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Disney from a Teen’s Perspective: The Festival of the Lion King

The Festival of the Lion King by Gabby Adani

Lion King

There are many different shows in the Disney parks, but let me tell you about my favorite one in Animal Kingdom. The Festival of the Lion King is my favorite for many reasons; it’s colorful, the music is awesome, and it puts a big giant smile on everyone’s face.

Kids Lion King

The Festival of the Lion King is so bright and colorful that you don’t know where to look! You have guys on stilts, all these colorful animals, and so much more! Let me just tell you to keep your cameras out and ready!


You have these amazing singers singing songs from the Lion King while you have these colorful animals dancing all around. One of the best parts is the gymnastic monkey’s that swing and jump around like there’s no tomorrow!

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The four amazing singers sing all of your favorite Lion King hits. From The Circle of Life to Hakuna Matata you will definitely be singing. I know I sing almost the whole time and so does the rest of my family!


You have a guy dancing with fire which is amazing! Who doesn’t like fire dancers? Well if that part is not for you, just hold on a little bit to see the very beautiful parrot dancers. The way they dance to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is just beautiful.

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All in all, this show will leave you smiling. Who am I kidding? You can’t make it a minute without smiling! The Festival of the Lion King is the most liked show in the house and I hope it is in yours!

Here’s a question for you guys: What’s your favorite show at any of the Disney parks?

About TMSM’s Teen Perspective Writer Gabby Adani:
”Hi Mainstreeters! I’m Gabby and I’m going to be writing about Disney from a teen’s perspective. But first let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m 13 years old and have had Disney Annual Passes my whole life. Disney is literally my second home. I’m an honors student and enjoy school. My favorite sport is volleyball. I play for both my middle school team and the YMCA. I am also a huge fan of Star Wars.”

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September 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

Here are the merchandise events for Disneyland for the month of September.  This information is from Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort and the Disney Parks Blog.

Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way this September at the Disneyland Resort!

September 6 – 7: Meet artist Gabriela Ruiz (Serpenthes) who will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District for the month of September. Meet Gabriela from 2 – 5 p.m. on September 6, 7, 13, 14, 27 and 28.

September 12: Artist Jerrod Maruyama will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 5 – 7 p.m. as we debut his latest piece titled Date Night.


September 13: Join us as we welcome back Miniaturist and Sculptor Bob Olszewski who will be on hand to sign his newest Gallery of Light, featuring Madame Leota. Bob will appear from 9 – 11 a.m. at Disneyana invDisneyland park. Not able to make it to the event? A limited number of pieces will be available to purchase via

September 13: Continuing the celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion comes this new piece, titled Evening Constitutional by artist Tony Harris. Available September 13 at Disneyana in Disneyland park.


September 13: Artists John Coulter, Liana Hee, Noah and Dave Quiggle will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works.

September 20 – 21: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques, you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day at Disneyana inside Disneyland park.

September 27: Join us as we celebrate everything “Maleficent and Other Fairies.” Artists Dave Avanzino, Britni Brault, Bruce Boyer, Bob Elias, Brian Kesinger, Daniel Killen, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, Larry Nikolai and Yakovetic will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 1 – 3 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park.


Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist David Lozeau. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: September 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 26 from 6-10 p.m.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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Get Goofy!

From the Oh My Disney blog:

Life gets pretty challenging at times. Work, school, obligations, who needs ‘em? In times of hardship, we like to turn to the classics—the Disney classics, of course! And who better to turn to for some life advice than the one and only Goofy? He’s taught us a whole lot about life throughout the years, so get some paper and a pencil ready, because you’ll want to take notes!

Seek out new and interesting things. You never know what may spark your curiosity.


On the other hand, some things are better left unexplored.


Don’t pick fights. They aren’t good for anybody.


 Stay healthy and be active. Pick up a challenging hobby; just don’t hurt yourself in the process!


 Enjoy the great outdoors!


Relax. Take a vacation, even. You deserve it.


Never be afraid to be yourself


Take time to participate in activities that you thoroughly enjoy.


Don’t sweat the small stuff.


But most of all, don’t be afraid to be a little Goofy.


How do you get goofy? Tell us in the comments!

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"Cars" Fruit Snack ~ By Janel Adani


Cars Fruit Snack by Janel Adani

So, I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty picky toddler. He just turned three years old and is very picky about what he wants to eat. He used to love fruit. He would eat grapes by the handful and apples all the time, but lately he doesn’t want to have anything to do with it. So what is a mom to do? Well this mom goes to Pinterest looking for fun and cool ideas to serve fruit to my fussy 3 year old.

This simple recipe caught my eye because it has 2 of my son’s favorite fruits and it’s shaped like a car. What toddler boy doesn’t like cars? How about Lightening McQueen? My son loves anything with wheels, so I’m hoping this one is a success. You can use this recipe for just one child as an afternoon snack or make a whole bunch and share at a playdate or party.

What You Need

1 apple
1 bag of grapes
1 package of toothpicks or you can use cut up straws
1 package decorative toothpicks

⦁ Cut your apple into bite size slices
⦁ Stick a toothpick (or cut up straws) into the back end of the apple and then stick another toothpick in the front end of the apple
⦁ Stick grapes on end of toothpicks
⦁ Stick decorative toothpick into the top of the apple
That’s it! Super simple and a healthy snack that your toddler is sure to enjoy!

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The First Kingdom Keepers Book Is Released

September 1st, 2005, the very first Kingdom Keepers book is released from Disney Editions.  The first book is titled Disney After Dark.  Writter by Ridley Pearson, the book will go on to be very succesful with the continues series.

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Are you a fan of Kingdom Keepers?  Have you heard of the books?  From the official website for the series:

In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park “guides” find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI–which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging–Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming?

Finn’s confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney’s beloved realm, and maybe more.

This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed.

If you have never picked up one of the books, I recommend them, if you enjoy reading. The books I personally believe are great for teens and adults. Once get you get reading you will start to envion yourself in the park, seeing the things that Ridley Pearson included in each.

If you are already a fan of the series, please share with others your opinion.

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Epcot Biergarten’s Florentine Cookies ~ Recipe from our Forums!

Here’s one from our TMSM Disney Recipe Forum! I want to start sharing random recipes to give you a small glimpse of the awesome recipes that we have waiting there for you! Be sure to check out our Forum tab on the site to see what’s there. In the meantime, tonight’s recipe is Epcot Biergarten’s Florentine Cookies! Enjoy!



1 16.5-ounce package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 cup raspberry jam
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cut a sheet of parchment paper to fit inside a regular sheet pan. Place the parchment paper rectangle on the counter, and place cookie dough on the parchment paper. Roll out cookie dough to cover most of the rectangle, leaving a 1/2-inch border of paper. The dough should be approximately 1/8-inch thick. Carefully transfer dough on parchment to the sheet pan. Spoon jam onto dough, and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly over dough. Evenly sprinkle with almonds and sugar. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer sheet pan to a wire rack to cool completely, at least 1 hour. When cool, slide baked dough off of sheet pan. Cut into rectangles using a pizza cutter or a knife. Store cookies in an airtight container, separating layers with pieces of parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together.

Chef’s Note
If you don’t like raspberry jam, you can use your favorite flavor.

Makes 32 2-by-3-inch cookies

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Revisiting our “Let It Go” Contest……. My thoughts!


Late last Winter, early Spring, we had our TMSM Idol contest going on. Contestants sent in their video to us, singing the ever lasting song “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen, in the hopes of winning a $100 Disney gift card. We had so many awesome entries, from people of all ages, all walks of life, and many different renditions. At the time, people kept asking me if I had a say so in the outcome, and I truly didn’t. It was up to the contestant to rally people to vote for them, and that’s how the winner was chosen. Once all was said and done, I got messages asking who my favorites were or who I wanted to win. Being diplomatic, I didn’t comment because I thought all of them were great, these people actually took time out of their day to send us a video, and that’s appreciated. Well…. it’s been months, I think I can safely name drop two of my favorites now.

I think my favorite entry (yes, I watched them all and thought they were all great) was the one sent in by the group “The Last Sleepless City.” I love music, I love cover songs, my Dad was in a cover band when I was growing up, so this is dear to my heart. So, when I took at look at the video entry, I was totally blown away. It’s still something I listen to, months later. I had reached out to Dylan, the lead singer of The Last Sleepless City, telling him how awesome I thought their version of Let It Go was. It’s a pop/punk version of the song, and man oh man, it’s GOOD. Even my sons who are so OVER the Frozen craze, love this version. They think it’s the coolest…… I agree. Check it out on the link below, and turn it up, it’s off the hook (or chain, whichever)!

My other worthy mention, and probably our most well known and famous entry, was that of Brian Hull, and his multi-character version of Let it Go. I bet you’ve seen Brian’s video….. millions have. But did you know he recorded that song for our contest? Yep, he sure did. We did a podcast interview with Brian Hull last Spring, be sure to check it out on our Podcast tab above. Anyhow, Brian’s video took off like wildfire, and we’re so happy that our contest is what sparked it all. Brian is a super nice guy, and we’re thrilled for him. You can check out his video below, if you haven’t seen it already.

We truly appreciate all of the awesome Main Streeters who sent in videos, it was such a fun contest to run. So, what do you think? Would you like to see more singing contests like this in the future? I’ve been thinking about it, so you just never know what could be coming. Thanks again for participating, whether you entered or just voted and supported our efforts!

**The above videos were entries to TMSM Idol, but are owned by The Last Sleepless City and Brian Hull. Please check out their YouTube channels for more, thank you! ~M

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Food Booths going up at Epcot, Preparing for Food and Wine Festival!


Attention Disney Foodies! The yearly Epcot Food and Wine Festival is almost upon us! While it’s not starting for a couple more weeks, I am happy to say I saw preparations for the festival when I was at Epcot yesterday. Various food booths have gone up around World Showcase. The signs say Food and Wine Festival, but no hints at what kind of food will be served at them. I’m pretty excited because this is the first year that I will be down in Florida for the whole season. I can’t wait to check it out and give our readers the details and tips as I find them. Stay tuned, more to come! The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is September 19-November 10, 2014!

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Marvel’s Agent Carter Casts 2 Key Roles

In more Marvel Television News, update on Agent Carter casting.

When Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy Carter in the hotly-anticipated “Marvel’s Agent Carter” series debuting on ABC in 2015, she won’t embark on her new adventures alone!


Marvel is proud to announce the signing of two key series regulars, as Chad Michael Murray (“Fruitvale Station,” “One Tree Hill”) has been cast in the role of SSR Agent Jack Thompson, while Enver Gjokaj (“Dollhouse”) will portray Agent Daniel Sousa, both of whom will meet Carter while she takes on a new role at the SSR in New York City.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”

Starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Executive producers are Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb. 

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

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Halloween Merchandise at Mouse Gear, Epcot


Yesterday while at Epcot, I was looking around for little bits of Halloween to report on. The one place I spotted Halloween goodies was of course at Mouse Gear, my favorite Epcot store. Towards the back of the store, they had a Halloween display facing the doors going out towards Test Track. The wall behind it also had Halloween shirts and such with ghosts wearing mouse ears. There wasn’t much to find, but I wanted to let our readers know in case you were looking.