Monday, November 23, 2015

Late Night Host Jimmy Kimmel Joins 12th Annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

I'm giving thanks.  This past year, I came to know Mary Elizabeth.  I'm grateful to pal Julie from Run Walk Repeat for making the virtual introduction to this angelic soul.  "ME"  was treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, and her mom Mandi shared her daily wins and losses with us on Facebook.  Though ME lost her battle this past September, for me she will always be the face of bravery, faith, and hope.  I had led fundraising for St. Jude prior to "knowing" ME, and will do so again.

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This Thanksgiving season, Jimmy Kimmel will become the high-profile knight leading the charge; the 12th Annual Thanks and Giving Campaign has begun!  You can join the growing army of supporters by reading their press release below; I personally have my eye on several items in the St. Jude Gift Shop.

This one's for you Mary Elizabeth!




(MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Nov. 17, 2015) – This holiday season Jimmy Kimmel makes his St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign debut alongside returning celebrity friends Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, Luis Fonsi and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas. Collectively, they star in national television spots and a star-studded movie trailer asking people to help transform the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising funds and awareness for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. 

The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and more than 70 of the nation’s leading, national brands that ask consumers to support St. Jude while they shop this November-December. The national television spots debut on Monday, Nov. 23, and run through the end of the year.

“I'm honored to be involved in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign this year and to be part of the team that is helping to save the lives of children in communities across America and around the world,” said Kimmel. “My new friends Kenlie and Jaycee, who I filmed a television spot with this year, are a true inspiration to me. I hope that everyone will join me and help the children of St. Jude who are in the biggest fight of their lives.”

The campaign’s national television spots air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. The movie trailer appears in theatres nationwide and in Puerto Rico -- including Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, Cinemark USA, Carmike Cinemas, Malco Theatres and many others. Additionally, the PSA is shown on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights and through Accent Health's waiting room media network, a division of CNN. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut online in late November.

The campaign will receive additional celebrity support from Lily Aldridge, Ashley Tisdale, Ashley Greene, Lucy Hale, The Band Perry, Sam Hunt, Olivia Holt, Zac Posen, David Lee, Mike Conley, Cristian de La Fuente, Karla Martinez, David and Tamela Mann, Jazmine Sullivan, Erica Campbell, Travis Greene, Anita Wilson, Latice Crawford and many others in the form of radio spots, online videos, social media support and more.

“We are so thankful for this incredible group of celebrity friends who lend their hearts, time and talent for our St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. “They help us bring our lifesaving mission to millions of people who then open their hearts to the children of St. Jude during the holiday season. This amazing support allows us to keep my father’s founding promise that no family pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food – because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

In addition, celebrities created holiday product to benefit St. Jude. Longtime supporter Daisy Fuentes designed an inspirational bracelet and the family of Maya Angelou designed a one-of-a-kind blessings jar for the St. Jude Gift Shop. Both of these products, along with hundreds of St. Jude items ranging from ornaments, baking goods and apparel, are available to purchase online during the holiday season with all proceeds benefitting St. Jude.

"These powerful voices and passionate hearts join Marlo Thomas and our long legacy of celebrities who have embraced Danny Thomas' vision that 'no child die in the dawn of life,'" said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "With their support, the St. JudeThanks and Giving campaign has become part of a holiday tradition that reminds us all to reflect on the spirit of gratitude and to give so that we can find cures and help save children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases."

Additional Quotes:

Jennifer Aniston“Over the past ten years I have been blessed to have met and worked with so many extraordinary and courageous boys and girls of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They are all such an inspiration to me and have enriched my life. It’s an honor for me to be a part of the St. Jude family and I hope you will all join me in supporting St. Jude as they work to save the lives of children with cancer and other life threatening diseases across America and around the world.”

Sofia Vergara
“I love being a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. It’s so important to me to support the work being done at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I hope to inspire everyone to help in the battle against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases by donating to St. Jude this holiday season. With your help, we can give hope to children in communities across America and around the world that benefit from the lifesaving research and treatment being done every day at St. Jude.”

Michael Strahan“One of the most meaningful things to me is spending time with the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since my first visit to the hospital, I’ve committed myself to be an active voice in the fight against childhood cancer. The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign makes it easy for all of us to help in the effort to find cures and save the lives of children across America and around the world.”

Luis Fonsi
“Being in the music business has allowed me to travel the world and meet some amazing people. But nothing compares to the brave children I have met at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They are so courageous as they fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases. I am honored to be a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign this holiday season and lend my voice and time in raising awareness to support St. Jude’s lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children in communities across America and around the world.”

The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $588 million thanks to tremendous public support. Throughout the months of November and December, consumers shopping where the St. Jude logo is displayed can make a donation at checkout or purchase specialty items that benefit St. Jude. Those wanting to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude are also invited to donate online or by phone at 800-4STJUDE. For more information, visit

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About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting, liking St. Jude on Facebook ( and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Exclusive Star Wars Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet Location Opens In Disneyland Park

For me, the highlight of the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend was the CHARACTERS!

Unless you live in that galaxy far, far away, you've heard that Innoventions at Disneyland Park has become the new home of all-things Star Wars; the first floor of Tomorrowland Expo has been transformed into Star Wars Launch Bay.  Alongside movie props, staged iconic backdrops (who wouldn't want to hang at The Cantina??), themed video games, and shopping, are the "stars" themselves.  While the Character Meet & Greet Galleries are open to the public, as of Monday, November 16th, Disney Visa Credit Cardholders will have access to an exclusive Star Wars Meet 'N' Greet opportunity!!!  (And something now on this year's Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend flight itinerary, for sure!)  Walt Disney World Resort has not been overlooked by The Alliance; Disney's Hollywood Studios will be home base to the Light and Dark Sides beginning December 1st.

Get your details here star gazers:


Landing Soon in the New Star WarsTM Launch Bay At the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts

WILMINGTON, Del. – November 13, 2015 – Chase Card Services, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. [NYSE: JPM], and The Walt Disney Company [NYSE: DIS] today announced that all Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers will have access to an exclusive Star WarsTM Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet at private Cardmember locations at the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts.1, 2

Beginning November 16, 2015, the exclusive Star Wars Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet location for Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers will be offered daily from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. PST at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park. Cardmembers simply present their Disney Visa Credit Card to enter the Meet ‘N’ Greet.2

Scheduled to open December 1, 2015, the exclusive Star Wars Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet location for Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers will be offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney's Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World Resort. Cardmembers simply present their Disney Visa Credit Card to enter the Meet ‘N’ Greet.2

“With excitement at an all-time high for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, we are delighted to unveil this new experience for our Cardmembers,” said B.J. Mahoney, general manager, Chase Card Services. “This immersive experience will delight fans and continues our efforts to bring the magic and wonder of Star Wars to Cardmembers.”

Earlier this year, new double-sided card designs featuring Darth Vader, Yoda and R2-D2 with C-3PO were introduced for the Disney Visa Credit Card portfolio.3 In addition, all Disney Visa Cardmembers can enjoy savings on select Star Wars merchandise purchases at Disney Store, and select locations at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resorts.1 Cardmembers also have the opportunity to take advantage of upcoming Star Wars-related limited-time offers.

1 Offers and offer elements including, but not limited to, participating locations, are subject to availability and additional restrictions, and may change or be canceled without notice. Must use a valid Disney Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card to receive special offers. Merchandise discount may not be available for certain items and at certain locations including Disneyland®Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort Operating Participant locations and any other locations or kiosks that are not owned and operated by the owners of the Walt Disney World® Resort and theDisneyland® Resort. To receive a merchandise discount, you must mention the specific offer. For entry into the Disney Character or Star Wars™ Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet Photo Opportunities, must present your valid Disney Visa Credit Card. Not valid in combination with other offers, discounts, promotions or with any previous purchase. Minimum purchase and/or separate admission may be required. Offers are for personal use only and may not be transferred or resold. Please visit for full terms and conditions for each offer. Chase is not responsible or liable for fulfillment of these Disney Theme Park perks.

The Disneyland® Resort Character Meet ‘N’ Greet Photo Opportunities are offered daily during set hours–the Disney Character Meet ‘N’ Greet is at Disney California Adventure® Park and theStar Wars™ Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet is at Disneyland® Park. The Walt Disney World® Resort Character Meet ‘N’ Greet Photo Opportunities are offered daily during set hours–the Disney Character Meet ‘N’ Greet is at Epcot® and the Star Wars™ Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet is at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Separate Theme Park admission required for each Meet ‘N’ Greet Opportunity. Must present a valid Disney Visa Credit Card for entry for up to 6 people per cardmember account (each cardmember account may be used for entry only one time per day). Operating times, days of the week, locations and appearance of Characters may vary and are subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice. Not valid in combination with other offers, discounts or promotions. Offer is for personal use only and may not be transferred or resold. Please visit for additional information.

3 Card designs are subject to availability and may change without notice.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. And/or its affiliates © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

Monday, November 2, 2015

The BOATHOUSE Restaurant | Boats, Bars, and Burgers!

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing where you can find the best burgers at Disney.

Ahoy diners!  Big gastronomic change is afloat in the former Downtown Disney area; Disney Springs is shaping up to become a dining oasis at Walt Disney Wold Resort.

One of the new, most unique destinations is The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats, and destination it is.  Schussler Creative (whose resume includes Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex Cafe, and Yak & Yeti) has partnered with The Gibsons Restaurant Group to build a total dining package; a beautiful waterside location, handsome venue, a full and varied menu, and recreational options to round out your meal.

Our Amphicar ready to launch!
The fleet of 9 "Amphicars" are restored dream boats from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and are each floating museums.  Ten other antique vessels are moored at The BOATHOUSE, but only 2 others are available for charter; The Venetian is a stunning 40-foot Italian Water Taxi, and the Lady Rose is a 19th-century steamboat.
The outdoor "museum.".

The showcase Admiral's Club Bar.
A cocktail with a view.
Just one of the dining rooms that borders the interior bar.
This 24,000 square feet restaurant by-the-sea boasts 3 bars and seating for 600 in 3 dining rooms and an expansive outdoor deck.


I cannot mislead you here, The BOATHOUSE is upscale dining with a price point to match.  BUT, the first thing out of our charming waiter's mouth was, "We have the best burgers on property."  (Perhaps after our spin around the lake we looked more like chopped meat sea hands versus porterhouse ladies who lunch.)

He also highly recommended the Raw Bar, which my husband and I may have to try next week!

My companion Janice from An Open Suitcase shared her "before" photo with me!
The Classic Burger may take a bit of the wind out of your sails at $18, but Janice enjoyed it.  Also offered are Filet Mignon Sliders, Gibsons "Sandwich King" Award Winning Burger (a spicy version of the standard), and Blue Angus Burgers ($10) on the Kids Menu.

The legend: Gibsons S'mores Baked Alaska
I felt compelled to include this dessert creation that her dear pal had sent over for Janice's birthday.  It is listed as dessert for four, but we could have fed the entire restaurant with it.  Put simply, it is to die for and would make any special occasion SPECIAL.

I suggest you immediately set sail for The BOATHOUSE on your next trip to Orlando.  They serve until 2 a.m., so if you need a late-night burger fix, steer your vessel to The Landing!

For more great burgers at the Disney Parks, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

The FORCE is with Monday Night Football

Are you ready for some football?!  Something tells me that ESPN's "Monday Night Football" will be gaining some new viewership on October 19th, 2015.  The cosmos will be tuning in for more than the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles match up; I believe football may have second-billing to the superstar team of  Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher.  The FORCE will be strong with this game!!!

During halftime of this National Football League game, Lucasfilm will present the trailer of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS!!!  Tune into ESPN or ESPN Deportes at game time (8:15 p.m. EDT) for the trailer launch.  Following the launch, tickets to the film will be on sale everywhere movie tickets are sold!

Wait, do not!!


Poster Revealed Today to Kick Off Countdown to Trailer Release

Tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Go on Sale Everywhere
Following the Trailer Launch

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (October 18, 2015)—Lucasfilm announced today that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on Monday, October 19, during halftime of the National Football League (NFL) game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. PDT/8:15 p.m. EDT.  The Spanish language version of the trailer will air on ESPN Deportes simultaneously.

To commence the countdown for the trailer launch, today Lucasfilm released the Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster worldwide. Following the trailer launch, tickets to the highly anticipated cinematic event will be on sale everywhere movie tickets are sold.

In conjunction with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debut, the Walt Disney Company is providing unprecedented company-wide on-air and social support (#TheForceAwakens) as well as tying in events and special activities for the day of the trailer release.  
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in U.S. theaters on December 18.

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. 

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters everywhere on December 18th!


Can December come soon enough?  Until then, GO New York GIANTS!!!