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The Kids from ABC’s Hit Sit-Com ‘black-ish’ visit Walt Disney World

Actors from the Cast of Òblack-ishÓ Kick Off Their Summer Break at Walt Disney World Resort

Black-ish is one of ABC’s breakout hits of the season. This past weekend, the four actors who play the Johnson family children, kicked off their summer break together at Walt Disney World. “black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as the parents of four children played by Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, and Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson.

The show, which has new episodes airing through May, has become the season’s No. 1 new comedy in adults 18-49 and swept the 2015 NAACP Image Awards’ television comedy categories, including Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Shahidi. To celebrate the show’s success, Shahidi, Scribner, Brown and Martin took their break time together along with their actual parents to get an early start on Walt Disney World’s Coolest Summer Ever celebration.

The cast of 'black-ish' practices their Jedi skills

The cast of ‘black-ish’ practices their Jedi skills

Some of their vacation highlights included:

  • Receiving a personal welcome from Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
  • Riding the playful Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom
  • Experiencing a fan moment when Martin got to meet her favorite Disney character, Princess Tiana from Disney’s Princess and the Frog
  • Previewing the live Frozen Summer Fun experience with princesses Anna and Elsa at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Training in Jedi skills and testing them against stormtroopers in honor of Scribner’s Star Wars-obsessed character on the show
  • Learning about 400 years of African-American achievement at “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection,” an exhibit at Epcot which features rare art, documents, books and artifacts amassed by philanthropists Bernard and Shirley Kinsey.
  • Experiencing a star moment when they had their picture taken by Goofy in front of the “black-ish” billboard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

See a gallery with more of their vacation photos and video below the jump:Read More »The Kids from ABC’s Hit Sit-Com ‘black-ish’ visit Walt Disney World

Disney Contributes $3 Million to Child Emergency Care at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando

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For all the craziness that goes on in the parks sometimes, it’s important to remember that Walt Disney World is part of the Central Florida community. As such it has made great contributions to many non-profits in the area, but the one that moves me the most was the amazing job the company did at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. They’re not stopping with the Walt Disney wing either, The Walt Disney Company just presented a $3 million gift to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to help fulfill a critical need in the treatment of young patients at the hospital’s Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center.

The gift will enable the purchase and installation of a new 3T MRI machine that will serve as a critical first step in the treatment of children in need of emergency and trauma care in addition to supporting other key pediatric programs at Arnold Palmer Hospital.

“Our friends at The Walt Disney Company have been great partners to Arnold Palmer Hospital since the day we opened our doors almost 25 years ago,” said John Bozard, president of the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation. “We’re delighted that our partnership continues to this day as we look for new and innovative ways to extend our patient-centered philosophy and heighten the care we provide for children.”Read More »Disney Contributes $3 Million to Child Emergency Care at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando

Signature Restaurants and Small Children? Yes or No?

I’ve noticed that a lot of parents hesitate to take small children to Disney signature restaurants, choosing instead buffet and character meal options. While those are fine, even really great in some cases, I think that parents and grandparents miss out if they don’t have a… Read More »Signature Restaurants and Small Children? Yes or No?

Using Disney’s Kids’ Clubs.

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I’ve written before about planning a special night out for mom and dad when visiting Disney World. There are so many great restaurants and things to do–or if you’re like me, you grab your husband and head to the parks and ride all the rides your kids are too young to enjoy. Today I want to review the Kids’ Clubs on property, which are a great way to get a little bit of free time.

Disney’s Kids Clubs, known as Activity Centers, are located in the Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Polynesian, Beach Club, and at the Disney World Dolphin. You don’t need to be a guest staying on Disney property but children need to be between the ages of 3 and 12 (4 and 12 for the Dolphin) and potty trained.  The cost is $11.50 per hour; there is no discount for multiple kids.Read More »Using Disney’s Kids’ Clubs.

Is Disney Children’s Book Racist?

Reader Angela sent in this video where she takes us through the Disney published children’s book – It’s A Small World: Furry Friends. She sees something askew and possibly racist in the lesson the book is imparting to young children. I’m in the middle of… Read More »Is Disney Children’s Book Racist?

On the Anniversary of Walt Disney’s Death

Walt Disney died this day in 1966 from Lung Cancer. Many of his dreams changed the world and others, like EPCOT Center, still could. After the tragedy of yesterday, Walt’s belief that children have the power to remind us what is really important and to… Read More »On the Anniversary of Walt Disney’s Death