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Must Haves at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

I was invited as a guest of Knott’s Berry Farm to a day in the Park in order to write this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram lately, you may have notice a few of the delicious pictures I posted from Knott’s Boysenberry Festival.knotts-boysenberry-festival knotts-boysenberry-festival-usI had the opportunity to spend a day in the Park, enjoying many of their boysenberry-inspired foods and drinks. I got so excited to see Ghost Town all decked out for the occasion!
ghost-town-decorknotts-boysenberry-festival-decorDid you know that the boysenberry originated at Knott’s? Yep! The roots of Knott’s Berry Farm stretch back to the early 1930s when Walter Knott nurtured the only surviving boysenberry vines back to health and began selling the berries from his fruit stand on Beach Blvd. in Buena Park, California. knotts-boysenberry-festival-1920The popular purple little boysenberry put Knott’s Berry Farm on the road to being America’s first theme park. The rest, as they say, is history. As the birthplace of the delectable boysenberry Knott’s Berry Farm.knotts-boysenberry-festival-fry-breadKnott’s Boysenberry Festival runs from April 1-23 this year. During the festival, guests have the opportunity to enjoy boysenberry foods, both sweet and savory, and boysenberry-inspired craft beer and wine. Trust me when I say that you need to try all of the special boysenberry offerings during Knott;s Boysenberry Festival. One of the best ways to get a tasting of a variety of these foods is by purchasing a Festival Tasting Card. For just $25, you’ll get to sample 6 different items. As you can see, I started with one of the desserts, Boysenberry Panna Cotta! knotts-boysenberry-festival-tasting-cardThe Festival Tasting Card gives you quite a bit of food as you get samples of Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs, Boysenberry Fry Bread, Boysenberry Buffalo Wings, Boysenberry Ravioli, Boysenberry Panna Cotta, and Boysenberry Pizza!knotts-boysenberry-festival-chefsknotts-boysenberry-festival-wings

knotts-boysenberry-festival-boysenberry-pizzaI loved all of the items I got to try but I couldn’t stop there because there was still so much more boysenberry goodness to try! Some of the other boysenberry items you can find during the festival include:

  • Ribs and grilled chicken smothered in Knott’s farm-made Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ sauce
  • Corn on the Cob with Boysenberry Butter and Boysenberry Mayo
  • Boysenberry Short Ribs over riceknotts-boysenberry-festival-short-rib
  • Deep Fried Alligator & Fries with Boysenberry Aioli
  • Chocolate covered Boysenberry cheesecake on a stickknotts-boysenberry-festival-cheesecake-on-a-stick
  • Boysenberry Corn Dog
  • Boysenberry & Apricot Pulled Pork  Sandwich in a Boysenberry Bun Combo
  • Boysenberry Nutella crepesknotts-boysenberry-festival-boysenberry-crepe
  • Boysenberry Cookiewich Sandwich & Boysenberry Ice Cream Cone
  • Boysenberry Flautas
  • Boysenberry Cotton Candy
  • Boysenberry ICEE floats, Boysenberry Cream Soda, and Boysenberry Lattes & Frappuccinos
  • Fun Bun – Fried Cinnamon Roll with Boysenberry Cream Cheese Toppingknotts-boysenberry-festival-fun-bun

Many of the special Knott’s brand jams, jellies, sauces, candies, and other boysenberry products are available year-round inside the park in General Store (located in Ghost Town)  and outside the park at Berry Market (located in the California MarketPlace), as well as online. This is such great news for someone like me who is obsessed with all things boysenberry.knotts-boysenberry-festival-productsAside from all of the boysenberry goodness at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, there’s also a great lineup of entertainment for the whole family, you won’t want to miss including Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree (on the Calico Mine Stage), Old Time Melodrama (Bird Cage Theater), The History of Boysenberry & Knott’s Berry Farm (in Town Hall), Cloud 9 Ballroom/Studio K Classic Dance Party (in the Boardwalk Ballroom), Wild West Stunt Show: Frontier Feats of Wonder! (in Wagon Camp Theater), and the fun Camptivities (in Camp Snoopy). Also stop by Calico Park for some fun, music & games and visit the animals Old MacDonald’s Farm (in Ghost Town).

knotts-boysenberry-festival-merchKnott’s Boysenberry Festival is a must-do. Be sure to stop by before April 23rd! For more information, visit Knott’s Berry Farm’s site here.knotts-boysenberry-festival-chocolate-bar

Some images and logo are property of Knott’s. 

 

 

LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat Now Open at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

This is not a sponsored post. Images and logo are property of LEGOLAND Florida Resort. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Have you heard the exciting news? LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat is now open at LEGOLAND Florida Resort! These all-new accommodations give guests great new reasons to play and stay!legoland-florida-beach-retreat-1Filled with creative LEGO® theming inside and out, the village-style vacation resort features brightly colored bungalows grouped into 13 horseshoe-shaped “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures. The fun begins almost immediately, thanks to a drive-through check-in process that will take you from your car to your cove in minutes. This speedy service makes staying at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat as carefree as a day at the beach.legoland-florida-beach-retreat-4Designed to look like larger-than-life LEGO sets, 83 bungalows offer 166 separate rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area just for kids with a bunk bed, trundle bed and privacy curtain.legoland-florida-resort-beach-retreat-6legoland-florida-resort-beach-retreat-7They’re an ideal solution for families and groups traveling together, or for those seeking a fun new way to vacation at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Each cove has its own outdoor play area within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids romp and run.legoland-beach-retreat-2Opening less than two years after the debut of the popular 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel, and with its own unique, outdoor-themed amenities, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat more than doubles accommodations at the Florida vacation destination. Along with picturesque lake views and a giant LEGO lighthouse featuring a real rotating beacon, highlights also include:

  • A giant swimming pool next to The Lighthouse, with an adjacent sandy area perfect for building sandcastles and the resort’s biggest outdoor play structure for kids.
  • Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, featuring a bountiful menu of entrees, sides and desserts designed to please the palates of kids and grownups alike. A delicious breakfast buffet is included with each night’s stay.
  • Bricks Beach Bar, offering an eclectic menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served both poolside and indoors.
  • Palm Tree Traders, a large retail shop stocked with LEGO building sets and Minifigures, apparel, toys, swimwear, snacks and sundries.
  • A hands-on LEGO building station where kids can contribute their original creations to a giant sandcastle made out of thousands of LEGO bricks.
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the site.
  • Complimentary transportation to the theme park entrance, as well as complimentary parking in LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main parking lot for guests who choose to drive.
  • Early access to the LEGOLAND Florida theme park, with exclusive use of some of the most popular attractions, including the all-new LEGO NINJAGO® World and LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

legoland-florida-resort-beach-retreat-5Located three-quarters of a mile from the theme park entrance on the tranquil shores of Lake Dexter in Winter Haven, Fla., LEGOLAND Beach Retreat represents the latest milestone in the largest period of growth and expansion in the five-year history of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, with theming and architecture unique among the eight LEGOLAND resorts worldwide.legoland-florida-beach-retreat-3The Florida site is the first LEGOLAND resort in North America to offer a second accommodation type for overnight and multi-day stays. Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability. Packages including theme park tickets also are available, and Awesomer and Awesomest Annual Pass Members receive a 10 percent discount year-round. To book a stay, visit http://www.LEGOLAND.com/florida or call (877) 350-5346, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.legoland-florida-resort-beach-retreat-logo

About LEGOLAND Florida Resort 
More than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by the LEGO and DUPLO® brands await at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including experiences based on “The LEGO Movie™,” LEGO NINJAGO, LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, LEGO City, LEGO Technic and LEGO Friends. Upcoming events included with park admission include including KIDZ BOP Weekend (April 28-30), LEGO® Star Wars™ Days (May 6-7 and 13-14) and LEGOLAND Knight Lights (every Saturday and Sunday in July, plus Tuesday, July 4).

You Are Invited to Kaleidoscope’s Easter Garden Party on 4/15

The Easter Bunny will hop into town on Saturday, April 15 from 12 to 2:30 pm, when he visits with youngsters at Kaleidoscope’s Seventh Annual Easter Garden Party.kaleidoscope-garden-party-2017The free family event will kick off with an Easter egg hunt at 12 noon, beginning in Kaleidoscope’s courtyard. Passport cards will be given out to the first 300 children, directing them to the participating shops and restaurants where they will receive candy-filled eggs and prizes. The completed passports can then be handed in for a chance to win a Grand Easter Basket. Children should bring their own baskets to collect eggs.kaleidoscope-easter-bunnyIn addition, the Easter Garden Party will offer a complimentary photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny for guests who bring their own camera. The fun afternoon will also include free face painting, a balloon artist, and a petting zoo with bunnies, baby goats, chicks and ducklings. It’s going to be so much fun and a great family event! Hope to see you there!

This is not a sponsored post. Images and logo are property of Kaleidoscope Center. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Guide to Eats and Treats at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 4/1-4/23

I was invited to a media event in order to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

You know that “Spring has sprung” when you start to hear about the upcoming Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. Knott’s is actually the birthplace of THE boysenberry so a festival to celebrate this time of year seems fitting for the occasion. knotts-boysenberry-festivalSince I grew up in Southern California, I’ve always associated Knott’s with Boysenberry Punch, Mrs. Knott’s Boysenberry Pie, and Boysenberry everything!. knotts-boysenberry-festival-boysenberry-cartThis year Knott’s Boysenberry Festival begins on April 1st and will offer park guests 23 days of special boysenberry offerings, After attending a media tasting and getting a sneak peek at this year’s menu, I’m pretty sure this year’s Boysenberry Festival is going to be the best one by far!fun-bunKnott’s has a line-up of over 70 mouthwatering boysenberry-inspired foods and drinks to choose taste this year. You’re not going to want to miss out on any of it! I was absolutely wow-ed by some of the new offerings this year’s Boysenberry Festival! First of all, they’ve got an incredible Boysenberry Pizza that will drive your palette crazy! knotts-boysenberry-festival-boysenberry-pizza-wholeIt’s made with arugula, smoked ham, and goat cheese, and topped with Knott’s very own boysenberry Sriracha sauce. It was delicious!knotts-boysenberry-festival-boysenberry-pizza-sliceAnother new menu item is the boysenberry ravioli! Who would’ve thought? This ravioli dish is packed with boysenberry flavors and so savory! Also new for this year is the freshly-baked boysenberry fry bread! Mmm!knotts-berry-farm-boysenberry-festival-fun-bun-and-stickSome other guest favorites from years past, which will be offered again this year, include:

  • lip-smacking corn on the cob with boysenberry butter and mayo
  • finger-lickin boysenberry BBQ wings
  • the famous Fun Bun
  • savory boysenberry meatballs
  • sweet boysenberry cream soda
  • creamy chocolate covered boysenberry cheesecake on a stick
  • crispy, deep fried alligator bites paired with farm-made zesty boysenberry aioli

knotts-berry-farm-boysenberry-festival-deep-fried-alligatorGuests who want to take home the exquisite Boysenberry BBQ sauce, Boysenberry Butter, Boysenberry Dressing and Boysenberry Chipotle Sauce can do so by stopping by the Berry Market located in the California MarketPlace and General Store located in Ghost Town. *Select items are available on the online Berry Market store.knotts-berry-farm-marketOne of the best ways to experience the Boysenberry Festival is with a Boysenberry Bites Tasting Card. For only $25, the tasting card includes generous portions of six delectable treats:

boysenberry-bites-cardknotts-berry-farm-boysenberry-festival-wingsGuests at the Boysenberry Festival can also visit the Wine and Craft Brew Garden, which is located inside of Ghost Town’s Wilderness Dance Hall. Those guests who are 21 years of age and older can enjoy 4 craft brews and over 50 different wines from 36 producers including boysenberry beer and boysenberry wine. There’s also a tasting card iavailable for only $25, which includes 6 tastings paired with snacks.

knotts-berry-farm-boysenberry-festival-wine-and-craft-brew-gardenAs you can see, there is lots to see and do at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival this year! In addition to all of these food and beverage offerings, there’s also an entire lineup of live entertainment during the festival, which I’ll be sharing more about once it begins. To see a schedule of the live entertainment, go hereknotts-boysenberry-festival-boysenberry-crepe

You can join in on the “Boysenberry Conversation” by sharing your own Boysenberry Festival pictures on Twitter and Instagram using #BoysenberryFestival. What are you most excited for at this year’s Boysenberry Festival?

Some images and logo are property of Knott’s. 

 

Celebrate Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ With Custom Invitations from Evite

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Evite. All opinions are 100% my own. #Evite #BeOurGuest #BeThere #ad

 

The countdown is on until the release of Disney’s live action feature film “Beauty and the Beast” in theaters nationwide on March 17 in IMAX & 3D! I cannot wait for this movie.
As a huge lover of the original animated version of “Beauty and the Beast”, released in 1991, I am excited to see how this live version compares to the original. How can you not be excited for this adaption of everyone’s favorite Disney Classic?beauty-and-the-beast-emma-watsonI’m also excited to see it because I’m a huge Emma Watson fan. Not only is she a talented actress, her voice is amazing too! Have you watched the “Beauty and the Beast” Official Trailer yet? (Be sure to grab a tissue.)

Just in time for the film’s release, Evite has created a special Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast custom category of invitations that Disney fans are going to love! There are 10 invitations in the category to choose from, suitable for different events like Girls’ Movie Night Out, Dinner Party, Awards Party, Birthday for Kids, etc. How fun is that? Here are some of the designs.

Beauty-and-the-Beast-evitesMy favorite invitation from this Evite collection is the Girls’ Movie Night Out design and I’m planning mine already so I can use it. My plan is to invite several of my closest girlfriends over, along with their kids, and host a Beauty and the Beast potluck dinner, prior to going out all together to see the film in the theater. I love that Evite allows you to include a list, when you send one of their invitations, so each of your friends can choose something to bring your party. Evite makes party planning so much easier especially access on my phone via the app. To view the entire collection of Beauty and the Beast invitations, go here.beauty-and-the-beast-inspired-chip-cupIn honor of Disney’s newest “Beauty and the Beast” film and one of my favorite characters from the animated version, I decorated a Beauty and the Beast-Inspired “Chip” cup. I love Chip! He just holds a special place in my heart. The mug is perfect for cocoa or coffee and is pretty durable. It was very simple to do and is something you can easily recreate on your own.
Here are the supplies you’ll need to make your own:
  • a plain, white ceramic mug
  • fine and regular tip permanent markers (oil-based, paint markers work best)
  • paper towels
  • baby wipes

Directions for decorating your mug:

  1. Make sure your mug has been washed and is completely dry.
  2. Find an inspirational picture of Chip’s face to use as a guide.
  3. Start by coloring the rim of the mug with yellow (or gold) and use a black marker to create the “chip” at the top.
  4. Making sure the handle of the cup is centered as the nose, and start with black, drawing his face, including eyes, eyebrows, and mouth. Color in the eyes with blue and draw on cheeks with pink. *If you make a mistake, immediately wipe off your error with a baby wipe and dry the area with a paper towel before re-drawing.
  5. After you’ve drawn the face, use yellow (or gold) to color the handle. (a.k.a. the nose)beauty-and-the-beast-chip-collage
  6. Allow the mug to dry for a few hours.
  7. Before using the mug for anything, it needs to be baked in the oven. Start by placing the mug, on a cookie sheet, in a cool oven.
  8. With the mug already inside the oven, turn the oven on to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Turn off the oven and allow the mug to completely cool down inside the oven. This will prevent cracks.

Note: The mug is best if washed by hand.chip-doneAlthough “Beauty and the Beast” opens in theaters everywhere on 3/17 in IMAX & 3D, you can now purchase your tickets on pre-sale by clicking here. I already purchased tickets for all of my friends who are coming to my potluck party because I plan on being there on opening night! Have you gotten your tickets yet?new-beauty-and-the-beast-posterDon’t forget to follow Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest movie news! Connect with Evite on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, too.

Some images, logos and trailer are property of Evite and/or Disney.

 

LEGOLAND® California Resort to Kick Off LEGO® Batman™ Movie Days with Human Bat-Signal on 2/17 + Chance for Free Park Tickets

Calling All Caped Crusaders! LEGOLAND® California Resort is inviting children and parents out on February 17 to help bring to life the famous bat-signal used to call the dark knight of Gotham City, Batman!batman-logo The human bat-signal will officially kickoff the Family Theme Park’s The LEGO® Batman Movie Days, February 18-19 and 25-26. Guests will get to meet the LEGO super hero during this celebration of the Warner Bros. Pictures’ feature film, which also includes photo opportunities with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and LEGO Batman-inspired LEGO build activities.llc-batman-logo-small

The first 500 people to attend the bat-signal event will receive a ticket to LEGOLAND California Resort. Attendees will also have a chance to win LEGO Batman product through LEGO Batman Movie trivia. The LEGO Batman Movie Days activities are included in the price of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort.

Participant registration will begin on February 17, 2017 at 7 a.m. at the Park entrance. The First 500 guests (3 and older) will receive a ticket to LEGOLAND California Resort! At 8 a.m. Human Bat-signal will be displayed in ticket Plaza at Park Entrance. All participants will have chance to win LEGO Batman product through LEGO Batman Movie Trivia.

During The LEGO® Batman Movie Days at LEGOLAND, you’ll find the following activities:

  • LEGO® Batman Character Meet & Greets*
  • Life Size LEGO® Character Build
  • Build & Test Your Own Batmobile
  • Mystery Mosaic LEGO® Build*
  • Miniland Scavenger Hunt* –  The Villians have escaped!
  • WB Family GameSpace featuring LEGO Batman Games* – Play all your favorite action-adventure packed LEGO Batman video games with these amazing superheroes.

*Event times, length of activities and dates are subject to change without notice. While supplies last.

For more information about The LEGO® Batman Movie Days at LEGOLAND or to purchase tickets, go here.

This is not a sponsored post. Images are property of LEGOLAND California Resort. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Santa Has Arrived at The Shops at Mission Viejo + Kidgits Holiday Extravaganza 12/17

Santa has arrived at The Shops at Mission Viejo and he’s waiting for you to come visit until December 24! Grab your wish list  and head on down for a visit and special keepsake photos at the Santa Photo Experience! You’ll find Santa in his workshop, located downstairs in Why not make a reservation to see Santa? For more information and to make your reservation to see Santa, go here.

santas-waitingThis year, The Shops at Mission Viejo is, once again, offering the Caring Santa program. This very special program is exclusive for families of children with special needs. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, November 20 from 9-10:30 a.m. To reserve your spot, go herecaring-santa-imageIf you’re interested in having your pet photographed with Santa, you can register here for Santa Pet Photos, which will be held on Sunday, November 13 from 6-7 p.m., after mall hours. There is no fee to register but please make a reservation. santa-pet-photosDon’t miss out on this year’s festive Kidgits Holiday Extravaganza! The event will be held on Saturday, December 17 in the Center Court from 8:30-10:30 a.m. For more information about Kidgits Club, go herekidgits-holiday-image

Connect with The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This is not a sponsored post. Images and logo are property of Simon Malls. 

 

NINJAGO® World is Now Open at LEGOLAND® California Resort

Have you gotten a chance to visit NINJAGO® World yet at LEGOLAND® California Resort, yet? Our family has been anticipating its arrival since the first official announcement back in September! legoland-ninjago-ninjaThe newly-themed area opened at the beginning of May and even includes a brand new attraction, NINJAGO The Ride! legoland-ninjago-worldTake a look at this video, highlighting the opening of  NINJAGO® World. It even includes footage inside the ride! (video credit: LEGOLAND California)

NINJAGO The Ride is the center of NINJAGO World where interactive experiences test guest’s creativity, speed, balance and agility.  It uses cutting-edge Maestro hand gesture technology, manufactured by Triotech, the world leader in media based interactive attractions, and enables guests to throw fire balls, shock waves, ice and lightning to defeat villains. Riders collect points for their training and battle efforts and scores are displayed when their quest is completed. Effects such as heat, smoke and wind are incorporated throughout the adventure, giving guests the ultimate interactive 4D experience. legoland-ninjago-world-lego-figuresTwenty-two new LEGO models  flank the new land, in addition to a new retail outlet, Wu’s Warehouse, which carries everything you might need to be a Ninjago ninja, regardless of your age or gender! legoland-ninjago-world-think-like-a-ninjaThe area also welcomed a new dining option for the hungry, Ninja Kitchen. LEGOLAND chefs put a special twist on Asian street food with Banh Mi sandwiches on fresh baked baguettes or steamed Bao Buns with crispy pork belly, lemongrass chicken or baked sweet chili tofu. legoland-ninjago-world-now-openNINJAGO World is included in admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For more information, visit http://www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

I received admission to LEGOLAND California Resort in order to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Video clip is property of LEGOLAND California Resort. 

 

“Finding Dory” Free Printables Including Memory Game

I don’t think there’s a person out there who isn’t excited and counting down the days until “Finding Dory” swims in theaters on June 17! finding-dory-posterThis long awaited sequel to “Finding Nemo” is going to be the best kickoff to our summer yet! If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, here it is:
Well, they just released a fun memory game and some other free printables for you to print out and enjoy with your family. I can’t wait to use the “Finding Dory” calendar! It’s a great way to keep track of our family’s schedule during our crazy-busy week! You can download and print these out by clicking on the links below each image.
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To download this fun Finding Dory Memory Match game pages, click here. I highly recommend printing the game out on cardstock.

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To download the Finding Dory Family Calendar, click here.

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To download the Finding Dory dot-to-dot sheets, click here.

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To download this Finding Dory coloring pages, click here.

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Don’t forget to follow “Finding Dory” movie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Will you be seeing it when it hits theaters on June 17? I know I will be!

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images, logos, and printables are property of Disney•Pixar’/Walt Disney Studios. 

 

{Giveaway} Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand June 7

Have you seen the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ comedy-adventure, “Zootopia” yet? Actually I should ask how many times you’ve seen it? (We’ve seen it three times!) This hilarious family film has broken records worldwide earning more than $900 million at the global box office to date and was named the best reviewed movie of 2016. 2016-Walt-Disney-Studios-Zootopia

Critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). The voice cast of “Zootopia” is epic. We rushed out immediately after seeing it and bought a bunch of Tsum Tsums to make this cute little stop-motion video on my daughter’s Musical.ly account.

Well great news…it arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand (does not include bonus) platforms June 7, 2016, viewers will not only be able to enjoy the vibrant world of Zootopia and reunite with their favorite characters, but also discover more about the evolution of this extraordinary tale through in-depth bonus offerings. ZootopiaBlurayComboFeatures include:

  • candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia,
  • an alternate opening
  • never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes
  • a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY 3D, BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

  • Zoology: The Roundtables: Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation.
  • The Origin of an Animal Tale: Follow the story’s development from its origins to a big story shift that turned the film upside down. In this feature-length documentary, filmmakers give a candid look into the difficulties of creating the story of Zootopia and the bold decision to switch the main character late in the production process, putting one resolute rabbit center stage.
  • Research: A True-Life Adventure: The filmmakers traveled the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia. They reflect on the importance of research and how a deep dive into animal behavior at Disney Animal Kingdom theme park and a deep immersion into animal society on the African savanna shaped and inspired the characters of Zootopia and changed the filmmakers’ lives forever.
  •  Z.P.D. Forensic Files: Find the movie’s hidden Easter Eggs. Every city has its hidden gems, especially when it has been created by the filmmakers of Disney Animation who love nothing more than sprinkling hidden references to some of Disney’s greatest animated features throughout the story.
  • Scoretopia: Academy Award®-winning composer, Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his powerful and emotional music score.
  • Deleted Characters: Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who did not make the final cut.

Deleted Scenes:

  • Alternate Opening: Young Judy Hopps rescues a fellow classmate and realizes she can reach beyond a life in carrot farming to a future in law enforcement.
  • Wild Times! Pitch: Nick desperately pitches the bankers of Zootopia on funding Wild Times!, an amusement park made exclusively for the predators of Zootopia and a sure-fire, money-making scheme for Nick and his friends.
  • Alternate Homesick Hopps: After a frustrating first day on the force, Judy has a conversation with her parents. See how this scene changed from a heartfelt conversation with her parents to tough love when her parents discover their daughter is only a meter maid and not a “real cop.”
  • Detective Work: Judy borrows a fellow police officer’s computer to conduct research, which turns out to be no small task.
  • Alternate Jumbo Pop: In this early version of the story where Nick was the main character, the filmmakers and Jason Bateman were able to take hustling to a new level.
  • Hopps’ Apartment: When Judy’s entire family pays her a surprise visit they are shocked to discover the company she’s keeping.
  • The Taming Party: In this emotional clip from an early version of “Zootopia,” Judy attends her first “taming party” and gains a deeper understanding of the plight of the predator.
  • “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira

DVD:

  • Scoretopia
  • “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira

DIGITAL HD EXCLUSIVE:

  • International Character Reel: See the variances in news reporters in Zootopia around the world!

We’re so ready to own our own copy of “Zootopia” and be able to watch it together as a family at home this summer! I’m also having a giveaway! One of my lucky readers will win their very own copy of “Zootopia”! You can enter below on the Rafflecopter! Giveaway only open to US Residents. Good luck and thanks for reading!

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I was provided with a copy of this film in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Some images and graphics are property of Walt Disney Studios. 

 

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