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Breathe… just breathe…
I’m not freaking out, you’re freaking out! Ok that’s a total lie I am freaking out! The first poster and teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII is here and it is AMAZING!
The next film in the Star Wars saga’s name was revealed in January which led to a lot of speculation and now this first look is only adding to it.
Currently Star Wars Celebration is taking place in Orlando, Florida. And like many I am watching from the sidelines wishing that I was there. I attended the Celebration back in 2015 when it was here in California, in Anaheim. It was a truly memorable experience and I can’t wait to go again (too bad we have to wait until 2019 for the next one). At Celebration a lot of inside information is given during panels about upcoming films, projects, tv shows and more. So it’s no surprise that during this years that a teaser for Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi was released since the film is set to hit theaters this December.
The teaser trailer starts with Rey who looks to be in the middle of her Jedi training. Just from this start you get the sense that this film is going to be much more intense. The rest of the teaser is nothing less than suspenseful. We see Finn in some type of chamber, Poe and BB-8 rushing to a ship, Rey training with Luke and (could it be) more of the Knights of Ren and why Luke disappeared!
“I only know one truth…it’s time for the Jedi to end”
This voice over by Luke is seriously chilling and I am already racking my brain for the meaning behind it.
Trying not to give away all the details so check out the teaser trailer for yourself below!
All images courtesy of Disney•Pixar
Lightening McQueen along with Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez are hitting the road on a special tour to celebrate Cars 3 which is coming to theaters June 16, 2017! “Road to the Races” is a 27-city tour that features life-size characters from the new film. The tour has already kicked off in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and is making its way across the country. Best of all there will be quite a few pit stops here in California.
The tour gives you a chance to see the characters, catch a sneak peak of the film and family friendly activities that are sure to get your motor running. Oh and did I mention that it’s FREE! Yes that’s right this wonderful tour is free. You may register for you pit passes here. When you register for Race Lane Tickets you will be able to skip the lanes but there is a limited number of these passes for each tour stop so register early!
This event is sponsored by Dole along with Disney. Dole has even set up a Fuel to the Races site where you can check out some great smoothie recipes inspired by characters from Cars 3! Great way to ready for the races and the movie.
The full tour schedule is listed below and for more information be sure to visit Disney Cars 3 “Road to the Races“ website.
- Orlando, FL —
Disney Springs (Mar 24 – 26)
- Miami, FL —
Bayfront Park (Mar 31 – Apr 2
- Tampa, FL —
Raymond James Stadium (Apr 4)
- Dallas, TX —
Texas Motor Speedway (Apr 7 – 9)
- San Antonio, TX —
Santikos Palladium (Apr 11)
- Houston, TX —
Memorial City Mall (Apr 14 – 16)
- St Louis, MO —
Ballpark Village (Apr 19)
- Chicago, IL —
Woodfield Mall (Apr 21 – 23)
- Cleveland, OH —
Public Square in Downtown (Apr 25)
- Pittsburgh, PA —
Southside Works (Apr 26)
- Boston, MA —
Assembly Row (Apr 28 – 30)
- Allentown, PA —
Mack Trucks Inc. May (May 4)
- New York, NY —
Citi Field (May 5 – 7)
- Washington, DC —
Downtown Silver Spring (May 10)
- Philadelphia, PA —
Cherry Hill Mall (May 12 – 14
- Greensboro, NC —
Mack Trucks Brand & Product Line (May 18)
- Charlotte, NC —
Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 19 – 20)
- Cincinnati, OH
Scene 75 Entertainment Center(May 22)
- Kansas City, MO —
Union Station (May 24)
- Denver, CO —
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (May 27 – 28)
- Salt Lake City, UT —
Thanksgiving Point (May 30 – 31)
- Phoenix, AZ —
Desert Ridge Marketplace (Jun 3 – 4)
- San Diego, CA —
Belmont Park / Mission Beach (Jun 6 – 7)
- Anaheim, CA —
Downtown Disney (Jun 12 – 13)
- Los Angeles, CA —
Autry Museum – Griffith Park (Jun 14 – 18)
- San Jose, CA —
Westfield Oakridge Mall (Jun 22 – 23)
- Sonoma, CA —
Sonoma Raceway (Jun 25)
Get you motor running and visit a Road to the Races pit stop! And don’t forget to see Cars 3 in theaters this June.
All images courtesy of Disney•Pixar
During the last D23 Expo in 2015 Disney made many announcements for upcoming Resort and film projects. (You can see a recap of the announcements from that D23 Expo here) Amoung that announcement was that a third film in Pixars Cars series.
Cars 3 brings back racing legend Lightening McQueen who is now facing a new, younger, and more high-tech racing scene. He is no longer the young hotshot and is seeing himself as being aged out in a sport that he loves.
Owen Wilson is back as McQueen along with two new comers to the Cars world; Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm and Cristela Alonzo as Cruz Ramirez. Hammer’s character Storm comes in as newer generation of racer, slicker, faster and much more tech-savvy. While Alonzo’s Cruz Ramirez is McQueen’s new trainer who is here to help bring hope to the aging legend.
Cars 3 seems to be taking the series in a vastly new direction than the previous film Cars 2 which centered more on McQueen’s longtime friend Mater. While Cars 2 was fun and enjoyable and my son who is a big Mater fan loved it, it is great to see the growth and more serious tone in the new film. It reminds me of the Toy Story series, how they seemed to grow with their initial audience as the last film in the series felt like a send off for those of us who had seen the original in our youth. That is the same vibe I am getting from these first trailers for Cars 3. And of course my kids are very excited about this new film!
Here is the first teaser of Cars 3 from this last November
And below is the first full trailer of the film which gives a much more detailed look into it.
Cars 3 will be racing into theaters June 16th! Don’t be last to see it.
All images courtesy of Disney
The ultimate Disney fan experience may not be coming until next July but tickets for this wonderful event have gone in sale now. The D23 Expo will be back in July 2017 and tickets for the event are available now at D23expo.com And if you are a D23 member (which is FREE to join) you can receive special discounted pricing on your tickets! Another bonus you don’t want to miss out on early bird savings that is only available until this December. So act fast and get your tickets now.
Below is the pricing chart for tickets to the 2017 D23 Expo.
Again this is a can’t miss experience for any Disney fan.
All images courtesy of Disney
This is no April Fools, D23 Expo is returning and the dates have been announced. D23 is the ultimate Disney fan experience; it is where exciting announcements are made, inside looks are given and Disney memorabilia is collected. It’s an expo that is straight out of a Disney fan’s dream. And it is coming back next year!
In July of 2017 the Expo will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from the 14th through the 16th. Tickets will be on sale this July and if haven’t already done so become a D23 member to save. It’s free to be a D23 but higher level memberships have some amazing perks and offers.
Visit D23expo.com for more details and to see last year’s expi’s highlights. Also this is where you will be able to purchase your tickets when they become available. And if you’re interested in becoming a D23 member be sure to visit d23.com to sign up.
This Disney experience comes around every two years so don’t miss out!
Star Wars Tsum Tsum’s are coming February 16th
Recently there was quite a few leaked photos showing that a Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection for Disney was on the way. Well now it has been officially announced that February will feature a second Tsum Tsum Tuesday on February 16th which will be the first release of the Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection! The collection is based on the original trilogy with characters like Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, an Ewok and a Storm Trooper. Along with the main characters; Luke, Leia, Han, Vader, and R2D2 to just name a few. Though not confirmed fully yet there is talk that a Force Awakens set will be coming as well as a line based on the Prequels.
Tsum Tsum Tuesday is a hit event at Disney Stores. There has been know to be lines for exclusive or popular collection releases. So if you are looking to collect your favorite characters arrive early! You can also shop the collection online at disneystore.com
Grab these out of this world cities before they blast off!
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios
What if the asteroid missed?
So I just got to see Disney•Pixars newest film The Good Dinosaur. I was actually invited to an advanced screening that was held at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. A dream come true to be on such a magical studio lot! (I will share some of my visit on a separate post so for now back to the movie review)
The Good Dinosaur answers the question “What if the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs missed?”, but at the heart of this is the classic tale of a boy and his “dog”. The main character is Arlo, a young Apatosaurus. He and his family are a simply farming family just living life in the “Old West”. Their lives are changed by an event, which has the biggest impact on Arlo. Arlo’s father has taught his family that in order to earn your “mark” you must do something that is greater than yourself. After a series of mishaps, Arlo is thrust into a journey of growth and self discovery. He is joined on his journey by a foe turned allie, a little human boy named Spot. Arlo must face his fears and learn to put others before himself to make his journey back home. He meets some colorful characters along the way and learns that you cannot judge others by their outward appearance. Through each encounter his strength, friendship and loyalty is tested. And in the end he learns how to truly make his mark and that it’s alright to be afraid but that you can’t let your fears hold you back.
While this is described by Disney•Pixar as a boy and his dog story, I have to disagree a little. The relationship between Arlo and Spot is so much more, it’s like a bond of best friends who are more like soul mates. Even with a language barrier they are able to understand each other completely, they would even risk everything for the other. There are so many powerful messages in this film, I have to admit my daughter and I (and possibly the whole theater) were left in tears at the end. But that is because this film touches on some very emotional and deep subjects. I would suggest this film for older children since some scenes can be pretty intense and may be frightening for younger children. *Update November 28th – My 4 year old just viewed this movie and had no issues and enjoyed the film but digression is up to parents, you know what your child can handle and what they cannot. I would suggest viewing with older children first then judging whether your younger child should view this film.* But over all this was a wonderful film. It touches on the bond between father and son, the bond between best friends and finding inner strength. The imagery of the landscapes are just gorgeous, they seemed so real. Making me want to take a trip out to Yosemite right now. And the lightning bug scenes are so magical, reminding me of the lantern scene in Tangled. My daughter and I truly enjoyed this film and cannot wait to see it again with her brother and dad.
Like I stated above I would definitely suggest this film for older children and to use disgression with younger children. The film is rated PG, so there is some intense imagery and there are a few deaths; one from a main character and a couple nature being nature ones (i.e. a pterodactyl eating a small creature) that may not be suitable for little ones. There is middle violence, a few I guess you could call them fight scenes. They are no more intense than good and evil struggles in other Disney•Pixar films but they can put you on the edge of your seat for a little bit. My 9 year old had nothing but positive things to say about this movie. Though she shed a few tears, but what Pixar film now and days doesn’t make you. She and I had a wonderful advance viewing.
Have a great Thanksgiving and be sure to catch The Good Dinosaur in theaters this Thursday!
Images courtesy of Disney Parks and Resorts
Star Wars has taken over Tomorrowland!
There has been some far far away galaxy additions to Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Disneyland guests will soon be able to expiernce some exciting new Star Wars features to Tomorrowland. As for the East coast park the new additions will be found at Disney Hollywood Studios in the Animation Courtyard.
The new experiences and enhancements include special exhibits and behind-the-scenes peeks of costumes and items from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There will also be a new seasonal experience coming at the start of 2016 called Season of the Force. This will bring special Star Wars entertainment, themed foods and more. Space Mountain will be given a hyped up makeover and become Hyper Space Mountain where guest will fly right through a X-wing Starfighter battle! Over at Hollywood Studios in Florida there will be a can’t miss fireworks show on weekends set to the iconic score from the Star Wars films. This is a special season event you won’t want to miss!
*Star Wars Launch Bay will open at Disneyland on November 16th and at Disney Hollywood Studios on December 4th*
Image courtesy of Disney Parks and Resorts
There is still even more Star Wars coming to the parks. Later this year Star Tours The-Adventures Continues will feature new locations and characters from the upcoming film The Force Awakens. And the new series on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels, will have characters from the show as well as a villain added to Jedi Training Academy.
There is so much great out of this world fun coming to the parks, so plan your trip now and don’t miss out!
Image courtesy of Toys’R’Us along with Walt Disney Studios and Lucas Films
Toys’R’Us has partnered with Disney to bring an out of this world event to Stores this fall/winter. Join in the Star Wars Epic Battles and be rewarded at any participating store. The fun is open to all ages and is simple to participate. Play Star Wars Epic Battles online, print up your certificate and visit a participating location during select dates to collect an exclusive Battle medal. No purchase necessary to play, only one medal per person per battle. Quantities are limit and no rain checks. Click here to get your certificate and join the battles.
Hoth Battle : November 6th & 7th
November 20th & 21st
Yavin Battle : December 4th & 5th
Tatoonie Battle(Final Battle) : December 26th
May the force be with you!
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and Lucas Films
There is a brand new trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens that just came out from Japan. This one has even more revealing details than the much anticipated full US trailer. And we cannot get enough of both! So just to give fair warning this post my contain possible spoiler details about the new film so *Spoiler Alert*
Still from the new Japanese released Force Awakens trailer
The new trailer shows much more of a focus on the characters of BB-8 and Rey(Daisy Ridley). The trailer starts off very similar to the US version with Lupita Nyong’o’s voice over but from there is when the differences begin. It shows what looks like a first meeting between Rey and BB-8, where Daisy Ridley’s voice over states: “I know all about waiting…for my family”. That right there is revealing enough! So one can only begin to speculate who she is referencing. We are then shown Finn(John Boyega) and Rey teaming up and several images from the US trailer. But in a blink and you’ll miss it fashion we are shown what looks like a Rebel command center with C3-PO, Poe Dameron(Oscar Isaac) and Princess Leia(Carrie Fisher) looking pretty dismayed. Then an array of new images including the suspenseful one of Rey facing Kylo Rens saber blade. The trailer then concludes with Lupita’s voice over; “Hope is not lost today, it is found”. And it most definitely is!
One key point that still has not been addressed in this new look is Luke Skywalker(Mark Hamill). He is still absent from this trailer which only builds more mystery and speculation as to his part in the film. Guess we just have to wait until December 18th to find out.
There is less than two months left until this highly anticipated movies debut. Don’t forget to get your tickets now and also check out the marathons and other events going on by clicking here. And be sure to check out the revealing new trailer below, enjoy!
May the force be with you!