El Capitan Theatre to Offer Sensory Friendly Showings of Beauty and the Beast

El Capitan Theatre to Offer Sensory Friendly Showings of Beauty and the Beast

The world is waiting for the live action release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast next month. I’ve been excited about this film since I’ve seen the teaser poster. I’ll be attending a special blogger event next month for the film, be sure to check back for more on that trip. As a special needs mother I always want to share and highlight companies that accommodate our families. Although I won’t be in town when the El Capitan Theatre is running Beauty and the Beast, I had to share.

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST March 17 –  April 30, 2017, in Dolby Vision™ Laser Projection and Dolby Atmos® Sound Technology.  Plus, an additional show on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30pm!

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday on these specific dates only:  Mar 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18 during the run of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

The mantel clock Cogsworth, the teapot Mrs. Potts, Lumiere the candelabra and the feather duster Plumette live in an enchanted castle in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic directed by Bill Condon.

In addition to the special showings for families with little kids, especially those with sensory sensitivity, The El Capitan Theatre will come alive under the magical spell of an immersive light and projection show before the movie featuring a dazzling SWAROVSKI crystal curtain, bringing the tale as old as time to life in a new and spectacular way.

This pre-show will be accompanied by a brand-new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST overture, arranged by Alan Menken’s long-time music director Michael Kosarin, in the style and tradition of the great classic roadshow film overtures.  It was recorded by a 100-piece symphonic studio orchestra, and takes the audience through the best loved songs from the 1991 animated film, as well as some of the gorgeous new songs written for this new live-action one.  Before and after the movie,  guests will have the opportunity to see costumes, props, and set dressing from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in a display in the lower lounge.

Gaston (Luke Evans) a handsome but arrogant brute, holds court in the village tavern in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, directed by Bill Condon, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic and a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told.

During its special engagement of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, The El Capitan Theatre is offering a Movie & Meal package at Hard Rock Café – a movie ticket and meal for $30.00 per person — park once and enjoy both!  Guests see the movie first and then have a meal at the Hard Rock Café after. Guests select their entrée upon arrival at the restaurant.  Reservations are required 24 hours (Business Days) in advance by calling 1-818-845-3110.  Please note: theatre concessions are not included; menu items cannot be substituted; tax & gratuity are included; additional items, including alcohol, are not included and if ordered, are paid for by the guest at the time of service.

El Capitan Theatre Guests may also enjoy the GHIRARDELLI SIP & SEE PACKAGE for $27.00 per person. Each ticket package includes: VIP Preferred Seat for the movie, VIP Popcorn, 20 oz. drink of choice. Either before or after the movie Guests will be able to take their ticket to Ghirardelli and enjoy a cup of Twinings exclusive BEAUTY & THE BEAST Tea paired with a crunchy biscotti freshly dipped in Ghirardelli chocolate. Reservations are required in advance (tickets must be booked no later than 24 hrs business days).

Daily showtimes are 10:45 a.m.3:00 p.m.7:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes and dates are subject to change.

The Jungle Book Movie Review

The Jungle Book Movie Review

Disney’s The Jungle Book is now playing in theaters everywhere, and if you were wondering whether or not to take your family to see this new live action remake of the classic, my response would be – DEFINITELY!jungle book posterAs a bonus treat during the #CaptainAmericaEvent we had the opportunity to screen the movie at the El Capitan Theatre in Dolby Vision 3D.  The first thing I must say, if you have the opportunity to see this movie in 3D I highly suggest you go that route.  You won’t regret it.  The film has a lot of CGI special effects, some I think you’ll miss with the regular version, however regardless of the format you choose, this film is a must see.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - (L-R) MOWGLI and GRAY. ©2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
THE JUNGLE BOOK – (L-R) MOWGLI and GRAY. ©2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Neel Sethi play Mowgli, the newcomer was selected for the role after a national search.  He does a great job in the movie and he’s the only live action character in the entire film. Sethi delivered on his portrayal of Mowgli, at least he made me truly believe he was so real.  When he was hurt I felt it, when he cried I cried, when he was successful I cheered. I can’t wait to see where this young actor ends up next.

shere khan jungle book
Photo Credit: Disney – Idris Elba as Shere Khan

Another amazing talent for me was Idris Elba as Shere Khan in the movie.  He really was the villain you loved to hate, this presence on screen was big and powerful.  He dominated in the scenes he held in the movie, they did an amazing job showing the power he commanded by using fear. There were a few scenes in the movie even I jumped and screamed a little once when he was on screen.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - (PICTURED) AKELA ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
THE JUNGLE BOOK – (PICTURED) AKELA ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Fans of the classic may be wondering if they should go see this one and I say, Yes.  This version does have a different ending, but Disney really did a great job keeping true to the core base of the movie, while still giving you an amazing piece of cinematography.  Fans of all ages would enjoy and love the movie, and if you’re a parent with younger kids and thinking about taking yours be aware there may be about three or four scenes that may be a little scary for young kids but for the most part it’s a really good movie.  Be prepared to sing some of your favorite songs from the movie, some of which were updated.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - (L-R) MOWGLI and BAGHEERA. ©2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
THE JUNGLE BOOK – (L-R) MOWGLI and BAGHEERA. ©2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


THE JUNGLE BOOK is now playing in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D! Visit the official THE JUNGLE BOOK website here: http://movies.disney.com/the-jungle-book-2016.  Check out this special featurette below:

Fun Facts about Jungle Book:

  • WHAT’S IN A NAME – Mother wolf Raksha is aptly named. In Hindi, Raksha means protector.
  • SO BIG – Artists at WETA took some creative license when it came to King Louie, borrowing a legendary character—Gigantopithecus—and exaggerating his size. King Louie stands 12 feet tall.
  • LOINCLOTH LOGIC – Mowgli sports a red loincloth in the film, but costume designer Laura Jean Shannon had her work cut out for her. “Mowgli’s immersed in water and mud, he gets rained on, he runs,” says Shannon. “We even rigged a hidden safety harness into the costume because Mowgli hangs on tree limbs and cliffs. Each of the loincloths—we ended up with 16 or 17—had a very specific purpose.”
  • DETAILS, DETAILS – The team at Moving Picture Company (MPC) were responsible for animating more than 70 species, crafting 100 million leaves and simulating earth, fire and water. A team of more than 800 computer graphics artists spent more than a year on the project.
  • INSPIRED BY WALT – Disney’s 1967 animated film, “The Jungle Book,” was the last film that Walt Disney oversaw. He passed away in 1966, the year before the film’s release.
    • Director Jon Favreau was inspired by more than the 1967 movie. “When I think about Disney’s legacy, I relate to Walt’s original dream,” he says. “Walt Disney’s work has influenced my work. He was considered high tech for the time. He was the first person who locked soundtrack with picture, so the characters were perfectly choreographed to the musical score—something that absolutely blew people’s minds. Disney was on the cutting edge of technology.”

If you’re taking your kids to see the new Jungle Book movie, these fun activity sheets are a great way to get them excited about the film – Spot the Difference, Maze, and Hexagon.  Click on the links to download your copy.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - (L-R) BAGHEERA, BALOO, MOWGLI and RAKSHA. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
THE JUNGLE BOOK – (L-R) BAGHEERA, BALOO, MOWGLI and RAKSHA. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Why You Should Watch Disney’s Oscar Nominations Before Awards

Why You Should Watch Disney’s Oscar Nominations Before Awards

The Oscar nominations has been out for about a week now and Disney received 9 nominations this year.  This is the second year that I feel like I am beyond excited for a movie and I really want them to win.  Last year it was Frozen, after meeting with the filmmakers and learning about the film I really wanted them to win and when they did I was beyond excited.

The Oscars airs on Live on Sunday, February 22nd at 7 PM ET and 4 PM PT on ABC Television network.  I plan to be tuned in to catch the awards and to also cheer on all the Disney nominations.  This year the nominations for Disney includes Best Animated Feature (Big Hero 6), Best Animated Short (Feast), Best Production Design (Into the Woods), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy), two for Best Costume Design (Into the Woods, Maleficent), and two for Best Visual Effects (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Actress Meryl Streep also received a nomination for Best Actress In a Supporting Role for her work as the Witch in Into the Woods.


I have lots of reasons to be cheering for some of these Disney nominations this year, after all I did attend the red carpet premiere of Big Hero 6 in LA last year but that’s not the only reason why you should watch Disney’s Oscar nominations before the awards show.  This is great place to start with my reasons for you to check out these movies before the awards.  Big Hero 6 will make you laugh, cry, and see it all over again.  It’s a great family feature and you can purchase it on Disney Movies Anywhere on February 3rd.  You can own the digital version early and see it before the awards show.  Perfect for a family movie night, it’s a great story of how people deal with loss and the power of friendship.  I have lots of great reasons to want this film to win.  I had the opportunity to meet the directors Chris Williams and Don Hall, and talk to voice talent Genesis Rodriguez and Jamie Chung.  This movie is empowering and it’s a must see.


When you check out Big Hero 6 you will get the see Feast before the movie.  I had a chance to see this short and I absolutely adored it.  I may or may not have cried watching it in the El Capitan Theatre during the premiere.  It’s such a touching short and when I found out that this short was created by some of the team that created Paperman I knew I would love it.  I  have to say that this may be my favorite Disney short thus far.  Plus you can check out my post about creating a Disney Short to learn more about how they bring these amazing shorts to screen.

Captain America Character Poster
Captain America Character Poster

You can’t be a Marvel fan and haven’t seen Captain America The Winter Soldier yet and if you haven’t, you certainly can rent it from Redbox tonight and have a movie night.  You won’t regret it.  I can certainly see why this movie was nominated in the Best Visual Effects category because there are some stunning visuals.  I don’t however recommend this movie just for visuals but because you have to see all the movies from Marvel to see how they connect to each other.  They all are interwoven and connected in so many ways.  My blogger buddy Becky at What U Talkin’ Bout Willis visited the set and had a chance to meet Chris Evans and you can follow along her adventures here, plus check out all her Captain America posts as well.  My recent trip took us on the set of Agent Carter and if you follow along with the movies you know Agent Carter was Captain America’s love interest in the first movie.  I love these tie in from Marvel and with Avengers Age of Ultron coming this summer you won’t want to miss this installment from Marvel.


Guardians of the Galaxy received two nominations, one in the same category with Captain America.  While they both can’t win I do hope one of those two wins.  You can also rent Guardians of the Galaxy from Redbox currently and I highly recommend you get it for a weekend movie night.  My kids loved this movie, I thought with aliens, and space ships and explosions they would be scared but they just loved it.  We saw it three times already and they still ask us to rent it for them again.  This was surely an unexpected hit for us but we all loved it in my family and the awesomeness of Guardians doesn’t just end with the movie the soundtrack is also a must have.  I play it at least once a week.  With an awesome soundtrack and an even better movie you just can’t lose by adding this to your watch list.


I don’t know anyone who didn’t want to catch Maleficent this past summer,  it was on my list since I saw the news about it two years ago.  Nominated in the Best Costume category, this movie has lots of great costumes for movie watchers to enjoy during the movie.  You can also rent Maleficent right now so you really shouldn’t have a reason to not check it out, make it a Disney movie marathon weekend and rent all the titles you can.  You won’t regret it at all.  We really enjoyed this version of a story we all know so well.  It was quite refreshing the take Disney took on the movie by focusing on Maleficent instead of Aurora.  Although she’s villainous, she’s still likable and certainly could give Ursula and Cruella a run for their money at being the best Disney Villain.  Fellow Baltimore blogger Di of FSM Blog attended a special blogger event and she has all kinds of Maleficent goodies on her blog.  Be sure to check her out because she even has an interview with Angelina Jolie on her blog.

I looked forwards to Into the Woods all year last year and when I finally saw it in the movies I just loved it.  Nominated in the same category as Maleficent for Best Costume, this musical is a winner in my mind for a million different reasons.  There’ so many great things I could say to encourage you to see this if you can before the Oscars, but I’ll just start with the most important – the music.  Yes this is a musical, it has lots of music, more music that you think and if you don’t like musicals then you probably won’t love Into the Woods but you should still give it a chance.  One this isn’t your typical Disney happily ever after movie.  It’s Grimm Brothers stuff, it’s gritty, real and anything but happily ever after.  My husband and I saw this for date night and we really enjoyed it.  We laughed our butts off at the Princes in the movie, they were over dramatic and super funny.  My husband said this is Disney for adults and it was a great story and again the music is amazing.  I can’t wait for it to arrive on Blu-Ray because I’ll be watching it quite often.  With a A List Stellar cast you can’t expect nothing less than greatness.  My blogger buddy Susan of Susan’s Disney Family attended the blogger event for Into the Woods and she has all kinds of great information to share on her blog including her interview with Meryl Strep – I was jelly but super excited for her.

I hope you do check out all these Disney nomination and remember to tune in on February 22nd on AC to check out the awards show live.

You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Want to See it Again #BigHero6

You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Want to See it Again #BigHero6

Ever since I saw the first image from Big Hero 6 I was intrigued.  I knew I wanted to know more about this movie and and as more and more information came out I know it would be a movie I wanted to see.  I was invited by Disney to the Red Carpet premiere of Big Hero 6.  The premiere was held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4th.  We walked the red carpet and then viewed the 3D version of the movie.  It was AMAZING…… you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to see it again!


The early scenes also gives us insight into Hiro and Tadashi’s relationship.  You can tell that Hiro looks up to his big brother but he doesn’t fully understand what he’s going at his school or nerd school like he calls it.  Tadashi took Hiro to his school lab to show him what he does at school.  That’s where we first meet the whole gang.  Each of them working on something out of this world in the field of science, oh and then there’s Fred.  He’s the funny guy in the group.  He isn’t a science wiz but he is funny, a comic book genius, playful and full of energy and life.  He’s a very important part of this team.  It’s at this same visit that Tadashi introduces Hiro to Baymax for the first time.  While Baymax doesn’t seem as cool as the other projects being worked on in the lab Hiro was very proud of his brother.  You like Baymax as soon as you see him on the screen.  Although he’s a robot you can tell he really cares about his patient’s well being and providing top patient care.



Hiro’s short visit to his brother’s school leads him to enter a competition to earn a spot at the school.  At first he didn’t know what to do for his presentation but with a little help from his brother and friends he comes up with the perfect project.  Hiro’s project is a big hit and immediately there are people interested in the technology.  Then tragedy strike and rocks Hiro’s world.  The movie covers death and loss in a way that isn’t scary to kids.  The movie does a great job showing that those affected are sad but they each have their own way of dealing with the loss. A stubbed toe brings Baymax back into the movie to aid Hiro and that’s when the whole movie just expands and grows.  We see the relationship grow between Baymax and Hiro and how much it means to Baymax to help Hiro feel better.


Determined to find out what happened the night of the Science showcase, Hiro and his friends all come together to solve the mystery and save the day.  I won’t post spoilers because I really want you to go see this movie and see how awesome it is on your own.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to see it again.  It’s heartwarming, funny, adventure filled and it’s a movie the whole family will enjoy.  Each one of the characters bring something different to the movie that makes it the perfect family movie and one that both boys and girls can enjoy.  Let me introduce you to the whole gang.


Hiro – he’s the main character and it’s his determination to find the truth that leads him to the creation of the team.  He’s very smart and inventive.


Baymax – created as a personal health care companion, is nurturing and kind, his main goal is to make Hiro feel better and once he realizes he’s making him happy he does all he can to continue to make him happy.  Every time Baymax is on the screen you just want to smile and hug him.


Wassabi – he’s all about rules and structure.  Even when they were being chased down by the villain he stopped at the traffic light so he wouldn’t break the law.  He’s also kind of a chicken but when it counts he helps save the team.

honey lemon

Honey Lemon – is quirky and fun.  She loves Science and she’s very maternal.  She loving and caring and the member of the group that would make sure they all ate before fighting crime.


Fred – he’s the comic relief in the group.  He’s the kid who won’t grow up, young and heart and ready for anything that comes their way.  If you need a laugh Fred is most likely your guy.

go go

Go Go – she’s my favorite character from the movie.  She’s not only smart, she’s very cool under pressure.  She’s the brave one on the team and it seems like nothing can scare her at all.  I really love her character because she will be a great role model for girls, reminding them that they can be smart, pretty, brave and a leader.

Big Hero 6 opens today – November 7th everywhere in HD and 3D.  Take the family this weekend.

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