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The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan

Do you have a kiddo who absolutely loves Disney Junior? My kids watch the Disney Jr. channel every single day and have become big fans of all the characters – Mickey and the gang, Doc McStuffins, The PJ Masks, Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina, and more. Whether your kids have a favorite or like them all, this ultimate holiday wish list is for every Disney Junior fan.

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~I received samples to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Before we get into this epic wish list, just a heads up. The prices listed are MSRP, but SOME of the linked prices are much lower. So here’s to all my fellow Disney Junior fans and their parents who love to save!

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideMickey and the Roadster Racers Racing Adventures Mickey Plush – $39.99

Calling all racers! This Racing Adventures Mickey Plush moves his head from side-to-side, does 360* spins, stands, waves a flag, moves his arms up and down, talks, sings, and makes racing sounds with a touch to his light up helmet. Think you can beat him in a race? Give it a go and you might take the flag! As a special surprise, Mickey will show you a special victory dance.

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideMinnie’s Walk and Play Puppy – $39.99

Any Happy Helpers in your house? Straight from her role as a Happy Helper, Minnie trains and walks cute and fluffy little Snowpuff. Use Minnie’s clicker to teach Snowpuff to bark, spin and dance, or even go on a walking adventure. Minnie also sings and talks to Snowpuff, who responds by making happy dog sounds.

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideDoc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery – $79.99

Time for a checkup! Doc McStuffins is a great role model for all young aspiring doctors, as she cares for toys and dolls, alike. This complete nursery has everything a toddler will need to care for their own baby dolls. Included are a light and sound stethoscope, a scale for measuring height and weight, a sticker bandage dispenser, and even a portable electronic laptop for diagnosing. The laptop lights up and plays sounds and lullaby music. When it’s time for baby’s nap, give the cradle a rock and the mobile a spin. Before you know it, your toddler will be giving you a checkup!

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuidePJ Masks Rival Racers Track Playset – $39.99

It’s your turn to head into the night to help the PJ Masks save the day! Catboy, Owlette and Gekko are always battling nighttime villains and with the Rival Racers Track Playset, it’s they have to save the museum from Night Ninja. Use one of two built-in mega launchers to zoom the Cat Care through the loops and curves of the track to reach the museum. But watch out for Luna Girl and Romeo along the way!

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuidePuppy Dog Pals Doghouse Playset – $29.99

Join the fun-loving pug brothers, Bingo and Rolly, as they play and explore in their doghouse. Ride the tire swing, take the elevator up and down, play on the seesaw, slide down from the second floor to meet A.R.F. (doubles as a vehicle), or fly around the roof on a glider. There’s plenty of fun to be had and don’t be surprised if your kid asks for their own playhouse after playing with the Puppy Dog Pals Doghouse.

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideVampirina Scare B&B Playset – $59.99

Does your kid love the newest ghoul on the block , Vampirina? Now they can join her at her family’s Scare B&B. It’s three floors of spooktacular fun, including magically rising food in the kitchen, a moving and shaking record player, a spinning living room TV, a bookcase that transforms into a guest day bed, magic portraits, and more. Place Vampirina on six special spots throughout the B&B and she’ll glow, or if she gets a little batty, hang her upside down. Many characters must be purchased separately, but Vampirina and her best friend and neighbor, Poppy, are both included.

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Which toy will your Disney Jr. fan love?

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CARS 3 Cruises Home in Digital HD

Get your engines revved because “Cars 3” is cruising home in Digital HD, today (October 24th)! I’ve been a “Cars” fan since day one and the recent release of “Cars 3” is no exception. Even my kids have come to love Lightning McQueen and his crew.

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Without giving the movie away, in case you haven’t seen it yet, my favorite thing is all of the new characters we get to meet. And yes, the classic characters make their big screen appearances too (it just wouldn’t be right without Mater). But it’s the new characters, like Cruz Ramirez, Jackson Storm, and Miss Fritter that make the movie so much more fun.

I will tell you that this time around, Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars (oh, the joys of growing older), and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition. You might be surprised at where he ends up, but I guarantee you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Digital HD Extras:

  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool (Exclusive new mini-movie) – Enjoy blindsided testimonials from the Crazy 8’s, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter’s Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives.
  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” – When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy. – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria.
  • Legendary – A close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited.
  • Ready for the Race – Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers.
  • World’s Fastest Billboard – Blink and you will miss all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s Art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible.
  • Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could – Join Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer.
  • Generations: The Story of “Cars 3” – For the story team, creating Lightning McQueen’s next chapter didn’t involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul.
  • My First Car – A collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew. “A Green Car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington,” “Old Blue,” and “Still in the Family.”
  • 5 Deleted Scenes – Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint.”
  • Cars To Die(cast) For – Take a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe.
  • Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)
  • And more…

In the spirit of Halloween, check out these fun free “Cars 3” printables. The print and play pack includes a Trick or Treating Guide, two fun pumpkin carving stencils (Mater and Lightning), and a page of puzzles.

Download Cars 3 Halloween Activities

Who is your favorite “Cars 3” character?

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Disney’s Newest Ghoul on the Block Hits DVD Today #Vampirina

Do you have a Disney Jr. fan on your hands? If so, then you’ve probably met the new girl (or ghoul) in town, Vampirina. My kids were awaiting Vampirina’s arrival well before her family hit the block and now that she’s here, they couldn’t be more happy. At least I didn’t think they could. Just in time for Halloween, Vampirina is being released on DVD today! Now my kids can have all the fangtastic fun they want.

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Vampirina just made it into town on October 1st, when her family moved from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. For obvious reasons, they’re kind of the odds ones out in the neighborhood. Vampirina tries her best to adapt to her new school and making human friends, and along the way learns to appreciate how unique she is.

As of today (October 17th), we can all follow Vampirina on her new adventures in Pennsylvania because she’s now available on DVD. Get ready for music videos, party planning, sleepovers, and a little battiness now and then.

Here’s a sneak peek, if you haven’t had the chance to check out Vampirina yet.

 

Want to have a little more fun with Vampirina? Check out these fangtastic print and play activity pages.

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Have you had the chance to meet Vampirina yet?

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AquaBall’s Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes

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What better way to start the school year, than with a fun, kid-friendly sweepstakes win?! AquaBall is giving 16 people that very chance! AquaBall is the only naturally flavored, zero-calorie, sugar-free, and preservative-free children’s beverage currently on the market.

AquaBall is available in four flavors – Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape, and Strawberry Lemonade; and the bottles feature fan favorite characters from Disney’s “Frozen,” Disney Princesses, Marvel’s “Avengers,” and Disney Classic Characters. AquaBall is a drink your kids will love and you’ll feel good about giving them. Plus, they’re perfect for packing in lunch boxes or enjoying with an after school snack!

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Sweepstakes Prize

  • 6 lucky participants will win a one month’s supply of AquaBall (one 6-pack of each flavor). Winners will be drawn every Monday, between August 14th and September 18th.
  • 10 winners will receive a one year supply (twelve 24-count packs). Winners will be drawn Monday, September 18th.

How to Enter

Entering is super easy! Simply visit AquaBall and complete the entry form, including a photo of your child with their favorite AquaBall – don’t forget to tag #Sugarlessbacktoschool and @aquaballdrink. Complete rules and regulations can be found here.

This is our photo entry!

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The sweepstakes has already started and will continue through September, so there’s still plenty of time to get your entries in. Start sharing AquaBall with your kids today and good luck!

Which AquaBall flavor(s) do you think your kids will love?

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Underwater Adventures with the Octonauts + Fish Biscuit Recipe {Giveaway}

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Octonauts, to the launch bay!

If you have a little Disney Jr. fan at home, you’ve probably seen your fair share of the Octonauts. Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Peso and the rest of the Octopod crew explore the ocean in search of fun and adventure.

Along the way, they find many different species of marine creatures who are in need. From helping a frogfish and other creatures with an artificial reef to call home, to cleaning up garbage from the ocean to help protect a flock of seagulls, there’s never a dull moment with the Octonauts.

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And you can enjoy all the fun and adventures at home with the new NCircle Entertainment release of Octonauts: 12 Rescue Missions! Just released earlier this month, Octonauts: 12 Rescue Missions includes 12 episodes from the beloved children’s series.

  • Mariana Trench Adventure
  • Barracudas
  • Artificial Reef
  • Siphonophore
  • Urchin Invasion
  • Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
  • Pelicans
  • Red Rock Crabs
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Harbor Seal
  • Yeti Crab
  • Over Under Adventure

It’s hard to choose which one is our favorite, but there’s one thing that remains consistent through many of the episodes – fish biscuits to the rescue!

Ever heard of the term hangry? Just like we can get a little moody when we’re hungry, the same goes for some of the underwater creatures the Octonauts encounter during their explorations. But never fear! Tunip and the Vegimals have the perfect fish biscuit recipe to calm the hunger and ease the aggression of these creatures, helping to save the day.

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Fish biscuits even help eliminate hangry behavior in my house! And I thought it only appropriate to munch on some fish biscuits while we joined the Octonauts on their adventures today. If we want to be productive honorary members of the Octonauts, it’s always good to be prepared!

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Underwater Adventures with the Octonauts + Fish Biscuit Recipe & Giveaway | NCircle Entertainment

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Octonaut Fish Biscuits (Sugar Cookies)
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Serves: 120
 
Honorary Octonauts have to be prepared for any kind of creature they encounter on their Octopod adventures, so I've taken a cue from Tunip and the Vegimals and baked up some Fish Biscuits just in case they come across some hangry marine life.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Prepare a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the sugar and softened butter until smoothly mixed.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, mix well.
  4. Add the baking powder and salt, mix well.
  5. One cup at a time, mix in the flour until the cookie dough consistency is thick but not too crumbly.
  6. Prepare a surface sprinkled with a little flour and be sure to lightly flour your rolling pin so it doesn't stick to the dough.
  7. No chilling of the dough is required so this is quick and easy! Just take a nice big handful of dough and roll it out evenly on the floured surface.
  8. Using a small fish cookie cutter, cut enough fish biscuits to fill your cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 7 minutes and then remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Place the fish biscuits on a cooling rack and after a minute or two enjoy!

 

This fish biscuit recipe yields about 120 fish biscuits if using these small cookie cutters I got from Amazon. I used the larger of the three that come in the pack. I like these because they’re the perfect bite size and will help us feed more hangry marine creatures on our adventures with the Octonauts! If using a larger cookie cutter, the recipe will obviously yield fewer fish biscuits.

Who is your favorite Octonauts character?

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One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of Octonauts: 12 Rescue Missions + an Octonauts character toy (actual character may vary)! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on June 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

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#TTPM Spring Showcase 2017

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It has been a crazy couple of weeks of traveling and now sick kids, but in between it all I was able to fit in a visit to the TTPM Spring Showcase 2017 in NYC.

It just so happened to fall on “Take Your Child to Work Day,” which was perfect. What kid doesn’t want to play with toys all day? My two had a great time and even tried to walk away with a few of the toys that were on display.

This was my first ever event as a blogger and I learned so much! Not only about all of the new and upcoming toy releases, but about media events like this in general. But you don’t want to hear about that, right? You want to see and hear about the good stuff – the toys!

So many toys!

 

There were so many brands exhibiting at the TTPM Spring Showcase that we didn’t even have a chance to visit all of the tables before we had to hit the road. But of those we did visit, the toys were pretty epic and I can’t wait for some of them to come out!

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I think my daughter’s favorite was the Gazillion Giant Bubble Mill from Funrise (last clip in the video). Both of my kids love bubbles, but since the Bubble Mill is a nonstop bubble maker, it’s easier for my daughter to handle and much less messy than traditional bubbles, which she usually dumps out before she can blow any bubbles.

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She also loves the Minions so we spent some time playing with all of the Minion toys. One that I wasn’t able to get a good clip of was a Minion that is controlled by your iPad. How fun is that?!

My daughter will be so excited when Despicable Me 3 comes out and it might just be her first movie theater visit. Despicable Me 2 was my son’s first, now that I think about it. We just can’t get enough of those Minions!

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It’s hard to tell which was my son’s favorite because he enjoyed playing with so many of the toys, but if I had to narrow it down I’d probably say the Fast & Furious cars (clip included in the video) from Universal Brand Development.

He stood there and played with a car in each hand, for at least 5 minutes. He didn’t want to leave and when I did finally get him to move on to something else, he tried to take the cars with him!

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Aside from that, he really enjoyed all of the Cars 3 toys. He’s been a big Cars fan since he was two or three. One year we threw him a Cars party (I think his 3rd birthday). So I know he’s super stoked for the new Cars 3 release.

He played with Mattel’s Disney-Pixar Cars 3 Crazy 8 Crashers Smash & Crash Derby Playset (that’s a mouthful) for a bit, trying to knock Miss Fritter’s bus out of the way for the derby win.

And this only scratches the surface! There were so many more brands and so many more toys at the showcase.

Vtech & LeapFrog

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Super Impulse Ltd.

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Beach House Group (Antsy Pants)

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Spin Master

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KidzGames (Kap It)

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DC Super Hero Girls

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 The Toy Box

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Whiffer Sniffers

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Jay at Play

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LEGO

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PlayMonster

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Tucker Toys

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Alex Brands

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Zing Global Ltd.

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Pacific Cycle

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Is that enough toys for you? This isn’t even all of them! Those I included in the video aren’t pictured here, so be sure to check it out. And like I said earlier, we didn’t have time to stop at all of the tables, so just imagine everything that could be missing.

What toy or new movie are you most excited about?

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Create a Mouse-Ka-Mazing Mickey & Minnie Themed Party

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My kids LOVE anything and everything Disney, and I’m right there with them. I can’t wait until they’re old enough to actually remember a fun trip to Disney World so we can go. I’ve experienced the joy of the parks, even as an adult. Ya know what we did to celebrate my 23rd birthday (many years ago)? We spent the day at Animal Kingdom!

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Until my kids are an optimal age for a trip to Disney, we’ll do everything we can to enjoy our love of Disney at home and in everyday life. One way we do that is by throwing Disney themed parties and to make them extra-special, I go all out with decorations and party supplies.

If you’re looking to create a mouse-ka-mazing Mickey and Minnie themed party, consider getting some of these supplies!

Mickey Mouse Party Supplies Pack for 16 Guests: Straws, Dinner Plates, Luncheon Napkins, Cups, Cutlery and Table Cover

 

Classic Mickey and Minnie Party Supply Kit – Napkins and Plates

Mickey Mouse Plastic Party Cups (12 Count), 16 oz

Mickey Mouse Theme Party Goods Bundle with 100 Paper Straws, 48 Candy/Nut Cups, 48 Treat Sacks

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Full Body Supershape Balloon Set

Mickey Mouse Head Balloon Bouquet Set

Mickey Mouse Air Walker

Minnie Mouse Air Walker

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Deluxe Figure Set of 12 Cake Toppers

Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse Character 12 Premium Quality Party Favor Reusable Goodie Small Gift Bags

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party Favor Pack

Mickey and Minnie Ears

How do you incorporate your love of Disney into everyday life?

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Ultimate Beauty and the Beast Giveaway

Are you excited for the new Beauty and the Beast movie release? Well, let's take that excitement up a notch with the Ultimate Beauty and the Beast Giveaway! Enter to win a grand Beauty and the Beast prize pack, worth almost $300! It's definitely a prize pack any true fan would adore! #BeOurGuest #BeautyandtheBeast #TheHoppingBloggers

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The new live action Beauty and the Beast is probably the most highly anticipated film of the year. It finally hits theaters everywhere next week – March 17th, 2017! In order to help celebrate, The Hopping Bloggers have come together and created the ULTIMATE Beauty and the Beast prize pack that any fan will be excited to win! With prizes for adults and kids, alike, this prize pack is worth nearly $300 and includes:

All prizes are not pictured in the photo above and prizes are subject to change based on availability, but will be replaced with a prize of equal or greater value.

About Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic that refashions the characters from the tale. As old as time for a contemporary audience, it stays true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters everywhere March 17!

 

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Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic

Everyone knows how much fun anything Disney is, and Disney Live! is no exception.  This past Friday we took our kids to see Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic at the BB&T Center and we all had a blast!

But that’s not to say it was smooth sailing actually getting us there.

Disney Live!

The Road to Disney Live!

There are four of us, but because Baby S is under the age of one, she didn’t need a ticket.  For the rest of us, tickets were decently priced at $16.00 per person and then I found a promo code online to use, which saved us a few bucks.  We ended up paying like $12 and some change for each ticket.  Not too bad!

Baby S as Minnie

Now, it’s been a while since I’ve purchased any event tickets through Ticketmaster, which is what I had to do for these, so needless to say I wasn’t expecting to pay a lot in service fees and charges.  Wrong!  The service fees and charges cost just as much as our three tickets.  How crazy is that?!  But that’s no fault of Disney, I’m sure.

So Thursday rolls around and I get a reminder email from Ticketmaster about the event.  Included in that email was a link to print our tickets, which I had yet to do, so that was a plus.  But also included was notification that parking at the BB&T Center was going to be $20 and that was just for the general parking.  If we did VIP parking, which is literally just about 100 foot steps closer than general parking, it would have been around $65.  Um, no thanks!  I’m still flabbergasted at having to pay $20 for parking.

So after it was all said and done, we spent right at $80 to attend Disney Live!, but it was well worth it to see our kids having a fun time.

Mickey & the Gang

The Disney Live! Show

My son is four years old and when he gets in places that are kind of busy and loud (like a stadium or arena), he freaks out and starts crying.  I think it just scares him a little bit, but once we got him sat down and the show started, he was super excited.  I mean, doesn’t Mickey and the gang have that effect on everyone?!

Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic is a really fun show for both kids and adults, alike.  It’s full of fun tricks and magic that the kids will enjoy, but also full of classic characters and stories that many of us adults grew up watching and reading about, including Cinderella, Snow White, Aladdin, Rapunzel, and Woody and Buzz.

Toy Story

Side note:  If you’re now sitting there thinking, well I didn’t grow up with Woody and Buzz, so what are you talking about?  Dare I say that Toy Story came out in 1995.  Yeap, I was 9 years old.  It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, but for those of us who are 30 years young, we did kind of grow up on Toy Story.

Now, back to the show.  I don’t want to give you play by play of everything that happens in the Disney Live! show in case you’re planning on seeing it, but it’s very audience interactive throughout, which makes it really fun.

Bippity Boppity Boo

You get a little taste of making magic happen yourself by using Tinkerbell’s rhyme, as well as a little Bippity Boppity Boo from the Fairy Godmother.  The show includes everything from pumpkin carriages, to magic mirrors, to evil witches, to out of this world light shows, to a little broom cleaning magic (how classic is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice?), to floating lanterns, and even a magic genie.  You can’t go wrong!

The show lasted for about an hour and a half or so, with a 15-20 minute intermission in between.  It really didn’t seem like it lasted as long as it did, but time flies when you’re having fun.

I would definitely recommend taking your kids to see Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic if it’s coming to your area.  There are still upcoming shows, so be sure to check and see if a little Disney magic is coming your way!  Hopefully you won’t have to deal with $20 parking, haha.

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