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The 2019 Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Fall is by far my favorite season and while it may be July, Halloween is already on the brain here. This year the week before Halloween we are going to be at Walt Disney World for the first time during a holiday. That means we all will be experiencing Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party together for the first time. If you’re a MNSSHP newbie like I am, then you probably found your way here because you want to know all the things. I took the time to compile an all inclusive guide for us, so that we know all there is not know about joining one of Disney World’s most exciting ticketed events. Continue Reading →

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Walking the Red Carpet at the LA Premiere of The Lion King

I received an invitation from Disney Studios to attend the red carpet world premiere of The Lion King. All opinions expressed are my own.

When I got the invitation by email to attend the red carpet premiere of The Lion King, I screamed. And I am not saying that to be dramatic. I literally got out of the bed (from taking a nap with my kids) and shrieked with excitement. I have been patiently waiting for the release of The Lion King since I found out about the amazing cast back in 2017. Knowing fully that this live action remake was going to be a good one, and knowing that the community that I share online with Tomika and Tiffany (The Brown Side of Disney) would be just as excited about us attending . It was exciting that the opportunity that we all had been waiting for, was finally presented.

If I sat here and told you that everything leading up to the premiere was a breeze it would be a flat out lie. I was luckily able to save some money and get a buddy pass via a friend last minute. I didn’t find a dress that I loved for the red carpet until the day before I was leaving. And 3 days before we left for our trip, Tomika and I still had no hotel plans. Yet and still (even after a solid 24 hours on standby) when I arrived in LA I was in high spirits. I was prepared for this experience to be everything that I ever imagined. All bumps in the road still led me to The Dolby theater that night. And I was in complete awe taking it all in.

 

The Red Carpet Experience

I had done press junkets in New York but this was my first time attending an actual red carpet. Naturally on that end, I had no idea what to expect. I had a few people tell me it was crazy. Some people were expecting me to take a picture of all the red carpet fashions. I really was just taking in all amazing portions of the experience. I will admit that some of the red carpet pros (other influencers) that I spoke with that night said the whole red carpet process this time went by very quickly. While (from what I have seen) there is usually time to take pictures and celebrity selfies, security pushed as much people as possible off the carpet. I assume they didn’t want it to be madness when Beyonce arrived. Nevertheless, for my first experience it was beautiful and you could feel the amazing energy.

The Afterparty

Not only did I get to attend my first red carpet premiere, but I got to attend the afterparty. It took us a little while to all leave the theater but that just meant I got to see more celebrities along the way. I got a few celebrity pictures, fangirled over some celebrities and got to hang out and enjoy the experience with the Brown Side of Disney team and some fellow bloggers. They had tons of interactive moments set up inside and outside for the children that attended the afterparty as well. It was just all around a beautiful experience. If you want to get more of a sneak peek at the afterparty you can head to my Instagram and check out The Lion King story highlight.

If I were given the opportunity for another movie that I loved I would head back to LA without a second thought. The travel was awful, I almost had nothing to wear but it was still a moment I will never forget. The Lion King was such an amazing moment in cinema. And, I was so thankful that I could be in the room to witness it with so many others for the first time. PLUS, that cast full of  amazing black talent?! A MOMENT. The Lion King was visually amazing, true to story with just enough surprises to make it feel good (speaking of surprises check out 4 things that surprised Tiffany about the movie). With the movie releasing this Friday, July 19th I can’t wait to rewatch it with the family.

Are you planning to see the Lion King? Planning to take your little ones with you? Make sure to tune in to the Brown Side of Disney tonight (Monday) at 9pm est to hear all about our experience as a group walking the red carpet!

Be Prepared – Disney’s The Lion King is in theaters everywhere July 19th 2019!

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Is The Lion King Appropriate for Young Children?

I was invited by Disney Studios to attend the red carpet premiere of Disney’s The Lion King. All opinions expressed are my own.

When I found out that Jon Favreau was going to be directing the 2019 version of The Lion King, I was confident that we were in good hands. The Jungle Book is amazing visually and I think it’s slept on! Partner that with an all-star cast and childhood nostalgia and I have literally been waiting years for The Lion King to come to theaters again. Like with all live-action remakes there were definitely some differences between this version of the Lion King and it’s 1994 predecessor. But the visuals were amazing, the cast was selected perfectly and the movie did not disappoint.

I got the amazing experience of being in the audience when the movie was screened for the first time ever. We all filed into  the Dolby Theater (home of the Oscars) and viewed the movie among a star studded audience. I can’t wait to share all about that experience in a future post, but for now I will give you the information you came for. Is The Lion King appropriate for young children? There are a few things you should be prepared for.

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Jon Favreau Releases New Promo Images for The Lion King

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And the Beyhive has Twitter CHIRPING. This afternoon director Jon Favreau released new promo images showing the actors of Disney’s The Lion King staring at their live action counterparts. Of course with a cast as amazing as this one, I get excited with any little bit of promotion we get from the movie. But naturally, queen Bey stole the show with her image. This character image of Beyonce and Nala is giving life to the millions of members of the Beyhive. Beyonce IS Nala. If these new images don’t excite you, then I don’t know what will. Continue Reading →

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Free Activity Sheets for Disney’s The Lion King #ProtectthePride

We a little over two weeks away from the U.S release of Disney’s live action remake of The Lion King. The boys have been watching the animated version almost daily. Meanwhile, I have been obsessively checking for any inside looks we can sneak at the new version. We are in full pridelands mode in our house! One of the things that I love that have come out of these latest movie remakes is the amazing campaigns. The #FriendLikeMe challenge helped make a wish, and so it only makes sense that Disney would partner with an initiative to protect wildlife. Check out the amazing project they are working on to #ProtectthePride. But, if you are only here for The Lion King activity sheets feel free to scroll to the end.

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9 Lion King Inspired Treats Now at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

If you’re looking to rustle up some grub this summer then Animal Kingdom is definitely the place to do it! You guys know (if you follow me on social) that snacks are my jam! So when I saw that Animal Kingdom was releasing a whole bunch of new snacks inspired by this summers release of the new live action version of The Lion King I HAD to share. The new offerings will be available all throughout the summer to help celebrate the release of the movie later this July. Check out all of the new Lion King treats now at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Continue Reading →