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 Flicks to Feed Fan Frenzy in 2019

We are buckled-up and popcorn-ready for the slew of Disney films in store for us this year. Some of them are so highly anticipated that we have been on the countdown for them since 2017 and early 2018. Our excitement is particularly unbearable when it… Read More »Disney Flicks to Feed Fan Frenzy in 2019

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The Best Disney Movie Moments of 2018

It has been a massive year at the box office for Disney bringing in north of $7 billion globally yet again while owning a full quarter of the domestic market. Naturally, we at The Disney Blog have too many favorite movie moments to count, but… Read More »The Best Disney Movie Moments of 2018

Walt Disney’s animated classic Cinderella welcomed to the National Film Registry

The National Film Registry selects 25 films that are recommended for preservation each year because they are historically, culturally or aesthetically significant. Disney’s Cinderella is one of this year’s films to be added to the prestigious list. All inducted films can be found on the… Read More »Walt Disney’s animated classic Cinderella welcomed to the National Film Registry

Why the Muppets Should Host the Oscars

Following Kevin Hart’s resignation as host, the Academy still scrambles to find a replacement… or does it? Some suggest that the Academy has no back-up plan and is considering a host-less award ceremony. Where is the fun in that? Hey, Academy, we have the perfect… Read More »Why the Muppets Should Host the Oscars

Revamping Disney’s Villains: An Interview with Serena Valentino

I recently had the privilege of (virtually) sitting down with the mystical and magnanimous Serena Valentino to chat about her witch-filled and wonderful Disney Villains series. Author Serena Valentino enchants her readers; whisking them away somewhere between dreams and nightmares. Originally known for her work… Read More »Revamping Disney’s Villains: An Interview with Serena Valentino

The Princess and The Foe: A Classic Disney Princess Purist’s Perspective

With the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet around the corner, the debates arise once more: How does Disney update the princess franchise without distancing fans of the classic animated films? What messages are classic Disney princess films sending? I read this Wall Street Journal… Read More »The Princess and The Foe: A Classic Disney Princess Purist’s Perspective