In two weeks time, in a galaxy, far, far away…
I’ll be on an adventure that is literally out of this world thanks to an unbelievable invitation from Disney, Lucasfilm & ABC. I’m heading to Los Angeles on what will be my 10th Disney blogger event for Walt Disney Studios. This trip will involve one special night to remember – I’ll be attending the SOLO: A Star Wars Story premiere! This is the very first time that bloggers have been invited to attend a Star Wars premiere – somebody pinch me!
But there’s oh, so much more…
(Disney invited me and 24 others to California on an all-expenses paid trip, in exchange for our coverage of events. As always, all opinions are my own.)
SOLO: A Star Wars Story Premiere
I still remember (though I’m showing my age) sitting in the sold out movie theater in 1977 when the world was introduced to Star Wars. I never could have imagined that over 40 years later I would be about to begin a journey that would have me walking the red carpet for what will be the 10th Star Wars film.
I’ll not only be attending the SOLO: A Star Wars Story Premiere, but I’ll also be attending the press junket where I’ll interview select talent from the film! Oh, my fingers are crossed that we have the opportunity to interview Ron Howard – a legend (OPIE)!
About SOLO: A Star Wars Story
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.
To discover what made Han, Han, will be thrilling!
The live-action film, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, opens in theatres May 25th.
Take a look…
Peter Pan 65th Anniversary
While in town, we’ll be be celebrating the 65th anniversary of PETER PAN (available on Digital 5/29 and Blu-ray 6/5) and the in-home release of the Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition of the film by exploring the place it was made!
I get goosebumps just thinking about it. Here’s why…
In true pirate form, I’ll be joining forces with my friends to follow a pirate map as we embark on a scavenger hunt right on the Disney Lot. Treasure awaits the winners!
Scavenger hunt! Exploring the Disney lot!! It’s like this was planned just for me. Let’s just say this Disney fan for life happens to be a little competitive (okay, maybe more than a little if you ask certain family members).
When given some free time during past trips, I have wandered around the Disney lot with the biggest smile on my face. First off, you never know who you are going to run into (I recall a few celebrity sightings). Then, just knowing you are walking the pathways where Walt Disney himself roamed tends to inspire you.
And speaking of Walt Disney…
Though I have had the chance to explore a few buildings on the Disney lot, and have even spent some time OUTSIDE Walt Disney’s office, there was a big surprise on this itinerary.
For the first time ever, I will get to take a tour of Walt Disney’s office. INSIDE! I might be freaking out just a little bit.
I will also visit the Animation Research Library where original drawings from the film will be on display.
A Wrinkle In Time
Next up on the agenda – we’ll be some of the first to see special behind the scenes bonus features from the A WRINKLE IN TIME (available on Digital 5/29 and Blu-ray 6/5) in-home release followed by a Q&A with Deric McCabe (“Charles Wallace Murry”)!
What a rare treat to interview this budding actor.
Where are my General Hospital fans?
I’m going to get a peek behind the scenes of ABC’s iconic and Emmy Award-winning daytime drama, “General Hospital,” in this its 55th anniversary year!
FUN FACT: I recall back in the day a young John Stamos starring on GH as Blackie, but did you know of others from throughout its 55 years, including “Star Wars” legend Mark Hamill? Ah, Star Wars and General Hospital collide!
The exclusive experience will highlight the upcoming Nurses Ball episodes, set to air the week of May 16-21. The Nurses Ball charity gala and talent show began on “General Hospital” in 1994 to help raise awareness for HIV and AIDS.
You know, I’ve been on some pretty incredible Disney trips over the years, but there’s something extra special about this one. I cannot wait!
Follow along May 9th-12th!
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Now for some extra Star Wars fun…
EXTRA FUN: Get in the Star Wars mood by creating these incredible Star Wars Themed OREO Cookie Balls