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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE: 10 Must-Have LEGO Building Sets

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, LegoLand, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored The highly anticipated time has come for THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE to come into theaters this Friday, September 22nd. After taking my son to an early screening of the film while having a staycation at the LEGOLAND Hotel, all he keeps talking about it wanting to get THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE building sets to add to his home LEGO collection. Once the movie comes out on Friday, these LEGO building sets are guaranteed to fly off the store shelves, so we decided to give you an inside scoop on the 10-must have LEGO building sets for you to purchase before the film is released tomorrow. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Destiny’s Bounty Destiny’s Bounty features 3 levels (top deck, Wu’s dojo, mid-deck/hull), double-headed dragon figurehead, Wu’s bedroom with bed, a bathroom in the hull, dojo with a scroll, training...

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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Epic Staycation

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures In celebration of the upcoming film “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” coming out in theaters on September 22nd, I surprised my younger son by taking him to LEGOLAND California to be one of the first to see the film. The morning of the event, I loaded up our Kia Sorento with our suitcases and then picked him up early from school. I didn’t tell him where we were going, and it wasn’t until I pulled into the valet at the LEGOLAND Hotel that he realized we were going to LEGOLAND California. He squealed with delight, got out of the car and ran into the resort to start playing in their giant pirate ship LEGO play area. Little did he know that we were going to be staying the night, and getting...

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Ninjas Take over Legoland California during LEGO NINJAGO Days

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Events, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Sponsored It’s ninja time! LEGOLAND California Resort celebrates the opening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated big-screen animated adventure “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE,” in theaters nationwide on September 22, with LEGO NINJAGO Days on September 23 & 24. Guests are invited to come join in some LEGO NINJAGO fun at the family theme park and meet some of their favorite LEGO NINJAGO characters, including Kai, Jay and Nya. Guests can also participate in activities such as building a LEGO mystery mosaic, completing a scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A. and be one of the first to play “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” video game. All activities are included with the price of admission into LEGOLAND California Resort. WHEN: September 23 & 24, 2017 WHERE: LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad, CA ACTIVITIES: THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ Character Meet & Greets Meet characters from...

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Disneyland Halloween Frightfully Fun Foods

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of my favorite things to do when visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to try all of the tasty treats and savory foods. This year, Disneyland has brought back many of our favorite Halloween treats, and have added a lot of new things for your family to try when visiting this holiday season. These are some of the Halloween foods that you’ll not want to miss trying when visiting Disneyland this Halloween. Cake Pops and Caramel Apples One of my favorite things to get during Halloween Time at Disneyland are caramel apples. Disneyland has a wide variety of cake pops available for your family to enjoy. Spoke-y Cone Macaron This tasty treat is filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn. It can be found at the Cozy Cone Motel...

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Disney-Pixar’s COCO: A Story about Family & Culture

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a press preview as a guest of Disney Disney-Pixar’s COCO is a beautiful film that will immerse families in the Mexican culture as it tells the story behind the meaning of Día de los Muertos. The story is about a boy who is stuck between two worlds and is also a story about what it means to be a family. Before starting to work on the film, the filmmakers started with research. They made many trips to Mexico during Día de los Muertos to learn how the different regions embrace the cultural event. During Día de los Muertos, the souls of the dead are invited back to the land of the living. It is a grand family reunion where families are joyful, and get out into the streets, a beautiful tradition. The filmmakers used the traditions to...

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Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 2 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney For the first time, families can now experience the magic of Disney’s Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure Park. Families who purchase tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party can create memories together in either Disney California Adventure or Disneyland during the three-hour pre-party mix-in. The excitement begins as guests first enter Disney California Adventure Park and are greeted by a giant silhouette of Oogie Boogie! Then once inside of the park, guests will notice that Buena Vista Street has been decorated for the Halloween Season, and there are bats everywhere! Cars Land has an all-new look for Haul-O-Ween! Mater, Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and the Red Fire Truck are dressed in their favorite costumes. Guests can spot Mater cruising down Route 66 while dressed as a vampire, and capture a photo...

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2017 LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Shutterfly®, is returning with exciting entertainment, sweeter treats and even more not-so-spooky thrills this year every Saturday night (Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28). LEGOLAND® California transforms into a monster mash bash for the ultimate family fun Halloween party featuring Ghost Cruise adventure, a new pop-badge challenge, a fall festival complete with a LEGO® pumpkin patch building activity, Bluegrass Band Jamboree and a special LEGO Friends meet and greet in Heartlake City, where kids can decorate their own craft and more! Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a special event and admission can be purchased for as low as $49 if purchased online in advance. New this year, guests can purchase a full second day Resort Hopper ticket to enjoy LEGOLAND California, SEA LIFE aquarium and LEGOLAND® Water Park. Special event ticket holders...

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s 13th Annual Southeast Asia Day + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Live performances of traditional music and dance, as well as cultural craft demonstrations and displays, will help transform the Aquarium into an exotic destination during its thirteenth annual Southeast Asia Day. During the festival children can participate in arts and crafts. Through this unique celebration, the Aquarium seeks to foster a stronger connection with the local Southeast Asian community. One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. Southern California also has vibrant communities from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Visitors can experience the traditional dance and other cultural practices from these countries during the festival. WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Southeast Asia...

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Mickey’s Halloween Pre-Party Mix-In & Discounted Tickets

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Disney, Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort is going to be bigger and better than ever this year with the all-new pre-party mix-in. For the first time, guest attending Mickey’s Halloween Party will have an opportunity to visit Disney California Adventure as well as Disneyland Park during the three hours prior to the beginning of the party in Disneyland Park. Another great reason to bring the family to Mickey’s Halloween party this year is the discounted advance purchase tickets. There are only a few select nights available where guests can take advantage of the discounted advance ticket pricing. We recommend purchasing them today before the tickets sell-out! Your family will create memories that will last a lifetime during Mickey’s Halloween Party. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special ticketed event allows guests to trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland Park, enjoy special...

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Special Message to my kids from Ernie Sabella aka Pumbaa

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

 I visited as a guest of Disney I have had the honor of meeting many Disney legends over the years, but I had the most magical experience when meeting Ernie Sabella last month at Walt Disney World. Who is Ernie Sabella? He is not only one of the most talented actors in Hollywood, but also the voice of the beloved Pumbaa in the movie The Lion King. Normally, when I meet a celebrity at a media event, I usually get a photo opportunity and time to ask them some questions about the film they are currently promoting. It was very different when I first met Ernie Sabella. It was the first night that I had arrived at Walt Disney World, and I went to a special Lion King themed dinner that Sabella was attending. When I approached Ernie Sabella...

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Aquarium of the Pacific 13th Annual Native American Festival

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The thirteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and...

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What Happened to the Baby Snow Leopards in Born in China

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney The beautiful Disneynature film Born in China has been released recently on Blu-ray and digital download. While I was at Disney World last month, I had the extreme honor of talking with the creative genius behind the film Born in China, Roy Conli. Conli is well-known for his work on Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Born in China was his first time working on a Disneynature film. Everyone who sees the film is captivated by the story of the snow leopards. The beautiful animals live in a place where many humans could never survive, and the story that we followed in the movie exposed my children to how the snow leopards survive in their harsh climate. Since the movie has already been released in theaters and Blu-ray, many already know...

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Three Reasons Teens Should Watch The Lion King

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie ever created. I feel that once people see the Lion King, they will fall in love with just like I did. Now that I am a teenager, all of my friends want to watch the latest movie release, but I feel that we should also relive our love for childhood classics like the Lion King. Recently, I saw the Lion King for the first time as a teenager with my friends during a backyard movie night, and it was like seeing it for the first time. These are my three reasons why teenagers should watch the Lion King. The music. Almost every teenager loves music, and the Lion King has the best music ever. If you are like me and value music most when it comes to movies, then this...

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How to Have and Epic Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Night

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored The time has finally come for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to be released on blu-ray and digital download with Disney Movies Anywhere. The movie is one of my kids all time favorites, and when it was released on blu-ray, I immediately got a copy of the film to add to our home movie collection. In celebration of the film release, I invited some of my kid’s friends over to our home for an epic Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 backyard movie night. I wanted the food to be themed after the film, but I didn’t have a lot of time to make themed dishes for the evening. Instead of making foods, I found food in our grocery store that was “space themed.” I got Sun Chips, Starburst, Milky Way, Eclipse gum, and Sunkist soda. When...

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COCO tells children the story of what Día de los Muertos means

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney Most of you who have been following my journeys over the past couple of years know, I have a love for the country of Mexico. I first started spending time in the country so that I could immerse my adopted son into the culture of his biological father, but as I spent time in the country, it became more than that to our family. Our family spends every possible moment that we have in the beautiful country, learning about the culture, enjoying delicious cuisine, and making lifelong friends. We don’t visit the country to stay and play at plush resorts, but to explore and learn about the culture. We’ve already made over ten trips to Mexico this year with more plans to return before the end of the year. There...

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Disney’s Animal Conservationist Anne Savage

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney While I was in Florida learning about Disney’s The Lion King and Born and China, I went to have breakfast with one of the world’s top conservationist Anne Savage. I was very busy leading up to the trip, and while I had a chance to read her extensive bio, I didn’t have an opportunity to look up her photo online. While I was enjoying breakfast with the group I was traveling with, the sweetest woman came over to the table and started to talk to us about Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and that was when it hit me – she was Anne Savage! The interview was unlike any other I had experienced before and was more about conversation vs. a Q&A. Anne Savage is an incredible conservationist who has done so much work...

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Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things to do when I’m in the San Francisco area is to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum. When I went to visit Pixar Animation Studios to learn about the upcoming film COCO, I made a stop at the museum before flying home. One exhibit at the museum that captivated me was Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja. Before exploring the exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum, I didn’t know a lot about Andreas Deja. I quickly learned that he is one of the most highly acclaimed animators of all-time and is known for his work on bringing Scar in The Lion King to life. While I was looking around the exhibit and admiring his work, there were drawings of lions that didn’t look familiar...

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Don Hahn & Rob Minkoff: Bringing The Lion King to Life

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

 I visited as a guest of Disney While I was in Florida earlier this month at Walt Disney World, I was given the honor of lifetime by getting to sit down with two animation genius’ who created The Lion King, Don Hahn and Rob Minkoff. Don Hahn is known for producing Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lion King, and more. And Rob Minkoff is a highly acclaimed director who is known for his work on Stuart Little and the beloved classic, The Lion King. I had trouble sleeping the night before the interview because I was so excited about meeting the two of them. With The Lion King being one of my favorite Disney movies, I had so many questions that I was wanted to ask them that were spinning around in my head as...

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Festival of the Lion King at the Walt Disney World Resort

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Disney, Florida, Travel, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney In celebration of the classic Disney film The Lion King coming out of the Disney vault, I went to the Walt Disney World Resort to be immersed into the magical world in which Timon, Simba, and Pumbaa live. During my trip, most of my time was spent at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and one of my favorite things that I did while exploring the theme park was watching the interactive production of Festival of the Lion King. During the performance, the film beautifully came to life. There was music, dancing, and all of our favorite Lion King characters. One of my favorite parts of the performance was when a dancer came out onto the stage and spun a wheel of real fire. He did many tricks with the fire and even breathed a...

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MaxPass Enhances the Disneyland Experience

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Earlier this month, our family spent a magical day at Disneyland, and it was our first time using MaxPass. What is MaxPass? It is the best thing to happen to families wanting to visit the Disneyland Resort. With MaxPass, families can request a FastPass directly on their cellular device. That means no more rushing over to your favorite attractions with your kids just to tell them that they have to wait until your selected FastPass time to experience the attraction. You’ll now bring your kids to the attraction on time specified on the Disneyland app. The most important thing that you’ll want to know about MaxPass is that if you already have the Disneyland app installed on your mobile device, you’ll want to update it before coming to Disneyland. Otherwise, you’ll have...

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