Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Disney Junior: Sofia the First

I'm a sucker for anything Disney Princess... and so is Turtle. Girl loves her some Disney Princesses! 

And what do ya' know, a new Disney Princess is coming to Disney Junior!

Here are the details on Sofia the First (from a press release) :


Classic Disney Princess Cinderella Makes Special Appearance

All-Star Voice Cast Includes Ariel Winter, Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady
and Tim Gunn

Disney will introduce its first little girl princess with the debut of "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess," an enchanting, music-filled animated Disney Junior television movie for the whole family, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Junior, the 24-hour channel. A "Sofia the First" television series will premiere in early 2013. The movie and series will roll out internationally through mid-2013 on both Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels.

Set in the storybook world of Enchancia, the movie introduces Sofia, an average girl whose life suddenly transforms when her mother marries the king and she becomes a princess, Sofia the First. Sofia must learn to navigate the extraordinary life of royalty while holding on to her own hopes and dreams. Her journey to being the best she can be also paves the way for those around her to realize how special they each are.  Disney's Cinderella makes an appearance in the movie to offer Sofia some words of wisdom – princess to princess.

Sofia's royal adventure begins as she prepares to move into the castle with her mom, starting a new family with her step-father, King Roland II, and step-siblings, Amber and James. Helping Sofia in her journey are the three headmistresses of Royal Prep Academy - Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (the beloved fairies seen in Disney's classic "Sleeping Beauty") and royal steward, Baileywick, as well as a group of cute woodland creatures led by a wise-talking rabbit, Clover. Sofia soon discovers that looking like a princess isn't all that difficult, but displaying honesty, loyalty, courage, independence, compassion and grace is what makes one truly royal. 

Created for kids age 2-7 and their families, the stories of "Sofia the First" communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to young children.  While she lives in a captivating world of castles, wizards and flying horses, Sofia remains a relatable peer-to-peer princess who is experiencing many of the same social situations as young viewers at home including learning how to fit in, making new friends and mastering new skills.

Events across multiple platforms will mark the debut of "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" beginning Wednesday September 19 with the launch of the DisneyJunior.com/Sofiawebsite featuring an introductory character gallery. On Friday, November 2, the site will expand to include a fully immersive experience where kids can create and personalize their own prince or princess avatars. A digital EP featuring five songs from the movie will be available on iTunes and other online retailers beginning Tuesday, November 13. A live simulcast on WATCH Disney Channel and mobile VOD for AT&T and Sprint customers will be presented in conjunction with the movie premiere on Sunday, November 18. The movie will also be available the following day on WATCH Disney Junior, Disney Junior On Demand and DisneyJunior.com.

"Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" stars the voices of Ariel Winter ("Modern Family") as Sofia; Sara Ramirez ("Grey's Anatomy") as Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady ("Let's Make A Deal") as Clover; Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") as Baileywick; Darcy Rose Byrnes ("Desperate Housewives") as Amber; Zach Callison ("Land of the Lost") as James; Travis Willingham ("Ultimate Spider-Man") as King Roland II; Jess Harnell ("Doc McStuffins") as Cedric; Ashley Eckstein ("Star Wars: The Clone Wars") as Mia the Bluebird and Meghan Strange ("Special Agent Oso") as Robin. Disney Legend Russi Taylor (Minnie Mouse), Barbara Dirickson and Tress MacNeille (Daisy Duck), bring Fauna, Flora and Merryweather, respectively, to life.  Jennifer Hale provides the voice of Cinderella. 

Craig Gerber ("Pixie Hollow Games") developed the movie and serves as co-executive producer and story editor. Jamie Mitchell ("Special Agent Oso") is executive producer and director. John Kavanaugh ("Winnie The Pooh: Springtime with Roo") serves as songwriter/music director and Kevin Kliesch ("Tangled Ever After") is the composer. "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" is a production of Disney Television Animation. 

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network's biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. bringing the total number of channels to 30 worldwide. "

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Disney without Kids

Yes, you read that title right... DISNEY WITHOUT KIDS.

It's possible.

And it's wonderful.

And it's fun as hell.

My friend and I took off without telling our kids and made it our mission to visit three Disney Parks, ride all the roller coasters we wanted and not feel a single ounce of guilt while we did it.

And you know what: we did it!

And it was fantastic.

We started out at Animal Kingdom and rode Mt. Everest (my first roller coaster since all my health issues started and ya know what, I had a blast).

After AK, we hopped the bus to Epcot where my friend attempted to hold up Spaceship Earth.

She did a great job, btw.

We did Soarin' and ate yummy Mexican food before ending up at the Magic Kingdom (my all-time favorite park, ever!).

I even navigated the boat for the captain.

We rode Space Mountain (a two hour wait!), Big Thunder Mountain and eat the most delicious brownies I've ever had (and I've had a lot).

And I won't lie, we did feel a bit... sad that our kids weren't with us. But it didn't last long.

Moms need breaks and Moms need Disney without kids too.

We didn't have to worry about potty breaks or strollers or sippy cups.

It was refreshing!

And I recommend it to any parent out there. It is worth it! Trust me!

Check out the Walt Disney Resort website for more information on all these great parks.

I received comp tickets to WDW in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine!

Review: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Movies are big in our house.

Every night I put my girls to bed with a DVD on their tv.

Call me crazy, but it gets them in bed.

Whenever a new movie comes out, they beg me to get my hands on it.

The Lorax was no different for them.

I have been a fan of the Lorax since I bought the book for Roo when she was just a baby and couldn't wait for her to see it and put the movie with the book.

She loved it.

Even Turtle loved it.

I think it helps that Daddy has a mustache just like the Lorax.


Check out the trailer for the Lorax which is out on Blu Ray and DVD now.

I received a copy of this DVD for review. All opinions are mine! 

Review: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding

When I was a little girl, I adored My Little Pony.

I had all the dolls and played with them endlessly, for years.

Now I've got two little girls who share Mama's love for MLP. They have all the dolls and they play together with them for hours (give them time for the whole years part).

Plus, my girls love the MLP movies.

The latest is on continuous play in their bedtime routine.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding is a cute movie.  There's new ponies to check out and my favorite thing ever in all movies: LOVE!

Check out the trailer:

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding is on store shelves now.

I received a copy of  this dvd for review purposes. All opinions are mine. 

Leap Frog Touch Magic Party

One day I was walking through a local store and I saw a display for the brand new Leap Frog Touch Magic toys.

I honestly thought they were the oddest things. No buttons to mash? Seriously?

But I'm open minded, really I am.

So when I received an invite to host a Leap Frog Touch Magic party, I said yes because I was super intrigued about these new toys. 

I called up some Mamas had them come over and we let the kids go to town. 

After messing around with the toys, I declared that the new Leap Frog Touch Magic toys were perfect. No buttons means there's no cracks for germs to hide and they are so easy to clean!

The Moms got to hang out and catch up while the girls played with the toys for hours. Happy kids = happy Moms

It was a win-win situation.

The Touch Magic Rockin' Guitar plays ten different songs and lets your kiddos rock out fast or slow. The Touch Magic Learning Bus has three different modes to play in: Learning, Letter Exploration and Music

Leap Frog has a great contest going on right now where you can find yourself in a win-win situation.

You can enter the “Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitar” Contest between now and November 30th, 2012 for a chance to win a $500 gift card! Visit www.touchmagic.leapfrog.com and upload a video of your kid jamming & learning with Touch Magic™ Rockin’ Guitar or your own play guitar that you can create out of your own materials."

Not a bad situation, huh?

You can purchase the Touch Magic toys in stores or online through LeapFrog's website

I received a Mom Select Party Pack from Leap Frog for this review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure statement for more details. Thanks!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's Monstrous! Frankenweenie Sweepstakes

You know my love of Disney. Everything Disney makes me happy, especially when a new movie hits the big screen (2nd is the theme parks). 

Frankenweenie is slated to come out on October 5th, 2012.

To celebrate, Disney is putting on a Monstrous Sweepstakes.

Check out the details (word for word, yo):

"Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes:
Enter the Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes for a chance to win a spooktacular vacation for four to experience all the fun of Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort. Plus, don’t miss The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibit only at the newly expanded Disney California Adventure Park, where you can get an up-close look at the amazing world of Frankenweenie through sets, puppets, props and more. And for a limited time Guests will be treated to a special 4D extended preview of the film at the Muppets Vision 3D Theater before Frankenweenie comes to theaters in 3D October 5th!

Visit www.disney.com/frankenweeniesweeps to enter the Monstrous sweepstakes and you could win Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort for some frightfully family-friendly fun!

August 23 - October 7, 2012

Mobile – Text EDGAR to DISNEY (347639*) to enter for a chance to win. *Msg and data rates may apply. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

One (1) Grand Prize – A 4 day/3 night vacation for four to Disneyland® Resort and Disney California Adventure Park to experience the world of Tim Burton and Frankenweenie during Halloween Time.

Five (5) First Prizes – An Autographed Frankenweenie movie poster

All press materials can be downloaded from http://media-file.net/WaltDisneyStudios/ or  http://media-file.net/2/frankenweenie/.

"Like" FRANKENWEENIE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Frankenweenie

FRANKENWEENIE arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!"

No comprensation here, just sharing the love and the info!