Ending Summer with a splash at SeaWorld Aquatica

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It is Labor Day, the last day of summer 2014, and we decided to head to SeaWorld Aquatica for a little R&R. It is absolutely the busiest I’ve ever seen SeaWorld Aquatica.

It is about 100° today, when you factor in the humidity. So it’s a good idea to stay hydrated. Even if you’re in the water most of the day.

Crowds mean you will have to wait for your favorite water slide, however it is a still pretty easy to walk around and the wave pools and rivers are manageable.

We ate lunch at Waterstone Grill where there was a slow moving line but good burgers and other items. As with all SeaWorld dining, there are no straws with your drinks. Two adults and two kids meals was about $33. Not too bad really.

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Marvel Movies Get An Emotional Fan Tribute

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Disney has lucked out with both the quality and box office success of movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are, for the most part, full of action and witty dialogue, and just plain fun. But there is also a darker more subtle side to most of the films. Those moments are what artist Gen Kim has tried to capture in his latest video.

The music is José González’s “Stay Alive” and the clips are all devoid of dialogue, which means the emotions the actors convey with their faces and body language are all emphasized.

Kim spent roughly 65 hours and went through 13 drafts over two weeks to create the video. So many great moments there that prove not every moment has to be funny to be a great super hero film.

Which was our favorite moment?

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“Star Wars: Episode VII” resumes production after injured Harrison Ford returns

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Galactic Dispatch 103432: Han Solo was on an extended vacation from the Galaxy Far Far Away after breaking his leg when the door of the Millennium Falcon fell unexpectedly. Chewie had no comment, but was heard to chuckle a bit. Solo can outfly any ship, but his ship has been known to fall apart from time to time. With some help from force healers, Solo is on the mend and reportedly already back at work chasing princesses or whatever he does these days.

The unfortunately very real injury to Harrison Ford took place on set in June when the door of the spacehip fell and broke his leg. There was speculation that filming for Episode VII would have to be pushed back six months or more. But he’s recovered fairly quickly for someone aged 71 and is now back on set with the rest of the cast. Ford is reportedly using some assistance for his leg, but it sounds like that will be either out of frame of under his costume.

Harrison Ford in 2010's "Extreme Measures"

Harrison Ford in 2010′s “Extreme Measures”

Other members of the “Star Wars: Episode VII” cast includes series newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow. They will join the legacy stars of the saga, Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

There has been some speculation as to the plot on various internet sites. You can search those out, but I intend to stay mostly spoiler free here.

The film will be directed by J.J. Abrams is still planned for a release date of December 18, 2015.

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Applications Accepted for Disney Parks Moms Panel beginning Tuesday

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The Disney Parks Moms Panel is both an army of expert parents that Disney has united to help other families plan their Disney experience and a focus group for executives big Disney family. Each year around two dozen moms and dads are chosen to join the panel, but first they have to apply.

Applications for the next panel open Tuesday September 2nd at 10AM and will close on noon Friday, September 5th. They get thousands and thousands of applicants every year, but there are only a small number of spots. So don’t feel too bad if you’re rejected, you’re not alone.

But for those who are empaneled, dreams really do come true. There is a special traing session where you’ll get some unique experiences as a member of the panel and you get to join a family of Disney experts who are known for helping others have a magical time at Disney. Which is pretty cool by itself.

As of a few years ago, you can now offer advice for guests heading to any of these destinations: Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, runDisney, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. My advice to you is to pick one to emphasize and really show your expertise in.

More information about becoming a panelist can be found here. Good luck!

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A charming first clip from new Pixar short “Lava”

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Pixar’s next animated short “Lava” is inspired by the beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes. This very charming first clip from the short features a small portion of a musical love story that will take place over millions of years.

It’s not a lot of the film, but this glimpse is still great. The clouds there and the galaxy spinning in the sky is fantastic.

“Lava” is directed by James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren. It will open in 2015 in front “Inside Out.”

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What do you think so far?

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