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5 Disney Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Memorial Day behind, the next “major” holiday, Father’s Day, is fast approaching on June 21…. I know, even Hallmark has been unable to generate much excitement for Father’s Day. That said, we dads do appreciate any acknowledgement,..and gifts. Don’t forget the gifts!

So with no further ado, here is your Father’s Day gift guide for a Disney Dad. We will stick with the obvious, because most of us dads will be glad to get just about anything. Let’s talk about Men’s Fashion. Like many men, I have no “style,” but I do have “a style.” We typically wear khaki shorts or jeans, a polo or t-shirt, and oftentimes a cap. About the most bold statement made from our clothes is our team color (red) and logo (UofL/Go Cards!!). So, in general, for clothing, sticking with the basics and avoiding anything too flashy or over the top is a good idea.

1.  Shirts – Most of you know your dad’s taste. If your gift is something that he will wear at home and not just at WDW or Disneyland, then it will be much more appreciated. Again, for most of us, nothing too wild. Simple designs with basic colors usually work best. There are great selections at your local Disney Store or there is still time to order from DisneyStore.com. Target has Marvel and Star Wars shirts. Stick with t-shirts and polos. These are usually cheaper and will get more wear. IMG_3871
2.  Swim trunks – Summer is here. If your dad likes the pool, lake, or ocean, then this would work well. I recommend something discreet and tasteful like these. IMG_3875
3.  Caps – A lot of us, especially those who are or are becoming follicularly challenged really like caps. Be careful, though, because most of us are particular about the “style” of cap: baseball, trucker, flat-bill, golf, etc. These are hard to order online. Get a good look and feel of you dad’s favorite cap(s), go in person, and pick out one of the same style. If in question, then it is best to choose something else.IMG_3867
4. Watches – I absolutely love my Mickey Mouse watch! I wear it every day. I get compliments on it frequently from children and adults. Most dads will love a watch and will not feel weird wearing it. Classic colors (black, brown, tan) and materials (leather, cloth) work best. Just avoid wild bands. It does not have to be expensive either. DisneyStore.com has a good selection. Target has Marvel watches.IMG_3866
5.  Mugs – Mugs are an excellent, and inexpensive choice. I don’t drink coffee, but I love mugs for my hot tea. I use several; so, a new one is never a bad thing. Some people, like our accountant, place Disney mugs on display in their office. The Disney Store currently has some good options including Pooh Bear and “Inside Out” mugs. DisneyStore.com has great options, too. If you will be at WDW or Disneyland prior to Father’s Day, then the new Starbuck’s Disney commemorative mugs are a sure fire hit. **TIP** Buy 2 mugs; one for each of his 2 favorite parks. Give him the mug of his second favorite on Father’s Day. He will like it, but it will leave him wanting the one from his favorite park. Stash the other mug away until Christmas or his birthday and then give it to him. You have scored twice!IMG_3908IMG_3910IMG_3909

Don’t forget your dads on Father’s Day this year. Your Disney dad will be thrilled with one of the above options.  I hope this helps.
If you have any other ideas, I would love to hear them. Please leave a comment.

Pongo: Working father and Disneyphile.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

Roly(Son) here

First of all, this movie is a good movie, and  a very good sequel to the first movie (The Avengers). That being said, the first movie was excellent; and is the best superhero movie in my opinion.  Batman Begins is a close second. This movie was as good a follow-up as I suppose there could be to a movie like the first. I feel the same way about this movie as I do about Terminator and T2; they are both good, but the second doesn’t measure up to the first.  I do however, like Vision and the twins being in the movie, but that is the only thing better about it. I feel that the comedy just wasn’t quite there in this movie, and Hulk got even less of a part than in the first movie.th-1Unknown-2

The big difference between the two movies is the villains. A good villain can make a good movie into a great movie. Ultron was a good villain, but he didn’t have the same swag as Loki. Ultron was just evil, and being a robot was, robotic. Loki is funny, and at times in the first movie, I rooted for him.

(SPOILER WARNING!) The story was that the Avengers steal Loki’s staff from Hydra and find out that there is an infinity thstone inside. They use the power of the staff to make an A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) named Ultron. He bursts into the room where the Avengers are sitting, and says that he will destroy them. He gets a new improved body and enlists the help of the  twins, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They both have super-powers and they have a personal grudge against Stark (Iron Man), because a bomb with the company’s  name on it killed their parents. Initially they willingly help Ultron and fight with him.  They come around to the good side though and help the Avengers.  The movie ends in a climactic battle against an army of Ultron’s robots, and they save a city; possibly the world, in the end.th-3

Overall, this was a good movie, but not a great movie. I went in not expecting it to be as good as Iron Man, or the Avengers, so I wasn’t let down, but my mother, who recently posted a review of the movie was let down. She had red multiple reviews saying it was the best superhero movie ever, and went into it thinking so.

Comparisons of Avengers-Age of Ultron vs. The Avengers movie-

Perdita (mom) here-

Sunday night I went to see the new Avengers movie. I will give a quick comparison of the two movies. Both movies star Marvel superheroes Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk. The whole Marvel enterprise was recently acquired by Disney. Both movies were directed by Joss Whedon. The actors in the movies were the same with Robert Downey Jr. playing Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth playing Thor, Mark Ruffalo playing Bruce Banner (who transforms into the Hulk), Scarlett Johansson playing Black Widow, Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye, and Chris Evans playing Captain America. In the first Avengers, Loki was played by the talented Tom Hiddleston. In Avengers 2, Ultron was played by James Spader and two other new character were introduced. They were quicksilver and scarlet witch played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen respectively. Both movies are also feature epic battle scenes and have the central theme of good vs. evil with the superheroes fighting to save the planet. The acting is very good in both movies as well. I am really going to concentrate on the differences, instead of just giving a straight-up review of the first or second movie.

I can’t help but compare it to the first Avengers movie. I thought the first movie was quite a bit better than this one for several reasons.

Unknown-2The first (and biggest) reason is that to me Loki is a much better villain than Ultron. Loki is a villain but her is also funny and charismatic. Ultron had no charm or humor. I just wanted to hate him; not hate and love him. Loki is a much more complex character than the A.I. (artificial intelligence) creature Ultron.

Secondly, being a huge Hulk fan, Hulk’s role in this movie wasn’t funny like in theUnknown-1 first Avengers. Both movies didn’t have enough screen time for the Hulk for my taste. The Hulk is also a complex character due to his desire to keep himself under control but being unable to. He can be a force for good or destruction. Both movies show this, but I didn’t like the way he was portrayed nearly as well in this movie.

Third, the character development was mainly done in the first Avengers movie and in all of the Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America movies, so this movie was almost all action. For my taste there was too much action with not enough back-story.
Let me also add, I liked the movie. I just liked the first Avengers quite a bit better.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but there is a turn of events later in the movie that I was a bit sad about. The direction for the next movie seems clear. I will still see the next Avengers. Who knows? It may be better than this one. Even if it isn’t, it will still probably be pretty good.avengers_age_of_ultron_2015_movie-wide

April 10, 2015: Weekly Disney News Roundup

*  Disney bans Selfie Sticks from all park attractions, but not from the parks themselves.

*  Tickets are on sale for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.

*  The Matterhorn bobsled in Disneyland will have new Abominable Snowman special effects when it re-opens in May

*  When Disneyland’s Peter Pan’s Flight re-opens in May, it will have new special effects including a re-imagining of the nursery scene.

*  Reservations can now be made for “Feel the Force” premiere packages during Star Wars Weekends at WDW’s Hollywood Studios.  These include dining options and special viewing of events.

*  A woman was denied entry into Magic Kingdom this week for trying to bring in her pet,…a baby Bengal tiger.

*  Tickets for “Night of Joy,” a Christian music festival at Magic Kingdom on September 11 and 12 have gone sale.  Tickets purchased in advance are much reduced from same day prices.  The acts for this year are (Sept. 11) TobyMac, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Colton Dixon, Big Daddy Weave, Francesca Battistelli, Rend Collective, I Am They, Josh Wilson (Sept.12) Skillet, Lecrae, For King & Country, Mandisa, Matt Maher, Jamie Grace, 7eventhTime Down, and Veridia.

*  The DVC (Disney Vacation Club) website will be down on April 14 for scheduled maintenance.

*  Mickey Mouse and friends will star in “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” an animated series premiering on Disney Jr. in 2017.

*  “Dances with the Stars” will be Disney themed on April 13.

*  Marvel’s “Daredevil” premieres on Netflix today with promising reviews.

*  Marvel “Avengers:  Age of Ultron” will not have the expected post-credit sequence.  Josh Whedon says he skipped the scene because he could not top the schwarma scene for the first Avengers movie.  Fear not, it will have a mid-credit sequence.

*  A live-action “Pinocchio” is in the works.  When Disney has made live-action remakes of all of its animated classics, it will then proceed with sock puppet remakes which it believes are the next big thing.  (NOT REALLY)

*  “Duck Tales:  Remastered,” by Disney Interactive is now available.

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