Today is MONKEY KINGDOM day! I had the chance to see the movie a few days ago and can’t wait to tell you all about it. Let’s get started!


The star of the film, Maya (the female monkey), is hard not to immediately relate to as the underdog. She is a female who isn’t respected, has the odds stacked up against her and a future that is uncertain. The good news is that Maya is tough, smart and resilient, with a burning desire to change her path. Watching her journey is a both exciting and heartbreaking. Ups and downs. Twists and turns.

Once I took my focus off of Maya for a moment (and it was difficult), I was able to take in the beautiful footage of the monkey kingdom itself (filmed in Sri Lanka), the neighboring wildlife (mongooses, bears and even dogs) and frankly some of the scenes seemed hardly believable. I can’t share too much as not to give away important scenes, but trust me that you will be blown away multiple times.

As a documentary lover myself, I enjoyed MONEKY KINGDOM. The story was interesting, heartfelt and fresh. I hope you’ll see it.



See MONKEY KINGDOM April 17-23 and Disney will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to protect monkeys and other endangered species!

MONKEY KINGDOM opens in theaters TODAY!

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future. Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015.

Disclosure: Disney sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Orlando. Thoughts are my own.