I have always been a fan of Idina Menzel. While I never saw her as Maureen in RENT on stage, I loved her character in the movie version. Maureen/ Idina made me add “
Star Be on Broadway” to my bucket list! When I saw Idina in the original cast of Wicked as Elphaba, I was blown away! She quickly became my favorite Broadway actress!
When Frozen came out, I wasn’t excited. I don’t know why, but I wasn’t. When I finally saw it in the theatre, I only thought it was OK. After we purchased the DVD and my boys watched it a dozen times, I grew to love it myself. While I loved hearing Idina sing Elsa’s songs, I still could not picture Idina as Elsa. Maybe it was the blonde/ white hair!
When it came time to review Idina’s new Christmas album, Holiday Wishes, with One2One, I crossed my fingers, HARD, hoping I could get the chance! When my download of this album arrived, I was THRILLED!
Adding this album to the almost 12 hours worth of Christmas music on my iTunes right now made me feel my collection may be near completion. Idina’s voice is one of the best out there. It’s crisp, clean, smooth and perfect for these songs. As you listen to these songs, you will immediately be put into the Christmas spirit!
There are 12 tracks on Holiday Wishes.
- Do You Hear What I Hear
- The Christmas Song
- Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- All I Want For Christmas
- What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
- December Prayer
- When You Wish Upon A Star
- Silent Night
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- White Christmas
Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
The assortment of songs on this album is great. There are fun, upbeat songs to dance around with your kids such as All I Want For Christmas Is You and Holly Jolly Christmas. Then, there are the sweet, slower songs you listen to as you dance with your spouse! Those are Baby It’s Cold Outside, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve. My favorites are the ones that tell the story of Christmas: Silent Night and Do You Hear What I Hear.
If you are familiar with Idina’s work on Broadway, you know what you’ll expect in this album. She is true to her form. If you like her style, you’ll LOVE this album. It’s the perfect album to sing along to in the shower or in the car when you can sing at the top of your lungs pretending your are on center stage in the Nederlander Theatre on W 41st Street! Idina sings all of these songs as if she is on center stage and I love it!
Here are some snippets of her songs on this album.
More on Idina Menzel and Holiday Wishes
Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.
The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.
Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.
Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.
Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.
Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Red. Enjoy the ride as we discuss Disney Themed Christmas Parties.
You can easily create an invitation with a basic digital scrapbook kit. If you can’t do this on your own, search Etsy! If you are REALLY crafty, you can make your own invitations out of construction paper scrapbook pages. Search for Mickey Mouse Birthday invitations for ideas and simply add a Santa hat!
- You can order your own Mickey ornament wreath from Etsy or try to make it yourself!
- Hidden Mickey Snowflakes from Disney Family are perfect decorations for a Mickey Christmas Party!
- The Mint Mickey Garland, also from Disney Family, would make a fun table runner or strung on the mantle for a festive feel!
- The last idea from Disney Family is the Mickey String Ornaments. While these are more time consuming to create, having several of these hanging from doorways, garland or chandeliers would be adorable!
Food is always fun to create! There are so many wonderful Mickey Mouse Party Food ideas on the web these days. You can easily take those ideas and add a holiday/ Santa twist! Or you can try to create some of these on your own:
- Santa Mickey Rice Krispy Treat. I had this goodie on my last trip. You can easily cut out Mickey shapes with a cookie cutter, dip the ears in red candy melts and use white icing for the hat trim. Coat a marshmallow in white edible glitter for the ball and you’re set!
- The Santa Hat Cookie Puzzle would be fun for all ages to “play” or eat! Disney Family has the template ready for you to download.
- To add a “healthy” touch to the party, make Mickey’s Strawberry Santa Hats!
- If you would rather have your guests do the creating, consider setting up Cookie Decorating/ Sprinkle Station. Bake the cookies in the shape of Mickey ahead of time. Let the guests add icing, sprinkles, edible pearls and more!
Crafts are always fun at parties! You can make these Mickey and Minnie Felt Ornaments from Disney Family or make your own Mickey ornaments out of Christmas balls. Jackie from Delightfully Disney has a great tutorial for you! Or, you can hot glue 1 big ball and 2 small balls to create a “Hidden Mickey” ornament for the tree!
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I’ve always liked the Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World. It’s definitely a “must do” on each trip. I have no idea how many times I’ve been on it, but I laugh each time like it’s my first time hearing the jokes! The skippers make this attraction what it is!
This year, we were fortunate enough to be at Walt Disney World on November 7, the day they “opened” the “Jingle Cruise.” Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just thought there would be a few lights, Christmas ornaments and garland draped on the animatronics to help get it in “the season.” BOY, was I wrong! This attraction got a complete make over for the holidays.
The transformation started with the sign (pictured above) and the queue. There were decorations, packages and Christmas signs throughout the queue area.
Even the names of the boats got a make over!
The skippers were wearing Santa hats in a “safari” theme- khaki hats with animal fur trim and ball. Their jokes were just as good, but all had a holiday twist! I LOVED IT!
Once on the boat, we were able to see all the holiday additions to the animatronics along the river(s). My favorites were Ginger and Smiley’s stockings and Trader Samta!
This was one of my favorite attractions this trip. Christmas is my favorite holiday and having this twist added to one of my favorite attractions was wonderful!
If you are traveling to Walt Disney World during the holidays (early November- early January) you MUST visit The Jingle Cruise! It WON’T disappoint!
Below you can see our finished gingerbread men and gingerbread house! After making the cookies, C-man decided we would not use any icing. He was pleased with our cookie shapes without icing: Mickey Mouse, Gingerbread Men, Snowmen and Christmas Trees. I think he was tired of icing and decorating the house! I put the house together, and did all the icing. C-man helped put on all the candy pieces. It was a fun afternoon.
Did you know on Main Street USA at Disneyland there are:
- 812 bows that take 7, 410 feet or 1.4 miles of ribbon to make?
- 2,365 ornaments on the Christmas tree?
- 79,000 ornaments all throughout Main Street?
- 2,015 feet of garland used?
- 10,395 lights used to decorate Main Street?
Welcome to those of you joining me from Walt Disney World: Not Just for Kids and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
I am so happy to share with you one of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World during the Christmas season. A few years ago, I shared with you the history of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the Streets of America. Today, I’m going to share some tips for viewing The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights so you can enjoy it to it’s fullest!
- Arrive early if you want to see the “flipping of the light switch” to turn on the Osborne lights. Usually around 6:00pm, the lights will be turned on. A lucky family may be chosen to turn on the lights and some Disney characters may make an appearance to help with this task!
If you don’t like crowds, don’t arrive for the “flipping of the light switch!” This area of the park can get very crowded during the holidays. If you want to see the lights with fewer crowds, try visiting while Fantasmic! is showing.
If you plan to see Fantasmic! and you want to see the lights with fewer crowds, head to the lights after Fantasmic! The park will stay open for about an hour after the official park closing. This way you can see the lights and hopefully get some great photos of the lights without as many people!
- Purchase “Glow with the Show” ears for $25 to be a part of the show. New in 2013, these Mickey Ears will blink and light up in sync with the music!
- The imagineers who help create this amazing display always hide some Mickey’s in the lights. Keep your eye’s open for some creative “Hidden Mickey’s” in the lights.
- In 1995, when Disney was unpacking the Christmas lights from the Osborne family, a cat made of lights from the previous Halloween made it’s way into the light box. The imagineers decided to keep it in the display and move it around each year for guests to try to find! Be on the lookout for the Halloween cat. (It is a side view of the cat arching his back!)
- If you arrive to see the lights and there is no Christmas music playing, stick around! Every 10 minutes, the lights will dance in sync to the music. The songs you will hear are:
- Jingle Bells by Barbra Streisand
- Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
- A Mad Russian’s Christmas by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- Parade of the Wooden Soldiers by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops
- Christmas Is Starting Now by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas by the Plain White T’s
- Winter Wonderland arranged by Dan Stamper
- Another fun feature of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is the snow! Even if it’s 80 degrees outside, Disney will make it snow from time to time on the Streets of America! If you want to experience the snow, hang out a while and see if it starts “snowing” from the rooftops!
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