Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

If you can’t wait until March 17th for “Beauty and the Beast” to release then you can listen to the full soundtrack now! It’s available for purchase on iTunes (regular edition or deluxe edition) and available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. You can also listen to the entire soundtrack on Disney Music’s VEVO channel on YouTube here.

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I only listened to a couple tracks off of the soundtrack but so far what I’ve heard, it is absolutely beautiful! I am saving the rest until after I see the movie. The renditions of the familiar classic songs such as “Belle“, “Be Our Guest“, and “Gaston” are great. Emma Watson has a gorgeous voice, she is the perfect fit as Belle. I must say I love the Overture which is the opening track. Alan Menken is a Disney God! Another song I like is a new original “How Does a Moment Last Forever” by Celine Dion. There’s no words to describe it but simply beautiful. I am very excited to listen to the rest of the album.. I am a huge lover of movie music, especially scores! Watch my tweets when I do tweet about the rest of the soundtrack.

If you are huge lover of the music to the original Beauty and the Beast, I’m sure that this soundtrack will not disappoint! Now I’m REALLY ready for the movie now!

Also, if you haven’t seen Ariana Grande and John Legend’s music video for “Beauty and the Beast” which premiered on Freeform earlier this week, watch it down below. I think it is an absolute gorgeous modern rendition. The music video is visually stunning and we also get a glimpse of what the classic ballroom scene will look like.

What are your thoughts on the soundtrack and/or music video?

Beauty & the Beast trivia

Hi everyone! I thought it’d be awesome to do a quick blog post on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in honor of the live action releasing on March 17th.. less than 2 weeks away! So, I’ll be sharing some quick trivia on the original Beauty and the Beast movie that released in 1991.

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To start off, Walt Disney wanted to create an animated movie of the story of Beauty and the Beast in the 1930’s but didn’t know how to tell it exactly. So it was put off for many years but was eventually created.

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Belle is the first princess to not be saved by a prince. Instead, she saves the beast herself. He then transforms into a prince and therefore created her happily ever after ending. Belle was also the second princess that didn’t start off as royalty. The first was Cinderella, then Belle, and then years later, Tiana from Princess and the Frog.

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Belle is also the only person seen who wears blue in her town. This is to show that she is different than the rest. You’ll also notice that the Beast wears blue in the ballroom scene (he also has blue eyes!), this is done to create the idea that Belle not only is different but that they are meant to be.

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Have you ever spotted Belle in another Disney movie? She made a quick cameo appearance in Disney’s 1996 classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame. You’ll spot her in the scene where Quasimodo is singing “Out There” while he looks down on the town below. You’ll also spot the Magic Carpet from Aladdin.

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Have you ever noticed the signs that Maurice was looking at when he was lost? If you carefully look, the bottom says Anaheim, the city where the original Disneyland is located.

The song “Be Out Guest” was originally supposed to be sung to Maurice when he first enters the castle. Not completely satisfied, they switched it over to be Belle instead of Maurice. I think it was a much better fit because the song and scene are so dynamic and unforgettable that it would make sense to sing to the main character who perhaps might break the spell! 😉

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Towards the end of the movie after Gaston stabs the Beast and is knocked off the castle, have you noticed Gaston’s eyes? As he’s falling, white skulls appear in his eyes for a quick second symbolizing that he will die.

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During the finale of the movie when Belle and the prince dancing in the ballroom, this dance may look familiar. Disney reused the animation of Aurora and Prince Phillip’s dance from Sleeping Beauty. When you get a chance, watch their dances side by side. Pretty cool!

I hope you enjoyed this little Beauty & the Beast trivia! Now who’s ready for the live action? Be sure to check it out in theaters on Friday, March 17th!

All photos belong to Disney.

Disney Parks Castles

The Walt Disney Company has six parks around the world. Each park has a special themed castle that are similar but at the same time very unique.  In this post, I’ll be explaining about each of the Disney parks castles:

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  1. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland – Anaheim): Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the original Disney park, Disneyland in Anaheim is special because it’s the only one Walt Disney got to fully work on and experience. This castle stands at 77 ft tall. It has a drawbridge in the front that has only been used twice: when Disneyland officially opened in 1955 and when the new Fantasyland opened in 1983. Another thing that people may not know if that there’s a Sleeping Beauty walk through in which you get to experience the story in a unique way. You get to read through the story as you watch different animated scenes in the walk through. And the music is just absolutely beautiful. The location of Sleeping Beauty’s castle is a popular location to watch Disneyland firework shows. Because this castle is the original, just like the park itself, I find it the most special.cinderellacastle2(Photo: more-sky.com)
  2. Cinderella Castle (Magic Kingdom – Orlando): At the end of Main Street at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom stands Cinderella’s Castle which stands 183 ft tall. The construction of the castle finished in July of 1971, the park opened on October 1, 1971. Some of the castle’s look was inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France. You can dine at Cinderella’s Royal table, with so many choices of delicious food and dessert.. you might want to try the Chocolate Slipper dessert, either with white or dark chocolate with icing inside.. amazing! And you never know when your favorite Disney princess might stop by. There is also a dream suite located in Cinderella’s Castle. which was built in 2006. A couple more facts; the castle has 3 elevators, the drawbridge does not raise, and the stage in front of the castle is used for shows and holiday events.tdl002155large(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)
  3. Cinderella Castle (Tokyo Disneyland): The Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland is not as tall as the one in Walt Disney World, it still stands at an impressive 168 ft tall. The castle has Cinderella’s Fairy Tale hall, where you can walk the castle and see beautiful paintings and artwork that follow her story.hongkong(Photo: thedlandinsider.blogspot.com)
  4. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Hong Kong Disneyland): This castle is Disneyland castle’s twin. It pretty much is spot on. This castle stands at 77 ft as well with less trees surrounding it’s view. However, beginning in 2018 Hong Kong Disneyland will be getting an all new castle. From the looks on the artwork on the Disney Parks Blog, the castle will still have familiar features from the original Disneyland castle but will be expanded into a much larger castle. Besides the expansion of the castle, Hong Kong Disneyland plan on bringing in two new themed areas based on Frozen and Marvel.n024777_2023oct25_le-chateau-de-la-belle-au-bois-dormant_16-9(Photo: disneylandparis.co.uk)
  5. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland Paris): Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Paris measures at 160 ft tall. It also has a gorgeous walk through that takes you into the story of Sleeping Beauty. What makes this castle unique is Dragon Lair which is located underneath the castle. Inside you’ll find a life size animatronic dragon!shdr-att-enchanted-storybook-castle-hero-new(Photo: shanghaidisneyresort.com)
  6. Enchanted Storybook Castle (Shanghai Disneyland): Last but not least, the latest Disney Parks castle is Enchanted Storybook Castle. It’s the tallest out of all of the Disney Parks castles measuring almost at 197 ft tall. The castle is not themed after one princess but represents all of them. You’ll find the restaurant Royal Banquet Hall inside. Also, there are 2 attractions: ‘Once Upon a Time’  Adventure which is a unique Snow White walk through with interactive scenes with impressive technology. The other attraction in the castle is Voyage to the Crystal Grotto. It’s a boat ride that starts outside of the castle then moves beneath the castle and takes you through different Disney movies such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and so much more. This ride is similar to Storybook Land Canal at Disneyland but much more upgraded.

I hope you enjoyed this post on the Disney Parks castles around the world! Which castle is your favorite or which ones have you visited?

“Fantasy in the Sky” live stream for New Years!

 

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It’s almost 2017!!! What better way to ring in the New Year than with Disney’s special live stream of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World! Be sure to catch it on the Disney Parks Blog on Saturday, December 31st at 11:45 pm ET! Happy New Year!!!

The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration!

Be sure to tune in to The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration on Christmas morning Sunday, December 25 at 10:00am – 12:00pm EST on ABC! Hosting this special event is Julianne Hough and Derek Hough. Performances include Kelly Clarkson “Underneath the Tree” , Jordan Fisher “The Christmas Song”, Alessia Cara “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and more. You don’t want to miss this wonderful celebration! Check out this video below:

Halloween season at Disneyland!

As you may have known already, the Halloween season officially started on September 9th! Get ready for frightful fun all over the Disneyland Resort!

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Haunted Mansion Holiday returns! Be sure to check out the new Sally figure added in the graveyard scene!

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Launch into a haunted universe on Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy! How brave enough are you to ride this?!

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Don’t forget to check into The Hollywood Tower of Terror Hotel Disney California Adventure! During the Halloween celebration, you’ll be able to experience the “Late Check-Out” where you’ll ride the Tower of Terror in complete darkness. Remember, the Hollywood Tower of Terror will be officially closing it’s elevator doors on January 2nd, 2017. It will change to the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction.

There’s so much more to experience during the Halloween season! Be sure to catch the Halloween Screams fireworks and the Frightfully Fun Parade during Mickey’s Halloween Party. Also check out all of the delicious Halloween treats and merchandise all around the parks. For more info visit the Disney Parks website by clicking here! All the Halloween fun continues until October 31st!