Thursday, August 14, 2014

D23 Expo 2015 Discount Ticket Rates!

D23 Expo 2015 tickets go on sale today!  For those of you who don’t know about D23, it’s the official Disney fan club, with a bi-annual meeting during which Disney reveals lots of juicy details several of their upcoming projects.

And, it’s an exclusive club, meaning you need to have a membership to join.  But don’t worry, there’s a free membership!

If you do have a membership and are dying to attend, Destinations in Florida has discount rates so you can attend!

Click here to buy now!
Cut off date for individuals to call in for reservations: Wednesday,
July 22, 2015.

The dates for D23 are August 12-18, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

D23 2015 is expecting 75K people, according to my agent Jennifer Hardy.  You will want to be a part of this awesome event!  Maybe I’ll see you there….

Click here to read my post from D23 Expo 2013’s animation panel, and even more coverage here from Inside the Magic.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams: A Tribute

Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide at age 63 last night, was a well-loved and talented man.  Once the news broke, tributes filled the Internet – tributes from Hollywood celebrities to regular people – all who were touched by the incredible actor.

To Disney fans, Robin Williams is best known as the Genie from Aladdin.

We ain't never had a friend like him.

I have collected several of these tributes – the ones I believe are the most touching.  I have always loved Robin Williams and his gift for making others laugh, so hearing about his death broke my heart.

Monday, August 11, 2014

‘Big Hero 6’ Directors are Secretly Superheroes

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Facebook page posted that the animation production for Big Hero 6 has wrapped up, and the directors took the opportunity for a nerdy photo.

Big Hero 6 opens in theaters this November.  Watch the trailer below.

I'm so excited to see Baymax in the film! He's already won
my heart :)
Image from a Google search.

See you all real soon!

Friday, August 8, 2014

‘Frozen’ Summer Fun Extended!

Kids really want their Frozen.  Disney knows this, and Disney isn’t stupid.

The “Frozen Summer Fun” event at Hollywood Studios originally went from July 5 to Sept. 1.  After its (unsurprising) popularity, including all of the premium packages being sold out, Disney has extended the event for almost the rest of September.  The new ending date is Sept. 28.

Image via Jennifer Hardy.

"We're not leaving yet!"
Image from the Disney Parks Blog.

From the Disney Parks Blog: " the “Frozen Fireworks” Spectacular will be presented each night through September 1 (with the exception of August 23), and then switch to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 5-28."

Because of the extended period, more premium packages are available on the select dates (listed in image above).  Trust me, this event has been popular, so if you want a premium package, book one now before they sell out!

Click to book now with Destinations in Florida!

See you all real soon.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Who Wants Free Mickey Mouse Ears? Book Now!

Destinations in Florida has released this great offer:

Click here to book now!

Below is the list of group rates.

All of the rooms for Disney Groups are standard rooms. There are no upgrades available to other room categories. Discounted tickets and dining are available unless otherwise noted.

*October 1-6, 2014 – Starting at $84 per night plus tax
  • All Star Music & Movies
  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Wilderness Lodge

*October 11-18, 2014 – Starting at $105 per night plus tax
  • Pop Century
  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Contemporary

*November 3-10, 2014 - Starting at $105 per night plus tax
  • Pop Century
  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Contemporary

* November 20 – 24, 2014 - Starting at $105 per night plus tax
  • Pop Century
  • Coronado Springs
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge

* January 5th – 12th, 2015 – Starting at $88 per night plus tax - NO Dining Plan Options
  • Pop Century
  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Beach Club

* January 13th – 18th, 2015 - Starting at $135 a night plus tax $13.00 per day parking (not included)
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Anaheim
  • There is no FREE transportation from the airport, but can use Disneyland Express or Super Shuttle

* February 19th – 22nd, 2015 - Starting at $133 per night plus tax
  • Pop Century
  • Port Orleans – French Quarter
  • Contemporary (Garden Wing)

* May 6-11, 2015 Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon Disneyland - $119 per night plus tax
  • Fairfield Inn Anaheim - Standard Room

Be sure to book by next Friday, August 8th in order to take advantage of this offer!

NOTE: Destinations in Florida is a proud affiliate of The Disney Freak’s Blog.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

‘Into the Woods’ Teaser is Here and it’s Gorgeous

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Into the Woods debuted today.  And it’s gorgeous.

The casting is fantastic.  Lilla Crawford (who recently starred in the Broadway revival of Annie) will be amazing, Johnny Depp is my favorite, and I’m speechless about Meryl.  Her make-up, her portrayal of the witch, her acting skills…so excited!

I also can't wait to see more of this!
Image via Stitch Kingdom.  Check them out for more
great hi-res stills from Into the Woods!

Already I can say I am in love with the music.  I’m ready to buy the soundtrack now.

Yet, there has been criticism for the teaser not including any of the vocal music.  You see, Into the Woods is based on a Broadway musical, so it does seem odd Disney didn’t highlight that here.  However, all I can say is that remember, this is only a teaser.  We may get to hear the singing in the actual first trailer.

Here’s the synopsis of the musical film, from Inside the Magic:

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Confession: I’m not very familiar with this musical, but researching it these past few months sure has made me wish I was more familiar with it!

Love. Her. Make-up.
Image from

Still, I love the trailer, and I absolutely cannot wait for it to come out this Christmas!

Image from The Film Stage via the-disney-freak.tumblr

How about you?  What are your thoughts?  If we have any Into the Woods experts, please chime in!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Possible Updates to Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it!

Today, Doctor Disney announced that this fall, some pretty big updates are coming to the Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it! Street Party at Magic Kingdom.

Image from

In fact, he says to practically expect a new parade.

Among the changes/updates would be replacing Mad Hatter, Lumiere and Sebastian (who currently stand on the top of the gift-styled floats) with members of Mickey's gang.  The music and floats could also be completely new and different.

Image from Rebecca Van Loon's Flickr page.

Here’s exactly what he said.  Note that Disney has not officially confirmed anything at this point.

As of now, the name of the parade is set to remain, but there are going to be some serious changes as a complete overhaul is coming to the new Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! which is set to debut around October of this year.

The Mad Hatter, Lumiere, and Sebastian currently top the floats, but they’re going to be removed from the parade and replaced with others.

Now, the tops of floats will have Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy on top of them. Stitch is also expected to be added into the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Parade.

There will be brand new floats, new music, and a few other changes as well. Essentially, expect an almost brand new parade.

It’s not known if the “street party” aspect of the parade will continue with the floats stopping at the Cinderella Castle hub for characters to dance with guests.

Disney has not officially given word of these changes or confirmed anything at this time. With that being said, changes are always possible from what is being reported and it’s possible that nothing could change or happen at all.

I saw this parade when I went to WDW in June.  Bestie thought the idea of a dance party in the street, with characters mingling among park guests, was pretty unique.  And I agree.  It would be sad to see this one go.

Below is a video of the parade:

What are your thoughts?  Please leave a comment below!

See you all real soon.