Category Archives: Misc Disney Fun

Snapshot Sunday: Our mothers at the Walt Disney Studios

Our moms at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA
Our moms at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA – shot with a Sony RX100 IV

For today’s Snapshot Sunday on Mother’s Day I thought I’d post this photo of our mothers at the Walt Disney Studios, Shani’s mom at the left and my mom at the right, at the intersection of Mickey Avenue and Dopey Drive! I used an ISO of 200 and a shutter speed of 1/2000 and aperture of 2.8. I used a fill-in flash to help illuminate the faces better, and probably should have brightened the flash just a little, but I still love this photo! Happy Mother’s Day to our moms and yours!

From 1995 – Disneyland in the Tournament of Roses

Happy New Year to all of you from Scott and Shani! We are grateful for all of you who have been enjoying our blog and posts! Back in 1995, when we were married for less than two years, we had the privilege of photographing the Tournament of Roses for Disney, who not only had a beautiful float in it, but provided the pre-show as well. We thought you may enjoy these photos from that New Year’s day 21 years ago!

Disney provided a wonderful pre-show for the 1995 Tournament of Roses parade
Disney provided a wonderful pre-show for the 1995 Tournament of Roses parade
From 1995, Disney's entry in the Tournament of Roses parade
From 1995, Disney’s entry in the Tournament of Roses parade
From 1995, Disney's entry in the Tournament of Roses parade
From 1995, Disney’s entry in the Tournament of Roses parade
Here's a close up of Donald Duck on the Disney float in the 1995 Tournament of Roses parade
Here’s a close up of Donald Duck on the Disney float in the 1995 Tournament of Roses parade

Shop Disney Parks on new app (Star Wars merchandise now available)

Shop on the new Shop Disney Parks App
Shop on the new Shop Disney Parks App

 

Buy Disney Park merchandise right from the app.
Buy Disney Park merchandise right from the app.

 

With the new Shop Disney Parks mobile app, you can now browse and purchase the latest Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort authentic merchandise, including items created especially for Disney Parks, right from your home.

And speaking of Disney merchandise, here’s the free December 2015 issue of Disney Parks Merchandise Monthly magazine with the newest park merchandise and merchandise event dates. If you see something you like in the magazine, be sure to check the app so you can purchase it

 

 

 

 

 

New Alex and Ani bangles now available on the Shop Disney Parks app.

This week, new Alex and Ani bangles inspired by Star Wars (Imperial, Rebellion and Jedi symbols) debuted in parks and are now available via the Shop Disney Parks app.

Shop Disney Parks app lets you shop your way, making it easy and convenient to find favorite authentic products. New products will be added weekly.

 

 

Shop Disney Parks App free for download

Shop Disney Parks app free for download

*Download the free Disney Gif app now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

*Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

CODE.org, Disney, and Star Wars launch 2015 Hour of Code “Build-Your-Own-Game” Tutorial

The third-annual global Hour of Code campaign, in honor of Computer Science Education Week, begins this December.
The third-annual global Hour of Code campaign, in honor of Computer Science Education Week, begins this December.

This week, Code.org unveiled a Star Wars-themed computer science tutorial featuring Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 as well as Rey and BB-8 from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This online lesson kicks off the third-annual global Hour of Code campaign, in honor of Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13, 2015.

I am a mother who homeschools my two boys and each year, my children participate in The Hour of Code. Code.org’s vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Not only are my boys learning about computer programming, they are having so much fun in the process.

Here is just one of the examples where participants can program the Star Wars characters.
Here is just one of the examples where participants can program the Star Wars characters.

Thanks to Disney and Star Wars, students will learn to write code that allows them to create fun challenges and games using Star Wars characters. Participants will join forces with Rey to guide BB-8 through a space mission, then team up with Princess Leia to build their own game featuring R2-D2 or C-3PO. Students will also be able to play their completed games on smartphones, and share them with friends and family through a unique link.

Code.org’s new “Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code” lesson for the Hour of Code aims to nurture creativity and teach logic and problem solving through basic computer programming. There is an introductory tutorial introducing users to the coding language JavaScript.

Using the block techniques makes programming fun for all ages.
Using the block techniques makes programming fun for all ages.

My 5th grade son found it not only easy to understand, but did not want to stop until he finished all 15 puzzles. For the last puzzle, he was able to program his own Star Wars game using R2-D2 and Stormtroopers. He then emailed me a link so I can play, too! “I really liked creating my own game,” said Henson Wolf, 5th grader. “Learning how functions work in the earlier puzzles helped me a lot, otherwise I couldn’t control the character’s entrances.”

The Hour of Code is designed not only for beginner and younger students, it is also great for high school students. Arnie Wolf, 9th grader, told me what he liked about programming, “I loved how I could change the characters of my game because of coding. In fact, I added 40 Stormtroopers for a challenging level in my game.”

There are two versions of the introductory tutorial: one introduces for the first time in a Code.org lesson, and lets them create a game in their Internet browser using Code.org’s unique blocks-to-text programming environment. For beginner and younger students, a tablet-friendly drag-and-drop version will be available in the next few weeks.

You can see a beta version of Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code” lesson here. And don’t forget to sign up to participate in this year’s Hour of Code event: http://HourOfCode.com.

Happy programming!

Above are screen examples of the programming workspace.
Above are screen examples of the programming screen.

© Code.org, 2015. Code.org®, the CODE logo and Hour of Code® are trademarks of Code.org.

Download “Disney Gif” app to share Disney, Star Wars and Marvel Gifs

To bring the magic to your messages, download the Disney Gif app
To bring the magic to your messages, download the Disney Gif app

Disney Gif is a new free app that my whole family’s been having fun with! Whether you’re feeling happy, sassy, villainous or magical, there’s no better way to show how you feel than with your favorite characters and moments. Whatever your emotion or reaction, we have a Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, or Marvel gif for that. Check back often for new content! Love Disney Parks? This app even has park attractions such as Spaceship Earth, Splash Mountain, and Monorail. A turkey leg, Dole Whip, and Mickey Mouse ice cream bar are some of the park food favorites.

Here are just a few of the many Disney Parks Emojis from the Disney Gif app
Here are just a few of the many Disney Parks Emoji from the Disney Gif app

Share Disney and Pixar themed gifs from some of the most loved stories, including:
Inside Out
Frozen
Star Wars
The Lion King
Tangled
Aladdin
Marvel
Beauty and the Beast
Finding Nemo
Toy Story
Up
ABC shows such as Once Upon a Time

…and so many more!

 

The Disney Gif app has so many categories to choose from
The Disney Gif app has so many categories to choose from

 

 

 

Download the free Disney Gif app now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

Happy gif-ing!

 

6 fun ways to surprise your kids with a Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Line 2016-early 2017 Itineraries
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Here are 6 fun ways to surprise your kids with a Disney cruise.The holidays will be here before you know it, so I’m sure the topic of gift-giving is already on many of your minds. One of the best parts about giving a gift is watching the recipient open it joyfully.

When you surprise your kids with the gift of a Disney cruise, there are many things you can do to make it a memorable family moment. Whether it’s tomorrow or on Christmas morning, here are six fun ways to announce your upcoming Disney cruise.

 

This is the best time to make a reservation to get the best price and selection. I’m happy to discuss the details of these cruises and help you plan the best cruise for you. Contact me for a free quote or to put a deposit down for your cruise and pay installments throughout the year. Click here for a complete list of sail dates and itineraries.

About Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (and learn to draw him!)

On this day, September 5, in 1927, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit first hopped onto movie screens.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit at Disney California Adventure
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit at Disney California Adventure

Before there was Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Walt Disney had created Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit who appeared in a total of 26 cartoons between 1927 and 1928. The films were made for Charles Mintz who contracted with Universal for the distribution. Walt lost the rights to his rabbit character, and while it was a terrible loss, it led to his next success, a little mouse named Mickey. More than three quarters of a century after Oswald’s departure from Disney, the company reacquired him in 2006, upon which Disney CEO, Bob Iger, said, “As the forerunner to Mickey Mouse and an important part of Walt Disney’s creative legacy, the fun and mischievous Oswald is back where he belongs, at the home of his creator and among the stable of beloved characters created by Walt himself.”

If you want to visit Oswald in person, he can be found at Disney California Adventure park on Buena Vista Street.

For more information about planning a Disney vacation, please contact me. I’m happy to help you!

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Disney Vacation Tips #10

Shani's Disney Vacation Tips #10

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #10

You can have a Disney character surprise your family with a free phone call before you leave for your Disney cruise.

 

Book a Disney cruise and receive free character calls announcing your vacation.
Book a Disney cruise and receive free character call announcing your vacation.

 

Start the countdown to fun before embarkation day! If you have a U.S., U.K. or Canada (non-Quebec) phone number, you can arrange a phone call from a Disney Character before you leave for your cruise. This is a free service from Disney Cruise Line and you can have two phone calls per reservation.

 

 

You can select which Disney character will place your surprise call.
You can select which Disney character will place your surprise call.

 

Once you have a reservation number and begin your online check in, you can set up the character call online. You can select Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, then schedule a time and date. If you find that time won’t work, no worries…just log back in and reschedule.

This is just one of the many extras Disney does for their cruise guests. For more information regarding this service, cruises, or questions about planning a Disney vacation, please contact me. I’m happy to help you!

 

 

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many Disney vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Disney Vacation Tips #7

Shani's Disney Tip of the Week #7

 

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #7

If you love the pictures taken by Disney PhotoPass Photographers throughout Walt Disney World, add the Memory Maker to a Magic Your Way package and you’ll enjoy an unlimited digital photos taken during your vacation – PLUS photos take at select attractions and Character Dining locations. And you can forget about having to purchase each photo individually – you’ll get to download digital copies of them all!*

Memory Maker is an incredible new way to enjoy unlimited digital Disney PhotoPass.The Memory Maker is a great way to make sure everyone in your party is in some photos plus gives you the opportunity to have some fun with various poses. Sometimes the photographer will have your party pose with your hands out or looking down at the ground. When you see your picture online, you might have a surprise character with you!

You are welcome to purchase each picture individually, but if you love pictures, you can add on the Memory Maker for $200 for unlimited photos but save $30 when you purchase it 3 days in advance! Also, one Memory Maker purchase can be used for EVERYONE in your party, even if you are staying at different resorts! You have 45 days after the picture was taken to download and save them to your computer. Once you download the photos, they are yours forever!

For more information regarding this service or questions about planning a Disney vacation, please contact me. I’m happy to help you!


*Some restrictions apply. Contact me for details.

NOTE: AS OF 12-14-15, THE MEMORY MAKER SERVICE PRICES HAVE BEEN REDUCED. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR CURRENT PRICES.

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!