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See All the Halloween Decorations at the Magic Kingdom, Courtesy of Big Fat Panda!

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We have had a lot of Main Streeters asking for pics or footage of the Halloween decorations that went up at the Magic Kingdom this week. Well, thanks to our friend Big Fat Panda, we have some video for you! Everything’s coming up pumpkins all around Main Street, and it’s so great to see. Check out Panda’s video below and be sure to check out his other fun Disney videos too!

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‘Legends of Frontierland’ Extended at Disneyland Park

From our friend, Erin Glover, Social Media Director at Disneyland Resort.  Great news for Legends of Frontierland fans.

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I’ve got great news for you residents of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge … “Legends of Frontierland” has been extended at Disneyland park! Originally scheduled to ride off into the sunset on September 1, this guest favorite will be around a bit longer – so if you haven’t chosen sides in the struggle for Frontierland, now is the time!

Not familiar with the “Legends of Frontierland”?  Catch up with these past blogs:

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It’s the Festival of Fantasy Parade! (video)

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Who doesn’t love a parade, especially a Disney parade? For me, my absolute most favorite parade ever would have the be the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom. What time is the 3 O’Clock parade you ask? Well, how about now, or any time you want to watch it? We have the full and complete footage of the amazing Festival of Fantasy parade for you, courtesy of our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to our channel while you’re there! Thanks so much and enjoy the show!

*The audio on the footage was done with fading due to YouTube restrictions
*Above photo courtesy of WDW Shutterbug

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The Future of Frozen To Be Revealed In ABC Special on September 2

From the Disney Insider…

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award-winning film Frozen, now the biggest animated feature of all time.   A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.

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“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (8:00 -9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought Frozen to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from Frozen stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer, artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter—the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big-screen animated musical.   Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of the fictional kingdom of Arendelle  and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.

This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of Frozen and a never-before-seen preview of Frozen characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s smash-hit “Once Upon a Time.”

The program will culminate in an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventure Big Hero 6, currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios –under wraps until now – as the team prepares their next big-screen epic.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is hosted by star Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) and features interviews with Frozen stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer and Frozen executive producer John Lasseter, Academy Award®-winning filmmakers, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. This one-hour special will also feature exclusive insights and commentary from art director Mike Giaimo and talented artists from the art direction, animation and effects teams. The exclusive sneak peek of Big Hero 6 is presented by the film’s directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

Get a preview of what will be revealed in this clip from the show:

For more exclusive clips, don’t miss ABC’s special interactive experience.

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Summer Comes to Frozen Free Fall in Biggest App Update Yet

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Our friends at Disney asked us to pass this along, and since I play Frozen Free Fall almost everyday, I for sure had to share! ~M

Come play in summer! With the new update to Frozen Free Fall, players can beat the heat in the epic puzzle matching adventure for mobile, inspired by “Disney’s Frozen.” Starting today, players can tan alongside Olaf as he works to clear tiles across the board. Featuring a brand new summer map, the Frozen Free Fall update has 30 new sunny and bright levels for players to enjoy.

New features include:

• All new collectibles: Gather flowers and unlock hot rewards like Olaf’s new sneeze power-up

• Row into the sunset with Olaf’s boat to clear tiles in your path

• Spin into whirlpools and help Olaf move tiles across the board

Frozen Free Fall is available on iOS at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frozen-free-fall/id692412579?mt=8, Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.frozensaga_goo&hl=en, Windows Store at http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/la-reine-des-neiges-free-fall/34ebebe5-5655-40e9-963d-8069cda1e9f3 and Amazon Appstore at http://www.amazon.com/Frozen-Free-Fall-Kindle-Edition/dp/B00IKZX1ZI.

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Disney Stroller Parking, Tips and Info by Janel Adani

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Stroller Parking, Tips and Info by Janel Adani

As a seasoned Walt Disney World Annual Passholder and a mother of 3, I know a lot about stroller parking. I have been parking my stroller at Walt Disney World for over 13 years. If you are a first time visitor to Walt Disney World, you will want to know the ins and outs of stroller parking. You would think it’s simple, right? Just park the stroller and jump on a ride, right? Yeah… no! If you just leave your stroller wherever you want, then there is a good chance after you get off the ride it’s not going to be there.

Disney has created stroller parking for a reason. They have so many strollers in the park that if we all just parked our strollers wherever we wanted, people would be tripping all over them. Stroller parking is usually within close proximity to the ride. Most of them are very easy to locate, but sometimes they may be harder to find. Look for a stroller parking sign. Here’s a hint, look for a parking area with a ton of neatly lined strollers, but just verify it is stroller parking before leaving your stroller.

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Now, if you leave your stroller in stroller parking, you should be able to easily locate your stroller after the ride. I always joke that sometimes the Cast Members like to play tricks on me because I will park my stroller in stroller parking, but then come back and my stroller would be moved. Don’t worry if your stroller is not in the exact spot you left it in stroller parking, there are attendants constantly moving strollers to make room for more strollers coming in. A good idea is to put something on your stroller that differentiates it from other strollers and makes it easier to locate. I like to put my TMSM sign on my stroller. Disclaimer: Please Do Not Leave Your Child in the Stroller Unattended!

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If you see a sign that says No Stroller Parking, please don’t park there. Disney wants all of their guests to be safe. I know sometimes you don’t want to take the extra moment to head over to stroller parking because you are late for a fast pass or are in some kind of hurry, but I guarantee you that if you leave it in the wrong place, most likely it will not be there when you get back.

Oh, and here’s one more tip with parking your stroller. If you have any kind of snacks, like uncovered popcorn or any other kind of delicious treat that’s not covered, don’t leave it in your stroller unattended. The birds and squirrels will be most likely snacking on it while you are gone!

**On a side note, if you need to rent a stroller while in either Disney World or Disneyland, please see our sponsors on the side of the page, Kingdom Strollers and City Stroller Rentals! ~M

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Attention Pet Lovers! Disney Tails Pet Products Coming to Disney Parks in Spring 2015

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Here’s some great news for those of us who like to buy souvenirs for our “fur babies” waiting for us at home! Coming in the Spring 2015, guests visiting Disney Parks will find a small assortment of dog items as part of a new program called “Disney Tails.” This is a good thing! I remember when you used to be able to find different pet items like bowls, collars, etc, then they were gone, so I’m excited now!

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To start with, they are focusing on a line geared towards dogs. The few items they are putting out will include apparel, dog bowls and squeak toys. You should start seeing these items in Disney Parks starting next year. Stay tuned for more updates!

*Thanks to Disney Parks for the info!

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Starbucks to Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Early 2015

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I’ve walked past this construction area so many times, heard speculation and chatter, but now Disney finally announced that Starbucks is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in February of 2015. The new store, The Trolley Car Café, will be themed to a classic trolley car station along Hollywood Boulevard and offer a fun experience for coffee lovers visiting the park.

There will also be Disney baked goods and Starbucks La Boulange™ pastry items at the store.
The store will be the third in-park location serving Starbucks products at Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll recall last year we opened locations at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot, as well as at Downtown Disney.

Thanks to Disney Parks for the info! Stay tuned to TMSM for more updates!

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Disney’s Frozen Blizzard in a Jar ~ Craft Idea

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Disney’s Frozen Blizzard in a Jar ~ By Janel Adani

Well being that Frozen is so big in my house right now; I thought I would go on a hunt for some fun Frozen crafts to do with my kiddos. This one immediately caught my eye when I was scrolling through Pinterest. It looks like it is super simple to make with my 3 year old and could provide hours of fun for him and his older sisters.

I found this craft on The Country Chic Cottage (all photos are courtesy of them). The supply list contains items that you may already have in your craft bin at home. I personally have everything but the jar, so I will have to ask my friend for one of her old baby food jars. Don’t worry, if you don’t have an old jar on hand, you can find one at your local craft store or ask a neighbor.

Supplies

⦁ Small glass jar with lid
⦁ Assorted blue tissue paper
⦁ Scissors
⦁ Blue Glitter

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Directions
1. Begin by snipping your tissue paper into small pieces. You can tear these by hand if you wish.
2. Toss the tissue paper in the jar. Add a generous amount of blue glitter. You can use various shades of blue if you wish for more variety and depth to the jar.
3. Place the lid back on the jar. Make sure it is on nice and tight.
4. Give the jar a good shake. If you wish for the glitter to stick to the sides of the jar, add a drop or two of water before you shake.

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That’s it! Super simple, right? Sometimes it’s the simple things that are the most fun. I was thinking about this and maybe you don’t have a Frozen fan in the house, this craft could work with many different colors. Maybe a Halloween theme? Purple glitter with black streamers or maybe a Christmas theme? The possibilities are endless. Have fun and enjoy!

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – September 2014

From Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort, here are the merchandise events happening at Walt Disney World for the month of September, 2014.  This was originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog.

Wondering what merchandise events are headed your way this September at Walt Disney World Resort? Take a look!

September 3 – 7: Artist Greg McCullough will be appearing this month at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, September 3 – 7 and September 17 – 21.

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September 7: A limited number of tickets to the Vinylmation Showcase for the Disney Trade Celebration 2014 – Imagination Gala taking place at World ShowPlace in Epcot, are still available. Get yours today!

September 8 – 11: Meet international artist Larry Dotson, who will appear be appearing this month at Walt Disney World Resort. Find him September 8 – 11 at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace and September 18 – 28 at Art of Disney in Epcot.

September 12 – 13: Join Master Sculptor Hiko Maeda as he introduces an all-new Disney Showcase Collection figurine and ornament, only available at Disney Parks. This new piece titled, “Let Your Light Shine” is available as a figurine for $50, plus tax, and as an ornament for $28, plus tax. Look for special appearances by Hiko Maeda, September 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park and September 13 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it to the event? No problem! A limited number of signed pieces will be available for pre-order through Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT.

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September 18 – 22: Look for the latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist, Linda Rick, including her newest collection inspired by “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Linda will appear throughout the day (each day), September 18 – 21, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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September 27: The next hand-painted Ink & Paint Cel, titled “Summertime Pals,” is set to debut at Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 27, 2014. Meet the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.– 5 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it to the event? Disney Event Services is taking pre-orders via www.disneyurl.com/CelPreOrder now through September 25, 2014 at 5p.m. EDT.

Which event are you most excited about?