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Holiday 2014No, your eyes are not deceiving you - that little icon to the left is the first appearance of the 2014 Holiday Badge here on THE ROCK FATHER. The news on pop culture goodness for the season of red-and-green has been flowing into HQ for a couple of months already, and now comes time to start setting it free with the announcement of two new Holiday DVDs from Disney Junior - SOFIA THE FIRST: HOLIDAY IN ENCHANCIA and MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE'S WINTER BOW SHOW. Details below!

One of the smartest things that the folks behind Disney Junior's SOFIA THE FIRST have done is to connect the Kingdom of Enchancia to other, more familiar Disney Kingdoms - but it's Sofia's Amulet that really ties things together and helps to bridge the Magical World of Disney by bringing in some famous friends to assist when the time is right. When presented with challenges, Sofia is able to use The Amulet of Avalor to summon a more experienced princess, and in THE ENCHANTED FEAST, it's Snow White that answers the call.

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It's Memorial Day, and while the BBQ action is about to heat up nearly everywhere, I'm taking the opportunity to catch-up on the goings on from that "Magical World"... the "House of Mouse"... the home to the Muppets, STAR WARS and MARVEL... The Walt Disney Company. There's been a lot of great news from the various divisions of Disney over the past week, and here's a round-up that you need to check out!

This week, Disney Junior's SOFIA THE FIRST scored a whopping six Daytime Emmy Award Nominations, among them a nod for "Best Preschool Animated Program." The appeal of Sofia has been widespread since the beginning, as the series' ratings have just been massive, and the show has attracted an audience of kids - girls and boys alike - who have been immersed in the Kingdom of Enchancia. A couple of weeks ago, when both of my girls were home recovering from a nasty virus that had been going around, we threw an indoor beach party in a cold, rainy day - all while checking out the DVD release of SOFIA THE FIRST: THE FLOATING PALACE.

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On April 8th, Disney Junior will release SOFIA THE FIRST: THE FLOATING PALACE on DVD. The special made waves last Fall with a primetime debut, and an appearance by Ariel - THE LITTLE MERMAID herself, and what a coincidence! She just happens to appear in the clip below. 

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I've seen some "numbers" (ratings and stats) regarding the appeal of Disney Junior's SOFIA THE FIRST, JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES and DOC McSTUFFINS over these past few years, but nothing embodies just how big these shows have become more than a crowd of 2,000 kids and grownups singing along to their favorite songs. That was the scene at the Rosemont Theatre outside of Chicago tonight, where the Feld Entertainment production of Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure has settled in for the weekend.

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