Sunday, July 23, 2017

Vehicle Review: 2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport - Cars Land, Food Adventures and the Pizza Planet Truck!

The latest vehicle review is for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport. No better place to take the Sonata Sport than to The Disneyland Resort! The sun is coming up as we are early to the parking lot! Cars Land here we come!

Take a look at the image above for a 360 view of Route 66 in Radiator Springs shortly after the nightly neon lighting ceremony! This lighting event occurs just after sunset and is a sight not to be missed!

After a great day in Cars Land, the next day it was off on a food adventure of course! But first let's take a look at the smooth lines of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport! All trims come with heated side mirrors and automatic headlights. The Sport version has dual exhaust pipes, a sport front grille and LED daytime running lights. The Sport also comes with 17-inch wheels.

The engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder GDI engine with a 6-speed transmission that generates 185 hp. Fuel economy comes in at 25 mpg in the city/35 mpg on the highway/28 mpg combined.

There are also some solid safety features including a rear-view camera, traction control, stability control and brake-assist features. Inside there is a full compliment of airbags including a driver's knee airbag.

Take a look at the image above in 360 of the spacious interior of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport. The driver gets an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat. The Sonata easily seats five passengers in a very quiet cabin. There is a generous amount of legroom in both rows. Plus, there is a large amount of space in the trunk.

The displays are nicely laid out. The center console has everything easily within the drivers reach. You also get illuminated vanity mirrors, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, 6-speaker audio system with HD Radio, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

With Disneyland done, it was time for food adventures! The first place I went to is a favorite of mine, Joe's Italian Ice on Harbor Blvd. just down the street from Disneyland! I am having one of their latest flavors, soft serve dole whip with a chocolate shell! A must have!

The next food adventure was for these rolled ice cream waffle tacos from Sweet Cups in Garden Grove! The left is the Vietnamese coffee ice cream and the one on the right is the Monsters, Inc. one which is like a cookies and cream. And yes, they were both delicious!

I ended up my week by hanging out with my friend who owns the Pizza Planet Truck! Here we are meeting up for lunch at a local pizza place called Pizza Press located directly across the street from the Guardians of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction on Harbor Blvd.

Love hanging out with the Pizza Planet Truck and seeing old friend Buzz and Woody!

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport offers a smooth ride, lots of room, great fuel economy, advanced safety features and fun tech items all make this a highly recommended family vehicle or a commuter vehicle.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind The Scenes

A new behind-the-scenes look at STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI debuted at D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif.  Director Rian Johnson surprised fans with on-stage appearances by cast members Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.


LONDON, England (July 15, 2017) -- Production is underway for the live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo.” Directed by visionary filmmaker Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”), the film stars Golden Globe® winner Colin Farrell (“In Bruges,” “The Lobster”), Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton (“Birdman,” “Beetlejuice”), Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Danny DeVito (“Batman Returns,” “Big Fish”), BAFTA Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Eva Green (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Dark Shadows”), and introduces Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins in their first film roles. The cast also includes Roshan Seth, DeObia Oparei, Sharon Rooney and Douglas Reith. Katterli Frauenfelder (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Big Eyes”), Derek Frey (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Frankenweenie”), Ehren Kruger (“Ophelia,” “Dream House”) and Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”) are producing from a screenplay by Kruger. Nigel Gostelow (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Dark Shadows”) is the executive producer. “Dumbo” is slated for release on March 29, 2019.

Disney’s new live-action feature film “Dumbo” introduces Holt Farrier (Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt’s children (Parker and Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Keaton) and an aerial artist named Colette Marchant (Green) swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.    

Walt Disney’s classic animated tale “Dumbo,” which opened Oct. 23, 1941, won an Oscar® for best scoring of a musical picture and was nominated for best original song for “Baby Mine.”

The creative team includes cinematographer Ben Davis, BSC (“Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Oscar® winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Dark Shadows”), four-time Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), editor Chris Lebenzon, ACE (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”) and BAFTA Award-winning make-up designer Paul Gooch (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”).

Utilizing state-of-the-art visual effects to portray Dumbo and many of his four-legged counterparts, “Dumbo” will be filmed entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and Cardington Studios.

A Closer Look at "A Galaxy of Stories" From Walt Disney Parks and Resorts including the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Model

Take a closer look at the awesome Walt Disney Parks and Resorts "A Galaxy of Stories" at the D23 Expo 2017!

The model for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is massive! The land itself is 14 acres and is 2 acres bigger than Cars Land! The Disneyland version, shown here has three entrances into the land while Florida's will only have two entrances.

This is the view from the Critter Country entrance into Star Wars" Galaxy's Edge.

Star Wars: Galaxy Edge is set to open in 2019! May The Force be with us!

Mark Hamill with the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Model at the D23 Expo 2017!

During the D23 Expo 2017, Mark Hamill stopped by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion to visit the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge model!


We hope you enjoy this special image-in-motion of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins from Disney’s original musical “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all-new sequel to the 1964 “Mary Poppins” which features a fresh sensibility while celebrating the spirit of the original. The moving image features the practically-perfect nanny in a cobalt blue nanny coat and red hat with her iconic parrot head umbrella in hand.

Blunt took to the stage at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, joining director/producer Rob Marshall to talk about the eagerly-anticipated return of the enigmatic nanny, where Blunt offered insight as to how she made the character her own. “I needed to try to pay homage to Julie Andrews but carve out a new space for myself. And we were very loyal to the books,” said Blunt. Marshall shared, “I was incredibly honored to be approached by Disney about directing a sequel.  This is a brand new original film musical from top to bottom, which is very rare, and it is a wonderful opportunity to create something specifically for the screen.”  

Be sure to check out “Mary Poppins Returns” when it hits theaters December 25, 2018!


Take a look at the teaser trailer and teaser poster for Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” which just debuted at the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, thrilling the thousands of Disney fans in attendance. The film, which is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love.

Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” is produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer. The film stars: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine and introduces Storm Reid.

Check out “A Wrinkle in Time” when it hits theaters on March 9, 2018!

Giveaway: Jack Skellington Mug + Starbucks Gift Card

Celebrating Christmas in July with this awesome Jack Skellington mug and a $20 Starbucks Gift Card! This giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER – New Poster Revealed at San Diego Comic-Con

A new poster for Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER was just revealed during a panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. 

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Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK – New Trailer and Poster Released at San Diego Comic-Con!

The new trailer for Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK debuted moments ago in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con along with a new poster. 

Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK will be in theaters on November 3, 2017!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Copycat Legoland Apple Fries Recipe + Enter the #SoGoodTogether Contest!

I have gone to Legoland California every year since it first opened. From visiting with my parents, to my friends and loved ones, I love this park and they have one of my favorite snack items of all-time in any theme park! Granny's Apple Fries is a treat I discovered in the castle area and is something I get every single visit! After one bite, it will remind you of apple pie and here is how to make this awesome treat at home! I headed off to my local Smart & Final to pick up all of the ingredients.

What you need:

- 4 Granny Smith apples, which was easy as picking up these beautiful Granny Smith's from Smart & Final

- 1/2 cup of corn starch, which I used First Street Corn Starch

- 1/2 cup of sugar, which I used First Street Pure Cane Sugar

- 1/8 cup of cinnamon, which I used First Street ground cinnamon

- frying oil, which I choose to use First Street Vegetable Oil

- whipped cream of choice, which of course I used the First Street Dairy Whipped Topping


1. Heat about one inch of oil in a deep frying pot over medium heat

2. Core and peel the apples. Then slice the applies into french fry pieces. Keeping the slices about the same size means they will cook evenly. Then toss the apple slices into corn starch and coat evenly.

3. In a separate bowl, combine both the sugar and the cinnamon and set that bowl aside for now.

4. In small batches, fry the apples for 2-3 minutes until lightly golden. Use a slotted spoon to remove the apples. Drain the apples on a paper towels or a brown paper bag. Sprinkle your apple fries quite liberally with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

5. Continue frying the apples until all have been cooked and serve immediately with the whipped cream in a small bowl to dip them in. Enjoy!

So Good Together Photo Contest:

It comes as no surprise that Smart & Final loves Summer! What could be better that combining friends, fun, sun and of course food? How about winning a "So Good Together" Photo Contest? All you need to do is take a photo  at your next summer get together and use the hashtag #SoGoodTogetherContest for a chance to win $2,500 in SmartCash Gift Cards from Smart & Final! The picture with the most votes at the end of the contest will be the winner! For more information please 

 Food, friends, fun & sun... What could possibly be better? How about winning a “So Good Together” Photo Contest? Simply snap a pic during your next summer gathering and post it with #SoGoodTogetherContest for a chance to win $2,500 in SmartCash Gift Cards. The picture with the most votes at the end of the contest will be crowned the winner! For more information or to find your nearest location, please visit

You can find the official contest rules here: So Good Together Smart & Final Photo Contest.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Take a Tour of the Pizza Planet Truck!

What do you do the day before the start of the 2017 D23 Expo? Why give a tour of the Pizza planet Truck of course!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Giveaway: Stitch Mug + Starbucks Gift Card

Enter to win this Stitch 626 mug with lid and a $20 Starbucks Gift Card! The giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email! Good luck!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

The Little Mermaid Unboxing Disney Princess Mystery Box from Pley

Sara and I unbox the Disney Princess Mystery Box from Pley! This Disney subscription box is perfect for your princess! Take a look and see what comes in the box!

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Giveaway: Christmas In July - Mickey, Minnie and Pluto Christmas Mug + Starbucks Gift Card

Celebrate Christmas In July with this Disney Parks Christmas mug and a Starbucks Gift Card! This giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email! Good luck!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cars Land Sunset Lighting Moment in 360 VR

One of my favorite moments in any Disney Theme Park is the lighting moment in Cars Land that happens at sunset! Enjoy this moment in glorious 360 degree video!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

360 VR Walk Thru of Big Thunder Trail at Disneyland

Take a 360 VR walk thru of Big Thunder Trail as we head towards the 2019 opening of Star Wars Land at Disneyland! Use the Gear VR Goggles for the ultimate immersive experience!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Giveaway: Figment Mug + Starbucks Gift Card

Win this cute Figment mug plus a $20 Starbucks Gift Card! This giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email! Good luck everyone!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Vehicle Review: 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD - Summer of Heroes, Cars 3 and Legoland

It is time for another vehicle review! This time it is the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD! I reviewed the 2016 version back in December of last year! The 2016 version was one of my favorite and most luxurious vehicles to drive last year and the 2017 version is largely unchanged. Here is the link to that review:

Vehicle Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature Edition

Let's take a look at the fun adventures I had in the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD while checking out the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure, podcasting, media screening of Cars 3 and a trip to Legoland California! Wow, a busy week so let's get started!

The sun is rising on a new day and the fluid lines of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature make the vehicle look like it is in motion even when parked. I love the large mouthed grill, the large and expressive LED headlights and fog lights as well as the large 20-inch alloy wheels.

 It was worth it to be up early to get ready to check out the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure for the food, characters and of course the newest attraction, Guardians of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout!

Click the link to learn some of my tips to get the most out of your visit to Guardians of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout!

Sasaki Time's Tips for Enjoying Guardians of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout at Disney California Adventure!

I got to meet one of my favorite Marvel characters, Black Widow!

After spending time with super heroes it was time to slow things down and head into Radiator Springs.

While in Cars Land I got to meet Larry The Cable Guy who voices Mater in the movie Cars! Larry was super nice and was happy to take the time to pose for this selfie!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sasaki Time's Mouse Ear Collection Unveiled!

Take a look at my personal collection of mouse ears! Believe it or not I never owned a pair of mouse ears until Disneyland's 50th Anniversary in 2005! Now I have a collection of 15 ears and growing!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Giveaway: Doc Hudson Oil Can Mug + Starbucks Gift Card

Celebrate the opening of Cars 3 with this awesome Doc Hudson oil can mug plus a $20 Starbucks gift card! The winner will be notified by email! Good luck!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

15 Disneyland Resort Fun Facts About Sasaki Time!

Take a look at 15 Fun Disneyland Resort Facts About Me!



The Games Showcase returns to D23 Expo Arena, with special guests and surprise unveilings, on July 15

A Disney Products presentation—featuring surprises and giveaways—at the Walt Disney Archives Stage will help open the Expo on July 14

Disney Publishing Worldwide will unveil a treasure trove of upcoming titles throughout the weekend, while Oh My Disney will delight fans with more than 30 hours of fresh entertainment distributed across the Disney Digital Network

BURBANK, Calif. – June 15, 2017 – At the upcoming D23 Expo 2017, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) will showcase a blockbuster slate of programming from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. Fans will get an inside glimpse into Disney products and collectibles during a presentation on the Walt Disney Archives Stage, while exclusive news about games and interactive experiences will be unveiled during a presentation in the 3,400-seat D23 Expo Arena. In addition to the DCPI pavilion on the show floor, Disney Publishing Worldwide will go “behind the pages” of some of their upcoming books during a series of panels throughout the weekend. Oh My Disney will also bring fun, fan-focused live activations to the heart of the DCPI pavilion all three days on the Oh My Disney Stage.

Programming kicks off on Friday, July 14, the first day of the Expo and continues through the weekend:

The Walt Disney Company’s Celebrated Product Legacy and the Exciting Future Ahead
Friday, July 14, 10 a.m., The Walt Disney Archives Stage
Fans and collectors are invited to the ultimate inside look at how products and collectibles have become an essential part of the fan experience for Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. This session will provide a look back at the important role consumer products have played in the history of the Company, as well as a sneak peek at the product development process. Attendees will also get a first look at some of the most exciting upcoming and new product lines. And they can also expect a few surprises that no fan will want to miss!

Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase
Saturday, July 15, 1 p.m., D23 Expo Arena
At the Games showcase, fans will experience never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, special guests, and other unforgettable surprises from across the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel games portfolios. Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, DCPI, will kick off the presentation, which will feature many show-stopping moments including announcements from Marvel, and more information about highly anticipated games, including Star Wars Battlefront II™ from Electronic Arts, KINGDOM HEARTS III from Disney and Square Enix, and more.

Disney Books Panels and Presentations
Friday, July 14, Sunday, July 16, various stages
Guests will be able to go inside the pages of their favorite classic and contemporary stories during Disney Publishing Worldwide’s series of exclusive panels and presentations.

      On Friday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, Gravity Falls series creator Alex Hirsch and Star vs. The Forces ofEvil series creator Daron Nefcy will discuss what it’s like to bring hit Disney XD series from the screen to page with bestselling titles Gravity Falls: Journal 3 and Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension.

      Mindy Johnson, author of Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, will interview a panel of animators past and present and share how women make remarkable contributions to the legacy of Walt Disney’s animation studio. The presentation will take place on the Walt Disney Archives Stage on Friday, July 14, at 4:30 p.m.

      Disney Legends Richard Sherman and Floyd Norman will invite fans to the D23 Expo Arena on Saturday, July 15, at 6 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind discussion about their upcoming book A Kiss Goodnight.

      Marcy Smothers, author of the upcoming title Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food, will show guests in the Walt Disney Archives Stage on Sunday, July 16, at 10 a.m. how Walt Disney infused fun and creativity into his foodfrom his family’s kitchen table to the Happiest Place on Earth.

      On Sunday, July 16, at 4:15 p.m. on Stage 28, Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson, Disney Legend Marty Sklar, and fellow Imagineers will explore the history of Disney Parks through Maps of Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai.

      Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Dave Bossert and David Gerstein, authors of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons, will showcase the definitive history of the iconic character on Sunday, July 16, at 6 p.m. on Stage 28.

Throughout the weekend, select authors and artists will be available for signings and meet and greets at Talent Central and the Disney Dream Store.

DCPI Pavilion and Oh My Disney Stage
In the DCPI pavilion on the show floor, fans can “Live the Magic” and experience how Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel can enrich their daily lives. Divided into four distinct lifestyle environments, guests will be able to preview and experience all-new cross-category offerings from Disney’s licensees, authors and artists, including playing the latest games from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, immersing themselves in the pavilion’s park environment of outdoor play and creativity, or watching cooking demos in the kitchen environment featuring influencers from Disney Family and Disney Publishing Worldwide.

At the heart of the DCPI pavilion is the Oh My Disney Stage, which will bring the fun, fresh voice of Oh My Disney to life through daily surprise-and-delight moments, including celebrity guests, panels, performances, game shows, toy unboxings, first looks, and a live taping of The Oh My Disney Show hosted by Maker creator Alexys Gabrielle. The stage’s events, programs, and shows will be shared live across the Disney Digital Network’s editorial channels like Oh My Disney, Disney Style, Polaris, and Disney Family and social accounts for every Disney character, franchise, and film. The full Oh My Disney Stage schedule and live streams will be revealed in July.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

About Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings our Company’s stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps, books and console games. DCPI comprises four main lines of business: Global Licensing, Disney Retail, Publishing and Digital Media, and Games, Apps, and Labs. The segment is home to world-class teams of app and game developers, licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney Store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations and bring the magic of Disney into the daily lives of families and fans around the world.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit (C) 2017 MARVEL

About D23 Expo 2017
D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which will take place July 14–16at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at and at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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