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July 17, 2014 by Lara Burke

The Disney Expert Reviews Memory Maker

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Disney Memory Maker

Magic Bands and Memory Maker

What the heck is Disney Memory maker you ask? Well, imagine going on vacation and leaving your camera home on purpose. Imagine never having to ask a stranger to take a picture of your family and never regretting missing a special photo opportunity.  If you are like my family, most vacation pictures are selfies where someone’s head is inevitably cut off or the picture taker (usually me) is missing from every picture. Plus, you’ll never get a crummy pic. That picture of your daughter all dressed up as Aurora posing with the Disney Princesses won’t be blurry and dad’s big thumb will never again get in the way of your son with Tigger.

What does it cost and How does it work?


For $199 ($149 if purchased in advance) you can get unlimited pictures taken by any of the PhotoPass™ photographers at several locations in all 4 theme parks as well as both water parks. It even includes ride pictures such as Test Track, Splash Mountain and more. That means you can capture the excitement of your child’s first pose with their favorite character, get a memorable family photo in front of the castle or laugh for years to come at the hysterical expressions on your faces as you plunge down a hill into the plume of water below.

The Memory Maker feature becomes part of your Magic Band so every time you get your picture taken, the photographer scans your magic band. If you’re staying at a non-Disney hotel you’ll get an RFID enabled card.  Every evening we were able to view the day’s images on our smartphones by logging into our Memory Maker account. It was fun to recap the day in pictures. You have access to unlimited digital downloads for 45 days and a back up CD for $29.95 but who needs it when you can just dowload your memories onto a flash drive.

Many of the photographers also have the ability to do Magic Shots. This is when they add characters to your picture like Tinkerbell in the palm of your hand, Mike from Monster’s Inc. posing with you or baby Simba cradled in your arms. If the picture taker does not automatically do a Magic Shot you can ask.

If you don’t want all of your shots to be cliché park images you can simply ask the picture taker to photograph you on a (very) nearby bench or with trees in the background instead of the attraction. Many of the pictures of us from Animal Kingdom look like they were taken in a tropical jungle paradise. Each cameraman takes 2-3 shots so you have many opportunities to get the perfect images.

PhotoPass™ locations in each park:

Don’t think you’ll have enough photo ops; think again. Just look for the signs or the people in the PhotoPass™ vests holding big cameras. You can also view the official Disney PhotoPass™ location map.

  • Magic Kindgom – 33 locations
  • Animal Kingdom – 10
  • Epcot 15
  • Hollywood Studios 15
  • Blizzard Beach 15
  • Typhoon Lagoon 13
  • Downtown Disney 2 (photo studio and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique)

But is it worth it?

Do you think that’s a lot of money? It depends. We tried it out on our April trip. Photographers were everywhere and even during the peak spring break week we never had to wait more than five minutes for a scenery image such as in front of Cinderella’s Castle or Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life. Naturally, character photos had a longer wait but we used your My Disney Experience app to find the shortest character lines. At the end of our trip we had 96 digital photos of which we have the rights to do with as we please.

If you were to get a PhotoPass™ card and go online after your vacation to purchase pictures individually you would spend about $15 for one 5×7 picture. I printed 10 different 5×7s at Walgreens and paid half the price of one from Disney.

Disney Expert Opinion

My final opinion is that you can’t put a price tag on great memories. For $149 I have a beautiful photo album of one of the best Disney vacations we have had in our 12 times there and didn’t have to do a thing but smile and flash my Magic Band.

Want more tips from a Disney Expert? See our links below:

The Kids Guide to Wearing Costumes At Disney

My Disney Experience with Magic Bands

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June 26, 2014 by Lara Burke

What Are Fans Wearing to World Cup

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With today’s important match just hours away, many people are going to gather around television screens all across the country to support the boys in red, white, and blue. As fans, we need to do our best to cheer on the USMNT, as they take on Germany in the final game of the group stage. A win or a draw will guarantee a trip to the knockout round, and a chance to create history. Watching the event unfold, we are going to experience 90 minutes of pain, joy, nervousness, and exhilaration. Sunday’s gut wrenching draw against Portugal is still fresh in everybody’s memories, and a strong showing today will erase some of that disappointment. Let’s do our best to cheer on the team, and continue to display our strong national pride.

Just because we aren’t actually playing in the game, doesn’t mean we can’t be part of the experience. Guys like Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, and Michael Bradley will be on the pitch, attempting to carry the team to the next round. We will be home, in the USA, cheering wildly for them, and uniting as a nation to support their cause. The best way to do this is by dressing up and acting like the team’s biggest fan. You can watch, cheer, and high five others, but, if you really want to step up, then it’s time to start thinking about your appearance. An extraordinary look will make the game even more thrilling, and no matter where you decide to catch the match, the entire place will feel your excitement.

Watching the game is only half the fun of the World Cup. Dressing up adds another level of excitement to the event. This is a wonderful opportunity to get creative, and come up with an amazing look that flaunts your patriotism. There have been plenty of incredible wardrobes, so far, and we expect that there will be many more. Whether it be flashy ensembles, face and body paint, extravagant accessories, or incredible costumes, there is always something impressive to help elevate the drama and jubilation. The best outfits seem to be the ones that are unconventional, flashy, and full of passion. Fans have embraced some of their favorite characters, superheroes, historical figures, and turned them into remarkable disguises that enhance the significance of this world event.

It is time to join the fun, and express our love and passion for our country, the USMNT, and most importantly, the pride of being a fan. We have posted some of our favorite costumes that we feel embodies this opinion, and captures the spirit of the occasion. We may not be able to help out on the pitch, but we can become part of the electric atmosphere with a look that pumps up the crowd. As fans, it is our duty to yell, scream, cheer, and celebrate, as we watch our country’s team defy all odds. Doing all this while decked out in a phenomenal patriotic costume makes it feel as if we have become the 12th man on the soccer field.

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June 11, 2014 by Lara Burke

The Good and Bad of Maleficent

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“When I’m good I’m really good, but when I’m bad I’m better.” The Good and the Bad of Maleficent.

Maleficent Movie Header Image

I went to see Maleficent after I don’t know how many months of looking forward to it, and…it left me perplexed. It wasn’t a bad kind of perplexed, just the kind of feeling you would get if you bit into a home-cooked apple pie and had it tasted like ice cream cake. It was really good, just not what I expected.

The Cast

The all-around outstanding cast choices were one of the more satisfying surprises in the film. Angelina Jolie is Maleficent, so much so that it’s almost like Maleficent has been playing Angelina Jolie for the past 38 years. Nobody could have portrayed her the way Angelina did.

It wasn’t only her performance that stood out, though: Sharlto Kopley made Stefan just power-hungry enough to be creepy, Elle Fanning turned Aurora into the definition of childish curiosity, Sam Riley perfectly balanced Angelina’s steeliness with his quip-prone Diaval, and Brenton Thwaites was so adorable as Prince Charming you couldn’t help but smile when he was on screen.

The actors and actresses gave it their all and it showed. When they spoke you didn’t only believe them–you believed in them. That’s an accomplishment in any fairy tale film, and certainly not what I anticipated walking into the theater.

The Look


As in any Disney film, the graphics were amazing. It was full of fairies, wood monsters, fantasy worlds, and magic spells…but none of it looked out of place. The artists behind the scenes made sure that everything had some kind of gritty detail or imperfection that made it seem like it could actually exist. I was particularly impressed by Angelina’s wings–they moved organically with her and there were several scenes where I couldn’t tell if they had hitched a prop on her back. Apparently they were always computer animated, but they certainly didn’t look it.

The Characters

The relationships between the characters were unorthodox but interesting. You wanted to watch them unfold.

Maleficent’s treatment of Aurora was truly heart-wrenching. The duality of Maleficent’s hatred for the child of a man she loathes and her undying love for a little girl so similar to herself makes for a beautiful performance that is at once soothing and painful.

Her back and forth with the raven Diaval was delightful, providing a comic warmth that made you feel like you were seeing into Maleficent’s daily life. The mouthy bird tiptoed over the edge of respect and back again. It was the only kind of company you would expect the Mistress of All Evil to keep.

If anything, I felt that Maleficent’s feelings towards King Stefan felt short. There was a lot they could have done to expand on everything that went on between them, but the producers seemed afraid to delve too deep into their history. It was a shame.

The Story

There’s no nice way to say it: parts of it were missing. It was clear that someone edited out crucial sections to make it reach the hour-and-a-half long mark. Added backstory and conversations–ones that were probably there in the first place–could have easily stretched it out for an hour more, and to an excellent effect. After all, this was a film for the kind of people that like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones.  Anyone in that theater came specifically to delve into the psychology of the characters. I was kind of sad when I found out that it was well under 120 minutes.

The time was (almost) the only issue I had. Had the editors let the story breathe, it would have been truly perfect. The bittersweet love story sets up a great backdrop, Maleficent’s descent into evil is sublime, and the crescendo has you on the edge of your seat. It’s a hearty film–if you gave it a handshake, you would want to do business with it. The other problem was something that couldn’t be avoided.

The Revision

For well over half the movie, Maleficent is our black-wearing, spell-casting, horned demon of a self. For the other half she’s a charismatic and spirited defender of her homelands and everything inside them. That makes for an intriguing and fleshed-out villain everyone can get behind…it just wasn’t what I was looking for.

I love Maleficent because she’s one-hundred percent evil. I wanted her to be utterly ruthless for little to no reason and without any resistance, like she was in Sleeping Beauty. Having there be 90 minutes of Maleficent cackling and scheming would have made for a pretty boring film, though, and I really can’t complain that much. I got that vindictive witch for a solid half an hour, which is nothing to shake a staff at.

Basically, visions are seldom what they seem…but that’s not a bad thing.

All and all, Maleficent is a good film. Maybe it’s a little rushed, but the cast, the world, the characters, everything worked together to make something you will want to go back and watch again.

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May 23, 2014 by Lara Burke

Why I’m Excited for Maleficent

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Jolie as Maleficent

When I was little, all I watched was Disney movies. I loved the animation, I loved the songs, and while I was a fan of the heroes, they weren’t nearly as fascinating as their villains. Jafar, Scar, Shan-Yu, Ursala…they were so classy and controlled, and even when they went crazy you knew they would still be amazing. My absolute favorite Disney villain was always Maleficent. As you can imagine, I am 100% pumped for the live action film to come out.

Reason #1: Maleficent is just plain cool.

Animated Maleficent

This really is the most important reason. Other than the whole cursing-a-baby and burning-up-a-castle bit, Maleficent is pretty much perfect. She’s sophisticated, beautiful, powerful, and she gets what she wants…or else. She relies on no one but herself to fulfill her goals.

On top of all that, she gives no excuses for her behavior. Not only does she not care what people say about her, she revels in it. If she had a cell phone “Born This Way” would be her ringtone. She’s the definition of fierce, and secretly, I think she’s what everybody wants to be.

Reason #2: Disney is finally getting it.

Disney Sleeping Beauty

When you watched Sleeping Beauty as a kid, Maleficent just felt different from the rest of the characters. Sure she was a little scary, but she was also charismatic and charming. You wanted to know more about her. Why was everybody so scared of her? How did she get that strong? Why did she have an army of really ugly pig-goblins? Why was she up in that castle? What’s with the raven? One loaded history waited behind that wicked little smile of hers.

She’s also completely different from the scared and impressionistic girls Disney tends to gives us. Now, I’m not saying that the princesses are pathetic; there’s nothing weak about ladies like Belle and Pocahontas. It’s just that Maleficent doesn’t have to consult with anybody. She wants something, she takes it. Plain and simple.

If Frozen taught us anything, it’s that we’re tired of stories where the princess has to rely on somebody else. She’s what my generation of movie watchers has been craving from our heroines…and now that we’re the one making movies, we’re going to be darned sure we get them.

Reason #3: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the role.

Actress Angelina Jolie

Disney is doing everything in their power to get this right. They’re catering to the kids who grew up loving Maleficent, so they’re staying true the original film. I mean, her introduction in the throne room is a word-for-word recreation from the animated version:

And they couldn’t have found anyone better to play the Mistress of All Evil. Angelina Jolie is dark, mysterious, strong, and at least a little bit draconian. Her movements, voice, expressions, they’re all spot-on. She totally gets Maleficent.

It looks like they’re finally giving the rest of the characters full-fledged personalities too, which is a much-appreciated bonus if you’re only coming to watch Maleficent be her devilishly smooth self.

Reason #4: It means that Disney is growing up.

Silhouette of Maleficent

The movie is massively significant to Disney’s legacy. It’s a turning point in a lot of ways, starting with the title.

Their animated movies tend to be named for the heroin or the situation they’re involved in, but this one is called Maleficent. They’re flat-out telling you, “We care more about the evil guy than we do the princess.” They’re switching sides, not only metaphorically but physically as well. Look at the beginning of this trailer:

For the first time the camera is taken off the pretty, glittering castle and turned it around so you can see what the kingdom actually looks like. They’re fleshing out the two-dimensional image they’ve used for years, showing you that there’s a lot more to it than some turrets and sparkles.

You have to consider the talent they’re using too. The theme song for the film is a cover of “Once Upon a Dream” sung by Lana Del Ray. Again, that’s Lana Del Ray, a girl who openly sings about sex, cocaine, weed, drinking, chronic depression, suicide, and imprisonment. For a company that used to refuse to declare people dead until they were out of their theme park, that’s a pretty ground-shaking alliance. And Angelina Jolie is no innocent either. Her personal history is rife with sexual and drug-related controversy, along with some weird business with her brother…oh yeah, and her knife-throwing habit. And that whole “she broke up the golden couple” thing. I love her, but Angelina is hardly the kind of woman Disney usually opts for–which is why she’s perfect for this role.

Soo…you hype?

With the success of movies like Wreck It Ralph and Frozen, Disney is seeing that we’re ready to love the bad guys, even the most ruthless of them. They can finally flex their big, leathery wings and tell the kind of stories they’ve always wanted to tell…stories like Maleficent.

Seriously, I am so, so excited.

This article was contributed by staff writer, Nicole Brooks

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May 13, 2014 by Lara Burke

Kids Guide to Wearing Costumes At Disney

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When I go to Disney each year with my family I’m always on the lookout for little kids dressed up as their favorite characters. It’s fun for me to see which Disney costumes are the most popular each time we visit and if outfit choices vary from park to park. What I notice the most is that girls will dress up in Disney dresses from the most recent movie The most popular ones this year were from Frozen. Of course the classics are always seen here and there too.

What Disney Costumes to Wear to Each Park

Of course kids are free to wear any outfit they choose but if you want to match the outfit to the park then you should know which character are most prevalent and where.

Epcot Center

Anything space-aged or with an international flare would be ideal for kids to wear at Epcot such as Buzz Lightyear or Stitch. In the World Showcase, Alice In Wonderland can be spotted in England. Frozen’s Elsa and Anna would be the ideal costumes to wander around Norway or your daughter can pose with Aladdin while decked out as Jasmine

GIRL'S FROZEN ELSA DELUXE COSTUMEGIRL'S FROZEN ANNA DELUXE COSTUMEGirl's Disney Jasmine Sparkle Classic CostumeGirls Deluxe Disney Alice In Wonderland Alice CostumeBuzz Lightyear Deluxe Child CostumePinocchio Child Costume

Hollywood Studios

The biggest attractions here are great for the boys that like to dress up. Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Thing major movie characters too such as The Incredibles, Buzz, Woody and Jesse, Sully. The Muppets attraction is also drawing lots of attention from the kiddies since the new movie came out.

Deluxe Indiana Jones (tm) ChildDarth Vader TM ChildPrincess Leia Infant/toddlerGirls Deluxe Toy Story 3 Jessie CostumeMrs. Incredible Child CostumeMonsters, Inc. Mike Costume

Magic Kingdom

The newest attractions are in Fantasy Land. Beauty and The Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ride are two of the biggest new themes for the park. You can’t beat tradition by posing in front of Cinderella’s castle in beautiful blue ballgown. For the little pirates out there dressing in a Jake and the Neverland Pirates costume will make them right at home over in Adventure Land

Girls Disney Prestige Cinderella CostumeGirl's Belle Sparkle Deluxe CostumeToddler Disney Ballerina Snow White CostumeBoys Disney's Deluxe Jake and the Neverland Pirates Jake CostumeIzzy Deluxe Jake and the Neverland Pirate CostumeCaptain Jack Sparrow Deluxe Child Costume

Animal Kingdom

This is all about bringing out the animal in your little one. Go on a safari and or come face to face with a Yeti. The Lion King is the most notable costume category so dressing them up as Simba and Nala would match the park perfectly. Other animal character like Pooh, Tiger and friends as well as Baloo from Jungle Book are great choices.  Safari gear is also very appropriate.

Toddler Classic Disneys the Lion King Simba CostumeTigger Deluxe Infant Costume

In our next blog post we will give you a complete list of all of the places throughout Disney World to meet your favorite characters so your kids can meet their favorite characters and, if they want, pose with them while wearing their costume of choice.

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My Disney Experience With Magic Bands

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May 5, 2014 by Lara Burke

My Disney Experience With Magic Bands

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My family and I recently returned from a week at Walt Disney World. As Disney Vacation Club members, we have been there 13 times since 2002 and consider ourselves experts on the parks, hotels and restaurants. Being a self-proclaimed expert I love to share advice, reviews and tips to anyone that is planning a trip to WDW. This year, I want to share my review and tips for the newly launched Magic Bands.  My Disney Experience with them was truly magical and will forever change the way I plan Disney vacations. If you want to experience the trip of a lifetime, read on.

Disney Magic Bands

For the entire length of our stay, our Magic Bands were our room key, park pass, meal reservations, character meet and greet reservation, charge card, Photo Pass and FastPass+.

We are planners. We like to know what we are doing and when. We book our villa at the Disney Beach Club Resort about 10 months in advance. We book our restaurant reservations 6 months out, but as for park passes and fast passes, we always had to wait until we were there. It used to be that you could only get one FastPass at a time then spend the rest of the day waiting on lines, sometimes up to 2 hours long. Not any more! Magic Bands have changed everything for the better.

I strongly recommend purchasing your tickets as far in advance as you can. We purchased a 5-day park hopper ticket online and chose the color of our magic bands two months prior to arrival. Then the real magic happened. The single greatest thing that getting your Magic Band in advance does is enable you to secure FastPass+ reservations. We were able to reserve 3 FastPasses, per park, per day right from my laptop.  Either from my computer or from a downloadable smartphone app we could see each day’s itinerary including the park we planned to attend, the times of our FastPasses, and any reservations we made. Having all of this information at our fingertips made it easy to plan additional rides, shows and more. Do your research. If you have never been to the parks buy a reputable Disney Guide Book such as Birnbaum’s or Fodor’s and get passes for all the recommended favorites. If you are a repeat visitor, be sure to schedule the most desirable rides first then add the one’s you’ve never done before.

Family On Splash Mountain Disney

Every day, we knew exactly what ride we were going on and when. Even during the busiest week of the year (Spring Break) we managed to hit all of our favorite rides with NO LINES! By getting to the park right as it opened and using the Ride Wait Times feature on our mobile app, we were able to get on rides for which we did not have passes and even ride our favorites two or three times.  The longest line we stood on was 40 minutes. Not bad. Who can say they went to Disney Easter week and road Soarin’ twice, Everest twice, Splash Mountain twice, Test Track three times, Primeval Whirl 4 times in addition to getting on Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, too many other rides to mention and seeing a bunch of shows? We can! And you can too!

girl posing with Goofy

Last week, they expanding the FastPass+ rule to as many as you are able to book. Yippy! You can pre-book the three, then get additional Fast-Passes at the park, one at a time. Ironically though, some of the longest lines at any of the parks were for the FastPass+ kiosks. Your best bet may be to do like I mentioned above and use the Wait Time app to find rides that currently have the shortest lines and go on them to fill in the spaces between passes.

Disney has spent over $1 Billion on their MyMagic+ technology and it the most ingenious marketing technique they have come up with yet. The micro chip inside the band enables you to use it for multiple purposes while Disney collects all of the data for marketing purposes. Everywhere you scan your band is a little snippet of info for them to analyze. Of course they will make a gazillion dollars from this but it really does improve the vacation experience for the user so its a win-win for everyone.

Additional conveniences are going to make this the wave of the future at Disney. For example, at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, you can order your meal and prepay before you even arrive. You simply scan your Magic Band when you arrive at the restaurant, take your seat and your meal is brought to you, already paid for, with almost no waiting.

As for shopping, they can’t be beat. If you don’t feel like carrying cash, you can purchase anything by scanning of your band and typing your PIN.  We were able to grab one of the few remaining Frozen Anna and Elsa dolls, the hottest commodity in Disney this year, with yet another quick flash of the Magic Band.

This year we had the very best Disney vacation yet. We got more in; we had more fun and less aggravation. We spent more time in the parks, not because we had to but because we wanted to. We got to go on every ride we wanted and a few we never did before. It was a blast. We owe it to pre-planning and Magic Bands. Follow my advice. When it comes to Disney I know what I’m talking about.

If you had a good (or bad) experience with your Magic Bands, please leave a comment and let us know.

To find other Expert Disney Tips see the links below:

Kids Guide to Wearing Costumes At Disney

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April 28, 2014 by Lara Burke

Take the Superhero Catchphrase Quiz

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superhero collage

Today is National Superhero Day. How well do you know your costumed crime fighters? Just like ever superhero has their distinct costume, they also have a famous catchphrase for which they are known. Whether it is said about them or it is a line they are known to say while fighting crime, it is the single most important identifier next to their appearance.

Take our quiz and see how many you get right. Look at the line and name the superhero associated with it. When you are finish, count up your correct answers and see how you rate.

QUIZ

  1. “Avengers Assemble!”
  2. By Crom!
  3. “Cowabunga”
  4. “Criminals are a cowardly, superstitious lot.”
  5. “Flame on!”
  6. “Go Joes! “
  7. “Great Krypton!” or “Great Scott!”
  8. Here I come to Save the Day”
  9. Autobots Roll Out”
  10. I’m the best I am at what I do but what I do is not very nice”
  11. “I am the law”
  12. I’m the fastest man alive”
  13. “I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with *ME*!”
  14. “Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry”
  15. With great power comes great responsibility
  16. “It’ s clobberin’ Time”
  17. “Odin’s Beard”
  18. “Shazam!”
  19. Sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them
  20. Truth, justice and the American way
  21. “By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!”
  22. It’s the man that makes the suit
  23. It’s hip hip hip and away I go!
  24. Who knows what evil lurks in the hears or Men?
  25. “Oh my stars and garters”


Answers

  1. Captain America
  2. Conan
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  4. Batman
  5. The Human Torch
  6. GI Joe
  7. Superman
  8. Mighty Mouse
  9. Optimus Prime
  10. Wolverine
  11. Judge Dredd
  12. The Flash
  13. Rorschach
  14. The Incredible Hulk
  15. Spider-Man
  16. The Thing
  17. Thor
  18. Captain Marvel
  19. X-Men
  20. Superman
  21. Doctor Strange
  22. Iron-Man
  23. Underdog
  24. The Shadow
  25. Beast

How did you do?

All 25 correct: You are Stan Lee. You are an all knowing god of Superheroes and the pride of National Superhero Day.

16- 24 Correct: You are a Superhero! All super powers are yours as long as you use them for good.

6-15 Correct: You are a Sidekick. As the trusted yet less powerful partner, you’ll never get to save the day but you are handy to have around in a pinch. Keep working at it and someday you may elevate to Superhero status.

0-5 Correct – You are a villian! You don’t deserve to be in the presence of superheroes. Be a law abiding citizen and perhaps someday you will be worthy of great power.

From all of the Marvel and DC fans at Costume SuperCenter to you. Have a great National SuperHero Day.

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by Brendan

Santa Suits

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Every holiday season millions of people dress up as the

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March 18, 2014 by Lara Burke

Inspiration for Decorating and Costuming your Baby Bump

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Inspiration for Decorating your Pregnant Belly

Everyone has heard about women getting pregnancy photoshoots done, but there’s a new trend on the rise: belly decorating. From intricate tattoos to silly disguises, mommies everywhere are having fun with their tummies. There are plenty of ways to do it. Even the famous Hollywood set have celebrity decorated baby bumps.

We decided to show you some of the best and the worst decorated pregnant bellies so you can create some really crazy photos or costume ideas! If you are the more traditional type you could always wear a maternity costume instead.

Hot Fun in the Summertime

henna art on belly

Summer is coming up, and I’m sure you’re sick of needing to bundle up in so many bulky layers.

When you get a chance to strip down for the beach, don’t let your midsection go bear. Get a gorgeous henna tattoo and strut your stuff in your favorite bikini! If you want to test the look out first (henna dye can last up to three weeks), use some of our temporary tattoos and see how you like it.

Do the Monster Mash

horror baby bump

Eventually summer will pass, but that’s okay–with fall comes Halloween and whole scope of belly-baring possibilities. Have your beau dress up as a chef and paint bread baking on your stomach so everyone will know that you have a “bun in the oven.” You could go for the gore factor when you use prosthetics, fake blood, and body parts to make it look like a monster has taken over your body. Feisty mommies can decorate their bumps with jungle beasts and animal print outfits. The soon-to-be-daddy can join you as Tarzan to make it a wild couples costume!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

pregnant belly that says Merry Christmas

If you’re due during the holiday season, you’ve got one heck of a gift coming your way. Get into the holiday spirit by decorating your baby bump! You can wrap garlands around it, stick an adhesive Santa beard to it, or do what this creative mom did and use a ribbon to trim it:

Guess Who?

pregnant belly with sunglasses

You don’t need a holiday to have a little fun, though. Spend the afternoon turning your belly into a goofy face with our mustaches, beards, wigs, and glasses! From Duck Dynasty to Elvis Presley to Jack Sparrow, there’s whole range of characters for you to pick from. All you need is a little imagination and some spirit gum.

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life, and you should enjoy it. Snag some body paint, skin-safe adhesive, and facial hair from our site, and go to town with your bad self. Just be sure to tell us what you made–we love hearing how innovative our customers are!

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March 3, 2014 by Lara Burke

The Many Costumes of Glinda The Good Witch

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Last night on The Oscars, Ellen Degeneres made an appearance as Glinda, The Good Witch of the North, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”. She was wearing the classic pink gown and crown as she announced the next presenters. Was Ellen Degeneres the most beautiful Glinda? Perhaps not, but was she the funniest? Yes.

This made me wonder how the Glindas have stacked up over the years. This particular Wizard of Oz costume has really changed over time but if you ask me, the original is the best. Let’s take a look at the many adaptations starting with the most recent portrayal by Ellen and working our way to the original.

Glinda from the Broadway Musical “Wicked”, currently playing on Broadway. Just as lovely as ever, and in the humor department she gives Ellen a real run for the money:

In 2013, the Movie, “Oz the Great and Powerful” recreated Glinda in this sleek white gown. A representation of goodness and beauty if you ever saw one.

Going back to the 70’s, you can see the incomparable Lena Horn playing Glinda in the musical “The Wiz”. This is yet another unique adaptation of the Glinda costume and character. This time, the pink ballgown is replaced by a darker and more dazzling gown.

But here is the original and magnificently beautiful Glinda from the movie, The Wizard of Oz, which is celebrating it’s 75th anniversary this year. When I was a child I though she was the most beautiful lady I’d ever seen. I would dream of having a poofy pink gown just like that but when I was young, costumes weren’t as wonderful as they are now. I would have love a Glinda the Good Witch costume like this one.

Which one is the most memorable to you. Do you have a different favorite Wizard of Oz character costume that you’d like us to feature. If so, let us know in the comments.

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