Jess Salafia Ward

Jess is an Aussie, an attorney and a die-hard Disney fan. She grew up in a city not too far from P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney; and she still enjoys running around in Snow White pajamas and serenading her family members with Sleeping Beauty’s “Once Upon A Dream” (though, unlike Princess Aurora, she is not blessed with the gift of song). She became an Honorary Princess of the Magic Kingdom after her Flynn-Rider lookalike fiancé proposed at Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at Walt Disney World in 2018. Jess is an Elvis-lover like Lilo, and is otherwise singing along to her Frozen, Moana and Coco soundtracks (anyone listening will wish Ursula would pay her a voice-taking visit). When she doesn't have her nose stuck in a book, Jess delights in writing for The Disney Blog and sharing with fellow fans all things Disney.

Aladdin: Far From Agrabah – Book Review

New York Times best-selling author Aisha Saeed can show you the world, shining shimmering splendid, as well as a new fantastic point of view in her novel, Aladdin: Far From Agrabah. Beautifully set within the “A Whole New World” sequence from Disney’s animated film Aladdin,… Read More »Aladdin: Far From Agrabah – Book Review

A Spring in My Step: My D23 Sleeping Beauty Adventure at Disney Springs

This weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the D23 Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty event at Walt Disney World (WDW), Disney Springs. The event commemorated the 60th Anniversary of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, originally released on January 29, 1959. I booked my ticket… Read More »A Spring in My Step: My D23 Sleeping Beauty Adventure at Disney Springs

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen – Book Review

Author Serena Valentino has taken the world by storm with her best-selling Disney Villains novels published by Disney Press. Not only do Valentino’s stories give readers the opportunity to explore villains they know and love, readers are also introduced to new characters that operate behind… Read More »Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen – Book Review

Shanghai Disneyland Welcomes “Zootopia”

If Gazelle’s “Try Everything” doesn’t get you bopping, this announcement surely will. Shanghai Disney Resort just announced that a “Zootopia”-themed land is coming to Shanghai Disneyland, marking the second major expansion since the resort opened in 2016. Disney’s animated hit “Zootopia” hit screens in 2016.… Read More »Shanghai Disneyland Welcomes “Zootopia”

Animated Anniversary: Memory Lane Magic (Part 1)

We at The Disney Blog thrive on keeping our eyes peeled and ears pricked for the exciting new projects and happenings that Disney continues to dish up, but we also love celebrating the Studio’s animated masterpieces on (or around) their birthdays. In this very first… Read More »Animated Anniversary: Memory Lane Magic (Part 1)