How to Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day at the Disney Parks & Resorts

With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, you may be thinking about how best to celebrate the day. You could always curl up at home with a good romantic Disney or Pixar film!

But perhaps you’d rather spend the day at the Disney Parks & Resorts with your loved one?

In that case, I hope you’ve gotten your dining reservations done in advance, as it is a very popular day for a special Disney meal!

While some folks will opt for a fancy table service meal for some fine dining (and there are PLENTY of choices ranging from the atmospheric Blue Bayou at Disneyland Park to the delicious Le Cellier at EPCOT), maybe you and your loved one prefer to enjoy a real Disney meal with character? In which case, there’s very little that can top the magic of dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom – unless it’s dining at Be Our Guest in Fantasyland nearby!

Personally, I think one of the best combinations over at the Disneyland Resort is having dinner and a movie. Now, you could (for now) visit the AMC Theatres in Downtown Disney and pair that with a meal, but really my favorite way to do this is right on Main Street U.S.A.! Continue reading


Mousertainment Movies: What’s Worth Watching in 2018?

Today I get to look ahead and anticipate which movies I will go see in theaters in 2018, which ones I’ll wait to catch on home entertainment releases, and which ones I’m guessing I will like the most!

It’s actually a really busy film year, so narrowing down my choices of the Top 10 I most want to see is weirdly knocking out a few films that I will very likely go see anyway!

There’s also a strange phenomenon of a couple of films being high on my want-to-see list, for which I haven’t yet seen the previous film but still really want to! (Noted below.)

Here is my list in order of how much I want to see them!

10) Winchester (Feb 2)

Reasons I want to see it:

  • I’ve always been fascinated by this house and its story.
  • Rose Red is an underrated mini-series and maybe now I can remind people to watch it!
  • Helen Mirren

9) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22) ** still haven’t seen the previous Jurassic World film!

Reasons I want to see it:

  • Continuation of the Jurassic Park storyline
  • Chris Pratt & Jeff Goldblum together – let the silliness commence!
  • Dinosaurs

8) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Nov 16) ** still haven’t seen the previous Fantastic Beasts film!

Reasons I want to see it:

  • More of the Harry Potter universe
  • The cast

7) Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)

Reasons I want to see it:

  • Michael Peña as Luis since he completely and utterly stole every scene in the first film!
  • Continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) storyline

6) X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Nov 2) ** still haven’t seen the most recent X-Men film nor Logan!

Reason I want to see it:

Mousertainment Movies: What Was Worth Watching in 2017?

This week and next week’s Mousertainment Movies posts are always some of my favorites of the year to write. For today, I’ll be taking a look back at the movies I anticipated watching in 2017, note what I wound up seeing or missing and why (films I actually saw are marked with an *), and what I thought of the ones that I sat through.

Below were my picks in January 2017 in their original order of my interest in seeing them. At the end of this article, I’ll put them in the order in which I actually liked them best!

Here was what I was looking forward to a year ago:

10) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 *

Reasons I wanted to see it:

  • Drax
  • Baby Groot
  • Kurt Russell as Ego
  • Chris Pratt as Star-Lord
  • Continuation of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) storyline

Reasons to see it:

  • The cast
  • Yondu for the win in this film!
  • Continuation of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) storyline
  • Another fun soundtrack
  • Its popularity helped inspire my favorite new show of the year at the Disneyland Resort: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off!

9) Cars 3 *

Reasons I wanted to see it:

  • Pixar
  • Another visit with the wonderful Cars characters
  • Really hoping it’s better than Cars 2

Reasons to see it:

  • It was way better than Cars 2 (though still not as good as the first Cars film for me)

8) Stephen King’s It

Reasons I wanted to see it:

  • Love the original source material
  • Love the original mini-series – it’s absolutely perfect and this will have a lot to live up to but I’m strangely rather optimistic about it.
  • Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise – nobody can compare to Tim Curry in his defining take on this role, but it looks like they’re going for a different style here and I am a big fan of all of the Skarsgards – Bill was terrific in the wonderful Netflix series Hemlock Grove. He can definitely do menacing and creepy.

Reasons I didn’t see it:

  • Waiting for home entertainment release (but I REALLY still want to watch this one!)

7) Kong: Skull Island

Reasons I wanted to see it:

  • Tom Hiddleston
  • I’ve yet to see a King Kong movie I really like but I am intrigued by the concept and origins of the character.
  • I miss the amazing banana-breath audio-animatronic version of King Kong at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Not sure anything digital will ever top anything practical, however.

Reasons I didn’t see it:

  • Waiting for home entertainment release

6) Murder on the Orient Express

Reasons I wanted to see it:

  • Director Kenneth Branagh
  • Agatha Christie stories are always fun
  • Stellar cast

Reasons I didn’t see it:

  • Waiting for home entertainment release
  • Branagh’s excessive mustache was REALLY bugging me in the ads for the film – I don’t know if I want to stare at that thing for a whole movie length (shallow reasoning but truth) Continue reading

Thor: Ragnarok Preview and Character Meet & Greet at Disney California Adventure

Thor finds himself in a bit of a predicament that may seem familiar to those who have seen Thor: Ragnarok.

Disney California Adventure has become THE place to go to get your Marvel fix. From my current favorite show, the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!, to character Meet & Greets to movie previews, you can find it all in Hollywood Land. Oh, and there’s also that little E-ticket attraction called Mission: BREAKOUT!

But for today’s feature, let’s talk Thor: Ragnarok!

Since mid-October, the Sunset Showcase Theater in the Hollywood Backlot has been running a preview for the latest Marvel blockbuster – Thor: Ragnarok. And as has become the norm, the lobby area of the theater contains props and costumes from the film.

Display of Thor: Ragnarok costumes at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure.

There are also themed snacks and drinks to be found at Award Weiners (my personal opinion: avoid the “Lightning Pop” drink!).

But the complete and utter win of this entire promotion belongs squarely to the brother gods of Asgard who have deigned to visit our humble planet and grace us with their presence. And lo, it is a glorious presence indeed! Continue reading

One Hour at D23 Expo 2017 – Part Two: Everything Else on the Expo Floor

Last week I explained that I unexpectedly wound up being able to spend one hour of one day visiting the D23 Expo 2017. While there I saw several terrific costume displays, but I also saw other wonderful random things at various booths. So today I’m going to share with you some of the other sights from my brief exploration of the Expo floor that day.

For example – a picture of Dory and Nemo created entirely out of Jelly Bellys at the candymakers’ booth!

This picture of Dory and Nemo made from Jelly Bellys was still a work in progress when I visited their booth!

I also watched folks interact with this 10 foot tall Spider-Man at the Sphero booth!

There was some beautiful artwork to be found at the Walt Disney Family Museum booth as they promoted their current exhibit featuring the tremendously talented Disney artist Eyvind Earle. Continue reading

One Hour at D23 Expo 2017 – Part One: Costume Displays

I hadn’t actually planned on going to the D23 Expo this year. I’d been priced out of being able to afford tickets, so I’d made alternate plans for last weekend including going to see a band gig at a concert in the park one night and seeing other favorite performers throughout the day and evening at the Disneyland Resort. But then thanks to a friend, I wound up unexpectedly getting a ticket for Sunday. I knew I needed to head over to the park that day around 12-ish, but I figured I might be able to squeeze in an hour or so on the Expo show floor, so I said yes, please, and thank you!

I knew from previous years that the earlier you arrived in the morning, the longer the wait to get in as it takes a while for the crowd and security to start flowing once the doors open. So I got there when I could and it took me “only” about an hour and a half wait in the line to get inside the convention center (as opposed to the two to three hour wait other friends reported who arrived earlier than I had).

The line outside the convention center. I know it just looks like a crowd, but it was a constantly twisting and turning line!

Once inside, sure enough, I was going to have just one hour to see whatever I could see before I had to leave. So this meant I couldn’t stand in line to get inside two of the most popular areas – neither the Parks & Resorts Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area:

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge display area. This contained models and props from the new Star Wars lands at Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Nor the Walt Disney Archives’ Pirates display:

The Walt Disney Archives “Pirates Life For Me” showcase.

Instead, I had to wander the Expo floor and see what I could see! Fortunately this included a couple of great costume displays, which I will share with you today. Next week, I’ll share some pictures of other things I spotted while I was there!

First I walked right into some live action Disney princess and villains costumes. Continue reading

40 Things I Love About Star Wars

In honor of the major milestone on May 25, 2017 of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, I decided this week to run down a list of 40 things I love about the Star Wars franchise.

Note: these are in a random order pretty much off the top of my head as they occurred to me aside from the final number one choice!


  1. Kylo Ren’s temper tantrums – EPIC, but duck!


  1. Darth Maul – such a bold colorful character created randomly in the middle of the prequel chaos. He was the Boba Fett of the prequel trilogy and I still wish we had seen him more in films.


  1. Poe Dameron / Cassian Andor – I would like to take this time to personally thank the casting directors for giving us Oscar Isaac and Diego Luna. That is all.


  1. General Leia – for all the girls who grew up wanting to be Princess Leia… and then became the women who want to grow up to be General Leia, Carrie Fisher is owed a great debt of gratitude.


  1. Getting to see actors from the prequel series and the original series in the sequel series and standalones. Yay for continuity!


  1. Wicket. Yes, the space teddy bears were probably not the best idea in retrospect. But still… cuddly Wicket.


  1. Getting to make your own custom Star Wars action figure with your own face on it at various Disney Star Wars events via D-Tech Me. Everything. REALLY hoping this comes to the new Star Wars Lands as a regular offering.


  1. And along with that – the “Build Your Own” stops at both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios where you can build your own light saber, droid (ala R2-D2) and newly introduced protocol droids (ala C-3PO).


  1. The dearly missed Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. No, I never went to one, but I always enjoyed reading about them and would have loved to attend even once.


  1. Hugging Chewbacca at the Launch Bay at either Disneyland Park or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you have not been hugged by a Wookiee, your life is incomplete. Sorry.  Continue reading