Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Monday, August 4, 2014

From the moment Guardians of the Galaxy was introduced at the 2013 D23 Convention in Anaheim, California, needless to say it sparked interest in our household. Not having ever heard of this comic book before, Marvel reassured the audience that this new step into the Marvel Universe would be unforgettable. 

And they were right.

From left to right: Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper
voices Rocket, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star Lord,
Vin Diesel voices Groot, and Dave Bautista as Drax
Without giving too much away **No Spoilers Here**, Guardians of the Galaxy recaptured what a film about intergalactic battles and rivalry are all about. Dare I say, it is reminiscent of the fresh air Star Wars brought into the world back in the 70's. Its almost like you've bumped into some of Hans Solo's colleagues in another universe. Each character is from a completely different walk of life. Yet, somehow, they find a reason to band together. Something else that I wanted to highlight was the use of prosthetics and makeup in this film. I have not seen such sophisticated makeup design in a while. Each species of alien had a distinct trait. However, the differences were simple and elegant.

And lets be honest, its kinda hard to not forget about this crazy crew of bandits when you have the song Hooked On A Feeling stuck in your head. Speaking of which, the soundtrack to this film is phenomenal.  They have two albums available. One has the film's musical score and the other is a collection of songs that can be found on Peter Quill's Awesome Mix Vol. 1. Remember when I talked about Spotify? Well, they have both albums and they are great to listen to on the drive to work, at work, or anywhere really.

The film is full of comedic antics and the heroism Marvel films are known for. Friends who have also seen the movie (and are bonafide Marvel/Comic Fans), have said that this could quite possibly be the BEST film to come out of Marvel Studios. 

Check out the trailer and definitely check it out in theaters. This is definitely not one to miss.

OH One Last Thing...... ;)

Spotify: A Whole New World of Disney Music

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

After our giveaway with Tom Ameen's beautifully composed Magical Moments (read the review here), I've been searching for new ways to listen to all kinds of Disney Soundtracks or covers. I was in the studio working and one of our colleagues put on a crazy selection of music. Not just Disney themed music. I mean, he played everything from R&B, Coffee House Jams, and Broadway Soundtracks. To say the least, I was amazed and intrigued. After all, Pandora is great, but its service would not allow me to listen to the entire CD/Soundtrack if I wanted. Pandora skips around to match the search phrase used, but just ends up playing the same songs. When I asked what it program he was using, he started to sing to me the praises of Spotify.

Spotify is a website where one can listen to various albums and music types at the push of a button. It is similar to Pandora. However on Spotify, users can listen to full albums. To say the least, it has been fun finding other Disney Albums I've never heard of such as the Disney Villians Simply Sinister Songs album.

The best part of it all - ITS FREE!! You can create your own account for Spotify and opt for the free account. You also have the option to upgrade to a paid membership, but the free membership has been working fine for me. ;)

Have you used Spotify? If not, what are you using? What are you listening to? Below I've left what I've been listening to and I'm still finding new songs and artists to listen to. Guess which one is currently my favorite!

A Story of Unexpected Disney Magic

Monday, July 14, 2014

As some of you might have seen on social media, I posted a very surprising photo. On my way to work this weekend, I noticed an classic Volkswagen Beetle. It looked a lot like Herby the Love Bug. As I pulled up closer, I wanted to see who was driving the copy of the famous punchbuggy. Once I was next to it, I looked over and saw no one in the car. I gasped thinking I had maybe been mistaken and I was actually in the presence of the real Herby!! (I'm exaggerating a bit....but not really)

As I looked closer, I noticed he was being towed by a tow truck. To make a long story short, I quickly realized that Herby was being towed by no other than Mater. I could not stop laughing in the car. I took as many pictures as I could without being a danger to the rest of the citizens on the road. I even waived at the passengers who were "riding" in Mater. Its always a pleasant surprise when you get a little bit of Disney magic when you aren't at the parks.

What random Disney Magic did you experience while at home or out and about?

An Evening at the Boardwalk: Part 2

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

After having a wonderful dinner, we headed off to the other side of Crescent Lake to explore the resort further.

Having stayed once before at the Yacht Club Resort, I knew we were close to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. In fact, we were so close that we were able to see the fireworks from both illuminations and blank. Of course, we couldn't hear the music, but it was still something special to see. Take a look at the map below and you'll see what I mean.

Towards the bottom left hand corner, guests can walk to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Towards the top right hand corner, guests can walk towards EPCOT.

We walked over to the back entrance of EPCOT. The delightful sounds of the Italian Pavilion filled the air. It was possibly the first time I had ever only heard the soundtrack for this area. We then decided to walk over and explore the Yacht and Beach Club Resort.

Dare I say that after 10:00pm, most guests are making their way to their rooms and most of the lobbies and hallways are empty. This makes for the perfect time to explore the resort. Not only do you get to roam the halls and sit in a quiet lobby, but you get to visit any restaurants that are open to walk through. We almost made it to Beaches and Cream to inquire about their Kitchen Sink, but made it after closing time.

We even saw a bunny roaming the grounds.
Panorama of the Boardwalk Resort from the Boat Launch in the middle of Crescent Lake.
So in close, if you are looking for something to do while you are not in the parks or want to do something a little different, I suggest you go to the Boardwalk and check out some of the great things to do, see and eat. Until next time, enjoy some of the last photos taken while we wandered through the resort.

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