Friday

Ginnifer Goodwin To Voice Fairy ‘Fawn’ In New “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast" Adventure +Clip

Disneytoon Studios returns to Pixie Hollow with the heartwarming adventure “Legend of the NeverBeast.” The new story explores an ancient myth of a fabled creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. Ginnifer Goodwin To Voice Fairy ‘Fawn’ In New “TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST” Adventure +Clip

Disneytoon Studios returns to Pixie Hollow with the heartwarming adventure “Legend of the NeverBeast.” The new story explores an ancient myth of a fabled creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this animal—massive and strange with glowing green eyes—is not really welcome in Pixie Hollow, and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast before it destroys their home.
DisneyToon Studios has announced that Ginnifer Goodwin ("Once Upon a Time") will voice the character Fawn in the new Disney Fairies adventure, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast”.

Thursday

XPRIZE Recruits Real-Life “BIG HERO 6”

 XPRIZE, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship announced the winners of the DISNEY BIG HERO 6  XPRIZE CHALLENGE  Disney’s “Big Hero 6,”

SIX YOUNG PEOPLE WIN VIDEO CONTEST TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH BIG IDEAS
Winners will Travel to LA to Walk the Red Carpet at the Hollywood Premiere of Disney’s BIG HERO 6

{Disney Release} – XPRIZE, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship announced the winners of the DISNEY BIG HERO 6 – XPRIZE CHALLENGE today. Much like the characters in Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” people between the ages of 8 and 17 were asked to harness their creativity and come up with innovative ideas to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.).

Hundreds of videos were submitted and narrowed down to 20 finalists.  From there, 6 winners were selected based on a combination of public voting and the scores from a panel of judges: Dr. Ed Catmull, President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; Gwynne Shotwell, president and CEO of SpaceX; Dean Kamen, an inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of FIRST ®; Anousheh Ansari, co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems (and the first female private space explorer); and Jon Snoddy, VP, Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development.

Tuesday

#Disney Wordless Wednesday: Villains

Welcome and thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather together to share our Disney vacation photos.
Would you like to link up your #DisneySide pictures and blog hop with us?  Look no further than the bottom of this post.
In celebration of Halloween this weekend our theme is Villains. I chose a cast of characters  from Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios®
In celebration of Halloween this weekend our theme is Villains. I chose a cast of characters from Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios®
L-R Darth Vader, Jango Fett, Gamorrean Guard, Daul Maul
Do you have a favorite Star Wars villain? 


Time to link up villainous your Wordless Wednesday photo...

Disney Villains Evil Twist on One Republic's "Counting Stars"


Watch as Maleficent, Ursula, Scar, Captain Hook, Hades, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Evil Queen decide who is the evilest villain of all in Disney.com’s Oh My Disney  all new Halloween music video.

The Disney Villains put an evil twist on One Republic's catchy tune "Counting Stars" and end up Counting Scars.


For even more Disney Halloween fun, visit Disney.com/Halloween.

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Sunday

Disney Movie Quote of the Day

Today we’re focusing on a quote from Aladdin the animated television series made by Walt Disney Television which aired from 1994 to 1996.

"Sometimes we only see how people are different from us, but if you look hard enough, you can see how much we're all alike." ~ Princess Jasmine (voiced by Linda Larkin) in Garden on Evil.


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Silent Sunday in the Park

Walt Disney World, Haunted Mansion Sunday Blog Hop

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 below. I would love to see yours!
Silent Sunday is a fun creative challenge and a break from blogging articles. You may even gain some inspiration for picture taking on your next trip.


Silent Sunday at Focused on the Magic

Time to link up your Silent Sunday in the Parks...

Saturday

Set Sail for London!! "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book!" - Clip

Ahoy there!
Jake and his crew of kid pirates take flight over London in Disney Junior's "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book!," a primetime special
(Disney Junior)
Jake and his crew of kid pirates take flight over London in Disney Junior's "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book!," a primetime special premiering premiering this Sunday October 26 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

Music-Filled Special Includes Debut of Original Song "Once Upon A Time" Performed by Maia Mitchell as Wendy

NANA, IZZY, JOHN DARLING, MICHAEL DARLING, WENDY DARLING, SKULLY, CUBBY, JAKE, TINKER BELL
(Disney Junior)
Beloved Disney heritage characters Wendy, John and Michael Darling make their series debut in the music-filled special, with Maia Mitchell (Disney Channel's "Teen Beach Movie" and ABC Family's "The Fosters") voicing the role of Wendy and performing new original song "Once Upon A Time." Peter Pan and Tinker Bell will also appear.
Here's a clip for your viewing pleasure:


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Monsters University Halloween Spooktacular at PARTY CENTRAL Clip


Monsters University Halloween Spooktacular at PARTY CENTRAL Clip

Join a monster of a party with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of PARTY CENTRAL. The Disney•Pixar short is now available to view for free for the first time, and reunites everyone's favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, for another hilarious adventure. Download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Party Central now, for a limited time!

Join a monster of a party with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of PARTY CENTRAL. The Disney•Pixar short is now available to view for free for the first time, and reunites everyone's favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, for another hilarious adventure.
Featuring Billy Crystal as Mike, John Goodman as Sulley and directed by Pixar's Kelsey Mann, Party Central features Mike and Sulley's return to Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one's showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come with a plan to make sure "Party Central" is the most epic party the school has ever seen.



Go to Disney Movies Anywhere to find out more about collecting, watching, and taking your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere you go! Visit www.disneymoviesanywhere.com or download the App at http://di.sn/hvV
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Friday

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut Launches and the Star Wars Fan Film Awards Return #starwarsuncut



The Empire Strikes Back Uncut
, a fan-made shot-by-shot remake video of the iconic Star Wars sequel, is live now on StarWars.com.

This labor of love is the product of thousands of Star Wars fans using their own actors, props, animation, artwork, or action figures to tell the story of The Empire Strikes Back.

In the spirit of The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, Lucasfilm is also excited to announce the return of the Star Wars Fan Film Awards, which will begin accepting submissions this October with the best selections to screen in a special ceremony at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim next April.

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.”
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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.

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

Thursday

Power Up Like a Marvel Super Hero and Win a Disney Cruise

Power Up Like a Marvel Super Hero and Win a Disney Cruise
Power Up Like A Marvel Super Hero and You Could Win a Disney Vacation for four

Are you smart like Iron Man, smashingly heroic like Hulk, mighty like Thor, brave like Black Widow, a leader like Captain America, loyal like Falcon, responsible like Spider-Man, skilled like Iron Spider, strong like Gamora, inventive like Rocket, or maybe these are qualities you aspire to have? Then, bring out your inner super hero for a chance to win one of many Marvel related prize packages!
 
Now thru October 15th, consumers can enter the Marvel Super Hero September sweepstakes for a chance to win a Grand Prize of a 7-night Caribbean cruise with Disney Cruise Line on the Disney Magic, featuring the all-new Avenger’s Academy. Additional prizes include Disney Store shopping sprees, Party City gift cards and Marvel super hero family fun game packs.

There is one week left to enter.  Visit www.MarvelSuperHeroSeptember.com, upload a photo of yourself being heroic or showing your Marvel Super Hero or how you “power up like a Marvel super hero”; this can be a moment of achievement, a significant moment of time or even a photo of you in your Marvel Super Hero attire or costume. 

One lucky Grand Prize winner could be sailing like a Super Hero with Disney Cruise Line 
on the Disney Magic where kids 13 and under can experience the all-new Marvel  Avengers Academy and adults can have the vacation of their dreams with activities for BOTH kids AND adults! 
Additional prizes include Marvel Super Hero Shopping Spree gift cards from the Disney 
Store, Party City gift cards for party supplies to help create the perfect super hero 
themed party, and Marvel Super Hero Family Fun Game Night Packs including games, 
snacks and more! 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. See Official Rules for details. 
Many will enter. Few will win. 
For more details, the official rules, and to upload your photo and enter the sweepstakes 
Visit: www.MarvelSuperHeroSeptember.com 
The Sweepstakes is open to residents of the United States (50 States), District of 
Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) 

Tuesday

#Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: 4 Favorite Things at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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 4 Things. Any four things!

4 Favorite Things at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

What are 4 things you would choose?


Everybody neat and pretty?
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Disney Brings the Magic to Steam With More Than 20 Titles for PC

Disney Brings the Magic to Steam With More Than 20 Titles for PC | Focused on the Magic
{Disney Release} Today, Disney Interactive launched more than 20 titles on Steam.  Available for PC, the expansive collection will feature games from Disney’s top franchises, including Disney●Pixar Cars, Disney Tangled, Disney●Pixar Toy Story and more. To celebrate, Steam players can download all the new Disney titles for 10% off through Sunday, October 12.

Disney Interactive is excited to bring family-friendly play experiences to the platform and will continue to launch titles on Steam throughout the year.

Check out the full list of titles below and visit Steam to download and start playing today!

Monday

Must-Have Monday: Inateck USB Wall Chargers {Review} {Giveaway}


 Focused on the Magic Must Have Monday


This week's Must-Have Monday is about keeping your smartphones, tablets and iPads charged up at home, in the office and while traveling.

Recently I received the Inateck 4 Port USB Wall Charger, UC4001 and the Inateck UC2001 2 Port USB Wall Charger for review. They are now the latest additions to my home charging station and travel gear bag.

Multiple power hungry gadgets in your life?
Our family is full of smartphones and tablets. It never fails that someone is in need of a good charge at any given time and sometimes we all need a charge at the same time. In airports the charging stations always seem to be filled.
When we are traveling one of the first things I do when I get to our resort room is set up a charging station for our smartphones and tablets. Each of our devices has a charger and as a result I usually pack a power strip to fit all of them which adds weight to my carry on.

I won't be carrying multiple chargers anymore thanks to the Inateck 4-Port 30W USB Wall Charger. It can charge up to four devices at one time. For trips with my tablet and iPhone I could use the handy Inateck 2-Port USB Wall Charger.

Sunday

It's Time to Talk "The Walk" at Disneyland Resort, Oct. 12, 2014 | Focused on the Magic


A truly special event will happen Sunday, October 12, 2014. It’s the CHOC “Walk in the Park” at Disneyland Resort. The event is the biggest annual fundraising effort for CHOC Children’s, devoted to meeting the medical needs of children throughout Southern California and beyond.

Walt Disney himself was one of the original proponents of CHOC Children’s (Hospital) and this year marks the 13th straight year that “CHOC Walk” has taken place at the Disneyland Resort.

Thursday

New #InsideOut Trailer from #Disney #Pixar | Focused on the Magic

New #InsideOut Trailer from #Disney #Pixar | Focused on the Magic


Meet the emotions inside your mind. "Inside Out", the movie adventure begins June 19, 2015 in theaters near you.

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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