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Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart Review

“I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.”

Disney on Ice has skated into Orlando and they are bringing new thrills and experiences just for you and your family. I went out to check out the new show last night and I was amazed at what they have done with it. If you have a Princess or Prince who loves all things Disney, you will not want to miss the show this year. I am going to share a Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart review so you know what to expect before going to the show.

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Be our Guest! 

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Be prepared for a visit from some of your favorites such as Lumiere and Cogsworth. Not only will you enjoy an abbreviated version of many of your favorite stories, you will also get see a strong cast perform a beautiful show that is sure to bring a smile to any child’s face.

 

Be Aware
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If you have a child who is sensitive to strobe lights, sudden loud noises, or some of the villains from Disney you may want to plan accordingly as these elements are part of the show. There are occasional pyrotechnics integrated into the show. It may be good to prepare your child for these. You will also see a few of the villains in this show. If you child is afraid of them, make sure to prepare them for these characters.

Be emotional
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This year Riley and all of her emotions join us. Riley has a big game and the emotions are here to help her out. The emotions fit the show so well and had all the kids around me laughing. I love the new show setup where they integrate the different story elements into a bigger story using the emotions. I won’t tell you if the emotions hit the ice, you will have to see the show.

Be ready to Fly!

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This year Disney on Ice is stepping it up a notch and adding an aerial component to the show. I loved this adventure above the ice. Not only will Rapunzel spend some time in the air, one other amazing character does a beautiful job of taking to the air. Want to find out who it is? Make sure to get your tickets before they are gone.

Be ready to Remember 

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Join the adventure with young Dory as we learn that not only does she have parents, but we need to find them! This part of the show does an incredible job of using multiple view points and characters to tell a beautiful story. I may have shed a single tear as Dory asked her parents what would happen if she ever forgot them. This is a beautifully done portion of the show and I definitely enjoyed every minute of it including the knowledge of where the “Just keep swimming” song started.

Be Ready to Shiver

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What would Disney on Ice be without our favorite princesses? Join Olaf as he hears the story of how he and Anna became friends. Be ready for some amazing effects as they bring the winter to life and bring you into the magic. It can get a bit chilly but don’t worry, Olaf is there to bring a bit of Summer to the show. Everyone in the arena was singing along to every song. You could tell they were having a blast.

Be Surprised!
There are tons of things included in the show that I have not shared in this review. There are surprises that will leave your child amazed. There are even a few that will make them laugh. Make sure to get your tickets today for Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart.

Get your Tickets 

Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen, and other beloved Disney stories visits Orlando from September 2-4, 2016 for six performances at Amway Center. Show Times:  Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!

Tickets are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com  or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

Have MORE fun with your kids using Groupon Coupons!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I received monetary payment for this post, but all opinions are my own. 

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As a single mom, money is always tight and when I have a little extra, I want to have the most fun possible with my kids.  If we plan a trip to do anything at all, I am looking for coupons to use so I can save money on that activity.  (More money saved = More fun we can have!)

When we start planning something to do, the very first place I start is Groupon Coupons.  If I know what I want to do, or a round about location we will be visiting I search their site and see what deals and coupons they are offering.  Usually, I can save at least 50% on our outing if I can find a Groupon.

For me, having the Groupon either means one of two things.  Either I am able to spend the extra money on something additional for the kids, like a souvenir or extra snack or a meal out.  OR the activity is now affordable and we can go vs I may not have had the extra money to go without using Groupon to find extra savings.

We have used Groupon for a variety of activities, but now they have additional coupons like through Hotels . com.  Well if you shop through Groupon Coupons you can get an additional 50% coupon for Hotels.com, so in addition to the great deal you would be getting on a hotel, you are also going to get an additional discount too!

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Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart coming to Amway Arena

“I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.”

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It’s that time of year again! Disney On Ice is coming back to Orlando! I have visited Disney On Ice in the past and I am so excited to see the new show.

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Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family.

Cheer with the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust – as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up.

Venture to the wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all.

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See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness, and perserverance.

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Celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie, and all your Disney friends when Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!

Do you want to go?
Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen, and other beloved Disney stories visits Orlando from September 2-4, 2016 for six performances at Amway Center. Show Times:  Friday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!
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Save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. Not valid on premium VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats. Code expires September 1, 2016.

Tickets are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com  or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

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Three Amazing Family Friendly Vacations

Proper planning and keeping the kids entertained is the key to a successful family vacation. Choose one of the options below for a fun packed holiday that is sure to be a hit with the kids.

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Of course, number one on the list has got to be Disney. Meet your favorite characters, see the parade and ride the roller coasters. Disney is set up for children of all ages.

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Disney is a great US based holiday, and you can either stay in one of the park hotels or get a villa near to the park. If you go for a villa, make sure to rent one with a pool so you can cool off in the hot weather. If you decide to go for one of the fabulous themed Disney hotels, take a peek at the free dining packages as they can save you a packet.

If you are looking for a more international adventure, try the Paris or Shanghai locations. If you choose the Paris park, rent a car and make sure you take in the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the love. Kids will get a kick out of seeing the mummies in the Egypt exhibit.

If you go for the Shanghai location, make time to absorb some Chinese culture. Popular activities include a Huangpu-river-cruise at night, a food led city tour or check out an acrobatic show.

Brilliant for kids and adults alike, there are now Disney themed cruised available.  The grown-ups can relax while the little ones are entertained by their favorite Disney characters.  So it’s definitely a win-win situation.

RV Trip

A good old American road trip is something the kids can get into. Get them involved with planning the journey and picking out the locations that they would like to visit. Take the well-traveled Route 66 or go for a more usual option like a tour of America’s weirdest museums.

If you are consider buying your own RV for the trip, there are plenty of local dealerships with  a wide range of motorhomes for sale. Remember to pick one that has enough space for the whole family as you will spend the majority of the day in there together. Motor homes make an especially good option for families with food allergies or special diets. You can use the kitchens to cook your own food and ensure exactly what goes into it.

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The 277 mile long and 4000ft deep Grand Canyon, is a brilliant location for a family friendly vacation. Its spectacular beauty is great inspiration for artists, so why not get the kids sketching or taking photos for their journal?  A helicopter ride, down into the canyon will up the excitement level,  and if you want to go all out, why not horseback ride through the canyon itself? Of course, you don’t want to miss the sky walk either! As the Grand Canyon is set in its own national park, there are plenty of other activities to do. Think river rafting and trekking. The kids can even become a junior ranger!

Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic Review

“I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.”
This week I had the opportunity to head over to Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt! It was an amazing show and i am so excited to share some of the new things that are offered with this year’s show. The show definitely had some new additions as well as a few of the timeless favorites.

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At the beginning of the show be ready to get up and get active with a little bit of dancing. Because the show is presented by Sontyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt there is a short intro about being the healthiest you that you can be. What better way to exercise than with a fun dance number introduced by Mickey and Minnie? I watched as many kids stood up and had a blast dancing before the show.

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If you love Princesses you will not be disappointed. In the show we get to spend a few minutes with each princess remembering all the wonderful things that brought her to her prince.
Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic ReviewI bet you can guess which princess and queen steal the show though. That’s right. You will get a wonderful part of the show where Anna and Else relive their wonderful story. I was so happy to see Olaf and celebrate summer with him one more time. Don’t be surprised when the famous song, “Let it go” comes on. Just do like the kids sitting next to me did, and sing along.

Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic ReviewBecause we are celebrating 100 years of magic we get to see some of our Disney friends who don’t typically visit the show. Be ready to grab shell because the one and only Crush makes his way on to the ice to help Marlin find Nemo. This part of the show was so much fun and I really loved seeing Squirt show off some of his best moves on the E.A.C. with all of his friends.

Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic ReviewDon’t expect it be just skaters on the ice. What would Mulan be without a larger than life Mushu on the stage Pumba even makes his way on to the ice as well as one of our favorite space rangers and his cowboy pal.

Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic ReviewDisney on Ice still keeps to some of the amazing tricks we have come to love. With moves like the one pictured above your children and sure to be wowed and amazed.

Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic ReviewIf you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you are missing out. Find a Disney on Ice show near you and enjoy  years of Disney magic.

 

 

 

 

Disney on Ice returns to Orlando – Giveaway

“I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.”

The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. This monumental ice skating spectacular is coming to the Amway Center in Orlando from September 4-6, 2015 for six performances. Tickets are now on sale.

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Audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana.

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The wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa,
and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime.

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The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in this epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set. With over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata,” Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is the ultimate Disney fan experience.

Do you want to go?
There will be 3 shows at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
Friday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Tickets start at $25 and are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for  information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

Do you need to save on your tickets?
Don’t miss this Disney on Ice promo code.  Save $5 off per ticket with code MOM5. Not valid on VIP or Rink Side seating.  Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 3, 2015.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme Show Review

I was not compensated for this post. I did receive 4 tickets to the show to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Last night we headed out to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme. To say we were amazed, overwhelmed, and happy with the experience is an understatement. We had such an amazing time! I am going to share some of the highlights as well as what you can expect from the event.

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Pre-Show –One of the great things you can expect when you show up is an amazing pre-show. You will be welcome on the floor to see some of the best acts up close and personal. There are also a few fun activities as part of the pre-show. Whether you decide to try on some of the costumes or have a clown dance party you are sure to enjoy yourself.

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Silliness – One of the fun things about the circus is the ability to just be silly for a time. The clowns in this show work well with the main characters to tickle your funny bone. Be prepared to hear giggles and gut level laughs whenever the clowns show up.

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High Wire Talent – This high wire act blew me away! They were truly incredible. Between jumping over one another and the above pictured maneuver that sill had more steps to it they really stepped up the high wire experience.

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Animals – Many of the acts included incredible animals doing unbelievable things! Whether you watch an elephant doing a head stand or a tiger doing a jump you are sure to be impressed. The trainer even came out with the elephants and explained where different behaviors could be found in nature. If you don’t love lions and elephants don’t worry. You can enjoy poodles, snakes, camels, horses, and much more.

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Amazing Stunts- I was absolutely blown away by the different skills displayed at this show. The woman pictured center blasted out of a canon, the man to the left jumped from the heights and still managed to regain his footing. The ladies to the right made all they did look graceful and elegant while wowing you with their skills.

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An incredible show! – You can expect to constantly find amazing things at every turn. I haven’t even touched on half of the amazing things that happened in this show! Get your tickets now before it’s too late!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme will be at the Amway Center through January 11th, 2015. Make sure to get your tickets now.

 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Circus XTREME!

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Are you looking for something fun to do in Orlando? Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey are bringing a brand new show to you. They have taken the fun of the circus and made it more XTREME! You will still see circus artists and exotic animals. However you will also follow Ringmaster Andre McClain around the world with adventure seekers Alex and Irina Emelin.

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In just one of the acts you will see Mongolian riders send arrows flying across the arena sky. The all female troupe will display their skills performing a series of tricks atop elegant two hump camels. You will also see jaw-dropping BMX riders and free running tumblers fill the arena floor performing crazy stunts mixed with acrobats leaping through a 15-foot transparent tower.

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During the show you will also receive a personal introduction to the performing pachyderms which will let you be on a first name basis with the magnificent animals! All this and muchmore happens at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME!

Where: Amway Center, 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801

Show Times:

Thursday, January 8 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 9 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 10 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 11 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets: Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME start at

$16. All seats are reserved. Purchase tickets and view show times at www.ringling.com or

www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway

Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-

8740. Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included.

For more information, visit www.Ringling.com.

Travel for the Holidays with a $25 Sunoco Gift Card Giveaway

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Marvel Universe Live takes over Orlando!

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A few weeks ago I told you that Marvel Universe Live is coming to Orlando. Last night we spent some time with our favorite Heroes and Villains to see just what this show was all about. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The trailer below gave me a small teaser of what was coming.

While the trailer does a great job of capturing some of the elements of the show it doesn’t begin to capture how amazing this show was!

SONY DSCThe show opens with a great combination of many of the Marvel characters on a large screen and a voice setting the brand new story line up. Unlike many other story lines this show is a unique story line written specifically for the show. This means that even the most die hard fan is sure to have a new experience by coming to this show. They even took a moment to tell people not to try these things at home. As a mom to a very adventurous 5 year old boy I really appreciated this choice!

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One of the things that impresses me most about this show is the ability to engage you on multiple parts of the stage. Instead of a traditional stage show or a single leveled show Marvel Live uses every part of the stage.

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Not only do they do a great job of incorporating multiple heroes and villains, Marvel Live manages to combine an action packed experience with an engaging story line.  SONY DSC

If you are wondering about whether or not this show would be fun for your kids here are a few things to keep in mind when ordering tickets.

  • This show is loud. – If you have a child with sensory issues it will help to know that there are some small fireworks, explosions, and loud sound bits. I find that noise cancelling head phones are great for a child who has a problem with these sounds.
  • There will be some violence. – There are many fight scenes in this show. There will be no blood or gore and it will stay clean. However, knowing that this is a part of the show will help you decide if you are sensitive to violence.
  • The show is very engaging. – My 5 year old typically will not sit still for a movie or show. However, he spent the entire show on the edge of his seat! I don’t think I heard a word from him other than, “Wow, Cool, Awesome!”
  • The show is very adult friendly. – Some shows do a great job of writing a story line for kids and not for parents. This is not that show. You will be able to enjoy this show just as much as your children!
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