A night in with Moana

Until last year, if you had asked me what my favourite Disney movie was, I would have told you, without a moments hesitation, The Lion King. And yet last year, having taken the girls to the cinema to watch Moana, knowing very little about the film beforehand, I completely and utterly fell in love with this movie. I think I would go as far as saying that this has become, not just my favourite Disney movie, but one of my favourite movies of all time!

For me, a good Disney movie needs three things, it needs a strong, likeable hero or heroine, a storyline that draws you in and holds your interest, and a soundtrack that gives you goosebumps, and Moana has all three in abundance.

When we were invited to take part in a #MoanaNightIn, I couldn’t have accepted fast enough, because as much as I love Moana, the three youngest love it even more. And I say the three youngest but, last week, I caught Lewis singing one of the songs and he confessed that actually, he thought it was “alright for a Disney film!”.

We were very lucky to be sent the Moana DVD, a Moana doll and the all important necklace, carrying the heart of Te Fiti. And to say that the children were excited would be a serious understatement!!

The children went crazy over the singing Moana doll, dressed in her outfit from the movie, with movable arms and legs and long hair that the girls were itching to brush! Also included are Hei Hei the chicken and Pua the pig.

When you push Moana’s shell necklace she says twelve phrases from the movie and also sings the iconic song, How Far I’ll Go, as her necklace magically lights up. I love that there is such a range of phrases as toys like this can often become tiresome if you’re hearing the same phrase on repeat.

I was very grateful that Moana came with the other characters as, after Harry’s very short turn with the doll, he was left with just Hei Hei and Pua, not that he minded too much!

The unboxing of the Moana necklace was met with so much excitement from the girls, and plenty of arguing over who would have the first turn. The necklace, holding the heart of Te Fiti, is their favourite thing about the film and they have been begging for this necklace for months!

The necklace lights up when opened to reveal a soft green glow, and at the push of a button will light up when it is closed too.

There was a great deal of “Ooohing!” and “Aaahing!” as they took it in turns to open the necklace, and had I known just how happy it would make them I would definitely have bought it months ago.

After waiting impatiently for his turn, Harry couldn’t get it on fast enough, much to the amusement of Megan!!

With the doll unboxed and the necklace on, it was lovely to snuggle down together and watch Moana again, and it was just as wonderful the second time as it was the first!

With a RRP of £34.99 for the doll and £9.99 for the necklace, these toys don’t come cheap. That said, there are plenty of offers on the doll if you take the time to look on-line, and given how happy it made the children, and how much we love the film, they were worth every penny.

We were sent these items for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are our own.


  1. Nige
    April 18, 2017 / 7:52 am

    We are huge Moana fans Maisie really believes she is Moana lol on Easter Monday will all sat down and watched it again it’s the new frozen here great post Laura #triumphanttales

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Haha mine too! It’s a relief to have a break from Frozen isn’t it?! xx

  2. April 18, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    We thought Moana was rather good too! It’s the sort of film you can watch over and over again 🙂 sounds like you had a good movie day! #DreamTeam

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      It has the best sound track ever!! Can’t stop singing it today! xx

  3. April 18, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    They look so happy with the toys. I bet it was lovely all snuggled up together like that. I love watching movies as a family.

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Me too Ali, although they always tell me to stop singing! xx

  4. April 18, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    we really liked that one too. Its on the list for her birthday. #triumphanttales

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      The doll is fab, the children haven’t put it down! xx

  5. April 18, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    The Lion King was always one of my favourite films to watch as well but I have yet to see Moana although I would like to. I agree that strong heroine is needed to make a good movie x

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Ooh I’m sure you will love Moana then Ana, she is such a strong character!

  6. April 18, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I totally would have loved that necklace when I was a little girl. That is so cool. Movie night was a treat growing up. And nothing says family quite like Disney!

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Me too! It’s lovely to have a night together where we all snuggle down to watch the same film, it doesn’t happen often! xx

  7. April 18, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    It’s SUCH a great film isn’t it. Dangerously catchy tunes. Beautiful setting. Brilliant characters… Love the Lion King as well though! #dreamteam

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Yes! The music is my absolute favourite, I can’t stop singing the songs! xx

  8. April 19, 2017 / 7:56 am

    My daughter is too young to sit and watch films at the moment, but my niece is obsessed with Moana so I can see the appeal to slightly older children. She’d love the doll too!

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      The doll is fab, the three youngest are obsessed with it! I’ve had to allocate them turns to play with it so all hell doesn’t break loose! xx

  9. Anton
    April 19, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I’ve been putting off watching Moana for the longest time. Too many good movies recently. Think i’ll catch it this weekend.

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Oh you really should, it’s fantastic! xx

  10. April 19, 2017 / 11:16 am

    I’m ashamed to say we haven’t yet seen Moana but it’s massively on our list…it looks like you guys had a blast on your Moana night in! x

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Whaaaaat? Oh Talya what have you been doing all this time?!! Get on it, it’s amazing! xx

  11. April 19, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    So many people are raving about this yet I’ve still not seen it! I must get around to it as me and Hubby are massive Disney fans! i love that all the kids enjoyed the doll and necklace!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. Hope to see you back next week.

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Oh yes you should! It’s fantastic! xx

  12. April 19, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    I’m totally ooing and ahhing. The doll and necklaces are just lovely. Proper quality toys instead of some of the rubbish that gets churned out. We loved Moana when we went to see it.

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      I agree, the doll is such a good size, not like some little dolls the girls have! I’m really pleased with our bundle! xx

  13. Elizabeth O.
    April 20, 2017 / 1:25 am

    It looks like Moana is another well loved princess! It’s so nice that you didn’t only get a doll but her necklace as well.

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 8:36 am

      Yes they LOVE the necklace, it’s their favourite toy at the moment! xx

  14. April 20, 2017 / 1:31 am

    I really enjoyed the film and it would be nice to get the DVD for when the kids come over to visit. I’m sure they’re going to love watching it over and over.

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 8:36 am

      Definitely, they never tire of these films, although I am sure I’ll reach a point where I will!! xx

  15. Ali Rost
    April 20, 2017 / 2:49 am

    My grandson and I just watched Moana a few weekends ago .. and I agree it’s close to the top of the list of great Disney movies. I love too some of the toys that are released around the same time .. something for kids to remember it by

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 8:35 am

      It’s fab isn’t it! Megan took the necklace to bed last night! xx

  16. April 20, 2017 / 9:13 am

    The toys look fab. I’ve not seen the film yet however I did by bit yesterday so planning on watching it today.

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Oh yay! Enjoy! xx

  17. April 20, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I haven’t seen this film yet, I really must watch it with my eldest soon. The toys look great, the necklace seems really cool!

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Oh you will love it Fi, its amazing! xx

  18. April 20, 2017 / 10:01 am

    I can’t wait for Sophie to be old enough to sit through a Disney film! So far we have managed 10 minutes lol. Lookin forward to seeing this one 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Oh no! One day! xx

  19. Joanna
    April 20, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    What a great way to watch a movie, by having the main characters as toys, close by to play with them. I haven’t seen Moana yet but I do like the Disney movies. The doll is really nice, with all the accessories that can recreate scenes from the movie.

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      It’s lovely having a movie night like this, the kids loved it! xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      Hahah yes, you’d love it I’m sure! xx

  20. April 20, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I always thought it was remarkable how Disney are able to create this incredible plots and movies that can move things forward like they do. Its amazing.

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      Me too! Where do they keep coming up with these plot lines! Amazing! xx

  21. April 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Haven’t heard about Moana before (no kids around haha) but the toys are lovely, specially the doll is really cool x

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Ohh it’s so good! No kids needed! xx

  22. Jen
    April 21, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    My son got to see this for a special treat through school, a reading award. He loved it. I am in awe of the graphics and think it looks fabulous. Loving the themed toys, always nice have if you love the film.

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      Ahh that’s so lovely of the school!! It’s a great film, I love that there are toys to go with it too. xx

  23. April 21, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    We love moana here. It’s an amazing film. We have the necklace and love it. The doll looks great x

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      It’s a fab film isn’t it? My favourite! xx

  24. April 21, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    A light up necklace! That sounds so cool. This looks like it was something they enjoyed a lot. And yes, all Disney movies must have a good soundtrack!

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      You can’t beat a Disney song! xx

  25. April 22, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I rented this movie on sky box office at a gamble for my two year old last weekend and i regret it lol! My daughter literally when at home watches or could watch it a million times over lol! plus she takes this big Maui into bed with us, Im sure i caught her singing ‘you are welcome’ in her sleep

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Haha it’s one of those films that you just want to watch over and over! You’re welcome is one of my favourites! xx

  26. April 22, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    My daughters both love the film as well, and I agree it’s a great story from Disney. We have a few of the toys, but I have to say that necklace might need to join them

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      They love the necklace, it’s such a huge part of the film! xx

  27. April 22, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I’ve not seen this film but have heard nothing but good things about it. This looks like a great little night in treat for the kids! I love that line ‘It’s alright for a Disney film!’ Bless him! Thanks so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales. xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Hahah it’s the best I can get from a thirteen year old! xx

  28. April 23, 2017 / 3:30 am

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but my friends daughter is crazy about Moana. Love the pictures your posted, the expressions are priceless.

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      Ahh thank you. It’s a great film! xx

  29. April 24, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Ah i’ve not seen it – The Lion King is my favourite too – closely followed by Frozen now! I must try watch this, sounds like your children love it! #DreamTeam

    • Laura Dove
      April 25, 2017 / 8:17 am

      It’s FAB Susie, you will love it I’m sure! xx

  30. April 25, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Oh how cute – looks like the kids really enjoyed unboxing Moana! I haven’t seen the film but looks fantastic and I’m sure Emma would love it too. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 25, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Oh you have to see it!!! Emma will love it – and you too! xx

  31. April 25, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    They looks so happy with toys 🙂 I am happy too to read your write up.

    • Laura Dove
      April 25, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you! It’s a fab film! xx

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