I received an all expense paid trip from Disney to attend the #JungleBookEvent. The opinions expressed here are my own. I received no monetary compensation.
I grew up in an area of New Jersey that was a ten minute ride to New York City. I spent lots of time in the city regularly walking by, shopping, eating next to celebrities. It was common – it wasn’t a huge deal. Most times they were with their family and you learn early on to respect their privacy. I’m not a crazy “fan girl” kind of person because of those early experiences. When I was a kid (a billion years ago) the Rolling Stones slept on my living room floor once (a story for another time). When I was raising my kids it was common for us to ride attractions at the county fair next to Bruce Springsteen and his kids or eat pizza in the local pizzeria next to Jon Bon Jovi and his kids. Bill Murray owns a home in the same community my mom lives in (and he has been known to
torture tease my chef daughter at a local restaurant) and my little town of Myrtle Beach is over-run with celebrities who play golf on the Monday after the Masters with Hootie and the Blowfish.
It is where we live now or lived before and it is all a natural part of life, so when I was invited by Disney to attend the press junket and red carpet premiere for THE JUNGLE BOOK in Los Angeles, I was excited for the experience but never thought I would get an over the top – crazy excited – Oh My Gosh I Can’t Contain Myself – crazy feeling about it. But then the trip had me sitting in a small room with 24 other bloggers listening to Jon Favreau talk about the movie, talking to Neel Sethi and sitting in that same room with Sir Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Giancarlo Esposito and …. as the day went on and it got closer to getting ready to walk the red carpet, I admit, I started to feel
just a little bit a whole lot like a CRAZY FAN GIRL!
Saying it was an overwhelming experience of a life time is an understatement. I can not begin to explain the feeling – it wasn’t nerves – it was a complete total overwhelming “what the hell am I doing here” feeling! Seeing these things on television doesn’t prepare you for walking in the middle of it. It happens very fast and it’s over in minutes but at the same time you feel as if you are going through it all in slow motion! It’s one of those experiences that will stay with you forever.
Since a few days later I’m still feeling pretty special over this whole thing, and before you get to see the fabulous looks of those that do this all the time, check out this photo of the great bloggers on the trip with me standing on THE OSCAR STAIRS! and a look at what I wore!
Now take a look at the really important parts of the entire experience!
One of the things that will stay with me for sure is the way the entire Hollywood community comes out to support each other, to cheer for the film and the talents of those that created it.
As if walking the red carpet wasn’t over the top enough, I was also invited to attend the premiere after party! The after party took place at the OHM Nightclub in Hollywood, directly across from the El Capitan Theatre. The nightclub was decorated in THE JUNGLE BOOK theme and offered a great variety of food and drinks – and of course, because it was Disney you could have a giant turkey leg, a churro or some Dole Whip! Part of what fascinated me about the after party was seeing some of Hollywood’s famous with their kids/families, just being moms and dads.
A special moment that really touched my heart was I stood for a few minutes watching Richard Sherman. He was seated on a sofa directly in front of the stage where a live band was playing songs from the movie. I watched him tap his foot while he listened to some of the songs he helped create for the original Jungle Book. According to Disney, the Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert) were responsible for more motion picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in film history. I stood there smiling and realized he was watching me and when I looked at him he motioned for me to step over. When I approached him he said he could tell I liked the songs. I told him I loved the songs. They were special songs that reminded me of my youth. Songs that will always remind me of wonderful times and he said, “young lady I thank you.” First of all – “young lady” really made my day but the thank you! Can you imagine – thank you from Richard Sherman. We all owe him a big thank you for his many, many years of wonderful songs that we all love.
This was one of those experiences in life that will stay with you forever. So many special things crammed into 2.5 days (thanks to Disney). It was very difficult to put down in writing because I could have written and written endlessly.
Be sure to check back often over the next 2 weeks since I’ll be sharing all about the rest of my adventure. There were interviews with Jon Favreau, Neel Sethi, Sir Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Giancarlo Esposito, as well as a special screening and visit to the set of Disney XD’s new show – Walk the Prank!!
Don’t forget THE JUNGLE BOOK will be swinging into theatres everywhere on April 15th! I can’t wait for you to see it. I know you will all love it! I can’t wait to see it again!
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