Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mouse Castle Moment 03-29-2015 - A Kid's Review of Disney's 'Cinderella'

By Tim Callaway

Sometimes, you just have to bring in a couple of experts to handle the job. After reviewing Cinderella two weeks ago, it was time to let my grandkids take a crack at it, because what do I know about Disney movies?

My three-year old grandson was a bit hesitant to talk about Cinderella, because, well, it's far more entertaining to run around the lobby of a theater giggling. My granddaughter stepped right up to the challenge, though, and had some pretty insightful things to say about kindness, really big ball gowns and those tiny snowmen in Frozen Fever.

Take a few minutes to look at and listen to a kid's-eye view of a classic fairy tale in today's Mouse Castle Moment. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mouse Castle Moment 03-28-2015 - Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Walt Disney World

By Tim Callaway

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto.
Photo courtesy the Disney Parks Blog.
Here's something new from The Mouse Castle: Mouse Castle Moments. These are short videos about cool stuff going on in the world of Disney. Today, I take a look inside Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at the Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World. The official grand opening won't be for a month, but if you're lucky, you might get in on a little soft opening action starting today.

Have you had a chance to check out Trader Sam's Grog Grotto yet? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Inside The Mouse Castle 03-23-2015 - A Monorail on eBay, 'Captain America: Civil War' and a Mo'Ne Movie

By Tim Callaway

Anthony and I don't have enough money to buy a Walt Disney World Monorail train or a Tron light cycle replica, so instead we're arguing about Into the Woods and pineapple pizza on today's Inside The Mouse Castle.
  • The front portion of a Mark IV Monorail from Walt Disney World showed up on eBay last week...then disappeared before the auction closed. Bidding was to start at $169,000 (or you could have bought the thing outright for $260,000), but the item was pulled Sunday night with no explanation. 
Tron: Legacy Light Cycles
Tron: Legacy
  • An auction that is expected to go through will be held on May 2nd and it's super cool. Get on the grid with a full-size, fully-functional replica of a Tron: Legacy light cycle. It'll only cost you $25,000-$40,000. You know you want to.
  • We officially know more plot details about Captain America: Civil War and they're pretty much the plot details we knew already...but now they're official. Actually, Disney didn't make them official until the synopsis leaked to multiple news outlets. Here it is:
Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
  • A new book about Apple and Pixar visionary Steve Jobs, Becoming Steve Jobs, is out this week and includes a fascinating and touching story involving Disney chief Bob Iger. In January 2006, just a half hour before Disney would announce its acquisition of Pixar, Jobs shared some troubling news with Iger that threatened to cancel the deal. Jobs even gave Iger an out if he wanted it. 
  • Disney's CFO and senior executive VP Jay Rasulo sold $12 million in Disney stock last week. Was it just normal profit-taking or is Rasulo cashing out before leaving the Mouse? He's been working without a contract since January 31st and was recently passed over for the chief operating officer position that went to Tom Staggs.
Mo'ne Davis talks with Good Morning, America host Robin Roberts
  • Mo'ne Davis made history last year by becoming the first girl ever to pitch a winning game (a shutout, no less) in the Little League World Series. Now, the Disney Channel is making a movie about her life. Throw Like Mo will be executive-produced by Debra Martin Chase and written by Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson. Davis will act as a consultant on the film.
  • Muppet Moments is a new short-form video series featuring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and other Muppet favorites in casual conversations with young children. It premieres on Disney Junior April 3rd and yes, it's cute.

  • On Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere this week, Into the Woods. <Hooray!>
    Coming out on May 19th, Strange Magic. <crickets>

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