Disney Summer Movie Mania!

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Recently, we have gained a sneak peek into four big films headed our way this summer. First up, Avengers: Infinity War will hit theaters May 4. Soon afterwards, Solo: A Star Wats Story on May 25. Then we have the long awaited (19 years waiting) sequel for Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles 2. Finally Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6. Below are the trailers for your enjoyment!

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Introducing the Tantalizing and Tangled Apparel and Accessories Line!

 

I’m so excited to share with you all that I have officially launched my new apparel and accessories line through TeePublic. I have had an interest in design since early 2013, when I was first exposed to Adobe software. I learned InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop within the year, and was able to create invitations, business cards and magazine layouts.  I hope you enjoy the new product as much as I do, and I look forward to wearing it during my adventures this year! You can view all of the designs available here or on my Shop page.

Stepping into 2018

Here’s what you can expect from Tantalizing and Tangled in 2018.

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Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for all your support last year with the growth of Tantalizing and Tangled. I have gained numerous supporters along the way, and I’m looking forward to the coming year. I would like to tell you all what you can expect from me this coming year.

I ended 2017 on a rough note. I had a pretty crazy December, which kept me from my regular blog and social media posts. I was dealing with different family issues, helping friends through rough times and working holiday hours at the mall. My phone crashed and I lost all of my photos before I could back them up. I was feeling pretty uninspired. I did have the opportunity to see “Coco,” which I loved. I also saw “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which I have mixed feelings about. I celebrated my 35th birthday, and I’m working on my list of 35 things to do my 35th year. I ended the year ready to be more consistent in 2018.

I follow many Disney blogs, but my favorite is This Fairy Tale Life run by Mindy. She posted a great article about finding a word to set the tone for your year. My word is consistent. I want to be a consistent blogger for you, and I want you to know what to expect from me.

I work a full time job, and I am not able to leave it to become a full time blogger at this time. I am not able to travel to Disney every week, so there will be events I will not be able to cover. I have other interests besides Disney, so be prepared to see non-Disney related posts. I will commit to two posts per month at this time. If I can do more then I will. I don’t want anyone waiting around wondering what is going on, and I also don’t want to be the blogger who quit. I will not quit, but I have to be realistic and fair to you all!

I have one trip to Walt Disney World schedule for this year, and another non-Disney trip in the works. I am also working on another book due out this year. Thank you again for your support and happy blogging!

Tara 

 

Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

 

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Photo by Troy Fisher

If you haven’t had a chance to make it to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party there is still time!  You will enjoy unlimited cookies, cocoa and characters during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

If this is your first time attending MVMCP here are a few tips to make your time more magical.

  • You can enter the park as early as 4pm with you MVMCP ticket. It is a hard ticketed event, which means it is separate from your daily pass to Magic Kingdom
  • Join Queen Elsa and Frozen friends for “A Frozen Holiday Wish.” Elsa lights up the Castle at 8:15pm.
  • Mickey’s Once upon a Christmastime Parade is something you definitely want to get a good seat for. The parade has classic characters and Christmas favorites. The parade takes place at 8:30pm and 11pm. Go to the second parade because it will be less crowded.
  • Holiday Wishes Fireworks takes place at 10pm. This firework show is a panoramic spectacular.
  • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas! is on the stage between Space Mountain and the Carousel of Progress. You will see characters from Monster’s Inc. and Buzz Lightyear. Show times are 7:45pm, 8:35pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm and 11:35pm.
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is a magical show with all your favorite Disney characters. Show times are 7:40pm, 9:25pm, 10:30pm, and 11:55pm.
  • VoicePlay is an a cappella singing group. They perform in Tomorrowland at 8:10pm, 9:00pm, 10:20pm and 11:10pm.
  • Club Tinsel takes place in Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland

Character Meet and Greets:

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps

Captain Jack Sparrow

Peter Pan and Wendy

Aladdin with Abu, Jasmine with Genie

Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws

Donald, Scrooge McDuck, Daisy and Minnie

Santa Goofy

Tiana and Naveen

Big Al, Liverlips, Shaker and Wendell

Seven Dwarfs

Princess with their Princes

Tigger and Friends

Santa Claus

Mary Poppins, Bert and Penguin

Mickey Mouse

Tinker Bell

Merida

Gaston

Ariel

Treat locations

Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Soft Pretzel and Sno-Cone

Liberty Square Ticket Office:  Eggnog and Ginger Molasses Cookie

The Friar’s Nook: Silky Smooth DOVE Chocolate and Sparkling Cider

Pete’s Silly Sideshow: Peppermint Crunch Cookie and Nestle Nesquick

Pinocchio Village Haus: A variety of holiday favorites

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe: Snickerdoodle Cookie and Hot Chocolate

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies: Santa Claus Cookie and Sno-Cone

Attractions 

You will be able to ride the Jingle Cruise, Pirates, Splash Mountain and the Haunted Mansion with no wait time. You can enjoy all the treat locations multiple times.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful and magical event at Magic Kingdom. You can get your tickets for select night now through December 22, 2017.

Stop Everything and Go See “Thor: Ragnarok”

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Image courtesy of Marvel

It was 2008, and I was in Universal Orlando when I first saw Iron Man. It was the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, and it is not slowing down anytime soon. I remember before MCU, we were stuck with films that only produced trilogies or had way too many villains in one scene.  It’s nice to have our beloved comics actually feel like comics, and allow much needed character development.

I’ve had my top Marvel films for awhile now, but Thor: Ragnarok surpassed The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) in my world. I went into this film nervous that it was going to be like GOTG2, which I felt was over the top and the humor didn’t feel authentic.  I’ve read many reviews where fans felt the humor in Thor: Ragnarok was forced, but I was hanging off my seat dying in laughter. It’s so interesting how we all have different views, and react to humor differently.

I’m not going to give you a plot summary or any spoilers, but I will list five reasons why you should check out Thor: Ragnarok :

1) There’s no time to think about Facebook

You know when you’re watching a movie, and those boring filler moments happen. I didn’t yawn once or feel bored out of my mind.  When I thought I knew what was going to happen, the plot changed or surprised me.

2) The Hulk

The big guy is back and he has more screen time! I can’t say much without spoiling!

3) There are fun cameos

It’s no surprise that Stan Lee makes a cameo in every Marvel film, but there’s another cameo to look out for!

4) The Return of Loki

You can either love or hate him, but whenever he has screen time with Thor you never know what will happen between the two brothers.

5) Did I mention the film is great and you need to see it!

With Avengers: Infinity War coming out next year, it is important to make sure you are up to date on all Marvel knowledge as we move into the long awaited wars.

Go check it out and please feel free to share your thoughts with me!

A Rebel with a Cause

 

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There’s something hauntingly beautiful about the open road. The long winding turns are direct reflections of the trials we face each day. Each parallel line leads us to our next destination. We are so quick to reach our destinations that we forget about our journeys.  Do we stop and enjoy the scenery?  Do we allow the wind to hit our face? Do we stop and meet someone new? Unfortunately, we forget how much freedom lies in a single moment.

I received a reminder from a good friend of mine in LA that Norman Reedus’ second season of “RIDE” starts this Sunday. He texted me a photo of the huge billboard sitting up high on Sunset Boulevard advertising the show.

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He knows I love Norman Reedus, but we also share a connection to LA.  Earlier this year, I traveled to LA and was able to take in the sites. It’s nice to be able to recognize Sunset Boulevard and have that connection with my friend. If I didn’t go to LA, then Sunset wouldn’t have any meaning to me because I would’ve experienced it.  The experiences we have together build a unique connection as we continue through our journeys in life.

Last year, I watched “RIDE with Norman Reedus” for the first time. I watched it because Reedus is awesome, and I was lucky enough to meet him a few years ago. I was curious to see what the show was about because I expected a motorcycle education reality show.  “RIDE” is about connections, life and our world. The way a pirate longs for the sea, Reedus owns the road. He’s a modern-day pirate taking control of the road with his first mates. Each week, he travels to different destinations around the world. What makes this show unique is Reedus educates us on how to live in the moment. He rides into different cities and learns from the locals. He takes a minute to breathe and enjoy the world around him.

After watching the first season, I realized two things. First, I need to travel to new destinations and actually learn how to experience the moment.  Second, I need to slow down. I think we all need to slow down. What I really appreciate about “RIDE” is, Reedus is never in a hurry to move to the next destination. He is so immersed in the moment, and he captures each city in an exotic way.  Reedus is such a rebel in life, but he has a cause for it all. He wants us to see our world, appreciate others and not be afraid to take those chances. He truly is a rebel with a cause.

If you haven’t had the chance to watch “RIDE” make sure you check out the season two special premiere this Sunday at 11PM EST on AMC.  All episodes will air Mondays at 9PM EST on AMC.

Travel Series Restaurant of the Week: Al Salaam Deli

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Photo by Tara Fisher

There are many different restaurants in my hometown that I fail to explore. I typically have my normal spots that I like to go to because I know I can never go wrong with my choices. Well, what kind of life is that if I keep eating and going to the same restaurants? I need to expand my food horizons, so I am going to start highlighting my new food adventures.

I was craving Greek food, so instead of going to Gyro Wraps I tried a local restaurant called Al Salaam Deli. They specialize in Middle Eastern cuisine and have been in the Savannah, Georgia area for over 15 years. So, for 15 years I’ve been going to Gyro Wraps instead of supporting a wonderful local business.

When I walked into the restaurant, I was immediately welcomed by two gentlemen. I placed my order for the lamb gyro, and was told to make myself comfortable. The restaurant is also a small grocery store, with different Middle Eastern foods and spices. There is a wall of National Geographic covers circling around. I asked one of the employees if they collected all of the magazines. He explained that he’s been collecting National Geographic magazines since black and white cover editions. The restaurant is so popular that actor Liam Hemsworth came in earlier as he was scouting for local areas for his film. I missed a Hemsworth by a few minutes, dang it!

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My food came out hot and ready, and I was quite pleased. The lamb was very tender on the warm pita bread. The gyro was not covered with too much tzatziki, it was just right. I finished my meal, and was not rushed out like at some restaurants. It was a refreshing experience to have authentic food in my own backyard. It made me realize how much we need to support local business because they truly care about the customer experience and their product.

I give Al Salaam Deli 5 out of 5 stars and would definitely return in the future!