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These 18 Black Families Are Showing Their Disney Side

In the year of our lord and savior 2019, I am all about coming together and uplifting people in the African American community. If you read my post highlighting the black mommy bloggers you should be following on Instagram, you already know where I’m going. I am a habitual uplifter, and now more than ever we are required to put ourselves out there, in front of everyone and show that we aren’t afraid to create our own spaces.

I, much like everyone have loved Disney since I was a little girl. My earliest Disney memory is at 2 years old when I saw my first (I’m assuming) Disney movie in theaters and the love has continued long and strong since then. When I joined the Disney Moms of Color community I was excited to connect with so many other women of color who aren’t afraid to share their love for all things Disney. I almost feel as if in the black community Disney was seen as unattainable for so long and it’s great to connect with people who aren’t afraid to spread the pixie dust!

From the best places to stay, to Disney on a Dime these families are showing off their Disney side and I’m loving every single second of it!

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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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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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The Suite Life! |Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

  My family and I were hosted for 2 nights at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed belong to me ;). 

If you don’t know it is ALL DISNEY, ALL THE TIME in our house. I wanted to take RJ to Disney for his birthday last year but timing didn’t work out and I chickened out with taking Zayn while he was only 3 months old. So this year, our plans were SET. Disney for Zayn’s first birthday because we were ALL ready to go. RJ had started asking, I’ve never been, we were ready. I googled for MONTHS about what to do, where to go, how to get there, what to wear what to eat, but most importantly I had to know where to stay. I knew we would see more than Disney on this trip and while I know there are amazing benefits to staying on Disney property, I just wasn’t sure if we were ready for that. 

*Enter Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa*

When I came across LBV resorts condo style suites online I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. If we can, I try to stay in suites whenever we vacation for multiple reasons. The comfort, space and amenities definitely make it worth it and more often than not the location is ideal. Our resort was located right next to Lake Buena Vista Factory stores so when we realized last minute that we didn’t shop for RJ’s stepping up ceremony which was the day after we got back, we walked over to Osh Kosh and got the kids cute clothes at outlet price! In case you need further convincing, here is a complete breakdown of why you need to reserve your next Orlando stay at Lake Buena Visit Resort Village and Spa.

Location 

I already told you that the resort is located right next to the outlets, but Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is centrally located close to many of the must see attractions/parks in Orlando. Our first night we drove to Disney Springs, the outdoor shopping complex at Walt Disney World Resort. It was about a 15 minute drive to most attractions, and the resort is also close to many restaurants, and we saw a few other outlets close by. 

All Suite Style Rooms

The rooms at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa are BEAUTIFUL. My photography really doesn’t do it justice. The resort features all suite style rooms of different sizes. Each suite includes a full kitchen and a private balcony. There was ample space for our family and we only ended up sleeping in one room (cosleeping problems). The extra spacious suites definitely give the feeling of being at home and would be perfect for families. 

Images via LBV Orlando Resort

Outdoor Pool & Bar

While neither of my kids are swimmers, they both think they can. THE FIRST thing we did after checking out the room was head to the pool located on the resorts property. The boys loved the pirate ship (which actually has a slide if you can tell from my picture) and I loved all the outside seating available. There is also a bar located on the pool deck that serves drinks, ice cream and different “bar type” foods. I definitely went there by myself when I had a VERY BRIEF free moment ;). 

On-Site Dining & Grocery 

We went out to dinner our first night but the second night after had a long day at Magic Kingdom, no one felt like going back out. The Pizza Hut express was perfect for all of us to grab something quick to eat. RJs favorite food is pizza and daddy was able to get pasta. Plus there was a fully stocked grocery section in case you needed to grab anything to cook in your full kitchen! We weren’t really grocery-minded but I wish I would’ve remembered to head down there when I realized that I had forgot to bring deodorant. They literally had EVERYTHING. 

Customer Service

All in all, the customer service at Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa made the trip even more special. The concierge was available to answer all the thousands of questions that I had being a Disney newbie, we were able to check in early without there being a lag in service and the smiles were genuine and didn’t feel forced. Even with the resort being as beautiful as it was if the customer service was poor, it would’ve ruined the experience so I’m glad that was not the case. Everyone was more than willing to help us out at all points of our stay and I was so grateful for that. 

We had an amazing experience at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa and it made our first family trip to Disney even more magical. I’m so grateful for our experience and I would definitely stay here again, check out the spa, and maybe even take an adult trip =). 

Have you ever stayed on a resort that was off Disney property? Where do you Disney? 

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5 Tips for Breastfeeding Moms at Disney World

Last week my family took their first trip to Disney World and not to sound cliche but it was MAGICAL! The boys are still young and we had a bunch of other things planned for our trip so we dedicated a day to Magic Kingdom and we got their EARLY. I think being from New York none of us were prepared for the intensity that is … the Florida HEAT. When you’re a nursing mama, that amount of heat means your baby is going to want to nurse WAY WAY more than usual and I KINDA was prepared but I just wanna give y’all a few tips so that you’re more prepared than I am.

Know The Park

With a place that is as huge as Disney that seems impossible but for real, I’m telling you… utilize those maps! It makes it so much easier when you know where you’re going, when you’re going to be stopping, and what you’re going to be doing. Everyone will be way less aggravated if you don’t feel like you’re wandering aimlessly. You can easily access maps to any of Disney’s parks HERE and you can filter it by activity, age, thrill level etc etc. 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate 

More than you have ever hydrated before! ESPECIALLY if you aren’t used to the southern heat because neither I nor my kids were prepared. Keeping yourself hydrated will help you with milk production and you’ll be able to keep your baby hydrated. Also, if you’re nursing a toddler realize they are HOT and that is why they’re nursing like a newborn again. It’s perfectly OK to give your toddler water, they NEED it. The great thing about Disney is that there are water fountains a plenty and you can ask for a cup of water at any concession stand. 

Utilize the Baby Care Centers

Each park has a Baby Care Center that is perfect for moms with little ones. Each center has an air conditioned seating area, space to nurse, pump, changing stations and any supplies that you may have forgotten when you were in a rush to leave your hotel room. These rooms are perfect for taking a break from the beautiful chaos outside and cooling off while you tend to baby. Make sure you familiarize yourself with where the centers are located in each park, and don’t be afraid to ask for help! 

Ditch the Nursing Cover

Or use a very very very lightweight cover. Trust me when I say…. it’s too hot for all that. The fight to cover Zayn alone would result in us losing 20 pounds each from sweating. Nursing two kids for over a year I’ve come up with all kinds of discreet and quick ways to nurse without drawing attention to us. And honestly this far into the game, I don’t care anyway. Plus, it’s a family park. I didn’t run have that fear that anyone was going to boob-shame me out there, if anyone even noticed. 

Nurse on the Go  

When all else fails, when your kids are in that long line waiting to ride It’s a Small World for the 5th time in a row, when the Baby Center feels like it’s 100 miles away, when your baby JUST CANT WAIT! there are plenty of shaded areas where you can sit on a bench and peacefully nurse your little. There was plenty of seating near stroller parking areas and I nursed Zayn by a few. It wasn’t bad at all.

When the day came to an end I was super proud of my nursing experience at Disney. I didn’t once feel overwhelmed or confused and I kept things super simple. Knowledge is power so the more you know going into the parks, the better. Remembering these 5 tips could make your day 10x better!  

Have you been to Disney with your nursling? What was the experience like for you?  

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The Beginner’s Guide to A Wrinkle in Time | In Theaters Everywhere March 9th 2018

If you follow me on social media (and if you don’t then, why don’t you?) then you know I’m pretty much all Wrinkle, all the time. HA! From the moment the announcement was made to the trailer being dropped I’ve been hype and I don’t think a day goes by that I’m not reminding y’all. In my first post about the movie, I said everyone should be excited because it was all our elementary school dreams coming true but it was brought to my attention via Facebook that there are actually people who have no idea what a Wrinkle in Time is about *gasp* … Let me drop the trailer for you one more time before I get into it.

Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self – worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists , she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted . Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe. 

So what exactly IS “A Wrinkle in Time”?

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space via the act of tessering with her younger brother Charles Wallace and friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.

Tessering???

Time/Space travel is a major theme in A Wrinkle in Time and the kids are able to “tesser” through time and space with the help of the Mrs. Ws. Tessering is essentially defined by Mrs. Whatsit in the novel as a mode of travel that uses the shortest route. She illustrates it by having Mrs. Who fold her skirt and allowing a bug to travel across the wrinkle providing a short commute. A complex concept, this is the easiest way that the Mrs. Ws are able to define this to Meg.

Who/what are the Mrs. Ws?

Described as “celestial beings”, the Mrs. Ws help the children on their quest to find Mr Murry and save him from the evil force holding him captive on another planet. Though all once novas or supernovas, they have distinct characteristics that set them apart.

Mrs. Whatsit

Mrs Who

@MindyKaling is Mrs. Who ✨ Welcome to 2018, warriors. #WrinkleInTime

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Mrs. Which

@Oprah Winfrey is Mrs. Which ✨ Welcome to 2018, warriors. #WrinkleInTime

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So there you have it! I wanted to give y’all the basic basics without giving TOO much away if you haven’t read the book and you’re just anticipating the movie. Are you excited yet? Make sure you’re following along with me and A Wrinkle in Time via social media for more sneak peeks and to stay up to date with all the movie happenings before the release. 

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A WRINKLE IN TIME opens in theatres everywhere on March 9, 2018!

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4 Reasons I NEED You To Get Excited About Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time With Me

With all the excitement surrounding Marvel’s Black Panther dropping this coming February, I barely see A Wrinkle in Time getting any buzz and I’m starting to wonder, am I the only one thats freaking EXCITED about this movie? If you have no idea who/what this movie is about I’m going to give you a quick briefing via Youtube trailer before I tell you WHY you need to be excited about seeing this flick. 

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic `which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light. 

If that trailer alone wasn’t dope enough for you to get excited then first and foremost, you’re bugging! But more importantly I’m about to give you just a FEW of the reasons you need to get excited about Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Your childhood reading list is coming to life 

It’s quite possible that I’m just a nerd but I can remember vividly reading A Wrinkle in Time while in school. I want to say that it was a school assignment that drew me in, but I was a pretty avid reader and read for fun back then (wish I had time now) so it’s possible I just came across the book myself and read it. Either way, I can’t wait to see the book come to life on the big screen and see if it’s everything I imagined while I was reading it back then. 

Oprah Winfrey stars as Mrs. Which

Seriously, do I NEED to say anything else? If I were looking for anyone in the world to help safely guide me through time and space via tessering it would be MUVA. And can we talk about the LOOKS she’s already serving all up and through trailers/posters everywhere?

 Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which via Disney

Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which via Disney

Diversity and #BLACKGIRLMAGIC

The cast of A Wrinkle in Time is so beautifully diverse starring Michael Pena, Zach Galifianakis and little Deric McCabe! Ava DuVernay introduces us to Storm Reid who plays awkward teen Meg Murry. In the book, Meg is most definitely described as a young Caucasian girl so to have Storm Reid star in the lead role opens up the door for so many more girls to identify with Meg in a new way. And I mean, Meg basically saves the entire world so there’s that for #BLACKGIRLMAGIC. 

 Storm Reid as Meg Murry via DIsney

Storm Reid as Meg Murry via DIsney

Lessons on Lessons on Lessons 

Because what is a good story without them? Though saving the world is dope, so much more is learned during Meg, CW and Calvin’s adventure. Meg learns to embrace her individuality, lead with her own light and the triumph of love is a HEAVY theme. 

In case you can’t tell I am beyond hype to catch A Wrinkle in Time AS SOON as it hits theaters. Are you excited about the movie? Let me know why in the comments below!

 A Wrinkle in Time trailer poster via Disney

A Wrinkle in Time trailer poster via Disney

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A WRINKLE IN TIME opens in theatres everywhere on March 19, 2018!

 

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James Earl Jones Returns as Mufasa in Disney’s 2019 Live Action Remake of #TheLionKing

Word spread like WILDFIRE after Beyonce confirmed on Wednesday that a Lion King remake was indeed happening and she would star as Nala in the 2019 film. Of course they BeyHive went crazy and Childish fans everywhere are HYPE to see Donald Glover star as Simba.

But can we take a minute to appreciate the legend James Earl Jones? Jones will be reprising his role from the 1994 animated film as Simba’s father, Mufasa. How freaking dope is that?!?! As big Disney Junior fans in here we watch The Lion Guard daily and its always too different for me to hear Mufasa in someone else’s voice. I couldn’t imagine my kids growing up, seeing this new movie (RJ will be almost 5 when it comes out!) and knowing Mufasa’s voice as someone else. I am super super excited about this and LOVED that he is returning to his role. I can’t wait to see how Jon Favreau (director of “The Jungle Book,” Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man”) plays this out. 

The Lion King roars into theaters everywhere on July 19th 2019! 

How are you feeling about a live action remake of the Lion King? Here for it? Let me know in the comments. xoxo