“Frozen” on Broadway: Tickets On Sale!

I love two sections of the Walt Disney Company more than anyone else: Disneynature (I’m unnecessarily hyped for Dolphins, like, you have NO idea.) and Disney Theatricals. The latter has a big year ahead of them. 2018 will be the 25th anniversary of the department’s start and will bring Frozen to the Broadway stage.

Tickets for FROZEN on Broadway are officially on sale! | 📷: @jordan_roth

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February 22nd, 2018 will see the first Broadway performance of Frozen at the St. James Theatre and it’s going to be lit – er, cool. There are super Broadway nerdy reasons why this is all so exciting. (Caissie Levy as Elsa will be great based on her performance in Hair, Patti Murin as Anna is perfect casting, it’s at the theatre where Oklahoma! premiered in the 1940s, and it’s a Jujamcyn Theatre which is a weird fact that thrills me.)

Now, tickets are officially on sale for the Broadway run for next year, but on August 17th, the out-of-town tryout begins in Denver, CO. Hopefully we’ll see some production photos and a video clip.

This is all so great and the cast’s excitement makes the whole situation even better. Break a leg to all the cast and crew for your Denver run and we cannot WAIT to see more!

Be sure to head to Frozen on Broadway’s site to purchase tickets for the run.

Parlor of Pretties is Pretty in Pink

Aracely is the owner and operator of the etsy shop Parlor of Pretties and if you aren’t instantly obsessed, you must not like joy. Or happiness. Or pink.

She is best known for her Sparkle Ears and her PoP Patch Caps. While many people design and sell ear headbands and hats, you’ll immediately know a design from the Parlor when you see one. They have their own unique flair that pulls from jewel tones, patches, and lots and lots of pink.

Aracely began the shop after getting so many compliments on the ears she rocked throughout Disneyland. With the amount of times she told people that she made her own ears, she decided that she could start making them for everyone.

Her design process is a never stopping train of creativity. She finds inspiration everywhere, then goes all over LA to find the perfect supplies and decorations to add to her artistic creations. She pulls from ideas and trends, but she likes her ears and designs to be trendsetting themselves.

She’s really excited when her favorite Disney style girls interact with her shop on Instagram, but she just loves to ability to make something that people love.

She has some ideas on how to expand the shop further down the line, going with items that aren’t just headbands, but for right now, she’s content. Aracely will keep on making them as long as people still want them, as she enjoys making them during her “me” time when her family is fast asleep. She hopes the brand becomes known for the “prettiest products” and dreams of one day owning a small storefront.

Now, the two questions I ask every shop-owner:

1. What are your go-to items you have to wear at the parks?

A: Minnie Ears, of course! I really can’t go without them, I feel naked, my outfit just doesn’t feel complete. That and a cute backpack.

2. If you had comps and a time machine, what you experience in Disney history?

A: I’ve been dying to get into Club 33! I guess if everything were comped I’d choose to dine there. That and also get a VIP tour of the park and get to see and walk through Walt Disney’s apartment above the firehouse on Main Street.

If a time machine could take me back I’d love to visit Disneyland in the late 1950’s because I just love how everyone would get all dapper to visit the park!

Be sure to check out Aracely and her Parlor of Pretties over on Etsy and follow her on Instagram @parlorofpretties!

(P.S. Aracely, put me down for a Marie headband! This piece of #Aristotrash NEEDS IT!)

How To Make a “Colors of the Wind” Bookmark

We here at disneyBOP want to try to add a little bit of Disney into every ounce of your life. On top of that, I want to be Martha Stewart. I was once grounded from watching Martha Stewart’s talk show when I was in elementary school, because I have been working on my brand since birth. I tell you this as our goal is to bring you one craft a month so I can live out my Martha fantasies and you can create something simple and magically influenced! For this crafting sesh, we decided to tie it together with our Book Club (First 2 chapters of A Wrinkle In Time should be read by next Wednesday, August 23rd. Are you prepared?!), so here’s how to make Pocahontas’ Colors of the Wind Bookmarks!

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard box from your pantry (something you already have, like a box of popcorn, granola bars, etc.)
  • Leaves (Just from the ground, DON’T BUY THEM)
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils
  • Copy Paper
  • Clear Contact Paper/Clear Packing Tape
  • Scissors
  • Rubber Cement
  • Permanent Marker

Instructions:

Using your permanent marker, draw the shape of your bookmark on the cardboard and cut out using the scissors. I made mine a normal rectangle, but feel free to think outside the box and cut out any shape you want! Make sure to recycle the rest of the box after you’re done.

Take a piece of copy paper and place on top of leaves placed in various places. Make sure the leaves are spread out.

Take your crayons/colored pencils and rub on top of the copy paper. This should leave a print of the leaves. You can use any colors you want. Try to cover as much of the paper as possible.

Trace the shape of you bookmark on the paper so you will have two sides, then cut out the bookmark-sized shapes.

Use the rubber cement to glue the paper onto both sides of the cardboard. You may need to double-up layers on the side of the cardboard that features the colors and designs, so make sure to test you can’t see through your one layer of paper before gluing down. If you can see through, add a blank sheet of white underneath your leaf print page to block out any of the unwanted designs peaking through.

Cut a piece of contact paper double the size of your bookmark and fold it over to create a seal, like that of lamination. Now, the ends won’t seal perfectly using the contact paper, but it’s enough to protect your bookmark. If you want a perfect seal, cut a piece of packing tape that is the double the length of your bookmark. Stick your bookmark on the sticky side of the tape at an edge. Then, fold over carefully, making sure to get rid of any bubbles. You should have a better seal.

You have a Pocahontas inspired bookmark! A great book is just around the riverbend for you!

RIP Barbara Cook

Broadway Legend and one of the greatest soprano voices to ever walk this Earth passed away last Tuesday at the age of 89. As a huge Broadway fan, her star will always shine bright for centuries to come. We’ll miss you, Barbara.

Here is her singing “When You Wish Upon A Star,” one of the most gorgeous versions you will ever hear.

Main Street Press Reveals Their New “Mine Train Union” Line

Main Street Press has officially unveiled (after many social media previews and hints) their newest design: Mine Train Union.

This adorable Seven Dwarves inspired line is centered around a really adorable logo and as someone who has always thought the dwarves deserve more merchandise, this is perfect.

The line goes live for purchase on their website August 16th at 8pm EST through a password sent out to newsletter subscribers. There will be two t-shirt colors (Topaz and Peridot), two tank top colors (Sapphire and Ruby), a pin, and a patch.

Be sure to head over to The Main Street Press to pick these new items up for your next trip to the mine!

“DuckTales” Quack Take: “Woo-oo!”

This past Saturday, August 12th, the return of DuckTales took over Disney XD for 24 hours. Every hour, on the hour, the premiere episode of DuckTales entitled “Woo-oo!” (’cause duh) aired to the delight of everyone.

We’re hoping to bring you a lot of Disney Channel and Disney XD content here on disneyBOP, so we’d like to premiere our series of Quack Takes. For every episode of DuckTales, we’ll bring you just some things we took away from the episode, what we loved, what we hated, what had us laughing, etc.

Without further ado, our Quack Takes on “Woo-oo!”

SPOILERS AHEAD

  • I’m really loving that Donald is a part of this in an expanded role. I found the “origin story” of his sailor outfit rather hilarious, as well.
  • I ended up watching the very last showing of the premiere, so this may have to deal with my lack of sleep, but Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack is not only perfect casting, but his stupid-beautiful-idiot take on the character had me laughing uncontrollably a few times. “I’m a pilot!”
  • Webby is a fun addition and a great vocal performance by Kate Micucci, but like, how did she not know that was a garage? Also, who holds ancient artifacts and possibly deadly ghosts/dragons/headless horsemen in a garage? At least put them in the attic.
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie all have great personalities with shining moments throughout the episode, but Huey holding up a t-shirt for Dewey to wear, where Dewey just responds “I will cram it down your throat.” had my dying. DYING. This show is seriously funny.
  • 1st half was better than the 2nd half, so I hope we see a lot more of the core characters dealing with each other before we get a ton of new characters introduced.
  • That being said, the whole episode I was all “Ready for Darkwing Duck anytime.”
  • Wasn’t that Roxanne from A Goofy Movie sitting next to Donald in the waiting room? Is there a Disney Afternoon Animated Universe that will start with this, but eventually lead to reboots of all those shows? I’m here for it, honestly.
  • Mrs. Beakley is voiced by Toks Olagundoye, who starred on the underrated ABC show The Neighbors. That reference allows me to post this beautiful thing without feeling bad.

If you haven’t watched yet, be sure to catch-up on WatchDisneyChannel.com or On Demand and we’ll be back with more Quack Takes once new episodes premiere Saturday, September 23rd.

UPDATE: Disney XD has posted the full-length mega-sized premiere episode on their YouTube channel to watch for free. Check it out!

 

Peter Pan x Cath Kidston Launches September 21st

The newest collaboration between Disney at Cath Kidston finally has a release date. On Thursday, September 21st, the new collection will fly in from Neverland and the previews we’ve seen are adorable.

FashionUnited has some great pictures of the new line of products being released and I can’t take how cute they all are. The Tinkerbell collared shirt is genius. Tinkerbell on a Peter Pan collar. I can’t deal with the brilliance of that. I’m also loving the flying over London pattern, especially on the backpack.

Be sure to head over to Cath Kidston’s website to sign up for updates on the collection and the eventual announcement of the next film collection that will be released, apparently in time for the holidays!

 

disneyBOP Book Club: Our First Book Announcement!

I am thrilled to announce that we are starting a book club here at disneyBOP! The goal of this book club is to prepare us and excite us for the future. Why does that mission statement sound incredibly cheesy and, like, the worst? Well, because it’s based in truth!

Since the beginning of time, movies and TV shows have been based on books. Also since the beginning of time, people have not shut up saying “Well, the book was better,” which leads you to punch them in the face, but then go “Wait…is it?” and then have a major case of FOMO and run away crying. Or, like, something similar.

With this never-ending cycle in mind, why not combat it and actually read the books first?! Brilliant.

Disney has a lot of book-based movies and TV shows coming up in the docket, but we’re going to start with a novel from 1963.

Our first book will be…A Wrinkle in Time!

This sci-fi fantasy YA classic was written by Madeleine L’Engle and won the prestigious Newberry Medal. It follows Meg, who travels across the universe and through time itself to rescue her trapped scientist father on another planet. Yeah, crazy stuff. It’s going to be great!

We’re reading this first as the film adaptation will be released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 9th, 2018. It’s directed by Ava Duvernay, marking the first time a woman of color is directing a film with a budget over $100 million. On top of that, the cast includes Rowan Blanchard, Chris Evans, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and OPRAH FREAKING WINFREY. Yeah, we’re reading the dang book.

Now, we are reading it this far from the actual release date for a reason. I’ve heard this theory from many people (including the now shuttered Patty and Emily podcast, RIP) that it’s best to give yourself six months from experiencing the original to viewing a new interpretation. For example, you could watch Legally Blonde, wait six months, then you are free to view the musical. That way, it’s fresh enough in your mind to understand the concept, but far enough away to not be so nitpicky. This allows you to have a sense of love for the property, while still going in with open mind.

Here’s how it will work: Every week, I’ll assign a group of pages. We’ll have a week to read (It won’t be too long, since the book is just over 200 pages long) and once that week is up, you return here so we can discuss. I’ll have a short podcast where I break down what we read and my thoughts on the section, then the comment section will be ready for chatting. On top of that, while you’re reading, feel free to tag @disneyBOP  and use this book’s hashtag, #WrinkleBOP.

At the end of our read, we’ll celebrate with coverage of the upcoming film, some trivia games, and maybe even a giveaway or two!

Your first reading assignment is Chapters 1 and 2. Now, going off of the 2007 Square Fish edition of the book, that is pages 1-44. The time will be a tad longer this time around so you can acquire the book. Feel free to use #WrinkleBOP when reading to share your thoughts and I’ll meet you back here on August 23rd to chat about the chapters with our podcast and such!

Happy Reading!

 

“Dream Big, Princess” Movie Marathon Coming to AMC Theatres

I read this announcement and audibly went…

Disney’s “Dream Big, Princess” campaign has led to the announcement of various princess films heading back to theaters. Starting September 15th, each film will be at the El Capitan and AMC Theatres for a week with various showings. Beauty and the Beast (the original), Mulan, Tangled, Princess and the Frog, and Brave will all be shown during the marathon in this order.

We are so excited here at disneyBOP, so be sure to check out the site leading up to the showings and every week during the marathon for themed content.

Head over to AMC Theatres or El Capitan to get tickets!

Dapper Day: Quick Tips

Dapper Day is my favorite Disney event of the year, and it isn’t even operated by Disney. Beginning in February 2011, the event began in Disneyland in the hopes to bring back the idea of “stepping out in style” at the parks. When we look back at the park in the 1950s and the concept art that accompanied it, guests were dressed to the nines. Dresses and heels, suits and ties, hats and glasses. It paired so nicely with the parks. The event hoped it bring that sophistication back to the parks one day a year.

Since that initial event, it has only grown. Twice a year, the parks in Orlando, Anaheim, and Paris deck themselves with classy looks to celebrate fashion and Disney. In California, the event is usually paired with an expo of photo ops and shopping opportunities to further celebrate style. Some people serve period looks, while others serve modern sophistication. Disneybounding has also become synonymous as some guests try to evoke a certain character with their style. Few things make me as happy as walking through the park and seeing so many people looking so gosh darn classy.

I always tell as many people as I can about the event, but some are still overwhelmed by the ordeal. It can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. I’m compiled a list of some tips and tricks I’ve used during my Dapper Day experiences that can benefit newcomers. Now, I am not a pro whatsoever and I don’t believe that I am a style icon (as I write this, I’m wearing my hair in a Survivor: Guatemala buff, like the garbage person), but I want to help newcomers experience the magic of the event anyway I can.

  • Come up with a concept: It’s hard to start from scratch or get inspiration from shopping aimlessly, so I go into stores with a specific goal. I like to Disneybound these events, as it adds another layer of fun, so I usually go with a character in mind. That way, I can look for certain colors and hues. If you aren’t Disneybounding, go in with a time period or outfit concept. Say to yourself “I’m going for Tinkerbell 1950s realness,” and from there, you can search for green dresses, yellow accents, flats, etc.
  • Don’t be afraid to dye: This past Epcot Dapper Day, I wanted to evoke an underrated character that embodied Epcot, Jose Carioca. However, his green and yellow colors are very specific, and it was hard to find dress pants and blazers that fit that hue exactly. What I did instead was bought a plain white pair of pants and jacket that fit me well and dyed it using RIT’s products. It was relatively simple, you just place the dye in a big vat of hot water and stir for 20 minutes, throw it in the wash, and you get these vibrant colors that match the character beautifully. Disneybounding or not, if you have a specific color in mind for your look, research the possibility of dyeing your own clothing.
  • Accessorize: The art of the outfit lies within the details. For my Jose Carioca outfit, I found an adorable parrot broach that was the exact same colors. For ladies, handbags in various shapes and designs can add that last bit that creates a full look. Gentlemen, don’t be afraid of hats.
  • Thrifting is your friend: Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other thrift stores are an essential stop to creating a look. Here, you can find items that fit the look perfectly and for cheap.
  • OMG SHOES: Comfort is key. I have walked around the parks in shoes I haven’t broken in and upon removal, my feet throbbed for three hours after. It was bad. I’ve been with friends in heels who are in so much pain it hurts to watch them walk. Make sure you take your shoes out for a spin first to make sure they are wearable. Even if you are comfortable in them, make sure to bring some thick socks, band-aids, and mole skin just in case.

 

Here’s hoping your inaugural Dapper Day visit is as magical as it can be. Feel the best you possibly can and think of the parks as your runway! *cue America’s Next Top Model theme song*