Saturday, May 27, 2017

Giveaway: Groot Sipper from DCA for the Summer of Heroes

I am Groot! Win a Groot Sipper from Disney California Adventure as they celebrate the opening of Guardians of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout and the start of the Summer of Heroes! The giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email!

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Giveaway: Captain America Single Cup Coffee Maker

Celebrate the start of Summer of Heroes in Disney California Adventure Park with this Captain America single cup coffee maker! This giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email! Hero Up!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Pirate's Life

Join fans around the globe as they celebrate the release of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, in theaters May 26, 2017 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D! 

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced. 

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Jack and the Franchise are Back!

Jack is back, Captain Jack Sparrow that is! The fifth adventure in the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise hits theaters May 26th! Hard to believe that it has been fourteen years since the first one arrived back in 2003. At that time pirate movies had long been considered to be a failed genre but Pirates proved everyone wrong with an incredible cast, fantastic story and a powerful musical score!

Since then, three more films followed, and here we are six years after Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. In that time we have seen the Walt Disney Studios live action fare go from trying to replicate the Pirates formula to almost not needing it at all. In fact, all the studios under the Walt Disney Studios umbrella are firing on all cylinders. The Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Walt Disney live action are creating blockbuster after blockbuster.  So while maybe another Pirates film wasn't needed, it was easy to see that Dead Men Tell No Tales is a much needed breath of fresh air into the franchise.

The film is brilliantly directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (the duo directed the historical drama Kon-Tiki) who immediately bring us back into the world of Pirates with a reminder that this film is a direct sequel to the third movie in the franchise, At World's End, rather than continuing after On Stranger Tides. Without giving anything away, you quickly learn that there is a quest to find the Trident of Poseidon. And an early action sequence made me think of the Fast and The Furious franchise set in the time period of Pirates and you are back into the swashbuckling fun of the original movie.

Johnny Depp, stars as his now iconic Captain Jack Sparrow, down on his luck and once again finds another person from his past out to get their revenge on him. This time the menace is Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), a Spanish Navy Captain, whom a young Jack Sparrow caused the events that led to Salazar's nightmarish curse.

Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) is also back and causes a wedge between Sparrow and Salazar. And the two newcomers, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) and Henry (Brenton Thwaites) make a charming hero/heroine duo that do not try to mimic Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. Full of action, close-calls, battles of ships and swords, you have all that you need for an amazing adventure.

This is a brilliant return to the franchise that is more grounded and level-headed than the last two films. The film also ends on a surprisingly heartfelt note. Welcome back pirates, thank you for bringing back the fun of the first adventure.

Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into theaters May 26th!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Inspired Bento Boxes by Kristen Nichols

Bento Box Inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Created by Kristen Nichols

“Commodore Norrington, my effects please….and my hat!”  Eat lunch like a true scallywag with these adorable bento boxes celebrating the release of the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, out May 26th.  These boxes are a healthy, convenient grab-and-go solution for work, school, or play.  Each of the components are versatile and can be adapted to suit anyone’s individual taste. Our version features Captain’s Hat Sandwich Bites, Captain Jack Sparrow’s Fruit Skewer Beads, and Cheese and Cracker Gold Medallions.  You can also help keep scurvy at bay with mandarin orange slices or prepare for battle with black olive cannon balls!

What You’ll Need:

Captain’s Hat Sandwich Bites:
Sliced sandwich bread
*You can use any type you like.  We prefer wheat or rye bread because the dark brown color is truer to Captain Jack Sparrow’s hat.
Desired spread or filling
*Some varieties we enjoyed were PB&J, cucumber and cream cheese, tuna salad, egg salad, or hazelnut spread
*The sandwich bites are small so you can mix-and-match 2 or 3 flavors to taste.  We like the idea of having both a savory and a sweet sandwich together in one box!

Fruit Skewer Beads (original idea provided by @thehealthymouse):
Seasonal fruit of your choice - sliced or cubed
Mini-marshmallows (optional)
Bamboo BBQ skewers
*For a more savory taste, try making the skewers with olives, artichoke hearts, cubed cheddar cheese, and a little Italian dressing.

Cheese and Cracker Gold Medallions:
Round table crackers of your choice
Cheese slices cut to fit the crackers
    *We like the look of cheddar cheese but you can use any cheese you prefer

Scurvy Cure:
Mandarin orange (peeled and separated into slices)

“Cannon Fire!” :
Whole black olives
Hummus, ranch, or other dip if desired

How to assemble the sandwich bites:
  1. Take a slice of bread and cut a large circle out of the center.  You can do this with a circular cookie cutter or just eyeball it with a knife.  Try to make the circle as large as you can.  As a bonus this process automatically cuts off the crust for pickier eaters.
  2. Cover one side of the bread with a thin layer of spread, if desired.
  3. Gather and pinch the bread into three corners and use a toothpick to secure each one.  
  4. Fill the center with approximately one teaspoon of the filling of your choice.
  5. Remove the toothpicks when it’s time to eat and Enjoy!

We would love to see how you create your Pirates bento box!  Leave pictures of your creations in the comments and don’t forget to check out the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in theaters May 26th.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Last night in Hollywood, fan favorites Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario along with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg walked the red carpet and greeted throngs of fans in pirate garb at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES.

Guardians of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout Inspired Recipes - Ravager Fuel Pizza and Gamora's Matcha Pina Colada by Kristen Nichols

“Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout” - Ravager Fuel Pizza and Gamora’s Matcha Pina Colada

We’re “Hooked on a Feelin” that it’s time for a celebration!  Celebrate National Pizza Party Day (5/19) and get hyped up for the newest attraction at Disney California Adventure Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, opening May 27th, with these easy-to-make recipes.  This Star-Lord approved pizza and Gamora’s Matcha Pina Colada are sure to please all the Guardians of your Galaxy!  Enjoy!

Ravager Fuel Pizza

This recipe combines fresh veggies, wholesome ingredients, and a classic family favorite to properly fuel any Guardian’s next mission.  The toppings can be varied to suit different tastes and dietary restrictions.  Best of all this recipe only takes an estimated 30-45 minutes to cook, making it a great weeknight dinner option.  “Groot said this pizza is frickin’ delicious...only he didn’t use frickin’.”

Makes 1 12” pizza, serves 2-4

1 package Trader Joe’s pre-made whole wheat pizza dough*
1 small jar pizza sauce*
*We used Trader Joe’s brand but you can use whichever brand you prefer
1 package shredded mozzarella cheese
1 small zucchini (sliced in half once lengthwise and thinly sliced)
½ cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1 2.25oz can sliced olives
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes (optional)
1 clove garlic (minced)

You’ll also need:
¼ cup olive oil (to coat the baking sheet and drizzle on top of the pizza)
¾ cup flour (for rolling out the dough)

  1. Pre-heat the oven and prepare the pizza dough according to the instructions on the pizza dough package and lightly coat a baking sheet with half the olive oil (reserve the other half for later)
  2. Once your dough has been rolled out to the desired thickness and width, transfer it onto a lightly oiled baking sheet.  Using a fork, puncture the dough several times to prevent the crust from puffing up.  Bake crust for 5-7 minutes.
*Trader Joe’s brand pizza dough does not specify the need to pre-bake your crust once it’s rolled out but we’ve found that pre-baking the dough ensures it is cooked thoroughly.
  1. Once the crust is removed from the oven add sauce, cheese, zucchini, mushrooms, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes to taste.
  2. Mix 1 clove minced garlic with remaining olive oil and drizzle over the top of the pizza
  3. Bake for another 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted and vegetables have softened
  4. Let cool, slice, and enjoy!

Gamora’s Matcha Pina Colada

“If you like Pina Coladas...and Matcha Green Tea!”  My attempt at a song parody may be terrible but this drink is delicious!  This cool take on a summertime classic can be enjoyed on it’s own, as a sweet pairing with a meal, or dressed-up into a cocktail.  The melody is pleasing and so is this recipe!

Yields approximately 2 8oz drinks

1 ½ cup ice
3 Tbsp Rishi brand Sweet Matcha green tea powder
8 oz pineapple juice
1 cup pineapple chunks
*Pro-tip: 1 20oz can of Dole pineapple chunks yields approximately 2 cups of pineapple chunks and 8oz of juice
4 oz coconut milk

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth (yep, that’s it!)
  2. Enjoy!

For adults:
Add 2oz white rum
Layer with grenadine to finish

For kids:
Decorate with whipped cream and sprinkles

We hope you enjoy these fun sweet and savory recipes!  Leave a comment telling us how you are celebrating National Pizza Party Day and don’t forget to check out Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout in Disney California Adventure when it opens on May 27th, 2017.  Special thanks to @thehealthymouse for the heads up about National Pizza Party Day!  

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
with Original Song by Dan Auerbach, Instrumental Tracks by Brad Paisley
and End Credit Track by ZZ Ward; and
Cars 3 Original Score Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman

Pre-Order Kicks Off Tomorrow: Both Available from
Walt Disney Records on June 16 as Movie Opens in Theaters

BURBANK, Calif. (May 18, 2017) – As Lightning McQueen heads to the big screen alongside his new tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” fuels two soundtrack releases—both available from Walt Disney Records on June 16 as the film opens in theaters nationwide. The Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, features eight tracks—including original songs by Dan Auerbach and ZZ Ward, four covers by various artists, and two instrumental tracks from Brad Paisley. The Cars 3 Original Score Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman reunites the “Cars” franchise with the Oscar®-winning composer. Both soundtracks are available for pre-order tomorrowMay 19, 2017.

“Lightning McQueen is on the journey of a lifetime—traveling cross-country, revisiting the past and looking into his own heart and soul to answer some big questions,” said “Cars 3” director Brian Fee. “Just like the music in the first two ‘Cars’ movies, the songs and score in this film really help support the story we are telling.”

The Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features “Run That Race,” an original song written and performed by nine-time Grammy® winner Dan Auerbach that can be heard as the movie opens. “The song is about never giving up and always trying your best,” said Auerbach, who met with filmmakers prior to penning the song. “They showed me the storyboards and ran through the plot. I was able to read some of the dialogue and from there I had enough to piece together a story in my mind for the song.”

Auerbach will release Waiting on a Song, his second solo album, on June 2 via his new label, Easy Eye Sound.  

The soundtrack also features “Ride,” an original end-credit song performed by Hollywood Records artist ZZ Ward, featuring musician Gary Clark Jr. Written by Ward, Evan Bogart and Dave Bassett, the song was released by Walt Disney Records as a digital single on April 14. It was performed live by Ward April 17 on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Ward’s sophomore album,The Storm, will be released June 30.

The soundtrack also features four cover songs, including two bonus tracks.*
·         “Kings Highway,” originally released in 1991 by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, makes a comeback courtesy of 23-year-old British singer-songwriter James Bay.
·         Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 hit “Glory Days” gets a modern-day makeover by Grammy®-nominated performer Andra Day, who voices Sweet Tea in the film—a performer in the Cotter Pin with a hairstyle reminiscent of Day’s signature look. 
·         *The Beatles’ classic 1965 song “Drive My Car” is back on the road, compliments of Hollywood Records artist Jorge Blanco.
·         *“Freeway of Love,” made famous in 1985 by Aretha Franklin, is performed for the soundtrack by actress Lea DeLaria, who also provides the voice of Miss Fritter, a school bus-turned-demolition-derby-queen in “Cars 3.”

Three-time Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer Brad Paisley, who has 24 No. 1 singles under his belt, was called on to create two instrumental tracks that are featured on the Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. “Truckaroo” and “Thunder Hollow Breakdown” accompany the film’s action-packed Crazy 8 demolition derby sequence that puts Lightning and Cruz in the midst of total chaos. “Brad Paisley was part of both ‘Cars’ and ‘Cars 2,’” said Tom MacDougall, executive vice president of music at Disney. “We knew he could have some fun with a demolition derby, and he just killed it. His down-home country tracks really add to the scene’s action and humor.”

From Walt Disney Records, the Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available June 16 and can be pre-ordered digitallyHERE  and via Amazon HERE.

Newman, who was behind the Oscar®-winning music in Disney·Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” and “Monsters, Inc.,” composed the score for the first “Cars” movie and penned the Oscar®-nominated song “Our Town.” For “Cars 3,” Newman created a score that reflects the heart and high-octane action of the film—21 tracks are included on the soundtrack. “Randy has a real connection to the ‘Cars’ world,” says MacDougall. “His ability to capture the feeling of this film, its characters, locations and the Americana theme throughout is extraordinary—the music is so naturally fluid and inspired. It really feels like Randy is coming home with this score.”

Newman used a 110-piece orchestra to record the score. The Cars 3 Original Score Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman is available June 16 from Walt Disney Records and can be pre-ordered HERE.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.



Stars Join Not-to-be-Missed DuckTales Q&A Session

Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin is Real—on the D23 Expo Show Floor!

Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Eden Espinosa, and Jeremy Jordan Unravel the Tales of Tangled: The Series

Special Appearance by the Stars of Descendants 2

BURBANKCalif. (May 17, 2017) – Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior will present one-of-a-kind experiences for kids and families during D23 Expo 2017, the ultimate Disney fan event, taking place FRIDAY, JULY 14SUNDAY, JULY 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The lineup includes star-studded Q&A panels featuring the talented voice casts of Disney XD’s highly anticipated DuckTales series and Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series, plus a special appearance by the stars and director of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants 2. Disney Channel and Disney XD cast members from Stuck in the Middle, Bizaardvark, K.C. Undercover, Walk the Prank, and MECH-X4 will greet fans at the D23 Expo’s Talent Central throughout the weekend.

The one-and-only Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin, located on the show floor, will provide the priceless opportunity for fans to dive into more than 30,000 plastic gold coins and “swim” away with a professional 180-degree video capture to share with friends. The new DuckTales series premieres this summer on Disney XD, in the 30th anniversary year of the Emmy® Award-winning original series treasured by a generation.

On FRIDAY, JULY 14Descendants 2 stars Dove CameronCameron BoyceSofia Carson and Booboo Stewart, along with Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director, executive producer, and choreographer, will make a special appearance.   

On SATURDAY, JULY 15, Disney XD’s DuckTales stars Ben Schwartz (the voice of Dewey), Kate Micucci (Webby Vanderquack), Beck Bennett (Launchpad McQuack), and Toks Olagundoye (Mrs. Beakley) will join executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones for a Q&A panel taking place from 4:15– 5:15 p.m. on Stage 28.

On SUNDAY, JULY 16, fans are invited to join the stars and creative team of Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series for a Q&A panel as they share some of the magic behind bringing the series to life.  Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, who reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene (AKA Flynn Rider) from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ acclaimed feature film, will be joined by executive producer Chris Sonnenburg, co-executive producer Ben Balistreri, and Broadway stars Eden Espinosa (Cassandra) and Jeremy Jordan (Varian).  The panel will take place from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on Stage 28.

Fans of Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins are invited to visit McStuffins Toy Hospital Nursery, which will be on the Expo show floor during the entire three-day event. Young visitors can give the toy babies a checkup, as well as be among the first to play the new Doc McStuffins Baby app, set to launch this summer. The McStuffins Toy Hospital Nursery is part of Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit, a traveling museum exhibit designed to model “care and compassion” for kids ages 2-7 via immersive activities that reinforce the importance of health and well-being.

Ticketsfor D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Membersof D23: TheOfficial Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day ticketsare also availableFor more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

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