Our Day Aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic- Now Sailing From #DCLNewYork

Our Day Aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic- Now Sailing From NYC!disneymagicmickeymouseThe New York City shoreline just got a little more magical with the view of Disney Cruise Line’s gorgeous Disney Magic adorning the dock of Pier 88! Recently I had the chance to spend the day on board the Disney Magic. What a amazing day! Our morning began with a guided tour of the enormous ship that holds over two thousand guests. Passing by the grand entrance was breathtaking, especially decked out for Halloween with an interactive Jack-0-lantern tree. The buzz of guests exiting the ship gave me goose bumps at the thought of the pixie dusted memories their families just had the chance to create together. Children passing by with Captain Mickey and Elsa stuffies, little girls in Cinderella gowns and moms, dads and grandparents wearing their finest Disney ears. The sight of it all just warmed my heart.

disneymagicdeck10disneymagictopOur first stop was the Oceaneer Youth Club, a club designed for children ages 3-12, where they can stay and play for as little or long as they would like while their parents take advantage of time alone or at one of the finer dining experiences on the ship. With saying that, if I were I a child I but you would never get me out of the place! It was truly amazing with a bigger than life version of Toy Story Andy’s room complete with his bed on the top and a slide down through Slink! There was also a dance and game floor, Pixie Hollow, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  My favorite part of the room was the The Marvel Avengers Academy where you can virtually suit up into the top-secret command post of S.H.I.E.L.D. and prepare to complete your battle. You will even get an official card upon completion!  You can also find the weaponry of some of your favorite Avengers including Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield and Iron Man’s armor. There are even computer games and arts and crafts. During our visit there was a surprise visit by Captain America himself! This completely put me in the mood for the upcoming Marvel Day at Sea coming in 2017! My kids were super jealous but I did make them proud by fighting like the superhero they trained me to be! Let’s not forget, I was a boymom for sixteen years before my little princess arrived!disneymagic1disneymagiccapAs we toured decks 9 and 11 I could just envision the families splashing in the pools, dancing to the music that played non stop and just cherishing the precious moments only a Disney cruise could deliver. We were shown many pool areas, some for families and also adult only. Disney cruise is not just for children, it’s also great for adults with many adult options in every venue. One example is the Mixology Class at Keys we were treated to, where we were able to test out our bar-tending skills. We learned tips and tricks to making a perfect cocktail, mojito, and even a layered triple shot! Wooza! Did I mention you can sample of fully enjoy each of the five drinks you create firsthand. This is something I highly recommend if you do cruise with Disney! disneymagicmixologydisneymagiccheersOur group was treated to an amazing treat! Playing now on the Disney Magic is one of my favorite stories, Tangled! With original music from the incredible Alen Menken. The audience was outfitted with overflowing buckets of hot popped popcorn and drinks of choice and it was not long before this musical feast began. The live show does not exactly follow the Disney movie, Tangled but does take its own life in this original version. We loved it and judging by the thunderous applause coming from the onlookers I would have to say that this show would definitely be on the top of my list if I were heading to the Disney Magic again. Tangled The Musical is a must do!

Of course before the show started we did have privi to some top secret information!! In 2017 for the first time ever Disney cruises will host Marvel Day at Sea! We were treated to a sneak peek mini show with superheroes Captain America, Spider-Man entering via webbing and Thor with hammer in hand! If that was a preview, I can’t even begin to imagine how amazing the real thing is going to be.    There will many Marvel themed activities for both children and adults during the event. There will even be Marvel themed food and drinks. A Marvel movie marathon will take place leading up to the latest blockbuster that premieres in November 2017. Marvel characters will be on hand for photo memories and an up close to the characters experience. There will also be a Marvel themed dance party and FX fireworks that will include heroes and villains. Count me in!disneymagictangledsigndisneymagicpopcornLunch was served at the Animator’s Palate, one of the many restaurants to choose from on board of the Disney Magic. There is something so amazing about this restaurant that captivated both adults and children during our time spent there. After being seated the waited directed each one of us at the table to our placemat. He gave us some directions to draw a character using the marker provided. No one really knew what to expect but we all spent the next few minutes creating a rendition of ourselves. My character had glasses and of course a Mickey Tee! We handed in the placemat and continued onto our delicious appetizer dish which consisted of a sampling of a few different mini appetizers. disneymagicapp



My entrée choice was penne with garlic shrimp, which was absolutely incredible. As we chatted and dined the many screened that surrounded the dining area kept us entertained with clips and songs from Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp and more. Suddenly everyone noticed that the characters we had created before the dining began were actually coming to life on the screens. Each of the  screens highlighted the guests seats in their immediate area. Everyone loved the experience watching themselves march across the screen, dance and interact with Mickey Mouse and his friends. It was such a treat. Speaking of treats, the dessert sampler was mouthwatering. Bravo, Animator’s Palate staff, you are top rate!You can check out our fun day aboard the Disney Magic sailing from NYC Pier 88.

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So if you family or your friends or just you (because going alone may be the best decision ever), are looking for a magical experience on the high seas look no farther than right in our own backyard on 12th Ave, Pier 88! The Disney Cruise- Disney Magic is waiting for you, it’s waiting for your family. Memories will be made that will last forever. As you sail away from the hustle of NYC you will be leaving your stress on the street and trading it for an unplugged (if you choose) experience where you can spend time with the kids, friends, family or alone. On that note, there are some SPA experiences that will drift you into paradise…..Why did I have to disembark?? My heart was filled with happiness as I exited the Disney Magic listening to the families being welcomed one by one onto the ship. I could not help but think of the magic that was about to take place for those lucky people……

There is nothing in the world that can compare to a magical Disney experience. Check out more about Disney Cruise Line Here. disneymagicdianeDisclosure: Diane Sullivan/ 3decades3kids is a Disney Partner Blog and Disney Social Media Mom. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinion of the parent company represented. A media invitation was extended for a day visit on the Disney Cruise- Disney Magic while in port. No compensation was provided for this post. We love Disney and always enjoy sharing information with our readers that provide a first hand account of our experience.

#LCKids You Are Invited To Lincoln Center- LCKids Trick-Or-Treat Event #NYC

Lincoln Center Hosts Annual LC Kids Trick-Or-Treat Event and You Are Invited!


Looking for somewhere great to take the kids trick-or-treating this year? We still have a few more years left to fill up the candy bag, so this family is always on the look out for a great place to go. We already love Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center Kids so this year we are gong to check out their annual trick-or-treat event featuring a costume parade, activities, Scavenger “Haunt,” Performances, Storytime, and more.

This free event takes place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00 am


So, like us, you can join the fun as Lincoln Center once again welcomes costumed kids and families for a festive Halloween celebration. Hosted by the LC Kids program, the all-ages event will feature trick-or-treating around the cultural campus, a parade to live music, a haunted scavenger hunt, a David Bowie tribute concert and dance party, and a number of additional free activities to delight all ages. Last year’s inaugural Trick-or-Treat event welcomed more than 10,000 people to Lincoln Center, marking it as a destination for families and children of all ages to celebrate Halloween.


Participating organizations and partners include: LC Kids; the Film Society of Lincoln Center; The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Jazz at Lincoln Center; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; American Ballet Theatre; Children’s Museum of Manhattan; GoGoSqueez; NewYork-Presbyterian; Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse; and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.


The day’s schedule includes:


On the public plaza areas:

11:00 am–1:00 pm:

Trick-or-treating at Lincoln Center venues and public spaces

Scavenger “Haunt” activity stations around the plazas, presented by Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse (Kids who participate in all five locations can win a prize.)

Children’s Museum of Manhattan craft activity on Hearst Plaza

Stilt walkers on Josie Robertson and Hearst Plazas

#LCKids costume contest

Partner giveaways and activities


12:00 pm–12:30 pm

Performance and costume parade led by Sammy Miller and the Congregation

*Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center


At the David Rubenstein Atrium:

11:00 am–11:45 am

Storytime at the Atrium featuring My Teacher is a Monster! by Peter Brown

*Presented in collaboration with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


12:15 pm–1:00 pm

Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie by Spare the Rock Records (concert and dance party)


At the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center:

1:00 pm

Film screening of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

*Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center


LC Kids members at the $125 level and higher are invited to reserve seats for the day’s events in the David Rubenstein Atrium. To join, visit Kids.LincolnCenter.org/Join.


LC Trick-or-Treat is presented by LC Kids, Lincoln Center’s program that welcomes families to Lincoln Center and presents top quality performances and events to introduce children to the arts. The 2016–17 season features more than 10 ticketed productions and more than 20 free events, for children ages 2 and up. Complete information about the season can be found at Kids.LincolnCenter.org, which also includes campus-wide information about family-friendly performances and practical information about coming to Lincoln Center with a child.


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LCKids is presented by NewYork-Presbyterian


Support for LC Kids programs and events is provided by Disney


Generous support is also provided by Barbara and James Block, Sandra and Tony Tamer, Joseph Bae and Janice Lee, Anna Nikolayevsky, Amanda and John Waldron, The Robertson Family, and Joseph M. Cohen.


American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


Sony Pictures and Madame Tussauds New York and the Void Team for Ghostbusters Experience!

Sony Pictures and Madame Tussauds New York and the Void Team from Ghostbusters Themed Immersive Virtual Reality Experience!



I have been a Ghostbusters fan from the minute the first movie hit the big screen. Every chance I get I watch it and have even gotten hubby and the kids on board being super fans. When we heard that Madame Tussauds in NYC had a Ghostbusters themed immersive virtual reality experience we HAD to go! It was so much fun. Let me tell you first hand, it was like being inside of the actual movie. For our family that was like a dream come true!

Sony Pictures and Madame Tussauds New York and the Void Team from Ghostbusters Themed Immersive Virtual Reality Experience! Do not miss this chance! Your selfie sticks ready! Madame Tussauds in Times Square is the only place with no ropes or barriers holding you back from getting photos with your favorite stars! Voted as one of New York’s most unique attractions, Madame Tussauds invites you to pose with over 200 figures of internationally renowned musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders, super heroes and more. You will need to watch out for Slimer!! 


Are you ready for this? Any fan young or old is going to absolutely LOVE it!! Included in the cost of admission, the Ghostbusters Experience is a multi-layered and sensory environment immersing you into a fantastical and spirited world, inspired by the 2016 film. From the eerie underground tracks of the NYC subway to the basement of a haunted mansion to Ghostbusters Headquarters to the streets of Times Square, brace yourself for several spooks and even catch a ride on Ecto-2. Armed with insider tips and tricks, you’ll eventually be given the chance to capture your own ghost with the famed spirit hunters!

Using a combination of virtual reality, real-time interactive effects, and a physical set, you’ll become a Ghostbuster and blast your way through a ghost-infested apartment complex with your own proton pack and gun. This marks THE VOID’s first public installation premiering here, at Madame Tussauds New York! THE VOID has received rave reviews from Time, BBC, Wired, FastCompany, Forbes, Tech Insider, and Popular Mechanics.


With several newly renovated spaces, the world famous wax attraction is bigger and better than ever! 3decades3kids Readers Save 15% Off Admission to Madame Tussauds in New York! – Valid for up to 8 people.

Madame Tussauds New York now has this highly anticipated “Ghostbusters Experience” and World’s First Hyper Reality Experience “Ghostbusters: Dimension”.



#GBXP and #notjustwax

MadameTNYCDisclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a USFG and Madame Tussauds New York partner blog. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the parent company being represented. No compensation was given for this post. Complimentary passes were issued in order to experience and facilitate the upcoming review post and giveaway. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net and @3decades3kids and Snapchat: ThreeDecades.

#Giveaway You Are Invited To The #NYC Advanced Screening of @BadMoms #FreeScreening #Vivajennz

You Are Invited To The #NYC Advanced Screening of Bad Moms AND Amazing Wine Purse From Vivajenzzbadmoms

Calling all Bad Moms! Here is your chance to join together for a fun time and a night of laughs! Please arrive early. There will be mini-makeovers before the screening.

Giveaway: One lucky winner will be selected to win a wine purse from Vivajenzz.  Vivajennz is the perfect concealed wine purse for Bad Moms, or a helpful beverage tote for mommy and the kids. Available in many styles and ready for any adventure. For more information, visit vivajennz.com. Part of all Vivajennz proceeds go to autism awareness. vivajennz.com

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In this new comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.  Motion Picture Artwork © 2016 STX Financing, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.  “In Theaters July 29” Rated R.


You are invited to the NYC Advanced Screening of Bad Moms!

Thursday, July 21

7:00 p.m.

AMC Loews Lincoln Square

1998 Broadway, NYC

You can enter here: http://stxtickets.com/main/sweepstakes/nnrsj60324

Please remember to arrive early. Advanced screening passes are free but are overbooked to ensure a full house. When the house is full the line is stopped, but you should not have a problem if you arrive early. Have fun! Tweet me at @3decades3kids and let me know how you enjoyed the movie!







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3decades3kidsDisclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Bad Moms partner blog. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinions of the parent company represented. Screening passes provided by Bad Moms Movie. No compensation was given for this post. We love movies and want to bring them to our readers through advanced screenings. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms and on Snapchat: ThreeDecades  3decades3kids.net

The Ride! An NYC Must Do! @TheRideNYC #SummerMustDo

The Ride! An NYC Must Do! @TheRideNYCtheridenycIf you are in the NYC area, living or visiting, be sure to add The Ride to your must do list! You will not regret this fun interactive treat to your senses. Sure, we have all been on tour buses before. This is definitely not your usual tour bus. It’s a show on wheels and a one of a kind experience for your friends and family to enjoy together. theride1

theride3The Ride bus has a few rows of seats all facing the side of the bus. No one faces the front like in a regular bus, you face the sidewalk, it’s super fun and has a million surprises. There is stadium style, side facing seating with a panoramic view! You will not need to stretch your neck in order to see since there are floor to ceiling glass windows. Our family did not know what to expect as we boarded this unique vehicle. Speaking of the bus, it’s a multi-million dollar custom built vehicle. Our seventy five minutes of interactive fun also gave us a glimpse of Midtown Manhattan and Times Square.  The Ride comes complete with not one, but two hosts that will keep you laughing the entire time- Did I mention that The Ride(the bus) actually is part of the entertainment? It talks, laughs and bounces along to the fun.



You will definitely have to keep your eyes peeled because along the way you will encounter five to seven street performances that will interact with The Ride, the hosts, and the people on board! If you listen closely you may even hear your own name or the names of your friends. If you are celebrating a birthday or special occasion be sure to mention it to the hostesses.  There will also be trivia, karaoke and more fun than you can ever imagine. Think Broadway combined with a comedy show and city tour, that’s kind of what is happening during The Ride. The advanced audio and visual technology is something that will just enhance the trip. There are over three thousand L.E.D. lights, Plasma TV screens, and surround sound! Honestly, this is something you have to be a part of to believe it. As for views- one word- incredible! There was even a giveaway on The Ride. Emily happen to be the winner of an awesome pair of themed sunglasses. TheRideAs if the entire experience did not keep us entertained enough, The Ride ends with the entire group of newly made friends singing New York, New York! If you have a chance to be a part of The Ride, do not let it pass you by. Since our ride they have added specialty rides based on holidays and other themes during different months of the year. You can check out all things including times and pricing for The Ride right here: http://theridenyc.com See on The Ride, or on the street! The Ride definitely summons a crowd of waving fans as it passes through the streets of New York City!



 Check out our fun video of a bit of a sneak peek of our fun time on The Ride! Laugh, Joke, Sing, and just Enjoy The Ride!

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a The Ride partner blog. All opinions are that of Diane and are completely honest. They do not reflect the opinions of the parent company represented in this post. No compensation was given for this post. Complimentary passes were provided in order to facilitate this review. Our family rated this NYC event on a scale of 1-10 ( 1 being the best and 10 being the worst). We rated it on being enjoyable, worth the money, and appeal to all ages 5 and up. We gave The Ride a score of 1. Congrats, The Ride. You surpassed our expectations when it comes to entertainment. Please contact us at Diane@3decades3kids.net and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. 3decades3kids.net