Tuesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Thanksgiving


Greetings! Thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday Disney related travel picture posts.
Our theme this week is Family & Friends 
I am so very thankful for my wonderful family and all of you my Disney friends!
Thank you for joining me each week and sharing your magical Disney memories with us. Have a Happy Thanksgiving filled with turkey and pie, family & friends!





Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday...

Disney World Holiday Events: 2013

Disney Season: Holidays 2013


Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line. Highlights:
Magic Kingdom
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have 19 magical nights from November 8-December 20. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World Resort guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit. Dates for 2013:

Nov. 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22
Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests can enjoy new experiences and attractions at New Fantasyland.
NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. The fun includes the Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks spectacular, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.



Disney Season: Holidays 2013
Jungle Cruise Goes ‘Jingle Cruise’: For the holiday season, Jungle Cruise will temporarily transform into “Jingle Cruise” for Magic Kingdom guests with festive decor in the attraction queue and boathouse, holiday names for the Jungle Cruise boats and a slew of seasonal jokes from the Skippers to their passengers. This seasonal takeover of the attraction debuts Nov. 8 in Adventureland.



Monday

Hidden Mickey Monday Magic

Our Hidden Mickeys this week are a few of the illusive ones we've experienced at Walt Disney World. Hidden in a table arrangement in Morocco with Steve Barrett, the author and official Hidden Mickey Guy himself. A pumpkin earning it's ears at Living with the Land. A water painted smiling Mickey greeting guests at the Magic Kingdom. Finally a window display at the Beach Club Resort.
Hidden Mickey Magic



Do you hunt for Hidden Mickey's? What's your favorite?

Sunday

Silent Sunday in the Park

Magical Orange Blogorail Monorail

Silent Sunday at Focused on the Magic

Friday

"Muppets Most Wanted" Trailer: Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and a Frog!

"Muppets Most Wanted" Trailer: Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and a Frog!

"Muppets Most Wanted" Trailer: Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and a Frog!
In celebration of the trailer release, each of the Muppets have also published their own "most wanted" guest blogs. Read them now:
KERMIT'S Most Wanted Trailer Cameos: http://di.sn/rJI 
MISS PIGGY'S Most Wanted Relationship Advice: http://di.sn/gPi 
MISS PIGGY'S Most Wanted Advice for Celebrities from a Screen Legend: http://di.sn/hQR
FOZZIE BEAR'S TV Shows He's Most Wanted to Guest Star On: http://di.sn/gPj
ANIMAL'S Most Wanted Drum Solos: http://di.sn/sJX
GONZO'S Most Wanted Disney Poultry: http://di.sn/ePl 
WALTER'S Most Wanted Moments from the New Trailer: http://di.sn/bPf 
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MUPPETS MOST WANTED opens in theaters on March 21, 2014!

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the 
Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. 


Like The Muppets on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Muppets

Follow The Muppets on Twitter:@MuppetsStudio

Follow Miss Piggy on Twitter:@RealMissPiggy

Who else can't wait for Muppets Most Wanted? 



Thursday

Thinking of what gift you can give to a loved one? Why not a D23 Membership?

D23 membership is the perfect gift for any Disney fan! It unlocks the magic of Disney year-round in exciting, easily accessible ways no matter where you live. 
There are three different levels: you can gift yourself for free with the D23 Free Membership, or give the gift to a friend or family member with the D23 Silver or Gold  Membership. All membership levels offer access to members-only content on D23.com, exclusive merchandise and money-saving discounts! 

Wednesday

Disney Celebrates Family Bonds and Epic Storytelling in New Frozen Product Collection Available in Stores Now


Disney Frozen Castle and Ice Palace Playset
Just in time for the holiday season and the release of the highly-anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios film, Frozen, Disney Consumer Products has launched a new product collection of role-play items, plush stuffed animals, dolls, apparel, home décor, books and more that capture the family, adventure and fun from the movie at mass retailers nationwide, Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.

Disney's Frozen chronicles the epic quest of fearless optimist Anna as she teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

"Disney's Frozen product collection is inspired by the vivid storytelling driven by the family relationships and friendship celebrated in the movie," said Josh Silverman, EVP global licensing, Disney Consumer Products. "From musical dolls that sing when they hold hands to detailed role-play costumes, children will be able to celebrate these themes and reenact their favorite storylines with products that connect them to the characters in an authentic and immersive way."
The wide assortment of products is available now from licensees including Mattel, Just Play and more at mass retailers nationwide. Products are also available at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.

Highlights from the collection:

Disney Celebrates Family Bonds and Epic Storytelling in New Frozen Product Collection Available in Stores Now


· Disney Frozen Musical Magic Elsa and Anna Dolls by Mattel (MSRP $29.99 each): Not only do these dolls feature glittery and glamorous gowns, but when you hold their hands, (or when they hold each other's hands), the dolls will magically light up and play enchanting music.

· Disney Frozen Pull Apart and Talkin' Olaf by Just Play (MSRP $17.99):Everyone's favorite snowman comes to life in this adorable pull-apart plush. Olaf's nose, head and torso all temporarily separate and then safely rejoin, recreating memorable moments from the film. Olaf also speaks, with funny phrases from the movie.


Disney Frozen Pull Apart and Talkin' Olaf Toy Plush


· Disney Frozen Castle and Ice Palace Playset by Mattel (MSRP $99.99): This expandable set is double the storytelling fun with two gorgeous homes- Anna's castle and Elsa's Ice Palace. Children can enjoy all the movie-inspired furniture and play pieces, including a throne, bed, chaise, vanities, mountain slide and an Olaf figure.
Disney Celebrates Family Bonds and Epic Storytelling in New Frozen Product Collection Available in Stores Now

· Anna & Elsa Rolling Luggage ($34.95): Gear-up for fantastic adventures and faraway journeys carrying Anna and Elsa's shimmering, gem-covered travel case equipped with retractable handles and rolling wheels.
· Frozen Anna & Elsa Singing Dolls by Disney Store ($39.95): Melt the heart of every Frozen fan with these interactive Anna & Elsa Singing Dolls. With a simple wave of your hand, Anna the Ice Princess and Elsa the Snow Queen sing and magically light up in a frosted icy blue glow.
Anna & Elsa Dolls


· Anna Costume Collection for Girls by Disney Store ($14.95-$49.95): Send her imagination off to a wintry Frozen world of wonder in this Anna Costume Collection, including finely detailed costume with colorful layers of satin and organza covering a black velvet ''bodice'' decorated in flowers, matching boots and golden tiara, each sold separately.

 Elsa and Anna Costumes at the Disney Store


· Anna and Elsa Costumes for Girls by Disney Store ($14.95-$49.95): She'll be the icy enchantress of any masquerade ball in the Costume Collection inspired by Disney's Frozen, including beautifully detailed, glittering costume, matching light-up shoes and silvery tiara, plus wig featuring glittering iridescent highlights and flashing light-up accents, each sold separately.

 Sven
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Will Frozen items be on your shopping list? 

Tuesday

The Disney Letter "Q" ~ Quick Service Restaurants

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop Focused on the MagicGreetings! Thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday Disney related travel picture posts.

Our theme this week is, The Disney Letter "Q". The first thing that came to mind was all the wonderful Quick Service Restaurants we enjoy in Walt Disney World. 
The 6 listed here are favorites for a variety of reasons. There are sentimental favorites, delicious dessert favorites, fabulous food favorites and atmosphere favorites. 
Can you guess which is which?

 Walt Disney World Quick Service Restaurants
L-R
Be Our Guest Restaurant - Magic Kingdom
Columbia House - Magic Kingdom
Les Halles Bakery - Epcot
The Pinocchio Village Haus - Magic Kingdom
Tangierine Cafe - Epcot
Yorkshire County Fish Shop - Epcot
Columbia House - Magic Kingdom

We've shown you our Disney "Q" now it's your turn to show us yours...

Our Disney Traditions

We've been vacationing at Walt Disney World as a family for 24 years and that has become one of many family traditions that we've made over the years.
I enjoy sharing our traditions and have written about them on a few occasions for the Magical Blogorail.
You might even say writing about traditions has become one. There's  Our Unconventional (Wacky) Family Traditions, and just in time for the holidays Our Disney Holiday Ornament Tradition at Home.

Here are some of the things that our family feels we must do on each and every Disney trip.
Disney World Traditions

  • As soon as we drop our bags in our resort room we head straight to the Magic Kingdom and Pirates of the Caribbean is our first ride.
  • You all know I love to take a few dizzilion pics while on vacation! Tradition has it that I must get the family in front of the castle shot, the Epcot shot, The The of Life shot and The Sorcerer Hat shot by PhotoPass photographers. I usually lend them my camera and have one taken with theirs. They take such great shots!
  • Hidden Mickey hunting is another family favorite. It's so exciting to discover a new one!
  • Food glorious food! Food is fodder for a whole series of traditions in our family. The first two foodie traditions were Dole Whips and Mickey Waffles.

Monday

Mickey Mouse Birthday Tribute! Steamboat Willie & Mickey's Birthday Party Cartoons

Movie Monday ~  Mickey Mouse turn 85!

Welcome to Movie Monday! I hope your weekend was filled with magic and movies. 

This week's Movie Monday post is all about Mickey Mouse. The leader of the gang is celebrating his 85th birthday today. It was on November 18, 1928, when Mickey made his official film debut in "Steamboat Willie".

In honor of Mickey's birthday and because it's Movie Monday here on the blog I thought it would be fun to enter the WayBack Movie Machine and view two special cartoon classics.
Mickey Mouse Birthday Tribute! Steamboat Willie & Mickey's Birthday Party Cartoons

Sunday

Silent Sunday in the Park



Buddha statue in Epcot's China Pavilion



Silent Sunday at Focused on the Magic

Saturday

New! The Disney Classics Box Set featuring 94 original recordings


New from Walt Disney Records - The Disney Classics Box Set
New from Walt Disney Records - The Disney Classics Box Set

Music fans young and old alike should not miss Walt Disney Records’ new Disney Classics box set.   
The box set features 94 original recordings from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies, television shows and theme parks celebrating over 85 years of Disney musical magic.

The four volumes of the collection – Disney Modern Classics, Disney Timeless Classics, Disney Theme Park Classics and Disney Television Classics -- bring favorite musical moments to fans of all generations.  

Ears of Steel: The Real Man’s Guide to Walt Disney World by Bart Scott

Ears of Steel: The Real Man’s Guide to Walt Disney World by Bart Scott
I just finished reading Ears of Steel by Bart Scott and I'm still laughing out loud. Intended for the reluctant male Disney traveler it is every bit as entertaining for woman. While the days of reading out loud to my sons has long past I couldn't help but read passages to them. Even my husband on a long car ride joined in the laughs as I shared parts of this unconventional Disney travel guide with him.
 “Slowly place the book in front of his sloping brow,” Scott advises in a prologue called “Hello, Ladies,” and “you’ll be on your way to the Orlando area before you can wish upon a star.” 

Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday: Our #DisneySide

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop Focused on the MagicWelcome and thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday Disney related travel picture posts.

Our theme this week is "Your Disney Side". 

A few readers wanted to know what that phrase means. The Disney Parks Blog post by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort shows it far better than I could ever explain it.
Here's our #DisneySide 

Our #DisneySide
We love our Disney hats!
Our #DisneySide
The template used in these layouts is from Mousescrappers Week #160 Template Challenge. The paper is from Seebee's Freebies  

We've shown you our Disney Side now it's your turn to show us yours...

The Picture Keeper: Review and Giveaway!

This week's must have is all about saving your magical memories! 

Today I am happy to review the Picture Keeper - PK4 and the Picture Keeper App.


Do you have photos on your computer or phone that need to be backed up?
The Picture Keeper will help you get those precious photo memories backed up safely on your PC or Mac. There are 4 different models to choose from, The PK-4, PK-8, PK-16 and The PK Pro. All models of The picture Keeper will automatically find photos on your computer and store them on the device. Whenever you download new pictures to your computer, you just plug the Picture Keeper in and it only adds the new pictures.
The Picture Keeper Mobile App for iPhone, iPad and Android provides a simple, easy way to wirelessly backup the photos on your mobile device to your computer. 


Sunday

Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney Photos by Contributing Reporter Lucinda Adania

 38th Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels
Welcome to Part II of our 38th Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels Series. In Part I, Dazzling Displays of Fine Art Highlight Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney we shared an overview of the event. 

The festival is in full swing today at Downtown Disney. If you are an art lover and you're in the area stop by this free prestigious open air fine arts festival which run Nov 8-10th. 
For all the rest of us who can't get to the festival this year Lucinda has snapped some great shots for us to enjoy. After seeing them you'll want to mark your calendars for next year!


Saturday

Dazzling Displays of Fine Art Highlight Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney Nov. 8-10, 2013


The Festival of the Masters, presented by Michaels

The Festival of the Masters, presented by Michaels, is an open-air art festival in the Downtown Disney area, featuring more than 150 award-winning artists. 


For its 38th year, Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels is transforming Downtown Disney into an art lovers’ paradise Nov. 8-10, 2013. The prestigious open-air fine arts festival features more than 300 artists creating and showcasing their unique works in painting, photography, sculpture, chalk, glass and more. Exhibits feature more than 130 award-winning artists, nearly 20 up-and-coming Emerging Masters, the Disney Artist Village, live performance artists and more.

A crowd favorite, the Disney Artist Village will return with one of the largest displays of official Disney art available for purchase and will include meet and greets with the more than 25 artists behind those masterpieces. Located between Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues on Downtown Disney West Side, the Disney Artist Village tent will feature Disney character art created by masters from various Disney disciplines including Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group. Disney Artists also will perform live shows as they create new works of art on stage and will host interactive chats about art and what it can be. Both the art chats and live performances will take place at Waterside Stage in the Marketplace.

New this year, “Mixers and Masters” will highlight artistic cocktails throughout Downtown Disney. Select dining locations will feature specialty drinks for sipping and strolling including the Pinkberry Martini from Wolfgang Puck Café, Blue Nile from Rainforest Café and Huckleberry Lemonade at Splitsville. Guests can learn what goes into making an artfully delicious cocktail during daily presentations on Waterside Stage. “The Art of Mixology” will feature 10-minute demonstrations with experts three times a day.



Guests also can become part of the festival with interactive fun. Various activities presented by Michaels will be available, including “Make It Take It” crafts, coloring Disney-inspired masterpieces and the “Michaels Master Mural” where guests can help create a mosaic-like mural. Children are invited to creatively chalk sections of the Marketplace for the Children’s Chalk Art display; help build a giant LEGO masterpiece and create an interactive LEGO mural.

Other activities will include:
• Live entertainment by performers from La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
• House of Blues 15th year celebration of its Folk Art Festival with more than 30 accomplished artists
• Special artist appearances at Hoypoloi and Pop Gallery
• Live entertainment at various venues, including House of Blues, Bongos Cuban Café, Raglan Road, and Splitsville

The event takes place from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and self-parking are complimentary at Downtown Disney; valet parking is available during the event from 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. via Entrance 4 at Downtown Disney West Side. For more information about Festival of the Masters, including exhibit times and parking information, please visit DisneyFestivaloftheMasters.com.


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Coming up next:
Part II in our Festival of the Masters Series we will feature "Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney Media Event with photos by Contributing Reporter Lucinda Adania"

Friday

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars: Episode VII Release Date

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars: Episode VII Release Date

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Foodie Friday: Sunshine Seasons

Sunshine Seasons Oak-grilled Fish with Seasonal Vegetables $11.79
Oak-grilled Fish with Seasonal Vegetables $11.79
Sunshine Seasons is a quick service, casual dining experience located on the second floor of the Land Pavilion in Epcot's Future World. It is a must do for lunch or dinner for everyone in our family. Even the pickiest of our eaters finds many dishes to choose from. The grilled salmon with fresh vegetables is his favorite go-to dinner and mine too.

Tuesday

The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ November

Welcome and thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop for the week of 11/6. For those of you joining us for the first time, each week we host a link up hop to share our Wordless Wednesday Disney related travel pictures.
The link up is at the bottom of this post as is a calendar of themes for this month.
Our theme this week is the Your November Calendar Shot. If you were to make a calendar from your photos what would it look like. You don't have to actually make a calendar. I made a collage of my stay at The Villas at Wilderness Lodge from a November trip. Each time I look at the pictures it brings back happy memories.

Villas at Wilderness Lodge



Wilderness Lodge is one my favorite resorts. What's yours?

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop Focused on the Magic


Everybody neat and pretty? Let the hop begin!

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