Disney & Pixar Movie Crying Triggers

We’ve all done it at one point or another. Many Disney and Pixar movies these days seem to have crying triggers that will bring even the strongest willed person to tears. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to the movies and openly weeped at certain scenes. It can be even brought back by a musical cue, a phrase, and sometimes even a single word. Have these ever gotten you to the point of crying?

 

Inside Out – Bing Bong is a character that joins the film about halfway through and steals my heart. I don’t know that I’ve seen more grown men crying than during Bing Bong’s story arc.

Frozen – Again with the sacrifice that Olaf is willing to make for Anna, by saying some people are worth melting for, that little show tunes singing snowman makes me melt.

Big Hero 6 – When Baymax sacrifies himself after teling Hiro “I will always be with you,” how can you not find yourself crying?

Wreck It Ralph – Vanellope tells Ralph, “You’re my hero,” and it validates his existence and the medal he receives is priceless.

Toy Story 3 – The incinerator is not the end of Woody and the Toy Story gang (spoiler alert), but it still tugs at my heartstrings every time and gets me crying.

Tangled – Flynn most definitely wins with one of the smoothest and most swoonworthy moments in a Disney movie. He is also responsible for my crying every time I see lanterns or hear “I See the Light.”

The Princess and the Frog – Ray is the very heart and soul of this movie. When he goes to meet his Belle Evangeline finally, it simultaneously crushes my heart and makes me happy they’re together forever. If you’re not crying at this one, you’re likely a robot with no emotions.

Up – The married life montage with Carl & Ellie kills me. I remember seeing the film in the theater and a man with his son were seated in my row. The man glanced over after the montage and he was crying as much as I was. This score is enough to get me crying some days.

Wall-E – When Eve holds Wall-E’s hand at the end and he just looks at it, and then at her, and then there’s this moment of realization, how can you not cry? Damn you Pixar for making me cry at a robot love story!

Lilo & Stitch – The ‘ohana scenes where Lilo explains how she lost her parents and where Stitch understands he is a part of Lilo and Nani’s family always get me.

The Lion King – A single word. Dad? World of Color scene that made me lose it. When Simba realizes Mufasa is gone, I am crying along with the lion cub on screen.

Dumbo – Mrs. Jumbo singing “Baby Mine” to her son Dumbo is one of the most touching scenes in movie history. Anyone who has been a parent, or a parental figure to someone, or even if you’ve had parents, you’re crying at this song.

 

I know a lot of these are from the last decade or so. I don’t know if that’s because I have watched them more recently, or as an adult or what. The crying is well worth it for the emotional journeys and adventures that these films have taken me on over the last 70 plus years. Did I miss any of your favorites? What scenes get you crying? Let me know in the comments. All of these movies are available now on Disney Movies Anywhere, other than Inside Out, which will be released in a few weeks.

 

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Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows At Home

Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows

It’s back to school time, and Zoe loves when I pack her a lunch and I love to find little ways to add an extra bit of Pixie Dust to her day.

My favorite way to do that is by recreating some of her favorite treats at Walt Disney World, and her favorite just happens to be the easiest to recreate at home…Dipped Marshmallows!

Adding A Little Pixie Dust At Home: Making Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows

 

How to Make Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows at Home

Some schools have specific rules about skewers in lunches sent to school, so I chose to make individual dipped marshmallows instead of the kabob style dipped marshmallows you find at Walt Disney World.

What you will need:

  • Chocolate or White Almond Bark
  • Marshmallows (I chose the Giant)
  • Sprinkles
  • Microwaveable Bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Small Bowl (I used a cereal bowl)
  • Parchment or Wax Paper
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Airtight container for storage, but you could also use large zip-top bags

Let’s get started!

  1. Cut up your Chocolate or White Almond Bark into uniform sized pieces to help ensure even melting, and place the pieces inside your microwaveable bowl. Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows
  2. Microwave the Almond Bark for a total of 2 minutes stopping it every 30 seconds to smooth out the mixture. Also, this helps prevent the Almond Bark from burning. Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows
  3. While your mixture is in the microwave set up your dipping area. I like to first lay down a piece of Paper Towels or Wax Paper in my work area, and then I also put a sheet on my cookie sheet to help make clean up a breeze. In my work area I lay out my marshmallows, put my sprinkles in a small bowl (I used a cereal bowl), and took the cupcake liners out of their packaging.Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows
  4. Once the chocolate is melted and has a smooth and shiny consistency, it is time to get a’ dipping!Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows
  5. Dip your marshmallows about halfway in the chocolate, and spin it around to get the excess Almond Bark off of the bottom. Wait a few seconds, and then dip the marshmallow one more time making sure to wipe off as much excess Almond Bark as you can from the bottom of the marshmallow.Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows
  6. To apply the sprinkles to the chocolate, simply roll the marshmallow around in the bowl or place the marshmallow in the center of the bowl and scoop the sprinkles over the chocolate.Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows
  7. Once you have covered the chocolate in sprinkles, place the dipped marshmallow in a cupcake liner, and place it on the cookie sheet. Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows
  8. When your cookie sheet is full of dipped marshmallows, place the sheet in the refrigerator making sure it is flat for an hour or until the chocolate has set. Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows
  9. For storage, place the marshmallows in an airtight container or zip-top bag. Since the chocolate has set and is has its own liner, you can stack them in your storage container or bag. Stored in a cool place, your dipped marshmallows will last for quite awhile.Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows
  10. Enjoy!

Some fun ways to elevate the Pixie Dust in these Walt Disney World inspired treats would be…

  • Use seasonal sprinkles and cupcake liners
  • Coordinate the sprinkles and cupcake liners for a character inspired treat

Walt Disney World Dipped Marshmallows

  • Use colored Candy Melts instead of Almond Bark for an extra pop of color
  • Dip marshmallows in two colors instead of using sprinkles

Will you be trying to make these Walt Disney World treats to help add a little magic to your little one’s day?

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Disney On Ice Amway Center Giveaway

It’s almost time for my favorite show of the year! Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt arrives at the Amway Center in Orlando from September 4-6, 2015 for six performances, and I’ve got all the details and a great giveaway.

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Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at Orlando’s Amway Center Giveaway

The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in Disney on Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic which features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography, and a breathtaking set.

With over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata.”

Disney on Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic Mickey and Band

Audiences will also get a chance to be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy.

And what would a Disney on Ice skating spectacular be without an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White, and Tiana.

This year the wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all.

You will also get to experience exciting moments from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Disney’s Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast that will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime.

Here’s the skinny on Disney on Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic at Orlando’s Amway Center:

  • On Sale Now
  • Event Times: September 4, 2015 7:30 pm, September 5, 2015 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, & 7:00 pm, and September 6, 2015 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
  • $25, $30, $40, $60, $75 (VIP) and $100 (rink-side) | All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.

     

  • Door opening times for the Amway Center vary according to each event. Guests may enter the arena one hour prior to the start time of each event, unless otherwise specifically noted. Guests may check door times in advance by calling 407.440.7900.

     

  • Camera Policy: The show reserves the right to approve camera use at any time during and/or before the event and to prohibit the use of any camera that is deemed unacceptable. Cameras with a detachable lens, iPads and the use of flash photography are prohibited at all Amway Center events. Check amwaycenter.com or call the administration office at 407.440.7000 prior to the event for any camera policy updates. Camera policy is subject to change at any time at the show’s discretion.

Disney on Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is the ultimate Disney fan experience.

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And here is your chance to win four (4) tickets to Disney on Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic

at Amway Center on

September 4, 2015.

Good Luck!

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Contest is open to Residents of the United States who are eighteen(18) years and older.  We will be giving away four (4) tickets to Disney on Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic at Amway Center on September 4, 2015. Parking at the Amway Center is not included in this giveaway. Void where prohibited by law. We use Rafflecopter to choose one lucky winner at random, and each & every contest entry will be verified. The winner of our contest will be contacted by email (so be sure to double check your entry) and will have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be responsible for picking up their tickets on the day of the show at the Amway Center’s Will Call with a valid photo ID.

Disclaimer: I was given tickets to attend Disney on Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic, however all opinions are my own.

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Bring Toy Story That Time Forgot Home On November 3rd

Toy Story that Time Forgot

Available for the First Time on Blu-ray™, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 3rd

 Toy Story That Time Forgot DVD

Loaded with All New Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features Including Behind-the-Scenes,

Sing-Alongs and Over 10 Minutes of Deleted Scenes!

 

Disney•Pixar is releasing Toy Story that Time Forgot for the first time on Blu-ray™, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 3rd with a ton of great extras!

During one of Bonnie’s post-Christmas play dates, the “Toy Story” crew find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional.  It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to ever return to Bonnie’s room.

And what would Toy Story be without the amazing voice talent! Tom Hanks as Woody (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Captain Phillips”), Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear (“Toy Story,” “The Santa Clause”), Kristen Schaal as Trixie (“Toy Story 3,” “The Muppets”), Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus (“Brave,” TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Wallace Shawn as Rex (“The Princess Bride,” “Air Buddies”), Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants (“Toy Story 3,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”), Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head (“Toy Story”), Joan Cusack as Jessie (“Toy Story,” “The End of the Tour”)

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Each version of Toy Story that Time Forgot will have different Bonus Features!

On the Blu-ray, Digital HD*, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) you will find:

  • Reptillus!  – In this behind-the-scenes look at “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” the filmmakers share a peek at the origins of the Battlesaurs world and culture, and explain the character design and development of its greatest hero, Reptillus Maximus.
  • Commentary – Commentary with “Toy Story that Time Forgot” director, Steve Purcell, and head of story, Derek Thompson, on the process of making “Toy Story That Time Forgot.”
  • Toy Story Goes to Comic-Con – The “Toy Story that Time Forgot” team heads to San Diego to unveil the project to the public, led by their own longtime Comic-Con veterans, director Steve Purcell and head of story Derek Thompson.
  • My Unexpected Friend – Feel the power – and sing along – as Reptillus Maximus expresses the depth of his feelings for Trixie in this 80’s-inspired karaoke video for his soulful ballad, “My Unexpected Friend.”
  • Battlesaurs Animated Opening – A 2D animated opening for the fictional animated TV series, “Battlesaurs.”
  • Deleted Scenes with Intros & Outros – “Toy Story That Time Forgot” director, Steve Purcell, introduces scenes that were developed and storyboarded for the special, but were ultimately cut from the final version:
    • Battlesaurs Christmas
    • Light of Play
    • Prisoners of Bone
    • SOS
    • Trixie’s Proposal   

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer                

The DVD version will feature:

  • Reptillus!
  • Commentary

DMA Exclusive:

  • Deleted Scene: Battleopolis

I know I’ve already marked my calendar to pick up a copy of Toy Story that Time Forgot!

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LEGOLAND Florida Official Currency

LEGOLAND Florida Currency
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Becomes First Theme Park to Have Official Currency Listed on an Exchange Board

Exclusive Partnership with Travelex Allows Travelers to Buy
LEGOLAND Dollars for Use at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida Resort has entered into an exclusive partnership with Travelex, the world’s leading independent foreign exchange business, to list the resort’s official currency, LEGOLAND Dollars, on Travelex’s currency exchange boards at 55  participating Travelex locations.

This partnership represents the first theme park to have an official currency listed on a currency exchange board. The LEGOLAND Dollarwill be available for purchase at a 1:1 exchange rate to the US Dollar, with a minimum exchange of $5 USD. LEGOLAND Dollars will only be available for purchase with US Dollars. LEGOLAND Dollarscan be purchased through select Travelex locations for the summer 2015 season.

LEGOLAND Florida Currency
September 1, 2014 — LEGOLAND Florida Resort dollars will be available in 5 and 10 dollar increments at Travelex locations. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland)

With a $50 USD purchase, guests will receive $50 in LEGOLAND Dollars, plus an additional $39.25 in added value, including free parking, an upgrade to the LEGOLAND Water Park and an order of the resort’s famous Granny’s Apple Fries. LEGOLAND Dollars can be spent at any of the park’s restaurants, concessions, retail stores and more.

LEGOLAND Dollarswill be available at Travelex locations in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Dallas, DC, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Orlando, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, and Tampa. For a full list of locations, visit www.travelex.com/legoland.

“Everything at LEGOLAND Florida Resort is created for kids, including the currency.  By using LEGOLAND Dollars with a playful design, it builds on the immersive experience for young guests.  Although we accept U.S. currency, only LEGOLAND Dollars will get you an additional $39.25 in added value,” said Adrian Jones, General Manager, LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

LEGOLAND Florida Currency
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland

“We’re pleased to add the LEGOLAND dollar to our extensive range of currencies this summer. Of course, LEGOLANDFlorida Resort comes as highly recommended by my two sons, ages 4 and 8, but we’re also happy to offer additional value and benefits to our customers through this partnership”, said Christopher McShane, Head of Retail, Travelex.

For more information or to book a trip visit www.legolandflorida.com.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Celebrates World Lion Day On August 8th

Busch Gardens Tampa World Lion Day

Busch Gardens Tampa gathers the pride to celebrate World Lion Day on Aug 8. The international celebration brings awareness the most iconic big cat in the World and Busch Gardens is celebrating with special keeper talks, animal enrichment and lion-inspired festivities.

Busch Gardens Tampa Celebrates World Lion Day On August 8th

Busch Gardens Tampa World Lion Day

WHAT:                 Busch Gardens celebrates World Lion Day

WHEN:                 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

As populations decline sharply in Africa, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies lions as a vulnerable species. Busch Gardens Tampa is proud to support conservation projects that are committed to sustaining wild lion populations.

Busch Gardens Tampa World Lion Day

This weekend, Busch Gardens gives guests the opportunity to learn how they can help with lion conservation with World Lion Day activities. Plus, they’ll learn about the two lion prides and six lions that call the park home. All of Busch Gardens’ lions are part of the park’s participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.

Busch Gardens Tampa World Lion Day

Since its inception, the SeaWorld® & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund has supported over 25 lion conservation projects in six African countries, totaling $320,000. The Fund is currently supporting five lion conservation projects in three African countries.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is one of the World’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

For more information on the event, visit the Busch Gardens Tampa Blog or visit buschgardenstampa.com.

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Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One Available September 1st

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One delivers all 15 action-packed episodes plus never-before-seen bonus material and cast/crew interviews revealing the magic behind the making of the hit series. Releasing on Blu-ray and DVD on September 1, this is a must-add collection to the library!

A Spark of Rebellion Ignites the Galaxy in Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One! on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 1, 2015

 Star Wars Rebels Season One Bluray DVD

In the first groundbreaking season of Star Wars Rebels, young hero Ezra Bridger joins the clever but motley crew of the starship Ghost in their resistance against the Empire. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. Ezra and his new rebel friends — Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper — embark on daring adventures in their fight against oppression across the galaxy, receiving help from familiar heroes such as Lando Calrissian, Ahsoka Tano, and Jedi Master Yoda. Pursued relentlessly by the Imperials and a Jedi hunter called the Inquisitor, this tenacious ragtag band of rebels will find itself in the crosshairs of none other than Darth Vader when season one closes in a shocking two-part finale.

Star Wars Rebels is created by Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Sherlock Holmes), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (“Gargoyles).

Featuring the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr. (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall (TV’s “Young Justice”) as Hera, Steve Blum (“The Boxtrolls”) as Zeb, Tiya Sircar (“The Internship”) as Sabine, Taylor Gray(TV’s “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”) as Ezra, David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter”) as the Inquisitor.

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One Bonus features are slightly different on the Blu-ray and DVD releases.

Blu-ray:

  • Rebels Infiltrates Star Wars Celebration (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
  • Season One shorts: “The Machine in the Ghost,” “Art Attack,” “Entanglement,” “Property of Ezra Bridger”
  • All DVD Bonus (see below)

DVD:

  • Rebels Recon: 14 behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Star Wars Rebels – The Ultimate Guide
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 2 – A Look Ahead

Which format will you be picking up on September 1st?

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Village People and Sara Evans Coming to SeaWorld Orlando

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Celebrating America Concert Series at SeaWorld Orlando Continues Village People and Sara Evans August 8 – 9

 

The “Celebrating America” Concert Series at SeaWorld Orlando announces Village People and Sara Evans for the final Summer Nights August 8 – 9 weekend.

Village People SeaWorld Orlando

Village People are a one-of-a-kind act synonymous with disco and dance music. These six men combine high-energy choreography with fun and lots of singing and dancing, providing great entertainment for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. They have sold more than 100 million recordings and are known for such hits as “Macho Man”, “Can’t Stop the Music”, “Go West”, and of course “YMCA”.

Sara Evans SeaWorld Orlando

Multi-platinum selling country singer and songwriter, Sara Evans has been called “one of the most compelling vocalists of her generation.” Her recently released album, “Slow Me Down,” comes two years after the release of “Stronger,” her second Billboard Country Album Chart #1. Despite five #1 Country songs, “Slow Me Down’s” title track, released in fall 2013 is her biggest first week Country radio added single ever and was named by Billboard as one of the “10 Best Country Singles of 2013.”

During the summer series, every Saturday and Sunday guests will enjoy musical performances and daily happy hours. Concerts take place in the air-conditioned Nautilus Theater at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and are included with park admission.

Reserved Seating Package at SeaWorld Orlando

Guests can take advantage of SeaWorld’s Reserved Concert Seating Package for all artists throughout the summer series. Starting at $29, the package includes one reserved seat to the concert plus a meal voucher valid at most in park restaurant locations. Package inventory is limited. Reserved seating packages can be booked in advance online or at the park on the day of the concert.

Other special activities for nighttime guests this summer at SeaWorld Orlando include:

SeaWorld Orlando Clyde and Seamore's Sea Lion High Logo

Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High – Turn up the laughs with nighttime showings of this all-new sea lion comedy adventure.  Full of fun and big personalities of sea lions, walruses and otters, the show takes place in an aquatic-themed high school where laughter and education go hand in hand (er, flipper).

SeaWorld Orlando Summer Nights Shamu Light Up The Night

Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night – Experience this returning fan-favorite, a high-energy show featuring original music, amazing production elements and see SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales.  Shamu Stadium will transform with stylistic lighting and colorful backdrops to create a social and celebratory atmosphere ending with a fireworks finale spectacle.

SeaWorld Orlando Summer Nights Manta at Night

Late-Night Thrills –SeaWorld Orlando’s thrill rides are a whole different experience when the sun goes down. Guests can experience Kraken, a thrilling roller coaster, and Manta, a facedown, headfirst roller coaster where riders can skim, glide and fly like a manta ray, and many more.

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AQUATICA, SeaWorld’s Waterpark®

Aquatica heats things up with Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola® – an all-new beach party taking place every Friday and Saturday through August 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Guests can enjoy live DJs, dancing on the beach and an evening menu sizzlin’ with flavor at Waterstone Grill. All included with park admission to Aquatica.

SeaWorld Orlando Fourth of July Summer Nights 2015

Guests can enjoy Summer Nights and Island Nights with an Annual Pass offering unlimited general admission and free parking to the parks all year long. Florida residents can purchase an annual pass with EZPay, a convenient payment option starting at $16 per month for both parks. Pass holders can enjoy a variety of other perks, including discounts on food and beverage and savings on admission to Discovery Cove.

Waves of Honor

Special Summer Offer for Active-Duty Military and Veterans

Now through September 10th, U.S. active-duty military service members and veterans can purchase up to six SeaWorld Orlando single-day tickets for only $59 each plus tax. The new special offer is available for purchase and redemption through September 10, 2015 and must be purchased on WavesofHonor.com. Offer is not available at the front gate, and parking is not included.  This new offer is in addition to the park’s on-going Waves of Honor program, which offers U.S. active-duty military complimentary admission to SeaWorld for their families once a year (including the service member and up to three direct dependents). Redeemable at WavesofHonor.com

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest summer information including concert line-up.  Join the conversation with #SeaWorld and #SummerNights.

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SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection of approximately 89,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 26,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

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D23 Expo News: Disney Interactive Brings Fan Favorites To #D23Expo

Disney Interactive Brings BlockbusterSTAR WARSTM and Disney Video Games to #D23Expo 2015

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, Star Wars Battlefront™ and KINGDOM HEARTS III To Headline Disney Interactive’s Hall D23 Presentation and Expo Pavilion

The D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the biggest Star Wars™ and Disney video games in a special presentation in the signature 7,500-seat Hall D23 theater and in Disney Interactive’s pavilion on the show floor.

In the Hall D23 presentation on Sunday, August 16 at 11 a.m., fans won’t want to miss never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, new reveals and surprises from Disney Interactive’s most anticipated games.

D23 Expo Disney Infinity Star Wars

Among the games participating in the presentation are: Disney Infinity 3.0 EditionStar Wars Battlefront™ from Electronic Arts and KINGDOM HEARTS III from Square Enix. Disney Interactive will showcase more Star Wars characters and Play Sets new to Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition and provide the entire audience with limited-edition giveaways exclusively for Hall D23.

D23 Expo Disney Interactive Star Wars Battlefront

Electronic Arts will give guests an in-depth look at Star Wars Battlefront, the authentic Star Wars gaming experience coming November 17.

Square Enix will also bring special guests and surprises to Hall D23 to reveal new information from KINGDOM HEARTS III.

D23 Expo Disney Interactive Kingdom Hearts 3

In the Disney Interactive pavilion on the show floor, players can experience the latest and upcoming titles through hands-on demos, innovative interactive experiences and premium giveaways for all guests.

●  Players will join forces with Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and Disney•Pixar characters in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, the next chapter in the best-selling “hybrid toy / video game” series. Guests will have the chance to play some of the new Disney Infinity Play Sets, Star Wars™Twilight of the Republic, Star Wars™ Rise Against the Empire and Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, and the fully enhanced Toy Box mode. Pavilion guests will also be able to visit the “Only in the Toy Box” Experience. Using a new augmented reality technology, fans can step into a virtual Toy Box environment and interact alongside their favorite Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters found inside Disney Infinity.Disney Infinity will also be giving away thousands of pre-release Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition figures featuring popular characters from across The Walt Disney Company (while supplies last).

● Pavilion guests will also be able to live out some of their Star Wars battle fantasies by going hands-on with Star Wars Battlefront.

● Fans can experience the latest arcade sensation from Disney Interactive, Lucasfilm and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Star Wars™: Battle Pod™. Featuring cutting-edge, arcade-style video gameplay, Star Wars: Battle Pod brings players right into the action with a totally unique experience featuring a dome-shaped screen, air jets, and rumble seat

● In the pavilion’s game lounge, fans can take a break from the show floor and try out the hottest mobile games including Star Wars:Commander, Frozen Free Fall and LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum.

D23 2015 Expo Poster

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are $74 for a one-day adult admission and $54 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $65 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $112 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

 

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AMC “The Walking Dead” Return To Halloween Horror Nights

 The Walking Dead Coming to Halloween Horror Nights Universal Orlando

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Returns to Halloween Horror Nights

 Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will unleash the Terror

of Season 5 Upon the Country’s Most Extreme and Highly-Anticipated Halloween Events

 

The nation’s insatiable appetite for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will continue to terrify Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort when the most intense moments from season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series take a bite out of “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.

Attempts to evade the terror of the undead and the inhumane brutality of mankind will be the underlying theme of these mazes as guests navigate authentic three-dimensional recreations of one of television’s most talked about shows, “The Walking Dead.”

Following in the footsteps of “The Walking Dead” cast, guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within. As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered “W” walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of “W” walkers.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to continue and expand ‘The Walking Dead’ universe with Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando than by having fans experience some of the most harrowing and suspenseful moments of our show,” said Greg Nicotero, executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor for “The Walking Dead.”  “‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is the gold standard to which all other Halloween-themed events try to emulate, so to bring authentic walkers to this event, alongside other horror greats, is the ultimate thrill.”

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“We love giving fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ as many ways as possible to experience the series, so we’re thrilled to be collaborating once again with the teams at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando on these mazes that really bring the intensity of the show to life,” said Theresa Beyer, senior vice president of promotion, activation and partnerships for AMC. “We’re excited to have fans come face to face with some of the most memorable and shocking scenes of season 5.”

This year, when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces the all-original “The Walking Dead:  Wolves Not Far,” it will come to life as the biggest, longest, most gruesome maze ever built at the West Coast destination of “Halloween Horror Nights.” This all-new experience will feature twice as many, never-before-seen walkers and will be situated within an entirely new theme park location.

“Just like the fans who wait anxiously for the next episode or season return of ‘The Walking Dead,’ this phenom of a show has become a ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ tradition and our guests look forward to a new ‘Walking Dead’ maze each year,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.”  “We’re fortunate to have the expertise of the show’s creative team working collaboratively with us to create an authentic living representation of the series, and for fans, our maze experience is the next best thing to living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.”

Universal Orlando’s “The Walking Dead” maze will feature hordes of walkers and eerily recreate the scenes, settings and terror that guests have seen on their TV screens.  The twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights team are using first-ever tactics to bring the horror of season 5 to life in this year’s maze – even placing guests in the iconic flooded food bank scene where they’ll be surrounded by hundreds of gallons of water as flesh-hungry walkers attack.

“We’ve been fortunate to recreate many horrific moments over the past few years, and as the series raises its own bar every season, so have we with our environments, said Michael Aiello, Director of Creative Development for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team.  “Faithfully representing season 5 has brought with it all-new elements, and we will literally place our guests in the lead role as they escape hordes of walkers.”

Universal’s “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate in extreme Halloween events. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims of their own horror movie. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are constructed throughout the event, inspired by iconic slasher films, hit horror movies and television series or hauntingly real original stories. Numerous scare zones also infiltrate “Halloween Horror Nights,” designed to provoke an unrelenting sense of fear and terrorize guests as they navigate the darkness from one frightening maze to another.

Additional details about Universal’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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15 Motivating Monday Disney Quotes

Almost every Monday on Instagram, I like to post a #HappyMonday Disney Quote to start the week off right.

However this week, I couldn’t choose just one Disney Quote that I loved the most so I thought that I would share some of my favorite quotes to make your Monday even better.

1. Sometimes the impossible can become possible if you’re awesome. – Bolt

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Bolt

2. Put your faith in what you most believe in. – Tarzan

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Tarzan

3. If you live right, things happen right. -Walt Disney

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Walt

4. It’s up to you how far you go. If you don’t try, you’ll never know. – The Sword in the Stone

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Sword in the Stone

5. Even miracles take a little time. – Cinderella

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Fairy Godmother Cinderella

6. You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – Winnie the Pooh

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Winnie the Pooh

7. May you have the courage to do what you are afraid to do. – Cinderella

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Cinderella

8. If you focus on what you have left behind. You will never be able to see what lies ahead. – Ratatouille

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Ratatouille

9. You control your destiny. You don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems. – Brave

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Merida Brave

10. Today is a good day to try. – The Hunch Back of Notre Dame

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday The Hunchback of Notre Dame

11. Giving up is for rookies. – Hercules

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Hercules and Phil

12. The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Captain Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean

13. Don’t just fly. Soar. – Dumbo

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Dumbo

14. All I need is a chance to do something great. – Chicken Little

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Chicken Little

15. A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength. But by the strength of his heart. -Hercules

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Hercules

 

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D23 Expo News: Broadway Comes To Anaheim #D23Expo

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Broadway’s Best Light Up D23 Expo with Exclusive Concerts

Disney Theatrical Productions Presents Disney on Broadway’s “The Originals” Featuring Stars from Broadway’s Mary Poppins, Tarzan and Aladdin.

 

Following the incredibly warm and rousing reception from D23 EXPO fans in 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions is thrilled to announce a new concert presented exclusively for this year’s D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center entitled Disney on Broadway’s “THE ORIGINALS.”  In anticipation of high fan-demand, two performances of the concert will be presented on Saturday, August 15th at 11am and at2pm in Stage 23.

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Disney on Broadway’s “THE ORIGINALS” stars Broadway’s original “Mary Poppins” (Ashley Brown), “Tarzan” (Josh Strickland) and “Genie”(James Monroe Iglehart) from Aladdin.  The “originals” will entertain and delight D23 EXPO attendees by performing favorite musical highlights from the Disney on Broadway catalogue.   Tony Award®-winner James Monroe Iglehart will also serve as host for this 70-minute, live performance that features a five-piece band of Broadway’s best musicians with special behind-the-scenes videos and interviews that promise to enthrall Disney on Broadway fans of all ages.

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Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress.  Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of Mary Poppins where she garnered a Garland award for “Best Performance in a Musical”. Ms. Brown’s other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and she has starred in the national tour of Disney’s On The Record.  Ms. Brown recently returned to critical acclaim starring in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Oklahoma.   She previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zembello’s Show Boat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Brown has performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall (four times), the Cincinnati Pops and the Philadelphia Orchestra (two times). Ashley starred in The Sound of Musicat the St. Louis MUNY which garnered her a Kevin Kline award and her own PBS special called “Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible” which received a PBS Telly Award.  Other television credits include NBC’s The Sound of Music.  Ms. Brown’s long-awaited album of Broadway and American Songbook standards is available on Ghostlight/Sony. Ashley is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

D23 Expo 2015 Disney on Broadway Josh Strickland

Josh Strickland is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. In 2006, Strickland created the leading role of Tarzan in Disney’s Tarzan on Broadway. In 2009, he made his starring Las Vegas debut in PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort while concurrently co-starring in the hit E! reality show Holly’s World. Strickland debuted his first single “Report to the Floor”, which skyrocketed to the top five on the iTunes Dance Charts the first week of its release, followed by “Last Dance”. Mr. Strickland is currently starring in Vegas! the Show at the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas.

D23 Expo 2015 Disney on Broadway James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart won a 2014 Tony Award® for his performance in Aladdin. He originated the role of Bobby in the Tony-winning musicalMemphis. Other NYC: The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee and The Wiz. Film/TV: “Gotham”, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt”, “The Good Wife” and “The Electric Company” (the Silent E Soloist). James is a member of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. His greatest gift is his wife, Dawn. This is an absolute blessing — a real-life wish come true!

For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

About DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS

Disney Theatrical Productions operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, bringing live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 19 million people in more than 50 countries.  Under the Disney Theatrical Productions banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway musicals around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, TARZAN®, Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, The Little Mermaid, Peter and the Starcatcher, andNewsiesAladdin is its most recent Tony Award-winning Broadway hit.  Other successful stage musical ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concert.  DTP has collaborated with the country’s leading regional theatres to develop new stage titles including The Jungle Book and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com.  Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23EXPO.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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