Feb 14

Wendy Williams Shows Her “Disney Side” at Disney World

Wendy Williams Shows Her Disney Side at Disney World

Daytime TV talk show host Wendy Williams recently posed with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse during a visit to the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Williams visited the resort to film segments for “The Wendy Williams Show,” prior to launching a sweepstakes January 30th, 2014 for viewers to win family vacations to the theme parks. Viewers can check local listings and tune in throughout the month of February to win.

Feb 14

Seahawks Linebacker & MVP Malcolm Smith ‘Going to Disney World’ to Celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII Victory

Going to Walt Disney World Superbowl License Plate

Amid a mid-winter blizzard – of confetti – linebacker Malcolm Smith of the Seattle Seahawks continued a magical tradition Sunday night following his team’s 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Rising from the frenzied, on-field hoopla moments after his team captured the National Football League championship, Smith beamed into the cameras and shouted those five words that for decades have become synonymous with Super Bowl victory celebrations: “I’m Going to Disney World!”

Smith, named the Most Valuable Player, was a game standout, intercepting Denver quarterback Peyton Manning for a 69-yard touchdown and recovering a fumble among several huge plays. Smith also added nine tackles as Seattle’s stifling defense dominated the game. For the Seahawks, the decisive win was their first Lombardi Trophy in two Super Bowl appearances.

Smith’s pronouncement, part of the production for one of TV’s most enduring and iconic Super Bowl commercials, was captured within seconds of the final gun.

Today, Smith is scheduled for a hero’s welcome parade at Magic Kingdom park down Main Street, U.S.A., in front of cheering park guests and Seahawks fans.

This latest commercial is the 47th of a series that began in 1987 following Super Bowl XXI. The first “I’m Going to Disney World” commercial, featuring New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, was regarded as a groundbreaking concept – a produced national commercial involving a current event, airing on major networks within hours of its conclusion.

Smith set another mark Sunday night. He becomes the first defensive player ever to star in the Disney commercial.

This year’s commercial marks a “Frozen” first. Idina Menzel, who voiced Elsa in Disney’s Academy Award®-nominated animated feature film “Frozen,” sings the traditional “When You Wish Upon a Star” to accompany the iconic ad. Menzel, who performs the Academy Award®-nominated hit song “Let It Go” in the film and the all-new hit “Frozen” soundtrack, becomes the first contemporary artist to perform “When You Wish Upon a Star” in the Disney Parks Super Bowl ad. She recorded the vocal track in New York City on Jan. 26, 2014 and it was paired with the orchestral track recorded the previous week at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.

Smith joins an all-star lineup of heroes from sports and beyond who have celebrated milestone accomplishments in “I’m Going to Disney World” commercials.

Feb 14

Review of the 2014 SeaWorld Bands Brew & BBQ with Alan Jackson

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014


Last night my family and I attended the opening night of SeaWorld’s annual “Bands Brew & BBQ” signature event. And I must say it was a whole lotta family fun!

This was the first time I had attended this event and I can promise it won’t be my last.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 When we arrived at the theme park, around 3 pm, the parking lot was already about 80% full but our experience that night included short lines and smooth crowd control. I brought two teenagers with me and they said they didn’t wait longer than about 15 minutes for all of the popular coaster rides like Manta.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 harley davidson

Upon entering the park we headed straight for the festivities along the Bayside Pathway. The pathway opens up for guests at 11:30am. I wish we had arrived earlier to take in some more of the local band’s music that SeaWorld had booked. They were excellent!

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014

We figured we’d have just enough time to check out some of the great local flavor before making our way to the Bayside Stadium at 5:00 pm to catch Alan Jackson.  We had a great vantage point along the pathway to keep an eye on seating. We wanted to make sure we had a seat to watch the show.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 arena

As a bit of a beer snob I was delighted to find dozens of craft beers offered along the promenade.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014

The best deal by far was the $24 Craft Brew Sampler which included 10 samples of your choosing. A full size single serving of beer ran right around $8. Craft Beer Sampler’s were given this handy lanyard and each time a beer was given, the vendor would punch a hole along the bottom of the attached card.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 beer sampler

If there was a beer that you knew you wanted a full sized serving of, the card would be punched 3 times.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014

The hubby and I narrowed down our dinner selection to Cecil’s Texas Style BBQ.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 Cecil's

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014  menu Cecil's

Here’s a look at the beef rib platter….as the hubby says…”AWESOME”

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 Cecil's rib platter

I headed over to the Florida Beer Company booth to pick up a Swamp Ape IPA and we found a table near the live entertainment to consume our dinner. I wanted to hold out on sampling another platter until after the Alan Jackson concert was over.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 Cecil's rib platter

This was a huge portion of food and enough for us to share.

We could see that the Bayside Stadium was starting to fil to capacity so I decided to grab another beer before heading over to grab a seat in the arena. This time I went for the SweetWater 420 IPA.

seaworld 2014 bands brew and bbq sweetwater ipa beer

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 arena alan jackson

We grabbed some of the last seats available in the stadium. This was about 20 minutes prior to showtime.  Luckily, the right hand side of the stadium is where the talent comes out, so we were able to see up close and personal when Alan Jackson arrived on his golf cart to take the stage!

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 arena alan jackson

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 arena alan jackson

This was us pretty much the entire concert…

seaworld 2014 bands brew and bbq amanda tinney

And these were the teenagers pretty much the entire concert…

seaworld 2014 bands brew and bbq

Alan rocked it out to an overflowing stadium. There were guests who had taken up residence on the grassy knolls flanking either side of the arena.

The concert started around 5 pm and I expected it to end around 5:45 pm. Nope…Alan delighted fans for almost an hour and a half!  I even got to hear my all time favorite Alan Jackson tune…”Mercury Blues”!

And all the fans were treated to another beautiful site that evening…

seaworld bands brew bbq alan jackson concert rainbow

The concert ended around 6:30 pm which meant that I had a chance to grab one more plate of food from Cecil’s and another brew from the Bayside Pathway.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 swamp ape IPA

This time I opted for the pulled pork sandwich with a side of jalapeno mashed potatoes.

Sea World Bands Brew and BBQ 2014 Cecils pulled pork

The girls got to get on Manta one last time and then it was closing time at 7 pm. Oh how I wished the park would have stayed open a few more hours later. I would have loved more time to listen to the local band play.

All in all, “Bands Brew & BBQ” was an excellent experience. As Florida Residents we had the option of buying a single day ticket for just under $100 and we could use that ticket to come back all year.

Tonight, Kid Rock will take the stage and leave guests just enough time to get to a television set to watch the Superbowl. I can’t wait to see what other talent SeaWorld will pull in for the remainder of “Bands Brew & BBQ” which runs for 6 full weekends through March 9th, 2014.

For more info visit SeaWorldParks.com.

Special thanks goes out to SeaWorld for providing us with complementary entry into the park. All opinions are my own.

Feb 14

MARVEL’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Movie Posters Reveled

Make sure you tune in to the Big Game this Sunday for an exclusive look at Marvel’s “CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER”.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier marvel disney movie poster

Captain America: The Winter Soldier marvel disney movie poster

Captain America: The Winter Soldier marvel disney movie poster nick fury

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Jan 14

New Menu and Look Inside the Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

captains-grille-disney pork tenderloin

Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort now has a new look – with new décor and a redesigned menu that features longtime favorites but adds more than three dozen new dishes to the breakfast, lunch and dinner choices.

The kitchen, under Chef David Hutnick, turns out solid fare with a sophisticated touch, such as house-made potato-cheese gnocchi with toasted walnuts, julienne pears and truffle butter, or rosemary-brined pork tenderloin with braised pork belly, pears and apples. Returning favorites feature the butter-poached lobster omelet, the classic New York strip steak and snow crab legs, which are accentuated with new menu items including lemon-ricotta hotcakes with blueberry compote, lump crab cake with fire-roasted corn succotash and lemon emulsion, and wine flights during lunch and dinner.