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The 2017 D23 Expo was absolutely massive, and while I live-tweeted the festivities direct from the show floor, I'm still trying to collect my thoughts on everything that I've seen and heard, even now that I've been back in Illinois for a full day. At the live-action film presentation, Alan Horn, Chairman, Walt Disney Studios, introduced Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production to give an overview of what moviegoers can expect to see across Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm over the next few years. For a few projects, development is still fairly early on, but ALADDIN was confirmed to be directed by Guy Ritchie, with Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie, with original music by Alan Menken with Pasek & Paul (La La Land) handling lyrics. MULAN will be helmed by Niki Caro (McFarland, USA, Whale Rider), and JUNGLE CRUISE marks the latest Disneyland ride to get a big screen nod, with Dwayne Johnson set to star. Those announcements simply scratch the surface, as the lineup is huge, and I've got all the details below...

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Big Kid AcademyWhen I last wrote about our adventures in Potty Training, I may have mistakenly felt that we were nearing the end of the line. Four months later, and I got the call to work on another sponsored campaign with Pull-Ups®, sharing a few more words about how it's all going. Bottom line, Little Finley is doing good, but it still feels like we're really, really close to being done. Following along as a full-fledged member of the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy, we've got tools to help with progress and rewards, while Finn can take things at her own pace. She's soooo close, and she really makes us proud when she "holds it" and stays dry through the night or through a long car ride. While there's dozens of different Potty Training methods out there, using Pull-Ups® training pants from the start can help kids build confidence and independence - they're not a diaper, but more like Big Kid undies (almost). If you're ready to give Pull-Ups® a try, I've even got a Big Kid Deal for you to spread a little savings - Rock Father style!

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In late 2016, the filmmakers behind THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG will bring a new adventure to the screen with MOANA, "a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest." Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, “Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” declares Musker. “She's the kind of character we all root for."

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125arielOne of the late arrivals for review here this season at Rock Father HQ has proven to be one of the post popular among my daughters. The My First Disney Princess Under the Sea Surprise Ariel by JAKKS Pacific/Tollytots has already popped up on a few "Hot Toys" lists that I've come across, and after seeing it in use over the past few weeks, it's easy to see why. But there is something to be cautious about here, too.

There's a lot of activity in The Magic Kingdom (as if it every really slows down), and today I present to you another Disney Roundup here on The Rock Father. There's quick updates involving PLANES, JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES, FROZEN, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and more. 

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SOFIA THE FIRST has been a staple here at Rock Father HQ since it started airing on Disney Junior earlier this year. That said, my girls will be pretty excited to learn that the adventure is going beyond Enchanica, and onto the seas when SOFIA THE FIRST: THE FLOATING PALACE arrives next month. Premiering SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the Disney Channel and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Junior, Sofia's first primetime special features an appearance from a true Disney legend - Princess Ariel, THE LITTLE MERMAID herself. Check out a preview below...

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