Disney provided Megan an expenses-paid press trip to LA to cover the premiere of Disney Planes. She wasn’t required to like any of it, so the fact that she loved it was a dash of bonus pixie dust.
While drying my hair Tuesday morning, my phone began blinking at me with messages ranging from, “No fair!” to “Lucky!” and finally, “Jealous! No fair! Lucky!”
All from Twitter. All from people not yet old enough to vote. In short, the Disney Channel had exploded on my phone, and it was playfully fussing at me in that “poke, pinch, and run” kind of way pre-teens are wont to do.
Ah. I see what happened.
When I woke up at the Roosevelt Hotel overlooking Hollywood Blvd Tuesday morning, I tweeted a photo of me with Peyton List at the Disney Planes premiere the night before.
Peyton plays “Emma” on the Disney Channel show Jessie. Initially, I texted the photo back home to my kids, fingers-crossed, hoping that they would finally be impressed with some of the stuff mom does every now and then.
Then the pre-teen girl in me became a smidge proud and tweeted the photo. I would have loved to have attended a Disney premiere when I was younger, and I try to remember what that 12-year-old would have wanted to do and see and experience.
Peyton was the only celebrity I stopped and asked for a photo with at the premiere. I am a hawk when it comes to spotting the stars, but capturing them for the labyrinth that is my phone isn’t my particular poison. Peyton was different, though. My kids adore Jessie. We are huge across-the-board Disney Channel fans.
Satisfied with sharing my “Mom score” on Twitter with all of my other parent friends who would understand my consistent failures to inspire awe in my kids with how cool I am, I hustled to prepare for the rest of my day at the Disney Studios lot. Somewhere between applying wrinkle cream and curling youth into my grays, Peyton List retweeted our photo.
— Megan Jordan (@VelveteenMind) August 6, 2013
I have to smile thinking about it. I watched Peyton for a while that day, stopping frequently to take photos with fans on the sidelines, waving to those too far away, and never faltering in her kindness. As a mom, I was proud.
(insert eye roll) Moms shouldn’t get to meet Peyton List! My kids didn’t think it was fair, either, though they understand it’s work. The 12-year-old in me really didn’t think it was fair. She’s assertive in her judgments of “fair” and “cool.” 36-year-old me attending the premiere of Disney Planes did not fall into the “fair” category.
But it was cool. Click through the slideshow to see all the fun:
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Planes hits theaters this weekend, Disney’s new animated wonder taking place in (and above!) the world of Cars. From Disney:
“Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.
As a family of boys (plus one little girl), we are huge Cars fans and are exceedingly excited for this release. I will say, if you loved Cars, you’ll like Planes. Granted, that love/ like statement would ideally be flipped, but Cars is tough to beat. How about: If you liked Cars 2, you’ll love Planes!
Lots of fun characters (El Chupacabra evoked the most big laughs during our screening), this will be a sure win with your family.
As a grown-up, I wanted maybe an extra five minutes toward the beginning to help me care about why Dusty wanted to qualify for the big race, but I doubt the kids will notice such pacing minutia. Dane Cook was as solid as Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen and probably could have done with a little more freedom to be more Dane.
The end of the summer needs a great family movie and Planes delivers just that.
#DisneyPlanes (rated PG) has landed in theaters now!
(Thank you again to Disney for bringing me out for the premiere! It may not have been fair that a mom got to go, but as soon as I hit publish on this, I’m taking the whole family to see it tonight! We may have to stop at Target on the way home…)
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