Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate is coming to Tucson!

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Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt brings more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in Tucson for one colossal party on ice! This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs, playing at the Tucson Arena from October 9 –12, 2014. Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour as they celebrate a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by YoKids is the ultimate jam-packed celebration of the century featuring fun and surprises for the whole family!

WHEN:  October 9 – 12, 2014

Thursday, October 9th 7:00 PM

Friday, October 10th 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 11th 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 12th 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Tucson Arena 

260 S. Church Street, Tucson, AZ  85701


TICKETS: Ticket price levels are $20, $35 (VIP) and $55 (Front Row)

                    Opening Night tickets discounted priced at only $15 (not valid on VIP/Front Row)

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or at the venue Box Office.


Save $4 off tickets. The promo code is valid on all shows but not valid on Front Row or VIP seats. No double discounts.


Enter to win tickets for opening night, October 9!

To enter:  

Mandatory entry: “Like” Disney In The Desert on facebook and leave a comment on this blog post telling us you did so (or already do!)

Optional entry: Share this giveaway on any of your social networks (facebook, twitter, instagram) and leave a separate comment telling us you did.

If you would like two entries, you must comment twice. We can not count one comment as two entries, sorry! 

This giveaway will close September 22nd at midnight. The winner will be contacted the next day. Winner will receive 4 tickets to the October 9th show in Tucson.


Princesses need to eat, right?

These princess snacks are the perfect sweet treat for your little Belle, or Tiana, or Snow White…

Pretzel Princess Snacks

You’ll need:

1 bag of pretzel rods

1 bag of white candy melts

Parchment paper

Sprinkles (I used the CakeMate Princess sprinkles as well as some that I had in my baking cabinet)


Princess Sprinkles


1. Melt the candy melts in your microwave, making sure to stir every 30 seconds.

2. Dip your pretzel rod into the melted candy and use a spoon to help coat the pretzel.

3. Let the candy set for about 15 seconds and then sprinkle with your favorite princess colors

4. Set the princess pretzel on a piece of parchment paper to harden. You can also place them in the refrigerator to harden and for storage.

Pretzel Princess Snacks for your princess!Happy snacking!


We all hopefully remember to pack the important things for a Disney trip — good walking shoes, a camera, sunscreen, enough underwear. They are in big, bold print at the top of our packing lists.

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But what about the minor items? There are a few little doodads I won’t leave home without. Collectively, they take up about as much room as a deck of cards. But their value is huge compared to their size, and each of them have saved me and my family many times as we travel.


1. The average Ziploc — I love these in all sizes for sorting and organizing, but the gallon size has earned a special place on my most-loved list. Use it to pack a whole outfit for a child and simply toss him the bag in the morning — great for coordinating outfits or saving that special T-shirt for meeting a favorite character. Take one in your park bag to keep cameras and cell phones dry on Splash Mountain or in other wet zones. And if you have a child prone to carsickness or motion sickness, you will be very, very glad when she throws up in a plastic bag instead of the upholstery!


2. The insignificant clothespin. If your hotel curtains don’t close right and you have a child who needs pitch-darkness to nap, using clothespins will save your vacation. Two clothespins help you dry swimsuits or clothes on any hanger or clothesline. Use one as a bag clip for unfinished snacks. Clip a stack of travel documents together so they don’t get separated in your backpack.


3. The trivial Sharpie. One of these comes in handy when traveling to label almost anything. Your two sons maddeningly insist on getting the exact same souvenir? Sharpie initials tell them apart. Stumble upon a rare character? Sharpie is ready to sign an autograph. Use only part of a Disney gift card? Sharpie writes the new balance. Need to leave a note for Mousekeeping? You’ve already got a Sharpie.  Buy a mini-Sharpie (like the one in the picture above) and it takes up even less space and clips onto a backpack, keyring, or lanyard.

Bonus tip: Bring a spare of any little item that is important to you, and would be difficult or expensive to replace at Disney World or Disneyland. For me that would be my cheap sunglasses and my favorite lip balm. The peace of mind having them far outweighs the packing space they use.

What are YOUR vacation savers?

Sheriff Callie’s Wild West is one of the most popular shows on the Disney Channel right now! Aimed at kids ages 2-7, it’s about a lovable Calico cat Sheriff who keeps the peace in her frontier town of Nice and Friendly Corners using her noodle lasso and cowgirl know-how. You can watch a fun clip of the show here.

Kids all over are loving Callie and her horse Sparky, and we wanted to help you celebrate Callie everyday, even when the show isn’t on!

In addition to our Sparky the stick horse tutorial and Sheriff Callie party ideas, here are some free printable Sheriff Callie cupcake toppers for you to print and use!


Free Printable: Sheriff Callie Cupcake Toppers

While these are great for cupcakes, they’re also fun for everyday foods like cheese and fruit, and sandwiches! Enjoy!

Are you looking for a little extra Disney fun this sumer? Head over to the mall for Disney Store Summer Play Days.

Disney Store Summer Play Days
Events take place EVERY day from June 3rd until Septembers 1st. The fun events includes Art of Animation, Trivia Time, Story Time and Showtime. The event schedules various by store and week. I recommend calling your store to confirm events and times, the schedule does vary each week.

The Tucson Mall schedule for next week:

6/15 – Showtime – 4:30pm

6/16 – Art of Animation- 2:00pm

6/17 – Trivia Time – 4:30pm

6/18 – StoryTime – 1:30pm

6/19 – Trivia Time – 2:00pm

6/20 – Art of Animation – 6:00pm

6/21 – Showtime  - 1:00pm

Receive a character button each week, while supplies last.

Weekly Button Giveaway Schedule:

6/2-6/8: Mickey and Minnie
6/9-6/15: Sofia the First
6/16-6/22: Jake and the Never Land Pirates
6/23-6/29: Doc McStuffins
6/30-7/6: Dusty

7/7-7/13: Dipper <– New Planes Movie Character!
7/14-7/20: Blade <– New Planes Movie Character!
7/21-7/27: Windlifter <– New Planes Movie Character!
7/28-8/3: Olaf

8/4-8/10: Olaf & Anna
8/11-8/17: Olaf & Elsa
8/18-8/24: Sleeping Beauty
8/25 – 9/1: Marvel Super Heroes

Have you been to Disney Store Summer Play Days yet?

Disney Planes Fire and Rescue PosterMy kids can’t wait for the new Planes movie, Planes: Fire & Rescue. Last year when the original Disney Planes came out, we were introduced to Dusty the crop duster who wanted to race around the world. This time around he’s joining the world of aerial firefighting which means a whole new cast of fun characters to enjoy.

Last year I made the boys super cute airplanes costumes, Dusty and El Chupacabra after we saw the movie. They took a little time to make but were fairly easy and inexpensive.

Planes Fire and Rescue

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We had so much fun with our airplane costumes, I figured we should make a Fire and Rescue character costume too. We haven’t seen the movie yet, so it’s a tough call on which character might be their favorite but I think I’ve narrowed it down to a few fun choices.

Dipper is a super scooper who scoops and dumps water on wild fires. Plus Dipper is a girl plane!

Blade Ranger is a fire-and-rescue helicopter.

Windlifter is a heavy-lift helicopter.

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Which Planes Fire and Rescue costume should I make?

I love the idea of making a girl plane costume, although Dipper isn’t overly girly anyway so I think my boys would be ok with it. And of course helicopters are different and fun, so I am sure either one would be a big hit too.

Planes Fire & Rescue opens in theaters on July 18th. If your kids are super excited to see the new Disney Planes movie, go ahead and print out these fun (and free) printable Planes: Fire & Rescue activity sheets!

Planes Fire and Rescue

Disclosure: Media provided by Walt Disney Pictures. This post is not compensated.