Run, Don’t Walk, to Disney On Ice Presents ‘Dare to Dream’ (REVIEW)

I am not sure what I loved most about the Disney On Ice production of  “Dare to Dream” that opened last night at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia: the choreography (especially the aerial above-ice acrobatics), the bright and flamboyant costuming, the pyrotechnics or the overall production.

I do know that if you live in a home of Disney movie fanatics (or Disney in general), you’re not going to want to miss this opp to be their hero by getting them tickets to this show!

We expected to see how far Moana will go when she embarks on an action-packed voyage with mighty demigod Maui in a quest to save her island, become a wayfinder, and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her estranged sister Elsa sets her on a perilous journey to mend their bond, and stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel breaks out of her tower and teams up with an unlikely companion, Flynn Rider, as she goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Armed only with courage, Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s rough exterior. With help from her friends and a little magic, Cinderella is determined to make the wish in her heart come true.

My daughter and I fought intense Friday traffic to get to the media Lua before the show and got there in time to grab some deelish donuts, braided knots, Polynesian chicken skewers and tropical punch!

We also took some fun photo booth snaps before settling down into our awesome Section 100 seats smack in the middle of the arena former known as The Patriots Center--compliments of the kind folks at the Feld Entertainment.

The atmosphere in the arena as we scurried down the hallways  to get to our seats was electrifying.

Vendors sold everything from glow in the dark mini-ears to giant bags of cotton candy and every Disney princess accessory a girl would love.

And there were tons of princesses there in the form of adorable tikes outfitted in their best gown or Queen Elsa, Princess Jasmine, Tiana, Cinderella, Belle and Moana.

Totes adorbs! I think my ovaries were bursting at this moment witnessing all that cuteness at once!

The theme for the night is an ideal that, personally, I aspire to always embrace: “No  goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!”

Perfect!

In Dare to Dream, hosts Mickey and Minnie take us on a journey across raging seas and snow covered mountains to spark the courage inside us all!

This show introduced Moana to the Disney family and she closed the production to much fanfare as all the kids sang along.

The second biggest hit among attendees at our show was Frozen, followed by Tangled ( the new Rapunzel sequel) and Beauty and the Beast!

Well, given these are the most recent Disney films out, it makes sense! But everyone equally enjoyed the part of the adventure featuring the Cinderella story!

It was a fantastic time, filled with oohs and aaahs, singing along, even among the parents, and marveling at the skillful and beautiful skating.

Here is a snippet of some of the performances I captured

And even though I brought a bunch of layers with me expecting it to be cold, the arena was at a pleasant and comfortable temperature. Score!

If you live near the area, then I highly advise you to nab some tickets to this show which runs through October 8. If not, check out the website for times and location near you!

Tickets start at just $20 so it’s definitely an affordable outing for the family and those on a budget should keep their eyes peeled on discount sites like Groupon for deals.

Overall, I highly recommend taking your little ones to this show. It’s most definitely worthwhile investment and a memorable experience that your kids will be grateful to have had.

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as
well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and
opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

 

The Queen Elsa + Jedi Rey combo Costume this 5yr Old’s Dad Made is Really Rad!

This May, 5-year old Stormie took a comic con by storm when she arrived in her cosplay (costume play) dressed as two of her fave powerful characters in one: Frozen’s Queen Elsa and Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Her blue Jedi Elsa Rey  went viral on Reddit when member Steven Lamb posted pics of his daughter in the costume she wore during a visit to Wizard World Comic Con in Des Moines, Iowa.

What was amazing was Lamb and his dad helped bring the costume to life.The inspiration came from his daughter’s dual love of two strong female characters.

“She took to Elsa because of the similar hair and eyes to Stormie’s own, and the ice powers,” Lamb told  Huffington Post. “With Rey it was more about seeing an empowered female character using the force and kicking bad guys’ butts.”

Lamb picked out the cotton gauze and crushed satin in a color similar to Elsa’s dress and stitched her bag by hand while his father made leather pieces for the costume. It was a team effort to assemble the costume which was made by member of a “Star Wars” cosplay group called the 501st Legion.

Total outlay was about  $150 on the materials, accessories, staff, boots and the blue lightsaber, of course.

The costume was a hit with other conference attendees and most certainly be again when Stormie revives it for Halloween.

Kristen Bell: A Hollywood Mom Who Knows the Power of Social Media

  

So far 2014 has been
quite the year for actress Kristen Bell, and we’re only three months in! In
addition to starring in her passion project, the newly released Veronica
Mars
film, she’s also become the face of an ever growing movement to
protect celebrity children from paparazzi. Oh, and she was also a voice actor
in this one movie you may have heard of last year, it’s called Frozen?
Since the birth of her
daughter, Lincoln, in March of 2013, she hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.
That same month she teamed up with writer Rob Thomas to help turn their former
television series Veronica Mars into a film. The two of them were caught in negotiations with
Warner Brothers —who owned the rights to the franchise but didn’t want to put
up cash to make the film— when they decided to start a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the funds instead. They were
the first group ever to launch a crowdfunding campaign for a film that was
already owned by a major studio, a risk that turned out to be worth taking
considering the campaign managed to raise more than its goal of $2 million in
the first day alone.
Kristen Bell has become
one of the most active and well liked celebrities on social media as well. In
fact, according to social media analysis tools Topsy and ViralHeat, at least 80% of the tweets mentioning the celeb have only positive
things to say. Kristen used this strong media presence while trying to raise
the funds for Veronica Mars, and is now redirecting that power
toward another cause close to her heart – that one of her child, and the
children of other celebrities.

Along with her husband,
Dax Shepard, and other celebrities (including Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, who helped pass legislation in California protecting the children of celebrities last
year) she’s launched a campaign against the “pedorazzi”, as she calls them. Her
and Shepard argue that while they chose the become famous, their children did
not, and while being photographed by the paparazzi comes with the territory of
what the parents do, their children didn’t ask for it and don’t deserve it.
She’s a Mama Bear on a mission and it appears that nothing will stop her.

Her “No Kids Policy,”
which targets media outlets who publish paparazzi photographs of celebrity
children, has been wildly successful since its launch earlier this year. Major
media outlets such as People, Us Weekly,  Buzzfeed.com, Entertainment
Tonight
, and many other notable current events, news, and entertainment
outlets have all interviewed the star about her cause. She’s also been on a
media blitz, making live appearances to spread her message. She even appeared
alongside her husband on Access Hollywood to debate a few real-life
paparazzi regarding the issue. 

As for her acting work,
she’s currently starring in the critically acclaimed House of Lies on Showtime and reprised
her cameo role as the vapid and catty Ingrid de Forest on NBC’s Parks and
Recreation
earlier this year. 
Kristen Bell as Jeannie Van Der Hooven  in House of Lies
She’s also rumored to have a role in the recently greenlighted, online spin-off
of Veronica Mars for The CW’s website. If the rest of the year is going
to be like the first few months of it has been for her, 2014 is going to be one
heck of a year for Kristen Bell.


Spencer Blohm  is a freelance entertainment, pop culture, and lifestyle blogger. When he’s not busy working he can usually be found at the movies or planted in front of his T.V. He lives and works in Chicago where the winters only encourage such behavior.

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