D23 Expo’s “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios” ended with Star Wars. On December 18, The Force Awakens comes out in theaters. This was the part I waited in line for so long for. My family grew up with Star Wars and now it has been fun seeing my kids and nephews embrace it as well. Director J.J. Abrams introduced the cast (Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o and Daisy Ridley) of the new movie. But the coolest part was seeing one of my favorite actors ever (Harrison Ford – Indy himself) on stage. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed experiencing this with my family.
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Bob Iger made a huge announcement about the future of Disney parks. He announced that they would be building Star Wars land at both Disney parks in Orlando and Anaheim. I’m excited for this and can’t wait to check it out.
Afterwards we got an exclusive D23 Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster. This was such a cool experience and I even bumped into Darth Vader and a stormtrooper outside the convention center.
Daisy Ridler shows off her poster on her Instagram account. My nephew Devyn got to meet her while walking around the Expo.
Flagstaff is this small town in northern Arizona that is home to Northern Arizona University. The infamous Route 66 also passes through the city. I love the mom and pop stores and restaurants in Flagstaff. I always regretted not attending NAU so I could have experienced living in a small town. But what Flagstaff is most popular for is Snowbowl ski resort. Students spend their weekends there and it’s only a few hours from the Valley. I skied for the first time here as a kid and have brought my boys up here many times. We came up here for a fun few days after Christmas. We skied, boarded and did some sledding in some pretty cold and snowy weather.
Every Christmas I get my kids and my nephews and niece together to make Christmas cookies. It has become an annual tradition. It’s a fun time for me and they love it. The hard part is keeping them from eating all the dough. We had a great time this year!