Disney’s The Sword in the Stone was released on Christmas day 1963. Our family watched this movie last May as part of our 2016 Disney New Year’s Resolution. While both of my boys have had the chance to try to pull the sword from the stone at Walt Disney World, this was their first time seeing the movie. It had been a long time since I had seen it, so I was seeing it through new eyes with my boys this time.
Disney’s 101 Dalmatians was released on January 25, 1961. This is the 18th movie in our Disney New Year’s Resolution. Our family actually watched this movie way back in early May, but I’m just now blogging about it! We had a fun night watching this familiar movie. In fact, 2 years ago we dressed up as Cruella, Horace and a puppy for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
One fun part about watching this movie were the cameos of other Disney characters we spotted in the film! Lady, Tramp, Peg, Bull, and Jock, all from Lady and the Tramp, were found in the midnight bark scene. There are also many “Hidden Mickeys” if you look close enough at all those spots! Lucky also has spots in the shape of a horseshoe on his back.
The Disney Movie’s web site has many different coloring sheets, games, activity pages, and crafts to go along with this movie that would be perfect for a movie night.
The snacks we chose to have were dog bone shaped graham crackers (which were actually “Scooby snacks” but I flipped them over as to not see Scooby’s name!) and “puppy chow” made from Chex cereal. The boys LOVED the puppy chow. It’s a simple recipe for this movie night.
Chex Puppy Chow Snack
9 cup Chex
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Put cereal in large bowl. Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour over Chex cereal, put into a large plastic bag with powdered sugar and shake well to coat.
Spread mixture evenly on wax paper and allow to cool.
- Pretzel Sticks- fairy wands
- Mini Vanilla Wafers- spinning wheels (Or you could use Honey Comb cereal)
- Marshmallows- pillows for Aurora
- Cheetos- Dragon’s fire
- Hershey Kisses (True Love’s kiss)
- box of cupcake mix and necessary ingredients to make cupcakes
- canned vanilla icing
- yellow food coloring
- Ferrero Rocher hazelnut chocolates unwrapped
- strawberry preserves
- Make the cupcakes as directed on the box and let cool.
- Tint the vanilla frosting yellow and use a small icing tip to pipe the icing “noodles” on the cupcake. If you don’t have icing tips you can put the icing in a ziplock bag and snip the corner of the bag off to make a small opening.
- “Roll” the unwrapped chocolates in a bowl of strawberry preserves until coated. Place one chocolate “meatball” on each cupcake and drizzle remaining preserves over the top of the cupcake for sauce. If you’re having a hard time getting the preserves to drizzle, try heating it for a few second in the microwave to make it thinner.
Peter Pan was released on February 5, 1953 and is the 15th movie in our list. I don’t remember the first time I saw this movie, but it’s always been a favorite. I remember seeing the play when I was a girl and then saw the traveling Broadway style performance when I was grown. The characters are fun and memorable, the songs are catchy, and the story is lovable.
My boys and I actually watched this movie together back in April in keeping with our 2016 New Year’s Resolution. Big E helped “decorate” the mantle with our copy of the Peter Pan golden book and his character figurines. We’ve done well keeping up with watching the movies. Maybe blogging about the movies should have been a resolution as well!
This movie had lots of fun snack ideas. We made apple and cheese pirate ships, ate “pixie dust” and had Tick Tock Crock cookies made out of Nutter Butters dipped in green chocolate waffers. Too bad my youngest thought our cookies were Larry the Cucumber…
I have to be honest… Alice in Wonderland is not one of my favorites. While I love Alice, many of the other characters bother me. The White Rabbit is OK, but the silly, crazy, nonsensical, kookiness of the others gets on my last nerve. However, we had to watch this one to keep up with our 2016 Resolution to watch all the animated movies in order.
Alice in Wonderland was released on July 28, 1951. It was not the most popular movie, but people still remember it, talk about it, and enjoy meeting the characters at the Disney parks. There is a fabulous web site with all sorts of information about this movie, how Walt created it and my favorite: the goofs.
For our family movie night, we kept it pretty simple. I had intentionally saved some conversation hearts after Valentine’s Day for this movie night. Those were obviously for the Queen of Hearts. In addition to the candy, we made “Eat Me” cookies (slice and back with piped icing), and Rice Krispy Treats to resemble the Queen’s cards. We literally opened up the Rice Krispy Treats and used gel icing to make the hearts and Q’s. There were several other things we could have done, but we kept it simple.
You can find more Alice in Wonderland ideas from my cousin’s first birthday party or from a virtual baby shower we hosted. Another great idea from the Disney Family site is to make Golden Afternoon Flowers. If you’re watching with an older group, you could always play a game of cards- spades being my favorite.
Last month, we had our second Princess Movie night as part of our Disney Resolution. I thought my boys were going to baulk at the idea of a princess night, but they didn’t! We all enjoyed watching Cinderella and eating yummy snacks!
This movie was released on February 15, 1950. It’s such a classic movie that it literally at the center of Walt Disney World! One of our favorite memories was eating at Cinderella castle and meeting Cinderella. Even though this is a girly, princess movie, my boys loved it. I think Gus, Jaq, and Lucifer helped with that!
For our movie night, we had 2 different snacks: pumpkin pretzels and magic wands. The wands were made with fruit on a bamboo skewers. You could use any fruit that you like, but top it off with a melon you can cut with a star cookie cutter! For the pumpkins, we melted vanilla wafers and added orange coloring. After we dipped the pretzels in the vanilla chocolate, we let them dry on wax paper and added a green M&M mini. These were definitely my favorite!
In addition to snacks and movie watching, families could play dress up as the characters or find coloring sheets. One activity you could do along with watching the movie is play the dress up game on Disney’s web site or have the story read to you.
I finally saw The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad for the first time! This was the twelfth movie in our 2016 Disney Resolution. I was very familiar with the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, the Headless Horseman that starts the “Boo to You” parade at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and the attraction, “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”, but had never seen this movie. Both of my boys, along with the hubby and I enjoyed this movie. They each were pretty scared at the end of Ichabod’s story and had several questions! They laughed throughout the story of Mr. Toad and enjoyed the scene with the weasels!
This movie was released on October 5, 1949 and was narrated by Bing Crosby. One bit of “trivia” I learned while researching this movie is that the Headless Horseman is the only Disney villain to triumph in the end!
We had fun with the snacks for this movie thanks to Pinterest! I found a cute idea to make “frog” ice cream and Ichibod Trail Mix. The Ice Cream obviously represented Mr. Toad. The Trail Mix was a bit of a stretch for my boys, but they enjoyed it none the less! The contents represented different elements of the movie:
- Apple Chips- representing the autumn harvet
- Mini Chocolate Chips- representing the “sweet” girl, Katrina Van Tassel
- Granola Clusters- representing the schoolmasters sustenance
- Candy Pumpkins- representing the Headless Horseman (these are apparently only around in the fall!)
- Popcorn- for fun
- Pretzels- for fun