Thursday, February 27, 2014

Get 'Rockin' Ever After" with Disney on Ice

From the moment you enter the arena the excitement of attending a live performance of “Disney on Ice “ is all around you-little girls dressed as their favorite princess, the light up swirling Mickeys and of course the smell of popcorn in your own collectible tin. 

If you haven’t attended a “Disney on Ice” production lately, or ever then make sure not to miss the current tour. Put on by the Feld Entertainment Group, in conjunction with Disney, young and old alike will be “Rockin Ever After” with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as this year’s Disney on Ice skates into a venue near you.  

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - February 26, 2014



Disney Gal Kelly:

Big Red Boat photo courtesy of

Dream It! Do It!

Dream It! Do It! 
A Presentation by Marty Sklar

Disney Gal Judy: This past Sunday, Kelly and I were fortunate enough to have been at the Museum of Science and Industry for a presentation by Marty Sklar for his new book Dream It! Do It! The event was opened by Kurt Haunfelner, VP of Exhibits and Collections for the museum.  This was a great person to open for Marty Sklar as Kurt worked for Disney under Marty many years ago.  Kurt shared many interesting tidbits on Marty's live at Disney such as: 

  • Marty started working for Disney part-time a few weeks before Disneyland opened;
  • He worked on all four exhibits for the 1964 New York World's Fair;
  • He is a 2001 Disney Legend;
  • He held many titles at the Walt Disney Imagineering including; Vice President of Concepts and Planning; then he was promoted to President and his last title was Vice Chairman and Principal Creative Executive of the Company; and
  • He worked for Disney for 54 years.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Disney's Frozen Soundtrack

Disney's Frozen Soundtrack

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Disney's Frozen has been one of the most popular movies of this winter, along with the music from the movie in which they are now showing the movie in a "Sing-A-Long" format, which as also taken off!   If you enjoyed the movie and also more importantly the music Disney has a special release just for you.  A special version of the soundtrack that’s available for a very limited time.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Spice Up Your Disneyland Visit at the Paradise Garden Grill

Last month, our friends over at The Adult Side of Disney asked if I'd like to share some on my Disneyland insider eating suggestions for visiting Disneyland. The first place that came to mind was The Paradise Garden Grill. Nestled in the back corner of Disney California Adventure Park lies a little slice of the exotic and spicy styling of the Middle East. The Paradise Garden Grill is perfect for when you’re in search of a little something out of the ordinary. Guaranteed to wake up your taste buds, the Garden Grill is the ideal choice whether you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, or you’re a vegetarian or vegan in search of a satisfying meal.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Meet Disney on Ice Performer Antonia Mitchell

Across the nation, young and old alike are chEARing with delight as this year’s Disney on Ice “Rockin Ever After” featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy  skates into a venue near them.   Adventurous moments from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE and Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast are featured along with comical Disney characters performing their unique talents for Mickey and the gang. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - February 19, 2014



Disney Gal Kelly:

Beat the Winter Blues at MSI Chicago

Raise your hand if you are tired of hearing "I'm bored". Keep them up if you think your children have been watching way too much television these past snow-covered weeks. Why not do yourself and your wallet a favor by heading the the Museum of Science and Industries this month. How can you beat this deal:


From February 1 through February 28 the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago will offer FREE MUSEUM ENTRY to kids, ages 3-11. This is a perfect time to escape the house, beat the winter blues and experiment in fun at MSI with the whole family!

Free Museum Entry for kids also makes it a great time to purchase tickets to the Museum’s temporary exhibit offering, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Explore nine decades of marvelous Disney innovation and history; see drawings, props, costumes and artwork from famed Disney films and television shows; and even learn to draw a favorite Disney character in the Animation Academy! (NOTE: This exhibit still requires an additional ticket for kids, but the Museum Entry portion for those 3-11 would be waived.)

MSI offers a convenient indoor garage parking to escape the cold—and an exciting day of science-filled adventures. Run in a human-sized hamster wheel. See lightning strike—indoors! Manipulate a tornado. Climb inside a historic locomotive. Dissect a real eyeball. Witness fiery chemistry at work. And much, much more

Free Kids Museum Entry tickets must be obtained on-site at the Museum ticket counter. They cannot be acquired online. Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives tickets can be added at ticket counter. For more information and restrictions, visit

NOTE: This offer is good for child Museum Entry tickets only (valid for ages 3-11).Up to four free child tickets allowed with the purchase of one full paying adult. Additional experiences, including Omnimax® films, U-505 Submarine on-board tour, Future Energy Chicago, Coal Mine, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives and special tours are not included in Museum Entry. They require additional, timed-entry tickets. Offer not valid for groups taking advantage of group pricing or those using any other discount or offer.  No refunds will be given for tickets already purchased for February dates. Parking is not included.

Disney Gal Judy and I were just at the museum Sunday to attend a presentation/book signing by Disney Legend Marty Sklar. It was an inspiring afternoon which we will be posting about later this week. We also had a chance to revisit D23 Presents - Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. How wonderful to see parents sharing their childhood Disney memories with their children as they walked through the exhibit. Why not share the magic with your children? Make sure your weekend plans include a stop at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industries, you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dream It, Do It... Who is Marty Sklar?

Photo courtesy of MSI Chicago

That is the question many of my friends asked when I told them where I am going. The Museum of Science and Industries in Chicago reached out to Disney Gal Judy to cover Marty Sklar's presentation today, and she's letting me tag along! When I tried to explain to my friends exactly who this man is, words like "Disney Legend" and "He has a window" were met with many confused looks. (Yes, I have friends that are not Disney fanatics, believe it or not.)  Then I thought of the introduction in Marty's book "Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney Magic Kingdoms", written by none other than the fabulously talented Richard Sherman. He wrote this song in 2009 when Marty retired, to celebrate his 50 years of dedication. If this doesn't fill in the blanks for my friends, I don't know what will. (Maybe Marty's book!)

Sung to the tune of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious:

Before the doors of Disneyland
Were opened to the world
Young Marty Sklar was asked
To have his writing skills unfurled
The Disneyland newspaper
Was first product of his skills
Then PR and Publicity
Young Marty fit the bill...He's...

Never fearing, Imagineering
Mar-ty Sklar-e-docious
For years he's led Imagineers
With passion so ferocious
Through stress and strains
He's held the reins
With leadership precocious
Never fearing, Imagineering
Mar-ty Sklar-e-docious

For Walt he wrote his speeches
And his annual reports
Then moved to WED to help create
Attractions and resorts
From Small World to Space Mountain
To eleven Disney Parks
Our Marty steered Imagineers
With their creative sparks... (and his)

repeat chorus

He's first to give out credit
To the great creative teams
His one persisting goal
Was to perpetuate Walt's dream
Succeed he did, and so we stand
As one to give three cheers
To Marty Sklar the champion
Of all Imagineers...He's

Never fearing, Imagineering
Mar-ty Sklar-e-docious
For years he's led Imagineers
With passion so ferocious
Through stress and strains
He's held the reins
With leadership precocious
Never fearing, Imagineering
Mar-ty Sklar-e-docious!

We look forward to telling you all about this amazing opportunity this coming week. Keep your eyes on the blog for many pictures and stories!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Let the #DisneySide @Home Celebrations Begin!

Our #DisneySide parties are just around the corner! As we put the finishing touches on our decorations and finalize our plans, we wanted to give you another sneak peek before the final unveiling:

Disney Gals Kelly and Judy:

Plan updates:

The plans are in high swing right now as our party is only one week away! We have ordered some special banners to show the different area's of our #Disney Side Ship (which we cannot wait to see)! We are putting the finishing touches on the dinner:

(thanks to a friend who were just at WDW)
and the all important dessert menu.

Should we make these?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Romance + Valentine's Day = Everyone's Favorite Diva-Miss Piggy


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Vivienne Westwood Couture Wedding Dress Designed Exclusively for the Divine Diva

Will Kermit the Frog Finally Say “I Do”?

Valentine’s Day-the one day out of the year that romance is in the air-where love blooms all around and who better to talk about romance than the divine diva herself-the incomparable Miss Piggy.  On March 21, our beloved fashion icon and super diva returns to the silver screen right where she belongs in new theatrical release, Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted “. Starring along side the one true love of her life, Kermit the Frog, this grand, star-studded tour throughout Europe, is a setting that screams romance. Will this finally be the year that our beloved Miss Pig finally convinces Kermit to tie the knot? And more importantly, if this indeed is the year that our super couple finally makes it to the altar, just what will the divine Piggy be wearing-knowing that the eyes of the world will be watching? When only the best will do, Miss Piggy went right to the best of the best, Vivienne Westwood, who was commissioned to create couture designs for the fashion icon, including a white dress that also just happens to be perfect for a wedding…if one should actually take place.

“Vivienne Westwood is fabulous—just like moi,” said Miss Piggy. “When I asked her to design this wedding dress for moi’s new movie “Muppets Most Wanted,” she was thrilled and I was thrilled. The only one a bit ‘iffy’ about it was the Frog.”
In the film, Miss Piggy wears Vivienne Westwood couture Long Ivory Court wedding gown, with corset detailing and paillettes made from recycled plastic bottles, accessorised with an ivory tulle veil. Piggy also entrusted the designer with additional looks for the film, including a Vivienne Westwood couture Harris Tweed houndstooth check coat and matching beret worn in a scene set at Tower of London. Miss Piggy also chose a long silver hand-embroidered floral lace gown for a very special number in the film.
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So the question on everyone’s lips remains: Will we see Miss Piggy marry her beloved Kermie in “Muppets Most Wanted,” and will she finally get to wear her dream Vivienne Westwood gown down the aisle?

“You’ll have to see the movie to find out,” insisted Miss Piggy.

Want to know more about our fashion forward, always the trendsetter, Miss Piggy? Be sure to check out -An exclusive Q&A with Vivienne Westwood about designing this gown is available in the March issue of US Harpers’ Bazaar, click here to read the story And be sure not to miss “Muppets Most Wanted “when it hits the big screen March 21, 2014. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook:, and follow us on Twitter:

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Gayle is a Disney Gal that loves churros for breakfast, still gets giddy with delight at the first sight of the “Disneyland next exit sign”, loves the overwhelming emotions and memories that come with each and every return to the Happiest Place on Earth and dreams of one day being the Captain of the Jungle Boat. To learn more about Gayle, click here

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pez Museum

Pez Museum/
Disney Pez
Disney Gal Lori was visiting with family this past weekend and stopped to visit the Pez Museum.  At the Pez Museum Lori sent us photos of the Disney Pez Dispenser's to share with our readers. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - February 12, 2014



Disney Gal Gayle: