Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour

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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.

Tour Schedule

  • 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.

Cruzin Mama

Cars 3 First Look and Trailer

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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.

Cruzin Mama

2017 D23 Expo Tickets on Sale Now!

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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.

Cruzin Mama

The Good Dinosaur *Review*

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

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.

Disney•Pixars The Good Dinosaur

Parental Advisory

*Spoiler Alert*

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!

Cruzin Mama

Inside Out Now Available

Images courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Images courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Let your emotions run wild Inside Out is now available to own! Be sure to pick up your copy on DVD/Blu Ray. I’m sure you can tell but we are big fans of this family flick. My daughter and I attended a special screening of the movie when it was in theaters. Inside Out was just an immediate favorite for us.

Inside Out goes inside the head of 11 year old Riley and let’s you see and get to know her emotions; Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. When a big change happens in Riley’s life her emotions begin going through changes as well. Then an accident happens that sends Joy and Sadness on an unexpected journey of discovery. Joy and Sadness must make it back to the emotions headquarters before it is too late and to help Riley get back in touch with her emotions. Along the way you meet a very memorable character, who is a great reminder of childhood innocence and symbolizes when you start to grow up. Joy teaches us that it is actually ok to not be happy all the time, that it’s ok to be angry about a big change or to even be sad and scared. And that through sadness we can find joy. Inside Out is a great film for the whole family.

Available now on Blu Ray/DVD combo packs that include Pixar shorts, behind the scenes and deleted scenes. With the movie release a brand new Pixar short was added to the combo packs; Riley’s First Date. Get a chance to see the emotions that come with going on a first date, including Riley’s parents. This new short is a perfect extension of the film. The combo pack includes the volcanic short Lava which premiered before Inside Out in theaters. Check out the movie trailer below.

Be sure to grab your copy today!

Cruzin Mama

The Good Dinosaur *New Trailer*

Image courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Image courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Disney•Pixar just released the a new trailer for The Good Dinosaur which hits theaters this November and we are loving it! The film answers the question of “What if Dinosaurs hadn’t been wiped out?”. The newest trailer gives a more in depth look at the film and you hear some of the characters speaking for the first time. There is more shown of the plot Of the film, as well as more character dynamic. The film appears to go the same formula that Pixar is well known for: funny-relatable-heartwarming-endearing. The Good Dinosaur is definitely a must see for the Cruzin Family! You can see the newest trailer below and be sure to check out The Good Dinosaur when it stomps into theaters November 25th.