Monday, May 24, 2010
Any day that my child can play a game involving Tinkerbell or "The Lion King" ditty "Hakuna Matata" is a good day.
Lucky for CC, Disney Interactive Studios and Disney Online hosted a blogger night last week at Hollywood & Highland's Vantage Dining Room, complete with Wolfgang Puck Catering (hello, gourmet Ding Dongs and Twinkies!), goodie bags and tons of video games for the little ones.
While there was an array of kid-tastic computer madness -- including a few iPads floating around the room -- CC gravitated to a couple of games she loved, one of which literally made her sing.
After a brief pit stop at "The World of Cars Online," where CC engaged in some noisy tractor tipping with Mater and Lightning McQueen, she made her way to one of her two fave games of the night -- Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow.
PixieHollow.com is a virtual Tinkerbell-infused world where kids can create their own fairy and go exploring, play games, shop for fairy fashion and earn badges. There are lots of options and areas for tykes to investigate, and CC loved changing her fairy's costume and collecting things like berries and leaves.
(While there is a multiplayer/chat element available for the online games, there are strong parental controls and a pre-approved dictionary of words that kids can use. So, no *$#@& allowed, in other words.)
CC's other favorite game was "Disney Sing It: Family Hits" (right), featuring kiddie karaoke of Disney songs from movies such as "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast" and the recent "The Princess and the Frog," among others.
Coming to the Wii and PlayStation 3 this summer, this game looks like an awesome opportunity to record your child rocking out on camera. I know that's what I want to do. (In fact, I actually have a video of CC singing "Hakuna Matata" that I'll post soon.)
But after a fun night of gaming, singing, chatting with fellow moms and gorging on Wolfgang Puck fare -- did I mention the hand-made Ding Dongs? -- we needed to head for home.
As we were leaving the fifth floor of the dramatic Hollywood & Highland structure, CC and I noticed that a film was playing on one of the rooftop walls as nighttime was quickly approaching. That film? "Casablanca."
Disney and "Casablanca" in one night? Yes, folks, this is definitely Hollywood.