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Pup Academy LIVE Action Talking Canine Adventure to Debut on Disney Channel 8/26

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
Air Bud Entertainment (ABE), the creators of the iconic ‘Air Bud’ Golden Retriever films that became a staple for generations of moviegoers, and the groundbreaking ‘Disney Air Buddies’ talking puppy adventures, proudly announce ‘PUP ACADEMY,’ an exciting all-new live-action family adventure to air on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW. Fittingly, the action-packed pilot episode debuts on ‘National Dog Day’ — August 26th (2:00-3:00 P.M. EDT/PDT). After the premiere, the series returns with new episodes on weekdays at 2:00 P.M. EDT/PDT, beginning September 4th.

‘PUP ACADEMY’ introduces audiences to a fantastic cast of new talking canines, and stars award-winning Christian Convery (Descendants 3, Beautiful Boy) in a live-action role. Transporting a whole new generation to the ‘Air Bud’ world where animals speak too, the fun and fast-action first season of ‘PUP ACADEMY’ includes 22 all-new episodes.

Watch this adorable trailer:

The action-packed ‘PUP ACADEMY’ story centers around three pup friends — Spark,
Corazon and Whiz — who meet in their first year at the Academy. The puppies attend the
Academy to learn how to become man’s best friend, but the new students quickly discover a mysterious threat to not only the academy, but to the very core of friendships between dogs and humans everywhere‘PUP ACADEMY’ also stars Don Lake (Zootopia) and Aria Birch (Freaks). It is created
and executive produced by Anna McRoberts and directed and co-executive produced by
ABE founder and CEO, Robert Vince. The film arrives more than 20 years after the debut
of the original ‘Air Bud’ film debuted. Air Bud Entertainment-branded content connects universal themes of family, friendship, and triumph of the soul. It can now be experienced in 190 countries, in over 20 languages.
‘PUP ACADEMY’ will be supported by an extensive slate of partnerships, including
Extended Stay America hotels, Dogsters Ice Cream Style Treats for Dogs and Color Me
Mine pottery studios.

For updates about this film, please visit their site at AirBud.com.

Images, trailer and logo are property of Pup Academy and used with permission. 

 

Jurassic World: The Ride Now OPEN at Universal Studios Hollywood!

I received tickets for my family and I to spend a day in the park in order to faciliate this post. All opinions are my own.

The anticipation for the opening of Jurassic World: The Ride had been building since it closed last spring as the formerly known attraction Jurassic Park. Our family LOVED the film Jurassic World, most likely for all different reasons and so we couldn’t wait to visit and ride this newly imagined ride.

Inspired by the Jurassic World blockbuster films, this spectacular new thrill ride features the film’s stars, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, who reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, and soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus.

Here’s what you can expect to encounter on “Jurassic World—The Ride”: The elaborately themed all-new “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies, engages with guests in daring face-to-face encounters, along with the addition of two new dinosaurs – a Baby Raptor with her Raptor Handler and a life-size Triceratops who greet guests outside the “Jurassic World—The Ride” entrance, further enhance the entire experience.

We had so much fun on the ride and ddin’t know any of this beforehand so it was one big surprise.

Know Before You Go

Here are a cuople of tips that you may find helpful before you visit Universal Studios Hollywood to ride Jurassic World: The Ride. 

  • You WILL get wet! Regardelss of where you sit, you are going to get wet. We weren’t dying to be drenched, just because it was early in the day and we didn’t want to walk around soaking, so we opted for row 4. We still got wet but not too badly. The guests in rows 1 and 2 were definitely drenched after the ride. It just depends on what you’re hoping to gain from the ride.  By the way, every row is a great seat for this adventure! 
  • They sell ponchos! Yes! You can purchase an inexpenisve poncho in the shop adjancent to the attraction, which is called “Jurassic Outfitters”.  There are also complimentary lockers to put your belongings in before you get in line. I also brought a plasitc bag to put my cell phone in during the ride. 
  • Wear sunblock! You may find yourself waiting in line in the direct sunlight. Also, there are parts when you’re on the boat, that you’ll be glad you sprayed beforehand. Don’t forget to spray your scalp and/or your head. 

Don’t forget to check out the new interactive “Dino Play” area , located outside of the attraction, which is designed to inspire children of all ages to explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

While you’re in the Jurassic World area of the park, you’ll want to grab a bite at he Juarassic Cafe.  There you’ll find an extensive menu serving “the taste of Costa Rica” with delicious, freshly made menu items including: Pomegranate Guacamole, Tropical Fruit Salad, Crispy Green Lettuce Rolls with Shrimp, Roasted Chicken Salad, Mahi Mahi with Melon Pico, Slow Roasted Mojo Pork, Mojo Jackfruit, and more.

You can also find refreshing, tropical drink offerings right next to the Jurassic Cafe at the Island Nu-Bar. It’s a great way to cool off and feel the island vibe of Jurassic World! (Just look out for the dinosaurs!)

Jurassic World: The Ride is a definite must-ride this summer so if you haven’t had a chance to get there, what are you waiting for? Luckily we have such great weather in Southern California that this ride is perfect for year-round visits.. For more information about Universal Studios Hollywood, visit their site HERE.

Some images are property of Universal Studios Hollywood and used with permission.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Disneyland Resort Nov. 8 – Jan. 6

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Do you love the holidays as much as I do? Well this year, The Disneyland Resort will transform into the Merriest Place on Earth beginning November 8, 2019 and will run through January 6, 2020.Guests will be dazzled by the return of “World of Color – Season of Light”,  a holiday-themed production of this nighttime spectacular that features lights, lasers, water, fire and hundreds of fountains bringing animation to life. Also returning are guest-favorite holiday experiences and entertainment, including Disney Festival of Holidays – which honors the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas/Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day (Jan. 3-6) – and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. Guests may even partake in a “Frozen” adventure as they encounter Anna and Elsa in the theme parks, just in time to celebrate the release of Disney’s new animated film, “Frozen 2,” in theaters Nov. 22, 2019.Guests plan their seasonal visits to Disneyland Resort year after year to experience beloved Holiday traditions and festive cheer, from snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., to glistening décor, Disney-themed treats and merchandise, holiday entertainment and the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday.Here’s what you will find at each park this holiday season:

At Disney California Adventure Park

  • The nighttime spectacular “World of Color – Season of Light” wraps guests in the warm glow of holiday magic. Fusing cherished holiday music sung by beloved artists with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films, this sparkling winter fantasy is magical for all ages. This production of “World of Color” is made extra brilliant with dazzling lights, lasers and high-definition projections.
  • Disney Festival of Holidays brings the spirit of the season to life through lively entertainment and special traditions. Children will enjoy craft stations and everyone will appreciate the delicious food at Festive Foods Marketplace, featuring a mix of holiday dishes and beverages that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.
  • The Three Caballeros host the popular “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” celebration, featuring folklórico and samba dancers, live musicians, and Mickey and Minnie in their fiesta best.
  • The holidays are zooming into Cars Land and the residents are racing to celebrate the season. Two attractions rely on holiday magic to transform into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. The whimsical “Snowcar” greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs, and each “Cars” character also gets a holiday makeover at their Route 66 address to reflect their personality.
  • Santa Claus is coming to town! Guests will enjoy special holiday-themed activities with Santa and his sleigh full of mischievous elves at Santa’s Holiday Visit at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
  • As guests enter the park and stroll along Buena Vista Street, a dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle to help guests get in the holiday spirit. The tree and surrounding buildings are decorated with vintage-style ornaments in keeping with the theme of Buena Vista Street, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920’s. Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land and Grizzly Peak will also sparkle with holiday décor throughout the season.
  • Guests will drift into a wintry mood as they encounter the splendid sisters Anna and Elsa inside the Disney Animation building. Guests may also relive the story of the Disney blockbuster film “Frozen” as they immerse themselves in the wondrous magic and music in the spectacular stage musical, “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion.”

At Disneyland Park

  • In the evening, the spectacular “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular and its magical snowfall finale create lasting holiday memories for guests.
  • Mickey, Minnie, Disney Princesses and Santa celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music and marching “tin soldiers.” Guests may wave to Anna, Elsa and Olaf, who bid them a warm winter welcome from their fantastic “Frozen” float.
  • The holiday magic shines brightly with the glow of the shimmering icicles and twinkling lights on Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, enchanting guests from day to night.
  • Guests entering Disneyland are greeted by a magnificent. 60-foot tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., decorated with nearly 1,800 ornaments. The classic tree is an ideal location for holiday photos, to document the magical memory for a lifetime.

Disneyland guests also will want to experience the popular seasonal transformations of these attractions:

“it’s a small world” is transformed each evening into “it’s a small world”
Holiday, with 50,000-plus colorful lights, music and video projections. Inside the
attraction, holiday magic takes guests around the world and back as dolls and
toys representing children enjoy the distinctive holiday traditions of their
countries.‘Twas “The Nightmare before Christmas” and all through the Haunted Mansion,
Jack Skellington and his friends are causing a collision between Christmas and
Halloween to transform the Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday.*Throughout the resort, guests will also discover holiday culinary treats and festive fare, along with special merchandise for the merry season.Also during the holiday season, the Downtown Disney District will be full of festive shopping, dining and entertainment and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort also join in the yuletide celebration with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday-inspired eats and treats. Will YOU be visiting DIsneyland Resort this holiday season? For more information about the Resort and to plan your trip, please go HERE.

Some images are property of Disneyland Resort and used with permission. 

Have YOU Registered for CHOC Walk in the Park Yet?

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

If you haven’t had the opportunity to register for the 2019 CHOC Walk in the Park yet, the deadline for early registration is nearing and ends Monday, July 29, 2019 so you’ll want to get in on the great price of just $85 to participate. (Click HERE to register.)

In 2018, the CHOC Walk in the Park raised 2,9 million dollars and this year I just know they’re going to beat that with the help of friends, families and sponsors! It’ll be CHOC Walk’s 29th year of putting on such an amazing event to benefit CHOC Children’s and the kids, both past and present patients. The walk is the only one of its kind in the U.S., which takes place throughout the Disneyland Resort!This year’s event will take place in the early morning of Sunday, August 11 and will be led by this year’s CHOC Walk Ambassador, Ella Boyle and Team Boyle. Here’s a little bit about Ella’s story and why they walk:
2019 CHOC Walk Incentives
Not only do walkers help raise funds to support CHOC Children’s but there are also incentives for fundraising, allowing walkers to earn various prizes. Here are just a few of the incentive levels:
$85 – CHOC Walker

  • CHOC Walker Wristband* (Includes opportunity to purchase (1) specially priced Disneyland® Resort 1-Day Park Hopper® ticket or 1-Day, 1-Park ticket valid at either Disneyland® Park or Disney California Adventure® Park. See details below*)
  • FREE Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich (Participant must bring their 2019 CHOC Walk in Park wristband to any Orange County Chick-fil-A® location to redeem sandwich by 8/30/2019. Closed on Sundays)
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative T-shirt

$225 – CHOC Walk Pin

  • CHOC Walker Wristband*
  • FREE Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative T-shirt
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative lapel pin

$350 – CHOC Walk Medallion

  • CHOC Walker Wristband*
  • FREE Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich
  • Free Chick-fil-A ® Breakfast Item (redeemable at any Orange County Chick-fil-A® location)
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative T-shirt
  • CHOC Walk in the Park commemorative lapel pin
  • CHOC Walk in the Park lanyard and medallion

To see a full list of the 2019 CHOC Walk incentives, go HERE.

This year’s beautiful CHOC Walk medallion, and t-shirt designs were all designed by artist Jeff Granito.If you still haven’t registered to walk, I highly encourage you to join us in doing so. Although early bird registration ends July 29, you can still register to walk after that! You can also go HERE to make a donation. Will YOU be joining in on this amazing event on August 11? I hope so!

 

FunBox: The Colorful Pop-Up Museum of Photo Opps

I received media tickets to visit in exchange for coverage. All opinions are 100% my own. 

When you’re the mom of a teen, they are always the first ones to let you know about all of the cool things that come into town! When my daughter showed me FunBox on Instagram and some of the cute photos they had posted on their page, I knew it was a “must-visit” for us this summer.If you haven’t heard of FunBox yet, lean in closely because I have all of the details right here for you. FunBox description reads “Colorful FUN Museum of Toys“. This interactive, pop-up style attraction includes 25 different rooms with unlimited potential for Instagram-worthy photos and videos. Currently located inside of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall, you can find FunBox within the lower level Food Court area.Know Before You Go 
I would definitely advise looking over FunBox’s Instagram page prior to your visit, to get some inspiration and some ideas for what to wear. Although there is no dress code, you might find that certain outfit choices will photograph better than others. You also might want to bring certain accessories along with you such as sunglasses or other small props.Ticket Prices
Pricing for Fun Box is as follows:

  • Adults (age 13+) : $19.00
  • Kids (ages 4-12) : $14.00
  • Ages 0-3 are FREE.

What to Expect on Your Visit 
When you arrive at FunBox, you’ll see an area to get in line. Prior to getting in line, make sure to grab your tickets, because they are for a specific entry time. (You can get your tickets online here before your visit or when you arrive.) An employee is stationed just outside of the line to answer any questions and as your designated entry time nears, they will explain how your visit will go before letting you inside.

***Tip: Consider being towards the end of the line for the group you’re going in with.  Although you’ll need to wait for the people in front of you to take their photos first, you’ll feel less rushed and have less people running through your photos if you’re last or close to last. Once You’re Inside FunBox
One you go into FunBox, there isn’t a specific time limit but there are certain parts where you aren’t allowed to go back. I would allot about an hour, maybe a little more, to get through all of the rooms and areas. I think it can also vary depending on how crowded it is when you visit. I’m assuming weekends are far busier than weekdays.Some of the rooms you’ll visit at FunBox include: 

  • Teddy Bear Tunnel
  • Bubble Party Ball Pit
  • Human Car Wash
  • Rainbow Throne Room
  • Pig Room
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast

FunBox is located inside of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall at
400 S Baldwin Ave,
Arcadia, CA, 91007

(It’s inside the Food Court, next to Dave + Busters & AMC Movie Theatre and they suggest parking near The Cheesecake Factory)Currently, FunBox is only scheduled to be open through the end of August. Their schedule could extend but I wouldn’t recommend putting off your visit, just in case they do close up shop then. It’s a definite must-visit this summer! For more information about FunBox, please visit their site HERE.

 

The 4th Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage 7/12 – 8/18

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

The Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association, the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rancho Mirage have teamed up once again to kick off the 4th Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage. Locals and visitors can get their wristbands to participate and enjoy $4 appetizers, desserts and/or drinks. A portion of proceeds benefit Coachella Valley charities and the local chamber of commerce. The 2019 Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage runs July 12 – August 18, 2019.

“The Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage is special to the chamber because we have direct economic impact on our restaurants during the summer months. It is getting people into the eateries that sets this event apart as well as the incredible deals they offer. Locals love it! Area charities also help sell the wristbands to fundraise during this five-week long event. Everyone wins!” – Katie Stice, IOM, Executive Director, Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce

Here’s a list of participating restaurants & eateries:

  • 360 Sports at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
  • Acqua California Bistro
  • Apong’s
  • Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Bernie’s Lounge & Supper Club
  • bluEmber at Omni Rancho Las Palmas
  • Brandini ToffeeBurgers and Beer
  • Catalan Restaurant
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Dringk Eatery + Bar
  • Enzo’s Bistro
  • Haus of Poke
  • Hielo Sno Shaved Ice
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Las Casuelas Nuevas
  • Maracas Mexican Cantina & Grill
  • Maria Jose Peruvian Gourmet
  • Norma’s Italian Kitchen
  • O’Caines Irish Pub
  • Pastry Swan
  • Pieology Pizzeria
  • Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
  • Roy’s Restaurant
  • Shame on the Moon Restaurant
  • Si Bon
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • The Slice – N.Y. Style Pizzeria Ristorante
  • Waters Café at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa

For more information about participating charities, restaurants and their specials, and to purchase wristbands, please visit http://www.TasteOfSummerRanchoMirage.com.

Image is property of Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage. 

The new trailer for Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is here!

The new trailer for Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is here and I am so excited about it!

A follow-up to the 2014 global box-office hit with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprising their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, the film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
Watch the trailer here:

The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” when will hit theaters nationwide on October 18, 2019, just in time for Halloween! Who else is excited?

Images and trailer are property of Disney and used with permission. 

Watch the New Trailer for Disney’s Mulan

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Oh my goodness! The teaser trailer for Disney’s “Mulan” is here! This epic tale of a fearless young woman who risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known.When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. 

Watch the trailer here:

“Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with G Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

Mulan is set to open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020. Who else is excited for this film?

Poster and trailer are property of Disney and used with permission. 

The Secret Menu at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort Food Court

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Every time our family travels to Walt Disney World Resort, I’m always excited for our new adventures. There is so much to see and do and Disney Magic seems to be a part of each Disney vacation we go on.On a recent visit to Walt Disney World, we stayed at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. It was our first time staying there so I had no idea they had a SECRET MENU and I was SO excited to learn about it! The All-Star Movies is one of the 5 “Value” Resorts at Walt Disney World so the food options are set up “quick service” style in their “World Premiere Food Court“. Guests can choose from 5 different food stations, each named after a famous theater: The Lyric, Majestic and Roxy all serve full meals, The Grand serves snacks and Rialto serves fabulous desserts!We arrived late on the night we traveled to Florida and were famished when we stepped into the World Premiere Food Court. One of the Cast Members working that night, Josh,  mentioned a “Secret Menu” and asked if we’d be interested in learning more about it? Um, YES! I felt so special as he brought out a metal briefcase, opened it and handed each of us a View-Master®. Not everyone will know what these retro toys are, including my own daughter, but we, adults, instantly knew what one was and became instantly giddy at this nod to my childhood!The Secret Menu is actually listed inside of the View-Master, so you can’t see it until you peek into it! So cool, right? Since it was so late at night when we learned about this, we didn’t actually get a chance to try any of these items, but you can be sure we will on our next visit! I just love learning about things like this! Don’t you?
Normally, I don’t like to post spoilers but if you must know about the 3 items on the secret menu at All-Star Movies, they are:

  • Poutine with Gravy and Cheese Curds – This generous serving of french fries is topped with gravy and
  • Cinnamon Roll Bacon Cheeseburger – This one is literally a cheeseburger, topped with white cheddar cheese and candied bacon, and served sandwiched between 2 gooey cinnamon rolls. THIS is the one I’m going back for!
  • Bacon Mac n Cheese Hot Dog – This delicious hot dog is topped with Mac n Cheese AND bacon! Mmm!

If you’re interested in checking out the Secret Menu at the World Premiere Food Court inside Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, just cruise up to a Cast Member and ask for it. I’m sure they’ll guide you from there! If you’ve already experienced this Secret Menu, share about it with me in the comments. I’d love to hear about your experience.

 

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