Christmas Tree Lighting Events

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Well we are about half way through November so that means it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I know it seems a bit early but many of the Holiday season’s events are already starting. Just like Christmas Tree Lightings at many malls and other city locations. Some lightings also feature a very special guest that’s right the big man in the red suit himself, Santa! So here are some awesome tree lighting events to check out.

Riverside County

Temecula Promenade

Saturday November 21st

The fun begins at 6pm with pre-lighting activities. Santa will be making his debut at the mall during this event. There will be two large screens up so attendees can catch a clear view of the magic. This will be a very magical evening with Snowfall, Fireworks and music. For more information visit promenadetemecula.com

The Shops at Dos Lagos

Saturday November 21st

Come early to enjoy a family fun screening of the Polar Express. The movie will be played for FREE at 10am in the Dos Lagos Luxury Theaters. Then in the evening enjoy a very special tree lighting event. There will be crafts, face painting, ballon artist and entertainment for kids to enjoy. And watch the skies because Santa will be making his arrival there that night! The tree lighting fun starts at 5pm. For more information visit
shopdoslagos.com

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Sunday November 29th

Take a holiday trip out to Temecula’s Wineries for a fun family tree lighting event. Special performances by Murrieta Dance Company and RCC Chambers Singers, who will be dressed up in vintage costumes. There will be a viewing of Disney’s Frozen. Enjoy some coco, wine and snacks available for purchase at the concession. Catch a tractor ride through the holiday lite vineyard. And be sure to spot Santa and some of his elves as they will be making appearances. This wonderful is FREE to attend be sure to check it out! For more information visit
southcoastwinery.com

Temecula Duck Pond

Thursday December 3rd

Come join the 18th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be special treats and live vocal performances. And a special visit from Old Saint Nick! Guest help countdown to a very special tree lighting at 7pm. This is a great tradition put on by the city of Temecula. For more information visit
temeculaevents.org

Menifee Town Center

Saturday December 12th

Menifee will be throwing quite a tree lighting celebration from 4pm to 8pm. There will be live entertainment and a outdoor holiday movie playing. As wells as a very fun Elves Ornament workshop where you can make a special holiday keepsake. Plus there will be a kids snow play zone! Vendors will be there selling delicious treats and holiday crafts. And of course see and take a photo with Santa. For more information visit cityofmenifee.us

Orange County

Fashion Island

Saturday November 13th – January 3rd

Enjoy nightly tree lightings starting November 13th until January 3rd. With the help of some Disney magic watch the lights twinkle and glitter to Disney Holiday music. For more information visit shopfashionisland.com

San Diego County

Santee Trolley Square

Friday November 20th

So much fun is going on at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 to 8:30pm for the Tree Lighting Celebration. There will be games, crafts, carriage rides and snow! Don’t forget to visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. There is no cost to enter this event or for the crafts and games, only for select activities with prices ranging from $2 and up.
For more information visit ci.santee.ca.us

The Headquarters at Seaport District

Friday November 27th

Come celebrate the start of a three-week donation program to benefit active-duty military families. This special event is not only filled with fun but with the holiday spirit of giving. Enjoy FREE hot cocoa and treats. Visit and take a photo with Santa. Listen to the talented All American Boys Chorus perform for the Giving Tree Lighting celebration. The 25 foot tall Giving Tree will be light up at 6:30pm. For more information visit theheadquarters.com

Little Italy

Saturday December 5th

Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy transforms for the holiday season. The kick off for this is during the Tree Lighting and Christmas village event. Visitors on this day are treated to FREE Italian cookies, cider and coffee. Enjoy live music and entertainment. Keep a look out for St. Nick who be arriving on a fire engine (at 4:30pm). Watch the 25 foot tall Poinsettia Tree be lite up, you can also be apart of the tree by sponsoring a poinsettia plant. For more information visit littleitalysd.com

This is just a few of the great events I have found so far. Be sure to check out your city’s events or even malls for any special happens going on for the holiday season.

Cruzin Mama

Big Hero 6 on DVD & Blu-ray: Pre-Order Your Copy Now!

Image from movies.disney.com

Image from movies.disney.com

Bring Baymax home on February 24th!

Disney’s Super hit Big Hero 6 is coming to DVD/Blu-ray in Febuary. But you can pre-order your copy now! Purchase your copy of this wonderful family movie now and beat the rush for the release.

Big Hero 6 is about a young prodigy (Hiro) and an inflatable robot (Baymax) who team up with their friends to become a group of high-tech super heroes. The team takes on an evil super villain who has stolen Hiro’s invention and is using it to take over the city of San Fransokyo. The movie is fun and charming and has a lot of heart, it’s great for the whole family.

Big Hero 6 on DVD & Blu-ray

The great thing about purchasing a copy now is securing the special offers/memorabilia that comes with the movie at select stores. The Disney Stores offers a FREE lithograph set with your purchase of a pre-ordered copy. Walmart is offering a special two movie set (the set includes Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy of Big Hero 6 plus a bonus DVD The Science of Big Hero 6). So click on a sites link below to find the movie offer that fits best for you!

Where to Pre-order

Disney
Disney Store
Best Buy
Target
Walmart
Amazon

Catch a glimpse of the movie in the trailer posted below.

Cruzin Mama

Disney on Ice Frozen Presale Tickets

Images from disneyonice.com

Images from disneyonice.com

The Disney hit Frozen has been adapted into a new ice show. See Elsa, Anna, Hans, Olaf and even Sven come to life on the ice! The show follows the story from the award winning movie and brings the wintery world of Arendelle to life. The show itself is hosted by Mickey and Minnie and keep an eye out for many other familiar Disney faces who will be making special appearances. Disney on Ice shows have been a big hit and are quick to sell out. So here’s a great way to get ahead of everyone with a special code for advanced access to tickets. Use the code: BREEZE and purchase your pre-sale tickets now! Disney on Ice Frozen has recently been updated with new dates and locations so click and use the special code now ;) You can catch a see a preview of the show in the video below.

My family recently saw a Disney show and had a blast! So Frozen on Ice is next up on our list of ones to see.

Don’t get left out in the cold, get your tickets for Frozen on Ice now and enjoy the show!

Cruzin Mama

Disney Junior Live! *Review*

Disney Junior Live Pirate and Princess Adventure

Disney Junior Live Pirate and Princess Adventure

Disney Junior Live Pirate and Princess Adventure Review!

Just this last Sunday my family was treated to a very fun Disney event. We went to see Disney Junior Live Pirate and Princess Adventure! This is a wonderful live touring show featuring Disney Junior favorites Sofia the First and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. As a little bonus if you arrive early to the show there is a preshow with everyone’s favorite toy doctor Doc McStuffins.

Time for your check up with Doc McStuffins

Time for your check up with Doc McStuffins

Doc was a great start to the show and really got the kids excited. I just wish the pre-show clinic was a little bit longer. All the kids really enjoyed helping her shake the excitement out. But it was a fun glimpse of what the coming show was going to be like. As if Dic wasn’t enough to get all the kids excited Mickey and Minnie came out after the pre-show to get it all started with a fun song and dance.

Disney Junior Live

Sophia's amulet helped bring a very special guest to the show.

Sofia’s amulet helped bring a very special guest to the show.

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The Princess portion of the show was first and featured Sofia the First. We watched as Sofia planned a special gift for Enchancia’s Royal Celebration. In her preparations you join Sofia and her friends at Royal Prep and see the fairies give the young royals a lesson in poise. Later you are with Sofia and her siblings as they help her make a special gift for the celebration. Things get a little out of hand and Sofia’s amulet enlists the help of a special guest to get her back on the right track. Then we are all invited to the celebration and Sofia gives her gift to us all.

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Disney Junior Live

After intermission, which I am thankful that there was an intermission for little ones to stretch and use the restroom, was time for the Pirate portion! Jake and his mates invited us along on an adventure through Neverland to unlock the treasure of a mysterious volcano. Captain Hook and his men caused a few hiccups along the way and a with the help of the audience we were able to call Peter Pan to help save the day. You also help Jake and his mates race in Bucky to find the mysterious volcano and then aid them in revealing the treasure.

What I think

The show is just like watching a live episode of the Disney Juniors shows they are based on. The dialog and songs are all pre-recorded but none of the children noticed this. The actors really emphasize the dialog as if they are speaking with microphones on them with their hand and body gestures. The songs are all fun and have wonderful dance numbers with them. I personally loved how the sets were. There is a digital screen behind the actors that changes to match the location of the scene. And true to the shows the characters interact with the audience; i.e. asking for help/feedback. I could tell my kiddos were really into the Pirate portion of the show and I have to say that was my favorite also. To me the Pirate potion was more lively and interactive. The Princess portion was still very adorable. All the costumes are very well done and really makes the characters come to life. I would highly recommend this show for anyone with little ones or fans of the Disney Junior shows. The show is no longer in California but there are plenty of other Disney shows coming to the area soon and with just my impression from this show I am looking forward to checking out other Disney Live shows!

*And a quick note my pictures do not do this show justice. We had a very good view of the show and were actually a lot closer than the photos make it appear. I also had some camera issues going on but this is really a great show.*

Rock your Disney side and check out a Disney show near you!

Cruzin Mama

*This post was in no way endorsed or sponsored by Disney or it’s affiliates. Everything stated in this post is that of my own opinion. I was in no way compensated for this post.*

Disney Holiday Fun Outside the Parks

Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink Downtown Disney

I love to visit Disneyland during Halloween or Holiday time. The decorations inside the parks are so festive and very in tune to Disney’s family fun style. I also love how some of the rides are completely transformed. Unfortunately I can’t always afford to visit the parks during this time, so the next best thing is Disney fun outside the Parks! There are quite a few ways to enjoy a little Disney Magic outside the parks. So I just wanted to share some Disney fun my kids had a blast seeing and I recommend checking these out before the Magic fades away.

Visit Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney Holiday Lights

One of the closet ways to enjoy Dinseyland without actually going into the Parks is to go to Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney features many shops, restaurants and entertainment. And there is decorations and special fun just for the holidays there. Be sure to take advantage of the FREE parking offered for Downtown Disney. You will be able to receive 3 hours of FREE parking and with certain validations up to 5 hours FREE!

Disney Treats

Visit Marceline’s Confectionery for some delicious treats that are also found inside the parks.

Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink

Go for a skate at Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and visit the Winter Village. Olaf brought some of Elsa’s magic from Arendelle to Downtown Disney with his holiday ice rink. Set up in between ESPN Zone and the AMC Theater is a fun skating opportunity that is surrounded by Downtowns Winter Village, which are snow-caped cottages featuring special holiday gifts and souvenirs. The ice rink and village will be in Downtown until February 22nd.

See The Grand Californian’s Gingerbread House

Grand Californian's Gingerbread House

Grand Californian’s Gingerbread House

While visiting Downtown Disney be sure to make a stop into the Grand Californian Hotel. Inside the lobby is a gorgeous 500lb Gingerbread House modeled after the hotel. It stands at 7 1/2 ft tall and is 12 ft wide and is the work of 1 Dreamer, 6 Craftsmen and 25 Team Members. It is truly a delicious sight! As with all things Disney be on the look out for 7 Hidden Mickeys. Try and take a minute to just enjoy the Hotels lobby while there. The lobby is beautifully set up and creates such a nice relaxing atmosphere.

Gingerbread Grand Californian Entrance

Gingerbread Grand Californian Entrance

The details of the Gingerbread Hotel are just so amazing! My daughter kept telling me how much she wished she could just take one bite, haha. The Gingerbread Hotel will be checking out January 6th so hurry to catch a glimpse of it!

Irvine Spectrum Disney Holiday Light Show

Irvine Spectrum's Disney Magical Holiday Lights

Every night until January 4th the Edwards Courtyard located at the Irvine Spectrum comes to life with Disney Magic. A special holiday light show from Disneyland Resort is on display here and has nightly showings. The showing are a brief glimpse of what the Holiday Magic inside the Parks is like. The shows begin at 5:30pm and happens every hour after until closing. This is such a fun little show to catch if you happen to be in the area. Also Fashion Island features a similar Tree Lighting set to Disney Holiday music.

Mickey striking up the band.

Mickey striking up the band.

So go enjoy some Disney fun outside the Parks!

Cruzin Mama

O’ Christmas Tree (Lighting) and Santa’s Arrival

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Well we are about half way through November so that means it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I know it seems a bit early but many of the Holiday season’s events are already starting. Just like Christmas Tree Lightings at many malls and other city locations. Some lightings also feature a very special guest that’s right the big man in the red suit himself, Santa! So here are some awesome tree lighting events to check out.

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Temecula Promenade

Saturday November 15th

The fun begins at 6pm with pre-lighting activities and also a FREE gift for the kids who arrive early. There is a limited supply of the free gift and it is for children 10 and under. Plus Santa will be making his debut at the mall during this event. There will be two large screens up so attendees can catch a clear view of the magic. This will be a very magical evening with Snowfall, Fireworks and music. With this nice cooler weather finally here the evening should be the perfect setting for the Holiday season. For more information visit promenadetemecula.com

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Fashion Island

Saturday November 15th

Come join Mickey and his Friends at this tree lighting filled with Disney magic! The fun starts at 6pm, but you can reserve seating starting at 8am. Guests will be treated to exclusive performances and are encouraged to sing-a-long to some holiday favorites. Plus with the help of some Disney magic there will be snowfall! The magic will remain until January 4th. So every night enjoy the beautifully lit tree along with Disney holiday music. For more information visit shopfashionisland.com

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Santee Trolley Square

Friday November 21st

So much fun is going on at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 to 8:30pm for the Tree Lighting Celebration. There will be games, crafts, carriage rides and snow! Don’t forget to visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. There is no cost to enter this event or for the crafts and games, only for select activities with prices ranging from $2 and up.
For more information visit ci.santee.ca.us

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The Shops at Dos Lagos

Saturday November 22nd

Come early to enjoy a family fun screening of the Polar Express. The movie will be played for FREE at 10am in the Dos Lagos Luxury Theaters. Then in the evening enjoy a very special tree lighting event. There will be crafts, face painting, ballon artist and entertainment for kids to enjoy. And watch the skies because Santa will be making his arrival there that night! The tree lighting fun starts at 5pm. For more information visit shopdoslagos.com

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The Headquarters at Seaport District

Friday November 28th

Come celebrate the start of a three-week donation program to benefit active-duty military families. This special event is not only filled with fun but with the holiday spirit of giving. Enjoy FREE hot cocoa and treats. Visit and take a photo with Santa. Listen to the talented All American Boys Chorus perform for the Giving Tree Lighting celebration. The 25 foot tall Giving Tree will be light up at 6:30pm. For more information visit theheadquarters.com

Image from temeculaevents.org

Image from temeculaevents.org

Temecula Duck Pond

Thursday December 4th

Come join the 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be special treats and live vocal performances. And a special visit from Old Saint Nick! Guest help countdown to a very special tree lighting at 7pm. This is a great tradition put on by the city of Temecula. For more information visit temeculaevents.org

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Menifee Town Center

Friday December 5th

Menifee will be throwing quite a tree lighting celebration from 4:30 to 7:30pm on December 5th. There will be live entertainment and a outdoor holiday movie playing. As wells as a very fun Elves Ornament workshop where you can make a special holiday keepsake. Plus there will be a kids snow play zone! Vendors will be there selling delicious treats and holiday crafts. And of course see and take a photo with Santa. For more information visit cityofmenifee.us

Image from littleitalysd.com

Image from littleitalysd.com

Little Italy

Saturday December 6th

Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy transforms for the holiday season. The kick off for this is during the Tree Lighting and Christmas village event. Visitors on this day are treated to FREE Italian cookies, cider and coffee. Enjoy live music and entertainment. Keep a look out for St. Nick who be arriving on a fire engine (at 4:30pm). Watch the 25 foot tall Poinsettia Tree be lite up, you can also be apart of the tree by sponsoring a poinsettia plant. For more information visit littleitalysd.com

This is just a few of the great events I have found so far. Be sure to check out your city’s events or even malls for any special happens going on for the holiday season.

Cruzin Mama

Disney Store Special Events

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October Special Events at the Disney Store

Along with the daily activities offered at Disney Stores there is a few fun events happening this month. This information is directly from my local Disney Store so be sure to check with yours to verify special event dates and times.

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Join the Rebellion

Special event is this Saturday October 11th and Sunday October 12th. Come and help celebrate the brand new Star Wars Rebel series that premieres Monday October 13th on Disney X D. Get a chance to catch a glimpse of the new series and also participate in some inter-galactic activities. Plus a FREE giveaway. There will be several sessions so that there is plenty of opportunity to check out the fun.

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Star Wars Rebellion
Saturday October 11th
10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm

Sunday October 12th
12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm

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Halloween Dress Rehearsal

Have your kids come dressed up for some pre-Halloween fun next Friday and Saturday. There will be crafts, games and a costume parade!

Friday October 17th
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Saturday October 18th
11:00am – 12:30pm

Rock your Disney side!

Cruzin Mama

D23 Expo 2015

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Disney’s D23 Expo is coming back to Anaheim August 2015. This Expo is the perfect event for any Disney fan. With exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming films and games, as well as an in depth look at Disney Imagineering. Oh and can’t forget about the celebrities, see them discuss their characters or film on a panel or collect some autographs. The Expo is completely geared towards families so all ages are welcome. There is tons of exclusive merchandise and collectables. Tickets are on sale now and are at a discount for a limited time. Also get even better savings by becoming a D23 member you can join for free! To become a D23 member click on the link provided. You can purchase your Expo tickets here.

Rock your Disney side!

Cruzin Mama

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