Starlight Children’s Foundation is the newest charity beneficiary of Star Wars: Force For Change. Starlight is creating a new reality for hospitalized kids. They are transported to a galaxy far, far away with VR technology and Star Wars- themed Brave Gowns.
“We’re excited to announce the launch of Starlight VR which we believe will be a game-changer in the pediatric health care space,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We’re excited to have Lucasfilm and Disney, Google and Niagara Cares alongside us as we harness the power of virtual reality to bring more smiles to hospitalized kids when and where they need it most.”
The brand new Starlight VR, powered by Google, is an amazing program that will entertain, educate and inspire the imaginations of hospitalized kids across the US through one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences. To celebrate this, Mark Hamill, surprised patients at the Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando before Star Wars Celebration kicked off. He visited children in their rooms as well as had some fun while they played games, crafts, went through Jedi training and more.
During his portion of The Last Jedi panel, he spoke about the hope these characters give to children. I can tell you it brought tears to the eyes of myself and those around me.
When I spoke with the Starlight team at Star Wars Celebration I was moved to tears. It’s hard not to get emotional as a mother, as a human being, thinking about children going through this in their lives. I wish I could give them a cure, I wish I could hug each and every one of them. I wish.
Donate, I did and you can too. Just $25 can deliver a Starlight Brave Gown to a hospitalized child.
These hospital shirts give the kids hope and joy. They deserve that and much more.
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For more information and to donate visit Starlight Children’s Foundation and Star Wars: Force for Change.
One of the most anticipated panels of the celebration was The Last Jedi. Duh. We made our way into the room, speculating what exactly they would share. Some set pics, maybe tiny nuggets of info, and of course we all waited on baited breath, would they bring the teaser? The panel did not disappoint.
Watch highlights from The Last Jedi panel. Including the moments when we first saw the poster, the trailer, and we get a look at some exclusive set photos! Plus is Rey a Skywalker? Does BB-8 know who the last Jedi is? Does Luke finally talk or is it just voiceover work for Mark Hamill?
I’m glad to be typing this instead of videoing it because my voice is still gone from this one!
What we know about The Last Jedi
Meeting your heroes might not be what you expect
Luke is vital in this film
Finn has a choice to make, will he be a part of the resistance or will he continue to run
Finn and Poe’s friendship will continue to develop
BB-8 has a lot of great moments, because you can never have too much BB-8
Carrie Fisher rocked her role and helped develop dialogue in the film
Starkiller Base was a big loss but they did take out the seat of the Republic and that has thrown the galaxy into chaos, something they are jumping on to take advantage. Things are going to get dire.
New characters, including Rose
December 15th cannot come soon enough
The Teaser, because yesssss!
This new poster gives us a lot of feels. The Jedi Order symbol, Rey, Luke, Kylo Ren, and a whole lot of red. What could it mean? I have some theories, but I will have to wait until December to find out if any are correct.
What are your thoughts on the teaser? Do you have any theories about Rey’s parentage?
Star Wars The Last Jedi is in theaters everywhere December 15th!
A few months ago, the family and I screened Disneynature’s Born in China. I knew it was going to be an amazing adventure, if you have seen any of the other Disneynature films you know I am right. But wow, it was stunning. China is far more beautiful than I think I could have ever imagined. The terrains and the wildlife that the filmmakers encountered are breathtaking.
The newest Disneynature film is narrated by John Krasinski and it takes the viewer on an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. We meet Ya Ya and Mei Mei, the mother and daughter pandas. Tao Tao the mischievous little golden monkey who feels he has lost his place in the family thanks to a baby sister. Dawa, the elusive mother snow leopard who faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Plus a host of other animals who who call China home.
Bring your tissues. Nature films always get me right in the feels. I personally become so invested in the lives of the animals it’s like they are my own. It is hard not to feel the joys and the anguish of these mothers as you watch their stories unfold.
The storytelling and cinematography blend together to form an amazing experience that draws you into the movie and leaves you feeling inspired and wanting to do all you can to save these animals.
Help Protect the Wild Pandas and Snow Leopards in China just by seeing the movie.
When you see Born in China opening week it will benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Disneynature through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a donation to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.
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Tao Tao says go see Born in China, in theaters April 21, 2017
What to Expect
Alamo’s street art booth will bring Cars 3 to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends. Plus pick up a color pencil pack souvenir.
Coppertone is creating a racer pit crew that encourages visitors to take part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity.
Crest and Oral-B will be providing fans with an opportunity to create a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen and get Cars themed oral care products.
Dole, will help us all recharge our batteries with sample high-octane fruit and vegetable smoothies, “Cars 3”-inspired recipes, and more.
Mattel will have an interactive play area, which sends Lightning McQueen and other racers down the gravity drop and launches them into action. You will get to see a lot of the new toy sets featuring scenes and characters from the new movie.
Everyone will get a chance to take pictures with the stars of Cars 3. No not Owen Wilson, Lightning McQueen! I have met Lightning and Mater up close at Disney World. Trust me, they are awesome in person!
Don’t forget to stop by the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater for a special sneak peek at Cars 3!
Cars 3 is in theaters June 16th!
This wasn’t my first go at a tropical themed party. A few years ago we had a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Luau for my son. It was super fun and a lot of those decorations came in handy for this party. When it comes to getting ready for a party, shopping at Oriental Trading is top on my to-do list. Not only do they offer great luau party items but almost every theme you can think of they have covered in their online shop.
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The goody cups were filled with hibiscus hair clips, tropical tattoos, organic snacks, and nail polish. Everything you need to get started on your own sea journey right? Luckily our Hei-Hei didn’t try to eat anything.
For the tablescape, I kept it simple with decorative flowers, sea shells, and the Moana plates.
I adore this hula table skirt. It gives just the right pop to any table you adorn with it.
My daughter requested a salad and fruit. Got to love a kid who wants a healthy party! I also made ham and cheese sandwiches, Maui’s Hook pretzels, and of course dessert. It can’t all be healthy right?
I sprinkled more flowers and sea shells on the island. The flower vase centerpiece is the same I used for the Mickey party minus Mickey.
Yes I made the pretzels from scratch and no it was not fun. I do not own a bread maker and this was my first foray into making bread dough. So much work. But they tasted delicious. Recipe possibly coming soon if I can psych myself up to make them again.
Ready to make waves? I have your full shopping list to grab everything you need for your Moana party.
- Disney Moana Dinner Plates
- Disney Moana Dessert Plates
- Disney Moana Party Cup
- Hibiscus Glitter Tattoos
- Decorative Hibiscus Flowers
- Luau Ruffle Petal Flower Leis
- Orchid Hair Clips
- Light Blue Plastic Tablecloth
- Fruit of the Sea Large Sea Shells
- Tropical Flowered Table Skirt
- Colorful Flower Garland
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