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A New Star Wars Story Begins

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London. The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. “Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller...

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Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways | 3 comments

  Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s fifteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers. The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 SCHEDULE: SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. African-American Dance — Fantasia 10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition —...

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The Magical Disney Vault

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney If you’re a fan of Disney animated films, you already know that they often reference “The Vault.” It’s where the original films and artwork are allegedly kept. I was surprised and delighted to find that it really exists. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The Disney Vault is real. A nondescript building in Glendale, California houses an amazing collection of Disney animation art dating back to the 1920’s where the storyboard sketches and animation cells are painstakingly preserved in a protected environment. The actual name of this magical place is the Walt Disney Animation Research Library (the ARL). The occasion for this visit was the release of the Walt Disney animation classic, Pinocchio on Blu-ray (available in stores now). The Disney Vaults – there are 11 of them – contain every sketch, every conceptual...

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Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession at Disneyland

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Disney, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney One of the highlights of the Lunar New Year celebration happening at Disney California Adventure Park is Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession. The story of Mulan comes to life with music and magic for children visiting Disney California Adventure Park during the celebration. Mulan and Mushu lead the procession followed by a dragon that dances around the street throughout the performance. There is festive music with dancing ribbon twirlers, drummers, and umbrella dancers. I was in awe throughout the entire performance and captivated by the talented performers. Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession is happening multiple times throughout the day at Disney California Adventure Park until February 5th. Don’t miss bringing your children to enjoy this captivating street show and celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Disneyland...

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Lunar New Year at the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The Happiest Place on Earth is the perfect place to celebrate the Lunar New Year with your family this year. The Celebration is happening at Disney California Adventure Park until February 5th, offering families fabulous entertainment, delicious food, and magical memories. One of the highlights of the celebration is the special World of Color pre-show called “Hurry Home.” The award-winning composer, Tan Dun who is well-known for his work “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” created the music, and all the animation was made specifically for this performance. The story will take your family on an adventure with Little Lantern and his journey to return home. Your children will be touched by the heart-warming story and will love seeing an appearance by Mulan and Mushu. During the celebration, your family will go on an...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Festival of Human Abilities

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Celebrate the talents and creativity of people with disabilities at the Aquarium on the weekend of Jan. 28-29, and enjoy live music, dance, art, and demonstrations. At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Featured at the festival are hip hop wheelchair dancers Auti Angel, The Rollettes, Infinite Flow, a sign language choir, Kodi Lee, a singer who is blind and has autism, Dat Nguyen, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists. Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays, including mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. Diveheart will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport. A variety of free creative workshop classes...

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Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney It is the most magical time of the year to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort to witness the return of the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade. Watching the Main Street Electrical Parade in Disneyland was one of my favorite childhood memories, and now I get to share the same memories with my children at the Happiest Place on Earth. The parade debuted for the last time in Disneyland in November of 1996 and had traveled to Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and more before returning to Disneyland Park last night for a limited-time. The parade has performed more than 3,600 times for more than 75 million guests during its original run in Disneyland Park, and now more families have an opportunity to experience the magic with its return home. When I...

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Trader Joe’s Takes over Pretend City

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Events, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Ready for some happy news? Trader Joe’s took over the grocery store exhibit at Pretend City in Irvine! This fun and engaging children’s museum started off their New Year with a bang. My family and I were over the moon hearing the news and were very excited to get a sneak peek. Donnie Martin, Orange County Regional Vice President for Trader Joe’s, was in person giving us the tour of the new kid-scale Trader Joe’s. “We are so excited to bring a Trader Joe’s grocery exhibit to help children throughout the neighborhood and beyond learn about the adventures in shopping,” said Donnie. I’ll admit I have shopped at plenty of grocery stores, but personally, my family and I are huge Trader Joe’s fans. It’s a weekly trip for me and always...

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Universal Studios

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

  The “Year of the Rooster” gets a wake-up call from DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda stars, Po and Tigress when they make their first-ever appearance during Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Lunar New Year. The event is included in the price of theme park admission and will take place from Saturday, January 21 to Sunday, February 5, 2017. A highlight of the time-honored tradition will mark the return of the Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON who will engage guests in conversation characteristic of his persona as the leader of the DECEPTICON. MEGATRON – an ominous 12-foot-tall sentient robot – is one of the stars of Universal Studios’ award-winning thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.” Also joining the festivities will be theme park characters, Curious George and Woody Woodpecker, who will don festive Chinese attire. Lunar New Year comes to life within Universal Plaza,...

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Moana Sing-along at El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

  The epic journey continues for MOANA fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure MOANA, coming to theaters nationwide January 27th! Fans are invited to warm up those vocal cords and set sail with an all-new sing-along version of MOANA launching in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on Jan. 27 and exclusively at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre on Jan. 20. MOANA audiences were swept away by the film’s original songs and score from a dynamic team that includes Tony®-, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda (Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Mark Mancina (“Tarzan,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa‘i (founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka). The sing-along version of MOANA includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics, so...

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Introducing the Cast of Disney’s CARS 3

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  Key cast members and new characters in the upcoming faster-than-fast film CARS 3 were announced today! Joining Owen Wilson in the all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world are Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez and next-gen racer Jackson Storm, respectively. “Cristela is full of optimism and a positive energy that I think really comes through in Cruz’s personality,” said CARS 3 Director Brian Fee. “And of course, she’s a hilarious comedian, so that doesn’t hurt either. Armie brought a great combination of intensity and charm to the role of Jackson Storm. His charisma helped create a character you really love to hate.” Lightning McQueen Owen Wilson Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds...

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2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Movies

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  It’s here!! The official 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Movie line-up!! It is going to be one of the biggest years yet for Disney film. Get ready for an epic year of bringing your children to the movies. Beauty and the Beast March 17, 2017 The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within....

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Explore Your Imagination at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue If you have ever enjoyed playing dress up or playing make believe as a child, plan a visit to Pretend City with your kiddos! Whether you were running around in your firefighter jacket and fire boots or having a cup of tea in your princess dress with matching tiara, give your kids the chance to explore their imaginations. I wish Pretend City was around when I was a child, even now as an adult, I can’t wait to go back and see my boys play and learn so much. Pretend City is exactly that; an entire city for your kids to explore hands on and truly be a part of a magical world. Let’s start with what this exciting kid-sized city offers: Bank with ATMs Post office Grocery store Restaurant Farm...

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Amazing Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Last night my family and I had the opportunity to see Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment at the Honda Center. Our whole family thoroughly enjoyed the show. My three year old left the show asking to go back to see it tomorrow and my one year old watched in amazement. This show is so well done and entertaining it had both of my young kiddos sitting still and watching in awe the entire time. Mickey and Minnie host the show by introducing scenes from Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and Frozen. Each storyline was presented with such talent from the ice skaters as they tell the story of each of the movies. Toy Story 3 started in Andy’s room as he says goodbye to his toys before he...

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Disney’s World of Color – Season of Light

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Disney’s World of Color is our all-time favorite show to watch when visiting the Disneyland Resort. This year, Disney debuted World of Color – Season of Light, and it is the best yet providing more lights, music, and magic for families to enjoy when visiting the Disneyland Resort this holiday season. The show begins with a tribute to the end of fall and then goes into the heart of the holiday season. The light spectacular features all of your favorite Disney characters and music. Our children’s favorite part of World of Color – Season of Light is the scene with Stitch from Lilo and Stitch – their favorite Disney film. When I saw Bambi appear, my heart melted. There is so much love in this show, and if you look closely, you’ll...

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Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of our favorite things to do at the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season is to watch the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party. The costumes, the music, and the magic always get our family into the Christmas spirit. The street party happens multiple times throughout the day at Disney California Adventure Park. The first thing that your family will see are the beautiful folklorico dancers leading the parade followed by Panchito, José Carioca, and Donald on a large float. The folklorico dancers give an epic performance offering families a taste of the Latin-American culture. A street party wouldn’t be complete without Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The two beloved Disney characters join in on the celebration complete with their Latin-American inspired outfits. They show off their dance skills to guests visiting Disney...

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Holiday Fun at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

 We were invited as a guest of the venue. This year, our family got into the holiday spirit at The Aquarium of the Pacific! During the month of December through December 23rd, the Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating Aquarium Holidays with tons of animal fun for families to enjoy. With so many exciting things to visit and see, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers many treats. There is a Santa Diver that appears daily in the Honda Blue Cavern. Along with a photo of Santa with the fish, families are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to visit with Santa in front of the beautiful Honda Blue Cavern, as well as with Holiday Aquarium characters. On weekends, be sure to catch the Penguin Walk on the 2nd floor at the Northern Pacific Gallery. There is a gingerbread house...

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Merry Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Universal If you haven’t found yourself singing a holiday carol, go to Universal Studios Hollywood during Grinchmas! Last weekend, my husband and I took our two young sons for our very first time. Grinchmas let us embrace the holiday spirit in full swing; it was a great, fun-filled Sunday. As we entered the park, our ears were welcomed by sweet carols and the sound of laughter. My 4-year old son, Piercen, and I caught ourselves singing along to Jingle Bells. Instant happiness! My 2-year old son, Harlen, was smiling ear to ear, pointing at the sparkling lights, ornaments and some characters he recognized, Spongebob Squarepants and Curious George were the first of many. Every nook and cranny were decorated for the holidays with a ton of detail. I loved it and appreciated every...

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Give the Gift of a Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Family, Giveaways, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 12 comments

 Sponsored We have been season passholders at Knott’s Berry Farm since our kids were babies. Every Christmas, we wake up to find Knott’s season passes in our stockings from my husband’s parents. The season passes at Knott’s Berry Farm are affordable enough for our parents to purchase them for all their kids and grandkids so that we can create family memories together throughout the year at the theme park. The best part about the Knott’s Berry Farm season passes is that there are no blackout dates! Here are some other great reasons to get your family a Knott’s Berry Farm season pass this holiday season. There is always something to do At Knott’s Berry Farm they call it ͞Seasons of Fun͟ because the offerings always change based on the season. Spring is the best time for foodies with Knott’s...

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The Return of The Main Street Electrical Parade

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Last night was the start of the 108th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, and Disney surprised families by introducing a beautiful Main Street Electrical Parade-themed boat. The boat will give families a small glimpse of the magic that the Main Street Electrical Parade has provided guests for many generations. Disney introduced the special boat at the parade in celebration of the return of The Main Street Electrical Parade which will return to Disneyland Park for a limited engagement starting on January 20th. It will be the parade’s return to Disneyland for the first time since 1996. It will feature a 23-foot-tall Clock Tower looming over Cinderella’s Ball, a smoke-breathing dragon, and more. Guests who wish to be among the first to welcome the parade back to Disneyland may purchase a special, separate ticket for an after-hours premiere...

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