Diamonds and Disneyland?

Disneyland

Disneyland and Diamonds? Doesn’t that have a fabulous ring to it? The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins Friday, May 22, 2015, celebrating 60 years of Disney magic with three new nighttime spectaculars, dazzling decor and an exciting sweepstakes that will award authentic diamonds and one-of-a-kind prizes to some lucky guests!

Nighttime will glitter as never before with three, sensational shows that expand the 60-year tradition of innovative and immersive storytelling: the brilliant, high-energy “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular at Disneyland Park, and the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” at Disney California Adventure Park. In “World of Color – Celebrate!,” Mickey Mouse and award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris will tell the story of Walt Disney and the Happiest Place on Earth with film, animation, music and spectacular fountains.

The electrifying new shows will premiere during a 24-hour party that inaugurates the Diamond Celebration, from 6 a.m. Friday, May 22, until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, local time.*

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Disneyland Diamond Days** – an exciting sweepstakes – will award daily and weekly prizes as part of the Diamond Celebration. Weekly prizes include a one-carat, authentic diamond, custom engraved for Disney, paired with a stay in the Disneyland Dream suite; a clear, crystal Cinderella slipper, with a diamond-and-topaz pendant, and private experiences in the park such as a party in Fantasyland or a romantic cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat. The available prize will vary each week. Daily prizes also will be awarded during the Diamond Celebration, and each daily prize package for that day includes an individualized tour of the parks with dining, preferred access to select attractions, and VIP viewing at some of the dazzling, new nighttime spectaculars.  Daily prize winners must be present on the Disneyland Resort premises at the time of entry and at the time of prize redemption in order to be able to enjoy these special experiences and theme park admission is not necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes.

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Innovation Inspires Exciting Future

The Diamond Celebration continues this tradition with three fantastic new shows that expand the boundaries of after-dark entertainment – Disney’s signature “kiss goodnight.

1. “Paint the Night” parade – When the lights go down in Disneyland, the Diamond Celebration illuminates the park with a brilliant, new parade. The luminescent parade creates a river of color flowing down Main Street, U.S.A., with an array of Disney characters and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights that flash and glow as Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to “Paint the Night.” With dazzling special effects, unforgettable music, energetic performances, fun surprises and spectacular floats, “Paint the Night” is more vibrant than any parade in 60 years at the Disneyland Resort.

2. “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular – The dazzling new fireworks show, “Disneyland Forever,” is a street-to-sky, immersive experience like nothing seen before at the Disneyland Resort. Guests will be surrounded by the worlds of timeless Disney tales, from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. One minute they will be standing on Main Street, U.S.A., and the next they could be stampeding across Simba’s Pride Lands, dancing with King Louie from “The Jungle Book,” traveling “Under the Sea” with the Little Mermaid, flying over London with Peter Pan, dripping in honey with Pooh in a whimsical dream of heffalumps and woozles, or quivering as Queen Elsa brings a glimmering blanket of snow over Disneyland.

3. “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris will join Mickey Mouse on a magical water canvas to entertain guests in this fun-filled new presentation of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular in Disney California Adventure. Both epic and intimate in scope, “World of Color – Celebrate!” brings to life the remarkable story of Walt and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

Entertainment, Dining and Shopping Experiences Add to the Celebration

During the Diamond Celebration, guests will be invited to become part of the musical magic, singing, dancing and marching along with resort performers such as the Disneyland Band, Dapper Dans, Red Car News Boys, Straw Hatters and Five & Dime. The after-dark “Mad T Party” will return to Disney California Adventure as a dazzling new “Diamond Mad T Party,” featuring sparkling new decor, interactive fun, dancing and delectable food and drink.

Restaurants and food carts in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will offer new drinks and cupcakes specially created for the Diamond Celebration.  More than 500 special merchandise items have been created for the Diamond Celebration, including apparel, accessories, art, collectibles, headwear, home décor, jewelry, pins, souvenirs, toys and more. Additional information about the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will be shared in the coming months at www.Disneyland.com and www.DisneyParksBlog.com. If you didn’t have an excuse to go, now  you do. Let’s get on a plane to California!

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My 2013 Travel Year in Review

Wow. Writing this seems tougher than I thought as it has been a year of many ups and downs. The ups have included the continued health of my father, the blessing of my three children, my two sisters and my brother along with my amazing work and passion that has come together and brought so many incredible opportunities my way.  I have spent so much time learning and thinking about gratitude this year. I am so very thankful.

Here’s a little tour into my 2013 travel year in review. I am so grateful to have experienced all of these breathtaking views and places and the many fabulous people who I have met along the way. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014!  The photo above was taken at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia early last month.

Me while at CBS in Los Angeles

Kayaking in Phoenix

Le Sereno in St. Barts

Disneyland in California

Me on Fox & Friends in New York

Palmilla in Cabo

Esperanza in Cabo

Scrub Island British Virgin Islands

Peter Island British Virgin Islands

Salamander Resort & Spa in Virginia

Rancho Valencia in San Diego

Sugar Beach in St. Lucia

Turks and Caicos

Fairmont Lake Louise in Canada

Headed to Disneyland

Today, my three kids and I are headed to Disneyland! Last summer, I attended the third year of Evo Conference in Park City, and I was the luckiest person! Not because my daughter, Leigh, came with me, but because I won the conference grand prize: a trip to Disneyland in California including four airfare tickets on Southwest airlines. We are headed there this weekend, and we are so excited!

This photo was taken after we had just found out that we had won.

Check out the newest conference, Family Forward, coming up in August created by one of the founders of Evo Conference. How cool does this look? I would love to go! Have a great, safe weekend everyone 🙂

Travel To Park City: Evo Conference: Tuesday Travel

I love traveling. A week ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Park City for Evo Conference for the third time. Evo is one of my favorite blogging and social media conferences in the ideal destination: Park City, Utah. This year was a little different for me since my daughter, Leigh, came with me, but it was a blast! We went a day early to spend time with my first blogging friend ever, Kelley, from Mountain Mama Cooks. We had so much fun with Kelley’s amazing family.

We spent the afternoon at Utah Olympic Park, which I highly recommend!

We got to see Olympians in action as they trained in the pool (super cool!). We also went on the alpine slide, a tour of the park and so much more. If you get to Salt Lake or Park City, don’t miss out on heading to Utah Olympic Park.

Here are some of my favorite photos of the remainder of our trip:

A stunning view from The Canyons

Always a beautiful sunrise in Park City

Shots taken from a photography walking tour workshop with Todd from White on Rice. It was so fun!

One thing I love about Evo: making wonderful new friends. With Carrian from Oh Sweet Basil

Evo always has fun-filled food workshops. We had a few contests, and our table won.

Speaking of winning, I was so shocked to hear I won the trip to Disneyland in California, a grand giveaway at the conference. The team from Disneyland and Southwest are amazing! Huge thanks!

We are so excited to travel to Disneyland. I have never been to that part of California, and my 3 children have never been to the state of California, so I have Evo to thank for that!

I miss you Park City and everyone from Evo. I can’t wait to see you again very soon!