Below is my review of Disney and Pixar’s Luca.
There may be some small spoilers, so please be aware before reading.
Disney and Pixar’s Luca was released on Disney+ on June 16th so of course we had to watch it this weekend. To be very honest with you, I did not remember the trailer or what the movie was about, but if it’s Pixar and/or Disney, I’m all about it, so I figured who cares!
When the movie first started, I got some pretty strong Little Mermaid vibes. I know Pixar likes to put a lot of easter eggs of past Pixar and Disney movies, so this wasn’t too surprising, but there were a few minutes where I almost wondered if we were getting a reimagined version of one my favorites, and I wasn’t 100% going to be ok with that - but don’t worry - that is not what happened! At the end, I also felt some Harry Potter vibes going on, so I’m thinking maybe a millennial helped make this movie and threw in some of their favorite things growing up, and not going to lie, I was fine with it all!
This movie takes place in Italy which was pretty fun and beautiful, as all Pixar movies are, and the characters were truly lovable. The last few Pixar movies haven’t been as good as Pixar movies usually are. I don’t know if it is because Lasseter is gone, but I am guessing that is a big part of it. However, this movie redeems Pixar and brings back all the feels that Pixar generally gives. There were definitely a few tears shed at the end - something that hasn’t happened with the last few Pixar movies.
I loved the dynamic of the main characters in this film. I laughed so many times, it was really so cute. I’m also pretty sure the creators took fans' love of the short film, Luna, in creating some of the storyline and characters in Luca, and I was all for that.
I know Pixar is trying hard to be more inclusive of female voices in their movies now (aiming for 50/50), but I still felt there was a bit of a lack in female voices. However, I do feel like there was a real lack of diversity in the character’s races. Often with Pixar movies, the characters aren’t human, so they cannot portray race as much, but this was their chance, and I don’t feel like they did the best job with it. Although, I felt the message at the end was sort of about race, but maybe that was just what I got from it.
All in all, I would rate this movie a 9/10 - really great job. I think it is definitely for kids and adults. Super cute, funny, a great story, beautiful, and has a good message. I think Pixar is finally starting to get back to what they were before the exodus of Lasseter and I hope they keep on this path.
What I wonder now is if they will do some theming or a future ride in the Italy Pavilion of EPCOT if this movie gets really popular. I guess we will see!
Did you see the movie? What were your thoughts? Did you love it - hate it? Let me know in the comments!
All reviews and opinions are my own - no one paid me to write my review.
Support SMALL - Enchanted Etc.
I'm very excited to announce our first ever "Support Small" blog post for our new section on the blog, Support Small Businesses! Just like supporting local businesses has been important to me, supporting small has been important as well, and even now more than ever I have been trying to support small - whether it is local, or all over the United States. Many people are being hit hard because of COVID - whether they lost their job, took on extra bills, or are just trying something new, there are so many ways we can support small businesses these days from the comfort of our homes!
To start off our very FIRST post in this series, we have Enchanted Etc. Enchanted Etc. is a small business located in Florida.
What is the name of your business?
What type of business is it - what do you offer?
Floral Inspired Mouse Ears
What made you get into this?
In June 2016, Tina (owner, designer, and creator of Enchanted Etc.) and her mom spent an afternoon enjoying the topiaries and blooms at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival. Excited to participate in the magic, Tina searched the park for a pair of floral mouse ears but unfortunately found nothing that matched what she envisioned. After some thought, Tina decided to design her own pair, posted them on social media, and received a ton of compliments. That’s when Enchanted Etc. blossomed!
Tina uses her creativity and imagination (sprinkled with a little magic), to design her beautiful and unique inspired floral mouse ears.
What is your favorite part of doing what you do?
I love seeing all the cute pictures our customers post of their floral inspired mouse ears at the parks. I also enjoy hearing how much people love them; it makes me happy to hear all of the positive feedback.
What else would you like to share with us?
Enchanted Etc.’s mouse ears are handmade for special occasions, holidays, sports teams, characters, etc ... the list is endless. You can find Enchanted Etc. on Facebook and Instagram.
Where can we find out more and purchase?
Visit our Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/enchantedetc
Personal message from The Orlando Millennial: Michelle here! I personally used to be a product ambassador for Enchanted Etc. a few years back and have continued to wear these gorgeous ears! I get SO many compliments when I do as they are unique and beautiful! There are so many different styles and the band does not give me a headache. Be sure to follow Enchanted Etc. on social media and check out the Etsy page!
Stuck at home and wondering what to do next? Well, I've come up with a Disney Trivia digital escape room to help fill some of your time! Play this on your own, with a friend, a family member, or maybe gather some people together on a video conference and see if you know ALL the answers to be able to unlock the escape room!
Don't know an answer? Use a search engine or call/test your Disney loving bestie! You are stuck at home, so why not have a little fun and test your skills?
Ready to begin? Click the button below!
Once you complete the escape room, let me know your thoughts! Did you enjoy it? Want to see more digital escape rooms? Tell us in the comments!
Tea Time at The Garden View Tea Room
Looking for something unique and different to do in Orlando or at Disney World? Yesterday I took my sister for a tea time at The Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World as part of her birthday celebration. I had never done this before and had actually only heard about this a few months ago (I had thought they only offered the Princess Tea). The tea time is really an awesome experience and reservations can be hard to come by, so be sure to book in advance!
How does it work? Well 3 options are offered. There is The Bedfordshire Tea ($35 per person), The Cheshire Tea ($50 per person), and The Berkshire ($150 for 2). We both opted for The Cheshire Tea. The difference between this and the Bedfordshire is that you also get a plate with cheese and fruit. Being cheese lovers, we were definitely down for a cheese plate!
Each person gets to choose their own pot of tea. I chose the nutty chocolate which was yummy. My sister chose the fig & rose white tea, which is special to the Garden View. Also delish! (Another pot is only $7.50 should you want a refill).
After the cheese plate we moved on to the little sandwiches, scone with jam/clotted cream/lemon curd, and dessert. The sandwiches were yummy! If there is one you know you won’t like, beforehand they will let you order extra of another or switch for something else like a PB&J. I went for all the normal sammies. Sandwiches included: Egg salad, chicken curry, cucumber boursin, poached pear & gorgonzola, fire roasted tomato w/ oregano-goat cheese, and onion tart. My favs were probably the chicken curry and onion tart.
The scone with jam, clotted cream, and lemon curd was good. There was also a strawberry preserve tart. I loved the lemon curd and I recommend putting the lemon curd on the tard - yum!
For dessert, there were 3 options, but we both went with the trifle. The trifle offered to us was a cranberry trifle, which was yummy but I was SO full, there was no way I could finish the whole thing.
Would I go back? YES! However, this is more of a special occasion venue I think. I wouldn’t just go any day of the week. I would want to keep this a special place. I already booked it again for my birthday in February!
Can men go? YES! So many men were there!
Would I choose the same option again? It was a lot of food, so next time I would maybe go with The Bedfordshire option depending how hungry I am. I would not choose The Berkshire as I’m not much of a caviar person.
Of course once we were done we had to check out all the holiday decor before it magically disappears in a few days...
Hi all! I'm Michelle and I have been a lifestyle blogger since 2017. I used to host fun networking events around Orlando and now I've decided to take a step back and continue to focus on my favorite part - bringing you all the fun happenings around Central Florida, plus filling you in on my travels, life, and more! I'm a foodie, selfie-taking Millennial that loves spending time at the theme parks, traveling, and spending time with her dog, and trying new wine. I hope you enjoy reading my blog!