Disney and Pixar Animation Slate for 2015-2017! WHOA!!

by A Frugal Friend on August 29, 2015

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Disney and Pixar Animation Slate 2015-2017

You may have spied my social media accounts recently. I was in Southern California for about 6 days, of which, many were spent in the happiest place in the world for the Disneyland 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration! While I was visiting, there was major buzz about the Disney23 Expo, which is traditionally held every 2 years in Anaheim, just steps away from the theme parks. Disney23 was just days from opening, and though I had to leave before the festivities began, I watched the news flowing out of the Expo……..HUGE NEWS as soon as the event was live!

One thing I couldn’t contain my excitement about was the Disney and Pixar Animation Slate for 2015-2017. The next few years we will be entertained beyond our wildest imagination!

John Lasseter

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held secrets for the first time at the D23 EXPO.”

Stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, made special appearances during D23.


Well, look below for what they have in store for you!

The Good Dinosaur Poster

Disney and Pixar Animation Slate for 2015-2017!

November 25, 2015


We don’t have much longer to wait for the first in our animation slate. Coming this Thanksgiving – The Good Dinosaur!

During the D23 Expo, Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action.

The Good Dinosaur image

In theaters on November 25, 2015, the film introduces audiences to Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home, and Spot, Arlo’s unlikely human friend. “Arlo and Spot journey through a world that has been greatly inspired by the American Northwest,” said Sohn. “It is epic in scope, soul-enriching and simultaneously beautiful and treacherous. In this world, we meet up with a very special family of T-Rexes, who help Arlo find a way through his personal fears and ultimately teach Arlo what he’s truly made of.”

Zootopia Announcement Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

March 4, 2016

ZOOTOPIA (#Zootopia)

International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy®-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in ZOOTOPIA, D23 EXPO fans learned via a taped message from Shakira today. Ginnifer Goodwin (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Something Borrowed,” “Walk the Line”), the voice of the film’s rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps, saluted fans alongside Directors Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), and Producer Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph”). Hilarious new scenes from the film were unveiled, plus a tease of the all-new original song, “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Shakira.
Said Howard, “For the role of Gazelle, Zootopia’s most beloved superstar, there was only one person on our wish list: Shakira. Luckily for us, she said yes. Her immense talent and charm bring Gazelle and her song, ‘Try Everything,’ to life.”

Finding Dory

This next animated movie is one that I’ve been craving ever since we last left Marlin, Nemo and Dory. There was a story here. I knew it back then. I needed to know why Dory couldn’t remember! Now I get to find out.

June 17, 2016

FINDING DORY (#FindingDory)

Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO attendees this afternoon, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film FINDING DORY. Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark.

Oscar®-winning Director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-director Angus MacLane and Producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) offered details about the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Finding Dory Scene 2

Said Stanton, “In FINDING DORY, we can expect to address the one emotionally open-ended issue that remained from the first movie: Where is Dory’s family, and will this overly-optimistic fish with short-term memory loss ever be able to find them again? Her issue has also given us the opportunity to travel to very different locations, on land and sea, and meet a variety of new sea creatures that expand the world of Nemo, Marlin and Dory.”

Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton, Disney·Pixar’s FINDING DORY swims into theaters June 17, 2016.


November 23, 2016

MOANA (#Moana)

Dwayne Johnson (“San Andreas,” “Furious 7,” HBO’s “Ballers”), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ MOANA, hit the stage at D23 EXPO this afternoon. Renowned Directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”), and Producer Osnat Shurer (Oscar®-nominated Pixar shorts “One Man Band,” “Boundin’”) shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it.

Tony®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s hottest new hit “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed”, “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder.

Dwayne Johnson Moana

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

“Our research took us deep into the South Pacific,” said Clements. “The wonderful people we met there, their rich history and traditions, and their fantastic music changed us forever.”

“We can’t wait to bring those experiences to MOANA,” added Musker. “We are incredibly lucky to be able to work with three amazing artists who are the absolute best at what they do. The sounds they create will be something we’ve never heard before—but it’ll feel like it’s been part of this world forever.”

Foa’i and his band Te Vaka capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music. 

Toy Story 4 announcement

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

June 16, 2017.


Pixar Animation Studios marks the 20th Anniversary of TOY STORY this year. Said Lasseter, “All the characters from ‘Toy Story’—especially Woody and Buzz—are so close to us. They seem more like family members than just creations. Not only do we dearly love the characters, but we also love the world of ‘Toy Story’—the world where toys come to life when people are not in the room has always been rich with many story possibilities.”

Lasseter, who’s one of Pixar’s three founders, celebrated 20 years since TOY STORY transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling. He welcomed to the stage iconic two-time Oscar®-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman, whose Pixar credits include “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.”

Also joining in the celebration were TOY STORY 4 co-director Josh Cooley (“Cars 2,” “Ratatouille”) and Producer Galyn Susman (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”). Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste & Jesse Forever”) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep for the celebration. “I’m very proud of our films,” said Lasseter. “When we made the first three TOY STORY films, we didn’t realize what we had done was to change the genre of each of the films’ story. For TOY STORY 4, we are doing a type of story we have not done before: a love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. “

TOY STORY 4, which will be directed by Lasseter and produced by Susman, is slated for release on June 16, 2017.


Okay……so the slate technically goes into 2018!!


GIGANTIC (#Gigantic)

Things are looking up at Walt Disney Animation Studios – way up. GIGANTIC, Disney’s unique take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” will feature music from Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who greeted D23 EXPO fans in signature style—in song—alongside Director Nathan Greno (“Tangled”) and Producer Dorothy McKim (“Get A Horse!”).

“I always wanted to be part of the Disney legacy,” said Greno. “I loved those classic stories brought to life—‘Snow White’ or ‘Cinderella’—in a way that made those films the definitive version for generations. I want to carry on that tradition by bringing ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ to modern audiences. We’re taking parts of the story we all remember and adding twists and turns, emotion and humor.”

Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s GIGANTIC follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality—and who knew giants were so down to earth? GIGANTIC hits theaters in 2018.

DIsney's Coco

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

COCO (#Coco)

Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and Producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) revealed the title of their upcoming film: Disney·Pixar’s COCO is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.

“As artists and filmmakers, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the striking visuals of Dia de los Muertos,” said Unkrich and Anderson. “But it was the celebration’s core themes of family, remembrance and connection across generations that resonated within and truly inspired us. Dia de los Muertos is as singular as the Mexican culture, while at the same time completely universal in its message.

“In our story,” they continued, “the celebration of Dia de los Muertos serves as the perfect backdrop for our main character to ask where he comes from, what his place is within his family, and how families stay woven together across time through the simple act of remembrance.”

RILEY'S FIRST DATE ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved

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But there’s something you don’t have to wait that long for at all.

Fans of INSIDE OUT will relish a new animated short featuring the much-loved characters in RILEY’S FIRST DATE! 

This will only available when you bring home INSIDE OUT on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on October 13 and/or Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on November 3rd, 2015! Yes, this fall!

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it came to all the news released from the D23 EXPO 2015! Stay tuned for more!

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. Presentations, talent and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23EXPO.

 Are you a huge Disney fan? Have you ever been to a D23 Expo?

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Disneyland 60th Anniversary – A Diamond Celebration Trip

by A Frugal Friend on August 23, 2015

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Disneyland Diamond Celebration Mickey Minnie

(Photo courtesy of Disney/Complimentary Tickets Provided)

It’s been an incredible summer…….one for the record books. In fact, if you know me (or took a quick glance at my Instagram feed), you’d spy something extraordinary. You see it wasn’t but a few weeks ago that I spent days in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World.

But Wait…….there’s more!

After arriving home, I quickly did laundry and headed back out (suitcase in hand) to Anaheim, California and Disneyland.

YES – it was a Coast to Coast Disney Summer!

There’s a big celebration going on at Disneyland and I wasn’t about to miss it.


Disneyland 60th Celebration Visit

The big celebration —> for the Disneyland 60th Anniversary!

A Diamond Celebration trip was in order! And with a diamond celebration, you can bet that Disney has brought out all the glitz and extra fun. From the iconic buildings on Main Street to the scrapbook ready Disneyland tickets, you will be wowed.

Disneyland 60th Anniversary My Visit

Since opening day in 1955, the Disneyland Resort has welcomed more than 750 million guests to The Happiest Place on Earth.

My parents were known to visit Disneyland often as kids, with Tom Sawyer Island a favorite spot. There’s even a legendary story about my parents dating which revolves around the Matterhorn, an iconic roller coaster attraction not seen in Orlando.

So, you can say my love of Disneyland comes naturally. (Shhhhh……don’t tell, but I never even visited Walt Disney World in Florida until after I was married and in my 30s)!

Though every Disney theme park is filled with magic, there’s just something extra special about Disneyland. Maybe it’s because I have amazing childhood memories there. Maybe it’s because I can feel Walt Disney’s legacy even more, knowing he walked these same corridors, rode some of these same attractions. No matter what it is……the special-ness cannot be denied.

Disneyland 60th Cups

(I took this photo in front of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction)

So let me take you on a quick tour of what you can expect during this Diamond Celebration, which kicked off in May and will likely continue into 2016 based on previous celebrations.

Disneyland has been taken over by diamonds……you’ll spy them everywhere, including on the disposable cups.

Speaking of these cups – do you know what my favorite money saving Disney tip is?

Disney Diamond Celebration Treats

Even Disneyland chefs have been inspired by the 60th anniversary.

From the Main Street Bakery to favorite sit down restaurants and even counter service venues, you’ll spy special #Disneyland60 treats and menus! Fair warning – you’ll find edible blue sugar everywhere (from cake pops to caramel apples)!

Disneyland Forever Fireworks

With any Disney special event, I just knew there would be new entertainment.

Disney did not disappoint.

Presented by Honda, we were introduced to the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks which come to life with a sprinkling of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust. There is nothing that completes your Disney day like watching the fireworks show. With pyrotechnics and music that tugs at your heartstrings, it’s not to be missed.

Fireworks have a long history at Disneyland, having first been introduced in 1956 with the show, “Fantasy in the Sky”.

Tinker Bell Flies at Disneyland

Did you know that Tinker Bell flies over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland? (And somehow she manages to get over to Florida to do the same thing at Cinderella’s castle at Magic Kingdom). This is something many first-timers don’t know and so I try to let parents know to be aware and surprise the kiddos. She will fly barring any weather condition issues.

In fact, Tinker Bell has been flying over Sleeping Beauty’s castle since 1961. While this admittedly isn’t the greatest shot, you can see I captured the feisty fairy above. I’ve visited when another character has flown (Dumbo), but with the new fireworks show, Disney has added a new, special character……..Nemo “swims” across the sky. My photo didn’t turn out that great (so I didn’t post it here), but what a sight – I was not expecting that!

Disneyland Paint the Night Parade

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It’s not just the fireworks that will garner your attention when the sun goes down. In fact, during the Disneyland 60th Celebration, you’ll want to make sure to see both the afternoon and evening parades. The new nighttime parade is called “Paint the Night” and you’ll want a front row seat.

With so much going on during the anniversary, the only downside is trying to fit it all in. You see at Disneyland, there’s a nighttime parade, fireworks show and Fantasmic (something which isn’t an issue in Florida, as Fantasmic has a home at another theme park). And while I’m usually one to ride the rides during earlier nighttime events (much shorter lines), it’s hard to do that right now with all the entertainment! I didn’t want to miss a thing!

Disneyland 60th Merchandise

Shades of blue are everywhere, and that includes the gift shops!

Merchandise themed with the 60th anniversary are in hot demand. My daughter and nephew got special interactive Mickey ears and wands along with Mickey and Minnie plush decked out in blue and plenty of sparkles. I loved the special Disneyland Railroad and the Disneyland60 Dooney and Burke purse – WOW! But it was the beautiful Princess Aurora Doll that commemorates the anniversary which stole my heart. Isn’t she lovely?

There’s something for everyone and every budget!

Disney California Adventure part of 60th celebration

Did you think that the Disneyland Diamond Celebration stopped there?

I did.

I never imagined that the celebration would extend across the way into the other theme park, Disney’s California Adventure, but it does!

California Adventure Pixar Parade

So no worries if your adventure takes you to California Adventure only. You can find all the specially themed merchandise in both theme parks. And the special treats. And the decorations. Oh, and did I mention special entertainment?

Yes – you won’t want to miss Pixar’s Play Parade, which includes special mention of the 60 years of fun.

World of Color Celebrate

There is a brand new ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’

This fun-filled presentation will take guests on an inspirational journey celebrating Walt Disney and his dream of Disneyland park. This story will be brought to life with fountains, animation and live-action film, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

With special narrator Neil Patrick Harris at the helm, the show brought out so much emotion. I dare you not to get choked up!

Carthay Circle

One thing you’ll immediately take notice of is the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre Restaurant and Lounge, which opened in 2012 on Buena Vista Street.

It stands 79 feet 6 inches tall, to the top of its cupola spire, and it is approximately ¾ scale to the original Carthay Circle Theatre, the site where Walt Disney’s animated classic, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” premiered in 1937. By way of contrast, Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland stands 77 feet high and is designed to appear taller, due to forced perspective, when viewed from the other end of Main Street, U.S.A.

Stay tuned as I’ll soon share my dining experience there – yes, I took my sister along with our kiddos for dinner during this trip.

I’m often asked which I love more – Disneyland or Walt Disney World.

Truth be told, there are both incredibly different. Different attractions. Different shows.

Both are magical and you cannot go wrong with a trip to either.

But there’s something special about walking where Walt Disney walked.

I wonder what he’d say if he could see it all now.

60 years of bringing smiles and making memories.

Quite a legacy.

Have you ever been to Disneyland?

Other Disneyland (California) posts you might enjoy:

For Walt Disney World posts (Florida) see Travel tab above!

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Create a Special Themed First Day of School Lunch

by A Frugal Friend on August 16, 2015

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Disclaimer: Kraft Foods and I have partnered up again this year, and as part of a paid ambassadorship with Capri Sun, I’m bringing you this sponsored post on how to create a memorable summer. All opinions are my own.

The first day of school.

The excitement. New outfits. Seeing old friends.

But let’s not forget the jitters too. We all have had them. Our kids do too. From wondering what the teacher will be like to who they will play with at recess, the worries persist.

There’s one place at school that seems to always be a source of worry for kids – the cafeteria. It’s a place where social skills are tested. It can be a loved break in the school’s routine or it can be feared. No matter how your child feels about lunch, there’s something we can do as parents to help them feel happy. Make a special lunch or send a surprise note……….. I especially like to do that on the first day of school with a special themed First Day of School Lunch!

First Day of School Lunch 1

I’ll walk you step by step in creating this lunch!

Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • School Grade Sandwiches
  • Fruit Crayons
  • Apple
  • Capri Sun Juice Drink
  • Dessert Pencil

School Grade Sandwiches

First up are the School Grade Sandwiches.

No matter whether your child prefers peanut butter & jelly or a more classic ham & cheese, let’s kick up the creativity a notch by making the sandwiches in the shapes of the grade they are going into.

1st Day of School Sandwiches

I routinely make cookie cutter sandwiches because the cuteness factor is off the charts and it requires little effort on my part.

1st day of school sandwich cutters

The only thing needed is a cookie cutter or template. Simply press the cookie cutter into the piece of bread. You may need one or two slices depending on your size cookie cutter.

TIP: Make sure to use the cookie cutter in the same direction for the 2nd piece of bread.

Fruit Crayons 1

Other than a pencil, perhaps the most used back to school supply is the crayon! So I got a little creative here and came up with a way to make Fruit Crayons, though they could easily be changed into Veggie Crayons (just use carrots and celery).

Fruit Crayons Preparation 1

Fruit Crayon Box:

  • Take an existing crayon box (preferably 24 count) and cut off the top, leaving the bottom half.
  • TIP: Break down the box first to make cutting easier and symmetrical.
  • Insert a muffin or cupcake wrapper to hold the fruit inside the box.
  • Prepare your fruit crayons.

Fruit Crayons Tutorial

You’ll want to create a long piece of fruit to be your crayon. I’ve shown above how I used a cut piece of honeydew for this one step at a time, using the darkest piece of the fruit as the tip of the crayon for this one step at a time, using the darkest piece of the fruit as the tip of the crayon for extra color.

I used honeydew melon, cantaloupe and watermelon for these fruit crayons!

Fruit Crayons Construction 1

After creating the fruit crayons, take a knife and draw attention to the tip of the crayons by cutting into the fruit halfway. Do not cut through the fruit all the way as this will make it difficult to keep all together.

Place into the prepared crayon box and voila!

Next up, the Dessert Pencil!

Edible Dessert Pencil

What’s a special first day of school lunch without a sweet treat?

Create this edible dessert pencil using the following items:

  • 1Roll of Candy
  • 3 chocolate candy pieces (1 in the wrapper, 2 just the wrappers)
  • Yellow/Orange Piece of paper
  • Small Red Piece of paper

Edible Dessert Pencil Instructions

Simply using tape, cover the roll of candy with the yellow/orange paper.

Attach a milk chocolate candy piece for the point of the pencil with double-sided tape.

Wrap the top of the pencil with a piece of aluminum foil for the silver effect and tape.

Wrap the tip top of the pencil with red paper and tape.

If you want, write a sweet note on the pencil or your child’s name!

Capri Sun Back to School

I’ll add a Capri Sun Juice Drink in one of my daughter’s favorite flavors.


Capri Sun has ALWAYS had:

  • No artificial preservatives
  • No artificial colors and
  • No artificial flavors

But now they’ve gone further……..Capri Sun now has NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP in its original line!

Though it’s more expensive for Capri Sun, they are replacing high fructose corn syrup with sugar in its original line of Capri Sun juice drinks and replaced sucralose with stevia leaf extract in the Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters Flavored Water Beverage.

FACT: By doing this Capri Sun is taking more than 25 billion calories out of the marketplace annually.

Capri Sun Juice Drinks are a great addition to my First Day of School Lunch!

I’m ready for the First Day of School…….(well, at least the lunch part) are you?

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Guess Who? – The Classic Mystery Face Game (Giveaway)

by A Frugal Friend on August 12, 2015

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Do you have a family game night?

We do and I’m always looking to add new games to the mix. Winning Moves has an amazing selection of games for both adults and children and a quick browsing revealed many games from my childhood.

Some of the games spotted are ones that I haven’t introduced to my daughter yet. One in particular caught my eye…….Guess Who?.

For ages 6 and up this game is great for elementary aged kids and adults too.

Guess Who Game Pieces


This game is meant for only 2 players at a time, so in our family of 3 we make sure to have playoffs!

Game includes:

  • 2 Plastic game units (with built-in face frames and scorekeepers)
  • 48 small face cards to fill game units
  • Deck of 24 mystery face cards
  • Instructions.


Guess Who Game

The premise is easy – simply guess the mystery person on your opponent’s card by asking questions (one per turn). If you guess your opponent’s mystery person before they guess yours, you win! :-)

But……you may only ask YES/NO questions.

You’ll grab a yellow mystery card to decide who your mystery person is. This is set up in front of you and who your opponent is trying to guess.

Now let’s take a look at all the mystery people above. You are trying to guess who your opponent is – that is, who their mystery person on their card is.

Each game unit has all the same people. So you and your opponent are looking at the same ladies and gentlemen.

It’s a great game for young thinkers as it stretches their brain in a new way. For example, if the question is asked, “Do you have red hair?” and the answer is yes, you must push down and eliminate the non-red hair people. It’s challenging to think like that as a child.


  • Look at what the people have in common (hats, glasses)
  • Look at their differences (gender, hair color)
  • Get creative in your questions! One of my favorite questions to ask is “Do you have any facial hair?” – this combines mustaches with beards and goatees)


When it looks like your opponent is about to guess your mystery card but it’s still your turn. Take a guess at their card. It will use up your turn, but you might get the right answer and win.

Guess Who Game Playing

My husband had never played this game before and so it has sparked some competition in the family!

I highly recommend this family game!

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Disney Descendants – Rotten to the Core! (Giveaway)

by A Frugal Friend on August 5, 2015

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Maleficent. The Evil Queen. Cruella De Vil. Jafar.


One might say rotten to the core.

We all know their stories. Or do we?

Take a stroll into the future, one where Disney villains become parents. That’s what you’ll find in this original new story of Disney villains parenting (or not) their teenage offspring.

I was first introduced to the concept of Disney Descendants with the breakout novel The Isle of the Lost, which I received at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in May.

The Isle of the Lost

In The Isle of the Lost, we are first introduced to the characters we’ll also find in the original movie, Disney Descendants. In fact, Disney Descendants happens “after”…….so reading the book sets you up and really introduces you to the characters well. It doesn’t spoil the plot of the movie at all.

We’ve watched Disney Descendants several times since it premiered on the Disney Channel last week and best of all, you can own it now too. It went directly to DVD! And it includes never before seen footage and a FREE bracelet!

Here’s the basic scoop”

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic “Beauty and the Beast”) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.

These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes, including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Download Descendants Activity Sheets

My daughter and I both loved the movie (and book) and love that there are so many catchy songs in it too. In fact, there is a Disney Descendants Soundtrack that we will be buying!

Disney Descendants Products

Disney Descendants already has an amazing line of Disney Descendants Dolls, Decor, School Supplies and Halloween costumes too!

Disney Descendants Books

There’s also a HUGE selection of Disney Descendants Books including Descendants: Mal’s Spell Book!

It’s rated G and if you are a Disney fan, it’s fun to see the future of all the Disney characters we’ve grown to love and despise. :-)

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