Flashback Friday: My First 5K Race

RaceA little over five years ago, I completed my first 5K race. To some this may not have been a big deal, but to me it was huge. I had just had major knee surgery two years before and really had to train and work hard to be able to complete the race in close to the “required” 16 minute per mile pace.

Why do I bring this up now, you ask? It was a Halloween themed race, the inaugural Mickey’s Halloween 5K, and to my knowledge, the only 5K to go through the Magic Kingdom. Plus, we are on the verge of back to back runDisney race weekends starting next week.  This was also one of the most fun races I’ve ever done out of my almost twenty races to date.

So, I thought I’d share some of my pictures and memories from the race since it is almost Halloween. It started at the Transportation and Ticket Center, then the race course went on World Drive under the water bridge and up to the Contemporary. The course took a left along the bus loop and into the Magic Kingdom.

Not ready for the race
Not ready for the race
Entering the Magic Kingdom
Entering the Magic Kingdom
Chip and Dale
Chip and Dale

Stepping onto Main Street for the first time as a part of a race was magical to say the least. Cast members greeted us and cheered as we approached the castle. There were even a good amount of characters like Chip, Dale, and Goofy  dressed up in Halloween costumes meeting guests along the course. There were also villains like Jafar, the Queen of Hearts, as well as Tweedles Dee and Dum, Buzz, and Woody.

Castle
Castle
Queen of Hearts and Tweedles
Queen of Hearts and Tweedles
Grave digger
Grave digger

I loved running down Main Street, through Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, the Hub, and out through Tomorrowland. My second favorite part of the race aside from running through the park was seeing the Haunted Mansion grave diggers posing with runners pretending to be dead in front of a grave on the ground complete with headstone. One of my biggest race regrets was not stopping for this photo op. Luckily, I was able to do it a few years later during another 5K.

Running under the water bridge
Running under the water bridge
Mickey and Minnie at the finish
Mickey and Minnie at the finish
Finished!
Finished!

 

I don’t know how many others of you got to experience this 5K through the Magic Kingdom, but it was definitely my favorite 5K here. Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Party Ideas On The Go: Gigi’s Cupcakes

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Halloween Party Ideas On The Go:

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Disclosure: I was given a Ghost Pull-Apart Cake for review purposes, however all opinions are my own.

Now while I absolutely pride myself on my baking skills, sometimes you have to give it up for the professionals and when we need to get cupcakes favorite place to go is Gigi’s Cupcakes.

Daily Gigi’s Cupcakes offers several types of delicious, gourmet cupcakes in two sizes, but during Halloween they make some truly wonderful cupcake creations!

Gigi's Cupcakes Halloween

For my gathering, I tried the Ghost Pull-Apart Cake and it was awesome! The cake was made of 24 cupcakes, and I got to choose three cupcake flavors (I chose white, strawberry, and pumpkin) and an icing (I chose my favorite frosting…Cream Cheese).

What I enjoyed most about the Ghost Pull-Apart Cake was that it was really convenient for my littlest guests to grab a cupcake, and I didn’t have to have an extra serving utensil to clean at the end of the party.

Gigi's Cupcakes Halloween

If you want to grab a super quick Halloween treat for your family or as a hostess gift for a party, you can pick up a Halloween Boo Box with a dozen mini Gigi’s Cupcakes that feature your favorite Gigi’s Cupcake specially decorated for Halloween.

Gigi's Cupcakes Halloween

Gigi’s Cupcakes definitely has the right cupcake for you, so what are you waiting for?

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Make sure you keep up with Gigi’s Cupcakes on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as they are always sharing their latest news, ideas, and offers!

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Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin News: Carnival Corner

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Announces Addition of Carnival Corner for Sixth Annual Food & Wine Classic

Expanding on the expansive list of delectable culinary offerings, wines from around the world and celebrity chef appearances, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will add an all-new fair-themed food area, Carnival Corner, to its lineup for the event’s sixth year at the Epcot Resort Area hotel. The festival’s newest section will serve specialty carnival fare from themed food trucks.

The area will offer the nostalgic childhood-inspired comfort foods, corn dogs and funnel cakes. For a twist on the traditional and for the first time at the event, guests can enjoy nitro kettle corn, a special kettle corn recipe served smoking with liquid nitrogen.

Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin News Carnival Corner Nitro Kettle Corn

Guests looking to revisit their younger days with an adult twist can enjoy prosecco, served in a variety of exciting colors and flavors.

Access to Carnival Corner will be included in the standard admission to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic.

Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are available as part of a hotel package or individually.  For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500.

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About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The hotel is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The hotel features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The hotel can be reached at 800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook.

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Halloween Party Ideas On The Go: Vampire Krispy Kreme Doughnut

 

Halloween Party Ideas On the Go Vampire Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

 

Zoe’s classroom Halloween Party is on Friday, and during the party the students will be going from activity to activity and in working with the other Room Parents we found a really easy snack that the kids are sure to love making!

Vampire Krispy Kreme Doughnut

What you’ll need:

– Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnut (One per Child)

– Plastic Vampire Teeth (One per Child)

– Milk Chocolate Chips

How it works:

Halloween Party Ideas On the Go Vampire Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

1. Pinch Plastic Vampire Teeth until they fit in the Doughtnuts’ center

Halloween Party Ideas On the Go Vampire Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

2. Gently push 2 Milk Chocolate Chips into the Doughnut above the teeth for eyes

Halloween Party Ideas On the Go Vampire Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

3. Enjoy!

Tips…

– Working with Doughnuts can be messy, so have the students work over paper plates or napkins and have wipes available for simple clean-up.

– For even more fun, use a Sprinkle Doughnut instead of an Original Glazed Doughnut

– Make sure you pick up the fun Krispy Kreme hats for the class to wear

Halloween Party Ideas On the Go Vampire Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

If you love this idea, make sure you pin it on your Pinterest Board!

Halloween Party Ideas On the Go Vampire Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

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The Good Dinosaur Halloween And Family Activities #GoodDino

All this week, I will be sharing fun and easy Halloween activities perfect for your family!

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters in Thanksgiving, but why not get ready for Halloween and excited for the movie with these great activities.

I am excited to share this pumpkin stencil and family activities (perfect for those too young to carve pumpkins themselves), because they’re super cute and a great way to spend some time together.

The Good Dinosaur – Pumpkin Stencil and Family Activities

Just download and print these JPGs for Fall Family Fun!

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?

 

Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend.

The Good Dinosaur

 

While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

 

 

Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on November 25, 2015.

For more information, you can find The Good Dinosaur on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Full Sail University Announces 7th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Class

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Full Sail University Announces 7th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Class

Full Sail University is proud to announce the 2015 Full Sail University Hall of Fame induction class comprised of six graduates recognized for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, media, and the arts. The induction of this new class of honorees will occur during Full Sail’s 7th Annual Hall of Fame Week, to be held in February 2016.

The 7th Annual Hall of Fame schedule will include a weeklong series of campus-wide events featuring VIP speaking engagements, guest lectures, and live musical performances, including several events that will be open to the public and made available via streaming – culminating in an induction ceremony to celebrate and recognize this latest class of inductees.

The inductees to be honored as part of Full Sail University’s 7th Annual Hall of Fame Week are:

Full Sail University Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees

Keith Guerrette
· Current Title: Visual Effects Artist
· Industry Credits: Keith Guerrette is an award-winning Visual Effects Artist best known for breaking new ground in narrative-driven video games. As a leader across the entertainment, VR, and educational industries, his influence is well recognized in the visually stunning and critically acclaimed Uncharted series and The Last of Us franchise. For these projects, Keith and the VFX team at Sony Computer Entertainment’s Naughty Dog Studios received numerous industry accolades including BAFTA and DICE awards for developing new cinematic and immersive graphic technologies from the ground up, as well as playing a key role in the ‘Game of The Year’ studio honors for each title. In 2012, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was inducted in the Smithsonian American Art Museum for its role in the development of the real-time interactive art medium.
· Over the years, Keith has been a keynote speaker and presented at leading industry conferences, sharing and inspiring educational advancement for visual effects growth in the interactive entertainment field.
· In 2014, Keith was profiled on the Annual Forbes “30 Under 30” list, highlighting some of the most talented young professionals in the industry today.
· 2004 Graduate (Computer Animation) & 2005 Graduate (Entertainment Business)

Ashish Manchanda
· Current Title: Recording Engineer / Producer, Educationist, Entrepreneur and Founder of Flying Carpet Productions in Mumbai, India.
· Industry Credits: Ashish Manchanda has achieved a rare distinction of success as a studio professional, live concert engineer, re-recording mixer / sound designer, and music producer. He has worked on over 100 film projects ranging from India’s popular Bollywood films to mainstream offerings including: Dev D, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Khosla Ka Ghosla, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
· Ashish has been a close collaborator with independent artists Ranjit Barot, Raghu Dixit, worked on live concert productions and studio work with Grammy / Oscar-winning artist AR Rahman, and has worked closely with music composers Amit Trivedi, Vishal-Shekhar, Anu Malik, and Ismail Darbar. In addition, Ashish has worked with legendary Engineer / Producer Bruce Swedien and was featured in Mr. Swedien’s biography “In the Studio with Michael Jackson.” At New York’s Effanel Music, Ashish worked with artists including: Garth Brooks, Wynton Marsalis – Jazz at the Lincoln Center, James Taylor & Boz Scaggs among others.
· Ashish is a three-time winner of the IRAA (Indian Recording Arts Academy) award for Best Sound Engineer / For Outstanding Work on the movie DevD, Sona Mohapatra’s debut album, and as a live concert FOH Engineer in 2012-2013.
· He founded Flying Carpet Productions offering 360-degree solutions in the entertainment business through studio facilities, an indie record label, talent management, video production & designing on-ground entities.
· Ashish & his wife Ujjla run an award-winning institute called ‘The Media Tribe’ training young students in Mumbai in sound engineering and music production. In addition, Ashish frequently participates in industry conferences as a panelist, offering insights in creative, technical and business aspects of the media arts.
· In recent years, Ashish has been a close collaborator with MTV India for Coke Studio and MTV Unplugged, featuring a variety of live music acts for the global music channel.
· 1997 Graduate (Recording Arts)

Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato
· Current Title: FOH Engineer
· Industry Credits: With a career in professional concert sound that spans more than 25 years, Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato has been FOH Engineer for a diverse roster of musical acts.
· After starting her touring career mixing the band Spin Doctors in the early 90s, Michelle has been on numerous world tours as FOH Engineer for some of the most recognizable names in music including: Styx, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge, Indigo Girls, Mr. Big, Natasha Bedingfield, Joan Osborne, Big Time Rush, Ke$ha, Jewel, Collective Soul, Fuel, Tokio Hotel, Thievery Corporation, Luscious Jackson, Christina Aguilera, General Public, Fastball, Adam Lambert, and more.
· Michelle has been an active participant in industry conferences participating as a panelist discussing “FOH and Monitor Mixers, Does it Take Two?” at the 2005 Pro Production Conference, AES 2001 as a mentor for the student program, and at AES 2012 on the “Women of Live Sound” panel. Michelle will appear as a panelist at the upcoming AES 2015 workshop – “The X-Factor in Audio.”
· In 2013, Michelle Co-Founded SoundGirls.Org<http://soundgirls.org/> to create a supportive community for women working in professional audio, while also inspiring and empowering the next generation.
· She has written numerous articles on topics ranging from career development to live sound techniques and has contributed to professional journals such as Live Sound International, Load In International, and various industry websites.
· 1989 Graduate (Recording Arts)

Frank Scheuring
* Current Title: Mixer and Sound Editor
* Industry Credits: Frank Scheuring has worked as a Mixer and Sound Editor for more than14 years in the audio post-production industry.
* Highlights from Frank’s career include the award-winning Discovery Channel mini-series Planet Earth, as well as notable documentaries and series including: StarTalk, Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, National Geographic: Explorer, In Performance at the White House, DC Cupcakes, and Dog Whisperer.
* Frank’s network clients include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discovery, PBS, TLC, G4TV, and the Travel Channel, along with numerous political candidates, government agencies, production companies and corporations.
* 2001 Graduate (Recording Arts)

Jeff Unay
· Current Title: Director, Cinematographer, Producer, and Award-winning Artist
· Industry Credits: Soon after graduation from the Computer Animation program, Jeff landed an artist position with Raven Software working on the Quake franchise. He later transitioned into visual effects for film where he worked as a character modeler at Tippett Studio and then as a lead modeler at Weta Digital in New Zealand.
· At Weta, Jeff worked on two Academy Award-winning Visual Effects films:  King Kong (2005) and Avatar (2009). Jeff’s groundbreaking work creating the faces for the digital leading characters for Avatar led him to win a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Live Action Character in a Motion Picture.
· In 2010, Jeff began working full-time as a director and cinematographer in Seattle, WA. He wrote, co-shot and co-edited Valve Corporation’s first feature film, Free to Play (2014), which went on to receive a record-setting 5.5 million views in its opening weekend.
· Jeff is currently directing his first independent documentary feature film, Greywater, which will be released in early 2017. The film has already received multiple accolades for an in-progress film including the Tribeca Film Institute / ESPN Prize and the 2015 Points North Best Pitch Award at the Camden International Film Festival.
· 2002 Graduate (Computer Animation)

Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young

* Current Title: Recording and Mix Engineer, Co-Founder of SKIO Music
* Industry Credits: Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young turned a passion for audio into the career he had always dreamed of, working for some of the music industry’s biggest names as a Recording and Mix Engineer. He grabbed the reigns as a Recording Engineer in 2007 working with Fabolous on the chart topping From Nothin’ to Something’ and has been working with major label artists since. Some of his clients include Beyoncé, Jay Z, Monica, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, and Jamie Foxx.
* In 2010 Jordan became Beyonce’s personal engineer working on her fourth studio album and mixing the I Am…World Tour DVD that was certified Double Platinum.
* During 2013 he completed work on two critically acclaimed projects, Jay Z’s Magna Carta: Holy Grail and Beyoncé’s chart topping album Beyoncé.
* Now, adding a chapter to his career, Jordan is taking a leap forward into the online technology space, with a new venture he’s co-founded called SKIO Music, pioneering new licensing opportunities for artists and labels.
* 2005 Graduate (Recording Arts)

Since 2009, Full Sail University has celebrated the now time-honored tradition that is the Full Sail University Hall of Fame. Its purpose is to acknowledge those graduates who have made outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, media, and the arts throughout the university’s 35+ year history. This honor serves as a tribute to the creative inspiration, technical brilliance, and determination of each inductee, their unyielding dedication to more than a decade of excellence in their professional career, and their heartfelt commitment to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Full Sail University.

Additional information regarding events, special guests, and live musical performances will be announced closer to Hall of Fame Week. Please visit the official Full Sail Blog for more details, and follow @FullSail to join the #FullSailHOF conversation on Twitter.

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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 2015 “Top 25 Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” by The Princeton Review, 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 University is a Graduate and Undergraduate degree-granting institution offering on-campus and online degree programs in areas related to Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, Sports, and Web & Technology. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort News: Barista Bootcamp

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Barista Bootcamp Lickety Split

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort News:

Barista Bootcamp

For those who’ve ever wanted to become the consummate at-home coffee barista, Lickety Split at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is presenting the perfect chance. Guests can attend a Barista Bootcamp, this December, learning how to master single drip coffee, cold brew coffee, coffee cocktails, and latte art.

The Barista Bootcamp is offered as part of Four Seasons Entertain U(niversity), a series of unique classes offered between now and December 31, 2015 taught by the entertaining, culinary and beverage masterminds at Four Seasons properties across the globe.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Barista Bootcamp Lickety Split

Lickety Split is an innovator among Central Florida coffee shop offerings, featuring techniques and equipment that are unique to Orlando.  Lickety Split features Caffe Umbria coffee, a third generation Italian coffee roaster based out of Seattle, Washington, and offers six different blends and four different brew styles, enabling baristas to customise the coffee experience.

The two-hour Barista Bootcamp at Lickety Split will give the coffee lover the necessary skills to move beyond creating a basic “cup of joe” to creating an extraordinary, signature cup of coffee rich in flavour and with an artful presentation. Baristas-in-training will learn from coffee connoisseur Allison Burkard, Manager of Lickety Split, who honed her coffee making skills in Seattle, Washington at the headquarters for Caffe Umbria coffee roasting company.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Barista Bootcamp Lickety Split

Burkard will welcome guests by first teaching them how to make the signature cold brew coffee Lickety Split is known for. Next, she will discuss how to make the perfect single drip coffee. Burkard will also demonstrate how to add some holiday cheer to coffee by creating two different coffee cocktails. In addition, Burkard will provide instruction on latte art – including whimsical designs from Christmas trees to snowmen, perfect for the festive season. Guests will also learn about the art of the pour, and how to serve designer coffees with fun accents such as peppermint swizzle sticks and chocolate spoons, which can be easily made at home and lend a festive touch and holiday flavour to one’s coffee. Each guest will depart with a fun takeaway bag filled with decadent delights from Lickety Split.

Classes, offered at USD 75 per person, will be offered on December 5, December 12, December 19 and December 26, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Lickety Split. Reservations are required and space is limited; for reservations, call (407) 313-6161.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Barista Bootcamp Lickety Split

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens … And I have Some Thoughts #TheForceAwakens

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters in less than two months, and last night we got to finally see the third full-length trailer.

httpv://youtu.be/sGbxmsDFVnE

If you can’t stop watching the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’m right there with you!

First and foremost, Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer is gorgeous! However the thing that struck me the most was not just how amazing the John Williams score was, but how the seconds of the silence tripled the trailer’s impact for me.

“The Force…it’s calling you…just let it in”

While we are all stoked, I wanted to share a few thoughts that I have from watching (and re-watchting) the Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer.

I’ve also included screenshots with the time in the trailer so you can join me in my joy, bouts of screaming, tissue grabbing, or any of the other crazy emotion I had while watching!

1. Rey is someone

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer - Rey

“I’m no one.”

If you look in the databank on the official Star Wars site, Rey has the following description…

Rey is a resilient survivor, a scavenger toughened by a lifetime of dealing with the cutthroats of the harsh desert world of Jakku.

That’s. It.

Now you and I both know that’s not ‘it’, and these trailers are doing a great job at giving us a peek at what she could be all about.

2. Han Solo’s Role

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer - Han Solo

“It’s true…all of it.”

It seems as if Han Solo’s role takes a more paternal twist as he is there for Rey and Finn to help recall the times of old so that they can learn from them.

3. #WhereIsLuke

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer - Where is Luke

ONE SECOND? YOU’RE ONLY GOING TO GIVE ME ONE SECOND AGAIN?

Sorry…I’m still not okay with this…

4. Kylo Ren’s Darth Vader Worship

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“I will finish…what you started.”

Kylo Ren having the remains of Darth Vader’s helmet on display really seals his creepy, completionist role in my mind.

I seriously can’t wait to hate Kylo Ren!

5. THE EMBRACE

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer - Han and Leia embrace

Yes, yes I gasped and cried…and then I yelled…

WHY IS LEIA SAD?

DOES SHE STILL LOVE HAN? DOES HE STILL LOVE HER?

WHERE IS LUKE? (Please see my outrage in #3)

6. Finn’s Lightsaber

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer - Finn Lightsaber

“I was raised to do one thing…but I’ve got nothing to fight for.”

We all, by now, know that isn’t true.

Finn has a lot to fight for, but this time we get to see him wield his lightsaber against Kylo Ren.

All. The. Goosebumps.

7. Nostalgia

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The Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer is full of nostalgia and moments where you feel like you may have seen this all before, but it is done in such a wonderful way that you can’t help but want more!

So what do you think? What was your biggest takeaway from the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer?

Man the next 58 days are going to be painful…maybe I’ll just watch the trailer one more time…

httpv://youtu.be/sGbxmsDFVnE

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SeaWorld Orlando Announces Pass Member Lounge Coming Soon

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SeaWorld Orlando has announced that they are creating a special Pass Member Lounge in partnership with Coca-Cola, and it looks like it is going to be a great perk for their Pass holders!

There is no better way to thank our Pass Members than a reason that keeps on giving. We have begun construction on a special spot for our Pass Members to Recharge, Refresh and Enhance each and every trip to SeaWorld Orlando. All SeaWorld One-Year, Two-Year and Platinum Pass Members have access to the Pass Member Lounge presented by Coca-Cola.

Pass Member Lounge SeaWorld Orlado

Beyond these private doors, SeaWorld Orlando has partnered with Coca-Cola to bring you a special spot to recharge your mobile devices, sample some of the Coca-Cola world of beverages, and order table-side service for a relaxing bite to eat. Stop by the concierge desk for special offers, to book a tour or to make a reservation for dinner. SeaWorld staff will be on hand to serve you and make your day truly unforgettable.

Pass Member Lounge SeaWorld Orlado

All images are artist renderings and subject to change. Pass Member Lounge presented by Coca-Cola is located inside Terrace BBQ.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: October 30, 2015 Launch Viewing

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Guests Can Enjoy Best Public Viewing of Atlas V Rocket Launch on October 30 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Exclusive Viewing Options Offer a ‘Front Row Seat’ for the Launch

 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of an Atlas V rocket launch Friday, Oct. 30 at 12:17 p.m. ET, with four exclusive launch viewing locations to choose from.

The Atlas V will carry a Global Positioning Satellite, or GPS IIF-11. This marks the 11th launch of 12 Global Positioning Satellites for the U.S. Air Force. The GPS IIF series is vital to U.S. national security and it also sustains the current GPS constellations. This provides greater accuracy for navigation, improves military signal and assists with commercial aviation and search and rescue operations.

The visitor complex will offer launch viewing from the LC-39 Observation Gantry, NASA Causeway and Apollo/Saturn V Center located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center, as well as a viewing area at the main visitor complex.

Each of the locations offers thrilling viewing experiences:

  • SOLD OUT: The LC-39 Observation Gantry offers a premium, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off. Just miles away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, guests can feel the force of the launch and hear the roar of the engines. This area features lawn and bleacher seating, as well as live launch commentary. The viewing package includes launch transportation, a light snack and a souvenir T-shirt. Launch Transportation Tickets to the LC-39 Observation Gantry are available for$49 in addition to admission. Purchase tickets by calling 855-475-8415.
  • The NASA Causeway includes an exclusive, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off, as well as live launch commentary and bleacher seating. This is an outdoor viewing site with no covered viewing so guests are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Launch Transportation Tickets to the NASA Causeway are available for $49 plus tax, in addition to admission. Tickets can be purchased at KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 855-456-6200.
  • The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located within Kennedy Space Center and the viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area includes live launch commentary, food and retail available for purchase, and indoor restroom facilities. Launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center is included in daily admission.

Buses from the visitor complex will depart for the LC-39 Observation Gantry and the NASA Causeway from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Buses will transport guests directly to Apollo/Saturn V Center from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Admission to the visitor complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission tickets may be purchased at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-313-2610.

Visitor complex hours on Oct. 30 are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.

Space Shuttle Atlantis Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Fly With an astronaut

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Space ShuttleAtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® Hubble 3D and Journey To Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers multiday admission starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visitwww.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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Take A First Peek At The Sanjay’s Super Team Short #SanjaysSuperTeam #GoodDino

Sanjay's Super Team The Good Dinosaur Dino Pixar Animation Studios Short Film

The Good Dinosaur opens in Theaters on November 25th, and I am really excited to share a first peek of the Pixar Animation Studios short film that will open in front of it called Sanjay’s Super Team!

Sanjay's Super Team The Good Dinosaur Dino Pixar Animation Studios Short Film

In Sanjay’s Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions.

Sanjay's Super Team The Good Dinosaur Dino Pixar Animation Studios Short Film

Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice.

Sanjay's Super Team The Good Dinosaur Dino Pixar Animation Studios Short Film

 

Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

Sanjay's Super Team The Good Dinosaur Dino Pixar Animation Studios Short Film

Sanjay’s Super Team opens in theaters everywhere on November 25th, in front of Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR.

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Tickets Now Available for 29th Annual Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees

Tickets Now Available for 29th Annual Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees

Celebrate the season at Orlando Museum of Art from November 14 – 22
Tickets are now on sale for one of Central Florida’s favorite holiday traditions, the 29th annual Festival of Trees, benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art.

This year the Council of 101 invites you to Jingle All the Way through the halls of the Orlando Museum of Art filled with extravagant, designer-decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, vignettes and tabletop displays. The café provides food and refreshments for festival visitors and the boutiques offer a variety of gifts to help with holiday shopping.
Festival of Trees is a major fundraiser for the Orlando Museum of Art. A visit to the festival includes admission to the museum and its current exhibitions.

Festival of Trees Details

Dates: Saturday, November 14 – Sunday, November 22
 
Times: 10 am – 5 pm daily
 
Tickets: $10 for adults, $6 for children 3-11. Tickets can be purchased in person, via phone by calling
407-896-4231 x254 or online at
 
Special Events:
  • Friday, November 13A Gala to Remember – Celebrating Our Golden Anniversary
  • Saturday, November 14 – Opening Day
  • Monday, November 16 – Military Appreciation Day (new this year)
  • Tuesday, November 17 – Festival Salutes Seniors
  • Wednesday, November 18 – Reindeer Romp Children’s Party
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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: NASA’s Innovation Expo

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

NASA’s Innovation Expo Coming to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex October 16 and 17

 

For the first time, NASA is allowing public access to its Innovation Expo, to be held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Oct. 16 and 17.

Guests can discover what it takes to foster innovative ideas during the expo, which features: a series of inspiring presentations by space experts from around the country; a prototype of the cutting-edge Robonaut, who is currently assisting astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS); and a showcase of NASA’s six campaigns currently in motion. Those campaigns include:

  • Earth Right Now: Your planet is changing. We’re on it.
  • International Space Station: Off the Earth, for the Earth.
  • Mars: Join us on the journey.
  • Technology: Technology drives exploration.
  • Aeronautics: NASA is with you when you fly.
  • Solar System and Beyond: We’re out there.

The Innovation Expo will comprise more than 33 exhibits and companies, including models of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, an inflatable planetarium, NASA Aeronautics, Ground Systems Development & Operations, Canaveral National Seashore, Swamp Works, United Launch Alliance, Sierra Nevada, International Space Station, The Boeing Company, Maven, Glass Wall and many more.

Throughout both days, guests have the opportunity to chat with the best and brightest from NASA, including specialists Dr. Weiping Yu, Clara Wright, William Little, Jeff Wolfe, Griffin Lunn, Caley Burke, Jackie Quinn and Luke Roberson.

Several other space experts will appear at NASA Central during the expo, including:

  • Astronaut Nicole Stott
  • Alex Menzies, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Kunal Patel, Orlando Indie Galactic Space Jam
  • Phil Metzger, planetary physicist
  • Sarita Shah, innovation/creativity/strategy consulting
  • Dr. Abram Walton, Florida Institute of Technology professor of management and innovation
  • Chad Brown, NASA Kennedy Space Center
  • Johnny Bohmer, founder of Performance Power

NASA’s Innovation Expo is included in daily admission to the visitor complex.

Space Shuttle Atlantis Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Fly With an astronaut

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® Hubble 3D and Journey To Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

 

Follow Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest. #AlwaysExploring

 

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The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure To Debut LEGOLAND Florida

The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure LEGOLAND Florida

‘The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure’ Takes Awesome To A New Level Exclusively to LEGOLAND Florida January 2016!

An exciting new plot, some of the original voices from The LEGO Movie mixed with 4D effects make for an interactive guest experience

Merlin Entertainments is partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group to bring a new 4D animated film featuring the popular characters from The LEGO Movie, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and LEGO System A/S, to guests at LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world starting in January 2016!

‘The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure’ is premiering at LEGOLAND Florida Resort on January 29, 2016, followed by LEGOLAND California Resort on February 6, with the film continuing to roll out at LEGOLAND Windsor, LEGOLAND Billund, LEGOLAND Deutschland and LEGOLAND Malaysia. Shortly after, guests at the 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in North America, Asia, and Europe will get to experience this thrilling new adventure.

Written by Adam Pava (writer of “The Boxtrolls”) and co-written and directed by Rob Schrab (director of the sequel to “The LEGO Movie” debuting in 2018) “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” is bringing back some of the original voices including Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Alison Brie (Unikitty), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard) and Charlie Day (Benny) and will introduce a new villain, “Risky Business,” voiced by Patton Oswalt.

The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure LEGOLAND Florida

“The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” follows a new journey for Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard after they receive a mysterious invitation leading them to a new theme park  where all of the rides are based on the characters’ adventures in “The LEGO Movie.” But not all is as it seems as the heroes are once again thrust into the middle of an evil secret plot, only this time, it will be up to the audience to use their Master Builder skills to help save them! Using elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects, the larger-than-life experience brings the film’s main characters, Emmet and Wyldstyle, back together with their friends for another awesome adventure.

 

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A Visit To Four Seasons Resort Orlando’s Plancha #FiveDiamondOrlando

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A Visit To The Four Seasons Resort Orlando’s Plancha

The Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a beautifully designed Tom Fazio course, that is also a certified Audubon Sanctuary, is home to a true gem…Plancha.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Sign

Plancha, open to the public daily 11am – 6pm, is an all-day dining restaurant featuring a Cuban-American Cuisine, Signature Cocktails, and wide variety of Cigars.

The Plancha dining room is intimate and filled with a laid-back elegance, that would be a perfect way to cap off an afternoon of golf or lunch with friends.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course
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Chef Pedro Sanchez and his team have created a vibrant, fresh, and authentic menu that brings a taste of Cuba to Orlando.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Chef Pedro Sanchez

At Plancha, Sanchez combines his experience, love for food and natural cooking ability with recipes that he learned from his grandmother, who is originally from Cuba. “I grew up in Puerto Rico but we had Cuban restaurants on every street. Puerto Rican food and Cuban food are very similar, but Cuban food uses different spices,” he says.  Dishes like the black bean soup and the mojo chicken, favourites on the menu at Plancha, are recipes that he learned from his mother. “My goal is to cook from the heart and serve dishes guests can make at home, but presented in an upscale and innovative way.” 

We started with a few beverages from the full-service bar that offers signature cocktails, beer, and wine.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Hemmingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daquiri (Bacardi Rum | Lime | Grapefruit | Luxardo)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Lemon Basil Punch

 

Lemon Basil Punch (Stoli Vodka | Lemon | Orange)

The Plancha menu has some really great appetizers that are perfectly portioned, light, and fresh. Any, or all, of these would be a great start to a meal.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Beef Empanadas

Beef Empanadas (Mango & Jalapeño Jam)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Guacamole

Guacamole (Roasted Corn Relish | Naan Chips)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Tuna Ceviche

Tuna Ceviche (Avocado | Ginger & Coconut Dressing)

The Salads, Sandwiches, and Entrees were extremely flavorful and vibrant.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Casa Salad

Casa (Baby Mache | Tomatoes | Avocado | Red Onions | Lemon Vinaigrette | Grilled Chicken)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - El Cubano

El Cubano (Roasted Pork | Black Forest Ham | Swiss | Mustard | Housemade Pickles)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course -  Plancha Burger

Plancha Burger (Chorizo and Beef Patty | Maduros | White Cheddar | Lettuce | Heirloom Tomatoes)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - NY Strip

NY Strip (Mamposteao Rice | Classic Chimichurri)

And what kind of person would I be if I didn’t try the desserts at Plancha? I would eat the Traditional Flan everyday if I could!

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Pina 2

Piña | Coconut Helado | Passion Fruit

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Guava Roll

Guava Roll | Crema de Queso

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Traditional Flan 2

Traditional Flan | Caña Sugar Caramel

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Tres Leches

Tres Leches | Dulce de Leche | Dulcey Pearls

I was really excited to be invited to this tasting luncheon at Plancha, and while it was my first visit it won’t be my last!

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