Disney’s Moana World Premiere Experience

I’m so excited to share all the fun from the World Premiere of Disney’s MOANA in Hollywood! At the invite of Disney, I had the pleasure of walking the blue carpet, attending the Polynesian-inspired pre-party, and seeing the World Premiere of the movie in the El Capitan theater surrounded by cast, crew, Disney execs & employees, their family & friends, and the other 24 awesome bloggers on our #MoanaEvent press trip!  Moana PremiereI’ve only attended one world premiere before (for Disney’s PLANES in 2013), so this was extra exciting for me! Hollywood Boulevard was completely abuzz with the excitement and Polynesian-inspired festivities. There was a sea of people everywhere! moana-premiere-red-carpetI wore what felt like a sort of tribal-art inspired dress with a variety of colors. There are SO many beautiful blues in the movie. But, Moana actually wears quite a bit of orange hues. So, I was beyond thrilled to find a dress that incorporated all of that, including even a beaded turquoise neckline! And , I knew it was meant to be when I found it on the clearance rack in my size and it fit! YES! I scored my shoes (black-beaded sandals), the dress, and the orange pashmina for $60 – TOTAL! Yay! #moanaeventOnce we got started on the carpet, we were presented with fresh leis – just like if we were on the islands! So fun! Amy from Mom Spark and I were “photo buddies” on the carpet so we could make sure to get shots of each other (and together of course)!  moanapremiereThen, after walking down the blue carpet, everyone entered the party area that was lit with all kinds of blue hues (almost as though we were in the ocean). There were fun photo-opps, delicious food stations, some tasty Dole treats, games & activities, music, Polynesian dancers and more! We enjoyed taking part in all the fun things there. And of course we had to do a little celebrity spotting. Moana Premiere Party

Here’s a good video overview of the whole night:

All the movie’s celebrities there – like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (just named People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive, by the way), Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the star of the show Auli’i Cravahalo (“Moana”) and her sweet mama. We also saw Pete Wentz, the director of the new Thor movie, Kristi Yamaguchi, and I literally almost bumped into Bob Iger a couple times (CEO of Disney). And, as we were heading into the theater, I had a quick exchange with John Musker, one of the directors of the film. A couple friends happened to get photos with John Lasseter. Then during the movie, we sat right by Jeremy Macguire (“Joe” on Modern Family). SO fun!

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Dwayne Johnson (L) and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda perform onstage at The World Premiere of Disney’s "MOANA" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 14: Actor Dwayne Johnson (L) and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda perform onstage at The World Premiere of Disney’s “MOANA” at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Auli'i Cravalho performs onstage at The World Premiere of Disney’s "MOANA" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 14: Actress Auli’i Cravalho performs onstage at The World Premiere of Disney’s “MOANA” at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Co- Director Ron Clements, actors Alan Tudyk, Rachel House, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, actors Dwayne Johnson, Auli'i Cravalho, Nicole Scherzinger, co-director John Musker, actor Temuera Morrison, Producer Osnat Shurer, Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, Executive producer John Lasseter and Screenwriter Jared Bush attend The World Premiere of Disney’s "MOANA" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Co- Director Ron Clements, actors Alan Tudyk, Rachel House, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, actors Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Nicole Scherzinger, co-director John Musker, actor Temuera Morrison, Producer Osnat Shurer, Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, Executive producer John Lasseter and Screenwriter Jared Bush attend The World Premiere of Disney’s “MOANA” at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Auli'i Cravalho attends The World Premiere of Disney’s "MOANA" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 14: Actress Auli’i Cravalho attends The World Premiere of Disney’s “MOANA” at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

In addition to all the pre-party fun, there was more big surprise in store! Before the movie started we were treated to a live performance from Te Vaka, the South Pacific Polynesian musical group – lead by Opetaia Foa’i. Foa’i joined forces with Lin-Manuel Miranda to do the music on the movie and it’s INCREDIBLE! The soundtrack comes out November 18th and I cannot WAIT to get it! Te Vaka Moana PremiereHere’s a look at part of that performance:

WHAT A NIGHT!!!! It was absolutely incredible – the atmosphere, the experience, the movie! Stay tuned for a full movie review coming soon!

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Stayed tuned for our official review and make plans to go MOANA on November 23rd!!! Like MOANA on Facebook, follow on Twitter, follow Disney Animation on Instagram

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