Monthly Archives: March 2016

Photo Report: The NEW Hello Kitty Store

DSCN8831Earlier this year, Universal Orlando opened a brand new Hello Kitty store. It is the first in-theme-park store in North America and features Hello Kitty merchandise of all kinds, including Universal exclusive items, and Hello Kitty themed snacks.  The store replaced the lesser known I Love Lucy: A Tribute attraction, which I always enjoyed, but it was time for it to go.  Hello Kitty is vastly popular throughout the world and it is no doubt this store will get steady customers.  During the construction and remodel, Universal also seemed to refurbish the Betty Boop store. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)  It does look fabulous. We decided to check out the new store and take lots of pictures.  Check them out below! Read the rest of this entry

BREAKING: Writer’s Stop to Become Sci-Fi Dine-In Lounge!

DSCN9100April 2nd, 2016 will forever live in infamy at Walt Disney World as D-Day when a large portion of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and its attractions will close to make way for construction to begin on Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.  Among the list of attractions closing was Writer’s Stop, a small merchandise/coffee shop located right next to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant.  Yesterday, Disney broke news that not only would it be closing, but it would be reopening on April 3rd at a Sci-Fi Dine-In Lounge for the popular restaurant right next door! According to WDWNT, for a limited time, Guests will be able to stop in while waiting for their table at Sci-Fi Dine-In and enjoy some pre-dinner drinks and appetizers. Read the rest of this entry

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – Should Snyder Really Direct the Justice League?

When it was announced we would be getting a Batman vs. Superman film, it was easily one of, if not the most hyped movie for the coming years within the comic book film industry.  Fans raised their hands to the sky and thanked God we would finally get to see this incredible story come to life on the silver screen.  WB could do no wrong at that point.  But then things quickly began changing.  The film was moved up from its original May 6th release date, which at that time also had an unnamed Marvel film opening we now know is Captain America 3: Civil War, to its March 25th date.  A move many questioned instantly.  Was DC scared of Marvel?  Was the film not going to be as good as we’d hoped? After all, this is a major blockbuster summer flick!  Not some early spring rom-com.  And of course, as time went on, fan boys either praised or bashed every little bit of information we got about the film, but that’s to be expected.  The first trailer premiered and many haters shut their mouths. But then trailer #2 premiered and we pretty much saw the whole movie.  Many fans were left wondering if this was DC’s way of trying to show us the movie will have everything we want in it.  There was no mystery left.  And now here we are, opening day and critics are destroying this film. It currently has a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  To compare, Man of Steel has a 56% rating.  But what’s weird is more fans seem to have criticized Man of Steel than are currently talking bad about Batman v Superman.  So what exactly does it mean when fans love a film more than critics?  Well, it’s just an average superhero film.  Read the rest of this entry

Patriot’s Point and the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier

IMG_8204A few weeks ago, I took my future cousin-in-law to see Patriot’s Point in his hometown of Charleston, SC.  Patriot’s Point is home of the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, as well as other Fort Sumpter, the USS Calmagore submarine, and the USS Laffey battleship.  For just $20 for adults and $12 for children, you have access to all of these offerings, including a Vietnam Support Base replica and the Cold War Sub Memorial.  We only spent time on the USS Yorktown because it took us so long to explore all of it and we had to return home, but with how much Patriot’s Point offers, you can easily spend all day there and not be bored (if this sort of stuff interests you of course). On the USS Yorktown is 5 separate personal walking tours.  They all begin on the main level you enter the carrier and you can walk them at your own pace. Read the rest of this entry

Tangled The Musical Defines Disney Cruise Line Entertainment

Yesterday, I was incredibly lucky to be invited by a friend to experience my first official Media Day event for the Disney company.  Thanks to a lucky raffle, we were invited aboard the Disney Magic, Disney’s first cruise ship, to see their new entertainment addition, Tangled The Musical!  The show originally premiered last November, but it was overseas, so this was a chance for our local news media, theme park websites, and blogs to report on it. Read the rest of this entry

Photo Report: A Day at Busch Gardens Tampa

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The other day, we took a trip to Busch Gardens Tampa to ride some great coasters, see some shows, explore the animal areas, and check on the progress of their new coaster, Cobra’s Curse.  Busch Gardens is an easy 60 minute drive from the Orlando area and is very easy to find.  We went on a weekday during their off-season and therefore, the park was not crowded at all. We walked onto every ride we wanted, only waiting for the next train or two.  We saw two shows and multiple animal exhibits and were still finished everything we wanted to do by 3:30. Then we repeated a couple rides and headed out.  Check out the photos below! Read the rest of this entry

A Chocolate Lover’s Dream Come True: Toothsome Chocolate Factory Coming to Universal Orlando’s City Walk

imageIf you are a big fan of chocolate, you’re in for a real treat!  Universal just announced a brand new restaurant coming to City Walk later this year.  Toothsome Chocolate Factory will take you into the 19th century with its Steampunk themed chocolate factory building. The ‘new’ building will feature tall smoke stacks, Steampunk style gadgetry all around, and the staff will all be dressed in unique Steampunk fashion.  Read the rest of this entry

Zootopia Succeeds at Reaching Audiences of All Ages

imageEver since I saw the first poster of Zootopia, it had my interest and curiosity, as any teaser poster should. Then I saw the first teaser trailer and was instantly hooked for this film, the same way the first Secret Life of Pets trailer had me. In fact, the more I saw of Zootopia, with its trailers and clips and reading about how the animators developed this entire world, the more I became excited for this film. Then it got 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and I thought that was crazy.  How could any animated film score higher than Toy Story 3? (If you didn’t know, TS3 has a 99% rating.) EDITED: Zootopia now has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomates. Read the rest of this entry