Hey howdy hey, we’re back with a shorter than usual episode featuring our favorite top 5 Disney collectibles. And we’re not just talking items created specifically for collectors, but ANYTHING Disney! What are your favorite Disney items to collect?
*Editor’s Note: We’re working hard to improve our sound quality as we realize that output volume has been an issue. (I’m no sound engineer by trade and I don’t get paid for this. Not to mention I have a real life too, haha!) With that said, thank you to all those who regularly listen to our little podcast! You’re the reason we’re always striving to make both our audio as well as content, the best it can be. Additionally, we’d love your feedback! How can we improve?
So it’s mid-July now and with school starting back in less than a month, I’m trying to squeeze in all the summer fun I can. Finding good games that your family can enjoy together can sometimes seem difficult when there’s SO many choices out there. Today I’ve got a list of my favorite Disney games. Whether you’re looking to find that perfect new board game for family game night or wondering what gaming options are available in the Disney parks, this post is for you!
Most people wouldn’t think too much about playing games while on vacation, especially at theme parks because they’re always rushing to their next favorite ride. In reality, there are quite a few super-fun interactive games within the parks (beyond the game-based rides like Toy Story Midway Mania and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin) that’ll keep you having fun and give you something new to try. Note: Games marked with an * require an additional fee to play. All other games listed here are included with your park admission ticket.
•Innoventions – You’ll be surprised at how well you and your family enjoy the interactive fun within this Epcot attraction located in Future world. From getting caught in a storm or designing your own thrill ride, to learning how the colors of the rainbow brighten our world, there’s something fun to learn for everyone! You can even download the Colortopia app (iOS/android) to unlock even more fun! Find out more about Colortopia here.
•Kidcot Fun Stops – While not really a game, this fun adventure is like letting your little ones take a Grand Tour (if people still did those) with Disney’s cuddly and well-traveled Duffy Bear. Just look for the Kidcot signs within the showcase pavilions.
•Wilderness Explorers – This conservation and culture learning game lets you explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom and earn badges just like Russell from Up would! To begin your experience, stop by the Wilderness Explorers stand as you exit the Oasis. The wilderness must be explored! Ca0caw, ca-caw! ROAR! This is one of my favorites for kids as it lets them explore and enjoy the park without worrying about what ride to race to next. Don’t miss it!!
•Animation Academy – While not technically a game, this instructive course allows you to learn how to draw favorite Disney characters from Mickey himself to newer characters like Agent P.
•Sorcerers Workshop – While you’re at the Animation building, be sure to experience the Sorcerer’s Workshop where you can create your animations (not just drawings) as well as discover which Disney character you’re most like by answering questions with an enchanted book from beast’s library!
•*Games of the Boardwalk – Styled after classic Disney and Pixar franchises, these boardwalk games are loads of fun for the family.
•Redwood Creek Challenge – If hiking, climbing, and challenges are your thing then this one is perfect for you. Located in Disney’s California Adventure, you may even discover your animal spirit in the process!
Disney Cruise Line
•Midship Detective Agency – You can enjoy this interactive game (very similar to the Sorcerers of the MK) aboard the Disney Dream and Fantasy cruise ships. I highly recommend for those cruising with kiddos!
•Pictopia – We got this one for Christmas and it’s super fun for the whole family. And even better, it has a companion app (iOS/android) that you can play along with the board game OR play alone when on the go!
•Eye Found It! – This board game is great for families, especially those with preschoolers because it encourages your family to play as a team (you all win or you all lose) and doesn’t require participants to read in order to play. And for all you Star Wars fans, there’s even a SW edition!
•Disney Hedbanz! – Guess which Disney character you are before your friends and family do and look totally stylish with the super cool Mickey ears headbands.
Check out all the fun Disney versions of classic board games too!
•Disney Infinity – Available for most consoles this gaming system combines story-based gameplay with open-world creative building and makes playing with your favorite Disney characters an absolute delight.
•Disney Magical World and Disney Magical World 2 (due out Oct 16 2016) Set out on your own theme park adventure with this Nintendo DS game. My kids (8 and 5) have loved this game and can’t wait for the new one to be released!
Hey howdy hey, it’s Friday again! And today is all about Marvel. Last week was a big week for Marvel releases with both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Being released on Blu-Ray. And with the release of Disney Infinity 2.0 featuring Marvel, I just had to post about it today!
First off, the Captain America: TWS is a great sequel and offers way more action than the first movie. It also features one of the most epic car chase/sequences ever. (It’s even more epic considering that it’s Nick Fury played by Samuel L. Jackson!) The bonus features included are really good too! I especially enjoyed the little snippet about how they decided what was going to be written on Steve’s notebook. You should check that out if you haven’t. There’s actually different versions based on what region of the world you viewed the movie! All in all, this movie fits seamlessly into the Marvel universe and the outcomes of it’s storyline are featured in my next topic: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I missed out on watching this series when it first aired and when I tried to catch up (several weeks in) I realized that I couldn’t find the episodes anywhere. Hulu was a no go. So, I patiently waited it out until my birthday and thanks to my awesome brother, he pre-ordered my copy and had it for me last Tuesday. Happy birthday to me!!
As you all know, I’ve been pretty sick with this pregnancy and thus haven’t been getting much of anything done. That is, except for watching the WHOLE Agents season! Yep, I used all of my nauseous downtime to catch up on this series in preparation for the season 2 premiere on September 23.
As a series, it definitely gains momentum closer to end of the season, but even the first episodes are exciting and are worth the watch. As most fans of the show must have, I enjoyed the mystery and build-up of how Agent Coulson could have survived after his death in The Avengers 2. I also enjoyed the way the writers maintained the storylines between the show itself, Thor: Dark World and Captain America: TWS. If you’re a fan of the Marvel movies, you’ll definitely enjoy this series! And the bonus features included are fun too! I loved the bloopers!!
And if I haven’t already inundated you with all things Marvel, this coming Tuesday they’re expanding their universe even more! This is the much anticipated update to last year’s original release of Disney Infinity and this update looks to be amazingly fun. We’ve preordered the ps4 version and can’t wait to play. Our preorder through amazon includes the Marvel 2.0 starter set, (not to be confused with the toy box starter set due out in November) the Spider-Man playset, and the Captain America, Rocket Raccoon, and Venom figures, as well as a pack of the 2.0 discs all for $119.99! The pieces individually would cost over $150 and the three stand-alone characters (Captain America, Groot, and Venom) aren’t even available to purchase individually yet! We’ve also pre-ordered the Guardians of the Galaxy playset that includes Starlord and Gamora. Altogether, that’s three playsets and hours of fun to be had with some pretty awesome characters. I’m not lying when I say that I’m as excited (if not more) than Boo is for this release. Infinity was loads of fun and 2.0 promises so much more. Cannot wait!! You can check out where to purchase the Marvel 2.0 edition here.
As a parent, my most favorite thing about this game is that it’s two-player and I can actually complete missions with my child. Even if you’ve never been into video games, this is one that you’ll be able to pick up easily and have loads of fun with your kid(s). I mean really, who wouldn’t love taking on the bad guys together?!!
That about wraps it up for my Marvel post. Have I forgotten something?? What are you lost excited about? Let us know by leaving a comment here, or chat with us over on fb. We love to hear what you all have to say! ~M °o°
Hey howdy hey, what a week it’s been!!! There have been so many exciting new announcements, a media event for the opening of the last part of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history, and DHS’ 25th anniversary celebration. So today, I’m just going to take a minute to discuss a few of those and then I’d like to chat about the most exciting thing coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to round out our coverage of that park. So, let’s get to it!
Disney Infinity 2.0 edition
First off, let’s gab a minute on something that I’ve discussed several times already; Disney Infinity! If you follow us on fb, you’ll have seen my posts leading up to Disney Infinity/Marvel’s big google live event where they had special stars like Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg introduce some of Disney’s and Infinity’s top guys. And their big announcement?!? MARVEL(!!) is coming to Disney Infinity in August and they’re calling it Disney Infinity 2.0 edition Marvel Super Heroes. This is HUGE and will expand the Disney Infinity world tremendously including new figures, power discs, and most importantly, NEW PLAYSETS! Check out the trailer below:
Magic Kingdom Expansion:
Next, yesterday was the special media event for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and while we weren’t there, there’s plenty online to share about it all here. Disney also posted their own POV ride-through video, though it doesn’t include everything and Disney has asked that that portion of the ride be saved for when you’re actually riding it. So, I’m not going to spoil it for myself or anyone else either. (Though I’m sure if you dig enough on the internets, you would be able to find it).
They’re having an official dedication today and are live-streaming the event over on the disney parks blog!
This is for anyone who will be visiting WDW from May 16-June 15 and my connection to our week’s Hollywood Studios theme since it takes place in the studios. This event ALWAYS draws crowds, (or so I’ve heard. I’ve not been able to go myself, though it’s on my WDW bucket list for sure!) so be sure to plan accordingly for the studios. There will more than likely be larger crowds there and that means even longer wait times. Be sure to get your fastpasses scheduled well in advance for any rides you don’t want to miss.
And for all you jedis and siths, there’s loads of information about all that star wars weekends has to offer for those of all ages over on their website here. From encounters with THE Boba Fett (both the actor AND the character that may just target you from within the crowd) and other notable actors including Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Billy Dee Williams, and wait for it… Mark Hammill himself! Here’s a great run-down of the actors and the dates they’re scheduled. There’s also amazing entertainment like a special fireworks show, star wars editions to the glow with the show, a special parade, and patrolling stormtroopers in addition to the regular star wars attractions like Star Tours and Jedi Training. Here’s a video from last year’s parade:
So, don’t miss out on this special event!! I would totally be there if I could. And be sure to check back next week when my fellow MMMoms take a break and let me chat all about Boo’s Disneyside birthday party we had last month. I can’t wait to share it all!! 🙂 ~M °o°
Hey howdy hey, it’s Friday! And for today’s tech talk I’m once again taking it back to Disney Infinity. So, here’s my Top 10 ways to enjoy Disney Infinity:
1: On Your Own
There’s so much to explore when it comes to the game and what better way to learn and discover all it has to offer than to just sit and play solo?! From playsets to toyboxes and everything and anything you can imagine in-between, it’ll keep you busy for hours.
2. With Family and Friends
Infinity is a great game to play solo, but adding friends for co-op play is even better! You can add a second player in both the toy box and the playsets. (Just remember that only characters from that world can play in the corresponding playset. Example: Rapunzel can’t play in the pirates world 😉 )
3. In-Game Online Play
If adding another player was exciting for you, then adding 3 is Disney magic! By inviting players from your corresponding console’s online feature, you can add two more players to create an infinite amount of toybox playtime possibilities.
Did you know you can use your personal computer to login to your Disney Interactive account and link your console play stats with your account? Yep! Just head over to their website and start adding in your character figure codes. You can also check out stats like general game accomplishments and feats as well as individual character figure’s stats too!
This app for the ipad (and soon for droids) allows you to sign-in to your Disney account (like you did in #4) and links your console play with the app. That means that you can use your own used figures to create toy boxes on-the-go and then play them on your system, when you get back home! There are more features as well like the Virtual Base which give you the ability to add character figure codes to your account and select which character you’d like to build with in the app.
The mastery adventures within the toy box mode are great for those new to Infinity and are looking to learn how to play and build within the toybox. And the Adventures available are great fun and feature a variety of gameplay styles, keeping kids who like to change games frequently entertained and happy. You can access them by choosing travel within the options menu from the toy box. (You can’t access them from within the playsets). The Character adventures, unlike the regular and mastery adventures, are specific to whichever character figure you’re using on your Infinity base at the time you access your toy box travel menu. Each one features something fun and different and the characters’ personalities, traits, items, and experiences are often represented in these special levels.
Dream of, create, build, and inspire whatever you wish when playing in the toy box. Start from scratch with an empty toy box or choose from both Disney created and user created toy boxes alike! The gameplay of the toy box is surprisingly easy to learn and my 5yo picked up in no time. Selecting and placing toy box items is easy if you think about it like a real toy box. You can play with whichever toys you want, just find them from the menu and place them wherever! You can even play online with friends to create an AMAZING toy box and accomplish feats and achievements only possible when playing with 4 players!
Collecting the power discs is a whole other discussion, but let’s just say that there’s loads of potential for enjoying the power discs. Whether it’s collecting more gold or sparks, or re-creating a favorite Disney movie classic setting complete with shapes, colors, and sounds from the movie the power discs help you customize your experience ever further. My personal favorites are the toy box gadgets like Mike’s new car and Carl’s walking cane. (Just so we’re clear, yes it IS more enjoyable to take out an evil omnidroid with a walking cane complete with tennis balls! Hah!) And what’s more? There’s even special bonuses when you use certain discs together!
Challenge yourself! Check out the list of feats and achievements, then go for it! And being an adult, I love that this game has achievements that are both easy enough for young kids to love attempting and difficult enough to keep the “kids at heart” entertained and challenged! You can access your console’s achievements menu or login to your account online and check out all you’ve done. ^_^
Each playset contains gold star missions for story completion as well as player challenges. The gold stars mark your progress througout the playset. The challenges, however, are hidden throughout the playsets and offer a different way to capture the collectibles and enjoy that portion of the playset in a different way. Some of them are available to access using any character figure and others are specific to the character it was created for. And there’s 3 levels of difficulty, so it’s a game that you can’t just sit down and beat in one sitting. THIS is a game that has plenty of playtime potential!!
So, that’s it! What do you think? Did I miss something? What would you add to this list? ~M °o°
Hey howdy hey! It’s Friday again! And this week I’ll be sharing about how to use those super cool new magic bands you just got in the mail! Because let’s be honest, you know that those awesome little colored bracelets means that a magical adventure awaits you. And what better way to prepare for that adventure than to know how to make the most of it?!
So, first off let’s cover exactly what a “magic band” is. To quote Disney’s own website, you can ” Tap into the magic with your MagicBand on your wrist. This colorful wristband is actually an all-in-one device that effortlessly connects you to all the vacation choices you made with My Disney Experience” You can and should make use of all the planning features on both the website and app. Try to familiarize yourself with both. And be sure to take some time to explore Disney’s website to see all the attractions, experiences, dining, and more. It’s come a long way and they’re always making little improvements to it.
Basically, you’ll wear this little bracelet throughout your stay at a WDW resort. It is replacing what used to be your Key to the World. That includes your room key, your park tickets, free parking in the parks’ parking lots (which most people don’t realize but is good to know), and you can even link your account(s) to the band to make purchases throughout the entire WDW resort. This “link” can also be disabled in the My Disney Experience app (free for both ios and droid) should you happen to misplace the band at any time. So, no worries about losing it. The My Disney Experience app has been recently updated, (like Feb. 11 recently) and includes everything you’d need to access everything you’ve planned online once you’re actually there. So, don’t forget to download it too!
To plan your vacation, you can navigate here and sign-in. Once, you link your reservations to your account, (which you can do on your welcome screen once logged in) you can begin making fastpass+ selections. Your Fastpass+ selections will become available 60 days ahead of your first day at WDW.
If you’ve booked with a travel agent, you can and should ask for the information on how to login to your account and start your own trip planning. Have fun with this! Let the kiddos explore the site with you and see what strikes their fancy too! It’s a fun way to get involved and let the whole vacation be fun for everyone going. You can choose to go through the setup process and link any resort reservations and/or dining reservations and tickets you may have. During this setup, it will also ask you who all is planning to travel with you and if you would like to manage the plans for the entire party or add guests to help make plans together via the Disney site, but logged-in however, through their own Disney account. While having multiple people manage their accounts, I’d actually recommend just one person take care of the entire group’s scheduling because if you need to change a Fastpass+ quickly, it won’t be so quickly if you all have to make the change. Just seems easier to me. 🙂
Because we purchased military discount tickets on our last trip, our bands didn’t come automatically loaded with our park tickets and I admittedly got frustrated because I couldn’t seem to get our tickets to link using the website. Because they were military tickets, they weren’t actual tickets but rather ticket vouchers that require an exchange for hard tickets once at the parks. So I called customer service and still couldn’t even get them linked once! The vouchers seemed to have a different length of code than what it was asking for online and I couldn’t get it to accept it. However, the app made it super simple to link them! It actually has a feature to link tickets using your smartphone’s camera. It scans the barcode and instantly links them to your account asking you to choose which family member will be linked to each ticket. Be sure to actually write on your paper tickets which name is assigned to which band so that when you get to the parks, you can hand the vouchers and bands over to the CM and they’ll be able to activate each band with the appropriate voucher. So, don’t worry if you don’t use a TA or order online through Disney for your park tickets!
The bands themselves are nice and come in a variety of colors. If you do not select a color and where to have them shipped after you book your room reservations, then you will be given a grey color and they will waiting for you at the front desk at your resort on check-in day. Disney also offers a variety of fun accessories for them, but in all honesty, they’re gonna have to tweak their designs if they’re going to get my money. They have little covers, which are fine and cute, but didn’t really strike my fancy. You might like them though, so at least check ’em out!
Next are the oh-so-cute, but totally gonna lose ’em little buggers called Bandits. They simply pop into the holes on the magic bands. The problem is they pop out just as easily. We were there during beta testing and not many had them at that time. And out of those that I spoke with just in passing, I’m pretty sure I would have had crying and upset kids that lost their favorite character too. Until they tweak these to stay better, either wait til the end of the trip and purchase them to keep on them without actually wearing them around, or just skip ’em altogether. Either way, don’t say I didn’t warn you! Haha! The last of the magic band accessories is the slider and it’s my pick for an accessory to wear on your band without the worry of losing it or completely covering it up. We have some that glow-in-the-dark and say 2013 on them! So excited for those because the date means that they were only available during beta testing. How cool is that?! You can purchase all three styles at the resorts, but we found that the Contemporary had the best selection. You can also find them online here (though I’ve never purchased from there so this is my disclaimer).
I’d also like to point out that the magic bands are specially made to fit everyone. Be sure to check the inside of your box because it contains info on how to adjust your child’s armband to fit properly. And don’t worry when adjusting it! I know that’s how they’re designed, but when you’ve paid so much for something like that it almost seems absurd to rip it apart. But really, once you remove the extra-length portion of the band, it will fit much better and won’t be as bulky on their sweet little arms. <3
This last little bit of magic band “magic” is for all the Disney Infinity game players out there. Start your system up and load a toy box. Be sure to have two players on the player spots. Then place your magic band on the hex portion of the base (the place where you put your playset pieces) and watch what happens!! And if you’re not sure what happened, you can check here for more info 🙂 I love, love, love that they’ve made a little something available to those traveling to WDW as well.
My conclusion? The magic band is an awesome little (albeit expensive for them!) piece of tech that Disney has created and I look forward to seeing how they tweak it in the future.
I guess that about covers it all. Have I missed something? How was your experience with the magic bands? What are you looking forward to when using them? We want to know, so please be sure to leave us a comment below or find us over on fb. And be sure to check out our pinterest planning boards for our favorite WDW places! ~Meredith °o°
p.s. If you’re wondering about their comfort level, well they’re pretty okay. It never bothered me per se, but it did make my arm sweaty at times ^_^