Saturday

'The Fifth Estate' Trailer & Poster (With Benedict Cumberbatch) #FifthEstate

DreamWorks Pictures 'The Fifth Estate'

DreamWorks Pictures has revealed the poster for their upcoming dramatic thriller based on real life events, “The Fifth Estate,” from director Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney. Check it out below!

Friday

“ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY” BEGINS PRODUCTION

 
Film to Shoot Entirely in Los Angeles Area; Hits Theaters October 10, 2014
 
Disney has kicked off production on “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic. The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014.

Thursday

Win a Fit Frappe Mug + Espresso + Chai Drink Mix Packets

Fit FrappeWe are continuing the Birthday Celebration Giveaways with Sarah at Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW and a great group of bloggers as Sarah celebrates her blog's 4th birthday. 

Each week the prizes offered change and this week, #3 our blog, Focused on the Magic is providing the prize. Yay! We are offering one lucky winner a Big Train, Fit Frappe Spiced Chai Drink Mix, an Espresso Fit Frappe Protein Drink Mix and fabulous Fit Frappe mug that reads on the inside..

Drink Chai. Embrace Life...


Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Disney Letter "N"


Welcome and thanks for stopping by 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. Each week there is a theme and this week it is the Disney Inspired Letter "N". I chose pictures from the Norway Pavilion one of my favorite places in Epcot. 

Epcot's Norway Pavilion



Time to link up your post

Win a NEW Disney Pattern Vera Bradley Bag!!

Back in March the Disney Parks Blog announced that there would be a new Disney inspired Vera Bradley handbag collection coming to the parks in the fall. I was super excited to hear the news and when I read the description well, I knew then there would be a new Vera Bradley bag added to my collection. 

Monday

DISNEY’S “TOMORROWLAND” BEGINS FILMING IN VANCOUVER

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STARRING ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER GEORGE CLOONEY, HUGH LAURIE, BRITT ROBERTSON, RAFFEY CASSIDY AND THOMAS ROBINSON
DISNEY’S “TOMORROWLAND” BEGINS FILMING IN VANCOUVER


Principal photography has begun on Disney’s mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney (“Michael Clayton,” “Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Dark Shadows,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). 
The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol”) are also producers. The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird.

Hulu Kids Adds "Fraggle Rock" and more Jim Henson Family TV shows

"Fraggle Rock" Four seasons, 96 episodes
Our beloved fun-loving "Fraggle Rock" friends Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley and Boober are back! The classic 1980s Jim Henson Family TV series can now be enjoyed by a whole new generation on Hulu Kids. Relive the famous Fraggle adventures, dreams and friendships while teaching valuable lessons about the world through songs and music.

Saturday

Marvel Entertainment Adds New Era, C-Life and Mad Engine to Set Foundation for Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy" Apparel Program

Marvel's Guardians of The Galaxy

Marvel's Newest Film Franchise Continues to Build Out of the World Excitement with Licensing Community
Coming off the heels of Comic-Con and buzz garnered by the official cast announcement, Marvel Entertainment, LLC announced that Mad Engine, C-Life and New Era will introduce a robust line of apparel and accessories inspired by next summers' event film Marvel's Guardians of The Galaxy. As the first apparel partners on board for the film, C-Life, Mad Engine and New Era join a burgeoning list of industry heavyweights including Hasbro, Disguise, and Sideshow Collectibles -- building momentum for an overall merchandising program for the latest Marvel film franchise.

Friday

Fabulous First Day Food and Wine Festival Experiences


Epcot Food & Wine Festival

I am so looking forward to this year's Food & Wine Festival. My son and I had an an amazing time last year sipping and sampling new foods that we normally wouldn't try at home and revisiting festival favorites. 
We enjoyed being at the festival for opening day and all the festivities and excitement surrounding it but even more fun was  being there the day before the official opening. 
The morning of the soft opening we went to Animal Kingdom and then around lunch time we headed to the festival. It was perfect timing as the kiosks were just setting up and we were hungry.

Thursday

We have a winner of the PassPorter Guide book and a new Giveaway!

We have a Winner of the Focused on the Magic Giveaway

Congratulations Erica S. !


Thanks so much to all who entered the PassPorter’s Walt Disney World Guide Book GIVEAWAY!
It was a great contest and what a prize! I hope you'll come back and enter our next Focused on the Magic giveaway coming up next week. You are going to love it!

And now for our latest group GIVEAWAY celebration! 


Tuesday

Almost Wordless Wednesday ~ Castles

Focused on the Magic Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

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 Weenies ~
You may be wondering what a Disney Weenie is. It's not someone who takes the chicken exist on Tower of Terror, as DF Mike of My Dreams of Disney joked, although it would certainly fit the description. 
A Weenie is what Walt Disney and his Imagineers called the iconic structures or focal points in each of the Disney parks and lands. They are big enough to be seen from a distance and interesting enough to draw you closer for a better look. Examples would be Spaceship Earth, Space Mountain, Big Thunder, The Sorcerer's Hat, The Tree of Life and all the wonderful castles to name a few.


Now for my favorite Disney Weenie ~ I chose pictures of Cinderella Castle, Beast's Castle in New Fantasyland and the turrets of New Fantasyland's entrance at night. From any angle the castles draw you in. 
Disney Weenies




Time to link up your WW Post

Date Night at Disney


My favorite resorts for date nights are The Yacht & Beach Club Resort, The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and The Wilderness Lodge with The Yacht & Beach Club resort having the best atmosphere. I love strolling along Disney's BoardWalk and stopping in at Jelly Rolls for a dueling piano sing-a-long.

Disney Date Nights

At the very top of my favorites though is Palo on the Disney Magic and Wonder cruise ships. Palo is the adult only restaurant serving northern Italian cuisine. Every dish we've ever tried there has been delicious and served beautifully. Palo is located at the top of both ships with a panoramic view of the top deck and sea beyond. Seatings start at 6pm and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. This has been a must do on each of our 4 cruises.


While on the Wonder we enjoy heading to Route 66 for drinks at the Cadillac Lounge and dancing at Wavebands. On the Magic the Beat Street section and the Rockin-D Bar offers up grown-up music and fun...and we have fun. On our last cruise my husband sang karaoke while dressed in a pirate outfit, complete with parrot and eye patch. That was a memorable date night!  


Do you have a favorite date night spot at Disney? 
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Friday

Recipe: Trader Sam’s-Enchanted Tiki Bar Panko-crusted Chinese Long Beans

Sam’s-Enchanted Tiki Bar Panko-crusted Chinese Long Beans Recipe

Today is Foodie Friday at Focused on the Magic and we have a special appetizer recipe for you, Panko-crusted Chinese Long Beans at Trader Sam’s-Enchanted Tiki Bar brought to us Disneyland InsidEARS Community Manager, Kelly.

This appetizer is a crunchy treat served with a cool Sriracha Mayonnaise dip that gives just the right amount of kick!

Disney Doc McStuffins Tour is on it's way!

DISNEY JUNIOR SERIES "DOC MCSTUFFINS" INSPIRES  INTERACTIVE HEALTH-FOCUSED "DOC MOBILE" TOUR
ACCLAIMED DISNEY JUNIOR SERIES "DOC MCSTUFFINS" INSPIRES 
INTERACTIVE HEALTH-FOCUSED "DOC MOBILE" TOUR.

The Doc Mobile, a 27-foot Airstream trailer custom-made to reach young 
kids (age 2-7) and families with fun and empowering experiences relating to 
health and nutrition will embark on a multi-city tour.
DISNEY JUNIOR SERIES "DOC MCSTUFFINS" INSPIRES  INTERACTIVE HEALTH-FOCUSED "DOC MOBILE" TOURThemed "So Much You Can Do…to Take Care of You!" the initiative is inspired by Disney Junior's acclaimed "Doc McStuffins," the animated series that models good health and compassion through stories of a young girl, a would-be doctor, who cares for her ailing stuffed animals and other toys. The Doc Mobile features an area for kids to perform a "check-up" on their own toys plus other activities and age-appropriate health and wellness lessons including nutrition and physical development and fitness.

Thursday

Disneynature’s Bears Movie Poster & New Trailer #DisneynatureBears

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons.
 Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” Poster


Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches.

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" NEW Poster and Trailer

For my fellow Thor Fans - a new poster and trailer for Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World"
Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" Poster Released
Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" Poster
Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.

Now for the new trailer:

Tuesday

Almost Wordless Wednesday ~ Riding Up Front on the Epcot Monorail


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 is Transportation
In celebration on the release of Disney's Planes I thought it would be fun to share our favorite forms of Disney transportation. Our favorite form of Disney transportation is the monorail. We enjoyed riding up front and my boys would always see how many times in a vacation they could do it. 

The other game we played was how many different colored monorails we could ride in one trip.
The last time I rode up front was Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 7:28:51 PM and I was with my oldest son. These pictures are from that last ride on the Coral Epcot Monorail. It was a wonderful experience and a fun family tradition. 

Riding Up Front on the Epcot Monorail

On July 5, 2009 there was a terrible tragic and fatal collision between two monorails that led to the change in riders rules. No one is permitted to ride up front anymore.

#GIVEAWAY! We're Celebrating with Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW


Summer may be almost over but we have more Super Summer Giveaways for you! 
We've teamed up with some amazing bloggers to celebrate Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW 's 4 Year Anniversary and in honor of this momentous occasion, there will be a month and 1/2 long giveaway. Each week will feature new giveaways for you to win. 

PHOTO ALERT: #Disney Channel’s ‘Teen Beach Movie Stars’ at #D23 Expo

DISNEY CHANNEL'S ROSS LYNCH LEADS "TEEN BEACH MOVIE" CAST SIGNING & R5 PERFORMANCE AT #D23EXPO DISNEY CHANNEL'S ROSS LYNCH LEADS "TEEN BEACH MOVIE" CAST SIGNING & R5 PERFORMANCE AT #D23EXPO


The stars of Disney Channel's Teen Beach Movie signed autographs and Ross Lynch performed with his band R5 for fans attending D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center. 


The stars of Disney Channel's Teen Beach Movie signed autographs

Monday

Review: PassPorter’s Walt Disney World and GIVEAWAY!


Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World? I have a great Walt Disney World guide book for you. The folks over at PassPorter Travel Press were kind enough to send me copies of PassPorter’s Walt Disney World 2013 by Jennifer, Dave & Allison C. Marx for review and giveaway.

Book stores may be filled with travel guides but the PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2013 book is by far the most comprehensive and only one you will need.

It's more than just a travel guide. It's also a planner, organizer, journal and keepsake trapper.

Sunday

PHOTO ALERT: Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel Receive Frozen-Inspired Dolls from Mattel and Disney Store at The D23 Expo #D23FrozenDolls


Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, voice talent of Anna and Elsa in the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film "Frozen," pose with Mattel’s Anna and Elsa Frozen Feature Fashion Dolls during The D23 Expo – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event
Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, voice talent of Anna and Elsa in the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film "Frozen," pose with Mattel’s Anna and Elsa Frozen Feature Fashion Dolls during The D23 Expo – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event – on August 9, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo credit: ©Disney)
Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, voice talent of Anna and Elsa in the highly-anticipated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Frozen, attended The D23 Expo – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event – where they were presented with new dolls from Mattel and Disney Store inspired by their characters in the film.

Thursday

#Disney, Hallmark and Marvel Introduce New Dream Party Product Collection Making Parties More Fun for Kids & Planning Simple for Parents

Disney Princess Party: The Royal Event of the Year

Children will be able to have the birthday parties of their dreams − and parents will come off looking like party planning experts − with new Hallmark Dream Party products featuring favorite characters.
The Dream Party collection goes beyond plates, napkins and party favors and offers additional party décor, activities and accessories to immerse party-goers into their favorite characters' worlds.
The new Dream Party line fuses Hallmark’s creativity and party expertise with the magic of Disney storytelling

Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ August

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: Your August Calendar Shot
This month I thought it might be fun to actually make a calendar since my blog planner is filled and I need a little extra space. My birthday is on Friday and as a gift to you, a high resolution copy of the calendar below. Click HERE on Flickr if we are already friends. If not click here = Guest Pass to Flickr

More fun birthday gift aways coming up, so check back.

PHOTO ALERT: Disney’s PLANES World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre


Stars line the red carpet at the premiere of Disney's 'Planes' at the El Capitan Theatre on August 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

The premiere was presented by Target and guests fueled up for the evening with pre-flight entertainment at the Target Landing Zone, including flight simulators, games, activities, crafts, snacks, and more.
Disney's 'Planes' at the El Capitan Theatre on August 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
Disney's 'Planes' at the El Capitan Theatre on August 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California.


Disney's 'Planes' at the El Capitan Theatre on August 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
Disney's 'Planes' at the El Capitan Theatre on August 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California.


Disney’s PLANES World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre


“Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. 

“Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013. For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPictures.
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Last night's premiere looks like it was a star studded success. Everyone loved the movie and who wouldn't love seeing all these celebrities!? I am so sad I wasn't able to attend but really appreciated the invitation and these great pictures. Maybe next time!

Monday

DISNEY AND MARVEL MAKE BACK TO SCHOOL FUN AND STYLISH FOR ALL AGES

From Disney Junior to Minnie Mouse and Marvel’s Super Heroes, Disney Has All Ages Covered With Products Offering Value and Quality
From the preschool play-yard to the college dorm room, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) wants to ensure that families have the best quality products at the best value for this back-to- school season. Inspired by favorite Disney, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Marvel characters, DCP makes it easy for parents to maximize their back-to-school shopping budgets and supply students of all ages in the family with the items they need this fall.
 items from the Disney and Marvel back-to-school collection are available now at national retailers including Target, Walmart, Kmart, jcpenney, Forever 21, Hot Topic, Nordstrom and Claire’s as well as Disney Store and www.DisneyStore.com, and the iTunes store.

Sunday

New 'World of Color -- Winter Dreams,' Debuts at Disneyland Resort in November


Planning a winter break at Disneyland?
The Holiday Season begins Nov. 15 with Christmas Parade, 'Holiday Magic' Fireworks and Snowfall in Disneyland Park, Plus Seasonal Decor for Cars Land and Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park"World of Color Winter Dreams," an all-new holiday version of the popular "World of Color" after-dark spectacular, will debut at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Nov. 15, adding even more merriment to the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort.

Thursday

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS DEVELOPING BEST-SELLING BOOK "ARTEMIS FOWL" WITH PRODUCER HARVEY WEINSTEIN

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS DEVELOPING BEST-SELLING BOOK "ARTEMIS FOWL" WITH PRODUCER HARVEY WEINSTEIN
First Edition


The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce that it is in development on the film adaptation of Artemis Fowl with producer Harvey Weinstein. 


The live-action feature will be based on the first and second installments in Disney Publishing Worldwide’s best-selling children’s fiction series by author Eoin Colfer. The screenplay is being written by Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the project.


“With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, Artemis Fowl is a natural fit for Disney,” said Sean Bailey, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with Harvey on this exciting project.”

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