S2E18: Solo- A Preview Chat

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Season 2: Episode 18

Solo: A Preview Chat

There’s no denying that Meredith and Sarah love Star Wars. They’re back to discuss the excitement and buzz around the newest stand-alone Star Wars film, Solo. With the movie set to be released on May 25, this is the perfect time to discuss!! Are you planning on seeing this new movie? What character are you most looking forward to seeing a younger version of?

Wanna see Sarah’s Solo blog post we mention? Check this out!

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

S2E17: Star Wars Day at Sea

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Season 2: Episode 17

Star Wars Day at Sea

Sarah, Meredith, and Amy are back to discuss Disney Cruise Line’s specialty sailing that includes Star Wars Day at Sea. Now that you’ve caught up on specialty sailings (if not go back and check out S2E3), we’re ready to talk details!! From Imperial Food to Pool Patrol, we’re talking about it all! Would you/have you ever book(ed) a sailing like this?

Wanna read about the book we discuss? Check this out! We’ve got loads of fun Star Wars stuff here too!

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

Star Wars Books

Star Wars Land Construction

Star Wars Books

We love Star Wars! My family just sailed on the Disney Cruise Line for a fantastic Star Wars Day at Sea. We had so much fun! Be sure to check out all the great info we’ve got on these specialty sailings over on our podcast here.

Star Wars Day at Sea

May the 4th be with you!

Unless you’ve somehow escaped the Star Wars fandom over the last 41 years, you’ve heard the phrase “May the force be with you” a time or two. Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s always no time like the present to dive right in! But before we get to Star Wars Books, let’s talk about Star Wars.

For Non-Fans

There are lots of ways to jump into the Star Wars fandom. The first and most obvious way is by watching the movies. While I could talk your head off for hours about the movies and which way to first consume them, I’ll save you the time. Just watch them all! Next up, tv shows!

Star Wars Land Construction

If you’d like to get into some of the newer Star Wars stories, then don’t miss their animated series. Star Wars Clone Wars, Rebels and the newly announced Star Wars Resistance, are all great ways to explore more of the Star Wars universe. I especially love the characters we’ve met through these series and I’ll get to those soon!

Disney Archives

For Star Wars Fans

Whether you’re properly caught up on the Star Wars world from my above tips or just came here for the book list, let’s do it! But first, some background information for you. Upon acquisition of Lucasfilm, Disney announced that Star Wars Clone Wars and Rebels should be considered canon. That means that most series and comics etc produced before April 24, 2014 are no longer canon. That’s what I’m going to stick with today. I’m sure there are many awesome Star Wars books out there that predate 4/24/14, but we’ll just leave those be for now.

My Favorite Star Wars Books

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor

This book is extensive! This is a great read for anyone wishing to know all those extra little details. More so than some of the actual canon Star Wars books I’m about to mention, this book is for those true Star Wars fans. Even if you think you know it all, you’ll most assuredly learn something new reading this comprehensive look at the most enduring space opera in history!

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Like the book above, this book is for those true fans. More specifically, Leia or Carrie Fisher fans. I very much enjoyed the audiobook version of this book as Carrie does much of the narration, with journal entries read by her daughter Billie Lourd. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like for Carrie to go from being “Debbie Reynolds’ daughter” to the most recognized princess in the galaxy, then this book is for you!

Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

This young adult novel is the first book I read featuring a character from the animated series. Ahsoka Tano was a favorite of mine since the moment her Jedi Master, Anakin Skywalker, first met her. She’s been featured both throughout the Clone Wars series, as well as in Star Wars Rebels. It’s yet to be determined if we’ll see her in Star Wars Resistance, but one thing’s for sure. If you’re looking for more Ahsoka, this is the place to go! Fun fact: this audiobook is great as well! Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka on the animated series, narrates this novel as well. It even features sound effects! Pew! Pew pew pew!

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

If you’re looking for an interesting look at a very methodical and calculating villain, then look no further! If you’re familiar with the ghost crew’s thorn in their side, then you know Thrawn is always playing the long-game. But how in the galaxy did he end up with the Empire? This story will delve into more obscure Star Wars lore including languages and species. This book definitely had me thinking differently about the Empire. Oh, and it too has a fantastic audiobook!

From A Certain Point Of View by Various Authors

This book is perfect for the more casual fan looking for snippets of story within the movies’ stories we all know and love. Rather than being a full-length novel, this book of short stories delves into the moments that we all know in a new and exciting way. If you’ve ever wondered what Princess Leia was looking at as she begged for Obi Wan’s help by way of Artoo, then don’t miss this one! There are so many fun stories in this book! It’s also perfect for someone looking for something short to read here and there.

It’s Your Universe by Ashley Eckstein

I’m so excited to share about this one! I was fortunate enough to meet the author, Ashley Eckstein, on my recent Star Wars Day at Sea cruise. Being the third person in line for the autograph signing, I actually got to see her mention that that moment was the first time she had even seen them printed! So exciting!! (I just stood there probably gaping because I just popped in and bought it no big deal a few minutes prior). She was such a sweet person to meet too.

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Already this book has me aspiring to do anything and everything I can dream up! While Ashley is known for her Star Wars fame, she grew up with Cast Member parents. Being a Disney kid is something she talks about and she definitely makes it all seem magical. What’s even more is that she has the power to make us all believe that too! The book is in collaboration with Disney and is set to be released on May 8, 2018. You can preorder your copy here.

 

That’s a wrap folks. Want some more fun Disney Book recommendations? Be sure to check out my summer reading 101! And while you’re at it, don’t miss all our Star Wars fun here on our blog!

 

Until next time, May the 4th Be With You! ~Meredith

Rey Joins Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland

Star Wars at Disneyland

For those of you who have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Star Wars: The Last Jedi you might be familiar with one of the newest characters, Rey. Rey at DisneylandWe first saw her join the “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in WDW. I know when I visited Hollywood Studios I was thrilled to see Rey in this show! She’s my favorite character!

Rey Joins Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland

You can imagine my excitement when Disney announced Rey will be joining the Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland this May! The Launch Bay currently features Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and Chewbacca. Don’t get too excited you #Reylo fans. The light side and dark side are separated.Rey at DisneylandUntil Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is completed you’ll need to continue to go to Tomorrowland for all your Star Wars needs. What will this mean for the Launch Bay once Galaxy’s Edge is open? Until then, enjoy these awesome Meet and Greets! Rey at DisneylandKeep your eyes open as you’re walking throughout Tomorrowland. If you’re lucky you may even spot Stormtroopers patrolling the area! I’ll be sure to report back once Rey has actually come to the park! How do you feel about Rey joining the Launch Bay?

Thanks to our contributor, Amanda W., for this informative post!

 

S2E12: Top Five Disney Villains

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Season 2: Episode 12

Top Five Disney Villains

Although Sarah and Amy are out today, Meredith is having a bit of fun with Amanda and Ashlee – our Disneyland blog contributors and resident Disneyland Annual Passholders. That’s right, it’s time to rate the baddest of the baddies! Who’s on your Top Five Villains list?

 

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

S2E3: Specialty Cruises-Marvel & Star Wars Days at Sea

 

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Season 2: Episode 3

Tuesday : Specialty Cruises – Marvel and Star Wars Days at Sea

Today’s topic is all about Disney’s Marvel and Star Wars specialty cruises! From themed food and fun character experiences, there’s a million reasons to book on of these fantastic sailings. Which Disney specialty cruise would you love to book?

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

S2E2: 2018 Disney Movies

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Season 2: Episode 2

Friday : 2018 Disney Entertainment

We’re back and so excited to begin the new year with a new format!! We’re happy to share that we’ll now be sharing two episodes per week! Be sure to listen to this episode 1 to find out the details of our new format. Today’s topic is all about what’s coming in 2018 in terms of Disney entertainment! From video games and apps, to all the new movies on Disney’s schedule, we’re going to be talking about it all! Which Disney movie are you most looking forward to this year?

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

S2E1: 2018 Disney Travel Info

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Season 2: Episode 1

Travel Tuesday 2018 Disney Travel Info

We’re back and so excited to begin the new year with a new format!! We’re happy to share that we’ll now be sharing two episodes per week! Be sure to listen to this episode to find out the details of our new format. Today’s topic is all about what’s coming in 2018 in terms of Disney travel! From Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney, we’re going to be talking about it all! Which Disney travel destination do you want to travel to this year?

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

Episode 94: Costumes and Disney

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Costumes and Disney

It’s officially that time of year again! It’s time to talk about costumes for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. But we’re not going to limit ourselves to the party though! There are lots of times and places that Disney allows and encourages guests to dress up as their favorite Disney characters. So whether you’re setting sail aboard Disney cruise line or heading to a RunDisney event, we’re gonna discuss any and all things related to Disney and costumes.

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Which character do you want to dress up as?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

Episode 93: Force Friday Fun

Find the Force

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Find the Force

Force Friday Fun!

It’s September 1 and that means is time for the second annual Force Friday event!!! Not sure what Force Friday is? No problem! We’ve got you covered. Be sure to listen in to this Star Wars-filled episode that will inform your about the event itself and what retailers are participating. We’ll also discuss the augmented reality portion of the event called Find the Force and explain how you play along too! So join Sarah, Meredith, and Noelle as they discuss all things Force Friday! Need written instructions to pin or save? No worries! We’ve got you covered there too! Be sure to check out our guide to everything Force Friday here. For the Official Star Wars Force Friday website, click here.

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Will you be heading out this weekend for Force Friday?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

Episode 76: Star Wars updates

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Star Wars updates

With all of the news that came out of Star Wars Celebration Orlando, we just couldn’t resist chatting about all the exciting Star Wars coming to both the big and silver screens as well as the Disney parks! From the Last Jedi to a Star Wars themed resort stay at Walt Disney World, we’re here to discuss it all!  What are you most looking forward to?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Episode 68: This One’s for the Boys

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This One’s for the Boys: Five Fun Things for boys at Walt Disney World

Think WDW is all Princesses? Think again! We’re back to give you in on all the not-so-secret WDW parks offerings for boys of all ages. So give us a listen and let us know what your favorite thing for boys is at WDW!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Episode 65: What’s Coming in 2017: Movies, Parks and More!

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What’s Coming in 2017: Movies, the Parks, and More

Hey howdy hey everyone! We’re back to talk all about what’s coming in 2017 for the family of Disney companies. From tv shows and blu-ray/digital/dvd releases, to the parks and theatrical feature length releases, we’ve talking about it all! What Disney things are you looking forward to in 2017? ~Meredith ºoº

p.s. Here’s that link I said I’d include 🙂


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.