Hallmark's Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse "Partners" is One of this Year's Must-Have Keepsake Ornaments...Written by James Zahn
One of my favorite places in the world is Legends Plaza on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California. The first time I visited the studio lot, I had my picture taken right next to the famous "Partners" statue by sculptor Blaine Gibson. There are five versions of the statue, and visitors to Disney Parks know it well - a perfect vision of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, looking proudly in the distance, perhaps at what's been accomplished, but more intriguingly at what is yet to come. When I saw the latest catalog for Hallmark's Keepsake Ornaments (a tradition in our family) ahead of the annual July release, many items caught my eye, but one stood out - a version of "Partners" set for release this fall.
After taking a year off from Six Flags due to a hectic schedule for us, I surprised the family by purchasing season passes again - just in time for Fright Fest and Last Call for Fall last year. This year we plan to be there often, and one exciting announcement is for something that's looming far off in the horizon... for the first time in the park’s 42-year history, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois is extending its operating season and inviting guests of all ages to be a part of the festivities at the new Six Flags Holiday in the Park. It's an event that's been requested for ages, but the Illinois weather is cold and unpredictable, so it's always been a "wish list" item that guests to other Six Flags parks have enjoyed. The new Holiday in the Park will feature more than one million LED lights, beautifully adorned Christmas trees, thrilling rides, enchanting shows, delicious seasonal food and dazzling park décor. The fun begins on Friday, November 23 and run weekends through Sunday, December 23 and daily December 26 – December 31.
When you think of Pharrell Williams' infectiously-upbeat "Happy," can you think of a person who not only wouldn't like it, but would absolutely 100% despise it? Of course that individual would be THE GRINCH, and on November 9, 2018, he's back in theaters as Illumination and Universal Pictures bring forth a new animated feature based on the holiday classic by Dr. Seuss. This isn't just a shot-for-shot re-telling, either - and we've got the first official trailer to show you!
Preview Coverage of the 2018 Motion Picture Slate from The Walt Disney Company...
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.
We've reached final countdown stage: Santa will soon be in the air, and the holiday stress level is about to reach its fever pitch. With that in mind, you've got a lot of choices when it comes to holiday music this year, but what if we lightened the mood with a look and listen to what some famous holiday songs could've been, had they been performed by someone else. Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs is back with EROCK on guitar for "Christmas Songs in Different Styles." You're gonna want to crank this one up...
When Disney•Pixar's Coco arrived in theaters just before Thanksgiving, audiences were divided - and some might even say offended by the inclusion of a 22-minute holiday-themed short film entitled Olaf's Frozen Adventure. Originally intended to be an ABC holiday special (which it technically still was), I don't think there was anything wrong with the short (it's cute and my girls enjoyed it enough to set the DVR to record it on ABC, and then watched it at least a half-dozen times), but I don't think people were expecting a holiday special to play before the feature they came to see, especially after sitting through all of the trailers. That said, families looking for some fresh holiday viewing at home are in luck, because Olaf's Frozen Adventure is a surprise release on Digital HD/SD on Movies Anywhere - a perfect new addition to your holiday viewing tradition as Olaf seeks out some traditions of his own. Check out all of the details below, and shout-out to Disney for the fun Frozen care package we received today (see it here).
I've been meaning to post this one since the weekend, but while it may not be brand new, it's still worth checking out a time or two. Straight from the stage at 30 Rock, FOO FIGHTERS performed on Saturday Night Live, breaking out "The Sky is a Neighborhood" from their latest album, CONCRETE AND GOLD. But for their second performance, they veered off from the usual current-album-promoting format to do a little of their 1997 hit "Everlong," followed by a Christmas medley of Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" from A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. See the performance, and crank it up below!
It's been 10 years since comedy rockers PSYCHOSTICK unleashed their holiday album "The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride". Indeed, it's an off-the-radar choice for your holiday playlist, and with it being a little hard to come by in streaming form (not even on Spotify), the band is sharing it as a full stream in honor of its 10th anniversary. Now you can sit next to the fireplace while cranking up modern classics such as "Jingle Bell Metal", "Holiday Hate", "Jolly Old Sadist", "Red Snow" and more. Not for the kids, folks. Not this time. Stream it below!
We've had an unusually great season for Holiday Music this year - a welcome flood of new tunes that follow a bit of a drought in the festive fare. The Rock Father's 2017 Ultimate Guide to New Release Holiday Music and Movies continues to grow as we approach Christmas, and today there's a new addition - a rocked-up version of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," as performed by Pennsylvania's SMALL TOWN TITANS. See the video below and crank it up!
It seems that I can't escape HANSON this week. Just yesterday, I was at O'Hare airport in Chicago, catching an early morning American Airlines flight to Los Angeles. On that flight were three familiar brothers and their band - fresh from a pair of shows at Chicago's House of Blues. In fact, I noted on Twitter that we'd even taken what was essentially the same picture - something you just have to do at O'Hare during the holidays, a Chicago tradition that recalls Home Alone. Today the first press release to hit my inbox was from HANSON's camp, spreading the word of their new music video and upcoming appearances. "Finally It's Christmas" is the title track from the group's second holiday album, one that's featured on my 2017 Ultimate Guide to New Release Holiday Music. See it below!
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Have you ever had the feeling that you're constantly chasing something that can't be caught? It took me years to figure it out, but it finally hit me a few weeks ago that I have been. I've been chasing a feeling of holiday magic that I've hoped to recapture from my youth, but it can't be recaptured. Now, the holidays are a time for my wife and I to help our daughters experience that magic - something to be cherished, as it's never the same once you grow up. While a moment of clarity has come over my adult quest to catch that spirit once more, the one thing I can catch is a cold, and for that I'm always fighting! Our family has places to go and people to see, and when you have to rock the holidays over and over again, the worst thing to do is to let yourself get sick for very long. Zicam® Cold Remedy Medicated Fruit Drops help me get back on my game faster to ensure that #RockFatherSanta is always ready to go!
The holiday season brings with it a host of magical experiences and opportunities to make family memories that will last a lifetime. At the pinnacle comes the annual visit with Santa Claus, and this year the folks at HGTV and Macerich Shopping Centers have teamed-up for an all-new experience aimed at bringing holiday magic to kids and grownups alike with some flourishes that have been upgraded for the social media age. HGTV presents Santa HQ - open now at 15 different locations, including the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois - not far from Rock Father™ HQ! My wife and I recently took The Rock Daughters™ to visit Santa HQ first-hand, and you're going to want to schedule a visit, too!