Disney’s PREP & LANDING: TOTALLY TINSEL COLLECTION released to Blu-ray & DVD combo pack on November 6, just in time to ready homes around the globe for Santa’s Christmas arrival.
The TOTALLY TINSEL Collection contains TWO 23-minute holiday adventures—“Prep & Landing” and “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”—and a slew of entertaining extras that will turn anyone on your naughty list into a jolly old elf, er person.
In “Prep & Landing,” the first of the series, a high-tech team of North Pole elves from the elite Prep & Landing unit sets out on Christmas Eve to prepare homes around the world for Santa’s landing. Wayne, an experienced elf is dejected because he was passed over for a promotion and has lost interest in doing his job well. When his attitude nearly “figgy puddings” a little boy’s Christmas, Wayne’s new, rookie partner Lanny reminds him that Christmas is not about selfish desires, but about giving and sharing and making holiday wishes come true. The pair must face unexpected challenges and overcome great obstacles to keep Santa on course and bring a memorable day to little Timmy and children all over the world.
It’s beach day at Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Wildlife Count Along, and Mickey and his pals need your help on their journey. So load up Donald’s beach ball, Goofy’s surfboard, Mickey’s camera, Daisy’s pail, and Minnie & Pluto’s kite into the car, help the pals climb in too, and hit the road to Mickey Beach!
Uh-oh! Mickey doesn’t do a very good job following road signs. As we follow his shortcut, the group heads into the hot and dry desert, finding lots of sand and sun, but no water. Mickey wants photos of their adventure anyway, and you get to count and capture images of wildlife, like coyotes, jackrabbits, and woodpeckers for his album.
Oh dear! Mickey makes another wrong turn and ends up at the arctic. Lots of water—frozen water—but certainly no sand or warm sun here. We’ll take pictures to preserve these memories too, and photograph increasing amounts of critters like polar bears, seals, and whales. Shake the screen to make it snow.
As families gear up for their Thanksgiving road trip, Disney Publishing Worldwide unveils an exciting app to keep kids entertained in the back seat: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Wildlife Count Along!
In this first-ever math and science Disney Learning app, readers join Mickey and his friends on a globe-spanning road trip to Mickey Beach, traveling through exciting environments, while counting groups of animals and learning about wildlife habitats. Early math concepts such as sequencing, more and less, and group to numeral matching are also reinforced through bonus play-along games and interactivity.
- Activities aimed at counting and sequencing numbers 1-10
- Hands-on practice with key early math concepts
- Matching games featuring over 20 different animals to one of five fascinating habitats
- Character voices from Disney Junior’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Original artwork and animation—as well as fun effects such as Tap, Shake, and Tilt
- Story extension activities for parents and caregivers
My family has enjoyed a couple of weeklong stays at Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. The question asked above, is it for you, depends on what you are looking for in a Resort, how much time you will actually spend at the Resort, and what types of amenities you prefer. My family stays at the Value and Moderate Resorts, because we do not spend a lot of time in our room or exploring the property. We get our fill of adventure at the Parks and Downtown Disney area and only hit the room to drop off souvenirs or catch a nap. Perhaps when the kids are older and we slow down a bit, we may justify the extra expense of the Deluxe Resorts and their magical appeal. Let’s look at the Pros and Cons of Port Orleans Riverside (POR):
- The property is absolutely beautiful, quiet, peaceful, and serenely scenic.
- Bus service is excellent, with 4 convenient, covered stops. (POR shares buses with only neighboring Port Orleans French Quarter.)
- All of the guest rooms have been recently refurbished to include queen beds and flat-screen TVs during 2011/2012 refurbishment.
- The Riverside Mill Food Court is spacious and picturesque with lovely views of the Riverside Mill water wheel and Ol’ Man Island, and the food is delicious.
- Boatwright’s Dining Hall table-service restaurant serves dinner only, but it’s a great place for hearty Cajun cooking.
LINCOLN, a captivating film directed by Steven Spielberg that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office, opened in theaters across the United States on Saturday, November 16. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
And now you have the opportunity to dig deeper into history, go behind the making of the movie, and discover the story behind one of the greatest men in American history—Abraham Lincoln. Disney Publishing Worldwide has made available through iTunes books, LINCOLN: A Steven Spielberg Film – Discover the Story, a free e-book that beautifully accompanies the film. This 66-page interactive book illustrates how Spielberg was able to recreate history with truth and conviction. It includes clips of movies scenes, actual Civil War photographs, detailed images of period costume, historically accurate character profiles, and video snippets of key players offering insight into the lives and events portrayed on the screen.
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