Saturday, July 25, 2015

'Frozen Summer Fun': Ice Palace Boutique Opens Tomorrow!

Disney's Hollywood Studios has gotten quite a makeover with all the new Frozen additions for "Frozen Summer Fun." (And, which this particular Disney fan quite enjoyed.)

Most notably is the closing of the American Idol Experience which has been changed into the Hyperion Theater to host the Frozen Sing-along.

And now, the Ice Palace Boutique is opening up in the former American Idol Experience audition area, just across from ABC Commissary!

Images via Disney Parks Blog.

Starting tomorrow, July 26, Guests ages 3-12 can receive a Frozen-inspired makeover, styled after either Princess Anna or Queen Elsa.

According to

[T]he 'Ice Palace Boutique' will offer four packages to fit various budgets.
  • Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package – This package includes Anna or Elsa-inspired shimmering makeup palette, face gems, nail polish, a braided hair piece with sparkling snowflake accessory and an exclusive photo opportunity. Package retail: $75, includes tax.
  • Ice Palace Boutique Package – This package includes the items offered in the Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package. It also includes access to the Ice Palace Café and reserved seating at one of the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” shows. Package retail: $175, includes tax.
  • Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package – This package includes an Anna or Elsa costume plus the items offered in the Ice Palace Boutique Package. Package retail: $240, includes tax.
  • Olaf-inspired package that includes a glitter hairstyle and Olaf tee-shirt. Reservations are not required for this package and will only be available on-site at the location. Package retail: $19.95, plus tax.
Also part of the higher priced packages is reserved seating for a showing of the Frozen sing-along at the Hyperion Theater. The Ice Palace Boutique Package and the Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package is for up to 6 guests, including the child getting the magical transformation.
Those higher end packages also include access to the Ice Palace Cafe, where additional party members can enjoy the exclusive Ice Palace Café, an immersive “Frozen”-themed café with included snacks while they wait for their Anna or Elsa.

The boutique is only open until September, when the "Frozen Summer Fun" festivities conclude. Purchase an Ice Palace Boutique through Destinations in Florida by clicking HERE!



Disney Parks Blog has released this inside look at Ice Palace Boutqiue. Check it out!

Kristen Bell, as Anna, Leaves Voicemail for Little Girl with Brain Tumor

When voice actors do touching things in character, that's when you love them more.

Recently, Kristen Bell, who voices Princess Anna in Frozen, called a little girl named Avery and left a voicemail. Bell, in her Anna character voice, told Avery that Elsa had decided to name her an honorary princess of Arendelle!

Just look at her happiness!
Image via

What makes this extra special?

Avery has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and she's only six years old! So, of course, to get a voicemail from her favorite Frozen character with such wonderful news made Avery the happiest girl alive, despite such tragedy.

Luckily, we can share in Avery's joy via her father's recording of his daughter listening to the voicemail for the first time. Enjoy, and get those tissues ready:

Be sure to visit Avery's CaringBridge page to view recent updates.


Experience a Single Moment in Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' Trailer!

Pixar dropped the first trailer for its upcoming movie The Good Dinosaur, in theaters on Thanksgiving. The theme behind the trailer is "a single moment," and how such a moment can change history and even, everything.

Gorgeous imagery.
Images via Oh My Disney.

Watch the trailer below:

One thing many fans (including myself) are a little unnerved by is the idea of pairing hyper-realistic backgrounds with cartoony characters, such as Arlo. I even noticed some of the dinosaurs, and especially that colorful lizard, are quite realistic when compared to Arlo.

Such a pretty little guy.

I can understand if it's a marketing thing -- a more cartoony Arlo will translate better to toys and won't scare children -- but at least make the rest of the film cartoonish in some sense.

Also, anyone else getting a The Land Before Time vibe? I'm excited to see how Pixar surprises us!

What are your thoughts on the trailer and The Good Dinosaur?

See ya real soon.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

It's my favorite holiday today -- the day we celebrate our wonderful country!

Happy Fourth of July to all my fans, friends and family!

This makes me really, really miss Riley...
Image via Walt Disney Animation Studios' Facebook page.

Disney created this short and sweet video to celebrate Independence Day, with Mickey Mouse posing alongside numerous light-painted patriotic images. Most of the designs were freehanded in mid-air!

From all of us here at the Disney Freak's Blog to you, have a very patriotic Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Anniversary, Grand Floridian!

According to this poster in the elevator, the Grand Floridian is celebrating 27 years today!

Gotta love fingers in the frame, right?

In honor of that, I thought I would share this quick video which gives you a 360 view of my work location: Gasparilla Island Grill. The video after is more recent, covering all the dining options available at the Grand Floridian, and I even saw a few of my fellow Cast Members around the 1:25 mark!

For a look into the resort overall, here's a lovely video supplied by Disney. Gaspy's isn't shown in it -- perhaps it's too casual for the formal theme?

Overall, a simply loverly resort I am excited to be celebrating the anniversary of while also working at the same resort!