Darby O’Gill and the Little People

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Darby O’Gill and the Little People was released in 1959 and is based on 2 books by Herminie Templeton Kavanagh : Darby O’Gill and the Good People and The Ashes of Old Wishes And Other Darby O’Gill Tales. While the movie has no specific presence in Disney Parks, guest can see a glimpse of Ireland in the classic ride It’s a Small World located in both Disneyland and Disney World: The Magic Kingdom.

Meal Ideas:

  • Rainbow Roll-ups: Steak rolled up with provolone and spinach
  • Corned Beef Brisket
  • Pot O’ Gold Biscuits
  • Rainbow fruit plate
  • Emerald Isle Pie: Mint Chocolate Chip Pie
  • Shamrock Drop Cookies

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Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: A celebration of all things Irish with music, dancing, and Irish culture. Friday March 17th, 1pm-8pm at Pioneer Farms. 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin, 78754
  • Irish Dance Center: Offers lessons for all ages and skill level. Also offers a free trial lesson and summer camps for kids! 12400 Amherst Dr. Suite 112, Austin, 78727
  • Gaelic League of Austin: Offers language lessons in Gaelic at varying skill levels.
  • Things Celtic: Located in central Austin, Things Celtic has jewelry, kilts and accessories for all. 1806 W. 35th Street Austin, 78703

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Mary Poppins

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Based on the children’s novels by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins was released by Disney in 1964 with a sequel expected to be released in 2018. Mary Poppins, a nanny, livens up the Banks’ household with her imagination and adventure, leaving it a happier place. The creation of the film  and often difficult relationship between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers was showcased in the film Saving Mr. Banks. Mary Poppins, Bert, and often a penguin friend have meet and greets in the Magic Kingdom on main street in both Disney Parks. Mary also meets in Epcot United Kingdom Pavilion in the English gardens.

Meal Ideas:

  • English tea and crumpets (with a spoonful of sugar if you like)
  • Uncle Albert’s light-as-a-feather finger sandwiches
  • Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious cake

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Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • Go fly a kite at the Zilker Kite Festival, held March 5th from 10am-5pm in Zilker Park: 2100 Barton Springs, Austin  FREE  

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The Princess and the Frog

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Released in 2009, Princess and the Frog celebrates the magic and mystery of New Orleans and features the first African American Disney princess. Based on the novel The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker, the film follows a waitress named Tiana who attempts to turn former prince Naveen human again, but is unfortunately turned into a frog herself. In Disney parks, guests can meet both Tiana and Naveen as well as see them in the daily parade.

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Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • A Taste of Mardi Gras: Music, Food and fun at Austin’s Patterson Park on Sunday, February 26th at 1 pm. 4200 Brookview Rd, Austin 78722
  • Cirque du Mardi Gras: A celebration of all things Mardi Gras with live music and amazing trapeze acts. February 28th, 8pm at The Belmont: 305 West 6th St. Austin, 78701

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Image: By Jennifer Lynn (Princess Garden, Festival of Fantasy Parade) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Toy Story

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Toy Story was the first full length computer animated film released by Pixar, in 1995. The original film was followed by 2 sequels and multiple short films. In both Disney California Adventure and Disney World Hollywood Studios, guests can ride Toy Story Midway Mania, a 4-D carnival game. Characters like Buzz, Wood, Jessie and the Army Men are available for meet and greets in both parks. Currently, Toy Story Land is under construction in Hollywood Studios (Disney World) and , opening sometime in the next 2-3 years.

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Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • Pixar in Concert: The Austin Symphony will be presenting a Pixar concert at the Long Center, February 17th 2017 featuring music and images from their most popular Pixar films. 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin 78704
  • Toy Joy

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Beauty and the Beast

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Based on a French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast was released by Disney in 1991. A live action version is schedule to be released in March of 2017. Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom was recently expanded, so guests can now visit Maurice’s cottage and be magically transported to the Beast’s castle for Enchanted Tales with Belle. Beast’s Castle is also open to guests through the Be Our Guest Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Gaston’s Tavern is a quick service restaurant serving snacks and drinks and themed around the tavern Gaston frequents in the movie.

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Character meet and greets include the Beast at dinnertime in Be Our Guest Restaurant, Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle and Epcot: France. They are also seen in the daily parade.

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Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • In honor of Belle’s love of reading, check out storytime at the Austin Public Library
  • Ballet Austin’s Belle Redux: February 10-12, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, 78704

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Mulan

Mulan was released in 1998 and was followed by one sequel and an upcoming live action version. Based on a historical figure, Mulan tells the story of a young lady who takes the place of her father to fight for China against a Hun invasion. Mulan (and sometimes Mushu) can be visited in Epcot China by guests.

Meal Ideas:

  • Sweet and sour chicken
  • Rice castles
  • Fortune cookies
  • Pop Rocks (like fireworks)

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Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • Chinatown Center: Chinese New Year 2017 (Year of the Rooster)February 5th 10am-6pm. 10901 N. Lamar Blvd Austin, 78753

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Sleeping Beauty

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Released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty is based on 2 fairy tales: The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by the Brothers Grimm. It is the tale of a princess cursed by a vengeful fairy to die on her 16th birthday by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. However, the curse is transformed from death into a deep sleep only to be awoken by true love’s kiss. Sleeping Beauty (or Aurora) can be met by guests in Disneyland and Disney World. Additionally, the castle in Disneyland is officially referred to as Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Maleficent’s dragon and other characters are seen daily in the Festival of Fantasy Parade in the Magic Kingdom.

 

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  • Tiny Pies: This lovely little shop sells both sweet and savory pies and empanadas. 5035 Burnet Road Austin, 78756

Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • McKinney Falls State Park: Take a stroll through the wood and trails at this lovely state park located in Southeast Austin. 5808 McKinney Falls Pkway. Austin, 78744
  • Pay a visit to a local craft/yarn store like Me and Ewe and learn how to spin yarn, knit, and weave. Try to avoid those pesky spinning wheels! 4903 Woodrow Ave. Austin, 78756

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