A special rate for my readers!


I have the privilege of offering my readers a very special discount for “Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long” at the El Capitan Theatre!
Daily showtimes are 10:45am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm and 7:30pm. Did I mention, a special live appearance by Belle is also featured at every performance? Well, now I did!
The El Capitan Theatre will also host a special “Tiny Tot Tuesday” on Tuesday, September 28, at 10:45am only. During this special screening of “Beauty and the Beast” parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a “Tiny Tot” friendly way – complete with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels!
Purchase your tickets at the El Capitan Theatre box office or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Use the code “Kekebucks” to get tickets at the special rate of $9.00 a piece! You can use the discount for Tiny Tot Tuesday or any other day Monday through Friday (September 27th - October 7th).
Don't forget to leave me a message and let me know how you and your little ones enjoyed the show.

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OC Roller Derby - Saturday, October 9th!


Tickets are available ONLINE .
Discounted presale tickets are also available at:
OC Roller Skates:
17208 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach
Rosy Dental:
16575 Brookhurst St., Suite A, Fountain Valley
The Rinks:
5555 McFadden, Huntington Beach (Tues & Thurs 7:30pm-9pm only)


SPECIAL GUESTS: Knott's Scary Farm Hearse & Characters

FOOD TRUCKS: The parking lot of The Rinks in Huntington Beach (5555 McFadden) is the place to be at 6pm on October 9th. Make sure to arrive monstrously hungry so you can satisfy your growling tummy from the best food trucks in OC/LA.

SHOPPING: Working Wardrobes' mobile retail shop allows you to find designer items at prices hacked way below retail.

SPECIAL GIVE-AWAY: The first 50 fans to arrive showing their OC Roller Girls league spirit (think lots of orange and black -- get creative!) will receive a special give away! And that's all before the bout even begins!

FEATURED CHARITY: A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Working Wardrobes, October's featured charity. Working Wardrobes is an Orange County Charity Organization that empowers men, women and young adults in crises to confidently enter the workforce through career development and wardrobe services. Each year they serve over 5,000 clients from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, including Welfare-to-Work, alcohol & substance abuse, domestic violence, transitional homelessness, catastrophic illness and other life crises. For more info go to: www.workingwardrobes.org

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Below is a fresh press release from Disney. As soon as I read it, I submitted a handful of cherished family photos. I can hardly imagine how thrilling it would be to see our family projected on to "it's a small world". Here are a few of the photos I sent in...

Disney Guests Become Stars of Castle Show and TV Ads

As Walt Disney World and Disneyland ‘Let the Memories Begin’

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2010) – In 2011, Disney guests will become the stars of a nightly spectacular when photos taken in the park during the day become larger-than-life projections on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort or “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Resort. This groundbreaking new experience will celebrate the family vacation memories created in Disney theme parks every day.

And this week, Disney guests will begin starring on television, too, as part of the new “Let the Memories Begin” campaign. For the first time, Disney Parks is featuring the home videos and snapshots of real guests in television ads and other marketing that will allow an audience of millions to share in true-life, heartfelt moments.

“A Disney vacation is the perfect way to create family memories that will last a lifetime,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at a media announcement Thursday in New York. “We’ll spotlight those ‘only-at-Disney’ moments with family and friends during our ‘Let the Memories Begin’ campaign.”

A just-released survey of U.S. and Canadian families conducted for Disney Parks by Ypartnership, a noted research firm that tracks consumer insights and trends in travel, showed that vacation memories hold a special place in family history.

Nine out of 10 parents said they planned their vacations with the express hope that they would result in a lasting family memory, the survey showed. And those memories stuck with

them – nearly three-quarters said they think back “often” or “very often” on their favorite vacation experiences.

‘Memories in the Making’ to be Shared on Disney Park Icons

Beginning in January 2011, some Disney parks guests will find that the memory they just made has become a larger-than-life image during a “Let the Memories Begin” nighttime experience.

At Walt Disney World Resort, the guest photos will be projected on the soaring spires of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland Resort, the iconic façade of “it’s a small world” will be the canvas for the show.

In both locations, Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience – a memory in the making – and as many as 500 photos will be used in each location every day, producers estimate.

The nighttime show will use the latest in high-intensity projection technology to create vivid visuals that seem to defy the architecture of the building. A new song commissioned for the show will provide an emotional context for these images of the Disney guest experience.

For TV Ads and More, Disney Parks Issues a ‘Call for Memories’

Beyond seeing their own projected photos in lights, guests also could become the stars of Disney Parks television commercials, online campaigns and social media opportunities that will showcase to the world the power of memories.

The campaign kicks off this week with a TV commercial created from videos posted online in social media forums.

For future TV commercials and other advertising and marketing programs, Disney Parks is asking guests to share their memories by uploading photos and videos at a special “Let the Memories Begin” online hub at www.DisneyParks.com/Memories. From a first meeting with a princess to a laugh-filled watery touchdown on Splash Mountain, Disney Parks is looking for videos and photos that capture those never-to-be-forgotten experiences.

Some memories will be shared online, while others may be selected to share in print ads, brochures and other marketing – including television ads to air across the United States and Canada.

With real visitor images on iconic attractions and home video featured in commercials, the storytellers at Disney Parks are letting guests tell their own stories in 2011, Staggs said.

“We wanted to give our guests a powerful way to share the memories they create every day in our parks,” Staggs said. “Essentially, this becomes our first user-generated show and our first user-generated marketing campaign.

“A day at a Disney park is filled with magical experiences that become cherished and unforgettable memories – and now we’re helping our guests share those memories with the world.”

More Ways to Make Disney Vacation Memories in 2011

To help make special memories last a lifetime, in 2011 Disney Parks is adding new theme park experiences in California and Florida, new vacation opportunities on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line, a new luxury resort on a breathtaking lagoon in Hawaii, and new ways to explore the world with Adventures by Disney.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store:

•“World of Color” (Disneyland Resort): “World of Color,” the new nighttime spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park, brings classic Disney and Disney•Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects.

•Disney California Adventure Expansion (Disneyland Resort): Next up for the continuing expansion of the park is the first major attraction based on the modern Disney classic, “The Little Mermaid.” The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will treat guests to a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them.

New Star Tours 3-D Adventure (Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort): Bridging that “long time ago” between the two “Star Wars” trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take flight in 2011 and take voyagers to thrilling destinations throughout the “Star Wars” galaxy. And it will all happen in brilliant, 3-D technology.

•Disney Cruise Line: The Disney Dream, the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, launching January 2011, will bring to life grand innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to preferences of the entire family. The Disney Wonder cruise ship will “go west” in early 2011; and new West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver.

•Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina Hawai`i: A first-of-its-kind Disney resort in Hawaii creates a perfect setting for family fun. The new resort, which includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.

•Adventures by Disney: In 2011, Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. These guided travel vacations allow families to visit destinations they never dreamed possible – including Italy, South Africa and China – with the assurance of the Disney name.

More information is here


Second star to the right & straight on 'til morning!


Tick-tock! Tick-tock! Is that a crocodile I hear? I can't even begin to explain how excited I am that J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan is finally arriving in Southern California. Every time I think of it... it feels like my heart is going to explode and spray glittering pixie dust everywhere!!

The groundbreaking production first premiered in London's Kensington Gardens. This is the place where Barrie was inspired by the Llewelyn Davies family to create Peter Pan so it was a 100-year homecoming. (A bronze statue of Peter Pan has stood in Kensington Gardens since 1912.) The stage show played for sixteen weeks to a sold-out crowd of 200,000 people including a few members of the royal family. It has since made its U.S. debut in San Francisco and now arrives at our very own (beloved) Orange County Performing Arts Center.

The awfully big adventure takes place in the world's first 360-degree video projection theatre pavilion, presented by threesixty Entertainment at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The 100-foot tent structure was erected on a grassy area behind Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and is held together by four external supports with no interior poles, to ensure an unobstructed view for the entire audience, as well as a clear flight path for the show’s airborne actors. A circular stage surrounded by ten huge 360-degree projection screens puts the audience right in the middle of it all. The combined experience allows you to fly with Peter Pan over Edwardian London and into Neverland! How amazing is that?!

Our children are going to flip out and I'm going to be right there with them. Does anyone want to start a pool on how long it takes before I get all emotional and start to cry? Heck, I already cried when I watched this promotional video. This is sure to be a spectacularly magical adventure!

Tickets may be purchased online at OCPAC.org or by calling the box office at (714) 556-2787.

Discounted tickets are available for preview performances between September 28th and October 3rd. The preview performances offer an opportunity to be among the first in Southern California to see this amazing production, and see it for less! Tickets are available for all preview performances for $50.

Preview performances will be held on the following dates and times:

- Tuesday, September 28 at 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
- Thursday, September 30 at 6 p.m.
Friday, October 1 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 2 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Check out the OC Register's Peter Pan microsite for updates.

tick-tock! tick-tock!

Photo of 360 Theatre tent erection by Nicholas Koon Photography

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