Look What Popped Up! That’s From Disneyland Exhibit. — Theme Park Duo

Ever wanted to see some of the ride vehicles from the Disneyland attractions up close and personal? Does a original Press Pass from Disneyland’s Opening Day peak your interest? Richard Kraft shares his personal collection of Disney items in a pop-up exhibit followed by an auction in Sherman Oaks, which I had to check out. […]

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The Theme Park Duo Podcast – EPISODE 112: MIDSUMMER SCREAM HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL 2017

Hello All. A little different blog today. Theme Park Duo whom I also blog for has a cool podcast and this time it is about Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival last weekend. Give a special listen at about 33:55 for a special guest… ME! Turn up your speakers while out by the pool on this hot summer day and enjoy!

Source: The Theme Park Duo Podcast – EPISODE 112: MIDSUMMER SCREAM HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL 2017

Wonder Woman Day 6.3.17

Like many young girls in the 70’s, we sat down in front of the one television in our family house weekly and tuned into one of the seven channels available and watched Wonder Woman. Linda Carter played the lasso wielding superhero that we all wanted to be. She flew in on her invisible jet, stopped bullets with her sparkly cuffs and saved the world from the bad guys. All of this after elegantly spinning around and changing from Diana Prince and her everyday attire into her superhero costume. This show was based on a DC Comic, which I was not familiar with back then, and the show only ran for 3 seasons.

Now 42 years after the TV series has long since been retired, we honor her with Wonder Woman Day 2017. This day follows the overdue release of the DC movie creatively title Wonder Woman. Comic Book stores around the country celebrated Wonder Woman Day with free Wonder Woman comics, Wonder Woman Crowns and Cuffs (made out of paper however) and featured various Wonder Woman comics, figures and anything Wonder Woman. Pop Comics in Anaheim owned by Thomas Gaul, a high school friend of my husband’s was where we made our target destination to celebrate Wonder Woman Day. Pop Comics also had a special guest… Wonder Woman! No it wasn’t Linda Carter, but a great likeness of her posed for pictures with all who came to Pop Comics. Did I take a picture with Wonder Woman? Why of course I did. I do have to say I was a bit jealous when she gave my husband her sword to hold in his picture with her. So not fair! Anyways- Wonder Woman Day was fun and I hope it grows to be even bigger next year.

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On a side note, we did see the DC Comic movie Wonder Woman the following day and I am no movie critic, but it is definitely a movie you should go and see. You will laugh out loud, cheer and even shed some tears. Wonder Woman is getting the recognition she deserves… finally.

And to think this all started for me as a very young girl watching a TV show in her family home and wanting to be just like Wonder Woman.

 

 

 

Monsterpalooza 2017… Make-Up, Movies and Monsters… Oh My!

One, Two… Freddy will sign for you. Three, Four… want to buy some more. Five, Six… Monte’s Band will play some licks. Seven, Eight… gonna stay out late. Nine, Ten… going to Monsterpalooza again. The real version of this song haunted many people while we watched one the most iconic movies of the 1980’s- A […]

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Walking Through Wondercon 2017. An article I wrote for our friends of Theme Park Duo.

Back in Anaheim for 2017 after spending the previous year in Los Angeles, Wondercon returned the weekend of March 31- April 2nd. This event is put on by the same production that brings Comic-Con to San Diego each year. Attendees come from up and down the coastal state to see what new Pop figure they […]

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National Boysenberry Day At Knotts

April 3rd has been marked as National Boysenberry Day, by none other than Knott’s Berry Farm. It also just so happens to coincide with the Boysenberry Festival happening right now until April 23rd. Do you think this was planned? Who cares. I want any reason to eat stuff with Boysenberry!

After checking out the Knott’s website to see what kind of yumminess I could have for dinner, I picked something new that was not on the Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card. For those who don’t know, there is a tasting card and for $25.00 that allows you get 6 different Boysenberry Foods, such as pizza, ravioli and meatballs. I decided to try the Boysenberry & Apricot Pulled Pork sandwich, which was also on a Boysenberry infused roll and it did not disappoint. The sandwich was topped with coleslaw and Boysenberry BBQ sauce.  The corn on the cob was delicious and of course I could not pass up the Boysenberry Punch. Way too much for me to finish, but boy was it good. With a full belly, it was time to walk around the park for a bit.

Another popular Boysenberry item is the Boysenberry Beer & Wine. There is also a $25.00 tasting card for 6 tastes of the beer and wine. Since the park was only open until 8pm, they were no longer serving. An employee shared with us last call is 6:30pm. I am sure this area is open later to match the park hours on the weekends.

Next, a Boysenberry taffy stop on the way out of the park… I told you I liked Boysenberry. This is a great little treat while sitting on the couch after work. It has to be fresh or forget it. It was super fresh, so ring me up!

One more stop. This time to give big hugs to our friend Colleen Tolley. She was there with her son, who was having fun on Log Ride, so time for a quick chat. It is always great to see friends, laugh and of course take a picture.img_0230

Just a quick visit to Knott’s for some tasty food, but we will be back soon to experience all that is Boysenberry. The last day is April 23rd and as fast as the days are flying past us it will be here before you know it. So don’t miss out on the Boysenberry Festival!

Beauty and the Beast 2017.

This was posted to Facebook, but I also wanted to share it here with you all.

 

***SPOILER ALERT***
Saturday Night was Date Night and we saw Beauty and the Beast 2017. Before I go on, please see the movie before you read this and know there are spoilers or items that could taint your enjoyment of the film in this post. I believe it is impossible to improve on such an amazing movie, which happens to also be one of my very favorite movies of all time. Not to mention an Oscar & Golden Globe Winner and Nominee. Quite impressive for an animated film.20170318_213748
The new incarnation of Beauty and the Beast was visually beautiful, had great new songs and some well cast actors. However, there were a few moments when I felt like I was spinning like a top due to the CG effects that were trying so hard to copy what cannot be done unless animated.

A highlight of the film was the Beast. I am not sure which parts were CG versus the live actor. The blending of those two mediums was a success. Also, his costuming was gorgeous. I had a challenge with Belle being British, but I think her accent faded in and out within her dialog and was not noticeable when she sang. Gaston, Le Fou and Papa were well cast and acted by each of the actors. The Gaston scene in the pub was fun and I liked the dancing on the tables. The real-life animated characters were a little flat. You could not see the expressions on their faces resulting in the lack of conveying emotions. That was a bit disappointing.

Beast’s transformation scene was impressive, matching it closely to the original. I liked the addition of the scene when the castle staff became antiques. It added emotional weight. This was the only time in the movie I got a little misty eyed. The fact that Belle did not stand out in the opening scene/song “Belle” bugged me. She was the only one that wore blue in the original movie and that was a huge miss, in my opinion. Answering some of the unanswered questions from the original movie was unnecessary and just added more time to the film. I truly never thought about Belle’s Mom, Mr. Potts or Gaston’s Military background. At a 2 hour and 9 minute running time, it felt long.

On the whole, I enjoyed the film and revisiting my favorite characters. I totally get why Disney remakes the classic films in live action… Opening weekend totals hover around $350 million worldwide so far.

In my mind and in my heart, the original Beauty and the Beast is still superior.

On a related note, we were able to get the AMC Dolby Cinema pins that they were “sold out” of. It just pays to be nice and not yell at someone when the website clearly states while supplies last. I think my pouty lip and Beauty and the Beast shirt may have helped a tad as well.

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All sealed up so you were not able to pick the pin you wanted. Smart!

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We got 2 out of the 3 pins. Not too shabby!