(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Disney Character Movie Stars

May 22, 2013 in Disney, Disney World by Amy and Sara

We’re back from Disney Social Media Moms and had a chance to meet/see some of our favorite Disney Character Movie Stars while we were there! ;) Too bad we couldn’t stay through the start Star Wars Weeekends as the boys would have LOVED those movie stars! But, as it was, we saw a lot of fun favorites!

We had the pleasure of watching Merida be officially welcomed to the Royal Court as an official Disney Princess!

Merida's Coronation

The Disney Parks are gearing up for a “Monstrous Summer” with the release of Monsters University coming soon!

Monsters University Character photo

We stopped into Andy’s bedroom for a quick Buzz & Woody meeting! ;)

Buzz & Woody

Thanks to the #DisneySMMoms team and the Jedi Training Academy at Hollywood Studios, we still got to meet (& fight) some of our favorite Star Wars characters! So much fun we had! ;)

Star Wars Characters at #DisneySMMomsJedi Training Academy

And, last but certainly not least, we got to see (and meet) Mickey & Minnie in true movie star fashion at a “red carpet” dinner event on the set of the Lights, Motor, Action Extreme Stunt show at Hollywood Studios! Check out that fun car they’re riding on! Mickey & Minnie

Who are your favorite Disney Character Movie Stars?


Focused on the Magic

Dis­clo­sure: We were invited to the 2013 Dis­ney Social Media Moms Cel­e­bra­tion. We paid a con­fer­ence fee to attend and received dis­counted & com­pli­men­tary items from Walt Dis­ney World as part of the expe­ri­ence. We were not asked to write about our expe­ri­ences at the con­fer­ence or our fam­ily trip. All opin­ions and expe­ri­ences are entirely our own.

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How do you Win a Night in The Cinderella Castle Suite?

May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized by Amy Barseghian

I remember being at the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Conference and watching the person who won the Grand Prize.

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The most sought after prize of the conference.

A night in The Cinderella Castle Suite.

I cried happy tears for her – what an amazing gift to receive.  I wanted to bow at her feet, as I think many in the room did.

Rene Syler and her mama

Photo Credit: Josh Hallett

Fast forward a year to this year’s conference.  I was taking some notes and watching Rene Syler do what she does best as an MC – entertain. (She is awesome, isn’t she?)   As Rene was highlighting the last giveaway…the exclusive night in Cinderella’s Castle…I watched with excitement for the person that would win.  I remember thinking that if I won, I would really focus on being calm (cause I can get a little excited) and NOT tripping.

And then I saw this.

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Yes, that’s my Twitter handle.

You remember that whole “stay calm and don’t spazz” convo in my head?  It didn’t really stick.

I screamed. I spazzed. I jumped.  I did everything that I felt in my heart that was overflowing with pure JOY!

Honestly, when I saw it I was in disbelief…(because who can really spell “Barseghian” correctly?). And then I heard a squeal from Sara.  (I love that squeal.) 

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A day before we left for Disney Social Media Moms, our six-year-old Ava asked me if we could sleep in the castle. I simply told her it was for a few special people in life and that we really couldn’t buy it.

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Yes, I was excited for me, but my joy was for our family.  At the perfect ages of six and nine, our children would get to sleep inside the castle at Walt Disney World…for us, the timing could not have been any better.

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And we would later find out that our wish and special night would be granted on Cal’s 9th birthday. :)  This was waiting for him in the castle when we arrived.

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We explored everything in The Cinderella Castle Suite…

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enjoyed some yummy handmade chocolate treats…

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and then met our Cast Members that took us around the park.  They took us into the FastPass lines for all of the rides…

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took us to special reserved seating for fireworks…

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and the parade…

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and then walked us back to The Castle for a night of sleep. Looking out the windows of the castle as we drifted off to sleep will be a memory I will never forget.

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We enjoyed breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the morning; to end such a special experience like this was magical for our family.

So, just how do you win a night in The Cinderella Castle Suite?  

You spazz, you jump for joy, you share it with your friends, and you savor each and every moment of the experience.

I am wondering though…if you won a night in The Cinderella Castle Suite, would you go with the Cast Members out in the parks or stay in the suite the entire time? 

In case you missed it, you can see my full photo tour of The Cinderella Castle Suite here.

Disclosure: I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and received reduced rates. I was not asked to write this article; all thought and opinions are my own. All photos are the property of Disney Mentor Moms and may not be used without permission.

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Disney Publishing Storybook Deluxe Apps Mid-May Madness Sale!!!

May 17, 2013 in Deals and Coupons, Disney, Games by Amy and Sara

Have kiddos that love the Disney Storybook apps? Then, you don’t want to miss this sale! This weekend, Disney Publishing is running a Mid-May Madness Sale on all Storybook apps!  From celebrated heroines in Cinderella, Tangled, and Brave to loveable creatures in Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo – these apps foster reading skills and dive into the back stories of these beloved characters.

We just downloaded a few today and the boys already love them, especially Big Brother! At 6, he’s doing better with reading and really loves the Storybook apps! He was especially enjoying Brave (after watching her Princess Coronation this past weekend) and the Monsters, Inc app!

Disney Publishing Storybook Apps
**The sale runs from May 17 – May 21 and all Storybook apps below will be $4.99 only!**
  • Wreck-It-Ralph Storybook Deluxe – Relive the incredible story of the Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph – and, create and race your very own kart against other racers in the film!  Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix, Jr.
  • Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe – Experience the action-packed story of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 in this supercharged children’s book app filled with vibrant art, professional narration, exciting music and sound effects, plus A-list celebrity voices from the film.
  • Finding Nemo Storybook Deluxe – Through engaging narration, authentic underwater sound effects, and original graphics from the Academy Award winning movie, families can explore the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbor, and the world of reading together.
  • Brave Storybook Deluxe – Experience the magic of Disney/Pixar’s Brave as an interactive storybook app.  Read along and discover beautiful art, stunning animation, and special effects.  Even hunt for hidden arrows and take aim in a Medieval-style archery game!
  • Monsters, Inc Storybook Deluxe – Relive the incredible story of the highly acclaimed film classic Disney-Pixar Monsters, Inc. and find hidden Scare cards throughout the story.  Navigate your way through a Monsters, Incorporated scare simulator training room to collect scream energy!
  • Tangled: Storybook Deluxe – Disney’s “Tangled” is re-imagined  in this interactive app.  Read along and explore the magical world of Rapunzel through vibrant animated scenes with interactive tap-and-play surprises!  Multiple reading modes include Follow Along, Read and Explore, Record Your Own Voice.
  • Cinderella: Storybook Deluxe – Disney’s Cinderella has enchanted generations with its spellbinding story, charming music, and endearing characters that live in your heart forever. The Cinderella: Storybook Deluxe app includes a full retelling of the film with fresh illustrations, engaging narration, music and sound effects, as well as whimsical interactivity on every page.

Disclosure: We received complimentary app download codes for the purposes of review. However, as always, all opinions and experiences are entirely my own.

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