When these were first announced, I thought for sure this was going to be a winner, but perhaps the excitement was bigger than the actual product. Considering the free shipping, the extremely nice packaging, and the exclusive pin content, it … Continue reading More Hype Than Content? – Disney Store Park Pack Review
Star Wars joins the Infinity universe! It started with 1.0 and the introduction of the Infinity system. That early system featured a variety of playsets and what Disney called the Toy Box. The Toy Box offered free play in the … Continue reading Star Wars Goes to Infinity and Beyond! – Infinity 3.0 Review
The holiday season at Disneyland is my absolute favorite time of year! I don’t think I’ve missed going since I worked there as a Cast Member back in 1986. Disneyland always seems to make the holiday season special! Parades, lights, … Continue reading The Diminishing Role of Christmas at Disneyland?
So it’s race day! After having checked in the day before (and also going to the Force Friday event at Disneyland), we rolled out of bed at 4:15am and walked over to the corrals. Thankfully, we were staying at the … Continue reading My First runDisney Experience – Race Day! (Part 2)
Darth Vader. Darth Vader will happen in season 2. Those two words alone cause fear throughout the galaxy. Not just in ours but in the Star Wars universe as well. If you watched the season 2 premiere, “The Siege of … Continue reading What Will Happen in Star Wars Rebels Season 2? – BluRay/DVD Exclusives
If you know that Rumpelstiltskin is really the Dark One and the Evil Queen’s name is actually Regina, if you know that Peter Pan is evil and Captain Hook is misunderstood, if you know that Elsa and the Snow Queen … Continue reading Oncers Unite! – Once Upon A Time Season 5 Primer
Can you tell which witch is which? I couldn’t. At least not at first. Had it not been for the fact that Lana Parilla was already on stage at D23 Expo, I would have sworn she had just walked in … Continue reading The Evil Queen Has A Twin! – Interview with Regina Redeemed Cosplayer Reini Side
I’m not much of a runner. At all. My roly-poly stomach will attest to that. But I really wanted to do something healthy – not just for me, but for my daughter. But when we signed up I didn’t know … Continue reading My First runDisney Experience – The runDisney Expo (part 1)
Adam Gidwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Grimm Trilogy – A Tale Dark and Grimm, In A Glass Grimmly, and The Grimm Conclusion. Before Adam was a renowned writer, he was a teacher for second grade … Continue reading So You Want to Be A Star Wars Author? – Exclusive Interview With Adam Gidwitz
What is it like to be a Jedi? If you read Adam Gidwitz’ retelling of the classic The Empire Strikes Back, you’ll definitely have some idea – or you just might turn out to be Jedi material. Adam was tapped … Continue reading So You Want to Be A Jedi? (spoiler-free book review)
Growing up, I was a big fan of The Muppet Show. Looking back, I had no idea how innovative they were. I just loved the songs, the skits, and the stories. Who doesn’t remember “Pigs In Space?” When I watch … Continue reading The Muppets Are Coming Back to TV!
Tom Angleberger obviously has a sharp intellect and a thoughtful way of looking at life. Getting to interview him was a treat, especially for my 11-year old daughter who absolutely loves his Origami Yoda series of books. But Tom is … Continue reading Tom Angleberger – Adding Deep Insight Into the Star Wars Universe (exclusive interview)
Tom Angleberger is no stranger to the Star Wars universe. He’s been dabbling in that pool for quite a while now with his hit series Origami Yoda. Tom has intrigued and delighted both the young and the young at heart … Continue reading Beware the Power of the Dark Side! (spoiler-free book review)
I love exclusive adventures. I love going behind-the-scenes. And I love Disney. Put them all together is almost a sure recipe for success. Lately Disney theme parks have been offering some pretty unique – and pretty expensive – new and … Continue reading Disney Foodie Spotlight: Exotic Theme Park Experiences With Exotic Theme Park Prices
Just when you thought you had seen everything there was to see on the Jungle Cruise, Tokyo Disneyland “plusses” it. The Jungle Cruise has had a long and venerable history in Disney theme parks. It was one of the original … Continue reading “New” Jungle Cruise Attraction at Tokyo Disneyland Lights Up the Night
There is no more beautiful mountain range in the world than the Disneyland Mountain Range. Cast members and guests alike refer to the four mountains within the park berm by this moniker. Consisting of Space, Splash, Thunder, and the Matterhorn, … Continue reading Kill Refurb Marry: The Disney Mountain Range
Have my first novel published. Check. Be on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Check. Have one of my novels picked up for possible film. Check. Do all this before the age of 30. Check. For Alexandra Bracken, this is … Continue reading A True Star Wars-ian – Alexandra Bracken Shares Her Thoughts
LEGO Droid Tales is a funny, irreverent look at the Star Wars universe seen through the eyes of the only two characters to appear in all six films – R2D2 and C3PO. Meant to be a kid-friendly synopsis of the … Continue reading Where Is R2? – LEGO Droid Tales Captures the Essence of Star Wars
With a title like that, it sounds like you’re about to read a classic fairy-tale. And perhaps you are. Star Wars is a modern classic fairy-tale complete with all the elements you’d expect – excitement, danger, romance, heroics, a daring … Continue reading The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy (Spoiler-free book review)
Beautiful. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book – beautiful. The second? Fun! For any fan of the hit Disney-Pixar film Inside Out this book is a treasure. Not only because it has … Continue reading Inside The Art of Inside Out (book review)
Being a Disney Vacation Club member has been better than we could have imagined! We have been able to experience some incredible vacations because we were part of DVC that I don’t think we could have done otherwise. We took … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Being a Disney Vacation Club Member
Ever wonder what it cost to go to other Disney theme parks? What kind of value do you get for your money? Well, the results may just surprise you! To make it as fair as possible, I compared one day … Continue reading The High Cost of Admission? – Price of Disney Theme Parks Around the World
Disney cosplay fans come in all shapes and sizes. Believe me, one look at my Russell costume and you know that’s true. Go to any typical Disney convention like D23 Expo and you’ll see traditional interpretations of characters like Chey’anne … Continue reading Ivy Tenebrae – A Sexy Look at Disney Cosplay
Star Wars flooded D23 Expo 2015! More than just all the cool Star Wars “stuff” (and there was plenty of it), it seemed every division of the company seemed to have exciting Star Wars news. Disney Interactive: Previewing the new … Continue reading D23 Expo 2015 – Everything is Coming Up Star Wars!
What was the hottest item at D23 Expo? It had to be the Snow White and Evil Queen dolls featured at the Disney Store pavilion. At $129.95 each, you’d think they would sit there on the shelf. I mean, who … Continue reading D23 Expo 2015 – Treasure Trove of Collectibles!
Is D23 Gold Membership worth it? Yes! And it’s becoming more and more worth it all the time. If you don’t know what D23 is, D23 is a membership club for Disney fans. They have a website, exclusive merchandise (sold … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Being a D23 Gold Member
As a kid, I used to love watching the window displays at the Emporium on Main Street. When my family and I would come for our annual visit it was one of the first things I looked at on the … Continue reading Adding to the Magic – Main Street Enchanted Windows
Chey’Anne Harris is an amazing Disney cosplayer! If you haven’t come across the term before it’s someone who engages in costume play. Wikipedia’s definition of this as a “performance art” fits perfectly in so many ways. Those who are passionate … Continue reading Disney Cosplay: Chey’Anne Harris Shares Her Disney Passion
Simply put – wow! Paint the Night, Disneyland’s newest nighttime parade developed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first of all Disney theme parks, will blow you away. If you were at all concerned that this would simply be … Continue reading Paint the Night Lights Up Main Street USA – 3 Tips to View the Parade
Did you know the Country Bear Jamboree almost didn’t become part of the Disney theme parks? It’s true. Originally, the attraction was supposed to be part of a year-round resort located in the mountains of California. Walt apparently loved skiing … Continue reading An Alternate Home for the Country Bear Jamboree: The Disney Resort That Never Was
It’s pretty far away from any Disney theme park. And if you were planning a Disney vacation, probably San Francisco would be low on the list of places to go. But if you have the chance and you’re a fan … Continue reading Why You Need To Go To The Walt Disney Family Museum