It’s World Space Week which is the perfect week to follow my out of this world Disney press trip I went on last week to San Francisco. I hope you were following along on my social media pages to see all of the fun things that I was able to participate in!
Disclosure: Disney, Pixar, and Disney Junior have sponsored my travel, accommodations, most meals, and activities during this event. All opinions (and fun) in this article here are mine unless noted otherwise.
One of our stops in San Francisco was at Google HQ! It was definitely a cool place to visit (although, not open to the general public to tour so don’t go making your travel plans just yet). After a minute of being on campus, we started noticing that everyone was riding the same exact bike – yellow frame, blue wheels, green wheel covers, red basket. I asked what all the bikes were for and they are free to use to anyone who works at Google. Because the campus is so big, people need an easy way to get from building to building, so if you see a bike you can grab it and ride to your next location. I love that Google cares about the health of not only their employees but for the environment as well.
(Having a bit of fun with the PR rep for ABC Family/Disney Junior, Chris!)
A children’s TV show that is super big right now… you may have heard of it… is Miles From Tomorrowland. Miles From Tomorrowland airs on Disney Junior and is about a young boy and his family who LIVE IN SPACE! How cool would that be? Miles is all about science and space and what better way to discuss both of those than at Google.
Sascha wanted to create Miles From Tomorrowland because growing up he always loved space. He wasn’t that great at science but loved the arts. Miles really gave him that opportunity to bring his love for the two together. That covers part of what Miles From Tomorrowland is about but one of the main storylines to me is family and being a family unit and sticking together. Sascha definitely got inspiration from his own family too.
“The actual inspiration for Miles came from when I found out I was going to be a dad, to twins, and I basically had a panic attack! Before I became a dad, I traveled a lot and I really enjoyed, like, the adventure of life. I worried, at that moment, that I was never going to have another adventure again. That’s where Miles was born. The idea of having an adventure with your family, the greatest adventure possible. And the crazy thing is, is once I had kids I realized that the adventures you have are better when your family is with you.” – Sascha Paladino, creator of Miles From Tomorrowland
Diane knew they (Disney) had something special but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. It takes hours, and months and sometimes even a year to create the 11-minute episodes we see on the screen. We got to see behind the scenes of what it takes to code and create an episode and found out that Miles himself, just for his character, is 18.1 MILLION lines of code, alone!
Dr. Cagle was very excited to contribute to the show. She thinks, “it’s such a wonderful way to take the joy, and the love, and the passion of what we do, preparing to go off planet and explore deep space, and bring it back down to Earth.” She says to go all the way to space and forget to look out the window would be horrible so for a show like Miles From Tomorrowland, it’s a beautiful way to share that view.
Miles is about family, but it’s also about learning, code, and computer science. Disney originally wanted a show with a boy as the main character, but very quickly they learned that girls were watching the show so thankfully, with the help of other women coders they were able to have the insight to further Loretta’s (Miles’ sister) character.
Personally, I jump at the chance to put Miles From Tomorrowland on (we have it set on the DVR to record too!) because not only is it fun but my kids are learning, they are exploring and creating the world with Miles and his family. They leave the show with a bigger imagination and then play in their room making up imaginary gear and objects I know nothing about. It’s just so fun to watch them and think that it all came from watching a TV show while I was trying to cook dinner in peace without burning it. I think Diane put it best when she said, “we put the vitamins there but in a cake.” when asked about creating educational shows.
For the next seven weeks starting this Saturday, October 10th, there will be new episodes of “Miles from Tomorrowland” paired with new episodes of “Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates. The episodes will premiere on Saturday mornings beginning at 8:00 AM on Disney Channel and are included in a catch-up marathon on October 31!
This Saturday’s Halloween-themed episode is “Ghost Moon / Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula” premiering at 8:30 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel (not Disney Junior. Confusing, right?)
“Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula” will tell the story of the Callistos entering a dark nebula. Turns out they find some spooky inhabitants. Check out the preview trailer below with your kids!
Following “Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula” is the new episode: “Ghost Moon”. The Callistos are sent to investigate eerie sightings on a dark moon! OoOooO spooky!
I’ll have more on my trip to Google in a follow-up post so keep your eyes peeled for that. And make sure you are following hashtags #MilesEvent, #GoodDinoEvent, #InsideOutBloggers, and #Waltagram for even more cool posts.