Military Travel Tips for Disneyland and Disney World

May 28, 2013 in Disney World, Disneyland by Amy Barseghian

On Friday, we featured Frances in our Disney Fan Feature Friday. She is sharing her Military travel tips for Disney Parks here at The Best of Life Magazine.

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Monstrous Summer kicks off at the Disney Parks!

May 23, 2013 in California Adventure, Disney World, Disneyland by Amy and Sara

Disney Parks on both coasts kick off a “Monstrous Summer” on May 24th with unprecedented all-nighters in three parks (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort, as well at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort). Yes, that’s TOMORROW! And, we’ll be there!!! The parks will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m.!! Although we’re not going to be staying the full 24 hours (this mama hasn’t pulled an all-nighter like that in years! ;) ), we’ll be there for a good portion of Friday to experience the monstrous fun! I’ve heard there may be some extra fun things like special fireworks, dance floors, live entertainment, and more!
While at the Disney Social Media Moms conference just shy of two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hearing Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis share about Disney Parks’ “Monstrous Summer”.
Monstrous Summer
The official announcement was made a few weeks prior in extra monstrous fashion as the sphere of Spaceship Earth in Epcot was transformed from Disney Parks icon to Disney●Pixar “Eye-con,” becoming a 180-foot-tall, fully animated Mike Wazowski from the upcoming Disney●Pixar film Monsters University.Monstrous Summer kickoff

More Monstrous Summer Fun:

The All-Nighter is just the beginning of the summer fun. In California, vacationers at “The Happiest Place on Earth” will see how Disneyland Resort “Just Got Happier” with dazzling new entertainment such as the “Mickey and the Magical Map” stage show. It also is the first summer for guests to experience the new Fantasy Faire with Disney Princesses at Disneyland. Plus, guests continue to enjoy the exciting new offerings of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure (which debuted June 15, 2012). We’ll be catching a press preview of “Mickey and the Magical Map” tomorrow evening. So, be sure to follow along on instagram & twitter with the hashtags #JustGotHappier  and #MonstrousSummer! Plus, check the facebook page for updates as well!

Walt Disney World “Monstrous Summer” includes new offerings and popular favorites in all four parks. This is the first summer for New Fantasyland (it’s amazing!!), which opened in December. Guests also will find new, engaging offerings for the entire family throughout the Walt Disney World Resort this summer such as an interactive “Pirates Adventure” game at Magic Kingdom, the newly re-imagined Test Track at Epcot (we just got to experience this and loved it!!!), the new Disney Junior show (the little ones loved it!), featuring Sofia The First and Doc McStuffins, as new additions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, plus Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that will bring families together in exciting new ways. As part of Limited Time Magic – a year of surprise and delight moments – Cinderella Castle will be the canvas for a new, summer-long projection show celebrating the joys of the season. Guests will see Lilo and Stitch hit the beach, head “Under the Sea” with Ariel and get Goofy during scenes that pay homage to summer fun.

For more information on Monstrous Summer, check out:

Monsters University Character photo


The lovable scarers, Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, will be back on the big screen this summer in “Monsters University”.  You can see what happens during their first semester at Monsters University (MU) as part of MU’s elite Scare Program in theaters on June 21, 2013!
For more information, check out

Dis­clo­sure: We will be attending an invite-only media event at Disneyland to experience the new “Mickey and the Magical Map” show and Monstrous Summer kickoff. How­ever, we were not asked nor com­pen­sated to write this post.

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(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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