Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Disney Interactive Party: I Came, I Saw, I Brought Home Gift Bags (Including One to Giveaway!)

Update: 10/21 - The winner has been picked! See below.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a party thrown by Disney Interactive Studios to introduce some of their new games for Wii, Nintendo DS and PlayStation. I took my girls and a couple of their friends, since they're the real gamers and the ones whose opinions count - no one wants to hear me complain about how the game's going too fast! And hey - I swear I got a gazillion points so why is the score telling me I'm a loser? Better for everyone if I just kick back on one of the comfy couches, sample the food and shout encouragement.

No slouchers, these Disney people - they had their party at the ├╝ber hip Coco de Ville, where David and Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian have been known to party. They weren't there that night, but I'm sure if they were they would have hung out with me on the couches. Except for Posh - she looks like she might be able to kick ass on Toy Story Mania.

And speaking of one of our favorite games, Toy Story Mania for Wii is based on the ride of the same name at Disney's California Adventure. This is a really fun, fast-paced carnival-style game and one of the few that I can actually play without looking like a complete idiot. I played this at the party with one of the people from Disney Interactive who helped develop the game, though, and not surprisingly she beat me pretty badly. In fact, I think she may have had her eyes closed the whole time. And one of her hands tied behind her back. Okay, both hands.

I finally talked my girls into giving the new Sing It: Pop Hits a try, but only because I threatened to get up there and sing a Coldplay song by myself. Nothing gets kids motivated like the threat of being horribly embarrassed and they couldn't wait to get the microphone out of my hand. Once they started singing this ended up being their favorite game, and they loved that the song selection included some current artists like Duffy, OneRepublic, Maroon 5, Colbie Caillat and Taylor Swift. And they're going to die if any of their friends see this, but they even sang along (very well, I might say) to Miley Cyrus' The Climb.

I have to add that the food, provided by the adjacent restaurant STK, was amazing. There was fare for the kids (corn dogs, chicken fingers) and a cotton candy machine that was the highlight of the evening for my 11-year-old. For the adults there was tuna tartare, beef kebobs and salad sticks and what may be the best cheeseburger slider and fries I think I've ever had. Just to make sure I had three of them.

As is tradition whenever I take this group of girls out, we stopped at Starbucks on the way home, and as the gaggle enjoyed their mochas and lattes I overheard what passes for an enthusiastic endorsement from this jaded crowd. "Dude, I totally don't like karaoke but I'm going to have to buy that Disney Sing It." So thanks, Disney - I might get to warble along to that Coldplay song after all.

And leave it to Disney Interactive to send all of us home with not one, but two great swag bags - one to give away to one of my readers.

Here's what's in the bag: Toy Story Mania for Wii, Spectrobes Origins for Wii, a Tinkerbell Light-Up Projector flashlight, a Spectrobes Excavation Kit, a Jonas Brothers mouse pad and a set of Princess and the Frog measuring spoons.

Oh, and also? In keeping with my tradition, I'm personally throwing in a $5 Starbucks card so that you can get yourself a coffee after you've worn yourself out gaming.

So, if you'd like a chance to win here's how you can enter:

1) Leave a comment on this post, below. Or,
2) Leave a comment on my Facebook fan page (Sweatpantsmom)

You can enter once in either location (meaning two entries per person)

I'll be picking a winner from all the combined entries on Tuesday, October 20 using random.org, which is, as the title suggests - random.

*Sorry - entries from the Continental U.S. only.

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Update: 10/21: WINNER PICKED

I put all the entries into the random list generator and let it do its thing.

AND THE WINNER IS...



Kirsten Pekrul Dominguez! Kirsten, send email me your address so I can ship you your swag bag! Congratulations!

And thanks to everyone who entered - I have lots more giveaways coming up!

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28 comments:

Mrs. Mogul said...

I've been thinking of getting anything Toy Story for my son. He has never seen any of the movies! Anyway, sounds like a great swag bag to have!

Ilina said...

We all loved that Toy Story ride at Disneyland. Even my dad, who's kinda a fuddy duddy dug it!

Tasha Lehman said...

We just bought a Wii for our kids for Christmas so this would be a great surprise! I know my boys will love the Toy Story game!

Anonymous said...

Two of my favorite things: Free Wii games and Starbucks!

Is there a cheeseburger slider in there?!

Me! Pick me!

-Annie

Alyson said...

Sounds like a great package. Would love to be entered...Alyson

Whit said...

Dear God Woman, you couldn't just give this to me for Christmas?

Lotta said...

We've been plaing Wii Sports since we got it a year ago. Lay some variety on a sister!

Kimberly said...

My husband is in the process of trying to turn our 3yo into a gamer, so this kind of swag would be right up their alley!

@busymomto5 said...

I would love to win this prize. My kids are just wanting the toy story mania game more than anything. We rode the ride and now they want to play the game!

PeetsMom said...

OOO-WEEEE Wish we had gone to that party - sounds very fun! Do throw me into the hat - I have children that NEED embarassing!!!

Shelly said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Toy Story ride, so I would love to play it in the comfort of my own home. Without standing in line. Count me in.

What's an excavation kit?

Antique Mommy said...

Hi there my favorite blogger! Does sucking up help? As it happens I love free stuff and coffee.

Tricia said...

Um, you know how much we love Disney right? So um, pick me, pick me. I'm having a rough week, I need a little pick me up.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Dude you get to go to the coolest events with your daughters! Le sigh... (cue the banjos here in Nashville.)

Jaroquine said...

Ooooh aaahh... obviously the coolest thing in the bag is the Tinkerbell Light-up Projector flashlight by FAR. I guess the Jonas Brothers mouse pad is pretty cool too... oooh a set of Princess and the Frog measuring spoons... =)

Love your blog, I've had so many burst-out-laughing moments reading it.

planetnomad said...

Ok I've GOT to have those measuring spoons ;)

Not to mention how the kids would enjoy the other swag...

Denise said...

OH OH Pick me Pick Me!! I have two kids who would absolutely love the gifts....I ready your blog and think you and your life is hilarious...you have great girls from the sound of it.....Thanks!
Denise

Rockin' Mama said...

How Fun!! Great to meet you!!! : )


caryn at rockinmama dot net

Laura said...

I would love, love, love to win, my kids adore Toy Story!

Mariana @ Riding With No Hands said...

Sounds like a fun event! I'd love to win the Toy Story game for my kids ;)

Mariana @ Riding With No Hands said...

I became a fan and left a comment on your facebook page, too!

melanie said...

we basically just like free stuff. thanks for thinking of us!

melanie(dot)myatt(at)gmail(dot)com

Culturemom said...

I would love to get this for my kids! Love is an understatement.

justicecw said...

We just got a Wii when the price went down and my son would LOVE this! Thanks so much for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

SuZ said...

Pick me!

bjweinman said...

I would love to see my daughter play these games. She does not play with her WII enough.

Aki said...

What a nice gift bag. Starbucks card is a perfect topper. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

alioop said...

Hmmmm, I need a Wii....:)

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