•October 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Just in time for Halloween, the Happiest Place on Earth is showing off its spooky Disney side! And I got a peek at all the frightful fun!
Jack Skellington and Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas are back, and as they do every year, they’ve brought a bit of Halloween Town to Disneyland… transforming the Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday. This year, they’ve cooked up an extra special gingerbread treat (check it out in the video below!)
Space Mountain has also undergone a terrifying transformation. Your ride begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly takes a turn into a haunted section of the universe, where ghosts rule the galaxy!
For something a little more tame, there’s the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch.
There, you can play games, do arts and crafts, enjoy a magic show and even conjure a Disney Villain at the Astounding Cauldron of Magic.
Halloween Time continues at the Disneyland Resort through October 31st!
To see what else is new this year, be sure to click on the video below!
•June 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I recently went inside Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship at the San Diego Natural History Museum and it’s amazing!
The exhibition features the only authenticated pirate shipwreck–the Wydah–discovered in U.S. waters.
The Wydah sank off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the 1700s.
While growing up in the area, underwater explorer Barry Clifford heard legends about the ship, and his curiosity only grew as he got older.
He started researching the Wydah in the late 1970s, and in 1984, when they were down to their last dollar, Clifford and his team hit the jackpot.
The exhibition features 200 authentic artifacts recovered from the wreck site, including jewelry, weapons and gold coins.
Visitors can also come face-to-face with the Wydah’s bell, and walk through a full-size replica of the ship’s stern.
Reserved timed-entrance tickets for Real Pirates are available online or at the Admissions Desk at the Museum. Museum members can purchase tickets for $15 per person. Other special discounts are available for BP Explorers, students, children, seniors, military, and groups of 10 or more. Click here for more information on tickets.
For a sneak peek at the exhibit and my interview with Clifford, click on the video below!
•June 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Just in time for Father’s Day, Audible
is offering a FREE download of the mock children’s book, Go the F**k to Sleep
, narrated by Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson.
The adult storybook captures an exhausted parent’s attempt to put their kid to bed.
First released by Audible Studios in 2011, Jackson’s recording became a viral phenomenon after he brought the book with him on a Letterman appearance.
The FREE download
is available now through Father’s Day, June 15th.
Click on the video below for a clip of Samuel L. Jackson narrating the book.
•June 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment
It’s summertime, and Donald Duck and the rest of the Disney gang are inviting you to Explore Your Disney Side!
And there are plenty of fun new ways you can do that.
For starters, try riding the rails on the new and improved Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
The ride is back open this summer, after being shut down for more than a year for renovations.
It has a smoother track, new paint and new special effects (find out more and get a sneak peek in my video, below)!
Another way you can explore your Disney Side is by dressing up as your favorite Disney character. A relatively new trend called Disney Bounding is gaining popularity at the Disney Parks this summer, and some of the looks are so stylish you’d never know the people wearing them are actually in costume.
The Disneyland Resort has lots of other tips for summer fun.
•May 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Disney’s MALEFICENT is now in theaters!
MALEFICENT explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
In honor of the movie’s release, Disney is offering MALEFICENT: The Official Multi-Touch Book for FREE, exclusively through iBooks!
The book explores both the legacy of Disney’s classic animated film, “Sleeping Beauty”—which first introduced the iconic villainess Maleficent—and the making of the all-new live-action film, “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie.
It includes an interactive timeline of the origins of the timeless “Sleeping Beauty” tale, with rare content from the Disney archives; rich and explorable environments, filled with fantastic creatures from the world of “Maleficent”—waiting to be discovered at your fingertips; interviews with Angelina Jolie and the cast and crew responsible for bringing the reimagined story to the big screen; an afterword by director Robert Stromberg, two-time Academy Award®–winner for production design on “Alice in Wonderland” and “Avatar”; exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes; never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches from pre-production; fun facts from the set; and profiles of the characters from the film!
Here’s a sneak peek at MALEFICENT: The Official Multi-Touch Book:
•April 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Broadway/San Diego recently announced its 2014-2015 season lineup, and I couldn’t be more excited about the incredible shows that are headed to San Diego!
The lineup includes Tony Award-winner Kinky Boots, the return of homegrown hit (and one of my all-time favorite shows) Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing-The Classic Story on Stage, Pippin, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Motown the Musical, Wicked, Blue Man Group and Mamma Mia!
Join me Saturday, April 5th on CBS 8 in San Diego, as I give you a closer look at each of these shows during Broadway/San Diego’s 2014-2015 Season Announcement Special!
And get your tickets NOW at www.broadwaysd.com!
•March 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment
The highly-anticipated movie DIVERGENT is now in theaters.
I sat down with stars Ben Lloyd-Hughes (“Will”) and Christian Madsen (“Al”) to talk secrets from the set… and their matching sunglasses! (See video below!)
DIVERGENT is based on the first book in the best-selling trilogy, written by Veronica Roth.
The big screen adaptation stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Amy Newbold, Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn.
DIVERGENT is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.