Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday-April 23, 2014


"Characters on Parade"

Special Thanks goes out to Deb from Focused on the Magic for
hosting the weekly blog hop!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kid's Korner Plants Seeds In Honor of Earth Day!

In Honor Of Earth Day We're Bringing Back a Favorite Activity From Our Summer Camp Series

 How to Make It Through the Summer

 Week 1-Growing Magic Beans

Walt Disney said it best when he stated, “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” Over the years I’ve come to realize that many of my core beliefs when I teach  match up with his -the need to teach through storytelling, the need for innovation and creativity and that people are the most productive when they are inspired by what they have done.  Never is this truer than when seen through the eyes of a child.

Welcome to Summer Camp. A new weekly series to help you combat the two most dreaded words of the summer “I’m Bored!”  Each week we will be offering to you simple activities that you can do with the children in your life with virtually no prep and no expense.  The only limits are your imagination. Sound like fun? Then let’s get started! This week we’re starting with seeds.

To Gather Ahead of time: Plastic Cups, Cotton Balls, or Dirt, Lima Beans


Watching lima bean seeds grow into to a bean plant is a common science project for young children. Bean seeds that are placed in a plastic cup with moist cotton  germinate rapidly. The cotton retains the moisture for the seeds and provides just enough for them to germinate. It also keeps the seeds from getting too moist and from rotting. Once germinated, the seedlings can be dissected if it's a science experiment, or they can be transplanted right into your garden.

To create the magic of the project, read Mickey and the Beanstock or Jack and the Beanstalk.

Step 1
Have the children fill a plastic cup with cotton balls. Dirt can also be used in place of the cotton or fill two cups- one with dirt and one with cotton to use as a comparison later on.

Step 2
Have the children place several beans in between the cotton and the cup. This will allow them to see the seeds and observe them as they grow.

Step 3
Moisten the cotton with water so that it is damp but not soaked.

Step 4
 Place the cups in a sunny window and watch for germination.  Lima beans geminate quickly and you should start to see plants within a few days. As you can see, we had a sprout within a few hours!

Step 5
Transplant the germinated bean plants into a pot or a garden if you want to grow them to mature size.

No cups available? Try placing a seed on a moist paper towel inside of a zip lock bag and tape the bag to a window that gets sunlight.

Extending the Fun:
Buy small clay pots and let the children decorate their posts so that their plants can be transplanted once they are grown
Go on a nature walk through the neighborhood.  Collect seeds and leaves along the way. Bring them home to collage. Put out scraps of construction paper and let them create their own flower designs.

Act out the story of Mickey and the Beanstalk    

If you’re one of the lucky families that will be heading to Walt Disney World this summer and want to further explore be sure not to miss The Land Pavilion in Epcot.  Here you will be able to see first-hand the future of agriculture and will be able to interact with amazing plants, insects and fish.  Be sure to check out Behind the Seeds, a one-hour tour of the fish and the 4 greenhouses that make up The Land Pavilion.  In the meantime, let us know what you used for your seed project and what creative ideas you are using this summer with your children. We would love to hear from you and share your ideas, stories and pictures .Be sure to join us next week for Summer Camp Disney Gal Style.

Summer Is Upon Us With These Great Travel Discounts!

Disney & Orlando Digest – Week of April 21, 2014 Discounts with Destinations in Florida Travel

Celebrate Star Wars Weekends with Special Prices Over Memorial Weekend

Disney Discounts 

Walt Disney World® Resort
      Special Deal Ends on April 22!  Free Tickets & Great Prices on Memorial Weekend:  Are you ready to spend 24 hours at the Magic Kingdom Park?  Take advantage of special group prices, making our rates the lowest you will find over this popular holiday weekend.  Plus, book at least a 2 Day ticket and you get a free ticket to visit the Disney Water Parks or DisneyQuest.  You can only book this deal with Destinations in Florida. 
      New!  Summer Deal for Florida Residents:  Book your summer vacation and get a free Memory Maker photo package to remember your fun!  Book at least a 2-Night/2-Day Package at special prices, just for you!  Plus, get the Memory Maker for FREE!  This discount promotion is available from June 3-Aug. 2, 2014.
      Affordable Package with Room & Dining:  One of the most expensive parts of a Disney vacation are the tickets!  Save money and enjoy all of the other fun at the Disney with a Ticketless Package.  Book this new package with your hotel and one of the Disney Dining Plans, without the addition of tickets.
      Save up to 35% off Disney Resorts:  Planning a summer vacation to Disney World?  Now is the time to book your trip with savings up to 35% off the Disney Resort hotels.  These discounts run June 15-August 28.  Hurry, these discounts will sell out quickly!
      Free Day to Play at the Disney Theme Parks:  Buy 6 or more tickets for your family or friends with the 4-Day, 5-Day, 6-Day, 7-Day, 8-Day, or 9-Day tickets and you will get an extra day free.  Imagine another day to ride Splash Mountain or another day to get pictures with Mickey Mouse!  If you are visiting together, order your tickets together to save money!  Must book by June 14.
      Florida Resident & Annual Passholder Rates:  Florida Residents and Annual Passholders can take advantage of great rates on rooms at select Disney Resorts hotels for stays through early summer.
      Military Discount:  Active duty and retired members of the US military can get specially discounted rooms at Disney Resort most nights through September 27th, 2014.  Thank you for serving our country.  

Disneyland® Resort
      Save Up to 20% Off Your Hotel:  Visit Sunday through Thursday nights from April 20-June 8, 2014 and save up to 20% off your hotel.  Hurry, this discount ends by May 8, 2014.

Disney Cruise Line®
   Special Rates for Florida Residents and US Military:  Take advantage of special deals for Florida Residents and active/retired United States Military.
   Last Minute Restricted Deals:  If you are flexible about the location of your stateroom and willing to book last minute you may be able to save BIG! Disney offers Restricted Guarantee rooms 15-60 days before departure dates, sometimes just a few days before departure. These are very restricted and with many rules, but if you are not picky you can save up 40%.
   Canadian Resident Deal:  If you are a Canadian Resident, you can enjoy 20% off select rates on the May 24, 2014 Alaska sailing departing from Vancouver, Canada.  Take advantage of this special deal, just for you!

Aulani Hawaii
      Get up to a $500 Room Credit to Spend During Your Visit:  Book a 1 or 2-Bedroom Villa from April 23-June 16, 2014 and receive up to a $500 resort credit for a 4-Night vacation.  Book a Deluxe Studio or regular room for 4 nights and receive a $400 resort credit.

Universal Orlando Resort Discounts
      Cabana Bay Beach Resort Florida Resident Deal:  Are you ready to experience the spectacular new Cabana Bay Beach Resort?  It is opening this week!  Florida Residents can be the 1st to experience this new hotel at special prices, just for you.  Rates start from just $94 per night plus tax.  This deal is good from April 25-June 5.  
      4th Night and 3rd Day Free:  Book a Universal Partner hotel for 3 nights with a 2 Day Base ticket and receive your 4th night and 3rd day at the parks for FREE! 
      Save up to $500 on your Universal Package:  Stay at one of the Universal Hotels including Cabana Bay Hotel, Royal Pacific Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or Portofino Bay Hotel with tickets and save up to $500 on your package.  Now is the time to visit the movies at the Universal Orlando Resort.
      Universal 1-Day or 2-Day Pass with Shuttle Transportation for 2014:  Take a day away from the Disney World Parks to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!  Book a 1-Day or 2-Day Pass to Universal Studios with shuttle transportation included in the ticket.  This special ticket is only available with select companies including Destinations in Florida.
      “Take 2” Transfer:  If you do not want to rent a car during your Orlando vacation, take advantage of the new “Take 2” Transfer ticket for only $39 per person.  This transfer includes transportation from a Disney Resort hotel to Universal Orlando Resort for a Universal Studios vacation.  After your Universal vacation, the transportation takes you back to the Orlando International Airport. 

Sea World Discounts
      Eat for Free During Your Vacation:  Book a Sea World Package at one of the partner hotels and get the All Day Dining Deal for FREE! 
      Kids Free at Sea World:  Book your Sea World Package and kids play for free.  You will receive one free child ticket (ages 3-9) for every paid adult.

Orlando Attraction Ticket Discounts
      Kennedy Space Center Tickets:  Pre-order your tickets to Kennedy Space Center and save money with special prices.  Experience the Space Shuttle Atlantis, US Astronaut Hall of Fame, and more; just an hour from Orlando.  Click here to more details and to purchase tickets.

Book your family memories today with your favorite
Destinations in Florida/Destinations to Explore travel agent!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Evil Has A Beginning-Are You Ready For "Maleficent"?

This Curse Will Last Until the End of Time

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of any and all villains. In my mind, they’re not evil merely misunderstood.  Now Walt Disney Motion Pictures is bringing to life one of the greatest villains of all time as they bring to life the untold tale of “Maleficent”, opening in theaters nationwide May 30.  "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.  

Last week, while attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, Don Hahn, one of the producers of masterpiece and Elle Fanning who plays Aurora in the classic fairy tale
visited us at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at the Disneyland Resort bringing with them a special 8 minute extended trailer of from the new production. Now guests on both coast to the Disney Parks can enjoy this same exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios “Maleficent” playing daily in RealD 3D at Disney Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and out here on the west coast at Disney California Adventure Park.  

Mark your calendars and save the date-“Maleficent” will be quietly tiptoeing into a theater near you on May 30. Are you brave enough to face Maleficent?

And if that isn’t enough Also, starting today, fans can enter for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of the film in the Maleficent “Embrace Your Inner Evil” Sweepstakes. Fans can enter by recreating Maleficent’s laugh and posting the video to Instagram using #MaleficentLaughSweeps. Official Rules:

Get social with other “Maleficent” fans
Like MALEFICENT on Facebook:
Follow MALEFICENT on Twitter: @Maleficent

MALEFICENT releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

Gayle is a lifelong educator by day and avid blogger by night and is the owner and cofounder of the Disney Gals, one of the most popular Disney blogs around! Proud mommy to 5, Grammy to 4 she is blessed to share her life with amazing family and friends who encourage her to chase her dreams no matter where they may lead.  When not in the classroom, she can be found following her son as he dances his way through life, or working with young performers in free nationally recognized after school children’s theater program that she founded 13 years ago. On any given day you will find Gayle skipping her way through life with a giggle and a smile knowing that today is meant to be lived and enjoyed. To learn more about Gayle, click here