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Celebrity Sightings on Disney’s MOANA Hollywood Movie Red Carpet Premiere

Disclosure: Disney is sponsoring travel, accommodations, and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. 

Hello, friends!

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles for Disney’s MOANA and I have so much to share with you. <3

Moana Movie Poster

If you are not familiar with the new animated film, let me fill you in first.

ABOUT MOANA

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes MOANA, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i.

RED CARPET MOVIE EVENT

Today, I’m sharing my experience at the red carpet movie premiere, which includes MANY celebrity sightings, fun entertainment and delicious food (including Dole Whip)!

Let’s get this started, shall we?

Banana Dole Whip

^^^Dole Whip. Banana-flavored, in fact.

Celebrity Sightings on Disney's MOANA Hollywood Movie Red Carpet Premiere

Upon entering the pre-party for MOANA, the ladies were given fresh flower leis and the men received beads. 🌴

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Traditional Polynesian dancing, singing, food and activities were around every corner of the pre-party (and a few goodies, too).

(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Celebrity Sightings on Disney's MOANA Hollywood Movie Red Carpet Premiere

Also, plenty of photo opps, of course. 📷

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS

And, of course, there were celebrities throughout the pre-party space. Here is a fun sample of familiar faces.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda attends The World Premiere of Disney’s "MOANA" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Lin-Manuel Miranda

Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda attends The World Premiere of Disney’s “MOANA” at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actors Dwayne Johnson (L) and Nicole Scherzinger attend The World Premiere of Disney’s "MOANA" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Nicole Scherzinger; Dwayne Johnson

Actors Dwayne Johnson (L) and Nicole Scherzinger (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, actors Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson attend The World Premiere of Disney’s "MOANA" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Auli'i Cravalho; Dwayne Johnson; Lin-Manuel Miranda

Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, actors Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Musicians Opetaia Foa'i (L) and Olivia Foa'i of Te Vaka attend The World Premiere of Disney’s "MOANA" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Opetaia Foa'i; Olivia Foa'i

Musicians Opetaia Foa’i (L) and Olivia Foa’i of Te Vaka (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Actress Auli'i Cravalho (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Actress Auli’i Cravalho (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Director John Musker, Story Consultant Taika Waititi, director Ron Clements, and Walt Disney Animation Studios President Andrew Millstein (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Director John Musker, Story Consultant Taika Waititi, director Ron Clements, and Walt Disney Animation Studios President Andrew Millstein (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Directors Ron Clements and John Musker, producer Osnat Shurer, actress Auli'i Cravalho, and executive producer John Lasseter (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Directors Ron Clements and John Musker, producer Osnat Shurer, actress Auli’i Cravalho, and executive producer John Lasseter (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Actor Dwayne Johnson (L) and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Actor Dwayne Johnson (L) and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Actors Dwayne Johnson (L) and Nicole Scherzinger (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Actors Dwayne Johnson (L) and Nicole Scherzinger (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

MY THOUGHTS ON THE MOVIE

As for my thoughts on MOANA, you will just have to wait until my post tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the amazing performances of Opetaia Foa’i (L) and Olivia Foa’i of Te Vaka at the El Capitan before the premiere!


MOANA arrives in theatres everywhere on November 23rd!

Disclosure: Disney is sponsoring travel, accommodations, and activities during my stay in Los Angeles.