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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Toy Story Land is officially open and to say that my family is excited would be the biggest understatement of the year! With all the new rides, restaurants, and attractions, it can get a bit overwhelming. If you’re planning a trip to Disney this summer, here is everything you need to know about Disney’s NEW Toy Story Land!

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Everything You Need to Know About Disney’s Toy Story Land

Rides
In addition to a whole new section of the theme park, Toy Story Land includes two new rides and one classic favorite. The first is Slinky Dog Dash which will be a roller coaster that takes you on twists, curves, and drops as you go all around Toy Story Land. Throughout the ride, you’ll get to see beloved characters of the Toy Story movies such as Rex, Jessie, and even Wheezy! The second new attraction is the Alien Swirling Saucers that will allow you to board your toy rocket and spin through space on an adventure right out of the Toy Story movies. In addition to the new attractions, Toy Story Mania! is back to the Toy Story Land area with a carnival-themed 4D ride right in Andy’s Room!

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Dining Options
Woody’s Lunchbox is a unique dining experience takes Andy’s lunch box and turns it into a quick service station! From soda floats to tasty meals on the go, you will not only be able to enjoy a quick bite to eat, but also enjoy the scenery of some of Andy’s favorite toys and lunch box items.

Must-try Items at Woody’s Lunch Box

  • Raspberry Lunch Box Tart
  • BBQ Brisket Melt
  • Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich
  • Totchos
  • Mystic Portal Punch
  • Grown-Up’s Lemonade Cocktail
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Characters
Meet and greet some of your favorite Toy Story characters such as Jessie, Buzz, Woody and more in Toy Story Land! The best place to find these characters will be in or around Woody’s Lunchbox, so don’t forget to stop by! Throughout this section of the park, you may be able to find some of the classic Army Men from the Toy Story movies as well.

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Instagram-Worthy Photo Spots at Toy Story Land

  • Color Block Wall
  • “For the Whole Family” Sign
  • Andy’s Wall
  • Woody’s Lunch Box
  • Popsicle Wall
  • Alien at Swirling Saucers Ride
  • Slinky Dog Dash Entrance
  • Toy Story Land Sign with Woody
  • Gigantic Buzz Light Year
  • Popsicle Bench
  • Domino Bench
  • Luxo Ball
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Merchandise
There are lots of new merchandise items in the stores upon opening, but here are a few fun items you may want to check out. The first is the adorable alien and slinky dog headbands! These unique headbands are super fun to wear while exploring the park and great for photo ops. In addition to new headbands, you’ll find shirts, totes, and other souvenirs located across Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and within Toy Story Land.

Toy Story Land is eleven acres of fun and Disney magic, which is just one mere acre smaller than Animal Kingdom’s Pandora: World of Avatar section. There is a lot of fun packed into a small radius, so even smaller children can still enjoy this section of the park.

Toy Story is a beloved movie not only from my childhood but my kid’s childhood as well. If you haven’t already planned a trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this post might change your mind!

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Did you follow all the latest Disney news over the weekend from #D23Expo? I am fascinated with all the new changes happening in the future from Disney.  I wanted to give you a recap of everything that was announced in case you missed it.

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Disney Parks

-Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. (date TBA)

-Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida will be getting an all new Toy Story Land which will feature two new rides plus one “re-imagined” favorite. (date TBA)

-Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando will open the already under construction Pandora – The World of Avatar which will feature new experiences, attractions and transform the park at night.

-At Epcot Walt Disney World in Florida and Disney California Adventure Park in California will get the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders when the new Soarin’ Around the World makes it’s U.S. debut. (date TBA)

-Hong Kong Disneyland will house the first Marvel attraction at any park called the Iron Man Experience that is set to open in 2016.

-Shanghai Disneyland will have a Pirates-themed land—Treasure Cove—and an e-ticket attraction called Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure at the end of 2015.

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Movies

-Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, 2016 featuring Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie.

-Orlando Bloom will feature in Pirates of the Caribbean “Dead Men Tell No Tales” in theaters July 7, 2017.

-Inside Out: Riley’s First Date, a new Pixar short film will be included with the Inside Out Blu-ray and DVD, debuting November 2.

-Moana, set for release on November 23, 2016 featuring Dwayne Johnson.

-Disney’s new animated film Gigantic (a Jack and the bean stalk themed movie), is set for release in 2018.

-Disney is in the making for Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4.

-Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

-Marvel’s Doctor Strange with Mr Benedict Cumberbatch coming to the big screen October 26, 2016.

-Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” opens nationwide March 4, 2016 with songs performed by Shakira.

-Writer-director Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.

-“Rogue One,” which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star is set for a December 16, 2016 release.

-“The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016. The film is based on the book by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman and the screenplay is by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson.

-“Look for the Bare Necessities” as “The Jungle Book” hits theaters on April 15, 2016.

-“Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.

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Products

-Disney Infinity 3.0 EditionPlay is set to launch on August 30th.

-Disney Rewards credit card will be offering new card designs featuring Darth Vader, Yoda or R2-D2 with C-3PO.1. Plus, have access to the exclusive Star Wars Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greets.

-New mobile game called Disney Magic Kingdoms for Smartphones and Tablets will let players build their dream Disney Park. (date TBA)

-On November 17, fans will be able to purchase two very special limited-edition Darth Vader-inspired PlayStation®4 Star Wars bundles: Star Wars: Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars.

-KINGDOM HEARTS III video game for PlayStation4 and Xbox One will let players interactive with characters from Big Hero 6. (date TBA)

-Plus, new apparel, accessories, household items, and more coming throughout the year to a Disney store near you.

This is exciting news for Disney! What are you most excited about?

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I cannot get enough of the character Bing Bong from Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out. He is by far my favorite and so loveable. These Bing Bong Cotton Candy Cupcakes will be a hit at any party for kids (or adults :)). Just make your cupcakes with boxed cake mix, add frosting, add cotton candy, and print these FREE Bing Bong Cupcake Toppers and you are all set. It’s that easy! Enjoy!

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Bing Bong Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Boxed Cake Mix + Ingredients listed on box
  • Pink Frosting or White Frosting and Pink Food Color
  • Pink Cotton Candy
  • Bing Bong Cupcake Toppers
  • Toothpicks for Cupcake Toppers
  • Cupcake Liners

Instructions

  • Prepare boxed cake mix per directions.
  • Bake cupcakes and let cool.
  • Add pink frosting.
  • Add cotton candy on top of the frosting.
  • Cut out the cupcakes toppers and tape to the back of a toothpick.
  • Stick the cupcake topper on top of the cotton candy.
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    Hey all of you Marvel Fans! The newest Marvel hero ANT-MAN is ready to make a debut on the big screens Friday, July 17th. This is a great movie for the whole family to see this opening weekend. The movie includes a fabulous cast consisting of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym.

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    The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.

    Like ANT-MAN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antman

    Follow ANT-MAN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/antman

    Visit the official ANT-MAN site: http://marvel.com/antman

    ANT-MAN opens in theaters everywhere this Friday, July 17th!

    If you are having a movie release party or a birthday party coming up check out my ANT-MAN cupcakes with printable toppers and party banner.

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    ANT-MAN will be in theaters everywhere on July 17th and for all of you Marvel Fans, here is some ANT-MAN cupcakes to get excited about. Print out these free printable cupcake toppers and party banner and you are set for the release party.

    ANT-MAN Cupcakes

    Ingredients

    • boxed cake mix & ingredients listed on the box
    • 2 tubs of white frosting
    • black, red, and brown food coloring
    • brown peanut M&M’s or chocolate covered almonds
    • cupcake liners
    • toothpicks for cupcake toppers
    • scotch tape for cupcake toppers

    Directions

    1. Prepare boxed cake per directions on the box.
    2. Using 3 bowls add white frosting to each bowl (more in 2 of them and about a cup full in the last one).
    3. Separately add the food coloring to each bowl and mix well.
    4. When cupcakes are cooled add the frosting to the tops with half of the cupcakes red and the other half black.
    5. Print the cupcake toppers and cut out each circle and tape a toothpick to the back of each one and then stick in the black cupcakes.
    6. Using 3 brown M&M’s or chocolate covered almonds line them up in the center of each red cupcake making an ant.
    7. Using the brown frosting and a small round icing tip create the legs and eyes of the ant.

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    ANT-MAN Cupcakes

    Yield: 24 Cupcakes

    Ingredients

    • boxed cake mix & ingredients listed on the box
    • 2 tubs of white frosting
    • black, red, and brown food coloring
    • brown peanut M&M's or chocolate covered almonds
    • cupcake liners
    • toothpicks for cupcake toppers
    • scotch tape for cupcake toppers

    Instructions

  • Prepare boxed cake per directions on the box.
  • Using 3 bowls add white frosting to each bowl (more in 2 of them and about a cup full in the last one).
  • Separately add the food coloring to each bowl and mix well.
  • When cupcakes are cooled add the frosting to the tops with half of the cupcakes red and the other half black.
  • Print the cupcake toppers and cut out each circle and tape a toothpick to the back of each one and then stick in the black cupcakes.
  • Using 3 brown M&M's or chocolate covered almonds line them up in the center of each red cupcake making an ant.
  • Using the brown frosting and a small round icing tip create the legs and eyes of the ant.
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    Have you heard of Disney’s famous Dole Pineapple Whips? If you have been wanting to try one out for yourself to see what all the hype is about follow the simple directions below for Copycat Disney Dole Whip. They are great for a summer cool down treat!

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    Copycat Disney Dole Whip

    Ingredients

    • 12 oz Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
    • 8 oz Frozen Whipped Topping (like Cool Whip)
    • 2 tbsp Honey or 1 1/2 tbsp Sugar
    • 3 cup Crushed Ice

    Instructions

  • Blend frozen orange juice in strong blender or food processor until whipped.
  • Add ice, honey and whipped topping and process until well mixed.
  • If mixture is too runny, add 1/4 cup ice and process further.
  • Too look more like a creamy whip, transfer mixture to piping bag with star tip and pipe into cups.
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    Today is the day that Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is in theaters everywhere. It is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. (“Up”). These 2 are geniuses in making the movie “Inside Out”. Not only did they did they show the 5 emotions inside the head but they also show the true value of our memories, imagination, and family.

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    About Inside Out

    Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

    When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

    The Emotions

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    6 Reasons to see Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out

    1. Bing Bong.

    Bing Bong is Riley’s imaginary friend in the film who gives you every reason to smile with his playful character consisting of cotton candy, cat, elephant, and dolphin. He will make you laugh and sing along with his catchy songs.

    2. The Creativity.

    Between the colors, abstract shapes, memories, and what goes on inside our head, the creativity of the film is great for all ages.

    3. The Laughs & Tears.

    The cast of the movie brings out the humor and the possibility of shedding a tear or two. Sure there is more humor but the true meaning of the story made me cry.

    4. Other Emotions.

    Not only does it show the emotions inside Riley’s head, it also shows the emotions inside mom, dad, and other characters in the film’s head. Make sure to stay till the very end of the film to see the inside of other heads.

    5. Rated PG.

    The film is rated PG and is perfect for the whole family to see.

    6. Sends a Message.

    It will help you learn about yourself, the people around you, and understand why emotions make us who we are today.

    Like INSIDE OUT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarInsideOut

     Follow INSIDE OUT on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixarInsideOut and https://twitter.com/headquarters

    Follow INSIDE OUT on Instagram: https://instagram.com/PIXARINSIDEOUT/

    Follow INSIDE OUT on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/inside-out/

    Visit INSIDE OUT on Tumblr: http://insideoutheadquarters.tumblr.com/

    Follow Disney/Pixar on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyPixar

    Visit the official INSIDE OUT website: http://www.wdsmediafile.com/walt-disney-studios/InsideOut/

    Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #InsideOutEvent , #TeenBeach2Event , #PhineasandFerbEvent , and #CelebrityFamilyFeud.  All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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    I love to dance even though I may not be good at it. It makes me feel free, laugh, and have fun. That is why I took on Zumba classes twice a week and then became a licensed instructor. I have too much energy and need to get it out and dancing helps me do that.

    A few days ago 24 bloggers and I got a dance lesson from Chrissie Fit (“CheeChee”) and Jordan Fisher (“Seacat”), the stars of Disney’s Teen Beach 2. This indeed was a lot of fun hearing 25 bloggers laughing and having a good time. Chrissie and Jordan were laughing along with us.

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    The dance lesson included a few steps from the song “Gotta Be Me” of Teen Beach 2 Movie. This song is one of my favorites and is quite catchy. If you haven’t heard it, watch the video below.

    If you want to learn the steps that we learned, DisneyGals.com provided the steps listed below.
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    Other songs available on the Teen Beach 2 Soundtrack:

    • 1. Best Summer Ever (Chrissie Fit and Garrett Clayton and Grace Phipps and John DeLuca and Jordan Fisher and Maia Mitchell and Ross Lynch)
    • 2. On My Own (Ross Lynch)
    • 3. Right Where I Wanna Be (Garrett Clayton and Grace Phipps)
    • 4. Falling for Ya (Chrissie Fit and Jordan Fisher)
    • 5. Wanna Be With You (Jordan Fisher)
    • 6. Twist Your Frown Upside Down (Garrett Clayton and Grace Phipps and Maia Mitchell and Ross Lynch)
    • 7. Silver Screen (Maia Mitchell and Ross Lynch)
    • 8. Rescue Me (Sabrina Carpenter)
    • 9. Gotta Be Me (Garrett Clayton and Grace Phipps and John DeLuca and Jordan Fisher and Maia Mitchell and Ross Lynch)
    • 10. Meant to Be (Reprise 3) (Garrett Clayton and Grace Phipps and Maia Mitchell and Ross Lynch)
    • 11. That’s How We Do (Garrett Clayton and Grace Phipps and John DeLuca and Jordan Fisher and Maia Mitchell and Ross Lynch)
    • 12. Starting Over (R5)
    • 13. On My Own (Ross Lynch)
    • 14. Best Summer Ever (Amy Powers and Matthew Tishler)
    • 15. Gotta Be Me (Charlie Mason and Joacim Persson and Johan Alkenas and Niclas Molinder)

    Teen Beach 2 will be airing on June 26th on the Disney Channel and will be available in stores on the same day. Be sure to watch and pick up a copy for family movie night.

    Follow Jordan and Chrissie on Twitter!

    Like Teen Beach 2 on Facebook

    Follow the Official fan page on Twitter

    Visit the Teen Beach 2 website

     

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    Don Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh are the creators and executive producer of Phineas and Ferb for the past 13 years. They are preparing for their last episode called “Last Day of Summer” that will air on the Disney Channel on June 12th.

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    These two down to earth guys became emotional about Phineas and Ferb ending. While they love what they do they felt it was a good time to end it since it has been a decade in the making and wanted to let it go before it started getting tired.

    Dan says that the show was inspired from their childhood as they were both creative kids with creative parents allowing them to do ridiculous things such as, Dan jumping 31 pinecones on his banana seat bike or taking sticks and flashlights crawling through drain pipes throughout his subdivision.

    Proud Moment

    I can’t tell you how much I will miss this show as I have watched it from the very beginning with all 3 of my kids. My youngest gets creative after each episode and I thank Dan and Jeff for bringing imagination back with kids. During the interview they talk about how many letters they have received where parents say their show has helped their kids get through dark times, chemo, art class, etc.  You start to see Dan and Jeff get choked up about this because of the effect of Phineas and Ferb has given their fans.

    During this interview the one part that stood out to me was when a blogger asked, “What do you feel the fans will get out of this show?”. Jeff “Swampy” Marsh replies with, “You can never go wrong with over estimated the intelligence of kids.” He then says, “You can create cool shows for all ages without being mean, add big words with jazz, folk, rock, and rap music and kids will get it.”

    While it may not be true that all kids get 104 days of summer vacation, they found it fit well in the song and there are 104 days of summer.

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    The Character that Surprised them the Most

    Stacy, Candace’s best friend in the show surprise Dan and Swampy the most.  Stacy started out as an instigator to Candace but they realized that Stacy turned into more of a voice of reason and logic.

    What’s Next for Dan & Swampy?

    While Phineas and Ferb may be ending, it is not the end for Dan & Swampy. They are working on a new show for Disney called Mikey Murphy’s Law. The show will premiere in 2017 and is about the great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake.

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    The “Last Day of Summer,” episode will premiere June 12th (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD, so be sure to watch it to see what Phineas and Ferb are going to be up to.

    Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #InsideOutEvent , #TeenBeach2Event , #PhineasandFerbEvent , and #CelebrityFamilyFeud.  All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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    McFarland USA is out TODAY on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD. This is one true story you don’t want to miss along with the great cast. My family and I enjoyed watching the movie as it touched my heart. You pick up a copy of McFarland USA on Amazon.com.

    In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland, USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.

    CAST: Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” “The Untouchables”), Maria Bello (“A History of Violence,” “Prisoners”), Carlos Pratts (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” “Out of the Fire”), Morgan Saylor (TV’s “Homeland,” “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”).

    How about a great Tamale recipe to make tonight with the family? Check it out by clicking the picture below to download the recipe.

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    Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.