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New Beauty and the Beast teaser film poster

Just posted by Emma Watson on Facebook — the new teaser poster for Beauty and the Beast. I’m DEFINITELY going to need one hanging on my wall.

 

poster Beauty and the Beast

The poster is for Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast. The film, which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles, brings the story and characters audiences know and love to life in a stunning, cinematic event, is directed by Bill Condon and features an extraordinary ensemble cast which also includes Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters nationwide on March 17, 2017.

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal Collection 2017 debuts

The Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal Collection for 2017 debuted at New York International Bridal Week yesterday, and the gowns are enough to make any bride feel like a princess for a day. These amazing creations were inspired by Disney Princesses — Elsa, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Aurora, Snow White, Tiana, Ariel, Jasmine, and for the first time ever, Mulan and Pocahontas.

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Pocahontas

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Mulan

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Ariel

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Belle

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Belle

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Cinderella

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Cinderella

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Elsa

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Rapunzel

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Tiana

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Snow White

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Bridal

Jasmine

 

I got married three years ago and I did love my dress, but I confess I would have been sorely tempted by some of these. I did wear the Alfred Angelo Snow White Veil though!

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Walt Disney World 45th Anniversary products releasing this month

Magic Kingdom celebrates its 45th Anniversary on October 1, 2016. Some great news for Disney fans who like to shop: in commemoration, there are some exciting new 45th Anniversary products releasing this month at  Magic Kingdom and, for select items, the Shop Disney Parks app.

Two new Dooney & Bourke handbags in a special 45th Anniversary design will premiere through the Shop Disney Parks app on September 15, and will be available for purchase at the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. starting September 22.

45th Anniversary Dooney & Bourke

New Magic Kingdom 45th Anniversary commemorative items out at Disney this month! Click To Tweet

More from the Disney Parks blog:

Many of the logo products, including apparel, open edition pins, home goods and more, will be released in select locations at Magic Kingdom on September 22. Best places to check for these logo items include the following locations:

Main Street, U.S.A. – Emporium
Tomorrowland – Mickey’s Star Traders
Storybook Circus Area – Big Top Souvenirs
Frontierland – Briar Patch

We will be releasing several items on October 1 at the Emporium. Guests and Annual Passholderswill find “I Was There” shirts. We will also have a limited edition pin (edition size of 3,000), and a limited edition retail MagicBand (edition size 4,500).

45th Anniversary shirts and pin

Golden Oak, where Disney World is home

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Have you always dreamed of living at Disney World? (Who hasn’t?) Well, at Golden Oak, you can — but at a steep price. Located near Disney Springs and nestled diagonally across from Disney’s Port Orleans resort, Golden Oak offers that dream to a very exclusive audience indeed — homes start at $2 million and go way past $10 million, which does not include over $20,000 annually in homeowner association and club fees.

So what do you get for that price, aside from a presumably beautiful house and proximity to Disney World? Lots of luxuries, it turns out.

golden-oak-snow-whiteTastefully appointed Disney touches throughout the development: Golden Oak does scream “Disney”, but it whispers it ever-so-elegantly. This bronze sculpture of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a favorite.

Interior design with a bolder Disney brush: While there are numerous architectural restrictions on the classically styled homes in Golden Oak (as with many gated communities), on the inside, owners can feel free to explore their inner Disney to the fullest, including Hidden Mickeys, murals, statues and all kinds of interior stylings reflecting favorite Disney characters.  Some owners are restrained, but others let their imagination run wild. From The Huffington Post:  “Rial Jones, whose construction company is one of eight approved to build in Golden Oak, has become accustomed to building full-blown Disney fantasies. One house under construction, for a single man in his 20s, will feature a drawbridge between the bathroom and bedroom and a submarine-themed basement with a porthole providing an underwater pool view. Jones is also building a 20,000-square-foot house that will include a Cinderella-inspired 50-foot-long ballroom, an “Alice in Wonderland” themed bunk room with singing cake platters, and a re-creation of the Haunted Mansion’s stretching room.”

Access to the Four Seasons: Golden Oak is also home to the five-star Four Seasons. Residents can access all of the Four Seasons’ amenities.

Transportation to and from the Parks: The complimentary shuttle and mini-coach service is dedicated to Golden Oak residents along with their guests, who can be dropped off at any of the four Parks, Disney Springs, or either of the water parks.

Concierge services: The Golden Oak Resident Services team brings Disney’s renowned guest service culture directly to residents and their guests. The team can help assist with select personal, residential and resort requests, for a fee. To name a few:

  • Disney parks and special event tickets
  • Private VIP tours
  • In-home dinners and parties
  • Disney-inspired holiday décor
  • Dining reservations
  • Spa reservations
  • Golf tee-times
  • Home maintenance services

golden oak logoSales of homes at Disney’s exclusive Florida community are doing quite well. Named after the Walt Disney Company’s California ranch, the original projections for the gated community expected these costly retreats to mostly function as vacation homes. But most buyers are moving to the Mouse full-time, prompting Disney to urge realtors to market the remaining properties in the 300-home development to families.  (I can’t imagine it’ll be a hard sell — where else can Disney-obsessed millionaires live out their fantasies?)

For most of us, Golden Oak is far out of reach — but, I suspect, on quite a few “if I win the lottery” bucket lists!

 

Sneak peek for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Bonus features from the Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition

More Beauty and the Beast news! A quick preview of the full sneak peak that’ll be included on the Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition. I ordered the Blu-ray combo pack so I’m waiting until September 20th (boo!) but all the bonus features will be included on the Digital HD edition on sale September 6th.

From Walt Disney Studios:

Take a look at a new sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” from the bonus features of the upcoming release of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. Relive the magic and the music of Disney’s beloved animated classic with four versions of the film plus all-new bonus features! Watch the full sneak peek when “Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition” becomes available on Digital HD September 6th and Blu-ray September 20th.

A sneak peak from Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast! Click To Tweet

New photos from Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast

I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan, in every iteration — books, music, movies, Broadway. So I’m over the moon about Disney’s live-action movie set to open on March 17, 2017. Even more exciting, Beauty and the Beast stars some of my favorite actors in Hollywood — Emma Watson (Harry Potter‘s Hermione) as Belle, Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey) as the Beast, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, and so many more.

Thanks to Slashfilm.com and Twitter user maconodom, we’ve got some great new photos from Beauty and the Beast! These images can reportedly be found on the bonus features included on the Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray/DVD release, which hits stores on September 20th, 2016 (pre-order now!).

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) the film stars Emma Watson as the new Belle and Dan Stevens as the new Beast. Here we have a first look at concept art for some of the other iconic supporting characters from the new film: Lumiere played by Ewan McGregor and Cogsworth played by Ian McKellen. Pictures from the animated film are provided for comparison.

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New photos from Disney's live-action Beauty & the Beast of Cogsworth, Lumiere and the Beast! Click To Tweet

Here we have a still shot from behind the scenes B-roll footage shows off Luke Evans as Gaston filming a musical scene in the tavern.

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That just might be Josh Gad, who plays LeFou, in the back.

Lastly, another still from the behind the scenes b-roll footage of Dan Stevens as the Beast:

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So exciting! More news as soon as it’s available!

New teaser poster for Beauty and the Beast

So beautiful! The new teaser poster for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, coming March 2017 and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, was just shared on Facebook by Emma —

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From Emma: “Very excited to reveal the first teaser poster for Beauty and the Beast, exclusively for my Facebook fans! Hope you like! Love, Emma x #BeOurGuest”

Check out the gorgeous new teaser poster for Beauty and the Beast, opening March 2017 Click To Tweet

Just in case you missed the trailer:

New Vera Bradley Disney-themed bags coming Summer 2016

If you’re like me you love the Disney-themed Vera Bradley bags. I use a hipster every day, and a mini-hipster when I want something light. (Confession: in the parks, though, I go bagless.) There’s exciting news on the Disney Parks Blog for this summer with two new Vera Bradley designs available at Disney Parks and online.

Coming this July 2016, there’s the Mickey’s Magical Blooms collection, which is a variation on the Midnight With Mickey design introduced in the fall of 2013 — and my personal favorite. This new design comes in a Campus Backpack, Mini Hipster and Front Zip Wallet, as well as a Zip ID Case, Medium Zip Cosmetic Bag, Triple Zip Hipster, Vera Bag and Large Duffel.

Vera Bradley

 

And in August 2016, the new lightweight Lighten Up Collection will be released. Made of durable and water-resistant 560D polyester, Lighten Up styles are the perfect accessories to use when traveling to or from Disney Parks. The collection will include five of Vera Bradley’s best-selling styles including the Lighten Up Lunch Cooler, Travel Organizer, Expandable Tote, Grande Backpack and Expandable Travel Bag.

Vera Bradley Lighten Up
These collections will be available in merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The Shop Disney Parks mobile app (available on both Apple’s iTunes app store and Google Play for Android) may also offer these new designs as well.

Wreck-It Ralph 2 Confirmed for 2018

Disney announced in a Facebook livestream today that Wreck-It Ralph 2 will hit theaters on March 9, 2018.

Wreck-It Ralph 2

 

“Wreck-It Ralph” grossed more than $470 million in 2012 and received an Oscar nomination. Moore directed from a screenplay by Johnston and “Frozen” co-director Jennifer Lee based on a story by Moore, Johnston and Jim Reardon.

The movie took place in the game “Fix-It Felix, Jr.” The villain, Wreck-It Ralph, embarks on a journey to break his bad guy rep.

Co-directors Rich Moore, who co-directed Zootopia and helmed the original Wreck-It Ralph, and Phil Johnston, who co-wrote the first film, made the announcement alongside John C. Reilly, who is returning to voice Ralph in the sequel.

“Ralph leaves the arcade and wrecks the internet,” Reilly says of the film’s plot. While few other details are known, Disney also released concept art showing Ralph entering the online world with his friend Vanellope von Schweetz, voiced by Sarah Silverman in the first film. The art features parodies of major online brands like Google, Amazon, and more.

 

 


back again, a cruise, and dizzy

Last year turning into this one has been interesting for me, to say the least. It was sometimes amazingly wonderful, to say the best, and sometimes pretty lousy, to say the worst. I had a re-occurrence of back issues, followed by an amazing Disney cruise, followed by a bizarre (but familiar to me) case of dizzyness I’m still shaking off the dregs of now. So that was ouch, yay, and ugh, for anyone keeping score.

I had back surgery in 2012. It was, well, mostly successful, but not completely so. An oft-repeated mantra I’ve had to accept is that “the purpose of back surgery is not to fix your back, but to make it better than it was”. You rarely fix backs. Sometimes you make them better. Sometimes you don’t even do that. I’ve had a couple of bad back pain incidents since the surgery, and each one scared the bejeezus out of me. This one made it impossible to sit comfortably — that’s not hard on anyone’s life, right? (Anyone else ever have sciatica? Cringe with me now.) Luckily, I found a great new doctor, a physiatrist who helped me get past the pain and back on my feet, with some drugs, some physical therapy, and some patience. I also got a brand-new MRI that at the very least assured me there’s nothing terribly wrong with my back, just the usual bulges and whatnot everyone has — in other words, this time when a doctor looked at my MRI he didn’t say, “Oh dear god this is terrible”, so that was a step in the right direction.

Back pain Public Service Announcement: we were somewhat startled to realize that each time my back has been bad, since the surgery, it’s been the end of November/beginning of December. Like clockwork. My doctor says this is actually quite common — fall, and the change of seasons, is his busiest time. Moral of this story: go south.

As luck would have it, we had plans to go south, to the Caribbean, to be specific, for a wonderful cruise on the Disney Fantasy — back after having a terrific time on our honeymoon. I can’t say enough good things about the Fantasy. The rooms are spacious, the service is impeccable, the fun is everywhere to be had. A short glimpse of our trip:

The warm weather got my back feeling a thousand percent better on just the first day alone. (The jacuzzi helped too.) We had a terrific time.

But… the moment the cruise was over and we got back on land, something I dreaded happened. After the last cruise I found myself stuck with my sea legs. As the days and weeks went by, I still felt like I was on the ship, swaying back and forth, sometimes almost violently. It wasn’t a pleasant rocking. It wasn’t something that went away after a few days. Several different medicines and several different specialist visits later, we learned I had something called Mal de Débarquement syndrome. It’s super rare. It stinks. There’s no treatment. You just have to wait for it to hopefully subside. Luckily, that time, it did, after a miserable month. (Some people have it a lot longer. Like, even for years.)

Why did I cruise again, if this had happened to me before? Eh, I don’t know. I thought I hadn’t taken the right seasickness meds, I thought it was a fluke, I thought it wouldn’t happen again. But I did everything I could, this time, and it didn’t matter. They don’t know what causes this, but it tends to happen to women in their 40s who get migraines (raises hand) more than anyone else, so apparently I’m the poster child for MdDS. And this time it was worse. We came back from the cruise on January 9. This time it took closer to two months for my symptoms to fade, and they were stronger. Two really miserable months, and I didn’t want to talk about it, or the cruise, or anything much else for most of that time.

Today, though, I’m pretty close to being completely better. I feel like I’m just getting off the ship, in more ways than one. My back is in better shape, the world isn’t tilting precariously, and the snow is melting. So, it’s good to be back, finally. Land ho!

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