Friday night I hosted a premiere party for the Disney Descendants movie. I signed up for a host on HouseParty.com knowing my daughter and her friends would love to watch this movie. If you haven’t heard about HouseParty.com it is a website that offers samples for products as a promotion. If selected as a host you receive a party pack full of samples and have a house party with all your friends and family to try and share the products. After the party you leave a review on their website and share on your social media. This was my first time being selected as a host and it was a lot of fun!
The Descendants movie is based on the book The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz :
Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.
But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?
Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.
Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.
Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.
Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.
Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.
Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.
The Descendants movie was directed by Kenny Ortega, whose previous work included the High School Musical movies. So right away I knew this was going to be a fun and entertaining movie. And I was right! I loved the premise of the movie and it goes with Disney’s current focus on retelling the classic Disney fairytales. There was comedy, musical numbers and heartwarming moments that are perfect for the target young audience. And the casting choices were a perfect combination of regular Disney channel actors and seasoned favorites:
- Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) – Mal
- Cameron Boyce (Jessie)– Carlos
- Booboo Stewart (Twilight) – Jay
- Sofia Carson (Faking It) – Evie
- Kathy Najimy (Hocus Pocus) – Evil Queen
- Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked) – Maleficent
This is a fun movie the entire family will enjoy (even my husband was laughing during the movie!).
The party pack we received included 2 copies of The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz, colorful hair extensions, bracelets, iron-ons, posters, a bag and a top. I did a raffle drawing for the bag filled with a book and the other swag. The girls had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to host another party.