So unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, you’ve heard about Disney’s new video streaming service, Disney+. We love it and we want to talk about all the things that it has to offer for Disney fans!
Have you ever played Disney Color Brain? It’s a board game where you are given a movie character and a set number of colors and everyone has to guess what the colors are? It’s a lot of fun and we’re playing a podcast-friendly version of that today! Join us to see who was the big winner!
Here at Dole Whipped, we love a good game! This week, we played a fun Higher or Lower game where we had to guess whether the numerical fact we were given was actually higher or lower. Some questions had to do with food, attractions, Disney movies, and resorts. We think you’ll be surprised by some of the answers!
If you’ve signed up for a runDisney race chances are good you are a Disney fan. So the perfect choice to get you moving and running is some Disney music! I am a big fan of Disney music and I listen to it frequently at home, in the car and yes while running.
Here is a playlist of Disney music to get you through the miles.
I hope you can find some motivation from these songs! Happy trails! Don’t forget to check back for Part II of the runDisney playlist!
Yes, everyone is over the top excited to go to Disney (be it Disneyland, Disney World, or even one of the overseas Disney Parks) but getting there and back can be daunting for little ones, big ones, and all in between. So, whether you are flying or driving here are some ideas to help pass the time.
The first idea takes a bit of pre-trip work and a few dollars but I would think it could be well worth it. Purchase Disney books, crafts (that can be done easy in a car or plane, movies, etc.) and wrap them up – one for every hour. So, if you have a three hour plane ride you would need 3 gifts, if you have a 14 hour drive it is time to hit the Dollar Store but you would bring along 14 gifts. Also, you can find some really fun “free” stuff out there – like check out Crayola’s website and print some of the Disney Coloring pages and put your own little book together. Check it out HERE. Let the kids know they are going to get a surprise every hour and you can always add a clause that they only get the gift if they are “good”. Then set a timer or alarm and every hour hand over the wrapped gift for them to open and spend the next hour or more playing with or watching, etc. Make sure if the gift needs batteries or crayons that those are ready to go!
Second, play games in the car or on the plane (quietly). I know times have changed but kids have not. I loved playing iSpy or a trivia type game with my parents on the way to some vacation. Half the fun was interacting with my family and laughing along the way.
Be ready with a sing along playlist. Now depending on the ages of your offspring you may want to ask them to help you so that you make sure you have songs that they will enjoy. I watch the Honda commercials and tear up thinking of singing Weezer with my big family on the way to a vacation (okay I realize I have no offspring but I can see my husband, friends, and kitties definitely belting out tunes with me!) I mean there is nothing like your 10 year old singing the lyrics “what’s with these homies dissing my girl” but you need to stay in the game parents! If you are not sure what commercial I am talking about – Click HERE.
Last idea for now – the DVD player, the iPad downloaded movies from wherever, etc. Just make sure it works without needing to live stream and then plug them in to TV, movies, etc. and let them drift off into movie land for a few hours. It will all be worth it once you get there, my signal for knowing I am finally there is when I hear my favorite Disney quote “por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas”.
As you know, we love Disney parks and we adore Disney movies, so what happens when you combine the two? You have movies that get us revved up for a Disney vacation! We tell you which ones we love and which ones best remind us of the four WDW parks.
I recently watched Tomorrowland and I will say out of the gate that I really enjoyed this movie! It wasn’t exactly what I expected but it a great way. The previews that you see on TV just don’t do it justice. This was a truly original movie with a great cast and was visually stunning.
I won’t be spoiling the moving for anyone because I think as a Disney fan you all should probably get out and see it. But I will say there are plenty of Disney references for you to find and enjoy. It starts out strong with a look back at the 1964 World’s Fair where we hear “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”, take a quick ride on “it’s a small world”, and see a dress that will remind you of Spaceship Earth, all this in the first few minutes!
The characters spend a lot of time trying to get to Tomorrowland and so much of the film is about the journey not the destination. But when they do get there it is just stunning to look at. If this were are real place we would all be clamoring to live there! These sections of the film also have nods to the Disney parks, like Space Mountain or the hover rails.
The thing I love most about this movie is it is pretty quick moving with lots of action and adventure. It may not be suitable for most young children since it does have some violence and death as well as end of the world themes.
I didn’t know Walt Disney personally but I feel as if he would have been so proud of this film. The story and lessons to be learned from it where all part of his personal philosophy of always moving forward, creating and inventing new and exciting things and ideas. Bottom line: I would very much see this again I give it two thumbs up!
Are there some Disney related things you think you probably should feel guilty about but you just don’t? This week the Dole Whipped gang talks about their Disney related guilty pleasures! From dessert for breakfast, to shopping, we talk about all the things we do that we feel might need to feel guilty about. We even take a suggestion from a listener!(Thanks, Wade!)
Spoiler alert: We don’t feel guilty and neither should you!
Just for a little fun on this St. Paddy’s Day, let’s talk about some Disney characters that hail from Ye Olde Eire.
Bootstrap Bill Turner
Portrayed by Stellan Skarsgaard, this character debuted in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and is the father of our hero, Will Turner. Because he was cursed and left suffering on the ocean floor, he’s now covered in some rather unattractive sea flora. Not the best look.
There are lots of foreign types in Arendelle for Queen Elsa’s coronation, including one from Ireland. He’s the one at the end who says “Wonderful!” after Anna gives Hans his well-deserved sucker punch.
Dr. Robin Doyle
Remember The Legend of Tarzan? Dr. Doyle was a lovely Irish anthropologist that captured the eye of Professor Porter. Sheena Easton lent her voice to this character. Both the show and the singer are blasts from the past.
I know the Irish policeman is kind of a trope, but this guy from Lady and the Tramp inadvertently helps Tramp and Lady in their adventures by arguing with a professor for bringing a dog into the park. He’s worth a mention in the canine love affair.
Maybe you have some favorite Irish Disney characters? Share them in the comments and may you have the luck of the Irish today!