Disney's New Sleep Hotline Lets Mickey Tell Your Kids When It's Time for Bed


If lullabies and bedtime stories simply aren’t helping your little one wind down, you may want to get Mickey Mouse on the line. As spotted by CBS News, parents can now call up Disney and have Mickey—or one of his pals—share a brief bedtime message with your child.

Available through August 31, 2018, the toll-free hotline (1-877-7-MICKEY) lets parents choose from one of five characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Daisy, and Donald. Mickey, for instance, talks about brushing his teeth and reading to Pluto, while Daisy shares details about her day spent with her nieces.

The messages are pre-recorded, and while you can only hear from one character per call, you can call back as many times as you’d like to hear from the whole gang. It's open to people living in both the U.S. and Canada.

The hotline was launched in conjunction with Disney Sleep Shop’s latest sleepwear line, which is part of a larger push to make bedtime a little less stressful for parents and kids alike. One recent survey cited by Disney found that 77 percent of parents feel exhausted after trying to get their children to go to bed.

Hopefully, a little encouragement from their favorite Disney characters will do the trick.

[h/t CBS]

Learn to Paint Like Bob Ross in an Upcoming Facebook Live Event

Public television hero Bob Ross may no longer be with us, but you can still paint happy little trees in his honor. October 29, 2018 marks what would have been the 76th birthday of the beloved art teacher to the masses, and to honor his memory, the Quarto Group—publisher of the new book Painting With Bob Ross—is hosting a live-streamed painting party online.

Painting With Bob Ross provides step-by-step instructions to help you create some of the master’s favorite oil landscapes on your own. While Quarto’s October 23 painting party (a collaboration with Bob Ross, Inc.) can’t teach you how to mimic Ross's soothing voice, the celebration does include a painting session with Bernie Oropallo, a Certified Ross Instructor, who will demonstrate the techniques that Ross taught on The Joy of Painting.

Promo for The Quarto Group's Bob Ross painting party
The Quarto Group

The live-streamed instructional session will take place within the offices of a youth arts center in Beverly, Massachusetts, called Express Yourself. Oropallo will lead you through the process of painting “Distant Mountains,” one of the artworks included in the new book.

The painting lesson kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on October 23. To participate, log onto Facebook and head to the QuartoCreates page to join the live event. Before it starts, check out the event page here for a list of the supplies you’ll need to complete the painting. If you can’t make it to a computer that night, grab Painting With Bob Ross on Amazon ($15) to get the next best thing. If that’s not enough for you, we suggest you curl up with the official Bob Ross art book and/or a Bob Ross coloring book.

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