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Gigantosaurus Roars Over to Disney Channel on January 18th!

Dino moms rejoice! Just when I thought RJ may be growing out of animated cartoons on Disney Junior, they surprise us again with Gigantosaurus! Gigantosaurus follows four dinosaur friends as they explore the world beyond their nests to tackle the master of the biggest, fiercest dinosaur of all. Mazu, Tiny, Bill and Rocky are four friends who kids will feel an instant connection to. What preschooler you know doesn’t love dinosaurs? Continue Reading →

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The Year Ahead: List of Disney Movies Coming in 2019

2018 was such an amazing year at the movies! We had Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet and Mary Poppins, not to mention Black Panther, Infinity War and Ant Man. So much of my time last year was spent at the movies, and I got the opportunity to take my children to the movies a lot too which actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. That said, 2018 was great but 2019 is going to be LIT! Disney has an awesome lineup of movies set to start being released in just a few short months and I already know we are going to be spending EVEN MORE time at the movies this year. Check out everything coming to you in 2019 from Disney/Marvel Studios below. Continue Reading →

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Should I Take My Toddler to See Ralph Breaks the Internet? | No Spoiler Review

My family and I attended an advanced screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet. All opinions expressed are my own.

In RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.

I waited six years for this movie and it was definitely worth the wait! I contemplated long and hard about taking the boys to see  Wreck it Ralph 2. Neither of them were even born when the first one came out, and they weren’t even about to appreciate it the same way I did! But I decided to be a “good mom” and take them with us, even though it’s a school night and now it is WAY passed their bedtime. From one toddler mom to another, here’s what I thought.

How long is the movie?

The run time for Ralph Breaks the Internet is 1 hour and 54 minutes. It’s a little long, and just like with Smallfoot RJ started to get restless. If you time it for the right time of day, and follow my recommendations in my Smallfoot review, you should be fine. We went close to bedtime which probably wasn’t the best idea.

Are there any parts of the movie I should worry about?

I think this movie is pretty safe. There were a couple parts of the movie that got a little loud, but it didn’t seem to bother RJ or Zayn. There weren’t any dark or scary scenes or any thing that he seemed to be afraid of. He did mention that he didn’t like the “bad guy” at the end of the movie but I think that was more creepy than scary.

Will we ALL enjoy the movie?

Our whole family enjoyed the movie. It’s a sequel that is definitely worth the watch. The princess scene was more than I imagined it would be and I love that Disney incorporates so many important lessons within their movies. The lesson about friendship resonated with me even at 28. Everyone can learn something from Ralph and Vanellope.  All in all we all gasped, laughed and loved this movie together. It was a hit for our whole family.

Ralph Breaks the Internet – Releases in theaters everywhere November 21st 2018!

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The Live-Action DUMBO Trailer Premiered #DUMBO

I am convinced that Disney has dedicated 2019 to us millennials! You guys already know how I feel about Aladdin, then the teaser and reaction trailers for Toy Story debuted earlier this week, and now DUMBO. I can’t lie, DUMBO was the first trailer that made me feel STRONG emotions. Talk about taking it back! I don’t know if the movie being a live action movie made it feel all the more real, but I got choked up watching the trailer! I can remember the emotions I felt watching DUMBO as a kid and these mama hormones/emotions had me in my feelings last night.

Listen y’all, I was so caught up in DUMBO and these kids in the trailer that I had to watch it 3 or 4 times to even notice the rest of the cast. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out below.

If that trailer didn’t make you feel anything then you have no emotions! Anyway, with all these awesome movies coming out next year I am fully prepared for the rollercoaster of emotions Disney is ready to take me through. I honestly am more excited than ever for 2019 because I know it’s going to be SO good. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Still waiting on those Lion King confirmations/sneak peeks (we’re waiting for you Bey!).

What movie (Disney or not) are you most looking forward to in 2019? Are you excited about DUMBO?

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Toy Story 4 Teaser Trailer and My Initial Thoughts – #ToyStory4

I love waking up to good news! This morning the teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 dropped and before I even watched I was a ball of emotions. I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry or scream from excitement. I just watched the trailer and held my breath. 

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

My Thoughts:

This teaser trailer had me CRACKING UP. I love Forky’s story, and I love that Woody is always confident in his purpose. I immediately felt nostalgic watching this. “Somebody get him before he puts an eye out!” made me literally laugh out loud and took me right back to Andy’s room. I cannot wait to see how Woody and the old toys find their place with Bonnie. I’m sure Forky’s “internal” struggle of whether to fulfill their purpose as a spork or a toy is going to keep Woody and Buzz PLENTY busy. All in all I’m excited to see the new story unfold. 2019 is looking to be a nostalgic year for us 90s babies in terms of Disney! I’m excited to watch all the magic happen! 

How did the new trailer make you feel? Are you excited about Toy Story 4? 

Toy Story 4 ventures into theaters everywhere – June 21 2019

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Mickey: The True Original Brings the Disney Magic to NYC

I was invited by Disney to an early preview of Mickey: The True Original Exhibition as press. All opinions are my own.

Last week I told you guys that Mickey: The True Original was coming to NYC and yesterday I had a chance to get a sneak peak of the exhibit. I was hype especially coming off of watching Mickeys 90th Spectacular, so I was READY to be immersed into ALL things Mickey and Disney.

BABY!!!! These artists did not disappoint. Mickey: The True Original takes the interactive/pop up experience to the next level as only Disney can. With each room, the artists took their love for Mickey and created in a unique way that only they could. With something different in every room, the love for the birthday boy was evident in the recreation of timeless moments in Mickey’s history and modern takes on the mouse.

Each room brings you art from a different artist and you experience Mickey in new ways in every few steps. Along the way there are special moments too, like hidden Mickeys and a special treat once you get close to the end of the exhibit that you definitely don’t want to miss ;). Check out some more pictures from the exhibit below.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture.

Opening in November 2018, this immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Guests will have the chance to explore the 16,000 square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists.”

Tickets for Mickey: The True Original can be purchased here. The exhibit is open November 8th, 2018 through February 2019 so you have plenty of time to make travel plans if you don’t live in New York. Trust me when I say, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.

For more information follow @MickeyTrueOriginal on Instagram or check out the hashtag #MickeyTrueOriginal. To see even more sneak peeks from the exhibit follow me on Instagram @TanayMichele.

 Will you be checking out Mickey: The True Original? How are you celebrating 90 years of Mickey? What’s your favorite Mickey memory? 

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Mickey is Bringing his 90th Birthday Celebration to NYC!

November 18th marks the iconic birthday of everyone’s favorite mouse! As you can expect the parks will be going ALL out for Mickey’s 90th with each park. They’ll all be hosting an array of different events and activities you can attend to show your appreciation for Mickey. Unfortunately here in NYC we haven’t been blessed with a Disney Park. Nevertheless, Disney is helping us to celebrate Mickey in a BIG WAY!

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition is NYCs latest immersive experience inspired by the mouse himself. Opening on November 8th, you will be able to view an array of Mickey inspired art in this 16000 square foot exhibit located in Manhattan. The exhibit promises to show you Mickey like you have never seen him before.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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With these new immersive pop-ups being the latest trend, I’m excited to get up close and personal with Mickey in a new way! Mickey: The True Original Exhibition runs from November 8th to February 10th 2019 and you can purchase tickets now via Disney.

Keep up with the exhibit by following Mickey: The True Original on Instagram.

Cant make it to the exhibit? Want to celebrate from the comfort of your own home? Mickey’s 90th Spectacular airs this Sunday, November 4th 2018 at 8|7c on ABC.

How will you be celebrating Mickey Mouse?

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Will My Son Enjoy Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms? |No Spoiler Review|

 My family and I attended a free screening of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. All opinions expressed are my own.  

Last night my family got to see an advance screening of Disney’s newest movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. To say I was excited was an understatement and I waited anxiously to get off work ALL DAY. I had told RJ in advance that we were going to see the movie because I wanted to get him excited for it even though he was excited about getting to go to the movies in general. I showed him the trailer and waited for his reaction. 

And then I asked excitedly “Do you wanna see that? And he was like… “Ummmm I wanna see The Grinch”. HA! Shut my little dreams down. But let’s remember he’s (newly) 4 and so cartoons are life. That’s all he knows. ANYWHO despite him wanting to see the Grinch and not giving a hoot about the trailer I showed him we ALL took ourselves to the screening last night.

 Please excuse me for looking atrocious, I just came from work!

Please excuse me for looking atrocious, I just came from work!

Ratings, Run Time and Synopsis

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Is the Nutcracker and the Four Realms appropriate for younger children?

The movie is rated PG and I think that starts at age…. 7? I think the movie is true to rating. The scene where Clara and Phillip go to the Fourth Realm is a little dark and RJ told me he didnt like it and it was scary. If you have younger kids I would just be mindful of that scene. Other than that I think it’s appropriate.

So… will my son enjoy the movie?

So even though RJ completely played me when I showed him the trailer, he loved the movie (other than the scene I mentioned). When he got home from school today he asked me could he watch it on TV LOL. The movie is honestly amazing and great for all audiences. I think the best age would be elementary aged, any older or younger and they (the boys) may not be too interested. But all in all, your whole family will love this movie!

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms releases in theaters everywhere 11.02.18!

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Three of My Favorite Halloween Movies are Returning to Theaters

It’s finally Halloween weekend and I can’t wait for all the Halloween activity to commence! To celebrate the holiday, three of the favorite movies in our household are returning to theaters starting this weekend for a limited time only. Check out all the details below.


The Nightmare Before Christmas

Friday Oct. 26th – Wednesday Oct. 31st

The Nightmare Before Christmas returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 Regal cinema locations. Additionally, for the first time ever, the film spirals into life through the vivid and dazzling effects of 4DX exclusively in six Regal cinemas.

For “The Nightmare Before Christmas” tickets and information visit https://regmovi.es/2MhfWu0


Hocus Pocus

Friday Oct. 26 – Wednesday Oct 31

With this year being the 25th Anniversary of Hocus Pocus, the Sanderson sisters are returning for a limited time to select AMC theaters.

For Hocus Pocus tickets and information visit https://www.amctheatres.com/participating-theatres/hocus-pocus


COCO

Friday, October 26th – Thursday, November 1st

The Academy Award® winning film (Best Animated Film, Best Original Song) COCO is back in theatres for a limited engagement exclusively at Cinemark theatres!

For COCO tickets and information visit https://www.cinemark.com/coco

Which Disney favorite are you most excited to see this weekend? Are you happy it’s finally Halloween?

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Aladdin: First Look and Everything We Know So Far

On Wednesday we all got the first teaser of the Aladdin poster, debuted by Will Smith. All it took was that one poster for the innanets to completely lose it (including me). Tonight, Disney blessed us with this gem:

And now I’m even more hype! Did y’all see Iago flying around? Peep the cave of wonder?! The diamond in the rough!!! I cannot wait for this movie!! Aladdin has been my favorite Disney movie since I was little girl and I’m HYPE for the live action version. May could not get here fast enough. So what do we know about Aladdin so far?

 Who: Mena Massoud will be starring in the role of Aladdin. Other confirmed cast members include Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Will Smith as the genie and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

 When: Release is scheduled for May 24 2019

Like I’ve already said 50/11 times in this post I’m excited for this and I can’t wait until we get more details.

 What’s your favorite Disney movie? Are you excited about these live action remakes?