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Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

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


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


Guess How Many Frozen Dresses Have Been Sold This Year?

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

I came across this from CNN.


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.


Holiday Planning Time-line

By |November 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Holiday Planning Time-line


With Halloween over, this now means I have to kicked into gear to get organized for the Winter holidays.  As a working mother, my time is extremely limited.   However, I really love the holidays and making them as memorable as I can for my family, so that means being organized.  As we all know, the holiday season is stressful enough.  For me though, as my kids get older I am fighting very hard to keep those family memories and experiences alive.   Halloween decorations were taken down yesterday and everything will be drying out over the next few days before they are packed away for next year’s use  (see previous post about Holiday Organizing Tips).  My Halloween Wreath is now being replaced with an Autumn berry one from Smith & Hawkins and my Christmas cards were ordered yesterday!!!  I learned a long time ago that by doing a few holiday tasks each week will prevent burn out that we feel this time of year.  One of the first things on my list is the holiday card.


Holiday Cards:  I may be a bit longer in the tooth, but I love sending out and receiving holiday photos.  For me, it’s my way of staying in touch with friends and family. Now I totally understand with Facebook and social media, that people tend to post things online, but receiving a card in the mail is truly special and that is why I continue to do it.  Years ago though, I found the idea of taking and selecting the annual photo to be very stressful because I am perfectionist and it wasn’t always easy for me to get my kids to cooperate, so I opted to hire a photographer to take their photo–and what do you know, they were total angels during the photo session.  Now a days I simply choose one from a family summer vacation and have them printed up and whoala, they are ready to mailed by the beginning of December and I have no stress!!!!  Places like Shutterfly are a great resource for printable cards.  The key though is early ordering, so start thinking about what photo you will be using.  You can also order address labels at the same time and you’ll be all set to go!


Inside Cinderella’s Castle Apartment

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


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.


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



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




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



Why do Hackers Hack?

By |October 26th, 2014|General, life|0 Comments


Some of you may have noticed that we have turned the comments portion on our blog off.  This will remain off temporarily because someone has been inundating us with spam comments.  We have also had our fair share of someone trying to disrupt our site for their own use.  I don’t know about you, but every time I turn around, another large company has been breached by hackers– 6 months back Target stores were breached, JP Morgan and more recently Home Depot.  It is so completely frustrating and alarming, because as consumers we are constantly having to cancel credit cards and change our passwords in hopes that no one steals our personal information.  This leads me to ask, why?  There are four reasons I can tell you why people hack.  I will also share how we can prevent this from happening .

Hacking to Steal:

One of the main reasons that people hack a system is to steal information or money. A large portion of hacking attempts fall into this category. Banks and large companies are common targets for hacking jobs, but sometimes smaller companies or even a specific person’s computer are targeted, as well.

Hacking for Fun:

Some hackers make attempts on computers, servers or network systems just for their personal gratification. Others may feel that they need to prove something to their peers or friends, and hack something only for the challenge.

Hacking to Use:

They want to use your computer. They will use your computer like an internet relay chat so they can discuss openly things they do not want to discuss on their own servers. They store illicit material (pornography, pirated music, pirated software etc.) on your computer so this illegal activity does not lead to their own computer.

Hacking to Disrupt:

There are also some hackers, including hacking groups; that target a company for in order to disrupt business, create chaos and just be a nuisance. These groups often be trying to make a statement with their hacking, demonstrate security inadequacies, or to show general disapproval for the business itself. Examples of hacking groups that made headlines are Anonymous and LulzSec.

So now that you know why people hack, here is some additional information to consider.

What are hackers?

Hackers are people who try to gain unauthorised access to your computer. This is normally done through the use of a ‘backdoor’ program installed on your machine.  You can protect yourself from these by using a firewall and a good up-to-date anti-virus program. You would normally get such a backdoor program by opening an E-mail attachment containing the backdoor program. It is normal for such a backdoor program to send out more copies of itself to everyone in your address book, so it is possible for someone you know to unintentionally send you a malicious program. A few backdoor programs can work with any e-mail program by sitting in memory and watching for a connection to a mail server, rather than actually running from within a specific mail program. These programs automatically attach themselves to any e-mail you send, causing you to unintentionally send out malicious programs to your friends and associates.

What damage can a hacker do?

This depends upon what backdoor program(s) are hiding on your PC. Different programs can do different amounts of damage. However, most allow a hacker to smuggle another program onto your PC. This means that if a hacker can’t do something using the backdoor program, he can easily put something else onto your computer that can. Hackers can see everything you are doing, and can access any file on your disk. Hackers can write new files, delete files, edit files, and do practically anything to a file that could be done to a file. A hacker could install several programs on to your system without your knowledge. Such programs could also be used to steal personal information such as passwords and credit card information. Some backdoor programs even allow a hacker to listen in on your conversations using your computer’s microphone if one is attached!

The first step that your criminal hackers undertake is to find known or common weakness in the various website platforms. Popular platforms that are regularly under attack are WordPress, Joomla, Magento, osCommerce, and Zen Cart. These platforms are popular with hackers because they are popular with masses who are attracted to their open-source nature and the fact that they are free. Hackers will obviously be able to attack and reach more computer systems the more popular the platform.

Advice on Protecting your PC:

A skilled hacker will do whatever it takes to break into your computer. Just ask Microsoft. Even a giant software company is not completely safe. The company was hacked by a Trojan-horse program hidden inside an innocent-looking email attachment. The Trojan horse replicated itself throughout Microsoft’s internal network and eventually emailed proprietary secrets back to the originator of the Trojan horse. Follow these six steps to protect your computer from being hacked:
* Don’t let other people onto your computer unless you really trust them. A great way to do this is to password-protect your computer.
* Don’t ever open attachments. Avoid Trojan horses and viruses by following this rule. For more information, go here.
* Turn off file sharing if you don’t need it. If a port scan is done on your computer, a hacker may find a back door to your machine and access your files.
* Use an antivirus program and keep it up to date. For more information, go here.
* If you have a constant Internet connection, use a firewall. For more information, go here.
* Routinely update Windows software. This is extremely important. Updates fix many bugs and known security holes within the Windows operating system.


How do I know if a site is secure?

Internet security is a matter of great concern for internet users. It is important to know if a website is secure or not while surfing the internet. A secure website creates a safe connection between the website and the web browser so that entered data, such as personal information, credit card details, banking information, etc, is not accessible to unauthorized entities. When the browser opens a secured connection, “https” can be seen in the URL instead of just http. To know if a website is secure or not, look for the locked yellow colored padlock symbol on the lower right corner of the browser window.

There are two general indications of a secured web page:
1) Check the web page URL
Normally, when browsing the web, the URLs (web page addresses) begin with the letters “http”. However, over a secure connection the address displayed should begin with “https” – note the “s” at the end.
Try it! – Visit our home page ( Note the URL begins with the “http” meaning this page is not secure. Click the link in the upper-right hand corner to “Log in”. Notice the change in the URL? It now begins with “https”, meaning the user name and password typed in will be encrypted before sent to our server.
2) Check for the “Lock” icon
There is a de facto standard among web browsers to display a “lock” icon somewhere in the window of the browser (NOT in the web page display area!) For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer displays the lock icon in the lower-right of the browser window:
MS Internet Explorer Lock
As another example, Mozilla’s FireFox Web Browser displays the lock icon in the lower-left corner:
Mozilla FireFox Lock Icon
THE LOCK ICON IS NOT JUST A PICTURE! Click (or double-click) on it to see details of the site’s security. This is important to know because some fraudulent web sites are built with a bar at the bottom of the web page to imitate the lock icon of your browser! Therefore it is necessary to test the functionality built into this lock icon. Furthermore, it is very important to KNOW YOUR BROWSER! Check your browser’s help file or contact the makers of your browser software if you are unsure how to use this functionality.
Try it! – Visit our home page ( Click the link to “Log in” to initiate a secure session. Note the lock icon display in YOUR browser. Click the icon, or double-click (varies by browser), and examine the security information displayed about the web site. If there is no display at the bottom of your browser try clicking “View” in the main menu and make sure “Status Bar” is checked.
Other Indicators of a Secured Web Page
Many SSL Certificate vendors (Verisign, GeoTrust,, etc.) also provide a “site seal” to the owners of these web sites. Common characteristics of these site seals include:
High Visibility – Online merchants want you to see these site seals. They want you to know they have made every effort to make their site a safe shopping experience. Therefore, the site seal is usually located where you, the customer, can easily see it.
Difficult to Duplicate – The site seals are designed to be difficult for thieves and scammers to duplicate. Many times the site seal will have a date and time stamp on it.
Verification Functionality – The site seal should have some functionality whether by clicking on the seal or by hovering your mouse over the seal. The functionality should display detailed information about the web site you are visiting.
These site seals should not necessarily be trusted on their own, but should serve as a reminder to “investigate further”…
1) Check for that “https” in the prefix of the web page address.
2) Click on that “lock icon” in the status bar of your browser.
If everything looks good, the company or individual(s) running that web site have provided you with a safe means of communicating your sensitive information. The web page is “secure”.
Browse Safely!


Let it Go

By |October 25th, 2014|life|Comments Off on Let it Go


 I really can’t help but use the phrase, “Let it Go” right now.  Today we had to cancel  several of our large Halloween events throughout the Northern CA region that we spent a lot of time preparing for, due to the rain.  Although it was very sad and disappointing to have to do that, Jennifer and I kept our emotions in check and dealt accordingly with what needed to be done.  This of course got me to thinking.  As people, how do you react when life throws a curve ball?  For me personally, when I was a bit younger and my children were small, I didn’t always take unexpected challenges in stride.  I really hate having to admit that, but it’s the truth.  I can vividly remember certain challenging situations happening, and I found myself becoming somewhat emotionally charged over them–okay, very emotionally charged.  And there was my husband right beside me telling me to calm down; thank God for that!  The reason that I say that is because these were not serious life and death issues–no one was hurt in the process, it was simply a matter of my having high expectations and wanting what I wanted.  As I’ve gotten older though and I have grown as a parent, a business owner and a person, very little phases me now.  I totally understand that “life happens” and “it is what it is”.  As people, we can either spend our much needed time and energy worrying, being sad or complaining about something that we have no control over, or we can accept the situation at hand, deal with it as best as possible and then move on from it.   I promise, the faster we let go of something the faster we will pass through the situation. So as I have learned to tell my kids, “if life hands you a bunch of lemons, make some lemonade out of it! ” For you adults, I suggest vodka and tonic.



Walt Disney’s Private Disneyland Apartment

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


 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.




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.



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.




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.”




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


The Cinderella Company; The Best Princess Party Company

By |October 23rd, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Cinderella Company; The Best Princess Party Company


When people ask me what separates The Cinderella Company apart from other character companies, my answer is always the same, “Jennifer and I along with our entire cast all love what we do and it is that devotion combined with our high quality and attention to detail that separates us from the rest.”   We are a boutique style company whose focus will always be quality versus quantity.  All you need to do is to read through all of our Yelp reviews (88 filtered and 66 non filtered) to understand that.  This company was created many years ago out of our love for making people happy, and it is our heart and soul that is our driving force behind all that we do.



The Cinderella Company is devoted exclusively to entertainment of the highest quality, created to capture your child’s imagination and delight your friends and family in the process.  It is the quality of our costumes, wigs and props, to our theme related activities, attention to detail and of course our very talented cast that is what sets us apart from the other companies.  It is our daily goal to create lasting memories for you and your child.  With all of these things combined, Bay Area Parent Magazine has awarded us with numerous gold, silver and bronze medals for the last 5 years, as we have won as Best Party Entertainer and Children’s Entertainment Company in the SF/Marin/San Jose/East Bay/Silicon Valley/Peninsula region.




Here at The Cinderella Company, we offer many different magical storybook themes for you to choose from.  Imagine the look on your child’s face, as their dreams come to life as their favorite character interacts with them. Imagine the delight in your little girl’s eyes as the Princess she adores calls her by her name. Imagine the surprise your little boy will have when the superhero he idolizes asks him to help assist in some superhero training. These are not just moments to imagine but realities to experience. From our ever popular snow queen theme to our superhero parties for boys, our parties packages are a true hit with young and older guests.

Please call us today if we can assist you in any way for hosting your child’s event.



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

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




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.”



Rainy Day Solutions for Outdoor Children’s Parties

By |October 15th, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips|0 Comments



It’s raining today and I am so very happy because here in Napa Valley we are in need of some water.  However for those of you hosting outdoor parties, the idea of rain the day of your event is the last thing you want to deal with or think about.  Several years back while I was hosting parties, I had a client who was having a Barnyard theme.  My staff and I were handling the decor and activities.  We all knew that rain was expected, but was trying to hope for the best.  The client however refused to accept the idea of it raining on her parade and requested that we still set up outside.    We set a very cute table with gingham cloths and rustic table ware, there were hay bales in the back yard and game activities as well.    The petting zoo arrived just after set up and that is when the rain began.  Prior to setting the table though, I had some staff  members make a large enough clearing in the client’s family room.  The long table and chairs was immediately carried inside and the party took place indoors instead without a hitch.  As for the petting zoo, they too had a roof over their heads in the garage.   Having a “Back up Plan” is a major must.   So, if you are planning an outdoor event and rain occurs you have some options. Below are some tips that I suggest.


Be Decisive:  

As women, many of us are emotional by nature.  I am a planner by nature. I need to always be organized and in control; I need to micro manage, this is just part of my DNA. But I am only human after all, and one of the things I cannot control is the weather. With that said, we all need to be able to go with flow when unexpected things happen. I always say that things happen for a reason, so just let it go.   Take a deep breath and start making some decisions.

Move it Indoors

When rain threatens an outdoor party,  you may have to move the party indoors. This unfortunately is not always easy to do  without some preplanning. When planning your outdoor party, it’s a good idea to start plan for an indoor party as well. When creating the guest list, for example, consider how many people you can reasonably fit indoors.  Take into consideration your house’s floor plan.  Are there pieces of furniture that can be easily moved to another room for some additional space? Many themes can easily make the transition from outside to inside, while others are definitely suited for an outdoor setting. Ex. a pool party.




Indoor-Outdoor Party

Several years back I hosted a Jurassic Park party for a client and for that event it was pouring rain.  In this particular case, the client’s house was really small and she had invited a group of 12 -15 children and did not want to cancel on her son.  We therefore decided to set up 2- tents outside and this is where we did our activities such as dinosaur digs and excavation craft kits as well as serving and eating lunch.  The indoor  space was utilized for our storytelling part of the party which was totally fine.  The main challenge at this event is that it was a bit muddy outside so we had to make sure that the children removed all of their shoes before going into the house.  This may have not been the most ideal situation, but the show still went on and that is what the client cared about.  If you have a deck, patio, awning or gazebo you can easily do an outdoor part with coverage.  Some people are even willing to use their garages if needed.  Tents are pretty inexpensive to rent and purchase.  Places like Orchard’s Hardware sells 10 x 10 canopy tents for as little as $99.  You can also ask friends to see if they have one to borrow.

Word of advice though.  Call parents on the day of the party and ask them to pack their kids’ rain gear.  Being a parent myself, I would want to know if you are planning a party outside. If the temperature is warm enough, it won’t hurt your guests to get a little wet. If the temperature is colder, they will be prepared for that.





Setting a Rain-date:

Not many, but some clients will opt to reschedule their event due to the rainy weather.  If your party truly relies on its outdoor setting and a sunny day, you may have no choice but to reschedule. Choose a rain date and add it to the invitation.  Depending on where you are located, you most likely won’t have to use it, but it’s best for guests to know ahead of time what to do in the event of rain. A rain date is also a good way of letting guests know to keep the secondary date free, as well.   If hiring a character company, a bounce house, petting zoo, etc, it is extremely important to find out if you will be billed a fee for rescheduling.




For my client’s Barnyard party, her husband was grilling hotdogs and hamburgers.  Most men are fine standing under an umbrella if needed, but you may want to change your menu selection to something easier if you have a few days warning.