Disclosure- I have been provided an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 movie premiere and ABC TV Event in exchange for coverage of these events. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you so much Disney and ABC TV!
As I am sure most of you already know, Big Hero 6 comes to theaters tomorrow- Friday, November 7th, 2014. I had the honor and privileged to attend the red carpet premiere at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood, CA. This was my 3rd Disney red carpet premiere but it wasn’t any less amazing or special. I am so excited to be able to share with my readers all about my experience so here goes.
A group of 24 other bloggers and I got all dolled up and hit the red carpet. Here’s what I wore. Next time remind me to wear more comfortable shoes, ok? Going from sneakers and sandals all the time to heels 2 nights in a row was a little hard on this mommy’s tootsies!
We started off at a cocktail party hosted by Disney Movies Anywhere. I’ll be telling you more about this amazing new app in another post so keep an eye out. We left the cocktail party at the Roosevelt Hotel and then walked down the street to the premiere. We were let into the exclusive red carpet area and stopped for several photo opps as we casually made our way down the red carpet.
To the left of us there were several stars who were getting photographed, signing autographs, and doing interviews. Once we passed through the red carpet we were led to the famous El Capitan theater. As we were walking into the theater we saw Josh Gad (the voice of everybody’s favorite snowman, Olaf) walking in right next to us. We grabbed our popcorn and drinks and made our way to our seats. On the way to our seats I stopped to take a picture with Calum Worthy from Disney Channel’s Austin and Ally. Having 2 tween daughters I think I get even more excited to see the teen stars of Disney shows then t.v./movie stars! It is so amazing to look around the theater and see stars sitting right there with us. I’m not sure what it is like at other red carpet premieres but at Disney premieres the stars sit among everyone else. I knew this from my previous experience but it is always surreal to look around and spot the stars.
My seat was in the center of the theater in the second row- RIGHT BEHIND Calum Worthy who was in the first row. Ross Lynch (Austin from Austin and Ally) was sitting several seats down from Calum so I casually went over and ask him if he would take a picture with me for my daughters. (My girls were so excited when they saw the picture!) Call me a cougar but Ross Lynch was looking hot. Don’t worry, he’s 18 so I can say that.
White waiting for the movie to star there was a man playing Disney songs on an organ. You don’t get that at a regular theater!
We watched the movie, which was PHENOMENAL, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to read my whole review of Big Hero 6 and next week for my review of Feast, the movie short that came right before it. When the movie was over we took shuttles to the after party at Yamashiro. Yamashiro is a gorgeous restaurant and lounge which was the perfect setting for the after party. The after party was a time for everyone to dine, relax, and mingle with stars of television and film. It had a low key vibe and AMAZING food. I am glad I snapped this picture of the sushi display because when I went back about half an hour later it was pretty much gone!
The desserts were just as beautiful and delicious as the dinner. The Baymax sculpture below was made out of rice crispy treats and fondant. Crazy! And look at the adorable mini cupcakes. Plus there was a decorate your own cupcake station as well.
There were plenty of photo opps at the after party including several “Selfie Stations” and a photo area to take a picture with Hiro and Baymax. I totally thought Baymax was just an inflatable prop until he put his arm around me for the picture and I almost screamed!
There was also a room with fun activities such as a Disney Infinity Gaming Area (I’ll be telling you more about Disney Infinity 2.0 in an upcoming post). I tried my hand at the bean bag toss and totally embarrassed myself. I tossed the bean bag and it missed the hole it was supposed to go into and bounced off of the Baymax that was in the background. It actually almost bounced into the hole AFTER it bounced off of Baymax. Yeah, that takes talent. Then I was laughing so hard the next 2 tries that I just couldn’t get the beanbag into the hole.
Another favorite spot at the after party was the green screen photo area where I took several pictures with fellow bloggers. Don’t we look cute? I have to say my favorite part of the night was the one that made me a VERY COOL mommy according to my daughters. Check out how a celebrity and I surprised my girls with a cute video.
It was such an amazing night and I feel so blessed to have been able to experience it. I’ll leave you with a picture of all of the bloggers on the red carpet and one of the official cast group pictures courtesy of Disney.