Disney Christmas Magic in the name of love
- Published on Monday, 16 November 2015 10:45
- Last Updated on 13 November 2015
- Monica Costa
Disney has accompanied us all for generations and I am so thankful for the genius of Walt Disney for believing in his ideas and pursuing his dreams. Disney has created so many magical moments during my lifetime and still does. From Toy Story
and Finding Nemo,
to the sisterly love of Frozen
, no one brings families together like Disney.
My 9 year son Diego and I recently attended a star studded Disney Christmas party at Oxford Street Disney Store
for the launch of From Our Family to Yours
UK-wide campaign supporting both Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and In Kind Direct
Posing with Iron Man is a MUST
Although I was determined to meet and greet the celebrities attending the event some of whom I have interviewed or met in the past like Jenny Falconer
and Vanessa Feltz
Vanessa Feltz as Minnie was being a cool granny on the night
Monica and Jess the 'celebs'
Lydia and Debbie Bright with the family
Diego was far more interested in looking at absolutely all the toys in the store and spend his £25 voucher (and beyond). Indeed this is what we did. There’s nothing more magical than shopping … especially for a Shopaholic
like a London Mum. On this note, you may want to check our Shopaholic special magazine
with an exclusive interview with Shopaholic Lady in person Sophie Kinsella
We didn’t have time to meet Olaf or the Frozen sisters who were available for photos, but instead loved looking (and buying) the amazing toys that come alive from the magical successful movies Disney never fails to release year on year.
But we had to stop to listen to the Disney Voices singing songs from famous Disney movies.
And also stop to pose as Prince Charming in the Cinderella carriage.
Diego acting as a real Prince Charming
Our favourite toys on display include the following:
Fashion dolls from the latest Cinderella movie
I had to have Lady Tremaine....
Diego had to have these cars to complete his Cars collection.
Minnie is a classic favourite!
Diego was so busy playing with Buzz with Stacey Solomon's son. I bet Buzz will be once again a big seller this Christmas. Under £10 it was the most picked up item of the evening.
Forthcoming movies about to be released by Disney include
The Good Dinosaur
(released on 27 November 2015)
(released on 17 December 2015)
Michelle Heaton, Lydia Bright, Tamara Ecclestone, Stacey Solomon, Tamzin Outhwaite, Jenni Falconer, Adele Silva, Fiona Bruce, Chris Hollins, Linzi Stoppard, Tina Hobley, Charlie Condou, Vanessa Feltz, Lizzie Cundy
Diego loved the Star Wars machine
and Georgia Toffolo
were among the other stars that attended the Oxford Street launch event and joined in the fun by posing for a family photograph.
X-Factor pop star Stacey Solomon with sons Leighton and Zachary
10% of all sales from the evening were donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. For every family photo taken in the store and shared using the hashtag #DisneyStoreFamily, a soft toy was donated to a child through Disney Store’s chosen national charities, up to a total of 15,000 across the UK, France and Ireland. This is the seventh year Disney Store has run a Christmas campaign to support children’s charities, and to date, has donated over 125,000 soft toys throughout Europe.
The From Our Family to Yours
campaign will include a number of fun and free activities that families can take part in over the festive period. This will include letter writing as well as card making where children can create their own ‘photo frame Christmas card’ and insert a family photo. Details of this activity and other events taking place in local Disney Stores can be found at disneystore.co.uk/disneystorefamily
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London http://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums