What It's Like to Attend a Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere

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The following was originally posted on my sister site, www.runningonpixiedust.com, in November 2019.  I'm excited to re-share here in honor of International Women's Day.  I love my sisters in entertainment writing and couldn't imagine a better way to honor the day than revisiting this amazing experience that was part of The Geekly Retreat - an experience that brought together 25 female entertainment writers in 2019 to learn and grow together!

Alright, somebody is really going to need to pinch me because I'm still in a fog wrapping my head around the fact that I was able to attend the Hollywood Premiere of Disney's Frozen 2 as part of The Geekly Retreat.  Seriously, y'all. . .as both a self-proclaimed DisNerd and blogger, this experience is one that will take a long time to top.  Let's start from the beginning and walk you through the night!

Prepping a Red Carpet Look

Deciding what to wear to the premiere was more stressful than I thought.  Never having been to an event like this before, I leaned heavily on the advice of my friends who had experienced a red carpet and after party before.  Blending comfort with style can sometimes be tricky, but I was able to find something that was truly me and also paid tribute to Frozen 2.  I'm definitely more of a short dress girl so I opted for a short dress with capped sleeves.  Since warm colors are more my thing, I went with a navy blue dress that had a bit of shimmer at the top - like the glitter you may expect from our favorite ice queen.  I paired the look with a silver bag and silver shoes to contrast the dark dress and trigger thoughts of snow and ice.  When I went shoe shopping, my youngest insisted that I buy the most shimmering pair of shoes they had - and I happily obligied!  I also added a snowflake broach to the dress which had extra special meaning.  The pin belonged to my grandmother who passed away nearly 5 years ago.  We were incredibly close in a number of ways, but especially in our love for Disney!  Grammie was with my on my first visit to Walt Disney World Resort in 1989 and I have vivid memories of singing, dancing, and acting out scenes from our favorite Disney films when I would spend time at her house. Having her with me on the red carpet meant a lot to me!

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Walking the Red Carpet

The red carpet experience is every bit as insanely amazing as it looks on TV.  Lights, cameras, and celebrities are all around and there's a bunch of staff who are keeping the chaos as organized as possible.  We were behind where the stars walked the carpet so no one asked me who I was wearing (haha!), but I was able to watch all of that happening.  There were also plenty of photo opportunities along the carpet celebrating the premiere.  As you would expect the theming was spot on - from the colors, to the characters, to the fall leaves along the way. . .everywhere you looked it was Frozen fever!  I had my red carpet buddy, fellow Maryland entertainment writer Rachel from Pretty in Baby Food, and we took turns snapping pictures of one another along the way.


On the Frozen 2 Red Carpet - www.lightscameramom.com

After finishing our time on the carpet, we headed inside the Dolby Theater. . .yup, the same one that is used to host the Oscars.  I can't be sure, but I may have sat in a seat where Chris Hemsworth has sat.  Just that thought makes me a little happy!  I had an incredible seat - orchestra right, row C.  That's every bit as close as it sounds being just 3 rows from the stage.  I would have taken pictures inside the theater to share this incredible building, but phones go into a locked pouch during premiere events to keep anyone from sharing any part of the film early.  Prior to the movie starting, the live stream of the red carpet is playing for those inside to watch.

Before the movie started, the talented cast and crew took the stage for introductions.  Familiar Frozen talents like Indina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff were joined by new cast members for this film including Sterling Brown, Jason Ritter, and Evan Rachel Wood.  Everyone on stage was simply glowing as they celebrated their big night!  When the cast was taking their seats, one of my friends gave Sterling Brown a "We love you!" shout out and he commented back "I love you too!"

The After Party

Once the movie ended, we headed upstairs to The Ray Dolby Ballroom for the after party.  What a whirlwind experience!! Before even entering the ballroom, you can tell this event is all about families and fun.  There were areas for photos outside the ballroom, a dance video game, and. . .get this. . .McDonald's Happy Meals!  The family friendly food continued inside with hot dogs and mac and cheese joining more sophisticated winter squash lasagna and carrots on the buffet.  Over at the dessert station, frozen themed cupcakes, cookies, and treats delighted both kids and adults!

Frozen 2 Premiere After Party - www.lightscameramom.com

Speaking of kids, it was clear from the start that Disney's Frozen 2 Premiere had kids and families in mind.  There were so many games and fun activities around the ballroom - very different than what I expected in a Hollywood After Party but also WAY more fun for the kid in me!  Throughout the evening they had charades at the Build-A-Bear table, build your own Olaf with Lego, cartoon drawing instruction, and much, much more.  One of my highlights of the night - hanging with Olaf.  I mean, I've met the snowman at Walt Disney World before, but being able to congratulate him on his big night in person was a pretty cool experience.

One of the highlights of the evening though was having a chance to say "hi" and celebrate this fabulous film with some of the talented actors that lend their voice talents to the cast.  First off, I had met up with Josh Gad, voice of Olaf in both the original Frozen and Frozen 2.  He couldn't have been nicer in person and carries just as big of warm smile as his character in the movie.  Later on, I ran into Sterling K. Brown as well.  You probably recognize him most for his lovable character Randall in This is Us, but you will also fall just as quickly in love with his character, Lieutenant Mattias in Frozen 2 and he is a wonderful addition to the Frozen 2 family.  As the night was winding down, I also had a chance to chat with Jason Ritter who voices another new character, Ryder, in Frozen 2.  I LOVED him as Mr. Cyr in the television series, Parenthood, and he was wonderful to talk with.  He shared his excitement about being part of this film and had a smile that echoed that feeling!

We closed down the after party, literally staying until the lights were back on full force in the ballroom as I wanted to soak in every last minute of this magical evening.  There were truly too many pictures and moments to share from the evening, so check out the YouTube video above for a quick recap of the night!

About Frozen 2

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

Looking for more Frozen 2 fun?  Check out this trailer preview post including FREE downloads of activities for the whole family to enjoy!  And you can find my review posted now to find out what questions you'll have answered during this sequel!

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