Oz The Great and Powerful Now Available on DVD


One of my favorite movies of all time has to be the Wizard of Oz. I love that movie, and I enjoy watching my kiddos become new fans. They close their eyes at the witch scenes, just like I did. It’s wonderful to relive my childhood through my children’s eyes.

When I heard Oz The Great and Powerful was in production, I freaked! We watched it on opening day, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the DVD. I loved the movie. It’s not the original, but it is so much fun, and i to add to my collection.  The movie is visually stunning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it.

The movie follows the story of Oscar Diggs, a circus magician, that is not always the most forthcoming. He is swept away to the Land of Oz, where he encounters a magical adventure, meets some great friends, and through the journey, becomes a better man, and wizard.

The movie is available on Blue Ray Combo Pack and comes with a digital copy. To Learn more about the movie head here. Oz the Great and Powerful is available at your favorite retail store.

Monsters University – Open Enrollment!

Daytripping Dad, Mike, had the chance to sit down with Billy Crystal and John Goodman to talk about the exciting 3D follow up to Monsters Inc., Monsters University! He also gives his review of the new movie.

Back in May, Billy Crystal and John Goodman took a break from their busy schedules to talk about Pixar’s latest creation.  Both Crystal and Goodman were excited to revisit their characters once again. Billy Crystal said more than once, that this is his favorite character that he’s ever created. They each had the challenge of finding a way vocally to portray a younger version of Mike and Sully, since the new film takes place in the college days and explores how the two came to know each other.

Billy Crystal & John Goodman

Billy Crystal & John Goodman

If you loved the first film, you will be delighted with this film.  It has been 12 years since Monsters Inc. was first released, but thanks to DVDs, Disney Channel and the release of Monsters Inc. in 3D, children born after the initial film are likely to be very familiar with these characters. Superhero movies with origin stories are quite popular nowadays, so it’s only fitting that we get one about Mike and Sully.


In this film we learn that Mike’s obsession with working at the Scare Factory stems from a childhood field trip, while Sully, it turns out, comes from a long line of scare monsters. Their friendship was not love a first sight and watching how their relationship develops is the center of this new film.  There is a plethora of new friends to meet in the film, many of them are part of Oozma Kappa, the fraternity that Mike and Sully join.


The message in the new movie is wonderful. Mike is a very determined little monster. He works hard and achieves whatever he puts his mind (and eye) into doing. The monsters around him are also inspired by his determination and motivation.  We learn that the best things in life are those which have to be fought for. I would have never expected that Mike Wazowski would be such a great role model.


Technically, this new Pixar film is incredible. The details are so impressive. You’ll recall that when the first film came out, Sully’s fur was the huge achievement. Well in this film, the lighting, the scenery and the fine details are the huge achievement. I found myself fixated on the realistic texture of the plastered walls inside the fraternity house. It’s easy to forget that this was all done with computers!

Make sure you arrive on-time for the movie. Pixar has also attached their newest short, “The Blue Umbrella,” which is surely going to win the Academy Award next year for best animated short. This film also shows just how far Pixar has come with their realistic animation. I don’t want to give anything away, you just have to see this gem!


Monsters University opens June 21st and will be in 3D. It is appropriate for all ages and there was nothing too scary for younger kids, other than the competition when they compete against each other for who can scare human children the best. If your kids are ok with the first film, they will be just fine with Monsters University.

Visit disney.go.com/monsters-university for free downloads, games and to pre-order your movie tickets.

*This is not a sponsored post. Disney invited us to a screening of the movie for purposes of this review.

On The Boardwalk – at Knott’s Berry Farm

Our dad blogger Mike, had the opportunity to check out the new Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk and shares all about it!

It’s now open! Knott’s Berry Farm’s all new Boardwalk addition, featuring the Surfside Glider, Paradise Scrambler and the new roller coaster, the Coast Rider. If you haven’t been to Knott’s Berry Farm, you are in for a treat. Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park is just the place to go for family fun! More than 165 rides, shows, attractions, restaurants and shops in five themed areas shape the Knott’s experience.

KBF Boardwalk Wide Shot Night

These new additions to Knott’s are specifically family friendly attractions. The roller coaster is similar to Goofy’s Sky School or the Technic coaster at Legoland, but much smoother than either of those.  The Pacific Scrambler and Surfside Glider allow up to three riders to sit together, which allows the family to enjoy the experience together.

KBF Boardwalk Wide Shot Day

The Timber Mountain Log Ride has come out from his million dollar makeover. It now features brand new animated people and animals. The trough also got a new coat of green paint! The makeover has really revitalized this class ride. Did you know that this is the first themed log ride ever built?

KBF Log Ride Scene Man Turning Lever

The new elements add some extra fun and excitement to this classic ride. “The Timber Mountain Log Ride not only embodies the spirit of Knott’s Berry Farm, but it also set the bar for all themed attractions that came after,” says Raffi Kaprelyan, Knott’s general manager who worked for Bud Hurlbut from 1979-1983.  “Bud Hurlbut made numerous contributions to Knott’s Berry Farm, but I think that the Timber Mountain Log Ride remains his crowning achievement.”

KBF Log Ride Scene Animals Invade Campsite

Knott’s is a great place for young families. In addition to Camp Snoopy’s rides,  all ages can experience the 1896 Dentzel Carousel, classic Timber Mountain Log Ride, Calico Mine Ride, Ghost Town and Calico Railroad and authentic Butterfield Stagecoach.

Knott’s opens daily at 10 AM. Admission is $59.99  for adults, kids ages 3-11 and Seniors $30.99 and parking is only $15


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We were invited to experience the new Boardwalk at Knott’s Berry Farm.