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Stephanie Treanor

Something New: Toy Story

In preparation for the upcoming release of Pixar’s Brave, Tor.com is having a Pixar Movie Marathon! Get ready to revisit all of your animated favorites, as we kick off this rewatch with the one that started it all: Toy Story.

 

For me, Disney animated movies have been the staple go to for entertainment in my house as a child. Bright colors, music, song and dance, how could one go wrong? Toy Story decided to carry on with this honored tradition in a completely different way. In 1995,  movie magic happened when Disney joined with a new company, Pixar: they brought fans to the next level through a sense of sophistication and delivered a completely new signature style of animation.

I remember my Dad coming home from work on the day Toy Story was released on tape. My brother and I practically ripped it from his hands, smashed that flimsy plastic clamshell in the process and popped the tape into the VCR. Now as an adult, I continually eye my Toy Story special edition Blu-Ray/DVD box set that is housed in Andy’s Toy Chest, and I find that same sense of excitement really hasn’t been lost.

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Series: Pixar Movie Marathon

Playing Quidditch in Times Square: A Visit to the Harry Potter Exhibit

Harry Potter in New York City! I haven’t been this excited since I saw the Knight Bus driving around lower Manhattan on the release day of The Deathly Hallows. If you are a big fan, you will enjoy this large exhibit of artifacts and props straight from the movies. Beware: no cameras allowed, their reason being that they do not want to hurt any of the “artifacts” or damage their integrity, even though half of it is made of plastic. They aren’t even this strict at the Smithsonian! (As you can see, I was extremely disappointed by this restriction.)

Your journey starts with the sorting hat, where you are asked what house you want to be in, once you answer a man behind the black curtain flicks a switch and the sorting hat magically speaks and places you in the house of your choice! Definitely an attraction to keep the little ones occupied. (Well, and people like me, who get goosebumps just at hearing “Hedwig’s Theme.”)

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Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I recently had the honor and privilege to visit one of the newest attractions to Universal Studios in Orlando Florida: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I will share my magical experience with you all, along with a few helpful tips on making the most of your journey with Harry.

When my feet touched the cobblestone streets of Hogsmeade, I could hear the sweet melody of Hedwig’s theme as I approached the entrance, and truly felt as if I stepped into the fantasy world of the beloved J.K. Rowling created. With one glance from the snow-covered rooftops (that unfortunately did not do much to cool down the 95 degree temperatures) to the rust finish on the castle walls, my dreams of visiting Hogwarts had come finally true.  

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