Exclusive: See a New INSIDE OUT Deleted Scene Here & Buy Inside Out on 10/13! #InsideOutBloggers

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You may have heard that Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on November 3rd, but did you know that Inside Out will be available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere starting tomorrow, October 13? 

So if you can’t wait to buy Inside Out on Blu-ray and DVD, buy your digital HD copy tomorrow and watch it right away!

A few weeks ago I was on a special Disney press trip that included participating in an Inside Out press day. I interviewed some talent from the movie (so much more on that later!) and I was one of the first to screen Riley’s First Date, the all new short that’s included when you purchase Inside Out in any format!

I’m also one of 25 bloggers exclusively chosen to show you the newest deleted scene from Inside Out. Check out Joy’s Decline, with a special intro from the director, Pete Docter:

About Inside Out:

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes an exciting and hilarious journey into the mind to find the answer.

Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy.

She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.

It’s “an instant classic,” raves Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times.

Experience it like never before on Disney Blu-ray!

If you’ve never seen Inside Out check out the official Inside Out trailer. Be prepared, you’re going to want to see the whole movie after watching it!

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Buy Inside Out on Digital HD today so you’ll be set to watch it tomorrow, or pre-order the Blu-Ray DVD combo and have it delivered on its release date!

World Space Week, Google, STEM & Miles From Tomorrowland! #MilesEvent #WorldSpaceWeek #GoodDinoEvent

Miles from tomorrowland google stemWe’re in the middle of World Space Week, which gives me the perfect opportunity to talk about Miles from Tomorrowland and why this is the show kids should be watching.

Last week I traveled to San Francisco on a mind-blowing Disney press trip. I’ll be sharing lots of details from those days in California over the next several weeks, so stay tuned for more details on The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out.

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The standout event of the trip, however, was a trip to Google Headquarters where I ate dinner with a NASA astronaut after hearing her speak on a panel about education, females and STEM! I can hardly believe I just wrote that, and I actually lived it last week!

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Visiting Google was a bucket list-level item on the itinerary, and I only wish we had more time there. I also wish I could have had full access to explore every corner of the campus, but our tight schedule and Google’s tight security prevented me from doing that!

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We did, however, have a bit of time to take a few pictures!

We were at Google to discuss Miles from Tomorrowland, a Disney Junior show (also occasionally shown on Disney Channel) that’s doing great things to encourage kids to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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About Disney Junior’s Miles from Tomorrowland: Disney Junior’s “Miles from Tomorrowland” is an intergalactic adventure that charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family – mom and ship captain, Phoebe; mechanical engineer dad, Leo; tech-savvy big sister, Loretta; and best friend robo-ostrich pet, Merc – as they help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

Miles, Merc and the Callisto family explore wondrous and diverse new worlds, taking young viewers and their families on a futuristic journey designed to fuel kids’ natural interest in space, and at the same time reminding them of the importance of what lies close to home – the family bond.

World Space Week is a United Nations-declared event to celebrate the benefits of space and excitement of space exploration across 80 countries. World Space Week 2015 runs from October 4th through October 10th.

The World Space Week website offers plenty of ideas for how all ages can take part in the festivities, but I think this week is the perfect time to introduce young children to Miles from Tomorrowland!

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If you want to get a great look at everything Miles from Tomorrowland, check out Miles from Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket! on DVD (see my Let’s Rocket review). Your family can also watch a brand new Halloween-Themed Miles from Tomorrowland episode airing Saturday, October 10th on Disney Channel!

This Saturday’s Halloween-Themed episode includes Ghost Moon / Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula and it starts at 8:30am EST.

In Ghost Moon, the Callistos are sent to investigate eerie sightings on a dark moon. Here’s a clip:

In Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula the Callistos enter a dark nebula and find some spooky inhabitants. Here’s another clip:

For the next seven weeks there will be new episodes of Miles from Tomorrowland paired with new episodes of Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates premiering on Disney Channel beginning at 8am every saturday.

If you’re not able to catch the episodes on Saturday mornings you’ll be able to see everything in a catch-up marathon on October 31st 2015!

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Disney Junior is partnering with Google to encourage more young girls to explore STEM fields. I have so much more to share about the exciting ways they’re working to accomplish this, but that’s all coming up in a future post.

In the meantime, check out the new episdoes of Miles from Tomorrowland premiering on Disney Channel, and other episodes on Disney Junior!

I’m Going To Pixar Animation Studios in San Francisco! #GoodDinoEvent #MilesEvent #InsideOutBloggers

Disney mom blogger press trip The Good Dinosaur

If you know me you might know that I live for certain messages in my inbox. Messages that start something like this…

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I’ve received messages like this before. After my first invite on a Disney press trip (for the #BraveCarslandEvent three years ago) I didn’t think it was possible to be more excited about anything.

But the message I received last month had my brain and my heart doing something like this:


Because the invitation was for a trip to San Francisco to visit Pixar Animation Studios, Google Headquarters and the Walt Disney Family Museum! 

I have a lot going on in my life right now. Since I’ve received that email…

  • My husband, James, relocated his job so we could move closer to our family.
  • James moved into my parent’s house because his job started almost immediately after he inquired about the job in the new location.
  • My two kids and I remained in our current house by ourselves.
  • I got our house cleaned, decluttered and ready to sell.
  • We’ve signed a contract on our house and it’s almost sold (yay!).
  • I house-hunted in our new city 150 miles away a few times.
  • We signed a contract on our new house and it’s almost purchased (yay!).
  • I’ve been trying hard to get our house packed up and ready to move all of our worldly belongings.

Whew! Even though all of that is making me feel a little like this…

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I absolutely COULD NOT turn this invitation down.  Because experiences. There’s no way I could pass up on the things that are going to happen on this trip!

Here’s just a sample of what I’ll be doing in San Francisco:

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I’ll be attending a press-day for the in-home release of Disney-Pixar’s Inside-Out, which will be available for purchase on 11/3. Plus I’ll get to screen the all-new short film Riley’s First Date! 


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The next day I’ll attend a press day at Pixar Animation Studios for The Good Dinosaur, which opens November 25th.

Be sure to watch The Good Dinosaur trailer to see why I’m so excited for this movie:


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I’ll also be heading to Google Headquarters for a screening of Disney Junior’s Miles from Tomorrowland followed by a panel focusing on the importance of encouraging kids, especially girls, to explore STEM fields.

How amazing is that???

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Finally, I’m getting to do something I’ve wanted to do since I first learned about it: I’ll get to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum for a few hours before heading back home!

There’s no question that this is going to be an amazing trip full of Disney and Pixar secrets and surprises. I can’t wait to share them all with you!

Be sure to follow me on these social media channels so you can learn about it all in real time.

Then check back here for the stories I’ll be telling after I’m home from the trip!

Disclosure: Disney is covering travel and most expenses to participate in this blogger press trip. Please see my disclosure policy for more details. 

How to Make an Origami Butterfly Note and Other Disney Cinderella Activities!

How to make an origami butterfly note

Read on to find out how to make an origami butterfly note.

Disney’s Cinderella is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital video and I have some fun printable activities and tutorials to celebrate!

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First, if you haven’t seen the 2015 live action version of Disney’s Cinderella, you should. It’s magical!

Cinderella 2015 bonus features

Celebrate Disney’s “Cinderella,” a modern classic that shines with beauty, imagination…and magic!

Despite being mistreated by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, a spirited Ella (Lily James) resolves to take charge of her fate.

Add a royal ball, a Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham-Carter) and a glass slipper, and suddenly – magic becomes reality!

Even if you’ve already seen Cinderella, the Blu-ray combo pack and digital Disney Movies Anywhere formats are packed with can’t-miss bonus features!

Cinderella Bonus Features:

  • A Fairy Tale Comes to Life  Filmmakers and cast reflect on Cinderella’s enduring power, and the joys and challenges of bringing this iconic tale to life.
  • Costume Test Fun S ee the work of Academy Award-winning® Costume Designer Sandy Powell (The Aviator, 2004) and share some lighthearted moments with the cast.
  • Staging The Ball  You’re invited behind the scenes for the making of the Palace Ball sequence, including its spectacular set, stunning costumes and more. It’s a lavish and massive undertaking…and a magical day on set.
  • Ella’s Furry Friends  Discover how the movie’s animal stars honed their memorable performances.
  • Alternate Opening  Ella’s Childhood View moments from Ella’s idyllic childhood that do not appear in the movie. With an introduction by Director Kenneth Branagh.
  • Frozen Fever  It’s Anna’s birthday, and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever – but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.

In addition to all the great materials that come with the Cinderella 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack, Disney has also put together two different downloads with fun activities and crafts!

First, click below to download the Majestic Games & Craft printable Cinderella activities:

Download Cinderella Majestic Games & Craft

Then you can download the printable Cinderella activities to Host a Royal Ball:

Download Cinderella Host A Royal Ball

If you’re looking for the instructions for how to make an origami butterfly note, Disney provides them in the Host a Royal Ball download!

Disney’s Cinderella is available in a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack with a suggested price of $37. Right now it’s on sale for just $22.99. That’s 38% off the list price!

You can also buy the single Cinderella DVD for just $14.83. That’s 51% off the list price of $30!

Disclosure: Disney and/or the associated PR company provided me with the product to facilitate this review.

Folded origami butterfly image credit.

Free Printable Monkey Activity Sheets + Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Now on DVD & Blu-Ray!

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Review with printable activity sheetsThere are few things in the world I love more than Disney. The fact that Monkey Kingdom is the newest DisneyNature film now on DVD and Blu-Ray is almost made me jump up and down with excitement.

I absolutely love primates. When I go to the zoo it’s the only exhibit in my must see category. I could watch them for hours, and someday I’d love to see them in their natural habitat.

Between the fantastic zoos we have in Minnesota and Disneynature Monkey Kingdom I feel like I’ve at least come close to observing monkeys in their native habitats.

About Disneynature Monkey Kingdom:

From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Chimpanzee and Bears, comes MONKEY KINGDOM, a spectacular tale set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia.

Maya, a clever and resourceful monkey, finds her world forever changed when she welcomes her son Kip into her colorful extended family.

As Maya strives to keep Kip safe through unexpected and sometimes perilous adventures, amazing footage captures all the magic and surprises of their magnificent world.

Maya and her family will make you laugh and warm your heart as she realizes her dreams for her son’s future.


Disney Nature Monkey Kingdom

The thing that’s always drawn me to monkeys and other primates is how similar they are to humans. Not just in physical form, but in social and emotional manners.

Monkey Kingdom demonstrates this in both subtle and obvious ways, and I loved introducing my children to these similarities in such an entertaining way!

My kids, Haiden and Piper, have watched a few Disneynature films in the past, but Monkey Kingdom is the first one I’ve watched with them from start to finish.

I was floored at the depth of the story that was told within the film. It’s amazing that an entire, intimate narrative was written around observing the actual life of monkeys in the wild. The story hooked everyone in my family in.

It wasn’t until hours after the movie ended that I realized what an incredible feat of storytelling Disneynature accomplished by writing the story of Maya and her son Kip.

A few more things I loved about Monkey Kingdom:

Tina Fey is the narrator: Tina Fey is absolutely my favorite comedian, but her role as the narrator in Monkey Kingdom is mostly serious.

At the same time, her wit shines through with a few well-timed lines, and the motherly, familiar tone of her voice helps draw you into the story.

The Disneynature Conservation Program: Disneynature is making a donation to Conservation International for every digital and Blu-ray combo pack sold during first-week sales.

That donation will help protect endangered species in their natural habitat, supporting conservation projects across Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.

The bonus features: The Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Blu-ray combo pack (includes Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy) comes with the following bonus features:

  • A Special Thank You from Disneynature
  • Tales From The Kingdom
  • On The Set of Monkey Kingdom with Jane Goodall and Wolfgang Dittus
  • Disneynature Monkey Kingdom: The Conservation Story
  • It’s Our World Music Video Performed by Jacquie Lee

The FREE printable Monkey activity sheets: Click the image below to get your own Disneynature Monkey Kingdom printable activity sheets!

Printable Monkey activity sheets Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Activities

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom is available in a Blu-ray combo pack, which includes the film on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy.

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom has a suggested retail price of $40, but right now it’s on sale for $24.95. That’s 38% off the list price and it’s eligible for free shipping!

Disclosure: I received this DVD from Disney and/or the associated PR firm at no charge to facilitate the review.

LEGO STAR WARS: The New Yoda Chronicles Now on DVD! #StarWars

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My son has been crazy about LEGOs for several years now. Plus, he’s a 7 year-old kid, so there’s no denying his love for Star Wars.

I recently had a huge Duh! moment when I realized he hadn’t seen the two come together on DVD!

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About LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles

Your favorite Star Wars heroes are back with four complete episodes (plus a bonus alternate ending!) that unleash the lighter side of the Force.

After headstrong Luke nearly delivers the good guys into Palpatine’s clutches, Master Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi unearth the Holocrons – last remnants of the secrets of the Jedi – to further Luke’s training.

But Darth Vader also seeks the Holocrons, and he’ll stop at nothing to get to them first! Meanwhile, courageous superclone Jek-14, a Force-sensitive clone, comes out of retirement to help bolster the Rebels. 

Share all the action-packed thrills of these interlocking, intergalactic adventures in LEGO® STAR WARS: The New Yoda Chronicles!

Note that one line, The lighter side of the force. I was surprised to find myself parked on the couch alongside Haiden and Piper and laughing harder at this DVD than I ever thought I would!

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The characters in this LEGO Star Wars DVD are cute–adorable, really–and their innocent jokes and lines are close to the opposite of what I’d expect from a Star Wars movie. I think I enjoyed it that much more because of it!

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The other thing I like about the LEGO take on Star Wars is that it’s decidedly not scary.

My daughter tends to scare easily when it comes to movies and television, but she hates to miss out on something her brother loves. This DVD the perfect way for Piper to enjoy Star Wars with Haiden!

Check out the Let’s Get Outta Here clip from LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles:

LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles has a suggested price of $20, but it’s currently on sale for just $11.98. That’s 40% off the list price and it’s eligible for free shipping!

Check out LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles on DVD now!