One of my favorite places to waste time online is Sporcle.com, a trivia quiz website which features more than 180,000 timed trivia games that have been played more than 500 million times. Sporcle’s slogan is “Mentally Stimulating Diversions” and these diversions are categorized by theme: Geography, Entertainment, Science, History, Literature, Sports, Language, Just for Fun, Religion, Movies, Televisions, Music, Gaming, Miscellaneous, and Holiday.
There’s something for everyone at Sporcle, and the majority of the quizzes are user-created and cover a wide range of trivia topics, from the common (U.S. Presidents, Countries of the World, etc), to the obscure (20 Weakest Evolved Pokemon, Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector, etc). Disney fans will be pleased to find hundreds of Disney-themed trivia games at Sporcle.com.
Below are links to a few of my favorite Disney quizzes. Beware of addiction!
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There is a strong gender imbalance in Hollywood these days (and throughout the history of film) that has resulted in most studio films being very male-centric and featuring few (if any) female characters of substance. The Bechdel Test, originated by Alison Bechdel in her 1985 comic “The Rule” from “Dykes to Watch Out For”, is a litmus test for gauging the active presence of female characters in films and how well-rounded and complex those characters are.
Screenshot from Disney's Tangled, image copyright Disney
The Bechdel Test Rules:
1. There are at least two (named/significant) female characters who…
2. Talk to each other about…
3. Something other than a man
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Timeshares are vacation properties purchased by a group of owners who split the cost of the property and its annual fees and who are eligible to visit the property every year during the block of time that they have purchased. Timeshares are not without controversy, and many people believe that the overpriced properties touted by high pressure salespeople are a waste of money – they are more expensive and less flexible than hotels, are hard to get rid of, and depreciate in value faster than cars.
But for the people who love vacationing in the same place every year and who are comfortable with long term joint-ownership of a property, timeshares shouldn’t be discounted. As always, Disney has an answer for everything, and their answer to timeshares is the Disney Vacation Club.
One of the villas at the Old Key West Resort, photograph by Samantha McElhaney
The Disney Vacation Club is a vacation timeshare division owned by The Walt Disney Company which operates an annual Vacation Points system that members can use towards yearly vacations at the Disney Vacation Club Resorts or one of more than 500 other member destinations worldwide. There are eleven Vacation Club resorts located in Anaheim, California; Lake Buena Vista and Vero Beach, Florida; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and the brand-new Aulani Disney Vacation Club Villas in Ko Olina, Hawaii.
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The debut of Pixar’s Cars 2, sequel to the 2006 animated hit, Cars, is a little more than a month away, and State Farm is currently sponsoring an exciting sweepstakes inspired by the film. Enter the sweepstakes between now and July 17th, 2011 for your chance to win one of 18,000 prizes from the “18,000 State Farm agents on a mission for you,” including the grand prize, a 2011 Cadillac SRX.
Screenshot of the Cars 2 Sweepstakes sponsored by State Farm
When you sign up for the sweepstakes, you automatically receive 50 points towards Disney Movie Rewards. The full list of sweepstakes prizes is below:
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Walt Disney Theatrical Productions has done well on Broadway with two of the longest running musicals of all time, The Lion King (ranked #7 with 5638 shows and counting), and Beauty and the Beast (ranked #8 with 5461 total performances), and with their newest family-friendly hit, Mary Poppins, still climbing the ranks.
Mary Poppins on Broadway, image from disney.go.com
Mary Poppins made its Broadway debut on November 16th, 2006 and has played more than 1900 shows at The New Amsterdam Theater which previously housed Disney’s The Lion King before the show moved to the Minskoff Theatre. Mary Poppins features all of the characters and many beloved songs from the hit film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, including “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, “A Spoonful of Sugar”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Step in Time”.
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