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Guardians of the galaxy coverMarvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a blockbuster movie this summer – everyone I talked to absolutely loved it, so this is perfect timing for a great Christmas gift!

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Disney Movies Anywhere App Now Available for Android! #VZWBuzz

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When I became a #VZWBuzz blogger I became a mobile Android user. After my Verizon phone and new number were established, I gave up my iPhone that ran off of a different carrier’s subpar service and started using a Samsung Galaxy phone and tablet. (PS: The Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon’s network? Incredible.)

All in all, I thought the switch from an iPhone to an Android phone was seamless. There wasn’t anything I had used on iOS before that I couldn’t continue to use on my newer phones and tablets.

Then I tried to use Disney Movies Anywhere to download a few digital copies of Disney movies in prep for our family travels to Florida in September 2014. Until that point, I hadn’t realized Disney Movies Anywhere only had a mobile app for iOS devices. I was so sad!

It was recently announced that Disney Movies Anywhere is now available in the Google Play store for all Android devices

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Even better, Disney Movies Anywhere for Android is an all-new product that aims to provide an actual experience for users. While the app provides the ability to watch all of a user’s Disney Marvel and Pixar digital movies in one place, there are plenty of perks even if you don’t own any digital movies.

download disney movies freeAny Disney fan can download and use the Disney Movies Anywhere app (Disney Movies Anywhere iOS link for Apple users) and do the following:

  • Explore Disney’s library of over 400 active digital titles from Disney, Pixar and Marvel
  • Preview upcoming offerings
  • Enjoy hours of FREE short-form content
  • Be the first to view short videos exclusively available to Disney Movies Anywhere users
  • Redeem Digital Copy codes found in specially-marked Blu-Rays and DVDs
  • Add Disney Movie Rewards codes to accounts

I’ve saved the most exciting news for last: Anyone (Android or Apple users) who connects their Disney Movie Rewards account to their Google Play account will get Wreck-It Ralph FREE. To keep. Forever!disney movies download

How to get your FREE copy of Wreck-it Ralph:

  1. Download the FREE Disney Movies Anywhere App from Google Play for Android devices or from iTunes for Apple products.
  2. Sign in or register for your Disney Movies Anywhere account (if you already have a Disney Movie Rewards account use that information to sign in)
  3. Click the Get Connected button and choose Google Play.
  4. Wreck-It Ralph will automatically appear in your account for free!

Note: If you don’t have a smartphone or tablet you can follow steps 2-4 on the Disney Movies Anywhere site. 

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10 More BIG HERO 6 Gifts! #BigHero6Event

big hero 6 gift ideasEarlier this month I wrote the Top 10 Big Hero 6 gifts for all ages. I still love everything on that list.

Now, after my Disney press trip and all sorts of amazing Big Hero 6 swag, I have even more Big Hero 6 gift ideas to share!

 

It’s only been a few weeks since I posted the first list of Big Hero 6 gifts, and I’m surprised that a lot of of those items are out of stock or no longer available online. If you see something you like, especially if you’re planning on buying one of these items for a holiday gift, buy it while it’s available!

10 More Big Hero 6 Gifts: 

1. Big Hero 6 Baymax Pop! Vinyl Figure by Funko

2. Baymax Face Hooded Pullover

3. Big Hero 6: Hiro and Tadashi

4. Big Hero 6 Baymax Mech Plush

5. Disney’s Big Hero 6 3-D Jigsaw Puzzle

6. Big Hero 6 Baymax Winter Hat

7. Disney’s Big Hero 6 Baymax Rolling Backpack

8. Disney’s Big Hero 6 soundtrack on cd

9. Disney’s Big Hero 6 Deluxe 9-Figure Play Set

10. Big Hero 6 Customizable Baymax Messenger Bag

Have you seen Big Hero 6? Which one of these products is your favorite?

Be sure to check out my post all about Disney INFINITY 2.0 and the brand new Big Hero 6 figures for the game!

Disclosure: Disney flew me out to LA to for a Big Hero 6 press trip experience. All opinions are honest and my own.

Disney INFINITY: The Perfect Video Game for a Disney Family! #BigHero6Event

disney infinity 2.0 starter setIf you followed me on Instagram while I was on the Big Hero 6 Disney press trip you may have picked up on my excitement when I shared the above photo.

During the Big Hero 6 press day at the Disney Animation Studios we had a short meeting to introduce us to Disney Infinity 2.0.

I’m going to start off by saying that I’m not a video game person at all. It’s not that I’m against them. I’ve honestly tried to like them, but they just don’t hold my interest.

I’ve seen Disney INFINITY in action a few times recently, and I was already thinking that if there was ever a video game I could see myself liking, it would be the world of Disney INFINITY. At the same time, I had no idea how robust the Disney Infinity Game System was, and how much could be done with the various pieces and aspects of the game!

About Disney INFINITY:

Disney INFINITY is an action-adventure game with physical toys, open world creation and story-driven gameplay.

Characters, playsets and other features are brought into the game using figurines and discs with the included INFINITY Base. With the exception of non-humanoid characters, such as those from the Cars series, each character has a double jump and a default set of attacks, as well as an ability unique to each figure.

For example, Sulley and Jack Skellington can roar to scare others while Violet and Randy can turn invisible. There are two main modes in this game: Play Set and Toy Box. Each playset is essentially a self-contained world with its own gameplay, based on a specific film or series with recognizable characters and storylines.

Characters from one world cannot enter into another world, but players can put any characters together in Toy Box mode. Toy Box is a sandbox mode that players can fully customize and explore.

Disney INFINITY can be played on XBOX ONE, XBOX 360, PS4, PS3 or the Wii U.

disney infinity familyI feel extremely lucky, because Disney gifted me with all of these items on my last Disney press trip:

There are 2 things I love about Disney INFINITY:

The first thing I love is that Disney INFINITY creates a world for the players. The world expands and changes as a user plays the game, and the changes can be enhanced with additional purchased pieces. The world can be completely customized to each player’s liking.

The second thing I love about Disney INFINITY is that it’s designed to grow with the children who play it or it can be a challenge to any adult who wants to use it. New Toy Boxes can be downloaded or created, or inexpensive new characters (they’re generally under $15 each) can be added making the game new again.

If I was at a point where I was buying a video game system for my children I would definitely buy a console that worked with the Disney INFINITY system! I love how much you can do with it, and I love the idea of bringing the world of Disney into video games!

Disclosure: I received the toys above during a recent Disney press trip. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Meeting Fergie to Talk about Life, Motherhood and the #AMAs #ABCTVEvent

fergie 2014 singleA last-minute addition to the ABC and Disney press trip I was recently on was a huge surprise: Fergie – THE Fergie – was going to visit ABC and meet with us.

Wait. What?!?

Like it wasn’t enough that we were going to the premiere of Big Hero 6, touring the set of black-ish, going to Dancing With the Stars, playing the part of a voice actor at Disney Animation Studios, getting an art lesson from a Disney animator, and so much more!

But there it was. We walked into a conference room at the ABC building, sat around a table and Fergie walked in.

I was instantly starstruck. She looked perfectly gorgeous and happy to be there, and, while she was entirely positive, she was also candid. I’m pretty sure she didn’t pull any punches when she answered our questions and talked about her life.

fergie 2014First, did you know Fergie’s last single (from The Dutchess) was released in 2006? That’s all changing in just a few days! Fergie is set to take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards to perform her new single, L.A. LOVE (la la).

The AMAs will broadcast live on Sunday, November 23rd at 8:00pm ET/PT on ABC! Scroll down to the end of this post for more details about the AMAs.

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Listen to a sample of Fergie’s new single, LA Love (la la) before you watch her perform it live at the AMAs!

Back to meeting Fergie: I really do LOVE hearing about a celebrity’s life and all those “other half” details. But it was even more amazing (and surprising!) to listen to Fergie gush about her baby and bring almost every question back around to her family.

We had a few minutes to ask her questions, and I felt like she was incredibly real and honest with her answers. Here’s what we talked about:

As much as she values her time with her son and her husband, the first thing she told us was that personal “me time” is extremely important to her. She has time set aside every day to read the print version of WWD (Women’s Wear Daily). She also uses the time to prep for the day, and she feels that it all gives her inspiration for future projects.

I mentioned earlier that Fergie’s last single was released in 2006. It’s been a while since she’s been immersed in the music scene, but that time away has been deliberate. She had her son, Axl, in 2013, and she wanted to make sure she had restructured her life as a mom. She wanted to keep her life simple, and she said, “I was really blessed to have that time at home and just be with my baby.” As a mom, I could wholeheartedly relate to what she was saying!

Like every other woman in the world, we wanted to know how Fergie “does it all.” In addition to putting her baby before her career, she had a very simple, practical answer to the question: iCal (Apple’s digital calendar)! She said that she schedules and color codes everything, and that she was ready to add more colors and categories to her calendar! Everything from exercising to writing lyrics to date nights has a place in her calendar. She also kept it real with this statement: You can have it all, just not all at once.

In addition to her upcoming appearance on the AMAs, Fergie will also be co-hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC on 12/31 starting at 8pm EST!

About the 2014 American Music Awards:

dick clark productions announced today that Fergie, Lorde and One Direction will join the growing list of superstars set to perform at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Fergie will take to the stage to make her worldwide television debut performing her first single, since 2006, “L.A. LOVE (la la),” from her upcoming album.

After stealing the music scene in 2013, Lorde will be performing for the first time at the 2014 American Music Awards.

International sensation One Direction will perform a song off of their highly anticipated album, FOUR. In just four short years, the band has achieved a staggering 94 number one tracks and over 46 million records sold.

Also scheduled to appear at the world’s biggest fan-voted award show are previously announced 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith and the evening’s host, Pitbull.

The 2014 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. 

Photo credit: ABC and Staci Salazar from 7 on a Shoestring

Disclosure: ABC and Disney flew me to LA to participate in this interview and other activities.

Disney’s FEAST: The Most Adorable Reason to Go See Big Hero 6! #BigHero6Event

disney feast logo dog dishI’ve been raving about Big Hero 6 for weeks now. It’s really, honestly not because I was just on a Big Hero 6 press trip. It’s because the movie is fantastic. You don’t need additional reasons to see it, but I have one for you anyway: Feast.

I have no real basis for saying this, but I feel like a lot of people go into Disney movies and come out loving them so much more than other movies is because it’s a special experience.

One aspect of that special experience in recent years is the addition of an animated short that’s shown just before the feature film starts. It’s often a surprise, it’s always fantastic and it leaves moviegoers with one more thing that makes them feel like what they just did, what they just saw, was more than just going to a movie.

If you go see Big Hero 6 you’ll see this point demonstrated to perfection. Feast is a treat that everyone needs to see!

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Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed of Disney’s Feast

Feast is a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne and producer Kristina Reed. Feast is the sweet story of one man’s life through the eyes of his adopted dog, Winston. Our group of influential mom bloggers had the opportunity to interview both of them when we were at the Disney Animation Studios for a Big Hero 6 press day.

This film hooked me from the first few seconds. I adopted Jersey, my shelter dog, several years ago. She’s my best friend, my sidekick and taking her home was hands-down the best decision I’ve ever made. When I see a special relationship with a dog I immediately relate it to my own relationship with Jersey.

dog beginning feastFeast made me cry, thinking about how much little Winston cared about his owner, and about the incredible ways my own dog has shown her love for me over and over again. It also made me realize how much my dog has assimilated herself into my life.

I was pregnant when I adopted her and she was the center of my world for a few short months. When baby #1 was born, she took a backseat and adjusted. When baby #2 was born, she entertained and kept an eye on baby #1 from her backseat position. As the kids have grown, she’s definitely moved back to the front seat, and I’m so happy she never changed, she just took everything in stride.

Enough about me! Suffice it to say, if you have a dog, if you’ve ever loved a dog, if you like dogs, you will adore Feast!

mom bloggers press tripPatrick Osborne and Kristina Reed posed for this picture with us. They were incredibly kind and gracious.

Although the film is only a few minutes long, the story is robust and, like all Disney shorts, it has a very clear beginning, middle and end. I don’t want to give away any surprises or special moments, so instead, I’ll share some fun facts I picked up during my interview with Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed.

  1. It took 53 weeks to make Feast.
  2. The first concept of Feast came from Patrick Osborne recording his dinner every day for a year. At the end of the year every recording was compiled into one 6-minute video. He realized a story could be told just from the food he had eaten.
  3. The overall theme of Feast is how a dog relates to its owner basted on patterns in how he or she is fed.
  4. A Boston Terrier was chosen because that breed hadn’t yet been in a Disney film. That alone made Winston stand out. It also had two-toned colors, which aided in helping animators show the dog’s movement.
  5. The food in Feast was chosen by recognizability: shots of the food were often shown for just a few frames, so the audience wouldn’t have time to think about what they were seeing. They had to instantly know what it was.
  6. The key roles of Producer, Head of Story and Director were set from the start of creating Feast. The rest of the team rotated on and off the film as they worked on other films (like Big Hero 6).
  7. Parsley is used multiple times in the short to tie the film together and to signify Kirby, Winston’s owner’s love interest.
  8. A patented animation technique called Meander is used in Feast for applying hand-drawn lines over computer-generated characters. It allows for more emotion and detail to be conveyed. Patrick Osborne holds the patent on Meander, and it was originally created for The Princess and the Frog.
  9. Kirby, the love interest, is named after Patrick Osborne’s grandmother.
  10. The outdoor scenes in Feast were inspired by Oxford, Ohio, where Osborne grew up.

disney feast dogIf you’ve already seen Feast, you know it’s wonderful. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you show up on time to Big Hero 6 so you don’t miss it! 

Photo credits: Disney and Staci Salazar from 7 on a Shoestring

Disclosure: Disney and ABC flew me out to Los Angeles to participate in this interview. All opinions are my own.