Get ready for High School Musical: Senior Year

High School Musical 3: Senior Year will open nationwide.

Can they score big for a third time? It sure sounds like it:

Advance ticket sales in the United Kingdom — where the film opens Wednesday (October 22), two days before its stateside bow — have broken records set by “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2005, and online ticket sales reports in the United States signal a bumper opening weekend box office.

Donna Martin graduates! Whoops, wrong series. Sorry ’bout that. (It feels about that big, though, doesn’t it?)

Don’t forget to visit the High School Musical Store here at Ty’s for all your HSM needs, including costumes for Halloween!

Wii-mania at Ty’s Toy Box

To hear my children tell it, we are living in the only household in America that still (insert loud child sighing, right here) doesn’t own a Nintendo Wii. I am a monster, I tell you.

Unfortunately, as an employee of Ty’s, I’m thinking that I’m probably not eligible to enter this awesome drawing for a complete Wii system that they’re holding. Darn it. But probably you could enter, and then, if you win? Please invite my family over. Because we are deprived, y’all.

The contest will be taking entries through October 15th, 2008, so you have plenty of time to enter. Then again, why wait?

If you’re a hipper and nicer mom than I am, you probably already have a Nintendo Wii. And if you do, did you know that Ty’s carries plenty of popular Wii games? If we actually owned a Wii, my son would be demanding the Code Lyoko game and (of course!) Pokemon Battle Revolution. And my daughter would want Hannah Montana’s Spotlight World Tour, of course.

Me, I’m sort of eying the High School Musical Sing It! game. Stop looking at me like that—it’s purely for the opportunity to embarrass my children, of course. The fact that the music is incredibly catchy isn’t part of the equation at all. Probably.

Anyway, there you go. Whether you’re looking to shop or win, Ty’s has you covered.

Start gearing up for back-to-school at Ty’s

It doesn’t seem possible that summer is nearly over, but for those of us who head back to school in early August, it’s a reality. Part of me weeps for the end of those halcyon days…

… and the other part of me realizes that I am remembering through rose-colored glasses that have quickly forgotten the cry of “Mom! We’re bored! What should we do?”

Ahem.

Anyway! Soon we’ll be back in the classroom; my little darlings will be learning important lessons, and I’ll be being hit up for Kleenex and hand sanitizer. It’s the circle of life! Or at least, the circle of public school!

Ty’s Toy Box understands that getting them there in the right mood is half the battle, so feel free to check out the new Back To School Store for all of your back-to-school needs. There’s enough backpacks in there to delight even the most hard-to-please kid, from Thomas the Tank Engine to Avatar to Dora to Hannah Montana.

(Funny, for some reason my daughter is still balking at my suggestion of the Little Miss Trouble bag. I cannot imagine why.)

Hey, I know summer flew by, but at least getting ready for back to school can be fun!

High School Musical? No, My School Musical!

If you have a school-age child, chances are you are well-acquainted with the phenomenon that is High School Musical. Why, you’d be hard-pressed to avoid it. Just taking a look at the variety of items available in the Ty’s High School Musical store is an easy confirmation of the popularity of this particular musical phenomenon.

And now there’s a chance for your little darling’s dreams of being a similar musical star to come true, says Disney. In preparation for the upcoming High School Musical double-header on the Disney Channel this June, your child is being given a chance to star, as well! Check it out:

The Disney Channel is asking kids and teens 14 years of age and younger to submit their own music videos featuring themselves singing one song from the hit film franchise High School Musical. To participate in “My School Musical,” participants can choose from the songs “Bop to the Top”, “Getcha Head in the Game” and “I Don’t Dance”.

All videos must be uploaded by Friday May 30, 2008. Kids can rate their favorite video and link them to friends on Disney’s website. The winning video is scheduled to air during telecasts of High School Musical and High School Musical 2 on Friday, June 13 (6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

Ready to have at it? Go visit the official Disney My School Musical site and get to work! Don’t want to submit a video? That’s okay; you can watch and vote on videos already submitted.

There are a lot of awfully cute kids on there, already, but of course yours is even cuter, I’m sure.

Disney riding the wave: High School Musical 4

High School Musical 4 is already underway. Which is pretty amazing, really, when you consider that High School Musical 3 isn’t even due out until this fall! But Disney knows a hot commodity when it has one, and there’s always room for another chapter when it comes to a hit this big.

What exactly can we expect? Well, that’s a good question:

“We are writing ‘High School Musical 4,’ ” Disney Channel Worldwide president Rich Ross said Tuesday after a presentation at a midtown Manhattan recording studio. It’s likely to be a TV movie unlike “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” though that could change. Filming begins in two weeks in Utah.

There’s no word on whether the cast and behind-the-scenes talent will gather again for “HSM4,” though some characters introduced in the third go-round likely will star in the fourth.

“Are we going to have all the cast back? Probably not,” Ross said. “Will we have some of them? I hope so.”

Alrighty then; the fourth installment of HSM will maybe probably hopefully have some of the people from the third, whoever they may be, and only if it works out. I’m glad we cleared that up.

My guess is that whatever it entails, it will spawn a karaoke CD, which is really all that matters to the HSM fan living in my house. We have priorities here, you know. Does it afford us more opportunities to stand on the couch with a microphone in hand? If so, we give it a thumbs up. (Some of us give our thumbs up while wearing earplugs, but that’s a minor detail.)