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

D23 Expo 2017 Dates!

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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!

Cruzin Mama

D23 Expo: What You Want To Know

All images courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

All images courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

There is a reason D23 is called the ultimate Disney fan experience and with all the big news coming from the Expo anyone can see why. Disney’s D23 Expo has been going on this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center just blocks from the Disneyland Resort. Fans from all over flock to see memoribila, shop exclusive merchandise and to be the first to catch glimpses of upcoming films and projects. And there has been so much talk and speculation lately about Disney parks expansions that D23 Expo was just the place for big news reveals. Here is some of the big details that has been released at D23.

*Now there is a lot of Star Wars news coming out right now so I will be dedicating a post to just that shortly.*

Movie Announcements

Pixar and Disney Animation Upcoming Films

Pixar and Disney Animation have announced a full slat of upcoming projects and have given more details on many known films that are coming soon. So here are the details straight from D23.

The Good Dinosaur

Disney•Pixars The Good Dinosaur
The Good Dinosaur focus’ on Arlo an Apatosaurus who ends up far from home and amoung many imitimadating creatures like the trio of T-Rexes shown at the Expo. The furious threesome are voiced by AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliot. Look out for this film stomping into theaters November 25, 2015.

Finding Dory and Toy Story 4

Disney•Pixars Finding Dory

As announced by Ellen DeGeneres on her show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” everyone’s favorite forgetful fish is coming back to the big screen. Finding Dory will bring back Dory and her friends Marlin and Nemo to help her search for answers about her past and where she comes from. The new journey will bring in an array of new characters such as Hank the octopus voiced by Ed O’Neill; Bailey a beluga whale by Ty Burrell; and Destiny a kind-hearted whale shark voiced by Kaitlin Olsen. The film will take place six months after where the first film ended with Dory remembering her family and sets out to find them. Dory and the gang swim into theaters June 17, 2016.

Toy Story 4 plot line was also just announced at D23. This year marks the 20th Anniversary release of the original Toy Story film. The film was such a success that it garnered two sequels which were also greatly received. Now the gang will be back for the fourth installment of the franchise. This time it will be more of a love story focusing on the relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. Woody and Buzz will be setting out to find Bo. Toy Story 4 is slated to hit theaters June 16, 2017.

Coco

This was one of the bigger announcements from Disney•Pixar films. Coco is a previously untitled film about the Mexican celebration of Dia De Los Muertos that now has an official title and story line. This first look during D23 was a diorama shown by director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson. It was just glimpse of the style and tone of the upcoming film. The story will follow a 12 year old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain reaction of events leading to a generations old mystery. Not much else plot wise was given at this time and the release date is still unknown.

Confirmed Sequels

Pixar Animation confirmed the upcoming sequel The Incredibles 2 as well as Cars 3! Still no word on expected theater dates or plots but now both are confirmed projects.

Moana and more from Disney Animation and also Disney Live Action

Moana and Zootopia both gave a little more information at the Expo. Moana showed early test footage to attendees and gave some details about the story line; which focus’ on a spirited teenager who sails out to fulfill a daring unfinished quest. Along the way she meets Maui(voiced by Dwanyne Johnson) a demi-God who joins her on the action-packed voyage. The adventure sails into theaters November 23, 2016. Zootopia (which hits the big screen March 4, 2016) announced that Grammy-winning singer Shakira will voice Gazelle and also perform an original song for the film. Disney Animations next feature film will be called Gigantic which is a new take on the “Jake and the Beanstalk” story. This version will be about a Jack discovering a world of giants. He comes up with a plan to help Inma; a 60-foot-tall 11 year-old girl, get back home.

Now for Disney’s Live Action films. Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War will pick up right where Age of Ultron left off. Captain America will lead the new team of Avengers in dealing with a new villain and restrictions put upon them due to collateral damage from another incident. The film hits theaters May 6, 2016. Also coming from Marvel is Doctor Strange which is currently in pre-production. Attendees were treated to a glimpse of concept art showing Stange in a red coat and in a more traditional outfit. The film is scheduled for release October 26, 2016.

Here is the line up for Disney’s live action takes on classic films: The Jungle Book – April 15, 2016; Pete’s Dragon – August 12, 2016 and Beauty and the Beast – March 17, 2017. Also announced was Alice Through the Looking Glass scheduled for May 27, 2016 and the latest Pirates of the Carribean installment: Dead Men Tell No Tales for July 7, 2017.

Parks and Resorts: New Lands and Rides

Toy Story Land Concept Art

So much was revealed about Disney Parks expansions at D23. Like I stated above there is just so much Star Wars news that I will be dedicating another post to just that. But there is still so much to share about new Lands and rides coming to the Parks.

Toy Story Land

Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida will be revamping with an 11-acre Toy Story Land. Set in Andy’s Backyard guests will “shrink” down to Buzz and Woody’s size. There will be two new rides(Slinky Dog themed roller coaster and Alien saucers) and an expansion on a current favorite(Toy Story Mania).

Pandora- The World of Avatar

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be expanding to bring to life the world of Pandora as well as new nighttime experiences. The after dark fun will included an expanded nighttime adventure on the current Kilimanjaro Safari and a new never seen before “Rivers of Light” magical show that combines live music, floating lanterns and water screens. The Pandora expansion will emerse guests into the World of Avatar with floating mountains, flying creatures, and a bioluminescent forest. The new attraction Avatar- Flight of Passage will sore guests over the alien world.

Soarin’ Around the World

Epcot in Florida and Disney California Adventure will be updating to a new high flying journey to man-made monuments and breathtaking natural wonders around the world.

This is just a collecting of the many announcements that have come from this amazing Expo. I know I am looking forward to many more details to come and to see some of these reveals come to life.

Cruzin Mama