Archives for November 2013
“We’re thrilled to welcome ‘The View’ and their fans to the Disneyland Resort, and we can’t wait to see how they show off their ‘Disney side,’” said Michael Colglazier, President, Disneyland Resort. “What better way to showcase the magic and energy of the ‘Happiest Place on Earth,’ than through a live broadcast of one of America’s favorite daytime TV shows.”
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 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 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.
· 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 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 Costume for Girls by Disney Store ($14.95-$49.95): She’ll be the icy enchantress of any masquerade ball in our Elsa 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.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 27, 2013. For more information, check out Disney.com/Frozen, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyFrozenand follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.
About Disney Consumer Products Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that delivers innovative and engaging product experiences across thousands of categories from toys and apparel to books and fine art. As the world’s largest licensor, DCP inspires the imaginations of people around the world by bringing the magic of Disney into consumers’ homes with products they can enjoy year-round. DCP is comprised of three business units: Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store. The Licensing business is aligned around five strategic brand priorities: Disney Media, Classics & Entertainment, Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Princess & Disney Fairies, Lucasfilm and Marvel. Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazines, and digital products and also includes an English language learning business, consisting of over 40 Disney English learning centers across China and a supplemental learning book program. DPW’s growing library of digital products includes best-selling eBook titles and original apps that leverage Disney content in innovative ways. The Disney Store retail chain operates across North America, Europe and Japan with more than 350 stores worldwide and is known for providing consumers with high-quality, unique products. Disney’s official shopping portals online are www.DisneyStore.com and www.DisneyStore.co.uk. For more information, please visit Disney Consumer Products www.DisneyConsumerProducts.com or follow us at www.YouTube.com/DisneyLiving, www.Facebook.com/DisneyLiving,www.Twitter.com/DisneyLiving and www.Pinterest.com/DisneyLiving.
About Disney Publishing Worldwide Disney Publishing Worldwide is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney Book Group in the U.S., Disney Libri in Italy, and Disney Libros in Spain. DPW publishes a range of children’s magazines globally, as well as Disney kids magazines in the U.S. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, which includes Disney English learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. DPW’s digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages.
Let me start by saying if you are packing for a week long trip in a warm climate, it’s easy to pack 7 days worth of clothes in a carry on bag! If you’re going somewhere cold, I doubt anyone could pack that way, but I could be wrong!
- 9 pair of underwear and 4 bras
- 7 pair of socks
- 3 pj sets- t-shirt and pj pants
- long sleeve t-shirt
- zip up hoodie
- fleece sweatshirt
- tennis shoes
- flip flops
- swim suit and cover up
- toiletries and make up
- 7 t-shirts
- 4 shorts
- 3 capri pants
You can see the final product above! I started with the tennis shoes (stuffed with socks and underwear) at the bottom of the bag closest to the wheels. Some people even wrap their shoes in plastic shower caps to keep shoe grime off their clothing. Next I added the rolls of shirts, pants/ shorts and pjs. These all fit nicely next to the shoes. In the space below the rolled items, I was able to fit the bulkier long sleeved items that were rolled together in a longer roll. Extra underwear was stuffed in the gaps! In the mesh zipper pocket, I was able to add my swim suit, cover up and bras. The flip flops and toiletry bags could easily lay on top of the rolled clothes. And I still had room to spare! I could have easily added a few more outfits.
Tips for traveling:
- Wear your bulkiest clothes while traveling along with bulky shoes.
- If flying, keep all liquids in a quart sized zip lock bag and easily accessible! Remember the 3-1-1 rule.
- If it’s at the hotel, plan to use it instead of pack it! (shampoo, hairdryers, towels, etc.)
- If things come in solids or wipes instead of liquids, pack it. (deodorant, make up remover wipes, insect repellant wipes, hand sanitizer wipes, etc)
- Get all your toiletries in trial size.
- Know the size and weight limit for carry on bags for your airline PRIOR to flying! You don’t want to find out at the check in counter that your bag is too heavy to carry on, even if it’s the right size.
- Take full advantage of your “personal item” when traveling by plane! There is no weight limit for this, so pack your heaviest things in your personal item and not your carry on (even though you are carrying on both!) Just remember this “personal item” must be able to go underneath the seat in front of you.
- You can always buy some things once you get to your destination! 🙂
Estelle from This Happy Place Blog and Melissa from Mouse on the Mind decided to take the popular game of “Kill, Do, Marry” and turn it into a WDW game of “Kill, Refurb, Marry.” I have lots of memories of playing “Kill, Do, Marry” with friends over the years, so this hop will be fun for me! 🙂
This week’s topic is “Crescent Lake Restaurants.” I’ll be honest. I’ve only eaten at three restaurants along Crescent Lake, so this “game” will be pretty easy for me!
Kill: Pizza Window
I don’t even have a picture of this restaurant! It’s literally a window you walk up to and order pizza by the slice or pie on the Boardwalk. I don’t like cheese. I know. I’m a freak. I’m not lactose intolerant I just don’t like cheese. So when I can’t custom order a pizza without cheese, I’m not always happy! One plus to this window is the beer!
Refurb: Beaches & Cream
Beaches & Cream is one of my favorite restaurants. I first thought about “marrying” it, but decided to definitely refurb it… for size alone! While the food, service and location are wonderful, it’s just to dang small. They have the tables set close together to try to fit more people in the restaurant which means you are just sitting that much closer to the other guests. You also can’t make reservations so there is always a wait. Maybe if the restaurant was larger, the wait would be shorter!
Marry: ESPN Club
Yesterday, Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival came to a close for 2013. From what I have heard, it was a huge success and those who visited had a wonderful time. Hopefully, our family will be able to experience this event in 2014.
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Kristen Borsari, Director of Marketing at Ocean Spray
1. When is cranberry season?
a. The North American Cranberry season begins mid-September and continues through early November. However, some cranberries are grown in the southern hemisphere (Chile, specifically), so those are harvested between March and May, when it’s autumn there. While much of the fruit is frozen and used to create a variety of products such as cranberry juice, sauce and Craisins® Dried Cranberries, it’s that special time of year when fresh cranberries are available for the holiday season from mid-October through December.
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2. Where are cranberry bogs located in the US?
a. Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by over 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers who preserved the family farming way of life for generations. Since cranberries require unique conditions in which to thrive, regions best suited for cranberry farming within the US includes Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. Internationally, they’re located in parts of British Columbia, Quebec, and Chile.
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3. How big is the Epcot bog?
a. Ocean Spray’s Cranberry Bog Exhibit at the Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival is 1,300 square feet and filled with 1,000 lbs. of fresh, floating cranberries.
4. How long has Ocean Spray had a bog at the Food & Wine Festival?
a. Ocean Spray has been bringing the beauty of the cranberry harvest to the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival since 2011. The exhibit remains throughout the duration of the festival where visitors can learn more about the taste, health and heritage of this beloved fall fruit.
5. What is your favorite part of the Food & Wine Festival?
a. My favorite part of the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is being able to showcase the cranberries ultimate versatility throughout a wide variety of culinary specialties incorporated in cuisine from every corner of the world, from China to Mexico, the UK to Canada!
Todd May, 3rd generation cranberry grower-owner from British Columbia
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a. The size, shape and depth of a cranberry bog depends on the land. Put together, all the cranberry bogs in North America would be 47 square miles, equal to the size of Nantucket in Massachusetts.
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2. How are cranberries harvested?
a. Cranberries can be harvested either with a dry method or the wet method. However the most popular method is wet harvesting where the growers flood the bogs with about a foot and a half of water, and use “water reels” to loosen the cranberries from the vines they grow on. Four tiny air chambers inside each cranberry allow them to float to the top of the water, where they’re collected by the growers. So contrary to popular belief, cranberries don’t grow in water! To see how it’s done, check out this birds-eye-view of a cranberry harvest: http://bit.ly/1bToyzN
b. In the dry method, growers use a machine with metal teeth to comb the berries off their vines and collect them – this technique is used for fresh berries specifically!
3. How is a real bog different from the Epcot bog?
a. For starters, cranberries are not native to warm climates like central Florida! Cranberries thrive in cooler climates with more acidic soil. Other than that, it’s quite similar, actually! The bog display at the Epcot® International Food & Wine festival replicates a wet harvest, specifically the one to two day period during which the cranberry bogs are flooded to harvest the fruit.
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4. What is your favorite cranberry recipe?
a. My family’s favorite cranberry recipe is this Roast Beef Tenderloin with Cranberry Red Wine Sauce:http://bit.ly/HJgQOH
After spending some time unzipping, spinning and exploring my new luggage I couldn’t wait to see exactly what all I could pack in it. I immediately told my 4 year old we were going to pack for a pretend trip to Walt Disney World just to see how much I could fit into this bag. I was amazed to find that I could pack all my clothing, shoes and toiletries for a 7 day trip to Disney!
Other features I love about my new American Tourister Colora bag:
- The four rolling dual spinner wheels. This feature made it super easy to wheel the bag behind or beside me or push it ahead of me. My 4 year old was even able to wheel this bag around easily.
- The zipper compartments. I’m a sucker for compartments to help organize my stuff! There are 2 outside pockets (one large and one smaller) to hold items or documents that you need to easily access. Snapped to the inside is a small clear bag that is perfect for toiletries you don’t want leaking on your clothing or a wet swim suit.
- The handles. There are top and side handles that allow you to grab it with ease and comfort. In addition to carrying the luggage by the handles, the retractable handle makes it very easy to maneuver. This handle locks in place in the fully extended position or the stored position.
- It’s carry on sized! We decided several trips ago we would never check luggage again. This bag (20.0″ x 14.5″ x 8.5″) weighs only 8 pounds and is designed to fit in most airline overhead compartments. However, it may not conform to some airlines carry-on standards.
- It has a 10 year warranty! WOW! Enough said.
- The color. If I do ever need to check this luggage at the airport, it will be easy to spot on the carrousel. And, being a bright lime green color means my husband will not want to carry it! It’s ALL MINE! That’s the only negative thing I found about this luggage. I don’t know many men who would want to carry lime green, raspberry or orange luggage. This Colora line seems to be marketed more to children, teen girls and women.
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