Friday

Walt Disney Animation Studios Sets Sail with "Moana"


Walt Disney Animation Studios "Moana" First Look

Ron Clements and John Musker (“Aladdin,” “The Princess and the Frog”)
Helm the Epic Comedy-Adventure
{Disney Release} Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed plans for “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest. In theaters in late 2016, the film is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Frog," "Aladdin”).

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania."

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She's the kind of character we all root for, and we can't wait to introduce her to audiences.”

Thursday

Disney's Frozen and Marvel's Spider-Man Bagged Apples in Grocery Stores Nationwide #DisneyTryIt


More than 4.1 Billion Servings of Disney-Branded Fruits and Vegetables Served Since 2006

Disney's Frozen and Marvel's Spider-Man Bagged Apples in Grocery Stores Nationwide #DisneyTryIt

{Disney Release} Disney Consumer Products (DCP) continues to introduce new “better for you” foods featuring some of its most popular characters to inspire kids worldwide to eat more fruits and vegetables and lead a healthier lifestyle.

More than 4.1 billion servings of Disney-branded fruits and vegetables have been served in North America since DCP began tracking in 2006. Disney’s Frozen and Marvel’s Spider-Man branded bagged apples by Sage are the latest additions and available now at grocery retailers nationwide. DCP’s (booth # 1838) wide assortment of licensed produce, featuring classic characters like Mickey Mouse to new favorites, were on display at the PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in Anaheim, Calif.

Marvel’s Spider-Man-branded bagged apples by Sage are the latest additions and available now at grocery retailers nationwide. Disney’s Frozen branded bagged apples by Sage are the latest additions and available now at grocery retailers nationwide.

Tuesday

#Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Favorite Transportation

Welcome and thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic. Each week we gather we gather together and share our Disney vacation photos. Would you like to link up your #DisneySide pictures or hop around to all the blogs linked up? Look no further than the bottom of this post.
One of my favorite forms of transportation in and around the Walt Disney World Resort.




 Focused on the Magic | Read About Motor Launches and Motor Cruisers at Walt Disney World

What's your favorite form of transportation?


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Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" Blu-ray™+Digital HD {Review} and Giveaway!

Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" Blu-ray™+Digital HD Review Giveaway



I was very happy to receive a Blu-ray™ + Digital HD copy of "Million Dollar Arm" for review and even happier to be able to offer one as a giveaway.

Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" is based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma), two young men who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India — the boys, who have never left their rural villages — are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball — JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) — learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

Cheered by audiences and critics alike, this “genuine crowd pleaser” (Pete Hammond, Movieline) delivers major league fun on Blu-ray and Digital HD with grand-slam high definition picture and sound that bring the excitement of the stadium experience right into viewers’ homes. The in-home release of “Million Dollar Arm” also steps up to bat with bases loaded with exciting bonus features, including an alternate ending, deleted scenes, outtakes, the making-of featurettes “Training Camp,” “Their Story,” “Million Dollar Music by A. R. Rahman,” and more!

Focused on the Magic | Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" Blu-ray™+Digital HD

Bonus features available on Disney Movies Anywhere also include an exclusive never-before-seen deleted scene.

“Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”), Madhur Mittal (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Bill Paxton (“Big Love,” “Apollo 13”), Lake Bell (“Boston Legal,” “No Strings Attached”) and Alan Arkin (“Argo,” “Little Miss Sunshine”). It was directed by Craig Gillespie (“Fright Night,” “Lars and the Real Girl”), written by Thomas McCarthy (“Up,” “Win Win”) and produced by Mark Ciardi & Gordon Gray (“The Rookie,” “Invincible,” “Secretariat”) and Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”).

Audiences everywhere can catch this unforgettable sports story in the following formats with bonus features as listed:

Bonus Materials Overview for These Products:
Blu-ray
Digital HD & SD, and Disney Movies Anywhere
        Includes:
·       Making-of Featurettes:
o   Training Camp – Actors Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal faced the same daunting challenge that their characters Rinku and Dinesh did—learning how to pitch a baseball.
o   Their Story – The real JB Bernstein, Rinku and Dinesh explore the legacy of the Million Dollar Arm contest and its impact on the lives and aspirations of children in India...and their own lives as well.
o   Million Dollar Music by A.R. Rahman - The Oscar-winning composer (Best Original Score, “Slumdog Millionaire,” 2008) talks about creating music that encompasses two worlds—India and the U.S.
·       Alternate Ending
·       Deleted Scenes:
o   “JB’s Problem”
o   “Sold”
o   “I’d Take Ten Dollars”
·       Outtakes
·       And more!

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

Bonus Materials Overview for This Product:
DVD
        Includes:
·       Making-of Featurette:
o   Training Camp – Actors Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal faced the same daunting challenge that their characters Rinku and Dinesh did—learning how to pitch a baseball.

Social Media:
Stay connected with the latest news and information about Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm”:
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·       Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DisneyPictures
·       Check out our Website and Mobile Site: http://www.disney.com/million-dollar-arm

This is an entertaining and heartwarming movie. The fact that it is a true story makes it even better! We watched it as our Family Movie Night and each one of us was glad we did. You don't have to be a baseball fan to appreciate it either. I came away with a better understanding of major league baseball, valuable life lessons and a greater appreciation of life in India.  I laughed and cried for the approximately 124 minutes running time. I highly recommend adding this to your movie wishlist!


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Wednesday

#Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Norway

Welcome and thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic. Each week we gather we gather together and share our Disney vacation photos. Would you like to link up your #DisneySide pictures or hop around to all the blogs linked up? Look no further than the bottom of this post.

This week's theme is Country.
I decided to feature Norway, a country in Epcot's World Showcase that as many of you know is being reimagined to allow for Frozen themed additions to Maelstrom.
Norway Pavilion, Maelstrom, Epcot

I have mixed emotions about the changes. As much as I loved Maelstrom and have many wonderful memories and 25+ years of pictures, I am excited to see what Disney Imagineers have planned for us.
Will you miss Maelstrom? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section below.

Norway Pavilion Epcot's World Showcase

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Monday

'Sleeping Beauty' Diamond Edition {Review} Free Printable Kits and Bonus Clips

The Ultimate Disney Princess Fairytale Classic Returns For A Limited Time!
Released from the Disney Vault Disney's “Sleeping Beauty”

Finally released from the Disney Vault, Disney's ultimate princess fairytale classic “Sleeping Beauty” is available for the first time on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere.

E
xperience all of the pageantry and power of this wondrous tale on Blu-ray™, DVD, and for the first time on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. Incredible high definition picture, thrilling, soaring sound, and all-new Diamond Edition special features that make this a must-own for every family’s classic collection!

Where's Mickey Vera Bradley Hipster #Giveaway! Focused on the Magic



It's giveaway time! We have a very special treat for you! Focused on the Magic has teamed up with our Disney Blogging friends to offer you a fabulous Vera Bradley Hipster purse in the popular “Where’s Mickey?” pattern!

Vera Bradley’s Where’s Mickey? Hipster is a fun Hidden Mickey patterned bag of bold blues and greens. It features numerous pockets and has a generous adjustable crossbody strap with a zippered closure. It's the perfect bag for a day in the parks.

Friday

Disney Recipes: Yachtsman Steakhouse Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Cornbread

Happy Foodie Friday Folks!
This week’s featured food favorite is a delicious dessert recipe from 
Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Yachtsman Steakhouse is a Family-Friendly Signature Dining experience that serves up the most mouthwatering steaks and fish dinners. 
This recipe is one way I like to bring the magic of Disney into our home. I save the Grand Marnier version for special occasions. It's still delicious and everyone raves about it.
Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Cornbread
Disney Recipe Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Cornbread
Yachtsman Steakhouse, Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, photo ©Disney

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