*WAVES ENTHUSIASTICALLY* Hi everyone! It has been a long time since I have been in this space. Things have been so crazy the past 7 weeks. I have been getting ready for my biggest travel gig of my blogging career, a cruise! It was amazing and I can’t wait to tell everyone all about it. I am hoping this will open more doors for me. As if that wasn’t big enough, I started my own craft business and that has kept me extra busy. Things have been looking up and I am hoping maybe to do another LA trip with Disney sometime. That would be AMAZING! But, first I am going to show you Baby Dory. OMG, have you ever seen anything so a-Dory-able? I swear, no lie, I am going to find a stuffed animal because I have to have baby Dory!
We are one of the handfuls of people that haven’t seen the movie yet 🙁 But we are going this weekend and I can’t wait! I know it is going to be amazing, funny, and probably just a little sad but I can handle that! We still watch Finding Nemo a couple of times a year and I am excited to see Dory’s story continue.
Dory is in theaters right now! For those that haven’t seen it I have a little teaser clip of baby Dory. Watch this and tell me you don’t want to bring her home!
SEEEEEEEE! How cute is that? I want to just squeee over her!
I haven’t been posting lately because of personal reasons but you guys know that I have to keep up with my Disney/Marvel posts because nothing gets me more excited than new Disney/Marvel stuff! I am possibly pretty addicted…
So when I saw Dr. Strange had a new teaser trailer I had to run over and watch it. OMG! How amazing does it look? I have no qualms in saying that I am in love with Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch. I have loved Tilda for years and if you haven’t watched Only Lovers Left Alive with Tom Hiddleston and her, I highly recommend you watch it. There isn’t much of a plot but it is cinematically gorgeous and they are superb in it!
Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch won my heart by playing my favorite novel character in the world, Sherlock Holmes. He plays that character to perfection (sorry Robert Downey, Jr.) and I can’t wait for the new season! I can’t believe it has almost been two years already! If you would like to see another movie Benedict Cumberbatch has played in I highly recommend The Imitation Game. It is one of the best serious films I have watched in a long time. We watched it on a whim and was mesmerized the whole time. I could watch it over and over!
If you want to see them both on the big screen, together, then you will definitely want to check out Dr. Strange!
Our last stop on the Zootopia Event was Magic Kingdom. Oh how I loved it there. If I had it to do over again I would have spent my free time on Saturday there. There is something so magical and special about Magic Kingdom. I am so grateful to have gotten the chance to go again!
I know a lot of people go for the rides but I had different plans. I wanted to meet characters and eat at Be Our Guest 🙂
First up was my favorite Princess in the world, Cinderella. I am a huge fan of Cinderella and the first time I met her I cried like a baby. This time though I held it together 🙂
During our trip to Walt Disney World we didn’t get a chance to go to Hollywood Studios. So I was super excited to visit there during the #ZootopiaEvent! It was everything I imagined and more. I will just say right now that I didn’t get as many pictures because I was so enamored with everything I kept forgetting to grab the camera, lol.
It was a beautiful sunny day when we arrived at Hollywood Studios. We had a lot of free time to enjoy the park. The first stop for me was The Dockside Diner to eat lunch! I am a southern girl at heart and had to do the Fried Chicken platter. It was full of all my faves- fried chicken, mashed potatoes, buttered corn, and yes, chocolate cake! It was delicious and a perfect start to the park!
After I had lunch I was pretty full and decided to walk it off just a bit. While walking I saw all of these cool busts of celebrities. So I had to get one with one of my favorite actors, Andy Griffith. I have some very happy memories tied to him. My grandma and I used to watch The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock together. Every time I see him I am reminded of her. So of course, I had to get a selfie!
As I continued walking I saw this poster. I know then and there I had found my people. I am a huge Star Wars fan and this made me giddy with excitement!
Awesome!! So I had to journey inside and found all of this cool stuff!
My biggest wish was to get a selfie with Darth Vader but he wasn’t in the park 🙁 So I had to improvise 🙂
It also helps to have some great friends to tag a long after because I got to meet Kylo Ren with Tara and Kasandria! He was definitely in character and it was a lot of fun! Plus it made my youngest completely jealous and I earned some cool mom points!
And then I got to see these guys and it was super cool!
I had already had a day that dreams were made of but it wasn’t over yet. We met up as a group and had a fabulous dinner at the Prop Shop! It is a private venue full of all kinds of retired props from the park. It was so amazing and I had so much fun! Here are some of the neat items. As soon as I saw the Elvis record it reminded me of my Uncle. He was a HUGE Elvis fan. He would have loved that!
And of course, I couldn’t forget the food! Which was really delicious!
After that it was time with one more pic with friends.
Then it was off to the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party! Omg, it was the most amazing thing ever. Unfortunately, my pics didn’t turn out but my video did 🙂 They had so many awesome offerings. Like Darth Vader Cupcakes, BB8 Cupcakes, Maul pastry menace éclair, cheese and fruit sabers, crispy treats, and ice cream treats such as Mickey Bars. They had so much to choose from and I think I gained a pound. Desserts weren’t the only offerings. The party includes alcoholic bevarages (all you can drink) and non-alcoholic versions for the kids. Alcoholic versions included Pomegranate lemonade with Jim Beam Bourbon, Blood orange lemonade with Coruba coconut rum, Green apple lemonade with citrus vodka, and Coffee with Baileys. I didn’t drink this trip but everyone at my table said they were very good. For the kids (and me, haha) they had “Ewok Juice” green apple lemonade, “Padawan Punch” blood orange lemonade, coffee, tea, coke products, and water. I had the Padawan Punch and it was very, very good!
While the desserts and the drinks were awesome, the best was yet to come. The fireworks. I am actually kind of afraid of fireworks. I don’t like the big noises, they send my anxiety into overdrive. But I can honestly say I was so taken in and enamored with these that I didn’t even think about the loud noises. I have video but only of a couple of parts. While I know I am an influencer and I should share most of my life with you I really wanted to experience these in person and not through my phone screen. So I compromised. I did some video for you guys and then enjoyed the show.
(I am not sure who was more excited, me or the guy in front of me that kept dancing. I think it was a tie!)
Don’t forget to catch Zootopia, which is in theaters now!
As you all know I had a chance to visit Disney for the #ZootopiaEvent to learn all about Disney’s newest movie, Zootopia. If you have not been to see it yet, you better hurry. It just beat out Frozen- so you know it is good!
“Zootopia,” the latest animated feature from Disney, opened to a huge $73.7 million this weekend.That sum was enough to give “Zootopia” the best debut gross in the history of Disney Animation, topping the $67.4 million that “Frozen” banked on its initial wide weekend in November 2013. Source- Yahoo News
You can read my review HERE. But this post is not about Zootopia, it is about Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. I am not going to lie, when we went to Disney in 2006, the Animal Kingdom was our least favorite park. The girls enjoyed the animals but there wasn’t a whole lot to do. Especially not when you put it up against Epcot and Magical Kingdom. But when I visited this time, it was so much better, and if I ever get to go to Disney with my girls again, it will be the first park we visit!
The Animal Kingdom will be coming alive this summer with roaring, soaring magic into the night. The all-new Rivers Of Light waterside show premieres April 22, Earth Day. And I have a sneak peek for you!