• Put Yourself In the Movies with QuestUpon

     
    POSTED February 26, 2020
     

Put yourself in the middle of the action next time you visit British Columbia. All three of the movies in the “Descendants” global franchise were filmed in Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Fans can snap selfies with popular characters, unlock clips from “Descendants 3” played against the back-drop of where they were actually filmed, and complete exciting missions.

The first-of-its-kind self-guided adventure was built by Vancouver-based AR/VR company QuestUpon and created by Tourism Vancouver and Disney Channel. Visit the App Store and Google Play and download the free QuestUpon app. Then, select Disney “Descendants 3” in Vancouver.

The AR adventure encourages fans to visit key filming sites, such as Britannia Mine Museum and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and Hatley Castle and the BC Parliament Buildings on Vancouver Island. You can use your phone to unlock site-specific film clips, movie- and tourism-inspired trivia, scavenger hunt-style missions, and AR animations, such as a formidable dragon and avatars of fan favorites, including Mal, Evie, Audrey and Uma.

Vancouver, B.C., is a Hollywood favorite. The city has become a sci-fi and fantasy hub. Small-screen fan favorites shot in Vancouver include “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Supernatural,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Arrow” and “The Flash,” as well as old-school series spanning the range of “21 Jump Street” to “MacGyver.” 

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

In early April Detroit’s TCF Center became a 1,000-bed alternate care site to help ease the burden on local hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The 723,000-square-foot facility became the TCF Regional Care Center. According to Pure Michigan’s Michelle Grinnell, who serves as public information officer for the state’s alternate care sites, 39 patients were treated at TCF, the last of whom was discharged on May 7.