Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Walking Dead is Invading San Diego Comic Con

By Zach Cooper

This weekend is one to not let slide for any Walking Dead fans. Adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center (which once again is the venue for this years San Diego Comic Con) is Petco Park. Throughout the year, it is a sports and seasonal concert venue. This weekend, it will be invaded by The Walking Dead. This year, there is more to do than ever.

The Walking Dead Escape: Returning this year is a maze unlike any other. Built throughout many areas of the stadium, this escape will take you face-to-face with characters from the television series. The event requires you to run, hide and even crawl your way through. This interactive experience runs the weekend of July 10th and 11th from 6pm to 11pm.

Walker Stalker Fan Fest: Also at Petco Park is another unique experience of The Walking Dead. This Fan Fest gives you the opportunity to personally meet with celebrities from the series. Opening at 11am on the weekend July 10th and 11th, this event will celebrate the amazing world of The Walking Dead. On Friday, July 10th at 11:30am, the official "Walker Stalker Fan Fest Panel" will be held. Celebrities on panel include Melissa Hutchison, Dave Fenoy, Gavin Hammon, Nicki Rapp and Nicole Vigil. It will be moderated by Cindi Peterson and Jason Cabassi.

For more information on the events, visit thewalkingdeadescape.com and walkerstalkerfanfest.com. Also, be sure to use the social media hashtags #TWDEscape and #WSFanFest.

-Top photo courtesy of "The Walking Dead Escape" Facebook page.
-Video courtesy of the YouTube channel "Inside The Magic". 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New D23 Expo Presentation Lineup Announced

By Zach Cooper
New presentations to take the stage at the 2015 D23 Expo in August have just been announced. These range anywhere from Mickey Mouse to Disneyland Home Movies. There is certainly something to see for everyone planning to attend! The expo runs August 14th-16th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Charles Phoenix: Big Retro Disneyland Slide Show!
Friday, August 14, 10 a.m., Stage 28

Be prepared for your Disneyland-loving spirit to soar when the Ambassador of Americana takes you to the granddaddy of all theme parks when it opened. With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century-era Kodachrome images, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the early days of Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. See long-gone attractions, including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, the Indian Village, PeopleMover, House of the Future, Carousel of Progress, and the original Tomorrowland—promoted as “The World of 1986”—and the all-new Tomorrowland in 1967. Your imagination will be inspired! 

Disneyland Home MoviesFriday, August 14, 4:30 p.m., Stage 28

While Disneyland is one of the most photographed places on earth, this collection of one-of-a-kind footage and photography offers a unique viewpoint from another time. From the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs; Lynne Kirste, Special Collections Curator; and surprise special guests will take guests on a journey from Walt’s inspirations for Disneyland to the park’s opening and evolution, as captured on film. Suzanne Lloyd joins the presentation to showcase her grandfather Harold Lloyd’s stunning photography of Disneyland taken the week before the opening and on opening day.

A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Reunion!
Friday, August 14, 6 p.m., Stage 28

Fans of A Goofy Movie won’t want to miss this special commemoration of the beloved Disney animated feature, which turns 20 in 2015. Film producer Don Hahn hosts a panel of A Goofy Movie talent––including Disney Legend Bill Farmer (Goofy), Jason Marsden (Max), Jim Cummings (Pete), Rob Paulsen (P.J.), and writer Jymn Magon––who will share behind-the-scenes stories and surprising anecdotes from the fan-favorite musical.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

KISS Rocks Out in a Restaurant for the Family

By Zach Cooper
Did you know KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are restaurant partners in a family friendly restaurant chain? It's true!

Rock & Brews is a great place for rockin food at affordable prices, good craft beers, and a family friendly atmosphere.

The team that makes this possible is Simmons and Stanley, along with a successful restauranteur Michael Zislis and concert merchandise veterans named Dave and Dell Furano.

The restaurant features quality food including wings, salads, burgers and pizzas. Each member of the family will crave the deliciousness offered on the menu, especially for the great prices. They also serve excellent beers for those in the family over 21.

There is also great merchandise that celebrate rock and roll!

Earlier in January, their 8th location opened up, which is located in Oviedo, Florida. Though, there are numerous locations around US and Mexico.

For a good experience for everyone in family and to have some fun, be sure to visit Rock & Brews if you're ever in the area of one of their many locations.

Visit their website at www.rockandbrews.com for a full list of locations.

Information courtesy of www.rockandbrews.com/companyfactsheet.
Video courtesy of "MouseSteps / JWL Media" channel on YouTube.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Fast & Furious- Supercharged" Officially Debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood

By Zach Cooper

The race was on a couple days ago at Universal Studios Hollywood! Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson all were in attendance walking across the red carpet to premiere the new "Fast & Furious- Supercharged" segment on the Studio Tour.

Using 34 4K projectors, the new ride takes guests through the streets of the movie and on an exhilarating 120 mile/hr race. Monitors in the tram show unique video content filmed with cast members. Also inside are numerous cars from the series.

Visit www.universalstudioshollywood.com now to purchase tickets!

*Information courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood
*Video 1 (top) embedded from the YouTube channel "Universal Studios Hollywood"
*Video 2 (bottom) embedded from the YouTube channel "SoCal Attractions 360"

LEGO Friends Heartlake City Grand Opening at LEGOLAND Florida


 By Zach Cooper
After months of construction, LEGO Friends Heartlake City is officially open at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The media opening was held earlier today. The area is based off the LEGO Friends toyline about five characters: Olivia, Stephanie, Mia, Emma and Andrea.


Heartlake City includes many different features:


Mia's Riding Adventure seats up to 40 passengers on a circular platform with horse-shaped seats. The attraction spins on a U shaped track.


Friends to the Rescue is a interactive performance inside Heartlake Hall.


Heartlake Stepping Tones Fountain is an interactive heart-shaped fountain.

Stephanie's Newsroom is a fun photo opportunity area at the Heartlake News Desk.


The Heartlake Mall is the place to shop for the best LEGO Friends products.

This weekend, the park with be hosting "Friends Weekend," including fun experiences only from June 26-28.

Buy tickets or book your stay overnight by visiting florida.legoland.com.

*Photos courtesy of Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida/Merlin Entertainments Group Inc.
*Information sourced from LEGOLAND Florida. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Park... Is...Open ~ Jurassic World Review

(Trailer courtesy of YouTube channel "Universal Pictures")

By Andrew Carter

Jurassic World is the fourth movie of the 'Jurassic Park' trilogy. Jurassic Park is a series of movies dated in present time, the only difference is that they have dinosaurs. Dinosaurs have not roamed the earth for 65 million years ago. When group of scientist reinvents dinosaurs on an island, that can't be good. Right? So when John Hammond gets called to help the scientist "clean up their mess" he becomes the dinosaur expert for the first three movies. 

In the new movie, "The Park is Open"! There are completely different dinosaurs. In the first three, the dinosaurs were real actual dinosaurs that went 'rouge'. When the new movie came, out we saw genetically modified hybrid dinosaurs. The outcome was not so good...

Jurassic World is a luxury resort, providing a habitat for an a large number of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex, created in a lab. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes other creatures to attack. Now, its up to former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his knowledge, skills and love with the animals to save two younger brothers and the rest of the tourists inside the grounds.

Most people in the theater enjoyed watching Jurassic World, including myself. This movie ended as all Jurassic movies end with a special guest coming to save the people. I would indefinitely give this movie a 10 out of 10 rating. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


By Andrew Carter
The Warriors, a team native in Oakland California has won the NBA championship! No one really had faith in the Warriors because of the ages of the players. Also the last time that the Warriors had won was 1975. That was 40 years ago.


If you ever do attend a warriors game the atmosphere is amazing and the games is very interactive. During the game you have challenges and tasks to complete. The best part is the halftime shows due to all of the excitement.  When I attend the games I do notice a lot of children and family members at the Oracle Arena.

A little background information on the Warriors is that when they first won the championship in 1975, they played in the Cow Palace (which is a big auditorium in San Francisco), which is when the name and jerseys said Golden Sate Warriors. Only now the jerseys just says Warriors. Finale fact about the Warriors is that Stephen Curry (#30) won the MVP trophy for the entire basketball series  and then Andre Iguodala won the MVP trophy for the playoffs.