Moana Press Trip Details – #MoanaEvent

I’m headed to Los Angeles November 12-15th for the Moana Event with 24 other amazing bloggers! I will be covering this press event on behalf of 5 Minutes for Mom.


If you have any questions that you’d like me to ask the talent on this trip, just let me know. You can Tweet me, Facebook Message or send me an email to and I will try an ask your question during the press events.

Be sure to follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the these hashtags:

  • #MoanaEvent
  • #TheBFGBluray
  • #ABCTVEvent
  • #StuckInTheMiddleEvent


Releasing on November 23rd, Moana is the 56th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation and destined to be another hit for Disney.

While in Los Angeles we will be screening Moana at the Walt Disney Studios, one of my favorite places to visit.  In addition to the the movie we will get the opportunity to interviewing the following talent from the movie:

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda (yes, THAT guy)
  • Auli’i Cravalho (voice of Moana)
  • Directors Ron Clements & John Musker
  • Dwayne Johnson (voice of “Maui”)
  • Nicole Scherzinger (voice of “Sina”)
  • Producer Osnat Shurer
  • Opetaia Foa’i
October 12, 2015 Auli'i Cravalho the voice of MOANA Photo by Hugh E. Gentry.

Auli’i Cravalho the voice of MOANA Photo by Hugh E. Gentry.

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 14: (L-R) Producer Osnat Shurer, actor Dwayne Johnson, Directors John Musker and Ron Clements of MOANA took part today in "Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films" presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) Osnat Shurer; Dwayne Johnson; John Musker; Ron Clements

Producer Osnat Shurer, Dwayne Johnson, Directors John Musker and Ron Clements. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 14: Singer/songwriter Opetaia Foa'i and music group Te Vaka of MOANA took part today in "Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films" presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Opetaia Foa'i

Opetaia Foa’i and music group Te Vaka of MOANA (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

To top off an already amazing Moana experience we will also be attended the red carpet and premiere party on Hollywood Blvd and get the chance to see the movie again!! Yay!! I will be doing Facebook Live at the event so be sure to follow along!

About Moana 


Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, is a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome. Charismatic and funny, he wields a magical fishhook that allows him to shapeshift into all kinds of animals and pull up islands from the sea.

During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder.


Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

MOANA’S MISSION — Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) may be a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome—but he’s no match for Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho), who’s determined to sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Moana's first challenge is convincing Maui to join her. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Official Trailer

MOANA arrives on shore everywhere November 23rd!

The brand new trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' MOANA is finally here! The film, starring Auli‘i Cravalho (voice of “Moana”) and Dwayne Johnson (voice of “Maui”), opens in theatres in 3D this Thanksgiving!

Like MOANA on Facebook, follow on Twitter, follow Disney Animation on Instagram

Visit the official MOANA website

Inner Workings

The short that will be released in front of “Moana” is called “Inner Workings.” While in LA we will have the opportunity to  attend a presentation with Director Leo Matsuda and Producer Sean Lurie. “Inner Workings” blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.


REMEMBER WHEN? -- Inspired by the transparent human anatomy pages in his childhood encyclopedia set, Leo Matsuda, director of Walt Disney Animation Studios' new short "Inner Workings," showcases the internal struggle between one's pragmatic, logical self and the free-spirited, adventurous self. Created in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, "Inner Workings" opens on Nov. 23, 2016, in front of Disney's "Moana." ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The BFG Blu-Ray Release

Our group will also be covering the Blu-Ray DVD release of “The BFG” and enjoy a miniature brunch feast, special photo opportunity and interview with Lucy Dahl, daughter of author Roald Dahl. The Blu-Ray DVD will be released on 11/29/16.


Disney Channel

In addition to covering Moana we will also be given the opportunity to learn more about the Disney Channel Show “Stuck in the Middle” with a screening and Q&A with the cast.

The family comedy series follows Harley Diaz (Jenna Ortega) as she maneuvers her way through the bustle of being a middle child in a family with six other siblings. The heartfelt and comedic stories of a big family find Harley devising creative ways to cope with – and stand out – in her family’s busy suburban Massachusetts household. Her ingenuity often wins the day for the Diaz family, even with many different personalities living under one roof.



We will also get to have some behind-the-scenes experiences with ABC TV.


We will get to experience a set visit and a meet and greet with available cast members of ABC TV’s new comedy series “Speechless.”

“Speechless” stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, a mom on a mission who will do anything for her family, especially her eldest son J.J. with cerebral palsy. Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and thankfully found just the right person in Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) to help give J.J. his “voice.”

Follow Speechless on Facebook, Twitter #Speechless, and on Instagram 

Now in it’s second season, ABC TV comedy Dr. Ken stars Ken Jeong who continues to be the hilarious general practitioner we all know and love. He has a smart and beautiful wife, two decent kids and a loyal but sometimes irritating support staff in a job where he gets to help people on a daily basis, all the while using his unique sense of humor to get him through the day.

Follow Dr. Ken on Facebook, Twitter #DrKen, and Instagram.

Disclaimer: Disney has invited 5 Minutes for Mom (and me) to Los Angeles to attend these wonderful events.  All expenses have been paid by Disney, but all opinions are always 100% my own.

About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.

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