Monthly Archives: July 2016

Star Trek Beyond is Worthy of Its Two Predecessors

startrekbeyondposterI’m sure just like me, you were a bit worried about the third entry of the new Star Trek series after seeing its first trailer. Gone was the majestic music, now replaced with a Beastie Boys song. It lacked any hint of plot and story, and seemed as if they were just trying to put Fast and Furious into space. All seemed lost thanks to Justin Lin at the helm.

Thankfully, after some reshoots, the 2nd and 3rd trailers were leaps and bounds better and it looked like we finally had a Star Trek movie worthy of the first two. And as much as it shocks me to say this… it is actually the best entry of all three Star Trek films in this new series.

The newest entry into the Star Trek series is directed by Justin Lin, known for his four Fast and Furious installments. I have to admit, I was quite worried when the reins of this hugely successful JJ Abrams series was handed over to Read the rest of this entry

CONFIRMED: “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History” Coming to Magic Kingdom

A few weeks ago, we posted about the rumor that Muppets were coming to the Magic Kingdom.  And today, Disney Parks Blog has confirmed they are in fact coming to Liberty Square!  Check out the press release below!

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Beginning this fall, the Muppets will be visiting Magic Kingdom Park, where they’ll take part in an all-new live show, “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.”

Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, will join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo and James Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, as they gather outside The Hall of Presidents to present historical tales in hysterical fashion as only they can. From the midnight ride of Paul Revere to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Muppets appear throughout the day to share with Guests, their own unique take on the founding fathers and the birth of the United States of America.

Featuring an original song and plenty of wacky Muppets humor, “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History” will make its debut in October 2016.

Heritage-House-Magic-Kingdom-Walt-Disney-WorldSounds pretty fun if you ask me.  What do you think? Are you excited to see the Muppets coming to the Magic Kingdom or do you think they should only remain in Hollywood Studios?  I will say, I think it’s nice to add them into an area that typically doesn’t have too much entertainment to offer as a whole.  Tell us what you think in the comments.

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CONFIRMED: PizzeRizzo Opening This Fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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The Disney Parks Blog has officially confirmed the old Pizza Planet quick-service restauarnt in Muppets Courtyard will be re-opening as PizzeRizzo!  The new location will be themed to Rizzo the Rat from the Muppets who owns and operates the pizzeria with his family! We wrote about this happening in our My Two Cents column way back in November and it’s great to finally see it announced!  Check out the official statement below for more info. Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Chef Mickey’s Struggles to Live Up to Expectations

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Chef Mickey’s is one of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World.  Reservations can be very difficult to get if you aren’t able to plan 6 months in advance.  Occasionally, times will become available, but usually only for very early morning or late at night.  One day, we lucked out and managed to get a reservation time right at dinner time, so we decided to see if Chef Mickey’s is really worth all the hype and its reputation. Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Red Oven Pizza Bakery Is Where to Get Your Pizza Fix

imageThe other day, we finally  decided to eat at Red Oven Pizza Bakery located right in the center area of City Walk at Universal Orlando.  I’ve walked by it many times, but never had the chance to eat there because we either ate at the park, Cowfish, or just didn’t spend a full day at Universal in general.  But on this day, we were seeing a movie and only had a short window of time before having to go into the theater, so a typical sit-down restaurant wasn’t going to cut it.  Red Oven Pizza Bakery was the perfect choice!

The restaurant itself isn’t big, but that’s fine.  It was dinner time and we didn’t have any problem finding a table.  Seating is outdoors, but covered so it was very comfortable. Read the rest of this entry

Photo Report: Anna & Elsa’s Royal Sommerhus

imageSo if you haven’t heard by now, Norway in the World Showcase at Epcot has gained two new members to its home: Princess Anna and Queen Elsa!  That’s right.  They have officially moved from meeting at the Magic Kingdom inside Princess Fairytale Hall and back to their original location of Norway.  Except now they have a swanky new summer house/cabin, or should I say sommerhus, to meet Guests in which is rightfully named Royal Sommerhus.  It’s located directly to the left of the actual Norway pavilion which is now home to the new attraction, Frozen Ever After.  So before or after you ride the Maelstrom makeover, you can meet Anna and Elsa for the first or tenth time!  And  now in about half the time too, or less.   I’ve read reports though that the question remains, is it Norway, or is it Arendelle?  Whatever the case, the new addition is gorgeous with its many details and fits right in with the Norway pavilion. Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Skull Island: Reign of Kong – Overhyped, but Also a Bit Over Criticized

DSCN9955So after weeks of trying to get over to Universal to ride Skull Island, I finally secured a visit on Thursday. I’ve been hyping this ride since the days of its early rumors back in 2014. When it was officially announced, I couldn’t believe Universal was bringing a classic back to their parks. I found it to be incredibly exciting. And then, the rumors began of what the attraction would entail. One of the craziest being we would once again be getting a giant animatronic Kong which would reach in and kidnap the driver of the vehicle! I can only imagine the logistical nightmares that would’ve caused.  Of course, we imagewere all hoping for the best because Universal couldn’t possibly just bring over their Tram Tour video from Hollywood, right?  I mean, they were building a gigantic new building for it and they even hinted at an animatronic Kong!  Well, we were wrong.  They did the video simulator, plus build the AA Kong.

Now the ride is in soft opening and technical previews and it is getting very mixed reviews.  Many fans are highly disappointed with it due to our wild hopes and expectations. (Another simulator?!?!) Other fans find it to be quite thrilling and are fully satisfied with the attraction.  I’m somewhere in the middle.  So let’s get on with the spoiler free review! Read the rest of this entry

The Secret Life of Pets May Be the Best Animated Film of the Year

Secret-Life-of-Pets-posterI’ve been excited for The Secret Life of Pets since I saw the first teaser trailer last year. It ranked high on my list of most anticipated films of the summer (above Finding Nemo) and my expectations were high. Then I saw the first trailer detailing the plot and was a bit disappointed because it seemed a bit unoriginal. Alas, I remained optimistic for the film because the trailers still made me laugh and I had hopes there was more to it than just two dogs getting lost in the city needing to find their way home.  And I wasn’t disappointed!

The film begins with Max, voiced by Louis C.K., and his owner Katie.  Life is perfect and all he ever wants to do be with Katie.  In fact, when she leaves for the day, he chooses to sit and wait by the door for her to, which we soon learn this is actually the complete opposite of what our pets do when we leave them at home all day alone.  We are quickly introduced to many new characters as we see them leave their homes to hang out with each other.  But soon, Max’s world is turned upside down when Katie brings home a new dog named Duke, voiced by Eric Stonestreet.  Unsurprisingly, the two don’t get along too well and Duke tries to get rid of Max in an alley which is when their big adventure begins. Read the rest of this entry

Swiss Army Man: The Most Creative and Unique Film of the Year

swa_86_onlineNo joke, I saw the trailer for Swiss Army Man LAST week and knew I just had to see it.  The concept was just mind blowing for me, and the fact that one of my favorite actors, Paul Dano, was in it made me want to see it even more.  He is an actor who chooses his projects very carefully and I have yet to see him in a film I haven’t liked, so when I know he’s in a movie, I know it’s one I need to see.

If you haven’t seen this trailer, or even heard of this film (because I hadn’t before last week), it is a Sundance indie film about a man named Hank (Dano) about to kill himself while stranded on an island.  Just before, he notices a body on the shore, played by none other than Daniel Radcliffe.  Yea, that got my attention as well.  Eventually, he learns that Radcliffe’s body can do amazing things.  We see in the trailer that he can feed him water, shoot gas out of his body as a propeller, and even launch items from his mouth in a forceful manner to use as a weapon.  And trust me, there’s even more he can do! Hence the name, Swiss Army Man.  Read the rest of this entry

Photo Report: World of Coco-Cola is Perfect for Families and Collectors, Plus Tastes Around the World!

imageThe World of Coca-Cola at Disney Springs opened this past Saturday and we finally got a chance to check the new store and get a LOT of photos.  The store is awesome.  It’s modeled after an old Coca-Cola factory from the 1920’s (the brick building) and the green glass on the outside represents the classic green glass bottles.  The area is spacious and has plenty of merchandise to choose from if you’re a Coke fan.  The building has three floors.  The first two are dedicated to merchandise and the third is the rooftop soda bar where you can purchase beverages, samples, or floats.  That part is at the very bottom, so feel free to scroll down.  But if you’re a merchandise whore like me, please enjoy the many photos I snapped earlier today!  The store is incredibly fun to look around in and, shockingly, we couldn’t find a single thing we felt was over priced.  In fact, every thing seemed very well priced and inexpensive!  It makes me tempted to become a Coca-Cola collector.  Read the rest of this entry