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shopDisney.com and Disney Store Reveal Top Holiday Toys for the 2019 Holiday Season

This is not a sponsored post. All opiinions are my own.
From talking action figures to flower carts, shopDisney.com|Disney Store is the one-stop holiday shop for Disney fans this Holiday season and I’ve got a peek into some of Disney Store and shopDisney.com’s top holiday toys for the 2019 Holiday Season.Toy Story Woody Interactive Talking Action Figure ($32.95) Available online and in store now.
Straight from the wild west and Toy Story 4, comes Sheriff Woody as an interactive talking action figure. Woody features more than ten phrases and starts speaking when he detects another Toy Story interactive figure nearby.

Disney Animators’ Collection 5 Inch Mini Doll Gift Set – 5” ($99.95) Available online and in store now.
Walt Disney Studios animators have reimagined 14 of their most beloved characters as toddlers in this 5” luxury gift set.

Minnie Pet Bath Set ($24.95) Available online and in store now.
Even Fifi enjoys a bath day with Minnie’s pet bath play set. A real, working sprayer and faucet makes the most of this tub time opportunity. Watch what happens when Fifi changes color in warm water!

Minnie Flower Cart ($49.95) Available online and in store now.
Playtime will always be full of spring time fun with Minnie’s child-size Flower Cart Play set. This cart is full of play-planting products making every imaginary market trip a delight.

Classic Simba Plush ($19.95) Available online and in store now.
Can you feel the love? You’ll roar with pride when cuddling up to this royal lion cub. Simba just can’t wait to be part of your plush collection!

Marvel Thanos Talking Action Figure ($32.99) Available online and in store now.
Heed his warnings or deal with the consequences when the Avengers’ most awesome antagonist speaks up as this Thanos Talking Action Figure. Speaking 15 phrases, the menace to the universe also has a light-up gauntlet, so beware!

Cinderella and Carriage Deluxe Gift Play Set ($79.95) Available online now and in store 11/4/19.
They’ll say, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-ooh!” when they see this deluxe set. Cinderella’s carriage is infused with glitter, has a light-up feature and fits two 12” dolls. Cinderella is dressed in her classic ballgown, complete with choker, gloves, headband and “glass” slippers. Taking it all on a fairytale journey is a handsome steed with flowing mane and tail.

Mickey Kids Kitchen ($99.95) Available online now and in store 11/29/19.
Junior chefs will be ready to cook up plenty of fun with this Mickey Mouse Kitchen Play Set. Little ones hungry for playtime excitement will love the light-up stove, color-changing pizza, whistling teapot and pot of spaghetti and meatballs. The oven mitt and apron are all part of the kitchen fantasy.

Cars Lightning McQueen Remote Control Vehicle ($19.95) Available online and in store now.
Ka-Chow! Hit the speedway with Lightning McQueen and this radio-controlled vehicle from the world of Cars. Features full function control and “steering wheel” handset.

Toy Story 4 Mega Figure Play Set ($49.95) Available online now and in store 11/4/19.
Bring the stars of Toy Story 4 home to play with this mega 10-figure set featuring Woody, Buzz, Jessie and more. Recreate favorite movie scenes or imagine your own with these timeless characters.

Ariel Tabletop Vanity Play Set ($49.95) Available online and in store now.
Under the sea is the place to be seen after a freshen-up at Ariel’s clamshell vanity. Open the case as Sebastian rises to conduct music and sound effects. A pull-out drawer holds a treasury of play accessories inspired by The Little Mermaid.

Disney Train and Playset Station by The LEGO Group ($329.99) Available online and in store now.
Gather the family for a rewarding build and play experience with the LEGO® ǀ Disney Train and Station. Kids will love to join Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Goofy for magical adventures with this awesome LEGO train set, featuring a motorized steam-style locomotive with tender, passenger car and a luxurious parlor car, plus an oval track and an iconic Disney Parks®-style station building.

Frozen 2 Arendelle Castle (139.95) Available online now and in store 10/21/19.
You will feel like you’ve stepped into the wintry world of Frozen 2 with this Frozen 2 Arendelle Castle play set. Now you can make all of your Frozen dreams come true!

Frozen 2 Anna and Elsa Doll Set (34.95) Available online and in store now.
Arendelle’s devoted sisters come dressed in their finest attire as this Frozen 2 doll set. Elsa’s dazzling purple gown is accented with the coordinating necklace, belt and shoes, while Anna’s gold gown is complemented by her sash, shoes and fascinator.

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Deluxe Figure Play Set –First Order ($26.99) Available online and in store now.
Choose the dark side of the Force with this deluxe set of highly detailed figures of the First Order’s most powerful members. Inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it includes Kylo Ren and a Sith Trooper among the set of 10 figures that are sure to enhance your epic collection.

You can shop in-store or online and browse the Top Holiday Toys here and full Holiday Gift Guide here.
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Universal Studios Hollywood Presents “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas” Beginning 11/28

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 
The whimsical spirit of the holidays transforms Universal Studios Hollywood into a winter wonderland bringing merriment and cheer to families and friends this festive season as the theme park ushers in seasonal favorites, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas” beginning Thursday, November 28 and running daily through Sunday, December 29, 2019.

An annual family tradition, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” adds holiday warmth and cheer to this beloved land as the quaint town of Hogsmeade village is enchanted with seasonal décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts and a dazzling light projection spectacular brings the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

Musical performances from the a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, entertain guests with their harmonized holiday themed songs and fill the land with holiday cheer.

In time for the holiday season, a wide selection of custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be available. Collectibles include a decorative Hogwarts castle snow globe, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the four houses, wizard card ornaments, unique tree topper and house pennant garland.

Holiday-themed fare and hot Butterbeer further complement the overall experience.

An all-new state-of-the-art, topsy-turvy “Grinchmas” tree, twisting and turning over 55 feet in height and adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of white and multi-colored LED lights choreographed to music, brightens the merry “Grinchmas” Who-lebration. Dazzling “Grinchmas” tree lighting ceremonies that take place every evening, accompanied by a snowfall flurry, bring this annual favorite to life, creating a festival of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.

Spirited holiday décor and festive whimsy will also permeate throughout the theme park, bringing a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions to “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” to gleefully spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

Universal CityWalk’s spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will once again glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season as the magic of the holidays comes to life in the “5 Towers” outdoor plaza along with a slate of free concert performances and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers.

CityWalk’s iconic, dancing water fountain with over 230 individual power jets will continue to mesmerize guests when it projects streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood is included in the price of theme park admission. With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Neighbor Pass makes the perfect holiday gift, providing guests with the opportunity to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Visit http://www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

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{Giveaway} Irvine Park Railroad’s 24th Annual Christmas Train

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

The holiday season is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I feel so lucky to live in Orange County because we are so close to THE BEST Christmas train aound: Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Train. For our family, it’s become an annual tradition and it’s the place that we get our keepsake Santa photo each year.

You can come to Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas train with family and friends and take an enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train departs to “The North Pole” every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and takes you on a beautiful train ride filled with lights and adventure. At the North Pole, visitors meet Santa may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn, hot pretzels, and cookies from Santa’s Snack Shop. (A full kitchen menu is available at the train station)Visitors may take their own pictures with Santa or you may purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park Railroad. Each 5” x 7” photo will be presented with an Irvine Park Railroad frame and available for pickup shortly after being taken. After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to the station. When visiting the Christmas Train, remember to dress warmly, bring a camera, and arrive early to avoid crowds.

In addition to riding the Christmas train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Activities will be open when the Christmas Train runs and include:

  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus
  • Christmas Cookie Decorating
  • Carnival Games
  • Ice Fishing
  • Santa Claus Moon Bounce
  • Craft Corner
  • Blizzard Ball
  • Christmas Coloring Corner
  • Picture Stands

Please note: Some of the activities in Santa’s Village require an activity ticket. Activity tickets are different from Christmas train tickets and may be purchased directly at the box office, regardless of whether Christmas train tickets are sold out or not. 

The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train will be open this year beginning Friday, November 29th through Sunday, December 23rd. The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $20.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free. Tickets for the Christmas Train SELL OUT QUICKLY! This year, they’ll go on sale beginning Monday, November 4 at 8:a.m. and WILL SELL OUT! You can purcahse them at http://www.IrvineParkRailroad.com. No Christmas Train tickets may be purchased in person.

The parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends; parking for the Christmas Train is free after 5:00 PM.

Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park. The address is:

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869


As I mentioned above, this year Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Train tickets will go on sale Monday, November 4, 2019 at 8 a.m. I’m actually hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win an amazing prize package, generously given away by Irvine Park Railroad, which includes Christmas Train tickets! The prize package includes:

  • 4 Christmas Train Tickets
  • · 6 Activity Tickets
  • · 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Bike Rental (excludes the double surrey)

The value of this prize package is $146. Please note: Bloggers are not eligible to win this.

My giveaway ends before the tickets go on sale so why not enter my giveaway and see if you win? If you don’t win, you’ll still have plenty of time to plan for getting online on 11/4/19 at 8 a.m. to grab your tickets! To enter my giveaway, just go to the Rafflecopter below and fill it out. Good luck everyone! Thanks for reading!
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Family Friendly Fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm Weekends Starting September 28

I was invited as a guest of Knott’s to spend a day in the park in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

It’s almost that time of year again! Halloween time! I love spending September and October celebrating as much as possible and a visit to Knott’s for Knott’s Spooky Farm is always on our list of must-dos! Have you been before?Knott’s Spooky Farm is annual datytime family-friendly celebration that takes place on Saturday and Sunday days through October 27, as well as Halloween day. This kid-inspired “spooky” celebration offers a a variety of fun activities, throughout the park, geared towards children ages 3-11 and are included in the price of your regular park ticket. (or Season Pass) Children will be able to interact spooky (but very friendly) shopkeepers and ghosts in Ghost Town. Children are welcome to dress up in costumes. Adults are too. (no masks please.)

Here are some of the fun acitivites you’ll find this year at Knott’s Spooky Farm:

Trick or Treating (Ghost Town Main Street & Schoolhouse Road) – Little ghouls can trick-or-treat through Ghost Town to collect sweet Halloween treats. Treat bags containing event maps and other goodies will be distributed to children age 3 to 11 from opening until 4:30pm. There are different trick-or-treat stations, which you can find on the Knott’s Spooky Farm map.

Timber Mountain Log Ride: Halloween Hootenanny – The Timber Mountain Log Ride mystically converts into the Halloween Hootenanny by adding a new family friendly twist to a park favorite. Every year the citizens of the Timber Mountain invite the mysterious creatures that live out in the woods and caverns of the area to join them as they celebrate the season at the Halloween Hootenanny. The ride’s interior will feature new fun surprises as guests venture past the Calico Coffin Creeper band, the town’s green witch and splash down Skull Mountain through a labyrinth of jack-o-lanterns. The seasonal ride will also feature an original song performed by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies. Open for day and night guests, this is the perfect family experience for all to enjoy this Halloween season.“The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” (Camp Snoopy Theatre) – Camp Snoopy Theater plays host to the “Monsters are Coming” show. The Peanuts Gang will have you singing and dancing right along with them to classic Halloween tunes! Several shows a day are offered.where children are encouraged to participate in the daily “Calling All Monsters” costume contest.A Trip to Camp Spooky (Grand Sierra Railroad) – While you’re visiting Camp Spooky, be sure to take a ride on the Grand Sierra Railroad. This year, special for Knott’s Spooky Farm, guests will find added 2D and 3D Hallowen themed characters and effects as The Grand Sierra Railroad has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind experience that will take riders on an adventure to Camp Spooky, along with the Peanuts Gang.Creepy Critters of Calico (Livery Stable) – This year, Stanley Scarecrow has opened his Livery Stable to guests of all ages to come in and get up close and personal with the Creepy Critters of Calico, if you dare! You’ll find insects and other creepy crawlers, rats, and even a white python! The horses at the stable are also dressed up for the occasion.

Pumpkin Patch (Calico Park) – Over in Calico Patch, you’ll find the Pumpkin Patch. For an additional fee, you can purchase a pumpkin to decorate for your own home, while you enjoy the atmosphere of the season!Spooky Story Time (Bird Cage Theatre) – stop by Bird Cage Theatre for semi-haunted tales told by charismatic storytellers.

(Please note: some activities may be offered at a nominal fee.)

The best way to experience Knott’s Spooky Farm is with a  2020 Knott’s Season Pass! Right now, if you purchase a 2020 pass, you’ll get one free admission in 2019, as well as additional 2019 visits for just $14.99. It’s a great way to enjoy ALL the Seasons of Fun at Knott’s and is offered at a GREAT PRICE! For more information about Knott’s Season Passes and to purchase your own, please visit HERE
What are YOU most excitedf for this Halloween season? Share with me in the comments. For more information about Knott’s Camp Spooky and to purchase your park tickets, please visit their site HERE.

Mainplace Mall’s 6th Annual ‘Taste of Santa Ana on October 5th + Ticket Giveaway

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 
Calliing all foodies! Santa Ana and Central Orange County’s favorite all-you-can-eat-and-drink fest is back! MainPlace Mall will host the 6th annual Taste of Santa Ana on Saturday, October 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You won’t want to miss this amazing event presented by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and the Tierney Center for Veteran Services.

Attendees will sample unlimited bites and sips from more than 40 local restaurants, craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. This family-friendly event will also feature live music from Flashpants, America’s No. 1 ‘80s party dance band. With a photo booth, kid’s zone, lawn games and a charity raffle, there’s no end to the fun! Proceeds from the raffle will benefit High School Inc., a nonprofit organization working to empower youth and strengthen communities through education and business partnerships.

Ticket pricing for this event is as follows: 

  • *General Admission: $40 till September 21st, then $50
  • *VIP Admission: $65 till September 21st, then $75*
  • *Children ages 6 to 12: $20 till September 21st, then $25
  • *Children 5 and under: Free

You can purchase tickets in advance HERE.

MainPlace Mall is located at
2800 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Please note: This event will be held in Parking Lot 2 (Facing the I-5 Freeway)
http://www.shopmainplacemall.com/

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one of my readers to win a pair of General Admission tickets to attend the Taste of Santa Ana. (This prize is worth $100) To enter my giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me who you would take with you if you won the tickets. I will accept comments as entries through 9/30/19 at 11:59 p.m. I will choose a winner through Random Number Generator and winner will be notified. Tickets will be picked up at the MainPlace Mall Management Office or else at Will Call on the day of event. This prize has no cash value and may not be exchanged or transferred. This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents ages 18 & older.

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Build Your Child’s Library With These Books from Clever Publishing

I received promtional products in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own. 

As a teacher and a mom, I know the invaluable importance of reading. Establishing the love of reading in a child starts early and it starts at home. There’s no better way to help a child love to read than to read with them. For younger-aged children, having access to a variety of picture books and books that are simple to read can really help motivate them. Clever Publishing has a beautiful collection of books and was kind enough to send me copies of “First Words” and “First Animals”.

These encyclopedia books each contain over 500 words, which means there are at least 500 things to learn from each one. Clever Encyclopedias offer children interesting facts about exciting topics in an illustrated, accessible format. Each edition includes activities and exercises designed to keep readers engaged and inspire meaningful learning connections. These books are a valuable addition for any child’s library and I’m putting them into my kindergarten classroom library for my students to share and enjoy.Be sure to look out for Clever Publishing’s release of “My First Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs” which will be avaialbe on November 19, 2019. For more information and to look at Clever Publishing’s entire collection of books, please visit their site HERE.

You can also connect with Clever Publishing on Twitter and Instagram.

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Celebrate Halloween in Style with Iconic Disney Costumes and More

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
With October just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween, especially about costumes! Our family LOVES to plan out our costumes far in advance. What about you? This year, let Disney help you get a head start with costumes for kids, adults, families, babies, and even your family pet!With all of the exciting blockbuster hits from Disney this year, including Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Lion King, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin, there are so many fantastic characters to choose from when it comes to picking out a costume for Halloween.Disney Princess Costumes

  • Elsa Costume for Kids – Frozen (MSRP: $49.95-54.95) – No need to put dreams on ice when they can come true with our Elsa Costume. Inspired by the queen’s elegant outfit in Frozen, this detailed gown is frosted in glittering icicles and sequins, with a sparkling snowy cape.
  • Ariel Costume Collection for Kids – The Little Mermaid (MSRP: $14.95 – $49.95) – Waves of excitement will wash over your little mermaid when she gets to flip her fins as our Disney Princess from under the sea. The Ariel detailed outfit features glittering fabrics and sequins, tiers of tulle, and a silvery shell brooch.
  • Jasmine Costume Collection for Kids – Aladdin (MSRP: $14.95 – $49.95) – Discover a whole new world of roleplay wonders in our Princess Jasmine Costume Collection for Kids. Add jewelry, shoes, and tiara to grant every masquerade wish.
  • Belle Costume Collection for Kids – Beauty and the Beast (MSRP: $14.95-$54.95) – Relive a tale old as time at Halloween and all year ’round in our Belle Costume Collection, including costume shoes, light-up wand, jewelry set, and tiara.
  • Cinderella Costume for Kids (MSRP: $49.95-54.95) – Cinderella will grace any royal ball in this elegant costume. With a ”Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” this glittering gown fulfills every dream with silver details, shimmering tulle, organza trims, glass slipper cameo brooch, and silver foil accents.

More Popular Costume Choices for Kids 

  • Black Panther Costume Collection for Kids (MSRP: $24.95-$54.95) – Prowl the Kingdom of Wakanda in this Black Panther Costume Collection. Featuring King T’Challa’s ready-for-action bodysuit and a power glove set with battle sounds, this collection is sure to inspire hours of heroic play!
  • Captain America Costume for Kids (MSRP: $49.95-$54.95) – Kids can join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when they suit up in this Captain American costume. Featuring a mask and full bodysuit, complete with motion-activated shield sounds, this super hero costume is prepared for epic battle.
  • Marvel’s Captain Marvel Costume for Kids (MSRP: $49.95) – Get your courageous youngster ready for epic adventures as one of the universe’s most powerful heroes in this awesome costume inspired by Marvel Studio’s blockbuster, Captain Marvel. Striking outfit includes top, pants and wrist cuffs.
  • Spider-Man Costume Set for Kids – Spider-Man: Far from Home (MSRP: $49.95-$54.95)- They’ll be ready to leap into the role of Spider-Man with this costume inspired by Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far from Home. The three-piece set includes padded costume, mask, and web projection gloves to light-up their performance.

Toy Story 4 Costume Collection for Kids

  • Buzz Lightyear Costume (MSRP: $16.95-$54.95) – Your Space Ranger’s imagination will take them to infinity and beyond wearing this Buzz Lightyear Costume Collection. Featuring all of the intergalactic essentials to defeat Emperor Zurg in no time, it includes light-up wings and helmet!
  • Woody Costume (MSRP: $19.95-$44.95) – You’ll have a friend in your little sheriff while they wear our Woody Costume Collection. Featuring Woody’s cowboy ensemble complete with hat, holster, and belt, this set includes everything they need to keep order in the Wild West of Andy’s room.
  • Bo Peep Costume (MSRP: $54.95) – They are sure to roam, then find their way home after a night of portraying bold Bo Peep as seen in Toy Story 4. Costume includes blouse, bloomers, headband with bow, crook, and skirt that converts to a cape.

Popular Disney Costumes for Adults 

  • Jessie Dress Costume by Disguise – Toy Story (MSRP: $79.95) – Round-up the compliments when you wear this glamorous Jessie costume by Disguise. Inspired by Toy Story’s cowgirl, the dress features a sequin bodice, blue metallic skirt, plus attached collar, belt and petticoat.
  • Queen of Hearts Costume with Tutu – Alice in Wonderland (MSRP: $39.95) – You’re certain to lose your head over this adult Queen of Hearts costume with layered tulle tutu skirt plus glittering golden trims and crown. All ways are your ways, your majesty.
  • Minnie Mouse Costume with Tutu (MSRP: $39.95) – Yoo Hoo! Step into the spotlight when wearing this flirty ’30s adult Minnie Mouse costume with layered tulle tutu skirt, plus glittering polka dots and fuzzy mouse ears.
    • Jasmine Deluxe Costume for Adults by Disguise – Live Action Film (MSRP: $74.95) – Bring the dreams of faraway lands home in this Jasmine costume by Disguise. This two-piece outfit features a gold-trimmed satin jumpsuit and a removable organza cape with peacock feather screen art.
    • Aladdin Deluxe Costume for Adults by Disguise – Live Action Film (MSRP: $69.95)- Bring the dreams of faraway lands home in this Aladdin deluxe costume by Disguise. Inspired by Disney’s live action version of Aladdin, this jumpsuit features striped pants, screen art on the top and an attached red vest.

Disney Costumes for Pets

  • Woody Pet Costume by Rubies $22.95 – $26.95 (MSRP: $22.95-$26.95) – Give your pet a rootin’ tootin’ look with this Woody costume that includes a shirt and hat. Available in a choice of sizes, it includes an attached bandana that fastens easily and even a foam sheriff’s badge.
  • Ewok Costume for Pets by Rubie’s – Star Wars (MSRP: $22.95-$26.95) – Let your pet be part of the rebellion in this adorable costume featuring an Ewok from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It features a soft bodysuit and headpiece that are both easy on and off.
  • Dumbo Pet Costume by Rubie’s (MSRP: $24.95-$28.95) – Your pet’s spirits will soar to new heights when you transform them into everyone’s favorite flying elephant. Available in a variety of sizes, this adorable Dumbo costume includes a headpiece with attached hat featuring little Timothy Mouse.

Disney Halloween Accessories for your Home 

  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse Pumpkin Kitchen Towel Set (MSRP: $14.95) – Don’t let dirty dishes haunt your house on the big day. Mickey and Minnie dare to decorate the kitchen with this set of two Halloween-themed towels that will spook away spills and dry your tears!
  • Mickey Mouse Werewolf Plush – Halloween (MSRP: $14.95) – You’ll say ”Fangs for the memories” this Howl-oween when shaggy plush Mickey masquerades as a Werewolf.
  • Mickey Mouse Trick-or-Treat Candy Bowl (MSRP: $19.95) – Celebrate the spooky season with this cuddly cad. Dish out trick-or-treat candy with generosity from this Mickey jack-o’-lantern bowl. It’s big enough to make your haunted mouse-house the most popular in the neighborhood this Halloween night. Best of all, his face glows-in-the-dark for extra eerie fun!

There are SO many cute costumes to pick from this year! And don’t forget about the spooktacular Disney Halloween home decor and accents! For more information about these products and to purchase, please visit HERE. Let me know in the comments if you are planning on dressing up as one of these costumes or dressing up your child or pet in one of them! I’d love to hear all about it!

Images are property of Disney and used with permission. 

 

Jurassic World: The Ride Now OPEN at Universal Studios Hollywood!

I received tickets for my family and I to spend a day in the park in order to faciliate this post. All opinions are my own.

The anticipation for the opening of Jurassic World: The Ride had been building since it closed last spring as the formerly known attraction Jurassic Park. Our family LOVED the film Jurassic World, most likely for all different reasons and so we couldn’t wait to visit and ride this newly imagined ride.

Inspired by the Jurassic World blockbuster films, this spectacular new thrill ride features the film’s stars, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, who reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, and soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus.

Here’s what you can expect to encounter on “Jurassic World—The Ride”: The elaborately themed all-new “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies, engages with guests in daring face-to-face encounters, along with the addition of two new dinosaurs – a Baby Raptor with her Raptor Handler and a life-size Triceratops who greet guests outside the “Jurassic World—The Ride” entrance, further enhance the entire experience.

We had so much fun on the ride and ddin’t know any of this beforehand so it was one big surprise.

Know Before You Go

Here are a cuople of tips that you may find helpful before you visit Universal Studios Hollywood to ride Jurassic World: The Ride. 

  • You WILL get wet! Regardelss of where you sit, you are going to get wet. We weren’t dying to be drenched, just because it was early in the day and we didn’t want to walk around soaking, so we opted for row 4. We still got wet but not too badly. The guests in rows 1 and 2 were definitely drenched after the ride. It just depends on what you’re hoping to gain from the ride.  By the way, every row is a great seat for this adventure! 
  • They sell ponchos! Yes! You can purchase an inexpenisve poncho in the shop adjancent to the attraction, which is called “Jurassic Outfitters”.  There are also complimentary lockers to put your belongings in before you get in line. I also brought a plasitc bag to put my cell phone in during the ride. 
  • Wear sunblock! You may find yourself waiting in line in the direct sunlight. Also, there are parts when you’re on the boat, that you’ll be glad you sprayed beforehand. Don’t forget to spray your scalp and/or your head. 

Don’t forget to check out the new interactive “Dino Play” area , located outside of the attraction, which is designed to inspire children of all ages to explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

While you’re in the Jurassic World area of the park, you’ll want to grab a bite at he Juarassic Cafe.  There you’ll find an extensive menu serving “the taste of Costa Rica” with delicious, freshly made menu items including: Pomegranate Guacamole, Tropical Fruit Salad, Crispy Green Lettuce Rolls with Shrimp, Roasted Chicken Salad, Mahi Mahi with Melon Pico, Slow Roasted Mojo Pork, Mojo Jackfruit, and more.

You can also find refreshing, tropical drink offerings right next to the Jurassic Cafe at the Island Nu-Bar. It’s a great way to cool off and feel the island vibe of Jurassic World! (Just look out for the dinosaurs!)

Jurassic World: The Ride is a definite must-ride this summer so if you haven’t had a chance to get there, what are you waiting for? Luckily we have such great weather in Southern California that this ride is perfect for year-round visits.. For more information about Universal Studios Hollywood, visit their site HERE.

Some images are property of Universal Studios Hollywood and used with permission.

FunBox: The Colorful Pop-Up Museum of Photo Opps

I received media tickets to visit in exchange for coverage. All opinions are 100% my own. 

When you’re the mom of a teen, they are always the first ones to let you know about all of the cool things that come into town! When my daughter showed me FunBox on Instagram and some of the cute photos they had posted on their page, I knew it was a “must-visit” for us this summer.If you haven’t heard of FunBox yet, lean in closely because I have all of the details right here for you. FunBox description reads “Colorful FUN Museum of Toys“. This interactive, pop-up style attraction includes 25 different rooms with unlimited potential for Instagram-worthy photos and videos. Currently located inside of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall, you can find FunBox within the lower level Food Court area.Know Before You Go 
I would definitely advise looking over FunBox’s Instagram page prior to your visit, to get some inspiration and some ideas for what to wear. Although there is no dress code, you might find that certain outfit choices will photograph better than others. You also might want to bring certain accessories along with you such as sunglasses or other small props.Ticket Prices
Pricing for Fun Box is as follows:

  • Adults (age 13+) : $19.00
  • Kids (ages 4-12) : $14.00
  • Ages 0-3 are FREE.

What to Expect on Your Visit 
When you arrive at FunBox, you’ll see an area to get in line. Prior to getting in line, make sure to grab your tickets, because they are for a specific entry time. (You can get your tickets online here before your visit or when you arrive.) An employee is stationed just outside of the line to answer any questions and as your designated entry time nears, they will explain how your visit will go before letting you inside.

***Tip: Consider being towards the end of the line for the group you’re going in with.  Although you’ll need to wait for the people in front of you to take their photos first, you’ll feel less rushed and have less people running through your photos if you’re last or close to last. Once You’re Inside FunBox
One you go into FunBox, there isn’t a specific time limit but there are certain parts where you aren’t allowed to go back. I would allot about an hour, maybe a little more, to get through all of the rooms and areas. I think it can also vary depending on how crowded it is when you visit. I’m assuming weekends are far busier than weekdays.Some of the rooms you’ll visit at FunBox include: 

  • Teddy Bear Tunnel
  • Bubble Party Ball Pit
  • Human Car Wash
  • Rainbow Throne Room
  • Pig Room
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast

FunBox is located inside of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall at
400 S Baldwin Ave,
Arcadia, CA, 91007

(It’s inside the Food Court, next to Dave + Busters & AMC Movie Theatre and they suggest parking near The Cheesecake Factory)Currently, FunBox is only scheduled to be open through the end of August. Their schedule could extend but I wouldn’t recommend putting off your visit, just in case they do close up shop then. It’s a definite must-visit this summer! For more information about FunBox, please visit their site HERE.