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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

 

2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets Now on Sale

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Some people think it’s silly to even think about Halloween when the first day of Summer barely passed. Disney people don’t think it’s silly though! I am 100% OK with Halloween being celebrated earlier and earlier each year in the Parks. This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a specially ticketed, spook-tacular celebration inside Magic Kingdom Park, returns for a record 36 select nights from Aug. 16-Nov. 1,Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a specially ticketed event that captures the spirit of the season with spooky décor, lighting and music parkwide, along with returning favorites such as “Mickey’s Boo to You Parade,” the “Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular” castle stage show and trick-or-treating throughout the park. Also returning for this year’s party will be special attraction experiences for Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. Children are encouraged to dress in costume and enjoy the spirit of Halloween with their families.Here are the 2019 event dates:

  • August 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30
  • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29
  • October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31
  • November 1

New for 2019
An all-new Halloween-themed fireworks show will debut this year during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This new show will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. The show will take guests along for a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house.Our family was fortunate enough to attend this event a couple of years ago and my daughter has been asking to go again ever since. If you’d like to read my “Tips to Know Before You Go: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party post, please click HERE or click on the image below. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a ticketed, after-hours special event, with ticket prices starting at just $79. For more information or to purchase your tickets, please visit  Disneyworld.com or call 407.827.7350.

 

 

Disneyland Annual Passholders “Bring a Friend” $99 Ticket Offer

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Summer is well underway and as usual, there are a lot of exciting, new things happening at the Disneyland Resort! To make it even better, a very special “Bring a Friend” $99 ticket offer! That’s right, now through August 30, Disneyland Annual Passholders can purchase up to three (3) $99 Park Hopper tickets per day! Also, if a Passholder is blocked out on that day, they, too, may purchase a $99 Park Hopper ticket for entrance that day. This is an amazing deal for a Park Hopper ticket, especially with some of the newest offerings at the Resort right now:

  • Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Now open to the public with the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction open and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance scheduled to open later this year.
  • The “Tale of the Lion King” – an all-new, outdoor live musical production in Disney California Adventure Park
  • The newest attractions to open on the re-imagined Pixar Pier, Jessie’s Critter Carousel and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • The limited-time return of “Soarin’ Over California
  • And returning for a limited-time encore run is The Main Street Electrical Parade! Beginning August 2!

Disneyland Annual Passholders may purchase $99 “Bring a Friend” tickets at any Disneyland Resort Ticket Booth. Tickets are only valid on the day of purchase. Also, Passholder must accompany guests into the first entry of a theme park that day.

*Passholder must present valid Annual Passport at time of purchase and admission. (Government-issued photo ID may be required.) This offer ends August 30, 2019. Tickets valid for ages 3 and above and may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

Disney’s Dumbo Now Available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and Movies Anywhere

I received promotional items in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Disney and director Tim Burton invite you to fall in love all over again with the story of “Dumbo”,  but this time as a grand live-action adventure!  This expanded version of the beloved animated classic is a story in which differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight, and is now available on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere, and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD — with never-before-seen bonus features, deleted scenes, Easter eggs and bloopers.
Stunning extras will transport viewers to the set of “Dumbo,” where cast members Danny DeVito (circus owner Max Medici), Michael Keaton (opportunistic businessman V.A. Vandevere), Colin Farrell (war-veteran-turned-elephant-keeper Holt Farrier), Eva Green (stunning aerialist Colette Marchant), Nico Parker (Farrier’s daughter, Milly) and Finley Hobbins (Farrier’s son, Joe) share their personal stories of courage and character. Features explore how Disney’s timeless animated story was brought to life with an incredibly expressive, lovable, fully computer-generated baby elephant; the longtime collaboration of Burton, production designer Rick Heinrichs and costume designer Colleen Atwood, which resulted in jaw-dropping sets and costumes; and the creation of the visually colossal Dreamland parade sequence. Also included are nine deleted scenes, hidden and not-so-hidden Easter eggs, bloopers and a special performance of “Baby Mine” by Arcade Fire.

In “Dumbo,” struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists former star Holt Farrier and his children to care for a newborn elephant whose over-sized ears make him a laughingstock. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive but sinister entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere, who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, spectacular, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland.

“Dumbo” has been released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of devices. Viewers can watch the film in Digital 4K UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the 4K Ultra HD Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) and a single DVD.

Bonus features on BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

  • CIRCUS SPECTACULARS: Dumbo’s cast share their experience of making the film—and get to the heart of a story about family and believing in yourself.
  • THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: Explore how one of Disney’s most lovable characters went from an animated classic to a stunning live-action retelling.
  • BUILT TO AMAZE: Get a closer look at the film’s production and costume design.
  • DELETED SCENES: A compelling collection of scenes that almost made the final film.
    Roustabout Rufus
    Pachyderm Plans
    The Other Medici Brother
    Monkey Business
    A Star Is Born
    Where’s Dumbo
    Elephant Heist
    A Seat at the Show
  • EASTER EGGS ON PARADE: Discover the hidden and not-so-hidden nods to the animated Dumbo in this narrated tribute to the Disney classic.
  • CLOWNING AROUND: Laugh along with the cast in a collection of big-top bloopers and goofs from the set.
  • “BABY MINE”: Visual video performed by Arcade Fire
  • (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE) DREAMLAND – ANATOMY OF A SCENE: From Final Script to Final Scene: The filmmakers and cast talk a lot about the feeling of “grand intimacy” in the film. Step right up as they bring the Dreamland parade to life, accomplishing the rare marriage of a massive spectacle combined with an emotional tenderness.

“DUMBO” Cast and Crew:
The film stars Golden Globe® winner Colin Farrell (“In Bruges,” “The Lobster”) as war-veteran turned elephant-keeper Holt Farrier, Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton (“Birdman,” “Beetlejuice”) as opportunistic businessman V.A. Vandevere, Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Danny DeVito (“Batman Returns,” “Big Fish”) as circus owner Max Medici, and BAFTA Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Eva Green (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Dark Shadows”) as stunning aerialist Colette Marchant. Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins make their feature film debuts as Holt’s children, Milly and Joe.

The cast also includes Alan Arkin as powerful banker J. Griffin Remington, Roshan Seth as snake charmer Pramesh Singh, DeObia Oparei as strongman Rongo the Strongo, Joseph Gatt as a hunter named Neils Skellig, and Sharon Rooney as circus mermaid Miss Atlantis.

Dumbo is directed by Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger (“The Ring,” “Ghost in the Shell”), and produced by Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”), Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Big Eyes”) and Derek Frey (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Frankenweenie”).

How many times did you see Dumbo in the theaters? We are so excited to have our very own copy at home now to watch anytime!

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Watch the Abominable Trailer in Theaters September 27

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Universal Pictures debuted the trailer for their adorable upcoming animated film, Abominable and you’re going to love it!

Abominable is a co-production between DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio and takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

Here’s a synopsis of this film:
When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

This film is directed by Jill Culton (Open Season, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2) and produced by Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2, Home), Abominable is executive produced by Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Home, ANTZ) and is co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Trolls, The Croods).

Abominable will be released by Universal Pictures on September 27, 2019. 

Images and trailer are property of Universal Pictures and used with permission.