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.

Disney Gifts Hand-Drawn Animation to Prince Archie

A little animation for a little prince. Disney bestowed what might be the sweetest gift upon Archie Harrison, the newborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: a 25-second Winnie-the-Pooh animation. The animation follows Pooh, carrying a blue book featuring a crown on its… Read More »Disney Gifts Hand-Drawn Animation to Prince Archie

The Odd Sisters by Serena Valentino – An Early Book Review

I was blessed with good fortune – by the witches, fairies, tree gods and whatever other magical beings Disney and Serena Valentino rallied in my favor – and today received an advanced reader copy (ARC) of the long-awaited sixth book in the Valentino villains series:… Read More »The Odd Sisters by Serena Valentino – An Early Book Review

Mistress of All Evil – 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 »Mistress of All Evil – Book Review

Animated Anniversary: Memory Lane Magic (Part 2)

Welcome to the next installment of our Animated Anniversary series! Before embarking on our second trip down memory lane, you can read Part 1 here. Here we review a handful of animated features that celebrate their birthdays (i.e. their United States release date) in March,… Read More »Animated Anniversary: Memory Lane Magic (Part 2)

From Book to Screen: Serena Valentino’s Villains Stories Headed to Disney+

Magic Mirror above the floor, what does Disney+ have in store? Breaking today, various news sources announce that Disney’s upcoming family-oriented direct-to-consumer streaming service Disney+ will feature Book of Enchantment, a project based on the Disney villains book series written by Serena Valentino. The unofficial… Read More »From Book to Screen: Serena Valentino’s Villains Stories Headed to Disney+

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch – 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 »Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch – Book Review