25 Things I Love about Beauty and the Beast

Ever since I was a little girl, “Beauty and the Beast” has always been one of my very favorite Disney movies. I had the privilege growing up to visit Walt Disney World often, which may help explain my passion. In fact, there is a home video of me about a year old at the “Beauty and the Beast” stage show at then MGM Studios and I could not look happier. Surely at that age I was mesmerized by the singing and dancing enchanted objects, but little did I know just how much this story would someday mean to me.

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“Beauty and the Beast” has taught me so much throughout my life. It is so much more than just a movie, it’s a story that I will forever hold close to my heart. In celebration of it’s 25th anniversary, I have made a list of 25 things I love about “Beauty and the Beast.”

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  1. The way the film starts telling the story with beautiful stained glass windows.
  2. The song “Belle.” It’s almost a six minute opening number, but it’s perfect. It tells so much about both Belle and Gaston’s personality, along with the town.
  3. That Belle is the only one in the village wearing the color blue. It solidifies the fact that she feels like an outcast in her town, although they all think she’s beautiful. She later comes to find the Beast, who also is found wearing tumblr_nvaa5mspdd1uggb2ao1_500blue.
  4. That Gaston is the only one in the village wearing a vibrant red. That also solidifies the fact that he is the villain, and quite evil despite his charm.
  5. That Belle always has a piece of hair in her face, showing that she has imperfections regardless of her exterior beauty.
  6. When Belle sings that she wants adventure in the great wide somewhere. This is such a powerful line that Belle sings that truly showcases her unconventional personality.
  7. Phillipe. Isn’t he just the cutest horse?
  8. Cogsworth’s witty and pompous personality.
  9. Cogsworth in general. Some of his one liners, in my opinion, really make the movie. For example, “if it’s not baroque, don’t fix it” and “Well, there’s the usual things: flowers… chocolates… promises you don’t intend to keep.”
  10. When Belle starts to show Beast her sassy and somewhat stubborn side. One of my favorite scenes in the film is when Beast is trying to get Belle to come down to dinner and he tells her that she cannot stay in there forever and she fires back with “oh yes I can!”tumblr_n48ijvfhxl1tqs69bo1_500
  11. All of the food during the “Be Our Guest” scene! Beef ragout, cheese souffle, pie and pudding en flambe! Who wouldn’t want to eat that?
  12. The enchanted rose. It’s just so beautiful.
  13. Mrs. Potts’ compassionate and warm personality. In a way, she comforts Belle the most and gives her a motherly figure.
  14. When the Beast saves Belle from the wolves. Talk about heroic.
  15. The entire “Something There” scene. This is one of the first times we see interest between Belle and Beast, and it is one of my favorite songs. We start to see the softer side of Beast, all thanks to Belle.
  16. When Lumiere gives Beast a makeover before his special dinner with Belle. He also gives him some great first date advice, “you must be bold, daring.”
  17. The breathtakingly beautiful ballroom. This is definitely the film’s most memorable and iconic scene, and for good reason. The way Beast twirls Belle around that ballroom is every girl’s dream. 64830be9-8d91-48d5-826e-336f4cbcd615
  18. When Beast lets Belle go because he loves her. This scene really shows how much Belle has changed Beast, and how much he truly cares for her. It’s heartbreaking.
  19. The “Mob Song.” I must admit even though he is evil, there is just something about Gaston that I love. He’s always so focused on winning, no matter what it is, which could be seen as somewhat admirable. This song is such a powerful song leading up to the end dual between Gaston and Beast.
  20. When Beast sees Belle come back to help him during his dual with Gaston. You can see his will to live rush back into him, and he suddenly has something to fight for.
  21. The final words exchanged between Beast and Belle before he is tumblr_mztn96c1h71rs1716o4_r1_250transformed. Belle finally tells Beast how she feels…
  22. The transformation. Beast transforms into a human RIGHT BEFORE BELLE’S EYES. However, she somehow still questions it…
  23. BEAST/PRINCE ADAM. He seriously is my favorite prince of all time. He is such a complex character and I love watching Belle bring out the best in him. He’s not a bad looking prince either…
  24. The message of this movie that true beauty comes from within. We must learn to look past what is on the outside because it is truly what is on the inside that matters. Being compassionate, like Belle when she takes her father’s place in the castle, and selfless, like Beast when he agrees to let Belle go see her father, is representations of true inner beauty.
  25. How this movie changed my life. “Beauty and the Beast” has taught me it’s okay to be different. Belle, along with her father, was seen as an outcast in her town. The Beast was also different. Standing out is not necessarily a bad thing, neither is being different. Belle was also always able to look past appearance. Just look at Gaston, the most handsome guy in town. Every girl in town went crazy over Gaston, except for Belle. That was because she had the ability to look past his appearance to see his true self. She fell in love with a Beast, not because of his appearance, but because of what was inside.49316b2740006636b15fab4ec9c0756b

Thank you Celebrate the Magic

“Disneyland is something that will never be finished. It’s something that I can keep developing. It will be a live, breathing thing that will need change. A picture is a thing, once you wrap it up and turn it over to Technicolor, you’re through. Snow White is a dead issue with me. But I can change the park, because it’s alive.” – Walt Disney

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Things are constantly changing within the Disney parks. Although that is exactly what Walt had envisioned, it does not make it any easier to say goodbye. It was recently announced that the nighttime show at Magic Kingdom, ‘Celebrate the Magic,’ would soon be replaced after a four year run by a new show ‘Once Upon A Time.’

To me, ‘Celebrate the Magic’ was so much more than just a nighttime projection show. It was a reminder of all the magic and enchantment that is alive at Walt Disney World every single day. The show begins with Tinkerbell and the lyrics…

“Celebrate a world filled with magic, just wish upon a star that shines so bright, enter a world of make believe, let your dreams come true tonight…”

A sketch of Walt and Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie is shown on the castle in black and white to remind us just exactly where this all started, with a man, a dream and a mouse. The simplicity of it with the lyrics “let your dreams come true tonight” always reminded me of Walt’s struggles and how hard he worked to achieve his dreams. To be standing in front of Cinderella’s castle and to look around and see everything that has come from a man and a dream always struck a cord with me.

The first time I ever saw “Celebrate the Magic” was after I had my official Cast Member “initiation” through Traditions. Being in Magic Kingdom for the first time as a Cast Member is a feeling I will never forget, and watching this nighttime show helped me realize for the first time all of the magic I was going to be creating. It was one of the moments that really hit me that my dreams of becoming a Cast Member were coming true.

The show is simple, yet meaningful to many who watch. To the guests who visit once or twice a year, it’s a mashup of their favorite Disney movies and beloved characters. However, to those who make magic as Cast Members, this show means a little more. As a Cast Member, I quite literally celebrated (and created) the magic every day.

So, thank you “Celebrate the Magic” for filling my heart with so much joy and overwhelming emotion during my six months as a Cast Member. The song, the memories and the magic will always stick with me. One last thing. Walt, I promise I will never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse.

Video credit to Theme Park Review

 

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Beauty & the Beast Teaser Trailer: How It Shows Us So Little but Tells Us So Much

It’s officially official… the live-action retelling of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast is coming to theaters March 17, 2017 (or approximately 179 days but who is counting?) The official United States teaser trailer was released just a few months ago and has already broken numerous records. It pulled in more views during its first day than any other film. According to Disney, it had reached a whopping 91.8 million views duribeauty_and_the_beast_2017_posterng the first 24 hours, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ teaser. But, you may ask, what is all the hype about and what is causing this teaser trailer just over a minute long to break records? That, my friends, is the magic of Disney.

Of course being the tremendous fan that I am, I have watched this trailer over and over again and I could not be more excited for this film. You may ask just how much can a minute and a half long trailer really tell you about a movie but in this case, it tells us so much about this beloved tale.

Now, let’s start from the beginning…

The Music

With the very first musical chord, nostalgia from the first 1991 film came rushing over me. The music is PERFECT and remains true to the animated classic and we can already see that from this trailer. The prologue music from the 1991 film and the music used in this trailer are the same and I am so happy about that. This gives me a good feeling about the rest of the music used in the 2017 film and gives me hope that they will remain true to the original soundtrack which needs no retouching. I mean, Alan Menken who wrote the music for the animated film is also responsible for the music in this movie as well…

The Castle

Pause. How magnificent is this castle? It’s dark and eery on the outside but still elegant and somewhat romantic. The first few seconds of the trailer where the exterior of the castle is shown reminds me so much of the scene when Papa and Phillipe ride up to the castle for the first time after getting lost in the woods. It was dark and gloomy and cold, which is exactly what is displayed in the first few seconds of the trailer. Next, the ballroom. The ballroom is exactly what I imagined it would look like in real life. Of course I have seen the REAL DEAL (and even dined in it) at Be Our Guest Restaurant, but this trailer gets everything right from the chandeliers to the golden hues to the piano. The inside of the castle looks completely abandoned. I personally like how they show the candles melting to show that time has passed.

The Portrait

YES! They just may have fixed a MAJOR error with the 1991 classic film and that is the age of Adam when he was transformed into a hideous (but cuddly) beast and we see this in the portrait of Adam and his parents. Adam in the portrait is clearly a young boy which makes much more sense in the grand scheme of things. Thank goodness. Also, the way that the Beast rips the portrait is yet another clue that this remake will be true to the 1991 film.

Belle, Luminere & Cogsworth

The voices of all three of these characters are perfect. You can already tell that the personalities of these characters are going to similar to the previous film. You can tell in just a few words that Cogsworth has a serious demeanor and a strict attitude. You can also tell that Luminere is quite the opposite of Cogsworth with a charismatic and optimistic personality asking “what if she is the one?” Obviously I have no complaints about Belle.

The Rose

Last but not least, the enchanted rose. It truly looks enchanted. We can already see that Belle has gotten herself into the West Wing…

Needless to say, this movie is going to be phenomenal and I cannot wait to see the full trailer that is being released with the 25th Anniversary Edition of the film on September 20th. I must admit, I am curious to see how they are going to do all of the enchanted objects but I trust Disney. Check out this side by side of the 1991 movie and the 2017 trailer to see all of these similarities for yourself!

 

 

Disney College Program Tag

Hello Disney Cousins! Whoa… I’m blogging. Well, sort of. I am VLOGGING (video blogging… who knew?) I was tagged by Michelle, one of my roommates from the Disney College Program, to do the Disney College Program Tag and I thought why not give this whole video blogging thing a go.

I apologize in advance for being annoying in this video. There’s a reason why I blog instead of make videos… Enjoy hearing me talk your ear off about the Disney College Program. 🙂

 

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Must-Haves for a Magical Walt Disney World Vacation

You are packing your bags for a Walt Disney World vacation, and so far, you have the essentials. You have all of your outfits chosen, you have your autograph book and pen in tow, and of course your favorite pair of Mickey Mouse Ears. However, there may be a few things missing from your suitcase that could really come in handy during your magical vacation.

For anybody that has ever stayed at a Walt Disney World Resort and turned on their television, then they MUST know ‘Must Do’ Stacey! Stacey hosts the Must Sees and ‘Must Do’ at Walt Disney World, which is broadcasted on all Resort televisions. Fun fact, Stacey is actually from my hometown! Anyways, I am going to be bringing you the Must-Haves for a Walt Disney World Vacation… you know, the Musts that come BEFORE your arrival!

~ Portable Phone Charger— Now, I do not say this lightly… you will NEED a portable phone charger if you plan on spending majority of your days frolicking around the parks. You do not realize how much you are on your phone at the parks, even when you are not… if that makes sense. You are constantly taking snapchats, using all of the awesome snapchat location filters around the park, taking pictures of everything and anything, posting pictures and making everybody back at home jealous. Your phone dies quickly, trust me, and you will not want to waste time constantly running over to Rapunzel’s Tower (or you know, bathrooms and a charging station) to charge it. By all means, it’s a lovely Tower… but not a place you want to be chained too in order to charge your phone in time for Wishes. These portable phone chargers are relatively cheap, and can carry over 1.5 the charge of your phone.

IMG_6779~ Comfortable Shoes— A lesson I learned on my very first park experience of my Disney College Program. Comfortable shoes are going to be your very best friend by the end of a full day at the parks. The Walt Disney Parks give you a WORK OUT. You are working out, without even realizing you are working out. You are walking MILES, and comfortable shoes are a must, and one of the most important accessories you will have (even more important than those Mickey Ears!) Wearing comfortable shoes does not mean you have to give up style, there are plenty of stylish and cute comfortable shoes! Even better, some comfortable shoes come in Disney styles, like the Disney Vans! Just make sure to break them in before your vacation.

~ Disney Gift Cards— This may seem silly, but it is an excellent way to keep track of how much you spend. Some places even sell the Disney Gift Cards in bulk for a discount! I bought $150.00 of Disney Gift Cards from Sam’s Club for $143.00. It may not seem like a big discount, but it’s $7.00, and that could be a quick service meal, or snack in Disney. It adds up, especially the more gift cards you buy. Some people save up to $50 by buying these discounted gift cards in bulk, and use them to pay off hotel rooms and park tickets. The gift cards can be used ANYWHERE in Disney, so it is a good thing to invest in, and a good way to watch how much money you spend.

~ The Not So Obvious Backpack Essentials— This includes a water bottle, advil, and sunscreen. Water bottles are expensive at Walt Disney World (along with everything else there…), however, WATER is free. You can go to any quick service shop, or Starbucks, and ask for a cup of ice water and they will give it to you for free. There are also water fountains where you can fill up your water yourself. So BRING THAT WATER BOTTLE AND SAVE YOUR MONEY! Bring your own advil, because you never know what those long park days with screaming children will do to you, and bring your own sunscreen. Of course Disney has these toiletries for sale on property, but for double the price you pay at home.

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~Umbrella or Poncho— Sure, you think you are brave enough to endure the Florida weather and rain storms, but believe me when I tell you… the rain can come down hard, and spending your day soaked is not always enjoyable, especially when everything is air conditioned. Again, Disney has these available on property, but you will be spending a lot more than you normally would on these items when you probably have several laying around your garage and car that you could easily pack up.

Well, that’s it everybody. Once you conquer all of these Must-Haves, you are guaranteed to be prepared for all the magic in store at the happiest place on earth. We covered all of the Must-Haves for your Walt Disney World vacation that you, well, Must-Have! Thanks for reading my Must-Have Disney, and I hope you have a magical vacation!

 

 

 

Disneyfied ‘Disneybound’ of the Day

Disneybound, a term used when one decides to pull together items that are meant to represent your favorite Disney character, all while having fun with fashion! This is a good way to get creative, and tie in your own fashion sense with your favorite Disney characters. This is something that I frequently tried to do during my time in Disney, and characters always seemed to take notice.

Lo and behold, guess who is headed back down to the Sunshine State? That’s right, me! And guess who will be Disneybound-ing, that’s right… me!

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Watch out Magic Kingdom, I’m coming back for ya! Yes, you read that right. I am rightfully returning to my favorite place on earth for some time in June, and I could not be more excited. So excited that I may or may not have already planned a few outfits. Of course, I just HAD to make a couple of Be Our Guest dining reservations, and of course, I just HAD to plan a Belle Disneybound outfit to wear when I dine with the Master. What’s new? Here is my Disneyfied ‘Disneybound’ look of the day, inspired by the bookworm herself!

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This Disneyfied tank top comes from Cakeworthy, an online store that combines pop culture trends with fairy tale whimsy. This is an American Apparel top, so it is SUPER comfortable. I absolutely love the vibrant blue color paired with the yellow script. It is the perfect top for any Beast-loving fan… for I could learn to love a Beast! (To be honest, I already have!)

The Disneyfied ears come from Walt Disney Parks, and can be purchased online on the Disney Store website. It’s about time Disney Parks created some Belle ears! This headband comes with metallic rose “brocade” ears, a glittering gem-encrusted tiara, and a cameo of the Beauty.

The Disneyfied shoes come from Vans. I am completely obsessed with this collaboration, and this pair of shoes adorned with Belle and roses. I must say, be prepared for blisters… it takes a while to break these thick shoes in!

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The Disneyfied jewelry and accessories come from various places. The watch comes from Hot Topic, and has the stained glass window depiction of Belle and Prince Adam on it, the exact depiction that is on your way out of Be Our Guest. The Disney Alex and Ani’s come from the Disney Store, but HURRY! The Belle Alex and Ani is about to be retired, so make sure you grab this before it’s gone! The necklace of the enchanted rose comes from a custom store on Etsy. Last but not least, the magic band comes from the Disney Store, and is exclusive to Disney Parks. I even added some Disney magic bandits of Luminere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip!

I am so excited to wear this Belle Disneybound-ing outfit when I frolic around Magic Kingdom in just one month. One can Disneybound just about any character, you just have to think outside of the box! Share with me your very OWN Disneybound-ing outfits, and be sure to follow my upcoming adventures through my Instagram @DanielleOgo.

 

 

The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Disney Edition

Who else remembers the show on Food Network called “The Best Thing I Ever Ate?” Essentially, each episode of this show was dedicated to a different kind of food, and celebrity chefs and hosts from Food Network would talk about where you could find their individual favorites. Well, I decided to put my own personal spin on the show and write something up called, The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Disney Edition.

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Now, it is no secret that I am a big lover of food, and not just any food, all types of food. I would be lying if I told you that food was not one of the many things I loved about Walt Disney World. With over 300 restaurants on property, Walt Disney World has a plethora of dining options, making it often hard to decide where to go, and what to eat. Well, I am here to make that decision easier for you. I have compiled a list of some of the best things I have ever eaten at Walt Disney World, excluding dessert of course (that deserves a post of it’s own.)

French Onion Soup from Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom. First and foremost, I am going to begin this list with a food that has always been a favorite of mine, french onion soup. I have always been a fan of this soup, but it was not until I tried this soup at Be Our Guest that I really found my FAVORITE french onion soup. I mean, I even ordered this soup when it was 90 degrees outside… that’s just how good it is. This soup is broiled to perfection every time, and you cannot go wrong ordering this with your meal.

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich from Capt. Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort. I swear I am not bias on this sandwich. Taste for yourself! This grilled chicken sandwich comes with cheddar cheese, bacon (which I opt for it without), teriyaki sauce, and pineapple salsa. This sandwich is amazing, and adds that perfect Hawaiian flare to a classic favorite.

— The Char-Grilled Sliced Filet of Beef from The Garden Grill in Epcot. Honestly, this entire Chip ‘N’ Dale harvest feast is just absolutely delicious, and a must try. The food is so fresh, and you can certainly taste the homegrown flavors that are incorporated. My personal favorite is the beef. It’s is sliced so thin, with that char-grilled finish and comes drenched in a red wine demi-glace. I am officially drooling. This family-style meal also comes with all-natural sliced turkey breast, sweet potato fries, garden fresh vegetables, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and more.

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Sticky Wings from Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Village Resort. I know what you are probably thinking, this list is completely biased since the Polynesian was my home work location… but honestly, the Polynesian has some of the best tasting food I have ever had, including these sticky wings. These are glazed chicken wings with a tangy mustard drizzle and toasted sesame seeds. These wings may be messy, but they are delicious, and a very popular item from the Kona Cafe. Also, don’t forgot to try the Kona coffee served here! It comes directly from Hawaii, and probably the smoothest coffee I have ever tasted.

Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom. This waffle is light, fluffy, fruity, and filled with chocolate. What is there not to love about this delightful combination? I am a HUGE fan of breakfast and waffles, but this just may be my favorite waffle combination ever.

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Croissant Jambon Fromage from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in Epcot’s France. In English, that means ham, cheese and béchamel in a croissant. Sounds simple, but this is absolutely delicious. The croissant is flakey, buttery, and tastes extremely authentic.

Walt Disney World is filled with so much great tasting food, and I wish I could try everything (cue Gazelle.) These are just some of my favorite things I have ever eaten at Walt Disney World. Now, it’s your turn to share. What is the best thing YOU have ever eaten at Walt Disney World?