I attended the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES #PiratesLifeEvent courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. All opinions are strictly my own.
Another trip to Los Angeles is in the books. I just returned home from my biggest Disney adventure to date; celebrating everything PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES!
The true adventure began about a month ago when I received an invitation to attend the Red Carpet Premiere of the film and the planning started from there.
There was excited banter between the bloggers attending about whom we may see on the Red Carpet, who from the film we would have the opportunity to meet, and how excited we were to be the first Disney Bloggers to experience PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.
For me, the most difficult part of attending a Red Carpet Premiere is selecting my dress, shoes, and makeup. As you know by now, I’m not the biggest fashionista in the world, Fashion and Ninja garb don’t tend to go hand in hand, heels tend to be a no go, and makeup is something that I wear as needed versus on a daily basis. Still, we all like to take a night out for glam here and there and a Red Carpet Premiere in LA seems like the perfect time to do just that. With the help of some trusted associates (a.k.a. my family), I selected a short, flowy black dress with bangles, mimicking treasure, around the neck, some cute but comfortable shoes, and settled into some darker tones to bring out my inner pirate in conjunction with my dark hair. In other words, I pretended to be fashionable for a night and I think I faked it with the best of them!
The Red Carpet Premiere was on the second night of our event. I remember sitting in my beautiful room at the Sheraton Universal Hotel and getting nervous about the possibility of breathing the same air as Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, and more. I called home for a bit of encouragement, reapplied my lip gloss, fluffed my hair one more time, and was out the door to meet up with my team.
As we got into our transport the excitement grew. I’ve been to a few Red Carpet events but this was different, this was huge, we were heading to the Dolby Theatre for the night. The Dolby Theatre, the same place where the Oscars are held annually! When I think of the Dolby Theatre, the first thing that comes to mind is the amazing staircase. It’s been travelled by greats over the years as they make their way to that year’s award ceremony. It is also one of the stops we often make on trips for a group photo at this iconic landmark. Now, I was going to be joining the ranks, climbing the stairs and heading into the theatre. But first, the red carpet!
For PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, we celebrated on an aqua carpet that reminded me of the sea. And, there were pirates EVERYWHERE! I approached one for a photo and his Captain threatened to have me walk the plank as I had not asked for proper permission. One was making eyes at me and winking but I think he was really looking at the boggles around my neck and thinking of the best way to retrieve them for the crew. Suddenly there was a cheer, enough to distract the pirate, and I was able to flee. The stars were starting to arrive and the crowd was greeting them with cheers and applause. We’re talking Marg Helgenberger, Joey Lawrence, Terry Crews, Alison Sweeney, Jon Voight, and Cameron Boyce (we LOVE him in Descendant’s); just to name a few.
But that doesn’t even cover the cast!
Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, Brenton Thwaites (“Henry”), Kaya Scodelario (“Carina Smyth”), Javier Bardem (“Captain Salazar), Geoffrey Rush (“Barbossa”), Martin Klebba (“Marty”), Adam Brown (“Cremble”), Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Orlando Bloom (“Will Turner”) and… JOHNNY DEPP (“Captain Jack Sparrow”)!
As the crowd grew and stars continued to arrive it was time to head inside the theatre for a bit of pre-premiere fun and some good eats. Did you know that the Dolby Theatre has 4 floors? I didn’t! Every floor had a bit of something different from fun games, to a quick makeover, and even temporary tattoos. Handsome waiters and beautiful waitresses (seriously, is everyone gorgeous in Hollywood?) walked around with trays of fun foods like mini grilled cheese, spicy meatballs, a twist on shrimp cocktail, and freshly made potato chips. For a splash of fun we were able to try Pirates Punch when we ordered a drink, I admit, it made me say ARRRGGHHH! We were able to pose for fun photo opportunities with surrounding props and even had the chance to bump elbows with a few of the celebs we saw on the red aqua carpet!
Suddenly, the lights dimmed giving us warning us that we were only moments away from the start of the movie. We headed into the gorgeous theatre, found our seats, and were greeted with one more surprise before the movie began.