D23 Updated info

D23Expo2015_FinalposterD23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional special member events in the Orlando area, adding even more exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida. On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action Cinderella, the fan club is slated to bring more magic to the Walt Disney World Resort area throughout the rest of the year, including—for the first time—intimate events celebrating classic Disney films similar to what members enjoy at The Walt Disney Studios lot with guest speakers, screenings, and other surprises.

WAKING UP WITH SLEEPING BEAUTY: On the morning of Saturday, April 18, D23 Gold and Silver Members will be able to enjoy this animated classic on the big screen. Special guest, animator and Walt Disney World Creative Designer Lon Smart, will explore the film’s numerous landmark achievements including its unique artistic style and groundbreaking visual effects. Plus, all members will receive a special journal designed to look like the ornate storybook at the beginning of the film.

MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE ORLANDO SHOPPING EVENTS: The Walt Disney Imagineering store is opening up a pop-up shop for D23 Gold and Silver Members. On Saturday, June 6, guests will be able to peruse and purchase signature items from the store’s unique collection. And on Saturday, November 14, members will be able to pick up some key holiday gift items for the Disney fans in their lives—and for themselves.

LET’S GET TOGETHER WITH THE PARENT TRAP: Celebrate this beloved film—starring Hayley Mills in dual roles—with D23 as we present the 1961 hit on the big screen Saturday, June 6. D23’s Steven Vagnini will present a look at the making of the movie with rarely seen photographs and imagery. All attendees will receive a special gift. Plus, guests who attend the screening will receive priority admission on that day to D23’s shopping event with Mickey’s of Glendale. SIP AND STROLL: D23 brings a new twist to a fan favorite, as members gather in celebration of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, October 3. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, guest speakers, and an insider look at this annual event, now in its 20th year, before sipping and strolling around World Showcase—with some delectable surprises.

Calendar (all events and dates are subject to change): 
April 18: Waking Up with Sleeping Beauty—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
June 6: Let’s Get Together With The Parent Trap—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 
June 6: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt Disney World Resort 
October 3: Sip and Stroll—Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Fla. 
November 14: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt Disney World Resort

Juicy Drop and Dylan’s Candy Bar Partner to Celebrate New Juicy Drop Gummies – GIVEAWAY

Yes, this is a cut and paste of a press release, but I am at work and I am busy and I think this event would be fun for all of you (in Los Angeles) to take your kids to.

Bazooka Candy Brand’s Juicy Drop is taking over Dylan’s Candy Bar in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 21st to challenge candy lovers’ taste buds with a first taste of new Juicy Drop Gummies. Juicy Drop is hard-core candy dripping with attitude that puts you in control of the sour intensity so you can push your limits each and every time you dare to drop.   New Juicy Drop Gummies combine delicious soft gummies featuring a special “drop zone” with the signature Juicy Drop sour gel pen allowing fans to combine the two for an amazing taste experience.

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Fans will have the chance to take a turn on the Juicy Drop Prize Wheel to win fun giveaways including T-shirts, temporary tattoos, stickers, candy, and more. One lucky attendee will win a basket filled with candy and other fun prizes from Bazooka Candy Brands.

WHO:                   Candy lovers

WHAT:                 Juicy Drop and Dylan’s Candy Bar partner to offer candy lovers the opportunity to be among the first to taste new Juicy Drop Gummies. Fans will also get to play fun games with a chance to win special prizes from Bazooka Candy Brands.

WHEN:                 Saturday, March 21st, 2015    Noon to 4pm

WHERE:              Dylan’s Candy Bar, 6333 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Juicy Drop brand has always been a leading force in category innovation as evident from their most recent launch, Juicy Drop Gummies.  Juicy Drop, the #2 selling non-chocolate candy front of store¹, features a unique two-in-one candy experience that enables consumers to control their flavor intensity.  First launched in 2003, Juicy Drop Pop quickly became a mainstay in the Bazooka Candy Brands portfolio.  Juicy Drop Taffy was added in 2012, bringing the innovative taste experience into the soft and chewy segment and is the one of the first taffy candy lines that lets kids customize the intensity of their chosen flavor.   Juicy Drop Taffy spearheaded the Juicy Drop’s brand’s growth which drive the Kids Non-Chocolate category across all channels by 64² percent in a two-year period.  The Juicy Drop brand is part of Bazooka Candy Brands popular confectionery portfolio that includes Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Baby Bottle Pop®, and Bazooka® Bubble Gum.  For more information, visit www.candymania.com.

There is also a giveaway!  If you love candy leave a comment below with your favorite candy flavor and on March 17th I will randomly pick one winner to win several samples of the new Juicy Drop’s Gummies! (Don’t worry the prize is being provided by and sent out by the PR rep not me, so it should actually get mailed out in a timely manner)

Disney News

It is no secret that my second favorite place to be in the world is Disneyland (the first is my bed).  So whenever fun Disney News hits my inbox I try to share it with you.

First up D23:

D23EXPO_Mousequerade_LogoTo highlight the creativity and passion fans have for all things Disney, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is holding two remarkable contests in celebration of D23 EXPO 2015, which takes place August 14­–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Mousequerade* invites participants to create their own Disney-inspired costumes and compete in the following categories: “Heroes Unmasked,” “Once Upon a Costume,” “The Wonderful Worlds of Disney,” “Best of Star Wars,” and “Weird, Wild, and Goofy!” The winner will receive a trip for two to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/mousequerade to complete an entry form and find out more about how to enter. The closing date for entry is April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity and originality, quality and craftsmanship of costume, and relationship of costume to the contest theme. The Live Contest will be held Friday, August 14 in Stage 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will be 90 minutes in length. The number of Finalists is limited to 15 contestants per category for a total of 75 contestants. 

D23EXPO_DesignChallenge_LogoD23 Expo Design Challenge** will honor Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary by encouraging artists young and old to depict Sleeping Beauty Castle. Twenty-three pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 EXPO weekend on the show floor, located in the Walt Disney Archives area. The winning artist will be chosen prior to the start of the D23 EXPO and will receive a cash prize of $2,300. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/designchallenge to submit sketches of proposed artwork (and to find out more about other entry requirements) no later than April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, originality, and artistic expression.

Finalists in both competitions will receive one (1) complimentary ticket (and one (1) for a guest) to attend D23 EXPO 2015. Contestants do not need to be members of D23 to enter either contest.

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. From January 1–June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.

Next up is a new app from Disney interactive:

You guys see my posts on Instagram and Face Book all the time with the hashtag #Disneyside (you are following me on both Instagram and Face Book right?)  Now even though you’re not at Disneyland (sad for you) you can show your #Disneyside too!

i-9h3WwQm-X2Show Your Disney Side, a new photo transformation app, allows Disney Parks fans to magically transform into their favorite Disney Parks characters. Now available for iPhone and iPod touch, the Show Your Disney Side app lets users pick a Disney Parks character, take a selfie and then tap and swipe to watch their Disney Side come to life with special effects. The Show Your Disney Side app was created by TYFFON, an entertainment app developer and one of the participants of the 2014 Disney Accelerator, a highly selective, immersive mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups in the media and entertainment space.

With the Show Your Disney Side app, users can choose their favorite Disney Parks character from iconic attractions and experiences such as Frozen, Star Tours®, Pirates of the Caribbean® and Villains of Disney Parks. When users visit Disneyland® Resort or Walt Disney World Resort®, they can unlock special Haunted Mansion® characters such as the Hitchhiking Ghost and Madame Leota. They can also unlock these special characters by sharing three of their creations on Facebook or Twitter.

Users can personalize their Disney Side character with different costumes and frames. Then, by tapping or swiping the screen, their Disney Side will magically come to life with special effects, unique for each character. Photos and videos of each Disney Side creation can be saved and shared with family and friends right from the app.

Disney Side is the side of us that comes out to play the moment we step through the gates of a Disney Theme Park or interact with favorite Disney characters and stories. It’s the side that laughs bigger, screams louder, and just plain lives life to the fullest.

Show Your Disney Side is now available for free on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch at http://DisneySideApp.com.

D23 and Cinderella

DisneyTwentyThree_02_2015_CoverWith Cinderella set to grace movie theaters on March 13 in Disney’s new live-action adaptation of the beloved animated classic, Disney twenty-three, the publication of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, sat down with the creative team to get all the details—from the tiniest mouse to the biggest pumpkin coach. And star Lily James opens up about her first nerve-wracking day of filming, taking on the role of one of the most iconic princesses, and the challenges of dancing in a spectacular couture creation. 

 Also in Disney twenty-three’s Spring issue, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, is an interview with Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultronwriter/director Joss Whedon, who reveals some surprising details about the highly anticipated spring release, including why Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were two must-have characters in the film. In addition, stars Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. put in their two cents about the helmsman.

Plus, the issue features an exclusive interview with Britt Robertson about working on the upcoming film Tomorrowland, and a celebration of 40 years of Space Mountain with a look back at some of the original designs, early photography, and opening day materials for the Walt Disney World attraction. Also, the Walt Disney Archives unveils 14 of the newest treasures added to its incredible collection, including an original Donald Duck doll circa 1935, a pair of out-of-this-world space boots from the Epcot attraction Horizons, and Sam Eagle’s CIA travel badge from Muppets Most Wanted.

Also included in the Spring issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • How runDisney has turned Disney fans into marathon runners—and colorful characters
  • A sneak peek at the design, menu, and costumes of the soon-to-reopen Cinderella’s Royal Table at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
  • Original concept art and drawings for the 1950 animated classic Cinderella
  • A look back at how Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color television series seamlessly transformed into The Wonderful World of Disney
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

 D23 Members are invited to visit D23.com for additional features and members-only content, including a gallery of additional images of Cinderellafrom the Animation Research Library.

 Other features coming to D23.com include:

  • More exclusive interviews with the cast and filmmakers of the live-action Cinderella
  • Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson talks about filming at Disneyland and her Disney favorites
  • A Turkey Pot Pie recipe from Walt Disney World’s Cinderella’s Royal Table that lets you bring a taste of Disney to your dining room table

 Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving late February.

 About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

 Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99) and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

Watch Yourself

My sisters and I had an amazing weekend in Vegas for my birthday.  At my age I don’t expect gifts or parties, I just want a good time and that’s what I got.

IMG_3815When I got home I found a cute little box waiting for me.  I had been emailing with someone from Jord Watches before I left for Vegas but didn’t expect to find one waiting for me.

Jord is a locally owned St. Louis, Missouri company and they design/produce real wood watches from sustainable materials from all around the world.  They have concentrated on mostly male and unisex designs so far but they have several women’s series in the works.  When I checked out thier website I was dismayed to see none of their watches (not even the mens) would fit my large wrist.

I replied to the email stating my problem of being large boned and they immediately said no problem we will customize the watch to fit you.  How could I refuse?

IMG_3819Imagine my surprise when the watch arrived and it FIT!  I have a nine inch wrist.  I chose the Sidney Cherry with a Mother of Pearl face.  It is gorgeous.  My pictures do not do it justice.

As well as being a large women I am also a sensitive woman.  I breakout when I come in contact with almost everything.  I have to put nail polish on the arms of my glasses so I don’t have a rash on the side of my face all the time.

I wore the watch for an eight hour day at work and I had no reaction to any of the wood parts!  I left the clear pastic on the clasp and it did not bother me all day but the metal on the back of the face did start to irritate me near the end of the day.  Sigh.  I am sure I can counter it with nail polish.

IMG_3817Jord has so many different designs and choices there really is something for everyone.  The packaging makes it such a beautiful gift.

They have also partnered with Albert Pujols of the Angels, the Pujols Family Foundation is based out of St. Louis, and they partnered with them to create a custom watch. The wood that is used is Maple, which is what Albert uses for his bats, the face of the watch includes a baseball player with Albert’s classic swing and a red 5.  20% of each sale goes back for children with downs syndrome and the Dominican Republic.  You know I have to support something baseball related even if it is for the dreaded Angels!

 

 

These are the watches I referred to with much better pictures than I could ever take.

 

Disclosure: In case you’re dense and didn’t read, I received a free watch.  No one asked me to post a review, simply to post pictures to my social media outlets.  And if you believe for a minute that all thoughts are not my own, well then just click that little x in the corner.

Happy Birthday to Me – My Three Year Plan

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s my Birthday!  I never used to really enjoy celebrating my birthday.  I would wait for someone else to make plans to celebrate me, and it wouldn’t turn out the way I liked or I would worry that everyone else was having a good time blah blah blah.  These last few years I am focusing more on ME.  And because of that I am no longer waiting for others to celebrate me, I take the initiative and celebrate myself.

This year I have spent the weekend in Vegas with 2 of my sisters.  Just being sisters, just relaxing, just having fun. (full disclosure, I am writing this more than a week before it will post)  I will be having a lovely dinner with family and extended family at the restaurnt of MY choosing.  And if everyone else doesn’t like it or doesn’t enjoy their meal, I honestly don’t care.  It is my birthday, I know I will enjoy my meal.  I’m even making my own cake.  That way I know it will be one I like.

In this directive I am planning out my future birthdays as well.  Specifically the big 5-0.  That isn’t as far off as it used to be.

My plan is this.  At some point in that year (2018 to be a little exact), I will be spending at least two weeks at DisneyWorld.  Anyone that wishes to join me for any or all parts of that two weeks are welcomed graciously.  I will share my hotel room with immediate family members (and select others) but all other expenses are your own.  I have started a small savings account to prepare myself for this event and if you plan on joining me I suggest you do the same.  I don’t think this will be a “summer” event as I hate Florida in the summer and I abhor huge crowds, I am thinking more along the lines of March or April.

I’m a little excited already.

Aspiration

Why is it every time I tell some one that I have developed fluid on the bad knee and I am going in tomorrow to have it aspirated they make this face?

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How is that helping?

 

So yes, it seems just before I had the injection I started developing fluid on the knee.  The injection seems to be working, in that, my ability to walk longer distances without dying is better and my generalized pain is lower.  But the fluid is making it unbearable at times to straighten my knee to it’s full potential, you know, like how straight it needs to be for things like, standing, walking, living.  Minor issue.

Tomorrow someone will once again stick a needle in my knee and this time take stuff out instead of put stuff in.  I hate needles.  But instead of wincing, I will grin and bear it and look at this “aspiration” as an “inspiration”.  Hopefully with this I will be able to be pain free or at least free”er” than I am now.

MORTDECAI

I am a fool for anything with Johnny Depp (ok not anything, I never did see the Alice In Wonderland he did and I will not see the Barber of Seville shudder).  But this looks really good.  And although I know most of the world can’t stand Gwenyth I actually adore her, so there!

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MORTDECAI opens nationwide JANUARY 23, 2015!
SYNOPSIS:
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment Present, An Infinitum Nihil / Mad Chance / Lionsgate Production
Cast: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, with Jeff Goldblum, and Paul Bettany
Directed by: David Koepp
Screenplay by: Eric Aronson
Based on: The novel entitled “Don’t Point That Thing At Me” by Kyril Bonfiglioli
Produced by: Andrew Lazar, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski

Progression

 

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A bunch of friends online are picking words for the new year instead of making a resolution.  I never make resolutions, I never keep them.

I am pragmatic enough to know what I am and am not capable of doing.  I know if I set a resolution to “lose weight” I will eat a Reese’s for breakfast.

2014Last year I made the decision to “Open up the gates” and that worked out well.  I opened myself up to opportunities that I never would have before.  Most importantly I opened myself up to ME.  I spent the majority of my life making sure others around me were happy and taken care of with little to no regard to myself.  This year that changed.  I focused on me.  New clothes, new lifestyle, more focus on my job etc.  It resulted in me getting a promotion, raise, moving into my own apartment and buying a new car.  Not too shabby results, I would think.

So for this year, I am going to focus on Progressing. According to Merriam Webster (does anyone miss using an actual dictionary?) Progression is defined as “a continuous and connected series”.  I am going to continue and connect.

Bring it on 2015!

Full tilt ahead!

 

Out of Body On My Mind

I have been dreading this day for a week.  I try not to think about it before Christmas, but once the last guest goes home on Christmas night, I turn morbid.

It happens every year.  This year, it only took mere moments after for me to snap off Taj’s head for the stupidest thing.  In under an hour I was a mess of tears, apologizing for being a bitch and explaining my mind set.

I thought maybe I could take some time from work and go away for a few days.  But this is a really busy time and I am supposed to baby sit the grand twins tomorrow night.  So I am stuck at home.

I couldn’t bring myself to go to the casino alone this year, so here I sit.  In front of my tv, in front of my computer.  Trying desperately to breathe.  Why can’t I breathe?

I miss you mommy.

Grandmas Girls