Wednesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Storytelling

Hi Disneyphiles and photography fans. Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

This week's theme is all about Disney Storytelling.
One of my favorite Disney stories is Beauty and the Beast. I've written about it in Our Favorite Things in Walt Disney World, New Fantasyland blog post. From the scenery, the queues, right down to the Grey Stuff the story of Beauty and the Beast unfolds in magical details to tell the story.

Enchanted Tales with Belle Beauty and the Beast
Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

What attraction tells your favorite story?

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Saturday

The Best of the Best: Disney Pretzels!

Soft pretzel at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

It's "National Pretzel Day” and time for you to cast your vote for your favorite park pretzel in our annual survey! Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts have a wide variety of pretzels to choose from. There are sweet, salty and savory Mickey Mouse Pretzel offered throughout the parks.
Here are just some of the locations you can pick up your favorite soft pretzel at

Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.


Disneyland Resort

  • Wetzel’s Pretzels®, Downtown Disney District: Located next to RIDEMAKERZ and Haagen-Dazs®, snack on fresh, fancy pretzels like the Cheese Meltdown, Grateful Garlic and Sinful Cinnamon.
  • Bayside Brews, Disney California Adventure park: Enjoy a brew (if you’re over 21, of course) and a variety of soft pretzels like the Jalapeno Cheese-filled Pretzel, Cream Cheese-filled Pretzel and Mickey Mouse Pretzel with Cheese.
  • Bengal Barbecue, Disneyland park: The Mickey Mouse Pretzel and Jalapeno Cheese-Filled Pretzels serve as extra provisions on your journey through Adventureland.
  • Refreshment Corner, Disneyland park: Mickey Mouse Pretzel, Jalapeno Cheese-filled Pretzel and Cream Cheese-filled Pretzel. Add a cup of cheese to your pretzel for extra dipping delight.
  • Disneyland Pretzel Carts
  • Fantasyland (Mickey Pretzel & Cream Cheese-filled Pretzel) in the area in front of “it’s a small world”
  • Tomorrowland (Mickey Pretzel & Cream Cheese-filled Pretzel) in front of Red Rockett’s Pizza Port
  • Frontierland (Mickey Pretzel & Jalapeno Cheese-filled Pretzel) across from the Mark Twain Riverboat Dock
Walt Disney World Resort

  • Wetzel’s Pretzels®, Downtown Disney West Side: Wetzel’s Pretzels is a perfect stop to fuel up between shopping, dining and entertainment adventures. Located next to Characters in Flight and the bridge to Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, there are seven tasty varieties of pretzels and dipping sauce options. Be sure to try the Pepperoni Twist — a fresh-baked cheese pretzel topped with pepperoni. Or try the Sinful Cinnamon — a sweet treat coated with cinnamon and sugar. Grab a table on the patio to enjoy the atmosphere and your twisted treat.
  • Germany pavilion, Epcot World Showcase: Make a stop in the quaint German village at Epcot for an authentic snack as you tour World Showcase. Chomp on a flavorful hand stretched pretzel (or “bretzeln” as they say in Germany) to the tune of authentic music as you get lost in the charming cobblestone plaza.
  • Frontierland, Magic Kingdom theme park: This Mickey Mouse-shaped, tasty treat is the talk of the town and, here at Walt Disney World, is only available at one location: Frontierland Pretzel Wagon. You can find the wagon between the Diamond Horseshoe and Pecos Bill Cafe (next to the Turkey Leg cart). The cheese or chocolate dipping sauces are the “icing on the pretzel” that make this a must-eat treat.


More Pretzel Fun at Walt Disney World:

All Disney theme parks have their special sprinkling of pretzel options. Be on the lookout for a popular fan favorite, the Cream Cheese Pretzel. This pretzel is filled with a sweet cream cheese and dusted with sweet crumbs. You can find this one at The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom, the Pretzel Garden cart on The Streets of America in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Fife & Drum Tavern at the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot World Showcase. Also featured at Fife & Drum Tavern, and at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, is the Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Pretzel. It’s a perfectly pretzel way to spice up any day.

Now it's time to vote! What's your favorite pretzel at The Disney Parks? Leave your vote in the comments section below. Be sure to tell us if it's in DL or WDW.

My favorite pretzel in the Disney Parks is in Epcot's Germany Pavilion while sipping a nice cool drink enjoying the German music...ah, I can't wait for my next visit!


Have a Disney Day!  

Wednesday

The Disney Store is celebrating Earth Day with a Free Reusable #MonkeyKingdom Bag Giveaway Today!




This Earth Day, Disney Store invites guests to celebrate and protect our planet with a free reusable bag giveaway. Guests who visit a local Disney Store on April 22nd will receive a free reusable “Monkey Kingdom” shopping tote with any purchase (up to 200 totes, one per guest per store).

The free reusable tote, made of 80% recycled materials, features a design inspired by the new film from Walt Disney Studio’s Disneynature, “Monkey Kingdom.”

In addition to the reusable tote program, Disney Store will donate $1 to Conservation International for every Disneynature plush purchased between March 13, 2015 and May 14, 2015.
Maya Plush - Disneynature Monkey Kingdom - 18"
SRP: $19.95 Retailers: Disney Store, DisneyStore.com

Set in the storied jungles of South Asia, Disneynature’s new feature film, “Monkey Kingdom,” showcases the adventures of new mom Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey who’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world.

“Monkey Kingdom” is the sixth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.

For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.

Disney Wordless Wednesday: Happy Earth Day & Happy Birthday Animal Kingdom

Hi Disney photography fans. Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

This week's theme is all about Disney Nature. Disney Parks celebrates Earth Day every day, just the way Walt Disney would have wanted it, through numerous programs in the parks and in the community. To celebrate Earth Day and Disney's Animal Kingdom Park's birthday I'd like to share a few shots of The Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World and a few animals that you might discover on one of my favorite rides, Kilimanjaro Safari.

The Tree of Life project was started in the late 80’s and opened on April, 22, 1998, Earth Day. This beautiful iconic symbol symbolizes the beauty, diversity and grandeur of our animal life here on Earth.


"You've probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn't just the business of a few people. It's a matter that concerns all of us. It's a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if we will protect our wildlife and preserve our lakes and streams, these things will last us for generations to come."  

"I have learned from the animal world, and what everyone will learn who studies it is, a renewed sense of kinship with the earth and all its inhabitants."
~ Walt Disney 



How will you celebrate Earth Day? I'll be planting seeds in my garden.

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Thursday

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser #2 Plus Images

Star Wars Fans, today in Anaheim, California, J.J. Abrams (writer/director/producer) and Kathleen Kennedy (producer) kicked off Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive new look at STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
They welcomed surprise special guests from the film: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaacs as well as veterans of the original saga Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew. The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind the scenes look at the upcoming film and, to the surprise of fans around the world, debuted a brand new teaser trailer.


New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser #2 Plus New Images

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser #2 Plus New Images


STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be in theaters December 18, 2015!
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Wednesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Looking for a sign.

Hi Disney photography fans. Welcome to the latest edition of the The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

This week's theme is all about signs. I have to admit that I have a thing for signs and Walt Disney World is the perfect place for a person like me to get their sign fix.

One of my favorite sign displays is in The Goodbye Room of It's a Small World cruise attraction in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom's It's a Small World Good-Bye Room

You may have noticed that Disneyland's version of this scene is different. Disneyland shows postcards and phrases from around the world instead of parting phrases on 60's stylized flowers designed by Mary Blair.

Do you have a favorite sign display?

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Disney Frozen Limited Edition Makeup Collection

I received Disney Frozen Collection products to facilitate this review. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

It's Spring and a perfect time to channel the beauty of snow and ice with the limited edition cosmetics line inspired by the magical and elegant Elsa from Disney’s Frozen! 



Hello my dear Disney friends! The new E.L.F. (Eyes Lips Face) Disney Frozen Elsa Makeup Collection has arrived at Walgreens!

I couldn't wait to give it a try. I love makeup even though I am rather conservative in my choice of colors and application. This collection gave me an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and "let it go".

We all know that makeup doesn't come cheap and purchasing products individually can really add up. E.L.F. offers quality cosmetics at a reasonable price. This set is fully color coordinated so that anyone can create the Elsa look. It's a great series for a teenager, Disney Bounding or a more mature makeup wearer who wants to bring out her inner princess.

Saturday

Sharing Your Minnie Style Photos Could Win You a Trip to NYFW!

Disney is celebrating the classic cuteness of Minnie Mouse and by giving fans the chance to win a trip to New York Fashion Week!
Lauren Conrad Disney Minnie Mouse collection,  show off your #MinnieStyle .


From now through May 8, share Minnie Style photos on Disney’s Applause app on iPhone or Android for a chance to win a three day/two night trip to NYC to attend NY Fashion Week events.

Submit anything that shows what #MinnieStyle means to you, whether it’s dots and bows, black and white, pops of red–get creative, that’s what fashion is all about.

Disney Release for more details:
The Disney Style blog has been posting #MinnieStyle photos to Instagram for a while now, celebrating the classic cuteness that Minnie Mouse embodies. Now, showing off your Minnie Style could actually help send you on a dream trip to New York Fashion Week. We’ll pause while you go raid your closet for red bows and polka dots.


Lauren Conrad’s new Disney Minnie Mouse collection #MinnieStyle vintage-inspired dress | Focused on the Magic

From now through May 8, share your Minnie Style photos on Disney’s Applause app on iPhone or Android for a chance to win a trip to New York Fashion Week.

If you need some inspiration, check out Lauren Conrad’s new Disney Minnie Mouse collection, which proves there are plenty of ways to show off your #MinnieStyle with vintage-inspired dresses, graphic tees, skirts, and more.

One Grand Prize winner and a guest will receive a three day/two night trip to NYC to attend NY Fashion Week events. Nine runners up will receive a Minnie Mouse product package. We’ll also be selecting submissions to feature in a gallery at our NYFW event, so get creative!
Learn more about the contest: Rock Your Minnie Style Official Rules.

Wednesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Four Favorite Disney Resorts

Hi Disney photography fans. Welcome to the latest edition of the The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

This week's theme is "Four Favorites". I chose to share four of my favorite Walt Disney World Resorts come rain or shine, inside and out.

Yacht Club, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge
L-R Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Are these Resorts your favorites too?

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Tuesday

'Star Wars' Digital Movie Collection available April 10

Disney, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox Announce
The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD throughout the galaxy – or at least here on Earth – globally beginning Friday, April 10.

We probably have The Star Wars Saga in every possible movie watching form except Laser Disc in our multi-generation house. With Star Wars Weekends fast approaching and the excitement over the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, we were beyond thrilled to hear about the release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. How cool is that?! We will be able to watch the whole collection anywhere and at any time starting, Friday April 10. Let the binge watching begin!




Disney Release: As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox today announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD throughout the galaxy – or at least here on Earth – globally beginning Friday, April 10.

Saturday

Cuteness Alert: Oh My Disney Bunny Theater

Hoppy Easter!
Tis the season for bunnies, and because Oh My Disney loves their cute fluffy tails, floppy ears, that thing their noses do, and the fact that they’re generally adorable, the blog decided to do what it does best and create a video of bunnies starring in famous Disney scenes

Oh My Disney asked their brilliant design team to build sets in which little bunny actors could step into the shoes of famous Disney characters including Simba, Alice and Belle. The results are almost too cute, and slightly silly.


Thursday

New Wonder Forge Games for Spring! (Plus Giveaway)

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review and giveaway. The opinions expressed here are all my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.

Wonder Forge offers quality, fun preschool and family board games. The games are small and easy to to take on the go. They encourage creativity and imaginative play while bridging the family generation gap to create wholesome family entertainment and make lasting memories.

Wonder Forge has several wonderful NEW games launching in April that preschoolers are sure to enjoy. With games featuring beautiful artwork from Disney's Frozen, Doc McStuffins, Peanuts, and Marvel, there’s something for every preschooler on your list.

Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop April Calendar Shot

Hi Disney photography fans. Welcome to the latest edition of the The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather to blog hop, link up and share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

This week's theme is "April Calendar Shot".
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."
- Mark Twain

Focused on the Magic | Kilimanjaro Safari Disney Animal Kingdom

Happy April 1st! Did you know today is "Fun Day"? I hope you make it a Fun April Fool's Day.

Would you like to link up your #DisneySide photos and hop with us? We have a theme each week that you can follow along with if you'd like and your links can be from your blog, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr or SmugMug. You get the idea. The Link-up is at the bottom of this post.

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