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Do you remember Annette Funicello? She passed away earlier today.

Annette Funicello started her career in 1955 as a Mouseketeer and continued to work through the 1980′s until she was diagnosed with MS. She had a very rough time with her MS and even underwent brain surgery to lessen her tremors. She worked hard brain surgery to help relieve her tremors. Ms. Funicello spent the last years of her life working hard at her foundation to raise awareness and hopefully a cure for MS.

Iron Man 3

I am so excited to announce that this Red Carpet Mama will be heading to Hollywood on April 23rd for the Iron Man 3 Red Carpet Event. Needless to say I think I screamed when I read the email. My son Ryan is a HUGE Iron Man fan so of course he is jealous and asked if I could sneak him in my suitcase. Of course not honey where would I fit all my shoes lol? However I will try and get you an autograph!

What’s even better is I will be  with 24 other fabulous bloggers, some who I haven’t met yet and some great friends who I haven’t gotten to see in a long time. Not only will I be attending the red carpet event but we will be having breakfast at the world famous El Capitan Theatre and Soda Fountain. I will also get to take my picture with Tony Stark at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum!

El Capitan Theatre

I will be tweeting live photos from the event so you can follow me on Twitter as well as the follow the hashtag: #IronManEvent

Now my only biggest problem is what the heck am I gonna wear? I am thinking Hollywood party dress not too formal. So now begins the search for you know… “That Dress”.

Check out the other Red Carpet Events I have attended:

Watch this adorable Tigger come to life and sing and bounce along to his new signature song “Bounce Bounce”. Your little one will have tons of bouncing fun as they get wiggity with Tigger.

This weekend after setting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house the kids were in the Christmas Spirit! And so was I! So I put in my new copy of Disney’s Prep and Landing. My intention was just to watch the first story and then send my kids off to bed, but they were loving it so much we watched both! All three of my kids, ages 2,5 and 11, loved it! It was a great way to start out the holiday. I’m sure we will be watching it over and over!

Disney’s PREP & LANDING: TOTALLY TINSEL COLLECTION is now available for you to add to your Holiday Collection!


(Photo from https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/blog/disney-acquire-lucasfilm)

Disney is buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion( Yes BILLION, that’s a lot of green!), adding the legendary Star Wars franchise to the entertainment giant’s big bag of characters. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by founder George Lucas.

The 68-year-old Lucas will serve as a creative consultant but plans to retire.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”

So what is your opinion? Do you think that Mickey Mouse and Luke Skywalker make good co-workers? Or do you think Star Wars may never be the same?

On October 16th, Disney will release PETE’S DRAGON 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. This timeless classic will be available for the first time in high definition with new digital restoration. This film celebrates Pete and his dragon Elliott’s magical friendship and features heartwarming songs including the 1977 Academy Award® “Best Original Song” nominee, “Candle On The Water”!

Synopsis:                                 Rediscover with your family the endearing story between Pete and his invisibledragon friend Elliott as they develop a special bond and share a magical friendship.  With memorable characters and heartwarming songs including the 1977 Academy Award® “Best Original Song” nominee, “Candle On The Water,” Pete’s Dragon 35th Anniversary is the perfect timeless classic every member of your family will love.


Cast:                                        Mickey Rooney (The Fox and the House,Night at the Museum), Helen Reddy(singer/songwriter), Sean Marshall (The Small One, The New Adventures of Heidi), Red Buttons (The Poseidon Adventure, The Longest Day) and Jim Dale (TV’s “Pushing Daisies”)

It’s GIVEAWAY time again!! To celebrate the re-release of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, we are giving away a Blu-Ray Combo Pack!!

I remember watching this movie many times as a kid! It’s a Classic! I am so excited that Disney is relaunching this movie as this will help complete my own Disney collection.

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I LOVE this! Look at the smiles on those faces! It makes me smile!

Last week, “Dancing With The Stars” pro Kym Johnson hosted a screening of Disney’s SECRET OF THE WINGS for guests from the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles at Disneytoon Studios in Glendale, CA and was presented with a “Fairyization” created especially for her by the filmmakers, Director Peggy Holmes and producer Michael Wigert. 

Earlier this week Princess Michelle was given a chance to see an advanced screening of Disney’s new film “Wreck-it Ralph.”  Here is her review”

“This week my son and I were able to attend an advanced screening of “Wreck-it Ralph” and I was very thrilled that Disney’s latest animation had something for everyone to enjoy! This 3D comedy tells a story of “bad guy” Wreck-it Ralph, who lives in a video game and is always being overshadowed by the hero, “Fix-it Felix”. Ralph’s wish to become a hero takes him on an action packed journey deep inside the virtual arcade world. Throughout the movie, I noticed a lot of funny video game references, including a few older ones that my son didn’t understand. (This made it even more hilarious!) I don’t want to give any of those away, but I will say that you might be in the mood to bring out the old Nintendo or Sega when you get home! With the familiar voices of John Rielly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope VonSchweets and Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun, my son and I were laughing during most of the movie and on the drive home he was asking when we can we buy this on DVD. This awesome mash-up of comedy and 3D animation has made “Wreck-It-Ralph” a must see family movie!”

Don’t miss our Wreck-it Ralph T-shirt Pack Giveaway going on right now also!

You can always learn more about Wreck-it Ralph by checking out the Wreck-it Ralph Facebook Page or the Wreck-it Ralph Twitter page

Disclosure: Princess Michelle was given the chance to see this movie early as a Princess Perk.  All thoughts and comments are her own.


Los Angeles, Calif., September 19, 2012—Disney began production today on “Saving Mr. Banks,” the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project’s pre-production in 1961.

Two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) will essay the role of the legendary Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar®-winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End,” “Sense and Sensibility”) in the role of the prickly novelist. Before actually signing away the book’s rights, Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars® at the 1965 ceremonies (the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations).

When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.

None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide). While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film—which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.

Colin Farrell (“Minority Report,” “Total Recall”) co-stars as Travers’ doting dad, Goff, along with British actress Ruth Wilson (the forthcoming films “The Lone Ranger” and “Anna Karenina”) as his long-suffering wife, Margaret; Oscar® and Emmy® nominee Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under,” “Hilary and Jackie,” “The Rookie”) as Margaret’s sister, Aunt Ellie (who inspired the title character of Travers’ novel); and a screen newcomer—11-year-old Aussie native Annie Buckley as the young, blossoming writer, nicknamed “Ginty” in the flashback sequences.

The cast also includes Emmy® winner Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing,” “The Cabin in the Woods”) as screenwriter Don DaGradi; Jason Schwartzman (“Rushmore,” “Moonrise Kingdom”) and B.J. Novak (“NBC’s “The Office,” “Inglourious Basterds”) as the songwriting Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert, respectively); Oscar® nominee and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti (“Sideways,” “Cinderella Man,” HBO’s “John Adams”) as Ralph, the kindly limousine driver who escorts Travers during her two-week stay in Hollywood; and multi-Emmy winner Kathy Baker (“Picket Fences,” “Edward Scissorhands”) as Tommie, one of Disney’s trusted studio associates.

“Saving Mr. Banks” will be directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “The Rookie”) based on a screenplay by Kelly Marcel (creator of FOX-TV’s “Terra Nova”), from a story by Sue Smith (“Brides of Christ,” “Bastard Boys”) and Kelly Marcel. The film is being produced by Alison Owen of Ruby Films (the Oscar®-nominated “Elizabeth,” HBO’s Emmy®-winning “Temple Grandin”), Ian Collie of Essential Media (the Aussie TV documentary “The Shadow of Mary Poppins,” DirecTV’s “Rake”) and longtime Hancock collaborator Philip Steuer (“The Rookie,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” trilogy). The film’s executive producers are Ruby Films’ Paul Trijbits (“Lay the Favorite,” “Jane Eyre”), Hopscotch Features’ Andrew Mason (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Dark City”) and Troy Lum (“Mao’s Last Dancer,” “I, Frankenstein”) and BBC Films’ Christine Langan (Oscar® nominee for “The Queen,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin”).

Hancock’s filmmaking team includes a trio of artists with whom he worked on his 2009 Best Picture Oscar® nominee, “The Blind Side”—two-time Oscar® nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Apollo 13”), Emmy®-winning costume designer Daniel Orlandi (HBO’s “Game Change,” “Frost/Nixon”) and film editor Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. (“Wedding Crashers” “The Devil Wears Prada”). Hancock also reunites with Academy Award®-nominated cinematographer John Schwartzman (“Seabiscuit,” “Pearl Harbor”), with whom he first worked on his inspiring 2002 sports drama, “The Rookie.”

“Saving Mr. Banks” will film entirely in the Los Angeles area, with key locations to include Disneyland in Anaheim and the Disney Studios in Burbank. Filming will conclude around Thanksgiving, 2012, with no specific 2013 release date yet set.

If you love to travel with your pet’s you need to check out out the Langham Pasadena Hotel.This hotel is pet friendly (up to 30lbs.) and has everything you need to pamper your pooch.  The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is an iconic landmark hotel since 1907, located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, just minutes from downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena. Located on 23 acres with grand historic ballrooms and gardens, the hotel features world-class dining, an award-winning spa and recreational choices such as tennis and nearby golf. The Langham is the perfect place to stay when you want access to the bustling city while being safely tucked away in your own private haven. The Langham was named #1 best hotel in Los Angeles by U.S. News + World reports.It’s also the #3 Spa in the world by Global Traveler Magazine.

I traveled this passed week with my Dog Daisy for the Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 event which was filmed at the Langham Pasdena hotel. When we arrived, check in went smoothly. We walked up stairs and the first thing we noticed was this goody bag on our bed. The hotel

They also provide you with a food/water bowl, mat and a pink dog bed fit for a princess. You can see how much Daisy Mae loved her’s. It made her feel right at home. Check out Langham’s Full Doggy Program.


Langham Pasadena

At the Langham, they treat both you and your dog like royalty. When you arrive there were handmade gourmet doggy treats awaiting for Daisy and she was practically doing flips when I showed them to her. They definitely didn’t forget mom either. I had gourmet chocolates waiting in my room as well.

Dog treats


Did I mention they have room service for your pooch? They have a full doggy menu which includes a variety of flavors and nutritious food to indulge your pooch. Daisy chose the Steak and Eggs of course.

In-Room Doggie Dining Menu

Dog-Friendly Entrées from The Langham Kitchen

The Bowser Burger $12
All-beef burger meat served with raw carrots and snap peas

Chow Down Chicken Breast $12
Grilled free range chicken breast served with a side of rice

Scrappy’s Steak n’ Eggs $24
Petite filet mignon, served with two scrambled eggs

The Doggie Diet: Crunchy Crudité $12/serving
Raw carrots, snap peas, green beans and sliced apples

If your pooch hasn’t been pampered enough already. Check out Langham’s Doggy Spa. You can see daisy enjoying her massage below exclusively provided by Bliss Paws,Certified Canine Massage Therapists. Reservations must be booked 24 hours in advance. Even Papi and Chloe stopped by for a massage while we were waiting.

The hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating and I applaud the Hotel for having someone attend the Disney event with us so that we could ask any questions. As a dog lover we even gave them a few more suggestions to add to their full service pet hotel.

To find out more about the Langham Pasadena or to book your vacation, check out the Langham Pasadena hotel website.You can follow them on Facebook as well as Twitter.

A huge thanks to Disney and the Langham Pasadena Hotel for making this once in a lifetime experience possible. I will forever have lasting memories with my sweet Daisy Mae.

Disclaimer: My Travel and Hotel was provided by Disney & Langham Pasadena Hotel. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own.