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Disneyland to Launch New Parade & Firework Display for 60th Anniversary

 

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I cannot believe that Disneyland has been around for 60 years already.  If Walt Disney was alive, I think he would be quite proud of what has become of his company and the leadership of those at the helm.  This is an article that came out today from the LA Times.

The Disneyland resort in Anaheim will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year with a new parade, an upgraded fireworks show and other changes that park officials describe as “amazing.”

Disney officials unveiled details of its Diamond Celebration during a presentation Wednesday night that included a brief explosion of fireworks and a light projection show on Disneyland’s Main Street.

The new celebration is set to start at the park May 22 with no end date scheduled. “It’s really going to be amazing,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Officials said the celebration will include a new nighttime parade, inspired by the Main Street Electrical Parade, which ended at Disneyland in 1996. The new parade, dubbed “Paint the Night,” is to feature more than 1.5 million LED lights that will be in synch with the music and the lights of the costumed characters in the parade.

The park’s nighttime fireworks show will be upgraded to include light projections that will extend beyond Main Street to splash images on such attractions as the Matterhorn, It’s a Small World and Rivers of America, said Steve Davison, executive of parades and spectaculars.

The “projection mapping technology” will be used to project characters and scenes from popular Disney and Pixar films throughout the park, he said.

In addition, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland and the Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney’s California Adventure park will be overhauled with diamond exteriors to reflect the diamond anniversary, said John Addis, senior show director at Disneyland.

“It’s going to look sparkly,” he said. At Disney’s California Adventure, the “World of Color” light-and-water show will also be remade to use fire, water and lights to tell the history of Walt Disney and his park, officials said.

By |January 29th, 2015|Disney News and Events, life, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Disney’s “Cinderella” Coach on Display

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With the March 13th release of Disney’s film Cinderella just around the corner, the golden coach featured in the movie will be making an appearance at Disney’s Hollywood Studio at the Walt Disney World Resort for a limited time. The vehicle will be on display outside the movie theater façade on Streets of America from Feb. 1 to April 11, Disney says. Park-goers might have already seen the carriage during the holidays at Magic Kingdom; it also appeared during the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration broadcast which aired Jan. 1.  You can also see an exclusive preview of “Cinderella” at the park’s ABC Sound Studio.  Kenneth Branagh directs the live-action retelling of the classic story, starring Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine, Helena Bonham-Carter as Fairy Godmother and Downton Abbey’s Lily James as Ella.

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By |January 17th, 2015|Disney News and Events|0 Comments

The Inspiration behind Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle

 


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This past Christmas my family and I spent several days at Disneyland.  In all the years of living in California and visiting the Happiest Place on Earth, I had never been there during the holidays.  I have to admit that I really hate crowds, but I am glad that I went because the entire park is so beautifully decorated and the Sleeping Beauty castle looks amazing–especially when it is lit up at night.  One of the things that I love about Walt Disney is that he and his wife Lilian, loved to travel the world together and it is through their travels that they brought back pieces of inspiration that led to some of the beloved and iconic attractions in the parks today. Did you know that Aurora’s castle is based on the late-19th century Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany?

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I had a chance to visit Neuschwanstein Castle while visiting Bavaria last summer and it absolutely beautiful. The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in the world.   Besides being a popular tourist destination, the castle also has a pretty fascinating history. Located in Bavaria near the town of Fussen, it was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, a reclusive king who was also known as the “Fairytale King”.   King Ludwig II was an eccentric king who was passionate about architecture and was responsible for commissioning and designing several amazing castles before his untimely death/murder.  When Ludwig II died in 1886, Neuschwanstein was still incomplete. The king never intended to make the palace accessible to the public, but no more than six weeks after his death, the regent Luitpold ordered the palace opened to paying visitors to pay off debts.  The palace paid for itself many times over from these tourist visits.  More recently, during WW II the castle was used but the Germans to hide stolen art and is featured in the Movie Monument’s Men starring George Clooney .

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Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castled opened July 17, 1955.  The castle is the oldest of all of the Disney castles. Though it reaches a height of only 77 feet (23 m), it was designed to appear taller through a process known as forced perspective; design elements are larger at the foundation and smaller at the turrets. The castle initially featured an empty upper level that was never intended to house an attraction, but Walt Disney was not satisfied with what he viewed as wasted space, and challenged his Imagineers to find some use for the space.Beginning April 29, 1957, visitors were able to walk through the castle and view several dioramas depicting the story of Sleeping Beauty.  The Castle features a real, working drawbridge, though it’s only been lowered twice — Disneyland Park’s opening day, July 17, 1955, and again in 1983 to unveil the newly remodeled Fantasyland.  The crest above the drawbridge of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is the Disney Family crest.

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By |January 7th, 2015|Disney News and Events|0 Comments

Disney, You Truly are the Best!

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My family and I visited Disneyland over the Christmas holiday for my older daughter’s birthday.  I was warned beforehand about the overwhelming number of people that would be there, but we still opted to go because it was the only time we could go do so.  Having been to Disneyland many times before, they never ever cease to amaze me about how well they are dialed in.  The Disney Corporation does not post daily attendance figures, but the maximum amount is 85,000 people and that is in addition to 10,000 cast members working there.  In reading an online article this week, both Disneyland and Disney World had to close their doors at 2pm on Christmas day due to reaching their maximum capacity.  I was there several days before Christmas and at the time I had heard the attendance was about 68,000.  That is not only a whole lot of people, but having to happily serve them, deliver an incredible product and experience, while managing your property at the same time is not only overwhelming but mind blowing.  Way to go Disney because you do it so well!

At one point while standing in line for the Indiana Jone’s ride, my husband began questioning the way the stanchions were being routed before I snapped back at him with a pointed finger, “Do not question the mouse!” It’s so true!  Disneyland is open 24/7 roughly from about 7am-midnight.  With the amount of hours they are open and the amount of people visiting, the place is always clean!!!!  You will never see an overflowing trash can because they are always emptied and polished clean.  The same thing goes for the bathrooms. The bathrooms are always spotless and fully stocked.  Emergency staff and security is always nearby. Guests that are visiting for the most part do behave.  With the exception of some loud frat boys, no one that we saw was out of line. Rides that do break down are usually fixed within a reasonable amount of time.  Service staff is always polite, very helpful and fabulously dressed of course.  People in wheel chairs and those needing assistance are are helped carefully and efficiently.  And I have to add that the wait times for rides are pretty accurate and reasonable considering the volume of people.

Not bad for a place that was predicted to fail!  When Disneyland opened its doors in 1955, opening day was such a disaster that pretty much every press organization that attended the celebration had predicted the park’s failure within one year. It opened on a day that was 101 degrees and the street asphalt still wasn’t dry, leading to it sticking to shoes. By the end of the first day, all but 2 of the 48 Autopia cars were crashed and about half the rides were broken. Fast forward 60 years, and The Happiest Place on Earth is completely dialed in and has been for many years.  As a consumer and a business owner, how great would it be if every business operated the Disney
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By |January 3rd, 2015|Disney News and Events, General, Holidays, life, Organization|0 Comments

Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

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If a magical genie was able to grant you a wish to meet one person from the past (non biblical/prophet), who would you choose? For me, that person hand’s down would be Walt Disney.   Mr Disney’s love of life, people, and family– his creativity, imagination, and work ethic, all inspire me on a daily basis to do the same. Today marks the 113th anniversary of his birthday!  Born in 1901 in Chicago, Walt Disney in my book is America’s most iconic filmmaker. Sadly, he passed away far too prematurely at the age of 65 due to lung cancer in 1966 before I was even born. And even though he no longer lives, his legacy and star shines bright in the form of the highly successful Walt Disney Company in which he left for all of us to enjoy.

In celebration of his life, here are some of my favorite Disney quotes.
1. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
2. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
3. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
4. “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world – but it requires people to make the dream a reality.”
5. “All the adversity that I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and my obstacles have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
6. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”
7. “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”
8. “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”
9. “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”
10. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
11. “If you can dream it, you can do it. This whole thing started with a dream and a mouse.”
12. Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it better.
13. Whatever you do, do it well
14. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.
I5. I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.
16. Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
17. First I think, second I believe, third dream and finally dare.
18. I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic to know that life is a complex matter.
19. Faith is the most important thing. If you believe in something believe it til the end unequivocally
20. Many of the things that seem impossible now will become realities tomorrow
21.The difference in winning and losing most often is not quitting.
22. Disneyland is the result of love. We did not go into DL to make money

By |December 5th, 2014|Disney News and Events, General, life|0 Comments

Guess How Many Frozen Dresses Have Been Sold This Year?

I came across this from CNN.

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This will come as no surprise if you have kids, know kids or know anyone who has or knows kids.  Disney is reporting that sales of dresses based on its megahit movie “Frozen” topped 3 million in North America this year alone.’Frozen’ makes a return Teen a real-life ‘Frozen’ character? YouTube complaint: No more ‘Let It Go!’ Let’s say that again: More than 3 million Elsa and Anna role-play dresses were bought. In North America. Just this year.  And the holiday season isn’t even here yet. If you didn’t see this coming, your head has been stuck in a snowdrift, folks.  Disney’s “Frozen” is on a roll. Like a big, giant snowball headed downhill.  “The powerful connection families around the world have with Frozen and its characters is truly a phenomenon that has only continued to grow over the last 12 months,” said Paul Gainer, executive vice president of Disney Retail.  Of course, there are plenty of “Frozen” products flying off the shelves and Disney is riding the retail sled as far as it will go.  A new “Frozen” film is in the works. The animated short “Frozen Fever” is expected to debut in the spring.  Disney is also replacing the classic Epcot ride Maelstrom with a new attraction based on the hit movie that earned about $400 million at the box office in North America.  “Let it go”? The answer from America’s kids seem to be pretty clear: Nuh-uh.

By |November 6th, 2014|Disney News and Events, Performer News & Events|Comments Off on Guess How Many Frozen Dresses Have Been Sold This Year?

Inside Cinderella’s Castle Apartment

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As previously mentioned, Walt Disney had an apartment built for his family in Disneyland above the fire station.  An apartment was also being built in Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom.  Sadly, Walt passed away before the completion of the park.  The room remained unfinished for 40 years and served as a storage unit and call center.

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In 2005, the Walt Disney Company decided to complete the suite. Today it’s called the Cinderella Castle Suite, and it looks like this.

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The Suite can sleep six and has antique furnishings from the 17th and 18th century along with an array of incredible amenities.

 

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The Royal Bath is fit for a king. The sinks are hand-hammered copper leaf basins with silver leaf.

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By |October 27th, 2014|Disney News and Events, General|Comments Off on Inside Cinderella’s Castle Apartment

Walt Disney’s Private Disneyland Apartment

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 Here at The Cinderella Company, we are all hardcore Disney followers.  Many of you out there probably already know about Walt Disney’s private apartment above the fire station on Main Street USA where he and his family used to hide out, but for those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, this will be some new, fun information for you.  As Disneyland was constructed, Walt Disney wanted a place to stay and watch the activity in the park. So, he had a special apartment constructed on the second floor of the Main Street Firehouse. This apartment was private and hidden from the rest of Disneyland, and it was the perfect place for Walt to do quiet work, or enjoy time with his family.

 

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The apartment was built very small and fully operational. It had a small bathroom, with a shower, along with a small kitchen unit. The furniture design was in a “Firehouse” look, with reds, and whites, decorating the room. The original decorator of the apartment was Emil Kuri, a set designer for many Disney films, and also the decorator of Main Street, itself.  Mr. Disney did not allow any pictures of him or his family while inside the apartment, except for one photograph featured in National Geographic Magazine in 1963.

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The apartment also had a quiet patio attached to it. Lillian Disney often used the patio for her afternoon tea, or to entertain guests. The patio was also decorated accordingly with white wicker furniture.  The patio was very private, vines surrounded the wood patio, blocking any observers from the street. When Walt Disney worked in the apartment, he would often work at a small wooden desk, near the far right window, facing Main Street below. The day Disneyland opened, he watched from his apartments window how the crowds poured through the gates.

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Several years before her death, Walt’s eldest daughter Diane Disney Miller, revealed some of the secrets about the apartment in an interview for the Huffington Post. “It was their refuge, it was their little place. The décor, it was all little things that they picked up when they were travelling around the country various times… It was really a very cozy, family place,” she told the website The apartment which is still there today is not open to the public, but acts as a quiet little time capsule discovered 60 years later.  Although much of the original furniture has been removed, Disney designers have tried to remain faithful to its original look by being decorated with antiques, cranberry red glass lampshades, vintage instruments and a grandfather clock. It still looks today as it did when Walt Disney kept it as his personal home inside Disneyland.”

Miller provides some fun anecdotes of the good old days when the family used the apartment:

— “The decor, it was all little things that they picked up when they were traveling around the country various times, and it was decorated by Emile Kuri, who had decorated many of the films, including ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,’ and it was lovingly done. It was really a very cozy, family place.”

— “…if there were special people in the park, mother and dad would go out and they would invite them up. Early, it was during ‘Davy Crockett,’ I remember there was some event there that day and Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen were both out there for it, and dad was looking out that window and saw them and he said, ‘Hey, come on up!'”

— “…there was a fire pole in it, it’s not there now, but there was a door into the closet area that had a fire pole, like the firemen would have, and he showed it to them and said, ‘Why don’t you guys slide down that?’ And they did! People would say, did your father ever do that? I’m sure he didn’t.”

 

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And one last fun fact: according to FindingMickey, “The lamp in the window is always on to show his spirit is still there.”

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By |October 24th, 2014|Disney News and Events|Comments Off on Walt Disney’s Private Disneyland Apartment

Inside Movies Disney announces 2016 release for animated feature ‘Moana’

 

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Disney Animation announced  today that it will release its 56th animated feature, Moana, in late 2016 — two years ahead of its originally predicted 2018 date.  Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed plans today for Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. In theaters in late 2016, the film is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin).

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from The Little Mermaid to Aladdin to The Princess and the Frog,” said Clements. “Creating Moana is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

 

By |October 20th, 2014|Disney News and Events|Comments Off on Inside Movies Disney announces 2016 release for animated feature ‘Moana’

Non Scary Halloween Movies for Kids

As a mom, I try to make the holidays in our house as memorable as possible.  One family tradition for us is to watch age appropriate Halloween movies together starting the beginning of October up until Halloween.  Depending on your children’s ages, these are some of our family’s favorites that we have watched throughout the years.

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1.  The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Dreamed up by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington—the “King of Halloween”—who, tired with staging Halloween festivities year after year, finds a door to Christmas Town and decides to try his hand at that holiday, instead. We dare you not to have the songs from this musical flick stuck in your head for days after watching. “This is Halloween” should be the unofficial theme song of October! Best of all, it also makes a great Christmas movie.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

 

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2.  Coraline (1993)

Based on Neil Gaiman’s popular “children’s horror” novel, Coraline is in many ways similar to Alice in Wonderland—only creepier. Unhappy about relocating to a new house and leaving all her friends behind, the gutsy heroine discovers a door to an alternative world. There she finds attentive, doting versions of her real parents and other exciting wonders. But this new world is more dangerous than it seems and Coraline must find a way to rescue her family and herself.

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

 

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3.  Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

Based on Neil Gaiman’s popular “children’s horror” novel, Coraline is in many ways similar to Alice in Wonderland—only creepier. Unhappy about relocating to a new house and leaving all her friends behind, the gutsy heroine discovers a door to an alternative world. There she finds attentive, doting versions of her real parents and other exciting wonders. But this new world is more dangerous than it seems and Coraline must find a way to rescue her family and herself.

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

 

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4.  Harry Potter  (Family Favorite)

Based on Neil Gaiman’s popular “children’s horror” novel, Coraline is in many ways similar to Alice in Wonderland—only creepier. Unhappy about relocating to a new house and leaving all her friends behind, the gutsy heroine discovers a door to an alternative world. There she finds attentive, doting versions of her real parents and other exciting wonders. But this new world is more dangerous than it seems and Coraline must find a way to rescue her family and herself.

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

 

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5.  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

Talk about an oldie that’s definitely a goodie! This short classic tells the story of a stuffy schoolteacher who tries to win the love of the prettiest girl in town with his act of bravery. Whereas many films based on the Headless Horseman story are quite gruesome, this one is mild enough for a kindergartener.

Recommended Age: 6 and Up

 

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6.  It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

What is a Halloween without the Great Pumpkin? Linus’ optimistic wait in the pumpkin patch is a staple of the season. Plus, there are other fun, festive antics like trick-or-treating, apple bobbing and Snoopy taking his costume a little too seriously.

Recommended Age: 4 and Up

 

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7.  Hocus Pocus (1993)

A boy who is charged with keeping an eye on his nosy little sister on Halloween night accidentally unleashes the Sanderson Sisters—three witches from the Salem witch trials that suck the youth from little girls. Best part of the movie? The Sisters performing “I put a spell on you” at a Halloween party, hands down!

Recommended Age: 11 and Up

 

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8.  Corpse Bride (2005)

This is another gem from Tim Burton’s twisted imagination. Victor, a nervous and clumsy young man, accidentally marries a dead bride. He is taken to the Land of the Dead and must somehow escape in order to be reunited with his true fiancée in time for their wedding.

Recommended Age: 10 and Up

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9.  Beetlejuice (1988)

A newly-dead husband and wife discover that a family of the living has moved into their house, so they hire a crude “bio-exorcist” to scare them off. The friendship between the deceased couple and Lydia—the epitome of a neglected and gloomy teenager—is heart-warming and the rockin’ 80’s styling will give you a good chuckle. But really…Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Do we need to say more?

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

 

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10.  Casper (1995)

The iconic cartoon character stars in this sweet film. Poor Casper has always struggled with being lonely and when he finally finds a friend, he tries to bring himself back to life. But things do not go according to plan. At its heart, this is a tender ghost-meets-girl story. And Casper whispering “can I keep you” never fails to make us tear up!

Recommended Age: 6 and Up

 

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11.  Halloweentown (1998)  (Our Family’s Favorite)

Marnie Piper has always been obsessed with Halloween, much to her mother’s despair. But it turns out there is something her mom is keeping from her—she’s a witch! When grandmother Aggie arrives for her annual Halloween visit, Marnie follows her to a strange place called Halloweentown. This installment is the first of a magical trilogy—the two sequels will be better appreciated by kids 8 and up.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

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12.  Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (or, okay, Mogwai) are the original Furbies. Thankfully, Furby never multiplied after getting wet or turned into a trouble-causing reptile. While the film doesn’t revolve around Halloween, watching these little monsters cause chaos is totally in the spirit of this trick-or-treating holiday.

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

 

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13.  Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

This Disney classic is what Mary Poppins would be if it had witches, wizards and magic bedknobs that make your bed fly. The theme involves World War II and Nazi invasions, but is handled with kid gloves. Bonus points if your kiddo starts using “bedknobs” in regular conversation!

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

 

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14.  Halloween is Grinch Night (1977)

Is How the Grinch Stole Christmas a Christmas go-to in your house? Then your family will love this lesser-known, Halloween-themed prequel. The Emmy Award-winning cartoon is filled with the same Grinch antics we loved in the original, with just enough holiday-appropriate spook to keep young children entertained.

Recommended Age: 4 and Up

 

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15.  The Worst Witch (1986)

Before Harry Potter got his scar, there was Mildred Hubble. And while fame and fortune come easily to Harry, Mildred struggles with being the worst student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. This sweet movie about a triumphant underdog will entertain kiddos who may be too young for Hogwarts adventures. Plus, Tim Curry makes a campy (and musical) appearance as the hunkiest warlock around!

Recommended Age: 6 and up

 

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16.  The Witches (1990)

While visiting the seaside with his grandmother, Luke stumbles upon a convention of witches who are hatching a plan to exterminate children. He must find a way to stop them—a task that seems infinitely harder once he is turned into a mouse. The witches are scary enough to give us a fright—especially when they peel off their human costumes.

Recommended Age: 8 and Up

 

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17.  Labyrinth (1986)

Dealing with sibling rivalry? Labyrinth is a must-watch for anyone who has ever felt fed-up with a younger sib. When Sarah wishes that Goblins would take her baby brother, the King of the Goblins comes and whisks the boy away to a Labyrinth. Sarah must venture inside and solve it within thirteen hours to get her little brother back. Filled with fantastical Jim Henson puppets, this movie has magic enough to enchant the kiddos. Plus, David Bowie is perfect as the brooding, discontent Jareth.

Recommended Age: 8 and Up

 

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18. Young Frankenstein (1974)  (Mom’s Favorite)

Mel Brooks directed this wacky comedy about Doctor Frankenstein’s grandson who follows in his mad scientist footsteps. The slapstick comedy and juvenile gags will draw kids in. The film is a fun parody of classic horror movies, so if your children are always begging to stay up and watch the scarier stuff with you—this is a good compromise.

Recommended Age: 10 and Up

By |October 7th, 2014|Disney News and Events, life|0 Comments