Monstrous Summer Press Event Giveaway

At the end of April, I was invited to the Monstrous Summer press event at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort in Walt Disney World.

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I had an amazing time and learned a lot about some upcoming projects Disney is working on or introducing. The tradeshow was amazing and overwhelming (in a good way). I met a bunch of great people and wanted to share with you some of the things I learned at the different booth, and even host a giveaway of a small sampling of some of the swag I received!

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After the main presentation and breakfast, we headed into the tradeshow and were given a map and a goodie bag. I wasn’t sure where to start but saw some familiar faces at the runDisney booth so I headed there first.



I chatted with Faron and Tammy, then headed off to some other booths, like Disney waterparks. I don’t know about you but I love Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.



We moseyed over to the Splitsville booth where they were handing out sushi! (Tons of food would be a common theme even though we just ate!)


I chatted with the owners Guy and Mark who I met back in February. Super nice guys!


California Grill was there handing out food and they also had photo renderings of the newly renovated restaurant. Can’t wait to eat there (hopefully) in October.


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I also got to talk to Ginger from the Senses spa at the Grand Floridian. She is who I interviewed for the post I wrote awhile back on the reopening of the spa. They had renderings of the new spa that will be opening at Saratoga Springs resort this summer. It looks awesome!


New Fantasyland had a booth with desserts from Be Our Guest. I got to try the grey stuff and it really is delicious!



Disney Cruise Line was in attendance and I got to tell the, I was sailing on the Fantasy the next day!

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Hollywood Studios was advertising Star Wars Weekends, and Bobby was all over it.

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I also got more information about the Wild Africa trek at the Animal Kingdom Theme Park. I so hope to do this one day, it looks so awesome.


Cirque De Soleil Characters were wandering around the room!


I also learned about all the amazing offerings from Disney Floral for guests staying at the on property hotels


I met a lady from merchandising who was exhibiting a lot of new things coming to the Disney stores this summer and Fall.


My favorite things were of course the bags. New Dooney’s and Vera Bradley! (Vera Bradley coming end of August/beginning of September)


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Disney ray bans!


We also got to meet Mike and Sulley!



We also got to talk to someone about some new health initiatives Disney is implementing to make choices easier for kids to identify on food items.


I was sad it was over, but was also exhausted. I talked to so many people and had a blast!

We were given fun little things at each booth (and lots of food!) and I wanted to share a small sampling with my readers! One of you will win some swag from the press event! Enter below using Rafflecoptor. You have until May 22 to enter, and I will announce the winner on my blog. Good luck!


Star Tours bag, limited time magic notepad, Star Wars toy, WIld Africa Trek clip and pin, Animal Kingdom Vinylmation, Monster’s University hat, and Cars antenna topper.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’m Back! (Sort of)

Good morning everyone! I am BACK (sort of). I got off the cruise ship Saturday then headed to Disney to meet up with my parents. I will be here until Wednesday, but I am “back” as far as blogging goes. I hope you all enjoyed my guest posts, a huge thank you to them for offering to hang out on my blog while I was away, they are all awesome! I have so much more to tell you about the press event. If you missed the three posts I wrote on it so far, you can check them out below:

runDisney Princess half marathon news

Magic Dry dock info

Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

I have more great things to share when I get home so stay tuned. For now, I just wanted to share a few pictures from our two night stay at the Grand Floridian during the press event. The resort looked beautiful as usual and the courtyard pool has finished it’s renovations. We were on the 4th floor of Sago Cay.









QOTD: What is your favorite thing about going to the pool?

Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend some fun press event activities. I will tell you more about them later, but I did want to talk to you about a new announcement that was made at the end of the night. All the media were brought to the front of the park after our Illuminations dessert party where there was a stage with some Monstrous Summer signage.


Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis took the stage at 10:00 along with Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. and Monsters University projected up onto the 180 foot tall Spaceship Earth.


Together they announced that to kick off the “Monstrous Summer” events, there would be an all-nighter. Three parks (Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Park and California Adventure park) would be open for 24 hours on the 24th of May from 6:00 am until 6:00 am on the 25th of May. There will be fun events taking place all day long for the all-nighter. At the Magic Kingdom, Mike and Sulley will be the grand Marshalls of the afternoon parade, there will be characters in pajamas in Town Square, and you may even see a few dance parties. In California, There will be a pajama party in Toontown as well as a live band, dancing, character photo opportunities. 


There will also be limited edition merchandise available for purchase, food and beverage offerings, as well as a few other surprises. Don’t forget, the new Monsters University movie comes to theaters June 21st.

It was really amazing to see Mike projected onto Spaceship Earth in person, talking to the crowd. Pictures really don’t do it justice. There was a lot of excitement in the crowd with so much fun coming to the Disney parks this summer! Here is a video I shot of the announcement.



You can use hashtag #Disney24 when talking about the event or looking for info on Twitter.

QOTD: What are your thoughts on this announcement? What do you think of Mike being projected onto Spaceship Earth?

Monstrous Summer

Walt Disney World is going to be hosting the “Monstrous Summer” press event on April 25-26, and I have been invited!


The theme is due to the new “Monsters University” movie coming out June 21st. It has been rumored that the event will include information on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Disney Cruise Line, and “new-for-summer attractions.” I will be flying out on the morning of Thursday, the 25th for trip. The event starts around lunchtime and will conclude the next afternoon. I can’t wait to learn about the new Disney news for summer and spend some time in my favorite place. Don’t worry, I will be live Tweeting and Instagramming from the event, so to be among the first to get news and photos, be sure to follow me on my social media platforms (right sidebar). I will let you know about new information regarding the trip as I receive it.

Also, speaking of Monsters, the voice cast for the movie came out! You will get to hear the voices of stars like Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes and More Join Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in the film. I can’t wait to see the movie!


Be sure to like the Monsters University Facebook page for more info!

QOTD: Are you excited about the new film? Are you planning on going to see it?