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  1. Toy Story 4 Review Recently TPR was given the chance to see a preview screening of Toy Story 4. I always thought that Toy Story 3 had wrapped up the entire series pretty perfectly so in a way it was sort of odd to see a 4th film released but it's Toy Story, easily the most successful Pixar franchise so I was eager to check it out. I'm really happy to say Pixar definitely hit another homerun here! This movies picks up not too long after the last Toy Story with Bonnie's family taking a road trip before she starts kindergarten. In her orientation she glues some pipe cleaner to a spork and creates a new toy called "Forky." Forky quicky becomes Bonnie's new favorite toy and on the road trip Forky gets lost and it becomes Woody's job to bring him back. First off, I really do think this is one of the best looking animated movies I've ever seen! The detail on the characters is amazing and the scenes and locations they visit look beautiful! A large portion of the movie takes place in an antique store and we were told in the press junket we attended that there is in an Easter Egg from every single Pixar movie in there! The characters in the Toy Story series have always been memorable and in this one the new characters really steal the show. Especially loved Forky and Duke Caboom! (voiced by Keenu Reeves) As we saw in the trailer Key and Peele voice two carnival plush toys and they are absolutely hilarious. It definitely seems like this movie has the most comedy out of the entire series. It has it's heartfelt moments as well, but to me they weren't as "emotional" as some of others in the series have been, particularly Toy Story 3. In the end, I absolutely loved Toy Story 4!! it's one of my favorite movies of the year so far. Great story, heartfelt moments and fantastic animation! It's pure fun from start to finish, really an excellent addition to the series! The way this one finishes up it kinda feels like the last one. But given the success I'm sure we'll see another one in another 9 or so years. Toy Story 4 is out June 21st! Definitely go see it!
  2. A few nights ago TPR was invited out to the opening night of the new Villains After Hours event at Magic Kingdom. If you've been to the other After Hours events this one has the same perks with some special entertainment and plused up attractions. I really dug the atmosphere of the event, it sort of had a Mickey's Not So Scary vibe and as a someone who's always appreciated the Halloween events it was cool to get that atmosphere during the summer months. Pirates and Space both had special additions for this event, they're very similar to the additions they got during Not So Scary. Pirates had some live actors in the que and ride and Space is back to being in complete darkness! All in all it's a really fun event that let's you enjoy the park with WAY fewer crowds while adding a few exclusive additions. On to the photos: TPR is at the new #VillainsAfterHours event at Magic Kingdom tonight! Can’t wait to see everything! Checking out some of the merchandise These specialty food items look delicious! Can’t wait to get to the park to try them! Made it in! Ready for a Villainous night! #VillainsAfterHours First up, Pirates! Which has some Villainous new additions! [twitter] [/twitter] One plus of #VillainsAfterHours, free ice cream!! [twitter] [/twitter] Space Mountain in total darkness is back, one of the best ways to experience this ride. Simple yet soo effective. Maleficent going around Magic Kingdom at night for the first time! Midnights the perfect time to catch the new "Villains Unite the Night" castle show. A lot of fun and the characters look fantastic! Gotta love these wait times! [twitter] [/twitter] Good night from the Magic Kingdom!
  3. TPR was invited out to Amway Center for the Grand Opening announcement of the NBA Experience as well as hear more about the new offering at Disney Springs! Press Release: Mickey’s here and ready for basketball! It’s game time at AmwayCenter! [twitter] [/twitter] Was a really fun night! NBA Experience opens August 12th at Disney Springs!
  4. Ant Man and The Wasp Review Got a chance to see Ant Man and the Wasp last night. Really enjoyed the movie, like the first one it's a very fun and comedic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The action is a lot of fun although a bit more "low-key" than other MCU movies. The scenes in the "quantum realm" are stunning and looked amazing in IMAX 3D. This being Ant Man AND the Wasp there's a lot of double teaming action between the two that works great. The comedy works very well, Michael Pena reprises his role as Luis and he's hysterical. Anytime he tells one of his "stories" it always ends in a creative and hilarious sequence. If you've seen the first movie you'll know what I'm talking about. However, like a lot of Marvel films, the villain's pretty weak. In fact there's two villain plots that sort of conflict with each other which makes both a bit uninteresting. I sorta wish they spent bit more time on the Ghost character, I think her story may have been more intriguing had it been developed a little more. The other antagonist is your typical evil corporate CEO type that's sorta just...there. The movie does have a lot of heart, the common theme being about rising everything for family. Scott's daughter Cassie is adorable and completely steals the show whenever she's on screen. In the end, although it's a movie less epic in scale compared to other MCU movies, I'd say Ant Man and the Wasp is still a fun feel good movie that's worth checking out! By the way, absolutely stick around for the end credit scene on this one!
  5. I've spent the last two days at Disney's Hollywood Studios for the grand opening of Toy Story Land! The areas a lot of fun, lots of attention to detail. Slinky Dog Dash is a really fun family coaster, being a 38 inch height requirement attraction it will be a great fit for the park! It's a really cool looking coaster, especially at night with the lighting package. Was pretty impressed with everything I saw in the land and I think it will be a great addition to Hollywood Studios! Check out the pictures! Good morning from Toy Story Land Can't wait to ride Slinky Dog Dash for the first time! Woody welcomes everyone into this new land at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios! It’s media day at Toy Story Land! So much amazing things to check out! We got a preview of Slinky Dog Dash! Great Family Coaster! Check out our preview video below: And here's a full POV of Slinky Dog Dash here: Here's the ride entrance sign. Theming in the station is super cute! More of the station theming... This may be the most "adorable" roller coaster ever! [twitter] [/twitter] [twitter] [/twitter] Lots of happy Slinky Dog riders! Being “Toy sized” in Andy’s backyard you might see a few toys that seem a little large. Time to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers! [twitter] [/twitter] The Pixar "ball" can be found in all versions of Toy Story Land. Here's the new entrance for Toy Story Mania! Fits the theme of the land and the ride! [twitter] [/twitter] Another look at the new entrance. "To infinity and beyond!" A few shots of the new queue for Toy Story Mania! I really love the look and feel of this artwork. Noted! [twitter] [/twitter] The menu at Woody’s Lunchbox! lol at "Grown-up drinks!" The ice cream floats are fantastic! Love the theming! Everything in the land has the "shrunk to the size of a toy" feel and it really works! He smells of strawberries! lol Hollywood Studios take on "pop tarts!" They were great! I love how Buzz Lightyear stands majestically over by Alien Swirling Saucers! [twitter] [/twitter] How cool does this Toy Story Land merch look?! I love the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster toy! The Green Alien eyes headband is a favorite! The eyes move, too! Couldn’t be Toy Story Land without the Green Army Men! Slinky selfie! [twitter] [/twitter] Amazing sunset behind Toy Story Land tonight. We caught a rainbow over Toy Story Land! Night falls and the party is about to get started! Things are getting lit up and it's looking great! LOVE the lighting package on #ToyStoryLand! The land looks amazing during the day but comes to life even more at night! Slinky Dog Dash in #ToyStoryLand looks AWESOME all lit up! WOW! [twitter]https://twitter.com/ThemeParkReview/status/1012496658687496193[/twitter] Goodnight Woody, we will see you tomorrow for the official dedication ceremony! Officially time to dedicate Toy Story Land! Tim Allen, Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the gang pull the lever officially opening #ToyStoryLand! [twitter]https://twitter.com/ThemeParkReview/status/1012718955763560449[/twitter] Just some of the team and people who made this land happen! It looks AWESOME! Thank you guys! That wraps up our report from the media event! Toy Story Land officially opens June 30th at Disney's Hollywood Studios and we highly recommend checking it out!
  6. Last night we were at the opening of H20 Glow Nights, the new hard ticket event at Typhoon Lagoon! Had a lot of fun, really enjoyed just being able to hang out in the park at night. Like other Disney hard ticket events the crowds are kept pretty light, meaning little to no waits for anything. There's some entertainment offerings unique to Glow Nights like the Partysaurus Rex dance party and meet and greets with Buzz, Woody and Jessie. Honestly had a really good time, would love to see more nighttime events in the waterparks! Sun’s setting on Typhoon Lagoon, time for Glow Nights to start! Got our credentials and we’re ready to go! Map for the event! Can’t help but take these sunset pics! Trying out some of the food selections. The impossible burger is unique to Glow Nights and is an all vegetarian burger. More food! Frozen margaritas were delicious! Some merchandise available at the park. Woody and Jessie are out meeting guests by the wavepool. Partysaurus Rex has the dance party going on the beach! [twitter] [/twitter] Love the way the park looks at night! Lazy River looked like this the whole night! Perks of hard ticket events! Buzz is also out greeting guests by Crush N' Gusher. Crush N' Gusher was a walk on the whole night! Had a great time at Glow Nights, really great way to experience Typhoon Lagoon!
  7. Incredibles 2 Review Just got back from a preview screening of Incredibles 2! Got to say it's fantastically fun and a worthy squeal to the original movie that's fits in very well with today's huge superhero movie landscape! It starts off right where the first Incredibles movie ended getting us right back into the action. Right off the bat, the paceing of this movie is excellent. At no point did I find myself getting bored or checking my watch. This movie manages to balance two different plotlines through most of the film, while making both really fun and engaging. Also, didn't really think you'd "need" to see the first one to understand what's going on in this one. The characters are a lot of fun in this movie, each one sorta has their own issues and storylines that are all entertaining. The cast is great, as a Breaking Bad fan I really appreciated that Bob Odenkirk and Johnathan Banks both had roles. Bob Odenkirk was really a great fit for his character in this movie. The plotline has Helen/Elastigirl working with a campaign to bring back supers while Bob/Mr.Incredible takes care of the family. This really is a fun superhero movie that lives up to some of the best superhero movies of past years. My only real critique is the villain twist/plotline is pretty predictable, I called it from the trailers. But it didn't really take away from the movie. The tone plays very much more like an animated superhero film rather than a "kids movie." There are actually a few parts in here that seemed like they could've been pulled from any MCU movie. Now having said that this is still a great family film that's genuinely funny while delivering some powerful messages that's a heartfelt good time in the end. Also have to say the animation on this and the shortfilm are beautiful! It's definitely one of the best looking animated movies I've seen in awhile. There are so many smalls details that just look amazing. Pixar is most definitely still leading the animation field. The call backs to the golden age of superheroes are very prevalent in the look of this movie. Just like the original movie, it looks like a family friendly version of Watchmen. There's actually a character who looks just like Nightowl. Really have nothing but positive things to say about this film. It's absolutely everything you'd want from an Incredibles sequel! Personally I may have enjoyed it more than the original. Think I used the word "fun" a lot in this review and that's the perfect word to describe it! 10/10
  8. Tonight was opening night of Rent at the Dr. Phillips Center here in Orlando. It was my first time seeing the show and didn’t really know a lot about it going in. It’s definitely a show that’s thought provoking, emotional while also being a lot of fun. I thought it blended humor and serious moments very well. The cast did a great job, especially nailing those more emotional moments. The set design and visuals were stunning, really brought you into the story. I can definitely see why it still resonates with audiences 20 years later. From the offical website: Rent runs now through June 10th at the Dr. Phillips Center.
  9. Just back from seeing Finding Neverland at the Dr. Phillips Center here in Orlando. Finding Neverland tells the story of the creation of Peter Pan By J.M. Barrie. This was my first time seeing the show and I didn't know much about it going in. The production design is fantastic and it really shows in the numbers near the end of the first act. I did find the latter half of the first act to be the strongest part of the show with some very memorable songs and set pieces. Finding Neverland is a show that is a strong mix of light hearted comedy and drama and cast nailed it wonderfully. The show benefits a lot from it's ensemble cast. In fact some of the most memorable moments came from minor characters you wouldn't expect. I enjoyed the show quite a bit and would definitely recommend seeing it if you can. It's a great looking show with memorable songs and moments. Finding Neverland runs through June 11th in Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center in downtown Orlando. On to some pictures: One of the best places to see a show! Got our playbills! Was so impressed with this part of the show!
  10. Tonight was the VIP party for Cobra's Curse! It was a great event, we had Montu, Cheetah Hunt and of course Cobra's Curse open to us for four hours! Plus lots of free food and drinks, which is always a plus. Cobra's Curse is really fun family coaster and a great addition to the park! Check out the photos: Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! [twitter] [/twitter]Great theming in the que! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! Got our credentials and we're ready to go! All in all, a really fun night! Big thanks to Busch Gardens for having us out! Sweet ride! Noted. Now it's a party! Let's ride! Cobra's Curse in action! Perfect amount of waiting! Can't pass up Cheetah Hunt while we're here! Love walking into a station and seeing this! Plenty of animals to hang out with. Sometimes I hang out with penguins. Montu was absolutely packed tonight! Still one of the best coasters around! Tried and failed at Ring Toss! The ball toss is TKraptor approved! Unlimited games! Time for night rides!
  11. TPR was recently invited out to a special sneak preview of Finding Dory! Finding Dory takes place a year after the events of Finding Nemo with Dory, Marlin and Nemo setting out to find Dory's parents. The journey eventually takes them to a Seaworld-esque marine park where the majority of the movie takes place. It's basically a huge adventure from exhibit to exhibit trying to find Dory's parents. I will say Finding Dory is definitely a win for Pixar! It's high paced and fun while also having it's classic emotional Pixar moments. Going into this movie I was sort of thinking that giving a side character their own film wouldn't translate well. (i.e. Minions) However, they did a great job making Dory an interesting character that can hold her own as the main protagonist. Another huge pro is the new side characters introduced in this movie were really great as well, such as Hank the Ocutupus who begrudgingly helps Dory navigate through the park. This movie really does have something for everyone. While I feel like Inside Out had a lot of themes and jokes that adults got but went over a lot kid's heads; Finding Dory does a great job mixing emotional moments with jokes that most kids will enjoy. The only issue I'd have with the movie is parts of it do feel rushed such as the beginning and end. Towards the beginning it feels like they're moving the plot forward way too quickly and the ending does feel a bit abrupt. In the end, I will say Finding Dory is a very fun Pixar movie that does the original justice while distancing itself enough to take the story to new and interesting places. Definitely worth checking out! Poster! Hank and Dory! The Sea Lions, pretty much this movie's version of the pelicans from Finding Nemo. Hank and Dory finding their way around the aquarium. Dory's parents!
  12. TPR was invited to check out Universal Studios Hollywood's Lunar New Year Celebration and see the new and improved Special Effects Show! All of Universal Plaza's been transformed for Lunar New Year! Mandarin-speaking Megatron is one of the highlights of the event. [twitter] [/twitter] Curious George approves of the year of the monkey! Guests are encouraged to share a wish on the "Wishing tree." Hidden Mickey The Lunar New Year Celebration runs now through February 14th! Time to check out the new "Special Effects Show!" This version of the show feathers for stunts than in the previous one. But still lots of looks at real movie effects such as the fake blood knife. Only two more months until Wizarding World officially opens on the West Coast!
  13. TPR was invited to a sneak preview of the Disneyland Resort's 2016 Tournament of Roses parade float! The massive float is made of three sections themed to Frozen, the Diamond Celebration and Star Wars. The Frozen section will feature Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf; while the Star Wars section will have Stormtroopers, R2-D2, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren performers, as well as a flying Millennium Faclon. We got a chance to check out the build and see the floats. Check out the photos: The Frozen portion of the float. Chris Buck, director of Frozen, was on hand to help decorate. Definitely super cool getting walk around and stand on these Rose Parade floats! On to Star Wars! The Star Wars section was mostly based on concept art for the new land. The Centerpiece of the float themed to the Diamond Celebration. The bridges that connect each section of the float. Lots of volunteers on hand to help "flower" the float. And here is what the final product will look like! Look out for the Disneyland float during the Rose Parade on New Year's Day!
  14. Got a couple of theme park ornaments. Matterhorn Disney World
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