Now that the hat is gone from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the full-scale reproduction of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre that is home to The Great Movie Ride looks even more grand than ever!
One thing that strikes me now is just how many people are now exploring the footprints and signatures of some of Disney’s greatest stars embedded in the cement in the Great Movie Ride Courtyard.
While I have walked past these for years, I have never really taken time to take a peek at all the stars and memories that these cement squares hold. Also, I never realized just how many there are!
We spent a good amount of time looking at all of these footprints, handprints, signatures, and sayings. It really was a lot of fun and a great way to unwind for a bit and take in the beauty of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at dusk.
I have picked out some of my favorites to share with you in hopes that you will take a few moments to share some of your favorites soon!
I love the detail of where The Rocketeer’s Rocket Pack took off!
Now if this doesn’t capture the spirit and humor of Steve Martin…I don’t know what does!
You knew I wasn’t going to leave out my beloved Roger Rabbit!
Robin Williams’ cement area spoke volumes to me of just how loving of a person and father he was in that he had his whole family join him.
Pee-wee’s bow-tie is my everything!
Stay perfect Minnie!!!
Would you expect anything else for Leonard Nemoy’s handprint?
I have to say that Jim Henson’s square hit me pretty hard in the gut! The Muppets hold a special place in my heart, and for their hands to be together forever is pretty special.
WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN HULKAMANIA RUNS WILD ON DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS…BROTHER
Harrison Ford really thought about his placement.
Ed McMahon was such a huge part of my childhood! I remember staying up late to watch The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and watching Starsearch to argue with the number of stars people received.
Does Annette even need to sign her last name? Nope!
Hunt the Village at Artegon Marketplace Orlando – Saturday, April 4, 2015 (Noon – 5:00 pm)
Hop on over to Artegon Marketplace Orlando for a FREE family fun event. Hunt for Easter eggs scattered throughout the artisan village and in surrounding stores — some containing prizes from Artegon merchants. Visit with the Easter Bunny in the Great Hall and make a custom flipbook (between 1-4 p.m., free while supplies last). Register at guest services to win an Artegon Easter basket filled with merchant prizes, and take home festive Easter balloon animals.
Upcoming Signature Events at Artegon Marketplace Orlando in March:
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS – FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 5:00-9:00 P.M. (RECURRING)
Artegon Marketplace’s “Food Truck Crazy” truck rally held on the fourth Friday of every month kicks off on March 27. Gather on Artegon’s front patio for live music, entertainment and a kaleidoscope of food options, plus savor a unique deal: bring a purchase receipt from The Village at Artegon Marketplace to guest services and redeem for $5 in Food Truck Bucks.
For the most up-to-date list of upcoming Signature Events and Weekend Entertainment here for the make sure you visit here.
Full Sail University launches REBL HQ
in collaboration with Maker Studios
New On-Campus Studio To Create Original Content And Online Video Creator Curriculum To Launch This Year
Full Sail University, a worldwide educational leader in entertainment, media, technology, and the arts, and Maker Studios,the global leader in short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube, announced a unique collaboration to produce premium programming at the new digital entertainment studio “REBL HQ” located on the Full Sail University campus in Winter Park, Florida, as well as develop and launch an online video creator curriculum.
Located in a brand-new facility that houses state-of-the-art video soundstages, REBL HQ will create content across genres such as comedy, gaming, beauty, travel, and more; will provide students with real-world opportunities to participate on professional productions, as well as study development, production and distribution for online short-form video; and will serve as an innovation hub for the evolving world of online video delivery systems, production techniques and storytelling.
“Full Sail consistently works alongside entertainment industry leaders to create, mold and evolve pioneering curriculum and opportunities for our students. In addition to the exciting productions that will occur within REBL HQ, we know we have aligned with the industry leader in short-form content and look forward to the collaboration and educational opportunities that result with Maker,” said Garry Jones, president of Full Sail University.
Full Sail University and Maker will develop and collaboratively offer innovative coursework in online video to a global student base through Full Sail’s award-winning online learning platform. The curriculum will provide instruction on best practices in content creation and optimizing online video creators’ ability to attract audiences.
“Maker is always looking for new ways to help creative people develop their skills and grow audience to their full potential. We want to empower students with the proper skills to become a successful part of the digital content ecosystem. We’re excited to produce programming with REBL HQ as well as share our expertise with Full Sail students,” said Erin McPherson, chief content officer of Maker Studios.
While production activities commenced earlier this year at REBL HQ, today marks the official ribbon cutting ceremony to open the studio timed to Full Sail’s annual University Hall of Fame celebration, which recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of graduates who have excelled in their career field.
Full Sail and Maker are working collaboratively on original content initiatives as part of REBL HQ such as today’s launch of actress Gianna Simone’s YouTube channel featuring the original series “Love, Gianna.” Another example is a five-episode series documenting student game developer teams and Maker talent such as Keyori challenged with creating a video game in just 48 hours. “Full Sail Game Maker Challenge” premieres March 28.
About Full Sail University:
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the 2014 “Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design” by The Princeton Review, one of the “Top 25 Music Schools” by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. Full Sail was named the 2014 “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.
Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, and Web & Technology. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike VGX Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.
About Maker Studios:
Maker Studios is the global leader in online short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube. Maker specializes in reaching millennial audiences across multiple programming genres. Maker’s network includes 55,000 independent creators from more than 100 countries, attracting over 11 billion views per month, with a growing scale driven by its robust technology platform, direct-to-consumer distribution and data analytics. Maker is home to many of the world’s leading online talent and award-winning original programs such as “Epic Rap Battles of History.” Maker Studios is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and is headquartered in Los Angeles, with operations in New York, London, and Singapore. For more information visit www.makerstudios.com<http://www.makerstudios.com>.
SeaWorld Orlando Opens All-New “Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High” on April 16
SeaWorld Orlando announced the opening date of April 16 for the all-new show “Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High.”
Full of adventure, fun and big personalities, the show takes place in an aquatic-themed high school where laughter and education go hand in hand (er, flipper). When our dynamic duo – Clyde and Seamore – are nominated to win scholarships to Ocean University, they must enter crash courses in science, dance and gym in a storyline that is full of fast-paced fun. The cast of amazing animals and trainers connect with guests as only SeaWorld can, and an educational pre-show celebrates teachers from all over.
“Sea Lion High is a place where animals and people learn and play,” says Michael Fletcher, Vice President of Entertainment for SeaWorld Orlando. “Our guests will connect with these animals through a show that is full of fun and celebration, yet also blends in entertaining messages that encourage education, exploration and using your imagination.”
The best way to experience the all new-show, Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High is with the purchase of a 2015 Fun Card which allows unlimited admission to SeaWorld all year for the price of a single-day ticket. For more details on all the park shows and attractions, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com
About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection of approximately 89,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 25,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.
Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. can be obtained online atwww.seaworldentertainment.com. Shareholders and prospective investors can also register to automatically receive the Company’s press releases, SEC filings and other notices by e-mail by registering at that website.
DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of Discovery Cove, however all opinions are my own.
Planning a visit to Discovery Cove can be overwhelming as it is a place that you only dream of visiting.
Yesterday I shared an Introduction to Discovery Cove, and today I wanted to share some of my favorite tips that I learned from researching before I went and from being there for a day.
Pick Six: Tips For Making The Most Of Your Visit to Discovery Cove
1. Travel Lightly
While you may think that you being at the park all day means packing a huge bag, but before you break out the extra-large backpack let’s take a look at what’s provided, prohibited, and suggested first.
Discovery Cove provides each guest with wetsuits and/or swim vests, mask and snorkel,sample of specially formulated sunscreen that is safe for use in the animal habitats, towels, and beach chairs.
Since meals, snacks and drinks are provided with admission to Discovery Cove, no other food, beverages or coolers are permitted.
You will want to bring your own swimsuits, and, if you want, water socks or rubber pool shoes, hat, sunglasses, cover-up, and dry clothes (I will talk more about this one later).
And to be completely honest, I will be wearing water socks or rubber pool shoes on my next visit as the bottom of The Grand Reef and Dolphin Lagoon can be slippery. I may not look ‘cool’, but I will feel better!
Some other items that you may consider bringing are books and magazines, a mp3 player with headset or similar items to relax on the beach with, and a camera to catch all of your special moments.
I brought my phone to take care of all of the above, but you may want to invest in a waterproof case or pouch if you are planning on this option.
Please remember if you are participating in the Trainer for a Day program, you are required to wear footwear during some portions of their day.
Also, make sure that you leave any jewelry at home! With the exception of watches and wedding bands, Discovery Cove guests may not wear jewelry, for the safety of the animals.
2. Dietary Needs
You may want to research the Discover cove menus before you arrive, so you can view your options for any dietary needs before you arrive.
If you do have dietary needs, upon arriving at a meal facility go straight to the cashier and ask to speak with a supervisor in order to discuss the severity of your allergens and determine a meal that will be safe for you.
Discovery Cove offers several allergen friendly prepackaged items for your special dietary needs. The supervisor at the main meal facility will have a list and location of these items.
It’s important to note that not all of the park meal facilities are free from cross contact. In order to ensure your meal is safe, make sure you discuss the preparation process for your meal with the supervisor as you place your order to ensure no cross-contact takes place. 3. Get to Discovery Cove Early
Discovery Cove has operating hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily, however guests can begin the check-in process at 7:15 a.m.
While the check-in process doesn’t take a long time, getting there early means that having breakfast and getting settled in for the day doesn’t eat into any of your useable time in the park.
It really gave us the opportunity to settle in and enjoy breakfast!
4. Go to the Explorer’s Aviary First
Speaking of breakfast…Who doesn’t like to start their day off with a great meal?
Visiting the Explorer’s Aviary first thing is a great way to have a lot of interaction with the birds.
You will definitely make a lot of ‘friends’!
I have never worn a wetsuit before so the thought of wearing one was incredibly intimidating, however the wonderful attendants were extremely helpful with sizing and tips for putting the wetsuit on.
You also have the choice of receiving a full wetsuit, short wetsuit, or a swim vest.
But what is REALLY important to know is that you can switch out your wetsuit at any time.
For example, I decided to sport a swim vest for most of the day but opted for a short wetsuit for my Dolphin Swim Experience since the water is a little cooler in Dolphin Lagoon.
6. Bring a Change of Clothes
After a full day at Discovery Cove, you will be absolutely exhausted! I mean it! All that swimming around can wear you out.
One thing that I was glad that I did was to take a few minutes before I left to run into the bath house for a quick shower to freshen up.
Each bath house has an ample amount of showers, is stocked with towels, and each shower has eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
They also provide plastic bags for you to put your wet suits and sandy shoes.
Mexican National Team to take on Costa Rica on June 27 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in battle of CONCACAF rivals
Orlando City offers exclusive pre-sale “Two Pack” ticket offer for LA Galaxy Home game and Mexico vs. Costa Rica Match
The Mexican National Team, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and Orlando City SC – in partnership with Orlando Venues, Florida Citrus Sports and Central Florida Sports Commission – announced today that as part of its 2015 U.S. Tour, Mexico will return to the Orlando Citrus Bowl for the first time since the 1994 FIFA World Cup to take on Costa Rica onSaturday, June 27 (6 p.m. ET), in a battle of CONCACAF rivals.
The match will be crucial for both squads as they make final preparations ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup – the bi-annual continental championship to be played across North America in July. Capturing the Gold Cup would give the winner a chance to face the United States in a play-in game to qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
An exclusive pre-sale will begin on Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. ET. Season Ticket Members will receive an email offer to purchase tickets to the match, with the ability to secure their exact seat locations. Also, Orlando City will offer a special “Two-Pack” ticket featuring admission to both the Mexico vs. Costa Rica match and the Orlando City vs. L.A. Galaxy match on May 17th. Two-Pack tickets start at $45 and will be available on www.OrlandoCitySC.com. Single-game tickets for the Mexico vs. Costa Rica match will go on sale to the general public on April 15 at 10 a.m. ET via www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
“Part of our ongoing commitment to the community has been to attract global soccer events that drive our local economy, and today we deliver again on that commitment,” said Orlando City Founder and President Phil Rawlins. “This is a clash of two major CONCACAF rivals that we expect will draw thousands of fans to the Orlando Citrus Bowl. We want to thank our partners Orlando Venues, the Central Florida Sports Commission and of course the City of Orlando and Orange County for their help in securing this event, and we look forward to ongoing efforts to secure similar high-caliber events for the ‘Soccer Capital of the South.’ “
Mexico and Costa Rica last played on October 13, 2013 with the “Ticos” defeating Mexico 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match in San Jose, Costa Rica. In 47 all-time meetings, Mexico’s record against Costa Rica is 26 wins, 15 ties and six losses.
Both nations participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with Mexico advancing to the Round of 16, and Costa Rica having a Cinderella run to the quarterfinals for the first time in the country’s history.
The Orlando Citrus Bowl is the current home of one of Major League Soccer’s newest teams, Orlando City SC, which welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 62,000 to their first-ever game earlier this month. Reconstructed in 2014, the historic stadium has hosted several top soccer events, including the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympic soccer and the 1998 MLS All-Star Game.
The 2015 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour is sponsored by adidas, Allstate, AT&T, Wells Fargo, The Home Depot, Makita, el Jimador, Bud Light, Cheetos, Coca-Cola, Powerade and Clorox.
For exclusive content, fans are invited to visit La Ola Verde – (www.laolaverde.com) – presented by The Home Depot – the official digital match program of the Mexican National Team U.S. Tour.
DISCLOSURE: My husband and I were invited guests of Discovery Cove, however all opinions are all my own.
An Introduction to Discovery Cove
Over the next few days I will be sharing more about my experience at Discovery Cove, and I wanted to start off by sharing and overview of the amazing Signature Experiences and Amenities that you can enjoy in the Park.
Discovery Cove is a unique reservations only, all-inclusive park where you can experience up-close encounters with exotic marine life and animals or just relax on pristine white sand beaches all day long.
While the park is quite spacious with a lush, tropical feel the daily attendance is limited to about 1,300 guests per day so the atmospehere is more intimate. It really provides a resort experience unlike any park in the world today.
Discovery Cove is a full day adventure with operating hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. Guest can begin the check-in process at 7:15 a.m., and I strongly advise you to get there as early as you can to maximize your time in the park!
Walking into the Discovery Cove lobby, you feel as if you have been transported to a tropical hideaway.
Once you are greeted you will be escorted to a check-in desk, and this is where you willbe issued your passes for the day and have the opportunity to review your day’s plan to make any changes.
If you will be participating in the Dolphin Swim Experience, not included with your park admission, this is when you will receive your group information and time slot.
Other Discovery Cove amenities that are included with admission are freshly prepared breakfast and lunch at the Laguna Grill, unlimited snacks and drinks at several locations throughout the park, free equipment rentals, non-toxic sunscreen,towels, and a souvenir snorkel.
It was a chilly morning, so it was really cool to take a moment to look out over the park from the back of the Lobby building.
After you all checked-in for the day, had a little breakfast at the Laguna Grill, and have picked the perfect beach chair it’s time to get out there and explore Discovery Cove!
Discovery Cove Signature Experiences
Our first stop of the day was theExplorer’s Aviary, a free flight aviary where you can hand-feed exotic birds.
The Aviary has three separate areas for the birds, and each area has their own guide with specialty food for the birds in that area.
The birds in the Aviary eat often, and once you pick up a cup and stick your arm out you are sure to have one or more birds visiting you in no time!
While I am not a huge bird fan, the guides help make me comfortable with the process.
Meanwhile, I didn’t think that Dave was ever going to leave!
After the aviary, we decided it was time to visit the marmosets and otters in the Freshwater Oasis.
I was extremely lucky to be able to attend the Grand Opening of this area a few years ago, so I was stoked to revisit some old friends!
Designed with a rainforest canopy above and sparkling-clear springs below, the Freshwater Oasis is a way to relax and explore water-filled trails that lead you down windy offshoots, an island inhabited by adorable marmosets, and face-to-face with playful otters.
Here is a video of the Otters from when the area first opened that I adore!
Serenity Bay is your chance to slip into the refreshing 80-degree temperature water for a swim or a place to take a break and soak up some sun!
Serenity Bay is a great areas for larger families to reconnect after activities that may take them in separate directions and for smaller children to really let loose.
After you’ve had your fill of splashing in Serenity Bay, grab your snorkel and head into the Wind-Away River.
You can ride the smooth currents of a tropical Wind-Away River as it twists past sandy beaches, through a dense rain forest inside the Explorer’s Aviary, beneath the rocky terrain of cascading waterfalls, and through an underwater cave. If you glance down as you travel along, you might find some interesting artifacts.
I will mention that the Wind-Away River is quite long and can be draining! We did end up taking a break to catch a snack after one trip around the River.
While I love the Freshwater Oasis, Dave’s favorite place to spend time at Discovery Cove was snorkeling in The Grand Reef.
Beyond the sandy and slightly rocky beaches of The Grand Reef, you will find a vivid and stunning habitat full of tropical fish and rays.
There really is no feeling like gliding next to a gigantic ray among a school of beautiful fish. I did have to stop several times on my first loop around, because my breath was taken away. I joked that my goggles didn’t fog up, because I was crying. It really was a truly amazing and peaceful experience.
Further out in the reef, and safely behind glass, we found sharp-toothed reef sharks.
Above ground around The Grand Reef, you can take paths and bridges to the reef’s islands and hidden grottos.
While the above mentioned Signature Experiences are included in Discovery Cove admission, guests are able to add on two unique experiences.
Before you enter the water, you will have to attend a short orientation session (10 minutes) led by Discovery Cove’s expert dolphin trainers to discuss safety and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions.
Next, small groups wade into the shallow water of the Dolphin Lagoon for the in-water experience with the dolphins.
At the end, one at a time, guests and a trainer will swim into deeper water for a personal “dorsal tow” back to shore.
Since you aren’t allowed to take photos during your Dolphin experience, afterwards you can view photographs and video of the interaction, talk about their experience with trainers, and ask any remaining questions.
It is important to also know that Discovery Cove can accommodate guests with disabilities who are able to maneuver themselves with limited assistance (or with the aid of a personal assistant) during their dolphin experience.
I’ll be talking about this experience more soon, but let me tell you that I am KICKING myself for waiting so long to do this!
Another option to add on to your day is The Grand Reef’s innovative experience called SeaVenture, which is an underwater walking tour.
In SeaVenture you wear a dive helmet, no SCUBA certification is necessary,to experience The Grand Reef by climbing down a ladder and setting foot on the reef floor.
During the journey, there are one-on-one touches with unique animals, schools of fish, velvety rays, and even unique sea life found along the way. The adventure ends with schools of fish feeding around the divers with the massive open reef as the backdrop.
The SeaVenture experience has been compared to ‘walking on the moon – but surrounded by fish‘.
The program is about an hour long including orientation (SeaVenture walking tour length is approximately 25 minutes) for groups up to eight people per excursion. The cost is $59 per participant.
I didn’t get the chance to experience SeaVenture, but I am really considering a return trip to give it a try!
There is one more extra perk that is included in the Discovery Cove Day Resort Package.
The package includes unlimited admission to SeaWorldand Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterparkin Orlando (can be added for an additional charge) for 14 days surrounding your Discovery Cove park visit.
Currently, Florida Residents can take advantage of a Dolphin Swim Resort Package Special starting at $219.
The Florida Resident Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package includes:
A reserved 30-minute dolphin interaction*
Hand feeding exotic birds in a free-flight aviary
Encounters with playful otters and curious marmosets
Freshly prepared breakfast and lunch plus unlimited snacks and drinks
Unlimited admission to SeaWorld® and Aquatica ™ Orlando for 14 consecutive days. **
It is important to note that these packages are available with and without the Dolphin Swim Experience. Purchase by December 31, 2015. Blackout dates March 28-April 13 and June 22-August 17, 2015, subject to availability. Other restrictions may apply. Not valid on previously booked reservations or in combination with other offers. Proof of valid FL residency for each adult is required at check-in.
**14 day ticket valid on visits surrounding your Discovery Cove day.
I can’t wait to share more about our Discovery Cove visit!
D23 Expo invites Fans to join in two creative contests that celebrate the magic of all things Disney
Mousequerade Dares Disney Fans to Create Costumes Inspired By Disney’s Many Wonderful Worlds for a Grand Prize Trip to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
D23 Expo Design Challenge Encourages Artists to Interpret Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle for a Chance to Win “D23-Hundred Dollars”
To highlight the creativity and passion fans have for all things Disney, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is holding two remarkable contests in celebration of D23 EXPO 2015, which takes place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Mousequerade* invites participants to create their own Disney-inspired costumes and compete in the following categories: “Heroes Unmasked,” “Once Upon a Costume,” “The Wonderful Worlds of Disney,” “Best of Star Wars,” and “Weird, Wild, and Goofy!” The winner will receive a trip for two to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/mousequerade to complete an entry form and find out more about how to enter. The closing date for entry is April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity and originality, quality and craftsmanship of costume, and relationship of costume to the contest theme. The Live Contest will be held Friday, August 14 in Stage 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will be 90 minutes in length. The number of Finalists is limited to 15 contestants per category for a total of 75 contestants.
D23 Expo Design Challenge** will honor Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary by encouraging artists young and old to depict Sleeping Beauty Castle. Twenty-three pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 EXPO weekend on the show floor, located in the Walt Disney Archives area. The winning artist will be chosen prior to the start of the D23 EXPO and will receive a cash prize of $2,300. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/designchallenge to submit sketches of proposed artwork (and to find out more about other entry requirements) no later thanApril 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, originality, and artistic expression.
Finalists in both competitions will receive one (1) complimentary ticket (and one (1) for a guest) to attend D23 EXPO 2015. Contestants do not need to be members of D23 to enter either contest.
Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. From January 1–June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.
Wet ‘n Wild Announces 2015 Waves of Glory Lineup with Two Headlining Acts, Plumb and Tim Timmons.
Enjoy a full day of uplifting and inspiring Christian Music with Live performances during the Battle of the Bands Competition.
Modern Christian Rock artist Plumb and Contemporary Christian artist Tim Timmons will perform live in concert at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando’s Annual Waves of Glory on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in partnership with Z88.3.
This year’s event features eight artists competing during a Battle of the Bands competition followed by a show-stopping performance by Tim Timmons who will perform tracks from his studio album “Cast my Cares.” Closing out the night DOVE nominated artist Plumb who has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide will perform tracks like “Need You Now” and “Drifting” along with other fan favorites.
“I am so excited to be a part of Waves of Glory, especially as this event is just a few days before my new album “Exhale” releases. This will be a perfect way to kick off the new album. I’m excited to share new music – and sunscreen – with everyone in Orlando,” said Plumb.
During the Waves of Glory’s signature Battle of the Bands competition, emerging artists in Christian rock, worship and rap help celebrate a day of fun, faith and fellowship as part of a high-powered, musical face-off. Musicians will be competing to win two thousand dollars in cash prizes for production and charitable donations as well as the chance to perform this September at Universal Studios’ Rock the Universe, Florida’s largest Christian music festival.
Waves of Glory is free with park admission. The Battle of the Bands competition begins at 11:00AM, with headlining concerts starting at 3:30PM at the Beach Club Stage.
Wet ‘n Wild, Orlando’s premier waterpark, sets the standard for thrills and over-the-top excitement – offering world-class attractions to thrill-seekers of all ages. Families can share a wide variety of waterpark adventure, with more than fifteen themed rides and attractions and more multi-person rides than any other waterpark in Central Florida. Experience a deep space adventure that’s light years from ordinary on The Black HoleTM: The Next Generation. Encounter a splashing dose of group therapy on the Brain WashTM or boogie down on the retro raft adventure Disco H2OTM. Experience Wet ‘n Wild’s newest attraction Aqua Drag RacerTM the tallest and fastest ride of its kind in Florida. At Wet ‘n Wild you’ll find high-speed, seriously twisted, multi-person adventures that let you feel the fun and share the rush.
Disclosure: I received products to review and compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own.
It’s #PetTales Party and Giveaway!
I was able to attend a #PetTales Party with some great friends where we had the opportunity to learn about some great new pet products from some wonderful companies that are perfect when you are On the Go!
Bags on Board
With picking up dog waste ranking high on every pet parent’s list of least favorite chores. Bags on Board is introducing several new items, available at Petco, that promise to make the process easier and less unpleasant.
Bags on Board Hand Armor (100 Bags – MSRP $13.99)
Oversized waste pick-up bags with handle ties that are two times thicker than regular bags.
Bags on Board Fashion Dispenser (MSRP $9.99)
Soft Dispenser made from durable, stylish fabric in green chevron and blue diamond patterns that can easily be attached to anything from a dog’s leash or harness to a purse or baby stroller.
have an increased size, now 9×14 instead of 9×12, are available in brighter colors and updated trendy patterns, and all 120 ct refill packs have an additional 20 bags free!
Green Pups by Bags on Board Refill rolls (120 ct – MSRP $16.99)
Green Pups waste pick-up bags are made using cycleWood Solutions’ patented technology, Xylomer – a bio-resin material made with natural, plant-based lignin which breaks down faster than regular plastic.
Deigned for busy cat parents looking for a hassle free litter their kitties will love! The only litter that stay odor free for 30 days is made from super absorbent, lightweight pure attapulgite clay combined with an exclusive odor-eliminating technology.
The Simple Solution Urinary Health Risk Indicator and Cat Litter Attractant are two products that are sprinkled into the 30 Day Absorbent Cat Litter.
The Simple Solution Platinum Line of Cleaners (17 oz MSRP $8.99) is a unique combination of proprietary formulas with Pro-Bacteria, enzymes, and Oxy penetrate deep into the carpet fiers and carpet pad to lift tough stains. Plus, this product line can make cleaning 10x faster at removing typical pet stains than the standard stain and odor sprays.
With pet parents increasingly demanding products made with natural ingredients instead of potentially harmful chemicals, Vet’s Best, available at PetCo, is adding five new products to its existing line of natural flea and tick solutions. Each new product is made with natural extracts such as peppermint oil and clove extract that is free of harsh pesticides. They really do smell great!
Flea & Tick Outdoor Fogger (14oz MSRP $17.99)
With one-touch application for treating outdoor areas such as patios, kennels, or a pet’s favorite shady spot in the backyard. The fogger uses a powerful spray for outdoor areas needing treatment.
Fea & Tick Wipes (50 ct. 6×8 wipes MSRP $14.99)
Used for applying directly to the area where a pet attract pests, these wipes can also be used around the home on everything from counters to furniture. The container includes a convenient wipe-dispensing cap.
Flea& Tick Spot-On Treatment (0.6 oz MSRP $19.99)
This Spot-On Treatment is a safe alternative to chemical-based topical treatments. Pet parents control the dosage by applying the treatment with a dropper between their dog’s shoulder blades; it kills and repels fleas and ticks naturally. Spot-On works on any sized dog and includes 3-8 applications, depending on the size of the pooch.
Flea & Tick Home & Go Spray (3.6 oz MSRP $11.99)
This 360-degree spray protects bedding and furniture and can also be used for on-the-go pet application. The spray kills fleas, flea eggs, and ticks on contact. As a bonus, it also repels mosquitos.
3-Piece total Treatment & Protection Kit (MSRP $39.99)
This offers everything that is needed for solving flea and tick problems in the home and on the pt. The kit includes a Flea & Tick Spray Shampoo (8 oz) to cleanse pets of an existing infestation; Flea & Tick Home & Go Spray, and Flea & Tick Spot-On Treatment.
For doggie bath time to be a more pleasant experience, pet parents want a shampoo that’s quick and easy to apply all over their pet’s body – and a product that lets them extend the time between baths, while still keeping their dog fresh and smelling great. These awesome OUT! products can be found at Walmart.
Easy Spray Shampoos (9.2 oz MSRP $6.99)
OUT!’s uniquely -designed and environmentally-friendly “easy Spray” cans allow pet parents to hold their dog with one hand while using the other to apply a gentle, continuous spray all over their pooch’s body – even the hard-to-reach underbelly. The easy-to-grip can makes dog bathing fast and easy.
Body Mists (6.3 oz MSRP $5.99)
Formulated with special odor-eliminating properties, the Body mists leave dogs smelling fresh and clean, allowing pet parents to extend the time between doggie baths.
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Although Cinderella is a centuries old folklore tale, it was originally popularized in the 17th century by Charles Perrault. In this version, titled Cendrillon, were added certain features of the tale well known in modern times: glass slippers, the pumpkin coach, and the fairy godmother. It’s easy to see how, in the late 1940s, after enduring bad box office numbers due to World War II that Walt Disney himself turned to this version of the tale to create his next great animated movie Cinderella in 1950. Now here we are in 2015, and Disney, as it moves toward a litany of live action remakes we get a new version of Cinderella.
This movie is brings in a mix of up and coming and seasoned actors and actresses like Lily James (Cinderella), Richard Madden (The Prince), Cate Blanchett (Lady Tremaine), and Helena Bonham Carter (Fairy Godmother). In doing so it is clear that they are trying to attract a broad audience of both old and young adults. To bring in a still younger audience to see the movie they have attached the new short Frozen Fever to the movie. It’s not quite the Frozen sequel that people are looking for, but it will appease Frozen fans with a look at Anna’s birthday and what happens when Elsa gets sick.
At 30 minutes longer than it’s animated namesake, we get a lot more background into the story of Cinderella’s (simply Ella at the beginning of the movie) parents. We also get to see the downward spiral of Ella into becoming Cinderella as her stepmother and stepsisters press her ever down until we find her at the bottom. Her lowest. Thats when Helena Bonham Carter comes onto the screen and works her ever quirky magic for viewers as she works magic on the screen as Cinderella’s fairy godmother. And from there it’s pretty much the story you already know, with no twists, turns, or deviations.
I have to be honest, I was not excited to be seeing this movie. It’s not the sort of fare I tend to enjoy or that attracts me to the theater. So I went in with low expectations. And I personally could not bring myself to connect well with the movie. My primary problem revolves around the main character. Maybe my own personal feelings are too wrapped up in the animated version of the movie, but Lily James, to me, simply doesn’t evoke the elegance or grace as shown in Ink & Paint. All the other characters to me are fantastic, and it’s not that James acts poorly… just to me, that’s not Cinderella up on the screen. So I did not enjoy it.
That’s not to say it not worth seeing the movie. It, like Maleficent, is a cleverly pretty movie. It’s use of color, camera, space, and depth are fantastic. If you watch closely during all of the ballroom scenes you will understand what I mean. I suspect that overall critics will be split on this movie. It’s well written, well directed, well shot, and even well acted. But it lacks the quality and magic of the animated version. Disney fans will want to see it. Cinderella and Frozen fans will be there too. Game of Thrones fans may go to see Madden. But, if you love and are nostalgic about the animated Cinderella, you might find yourself seeing things my way.
DISCLOSURE: I received a copy a copy of Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy for review. All opinions are my own.
Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy
Features a Full-Length Adventure with Special Appearance by Rapunzel!
Plus Three Additional Episodes and a FREE Exclusive Color-Changing Butterfly Necklace!
Sofia The First: The Curse Of Princess Ivy, available now on Disney DVD, that features a full-length adventure featuring a special appearance by Rapunzel, 3 additional episodes(The Amulet of Avalor, and Princess Butterfly & The Emerald Key)
I was afraid that Zoe was going to say she was ‘too old’ for Sophia the First, but she totally loved The Curse of Princess Ivy!
The revelation of a spellbinding secret sets in motion the most thrilling adventure in the history of Sofia the First! After learning that the Amulet of Avalor is magical, Amber snatches it while Sofia is sleeping. Unfortunately, she unwittingly unleashes a curse that summons evil Princess Ivy, who threatens to destroy the amulet, seize the crown and turn the entire kingdom black-and-white! Amber and Sofia soar through the skies on a flying dragon – aided by special guest Rapunzel – as they embark on a daring quest to defeat Ivy, break the curse and save Enchancia. Packed with high-flying excitement, plus three more song-filled episodes, The Curse of Princess Ivy shows how love, trust, and unselfishly putting others’ needs first can truly work magic!
In Sofia The First: The Curse Of Princess Ivy, the cast is joined by some amazing guest stars!
Mandy Moore reprises her role as Rapunzel from Disney’s “Tangled.” Anna Camp (“The Help,” “Pitch Perfect”) guest stars as Princess Ivy, along with her “Pitch Perfect” co-star John Michael Higgins (“Pitch Perfect,” “Yes Man”) as the self-appointed leader of an all-dragon a cappella group, and Oliver Platt (“The West Wing”) as Enchancia’s oldest-living dragon, Everburn.
I love that Zoe still enjoys Sophia the First, because I love how she has patience and a gentle demeanor is so wonderful to see!
We really enjoyed Sophia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy, and hope that you and your Royal Court will, too!
When I started to plan my #DisneySide Party I wanted to add an element of giving back to the Orlando Community that has close ties to the Disney Community, and I decided that Give Kids the World Village was the perfect choice!
Give Kids the World Village is Village is a 70-acre resort complete with over 144 Villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, whimsical venues, and fun specifically designed for children with special needs.
The Give Kids the World Mission Statement:
Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.
Over 134,000 children have had their dream come true at Give Kids The World. No child in need has ever been turned away – and no child ever will. Give Kids The World is a place where families find joy, laughter, serenity, and a lifetime of memories. Through the tireless support of our volunteers, employees and generous partners, we dedicate each and every day to these special families.
To keep ‘costs down and smiles up’ Give Kids the World Village looks for donations of items from Wish List to make the most of their resources, and I have asked my guests to bring a donation from this list to my #DisneySide Party.
The Wish List includes items needed for their daily gift-giving program, supplies for our Family Entertainment Program, and items to help keep the Village sparkling.
So how can you help and show your support and #DisneySide from home?
Below you will find the Give Kids the World Village Wish List in case you are so inclined to make a donation!
To make a donation of any of the following items, or to help in any other way, please call 1-800-995-KIDS. In addition to the potential gifts listed below, Give Kids the World Village can gladly accept gift cards to stores in which we could purchase these items.
Gift Giving Program (All gifts must be new and in original packaging):
Batteries – AAA
Gifts for children of all ages (with batteries)
Hand Held Games
Wii games (rated E)
Pool-Accessible (PVC & Stainless) Wheelchairs
Village Entertainment & Family Programs
Small prizes/toys (non-candy)
Birthday gifts for children of all ages
1/4″ x 12″ wooden dowels
DVD-R (MINI – 30 minutes and/or 60 minutes)
Movies (G or PG rated on DVD and Blu Ray Disc)
Red and white crepe paper streamers
Wheelchairs (adult and child size)
Pillow Cases for Wish Pillows (pattern will be provided)
Gift Cards for material – Joann Fabrics, Visa, MC
Pressure Washers – Gas Powered
Treated Lumber – 4×4 x8 Posts
Truck-mounted steam cleaner and van
Vinyl Powdered Gloves – S, M, L, XL
60 Gallon Trash Liners
Disposable 1”, 2” and 3” brushes
Pink Wizzy Roller Covers
Canvas Drop Cloths
Ladders (any size)
6’ & 8’ fiberglass ladders
Rakes – Leaf or Hard Rake
Shovels – Round long handled
50 ft heavy duty hoses
Hand Cutters and pruners
2 Cycle Oil Mix
Pine Bark Nuggets
Administrative Support to help keep administrative costs down