‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

Night of Joy 2017

Night of Joy 2017
The Night of Joy (Disney)


For those living in the greater Orlando, Florida area, you won’t want to miss Walt Disney World’s Night of Joy event happening September 8 and 9. Tickets start at $45 which seems like a pretty good deal given this year’s list of talent performing. Although there is one big change for this year’s venue – it won’t be held in the Magic Kingdom.

The Night of Joy event for 2017 will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and in addition to some great concerts, you will also be given opportunities for Disney character meet-and-greets, video games and sporting activities. Disney describes it as “two glorious evenings filled with gospel, hip-hop, pop, rock, praise and adult contemporary music from the industry’s top artists. Attendees can kick back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable experience sure to make spirits soar!”

Here’s the schedule of entertainment (Times/Artists subject to change):

Friday, September 8, 2017

Champion Stadium:
6 p.m. – Danny Gokey, 6:50 p.m. – Natalie Grant, 8:15 p.m. – Zach Williams, 9:30 p.m. – tobyMac, 11:45 p.m. – MercyMe

HP Fieldhouse:
6:30 p.m. – Rend Collective, 8:30 p.m. – Matt Maher, 10:45 p.m. – Colton Dixon

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Champion Stadium:
6 p.m. – Jordan Feliz, 8 p.m. – Kirk Franklin, 10:15 p.m. – Steven Curtis Chapman, 11:15 p.m. – Amy Grant

HP Fieldhouse:
6:30 p.m. – Tye Tribbett, 8:30 p.m. – Jeremy Camp, 10:45 p.m. – Crowder

Guests can check out nightofjoy.com or 407-W-DISNEY for tickets and information. Groups of 10 or more can click here or call 877-NITE-JOY to purchase group tickets and learn about group discounts and benefits.


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