30 November 2015

#Orlando MegaCon Fan Days are Not to Be Missed and Here's Why!!


Mega Con Fan Days was so much fun! It is a smaller version of the BIG Mega Con convention here in Orlando, Florida. It a definite must do when in Orlando whether you live her or are visiting. There is so much to see and do, I can't tell you how much there is too see, LOL! You can check out some of my Periscopes from Mega Con below and/or go to https://katch.me/MouseFanDiane for more scopes.


Just to explain what it was all about! It was a brand-new installment from the producers of MegaCon, the Southeast’s largest annual comic book, anime, gaming and multi-media extravaganza. The 2day show debuts at the Orange County Convention Center Nov 21-22 and offered the same fandom and fun of MegaCon with the awesomeness of smaller crowds and lower ticket prices.

MegaCon Fan Days is a family-friendly playground for fans of all ages! The event’s line-up includes autographs, photo ops and panels with celebrity guests; Artist Alley, a ”must experience area” for anyone interested in meeting the comic industry’s rising stars; plus costumed characters and an exhibit hall bursting with 100,000-square-feet of shopping madness. Retailers from across the country sell comics, original artwork, memorabilia, games, toys, t-shirts and a lot more. 

The cosplay is many and the vendors have everything from posters, to your favorite retro toys, video games, costumes and hobby peeps that make R2-D2's. Yes, that's right they make R2-D2 for fun and then can range in price from 3-12 grand for one depending on how intricate they are made. I love that part of the convention, seeing them move around and beep it was like being in a Star Wars Movie. 

See the VINES below to see what I'm talking about... 







The cosplayers were amazing from Star Wars to Marvel to Doctor Who to DC characters, everyone loves to dress up as their favorite show characters. Some were good and some were down right scary. You know how that is at a convention. The food was good and AC was on so all in all it was amazing. The Orlando Convention Center is the perfect place to have it - big enough to spread out and centrally located on International Drive, it's a win win. It was also an amazing opportunity to get some of my Christmas shipping done for everyone, you see my whole family is into comics, gaming and loves to get anything based on those things. So these unique vendors had plenty of Funko-Pops, comic books and statues to choose from. They also had a lot of Disney Merch. which as you know I love buying especially for a bargain. There was a vendor selling thousands of Disney Pins both limited edition and very rare for a great price, under retail value, so I bought a bunch. I love deals and this Mega Con had a bunch. Keep that in mind for next year. 





Celebrity guests confirmed to appear on both Saturday and Sunday are:

•       Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Star Wars Rebels)
•       Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies)
•       John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings)
•       Karen Allen (Indiana Jones)
•       Paul McGann (Doctor Who)
•       Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity)
•       Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy, Remember the Titans)
•       James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Another favorite of MegaCon attendees is the all-star line-up of comic book guests. Confirmed to appear are Eisner Award-winning writer and illustrator George Pérez (The Avengers, Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman); and creators Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Painkiller Jane), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn, Power Girl), Cully Hamner (Red, The Question), Mike Perkins (Captain America, Stephen King’s The Stand), Tim Townsend (Uncanny X-Men, Dr. Strange), and Rob Hunter (Suicide Squad, Firestorm).

“MegaCon Fan Days offers a new opportunity for Orlando residents and visitors to celebrate their fandom at a smaller scale event of the same high quality as our annual show,” said MegaCon Show Director Christine Alger. 






LET'S DO IT AGAIN! MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FOR 4 BIG DAYS OF FANDOM: MAY 26-29, 2016
Mega Con!
Tickets go on Sale December 3rd!! 


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27 November 2015

Ready for Some Magical Gifts? #Disney "IMAGICADEMY" Activity Books #Review



I want to tell you about 2 really awesome Holiday Gifts for Kids. They are so cute and being a huge Disney family, we just love them. They are amazing fun and hours of entertainment. Another thing I loved about them are your kids are learning and using their IMAGINATION too. I love interactive books that promote family fun, discovery and learning, you can sit with your kids and have a great time together.

These activity books are Disney themed with Frozen characters teaching about Science.  Elsa, Olaf, Anna and Kristoff are all in the book as you explore world of science. Kids can do puzzles and fun activities and discover things, like how we see Rainbows. The book includes:
60-page Activity Book, 8 Colored Pencils, 8 Sticker Sheets, 1 Pair of Rainbow Viewer Glasses, 1-1-oz Spray Bottle, 6 - 0.4g Color Dye Tablets and 1 Storage Pouch.



Mickey and all his Pals (Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy) teaches us all about Animals in this fun book. These creative activities – kids can explore are the fascinating lives of insects, how animals adapt to their surroundings, the reason behind animal conservation, and more! It contains a
60-page Activity Book, 8 Colored Pencils, 8 Sticker Sheets, 1 Pair of Magnifying Glasses, 1 4-Piece Roller Stamper, 1 UV Pen,1 Storage Pouch.

NOW Let's see some of the activities ~




Disney Imagicademy Mickey Mouse Animals Activity Book -  Age 4+ / $14.99

Disney Imagicademy Frozen Science Activity Book -  Age 4+ / $14.99


Disney Imagicademy provides a comprehensive integrated program of hands-on learning products that foster learning through exploration, creativity,and imagination while exposing children to fundamental educational concepts through immersive and playful experiences. We really enjoyed these activities and I hope you will too! 


I want to thank Wonder Forge for sending samples of the activities books - In no way did that influence this review in anyway, Thanks. 

Merry Christmas :-) 



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Check Out Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set Trailer #DisneyInfinity



As you know I'm a huge fan of Disney Infinity and when they add more new awesome characters to play with it {just wow}!! This game has so much to offer everyone who loves Disney - Marvel and  Star Wars too. Imagine playing your favorite Star Wars character like Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie and Darth. Spinning around, battling - using the Force. More info below and a peek at the the new part of the game in the video all to tempt you. 

Pieces of The Force Awakens in this clip above gives us a glimpse of the new Star Wars movie too. Rey has some awesome kick butt moves - I love that BB-8 is in it too and Finn. Using their powers to fight evil. Check it out....  Sadly we will have to wait till the movie comes out on December 18th to get this part of the game. 

Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm unveiled the first gameplay trailer for the upcoming Star Wars-The Force Awakens Play Set, the third Star War Play Set to be released for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition on December 18th!

Details
Players will travel to a galaxy far, far away alongside new heroes and old friends in search for a much-needed ally.  Playable characters include: 
  • Finn, a soldier on a path to adventure and danger, and 
  • Rey, a true survivor who is resourceful and capable. Both will join 
  • Poe Dameron, the trusted pilot of the Resistance who uses his expert flying skills to travel the galaxy, and
  • Kylo Ren, an enforcer for the First Order who terrorizes the galaxy with devious acts.


Thanks and Enjoy!!!!!!


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25 November 2015

ICE! The Most Amazing Holiday Experience #Review ~ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas



From November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016 you can enjoy one of the most amazing holiday shows I have ever seen. There is nothing like it! the carvers that make the Ice Sculptors are beyond amazing. I was invited to the media preview and what I saw well the pictures will tell most of the story. Not only were we treated to a grand perform from Cirque Dreams, Holiday Music, Dancing, Beautiful Christmas Trees and Decorations, Tubing and a visit to Santa himself - I didn't think they could do anymore but they did. The ICE show itself was so amazing words cannot describe it alone. But go see it for yourself. The Ice glows and sparkles, has colors and life - I have included all the behind the scenes info and pricing. Get Ready To Bundle up!! And a word of advice take the parka. 

Central Florida’'s favorite holiday hub hidden under a 4.5 acre glass-enclosed snow globe comes to life during Christmas at Gaylord Palms.

Gleaming with more than two million twinkling lights and dripping with masterful décor, the resort exudes a warm welcome to guests wishing to celebrate both the traditional and modern sentiments of the season. From 2 million pounds of ice to 1.5 million pounds of snow, there is something for everyone during this blissful bundle of holiday fun. Christmas at Gaylord Palms presented by The Noerr Programs is chockfull of signature events and sprinkled with new offerings which include Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, The Elf on The Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, Cosmic Snow Tubing, Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Build-A-Bear Workshop and the anxiously awaited nightly Grand Snowfall.

ICE! features 

Twas the Night Before Christmas is this year’s main attraction. Guests walk through a chilly 9 degrees as they experience the classic poem come to life in hand-carved, life-size ice sculptures. ICE! presented by Pepsi will also feature four slippery ice slides, a live carving zone in which guests can witness a master carver at work and On the Blocks ICE! Bar, the exclusive adult-only bar inside of ICE!

Everyone’s favorite wintery rush, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, an 18’ 8-lane giant snow hill created with real Florida snow is back by popular demand. On Friday and Saturday evenings the lights go down and the fun turns up as Cosmic Tubing comes to life. Guests tubing during this time enjoy high spirited holiday music accompanied by flashing LED lights.  

Not a thrill seeker? How about an elf seeker? The all new The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt ignites the inner sleuth and takes guests on a journey throughout the holiday-clad hotel. Participants will follow clues and scan the hotel to spot the 10 scout elves who have landed at Gaylord Palms. By solving puzzles and finding all of the elves, guests will reveal the elves’ names so they can report back to Santa. 


WOW!!! OMG!!! Captain America: #CivilWar - Trailer and Wicked Movie Poster



Amazing first look! But - Breaking up the avengers no way!!

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when  Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.



Website and Mobile site: http://marvel.com/captainamerica


Thanks and Enjoy!!





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23 November 2015

#Zootopia New Laugh Your A$$ Off - Sloth Movie Trailer!!



hey there folks!!! - I got to see this preview during a screening of the Good Dinosaur over the weekend and it was hysterical. The rabbit Judy Hopps played by Ginny Goodwin (Snow White - OUAT) was so funny, you know how slow sloths are and she was trying to get info from them at of all places where they work. You ask where would sloths be working? Of course the DMV. Checkout this clip and laugh your ass off!!

The look of horror - LOL!

20 November 2015

HER UNIVERSE Debuts new exclusive Holiday FanGirl Fashions fr. #StarWars & More

Her Universe Debuts Dozens of New Fangirl Fashions Exclusively Online for the Holidays 
All-new Geek Fashions from Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who and Star Trek
as well as a New Star Wars BB-8 Collectible Holiday Pin 


Shopping for a special fangirl this holiday season? Her Universe, the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company, has made your gift-giving a little easier this year with the debut today of dozens of exclusive fashions on heruniverse.com. These new fashion-forward designs, including cozy pullovers, jackets, dresses, fashion tops and more will please any Geek Girl for the holidays. Kicking off the festive shopping season are new designs available for the first time from Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who and Star Trek. In addition, Her Universe will continue its tradition by offering a free Star Wars holiday pin (and Ashley Eckstein autographed certificate) with every purchase of $25.00 or more starting on Black Friday. Rolling your way as the 2015 pin, just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is the lovable little droid, BB-8. The highly coveted pin (limited edition of 1,500) is available while supplies last. This free gift has a $30.00 retail value.

19 November 2015

Holiday #Recipe - Chipotle Mac 'N Cheese



recipe and ingredients list to follow!!! 
Happy Thanksgiving!!

"Disney Screen" 2nd Quarter Calendar and Good Dino Offer - Here in #Orlando

As many of you are probably aware, the launch of the Disney Screen program in July. Disney Screen is a new way to watch your favorite Disney films on the big screen. Each week, Disney Screen hosts four classic Disney films. All four similar themed films play each day and are accompanied with a short film. New films start each Friday and each week has a theme (e.g. Pixar, Zero to Hero and Fun with Families) consistent with the four films being shown.
Passes are good for unlimited admission (one pass per person) and can be purchased for a day, week, month, or quarter. Disney Screen continues in Cinemark Theaters in six markets: Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Orlando, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Attached is the second quarter calendar currently playing through January 14, 2016. 

Disney Screen is a first-of-its-kind membership program and ensures there’s always something for families at the movies. It’s the perfect family activity!

18 November 2015

UNIVERSAL ORL. OFFERS Big Savings W/ New HERO Ticket EXCLUSIVELY 4 FLORIDA Residents


NEW LIMITED-TIME OFFER
It a great deal alright!! 

Florida Residents who Act Now can Save on Multi-Day Tickets and Vacation Packages to 
Universal Orlando – including Three Days of Thrills for Less than $130 Per Person

Universal Orlando Resort has launched a new Hero ticket just for Florida residents –designed to give them huge savings on multi-day ticket options to Universal’s award-winning theme parks.  Offers are available for a limited time and include:

Three-Day Ticket - can be used for 3days between now and Jan. 31, 2016. Blockout dates apply. 
·         3-day base ticket (access to one theme park per day) for $129.99 plus tax, per person
·         3-day park-to-park ticket (access to both theme parks on each day) for $163.99 plus tax, per person

Two-Day Ticket - can be used for 2days between now and Jan. 31, 2016. Blockout dates apply. 
·         2-day base ticket (access to one theme park per day) for $119.99 plus tax, per person
·         2-day park-to-park ticket (access to both theme parks on each day) for $153.99 plus tax, per person 

Florida residents can also save $50 on a two-night getaway that includes hotel accommodations for two nights, a 2-day park-to-park ticket and early theme park admission. 

17 November 2015

#Orlando Favorite Marlow's Tavern has New Seasonal Menu to Warm Your Palette


I can't wait to try some of these Seasonal Menu items that are debuting at Orlando’s Favorite Tavern. I have tried many dishes here before and have loved them. Their food is very tasty as well as affordable. I'm very pleased to bring you some pics of their menu items as well as all the details on the new menu for the cooler winter months.  

Known for bringing affordable luxury to its Orlando-area communities, Marlow’s Tavern introduces a new winter menu of chef-driven tavern fare beginning today, Tuesday, November 17.  
 
“We are always focused on offering value to our guests, and one of the ways we are creating a unique yet accessible dining experience is by bringing worldly influences to our menu,” said John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern. “Our new winter offerings are globally-inspired and give guests the chance to experience a wide range of flavors without leaving their neighborhood.”
 
New items include the following:
  • Fresh burrata with roasted tomato and eggplant caponata served alongside toasty ciabatta and topped with parsley olive oil 
      
  • Grilled Golden Legacy Farms wild turkey meatloaf with seared tomato bacon jam, sweet thyme, shaved Brussels sprouts, creamer potatoes, onion confit, Asiago cheese and parsley oil
  • Marlow’s melt with American cheese, caramelized onions and MT special sauce on buttery toasted rye
  • Pumpkin seed-crusted pan-seared barramundi served with roast golden quinoa, butternut squash, tiny green beans, sage cider cream and spiced seeds


  •  “Cuban-style” slow-roasted pressed pork sandwich with local heritage Berkshire pork loin, chimichurri, red onion, cheddar and chipotle barbecue sauce on a pressed Cuban roll.


In addition 

to showcasing heartier options to bring comfort during the winter months, Orlando’s favorite neighborhood tavern is also redesigning some of its classic dishes with seasonal accompaniments to inject more robust flavors into lighter selections. As a result, Marlow’s grilled Atlantic salmon will soon be served with seared Burbank potato, sweet corn, tiny asparagus, crispy bacon and scallion succotash, roast tomato beurre blanc and a crispy potato stick. 

The restaurant’s Tavern salad will highlight the bounty of winter with field greens, roasted Bartlett pear, butternut squash, quinoa, Asiago cheese, and spiced pumpkin and toasted sunflower seeds with sweet herb dressing.

 

16 November 2015

Pixar Newest Short "Sanjay's Super Team" The #GoodDino -

Are you ready to see this new clip from the Disney•Pixar short film “Sanjay’s Super Team" This looks so funny - As a mom/parent I can totally relate to it. Check out the clip below and have a laugh!

“Sanjay’s Super Team” opens in theaters everywhere on November 25th, in front of Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR.




In “Sanjay's Super Team,” the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

See the latest Pics below from the new Animated Short! 


Aladdin as told by Zippy little Emoji



This is so cute!! If you are a Aladdin fan as I am just check out my phone case - you know how much I love this movie!! Watch and Enjoy but don't forget to get the details below!!

Disney Retells Aladdin using Emoji

Hurry and text your friends...another Disney emoji video just went live! In the all-new Aladdin as Told by Emoji video, fans can watch as emoji-fied versions of Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, and the rest of our Aladdin friends as they retell their tale using the mechanics of a smartphone, including text threads, calendar alerts, lock screens and more. 

The video is the 3rd installment of Disney As Told By Emoji, a new collection of videos that retell popular Disney stories by recasting our favorite characters as emoji living within a mobile phone. The series kicked off in February with Frozen As Told By Emoji and was followed by Tangled As Told By Emoji. Disney As Told By Emoji is just one of the ways Disney Interactive is bringing beloved Disney stories to new platforms for existing fans and new audiences to enjoy. And it does just that! I love watching them it's like the funnest Disney cartoons. 

14 November 2015

See this Movie it looks Epic!! #Disney's The Finest Hours Newest Trailer


#TheFinestHours

This movie looks so intense - leave it to Disney to pick another great true story to make a movie about. I really love true stories and seeing them inspire as well as conquer is certainly good for the soul. It seems like a true hero story and I can't wait to see it. Movie scenario below, 

Also check out the poster -  it's the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard. 

THE FINEST HOURS opens in theatres everywhere on January 29th, 2016!


13 November 2015

Just In!!! Check out the new Disney Infinity 3.0 - Power Disc Pack for the Star Wars: #TheForceAwakens


Brand New Info & Pics Just In!! 

Get your first look at the new Power Discs from Disney Infinity 3.0  just revealed new details about Power Disc Pack for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set. 

  • Poe’s Resistance Jacket: Gear up Poe in his sturdy flight jacket and tackle any Resistance mission
  • Resistance Tactical Strike: Call upon the heroes of the Resistance and unleash a tactical strike
  • Quad Jumper: Race across any planet with this versatile vehicle
  • Finn’s Stormtrooper Costume: March Finn into battle in his First Order stormtrooper armor

This is the first look at Finn in action 

The 
Power discs have special abilities that make taking down and fighting easier. They help your heroes succeed! 
Explore 
The world of The Force Awakens with these new Power Discs.

These power discs will be on sale alongside the new figures and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set pack on December 18.

 More info can be found in the post at StarWars.com


I'm so excited to play, really wish it was already December 18th! Thanks and Enjoy!!
#CanDoItMom :-)





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Mondo Movie Clips to Celebrate Dino Week!! The #GoodDinosaur



Here's todays colossal Q?  What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Think about it! and to celebrate it in a really big way,

We're kicking off the most exciting week of all [DINO WEEK]!! Starting today with 3 Mondo clips!
:
Why Just Because } Everything is bigger on Dino Week!!




THE GOOD DINOSAUR opens in theatres everywhere on November 25th!
 An Apatosaurus named Arlo and his unlikely human friend travel through a harsh and mysterious landscape, where Arlo learns to confront his fears, discovering what he is truly capable of. 
 #GoodDino 




Like THE GOOD DINOSAUR on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarTheGoodDinosaur

Follow THE GOOD DINOSAUR on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thegooddinosaur  

Follow THE GOOD DINOSAUR on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thegooddinosaur/  

Follow THE GOOD DINOSAUR on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/the-good-dinosaur/

Visit Disney/Pixar on Tumblr: http://disneypixar.tumblr.com 

Follow Disney/Pixar on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyPixar

Visit the official THE GOOD DINOSAUR website here: http://movies.disney.com/the-good-dinosaur


Thanks and Enjoy!! Good Dino Fans! #CanDoItMom





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11 November 2015

Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box Speedway #GameReview ~ Start Your Engines!


We recently received a VERY cool addition to our Disney Infinity 3.0 collection; the Toy Box Speedway expansion game.  This kart style racing game is loads of fun.  It does support up to 4 players online and if you have a second controller it supports 2 players locally.  To play you add the game piece to your Infinity Base and add a character (remember ANY Disney Infinity 1.0 - 3.0 character will work).  You will start your racing career with a little training.  You will learn to accelerate, brake, drift, jump and do a 180 degree turn.  After that it's off to the races.  You have your choice of a traditional race, a battle race (with machine guns, rockets, oil slicks and more) or a time trial. All of these are available as a single race or a 3 race Grand Prix. I love the tracks that come loaded onto the expansion game! Some of my favorites are Deserts of Tatooine, Halloween Town and Gravity Falls.  In the single player races its you vs 7 computer opponents.  You can race characters such as Darth Vader in a Landspeeder, Elsa riding a snow mobile, Wreck it Ralph driving a tow truck and many many more. The controls are the same as any vehicle you have learned to drive in Disney Infinity previously.  There are a few new features which I will describe based on the Playstation 4.

At the beginning of the race rapidly press R2 to build up an opening turbo boost off the starting line.  Drifting will build up the turbo again; once you have a yellow bar built up at the bottom of your screen flick the right stick to kick the turbo in. Remember - to go places you would think are not allowed; Disney Infinity is all about infinite possibilities so smash through that road closed barrier, there may be a short cut or an awesome power up waiting to reward you.  I love this expansion game and have had hours of fun with it; if you have already purchased Disney Infinity 3.0 this expansion game would make an amazing stocking stuffer with a MSRP of $19.99.  Get your race on in the Toy Box Speedway!

DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 EDITION TOY BOX EXPANSION GAMES NOW AVAILABLE


More details:
New Toy Box Takeover and Toy Box Speedway Unlock Additional Hours of Fun Disney Character Gameplay!

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