Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th. This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. “Rogue One” has established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S.
Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen Rogue One bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. An intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story In-Home Trailer (Official)
Bonus features (may vary by retailer):
A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.
Looking to make your Valentines Day (or even Galentine’s Day) special? Chocolate covered strawberries are easy to make and are absolutely delicious.
Creating On the Go: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Strawberries- Bigger strawberries tend to work better
Chocolate- any kind; milk, dark, or white (I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers and white chocolate)
Chocolate warmer- or anything you can use to melt the chocolate in.
1. Place parchment paper on your cookie sheet.
2. Wash strawberries and dry them with a food safe paper towel. Line them up on your cookie sheet. Don’t skip the drying process because your chocolate will slide right off your strawberry if it is still wet and you will also mess with the consistency of the chocolate.
3. Melt your chocolate per the instructions on the package. Since I have a chocolate warmer I used the ceramic dish to microwave the chocolate first and then set it back into the warmer to keep the consistency.
4. Grab a strawberry by the leaves and dip it fully into the chocolate, shaking off any excess chocolate to avoid a puddle of chocolate on the cookie sheet.
Then lay it on the sheet to dry. Continue till all strawberries are covered.
5. Time to drizzle! You can drizzle your strawberries in whatever chocolate you want. I decided to do half in the dark chocolate and the other half in white chocolate. Take your spoon and grab some chocolate with it.
The trick to this, I have found, is to keep the spoon straight up, no angles, as you drizzle the chocolate over the strawberry.
Return to cookie sheet to dry.
You can also sprinkle red or pink sugar over the drizzle for some added color. This works best with the white chocolate.
6. Refrigerate till you’re ready to enjoy!
Helpful hint: Do these the day of or the night before so they are as fresh as possible.
If you decide to make your own and want to share, tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts so we can see all of your wonderful masterpieces!
It’s time for another Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up! This week we’ll revisit the extended trailers that aired during Super Bowl 51, find out more about the PIXAR short that will be shown before Cars 3, and how to pre-order the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack!
Walt Disney Studios Round-Up
February 9, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
As soon as I heard the music hit for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 during Super Bowl 51, I was up and out of my seat!
In Baby Groot’s words…Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy! Only he didn’t use frickin’…
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Extended Big Game Spot
Also, the @Guardians Twitter account is a FANTASTIC follow full of awesome GIFs, photos, and more from the upcoming movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters on May 5th!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite attractions at both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, and the more I hear the more excited I get for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales!
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck 10-10-16 Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Extended Look
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into theaters May 26, 2017!
The PIXAR Shorts are always fantastic, and I am excited to share a sneak peek at ‘LOU’!
When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
From Pixar Animation Studios, director Dave Mullins and producer Dana Murray, “Lou” opens in theaters on June 16, 2017, in front of “Cars 3.”
Pre-Order Information for the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
Pre-order of the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Disney Music Emporium! (Just to let you know, these are not affiliate links! I just wanted to make things easier for you!)
That’s it for this week’s Disney Movie Round-Up but be sure to check out January’s Disney Movie News from 1/17/2017 & 1/27/2017, and make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram for even more fun!
The spring issue of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine looks amazing! Inside you’ll find behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming movies, attractions, television shows, and as always a look back on Disney history!
Transforming one of the most beloved animated films of all time into a live-action feature, complete with elaborate sets, extravagant costumes, vibrant musical numbers, and dazzling special effects, is no easy task. But that’s exactly what director Bill Condon has done with Beauty and the Beast, which arrives in theaters March 17.
“When a musical works and you feel that kind of thrill of taking off, I think it’s like nothing else,” says Condon who, along with stars Emma Watson (Belle) and Josh Gad (LeFou), reveals to Disney twenty-three the unique challenges they faced and the heartfelt moments they experienced when creating this sumptuous new film.
The spring issue, exclusively for Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, also features a look behind the scenes with Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell at the making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as well as an interview with Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who describes in detail the thrills and excitement that await guests on Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT!—coming to Disney California Adventure later this year.
Plus, actors Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi talk exclusively with Disney twenty-three about Tangled: The Series, and the hair-raising good time they’ve had stepping back into the roles of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (now known as Eugene).Disney twenty-three looks at five incredible decades of Pirates of the Caribbean, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer offers readers a sneak peek at May’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. And the Mouseketeers from The New Mickey Mouse Club come together 40 years later to look back on their fun and funkadelic ’70s-era show.
Also included in the spring issue of Disney twenty-three:
A celebration of the Main Street Electrical Parade’s 45th anniversary, as it returns to its original home at Disneyland Park
The wonder and beauty of Disneynature’s newest film, Born in China
A peek at what’s to come during the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris
Eleven cool experiences you may not have known about at Walt Disney World Resort
A look inside the newly renovated Walt Disney Animation Studios headquarters
Regular features including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave
And readers will get a look at the 2017 D23 Gold Member Gift, “Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men.” The gift, sent to D23 Gold Members who join or renew for 2017, includes 23 meticulously reproduced items—including beautiful artwork—that represent the work and legacy of the nine animators who created some of Disney’s most enduring characters. More on the gift is available at D23.com/NineOldMen.
Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-February.
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 Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) 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, Instagram, and YouTube.
In this week’s Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up we’ve got an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit news (Who else is stoked about this one?), Beauty and the Beast updates, and a Magic Camp announcement!
Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up: January 27, 2017
Catch a Sneak Peek of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Beginning February 10th, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to preview a scene from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that will be arriving in theaters on March 17, 2017!
This advanced look at the segment from the film can be found in the One Man’s Dream attraction, and it will also include a display featuring a collection of props and costume pieces actually used in the film’s production.
This amazing restoration is sourced from digital scans of a 16mm silent print that was made in 1930 for home use and discovered in the UK. This is one of only three known surviving prints on this title.
Max Lark on D23.com shared a little bit of the history behind the short.
In 1927, while Walt was wrapping up the “Alice Comedies,” his distributor, Charles Mintz, brokered a deal with Universal for Walt to create a cartoon character. That new character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, would go on to star in 26 cartoons from the Disney studio. The series proved popular, and the character was the first to generate Disney merchandise—a candy bar, a stencil set, and a pin-back button!
Poor Papa was the first Oswald cartoon produced, but Mintz felt that Oswald looked “old” so the short was not released. The next Oswald short Walt and Ub produced, Trolley Troubles on September 5, 1927, debuted a redesigned younger version of Oswald. Given this second short’s positive critical reaction by the public, Universal and Mintz ultimately released Poor Papa on June 11, 1928. In this rather charming story, a bunch of storks bombard Oswald with bunnies until our hero figures out a way to thwart them.
All-New Original Song announced for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
Five-time Grammy winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast that is included on the film’s soundtrack.
Written by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.
Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I’m truly honored to be a part of this film again.”
Character Posters for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
We also got our first look at the character posters for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from Walt Disney Studios, and they look PERFECT!!!
Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and as the Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
And just a reminder of how fantastic Disney’s Beauty and the Beast looks (like anyone needed reminding)…
Beauty and the Beast US Official Trailer
Disney’s Magic Camp in Production
Production has begun on Disney’s Magic Camp, a live-action comedy starring Adam Devine (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Pitch Perfect”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community,” “Girls”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) directed by Mark Waters (“Bad Santa 2,” “Mean Girls”).
Tambor plays Roy Preston, the owner of a summer camp for aspiring young magicians and Devine is Andy, a former camper whose flailing career as a magician has forced him to return to the camp as a counselor. Also returning to the camp is Andy’s former partner and current nemesis, Darkwood, played by Jacobs, who is now a successful magician. When preparations begin for the end-of-summer magic contest between rival teams of campers, Andy and his team of ragtag misfits must go head to head with Darkwood and her campers. In the process, Andy is inspired by the young campers and rediscovers his passion for magic.
The film is shooting on locations in and around Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in 2017.
That’s it for this week’s Round-Up, but for more Walt Disney Studios news check out our other posts!
Check out the last Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up from 1/17/2017
Take a peek at what you can look forward to with the 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate here.
The Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets are celebrating the Lunar New Year (Did you know that this is the year of the Rooster?) and the coming of spring by inviting Orlando-area residents and visitors to an event full of traditional holiday fun for the entire family and special offers on Saturday, January 28 from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Food Court Patio.
Shoppers can enjoy a time-honored Chinese New Year celebration with activities for all ages including traditional performances, delectable cuisines and arts and crafts throughout the event. The first 150 guests to arrive will receive a special Lunar New Year gift tote with a Savings Passport and exclusive retailer offerings*.
Beginning January 28 through February 5, guests who spend $689 or more at any of our retailers if eligible to receive a special gift** from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.
*While supplies last
**Terms and conditions apply. Visit Simon Guest Services in the Food Court to redeem offer.
Lunar New Year Celebration – Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
The Walt Disney Studios 2017 Motion Picture Slate is awesome, and to keep you up-to-date on the latest news I am launching a Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up with information about Moana, Cars 3, & Beauty and the Beast!
So let the fun begin!
Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up ~ January 17, 2017
Walt Disney Animation Studios says ‘You’re Welcome’ to Moana fans later this month when an all-new sing-along version of the epic adventure will sail in to more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on January 27th and exclusively at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre on January 20th.
The sing-along version of Moana includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics, so audiences can belt out the words to their favorite songs, such as the Golden Globe®-nominated “How Far I’ll Go.”
Make sure that you check your local listings for showtimes and theaters, because the sing-along run will vary by location.
MOANA home Release date announced
Audiences can soon enjoy the original theatrical version of the film at home and packed with a variety of bonus extras when Moana arrives on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on February 21st & on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand on March 7th.
Moana | Gone Fishing Bonus Clip
Cars 3 Extended Look
Cars 3 is an all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world, and we have learned about two new characters and a new extended look at the movie was released!
It was announced that Cristela Alonzo, as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Armie Hammer, as next-gen racer Jackson Storm, will be joining Owen Wilson in the cast of Cars 3.
Cruz Ramirez is a sunny-but-fierce unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She expertly arms the team’s talented rookies with cutting-edge tools to tear up the track—but she nearly stalls when her longtime idol Lightning McQueen shows up. While she’d love to help him find his way back to the top, she knows the competition is faster than ever, and victory is all about speed—or is it?
Jackson Storm is fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm’s quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting—but his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatable—and he knows it.
Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.
And finally in Cars 3 news, I wanted to share the new extended look!
Cars 3 "Lightning Strikes" Extended Look
Beauty and the Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack news
GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend are set to perform the Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” as the title track for Disney’s upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation “Beauty and the Beast.”
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Beauty and the Beast” will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
Beauty and the Beast
Earlier in the month during the Golden Globes a new “Beauty and the Beast” spot aired that FINALLY gave us a glimpse at Emma Watson singing as Belle.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast – Golden Globes TV Spot
If you don’t have goosebumps after watching this spot, you’re doing it wrong!!! March 17th can’t get here quick enough!
I can’t wait to bring you more Walt Disney Studios news in a new round-up!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided with tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, however all opinions are completely my own.
Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, announced Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced on January 14th (the same day we attended Circus XTREME…gulp) that all shows will end in May of this year.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME will conclude its tour in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7th and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World will conclude its tour in Uniondale, New York, on May 21st.
“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was the original property on which we built Feld Entertainment into a global producer of live entertainment over the past 50 years,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “We are grateful to the hundreds of millions of fans who have experienced Ringling Bros. over the years. Between now and May, we will give them one last chance to experience the joy and wonder of Ringling Bros.”
For those of you planning on catching the Greatest Show on Earth one last time like we did (You can find the full tour schedule here), I wanted to share with you a **FREE** way to enhance your visit to the circus!
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey All-Access Preshow
An hour before the show starts, ticket holders can attend the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME for FREE!
During the party on the show floor families have the chance to meet the international cast, try on costumes, meet the menagerie of animals, and can even be a part of the ‘show’ by learning from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and jugglers.
During our visit Zoe even got to be a part of a BMX trick! (She is MUCH braver than I am!)
The fun ends with a dance party that takes up the entire show floor.
So grab yourself a complimentary red nose and join us for a look at the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME at the Amway Center!
We absolutely had a blast watching Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, and I will cherish all the memories we have made and laughs we have shared as a family with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
The latest collaboration that I am excited to share with you is Disney Bambi by LeSportac!
Inspired by the original artwork of Bambi that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the latest collaboration brings the joy of spring and fun of friendship to a group of bags that are perfectly on trend with a charming floral pattern in rich pastel hues.
Let’s take a look at the collaboration’s 20 pieces that are split between a main pattern and five coordinating accent pieces.
Wearing the Magic: Disney Bambi by LeSportsac
Bambi and Friends
Bambi and Friends is the name of the main pattern in the Disney Bambi by LeSportsac line featuring a lovely floral print with Bambi, Thumper, and Flower.
There are 15 items from cosmetic cases to weekend bags ranging from $28 to $144 available in this print, and all three of my ‘go to’ LeSportsac bags are here!
Bambi’s Buddies Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($31) is a great case for traveling! I use my LeSportsac Rectangular Cases for traveling with my make-up. But the sweet front and detail of the front and back are lovely.
This XL Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($40) is the one coordinating accent LeSportsac piece is extremely versatile, and I use the one I have as a packing cube for smaller accessories. It works like a charm!
The 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate has me giddy to say the least with familiar and favorite stories being re-told and continued, a chance to journey into nature, and to go on a colorful adventure.
I can’t wait any longer…let’s go!
New in 2017: Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate
March 17, 2017 –Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios)
Every time I see the Beauty and the Beast trailer I have to catch my breath a little, because Belle is one of my top Disney Princesses and I cannot wait to watch Emma Watson as Belle live out the dream of dancing with Beast in the ballroom or to see/hate Luke Evans as Gaston.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.
“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast US Official Trailer
Seriously…is it May yet???
April 21, 2017 – Born In China (Disneynature)
Watching Born in China will be the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day this year! With stunning footage of never-before-seen imagery of China’s vast terrain, the movie’s adventure takes us through and above the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest while telling a compelling story.
Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured.
Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.
Disneynature's Born In China – Earth Day Trailer
It’s been awesome to be able to share the next generation of ‘True Life Adventure’ films that I loved so much with my daughter, and Born in China looks to be an fantastic addition to the Disneynature films.
May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios)
The first Marvel Studios release in the 2017 Motion Picture Slate is going to set the bar pretty high for the summer, because I don’t know too many people who aren’t hyped for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Trailer
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos.
The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
I. Cannot. Wait. From the moment I saw the first teaser photo, I flipped! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 seems to be a continuation of the adventures with a perfect combination of action, witty dialogue, & amazing music…and this time we get more Baby Groot!
May 26, 2017 – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (Walt Disney Studios)
Fans of the Disney Parks can’t help but get excited to hear more familiar words that echo in the caverns of the attraction on the big screen! Dead Men Tell No Tales is a continuation of a story and ride that I have enjoyed most of my life!
Teaser Trailer: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
What could be wrong about having more Captain Jack Sparrow in 2017???
June 16, 2017 – CARS 3 (Disney / Pixar)
The intensity of the Cars 3 teaser trailer made me realize how emotionally invested I was in Lightning McQueen…A sentence I never thought I would type.
Cars 3 Official US Teaser Trailer
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.
To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
When Zoe was younger we watched Cars on repeat and then when Cars 2 was released I watched as she enjoyed racing with her friends again, and now I can’t wait to experience Cars 3 with my favorite passenger!
November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)
While Tony Stark is my main man, I can’t help but wait to see one of my other favorite Avengers back on the big screen.
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
Thor? Gladiatorial contest? The Incredible Hulk? Evil villain? I’m all in!
November 22, 2017 – COCO (Disney / Pixar)
At the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim, I was lucky (lucky = waited in the basement of the convention center for hours with great friends, even better conversation, and mediocre snacks) to snag a seat at the Walt Disney Studios presentation to hear about Coco.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt).
Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
I have always been intrigued by the Día de los Muertos celebrations, so you can only imagine what my excitement level is on a scale from 1 to 10…it’s an 11!
December 15, 2017 – STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII (Lucasfilm)
2017 is going to end in a galaxy far, far away when Star Wars: Episode VIII hits the screen.
Now while we don’t know much about what adventures we will go on, we do know that this journey will push the boundaries of the saga even further.
Is there really a better way to end an amazing year of films?
If you aren’t pumped for the 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate, then I don’t know if we can be friends! This is the stuff that movie dreams are made of, and I can’t wait to share more information and even some fun activities about them this year.
I hope that you are not in the same boat as I am…The holidays are less than a week away and I am TOTALLY unprepared, because I I have a ton of shopping and decorating left to do!
However if you are looking for a last minute gift from Walt Disney World, the Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) has your back, because today is the last day you can order goodies from the theme parks with 3-Day Express Shipping!
If you aren’t familiar with the Shop Disney Parks App, you should be! The app is completely free, and allows you to shop for authentic Walt Disney World Resort merchandise some of which has never before been sold outside of Disney Parks and Resorts. Using the app you can:
Search and browse thousands of gifts, toys, collectibles, costumes, pins, Mickey ears, and more.
Use the map to see what souvenirs and keepsakes are in stock near you in Walt Disney World Resort.
Scan an item you love in a Walt Disney World Resort store to view it on the app.
Ship your purchase to select Walt Disney World Resort hotels or have your order shipped right to your door! Shipping is available to all 50 states in the U.S., but does not include P.O. boxes.
Track your package as they make their way from Cinderella’s castle to yours.
One of my favorite gifts to give are ornaments from Walt Disney World, because they are easy to transport and are extremely personal. Every year the line of ornaments expands, and here are some of my new favorites!
All of these ornaments are extremely affordable (under $20) and are perfect for any Disney fan!
Last week D23: The Official Disney Fan Club launched Walt Week: Celebrating a Legacy of Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation, and on their new website D23.com/WalkWithWalt there are tons of amazing photos and articles about Walt Disney throughout the years and the efforts to restore the Disney Home in Chicago.
And while D23 members have access to exclusive content and special features, on December 15th to mark the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s passing D23 is inviting guests at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney Resort to join the celebration of Walt’s extraordinary life by sharing a message on Memory Boards that will be placed at each resort.
Guests can find the Walt Week Memory Boards at the following locations:
· Disneyland Resort: The gallery inside the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland Park from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m
· Walt Disney World Resort: Inside One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
· Disneyland Paris: Inside the Liberty Arcade on Main Street, U.S.A. at the entrance of “Statue of Liberty Tableau” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
· Hong Kong Disneyland: Inside Art of Animation on Main Street, U.S.A. from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
· Tokyo Disney Resort:Mark Twain Riverboat queue from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you are looking to sign these memory boards, please keep in mind that the times and locations of the boards could change so be sure to ask a Cast Member if you have any questions.
ALEX AND ANI bracelets are some of my absolute favorite Disney Parks exclusive merchandise pieces, and I wanted to share all about these awesome bracelets!
Wearing the Magic: Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI
If you aren’t familiar with them ALEX AND ANI bracelets are eco-friendly, created in the United States, full of positive energy, and inspired by meaningful memories.
What makes these bracelets truly unique is that these may look like traditional bangle bracelets, but they are an innovative signature expandable bangle concept that is completely adjustable with a built-in expanding slide feature making them a perfect fit any wrist shape or size.
The best way to wear ALEX AND ANI bracelets is by ‘stacking’ several bracelets which they call having a ‘Charmed Arm’ representing your favorite Disney or Star Wars movie, theme park, character, or words of wisdom with exclusive designs for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.
Bracelets are also available available in several styles to suit any outfit or occasion. You will find the charmed bangles with metal and enamel charms, traditional bangle perfect for stacking, beaded bangles perfect for adding a pop of color to your stack, and wraps that gently go up your arm from your wrist.
ALEX AND ANI bracelets are made of Rafaelian gold and Rafaelian silver making them extremely easy to care for and durable for everyday wear.
The Disney line of ALEX AND ANI are exclusive to the Disney Parks, and can only be purchased three ways.
At Walt Disney World:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Discovery Trading Company
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Bayview Gifts
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Keystone Clothiers
Disney Springs Town Center – ALEX AND ANI Store
Disney Springs Marketplace– Tren-D and World of Disney Store
Epcot – Mouse Gear
Magic Kingdom Park – Emporium
The Disney Store online (http://disneystore.com) carries a large selection of ALEX AND ANI bracelets, and if you sign up for email alerts you can even find them on sale!
The Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) lets you to find the bracelet you are looking for from home! If you are an annual passholder, make sure you connect that to your account to receive your discount.
I thought it was time to take a break from the theme parks and a step into my home as I share the recipe for Heavenly Bits cookies that are a holiday staple in my house!
When I was younger, we were lucky enough to spend a lot of time my Bubbe and Papa.
Bubbe always made sure that we had our favorite foods (I am going to try to make her stuffed cabbage one day), and one of my all time favorites that she made were these wonderful little cookies that she called Heavenly Bits.
My Mother would also make Heavenly Bits, too. However, she made them without thinking since she had made them so often and she never wrote the recipe down.
I would always ask my Mom to write down the recipe, but our visits are always so hectic that it always slipped through the cracks.
But the Hanukkah after my Bubbe passed away, she gave me a gift that made my heart soar.
This is the recipe for Heavenly Bits from my Bubbe’s recipe box. I get teary thinking of how happy I was to see her hand writing again. It was like I had a piece of her to keep with me always.
So now I can stop blubbering, and let you know about how to make these awesome cookies!!!
Heavenly Bits Cookies Ingredients
2 softened blocks of margarine (I like to cut the blocks into cubes to add to the mixer)
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I like to use 2 teaspoons, because I love vanilla)
1 cup of nuts (My favorite to use is pecan pieces)
2 cups of all purpose flour
Bowl of Confectioner’s/Powdered Sugar (This is to roll the cooked cookies in, so you want to make sure you have a good amount)
Heavenly Bits Cookies Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, or if you are using a convection oven you will want to set it 325 degrees F.
My Bubbe said it best when she said ‘Mix Together’! There is no right or wrong order to making Heavenly Bits Cookies, but I like to cream the margarine, sugar, and vanilla together before I add the flour and then the nuts. It’s up to you!
These cookies are really balls, and you want to make sure that you don’t make them too big. You want to be able to eat them in one to two bites, because any larger and the powdered sugar will go EVERYWHERE!
To make sure that they cook evenly, I make them all the same size by using a small disher. It makes the process go a lot faster, too.
For baking, I like to use a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. It makes clean up a breeze!
When you are placing the dough balls on the cookie sheet you can place them pretty close, because they don’t spread as they bake.
Once your cookie sheet is full, you bake them for 10 minutes.
Since the Heavenly Bits Cookies are so fragile when they come out of the oven, I like to put a layer of newspaper under my cooling rack. Can you tell I like to make clean up easy???
Once they have cooled, you will want to roll them in the Confectioner’s Powdered Sugar to coat them all the way around.
To store the cookies, I use a tin that seals tightly lined with wax paper and layer of Confectioner’s Powdered Sugar on the bottom.
I hope that you enjoy these Heavenly Bits Cookies this holiday season as much as we do!