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“Miles from Tomorrowland” News


Do you have a “Miles from Tomorrowland” fan living in your home?  Well I have a sneak peek for you to share!

Disney Junior is ready to blast off three new episodes of “Miles from Tomorrowland” this Friday, March 20th!  The episodes will air back to back starting at 9:00 am ET/PT on Disney Channel as part of Disney Junior’s exciting “Triple Play Friday” event taking place each Friday throughout the month of March.

Below is the information provided to me to share with you courtesy of Disney Junior!

“Happy Captain’s Day / Planet of the Plants” premieres at 9:00 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel. This episode will kick off the special Friday “Miles from Tomorrowland” event! Here’s a sneak peek of the episode!

In an effort to give Captain Phoebe a wonderful Captain’s Day, Miles, Loretta and Leo embark on a nearly impossible space-task. Then, during a mission to Antheia, a planet completely covered with orange plants, the Callistos discover something stranger than the plants.

Here’s another peak at the Captain’s Day special episode!

The second episode in the “Miles from Tomorrowland” line up is “Ride of the Quarkons / Downsized.” It premieres at 9:25 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel.


The Callistos encounter a pod of Quarkons blocking the Photon Superhighway. Then, when the Callisto family is accidently shrunken down by the Tomorrowland Mail-alien, the tiny family must work together to help Merc save an off-course starship.

The last episode “To the Goldilocks Zone / Hiccup in the Plan” premieres at 9:50 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel.


Miles helps scout out the perfect planet for his Earth friend Haruna to live on. Then, the Callistos must figure out how to escape when a giant Sporjot alien swallows the Stellosphere.

Thank you again to Disney Channel Media Relations for supplying me with the great video clips and content I was able to share with you today!

Have a ‘blastastic’ weekend everyone and I hope your kids enjoy the shows!

This Mom’s Thoughts On Disney’s Club Penguin

 Do Your Children Play Club Penguin?

This post is sponsored. I was given a Club Penguin Membership. The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the sponsor.

My son has asked to play in the on-line virtual world known as Club Penguin for over a year.  Up until last week, I told him no.  Do you know why I said no? I didn’t like the idea of him playing an on-line game that interacts with other people when he is young age of seven. I didn’t trust that he would be safe and I didn’t take the time to educate myself on Club Penguin.

Then a press release came into my inbox.

Club Penguin

My son LOVES Star Wars Rebels. I knew he’d enjoy finally having the opportunity to play on Club Penguin too, so I took the time to educate myself on Club Penguin. If you’re child has been asking about Club Penguin too, and your hesitant to jump into their snow-covered world, I’m going to share with you what I found.

I was thrilled to find out that Club Penguin uses filtering technology and live moderators to ensure that it delivers a fun and safe entertainment experience for kids. Surprisingly, it’s free for any child to play, but a paid membership allows for upgraded features, like cool clothing for their penguin and a wider variety of colors for their penguin’s pets. When I set up my son’s Club Penguin account, I was impressed to find an entire section dedicated to Parents!  In this section, parents can learn how to set a “Play Timer” to limit their children’s time on Club Penguin, educate themselves on the Club Penguin’s learning and development attributes and find out exactly what their children mean when they talk about their “Puffles”, and there is a boat load of other Club Penguin knowledge to dig into. However, my favorite thing about Club Penguin is the “intuitive safe chat” feature.  This feature allows children to communicate to each other with a list of suggested words and phrases to select from in their chat. The dialog is appropriate to the game the kids are playing, while blocking all inappropriate language. I set my son’s account to use this feature and I’m extremely happy with the results.

We played for over an hour last night and again this evening, trying to earn our, I mean HIS, Lightsaber.  It’s tougher than I thought! We’ve really been enjoying it, so much so, that I have been asked, by my son, to step away from the decorating.  I’m sorry but I thought it was only appropriate to have two floor plants to balance out the room in his Igloo. Apparently purchasing more “Puffles” was more important to him…I understand, they are cute.

Needless to say, Club Penguin is truly a great experience for children. After visiting Club Penguin with my child the past two days,  I feel comfortable allowing him to enjoy the experience without me hovering around the entire time. Although I can see him getting “hooked” on the game and wanting to play for hours on end, I know with the Play Timer feature, Club Penguin will be a great alternative to TV time and one that maybe Mommy can join in the fun too!

 Now through February 4th, Club Penguin is transformed into the home planet of the Disney XD hit TV show, Star Wars Rebels.

Club Penguin Star Wars Rebels Takeover

For a limited time, Club Penguins players can “Join the Rebellion” in a quest to save the island against the Imperial forces, all while stylishly dressing their penguins in Star Wars-themed outfits and decorating their Igloos with galactic furniture.  Members can even earn their penguin different color Lightsabers, after completing special missions from the Ghost crew. (We’re working on it!)

Is your child ready to join the Club Penguin Rebellion?

Do you watch Star Wars Rebels as a family?

Star Wars Rebels airs Monday evenings at 9 pm (ET/PT) on Disney XD.

Disney and Smucker’s Offer Contest AND Disney-Inspired Recipes and Crafts

This Olaf-inspired food art is just one of the new Disney-Inspired recipes created through Disney’s new partnership with Smucker’s Uncrustables!

Disney and Smuckers partner for great new disney inspired recipes
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Disney Family has just kicked off 2015 with a bunch of new recipes, crafts, activities, and a fun “Show Your Disney Adventure” contest to win a Disney Parks Vacation!

Below is Disney’s press release that I just received. I know you want the scoop too, so read below! 


Disney Family offers moms and families a big library of thousands of recipes, crafts, and activities, all in one beautiful, easy-to-use site. There’s also a “Mom’s Disney Sidekick” section, which is presented by Smucker’s® Uncrustables® and offers tips and ideas on making the fun and magic of Disney easy and convenient. New ideas have just been added to help jump start 2015 and the return to the classroom. Bring Disney to life at home with fun recipes and articles like:

·         Lion King-Inspired Simba

·         Frozen-Inspired Olaf

·         Cars-Inspired Tow Mater

Uncrustables and Disney are also hosting the Show Your Disney Adventure promotion where one winner and 3 guests will receive a magical vacation package at Disney Parks. To enter, share a photo showing your Disney Side online at or through the Disney Applause app starting today through February 16.

Adorable Disney Food Art AND a contest to win a Disney Parks trip! Now that’s some good news! Time to find the perfect Disney photo! Have a great day everyone and good luck!

A Final Ride On The Monorail For This Year’s Holiday Decor

“Please Stand Clear Of The Doors.”

As some Disney fans celebrate Russian Orthodox Christmas today and other Christians are in the process of packing away their Christmas décor for the season, I thought it would be fun to take a final ride on the monorail and enjoy the outstanding decorations at Disney’s Monorail Resorts one last time. Why don’t you grab a cup of hot coco and join me for a quick ride on the rail?

First Stop ~ Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Inspired by Mary Blair’s “it’s a small world”, this Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle is over 17′ tall, so we can easily see it as we zip through Grand Canyon Concourse!

Contemporary Holiday Display 2014

Next Stop ~ Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

We all love the beautiful interior of “The Grand,” but have you looked at the Victorian garlands that adorn the entrance?

The Grand Floridian's Entrance Holiday Decor

Here’s a close up!

Close of Grand Floridian's Christmas Garland

Our final stop~ Disney’s Polynesian Resort

New lobby at the Polynesian Resort

We’ll stay here a bit longer just to take in a few extra views of the newly renovated lobby.

Disney's Polynesian Resort new lobby

What a difference!  I hardly recognize the resort’s lobby! I do love the new furniture!

Disney's Poynesian Resort Lobby Furniture

Here’s a close up of the overhead lighting. Isn’t it beautiful!?

Disney's Poynesian Resort

One last look before heading outside!

Poly Holiday 2014

As our little tour of the holiday décor comes to an end, here’s a glimpse of the new bungalows on the lagoon!

Disney Vacation Club Polynesian Villas

Although they are currently still under construction, I believe a week-long vacation in one of these bungalows would be a perfect gift for Santa to bring me next year! What do you think?

Disney's Polynesian Resort DVC property

I hope you’ve enjoyed a final look at the holiday decor in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area!  I know I did!

I’d like to thank Vanessa Mroczka for the fantastic photos that I posted on the blog today! All of the images were taken by her with the use of her shiny new camera she got for Christmas!  Keep taking photos Vanessa! 

My visit to Walt Disney’s barn

DSC_0174This is a hard post for me to write. It may sound silly to most people, but visiting Walt Disney’s barn was emotional for me. Why you might ask? Well, I believe Walt was a special man who stood for so many things that I find important in life, such as creativity, family, persistence, bravery, and dedication. This barn, Walt’s barn, was not only a place for him to enjoy his train hobby but it was also the birthplace of Disney Imagineering.  It is a building where his great mind and those great minds around him met to create amazing things. Walking through Walt Disney’s barn and seeing so many of his personal items that tell a story about a special part of his life was overwhelming for me. I’ve wanted to share this experience with those of you that admire Walt and his accomplishments, but I have struggled to find the words to write something that I would feel could do the barn justice. Today I have decided to share my visit primarily through photos. I’m not educated on trains and miniatures, nor did I know Walt Disney personally for he passed away before my birth, so the information that accompanies the photos is directly from spending time in the barn listening to volunteers. I recommend visiting the barn on your own.  I’m certain you will learn more than I can ever tell you in this post today.  Below are photos of items that stood out to me and I’m excited to share them with you today, the anniversary of the sad day Walt Disney passed.

DSC_0175Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn currently resides at Griffith Park in Los Angeles California.  It was moved to this location from its original home on Carolwood Drive in 1999 by Diane Disney Miller, Walt’s daughter, when the barn was at risk of being torn down.  She donated it to the non-profit Carolwood Foundation with connections to the Los Angeles Live Steamers Club where Walt Disney was a charter member.

Walt Disneys Barn

I’m happy to report that if you’re visiting Disneyland in Anaheim and would like to visit this Disney attraction around the corner in LA, it’s FREE!  Walt’s Barn is open to the public on the third Sunday of each month from 11am until 3pm. The barn is staffed by devoted experts on Walt’s history with trains and lucky for visitors they donate their time to tell his story.

Walts Barn suggested donation

There is a suggested donation amount, however I can tell you that the staff collecting donations at the gate acted shocked when we paid it. After visiting a Disney theme park, their suggested donation was a steal for an amazing experience rich with history.

Walt Disneys Barn

As you enter into the barn, to the left you’ll find historical information about the barn, including a photograph of a barn that was located on the farm Walt Disney lived on during the early years of his childhood. Walt’s Carolwood Barn was modeled after this barn. The information is attached to the door of what use to be a space for the toilet.

Around the corner of the space is the tidy up area.  Since Walt often started work early in the day, he would come to the barn to get ready. He would use this sink, a shaving kit and small mirror to clean up before going into the office.

Walt Disney's wash area in his barn.

On the right side of the barn’s door is this antique phone.  Walt used it to communicate with anyone at the main house.

Walt's phone in his barn

Next to this phone I found Walt’s Central Track Control area. A small plaque attached to the switchboard display reads: “The switchboard was used by Walt Disney to operate the 11 turnouts (switches) on the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Lights on the panel indicated the location of the train on the 2,615 feet of track. A tracking system similar to this is still used on a slightly larger scale, along the route of the Disneyland Railroad. Built by Lee Adams at the Walt Disney Studio.”

Switchboard in Walt's barn

Next to his switchboard is one of Walt’s work benches.  He built all of the work benches found in the barn.

Walt's work bench

On top of this work bench are drawings of Walt’s train called the Lilly Belle, along with other memorabilia.

Walt Disney's work bench

Of course the barn is home to train displays, including this train that was purchased in London by Walt Disney in 1951. Sadly it never ran on Walt’s track, since it was damaged by water on its trip to Walt’s home. At that time Walt was busy planning Disneyland, so he never had time to repair it.

In Walt's Barn are some great trains including this one purchased in London.

This car was part of Walt’s famous Carolwood Pacific. The locomotive is on display in San Francesco at the Walt Disney Family Museum.

Carolwood Pacific carThese few photo are merely a small amount of the images that I took while visiting Walt’s barn. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!

Walt's Barn

If a trip to Disneyland is in your future, consider adding a stop at Walt’s barn to your “Must Do” list.  I assure you, visiting Walt’s barn is truly a wonderful glimpse into Walt’s “happy place” before he created the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

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