DIsney Planes Event Los Angeles August 2013My transportation, hotel, and incidental expenses will be covered by Disney while in LA. All opinions are my own.

I’m so excited to be going to the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s newest animated film, Planes! I almost turned it down. It’s just days before my son’s wedding, but he’ll understand. He and his wife-to-be are taking a 14-day Disney Cruise for their honeymoon – I don’t need to explain to them why I chose to go.

I’m not sure what it is about the Planes movie that has me so intrigued. Perhaps is the fact that I love [amazon_link id=”B004I654WQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Cars [/amazon_link]and this feels similar in that everyday objects are given a life of their own. That’s a theme I’ve loved since I was a child snuggled under the cover reading The Borrowers.

The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Release

In addition to attending the premier, I’ll have an amazing opportunity to interview Jody Benson. She’s the voice of Ariel in [amazon_link id=”B0036TGT2A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Little Mermaid[/amazon_link]. The film is being re-released as a Diamond edition on October 1, 2013.

The original Little Mermaid film released Thanksgiving of 1989. I was a new mother back then and I left my almost -2-year old son home with my husband and I sat in that darkened theater with my 4-year old on my lap. I’m not sure which I watched more – the look on his face or the screen. I loved every one of his giggles and laughs and melted every time he clung to me in the scary scenes. He fell in love with the story of the scary witch as he called her and the princess.

We’ve owned every version of the Little Mermaid since it first came out and even though they’re adults now, both of my boys will sing along to the songs from the movie should they hear them. They’re not embarrassed in the slightest to be Disney movie fans!

I’ll admit, seeing the movie makes me cry – it is so bitter sweet and filled with remembrances. Someday I hope to have the same experience with a grandchild. Until then I have my memories and there are always new ones to make. While I’m in LA I’ll get to see a sneak peek of their upcoming theatrical release FROZEN as well as tour the archives at the Disney Animation Research Library. The ARL is a magical place full of original artwork from all of the Disney films. It’s a real honor to be invited inside to view this priceless collection of Disney history.

I’ll also be meeting some of the stars from Super Buddies, the newest movie in the franchise of puppy movies. I’m expecting that to be a lick fest!

Disney Planes Premiere and Little Mermaid Event

I hope you’ll join me August 4-6th online. I’ll be sharing pics during the event via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook so if you’re not already following, I hope you’ll consider doing so. The hashtags for the event are: #‎DisneyPlanesPremiere‬  ‪#‎LittleMermaidEvent‬.

I’ll also have the chance to share some of the newest Disney Consumer Products from The Little Mermaid and likely they’ll show up as a giveaway here soon after!

Plus watch for a plethora of posts on the event upon my return so it’s a good time to subscribe so you don’t miss any!


  • Theatrical Release Date: August 9, 2013 (Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D)
  • Director: Klay Hall / Screenwriter: Jeffrey M. Howard
  • Official Website: Disney.com/Planes
  • Cast: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe, Brent Musburger