The Nightmare Before Christmas – Returns this Halloween Weekend


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Are you a super fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas? Well this Halloween weekend, Friday, October 28th – Monday, October 31st, you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie and more as Disney’s beloved classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 200 Regal cinemas locations nationwide!


The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life – he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. For tickets and information, visit: Regal Entertainment Group.

Is the Disney Memory Maker PhotoPass worth it?


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After using the Disney Memory Maker twice on our last two trips to Walt Disney World, I can say hands down, it was one of the best purchases made on our trip (thanks to Disney Social Media Moms one Memory Maker was a gift). We probably took way more photos than usual, to take full advantage of this very useful service. Besides getting great iconic WDW shots, we were able to get numerous family photos, a rarity for My Strange Family. My kids also react differently to the photographers, who were able to capture some very special Disney family vacation memories.


Meeting Mickey at Disney Social Media Moms

With all of our hundreds of Disney PhotoPass photos, mixed in with the hundreds of photos I took using my iPhone, I created a a sweet photo memory book. The kids love looking through the book and remembering all of the magical times they had at Walt Disney World. The Magic Shots were their favorite because characters and animation were added to their Disney photos. I should have printed two books so they could each have one (next time!).


With the Memory Maker you have full access to all of your Disney PhotoPass photos and videos for one price $169, if you are a planner and like to save money, you can save $20 by buying the Memory Maker a least 3 days before your trip.

Within minutes of taking your photo you can download them like magic straight to your phone from the My Disney Experience app, and share them to family and friends on social media. Plus you can take pics for up to 30 days after the first time you download a photo to your account. However, then Memory Maker photos must be downloaded within 45 days of the first day you download pics. So, if you time it right, you could get up to 75 days of use out of the Memory Maker.

Memory Maker includes:

  • Unlimited digital downloads of all your Disney PhotoPass photos and videos
  • Select Attraction photos and videos
  • Select Character dining photos
  • Discounts on prints of your photos
  • Magic Shots – featuring Disney Characters and more, added to your photos
  • fDigital borders and stickers to personalize your photos

Now to get Disneyland on board with the unlimited Memory Maker, so we can take more magical photos on our next trip to California.

My Strange Family purchased one Memory Maker for our February WDW trip, and were gifted one for attending the Disney Social Media Moms conference in May. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Stone Soup, a musical play for all ages


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The play, Stone Soup, is showing through November 13th at the intimate Players Theater. The playwright has taken a well-known children’s story, and written a musical that explores the themes of the story of sharing and cooperation as well as loss due to war. The story is easily understood through the song and actions of the cast members who are engaging, clearly enjoying their roles. Soldier 2 is especially fun.


The music is provided by three percussionist live in front of the stage. This was interesting for the audience, especially for children, because we could see which instruments were making the various sounds.


Before the performance, everyone can participate in a free interactive arts workshop creating quilt squares to be made into a quilt for donation to a shelter. During this time the theater hosts also talk about how the show is brought to life on stage, and what is needed to bring a musical together.


After the show you will get a chance to take photos with the cast in the lobby. You might also take the time to go down the stairs to view the classic posters from artists who have performed at the Café Wha? next-door. There is also a collage of famous 60s and 70s musicians.


If you are looking for a nice place to eat before or after the show – the village is full of great options. Here are a few suggestions:

Monte’s Trattoria – 97 Macdougal St – Very traditional
Minetta Tavern – 113 Macdougal St – May need a reservation
La Lanterna di Vittorio – 129 Macdougal St – The biggest Calzone ever
Cuba – 222 Thompson St – Tasty and fun with flair
The Olive Tree – 117 MacDougal Great for families

My Strange Family was provided complimentary tickets to attend Stone Soup, all opinions expressed here are our own.

Streets of Lisbon


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When you spend 72 hours in Lisbon you do a lot of walking, making sure to take in all of the sights. We did most of the tourist stuff, but at the end of the day it was the streets of Lisbon that drew me into the culture the most. So much color and texture, mixed with the old and the new.

streets-of-lisbon Rua Nova do Carvalho

Rua Nova do Carvalho painted pink

This area of Lisbon is called Cais do Sodré, and the famous street Rua Nova do Carvalho, is painted pink. This street is located near the old port along the riverside in downtown Lisbon. Prior to 2011 Cais do Sodré was seedy and considered the “Red Light District” of Lisbon, full of drunks, thieves and brothels. The neighborhood is still one of Lisbon’s most happening nightlife areas, but instead of being lackluster like it was in the past Cais do Sodré now hosts Live music venues, burlesque clubs and tapas bars.


Highlight from Children’s Club


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