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And apparently you can learn the proper etiquette at Disneyland, with the Royal Coronation Ceremony. A five-times-a-day show I have NO clue was playing back in the Princess Fantasy Faire until just a few weeks ago. I knew there used to be a Snow White show (or something to that effect) way back in the day, but lo and behold, I got to quote A Little Princess, and see little girls get trained just in time for a dance with Snow White, Aurora (that’s Sleeping Beauty) and Cinderella.
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I seriously contemplated joining, especially when they busted out a couple of May Poles, but being the only person over the age of 11 who seem inclined to do so, I stayed in my seat at the back of the theater like the normal 23 year olds.

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Aurora was a TOTAL delight. Loved her.

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Regular cut ups, these two

Here’s a clip of Sleeping Beauty’s arrival, for those who want a taste of the show (which is very similar to the Jedi Training Academy that plays in Tomorrowland — this one just is all about princes and princesses):

The second the show was over, however, I was right down on the floor getting pictures in front of the very gorgeous forest castle set.

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Oh, hi giant forest castle set

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Aurora approved.

The Princess of Stickerland joined me by the flowers as well:

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This past weekend was a pretty scatterbrained mash-up of activities:

1. Saw Ramona &¬†Beezus. My love of children’s films, and lack of shame over not having an under-12 with me, compelled me to see this adorable (though slightly bland) film. Since it’s already almost out of theaters, I went to a VERY small theater in Sherman Oaks — the theater lights were already turned off when I exited the show a little after 10 on a Friday. Made me feel like I was back in NC, where at 10 PM there are approximately 2 cars on the road.

Ramona and Beezus

Image via Wikipedia

2. Also saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Hello film-viewing-180! This film had a very cool aesthetic and I loved the “leveling up” video game touches throughout. The supporting cast definitely made this movie for me — I LOVED Kieran Culkin (hilarious), seeing Anna Kendrick made me smile, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (of Sky High fame for me, haha) was great as Ramona Flowers. Apparently it was a very Ramona weekend. Unfortunately, and this is where I probably break from the pack, this movie really just made me realize how much I don’t like Michael Cera. Or at the least I’m very bored with the character he frequently plays, even if it fits very well in this film.

3. I went to the Santa Monica Pier to read/lay out (which ended up being an…interesting choice, since unlike the valley it was overcast and very windy) and hang out with Jeremy and his friends at a beach football game. Which was interrupted at one point by what, upon initial sighting, made me (as a former Disney CP) want to run for the hills:

Is that a...*gulp*...GINORMOUS TOUR GROUP?

It turned out to not be a crazy singing/chanting group of foreign tourists, but a flash mob led by a guy with a giant clock for a head…yea…Let’s go to the video!

After the invasion, a few of us went to the new Santa Monica Place mall for lunch. The sun peaked out briefly for lunch in the gorgeous, spacious, incredibly clean food court, and for a bit of wandering around. There is an incredibly large Nike store, a Kitson, and a bunch of designer stores (oh la la) and one of the new, revamped Disney stores!

*Disney geek out* It was not quite as Apple-esque and touch-screen/no-more-sales-desks-happy as I’d originally heard, but it is very pretty, and more interactive than past designs. Design touches included: a giant Princess Castle with large mirrors for optimum dress up; a gazebo-esque area where you can use touch screens to select both recent and retro video clips to watch on a big screen; and a very “I’m in a “fairy”tale (hello Tink!) forest wandering down a path” type color scheme/decor. See new Disneystore.com headers as example:

Disneystore.com -- the redesign

Finally, before leaving we walked around 3rd street promenade (an outdoor, no car strip of stores, right next to the new mal, which I feel like I haven’t done in FOREVER. Did you know they are now dino friendly?

RAWR.

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As I’ve said before, I get a LOT of mileage out of my D23 membership from living in the LA area. Aside from the awesome magazine (full of gorgeous pictures, and great articles too, of course) there are a number of events at Disneyland and the studio lot in Burbank that I’ve had the ability to attend — like the Ponyo premiere in Hollywood, D23’s 1st Birthday Party, and the D23 Expo.

They’ve been doing screenings on the lot pretty frequently, and when a screening of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (a month before it airs on Disney Channel) followed by a Q&A came up on the site I geekily jumped at the chance to go. DCOM’s (Disney Channel Original Movies…) are pretty much the ultimate guilty pleasure for me. There is rarely one I don’t enjoy, especially if it involves a lot of music.

This lights up at night!

We were asked not to give too much away, since it doesn’t air for almost a month, and no cameras were allowed inside, so you’ll have to check out D23’s article on the event for pictures of the panel, but here are my brief thoughts on Camp Rock 2:

* I liked it a lot more than the first one. Not that I didn’t enjoy the first one, but this one (as mentioned in the Q&A) was much more of a “musical” i.e. spontaneous dance numbers that move the story along vs the previous one which used a lot of performance numbers (stages, microphones, etc), and I loooove musicals.

* Speaking of the music, my favorite songs after the initial viewing were: Can’t Back Down, Wouldn’t Change a Thing, and Introducing Me. After repeat viewings that list will probably grow. Because Disney songs are annoyingly (or awesomely, depending on your viewpoint) catchy like that.

* Many more quippy one-liners this time around. Also, a fun stunt thing that happens early on that is awesome.

…being vague is difficult. Get excited for fun dancing (Alyson Stoner!), catchy songs, general summer goofiness and other expected DCOM fun.

The panel following featured Michael Healy (senior vice president, Original Movies, Disney Channel), Steve Vincent (vice president, Music and Soundtracks, Disney Channel), director Paul Hoen and screenwriter Dan Berendsen. Some quick hits from that:

* Writer Dan put himself through college working at Club 33. Seems like many Disney greats (hello, John Lassiter) started one way or another in those parks. Woot!

*When asked about the old Vault Disney shows (classics of the 50s/60s and lots of animated shorts), Michael Healy said there are no current plans to get them back on the air, since airing them at 2/3 AM (since they have, you know, Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana to air for the current generations) seems like a disservice to the material. BUT with the expansion of various viewing markets (read: the internet/hulu/ipad etc etc) opening up, he also said there’s definitely hope they’ll be seen again soon. I’m personally hoping that they’ll be including all varieties of oldies (up through the 80s/90s/early 00s, which are all unfortunately for me in this “old” category now) — I want to see Mickey Mouse Club & Zorro AND Gummi Bears/Famous Jett Jackson etc

Upon exiting the theater, we were all gifted with some pretty cool Camp Rock “swag”:

Handing out goodie bags

I didn’t get a clear picture of it at the time, but I decided to send one of the bags to my good friend and resident king of all things Jonas Brothers, Gerald and he did post a picture:

So…that’s my take on Camp Rock 2! Coming to Disney Channel September 3rd

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