As a fan of Sleeping Beauty, Scarlett was begging to see Maleficent this weekend. We went today, and everyone really enjoyed it. It was a little scary for the kids right near the end, but overall, it was fine. I’m glad we went.
I’ll be trying to pull together a Maleficent-themed dinner this week in honor of the movie.
Because Once Upon A Time in Wonderland premiered on Thursday, I thought it was good week for Alice In Wonderland.
|Riding the Tea Cups at Disney World
I’m not sure what wacky activities we will do that are related to the movie. Hopefully a tea party, and maybe some croquet? Not sure if that’s a little kid game, but we’ll figure it out. Scarlett loves the Queen of Hearts, so it should be fun at least!
Scarlett is absolutely obsessed with Up.
She loves Ellie and watches the part where Carl and Ellie get married over and over again. We’ve probably watched the whole movie 10 times in the past week. Luke likes it, too, and doesn’t mind the repetition, although he prefers science to romance (Cumulonimbus!)
Because of this I feel like it’s time to make it our official movie of the week.
|Meeting Russell and Dug at Animal Kingdom
Look for balloons, wilderness exploring, and grape soda in our future.
Adventure is out there!
We were supposed to go to the park Thursday night, but it was supposed to rain. We decided not to chance getting caught in a thunderstorm and I’m glad we did. It turns out our local theaters were having Thursday night showings of Planes!
I was excited we didn’t have to wait until Friday, and armed with 2 free tickets (one from Toys R Us and one from Disney Movie Rewards) and a coupon for $3 off popcorn (from Regal Cinema texts), it was a bargain.
We got there early, but it wasn’t all that crowded. We waited in the hall until we could go into the theater.
Luckily, we had that popcorn.
|Scarlett wore her tutu over her clothes…
Once inside we watched a LOT of coming attractions, while the kids kept asking “Is this Planes?”
When the movie started, they were pretty into it for a while. I wish we hadn’t been quite so early because it was about half way through that Scarlett started kicking chairs and standing up. I ended up taking her to walk around, and then watched the last part of the movie sitting in the hall that lead to the doorway while Scarlett played on my phone and danced (good thing she wore that tutu!).
I did like the parts I saw. People laughed, and the visuals were pretty great. The plot was really close to Cars, and pretty predictable, but that was expected – it was originally meant to go straight to video. I’m glad it came to the big screen because the animation was made for that. Looking forward to the DVD release, though, so I can see the parts I missed!
Luke liked it, and since he’s pretty much the demographic, I’m glad for that. Plus, other than the time he shouted out “What happened?!” when the screen went white, he acted appropriately for a movie theater. He is learning! And Scarlett will get there, too – hopefully in time for Frozen!
I know I mention this all the time, but our family LOVES Cars.
|Luke, Sally and Me at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
So we are SUPER excited for Planes – I feel like we have been waiting for years for it to come out!
|Luke at Age 2 watching a plane
Luke, as a typical four-year-old boy, also loves airplanes.
There are several airplane-related things to do around here, so it should be a fun week.
I’m SO EXCITED that Monsters University is finally out in theaters!
Monsters Inc is one of my favorite movies and I can’t wait to see a whole new film starring Mike and Sulley!
We are traveling up to Massachusetts for my mom’s retirement party this week, so I am planning a few Monsters U activities up there. Along with lots of swimming in the pool and visiting relatives of course! Hopefully we can make it to the movies and enjoy a monster-themed dinner as well. Yay!
This week Oz the Great and Powerful is being released on DVD and Blu Ray. I actually got to see this movie in the theater and I thought it was awesome. I’m pretty excited to own a copy myself!
|Blurry pic of the Ruby Slippers at Smithsonian Museum of American History
First I’ll have to show the kids The Wizard of Oz. I’ll probably throw in The Wizard of Dizz. So I guess it’s sort of Wizard of Oz week, too. Oz is good in all forms, so I don’t mind.
I know it’s kind of random to have a Toy Story 2 week without having a week for the original Toy Story first. But before we went to Disney, I did a little dinner for Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins so the kids would understand Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. This time around, I thought a Woody-themed dinner would be fun, and I think Toy Story 2 is the best movie for a Woody theme.
But while I’m thinking about it, here’s our Buzz dinner:
Our Buzz Lightyear Menu:
“Pizza Planet” Pizza
Toy Story Fruit Snacks
“Shooting Stars” (Carrots and Ranch)
“Alien Ice” (Lime Sherbert)
“Buzz’s Rocket Fuel” (Lime & Grape Gatorade)
I have some ideas that I think will be fun for TS2 that I will try out throughout the week!
Alexandria’s Jazz Festival is held on Memorial Day – a perfect start for The Princess & The Frog week!
Hopefully we can work out some kind of frog encounter, and some beignets too!
|Luke at a Beach Party in 2012
Luke is interested in Volcanos at the moment, so it seemed like a Hawaii-themed film would be appropriate. I got a Volcano in a Box from fab.com that we’ll make, along with a new sensory bin, a pretend play idea, and some Hawaiian BBQ Chicken pizza for family movie night!