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Follow the Yellow Brick Road – Walking the Red Carpet at El Capitan Theatre for Oz: The Great and Powerful

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If I could sum up my red carpet experience in one word it would be “WOW”. That’s all I could think…


I joined 24 other bloggers along with two amazing Disney reps as we headed to the red carpet premiere of Oz: The Great & Powerful. Me. ME!! Here’s how my evening went:


Mommy Bloggers take over the stairs to Dolby Theatre – just across from El Capitan

Got dressed up and headed to meet the rest of the wonderful bloggers in the lobby of the gorgeous Langham Huntington Pasadena Hotel. From there we took a shuttle to the El Capitan Theatre and walked the red carpet among the celebs and industry bigwigs. We saw the movie (which is incredible and opens nationwide March 8th) and set out to party at Lure Nightclub in Hollywood. Dream come true? Why yes, yes it was…


I was interviewed by my fellow bloggers about my experience:


Is this your first red carpet walk?

Yes! This was my very first time. Growing up in Orange County and being so close to Hollywood I had always wanted to go to a red carpet event, but never had the opportunity to. Thanks to my blog and Disney I got this chance of a lifetime!


What were your thoughts/impressions of El Capitan Theatre?

El Capitan Theatre is MASSIVE! The biggest theatre I have been to by far. I loved the architecture and how Disney restored the theatre to what it once was back in 1926. It’s spectacular. And since it’s Disney-owned, there are “Hidden Mickeys” that Enza from Enza’s Bargains and I were hunting for while we were waiting for the film to start. The theatre itself is bigger than life and it was so much to take in. Truly spectacular.

Did you find any Hidden Mickeys?

We did!! a couple were obvious – like the Mickey Pretzels at the concession stand. We found one on the ceiling too – plus if you look at one of the walls at a certain angle the designs make Mickey Mouse symbols! I know there are more though.


What did you wear?

I wore a gorgeous black lace dress from Maggy London. I bought it at Nordstom Rack and it was perfect. I paired the dress with black tights and stiletto booties (from Target!) that had some sparkle to them. I added a dark green belt – for the Emerald City of course – and a cute mustache ring – under $1 right now –  because James Franco has one in the film. My nails were painted with O.P.I. “What Wizardry Is This?” with my ring finger painted in Hoch (a dark green) by Julep.

How did you decide on what to wear for the event?

I knew I wanted to go black. Since I have a lot of pink in my hair I was worried about a color clashing. I also wanted to go lace because: A) lace packs well in a suitcase and B) I wanted a hint of Wicked Witch!

What was it like being one of the first people to see this movie, right alongside with the stars themselves?

It was amazing! I found out afterward that most of the actors hadn’t seen it put together until that night either, so it was a big honor. I am dying to talk about it but I don’t want to spoil the surprises in the film. You will have to see it though – it’s an amazing film.


What was your most memorable experience while on the red carpet… did something really stand out?

Seeing the Oz hot air balloon from way down the street was surreal. That’s when it really hit me – we were part of this elite group that had a chance to be a part of this grand event. As we walked up to the red carpet (which was actually a yellow brick road!) we passed by Mann’s Chinese Theatre, Dolby Theatre (Oscars take place there!), and Jimmy Kimmel’s studio. While I had been there tons of times as a kid and teenager, I had never been while something big was going on – and this was a huge event.

Did you see any of the stars on the red carpet?

YES!! That was awesome – we came up to the carpet right as Rachel Weisz (Evanora) was preparing to walk down. She was stunning in a tangerine Victoria Beckham gown with Lanvin accessories. She looked flawless. We also saw Michelle Williams (Glinda) in her now famous Prada dress with the slit up-to-there. Just down from Michelle was Mila Kunis (Theodora). Her waist was absolutely TINY in her Dolce & Gabanna tulle dress. She looked amazing. I also saw Zach Braff (Finley) getting interviewed by Popsugar. After the film I was right next to Scrubs Alum Donald Faison and congratulated him on the announcement of the new baby.



What about the after-party?

The after-party was at Lure in Hollywood. That was pretty amazing – there were stars all over the place. The VIP section was filled with celebs – the cast plus Ashton Kutcher, Busy Phillips, and tons of others. Rachel Weisz was mingling amongst the guests on the main floor. Joey King (China Girl) and her BFF Emma Raimi, who is director Sam Raimi’s daughter, were hanging around and having fun with the guests too. She was very sweet! Funny, mature, and overall darling & sincerely grateful for being part of the film.


Rachel Weisz mingling with guests


 Emma Raimi, Joey King, and I


Left to right: Jen of Simply Stacie, Amber of Thrifty Ninja, me, Di of Free Sample Momma

Oz: The Great and Powerful opens nationwide March 8th!

     OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL will play at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA from March 8th – April 30th in Disney Digital 3D and Real D 3D!

  • For the First 3 weeks only (March 8 – 31) See “Disney Mysteries of Magic” live on stage!  Be dazzled by the artistry of illusion in a magical showcase.  See our expert wizard perform mystical magical illusions before your very eyes!
  • Plus, see an exclusive display of costumes from the movie from March 8 – April 30.

Follow Oz: The Great and Powerful on Facebook and Twitter

Follow #Disneyozevent on Twitter for everything OZ!


Disney provided me with an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to attend the red carpet premiere of Oz: the Great and Powerful and to attend a Wreck-It Ralph press day at Disney Animation studios. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.



  1. Ashley Goodrich

    February 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

    What an awesome experience! I am super jealous 🙂 I am glad you had such an amazing time!

  2. Heather

    February 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Looks like you had a fab time! And I love hearing that the celebs were so down to earth. Can’t wait to see this movie!

  3. Heather @OurKidsMom

    February 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    It was amazing, wasn’t it? I’m so so glad I got to meet you!

  4. Rita O'Neal

    February 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I’m so happy to have met you! You were such a doll and so “bouncy.” 😉 I hope we will meet again one day. It was a ton of fun.

  5. Lisa Paone

    February 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    WOW! How awesome to experience! I can’t wait to see the movie!

  6. Mendy Dinsmore

    February 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    How exciting! Looks like alot of fun.

  7. Kelley

    February 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Wow congrats and hello

  8. Tina LaBau

    February 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    What an amazing opportunity! Was in hollywood a few weeks ago but nothing spectacular for me there either!!

  9. Tina Eiser

    February 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Hope it was fun!

  10. Angela

    February 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Your dress is so pretty! Also, can’t wait to see this, totally jealous that you got to go!

  11. Debbie Corbin

    February 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    oh wow what an awesome event to get to attend!

  12. jane

    February 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    that looks like you had a great time!

  13. Jill H

    February 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Wow, what an amazing experience!!

  14. Elissa Indoe

    February 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    What a magical hollywood trip down the yellow brick road. Y’all look so happy and beautiful in the pics! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Choua vang

    February 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Wow! That’s such a great experience. You are so lucky! I wish I was as lucky too!

  16. Amanda

    February 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Wow! I can’t wait to see the movie, though I’m not sure I’d ever have the courage to go to an event like that! Maybe someday, but certainly not now.

  17. Tina

    February 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Looks like fun. everyone looks so beautiful.

  18. Vicki carter

    February 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Super fun.Reminds me of when I was in direct sales and we had seminar every year all over the country.We were treated like queens.It was so great to be dressed to the nines.

  19. amanda chum

    February 26, 2013 at 12:42 am

    This looks and seemed so amazing 🙂

  20. Stephanie Ibabao-DeMore

    February 26, 2013 at 1:11 am

    What an amazing experience! I can’t wait to see this movie 🙂

  21. Lisa Gibson

    February 26, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Wish I could have been there. That is a memory that will last forever!

  22. San

    February 26, 2013 at 1:59 am

    It must have been an awesome experience. I’m looking forward to watch this movie.

  23. Nikole Mayfield

    February 26, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Love your site. Looks like you had an awesome time.

  24. Chris Kelly Lasch

    February 26, 2013 at 5:48 am

    I would love to see this movie!

  25. Denise Holben Collier

    February 26, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Can’t wait to see the movie. I am glad you had the experience

  26. Allison

    February 26, 2013 at 6:59 am

    How exciting!!! What a great experience.

  27. Shannon Alexander

    February 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Wow! What an experience. It looks like it would have been a lot of fun.

  28. Anna M Dunn

    February 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I can,t wait to see the movie, I’d like to have the experience you did. thank’s for sharing it.

  29. Bethany Shadle

    February 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Awesome! 🙂

  30. Megan Parsons

    February 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    That looks like so much fun!!!

  31. sheri grennille

    February 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

    you’re like dorothy in oz – my daughter and i can’t wait to see this movie, it looks so awesome!

  32. Tami Vollenweider

    February 26, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I bet You felt like You were in The Land Of Oz!

  33. courtney hennagir

    February 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    holy wow!!! you looked incredible!! i love your hair and the dress and the belt and the shoes! ok,so all of it! lol. and that picture of you with jen,amber and di is awesome. i love all of you! what an awesome experience for you all!

  34. tess

    February 26, 2013 at 11:27 am

    wow- looks like ya;ll had a nice treat
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  35. Heather Garcia

    February 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

    What an amazing memory you will have for the rest of your life.

  36. rachel rohde

    February 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    i love these pics!

  37. tiffany laventure

    February 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    i can not wait until this movie comes out! i am SO watching it!

  38. sue killgore

    February 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    That really looks like you had fun.

  39. Mia Dentice Carey

    February 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    BEAUTIFUL pictures…looked like an AMAZING NIGHT!

  40. Ken Ohl

    February 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    amazing event

  41. Terri Herman

    February 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    That looks like it was fun! What an opportunity! Everyone looked great!

  42. Camiele

    February 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  43. stacey dempsey

    February 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    looks like a ton of fun, I am excited about seeing the movie and thanks for the giveaway too

  44. sheila ressel

    February 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    How exciting that must have been. I can’t wait to see the movie.

  45. sharlene

    February 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm


  46. Andrea Perra Hadfield

    February 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    A once in a lifetime experience for a very lucky few, simply awesome!!

  47. Crystal Lamb

    February 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Looks like it was fun!


    February 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    thanks for the chance i could really use it

  49. Dora J Crow

    February 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I appreciate the opportunity for the $100 giveaway. The Oz red carpet event looked really fun!

  50. nicole krutz

    February 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    this looks like an amazing and fun experience!!! i’m so jealous! 😉

  51. Connie Lee

    February 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks for the gift card giveaway!

  52. Heidi J. Sisco

    February 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Wow, it seems like you had an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing it and thank you for the gift card giveaway as well.

  53. Sherri Lewis

    February 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    What an awesome experience…. one you will remember always! I can’t wait to go see the movie… been looking forward to it ever since I first saw a preview.

  54. Chelsea reboulet

    February 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    It looks so amazing I cannot wait to go see it!

  55. krystel

    February 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    that looks like so musch fun

  56. Summer Clark

    February 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    So cool! I can’t wait to see this movie

  57. Mary Strawn

    February 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Cool site! I wish I would have found this sooner! Definitely bookmarking this page!

  58. Sam Dock

    February 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    That looks sooooo awesome!!!

  59. Pamela Sims

    February 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I bet it was awesome.

  60. Tammy S

    February 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    It looks like you bloggers had a great time. We can’t wait to see this movie. I love all the beautiful costumes.

  61. Joanna R.

    February 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    love the black lace on your dress!

  62. Megan G

    February 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Want to see this movie!! :]

  63. Peggy Greco

    February 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    What a great experience and trip!

  64. T Manahan

    February 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    What an amazing experience! Looks like you really enjoyed yourselves.

  65. Ana S.

    February 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Hollywood always seems so magical, even on a regular day. I cannot even imagine what it must have felt like that night! Thanks for the in-depth description!

  66. Megan Blumenthal

    February 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    how fun. what a cool experience. thanks for sharing

  67. Kami Dumis

    February 27, 2013 at 12:11 am

    What an awesome experience! I love fashion and makeup and I would have been people watching! I would love to get to do something like that!

  68. Stacey Roberson

    February 27, 2013 at 4:01 am

    What a great experience, for you and the other bloggers that attended. I am very excited about this movie. Looks like it will be great!

  69. Ruth chu

    February 27, 2013 at 4:26 am

    wow that must of been one amazing adventure for you. It is one i would like to experience one day….

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    February 27, 2013 at 6:34 am


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  73. Esther Wilson

    February 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Wow it looks like you had a lot of fun getting all dressed up! I sounds like a great experience!

  74. Sharon Carucci

    February 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Wow. That looked amazing. Congrats.

  75. Erica Lowery

    February 27, 2013 at 9:30 am

    What an awesome experience! 🙂

  76. Debra Evanson

    February 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

    What a great experience!

  77. Harriet Wilson

    February 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Looks like you had a great time. I am so jealous.

  78. Sue Hull

    February 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    How fun! I bet you guys will never forget this fun and exciting event. You all look so nice. This movie looks so good! 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  79. Steva Spottswood

    February 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Ok I’m green over this. Congrads…lucky you!

  80. brandi ellison

    February 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    what a neat thing to be able to share!

  81. Lillie M Epps

    February 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    My daughter wants to see this and I plan going with her to see it myself

  82. Crystal Merrill

    February 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I am so impressed you got to do this! I didn’t want to see this movie until I saw you posting about it on Facebook. Now, I really want to see it and I am most excited to see the special effects!

  83. Amy Peschel

    February 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’m jealous!

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    February 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm


  85. Tammy Schweitz

    February 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I want too say thanks for the great review of this movie. I can not wait too see it in theaters.

  86. stevie hretz

    February 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    visiting, linked from anothercentsaved! your trip looks amazing!

  87. Stephanie Waffle

    February 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    great blog

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    February 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm


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    February 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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    February 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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  91. Rosemarie Sager Heins

    February 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Must have been an amazing experience… Good Luck … And Thank you…

  92. Heidi S

    February 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Looks like a good time was had by all!

  93. Theresa M

    February 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I sure could use the $100 for my daughter’s bridal shower in April this year.

  94. Susan B

    February 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Being in Kansas…I cannot WAIT to see this! 🙂

  95. Sandy McFadden

    February 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Wow…………hope I get to see it………………..

  96. Millie Rojas

    February 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm

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