Wednesday

#Disney #ImaginationMovers Release their New Album on iTunes Today! #BlackinBlue



The Imagination Movers are back!
The Imagination Movers are back! Released today on iTunes and Amazon.com, their digital album “Back in Blue” is the 26 song collection from their final season of their popular show on Disney Channel
The album, produced by Walt Disney Records and Blue Suit Music, is the group’s FIFTH studio release with WALT DISNEY RECORDS and their EIGHT album. It features songs written by Imagination Movers.
The Imagination Movers hosted a multimedia countdown on their website to get fans excited about the release. They continue to have a prominent fan club, social media following and receive hundreds of letters from fans each day. 


The Imagination Movers spent the last year performing LIVE for their fans world-wide. They have upcoming concert dates in the United States through 2013. Visit www.imaginationmovers.com for a list of cities and venues. 
Released today on iTunes and Amazon.com, their digital album “Back in Blue” is the 26 song collection from their final season of their popular show on Disney Channel.

Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Minnie Magnifique & Madame Daisy Fortuna

Focused on the Magic

Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.
This week's theme: The Letter "M"
Our trip in May while magical, was also memorable as we met with Minnie Magnifique and the wandering mystic Madame Daisy Fortuna in the Magic Kingdom.



We have a winner of the Windsor Hills Resort FREE Week Giveaway!





Congratulations to Deann C.!
Thanks so much to all who entered! It was a great contest and what a prize! I hope you'll come back and enter our next Super Summer Giveaway coming up in about a week. You are going to love it!



#Disney Launches Disney's Planes Interactive Toy Line - Landing in Stores This Month



Exciting product collection inspired by Disneytoon Studios' newest high-flying adventure, Disney's Planes


Disney Consumer Products (DCP) announced exciting new toys and lifestyle gear inspired by Disneytoon Studios' newest high-flying adventure, Disney's Planes, with products that leverage technology and interactivity from Disney Store and top toy companies, including Mattel, Thinkway and more. 
With track sets for side-by-side racing and stunts and launchers that send planes up to 25 feet in the air, kids will be able to recreate their favorite racing moments from the film. 
Fueling imagination and role play, the line also includes RC planes that kids can guide with flight controllers that mirror their own body movements or program to talk, move and turn with a programmable joystick. 
An exclusive collection from Disney Store and DisneyStore.com, as well as an assortment of fashion, home décor, lifestyle and publishing products, rounds out the collection for fans of this new comedy-adventure from above the world of Cars.

Monday

Star Wars Celebration Europe - Galactic Hit with Fans and Exciting Announcements

More than 20,000 Fans from Around the World Descend on Essen, Germany for Star Wars Celebration Europe

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy Announces John Williams’ Return to Star Wars
 Event Highlights a First Look at the Upcoming Star Wars Rebels Animated Series
ESSEN, GERMANY – Star Wars Celebration Europe – the official Star Wars fan convention – has come to a successful close, with more than 20,000 attendees from 40 different countries. Throughout the weekend, fans and families met their favorite stars from the films, gained exclusive access to the Saga’s creators, and learned first-hand exciting new developments in a galaxy far, far away.

Sunday

Silent Sunday ~ #Disney Wishes nighttime spectacular

Wishes nighttime spectacular


Silent Sunday at Focused on the Magic
Do you have pictures that *speak* for themselves?


I've been sharing mine off and on for awhile now and thought you might like to join in by linking up your Silent Sunday picture. I would love to see yours! 

Saturday

Saturday Shorts ~ All New #Disney "Mickey Mouse" Cartoon Shorts for iPhone and iPad

Continuing along in our Saturday Shorts Series we're sharing not only a fun short but a Mickey media alert (see below) that is great news for "Mickey Mouse" cartoon lovers.

A new generation of Mickey Mouse cartoons for viewers of all ages has been launched via the new FREE Mickey Video App for iOS , the Disney Channel and Disney.com. I have the app and will be doing a full review but for now all I can say is, This is free!

Each of the new cartoons features Mickey in a different location including Santa Monica, New York, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Venice and the Alps, facing a fun dilemma similar to the cartoons gags of the 50's. Mickey is joined by his pals, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.

The first four episodes, including “Croissant de Triomphe” set in Paris and “No Service” set in Santa Monica are live now. My favorite is the New York Weenie -- Mickey chases an illusive hot dog through New York's Central Park, one of my favorite places. Rated: TV-G --




Friday

Boma’s Papaya, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad Recipe from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma’s Papaya, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad Recipe from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

From the scenic terraces of Epcot to the jungles of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World has a wide selection of places to dine alfresco. But if you can't be in Disney to dine alfresco you can still enjoy Boma’s Papaya, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad Recipe at home in your own backyard.

Thursday

Minnie Mouse in LOVE ~ Fashion Mag, LOVE Cover Star Revealed

Timeless Style Icon Leads Cover of 5th Anniversary Special 'The Sweetie Issue' for Autumn / Winter 2013

LOVE 10 'The Sweetie Issue' Autumn/Winter, Photo credit: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot Styled by: Katie Grand, Editor-in-Chief of LOVE
LOVE 10 'The Sweetie Issue' Autumn/Winter 2013 goes on sale July 23, 2013
http://www.thelovemagazine.co.uk

Photo credit: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot
Styled by: Katie Grand, Editor-in-Chief of LOVE 
London — Today, one of the world's most influential fashion magazines, LOVE, has revealed Minnie Mouse as the cover star of their 5th Anniversary special The Sweetie Issue
Minnie Mouse in LOVE
One of Disney's most beloved stars, Minnie Mouse is the first cartoon character to appear on the cover of LOVE. Inspired by Minnie Mouse's enduring cultural influence and iconic style, LOVE's Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand asked Minnie Mouse to make her debut fashion cover alongside some of the world's most sought-after models, showcased in bespoke Minnie Mouse ears created by leading luxury fashion houses.

Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Family Favorite #Disney Breakfasts!

Focused on the Magic

Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.
This week's theme: Disney in the Details

Tiggerific Trivia ~ The #Disney Legends Award


Recently it was announced that Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Jobs, Dick Clark and Other Talented Contributors To Disney History will be honored with The Disney Legends Award at D23 2013 Expo. 

When I wrote the post, An August List of Disney Legends to Be Celebrated During #D23 Expo Presentation, I became curious about the awards and did a little digging in Wikipedia. The result was today's trivia.







Did you know these fun facts?

ºoº The inaugural D23 Expo in 2009 honored the Disney Legends with and awards ceremony, which honored Robin Williams, Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McLanahan, Betty White, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer, Harry Archinal, Don Iwerks and Leota Toombs Thomas.

Walt Disney Records To Release Out-Of-Print Classic Albums And Soundtracks Through Amazon's CreateSpace Service

 

LABEL SALUTES LEGENDARY MOUSEKETEER WITH COLLECTION OF ALL-TIME FAVORITES ON BEST OF ANNETTE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON JULY 23

Walt Disney Records recently teamed with Amazon.com to release out-of-print titles and classic soundtracks on CD exclusively through Amazon's CreateSpace manufacture-on-demand service. Currently, there are 18 titles available under the Disney CD Rarities section of the Disney Music Store on Amazon.com with additional titles coming monthly.

Monday

Macy's Joins Forces with Radio Disney and Disney Channel


Greyson Chance being interviewed during "...


Radio Disney and the Disney Channel
Macy’s is joining forces with Disney to get customers excited to go back to school through sponsorships of a variety of Radio Disney programming features including the daily entertainment report “Celebrity Take with Jake” and in-store meet and greets with “Austin & Ally stars Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy, as well as artists featured on Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing.











Sunday

Play, Discover, and Explore the Future of Interactive Storytelling at Disney’s #D23Expo

Disney Interactive Invites Fans to Play, Discover, and Explore the Future of Interactive Storytelling at Disney’s D23 Expo, August 9–11, 2013



Disney Interactive is inviting fans to experience the latest digital offerings from Disney at the D23 Expo, August 9–11, giving fans hands-on experiences, first-look presentations, and exclusive D23 Expo giveaways. With an unprecedented lineup of upcoming games and products, including Disney InfinityFantasia: Music Evolved and more, Disney Interactive is turning up the excitement with its largest D23 Expo presence ever including a show floor pavilion, daily presentations, and the D23 Expo Arena.


Saturday

runDisney D2.3 Fun Run to Kick Off #D23 Expo 2013 at Disney California Adventure





Limited number of D23 Members to experience the magic of runDisney on run through Disney California Adventure.

runDisney is excited to be at the starting line of Disney’s D23 Expo and lead the way with the runDisney D2.3 Fun Run on Friday, August 9.

Friday

Foodie Friday: Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney's Polynesian Resort {Gluten & Dairy Free}

Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Gluten Dairy Free

Today is Foodie Friday at Focused on the Magic and I would like to welcome a very special Guest Blogger! Sarah, from Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW is sharing with us her tips, tricks and dining review of The Spirit of Aloha at Disney's Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World. Sarah is an amazing blogger, event planner and reviewer. Her site is a great WDW dining resource filled with valuable information so I was very excited when she agreed to share her thoughts on The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show with us. 


Thursday

#D23 Members Can Go “Off the Map” at Disneyland

New Sweepstakes Offers D23 Members the Chance to Unlock the Magic of The Happiest Place on Earth With a Once-In-a-Lifetime Tour

“Off the Map Sweepstakes”

In celebration of Disneyland’s 58th anniversary, July 17, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has launched the “Off the Map Sweepstakes.” Twenty-five lucky D23 Members and their guests will be invited to Disneyland Park to visit four of the park’s little-seen but widely heard of locations: Walt Disney’s private apartment, the Lilly Belle VIP parlor car on the Disneyland Railroad, Circle D Ranch, and the Disneyland Dream Suite.

Tuesday

Almost Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Social Media Magical Memories

Focused on the Magic

Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.
This week's theme: Social Media Disney Memories

Windsor Hills Resort FREE WEEK + Prizes #Giveaway


The Super Summer Giveaways just keep coming! 

How would you like to win a FREE one week stay in a beautiful two bedroom condominium with fireworks view located at The Windsor Hills Resort Community in Orlando Florida?  As if that wasn't enough, there's more! A Disney Gift Card and a personalized Disney shirt.

$100 Disney Gift Card #Giveaway


The summer fun giveaways continue with a $100 Disney Gift Card Giveaway!
I'm very excited about a new contest here at Focused on the Magic. We've teamed up with a great group of Disney blogging pals and fan pages to offer - 

One lucky winner a 
$100 Disney Gift Card 

Our Favorite Things in New Fantasyland


New Fantasyland in Disney World is the largest expansion 
in Magic Kingdom's 41 year old history and it's opening was highly anticipated by myself and my son Peter. We got our chance to experience it in May. This was a mother and son 10 day, 3 resort photography trip. The New Fantasyland photo ops were amazing!

I had tried staying away from hearing all the details and seeing pictures from friends who had experienced it during the opening as I wanted our experience to be filled with as much of the Disney magic as possible. I'm glad I did, it was fun experiencing New Fantasyland with very few preconceived ideas or expectations.

Monday

Disney Consumer Products Takes Fans on Journey From Sketch to Shelf at Disney's #D23 Expo 2013

D23 Expo13

Disney's Ultimate Fans to Enjoy Access to Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Content and Merchandise
 Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will give Disney's most loyal fans an up close look at an extensive collection of interactive experiences and merchandise that celebrate Disney, Marvel and Star Wars timeless characters during the bi-annual D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event. 



An August List of Disney Legends to Be Celebrated During #D23 Expo Presentation

2013 Disney Legends Award Honorees to Be Celebrated During D23 Expo in Anaheim

Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Jobs, Dick Clark and Other Talented Contributors To Disney History To Be Honored At A Ceremony On Saturday, August 10
Monsters Inc. and Monsters University stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman, technology visionary Steve Jobs, television icon Dick Clark and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during the D23 Expo 2013 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, in the D23 Expo Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.
“The Disney Legend Award is our highest and most coveted honor”

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 26-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company. The three-day D23 Expo provides a rare opportunity for the public to be a part of the always touching and memorable presentation, hosted by noted television personality Tom Bergeron (host of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos).

Sunday

Silent Sunday ~ Reach For The Sky!


Saturday

Disney World Vacationers at Windsor Hills Resort Community

Focused on the Magic is pleased to welcome Ewan of the Windsor Hills Resort Community as our guest-blogger today.
As resort prices soar many guests have considered staying off-property (outside of the Disney owned resort hotels) when visiting Walt Disney World. It's so difficult to know if a resort is a good match for your families needs. That's why I asked Ewan to share with us his personal experience staying at the Windsor Hills Resort Community. 

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Thursday

Old Navy Launches “Mickey Through the Decades” Vintage Tee Collection


Collection Includes Rarely Seen Artwork from the Disney Archives
Old Navy Launches “Mickey Through the Decades” Vintage Tee Collection

Old Navy launched a new clothing line featuring one of Disney's most iconic characters — Mickey Mouse. Available in-store and online at www.OldNavy.com/mickeystyle, the "Mickey Through the Decades" collection includes Mickey Mouse and his friends in rarely seen art on vintage-style tees for the whole family. The classic artwork explores how Mickey and other beloved Disney characters have evolved over the decades. Shining the light on this unique collection, the summer tees are prominently displayed as the stars of Old Navy's center stage.

Wednesday

We have a winner of our giveaway!

Congratulations to Jessica C.!
Thanks so much to all who entered! It was a great contest and what a prize! I hope you'll come back and enter our next Super Summer Giveaway coming up in about a week. You are going to love it!


Tuesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Enchanted Tales with Belle



Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.


This week's theme: Disney Storytelling

Belle, Enchanted Tales with Belle


I was going to try and keep this wordless but you know I can't keep quiet for long.
See how happy Peter looks in this picture? He loved the attraction. Sat in the first row and laughed at all the jokes. He jumped up when Belle asked him if he wanted a picture with her. 
You would never know he was the reluctant guest at first. Didn't want to wait in the queue, didn't care that it was Belle, didn't want any part of it. So, I had to do some motherly persuading for him to give this attraction a try. I have 2 boys (they're older but I still call them boys) and it always been a challenge for me to get them to stop and visit the princesses in the parks. On this occasion I sort of bribed him with lunch at his choice of a restaurant. He chose Be Our Guest which was a must-do for me anyway.
It all worked out and this turned out to be one our favorite attractions in new Fantasyland.


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Time to link up your post!

Tiggerific Trivia ~ #Disneyland, 1955

Walt Disney giving the dedication day speech J...

Today's trivia is part history part trivia but all around fascinating for any Disneyland fan.

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a guest at Disneyland in 1955?



Yesterday my DS sent me a vintage Disneyland video he had seen on Reddit. He knew when he saw it that I would just love it, and I do. It was a flashback for me. I would have turned 5 at about the time these home movies were taken. Seeing it took me on a nostalgic journey back to my childhood and a time that was simply magical. 

Sunday

Silent Sunday ~ Wonderous Cruise


Sunset on Disney Wonder Cruise



Silent Sunday at Focused on the Magic
Do you have pictures that *speak* for themselves?


Tuesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Happy 4th of July!



Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

Tiggerific Trivia ~ Monsters University Hidden Gems


Monsters University Hidden Gems

Did you know?
Pixar has a tradition of hiding Easter eggs or "Hidden Gems" in full-length animated films for it's fans to spot. Last week as we watched Monsters University Peter and I just about burst with enthusiasm (yes, we are that geeky) as one by one they appeared on the screen.

Marvel Unveils Action-Packed Line-Up of Exclusive Collectibles at San Diego Comic-Con


Action Figures, Vinyl Figurines and Other Limited-Edition Products Featuring Renowned Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Wolverine and Others to Debut At Pre-Eminent Pop Culture Event

The power of the Marvel

Marvel Entertainment, LLC will once again give fans another reason to head to the comic event of the year — Comic-Con International: San Diego — with a line-up of one-of-a-kind exclusives that will be available at the show for the first time. 

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