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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Regal Con 2015: A Convention for Once Upon A Time Fans #RegalCON #OUAT

RegalCon is a convention to celebrate the show "Once Upon A Time." It's a place where fans can unite and meet some of their favorite OUAT stars!

This is the first ever Regal Con, an event that is made for fans, by fans. Coming (next month) to Anaheim, CA May 8-10 - Regal Con 2015 is a fan convention dedicated to the hit ABC TV show Once Upon A Time. This three-day fan event will be taking place at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel, a green-certified hotel close to Disneyland. In addition to Q&A panels, autograph sessions, photo ops, and meet and greets, attendees have the opportunity to interact with celebrity guests from the show as well as other fans of the show.

CONFIRMED GUESTS include Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills/The Evil Queen), Emilie de Ravin (Belle French), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Rebecca Mader (Zelena/Wicked Witch), Eion Bailey (August Booth/Pinnochio, Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy), Michael Coleman (Happy), Gil McKinney (Prince Eric), Beverley Elliot (Granny) and David Anders (Dr. Whale).  Joshua Reid-Davis will be acting as Master of Ceremonies.

Special musical guests, 45 Spacer, will also be performing (and debuting new music) at Regal Con on May 8th and 10th.

In addition to programming with celebrity guests, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in various activities including trivia and costume contests, VIP mixers, and vendor fair.  Guests will also have the opportunity to win a full year of Adobe Creative Cloud.

This is a ticketed event with General Admission tickets being offered as well as a 3-day General Admission Pass. Special VIP packages (Regal, Heart, and Feather) are also available that include premium seating, and access to special events such as the Evil Regal Cocktail Party, Saturday Night Ball, and VIP Dinner Banquet. Guests also have the option to book discounted hotel rooms through a special link on our website, http://www.regalcon2015.com.

(from Regal Con schedule)

Friday Night Evil Regal Cocktail Party
Friday night we will be hosting the Evil Regal Cocktail Party, this ticket is included in the Regal and Heart Ticket Package, with additional tickets available for sale if you purchase a different package/ticket. There will be most of our celebrity guests attending this party, walking around and mingling with the attendees. We will also be providing Hor d'Oeuvres (free of charge) and a cash bar. Each attendee will receive 1 drink ticket for the cash bar as part of their ticket. For attendees 21 and over this ticket can be redeemed for an alcoholic beverage. For attendees under 21, this ticket can be redeemed for a soda or juice.

Saturday Night Ball
Saturday night we will be hosting the Ball, this ticket is included in the Regal and Heart Ticket Packages with additional tickets available for sale if you purchase a different package/ticket. All celebrity guests will attend this event and will walk around and mingle with the attendees. We will also be providing Hor d'Oeuvres, Petit Desserts (both free of charge) and a cash bar. Each attendee will receive 1 drink ticket for the cash bar as part of their ticket. For attendees 21 and over this ticket can be redeemed for an alcoholic beverage. For attendees under 21, this ticket can be redeemed for a soda or juice.

VIP Dinner Banquet
Saturday evening (before the Ball), we will be hosting a buffet style VIP dinner. All celebrity guests will be attending. This is your chance to sit down and have a meal with one of the celebrity guests in attendance. This event is included in the Regal Ticket Package, with additional tickets available for sale if you purchase a different package.

Follow Regal Con 2015 on Social Media
Facebook: RegalCon2015
Twitter: @Regal_Con
Instagram: @RegalCon

Regal Con is not organized by ABC or Disney Productions or affiliated directly.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Egg Hunt at Disneyland, California Adventure, and Epcot

It's Springtime at the Disneyland Resort and it couldn't be more beautiful with all of the flowers blooming and the gorgeous So Cal weather. Spring Break is here for our kids and we always have to visit the Happiest Place on Earth to make our Easter Vacation complete! During our childhood, we remember going on Easter Egg Hunts at Disneyland (do you) so we are happy to see them bringing back a variation to Disney Parks the past few years that is part hide, part seek, part prize, and all magic. 

The Disney Egg-stravaganza has returned to Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and Epcot! From March 27 – April 5, 2015, you’ll be able to search for special hidden eggs at three of your favorite Disney theme parks. (Two at DLR and one at WDW.)

Have fun on your magical egg hunt throughout the Disney Park of your choice. Each egg is themed to a different Disney character and hidden really well. Look up, down, and all around to find them, they are a little bigger than the size of a football. Once you find each egg, place the corresponding sticker on the map to represent each location. There are 3 different map choices (one for each park) and several different plastic egg prizes that you can win at the end. Only one prize per purchase. (You may play/pay multiple times and get multiple egg prizes.)

The good news, you can receive your egg surprise whether you choose to hunt for the eggs or not. So don't even worry if you can't find all of the hidden eggs, we didn't! Or if you don't have time to look at all, that's okay too.

Finally return your map to one of these locations depending on which park you are egg-hunting at - Disney Showcase in Disneyland park, at Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park; and at the Port of Entry in Epcot. The surprise, similar to the objects of the hunt, is received after taking part in what Disney calls an “egg-scramble.” Our kids loved trying to guess which egg was under which! It's all part of the magic and we had a great time doing it on our last visit.

You can purchase the Maps including stickers for $4.95 (plus tax.) There are no discounts and they will only be sold until they run out. Redemption valid through April 30, 2015 or until supplies last.

Here's where you can buy the maps inside each park:

Disney Showcase, Disneyana, Fairy Tale Treasures, Stromboli's, Little Green Men Store Command, Pioneer Mercantile, and Pieces of Eight.

Disney California Adventure:
Oswald's, Elias & Co., Disney Jr. Kiosk, Treasures in Paradise, and Radiator Springs Curios.

Epcot (WDW):
Heritage Manor Gifts (American Adventure Pavilion), Pin Central, Plaza Towers (Port of Entry) and World Traveler (International Gateway).

Here's a list of what areas to look for the 12 hidden eggs at Disneyland:

1. Emporium (Outside)

2. Emporium (Inside)

3. Haunted Mansion

4. New Orlean's Square Fountain

5. Frontierland (Entrance)

6. Adventureland (Bizarre)

7. Fantasy Faire

8. Stromboli's Wagon

9. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

10. Pixie Hollow

11. Snow White Grotto

12. Astro Orbitors

The only one we've done so far is at Disneyland Park. It's harder than you think. Confession: we haven't even find all of the eggs so far. Especially the one at the Astro Orbitors location. OMG you guys, we have NO CLUE where that thing is hiding! Did you find it? Hopefully we will find the rest on our next few trips to Disneyland Resort, and also do the hunt at Disney California Adventure too!

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Review

We were so excited to get the opportunity to see a screening of the new digitally released Disney movie Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. We have followed the new Tinker Bell series since the beginning and love all the magic and adventure of the fairies of Pixie Hollow. The movies have been such a clever way to reveal a creative character study and captivating backstory of Tinker Bell, the beloved character that Disney introduced in 1953 in their movie Peter Pan (an adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story). If you haven’t yet discovered the Tinker Bell movies, you really should. They are darling movies that take place in Pixie Hollow and begin at the very start, answering the when/how/why Tinker Bell became a Tinker (adorable). Pixie Hollow is full of wonderful things including delightful cast of Pixies. Note: the voices behind these characters represent quite a list of A-List female celebrities, including Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell who hosted the screening of the movie we went to on the Disney lot. It was really neat!

The most recent release, the seventh of the series, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, focuses on Fawn, the animal fairy (Ginnifer Goodwin) and the NeverBeast, the mysterious creature that myths are made of) and how they forge a special friendship based on faith, trust, patience and fierce love.

We were definitely not expecting a movie based on fairies and mythical creatures to keep us on the edge of our seat but we were drawn in during the first action packed scene and the intensity only built from there. Beautiful animation, humor, compassion, kindness and the many endearing characters carried the movie as we (and everyone in the theater) we’re entranced by Gruff (Fawn’s name for the NeverBeast) but there were highs and lows and twists and turns that were, in a word, intense! There were moments that potentially very scary for young children (the NeverBeast is misunderstood, for good reason) but in the end, the Gruff’s true intentions revealed and Fawn discovers that her intuition about him was right all along and that they’re friendship was real. Thankfully, all ends well for all the fairies and Pixie Hollow is safe. As for the end of the movie…

[Please note: if you don’t want any kind of hints as to how the movie ends don’t read on]

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast takes a very sweet yet very sad turn. The way the movie ends is BEAUTIFUL; truly touching and almost unbearably tender. In other words, take your tissue. The difficult yet universal themes of love and loss are handled in such a thoughtful way, none the less, we cried in the theater, on the walk to the car and on the drive home. Heartfelt, authentic and tender Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast left us feeling very deeply about the themes of friendship, love, trust, true connection and loss. It was a wonderful movie and it’s available on DVD now.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the movie. 
Let us know what you think of it. Did you cry as much as we did?

Disclosure: We were invited to the movie screening as a member of the media. No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Queen of Hearts Party: Celebrating Our #DisneySide

Showing our #DisneySide with a Queen of Hearts Party for Valentine's Day!

It was a Day fit for a Queen. The Queen of Hearts that is. Ever since we found out that we'd be hosting another Disney Side at Home Celebration, our minds started wandering with with ideas inspired by our #DisneySide. Our suggested theme was Disney Villains for the tween/teen age group. We knew it would be close to Valentine's Day, so we decided to have a Queen of Hearts Party. One thing was for sure, no one would be late for this very important date! (We're looking at you White Rabbit!)

Part of the magic in planning a Disney Side Party is in the details. We had great fun shopping for our at Home Celebration. It felt like we were on a scavenger hunt for items that remind us of the classic Disney movie, "Alice in Wonderland." (Jessica's all-time favorite BTW.) Our theme colors were red, black, and white. We found props around our houses and at local furniture/craft stores like a clock tower, a white rabbit, a tea set, playing cards, roses, black and white checkered table cloth, and sparkly red hearts galore! Since the stores were filled with Valentine's decor, we were able to stock up on everything red, sparkly, and hearts which made it that much easier! 

From the moment we started decorating, we felt the magical transformation of our space and our spirits immediately. We chose to have the Disney Side at Home Celebration in our So Cal backyard and create a 'Garden Party' which proved to be a fitting location for a Mad Tea Party. The lighting was awesome which really made for incredible photos and videos, we always try to use as much natural light as possible!

When it was time to eat, we thought it would be fun to bring out the kid's cooking Disney Side, so we gathered a few clever little ideas from Pinterest. Gosh, what did we all do before Pinterest? Instead of preparing the food ourselves, we got all of the ingredients ready and had the kids make the food. They enjoyed playing little chefs and then eating their own creations. It made for a great party activity for the guests that you may want to try at your next party.

Magical Photo Shoot
The kids were excited to Disney Bound as their favorite characters from the story The Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, and the White Rabbit. We revamped the typical photo booth idea and turned it into something a little different. It doesn't hurt when we have our very own photographer Tracey Clark shooting the kids! This party unexpectedly morphed into a magical photo session, with gorgeous pictures that we will each have of our kids to treasure FOREVER! (Much like our beloved Disney Parks memories!) Check out why she loves showing her Disney Side and more incredible pictures from our party!

Making Sweet and Savory Kabobs
Instead of using the typical wooden skewers, we changed it up a bit. We stuffed golden pipe cleaners into cocktail straws, and bent a heart on the top of each for added whimsy. We used cherry tomatoes, black olives, and mozzarella cheese for for the savory version. For the sweet version we chose strawberries, cut angel food cake pieces, & Hershey's kisses. For the record it tasted as good as it looked. YUM!

Decorating Cupcakes
We baked cupcakes and then just set out different frostings and sprinkles like little candy hearts and red sugar. Have you ever noticed that everyone is always more than happy to decorate their own dessert? Even as adults it is fun to make your own sweet treat exactly the way you like it.

Painting the Roses Red
This was a unique and creative way to bring out the kid's artistic Disney Side. "Not pink, not green, not aqua marine, we're painting the roses red." A favorite song from "Alice in Wonderland" the animated Disney movie. We took the cue from the tune to create this party craft. They each got to take home a small vase with their roses that they painted themselves as a memento of the day.

Mad Tea Party
We ended our soiree with a multi-generational tea party. Our mom's favorite thing in the whole world (besides her kids, grandkids, and Disney) is having tea party. So tying in perfectly to the Alice in Wonderland/Queen of Hearts theme is the Mad Tea Party. Though not completely mad, it was quite a curious affair! Finishing it off with the grandkids breaking out into song, first of Happy Birthday, for their Grandma, whose Birthday falls on Feb 11th, right before Valentine's Day. The last song they sung was "Very Merry Unbirthday" in true Disney fashion, which sealed the deal that it was one Magical Mad Tea Party! Now pass the cream and sugar please!

There really are no rules when it comes to throwing a Disney Side party. That's the beauty of it. We've seen so many different types of Disney Side parties, from a Disney Movie Party to a Galentine's Day Party. We let our imaginations soar and encourage you to do the same. You can invite as many or few people as you'd like. You can go all out, or keeping it simple. The main thing is sharing a love for Disney and the magic that comes along with it.

If you'd like to have a Disney Side Party of your own (and who wouldn't) here are a few handy tips:

For even more inspiration from other people who have hosted their own celebrations, check out our Disney Side Party Link Up.

For more ideas and inspiration visit www.DisneySideCelebrations.com


Disclosure: We were sent a Disney at Home Celebrations Kit in order to help throw a #DisneySide Party. (Special thanks to Disney Parks and BSM Media.) We did not receive any other compensation. The views expressed in this post are 100% Magical and 100% that of the Disney Sisters Only.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Our Best Disney Moments of 2014 #DisneySide

Happy Throwback Thursday everyone!
First of all just let us say, how is it FEBRUARY already??? 2015 is flying by!

The beginning of every year for us has always been a time of looking back on the previous year and wishing it a fond farewell. On the other hand it's about looking ahead to the upcoming year with great hopes, dreams and goals. We have so many fond Disney memories of 2014, we wanted to revisit them one more time. Come along for the great rewind!

Oh 2014! What a year!
It had it's highs. It had it's lows. All years do. It also had it's share of Disney magic! We sure showed our #DisneySide all year long, but then again we wouldn't want it any other way!

1. Disney Play Date
We had the pleasure of joining with Big Picture Classes on a wonderful afternoon of photography and play at Disneyland Park. You can see the video of all the fun that was had by clicking this link, DISNEY PLAY DATE.

2. Disney Side Party
Last year we threw our first DISNEY SIDE TEA PARTY for our mom's Birthday! We played games, had a hidden mickey hunt, danced, sang, and sipped on tea. It was great fun and definitely a highlight. Check out these crafty ideas to inspire your own Disney Side Party.

3. Saving Mr. Banks Food Styling Lesson
If you saw Saving Mr. Banks, then you know what an awesome movie it was. It went back in time to when Walt Disney was in his prime. Everything about the film took the viewers back in time, including the food. We got a lesson in food preparation from Chef Chris Oliver at Hollywood Food Styling. Our experience was both informative and delicious, and of course we managed to create a few hidden mickeys along the way. It was a day our taste buds will never forget.

4. Disney Social Media Moms Conference
In 2014 year the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was held on our own home turf, at the Disneyland Resort. What a thrill to experience the magic at the Park where it all began. We met new friends and reunited with old friends. We shared family memories to last a lifetime and learned a lot more about what Disney had in store for the year and beyond. It was unforgettable and belongs on this list of Disney highlights!

5. runDisney 'Fun Run'
Want to know what's it's like to run through the Disneyland Resort before the Parks open in a runDisney Race? We did too, so we did our first ever runDisney Event at DisneySMMoms. It wasn't quite a race, but it was definitely a 'Fun Run' and it was probably the biggest accomplishment of our year! Check out the video in our post.

6. Interviewing Josh Gad
Do you want to interview a snowman? How about the man behind the voice of the most famous snowman of all? Meeting and interviewing Josh Gad was definitely a highlight of our year. From sharing fashion tips to talking about our family summer plans, he had us laughing out loud.

8. Rockin' our #DisneySide 24 Hour Party
Truth be told we did not make it the entire 24 hours. We never have. But sharing even just a few hours of Disney magic with each other, our mom, and thousands of other Disney fans really helped to bring out our #DisneySide even more this summer. 

9. Summer Family Staycation at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa
Not only do we love to do Disney things for work, but we also enjoy doing Disney Vacations for relaxation too. This summer we spent some time at the Disneyland Resort for a few days. We soaked up the So Cal sun while staying at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. We lounged by the pool, sipped on virgin pina-coladas, and explored every area of the glorious Hotel. What a highlight! 

10. DisneySMMoms On The Road
When Disney takes it's show on the road, you can bet we follow! We are family and as a family, we support each other. Flying to the #DisneySMMoms on the Road Event in Phoenix was so fun. But what made it even more magical was hearing our Disney Sister, Tracey Clark speak on photography and spend time with some other really fabulous women!

11. Tour of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library
Check this one off the Disney bucket list. Getting a personal tour of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library was a highlight for sure. Hearing behind-the-scene stories about Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, and all of the other Disney Classics really was special indeed.

12. ReImagine Conference
Last but definitely not least of our 2014 highlights was meeting Noah Elias (famous Disney Artist) this year during summer Disney side party. And then to attending his Reimagine Conference truly has changed our whole perspective. With speakers like Disney Legend, Tony Baxter, how could it not?

Now you tell us, how "Disney" did you get in 2014?
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