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Meet Pepita: Mamá Imelda’s Spirit Guide in Disney Pixar’s COCO

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney When watching the Disney-Pixar film COCO your children are going to be captivated by Pepita who is Mamá Imelda’s spirit guide. Pepita is an Alebrijes, and while I was at Pixar Animation Studios, Character/Rigging Artist, Alonso Martinez shared with us what are Alebrijes and the significance it has in the film COCO. Martinez started talking about Alebrijes by sharing with us his own personal collection that he has been collecting since he was a child. Alebrijes are a type of folk art in Mexico created by an artist named Pedro Linares, who came from a family that made piñatas. One day he became sick and had a fever dream. In the fever dream he was in a forest that was colorful and all of a sudden animals started to appear. There were...

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Disney Pixar COCO: Creating Miguel’s Best Friend Dante

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a media event as a guest of Disney Dante is Miguel’s trusted partner on his journey into the land of the dead. Dante is a Xoloitzcuintli (Xolo) breed. The breed of dogs is named after an Aztec God. They are ancient dogs who are native to Mexico and Central America. They safeguard the home from evil spirits and intruders, and they are also said to have healing powers because the heat from their body was used to cure arthritis. These dogs have also served as guides to the dead as they transition from this world into the next. When creating Dante, they started by making some sketches to figure out his design and character. The next step, they would make a sculpture. They made the sculptures of Dante and Miguel together so they could look at the...

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Teen’s Dream Come True at the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Our family is so fortunate to have the opportunity to experience many amazing things. As my son has become a teenager, it is hard to find things to do with him that truly gets him excited about. I was able to find the one thing to make him happier than I’ve ever seen him in his life, so happy that he cried multiple times throughout the night because he was overwhelmed with emotion, and that was the night that I took him to the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere. The day before the premiere, I surprised him with the news that he was going to get to leave school early and come with me to the premiere. He was so happy that he kept hugging me throughout the night, and thanking me for...

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Join the Monster Academy at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Endless spooky science fun awaits your children this Halloween season at Discovery Cube OC. Your kids will get to join the Monster Academy as they learn through play. This year is better than ever with an interactive stage show, slime making demonstration, and more. Tractor Trails For children under the age of five, they can ride a mini tractor along a spooktacular fun trail. While riding the tractors, they will bump into a familiar friend from the Happiest Place on Earth. Dress-up like a Scarecrow Your children can enjoy endless imaginary play when dressing up in one of the many Halloween costumes available. Spooky Shapes & Ladybug Match Using different shapes, your children can use their imagination to create different jack-o-lanterns. Once they are done creating a jack-o-lantern, they can play...

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16th Annual Autumn Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Celebrate the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines on November 4-5, 2017, at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. In China, people celebrate the Moon Festival. In Japan, regional harvest festivals, or matsuri, are held. Chuseok is the traditional Korean fall festival. Celebrate the magic of fall through the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines during the sixteenth annual of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Autumn Festival. Held Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017, this festival offers a weekend of diverse learning opportunities and family entertainment. The festival will feature live music and dance performances, cultural arts exhibits, and crafts. Throughout the weekend artisans and other vendors will be displaying and selling their works. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE:...

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Bringing the Skeletons to Life in COCO

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited Pixar as a guest of Disney The Disney-Pixar movie COCO is coming out in theaters on November 22nd. The movie is about family, culture, and music. It tells a story about the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. In the film, skeletons play a significant role, and while I was at Pixar Animation Studios learning about the film, I was fascinated by how they were able to give the skeletons life in the film. Designing the Skeletons Daniel Arriaga, Character Art Director, shared with us that it all started with research. They studied the skull and skeleton to find a way that they could make it appealing. They did sketches to see how they could give them character and adjusted the clothing. The next step was to make them into sculptures. By doing this, it allowed...

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Scarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 7 comments

  Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests, and face painting at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright this Halloween season! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can hunt for creepy-looking animals while enjoying special Halloween activities and learning about the ocean. The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, the creepy coloring contest, otherworldly animals in the Great Hall, and much more. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. COST: Included with admission—$29.95...

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DIY Disneyland Mickey Día de los Muertos Rice Krispy

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Disney, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney There are many delicious treats available to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort during Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Along with delicious Día de los Muertos foods, families can capture a photo with the sugar skull car in front of Ramone’s Auto Body Shop in Disney California Adventure and see an ofrenda honoring Ramone’s late friend Doc Hudson. One of our favorite Día de los Muertos treats available at the Disneyland Resort this year is the Mickey Día de los Muertos Rice Krispy treat. While at Disneyland this year, we had the honor of getting a DIY tutorial on how to make a Mickey Día de los Muertos from one of the “sweetest” candy makers at Disneyland, Rob. In the video, Rob shows families how simple it is to make this delicious...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales at Your Fingertips

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Sail Ho!….there is a ship yonder, a SHIP, I tell you…shiver me timbers….it looks to be…..what…it CAN’T be….the Black Pearl?! “This is either madness or brilliance, and it’s remarkable how often these two traits coincide,” craftily said by Jack Sparrow. YES, it is the one and only Black Pearl! To our amazement, Disney has done it again. They’ve managed to bring the unthinkable to our entertainment fingertips. Announcing the exciting release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on DVD and Blu-ray on October 3rd. Disney sprinkled this release with magic by bringing the Black Pearl to Santa Monica Beach last week. Much to our astonishment, the creators of Disney had secretly overnighted, this massive cargo load of a ship to this beach destination and dropped it off...

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The Future Looks Bright at Bowers Kidseum

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 Sponsored The future looks bright! In collaboration with Team Lab Kids, Inc., Bowers Kidseum is excited to introduce an internationally traveling exhibit called Future Park: Art + Technology. In this unique digital playground, creativity abounds as children work and play together using technology, art and their imaginations! Designed to inspire creative thinking, encourage collaborative play and build an interest in digital technology, this hands-on, digital exhibit features four different interactive areas for children to explore: Sketch Town Paint the town red or blue or green! Children draw colorful pictures of cars, buses, buildings and more to create an amazing virtual town bustling with activity. The town is projected on oversized exhibit walls from floor to ceiling and is reactive to the child’s touch. The children’s drawings can also be made into an original 3-D papercraft model that they can...

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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 | 1 comment

 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 | 3 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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