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Disney Secrets of the Wings Movie

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Disney’s Secrets of the Wings is set for release on October 23rd. If you are looking for a fabulous movie which has a family friendly story then you will enjoy Tinker Bell’s latest adventure in Disney’s Secrets of the Wings.

When Tinker Bell ventures into the Winter Woods little does she know that there she will find Periwinkle. She forms an immediate bond with her and the reason why soon becomes clear. She is Tinker Bell’s twin sister!

We sat down to watch Disney’s Secrets of the Wings as a family. My daughter is now 14 but loves anything Disney. My youngest children are boys, but fortunately love a good Disney movie more than anything even though the subject matter could be considered by some boys as just that bit too girly!

Visually the Secrets of the Wings movie is just stunning. The vivid colors and beautiful animation are a joy to watch. But as with all animated movies it doesn’t matter how great the movie is if the story doesn’t capture you. Secrets of the Wings does not disappoint.

Secrets of the Wings is a wonderful story about the bonds of sisterhood. Walt Disney animation has taken such amazing steps forward with John Lasseter as Chief Creative Officer and Secrets of the Wings is just the latest movie to be released from this rejuvenated studio. The quality of the movies now being released from Walt Disney Animation is consistently outstanding.

Walt Disney Animation Studios always does extensive research – and Secrets of the Wings was no exception. The story of the twins finding each other is of course central to the movie, and Disney used a lot of research which is available about how twins relate to each other. Just another reason we think why this new Tinker Bell movie works so well.

The Disney Secrets of the Wings movie is available for pre order in advance of it’s release on October 23rd. If you want a family movie to enjoy this Holiday season then Secrets of the Wings is highly recommended.

Secret of the Wings (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy) $29.96 Shipped (from $39.99)

If you want just the Secret of the Wings DVD copy this is just $19.99 (from $29.99).

Disclaimer: We received a copy of the Disney Secrets of the Wings DVD to facilitate our review. Our opinions remain our own!

Sweepstakes, Travel

Better Homes and Gardens’ Hawaii Garden Getaway Sweepstakes – Win A Maui Vacation!

Enter to win a vacation for 2 to the fabulous island of Maui Hawaii! Imagine winning the vacation of your dreams to this fabulous slice of paradise!

What is the Prize?

A trip for winner and one (1) guest to Maui, Hawaii, including round-trip coach air transportation for winner and guest to Maui, Hawaii; five (5)-night standard hotel accommodations at The Kapalua Villas Ocean View Gold Villa (one (1) room, double occupancy); one (1) dinner for two (2) at Merriman’s Kapalua; a massage for both winner and guest at the Ocean-View Tropical Hale at Kapalua Spa; two (2) 18-hole rounds of golf on the Plantation Course or the Bay Course; a one (1)-hour golf lesson for two (2) at Kapalua Golf Academy including video analysis; a one (1)-hour tennis lesson for two (2) at Kapalua Tennis Garden. Total approximate retail value of prize: $5,240.61.

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Open to US Residents Aged Over 21 Only. Ends at 11:59 p.m. C.T. on 1/31/13

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Travel

The Disneyland Hotel is a Magical Place to Stay

Disneyland is one of our favorite places to be so we were thrilled to stay in the Disneyland Hotel for a night on our recent trip! We hadn’t stayed there for quite some time so were excited to see all of the magical things that the Disneyland Hotel has to offer.

The hotel had undergone a complete refurbishment since our last visit. It is the largest of all the Disneyland hotels with 990 rooms (including 60 suites). The Disneyland Hotel rooms are very spacious at 364 to 415 square feet. Much larger than most standard hotel rooms.

The Disneyland Hotel Location

The location is truly excellent. You are within very easy walking distance of the main entrances to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. You also have access to the resort guests only entrance to California Adventure park, which is extremely useful and reduces time standing in line to get into the park. It is also very convenient if you want to get to the new Cars Land early in the morning!

Downtown Disney is on your doorstep – although sheltered enough to not be too close. Downtown Disney has fabulous shopping and restaurants. You can also quickly walk to the monorail stop which gives you speedy access to Tomorrowland in Disneyland.

The location of the Disneyland Hotel really could not be any better. You are in the center of all the magic but in your own peaceful resort! A visit to the parks can be tiring, particularly for families, but if you stay in a Disney resort hotel you can easily get back to your room for a short rest so that you can gather up all your energy to go back into the parks later in the afternoon.

Disneyland Hotel Check In

The standard of service is always very high at a Disney hotel – and this one certainly did not disappoint. Check in was quick and easy, and the Cast Member was very cheerful and helpful.

We stayed in the Fantasy Tower and were very happy with the location as it is close to everything – the lobby, the shop and the resort pool.

What we liked about the lobby was that as well as being spacious and modern it also has lots of photos of Walt Disney and Disneyland when it was being built. It is wonderful to be reminded of that connection – none of this amazing place would be here without him.

One change I certainly loved is that internet service is now free in all Disney resort hotels. This makes such a difference to me and I wish that all hotels offered this. The Disneyland hotel does still charge for parking though – at $15 a day for self park.

Disneyland Hotel Resort Rooms

Our Disneyland Hotel room was perfect for our family of 5. Plenty of room to spread out, with 2 Queen beds and a twin day bed. There are also some King bed rooms available. The bathroom is a very good design with the toilet separate from the sink and shower.

The decor is very stylish, comfortable and it also has some very special Disney touches. The overall color scheme is beautiful with dark woods and deep blue accents. All of the fixtures and fittings are very high end, and the bedding and beds were very comfortable.

Our favorite part of the room was the carving of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the headboard. The headboard comes to life at the touch of a button – a lighting display and music play depicting the Disney castle fireworks! Truly a very special touch which is pure Disney.

We also had a spectacular view of the fireworks from our room!

Disneyland Hotel Resort Pools

When you stay at the Disneyland Hotel make sure that you put aside some time to spend at the huge pool complex. We know that the parks will be your priority but the pools are so much fun for the kids, and very relaxing for the adults!

The new Monorail Pool has not just one, but two watersides! The E Ticket and the D Ticket Pools are newly refurbished and have plenty of rooms for the kids to swim and splash, and lots of sun loungers for the grown ups. There are also pool side cabanas available for an extra charge. To relax after a long day in the parks there are the hot tubs – they really do help with tired feet!

Disneyland Hotel Restaurants

The Disneyland Hotel is home to Goofy’s Kitchen which hosts a very popular character breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. We didn’t visit this time but have enjoyed this many times before. The food is great and they are always so good with our special dietary requests (with vegetarian, gluten free and vegan family members)! The characters are great and spend a lot of time with the children.

We had breakfast in the Tangaroa Terrace restaurant (which also serves lunch and dinner). We all enjoyed the new menu here and the ease of ordering from the touch screen. The location is great, just a few steps from the resort pool. The staff were very helpful and we enjoyed a very relaxed, and reasonably priced breakfast. Breakfast entrees are priced around the $6.99 for adults and $5.99 for kids range.

One of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the Disneyland resort is Steakhouse 55. It is more formal than many restaurants in the parks and resorts but this is Disney and you will still feel fine taking your kids there. Steakhouse 55 is known of course for it’s excellent steaks but anyone who enjoys seafood will also be very happy to dine there.

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tikki Bar is also an excellent place to dine. Look out for their great cocktails and try the Trader Sam’s Dessert Flight if you have a sweet tooth!

The Coffee House is also a great place for a quick snack and a beverage. A good place to grab a cup of coffee in the morning before heading out to the parks.

Disneyland Resort Extra Magic Hour

This is a huge benefit to staying in a Disneyland resort hotel. Guests of the Disneyland resorts can enter the parks an hour earlier than the general public on select days. The days and this benefit is subject to change, but right now guests can enter Disneyland up to an hour early on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and enter Disney California Adventure park early on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

This Extra Magic Hour made a big difference to our stay. My boys were very keen to see the Cars Land attractions, particularly Radiator Springs Racers. We used the Extra Magic Hour and got to ride on Radiator Springs 3 times before the park opened to the general public! As soon as it did the wait times were up to 60 minutes (and then later in the morning up to 120 minutes). So this was a huge benefit!

We had an amazing stay at the Disneyland Hotel and can’t wait to return!

Disneyland Hotel Address:
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 778-6600

To book your magical Disneyland vacation go to the official Disneyland website at

Disneyland Resort Hotels

Disclaimer: Disneyland Hotel provided me with a one night stay to facilitate my review. My thoughts and opinions as always remain my own!

Sweepstakes, Travel

Enter To Win an 8 Night Disney Magic Cruise to the Caribbean

Enter for your chance to sail from Galveston, Texas on an 8 Night Western Caribbean Disney Cruise Line Vacation for 4 aboard the Disney Magic.

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Eligibility: You must be at least 18 years of age or older to enter.
No. of My Coke Rewards Points to Enter: 3
Start Date: September 1, 2012
End Date: October 31, 2012
Mail-in Entry Postmark Deadline: November 1, 2012
Mail-in Entry Receipt Deadline: November 8, 2012
Drawing Date: November 15, 2012

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Win a Trip to London with Air New Zealand

Here is a fabulous sweepstakes to win a trip to 2 to London with Air New Zealand. If you were impressed by the London Olympic Games this could be your chance to visit this amazing city!

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

Air New Zealand Business Premier round-trip flights for two (2) persons from Los Angeles to London.
Five nights at the Mandeville Hotel in Marylebone, London
£100 Westfield London vouchers
Two tickets to Jersey Boys London
Two 1–day London Passes giving entry to over 55 of London’s top attractions

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Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States, excluding Rhode Island, New York and Florida. Must be aged 21 and over.

Ends September 16, 2012 at 23:59 PST

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Good Luck!

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Disney World, Sweepstakes, Travel

Finding Nemo: Just Keep Swimming Sweepstakes – Win a Walt Disney World Vacation!

Who wants the chance to win a Walt Disney World vacation for 6? Disney Movie Rewards is offering a very special prize to celebrate the release of finding Nemo 3D on September 13th!

The Grand Prize in this Finding Nemo Sweepstakes is a stay in a family suite for up to 6 guests in the new Walt Disney World Art of Animation Resort!

The prize includes return coach air travel for 6 guests, a stay in a family suite at the Disney Art of Animation Resort, Disney World Park Hopper tickets for 5 nights and 6 days, and a $900 Disney Gift Card.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to Disney Movie Rewards members who are legal residents of the 50 US/DC/PR & Canada (excl. QC) 13 years & older only. Void in Quebec and where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 9/5/12 12:00:01 AM PT, ends 12/3/12 at 11:59:59 PM PT.

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Win an Orlando Family Vacation with VisitOrlando.com

Win an Orlando Family Vacation with VisitOrlando.com! The prize for 4 people includes:

Round trip airline tickets to Orlando
Four-night accommodations at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort including VIP seating in Studio Nick for the Double Dare Live show.
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No purchase necessary. One entry per person per day. Entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on 9/30/12. Entrants must be at least 21 years old and be a legal resident of USA or Canada. Void in Quebec and Puerto Rico. See the Official Rules Here

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Win a Walt Disney World or Disneyland Vacation!

Win a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland! Take the Latina Survey to find out what type of vacation personality you are and you could win a trip to either Disneyland California or the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The Grand Prize is a trip for 6 guests to either Disney destination for a total of 5 days/4 nights. The winner will also receive a Disney Gift Card with a value of $750 US.

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012 to be eligible. There are no limits on entries per person and per email address so you can enter as many times as you wish!

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Win a Disney Cruise with Sunsweeps

Want to win a 7 night Disney cruise to the Caribbean courtesy of Sunsweeps? One Grand Prize Winner will receive a 7-day Caribbean Cruise for two passengers aboard Disney Cruise Lines. Imagine sailing on the Caribbean to wonderful locations including Disney’s private island Castaway Cay!

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The Disney cruise sweepstakes ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM (ET) ON December 31, 2012. Sweepstakes open to individual legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, age 18 or older. You can see the Official Rules Here

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