Sunday, October 3, 2010

Now Playing at the Orange County Performing Arts Center

JM Barrie’s Peter Pan
at the
Orange County Performing Arts Center

My family and I were invited to Opening Night
~review and photos coming soon~

Opening Night:

Sunday, October 3 at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m.

Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.                 Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The matinee performance on Wednesday, November 10 is at 11:30 a.m.

 No performance on Thanksgiving Day, November 25.

Special matinee performance on Friday, November 26 at 1 p.m. in addition to the performance at 7 p.m.

A limited number of hearing assistance devices is available at all performances.

Orange County Performing Arts Center

615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Tickets: Tickets to see PETER PAN are $30 to $75; premium and child pricing available.

In person - The Center Box Office

600 Town Center Drive   Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Online -      Phone - 714.556.2787

Halloween Time at Disneyland Mom Blogger Style!

Halloween Time Returns

 Mickey and Pals Along With Disney Villains Transform Disneyland Resort for the Season

Halloween Screams is the newest fireworks show exclusively during Mickey's Halloween Party

 Enjoy the thrills and chills of Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday!

(videos are compliments of Disney Parks, this one's a little scary)

‘Mickey’s Halloween Party’ Moves to Disneyland Park

‘World of Color’ Show Continues to Perform Nightly at Disney California Adventure

I'll be there with both of my sisters and our families on October 1st
 ~ Trick or Treat~
(Pictures to follow)
It's Here...... I got the press release and couldn't wait to share the news. As you know I'm a huge fan of Disneyland Resort. There's no place in the world like Disney for the Holidays and from September to January I can't stay away!!! Halloween Time is no exception.
The last few weeks I have been sharing my last few years of Mickey's Trick or Treat Party in the hopes of getting you all in the mood. I am sad to hear the prices of ticket are keeping some of you from coming out to play this year. Just a reminder, there are special discounts for annual pass holders!

More Disney Halloween info from some of
my mom blogger friends:

Here's a Treat from Jessica at Fresh Angeles

Sneak Peek: Haunted Mansion from Disneyland Scoop

Lisa from Babes in Disneyland has Mickey's Halloween Party Info

Halloween Time at Disney with Bonggamom

Mommymusings about Halloween Time

Darcie from Such The Spot shares her Halloween Time at Disneyland

So You Think You Can Mom Jasmine
Boo!....It's Halloween Time at Disneyland!!!

Event Dates

•October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 and 31

•Tuesday Nights: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

•Fridays and Halloween Night: 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Advance Purchase Ticket Prices*

•$49 Special Discount for These Dates

October 1, 5, 12, 19 and 26

Day-of-Event Ticket Prices*

•$54 If Purchased and Used on These Dates:

October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22 and 26

•$59 If Purchased and Used on These Dates:

October 29 and 31

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Walking with Dinosaurs

 A Tyrannosaurus Rex and her baby in a scene from
 WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – the Arena Spectacular
Credit – Joan Marcus

The narrator “Huxley” and a Stegosaurus in fog in a scene from
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular
Credit – Joan Marcus

Two Brachiosaurs with the narrator “Huxley” in a scene from
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular
Credit – Courtesy of Walking with Dinosaurs

A record breaking three-year tour ends in Southern California,
Don't miss you chance to see this one-of-a-kind show

Honda Center, September 1-5, 2010 
The performance schedule at Honda Center is Wednesday-Friday, September 1-3 at 7PM, Saturday, September 4 at 11 AM, 3 and 7PM, and Sunday, September 5 at 1 and 5 PM.

Tickets for Honda Center ($22.50-79.00) can be purchased at the Honda Center Box Office and at any Ticketmaster outlet, charge by phone 1-800-745-3000 or online at

Tickets are now on sale.

STAPLES Center, September 9-12, 2010
 The performance schedule at STAPLES Center is Thursday, September 9 at 7 PM, Friday, September 10 at 7 PM, Saturday, September 11 at 11 AM, 3 and 7 PM, and Sunday, September 12 at 11 AM and 3PM.

Tickets for STAPLES Center ($39-79.00) can be purchased at the STAPLES Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone 1-800-745-3000 or online at

Meet the Dinos         Watch Footage 

Photo Gallery              Shopping   

Have you been to see the show?
Leave me a comment.
 Tell me all about it! 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Glow Fest at California Adventure

~Glow Fest Summer Fun~
Don't miss the party!
The lights go out in August
Extended through Labor Day!

Glow Fest was so wildly popular what can Disney do to top that?

 A "Tron" themed Dance Party is in the works.

A nighttime street party debuting this fall at Disney California Adventure will be tied to the upcoming “Tron: Legacy“ film and will feature sci-fi themed music, dancers and cocktails.
See the complete story here.........

— Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer.
Image: Artwork from the “Tron: Legacy” film. Credit: Disney

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Win A Disney Cruise

Attention Disney Fans

If you're like me and you loved Toy Story 3
and you're like me and you would love to

Win a Disney Cruise

then listen up, it's time to set sail!!!!

You can enter, and win the

If you win the Grand Prize, you will receive your very own copy of Toy Story 3 Video Game and you and 3 lucky guests will also go on a 7-night Disney cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

You may enter this Sweepstakes via the internet during the period commencing at 12:01 A.M., July 12, 2010, and ending at 11:59:59 P.M. All Entries must be received by 11:59:59 P.M., August 15, 2010. Entries are limited to one (1) Entry per person/Address per day regardless of whether one person has more than one Address or more than one person use the same Address.


ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: A seven (7) night Disney Cruise Line vacation for winner and three (3) guests (“Group”) leaving from Los Angeles, CA (“City”) and taken aboard the Disney Wonder® (“Ship”) to Disney’s Mexican Riviera itinerary (available starting in January 2011) on Sponsor-selected dates (“Trip”) including the ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas and consisting of the following elements for the Group: [1] one (1) deluxe oceanview (Category 9 A,B,C or D) stateroom/quad occupancy; [2] all onboard meals; [3] opportunity to see Toy Story 3 The Musical, while onboard the Ship;

Seventy Five (75) FIRST PRIZES: one (1) Toy Story 3: The Video Game for the Wii™ console system

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, an Eco- Family Investment?

I was invited to explore Jean‐Michel Cousteau’s
Ambassadors of the Environment at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Designed to educate families of all ages on ecology and the environment. They offer 9 programs for kids, adults, and families, and 16 different youth programs. My 10year old has made a list of the ones he wants to try.

Staying close to home and getting a real "vacation" experience out of a day trip or a easy weekend is very appealing to me, and my budget. Spending a day snorkeling and learning with the young men and women that make up the Ambassador staff at the hotel (hi Casey) is an outstanding addition to summer vacation.
*Note: you do not have to be a guest at the hotel to participate in the programs.
However staying the hotel, I'm sure would be a slice of heaven and the hotel staff treats you as if you live there. *I hope to weekend there with my family in August and will surely post more pictures and review the programs in greater detail.

Ambassadors of the Environment gives families the opportunity to get involved with hands on learning, weather your family is already active in preserving our oceans or you would like to learn more about how to do your part in taking care of our oceans. Ambassadors of the Environment provides an incredible one of a kind, nature's classroom.

Spending time with my family sharing the importance of being responsible by learning more about our mother earth and how better to take care of her.

I am making an Eco-Family Investment in my family.

I think I just made up a new catch phrase....
"Eco-Family Investment"
*remember you heard it hear first*

There is a specific spot in the hotel that is my favorite for sipping hand-crafted cocktails and watching the sunset. Perched 162-feet above Salt Creek Beach, 180Blũ is an ocean front lounge with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Appetizer, dessert menu and lounge seating.
Everyone has their own tabletop firepit. SoCal CHIC at it's finest.
•Fresh Sushi served every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
•Live music on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
•Specialty cocktails, beer and wine

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Xbox Kinects Families

A new way to Kinect

with your family is coming to

your living room this November!

Formerly know as "Project Natal"....

Microsoft's Xbox 360 has introduced a new kind of gaming perfect for the whole family. There are a wide variety of games to suit ages 3 to 103. Below are of a few of my families' favorites. The Kinectimals game is cute and cuddly and allows you to have a "virtual" pet and is great for the young ones. Kinect Adventures! is fantastic for the family to play together... it's more like a ride than a game and totally fun!!! Dance Central is the ultimate party in a box- (our favorite dance move is the Fresh Prince) This game will be played everywhere... from dorm rooms, to 40th Birthday parties not to mention the tween scene. From toddlers to seniors there is something for everyone and without the complicated controller.
For the first time ever there is a gaming system without controllers.

You are the controller....

Everyone can play these games!

*More photos coming soon*

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Disney's New Sing It Family Hits For Wii

This game has songs from so many different movies,

everyone of every age will find a song they love!

Good Times Disney Style!

A few of the songs we enjoyed...
The Little Mermaid's Under The Sea

Lion King's Hakuna Matata

Jungle Book's I wanna Be Like You

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fathers Day Fun at RideMakerz - New at Downtown Disney

Celebrate Father's Day this year at Downtown Disney, visit the newly opened RideMakerz®. You can give and get a unique gift experience with this special offer available Father's Day weekend only!

Supercharge your Father's Day weekend at the bigger, better and badder RIDEMAKERZ® in the Downtown Disney® District! On Saturday and Sunday, when you purchase one RIDE, you can build your second RIDE free*! Unleash your inner car customizer with this special offer, June 19 and 20, 2010.

And be sure to bring dad in to meet famed car customizers Chip Foose and Fireball Tim Lawrence, who will be in RIDEMAKERZ® for photos and autographs on June 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is How We Roll

Rocker panels and a full size car decorate the totally garage themed store

Build Your Ride

Chip Foose, the legendary car designer and host of TLC's Overhaulin' is a really nice guy and a great example of what a role model should be. Thanks for all your help, Chip!

This is a awesome way to spend an afternoon!

Ride The Talk

Thank you Larry Andreini, RIDEMAKERZ® ZEO. It was a pleasure meeting you!

My son hasn't stopped playing with his car... you have a huge hit on your hands!!!

* Offer good on body of equal or lesser value. Free RIDE offer includes freewheel street Chassiz, stock Wheelz and stock Treadz. Additional accessories not included. This offer is provided and fulfilled solely by RIDEMAKERZ® and is subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. Disney is not responsible for the fulfillment of this offer.

Disclosure- I was not paid for this post. I was invited to the store opening and my son was generously given a car to build and take home.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

World of Color Premier

World of Color

at Disney's California Adventure is the
New Nighttime Water Spectacular
Grand Opening TODAY June 11th!

To see the World of Color show you will need to get special FastPass distributed at the
Grizzly River Run Ride FastPass Distribution

I am thrilled to bring you video and photos of tonight's show.
Check back tomorrow.... In the meantime...

My good friend Lisa over at Babes in Disneyland was there to see the "dress rehearsal" check out her review and photos.... awesome~

Here is what's new in other parts of the park:

GlowFest: A high energy, brightly lit color explosion all it's own will light up the sky over California Adventure. Located in the heart of the park, SunShine Plaza is the perfect backdrop for the main stage this exciting show. Not to be left out appropriately enough is Hollywood Pictures Backlot. All of Hollywood comes to life in this street party of music and lights.

Friday, May 28, 2010

SeaWorld Blue Horizons

Looking for something to do this Memorial Day Weekend?

Spend time with your family at SeaWorld

Now through Dec. 31st, 2010 SeaWorld is offering $5.00 childrens tickets (up to 12 years old) with each adult ticket purchased online
(for more info click here)

The newest show Blue Horizons opens Saturday May 29th 2010

Also, you won't want to miss Into The Blue Fireworks
8:50pm or 9:50pm most nights check schedule .

My families' hands-down favorite show is Shamu Rocks an after dark show with Lazers and Rock n Roll Music, it's sure to be your favorite too!

See my other post on SeaWorld's Summer Nights here

More about our trips to Sea World here

Before you go, check out some Top Tips from SeaWorld Insiders

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Disney Goes Mobile - New Toy Story 3 App

Coming in June from Disney Interactive Studios is the new Toy Story 3 app for the iPhone® and iPod touch®. A Franchise Portal on the iPhone, Toy Story 3 lets fans play, personalize and stay connected to their favorite Toy Story characters, stories and happenings through both free and premium content.

Something for Everyone: (reasonably priced too!)

Games such as a Woody’s Wild Ride! ($4.99) - Play as Woody as he and his trusty horse Bullseye ride through the Wild West! Collect items with your lasso, dodge obstacles, and unlock achievements.

Woody Greeting (*FREE*) - Send a message to your favorite cowboy or cowgirl from your pal Woody! Choose from a list of names, occasions, hobbies and more to create your own custom greeting.

Toy Story Digicomics ($1.99) - A collection of comic books based on favorite Disney/Pixar Characters. Download free comics and purchase new ones based on the Toy Story 1, 2, and 3 movies.

Operation: Camouflage ($2.99) – Find items camouflaged throughout Andy’s Room, Bonnie’s Room and Sunnyside Daycare in this hidden object style game.

Soundboard ($.99) - Listen to Buzz and Woody’s classic phrases, as well as toy sound effects from Andy’s room in the Toy Story movies.

Disney Online

Disney Online and Disney Interactive Studios have released their summer games for some good old fashion family game time. Well, maybe not old fashion... more like karaoke and video games based on Disney movies.
Sound good?

I'll show you around the party I was lucky to attend! The room was filled with TVs and games. Along with each game was the game designer to explain the best features of each game.

Nick spent a lot of time playing the online game ToonTown with Philip(above).
Thanks for all the tips, Philip!!!

Here's Nick with the new Cars Online game expert. Thanks for the cool hat, dude!
Radiator Springs here we come....

Split Second was Nick's favorite game by far. Available now for XBox 360 and PS3.
See the fiery explosion on the screen in the picture above?
That would be Nick having a blast, (i know) playing Split Second.

Here is a quote from when I asked him to write a review on this game.

"Split Second a breath taking action game with driving, destroying and amazing tracks. You are competing against the best drivers in the world. It is totally fast and fun." -10 year old gamer Nick

Mom Bloggers in the house

Amy Anderson
Bernadette Bats
Lisa Robertson

Lots of yummy food

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