Disney's Planes: Activities and more to enjoy before the show opens this Friday

Disney's Planes 

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Disney's Planes before it hits theaters on Friday. The 3D adventure, from the makers of Cars, was a delight — for the kids as well as the adults in the crowd.

DustyThe star of the show

The official synopsis from Disney goes like this:

Disney’s Planes is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing — and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. 

Disney's Planes

My take on the flick is that it's far more fun — and far more funny — than I thought it might be. Some of what tickled my fancy was related to the witty word play throughout, much of which surely flew right over the heads of the little ones but made the adults in the theater laugh out loud again and again. My favorite part, though, had to be El Chupacabra (voice of Carlos Alazraqui) serenading Rochelle (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) with a "low and slow" version of "Love Machine."

Watch the official trailer, then click on the links below for some plane fun for the kids to enjoy before — and after — the show:


PLANES paper airplanes — Click HERE for a 14-page PDF file (you'll need Adobe Acrobat) featuring printouts for kids to fold into fun paper airplanes of all the PLANES characters. Print them all or pick and choose your favorites.

PLANES coloring pages — Click HERE for a 4-page PDF file (you'll need Adobe Acrobat) of fun pages for little ones to color and connect the dots.

Disney’s PLANES takes off in theaters on August 9, 2013. For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like PLANES on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and follow PLANES on Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPictures.

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Disclosure: I was invited to attend a free screening of Disney's PLANES. Graphics and activities provided by Disney; my opinion provided by me.