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Get Ready for Arizona’s Mattel Adventure Park Resort: Construction Update and an Exclusive Sneak Peek of the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Rollercoaster!

Experience the thrill of Mattel Adventure Park Resort’s construction progress and an exclusive sneak peek of the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Rollercoaster!



Excitement is in the air as construction progresses on Arizona’s highly anticipated Mattel Adventure Park™. Set to open in late 2024, this one-of-a-kind theme park will feature attractions based on beloved Mattel brands, offering guests a thrilling and nostalgic experience.

Mattel Adventure Park set for 2024 opening 

Located just south of State Farm Stadium in Glendale at VAI Resort, Mattel Adventure Park aims to become Arizona’s first fully themed indoor/outdoor amusement park. The sprawling 9-acre park will showcase the extensive portfolio of iconic toys from Mattel, creating a year-round entertainment destination for visitors of all ages.

One of the most anticipated attractions at Mattel Adventure Park is the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Rollercoaster – a first-of-its-kind ride. This family coaster boasts a stunning design inspired by the famous hot rod’s skull. Climbing 84 feet in the air, it promises to provide a pulse-pounding experience for both kids and adults.

But the Hot Wheels fun doesn’t stop there. The park will also feature the Hot Wheels Twin Mill Racer – a double-looping coaster unlike anything seen before in Arizona. With two corkscrews and a thrilling layout, adrenaline-seekers will be in for a wild ride.

Julie Freeland, Senior Director of Global Location Based Entertainment at Mattel, expressed her excitement about the park, stating, “Mattel Adventure Park is an amazing opportunity to bring our beloved brands to life. We’re especially excited for families to experience the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker rollercoaster – a dream come true for any Hot Wheels fan.”

While Hot Wheels takes center stage, other favorite Mattel brands will also have their dedicated attractions. Thomas & Friends: World of Sodor™ will offer immersive experiences and rides for families, including an indoor play space for little adventurers. Barbie fans will be delighted by the full-scale Barbie Beach House, complete with the Barbie Dream Closet Experience™. This interactive attraction uses hologram technology to bring Barbie to life, allowing guests to explore her iconic closet. The Barbie Beach House will also feature a rooftop bar and restaurant with stunning views of the park.

Masters of the Universe™ fans can engage in epic battles at a 4,500 square-foot laser tag arena designed to resemble the iconic Castle Grayskull fortress. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a mini golf experience with nine holes inspired by classic Mattel games such as Magic 8 Ball™ and Pictionary™. A larger-than-life custom climb UNO™ structure adds a touch of nostalgia and adventure.

Mark Cornell, President at Epic Resort Destinations, highlighted the park’s innovative design, saying, “Mattel Adventure Park features a unique and strategic year-round indoor/outdoor design, providing acres of air-conditioned space to ensure a cool guest experience all summer long here in the heat of Arizona.”

As construction progresses, Mattel Adventure Park continues to generate buzz, promising a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Guests can catch a sneak peek of the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Rollercoaster at the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party™ at Desert Diamond Arena on August 19 and 20.

To stay informed about the latest updates and be the first to experience the excitement, follow Mattel Adventure Park’s social media channels and visit their official website.




Arizona’s Mattel Adventure Park Resort is destined to become a must-visit destination for families seeking thrills, nostalgia, and unparalleled entertainment.

Click the links below to see the latest construction pics.





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    Rebecca Jo is a mother of four and is a creative soul from Phoenix, Arizona, who also enjoys new adventures. Rebecca Jo has a passion for the outdoors and indulges in activities like camping, fishing, hunting and riding roller coasters. She is married to Rod Washington

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Experience the Magic of Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort: Characters, Parades, Nighttime Spectaculars, and More!

Immerse yourself in the magic of Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort: parades, night shows, themed food, exclusive merchandise, and unforgettable experiences!



Pixar Fest was in full swing once again at the Disneyland Resort, bringing beloved characters and stories from Pixar Animation Studios to life for a limited time. From April 26 to August 4, 2024, guests of all ages could immerse themselves in the magic and wonder of Pixar.

As guests entered the resort, they were greeted by colorful décor adorning Main Street, U.S.A., Buena Vista Street, and the Downtown Disney District. The centerpiece of the entrance was a magnificent 25-foot sculpture featuring the iconic Pixar Ball, instantly setting the stage for the festivities ahead.

One of the highlights of Pixar Fest was the debut of the “Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!” parade at Disney California Adventure Park. This lively and vibrant parade featured dynamic floats and over two dozen characters from beloved Pixar films. From classic films like “Toy Story” and “Monsters, Inc.” to newer favorites like “Turning Red” and “Soul,” guests were treated to a heartwarming journey through the world of Pixar.

Another returning favorite was the “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” at Disneyland Park. This breathtaking nighttime show illuminated the sky with colorful projections, memorable music, and dazzling pyrotechnics. Featuring characters from Pixar classics and upcoming films like “Inside Out 2,” the show tugged at heartstrings and reminded guests of the power of friendship and love.

The Hollywood Backlot at Disney California Adventure Park was transformed into the lively and energetic Club Pixar. Every evening, guests could dance the night away to the beats of a DJ, enjoy live performances, play exciting games, and indulge in themed food and beverages. Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible even made appearances in their original super suits, adding an extra dose of excitement to the festivities.

At Disneyland Park, the Fantasyland Theatre was transformed into the Pixar Pals Playtime Party, a daytime fun zone for the whole family. Guests could learn dance moves, join Pixar pals in a high-energy show, and participate in various Pixar-themed activities. And for those who preferred a more relaxed experience, award-winning Pixar shorts were screened on a big screen, offering a chance to sit back and enjoy the magic of Pixar.

Of course, no festival would be complete without delicious food and unique merchandise. Marketplaces throughout Disney California Adventure Park offered Pixar-themed menu items, allowing guests to savor the tastes of their favorite films. Limited-time food and beverage novelty items such as a Coco guitar bucket, an Alien Pizza Planet truck bucket, and a Slinky Dog sipper were also available for guests to take home as souvenirs.

Pixar Fest also introduced a new line of merchandise featuring Pixar pals from films like “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Up.” From the Pizza Planet collection to vibrant character designs, there was something for every Pixar fan to commemorate their festival experience. Limited-time medallions with designs for each Pixar feature film added an extra touch of collectability to the festivities.

Beyond the festival itself, the Disneyland Resort offered even more Pixar experiences for guests to enjoy. The reimagined Pixar Place Hotel featured contemporary guest rooms that paid tribute to the artistry of Pixar Animation Studios. Exclusive entertainment offerings and unique character encounters with beloved characters like Joe from “Soul” and Bing Bong from “Inside Out” made the hotel stay even more magical.

Guests could also participate in a themed fitness challenge in Pixar Pier before the park opened, combining fitness and fun in a unique way. And throughout both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, attractions and entertainment offerings allowed guests to interact with their favorite Pixar stories in new and exciting ways.

Pixar Fest was a celebration of friendship and beyond, bringing joy and wonder to the Disneyland Resort for a limited time. With new and returning entertainment offerings, themed menu items, commemorative merchandise, and immersive experiences, guests were able to create memories that would last a lifetime. As the festival came to a close on August 4, 2024, guests left with hearts full of Pixar magic, eagerly awaiting the next adventure.

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    Rebecca Jo is a mother of four and is a creative soul from Phoenix, Arizona, who also enjoys new adventures. Rebecca Jo has a passion for the outdoors and indulges in activities like camping, fishing, hunting and riding roller coasters. She is married to Rod Washington

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5 Tips to Celebrate May the 4th All Month Long



May the 4th

(Family Features) It’s the time of year when Star Wars fans from across the galaxy gather to celebrate May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day. Inspired by the iconic catchphrase uttered in the first film of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: A New Hope, May the 4th has grown in size and enthusiasm over the years. Fans who don’t want to limit the Star Wars celebrations can keep the festivities going all month long.

To kickstart your Star Wars Day, check out these family-friendly ideas, activities and out of this galaxy adventures that are perfect for every fan.

Movie Marathon Month
You never need an excuse to watch these movies, but what better time than in May? Once a week, friends and families can unwind and have a movie night. Whether it’s in chronological order or picking out your favorite Star Wars movie, spending time together watching the Skywalker Saga is a great highlight to everyone’s week.

Costume Contest
Before you start your movie, host a themed costume contest. Encourage family and friends to break off into teams and dress up as their favorite characters. Each alliance can battle one another in hopes of winning the ultimate title of “Best Dressed in the Galaxy.” 

Drink Blue Milk Straight from the Star Wars Galaxy
Bring the big screen to your home with Star Wars TruMoo Blue Milk. The blue beverage was previously available exclusively at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney parks, but now fans can enjoy a new take with this vanilla flavored, low-fat milk that harnesses the power of protein-packed, real-dairy milk with 8 grams of protein per 8 fluid ounces to fuel adventures of all kinds, and goes perfectly with any showtime snack.

Try Out Themed Recipes
You can’t watch a movie without something to munch on – especially if you’re going the marathon route. Get creative in the kitchen and bring to life recipes reminiscent of your favorite Star Wars stories. Better yet, grab your blue milk and mix up a blue milkshake or ice cream pie.

Get Crafty
Grab your scissors, glue, boxes, and any other art supplies you have laying around and challenge everyone to make their own starship, drawing or craft from their favorite Star Wars film, series, game, book or more. Display your creations and continue to add more to your collection all month long.

To find interactive trivia, crafts, recipes and Star Wars TruMoo Blue Milk products near you as well as details about Star Wars white milk, both available for a limited time through July 2024 at select retailers in most major markets, visit StarWarsMilk.com.

*The Star Wars milk from TruMoo qualifies for the Star Wars check. To learn more, visit starwarscheck.com.

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May the 4th: Happy Star Wars Day!


What is Star Wars Day?

Star Wars Day is an informal commemorative day observed annually on May 4 to celebrate the Star Wars media franchise created by filmmaker George Lucas. [^1] Observance of the day spread quickly through media and grassroots celebrations since the franchise began in 1977. [^2] [^3]

The date originated from the punMay the Fourth be with you,” from the Star Wars catchphrase “May the Force be with you.” [^1] Even though the holiday was not created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans have chosen to celebrate the holiday. [^4] It has since been embraced by Lucasfilm and the Walt Disney Company as an annual celebration of Star Wars.

In addition to fan activities, businesses and organizations often participate in the festivities by offering special promotions, themed merchandise, or hosting charity events. Fans engage in cosplay, marathons of the movies, and discussions about their favorite Star Wars moments. Social media channels are also abuzz with memes, quotes, and fan art dedicated to the Star Wars universe on this day.

The release date of the original Star Wars movie, May 25, 1977, is celebrated by some as Geek Pride Day. [^5] This day is set aside to honor all things geeky, and Star Wars enthusiasts often join in to celebrate their beloved franchise.

Overall, Star Wars Day on May 4th has grown into a global phenomenon, uniting fans from different backgrounds in their love for the rich and expansive Star Wars universe. From young Padawans to Jedi Masters, the celebration is a testament to the lasting impact of George Lucas’s visionary creation.

[^1]: New York Times Article
[^2]: Wikipedia Reference 2
[^3]: Wikipedia Reference 3
[^4]: Wikipedia Reference 4
[^5]: Geek Pride Day Reference


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LITTLEST PET SHOP, Following an Epic NYC Premiere Event, Basic Fun! Invites Fans Around the World to Unleash the Bobble with a Custom Song and Dance Challenge Inspired by the Pets



BOCA RATON, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Today, LITTLEST PET SHOP, one of the most well-known collectible toy brands in history, released a call to action to fans around the world to ‘unleash the bobble’. In celebration of the franchise’s long-anticipated return to retail in January – this is sure to be the “Year of the Bobble”! Debuting last week with a pop-up performance at Toys”R”Us at Macy’s Herald Square, Macy’s flagship location in New York City, the Bobble to the Beat social campaign encourages kids and kidults alike to showcase their dancing skills and bobble along with LITTLEST PET SHOP wherever they are, featuring custom choreography alongside an original LITTLEST PET SHOP brand anthem. 

LITTLEST PET SHOP celebrates its’ long-anticipated return to retail with the #BobbleToTheBeat social campaign encouraging kids and kidults alike to bobble along to the custom brand anthem.

To kickstart the craze, TikTok creators @Alexdwong, @GiaNina and @MelissaBecraft, along with the iconic @ToysRUs Geoffrey the Giraffe™ led a flash mob performance of 20+ dancers through Macy’s, and are helping LITTLEST PET SHOP rally fans with dance tutorials, already sparking over 3 million views across Instagram and TikTok. Both the brand anthem and dance challenge, choreographed by acclaimed New York City-based professional director, choreographer, content creator, and producer Michael McCrary, are inspired by the beloved bobblin’ motion of LITTLEST PET SHOP pets, which is featured across figures in the latest Generation 7 of the line. Consumers around the world can join in on the LITTLEST PET SHOP relaunch celebration by gathering their own crew to show off their take on the dance on social media using the hashtag #BobbleToTheBeat.

“It’s essential we relaunched LITTLEST PET SHOP with a creative call to action that would introduce this iconic brand to new audiences on the platforms where they are, and also excite our longtime collectors,” said Katy Katz, Head of Digital Marketing & E-Commerce at Basic Fun! “The ‘Bobble to The Beat’ social campaign perfectly captures the essence of the signature quirky, edgy, and undeniably cute pets that have been loved for decades. Ultimately, we hope to inspire kids of all ages to let down their guard and unleash their own ‘bobble’ with us and LITTLEST PET SHOP!”

With over 1 billion pets sold worldwide since the brand’s initial launch by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) over 30 years ago, LITTLEST PET SHOP was the original pet collectible with more than 3,000 pets to collect, display, and trade. Returning to retail this January, the LITTLEST PET SHOP line will feature over 120 bobblin’ pets by the end of the year, including new pets, packs, and playsets available in more than 20 countries worldwide. The first series in Generation 7 features a wide range of new characters to collect and cherish, available within LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Surprise Singles, LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Pairs, and LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Trios assortments, Play Packs and Playsets. Products are available at mass and specialty retailers worldwide, including Macy’s, Toys”R”Us, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Five Below, GameStop and more in the U.S. Learn more at LittlestPetShop.com.

To further the LITTLEST PET SHOP experience, Roblox players can also bobble with the brand on the global immersive platform, which will debut a custom bobble dance emote available in-game starting today! Following the wildly successful collaboration between LITTLEST PET SHOP Master Toy licensee, Basic Fun!, a leading global marketer of toys and consumer products, Hasbro, Inc., a leading toy and game company, and Suit Up Games, a Roblox development studio specializing in high-engagement branded experiences for young audiences, the LITTLEST PET SHOP pet-simulation gaming experience has surpassed over 3.5 million plays since launching in December 2023.

Ready to unleash the bobble? Follow the official @LITTLESTPETSHOP social channels, including Instagram and TikTok, to join in on the fun using #BobbleToTheBeat. For more information about the LITTLEST PET SHOP brand and product line, visit LittlestPetShop.com.

Basic Fun! is a dynamic global marketer of classic and innovative children’s entertainment products for today’s kids. The company plays in many core toy categories including classic heritage toys, novelty collectibles, building toys, youth electronics, plush, vehicles, dolls and activity/discovery. Basic Fun!’s key brands include: LITTLEST PET SHOP, Care Bears, Cutetitos, POUND PUPPIES, TONKA, K’NEX, LITE-BRITE, Mash’ems, Playhut, Arcade Classics and more! For more information, please visit www.BasicFun.com.

Hasbro is a leading toy and game company whose mission is to entertain and connect generations of fans through the wonder of storytelling and exhilaration of play. Hasbro delivers engaging brand experiences for global audiences through toys, consumer products, gaming and entertainment, with a portfolio of iconic brands including MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, Hasbro Gaming, NERF, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH and PEPPA PIG, as well as premier partner brands.

Hasbro is guided by our Purpose to create joy and community for all people around the world, one game, one toy, one story at a time. For more than a decade, Hasbro has been consistently recognized for its corporate citizenship, including being named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media, one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute and one of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the U.S. by the Civic 50. For more information, visit https://corporate.hasbro.com.

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    Rod: A creative force, blending words, images, and flavors. Blogger, writer, filmmaker, and photographer. Cooking enthusiast with a sci-fi vision. Passionate about his upcoming series and dedicated to TNC Network. Partnered with Rebecca Washington for a shared journey of love and art.

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