Review: DisneyLife App

I have been sent a subscription for the DisneyLife app to try out and being the gadget loving family we are we were all excited to try it out. So let’s see if it’s worth subscribing to.

Firstly you can set up profiles for the family, pick a profile image and settings. My profile requires a PIN that the children don’t know. The kids’ have their own profiles which I set up to U rated movies and shows to only pop up on their account. So I know they won’t end up watching any of the PG movies by mistake. Nice little thing for Disney to do and thumbs up to them!

Next might I add are the choice of soundtracks and books. Books for all ages! Above is a book of Brave which is for younger children, my 5 year old son read them perfectly fine which only a few tricky words but he managed to sound them out. There’s also books that read to your child or have option to turn this off and read it yourself. We didn’t really dive into the music part of DisneyLife but I did find Big Hero 6 soundtrack and spent my time in the kitchen cooking as Immortals was playing.

But what are the negatives with DisneyLife? Well image above shows me searching for Wreck it Ralph. It’s a movie my kids love and one of my favourite movies also. But where is it? Sure there’s the soundtrack (which I love) and some books but the movie? What happened to it? Same with Brave, you can read the Brave books but not watch the film. This seems a bit disappointing from Disney. I should be able to enjoy all their great movies specially if paying for this service. It isn’t like Disney have to get the licensing for it like Netflix do.

So do I think DisneyLife is worth trying? If you have kids who love Disney, Disney Jr (we don’t have the channel anymore), love to read and you need another way for them to play Let It Go a million times til your iPhone or iPad battery dies then this is certainly a good thing to have. Just a bit saddened by some of the missing content. But hey you can get 1 month free so why not look around for yourself?

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Disney Infinity 3.0 – Star Wars

It looks like Game Informer have lots of exclusive content about the next Disney Infinity game and so far what we know some of you are going to be joyful about as fans have been craving for this for months, perhaps years. Star Wars.

Finally we are seeing Star Wars join the Disney Infinity world. And that’s not all. Oh no if you look with care you can also see Iron Man’s Hulk Buster, Ultron and the beautiful and renowned Mulan. Also looks like possible Tron characters and an “original” Mickey Mouse (in his famous red pants) which is something I have wanted, or even a black and white version from the very first Mickey Mouse animations.  Very excited by this, however will I be buying this?

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We have owned the past and present DI games and what have we thought? We loved the original but understood people wanted more structural content which they got in DI 2.0. However we felt the stories were short. We finished Avengers easily, Spider Man took a bit longer and to be honest due to the disappointment of these feeling so short we haven’t bothered buying Guardians of the Galaxy Play set, though we do own Rocket. We like that we can choose how the character levels, we didn’t like how you get 2 turns to reset these choices. It’s like they forgot “the possibilities are endless” by limiting what our characters can be. So whilst I’m hyped by the Star Wars and my Marvel fangirl inside me in squealing over Ultron the game truly has to give me content we can enjoy and not forget that kids want to play this, not just adult gamers.

Use your magic wisely, Disney. I’m watching this one closely!

Sorry Elsa I’m an Anna Fangirl

If you haven’t seen Frozen by now you must either be living under a huge rock or have no heart or soul. It’s a great movie and lovely to see that even after the brilliant Wreck-it Ralph Disney can still make movies without needing to stamp Pixar’s logo on to it to just make a successful film. But Elsa… why do children all love that woman?

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I love Anna, the younger sibling of the two Princesses in this film and the little girl who sings Do You Want to Build a Snowman is adorable. Oh and For the First Time in Forever I just loved the tune, the words and the scene itself just showed the audience what present day Anna is truly like. And you know what she kind of reminds me of myself. A little.

Anna is a bit quirky, ditzy and has quite a thing for expressing herself. She doesn’t just express how she feels with words, she expresses with her body. And some times her singing voice which sadly I do not own. I love her for all of this and more.

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Elsa is a big part of the film. I mean without her the movie would just be… A Day in Arendelle. So no I’m not saying I hate Elsa, Let it Go is not only a beautifully sung song and Disney did a fantastic job with showing and expressing Elsa’s transformation from the scared Princess (and Queen as she just became the Queen of Arendelle) into a Queen who is cool (sorry bad pun) with who she is, confident and loving her powers. I studied movie live action films but that scene is just fantastic, bravo! But I just find myself more in love with Anna.

I guess the bonus of being an Anna fangirl is that her merchandise takes a bit longer it sell out. Admittedly by that I mean about 10 minutes longer so enough time for you to refresh the page for stock, get it in your cart, put your card details in and by the grit of your teeth just get hold of the last Anna doll. Which is better than Elsa who you blink and she’s all sold out. So perhaps I should keep Anna all to me?

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Happy World Book Day! This was actually a post because whilst taking my Gruffalo boy to school I saw 8 girls dressed as Elsa and not a single Anna. I did see an adorable Dorothy from Wizard of Oz with the cutest ruby slippers ever so had to give her outfit (and her Toto!) a shout out. High five, girl!

What outfit did your child dress as for World Book Day? What’s your favourite book? And naturally… Elsa v Anna which is your favourite Arendelle Princess? Thanks for reading!

Sing Along with Disney’s Frozen (DVD Out Monday!)

Petit Boy is a fan of Disney Infinity and knew about Anna and Elsa before the film was even in cinemas and when we decided to go and see it we came out feeling super excited and my first thought was “so is it on DVD yet?” yes we loved it so much that I wanted to watch it at home over and over again RIGHT NOW! Thank goodness it’s coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD on MONDAY! Petit Boy didn’t come to the cinema with us (he can’t stay still long enough or talk quietly so would be a nightmare in a movie theatre) so we have long waited for it to come out so we can all watch together. But in the mean time we have enjoyed watching videos on Disney’s YouTube channel including this sing-a-long song that has had parents, kids, teenagers and even adults without the mini version of themselves attached to them just non-stop singing and secretly behind closed curtains dancing too. Or is the dancing part just me? Whoops. “Let it Go” has been the biggest number from Frozen, although there are loads of other fantastic songs. So far thanks to my son’s love for certain Disney films I have ended up owning the songs on iTunes which I secretly listen to on my iPhone even when he’s not with me… well was a secret until now! Anyway no doubt he’ll enjoy this movie and I’ll be pressured into buying the soundtrack – oh no what a nightmare, right? Cough. And if you haven’t seen Disney’s Frozen… BUY IT! It’s well worth it and no matter what age you are you will enjoy the songs, the story, the characters and the laughs.