Disney’s FROZEN FEVER and Other Short Films Now on DVD and Blu-ray!

frozen fever dvd reviewOne of many things that sets movies from Walt Disney Animation Studios apart from others is the recent addition of Disney short films that are shown before the feature film when it’s released in theaters.

I mentioned it when I talked about my experience with Feast (originally shown before Big Hero 6):

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.

While Disney Pixar has already released both Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1 and Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2, this is a first for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection is the first release of short films on DVD and Blu-Ray! My family watched it a few nights ago for a movie night, and it was wonderful from start to finish!

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes an extraordinary new collection of award-winning and beloved short films featuring Disney’s Frozen Fever, starring Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff, and the Oscar®-nominated Lorenzo (Best Animated Short, 2004). 

The Short Films Collection includes contemporary shorts starring classic characters, such as the groundbreaking 2013 Mickey Mouse cartoon, Get A Horse! And the holiday treat Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa, as well as celebrated Oscar winners Paperman (2012) and Feast (2014).

Enjoy them together for the first time in this must-own collection with all-new extras including an inside look at the Disney Animation shorts, featuring introductions and interviews with the acclaimed filmmakers themselves.

There are 12 short films featured on the Blu-ray and DVD, and the running time 79 minutes, so you definitely get your money’s worth ☺

I can tell you that there both of my kids enjoyed all the shorts, but there definitely a few favorites in our house…

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Haiden’s favorite was How to Hook Up Your Home Theater starring Goofy.

If you’re a fan of old school Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons that used to run on the Disney Channel a long time ago, you’ll love this. I laughed out loud more than once while watching it!


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Piper’s favorite was Tangled Ever After, which is fantastic. It’s so fun to see some of my favorite characters come back for a an encore performance!


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My husband’s favorite was Feast. I can definitely get on board with him for that! Feast is sweet and a tiny bit sad and a lot of adorable.


frozen fever get a horse on dvdMy own favorite is hard to pin down, but I finally landed on Get a Horse. It’s really incredible to see new and old come together, and I feel like animators outdid themselves honoring the classic characters.

frozen fever dvd reviewAs a family, we’re all crazy about Frozen Fever!

Remember I told you I’m at least a little bit in love with Josh Gad, who voices Olaf the snowman? It’s no surprise that Olaf steals the show in this short film. Further, the amount of details and happiness that fits so nicely into just a few minutes of film is astounding!

The Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection is available in a Blu-Ray, DVD + Digital HD combo pack with an MSRP of $39.99. Right now it can be purchased for 50% off the list price, so it’s just $19.98!

The film can also be purchased on Disney Movies Anywhere or steamed on Amazon Instant Video starting at $14.99.


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Fun Beach Theme Party Ideas! #TeenBeach2

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Teen Beach 2 is available on DVD (with great reviews!) and I’m celebrating by sharing some great Beach Theme party ideas!

Scroll down to learn more about Teen Beach 2! 

Beach Theme Party Ideas

I’m so happy to share that Disney has provided a bunch of beach theme party ideas and I love them all! You can download all the recipes, decorations and activities here.

These are the direct links to each of the beach theme party ideas if you’d rather view the ideas one link at a time:

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Disney’s MCFARLAND, USA Now Available on Blu-Ray, DVD and On-Demand!

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Last winter I was on a Disney press trip to LA when a last-minute item was added to the agenda: an early screening of Disney’s McFarland, USA.

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. 

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I thought McFarland, USA was wonderful when I watched it back then. You can read my McFarland, USA review to get my take on it.

I’m self-aware enough to know that I tend to get extra enthusiastic when I’m one of the first to know or see something. I love being “in the know”! While I knew that I did love and appreciate the movie, I definitely wanted others to see it and tell me their thoughts.

Soon after McFarland, USA was in theaters, my husband saw the movie with my brother-in-law, four nephews and one niece (ages between 9 and 15).

They all came home raving about how great the movie was. My brother-in-law, a former cross-country runner, absolutely loved it. He actually just mentioned the movie again last weekend!

My feelings? Validated :)

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Here’s an excerpt from my original review of McFarland, USA:

Is “McFarland, USA” ok for kids? 

The short answer is, ABSOLUTELY! There is so much good in this movie that kids should see, and the story is something the whole family will love. 

Like most “sports” movies that I like (see my Million Dollar Arm review for all my feelings on that!) “McFarland, USA” really isn’t a movie about running. It’s the story of how a group of boys became a team, how a man became a coach and how a family found its home.

Simply put, McFarland, USA is packed with heart, tenacity and inspiration from start to finish. 

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The Blu-Ray, Digital HD & SD and Disney Movies Anywhere versions of McFarland, USA come with the following bonus features:

  • McFarland Reflections
  • Juntos music video by Juanes
  • Inspiring McFarland
  • Deleted and extended scenes

Disney’s McFarland, USA was just released in several different formats:

Disclosure: I received my own copy of “Disney’s McFarland, USA” to facilitate this review.

MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE’S PET SALON: Printable Coloring Sheets and a DVD Giveaway!

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MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE’S PET SALON is now on DVD and I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader!

Please check out my Minnie’s Pet Salon review to find out why I love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and see how cute the DVD is!

Minnie’s sparkling new pet salon is open for business…and adventure!

All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star pet show.

With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help. Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand. But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU – to find them in time for the big show.

With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

Everyone should enter the DVD giveaway below, but even if you don’t win the DVD you can still get this great Disney freebie!

Download Minnie's Pet Salon Activities

Click on the image above to get your free Mickey Mouse Clubhouse printable coloring and activity sheets!

Enter the Giveaway

One lucky reader will win Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon on DVD. You can visit the Minnie’s Pet Salon product page to learn more about the DVD.

Please wait for the giveaway form to load below. If it doesn’t load you can also visit the giveaway page to enter.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon DVD

This Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon giveaway ends on June 14, 2015.


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As a mom, I’ve always appreciated the social and educational messages from all the series that are shown on the Disney Junior network, but Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has a special place in my heart.

It’s no secret that I love Disney, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has been such a wonderful show to introduce my own kids to the magic of Mickey, Minnie and the gang over the past few years.

In addition to the introduction to the key Disney players, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a lively and engaging show that doesn’t have the borderline wild and frantic feel that some other cartoons seem to have. This was very important to me when my kids were younger. Now that they’re older, I appreciate it for my own viewing pleasure!

Further, I think the three main themes in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are friendship, problem-solving and mathematics. Is there any parent who doesn’t love all three of those?

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Minnie’s Pet Salon is the newest Disney DVD from the series, and it’s even cuter than I imagined it would be!

Minnie’s sparkling new pet salon is open for business…and adventure!

All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star pet show.

With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help. Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand. But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU – to find them in time for the big show.

With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

I was extra-happy to review Minnie’s Pet Salon because Disney offered us a fun gift to make our first viewing of the DVD even more exciting: a Pampered Pet viewing kit for my kids to enjoy!

minnie's pet salon review

The Pampered Pet viewing kit included the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon DVD and Disney Store’s Minnie Mouse Popstar Pet Carrier. It arrived on the same day Piper contracted a case of pinkeye so it was an excellent way to boost her out of her sad state!

The Minnie Mouse Popstar Pet Carrier is adorable:

minnie popstar pet carrier with mouse ears

I think the mouse ears on the handle really put the cuteness factor over the top!

Check out this clip from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon. My son absolutely loves this part!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon on DVD has a suggested list price of $20, but right now it’s on sale for $12.97 That’s 35% off!

Buy Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon on DVD today