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Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort

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Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort invite guests to experience an exciting new dimension of sorcery at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” with the introduction of the “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle,” a powerful, original and breathtaking projection experience.The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts castle and “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” nightly from April 13 – 28 at Universal Studios Hollywood then return from May 25 – 27. Universal Orlando Resort’s experience will debut later this year with dates to be announced at a later time.

This exciting all-new experience in “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will cast a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects, unleashing the darkest creatures and villains, including the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort.

Illuminating a darker side of the Wizarding World, this spectacular new light projection experience will be a departure from previous “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” and “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will bring more intense tones and drama that reflect the Dark creatures and wizards that challenge goodness in the Wizarding World.

Guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravery in the face of the all-consuming Dark Arts as some of the awe-inspiring moments and creatures inspired by the films come to life within the majestic light display.

As darkness falls on Hogwarts castle, Dementors™, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures from Aragog and Mountain Trolls to Thestrals will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic—even conjuring the visage of Lord Voldemort™ himself, until the Patronus spell—one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world—is cast.

The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will be accompanied by an exclusive musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment. It was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London, based on the original scores composed for the film series created by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun throughout the year for $149 when purchased online. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. Visit http://www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details.

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{Giveaway} PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” at Fox Performing Arts Center April 9 & 10

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PAW Patrol Live! is coming to Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California on April 9 and 10! The show will set sail with a pirate adventure that’s perfect for the entire family!

It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first!

PAW Patrol Live! will only be at the Fox Performing Arts Center for just 2 days, on April 9 and April 10, with the following shows:

  • Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm
  • Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm and 6pm

For an extra special experience, Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with three characters after the show. *Please note: Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a VIP ticket. Tickets start at just $23 and can be purchased at either the Fox Performing Arts Center and at Ticketmaster HERE.

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see PAW Patrol Live! on either April 9 or 10 at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. To enter, go to the Rafflecopter below. Good luck, everyone!
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Fox Performing Arts Center is located at:
3801 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

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Wood Ranch to Open WR Kitchen & Bar this Spring in Orange County

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Great news! Wood Ranch proudly announced the next step in the evolution of their popular brand: WR Kitchen & Bar! We are huge fans of Wood Ranch and we just can’t wait to try this out too! WR Kitchen & Bar will open its first location in Laguna Niguel (The Center at Rancho Niguel, 28061 Greenfield Drive) this Spring, with a second location set for Fall 2019 in Carlsbad.  WR Kitchen & Bar is tailored to today’s more sophisticated, time-challenged guest with a focus on serving delicious, high quality food at an excellent value, in an energetic, casually-upscale environment.Featuring a wood-fired open kitchen, WR Kitchen & Bar will offer an a la carte menu, allowing each guest more options to customize his or her order with maximum flexibility in selection of items and portion size. There will also be a wider price range, with items to accommodate everyone’s budget.

“We challenged our entire team to reimagine Wood Ranch to succeed for the next 27 years. We’ll never sacrifice quality, but we are making our service and systems more efficient and economical for our guests. We’re excited about what we’ve developed and believe our guests will be too!” – Eric Anders, Wood Ranch and WR Kitchen & Bar co-founder

At WR Kitchen & Bar, guests will be greeted upon arrival and order at designated locations at the bar, and then can sit in the dining room, bar or patio where their order will be delivered. Servers will stop by the tables to take additional orders for second cocktails, dessert or anything else a guest may want.WR Kitchen & Bar will offer Wood Ranch favorites including tri tip, baby back ribs, the BBQ chopped salad, and fresh, house-made desserts, along with introducing new items. Smoked Steelhead Trout will be available by itself, on salads and featured on a multi-grain grilled bread with guacamole and pickled red onion. Blistered Shishito Peppers and Burnt Ends Caramel Popcorn are new snack items, and a “Little Salad” of roasted heirloom carrots and goat cheese topped with toasted pistachios will be among the new starters. There will also be tacos, uniquely filled with a choice of brisket, pulled pork, smoked steelhead trout, roasted chicken or roasted cauliflower, as well as other new menu items.WR Kitchen & Bar will also feature a full bar, curated by our beverage team to offer hand-crafted batch cocktails, 12 craft beers on draft, and several outstanding value-priced wines. The bar will offer a lively atmosphere with seating for 16, while the dining room will have seating for 97, and the patio will have an additional 54 seats.

WR Kitchen & Bar will offer online ordering, take-out and delivery. For more information, please visit https://www.woodranch.com/wrkb/. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.

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New Abominable Movie Poster in Theaters September 27

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On September 27, 2019, DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable will take audiences on an epic 3,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.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.

The Abominable Voice Cast features:

  • Chloe Bennet
  • Tenzing Norgay Trainor
  • Albert Tsai
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Sarah Paulson
  • Tsai Chin
  • Michelle Wong

This film is directed by Jill Culton (Open Season) 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 worldwide beginning September 27, 2019. In China, the film will be distributed by Pearl.

For the latest updates on this film, follow along on social at #AbominableMovie.

Watch the All-New Frozen 2 Teaser Trailer

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

This morning, I woke up to some exciting news! Walt Disney Animation Studios shared the all-new Teaser Trailer for Frozen 2! From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, I can’t wait to see what Queen Elsa and Anna have in store for us this time around! I got chills just watching it! Check it out here:

Are you as emotional after watching that as I was? I am so excited for this film!Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019. For the latest updates on the film, follow along with #Frozen2 on social.

Images and trailer are property of Walt Disney Animation Studios and used with permission. 

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from The Disney Store and @shopDisney

I received promotional items in order to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! It’s no secret that some of my favorite gifts come from The Disney Store and shopDisney! This year, they’ve put together a collection of Valentine’s Day items from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. Some of the items include matching T-shirts, jewelry, holiday exclusive plush and more.I was so excited to receive a box of “Magic Mail” from shopDisney with a few of the items you, too, can grab at either The Disney Store or online at shopDisney.

  • Mickey and Minnie Valentine Plush
  • Valentine’s Edition Collectible Pin 
  • Minnie Mouse Glass Compact Mirror & Besame Cosmetics Mickey Mouse Red Lipstick
  • Minnie Mouse Signature Leather Pencil Case 

These Valentine’s gifts would make any of your Valentines happy!

Also, just in time for Valentine’s Day you’re invited to step inside of an iconic scene from Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, for the ultimate photo experience at your local Disney Store. Now through February 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., stop by your local Disney Store and recreate the magical moment with your loved ones!

To view shopDisney’s full Valentine’s Day gift guide, please visit HERE.

 

Celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day at Yogurtland on February 6

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Yogurtland will celebrate the 8th annual International Frozen Yogurt Day celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Fans can bring a friend to celebrate and indulge in a buy one, get one free offer from 2pm – 7pm at all participating locations.This year, Yogurtland’s celebration of dessert creativity will include two handcrafted flavors made in collaboration with The Hershey® Company:

  • Chocolate Toffee Bar made with Heath Bar frozen yogurt – Fans are invited to enjoy a smooth and creamy low-fat frozen yogurt flavor inspired by Hershey’s® Heath Bar. Featuring sweet and buttery toffee, roasted nut, and smooth milk chocolate flavor notes.
  • Peanut Butter Cup made with Hershey’s® Cocoa and Reese’s® Peanut Butter frozen yogurt – Yogurtland brings back this fan favorite flavor, offering guests an irresistible combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Blending Hershey’s® Cocoa and Reese’s® Peanut Butter, this flavor creates a creamy spoonful of delicious sweetness in every bite.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating another year of International Frozen Yogurt Day with our Yogurtland guests, We invite all our fans to bring a friend and share in the fun of this BOGO offer by creating a tasty treat using any of our delectable flavors and delicious topping options.” – said Jennifer Ehrencron, Yogurtland’s senior marketing manager.

For a limited time, Yogurtland is also offering fans the perfect pairing of Hershey® toppings for these delicious flavors. Sweet meets salty with the Hershey’s® Cookies & Crème Popped Snap Mix. Combining Hershey’s® mini Cookies ‘N’ Crème Bars, mini chocolate cookies, pretzels, and chocolate-drizzled popcorn providing the perfect sweet and salty balance. Guests can also top off their sweet creations with the smooth and creamy Reese’s® Creamy Peanut Butter Chips.Yogurtland will celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day at all of its locations on February 6th. Grab a friend and head on over to take advantage of the buy one, get one free offer from 2:00PM – 7:00PM! To find your nearest Yogurtland location, go HERE.

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Watch the All-New Trailer for A Dog’s Journey In Theaters May 17

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“A Dog’s Journey”, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, just released a must-watch trailer.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the film:Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.

Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.

Watch the brand-new trailer for “A Dog’s Journey”

“A Dog’s Journey” is directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron. The film, from Amblin Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment, in association with Walden Media and Alibaba Pictures, will be distributed by Universal Pictures domestically, and by Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners internationally.  This film will appear in theaters on May 17. Will YOU be there to watch it?  I know we will!

For the latest updates on the film, please visit the official site HERE. You can also join in on the conversation on social using #ADogsJourney.

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

Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration Select Days Through March 10

I was invited to attend a media event as a guest of Knott’s in order to write this post. All opinions are my own.

Knott’s Berry Farm been a favorite place of mine to visit with my family since I was a little girl, so now having the opportunity to go there with my own daughter is something really special for her. Although it’s changed a lot over the years (for the better) it still feels so familiar each time I walk into the Park.

Knott’s has several “Seasons of Fun” throughout the year and recently  kicked off 2019 with their first one, which is Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration! During the celebration, guests can step into the iconic world of Charles M. Schulz comic strips as his Peanuts characters take over the entire theme park with special, family friendly activities for everyone to enjoy. Peanuts-inspired offerings throughout the park include character experiences, special entertainment featuring the Peanuts Gang, and themed treats, all in addition to all of the regular attractions and family fun at Knott’s.This year the PEANUTS Celebration has been extended takes place on weekends from January 26 through March 10, as well as February 11, February 15 and February 18. It’s such a cute time to visit Knott’s!PEANUTS Character and Photo Opportunities
One-of-a-kind photo opportunities will be available throughout the park allowing guests to step inside a PEANUTS comic strip for a unique and shareable memory. The vibrant décor will include full-size comic strip props like Charlie Brown’s kites and his renowned thought bubbles which will adorn the park’s pathways. Guests will have the chance to meet with the beloved PEANUTS characters throughout the day as the characters appear at unexpected locations for personal interactions. encounter The Peanuts Gang in the park, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock, PigPen and a couple others. For your convenience, Knott’s photographers are on hand to take your photos, which are also available for purchase through Knott’s Pix program. You are also welcome to use your own camera and/or mobile device to take photos.If you’re specifically looking for PigPen, you’ll find him over inside of PigPen’s Pig Pen, located in Ghost Town, (a.k.a. the Livery Stable) with his animal friends including horses, a donkey and the most adorable piglets ever! Peanuts Sketch School
After you leave PigPen’s Pig Pen, stop by the PEANUTS Sketch School, located inside of the BirdCage Theatre. It was was one of our favorite things to do during our visit to the Park during the celebration.  Hosted by a resident art teacher, the class starts with step-by-step instructions on how to draw the perfect PEANUTS masterpiece. Paper and pencil are provided as you enter the theatre. (We got to draw Lucy.)Throughout the lesson, the instructor also provided fun and interesting facts about the character. After class is dismissed, a special showing of a classic PEANUTS television special is shown. If you are bringing children, I suggest arriving a little early so they can get a seat on the stage. There is plenty of seating available though for all guests.Special PEANUTS Celebration Entertainment
During Knott’s Peanuts Celebration, there’s a complete lineup of whimsical entertainment. The shows are offered a few times a day throughout the day so you can fit them all into your day. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Space Beagle – In the Camp Snoopy Theater the all-new Space Beagle show features Charlie Brown and Lucy, as the world’s famous beagle becomes the first dog on the moon. It’s out of this world fun for the whole family.
  • PEANUTS Cowboy Jamboree – Franklin and Linus are on a Western escapade as they transform into cowboys in the PEANUTS Cowboy Jamboree at Calico Park. The boys are looking to challenge guests with some of the rootiniest, tootinest games in Calico.
  • The Music Goes Round and Round – This daytime celebration takes place at the Calico Mine Stage where the PEANUTS characters have two musical surprises for guests. Sally and Schroder host a retrospect of music in The Music Goes Round and Round where they’ll have the audience dancing in the aisles.
  • Woodstock’s Music Festival – This nighttime festival is held on the Calico Mine Stage and features the Peanuts Gang as they’re joined by the family-friendly indie band The Jelly of the Month Club. This high energy rock concert is fun for the whole family.
  • Discoteca de Silencio – Fiesta Village guests can uncover an experience that is guaranteed to make everyone dance with the park’s first ever, Discoteca de Silencio or also known as a silent disco. The fun begins with guests strapping on a set of headphones and enjoying some upbeat tunes. The party will be hosted by Snoopy’s brother Spike. It’s the most fun guests can experience while being quiet!

PEANUTS Celebration Treats
One of my most favorite parts about any visit to Knott’s is always the treats! I’m always amazed the special eats and treats that the Knott’s culinary team comes up. Some of the PEANUTS Celebration treats offered throughout the park this year include Charlie Brownies, Charlie Brown cotton candy, Peanuts Characters cupcakes, Chocolate Covered Apples, Charlie Brown Marshmallow Pops, Snoopy Cookies, and more. After sampling many of them, I cannot wait to go back and try some more.The best way to enjoy every weekend of the all-new Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration and all of the other Seasons of Fun is with a 2019 Season Pass. Choose between these passes:

  • Regular Season Pass – includes unlimited admission in 2019 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, Regular passes are just $98 or five easy payments of $15.50 after an initial payment
  • Gold Season Pass – includes unlimited admission in 2019 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Gold Passes are $118 or five easy payments of just $18.50 after an initial payment.

These offers end April 28, 2019. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

Have YOU had the chance to stop by Knott’s this year during their PEANUTS Celebration? What was YOUR favorite part? Share with  me in the comments!