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)
Blank Check (1994)
Bolt (2008)
Born in China (2016)
Brave (2012)
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998)
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1997)
Breaking2 (2017)
Brink! (1998)
Brother Bear (2003)
Brother Bear 2 (2006)
Buffalo Dreams (2005)
A Bug’s Life (1998)
Camp Nowhere (1994)
Camp Rock (2008)
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010)
Cadet Kelly (2002)
Can of Worms (1999)
Candleshoe (1977)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Cars (2006)
Cars 2 (2011)
Cars 3 (2017)
Casebusters (1986)
The Castaway Cowboy (1974)
The Cat From Outer Space (1978)
Cloud 9 (2014)
Cheetah (1989)
The Cheetah Girls (2003)
The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006)
The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008)
Chicken Little (2005)
Chimpanzee (2012)
The Christmas Star (1986)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Cinderella (1950)
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007)
College Road Trip (2008)
The Color of Friendship (2000)
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
The Country Bears (2002)
Cow Belles (2006)
The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)
Dadnapped (2009)
Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)
Dan in Real Life (2007)
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
Descendants (2015)
Descendants 2 (2017)

Deep Blue (2003)
Den Brother (2010)
Diana: In Her Own Words (2017)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Dinosaur (2000)
Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)
Double Teamed (2002)
Doug’s 1st Movie (1999)
DuckTales: The Movie, Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
Dumbo (1941)
Dumbo (2019)
Easter Island Unsolved (2009)
Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)
Eight Below (2006)
Emil and the Detectives (1964)
The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004)
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
The Even Stevens Movie (2003)
Expedition Mars: Spirit & Opportunity (2016)
An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
Fantasia (1940)
Fantasia 2000 (2000)
Fantastic Four (1994)
Finding Dory (2016)
Finding Nemo (2003)
The Finest Hours (2016)
First Kid (1996)
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)
Flicka (2006)
The Flood (2018)
Flubber (1997)
Frank and Ollie (1995)
Freaky Friday (1977)
Freaky Friday (2003)
Freaky Friday (2018)
Free Solo (2018)
Frenemies (2012)
Frozen (2013)
Full-Court Miracle (2003)
Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
Fuzzbucket (1986)
The Game Plan (2007)
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
Geek Charming (2011)
Genius (1999)
Get a Clue (2002)
The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (1980)
Giants of the Deep Blue (2018)
Girl vs. Monster (2012)
Go Figure (2005)
Going to the Mat (2004)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! (2011)
A Goofy Movie (1995)
Gotta Kick It Up! (2002)
Great Migrations (2010)
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Greyfriars Bobby (1961)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Gus (1976)
Halloweentown (1998)
Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)
Halloweentown High (2004)
Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008)
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Heavyweights (1995)
Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)
Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Herbie Rides Again (1974)
Hercules (1997)
High School Musical (2006)
High School Musical 2 (2007)
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Home on the Range (2004)
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
Horse Sense (1999)
Hounded (2001)
How Dogs Got Their Shapes (2005)
How to Build a Better Boy (2014)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002)
Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)
Ice Princess (2005)
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
The Incredible Journey (1963)
The Incredibles (2004)
Inside Out (2015)
Inspector Gadget (1999)
Inspector Gadget 2 (2003)
Into the Grand Canyon (2019)
Into the Okavango (2018)
Invincible (2006)
Invisible Sister (2015)
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Will (1994)
Jack (1996)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Jane (2017)
The Jennie Project (2001)
Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007)
Johnny Tsunami (1999)
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Journey to Shark Eden (2010)
Jump In! (2007)
Jumping Ship (2001)
Justin Morgan Had a Horse (1972)
The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story (1998)
Jungle Cat (1959)
Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
Kazaam (1996)
The Kid (2000)
A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995)
Kim Possible (2019)
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama (2005)
Kingdom of the Apes: Battle Lines (2017)

Kingdom of the Blue Whale (2009)
Kingdom of the White Wolf (2019)
Kronk’s New Groove (2005)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure (2001)
Lemonade Mouth (2011)
Leroy & Stitch (2006)
Let It Shine (2012)
Life Is Ruff (2005)
Life-Size 2 (2018)
Life With Mikey (1993)
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005)
The Lion Guard (2015)
The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King 1½ (2004)
The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning (2008)
The Living Desert (1953)
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great (2019)
The Love Bug (1969)
The Luck of the Irish (2001)
Man Among Cheetahs (2017)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
Mars: Inside SpaceX (2018)
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors (2018)
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe (2014)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Meet the Deedles (1998)
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Melody Time (1948)
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004)
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
Mighty Joe Young (1998)
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
Millions (2005)
Minutemen (2008)
Miracle (2004)
Miracle at Midnight (1998)
Miracle in Lane 2 (2000)
Miracle Landing on the Hudson (2014)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Mission to the Sun (2018)
The Mistle-Tones (2012)
Moana (2016)
Monkey Kingdom (2015)
Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire (2000)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Monsters University (2013)
Motocrossed (2001)
Mr. Boogedy (1986)
Mulan (1998)
Mulan II (2005)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
The Muppets (2011)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
My Favorite Martian (1999)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
Newsies (1992)
Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Now You See It… (2005)
Old Yeller (1957)
Oliver & Company (1988)
Once Upon a Mattress (2005)
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
One Magic Christmas (1985)
The Other Me (2000)
The Pacifier (2005)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Parent Trap (1998)
Paris to Pittsburgh (2018)
Perri (1957)
Pete’s Dragon (1977)
Pete’s Dragon (2016)
Peter Pan (1953)
Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011)
Piglet’s Big Movie (2003)
Pinocchio (1940)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1 (2007)
Pixel Perfect (2004)
Planet of the Birds (2018)
Pocahontas (1995)
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998)
Pollyanna (1960)
The Poof Point (2001)
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)
Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005)
The Prince and the Pauper (1962)
The Prince and the Pauper (1990)
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
The Princess Diaries (2001)
The Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement (2004)
Princess Protection Program (2009)
The Proud Family Movie (2005)
Purl (2018)
Queen of Katwe (2016)
Quints (2000)
Ratatouille (2007)
Read It and Weep (2006)
Ready to Run (2000)
Recess: All Growed Down (2003)
Recess: School’s Out (2001)
Recess: Taking the 5th Grade (2003)
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
Remember the Titans (2000)
The Rescuers (1977)
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
Return From Witch Mountain (1978)
The Return of Jafar (1994)
Return to Halloweentown (2006)
Return to Never Land (2002)
Return to Oz (1985)
Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (1998)
Right on Track (2003)
A Ring of Endless Light (2002)
Rip Girls (2000)
Robin Hood (1973)
The Rocketeer (1991)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
The Rookie (2002)
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Roving Mars (2006)
Ruby Bridges (1998)
Sacred Planet (2004)
Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures (2017)
Saludos Amigos (1943)
Sammy, the Way-Out Seal (1962)
The Sandlot (1993)
The Santa Clause (1994)
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Science Fair (2018)
The Scream Team (2002)
Secret of Life (1956)
The Secret of the Magic Gourd (2007)
Secret of the Wings (2012)
Secretariat (2010)
Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special (2017)
Secrets of the King Cobra (2012)
The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
The Shaggy Dog
(1959)
The Shaggy Dog (2006)
Sharks of Lost Island (2013)
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (2011)
Shipwrecked (1991)
The Sign of Zorro (1958)
Silver Surfer (1998)
Sister Act (1992)
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
Skyrunners (2009)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snowball Express (1972)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Smart House (1999)
Snow Dogs (2002)
Snowglobe (2007)
So Weird (1999)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1940)
Steamboat Willie (1928)
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Starstruck (2010)
Stepsister From Planet Weird (2000)
Stitch! The Movie (2003)
Stonehenge Decoded: Secrets Revealed (2008)
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
The Strongest Man in the World (1975)
Stuck in the Suburbs (2004)
The Suite Life Movie (2011)
Sultan and the Rock Star (1980)
Super Buddies (2013)
The Swap (2016)
Swiss Family Robinson (1940)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Tall Tale (1995)
Tangled (2010)
Tangled: Before Ever After (2017)
Tarzan & Jane (2002)
Teacher’s Pet (2004)
Teen Beach Movie (2013)
Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)
Teen Spirit (2011)
That Darn Cat! (1965)
That Darn Cat (1997)
Those Calloways (1965)
The Three Caballeros (1945)
Three Days (2001)
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)
The Three Musketeers (1993)
The Tigger Movie (2000)
The Thirteenth Year (1999)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Thumbelina (1994)
Tiger Cruise (2004)
Tinker Bell (2008)
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)
Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron (2017)
Tom and Huck (1995)
Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Trail of the Panda (2009)
Treasure Island (1950)
Treasure Planet (2002)
Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)
Tree Climbing Lions (2018)
TRON (1982)
TRON: Legacy (2010)
Tru Confessions (2002)
Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Turner & Hooch (1989)
‘Twas the Night (2001)
Twitches (2005)
Twitches Too (2007)
The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)
Under The Sea: A Descendants Short Story (2018)
Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)
Up (2009)
Up, Up and Away (2000)
Valiant (2005)
The Vanishing Prairie (1954)
Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010)
Wall-E (2008)
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006)
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale (2000)
White Fang (1991)
White Wilderness (1958)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009)
The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (2013)
The Wild (2006)
Wild Yellowstone (2015)
Willow (1988)
Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise (2012)
Wings of Life (2011)
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo (2004)
World’s Greatest Dogs (2016)
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
You Lucky Dog (1998)
You Wish! (2003)
The Young Black Stallion (2003)
Zapped (2014)
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)
Zenon: The Zequel (2001)
Zenon: Z3 (2004)
Zombies (2018)
Zootopia (2016)

THE LATEST DISNEY HALLOWEEN FESTIVE IDEAS.. AND SOME OLD FALL BACKS

Looking for a few last minute Disney costumes and can’t find them on Amazon? There are still a few at Costco, at $29.99 they are a steal compared to the online prices. Among them this year? Little Bo Peep from this year’s Toy Story. 

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WHITE RABBIT

Do you have an old pair of rabbit ears? If not, can you grab a headband and make some ears? Grab a Red Jacket, Tan shirt, and Gray pants and you are all set to be the White Rabbit. No pocket watch? No problem! Make a large clock face on a piece of cardboard. 

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SNOW WHITE

Do you have a yellow skirt lying around? Snow White’s signature look is all about color blocking. Pair it with some black shoes, a red headband and white shirt. Walk around with an extra large apple. Even without the blue sweater and seven dwarfs people will know you to be the cheerful princess. 

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EDNA MODE

Do you wear glasses? If not, run to the drug store and buy a pair of cheap black frames (pop out the prescription lenses). Then, all you need is to outfit yourself in Black and carry a really long cigarette. 

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MARY POPPINS

Grab your umbrella and carpet bag! Then all you need is a bow tie, a hat with a flower and some black soot for your cheeks. 

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MALEFICENT TAKES THE BIG SCREEN AGAIN.. PERHAPS FOR THE FINAL TIME?

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Although Maleficent is labelled the mistress of evil there is really only one Evil Queen in this movie: Michelle Pfeiffer. While she is definitely evil, an actress such as Pfeiffer could certainly have expanded her mean girl role a bit.  At 61, she still looks amazing but I would have liked her to have done more as the evil queen.  She and Angelina are definitely powerful enemies and a fitting match! But they should have had more time on the screen together. 

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I still can’t figure out what kingdom it’s supposed to be, as there was no mention of this kingdom in the first movie. It was never made clear. At the beginning of the movie, we have fast forwarded five years after the first Maleficent story. A new actor plays Prince Phillip,  Although they meet very formally as friends, it becomes clear that he has been dating Queen Aurora, Queen of the Moors. A wedding is set into play.  It turns out that Aurora left her original castle to the people and never looked back. Kind of strange way of tying it all together. 

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Thinking they will be waltzing once upon a dream? Think again. 

Although it starts off as a fairytale, this isn’t your average fairytale. It quickly becomes action packed, with both Maleficent’s and fairy lives at risk. One of the best parts? Maleficent learns more about her ancestry, which is really really eye catching. 

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And of course, there are hints of the original Sleeping Beauty Tale, more so in this version than the first. 

Kid factor: nothing permanently scarring. One scary scene. No foul language. If your kids saw the first movie they are probably okay to see the second. It is not your average kids Disney movie. 

Getting Cooky with the Addams Family

The first horror family of the big screen re-VAMPed their look this weekend in a new 3-D animated feature film. 

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While originally concerned that this might not be the best movie for young kids, I quickly realized as the movie went on that this movie was ONLY a movie for young kids. Kids love the mysterious and spooky Addams family and can relate to Wednesday’s adventure into unknown Junior High. 

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Adults, however, can sit and try and close their eyes, until snapping inevitably wakes them up. 

 

Luckily for the adults, even though the Addams family original sitcom ran for 64 episodes in 1964, this movie is only an hour and a half long. Adults might be more interested in recognizing the detailed animation, which is very close to the original Charles Addams cartoons. 

 

Definitely good for the kids, though!

Wondering what lies OUTSIDE of Disney? Wondering if anything exists besides Disney? Florida does have more than theme parks. But for today we will discuss the OTHER theme park, the one that is just a few miles away from Disney, and can often be reached in just fifteen minutes. 

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Of course, staying at Universal is quite easy. If you were to stay at Universal (just as if you were staying at Disney), a free shuttle would take you to one of the three Universal theme parks: Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay. That would mean you would be investing in a Universal vacation and abandoning Disney altogether (and here, we don’t recommend that – there is just too much fun to be had!). 

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If staying at Disney, you can rent a car and drive it to Universal (not my recommendation) or take an Uber, Lyft, or shuttle. The average uber/lyft cost from Disney World to Universal’s drop off point is about $18. Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $21. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. To schedule a shuttle, call 855-463-2776. Just remember that the shuttle appears to possibly be more expensive as it is Per Person. 

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Another factor? The age of kids/adults who are planning the trip. Not all the rides at Universal are appropriate for young kids. In fact, most people say it’s best to be 8+ to enjoy everything that Universal has to offer. Disney seems to be most appropriate for ALL ages, including the very young and the very old. 

That being said, the Universal Studios child switch program goes well beyond a shorter wait time with wonderful child switch rooms. Located near the ride entrances of several ‘big kid’ attractions with height requirements of at least 40 inches (think: Spider Man, Fast and Furious, Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts, Reign of Kong and several others), these rooms have TVs and cozy seating. One parent can comfortably wait here with the little kids while the other enjoys the ride.

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That being said, Universal is much easier to get around for families. You can easily walk around all three theme parks without having to take shuttles, trains, boats or skylines.  The choice is yours!

 

Why does Disney Like ‘Em Apples So Much?

Has anyone else noticed the bag of Disney apples at Costco? The organic Galas with the Mickey designs? What is it with Disney and Apples? 

Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Or will it possibly put you in a sleep-like death? 

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The Poison Apple is blood red and magic,  which, when bitten, will send its victim into the Sleeping Death. One who eats the Poison Apple A victim will only be revived by love’s first kiss. It is used by the Witch in an attempt to get rid of Snow White, in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is also well-known as her trademark object.

The Poison Apple is also used in House of Mouse, and labelled “Sleeping Apples”. It has been used in Enchanted, Once Upon a Time, Descendants and Ralph Breaks the Internet. 

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Now, wherever we go, when we see an apple, we think “be careful, it could be poison”. … and it very well might be, so be careful. 

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

“Evil” and “Fairy” don’t usually go hand in hand, unless you are Maleficent, Lana Del Rey’s version of Once Upon a Dream is very Evil Fairy – and completely suits the very first Disney Villain to ever have her first live action film series. 

Before she turned evil, Maleficent was protector of the Moors, guarding her land from human invaders. Her heart turned to stone and she proclaimed herself Mistress of All Evil when she was not invited to Princess Aurora’s christening. She then cursed the princess to “”prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die” before the sun sets on Aurora’s sixteenth birthday

She was  originally made to resemble a vampire bat with a long, narrow chin, arched eyebrows and a smile that’s more sinister than her scowl. She carries a staff and can disappear into a puff of green smoke. She has minions and a pet raven and lives in a a scary, gothic castle.

In the movie, Maleficent’s horns are made with Leather, Python and Stingray Horn Wraps. Her outfit was meant to be as frightening as possible and that is why her collar represents the wings of a bat and her horns are meant to remind people of the devil. 

Looking for Maleficent’s weakness? It’s iron. 

In the second film, watch out for Michelle Pfeiffer, who plays Aurora’s evil stepmother Queen Ingrith- and a worthy adversary for Maleficent. Angelina vs Michelle. Who will win?

You have approximately two weeks to watch the first movie if you haven’t seen it yet. The new movie is released in theaters on October 18, 2019. 

Looking for Maleficent at Disney?  Walt Disney World Resort, guests can spot a steampunk-inspired Maleficent Dragon in the Festival of Fantasy parade. Maleficent stretches 53 feet from snout to tail and reaches 26 feet in the air! She can also be found on Halloween alongside the Evil Queen and sometimes Aurora.  At the Magic Kingdom (both California and Florida), she can be found in Fantasyland.  She appears in several shows, including Fantastic. 

 

 

THE GALAXY IS FINALLY AT DISNEY WORLD

We didn’t make our usual August trip his year.. so opening day we created our own galaxy at home. Here’s what others are saying about the new Star Wars World at Disney World. 

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The Orlando Sentinel reports 5 hour plus lines and huge crowds. While I was thinking we would have to arrive at the gates by 5 to get in, crowds began forming outside of Hollywood Studios as early as 3:30am on August 29, 2019. 

At 4:45am, Disney opened the Hollywood Studio gates to allow the building crowd to move forward. 

There are no advance reservations. Some lucky people (probably the 3:30am crowd) were able to get right on the Millennium Falcon. Others waited 5 hours to try the ride. By the end of the day, the wait time for the ride was only 75 minutes. Rise of the Resistance, the second Star Wars World Ride, opens on December 5, 2019. My understanding is that there will be no fast passes allowed for Star Wars rides in the near future. 

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There are cool snacks and delicacies to sample, including blue milk (milk with coconut, pineapple, and a little watermelon). And if you want to stock up on souvenirs, feel free to buy a bunch of Coca Cola. TSA recently released a statement saying that the thermal detonator-style Coca Cola products sold at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge were not allowed on carry-on or checked luggage due to their resemblance to actual explosives. 

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The policy has now changed. 

Per the Orlando Sentinel:

It’s OK to fly home with the Coca-Cola cans shaped like thermal detonators sold at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge, TSA said Friday. People who want to take them home as souvenirs should put them in checked baggage or empty the cans and stick them in a carry-on item, the TSA said.

The Transportation Security Administration, which handles security at airports, had been reviewing its policy after online posts saying the cans were banned went viral. On Friday, TSA issued a new statement, saying, “We have completed our review, and instructed our officers to treat these as an oversized liquid.”

Good news for some!

 

And if you aren’t able to make the grand opening and don’t feel like dealing with crowds, all you need to do is make a cake (black/white)(dark side/jedi), decorate, put on some costumes. And you will almost feel like you are at Disney World. 

A Peek at Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew

Who needs a babysitter when you can leave your kids (ages 4 to 12) with a pirate with a hook for a hand? 

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He comes with excellent references and will watch your kids from 5:00 to 8:30pm at just $55 per child (price includes dinner). Parents are welcome to drop their kids off as early as 4:30pm at the Seaside Retreat at Disney’s Beach Club.  Dinner is served between 715 and 745. 

Upon entering Pirate Hideaway, seasoned members of Captain Hook’s crew will assist you in the first, most crucial step towards becoming a pirate—receiving your pirate name. Next, they’ll teach you the many skills crucial to life on the high seas such as talking like a pirate, swabbing the deck and singing sea chanties!

Captain Hook himself will be checking in to examine progress and get kids started on their first treasure hunt. Kids will solve puzzles and gather clues on land before setting sail along Crescent Lake. Yes. They do set sail. Apparently there are enough Disney Cast Members to ensure kid safety. All kids are required to wear life vests. Captain Hook isn’t the only one who should be scared of the crocodiles.

While subject to change, the menu features several entrees, including Cannon Meatballs with Marinara and Macaroni and Gold Sauce—as well as the Treasure Chest Treat or fruit for dessert.

If you’re worried about leaving your kids with a pirate, teach them what to do in case they are forced to walk the plank and they will be fine. My plan, I’ll be teaching my kids what to do in the events things turn for the worse for them while I make a reservation for a nice restaurant to go to while they are on their pirate adventure. 

Disney World has gone to the dogs

Planning on bringing your dog to Walt Disney World? Be sure to book a stay at one of the parks’ pet-friendly resorts. While there’s an additional fee for pets — between $50-$75 per night — the pet accommodations may make yours and your dog’s life much easier! (There’s a maximum of two dogs per guest room). 

Here are Disney’s dog-friendly resorts:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort

No word yet on whether Disney’s magical express will accommodate canines. 

Disney has pet walkways and green spaces at all of their pet-friendly hotels. In the event that your dog “really has to go”, don’t worry. All pet-friendly rooms are located near the walkways and green spaces.

Service dogs are allowed at any park or resort as long as there is a leash and a harness. They can wait in line with owners and can even go on some rides – they don’t even need a ticket!

For those that do not wish to bring your dog to the Disney hotel, or for those who don’t want to leave your pet alone for too long, there is a Best Friend’s Pet Care just outside Disney – Go to their website directly to learn more. Rates range from $44/night for basic indoor stay with two walks to $109/night for the VIP treatment. 

We have used the Best Friend’s chain in Westchester. It is the only place I have ever felt comfortable leaving my dog for an extended stay. There were opportunities to view him online through a webcam, daily pictures sent to me, and lots of treats and even tv for our pet. I’ve heard Disney’s Best Friend’s location is just as great. Are you an annual pass holder? If so, take advantage of the discount that Best Friend’s pet hotel offers pass holders. 

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these Dalmatians would need at least 5 rooms, since there is a limit of two dogs per room.

The reason we haven’t brought our furry friend is because we do not want to put him through the stress of plane travel, and then staying in an unfamiliar place, when we have a great pet sitter at home. It is just not worth the stress and extra costs.

Most domestic pets are allowed on a plane if they are 20 pounds or less. Be sure to check with your plane carrier for their specific rules. 

Still wish to bring your furry friend? Be sure to either mail his usual food to the resort ahead of time (via Amazon, the resort will hold packages), or bring his food with you to avoid extra sickness and accidents. Bring bags for waste and plenty of treats!