Favorite Disney Princess

cf5fe5b62e26e8efc49fccd8e07beb25_-jiminy-cricket-disney-disney-jiminy-cricket-clipart_236-559Last week we asked… You answered.   The most anticipated out of park transportation is Festival of the Lion King.  Thanks again Helen for helping with a beastly topic. 

Now let’s see what we will find this week!

Disney Princesses have brought joy to people since the first Disney Princess, Snow White was introduced in 1937. Everyone looks for different qualities in a Princess which is why there are as many favorites as there are Princesses. Disney Princesses inspire with their kindness, impress with their skill and determination, and stun with their feminine beauty. Who wouldn’t want to be a Disney Princess?

Rich here:  I’m not a big fan of most Disney Princesses and Disney’s presentation of who they are.   There seem to be mixed rules for what a princess is, and who can be one, even in Disney’s own definition.    Elena may be one, I was in the Magic Kingdom for her coronation, but I think low ratings took away her title.   I also think Tiger Lilly should be a princess if Pocahontas is, but I guess Peter Pan needs to start a  petition in her honor. (oh and Mulan shouldn’t be one according to the story) 

  1. I love Belle.   Girls can be smart.  Girls can read.   Girls can stand up for themselves.   Unfortunately, 1/2  of the princesses do not do any of these things. Belle does all this and more. 
  2. Ariel – sure she is a rebel.  Sure she gives up her voice for legs (not sounding like a bad trade … right guys 🙂  ).   She is spunky and smart.  She is continually in search of better.  She is willing to give up her comfort for a better future. 
  3. Pocahontas.   She is kind and wise.  She is independent.   She is magical. She is an American icon.   I appreciate that she is herself, and the first princess to go a way other than to her male counterpart. 

Amanda, what say you?

Amanda here:  My favorite Princesses share qualities that I value – intelligence, spunk, determination.

  1. Not only does Belle live up to her name in looks but she has a beautiful heart as well. Even better, Belle is an avid reader of fantasy novels. It’s easy to imagine her loving the same nerdy books that I do! I love the fact that Belle is happy to be her own person, oblivious to the opinions of the small-minded villagers.
  2. Cheerful optimism in the face of danger defines Anna’s personality. Much like me, Anna plunges into action without much forethought or planning. She defines selfless giving and determination. Add in a bit of hopeless romantic and I’m pretty sure Anna was modeled after me.
  3. I struggled with picking a 3rd favorite with so many great choices: Tiana’s hard work and willpower? Rapunzel’s fearlessness despite her naïveté? Moana’s relentless determination and leadership? But ultimately I settled on a Pixar Princess, Merida. I love her fiery defiance of gender roles. She is stubborn to a fault but ultimately does what is right. I love how competent and strong she is and think she’s a great role model for my daughter (hopefully without turning me into a bear….).

Special Guest Julie Patton! How about you?

  1. Belle is clearly the best princess. She is smart, kind, independent, and doesn’t care what the villagers think of her. Her selfless acts save her father and the beast. And, she loves to read!
  2. Anna. Although not technically a Disney Princess™, she rates way up there for me because she is spunky, funny, full of life and sacrifices herself for her sister. And, when order is restored to Arendelle she is not jumping at the first chance to marry Kristof.
  3. Rapunzel is strong-willed and determined to see the outside world. And she’s still awesome after her signature hair is gone. Plus, she has her own bathrooms at WDW.

Julie’s 9-year-old daughter Amy offered her choices as well!!

  1. Ariel. Because I love to swim, love the water, and love mermaids. 
  2. Pocahontas. Because I love American history and learning about the native American culture.
  3. Moana. Because she is brave and a good role model. And I love her hair.

Julie has been a Disney fan since she was very young and watched “The Wonderful World of Disney” every Sunday evening with her family. She first visited Disneyland in 1978 and Walt Disney World in 1983 and has been back now more times than she can count. She has been known to sing Disney songs very loudly while doing chores, and the Moana soundtrack helped get her through a recent marathon.

(Obviously, Amy is all that, and knows her stuff) 

Ok .. now it’s your chance …

  • Who was right?
  • Who was wrong?
  • What is your favorite?
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Favorite Things About Moana

cf5fe5b62e26e8efc49fccd8e07beb25_-jiminy-cricket-disney-disney-jiminy-cricket-clipart_236-559Last week we asked… You and Dave Koch answered.   The best thing about solo travel is: doin your own thing .

Now let’s see what we will find this week!

Moana – the 250 million dollar musical which tells the tale of a fearless adventurer journeying to save her people.   Featuring Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Ron Clements and John Musker as the direction team, and the music of Lin-Manuel Miranda.  With her home release this week, and Wrestlemania XXXIII this weekend, what else could we think about?

Rich here:

  1. Maui – The Rock – What can I say. One of my favorite WWE wrestlers as one of the most awesome supporting heroes in a Disney movie. He brings it in the charisma department, laying the SmackDown on Tamatoa (One of the worst things about Moana). He entertains with his Tattoos, and with his Chameleon-like abilities. Maui is the Man (ok Demigod). 
  2. HeiHei the Chicken – Gosh this rooster is funny. I am sure at one time Pua was going to have as big a role, on the raft, and in Moana’s quest, but somehow they gave all the good parts to HeiHei. I’m sure many people do not like the rooster that much, I think he is exactly what this movie needed, some comic relief, and a fun character to care about. 
  3. You’re Welcome! – I really like this song. Wow, it is fun. I find myself replying in Maui’s version all the time “You’re Welcome!”. It is by far the best song in the movie (yeah yeah I know I have been told. “How Far I’ll Go” is better but I disagree). Between the catchy jingle, the gateway to rap, and the introduction to the best supporting actor in an animated movie, this song has it all. 

Amanda, what say you?

Amanda here:

  1. With the exception of the annoying “I’m Shiny” song, Moana has one of my favorite soundtracks of any movie. I am a Lin-Manuel Miranda fan so maybe it isn’t surprising that I love the music so much. From “How Far I’ll Go” to “You’re Welcome!” I have these songs stuck in my head.
  2. Another Disney movie with a strong female lead. Moana is a headstrong, independent female character and exactly the type of role model I want for my daughter and my nieces. I love Princess-type movies that aren’t about “getting the man.” Moana isn’t out to impress anyone except by fulfilling her own destiny and it’s great to see her grow into a great leader.
  3. As much as I love the character of Moana, it is The Rock who really steals the show. Maui is such a fun character. A prankster demigod who has, arguably, the catchiest tune of the movie. Watching the relationship between Maui and Moana grow throughout the movie is truly touching. I love how Maui’s tattoos help tell the story in such a clever use of animation within an animated movie.

Special Guest Julie Patton how about you?

  1. It is a great story of bravery and family! I love that Moana relies on her wits and the ocean to save her village and that there is no storyline whatsoever of her finding a prince to marry. What a positive message!
  2. The animation is stunning! This movie has the best representations of hair and water of any computer animated movie I’ve ever seen.
  3. The soundtrack! The songs are singable and stick in your head in a good way. “You’re Welcome” and “Where You Are” are going in my permanent playlists.

Julie has been a Disney fan since she was very young and watched “The Wonderful World of Disney” every Sunday evening with her family. She first visited Disneyland in 1978 and Walt Disney World in 1983 and has been back now more times than she can count. She has been known to sing Disney songs very loudly while doing chores, and the Moana soundtrack helped get her through a recent marathon.

Ok .. now it’s your chance …

  • Who was right?
  • Who was wrong?
  • What is your favorite?

Things we are looking forward to in the 2017 Beauty and the Beast

cf5fe5b62e26e8efc49fccd8e07beb25_-jiminy-cricket-disney-disney-jiminy-cricket-clipart_236-559Last week we asked… You answered.   The most anticipated thing about upcoming Pandora is The Bioluminescence… Great Pick Helen!!

Now let’s see what we will find this week!

Remember 1991? No probably not… Some of you may not have been born yet 🙂  Beauty and the Beast?    The first animated picture to be nominated for Best Picture at the Acadamy Awards is back.  This time as a ?live-action? hybrid movie.   Again the cast is AMAZING, starring Emma Watson and Luke Evans, with a who’s who in backup roles.   Menken, Ashman, and Rice are back as well in the music department.   This looks to be a blockbuster in the making, not to mention a mashup of nerds everywhere (Hermoine, Obi-Wan, Magneto, Olaf, & P.L Travers)

Rich here:

  1. “Be Our Guest” – There are many things l love about the original. There is something about this Cabaret style number that just makes me smile. From the debonair of Lumiere to the charm of Cogsworth’s little dance, this is complete entertainment.  It has been replayed and recreated again in  Mickey’s Philharmagic.   Not to mention I am a huge Moulin Rouge! fan and cannot wait to hear Ewan Mc Gregor’s version, suggesting to “Try the Grey Stuff 🙂 ” I hope this is just as delicious. 
  2. That the staff has the same spirit that was in the animated movie. Yes, I know there are new characters… GREAT. I am just hoping that all of the Castle Servants retain the charm and character of the animated feature. I am a bit concerned seeing the first trailer and have not seen one since, but I sure am hoping to see something special. 
  3.  That the male leads hold up to the Emma Watson Standard. Let’s face it, Belle Rocks. She is quite the Disney Princess. I am hoping that the men in her life (Gaston& Prince/Beast) can come close to what I am hoping will be another amazing performance by Hermione. I know, I know, the prince had no role in the last movie, and the part he did have, was a letdown. This time I am hoping for more.

Amanda, what say you?

Amanda here:

  1. Emma Watson. Need I say more? Hermione is my favorite Harry Potter character and Emma Watson did an amazing job of bringing her to life. Plus she’s an advocate for women’s rights.  How could I not love her?!? I think she looks magical as Belle in the trailers and I couldn’t have chosen a better Belle.
  2. I love the score from the original Beauty and the Beast and I’m certain that the updated score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice will be just as lovely. I can’t wait to hear new versions of old favorites and I’m hopeful that the new songs will be equally appealing.
  3. One of the most delightful parts of the original film is the household staff. Looking at the cast list, I expect them to steal the show again. How can you go wrong with Emma Thompson – one of my favorite actresses –  as Mrs. Potts? Add Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen as Lumière and Cogsworth and I have high expectations. 

Special Guest Jessica Awotona, How about you?

  1. Emma Watson. I loved her in Harry Potter and I think her casting as Belle was perfect. She’s not only physically like Belle but in real life, she’s a feminist and smart. I think Belle is both of those things as well. I have liked her in the previews that I’ve seen so far and I’m interested to see her singing. Nothing will compare to Paige O’Hara but I want to see how she’s made the character her own. I was eight years old when the animated feature was released in theaters and grew up with Belle as my favorite princess. I loved that she was smart and loved books and even better, she was a brunette!
  2. Experiencing a familiar story in a new way with my daughter. My daughter is four years old and just getting to the age where she’ll sit through an entire movie in the theater. We’ve watched the animated movie a few times and she knows all of the songs by heart so it will be fun to watch the story with fresh eyes.
  3. The magic and the beauty (no pun intended) of the story. The animated movie of Beauty and the Beast was so pretty. The ballroom scene is iconic for its visuals and I am so excited to see what the new movie has in store. Computer animation has come so far in the last 20+ years, they could make anything their imaginations wanted!

Jessica Awotona (@jesscutler) made her first trip to Walt Disney World at the age of 7 and has been a Disney nerd ever since. She even started running to have an excuse to go to Disney even more! She lives in Acworth, GA (a suburb of Atlanta) with her husband, daughter, and three rescue dogs. 

Ok .. now it’s your chance …

  • Who was right?
  • Who was wrong?
  • What is your favorite?