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Thanks to our friends at Insight Editions, Muppet fans can relive The Muppet Christmas Carol which originally debuted in 1992, in the form of a new and beautifully illustrated storybook. The classic holiday movie has found a new life in this children’s storybook that is complete with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, and Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit. Now the kids who grew up with this beloved film can share the magic of the Muppets and create a new family tradition with the new picture book, The Muppet Christmas Carol: The Illustrated Holiday Classic.
In the Muppets’ version of Dickens’s timeless tale, Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter and mean old man, sees the error of his ways after meeting three strange ghosts—and a whole lot of Muppets—one snowy Christmas Eve. Featuring the entire Muppet cast, this hilarious and heartwarming story conveys the importance of spreading love and kindness throughout the whole year. In colorful storybook form, this festive family favorite is the perfect way for fans of all ages to get into the holiday spirit—whether revisiting yourself or sharing it with your kids.
The Muppet Christmas Carol: The Illustrated Holiday Classic goes on sale October 29, 2019, and is available for Pre-Order now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.
For all the details on how to win your own copy of this storybook, visit our post on Instagram and follow the instructions.
You have until Thursday, November 7th, at 11:59 p.m. EST to enter for a chance to win and this giveaway is open to all territories as well!!
Disney Cruise Line changes their discounts and special offers weekly, if not more. In order to help you keep up on the updates, here are all of the current discounts available. Check back each week to see what’s new, because you never know what new discount will show up!
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11/25/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 11B | Starting at $1,320 per person (plus taxes & fees)
12/02/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 07A | Starting at $880 per person (plus taxes & fees)
12/09/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 07A | Starting at $920 per person (plus taxes & fees)
12/16/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 07A | Starting at $960 per person (plus taxes & fees)
12/16/19: 5-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
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12/21/19: 5-Night Western Caribbean (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
12/21/19: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $2,814 per person (plus taxes & fees)
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01/11/20: 7-Night Eastern Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $1,547 per person (plus taxes & fees)
01/18/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $1,435 per person (plus taxes & fees)
02/01/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05A | Starting at $1,498 per person (plus taxes & fees)
02/15/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $1,610 per person (plus taxes & fees)
02/22/20: 7-Night Eastern Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $1,610 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/01/19: 3-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $633 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/04/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $840 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/11/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $840 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/15/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $840 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/18/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $840 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/22/19: 3-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $750 per person (plus taxes & fees)
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12/16/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $900 per person (plus taxes & fees)
12/20/19: 3-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $870 per person (plus taxes & fees)
02/07/20: 7-Night Bahamian (Wonder) | Category 09B | Starting at $1,393 per person (plus taxes & fees)
12/12/19: 4-Night Western Caribbean (Wonder) | Category 11B | Starting at $764 per person (plus taxes & fees)
12/16/19: 4-Night Western Caribbean (Wonder) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
12/20/19: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Wonder) | Category 09C | Starting at $1,890 per person (plus taxes & fees)
01/11/20: 7-Night Eastern Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $1,547 per person (plus taxes & fees)
01/19/20: 7-Night Southern Caribbean (Wonder) | Category 11B | Starting at $1,085 per person (plus taxes & fees)
01/25/20: 7-Night Eastern Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $1,561 per person (plus taxes & fees)
02/14/20: 7-Western Caribbean (Wonder) | Category 09B | Starting at $1,393 per person (plus taxes & fees)
04/27/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 11A | Starting at $1,128 per person (plus taxes & fees)
05/04/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 11A | Starting at $1,120 per person (plus taxes & fees)
08/22/20: 3-Night Bahamian (Fantasy) | Category 11A | Starting at $885 per person (plus taxes & fees)
08/31/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Fantasy) | Category 05A | Starting at $1,056 per person (plus taxes & fees)
09/10/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 11A | Starting at $876 per person (plus taxes & fees)
02/29/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 11A | Starting at $1,925 per person (plus taxes & fees)
04/24/20: 5-Night Pacific Coast (Wonder) | Category 11B | Starting at $1,230 per person (plus taxes & fees)
09/18/20: 5-Night Baja (Wonder) | Category 11B | Starting at $1,045 per person (plus taxes & fees)
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04/16/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $968 per person (plus taxes & fees)
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05/11/20: 12-Night Transatlantic from Miami (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $1,860 per person (plus taxes & fees)
10/02/20: 10-Night Transatlantic from Dover (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $1,750 per person (plus taxes & fees)
05/30/20: 7-Night Mediterranean (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $1,855 per person (plus taxes & fees)
09/13/20: 5-Night Mediterranean (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $1,375 per person (plus taxes & fees)
All offers are subject to change without notice and restrictions may apply. The number of staterooms allocated for some offers is limited. These offers cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.
UPDATE 10/30/19: According to the Orlando Sentinel, Milwaukee Bucks player Robin Lopez confirmed that he has returned the missing items of clothing from “Buzzy”, the Cranium Command animatronic that officials said were stolen prior to being returned to the Disney’s archives in California.
Lopez reportedly responded via text message to the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday. The text message did not clarify whether he returned the clothes to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office or to Disney directly.
The Orlando Sentinel also reports that the “Orange County Sheriff’s Office declined to say whether Buzzy’s clothes were returned and referred comment to Disney. Disney representatives called the issue a law enforcement matter and also declined to comment.”
In audio interviews that were released, it was discovered that Milwaukee Bucks player Robin Lopez, who is a long-time Disney fan, was in possession of several pieces of missing pieces including some that were part of a vintage Epcot animatronic from Cranium Command named Buzzy.
According to the report, some of the audio between Orange County sheriff’s investigators was recorded back in April of this year and included Lopez’s friend, Brett Finley, who is an avid Disney collector and Club 33 Member from Winter Park. More light was shed on the case in that audio interview, including Lopez’s association as a victim in the case.
During his April interview with investigators, Finley confirmed that Lopez bought Buzzy’s clothes from Spikes after they corresponded on eBay. Records do not say whether or not the items were returned to Disney.
Although the audio did not specifically say which pieces Lopez purchased from Spikes, the ‘Buzzy’ animatronic, valued at $400,000, went missing in 2018 along with his bomber jacket, headphones, and a green hat which were valued at $7,000.
Finley also stated that he “remembered seeing Buzzy’s headphones in the trunk of Spikes’ white BMW when the two met after Finley wanted to buy his memorabilia last summer. “He said he’s really into it, Buzzy is his favorite guy,” Finley told authorities.
‘We had a call with Patrick … Robin and I both … The first question Robin asked, ‘Was any of this stuff stolen?’ [Spikes] said, ‘No, it’s not,'” Finley told authorities.
“It’s really frustrating that you get scammed into these things,” Finley went on to say. “If it’s not legit, we don’t want it. [Lopez], he’s a high-profile, like you said. I’m a CPA. I have a family.”
Finley told authorities he gave Spikes more than $8,000 for nostalgic pieces from rides that were no longer in operation and one-of-a-kind memorabilia from the Magic Kingdom attractions. He bought signs taken from Hollywood Studios’ Great Movie Ride and Body Wars at Epcot. He also purchased a dress belonging to a “ghostly” dancing animatronic in the Haunted Mansion ride and a door from Storybook Circus, all from the Magic Kingdom.
Spikes and Taunton are both facing charges of dealing in stolen property, grand theft, and burglarizing a structure at the Magic Kingdom between July 2018 and January 8, 2019, to which they’ve both pleaded not guilty. Additionally, Spikes is charged with burglary of a building at Epcot, according to court records.
A brand new Disney movie, Frozen 2, will hit theaters on November 22nd, and, along with the new movie comes a plethora of new snacks. The new sweet offerings are in celebration of the movie, and will be found in locations throughout Walt Disney World property.
If you’ll be visiting Walt Disney World soon, make sure to bring your sweet tooth and some snack money. Some of the treats are available now while others will be arriving soon.
Here’s the list of all the offerings that will be featured in celebration of the release of Frozen 2:
Dark Sea Chocolate Cake (Beach Club Marketplace and The Market at Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort) – chocolate cake with caramel cream cheese swirl, a chocolate mousse dome, glaçage, and a white chocolate glaze
Frozen Fractals Cupcake (available starting November 1st at Food Courts at Disney’s All-Star Resorts) – blue confetti cupcake with shades of blue frost buttercream and a white chocolate piece
“Frozen 2” Pumpkin Spiced Donut Tart (Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort) – vanilla tart shell filled with pumpkin custard and topped with a spiced donut cake top, cinnamon glaze, and chocolate leaves
Water Spirit Cupcake (Food Courts at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort and Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort) – chocolate cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with vanilla buttercream, crispy pearls, and a white chocolate garnish
Enchanted Forest Leaves (Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) – maple leaf-shaped sugar cookie sandwich filled with maple and praline buttercream and garnished with a chocolate coin
Fall Into Winter Dessert (available starting November 24th at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge) – spiced cheesecake with a caramel apple compote, embossed fondant, and sprinkles
This seasonal offering shares the story of Miguel from Disney-Pixar’s Coco, told through the dance and song. During the performances, Mariachi Cobre will be joined by Folklórico dancers and Miguel himself.
Welcome friends. It is that special time of year when we reflect on some of the unusual personalities we have come across in the parks and curb our frustrations with a little light-hearted humor. You guessed it; it’s time for the next round of 5 people you don’t want to be in the Disney theme parks.
But first, the usual catch up. For those of you who have not joined us previously for this spirited recap of some of the baffling behaviors that can be witnessed in Disney theme parks, you may like to have a quick click through the previous editions of this series. Click HERE for Part One to learn more about Backpack Guy, the Makeout Couple, Captain Obvious, The Blasé Bubble Parents, and the Height Requirement Cheaters. Part Two can be found HERE, where you can meet The Flasher, Chatty Cathy, The Blocker Family, The Mind My Spot Crew, and Children of the Shoulder. Part Three can be located HERE, featuring The Self-Appointed Historian of Disney Inaccuracy, the Woo-Girls, Mrs. This-Whole-Curb-Side-Is-Taken, The FastPass Waiters, and The Swear Bears.
It’s now time to take the plunge into a few more of the strange behaviors that have come to my attention during my magical Disney days. A quick warning: this list is not for the faint-hearted. If you are likely to take things unrealistically personally or unable to see the humor in a few satirical observations, then you may prefer to skip to the next article. Let’s begin.
The Balloon Collectors
Have you ever been shuffling along a crowded Main Street, U.S.A, another family’s stroller a comfortable ten feet in front of you, only to be repeatedly smacked in the face with the balloon trailing along behind them? It’s tied to the side of the stroller and lingering steadily behind so no one in the group can see the slightly-deflated helium ball bouncing around the heads and torsos of those walking behind much like a pinball in a Disney-themed crowd machine.
Have you ever tried to watch the fireworks with your view blocked by a series of giant Mickey heads floating high above their owners?
This one almost didn’t make the list. However, during my last trip to Disneyland, I noticed there were a few families with a single child and an entire collection of balloons. At first, it looked pretty cute, and I am sure would have made for a few lovely photos, but, later on, once the wind had kicked up a little, every land seemed to have at least one family with flying Mickey missiles shooting around them. These balloon collectors didn’t have a care in the world. They did not attempt to shorten the strings to lessen the exclusion zone of doom around them and certainly didn’t apologize when they had knowingly face-planted someone within eyesight.
The balloon collectors might look cute, but some are armed with helium and not afraid to turn a blind eye to use it!
The ECV Gang
There are times when a select handful of ECV users can feel like the resident biker gang of Disney theme parks. In the worst of scenarios, they may even come at you in a line, crushing the toes of those nearby, ramming at ankles and occupying the entire walkways side-by-side with an entitled grudge to hold. They wear you down with a move-out-of-my-way-or-die stare, reminiscent of a scene from the post-apocalyptic movie series Mad Max. You are about to pay for all the perceived injustices they have ever experienced, one twisted ankle at a time.
Now you can’t just be using an ECV to join the crew, no, no, no. There is a specific criterion you need to adhere to before you can be initiated into this group. Have you ever apologized for hitting someone with your ECV? Then you are out of the running. Have you ever waited patiently in a line for your turn instead of ramming people out of the way? Get outta here; you are not ECV gang material. Have you ever managed to injure someone discreetly, but intentionally, on your way through a crowd? No? Why did you even apply? You are out of the club!
Shield your children, lift your strollers and guard your shins, the ECV bandits are on the loose!
The iPad Paparazzi
You asked for it, and here it is. Finally, it is time to address those special people who insist on filming the entire fireworks show or ride experience with an iPad.
The iPad Paparazzi are watching their life experiences through the eye of their devices as if it were the augmented reality demonstration at Apple Park. With their arms lurched upward with full limb extension to film a show, ride or fireworks, they show no regard for those behind them who are blocked entirely from viewing the experience.
I’d like to include a special shoutout to those that have their screen brightness swiped all the way to the max at night, making sure that those behind you are blinded by your screen instead of the enjoyment of their own experience. Extra paparazzi points are awarded if the flash goes off so you can take a good photo as well.
While traveling, there are times when we all get stuck with rubbish we wish we could get rid of; sometimes trash cans might even be inconveniently located few and far between. But, as decent human beings, we carry our rubbish with us, on the lookout for the next opportunity to discard that empty can or food rubbish responsibly. So when we are in a place like Disney that takes such pride in the appearance of the grounds and provides trash bins so readily that you couldn’t throw a churro without hitting one, it makes me a little crazy to see park guests letting their trash fall to the ground without a care in the world.
Before the hater band-wagon leaves the station, I am not referring to a child that perhaps drops something accidentally or a parent that doesn’t notice a napkin or two blowing from the stroller. Littering Larrys are the grown couple walking down Main Street purposefully allowing their empty food wrapper to fall to the ground because someone else will pick it up. If confronted, they may even offer some jovial excuse in jest like ‘by littering I am keeping a custodian in a job.’
Once in a line at Magic Kingdom, we were just around the bend from a handful of mid-teens and their adult chaperone when one of the boys threw an empty water bottle into the decorative bush that ran alongside the queuing area. A girl that was in the group reported the boy to the woman who was with them, telling on him with all of the spiteful enjoyment that can only be mustered by a sibling. Much to our disappointment, instead of being told to fish it out and put it in the bin like a normal person, the woman looked at the litter in the garden before turning back to the girl with an irritated reply of, “So?” Care factor, zero.
As my iPhone would auto-correct for me, what the duck is wrong with you? And no, I’m not actually talking about ducks.
The Cast Member Abusers
What used to be something you only heard about through the grapevine is now becoming a far too common trend. Taking out your frustrations on the nearest unsuspecting cast member is starting to gain momentum as the latest coping technique of emotionally unstable park-goers. The behavior is so troubling that I am struggling to think of a witty nickname for this person you don’t want to be.
Reports are frequently arising about guests losing their cool over circumstances out of anyone’s control and subjecting the closest Disney employee to their wrath of verbal, and sometimes physical, abuse. The most recent story I have heard at the time this was written was the one about the disgruntled group of North American tourists who didn’t have FastPasses for Tower of Terror. A 23-year-old woman from Chicago started pressing buttons on the cast member’s console before punching her in the face. It seems she wasn’t having a magical Disney day.
The reality of most frustrating situations is that the person standing in front of you delivering the bad news rarely has any control over anything that has happened, or is about to happen. So when you see an adult channeling their inner 3-year-old and yelling at cast member, give their victim a commiserative smile, so they are reminded that there are some normal people in that park that day, too.
How you treat the people around you can say a lot about your character; even when pushed to your limit by rude wait staff or extenuating circumstances, you still have a choice to be respectful. Take a breath and remember, even if you are trying to get a free FastPass or two out of a bad situation, being a decent human is usually a better way to get more assistance.
Remember, just because you once held a balloon, know someone with an ECV, own an iPad, accidentally dropped something or once became frustrated with another person, doesn’t mean any of these things are written about you. Just be chill and enjoy these for what they are: a light-hearted, paradoxical look at some of the park behaviors that might otherwise get you down.
There are responsible balloon owners out there. And, while it is everyone’s right to be able to own a balloon in the USA, not everyone is capable of doing the right thing with it. Balloons don’t annoy people, people with balloons annoy people.
Most of the people in scooters or Electric Convenience Vehicles are incredibly courteous and responsible when navigating their way through the parks. Some of you will choose not to read the part where I clearly express that this one applies to a minority of ECV users, however, you do you.
Do I have anything against iPads? No, in fact, although I don’t think I will ever understand the allure of bringing a tablet to a theme park, my family is quite fond of our own when at home.
That is going to wrap it up for this edition of the next 5 people you don’t want to be in Disney Parks.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil raked in another $18.3 million at the box office this weekend, which tailed only Warner Bros. Joker. That being said internationally Maleficent took the top stop, earning $64.3 million, which added to the total of $228 million in international sales. So, while the film might domestically be a disappointment for The Walt Disney Studios, it has done fairly well internationally.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil cost $185 million to produce.
The 2014 Maleficent ended its run earning $758 million worldwide.
In an interview with Men’s Journal Ewan McGregor shared new details about the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+. During the interview, he confirmed that the show will consist of 6 episodes that are all approximately 1 hour long.
McGregor also stated that the series will take place after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Many fans have wonder what Obi-Wan had been doing for the 19 year period between Episode III and Episode IV, and now we may know.
He said, “the Jedi Order was falling apart. It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him—Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.”
The Obi-Wan series release date has not been announced, but filming will begin in 2020.
Reportedly classic films like The Sound of Music, which were occasionally shown in smaller for-profit theaters are now unavailable. Many of the smaller sometimes struggling theaters need to show these classic films to maintain a steady flow of income. A film programmer told Vulture, “Over the course of a year, it all adds up. A lot of these movies are what you’d call ‘steady earners’ for theaters. You show them, and people turn up.”
Even bigger theater chains, like Cineplex, are noticing that these films are no longer available.
It is unclear if this is part of Disney’s longstanding “Disney Vault” approach, in which they keep older films unavailable for long periods of time to then create excitement when they are re-released back into public consumption. It could also be films that will be brought to Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+.