You’ve Helped Us Raise Another $100 Thousand for Give Kids the World


To those who participated in our recent auction and helped us raise another $100,000 for Give Kids the World Village, and to anyone who has ever volunteered at, donated to, or spread the word about this beloved cause,

We hope you feel proud today. We hope that there is warmth in your heart that can’t be extinguished by any of the coldness the world throws at you. We hope there is a smile on your face or a gleam in your eye that is a shade brighter than you’re used to. We are so grateful, and we hope you realize what you’ve done.

But maybe you don’t. Maybe, after watching our marathon show or donating to our auction, or sharing the news on social media and helping spread the word for such an important cause, maybe you still don’t get the full weight of what those actions can build to. That could be because you’re only thinking of it from the one side.

Imagine this,

You’re a parent, and that word has taken on more meaning than you could have ever anticipated. You expected new responsibilities when you gained the title, and those responsibilities came in spades, but still, you got much more than that. The word has come to define you, who you are and what your purpose in this world is. The aspirations and needs you had in your early life are still there, but they are now a means to an end. Your goal, coded into your very being on a molecular level, is the continued safety and security of the most precious and important creation in all of existence.

Then you get the news.

That safety, that security, that little life is threatened before it even had a chance. That tiny part of your heart that lives outside of your body has been diagnosed with a critical illness. So you embrace that word — parent. Now it becomes something deeper, something stronger, something aggressive. While you may feel powerless and terrified beyond belief, you push back against the threats to your charge. You rise up to the role of caretaker and protector as a challenge. You research, you spend hours upon hours scheduling appointments and looking for answers. You work because you have to, and you miss work because you have to. You drive, and you read, and you call, and you talk, and you work, and you comfort, and you pray.

It gets exhausting. Life spins out of control, and while others can show weakness when it gets overwhelming, you can’t give up. You have to be strong when it’s needed, but vulnerable when that is what’s required. You’ve got to approach situations with logic and reason, but when things look hopeless you’ve got to tell logic and reason to hit the road. You’ve got to figure out what is needed at any given time and somehow find the strength to act accordingly.

You try to take things one step at a time. You have to be careful about thinking of the future, thinking about what could happen, because when you do that the floodgates open and the emotions are so intense and powerful that they feel paralyzing.

You see the effect one beautiful child’s illness can have on an entire family, the heart-wrenching pain in the eyes of those you long to see smile. They need a break from the pain; you need a break from the pain. But how, with all of the financial and medical burdens already scraping your time and bank account razor thin, are you supposed to manage any semblance of normalcy?

Then somehow, through an unexpected-in-all-of-the-good-ways twist of fate, you learn about Give Kids the World Village. The information finds its way to you that there is a place specifically created for families in your position, for children who feel like yours does and parents who feel like you do. A place that gives respite to the brave, and comfort to those fighting the good fight.

There is a place that knows what the word parent has come to mean to you. But they also know that being a parent isn’t just about protecting and comforting, it’s about laughing, joking, inspiring — creating memories that remind your child how wonderful the life they have really is. Give Kids the World knows that you can’t enjoy the best parts of parenting if you’re wrapped up in the hardest aspects of it, so they take care of all that. They arrange transportation, food, lodging, and medical care so you can stop worrying about just surviving for a little bit. Then they fill your time with events, entertainment, and access to Orlando attractions like the Walt Disney World Resort; they help you remember that being a parent comes not just with responsibilities, but with uplifting surprises and the sheer bliss that comes from watching your child’s eyes open to the wondrous experiences life has to offer.

You’d probably ask, if it were you, how does all of this happen?

That, dear readers, is where you come into the picture. Every time we’ve put out the call, you have shown up in full force. To date, over $700,000 has been raised for Give Kids the World through donation drives and auctions by DIS Unplugged. We try our best to raise funds and awareness, and you always give us your best in return. It’s a system that works.

President and CEO of Give Kids the World Pam Landwirth said of the DIS Unplugged community’s efforts, “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with DIS Unplugged. Through their boundless generosity and caring hearts, they have raised nearly three quarters of a million dollars! These much-needed funds help us create the happiness that inspires hope for the precious children we serve. Words alone could never begin to express our heartfelt gratitude for their ongoing love and support.”

That’s the thing about giving — it works, you’ve just got to choose the right places to give. Around 93 cents of every dollar donated to Give Kids the World goes directly to the families they support. You don’t have to wonder if all of your hard-earned dollars — and your good intentions — are going to marketing campaigns or board meeting retreats; what you give is going to directly affect a family who could really use a few good days.

For just one example of how this idea plays out, check out this thread on, where a poster recounts his family’s experience with GKTW and the uplifting effect it can have on those fighting critical illnesses.

If you missed your chance to donate during our holiday auction, don’t worry — we’ve set up a First Giving page where you can continue to donate and add a little relief to some families in need. You can also donate directly to Give Kids the World directly on their site, and while you are there you can learn even more about the profound and inspirational work that they do.

So once again, from all of us here at The DIS and DIS Unplugged, thank you for your help supporting this cause. Whether you’ve donated money through a fundraiser, volunteered your time at the village, or just worked to raise awareness about Give Kids the World, we are in your debt. This sublime organization is close to our hearts, and you’ve shown us it is close to yours as well. You’ve done a great thing — be proud, be hopeful, be happy.

If you missed our marathon show and didn’t get an opportunity to see it live, here is our interview with GKTW’s Pam Landwirth. One word of warning: Pam’s stories are beautiful and powerful; you may need to prep a box of tissue before clicking play.

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It’s Not the Size of the Castle: Why Early 2019 Could be a Great Time to Visit Disneyland


I have a feeling that something unusual is coming to the Disneyland Resort in 2019. It’s something that we haven’t seen in a very, very long time. It’s a little something I like to call: off-season.

I know…you’re as surprised as I am, but hear me out.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens next summer at Disneyland Park, but until then, it appears that the powers that be are concerned about attendance numbers for early 2019.


First, I submit to you the quickly thrown together Get Your Ears On-A Mickey and Minnie Celebration. I assume it was “quickly thrown together” because it’s celebrating the 90th birthday of the famous mice…which already happened. Typically, Disney anniversary celebrations start months before the actual day, then continue up to a year after. This one is starting two months after the 90th celebration and only lasting a few months.

Add to that the new nighttime show, Mickey’s Mix Magic, will be presented most nights WITHOUT fireworks! You have to keep the spending down if attendance is down.


The biggest proof of attendance concerns, however, is the recently announced discount ticket offer that is good from early January until late May. We sometimes see Southern California resident ticket discounts during this time period, but it has been many years since we’ve seen an across-the-board discount like this.

What this means to you is that after the holidays and until Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, the Disneyland Resort will be trying very hard to get you in the parks, so keep an eye for even more special offerings and events. I’m guessing we’ll even see some special events for Annual Passholders to get them in the parks to spend money on food and merchandise.

The bottom line is that the parks should be less busy in early 2019, so take advantage of the ticket and hotel discount offers and enjoy the last “off-season” we will see for a very long time.

Images: Disney

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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Offering Gingerbread House Workshop


Each year the pastry chefs of the Disneyland Resort create a gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, but this year the hotel is also offering a chance for hotel guests to build a gingerbread house of their own.

A Grand Gingerbread House Experience is available to guests of the Grand Californian, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Guests will work with the same pastry chefs that created the gingerbread house in the lobby!


The whole family is welcome for the hands-on workshop, which includes hot cocoa and cookies, plus the miniature gingerbread house to take home.

Classes will be held December 5, 11, 20, 21, 22 and 23 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. For pricing information or to register, hotel guests should call Guest Services or visit the Guest Services Desk.

Here’s a closer look at this year’s masterpiece to give you some ideas for your own gingerbread house:

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Walt Disney Family Museum to Host ‘Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World’ Exhibit


In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will be hosting an exclusive original exhibition chronicling Mickey Mouse and his influence on art and entertainment.

“Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World” will be presented in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall beginning May 16, 2019.

The collection has been guest curated by animator Andreas Deja and includes more that 400 objects. Pieces include rare and never-before-seen sketches, character model sheets, concept art, nostalgic merchandise, and vintage photographs, plus some of Mickey’s animated short films.


Work from legendary animators and artists Ub Iwerks, Les Clark are part of the collection, along with contemporary animators Deja, Eric Goldberg, and Mark Henn.


Deja said of the collection:

I have been collecting and studying classic Disney animation drawings for a long time. Among them are very rare sketches of Mickey Mouse by master animators like Fred Moore, Frank Thomas, and others. Each artist applied their personal style to Mickey, not only in the way he is drawn, but also in he way he moves and acts. By analyzing these beautiful drawings, I am constantly reminded of how wonderful and magical character animation can be.


The collection also includes pop art from iconic artists like Gottfried Helnwein, Damien Hirst, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Worhol. Contemporary artists Lorelay Bove, Tennessee Loveless, Eric Robinson, and muralist Sirron Norris are represented as well.


Younger guests will enjoy the exhibit’s interactive elements and hands-on activities.


To celebrate the opening, two special programs will be held. One highlights the creation of the exhibit, with the other discussing Mickey’s appeal.

  • “Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World” Preview with Guest Curator Andres Deja

    Wednesday, May 15 – 1pm and 4pm
  • Voicing an Icon: Mickey Talks with Bret Iwan

    Saturday, May 18 11am and 3pm


The Walt Disney Family Museum is open 10am to 6pm every day (except Tuesdays and select holidays) in The Presidio of San Francisco.

Tickets for the special exhibition are $15 for ages 6 and up. Combination tickets that include general admission to the museum and the special exhibition are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors/students, and $25 for ages 6 to 17.

“Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World” will be presented through January 6, 2020.

Source: Walt Disney Family Museum

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Celebrate the Holidays at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii


Guests of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa will be saying “Mele Kalikimaka” all December long as the resort celebrates the holidays with special food and events.

Throughout the month, meet Mickey and the gang in their Hawaiian Holiday-inspired attire, check out the Aulani Gingerbread House display, and look for special Aulani Resort holiday merchandise.


On select dates look for Holiday Caroling around the resort, Keiki Holiday Cookie Decorating at Aunty’s Beach House, or a chance to build your own gingerbread house.


You’ll also want to try special holiday treats like Mickey and Minnie Gingerbread Cookies, Holiday Candy Apples, Peppermint Brownies, or Candy Cane Mickey Macarons.


On Christmas Eve, visit with Aloha Santa from 8am to 1pm at Aunty’s Beach House. From 3pm to 5pm enjoy Holiday Cheer of hot cocoa and holiday cookies on the Kipuka Lawn. Finally, close out the night with a Holiday ‘Ohana Disney Movie on the Halawai Lawn.


On Christmas Day, the Kaiona Ballroom is hosting a Hawaiian-inspired Christmas Day Dinner and celebration, Makahiki will serve a festive Christmas Buffet, and Ama Ama will offer a seaside Christmas feast. Guests staying in the resort’s villas can order their own private dinner to enjoy with family and friends.

Aloha Kalikimaka me ka Hape Nui (Merry Christmas together with a Happy New Year)

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Springs to Host Kingdom Hearts Pop-Up Event Starting December 14


Disney Springs at Walt Disney World will be hosting a pop-up event featuring Kingdom Hearts, the popular role-playing video game series, from December 14th to January 31st.

The experience will include a playable demo that will let fans play Kingdom Hearts III before it’s released. There will also be a Keyblade exhibit, with life-size replicas taken from Kingdom Hearts III, plus artwork inspired by characters and worlds from the game.

Look for the interactive experience near the Lime Parking Garage in Town Center.

Source: @KINGDOMHEARTS/Disney Parks Blog

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Featured DISboards Thread: “**Disney After Hours-Animal Kingdom** FAQ & Discussion”

Post #2 – Event Description

Disney After Hours Website:

Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Website:

Original Disney Parks Blog Announcement:…eys-hollywood-studios-disneys-animal-kingdom/

From Disney’s website as of 11/15/2018:

Be among a limited number of Guests to enjoy a unique, 3-hour park experience—featuring popular attractions and experiences with little-to-no wait!

Nature Glows in the Dark

Discover a world that glows in the night at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

Disney After Hours gives a limited number of Guests—including you—access to unforgettable experiences on select nights.

Embark on exciting attractions, journey into a bioluminescent rainforest and see the park come alive like never before!

Ice Cream, Popcorn & Select Beverages Included!

In the midst of the laughs and thrills, be sure to chill out with ice cream novelties and select beverages—included in the cost of admission—available at carts stationed throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. In addition, you can also purchase menu items at select locations throughout the park.

And remember: only a limited number of tickets are available for each night. Be sure to purchase your tickets today!

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New Tasting Sampler Available with Rivers of Light Seating Package

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A new offering at Disney’s Animal Kingdom allows guests to taste their way around the park and enjoy preferred seating for Rivers of Light, the park’s nighttime entertainment offering.

For $30, guest can buy the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler, which includes a $35 (a $5 bonus!) digital value card to redeem for select food and beverages.


Your digital value card can be redeemed for tasting-sized sips and bites at more than 40 food-and-beverage kiosks and carts throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Options are available in every Land, which may include:


  • Africa: Chicken curry bowl, Dole Whip float, and craft beer selections
  • Discovery Island: Meatball with polenta, mac & cheese with pulled pork or shrimp, house-smoked pastrami slider and apple cider donut holes
  • Pandora: Pineapple lumpia, pretzels, and select beverages
  • Asia: Tuna bao, Korean beef slider, fried dumplings, margaritas, and a beer flight
  • Dinoland U.S.A.: Corn chip pie, Buffalo chicken chips, milkshakes, and a holiday sundae
  • Other Locations: Additional carts are available throughout the park


To pick up a map of participating locations, stop by Creature Comforts or Isle of Java.

In the evening, guests should make their way over to Rivers of Light, where they’ll enjoy preferred seating for the second showing.

This offering is on sale now for Rivers of Light performances December 22, 2018 through January 2, 2019. You can purchase online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Advance purchase is required and will not be available the day of use.

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The Stories of Hollywood Studios – What to Watch While You Wait


When planning a Walt Disney World vacation, there are many months of waiting in between the exciting milestones of planning. To help you keep the excitement alive, we are giving you some of the movies and TV shows that you can watch with your family to ready yourself for each major park.

So far we have covered the stories of Disneyland, California Adventure, and the Animal Kingdom, so now it is time for Part Four of this series, The Stories Of Hollywood Studios.

Indiana Jones

Attraction:Indiana Jones Stunt SpectacularLocation: Echo Lake Movie:Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) / Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)/ Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) / Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) / Indiana Jones 5 (Scheduled for 2021) / The Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesRating: Various

It’s the story that doesn’t seem to age, as long as you don’t look too closely at Harrison Ford. One of the most loved movie franchises separate, Indiana Jones began back in 1981 with the fifth installment projected to be in theatres in 2021. There are a few questionable scenes in the older movies with a couple of moments that would press more firmly against today’s rating guide; however, with the power of the remote these scenes can be quickly skipped through.

The majority of the storyline is full of one-liners and sexual innuendo that will most likely go well over the heads of younger viewers. For younger audiences, try the Indy Chronicles for a less confronting introduction to this archeological masterpiece. If that isn’t working for you, try the LEGO version! Get your Indy on however you can before heading to see the live action show at Hollywood Studios. The stunts will keep your family entertained alone, however, the backstory is what brings this tale of discovery and exploration to life!


Toy Story

Attraction:Toy Story Land / Slinky Dog Dash / Alien Swirling Saucers / Toy Story Mania Location: Toy Story Land Movie:Toy Story (1995) / Toy Story 2 (1999) / Toy Story 3 (2010) / Toy Story 4 (2019) Rating: G

If you don’t walk into this land with a Randy Newman song running through your mind then may not deserve to go in. Despite being introduced to audiences in the mid 90’s, Toy Story has fast become a classic go-to movie series for families of all ages. Younger viewers enjoy the simple storylines of adventure, and older ones enjoy the casual jokes and voices of their Hollywood favorites.

With three feature films to work with and a fourth in the making, Toy Story appeals to all children with a gender-neutral fluidity that isn’t about the specifics of the girl or boy characters, rather the group dynamic as a whole.


The Twilight Zone

Attraction:Tower of TerrorLocation: Sunset Boulevard Movie:The Twilight ZoneRating: Use common sense.

“Hollywood, 1939. Amid the glitz and the glitter of a bustling, young movie town at the height of its golden age, The Hollywood Tower Hotel was a star in its own right; a beacon for the show business elite. Now, something is about to happen that will change all that. The time is now on an evening very much like the one we have just witnessed.”

Those words are in your future. The black and white cult classic The Twilight Zone ran from 1959 to 1964 and introduced audiences to a new mixed genre of television series, unlike anything that had been seen before. The rating system has changed substantially since this series was on the silver screen so I recommend consulting Common Sense Media about the different themes involved and how well suited it might be to your children.

There are 156 episodes of this series to enjoy with your family, and if you limit them to one per day that gets you through a little over 22 weeks of waiting.


Disney Junior

Attraction:Disney Juinor Live On Stage / Disney Junior meet & greets Location: Animation Courtyard Shows:Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,Sofia The First, Doc McStuffins and VampirinaRating: G

It’s the perfect entry gateway to introduce your preschoolers to the wonderful library of Disney characters that are ahead of them. Starting strong with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, home of the classic characters, Disney Junior now also brings you Sofia The First, Doc McStuffins and Vampirina.

If your excitable kids have Disney Junior on TV at every opportunity they get, the Disney Junior Live On Stage attraction is hard to beat. The meet & greet appearances at Animator’s Courtyard also give you the chance to introduce your children to their animated heroes. One of my son’s most magical Disney moments was meeting his hero, Jake, from Jake and the Neverland Pirates in this very spot.



Attraction:Fantasmic!Location: Sunset Boulevard Movie:FantasiaRating: G

Fantasmic is one of the most loved nighttime spectaculars in the Walt Disney World Parks, and while it does incorporate many of the characters and storylines your family might recognize, the story behind the show itself becomes more relatable with a family showing of Fantasia. Who doesn’t need a little Sorcerer Mickey in their life?


Star Wars

Attraction:Star Tours / Star Wars Launch Bay / Star Wars: Path Of The Jedi / Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (coming soon)Location: Echo Lake / Animation Courtyard Movie:Star Wars (1977) (aka Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) / Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) / Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) / Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) / Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) / Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) / Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) / Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) / Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Rating: Various

Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios may currently only be home to the classic attraction of Star Tours, however, brace yourselves. Unless you have been living in a titanium encompassed bubble, you know that StarWars: Galaxy’s Edge is coming. No one now is sure exactly what references will be made throughout the land, which means you should use this handful of months to watch the full film franchise. Take this time to get a handle on every character, creature, planet, and intricacy to get the most out of this intergalactic experience when it opens.

In the meantime, become more acquainted with the various storylines to enjoy the different adventures of Star Tours, the re-telling of Star Wars Adventures at Path of the Jedi and the Stormtrooping antics of the Star Wars Launch Bay. If you are watching with kids, check the recommendations for each movie. I have found the more recent offerings to be a lot more engaging for children filled with less visible violence and a significant decrease in political innuendo that can be hard to follow.


Beauty & the Beast

Attraction:Beauty and the Beast – Live On StageLocation: Sunset Boulevard Movie:Beauty and the BeastRating: Various

It’s a tale as old as time, and now you have two opportunities to rake in all the Disney magic of this story. Younger kids will enjoy the animated classic while family movie night can host the live-action feature that is beautifully made to be inspiring for all. This one is a must for the stage show that can be found at Hollywood Studios. The performance is an abridged version, so it’s essential to be able to fill in the gaps along the way.


The Muppets

Attraction:Muppet Vision 3DLocation: Grand Avenue Movie:The Muppets — Multiple Rating: G

Even though the presence of The Muppets in the park isn’t a strong one, I am adding this in because, well, I am afraid of you. You, being The Muppets fan base. I was more of a Fraggle Rock kinda 80’s kid myself but to each their own. Perhaps it was the schoolyard “Ms. Piggy” taunt that was thrown around to every other girl for no apparent reason; somehow, the Muppets just missed the mark for me. The good news is that there are plenty of episodes and movies out there for those of you who want to expose your younger generation to a life of Muppet fandom. With ten feature films as well as countless TV shows and specials to choose from, these characters could fill up your entire wait with some to spare.


That’s it for this stop. There are a few others that you could throw in there too, like The Little Mermaid, but I believe we have covered the basics. Next up, we move to Walt Disney World’s Epcot!

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Golden Globe Nominations Announced for ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ and More


The 2019 Golden Globe nominations were announced today and featured several films from the Disney family of studios, including the first ever Best Picture nomination for a Marvel Studios film.

Mary Poppins Returns received four nominations, while Marvel Studios’ Black Panther received three. Ralph Breaks the Internet and Incredibles 2 also received nods.


Here are some highlights of the nominations:

Best Motion Picture – Drama | Black Panther

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy | Mary Poppins Returns

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy | Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy | Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns)

Best Motion Picture – Animated | Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet

Best Original Score – Motion Picture | Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther), Marc Shaiman (Mary Poppins Returns)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture | “All the Stars” (Black Panther)


The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented January 6, 2019.

Source: Variety

Images: Walt Disney Studios

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