NEW TRAILER – A WRINKLE IN TIME

Check out the all-new trailer for A WRINKLE IN TIME that opens in theaters everywhere March 9th, 2018!

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s
transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

 

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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – Fun Facts

THEM BONES – Filmmakers included subtle nods to the skeleton residents in the Land of
the Dead. For example, the cobblestone streets feature some bone-shaped paving stones.

CHANGE OF PLANTS – Artists at Pixar Animation Studios like to add vegetation—grass,
trees, bushes—to exterior environments. But “Coco” filmmakers felt the Land of the Dead
should be different. The only living plants in the vibrant fantastical world are marigolds.

  • Filmmakers learned during their research trips to Mexico that the color and aroma of
    marigold petals are believed to help guide the spirit of a family’s loved one home
    during Día de Muertos.

RECYCLED – Miguel’s loyal canine companion Dante is a Xolo dog—short for
Xoloitzcuintli—the national dog of Mexico whose origins are deeply rooted in
Mesoamerican civilization. The Xolo was regarded as the representative on Earth of the
Aztec god Xolotl, the god of fire and lightning. Nearly hairless, Xolo’s also often have
missing teeth and for that reason, their tongue naturally hangs out. Filmmakers wanted to
include this into Dante’s design and have his tongue behave like a character itself. To
achieve the look, they borrowed the rig used in “Finding Dory” for “septopus” Hank’s
dynamic tentacles.

  • Filmmakers invited local Xolo dogs to Pixar so artists could interact with the lovable
    dogs and study their anatomy.
  • Xoloitzcuintli comes from the Aztec god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, Itzcuintli.
  • Archaeological evidence found in the tombs of Aztec Indians, among others,
    indicates the breed may go as far back as 3,500 years.
  • Many consider Xolo dogs to have healing abilities.
    PULLING STRINGS – In “Coco,” Miguel recycles an old guitar, patching it up and painting
    it to mirror Ernesto de la Cruz’s signature guitar. But filmmakers knew that if they assigned
    an adult artist to do the design, it wouldn’t look right. Director Lee Unkrich called on his son
    to tackle the project and create the recycled guitar’s design.
  • All of the guitar playing in “Coco” is technically accurate. Filmmakers videotaped
    musicians playing each song and strapped GoPros to their guitars to give animators
    reference footage.
  • Ernesto has an ofrenda room in his grand tower in the Land of the Dead where he
    keeps all of the offerings people have given him over the years. There are giant
    spirals of guitars and other instruments among the gifts.

HIT THE RIGHT NOTE – Additional facial rigs were added to Ernesto de la Cruz that
enhanced his Adams apple, throat and cheek vibrations when he sings.

A LEG UP – When Miguel and Héctor pay a visit to Chicharrón in hopes of borrowing his
guitar, it becomes clear that it’s not the first time Héctor has borrowed from his friend.
Chicharrón sports a pipe where his femur once was—a bone forever loaned to Héctor.

  • Chicharrón is the least remembered character in the Land of the Dead. Artists
    wanted to showcase the effects of being forgotten: his face has more chips and
    grooves and his bones are much looser and more weathered than his counterparts.

CLOTHES MAKE THE CROWD – More than 500 pieces of clothing were made to dress
the crowd characters—from the residents of Santa Cecilia to the skeleton-attendees of
Ernesto de la Cruz’s party in the Land of the Dead. Pixar artists spent time drawing in life
sessions with Mexican folkloric dancers. Artists shaded, shaped and combined the 500
individual pieces in a variety of ways to outfit thousands of crowd characters.

CHIN UP – Character artists spend months finding the right look for each character. And
because Ernesto de la Cruz is a larger-than-life character known around the world, they
wanted to give him identifiable attributes, including a cleft in his chin—visible in both the
living and dead versions of the character.

  • Artists gave the character a distinctive curl of hair that falls across his forehead.
  • He sports a pencil-thin mustache, which was common in the era Ernesto was
    popular.
  • Ernesto wears all white in the Land of the Dead. With so many vibrant colors
    surrounding him, it helped ensure that Ernesto would be the center of attention—
    just the way he likes it. Even his bones are pristine because he’s so well
    remembered.
  • Animators gave Ernesto a bit of a swagger to showcase his celebrity status.

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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – New Trailer

Coco’ is about a 12-year-old boy with big dreams,” says director Lee Unkrich. “It’s about a hardworking family with great traditions and a lot of love. But what’s so cool about ‘Coco’ is that the boy could be my son. That family could live next door. The sweet, bossy grandmother who insists on one more bite might be your grandma. There’s something familiar to us all in this story. That’s what makes it so special.

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI OFFICIAL TRAILER

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

15 Tips for Making Your Walt Disney World Trip Magical

If you are planning a trip to Disney World in the near future, you may be wondering how you can get the most out of your trip. 

Heres a list of 15 tips for making your trip wonderful.

1. Make a Loose Plan

The first step on the road to a wonderful Disney trip is going in with a plan. This will help prevent your party from wandering aimlessly and wasting precious park time. It will also help you get everything done that you want to do, leaving you feeling accomplished at the end of your vacation.

2. Stray from the Plan

Although a plan is a definite must-have, you must also ensure the plan is loose enough to be strayed from.
For instance, if you have a plan to ride Tower of Terror, but you run into a fun character on the way, try to be flexible enough to stop and enjoy the character before continuing with your plan. So many magical Disney moments are hidden in those unplanned experiences, so be sure to enjoy them as they crop up!

3. Know the Parks

Wandering around without a clue as to where you are is not a fun way to spend an afternoon in a Disney park. Therefore, it is important to study maps and make sure you have a basic idea of the structure of each park before you head out. This will eliminate many frustrating moments and help you save time.

4. Take Breaks

Obviously, you want to see as much of the parks as possible while you are there. However, running from place to place without ever stopping to breathe and simply enjoy the ambiance is a big mistake made by so many visitors. Make sure to schedule in breaks to ensure your party is rested enough to have a good time.

5. Make FastPass Reservations

FastPass+ is an innovative system that allows Disney World visitors to reserve their spots on some rides. Each person is allowed three FastPass reservations per day, with the option to add additional FastPasses one-at-a-time after the initial three have been used.
By making FastPass reservations before you go, you can save time that would otherwise have been spent waiting in line.

6. Make Dining Reservations

While Walt Disney World does offer a huge variety of counter-service food options, sometimes a good sit-down meal is just what a person needs to give them a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of the parks.
However, all Disney table-service restaurants take reservations, and it is rarely a good idea to try to get into one at the last minute. For this reason, we highly recommend making your reservations early on.

7. Keep Your Cool

Florida is hot, especially in the summertime. In order to avoid dehydration and other negative effects of the bright sunshine, it is important to take precautions. These include:

  • Drinking plenty of water (which you can get for free at any counter-service eatery).
  • Wearing sunscreen.
  • Donning sunglasses.
  • Taking an indoor break in the middle of the day.
  • Bringing a small, personal fan to keep the air moving around you.

8. Bring the Goods

Aside from the sunscreen, fan, and sunglasses mentioned above, there are quite a few other things you may want to bring with you into the parks. You’ll also likely want to bring a camera, a first aid kit, a stroller, and autograph books. All of these items can be stored in a backpack for easy portability.

9. Let the Kids Lead

In order to ensure the trip is fun for the little ones, it is a good idea to let them lead from time to time. Schedule blocks of time here and there that are specifically for whatever the little ones want to do. Let them decide where to go and what to ride.
This will help them feel in control of their fun, making the experience feel a bit more personal to them.

10. Find Easter Eggs

There are a large number of Easter eggs hidden throughout the parks. These include “Hidden Mickeys” and a number of other clever little things. A quick search on the internet will help you know where to look for these hidden treasures, and the hunt to find them will provide you and your family with tons of extra fun. Try not to point out ALL of these Easter eggs for kids; a lot of the fun comes from letting them discover things for themselves!

11. Take Advantage of Rope Drop

The hour or two after opening is a wonderful time to be in the parks. The crowds are incredibly light, meaning it is easy to ride the more popular rides, and there is a certain magic the morning hours add to the experience. Additionally, the temperature is still relatively cool in the early hours, making them that much more special.

12. Stay Until Closing

Just as the experience of rope drop has something special to offer, the last hour or so before park closing has its own set of benefits. Of course, the crowds begin to taper off and the temperature begins to drop, but there is also something incredibly special about seeing the park all lit up as it is winding down for the day. This is something you should aim to see at least once.

13. Seek Out Magical Experiences

There are magical experiences around every corner in Walt Disney World. Some of these just happen when you are in the right place at the right time. However, others are things you can seek out.
For instance, the barber shop on Main Street will sprinkle pixie dust in your child’s hair for free—all you have to do is ask. By doing some research beforehand, you can know where to seek out a handful of these extra special experiences to add some sparkle to your days.

14. Set Realistic Expectations

Heading into a park with a long to-do list and no time set aside for relaxing and simply enjoying the place is a surefire way to make everyone in your party miserable. Instead, set realistic expectations for what you can accomplish in a day.
By having smaller expectations, you will be extra pleased if you do manage to squeeze in a bit more.

15. Just Keep Swimming (and Smiling)

Sometimes things won’t go according to plan. However, that doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun. If you miss a reservation or can’t find a place to watch the parade, smile and carry on. We promise you will find something equally fantastic to do just around the corner.

By following these simple tips, we are sure you will have a truly fantastic trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. So pack up and get ready to experience the magical trip of a lifetime!

Source: 15 Tips for Making Your Walt Disney World Trip Magical

What’s in the Box?

I was super excited to have been selected to receive the Gents VoxBox from influenster. When my box arrived I couldn’t wait to rip it open and see what was inside.

Included in my box was Barbasol® Sensitive Skin Thick & Rich Shaving Cream, Barbasol® Ultra 6 Plus Razor, Bed Head for Men by TIGI Matte Separation™ Workable Wax, Frank’s RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, and KETTLE BRAND® Potato Chips Chile Verde.  


Barbasol Shaving Cream & Razor 

I received the Barbasol’s Thick & Rich Shaving Cream, it has a good fragrance and left my skin silky smooth. Top it off with the Barbasol Ultra 6 Plus Razor, an ultra-thin, open flow blades allow for easy cleaning. A great razor that gives you a smooth shave, it gets the job done fast and perfect every time would definitely recommend it.


Bed Head for Men by TIGI Matte Separation™ Workable Wax

I’ve used lots of hair products over the years. The Bed Head for Men by TIGI is a workable wax with matte definition. I enjoyed sampling this product. This newly designed product is easy to work with and applies rather easily. It has a nice scent to it, too.  Has a great hold, but can be adjusted for different styles throughout the day. Overall it’s a great product in my opinion! 


Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

This was my first time trying Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce. I tried this hot sauce over some Ramen Noodles to give them a little kick and it tastes great. I started using only a small amount is enough to taste how hot it is. I definitely would recommend Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce.


Kettle Brand Potato Chips in Chili Verde

I have been a huge fan of Kettle Brand Chips for a long time but I’ve never tried this flavor. These chips are absolutely delicious!! After the first bite, I was instantly hooked! I had found my new afternoon snack. They have just the right amount of spice to them. I would definitely recommend these chips!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.


I received these products complimentary from influenster.com for testing!

Are you ready for a FOOD FIGHT!

It’s time for the biggest fight of the year, Are you ready to cheer on your favorite Chef at CULINARY FIGHT FEST on Sunday, August 13th from 11-3pm.  This years FIGHT FEST is going to be at the Hard Rock Cafe located at 63 W Ontario St Chicago, Illinois 60654. 

 Past Culinary Fight Club Competitors and Winners are invited to share their signature Bite on August 13. It’s up to you to choose who will be the Top 4 Best Bites that will continue on compete in the Ultimate Battle to win the Culinary Fight Fest Regional Champion Trophy. 

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-chicago-culinary-fight-fest-tickets-31272830879

 

Meet The Chefs

 
 
Here’s how that works. Attendees receive 4 chips to vote for their Fave Bites. The Top 4 overall Fave Bites will throw down in a CFF Choice 30-minute Battle.

Learn More About Culinary Fight Club Here

So what exactly is a Hidden Mickey?

So what exactly is a Hidden Mickey? Quite simply, it’s an artistic representation of Mickey that was intentionally placed amid the architecture and design of the parks and resorts. Oftentimes it’s the familiar three-circle shape of his ears and head. Other times it might be a profile of his face or a full-body silhouette. Walt Disney World Guests with keen eyes can tell you that Mickey pops up all over the resort, often in the most unexpected places.


I recommend one of these two books if you are headed to Disney soon!

Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World®’s Best Kept Secrets

The Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World

The Essentials #DisneyBound Packing List!

Heading to Walt Disney World Soon. Pack more fun and print this Essential Walt Disney World Packing List!

In just a few short days, I will be packing my bags jetting off to Walt Disney World (a.k.a. my “happy” place)! I created my Essential #DisneyBound Packing List which I am sharing with you today. And truthfully, no Disney vacation should be without these items!

#1 – Your Mickey Mouse or Minni Mouse Ears

#2 – A Magic Band

Unlock all the enchantment of Walt Disney World Resort wearing your own personal MagicBand 2. With a simple touch, redeem FastPass+ selections, enter parks, charge purchases to your room, and more!

#3 – Your Favorite Disney T-shirts

#4 – A Mickey Mouse Fanny Pack 

Disney TAG Canvas Crossbody Hip Pack

Mickey Mouse stars on our stylish convertible carryall for use as a crossbody bag or comfy hip pack. Part of the new Travel•Accessories•Gear collection, this pack is perfect for toting all your essentials with ease.

#5 – Don’t Forget Shoes

#6 – A Hidden Mickeys Guide Book 

Bonus Item – Your Favorite Disney Coloring Book  

 


Check out the Disney Store for all your Disney Essentials