Tuesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: January 2014!

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop Focused on the MagicHappy New Year friends!! Thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com. This is always the highlight of my week seeing your pictures and visiting with you on your blogs. 
I hope 2014 brings you all good health, wealth and most of all happiness! Oh, and a trip to your Happy Place too!
Our theme this week is, Your January Calendar Shot.  What better way to kick off the new year than with a blast of fireworks from Wishes at Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort.
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Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates the New Year with Fireworks, Fine Dining and Festive Entertainment

Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates the New Year with Fireworks, Fine Dining and Festive Entertainment
New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest fireworks evenings of the year at Walt Disney World Resort, a place where fireworks are both spectacular and an every-night event. I've only been once on New Year's Eve. The crowds are like Times Square in NYC but the fireworks are just out-of-this-world. Here's a little look at what guests can expect to see. ---------
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Walt Disney World guests will be counting down to midnight and ringing in the new year with a dazzling display of entertainment, parades, fireworks and extended hours throughout the Vacation Kingdom on New Year’s Eve.

Every day is a celebration at Walt Disney World Resort but New Year’s Eve is certainly one of the largest. From lunches and dinners to brunches and dessert buffets, there are over a dozen spots for ringing in the New Year with fine fare. Also, there is no shortage of fireworks and nighttime shows that will light up the skies and create a mood of celebration at the parks on Dec. 31st.

Thursday

Review: Hello Fresh Delivers!

Recently I was fortunate enough to receive this product and service for free in exchange for my review with the Hello Fresh Blogger Review Program
I was very excited, as I am a foodie who cooks at least 2 meals a day for my family and spends a lot of time reviewing and revising recipes. 
Hello Fresh is a subscription meal delivery service that delivers right to your door. Yes, your door! I'm anxious to try it at my Disney Vacation Club resort! Each weekly delivery includes all the fresh ingredients and detailed recipes that allow you to make a scrumptious meal in just 30 minutes.
Leaving you with plenty of time to focus on the magic of cooking.
Here's how my Classic Box arrived - in a thickly insulated box with long-lasting ice packs. All the ingredients for three delicious meals - each packaged separately and clearly labeled. The meals designed by the Hello Fresh chef's were all interesting and easy to make. If you can read a recipe, you can create their dishes!


Cooking & Eating!
Here's a look at the first meal I made, Dill Crusted Tilapia with Sweet Potato & Cranberry Medley. I wish these pictures were scratch and sniff. It smelled so good and tasted even better! The preparation process was made very easy with the recipe cards. This was a huge success and we raved about this dish for days.

Tuesday

The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Joy!

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop Focused on the MagicMerry Christmas! 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, 
Joy! Post anything joyful you'd like.  
For me and since this is Christmas, I thought I'd share some of our joyful 
Walt Disney World pictures with joyful music (in a Christmasy choir kind of way) from The Silhan Musical Christmas album which was recorded in our home studio by members of our family over the years. The young children have all grown, my dear sweet MIL and FIL have since passed away. So, this is packed with truly magical and joy filled memories for us.
I'd like to thank all of you for stopping by each week to share the magic with us.
Have a Healthy, Happy & Magical Holiday!

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Saturday

New Disney Skins And Cases From DecalGirl!

Congratulations to the DecalGirl company, who have recently executed a comprehensive licensing deal with Disney/Disney Pixar that enables them to manufacture high quality skins and case products using over thirty of the Disney and Disney Pixar themed properties. A total of thirty  seven images are available for sale online with more coming soon, just in time for the holidays!


There are people on your holiday list that will be very happy about the new announcement from DecalGirl! I can't wait to give them a try on my laptop, tablet and iPhone.


This new line of Disney themed skins and cases feature dedicated design groups offering artwork from Mickey & Friends, Disney Princess, Tinker Bell, Cars, Planes, Monsters University, The Muppets, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Frozen. More artwork and properties from Disney and Disney Pixar will be launched in rounds two and three, covering up to thirty of the most popular properties. 
DecalGirl Skins Are The Ideal Gift For Everyone On Your List!

Buy it:
Device skins start at a retail price of $9.99 and come complete with a free downloadable wallpaper which completes the design and makes for a perfect Disney experience. The DecalGirl Disney art program includes a wide variety of designs to suit an assortment of tastes from classic to contemporary. You can be sure that your favorite characters will be represented when the library of images is completed in early 2014. 

About:
DecalGirl is the first US company to sell die-cut, vinyl skins that personalize your personal electronic devices, like cell phones, ipads and laptops. Skins adhere to your small and large electronic devices, and are sold via the DecalGirl website (http://www.decalgirl.com), direct to the consumer. DecalGirl has been in business for ten years and has been acquiring entertainment and branded licenses since 2011.
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Will you be adding a new DecalGirl Disney design to your shopping list? Which design do you like? 
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing it with you because I think it's a great product.


Friday

Review: The Lone Ranger Blu-ray + DVD, Plus Bonus Clip and Film Stills

Time is Ticking, the Tension is High, and the Ultimate Showdown Between Good and Evil is About to Explode

Review: The Lone Ranger Blu-ray + DVD, Plus Bonus Clip and Film Stills
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If you've been looking forward to seeing THE LONE RANGER starring 
Johnny Depp (Tonto) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) now is your chance. It's available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, and On-Demand as of December 17, 2013.
It’s a fun adventure film that takes you on a wild ride of action, explosions and gunfights. I was looking forward to seeing it as I grew up on TV westerns and The Lone Ranger TV show was one of my favorites to watch. I don't think I ever knew the backstory of The Lone Ranger. I watched it for the action and the horses. The Lone Ranger's beautiful albino horse, Silver was a star in the show for me. 
This thrilling adventure is infused with action and humor, and follows the tale of the famed masked hero brought to life through new eyes. 

Thursday

Review: Disney Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition + Bonus Clips and Film Stills


Finally it's here! Releasing from the Disney Vault in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, creative visionary Walt Disney’s classic shines for the first time on Blu-ray. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in her Academy-Award winning role, and featuring iconic toe-tapping songs including “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Mary Poppins is a movie experience your family will enjoy again and again. An all-new digital restoration adds even more magic – helping bring the award-winning songs and amazing picture to life like never before. Share the music; share the magic; share the joy of Mary Poppins this holiday on Blu-ray Combo Pack & HD Digital. December 10.

Take a trip down memory lane with film and bonus clips from Mary Poppins' 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack! Get behind the scenes stories from Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), Dick Van Dyke (Bert), Karen Dotrice (Jane Banks) and composer Richard Sherman!



The Cast: Julie Andrews (The Sounds of Music, Princess Diaries) as Mary Poppins; Dick Van Dyke(TV’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Night at the Museum) as Bert/Mr. Dawes Senior; David Tomlinson (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug) as Mr. Banks; Glynis Johns (The Court Jester, While You Were Sleeping) as Mrs. Banks; Karen Dotrice (The Gnome-Mobile, Upstairs, Downstairs) as Jane Banks; Mathew Garber (The Gnome-Mobile, The Three Lives of Thomasina) as Michael Banks.


Director: Robert Stevenson (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug)

Producers: Walt Disney & Robert Stevenson

Writing Credits: Screenplay - Bill Walsh (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Flubber) & Don DaGradi (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug) based upon the book by P.L. Travers

New Bonus Features: BLU-RAY & HD DIGITAL:

  • Mary-OKE Sing Along – Music from the film with specifically“Spoon Full of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Step In Time,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and allows viewer to sing-along to animated words that display onscreen in unique ways.
  •  Becoming Mr. Sherman (TBC by theatrical team): Join actor Jason Schwartzman as he sits down for a fun and musical-filled afternoon with Richard Sherman. In the new film, SAVING MR BANKS, Schwartzman portrays the Disney Legend... half of the famous composing team, the Sherman Brothers who wrote all the classic songs from MARY POPPINS, as well as many other favorites. Hear heartwarming, revealing stories about the making of this beloved musical, get more insight on working with Walt Disney, and get a unique sneak peek into SAVING MR BANKS, starring Tom Hanks, and Emma Thompson.
Feature Run Time: Approximately 140 minutes
Rated: G
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Sound: Blu-ray – English: 7.1 DTS-HDMA, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Original Theatrical Mix; Spanish and French: 5.1 Dolby Digital; DVD – English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Original Theatrical Mix; Spanish and French: 5.1 Dolby DigitalLanguages/Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

Our thoughts:
We already own a very worn Mary Poppins VHS, but haven't watched it in years.
 I almost feel like Mary Poppins is a part of our family, we've seen her so many times. I wish she were my kids nanny, those early years would have been even more magical. It was such a wonderful experience to see this digitally restored and enhanced version on a big screen TV. We could really tell the differences in picture quality and sound quality. We loved hearing our favorite songs again and taking a trip down memory lane with our favorite characters. The park scene and rooftop scene are my absolute favorites and they were made even better digitally enhanced. The colors seemed to jump off the screen with the penguins.
This 50th anniversary edition has lots of new extras that we enjoyed as well as the timeless film. The new Mary-Oke sing along was fun with everyone
 trying to remember the words without reading them on the screen. The bonus feature commentary is very entertaining as well as the trivia.This movie is a Disney classic that is definitely worth purchasing and a practically perfect edition for your Disney movie collection. 

Buy it: please visit your local stores where Disney DVDs and Blu-ray's are sold.  

Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) will be available for purchase starting December 10th, 2013. 


Now for the bonus clips, as promised:

Bonus Clip: Quality to the Studio
Description: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Richard Sherman remember how kindly they were treated on this film and even break into song (and dance)!




Bonus Clip: Dick's Lunchtime Joke
Description: Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke reminisce about Dick' antics when costumed up as Mr. Dawes Senior on the Disney lot.

Bonus Clip: Mary-oke Bonus Feature: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Tuesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday: The Letter "R"

Welcome friends 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 The Letter "R"
One of the most important parts of our trips are the resorts we stay and relaxing after a day in the parks.
The Boardwalk Villas
Villas at Wilderness Lodge
Saratoga Spring Resort & Spa
The Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Relaxing Disney Resorts

Because I couldn't let it rest. Here is another  "R" collage

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Monday

Win a Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice DVD and Tinkerbell Ornament - Happy Holidays #HoHoHo Giveaway Hop

Win a Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice DVD and Tinkerbell Ornament - Happy Holidays #HoHoHo Giveaway Hop
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Do you enjoy watching Christmas movies and collecting ornaments? I love doing both. My Disney ornament collection grows every year and on our list of movie favorites is  Prep & Landing and it's equally funny sequel Prep & Landing Naughty vs. Nice. 

We've
 linked up with a merry group of Disney Bloggers to share the magic of the season with you in a Happy Holidays Giveaway Blog Hop loaded with Disney prizes!

Each blog in the hop is having a Disney themed giveaway. The winner of our giveaway here at Focused on the Magic will receive a 

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice
"Totally Tinsel Collection" DVD
and a

Hallmark Tinkerbell Ornament

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice DVD Giveaway

Sunday

Silent Sunday in the Park

Silent Sunday in the Park: Partners

Silent Sunday at Focused on the Magic


Share the magic! Do you have pictures that *speak* for themselves that you would like to share? 

It's a fun creative challenge. You may even gain some picture taking inspiration seeing others picture posts.

Friday

Foodie Friday: Terra

Our Favorite Foods This Week were located at Epcot's Food & Wine Festival. Just as we entered the World Showcase there was Terra with a fabulously healthy vegetarian menu ready for us to taste. Peter chose the Trick'n Chick'n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein Chick'n Breast for $3.75 (1 DP snack credit) and I chose Chili Colorado with Home-Made Chips  and Cashew Cheese featuring Gardein Beefless Tips for $3.75 (1 DP snack credit). We shared each dish. Both were incredibly flavorful and filling. I passed on the Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc wine for water. Too hot and sunny for wine tasting on that day. I'd get back to it later in the week.
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Thursday

Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United DVD Review

Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United DVD Review
Two of the biggest Heroes from the Marvel Universe team up in “Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United,” the first full-length, direct-to-video CG animated feature from Marvel Animation Studios.
Hulk’s brute strength and Tony Stark’s high-tech intellect come together to create a powerful duo necessary to face off against one of the most dangerous enemies.
When “Zzzax,” a seemingly invincible, energy devouring monster threatens to destroy the planet, these two Avengers are mankind’s only hope. Alone, neither can defeat the awesome power of Zzzax.
As a team, they just might have a chance – if they can find a way to work together without smashing heads before time runs out! 

Can two of Marvel's mightiest heroes find a way to work together without smashing each other before time runs out?"

Tuesday

The #Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Holiday Character Encounters

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, 
Character Encounters. Since this is the holiday season I thought I'd share some of our favorite character encounters at Walt Disney World. 
Disney World Holiday Character Encounters



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Walt Disney Studios has Released "Saving Mr. Banks" : The Official Multi-touch Book

DISNEY’S “SAVING MR. BANKS” BOOK GIVES FANS
SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK
AT THE MAKING OF THE TIMELESS CLASSIC “MARY POPPINS”

Featuring Rare and Exclusive Archival Treasures, Recording Sessions from the Academy Award®–Winning Composers, an Interactive Timeline of Historic Walt Disney Studios Milestones, Storyboards, Video and More
DISNEY’S “SAVING MR. BANKS” BOOK GIVES FANS A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE MAKING OF THE TIMELESS CLASSIC “MARY POPPINS”
Walt Disney Studios has announced the release of SAVING MR. BANKS: The Official Multi-touch Book, based on Disney’s highly anticipated film “Saving Mr. Banks,” in theaters December 20, 2013. Exploring the previously untold story of how Walt Disney worked his magic on author P.L. Travers to secure the rights to her book, “Mary Poppins,” the book includes a foreword by Academy Award®-winning composer Richard Sherman; never-before-seen correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers; rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives; an interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones; original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs; facts and profiles on the key characters in “Saving Mr. Banks”—all created by Apple’s  digital book creation app, iBooks Author.

Sunday

Hello Kitty Doll Review

Large Dance Hello Kitty Doll
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Do you have a Hello Kitty fan in your life? If so, they will love the new Hello Kitty 13.5" poseable Dolls from Blip Toys! This exciting new series of dolls were created in celebration of Hello Kitty's 40th birthday next year. It's hard to believe it's been that long! Time sure has flown by! As a doll, Hello Kitty can become a real friend in adventures real or imagined to new generations of girls and for the collector, Hello Kitty will bring back 40 years of cherished memories.

Sunday in the Park

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Silent Sunday at Focused on the Magic


Do you have pictures that *speak* for themselves that you would like to share?
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! 

It's just a fun creative challenge and a break from blogging articles. You may even gain some inspiration seeing picture posts.

Friday

Meet Zarina in Disney's New Movie "The Pirate Fairy" ~ Trailer & Film Stills

The Pirate Fairy Trailer & Film Stills


The Walt Disney Animation Studios, has just released a new trailer for its upcoming Disney Fairies movie
“The Pirate Fairy” on Blu-ray Combo Pack which is set to release on April 1st. This looks like a fun new adventure! Meet Zarina the Pirate Fairy in the trailer and film stills below and prepare to swashbuckle with the whole Fairy crew!
The Pirate Fairy Trailer & Film Stills

From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship.
Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), would soon be known as Captain Hook himself.



With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, 

“The Pirate Fairy” sets sail April 1, 2014

Tuesday

The #Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ December


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 Your December Calendar Shot.

This is Peter's birthday month so he had the honor of choosing this week's picture. I think he did a great job. It's one of my favorite scenes from 
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

 The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights




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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Super Adventure on DVD!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Super Adventure on DVD
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: SUPER ADVENTURE
One of the Top Preschool Cable TV Show of 2013!

New Full-Length Adventure Feature Starring Mickey & Pals + 3 additional bonus episodes packaged on one DVD arrives today, December 3, 2013

Zoom! Wow! It’s Super Mickey, Wonder Minnie, Super-Power Pup, Super Goof, Dynamo Duck and Upsy-Daisy to the rescue! In an exciting adventure straight out of a comic book, Power-Pants Pete swoops down and starts shrinking everything insight down to teeny-tiny size! To save the day, Professor Von Drake transforms the Clubhouse Gang into super heroes with incredible powers. But Pete’s merely a sidekick; a wily villain named Megamort is the true mastermind behind the shrinky-dinky caper. 
Can our heroes outsmart the bad guys? Only by working together, with help from YOU… and the right Mouseketools! 
Packed with action, surprises and nearly two hours of fun – including three additional episodes – this Super Adventure celebrates the unstoppable power of teamwork and friendship.

In celebration of today's release (December 3rd) of MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: SUPER ADVENTURE, we're super elated to share these fun activity sheets and two fun clips!
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Get ready to join Super Mickey and friends on an epic adventure in Disney's MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: SUPER ADVENTURE ! 

Monday

Hidden Mickey Hunting: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Our Hidden Mickeys this week are from The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's an amazing seasonal display featuring millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Think Manheim Steamroller. You can also expect a Florida faux snow to fall and a flurry of Hidden Mickeys some of which are pictured below. It's a fun time hunting with some being very obvious and other  more hidden. We stopped counting at 13.

Hidden Mickey Magic: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

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Are you a Hidden Mickey hunter? 

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