I'm Going to LA for The Queen of Katwe and ABC Television Events. Pinch me.

I have so much to share, I barely know where to start...

I recently received an invitation from Disney to participate in a Whirlwind of Awesomeness for a few days next week. From September 19th through the 21st, I will be having ALL the fun along with 24 other amazing bloggers.

My Big Fat Cuban Family - The Queen of Katwe/ABC Event

First, we will be screening the much anticipated Queen of Katwe (in theaters everywhere on September 30th). I just finished reading the book and just loved it. 

It's a film (based on the book) about Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, who went from being impoverished on the streets of Uganda, to being the first female Ugandan chess champion. Though her life is marked by the tragedy of losing her father and sister, she eventually meets chess coach, Robert Katende, who will change her life forever when he teaches her how to play chess. 

The film stars Oscar Winner Lupita N'yongo (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Phiona's mother, Harriett Mutesi. David Oyelowo (Selma, The Butler) plays Robert Katende. And newcomer, Madina Nalwanga will play the rold of Phiona Mutesi. 

I'm out-of-my-skin excited to be interviewing many of the cast as well as the actual real-life people depicted in the story. My interview list looks like this:

  • Lupita N’yongo (Harriet Mutesi)
  • Madina Nalwanga (Phiona Mutesi)
  • David Oyelowo (Robert Katende)
  • Martin Kabanza (Phiona’s brother “Brian Mugabi”)
  • Phiona Mutesi
  • Robert Katende
  • Mira Nair (Director)
My Big Fat Cuban Family - Queen of Katwe Event

I will also be walking the Red Carpet for the premiere at the fabulous Disney El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. I know. Shut up. (Full disclosure: I'm also seriously freaking out about what I will wear on that Red Carpet, but that's not important right now.)

As if that wasn't enough, I will also be visiting the sets of ABC's The Middle and the new ABC sitcom, American Housewife. I don't know too much about what to expect on the set visits, but here's a trailer for American Housewife:

And The Middle! 

Of course, Patricia Heaton is The Most Real Mom Ever in The Middle, now entering its 8th season on October 11, 2016. Excited to see what's in store there. Here's a sneak peek:

As if all of this wasn't The Definition of Awesome, we will also be getting a preview of ABC's Once Upon A Time and doing a Q & A with creators, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. I HAVE QUESTIONS, PEOPLE: Will Belle ever wake up? Is Regina truly free from The Evil Queen? (I don't believe it, but I promise I will be finding out!)

If you'd like to follow along with me on this ONCE (see what I did there?) in a Lifetime Adventure, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram on September 19th through September 21st. 

Follow the Hashtags: #QueenOfKatweEvent #ABCTVevent #TheMiddle #AmericanHousewife #OnceUponATime to keep up with all the 'relajo' that is my life when I get to go on these amazing trips. 

[Disclosure: While attending the #QueenOfKatwe and the #ABCTVEvent, all lodging, transportation and expenses will be covered by Disney All opinions are 100% my own.]