Disney DonnaKay (NDM#501) (22 Posts)

If you’ve seen me on the web you already know there’s nothing I love more than planning Disney parties, but I love everything Disney from the history to the theme parks to the movies. I also have a true passion for planning Disney vacations as a travel professional for WDW Guru Travel. I can sometimes be sarcastic, but always helpful, and a mostly entertaining Disney Fanatic!! A true Alabama girl, born and raised, I live with my husband, Mike, and son, Dakota on a 150 acre farm in Troy that's been in my husband's family since before the Civil War. My daughter, Ashley, lives in Clarksville, TN with her husband, Eric, and their kids Lexi & Tripp. If you we ever get to meet in person, you will find a genuine Southern accent, the overuse of affectionate terms like "Honey", "Sugar", and "Darlin” and an uncontrollable need to dote over everybody.

Disney Movie Nights – they are just traditional. They usually involve pj’s, favorite snacks, blankets & stuffed friends. But, in changing times, there is a new concept of movie night…themed movie nights. I love this concept for so many reasons. It is more than just watching a movie. You can include themed activities, food, & decorations. Our whole family becomes involved. From planning, to decorating, to clean-up, it is a true example of teamwork & a great bonding experience.

Disney * Pixar's Up photo courtesy of Disney.com

Disney * Pixar’s Up
photo courtesy of Disney.com

I think Ellie & Carl’s love story is one of the best ever – and that is only the beginning of one of my favorite Pixar movies – UP!  It’s one of those movies that appeals to everyone in the family, and that is a great way to spend your next Family Adventure Movie Night.


  • up-pixar-posterUP is all about balloons – so they are definitely a must. Fill the room with bunches of balloons, they are inexpensive and kids love them. Bonus points if you have a small house you can tie some to.
  • Feathers – Kevin is prominent on the island and a big part of the movie so be sure to add some colorful feathers to your décor. You can arrange them in vases or wear a feather boa as a nod to everyone’s favorite bird.


  • Make your own Adventure Book. I suggest making this a family book that you can continue to add to for years to come. You can add postcards from family trips, souvenirs (like pressed pennies or hotel brochures), pictures from scouting or sports. Be sure to hand write in the book, those hand written notes will mean more and more as time passes by.
  • Ellie Badge – One of my favorite things from the movie is the badge that Ellie makes for Carl using a Grape Soda bottle cap. I think anyone would be honored to be awarded one of these adorable badges.
  • Russell’s Badges – You can use the clip art in the link for making badges – or you can create some of your own. Print them on cardstock and cut them out using a circle punch. Let the kids decide which badges their sibling should be awarded, it’s a great way for them to show their appreciation for one another. After they are done you can display them on a bulletin board or add them to your adventure book.


  • This is an all American movie to me – and Russell is an Adventure Scout so let’s do some camping food. First up is grilled hotdogs or hamburgers, served on paper plates of course.
  • Let’s add some baked beans and corn on the cob to plate next. These are kid favorites, and the parents like them to too!
  • Finish up the meal with the ultimate camping dessert – S’mores! You can roast the marshmallows (don’t forget to try some flavored marshmallows too) over a fire pit in the backyard, be sure to have traditional graham crackers and Hershey’s but don’t forget to mix it up a bit with peanut butter cups or even Mounds bars. You can switch up the graham crackers with Chips Ahoy or Famous Chocolate Wafers.

Have a great time with this movie & let us know what you did to make your Adventure special! Have a movie suggestion for us? Leave a comment :) Be sure to post any photos on our DDL FB Group & link up below if you have a blog post about this.

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