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Hello Dear Readers! From movies to candy and everything in between, here’s what we’ll be discussing today:

• Creating Fantasmic! • Sugar Rush • Block Party • Pop-Up Snow
• From The Silver Screen To Your Closet • Muck Motors
• Walt’s Barn • Bat’s Day • Reminder

Tuesday night I went to Disneyland’s Annual Passholder Fantasmic! 20th Anniversary Event. Unlike some events Disneyland offers passholders, it was free. It was also fabulous. Thank you Disneyland for inviting your most loyal fans and treating us to a wonderful evening and not charging us anything extra for the experience.

From the specialty foods (Fantasmic! cupcake & Blueberry Blast = yum), to the wonderful & cheery Cast Members (loved the custodial CM who entertained us by “painting” characters on the pavement with his broom and some water), to the party atmosphere (so fun to watch the show with adoring fans), to the show itself (20 years old and still awesome), it was a grand night at Disneyland. Well done, Disneyland, thank you again!

When Disneyland debuted Fantasmic! over 20 years ago, it was like nothing that had ever been done before. The Disney blog recently ran an interview with Barnette Ricci, one of the show’s creators, about how Fantasmic! came to be:

“We had no new attraction opening that summer of 1992, so I was asked to create a show that could be marketed as something really special. I always felt that the Rivers of America was a truly unique venue, but I wanted to use it in a new way to create something different for our guests.”

To read the full interview, visit this link.

Even more interesting, Disney artist, Kevin Kidney, has a piece on his blog about what it was like to work on designing the Maleficent dragon (and a fascinating video of the original animation test for the dragon):

“Throughout the planning stages of Fantasmic!, I was closely involved in the show's oversized creatures, working on the three-dimensional prototypes and planning out each of their performances. The dragon, as we originally envisioned, had a fully fleshed-out body, complete with arms, claws, and flapping wings (although the monster kept getting "hacked away" until she was virtually just a dragon's mechanical head on a boom lift, with lengths of non-flammable fabric hanging down to imply body mass, concealed in thick fog to encourage the viewer's own imagination to fill in the details.) Getting a bulky dragon to quickly exit the stage at the end of her big death scene was the greatest challenge for everyone.”

To read the full post, visit this link.

Last time I was in New York, one of the stores I really wanted to visit and couldn’t because I ran out of time, will be coming to LA this summer. Yay! I’ll finally be able to get my sugar fix and not have to fly the nearly, 3000 miles to do it. I just have to drive to one of my favorite LA hangouts — Farmer’s Market:

Dylan's Candy Bar is pleased to announce it will open its first West Coast location in Los Angeles, California this summer. Located at the Original Farmers Market on the corner of Third and Fairfax, the 2,500 square foot boutique will infuse candy into every detail including candy topiaries to greet you at the store's entrance, larger than life peppermint columns and candy button tables transporting customers to a modern day Candy Land.

Dylan's Candy Bar was founded in 2001 by Dylan Lauren and is not your average "candy store." The modern day candy land is home to over 7,000 candies from around the world, making it the most popular destination for the ultimate sugar rush experience.

For more information about Dylan’s Candy Bar, visit DylansCandyBar.com The Farmer’s Market is located at 6333 W 3rd St at Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles, CA.  For more information about Farmer’s Market, visit this link.

Heading up to the Hollywood part of town this weekend? Don’t miss the Hollywood & Highland Center Block Party:

On Saturday, May 19th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Hollywood & Highland Center, Cirque du Soleil, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and Madame Tussauds Hollywood, are partnering to bring you a Hollywood Block Party. Events include:

• Free Kodak (Dolby) Theatre tours
• IRIS make-up, costume and prop demonstrations and photo booth experience in the Kodak (Dolby) Theatre lobby
• Free admission to Madame Tussauds Hollywood.
• Free tours of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, includes free popcorn
• In-store offers at select Hollywood & Highland Center participating retailers, including Crumbs, Cirque Boutique and Spa Luce at Hollywood Renaissance Hotel.
• 104.3 MYFM in the Hollywood & Highland Center Courtyard. Guests are invited to pick up a passport and get it stamped at all Hollywood Block Party locations.

The Hollywood & Highland Center is located in Hollywood at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave., across the street from Disney’s El Capitan Theatre. For more information, visit this link.

If you’ve been to the movies lately, you’ve probably seen the trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman. Universal Pictures is launching an Los Angeles Snow White and the Huntsman Pop-Up Experience — here’s what you can expect to see displayed:

• Costumes from the film's three-time Academy Award®-winning costume designer, Colleen Atwood
• An original 12 ft. mirror mural inspired by the epic action-adventure that was created by famous Los Angeles-based artist Mear One
• Snow White and the Huntsman-inspired mixed-media artwork from artists (amateur to professional) working around the globe

And … a "Be Your Own Artist" Experience, featuring:

• Fans may create one-of-a-kind Snow White And The Huntsman memorabilia with on-site screen printing.
• Attendees will have the opportunity to receive T-shirts, messenger bags, posters and more.
• Guests may choose from one of eight different designs inspired by the film to create custom items.
• Fans of the film may also bring an item from home to customize.

The Snow White and the Huntsman Pop-Up Experience will be located at 7710 Melrose Ave., in Los Angeles, CA, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 AM - 4:00 from May 19th — June 3rd.

The film is a new vision of the legendary tale from the producer of Alice in Wonderland. It stars Kristen Stewart, Oscar winner Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth and arrives in theaters nationwide on Friday, June 1st. For more information, visit www.snowwhiteandthehuntsman.com.

On the same subject: She’s one of my favorite costume designers. She designed the costumes for Snow White and the Huntsman. Her clothes are nothing short of amazing. She’s been nominated for an Academy Award nine times and won three. I’m talking about Colleen Atwood, who began her career as a costume designer on Michael Apted's Firstborn, which starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey, Jr. While living in New York, Atwood was able to collaborate with Jonathan Demme on Married to the Mob, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Beloved.

In the late 1980s, Atwood moved to Los Angeles and began her first collaboration with Tim Burton on Edward Scissorhands. She has continued working with Burton on Ed Wood , Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and, most recently, Dark Shadows. She has also collaborated with Rob Marshall on Chicago , Memoirs of a Geisha and Nine. And now … from the silver screen to your closet — designer Colleen Atwood brings her clothes to HSN:

With the release of her Snow White and the Huntsman-inspired line, Atwood brings the epic action-adventure to life with a curated assortment of beautiful designs featuring faux suede, leather trim, lace and chiffon details, all reflecting the spirit of the film. The collection will range in price from $39 for a short sleeve top with delicate lace detail to $169 for an exquisite embroidered dress inspired by one of the Queen's gowns.

The exclusive capsule collection is part of a larger assortment of more than 200 items that have been created for the 24-hour Snow White and the Huntsman special shopping event on Wednesday, May 30, across all of HSN's platforms, including TV, HSN.com and HSN mobile.

For more information about the event and to shop the collection on May 30th, visit this link.

While pretty much everyone around me is all a-buzz about cars and that land devoted to them, opening at DCA on June 15th, this weekend you can see some cars. No, not the Pixar/Disney variety but “real” cars, just up the road a piece from Disneyland at the 18th Annual Muck Motor Car Festival:

The oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours D’Elegance with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over eight acres of lawns. While enjoying the cars, feast on fabulous food, wine, and special brews from Bootlegger’s Brewery. Live performances in the outdoor amphitheater by The Pleasure Tones on Saturday and Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys on Sunday. Proceeds benefit our youth arts education and outreach programs.

The Muck Motor Car Festival take place Saturday, May 19th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center located at 1201 West Malvern Avenue in Fullerton, California and continues Sunday, May 20th, with the Concours d’Elegance.

The Hot Rods & Customs part of the event starts at 8:00 AM, runs till 2:00 PM and features special guests, The Pleasure Tones. The cost is $5.00, kids under 12 are free.

The Concours d’ Elegance part of the event begins with a Horseless Carriage Tour leaving the Fullerton City Hall parking lot at 9:30 AM and arriving at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center at 10:00 AM. The event runs from 10:00 — 4:00 and costs $10.00, kids under 12 are free. Featured special guest is Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys.

For more information, visit this link.

Walt’s Barn will be open this Sunday (it’s only open every 3rd Sunday of each month). If you haven’t been out to see Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park, this month is the perfect day to go because not only is the barn a fabulous  and wonderful thing to see — filled with Disney history on its own, but MiceChat’s Sam Gennawey will be there signing copies of his book, Walt and the Promise of Progress City from 11:00 AM — 2:00 PM:

The third Sunday in each month, Walt Disney’s Barn Museum, the original Santa Fe & Disneyland Combine Coach, and Ollie Johnston’s Victorian Train Depot, are open for public visiting from 11 am to 3 pm. Informative volunteer Barn Crew members are on hand to describe the history and contents. Often, Disney veterans and Legends drop by for chats and autographs. Parking and admission are free. Free will donations are accepted by the Carolwood Foundation.

Walt’s Barn is located near Travel Town and the LA Live Steamers in Griffith Park at 5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA.  It will be open this Sunday, May 20 from 11:00am ’till 3:00pm. For more information, visit this link.

We’ll end with bats. My favorite. This Sunday, May 20th, is Bat’s Day in the Fun Park. Do I need to explain where the fun park is — why, Disneyland, of course and Bat’s Day is the day the Goths descend upon Disneyland. They arrive in hearses that are cool to see in the parking lot, they’re super polite & lovely people to talk to, they are snappy dressers ... and they’ve got cool stuff. Here is the Bat’s Day in the Fun Park schedule should you be interested:

• 12:30 PM – Sleeping Beauty’s Castle Photo — For everyone
• 4:00 PM – Baby Bats Photo at the Sword in the Stone in front of King Arthur’s Carrousel. This is for kids — under the age of 13 only
• 8:00 PM – Haunted Mansion Photo — For everyone

For all the information about Bat’s Day & the specifics about the photos (there are guidelines), visit this link.

One last thing before I bid you adieu, a reminder — Walt Disney World Duffy fans, MiceChat’s Aimster has organized a Duffy Meet-Up for this weekend:

Bring your Duffy and hang out with Aimster and her Duffy — meet by the main Duffy store at the entrance to World Showcase in Epcot by the big cutout of Mickey holding Duffy on Saturday, May 19th at 11:00 AM. If it’s raining, just look for the polkadot umbrella and don’t let a few rain drops keep you away. You know how Florida is, one minute, rain — blue skies, the next.

Okay, that’s finally it for this week, thanks for stopping by. I’ll leave you and say good-bye till next time. In the mean time, if you want to know what I’m up to then follow Pressing Matters on Twitter. You never know what you’ll find there — food, museums, shopping, Disneyland, Movies, Cars, & Bats, oh my! Follow along as I search for the all the latest Pressing Matters & tweet about what I find:


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FTC-Mandated Disclosure: As of December 2009, bloggers are required by the Federal Trade Commission to disclose payments and freebies. Sue Kruse and Al Lutz did not receive any payments, free items, or free services from any of the parties discussed in this article. They pay for their own admission to theme parks and their associated events, unless otherwise explicitly noted.

© 2012 Sue Kruse