posted on January 21st, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

I previously shared how teenagers can hang loose during a vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Today, I’m excited to share some tips for tweens – those between the ages 11-12 – to make new friends as well! Tweens have the opportunity to take part in complimentary activities designed exclusively for their age group Aunty’s Beach House – an interactive kids club with a touch of Disney magic. Take a look at the daily activities below, as well as other fun opportunities that aren’t to be missed at Aulani!

Tween Hawaiian Crafts – Tweens can head to Aunty’s Beach House and learn how to make crafts inspired by Hawaiian traditions!
Tween Game Challenge – Tweens team up at Aunty’s Beach House and play a variety of games with the Youth Activities Counselors.
In addition to the activities, don’t forget that tweens can also spend their entire day in Aunty’s Beach House, too! Save time prior to your vacation to Aulani and complete the Aunty’s Beach House pre-registration form for keiki ages 3-12 here.
Lastly, tweens can connect with friends and family over arts and crafts, board games, video games, books and Disney family movies in the resort’s Pau Hana Room. I was amazed at the amount of Disney films you can rent (including my personal favorite, “Tangled“).
What is your tween looking forward to most at Aulani? Let us know in the comments below!
Be sure to check The Daily ‘Iwa to see what fun activities are in store for everyone during your Aulani vacation.

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Filed: Aulani

By this point, you’ve seen Frozen more times than you can count, memorized all the lyrics (and probably all the dialogue), and refused to stop relentlessly singing “Let It Go” every time you set foot in the shower. You’re obsessed, and the best part about this obsession is that alongside its catchy tunes and colorful cast of characters, Frozen also brings a solid handful of excellent life lessons to the table. In celebration of that, here are some of the most important things Frozen taught us about life:

1. You can’t marry a man you just met.Okay, technically, you can, if you really insist, but you unequivocally should not. There are many reasons for this, but rather than list them out, we’ll just suggest you imagine what might have happened if Anna had married Hans. What’s more, by rushing into a relationship with Hans, Anna could have missed out on her better match with Kristoff; remember that if you’re ever scared of being alone. Hold out for true, lasting love with a foundation in friendship and trust.

2. Don’t shut your loved ones out.Sometimes, when you’re grieving or experiencing hardship, it can be tempting to shut out the people who love you and want to help. Letting them in can seem painful, because you’ll have to confront your emotions, or even risky, because you’ll have to trust them with your feelings… but you’re only going to cause yourself more suffering if you insist on going through it alone. Don’t shut the door—let them in.

3. Some people are worth melting for.Who can deny the beautiful wisdom contained within this nugget from Olaf? There’s never been a better motto for friendship. Look around you and choose which people in your life are worth melting for, and then be ready to melt for them. The most beautiful thing of all is that they’ll be ready to melt for you, too.

4. Embrace your dreams, no matter how unlikely they seem.Olaf’s dream of experiencing summer sounds impossible to everyone who hears it, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming of sunshine. In the end, Elsa helps him make that dream a reality by giving him his own personal flurry—the perfect, simple solution that no one predicted. The moral of Olaf’s story is that nothing is impossible, and you should never let menacing odds discourage you from dreaming.

5. Let it go.Elsa said it best: the past is in the past. Whatever’s happened to you, whatever choices you’ve made, whatever hurt you’ve felt before today, make a decision to let it all go right now. No amount of worrying will change the past, but it will rob you of your chance for happiness in the present.

6. Be yourself and don’t ever apologize for it.People are sometimes scared of what they don’t know, and because of that, being different can make you feel like you don’t belong. Any time you’re tempted to think that way, just look at Elsa: the magic she was determined to conceal was beautiful and powerful all along. What makes you different is often the same thing that makes you unstoppably powerful, unique, and amazing.

7. Love is the most powerful magic of all.Anna and Elsa saved each other’s lives, and their actions weren’t planned or premeditated. They saw someone they loved in danger, and they reacted with love. Frozen leaves us with the final message that even though this is a movie about a girl gifted with ice powers, the real magic is the power of love between two sisters.

What other life lessons have you learned from Frozen?

A lot of milestones have been approaching lately for legendary actress Debbie Reynolds. This weekend, the star of Singin’ in the Rain is set to receive a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, a major honor for anyone of her profession. Not only that, but she is also going to breathe life into a brand new animated character on one of Disney’s latest hit animated TV series, The 7d, tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.

Debbie will be playing the role of Queen Delightful’s grandmother, Grandmommers Whimsical, in the new animated comedy based on the world of the Seven Dwarfs.
We’ve also recently learned that The 7D has been picked up for a second season, after consistently ranking among the top shows for Disney XD’s younger audiences.
If you haven’t caught the program yet, here is a little bit more background to catch you up before you tune in for Debbie’s guest appearance:

The 7D follows brave little heroes – Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc – as they work together to help the quirky Queen Delightful keep her kingdom in order. Standing in their way are comically inept villains Grim and Hildy Gloom, a novice warlock and witch couple, whose plots to overthrow the queen and rule Jollywood are continually foiled by the 7D.

The episode premieres tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m., ET/PT on Disney XD. Find our more about The 7d at their official website.

posted on January 21st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Last week’s inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge was the first of its kind for many reasons, and today I want to share photos of one of my favorites … seeing the ship lit up under the stars at Castaway Cay!

The day of the race, the ship docked early at Castaway Cay and Disney cruisers competing in the challenge had the unique opportunity to go onto the island in the early hours of the morning before the sun came up. The reflection of the ship on the water is a sight runners I spoke with said they will never forget.
You may remember from a previous post of mine that I had the unique opportunity to spend the night on Castaway Cay, and the photos we took then are just a glimpse at the magnificent sky you see from an island in paradise. It was exciting to see the reaction of other cruisers as they experienced the island’s night sky for the first time.
Congrats again to all of the Castaway Cay Challenge runners! If you competed the challenge, be sure to share your photos with us using #CastawayChallenge.

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Filed: Disney Cruise Line

We don’t know about you, but we’re obsessed with Marvel’s Agent Carter. To be exact though, we really just wish we could be Agent Carter herself. Peggy’s no-nonsense approach and amazing spy skills have us wishing we could go back to the 1940’s and go on missions with her.

Another thing we love about Agent Carter? Her impeccable, classic style that includes matching sets, tailored dresses, and red lips every day. So while we can’t be spies, there are elements of Agent Carter’s style that we can incorporate into our own wardrobe. We rounded up pieces that are inspired by Peggy’s closet, so you can bring a bit of 1940’s style to the 21st century.

Be sure to watch Marvel’s Agent Carter Tuesdays 9|8c on ABC!

Growing up Disney meant loving all things Mickey and Friends. From Goofy’s signature laugh to Donald’s signature sputter… we loved it all! Over the years, through each quirky characteristic, we’ve noticed they are just like we are. (We notice this a lot.) Here’s why:

They plan picnics in the park.

They LOVE birthday cake.

They enjoy dancing with loved ones.

They know it’s the small things that matter.

They make a few mistakes in the kitchen.

They enjoy outdoor sports.

They work with their best friends.

They take spontaneous trips.

They dress to impress.

They are a little bit clumsy.

They pick up hobbies, like knitting.

They take time to smell the flowers.

They wear silly birthday hats.

They play in the ocean.

They get excited about sandwich-o’clock.

Case closed. They are just like we are, and now you can find out just how much! Take our Mickey and Friends character quiz!

posted on January 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Today is National Hugging Day, and what better way to celebrate than with Arendelle’s most huggable snowman, Olaf? As you may know, warm hugs are one of Olaf’s favorite things, and now during “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park, guests can get a warm hug from our favorite snowman himself at “Olaf’s Snow Fest.” While you’re there, make sure to explore more of Olaf’s favorite things:
Visiting Friends: Make sure to grab a Return Time ticket for “Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome” to give warm hugs to Anna and Elsa, two of Olaf’s best friends, on National Hugging Day.
Eating: From a build-your-own snowman cookie kit to Warm Hugs Hot White Chocolate (with delicious mint marshmallows!), there are lots of tasty new treats to try at “Olaf’s Snow Fest.”
Singing: Head on over to the Crown Jewel Theatre to sing along with Arendelle Historians, who tell the tale of “Frozen,” and sing some of the film’s most popular tunes at “For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.”
Drawing: Do you want to draw a snowman? Spend some time in the Animation Academy, located inside the Animation Building, where aspiring artists will learn how to draw either Marshmallow or Olaf.
Dancing: “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party” is the perfect place to dance the night away, but don’t forget to check out all this ‘cool’ party has to offer! Ice sculptors, dancers and the not-so-huggable snowman Marshmallow are all invited to this nighttime celebration.
Want to take some warm hugs home with you? Stop by Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post to grab your very own Olaf plush and take a peek at the rest of the “Frozen Fun” merchandise available.
Happy National Hugging Day!

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Filed: Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Resort

posted on January 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

One of the most popular videos we ever shared in our “Learn to Draw” series is a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Olaf, the lovable snowman from “Frozen.”

Check out what happens when actor Josh Gad, who voiced Olaf in the film, stops by The Magic of Disney Animation to test his own skills at drawing his animated friend. Josh, a Florida native, also shares what he loves about Disney Parks and talks about how it’s “surreal” to see “Frozen” characters added into the mix.
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For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney characters, check out the list below:

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Filed: Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort

How good was tonight’s Switched at Birth? We got to see Bay get an interview with the Kansas City Artist Showcase, Daphne challenge a dude to a dorm triathlon, Regina take an interest in an East Riverside coffee house (and its owner), and Emmet get a gig on a real production. Big week for everyone, no? While all of this was happening, here is the music you heard:

Captain Funk “I’m Ready To Go (Kung Fu Rock Mix)”You heard it when: The triathlon tug of war was happening.

The Gods Of Macho “Reno”You heard it when: The triathlon “Butts Up” competition was underway.

Kyle Reynolds “Simple Things”You heard it when: Eric told Regina he wanted to kiss her.Get it on iTunes

The Magic “It’s On”You heard it when: John was impressed by Travis’ fastball.

1985 “I Won’t Surrender”You heard it when: The dorm triathlon was in its final event.

Donora “Put On Your Neon”You heard it when: Toby and Bay arrived to the Mud Run and saw how much fun Daphne was having. Then a mud fight broke out!Get it on iTunes

Which song from tonight’s Switched at Birth is your favorite?

Secrets are hard to keep, especially in this week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars. Spencer and Caleb search for Mona’s missing laptop but where the search leads them could get her in trouble with Toby. Aria works up the courage to come clean to Ezra about her lie, while Hanna must protect Ashley’s secret when Pastor Ted returns with big news. Emily finds herself under stress from putting up with Talia’s annoying suggestions at work and struggling to deal with her breakup with Paige.
Fortunately the music featured on the episode isn’t a secret. Here’s what you heard while the Liars worked, searched, and schemed:

Feathers “Land Of The Innocent”You heard it when: They were at The Brew and discussed the knife Spencer found and Holbrook’s possible involvement.Get it on iTunes

Mr. Little Jeans “Good Mistake”You heard it when: Ezra told Aria that there’s someone who can help her get into Vassar.Get it on iTunes

Fort Jams “Jacket Inside”You heard it when: Aria showed Emily a text message that she thought was from Holbrook.Get it on iTunes

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour “Rock The Ride”You heard it when: Emily argued with the new chef at The Brew.Get it on iTunes

Maggie Chapman “It Should’ve Been You”You heard it when: Talia and Emily talked about Paige.Get it on iTunes

Tennis “Cured Of Youth”You heard it when: Ezra looked through receipts at The Brew and Emily came in to get her paycheck.Get it on iTunes

Which song did you like better, the one by Tennis or the one by Maggie Chapman?

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