5 Disney Movies That Are Perfect For Thanksgiving!

While the sales and deals are calling your name, and there's a turkey and some mashed potatoes ready to be eaten, it's important to remember one thing: Thanksgiving is really about only one thing - Being Thankful! It's fun to celebrate with friends and family, in part, because you're thankful for having them in your life. And, more importantly, it's a great time to reflect on the people and times in your life that have helped to shape you into the Magical person that you are! Today, we've put together a list of our favorite movies to watch on Thanksgiving, and we'll tell you why! We've also included a bit of a "surprise segment", and we hope you enjoy it! Without further ado, let's dive into the cinema!



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Up

Okay, as we've said before, this is a total heave cry movie. But! It is also a feel-good movie, too! It's the kind of story that makes you appreciate the unorthodox relationships in your life. One that makes you smile at the connections between to unlikely friends. And, most of all, one that helps you to feel thankful for those in your life that will look out for you and will be by your side when the going gets tough. Whether it's your pet, a family member, or your best friend, you'll want to give them a big bear hug after you finish Up!


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Toy Story

In-line with Up, Toy Story is a feel-good friends story as well! As the first-ever Pixar feature-length film, it's also something we're very thankful for. Imagine where you'd be without the amazing Pixar flicks you've grown to love! For us, it was a giant step in a Magical journey that led us here, to Walt Life, and we couldn't be more thankful for that!

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Ratatouille

Part of the reason we include this movie on the list is because of the touching family lessons and moments sprinkled throughout the film. The evolution of the relationship between Remy and his father, the relationship between Linguini and his past; they're both such wonderful storylines. However, we had to also include it because it's a food-centric film! If there's one Holiday of the year that it's appropriate to celebrate food, it's the holiday that was first founded on that same principle!

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Aladdin 

Here's the deal, Aladdin and Genie's relationship might be the best Protagonist/Supporting Character relationship in any Disney movie. You might disagree, but it's certainly a friendship that highlights what it means to care about one another, and that's what Thanksgiving is about! If you're a fan of this film, we highly recommend watching it on this special Holiday! You'll have a newfound appreciation for the wonderful relationships, and it's sure to leave a smile on your face! Make way for Prince Ali!

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Pocahontas

You absolutely cannot have a "Thanksgiving Movie" list without including Pocahontas. It's not just because of the amazing friendships and family bonds that we see throughout the film, but historically, it fits right in the timeline with the very first Thanksgiving celebration! If you haven't watched it in a while, take the time on Thanksgiving to sit down with the family and enjoy!

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We're Thankful For...

Surprise! You didn't think we'd put together a Thanksgiving blog without highlighting what we're thankful for, did you? Here at Walt Life, we're thankful for a lot, for Disney, for Pixar (as we already mentioned), but most of all: We're thankful for our Walt Life family! You all have been such a blessing in our lives, and we hope that you feel the same way about your Walt Life boxes! Without the positive, loving, and amazing friends we've made along this journey, who knows where we'd be? We don't! What we do know, though, is that we're lucky, and exceptionally thankful for all of you. We love our Walt Lifer's!

Have a Magical Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time with loved ones, be it family or friends, and make sure to take a moment to think about the things in your life that you're thankful for! It'll make you feel great, and more importantly, it'll strengthen those bonds for a lifetime! Until next week, be safe, and be Magical! 

TOY STORY 4! What we know so far...

Well, it's official! We are so excited for the return of Toy Story! How about you?

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After seeing the amazing teaser trailer, which we know did not divulge much of anything, here's what we know:

1. There's a new toy friend for us to get to know, Forky! As it appears, Forky is a skittish spork that's got pipe cleaners for arms and googly eyes!

2. John Lasseter, one of the brilliant founding minds of Pixar, wrote the story as a "standalone" adventure to find the missing Bo Peep. Apparently, Bo Peep reminds him a lot of his wife, and he wanted to use her character to tell part of the story of the life of his wife, Nancy. We were really excited to see that since Bo didn't have a role in the previous film! It will be great to see Woody's sheepish grin at Bo again!

3. While the original release date has gone and passed, June of 2017, the new release date is just on the horizon! We can expect to be sitting in the theater on June 21st of 2019 watching the brand new Pixar film!

4. Based on the voices we heard in the trailer, Tom Hanks will be returning, along with many of the other voices like Rex and Slink, however, due to his passing, we will no longer hear Don Rickles as the voice of Mr. Potato Head.

5. A direct quote about the excitement in the studios from John himself, "Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz's story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie – and I wanted to direct it myself."

We're super-duper excited for this movie, and we cannot wait to see the other trailers as they are released. As it stands, we're on track for quite the year of movies in 2019!

Until next week, hope you're all having a Magical day! Talk soon!

What about the food? | Disney Dining Plan Info

A hot topic of discussion while on vacation is always, "What are we going to do about food?" For some of us, it's easy to go-with-the-flow and eat when you're hungry, and for others, a plan needs to be in place. However, when you're at Disney World, it can be tough to manage your time for eating and enjoying the Parks. While your food can certainly be a part of the attraction of a Parks visit, you certainly don't want to leave your vacation feeling like you didn't eat enough, or like you ate a lot of food that you shouldn't have purely out of convenience. Today, we're going to familiarize you with the Disney Dining Plans and how they work so you can make your choices about food a little easier!

Here's the deal, from the jump, you need to book your vacation through Disney in order to purchase a Dining Plan. That's a requirement laid out by Disney. So, if you think you'd be interested in taking advantage of the myriad of features provided by Disney through their vacation packages, you'll definitely want to consider the Dining Plans.

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There are 3 Tiers to the Dining Plans: the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, the Disney Dining Plan, and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. Each tier features a set of passes for each guest to be used at specific dining locations around the Parks and includes drink passes for both Adults 21+ and kids as well. All of the following information is available at the Disney website as well, so if you need further clarification on anything, you'll be able to find your answer there! Without further ado!

The Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan features:

  • 2 Quick-Service Meals
  • 2 Snacks
Quick-Service meals are available throughout the Parks and other Disney World locations like Disney Springs and all of the Disney Resort locations. Often, they carry a designation of "Fast Casual", "Counter Service", "Mobile Orders", and "Food Truck", but the easiest way to determine which options are available on your plan is to search using the My Disney Experience app! A Quick-Service meal includes an Entree and Beverage.

You are also allowed 2 Snacks which can be purchased at Quick-Service restaurants, Outdoor Carts, and certain merchandise locations. Eligible Snacks include a pretty wide variety of options, including popcorn, ice cream, fruit, or a bag of snackable morsels!

The Disney Dining Plan features:
  • 1 Quick-Service Meal
  • 1 Table-Service Meal
  • 2 Snacks
Dining Plan Quick-Service meals are the same as those on the Quick-Service Plan, and the Snacks are the exact same as well. However, with the addition of a Table-Service meal, you're also eligible for a dessert treat at Lunch or Dinner! In addition, you may also select a "Full-Buffet" option in the place of a Table-Service meal.

The Deluxe Dining Plan features:
  • 3 Meals
  • 2 Snacks
Here's where things get a tad tricky. Meals are different, in this case, than a Quick-Service Meal or a Table-Service Meal, in that there is an additional option included in this plan. However, the additional option requires that you use multiple Meal passes for a single meal at specific specialty locations. Those locations might include Character restaurants, Signature Dining, or things like Private In-Room dining and Dinner Shows. If you choose not to eat at any of the specialty locations, you can instead choose to use all three of your passes for individual meals at either Quick-Service locations or at Table-Service restaurants as well! 

Well, there ya have it! The rundown of the Disney Dining Plans is complete! If you have questions, check out the Disney website for more information! Stay Magical!