Robby Ray Stewart: Worst. Songwriter. Ever.

Hannah Montana was a cultural phenomenon and for good reason. It was a great kid sitcom paired with an ever-expanding soundtrack that was the music of a generation. I was a huge Hannah Montana fan, going as far as to lie to friends at school that I was going to go to Typhoon Lagoon for her next concert (one that never happened, of course). Everyone had nerve, nobody was perfect, and we all wanted the best of both worlds.

In the context of the show, all the songs were written by Robby Ray Stewart, Miley’s dad. It’s incredibly sweet that the family business was music and it became a way to remember Miley’s mom, but we must get real. Robby Ray Stewart was an awful songwriter. Like, the actual worst.

Remember that the whole basis of the show was that Miley Stewart and Hannah Montana were the same person, but kept both personas very separate so she could continue being a regular kid and a pop superstar simultaneously. Now, there were some problems with this (Her tour dates seemed to be at the same arena in Malibu every weeknight. I understand the idea of a residency, but that is ridiculous), but Robby Ray made the struggle worse than it needed to be.

If we look at the first songs released through the show, all the lyrics are giant arrows pointing to her alter-ego. They are screaming for TMZ to pick-up on her double personalities and post it everywhere to ruin her life. Does Robby Ray really have no other inspiration for his daughter’s songs than the secret she’s hiding from the world? Come on, dude.

The show’s theme song and her biggest hit, “Best of Both Worlds,” is basically a breakdown of secret from start to finish. “Yeah when you’re famous it can be kind of fun/it’s really you but no one ever discovers.” That is a giant tell. If I were to listen to that as an entertainment reporter, I would have a few follow-up questions. For example, why does Miley Stewart look so like Hannah Montana, just with different hair? Also, why do they talk the same? Finally, why does her father try to spoil her secret through every song he releases?

“Who Said” is a track that masks itself as an empowerment jam, but with lyrics like “I’m more than just your average girl,” there’s reason to believe she is hiding something. “Just Like You” is another instance of the lyrics yelling at the listening public to look for this secret she’s hiding. “I’m the girl you know/but I’m someone else too/If you only knew,” roughly translates to “I’m lying/This is a façade/I am a huge fake/Can ya handle it?!”

Add “The Other Side of Me” and you’ve got yourself an EP of deceit. Why would Robby Ray blatantly highlight his daughter’s fake personality?! I truly don’t understand. He can clearly write tracks not about the secret, like “I Got Nerve” and “Pumpin’ Up the Party,” so why resort to a possible ruining of her life? On top of that, Miley should have refused to sing these songs. She seems to have anxiety about getting caught, so why keep singing about the possibility? Was she forced? Miley, blink twice if you need help. All I know is we shouldn’t expect Robby Ray Stewart to enter the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame anytime soon…and I am unnecessarily angry about this.

Time’s Up for Disney’s Lack of Women in Film

I sit here after watching this year’s Golden Globes telecast. This will go up a week later, but the sentiments shared through the show can still be heard and felt. From Oprah’s stunning 9-minute oratory to Reese & Laura’s beautiful words after winning their respective awards for Big Little Lies, the #MeToo and #TIMESUP movements are here to stay.

We are living in a fabulous time for women. No longer must they feel the need to stay silent about pay disparity, sexual harassment and assault, or any lack of equality in any medium. However, this movement has grown out of Hollywood. The back-to-back Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey draggings have kick-started the process of weeding out the men who do not deserve any accolade of any kind, but are someone still allowed to flourish in the entertainment industry. (See here and here and here)

With this movement to weed out the bad also allows for a push to bring forward the good. Women deserve starring roles in films. Women deserve directing jobs. Women deserve to write screenplays and edit films and sound mix and costume design and score. They deserve every role any male has ever had, period end-of-story.

If we look through a Disney lens, we can see that the movement has started creating small waves. A Wrinkle in Time is being written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Ava DuVernay (the first woman of color to every be given the reigns to direct a film with a budget over $100 million). Mulan is being directed by Niki Caro. Now, there are a few screenplays co-written by women (Wreck-It Ralph 2, Nutcracker and the 4 Realms, Christopher Robin, Aladdin), but the only women directors lined-up are Ava, Niki, and Jennifer Lee (co-directing Frozen 2).

If we bring Marvel and Lucasfilm into the fray, we find that Captain Marvel is the only one with a woman attached and, once again, it’s co-directing with a man.

Disney has found it very easy to pat themselves on the back for hiring women directors, but three out of a double-digit slate is humorous.

Two big budget franchises are being discussed for Disney right now, with Artemis Fowl and Sword in the Stone adaptations on the way. These can end up being multi-film franchises with big bucks and big opportunities paired with them. Yet, Artemis is going to Kenneth Branagh (white man) and the Sword is going to, reportedly, Ridley Scott (white man). Now, there is nothing wrong with these men. They are great directors. However, if we are championing ourselves for allowing women to join the conversation and be a part of these films, going right back to their old white men tricks leaves something big to be desired.

I don’t want to hear any excuses from them, either. It’s not like women directors are hard to find, they just aren’t getting the work because no one will allow them to have it. Queen Sugar and this upcoming season of Jessica Jones have female directors for every single episode. Hire some female directors. It’s not hard, you’re just lazy.

Look, here’s a nifty database that compiles over 1000 female directors that would love to be able to put their spin on a live-action fairytale or an original story! Now there’s even less of an excuse!

Same goes for screenwriters (I’m all for a collaborative effort, but why not MULTIPLE women?!), editors, songwriters, composers, etc. Every role can be a woman and every role should be a woman.

On top of all this, we still have to deal with John Lasseter being the worst. When statements come out against someone saying that they needed chaperones for an adult male to make sure he wasn’t creepy and gross to character performers, he needs to go. No 6-month sabbatical. He needs to go.

Since the onslaught of men being outed as awful people is coming at such a rapid pace, some still want to look to their artistic achievements as  reason enough for them to remain in the public eye, but that can’t happen. It continues to perpetuate the cycle and fineness with harassment and assault occurring. Even if John Lasseter is the person who saved Disney Animation, it doesn’t matter. Nothing is worth keeping around someone who has ruined many women’s lives.

The best thing for Disney to do would be replace him with a woman to show solidarity and to help get more women into roles that are lacking their presence, within animation especially, but within the company as a whole. I hear Jennifer Lee is free…

Time’s Up. Movies aren’t a man’s game any longer.

(To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, providing subsidized legal support to those affected by workplace sexual harassment and assault, head here)

“All the Stars” are Aligned for the Black Panther Soundtrack

I would argue that the last time a non-musical soundtrack became a bonafide sensation was Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? and that was in 2000. The soundtrack went 8 times platinum, won Album of the Year at the 2002 Grammys, and has become more popular than the film itself.

Soundtracks used to be an integral part of the movie experience, adding to the anticipation or the post-viewing coma. You’d buy the album the moment it was released to get you excited for the movie, go see the movie opening weekend, then obsess over the album some more after you watched.

For some reason, that experience has vanished, mostly because we consume music in new and innovative ways. We are in a single-based music industry now, and because of this studios don’t find that creating a perfect soundtrack is as beneficial to create “buzz” around their film as much as one song can. Look at the Hunger Games franchise: We received soundtracks, but they were never as buzzy as one song from each (“Safe and Sound” for the OG film and “The Hanging Tree” from Mockingjay Part 1, which became an accidental smash.)

Luckily, Disney is helping revitalize the dying soundtrack genre by bringing Kendrick Lamar, the biggest male rapper in the world right now, to produce and personally curate the Black Panther soundtrack. I was stunned when I read the headline, ’cause that is a HUGE get.

It shows the power of the representation. When you have a black superhero, in addition to some strong kicka** black women, the community you are representing is going to lift you up and deliver the results you want to see. Kendrick, one of the biggest and most sought after stars today, will create a soundtrack because he wants to support the representation and his community. It’s common sense, and for some reason, entertainment companies still don’t get it. I mean, just look at this video Ava DuVernay tweeted out the other day:

THAT is the power of representation. THAT is the power of creating heros that represent all people, not just straight white men. THAT is the power of visibility. Ugh, the video makes me so happy. ANYWHO, back to music…

With the announcement came the release of the first single off the album, “All the Stars” sung by Kendrick Lamar and SZA (who is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists right now). This song is…how do I put this eloquently? Everything. It is everything. It is serving up an ethereal trip to another dimension by way of Wakanda purity realness. SZA’s voice on the track gives me chills. CHILLS, I SAY!

If this is the tone and mood we have to look forward to on this soundtrack, it’s going to become the Album of the Year, I can guarantee it. I was already stoked for Black Panther, even as a non-superhero fan, because of how crazy good it looks (and my queen, Lupita Nyong’o), but this soundtrack is getting me even more excited.

Be sure to check out “All the Stars” on Apple Music or wherever you listen and to go see Black Panther when it heads to theaters on February 16th.


Grown-ish, Yara Shahidi, and the Allure of Nostalgia

College sucks. I mean, at least for me, it has been the worst experience of my life. I’ve jumped from school-to-school, on-campus to online, trying to find something that makes school tolerable for me and nothing has worked. I’ve tried two universities and two separate majors across my four years in higher education and all of it has, to put it plainly, sucked. I’ve been angry at the ways these institutions take my money for no reason, how they price gouge for textbooks, how they don’t care about students (I’ve had one actually helpful advisor out of five. OUT OF FIVE.), etc. My on campus experiences have been secluded (partly due to my own decisions, I’ll take the blame for that.) that’s led to depression and loneliness. And yet, after watching the first two episodes of Grown-ish, the Black-ish spin-off that premiered January 3rd on Freeform, I want the college experience.

I want to have a crew of 6 best friends who go out partying and pregame in my dorm and who have 2am study sessions in the on-campus library/Starbucks and tailgate at football games and sneak into frat parties and WHAT?! WHO AM I BECOMING?!

This isn’t the first time I’ve been nostalgic about the “college experience,” but it’s the most profound. I currently go to the University of Florida through their online program, but I’ve been an on-campus student during two separate semesters, both being awful experiences. Not because of the people I’ve met (Shout out to my Acting 1 and Beginning Costume classes! Hope y’all are well!), but because that environment is just toxic for me. I was nostalgic for the classic brick campus and bell tower before, leading me to move back for the Spring semester last year and go “Oh right, this sucks…why am I here?”

Grown-ish gave me the same effect.  The camaraderie the cast shares right out of the gate is infectious and it makes me want to have that same experience.

It brings up an interesting point about how powerful the drug of nostalgia can be. Look at the current political climate: We are all nostalgic for the Bush years because our current administration is led by a human circus peanut and his gaggle of buffoons. Yet, those years included horrible words against the LGBTQ+ community and, oh that’s right, A WAR. That’s where we are now. Nostalgic for a war.

Grown-ish gave me that personal nostalgia drug of wanting to relive an awful experience, which shows how perfectly it understands the college experience today. The 2nd episode revolved around adderall and was pitch perfect in its ability to show how it has become synonymous with the millennial college experience. It was laugh-out-loud funny, while also bringing up some great points. Why has adderall become some common? Is it causing better grades for students across the board? Would students be able to thrive without it?

My favorite part about the show just two episodes in is the lack of condescension towards young people and their ideas. This is a show from the viewpoint of students, not from the viewpoint of adults about students. It makes everything feel more truthful and more lived in.

Yara Shahidi, activism goddess walking among us peasants, was recently on The View. Her talking points were all eloquent and thorough and helped me understand certain buzzy topics, like the current protests in Iran (for those unaware, she is Iranian with family members currently in the thick of the protests.) However, everytime she made a great point that deserved applause from the audience (commonplace on The View), the co-hosts had to point out her age. Meghan McCain said, after Yara’s thoughts on the recent Tr*mp “Bigger Button” tweets, “By the way, that is a very good take for a 17-year-old.” After Yara’s informative thoughts on the Iranian protests, Whoopi Goldberg gave a congratulatory “go ahead!” I don’t think either of these women meant to come across this way, but both comments came across as condescending. A 17-year-old? With an opinion? THAT’S SMART?! Say it isn’t so!!!

Grown-ish is proud about the commentary it has on the millennial experience, the college experience, the black experience, etc. It should be proud, it’s speaking with voices we haven’t heard from yet on television and it’s so refreshing.

Grown-ish airs Wednesdays at 8pm EST on Freeform and I really suggest you tune in. It’s a fantastic comedy about what our generation deals with in college. Appreciate all it has to say, but if you’re getting nostalgic for the college experience, be sure to really consider it before you jump back into the real-life environment. Take it from one who has been there and back. Woof.

Andi Mack’s LGBTQ Storyline Is Revealed

Thursday the news broke that Andi Mack would be receiving the first coming-out storyline in the history of Disney Channel (or any live-action American kids show, for that matter). I saw the headline and knew that it had to be Cyrus.

If you’ve watched the show at all (which you really must, as it’s fantastic), you probably guessed Cyrus would be receiving the storyline as well. I was hoping it would happen as I watched Season 1, as all signs pointed to it. Joshua Rush, the actor who plays Cyrus, was adding quirks here and there that I absolutely related to every time I caught them. The excitement of having a girlfriend, even when you knew it wasn’t in a attraction way. Feeling super awkward around the cute popular guys. Never understand “bro” stuff. Feeling super self-conscious being called girly. He played every one of those situations with great finesse, but also with an underlying understanding that there was more to Cyrus than what was being said aloud.

Friday night Andi Mack returned for a 2nd season with an hour-long premiere. The moment occurred about 20 minutes in and once Buffy sat across from Cyrus at The Spoon, I knew it was coming. The music stopped. The emotions were high. Take a look:

I didn’t expect to cry, but I did. A lot. I don’t think a tear has rolled down my cheek in at least 3 years. It was a combination of so many things. It was knowing that so many kids will watch this and it will help them realize something about themselves. It was being proud that Disney was the one to break this ground for a children’s program. It was relating to that moment. It was seeing that strong support system from Buffy (the fab Sofia Wylie) was in place. It was hearing “You’re No Different.”

The cast of the show has been using social media to express support for the storyline and understand the weight of this monumental scene. They’ve been using #YoureNoDifferent and that is such a strong message within this context for the network.

I was stunned at how much weight the moment had within the episode and how it was handled. Joshua’s answer to “Do you like Andi?” was so powerful that it hit me like a brick wall. It had so much behind it. That feeling of knowing that the truth is about to come out, and the reaction from the person could go very wrong very fast, but not being able to say anything in response. It was fantastic. He couldn’t even get the word “no” out of his mouth, as he didn’t want to say anything that could insinuate anything to Buffy.

Buffy’s comforting, yet forceful “You’ll be okay. I promise,” made the tears flow even faster. He has a strong support system in place which will make this personal journey for him so much easier.

Later in the episode, they touched on some topics that excite me for the rest of the season. They touched on competing for the same boy (in a light hearted way). Cyrus brought up having a “cover-up” girlfriend, or rather, just getting a girlfriend when he’s coming to terms with his own sexuality. Buffy realized, very quickly, that the coming out process isn’t a one-and-done situation and he’ll have to be patient with Cyrus as he comes to terms with himself more and more. It was all superbly done.

I know that if I saw this as a tween, I don’t think I would’ve been as combative. I wouldn’t have felt the need to suppress the word for years, even though I knew, deep down, it was true. I would’ve found my own Buffy, gone to her, and helped be my true self.

I didn’t expect to feel so proud of a character or so emotional. I am not one to cry over things, but I’ve cried three times over the scene. THREE.

I hate saying the word proud in these cases, as I have no relation to these cast members or “ownership” of the show, however I can’t find a better word to describe my feelings. I am so proud of the cast and crew of Andi Mack for tackling this storyline. I’m proud of Terri Minsky for making sure this aired on Disney Channel. I’m proud of Disney for airing it and bringing in GLAAD and other LGBTQ representation groups to work on getting the plot just right. I’m proud of Joshua Rush and Sofia Wylie for being at the forefront of this storyline and being incredible at revealing all the emotions surrounding it time and time again. I’m just proud.

I’m looking forward to the conversations this will bring up. I’m looking forward to see how this plotline continues. I’m looking forward to crying more.





Disney Springs Playlists: Fall 2k17

Over on, I created “On-Ride Playlists” for a while. Based on a tweet I read from Aaron Wallace (This has become Six Degrees of Separation and I’m sorry), I would pick music in different genres and pair them with a ride where the mood and tone would fit perfectly. I did a few, but then got stressed out, as I kept wanting to pair different songs with the same ride. (Y’all, a LOT works of Expedition: Everest)

Sometimes you just want to listen to your own music, I get it. So now, I present you with Disney Springs Seasonal Playlists! Every season, we’ll bring you around a dozen songs that will make your shopping and dining experience at the Springs perfect. They won’t necessarily be new tunes, but they will accompany the season and the shopping perfectly. We’ll attach links to the playlists on Apple Music and Spotify every month, so you can stream them easily at the Springs. It’s time for your first Fall playlist!

(The Spotify playlist will show up, in full, every time. If you want to access the Apple Music version, which has the same exact songs, just hit the link below.)

Apple Music Playlist

Tweet us pictures/videos of yourself jamming out at the Springs @disneyBOP and we’ll share our favorites!

Preserving the Heart of the Tahitian Language with “Moana”

I am so grateful and thrilled to introduce this fantastic post by Dr. Natalie Keefer, my former AP Human Geography teacher! She got really got me into linguistics, so I had to ask her to write about this. Enjoy! 

Thousands of years ago, small groups of humans sailed towards far away lands in the Pacific with a keen sense of how to navigate through the Pacific Sea on small sailboats. Over time, the language spoken by these peoples would morph into what is known as the Polynesian language family – a cluster of languages widely spoken on the Pacific Islands. From these languages were born the cultures that inspired the creation of Disney’s movie Moana. Since language is the heartbeat of culture, transmitting its myths, beliefs, and customs, the upcoming Tahitian language version of Moana is an important decision on the part of Disney to honor and preserve the Polynesian cultures that are represented in the film.

Disney wisely assembled a group of experts in Polynesian culture, known as the Oceanic Trust, to serve as culture, language, music, and dance advisors during the creation of the movie. The Oceanic Trust was comprised of a team of anthropologists, historians, linguists, and cultural experts on Polynesian culture who lent their expertise in assuring as much cultural authenticity as possible in the creation of Disney’s Moana. However, the movie Moana was still subject to scrutiny. One of the complaints from Polynesian community concerned the depiction of the revered Polynesian God Maui who is portrayed in Polynesian folklore as a trim and powerful youth. Why was he stereotypically depicted as an obese Samoan surfer-dude? Also, the use of coconuts to portray the Kakamora, short-statured people from the Solomon Islands, as pirates appropriates from a cringe worthy cultural slur of Polynesians as “coconut people”.1 Lastly, Polynesian culture is diverse; there are numerous differences in ritual, language, and beliefs across the vast expanse of the Pacific. However, in Moana the mix of Polynesian culture and language was depicted as uniform. Despite these concerns, the Oceanic Trust’s advice was instrumental in creating a film that included many accurate representations of Polynesian dance, song, and culture. The Oceanic Trust was also influential is securing from Disney an agreement to produce the much-anticipated Tahitian version of the movie as homage to the Tahitian culture and language.

In the English version of Moana, Polynesian language is interspersed throughout the film, mostly included in the Tokelauan lyrics of the song We Know the Way. This is prehistorically accurate if Moana is Samoan, hailing from the birthplace of Polynesian culture before the reawakening of island exploration.2 Today only a few thousand speakers of the Tokelauan language remain. Most speakers of Tokelauan live on islands that belong to American Samoa where the predominant language is English. This leaves the Tokelauan language at risk of becoming extinct, and with the extinction of the language comes the extinction of the culture, including its folklore, beliefs, and the secrets of the way of life of its speakers. It is for this reason that the retelling of Moana in another Polynesian language, Tahitian, is important for the preservation of Polynesian culture and language.

Fewer than 125,000 people speak the Tahitian language in French Polynesia. Its closest relatives are languages spoken in the Pacific such as Hawaiian and Rarotongan, a Maori dialect spoken on the Cook Islands.3 In order to preserve Polynesian culture the use of Polynesian languages in schools, in the community, and in the media is essential. In the South Pacific, English and French are widely represented in the media and spoken for business purposes. The dominance of English and French in the South Pacific has led to the near extinction of thousands of local languages such as Tokelauan and Hawaiian. On the Hawaiian Islands, for example, there are fewer than 2,000 native speakers. Tahitian is not in as precarious of a situation as Tokelauan or Hawaiian because it is still used in the media. Tahitian enjoys limited use in schools, allowing children to be socialized and educated in the language, yet another example of how Tahitian has fared better than its linguistic counterparts on other Polynesian islands. This may be why Disney selected Tahitian for the Polynesian language version of Moana. There are enough Tahitian speakers today that creating a version of Moana in this language can have an impact on the preservation of Polynesian culture and language. Polynesian language use in movies such as Moana, and Disney’s pledge to produce a Tahitian language version of the film is an important step on the road to preserve and instill pride in Polynesian culture for future generations.

Casting for the Tahitian language version of Moana began in October, 2016 with the assistance of Oceanic Trust member Hinano Murphy. Ms. Murphy can select the cast of Moana from a relatively large population of Tahitian speakers. Tahitian is the most widely spoken of the indigenous languages in French Polynesia, with 24% of all inhabitants speaking Tahitian at home. Hinano Murphy hopes that the Tahitian version of Moana will serve as an educational tool that will inspire the Tahitian community to maintain their pride and use of the Tahitian language. Ms. Murphy’s sentiment is key because children’s films such as Moana target the youth population that is vital for language revitalization projects. Teachers and parents will be able to use Moana as an educational resource for teaching children the Tahitian language in its spoken form. Successful language revitalization programs target youth, especially when indigenous languages, like Tahitian, were replaced by European languages for communication and business. In these cases, generational language loss often occurred because parents and members of the community believed that the indigenous language was not valuable for their children in the job market. However, a Tahitian language version of Disney’s Moana may inspire hope for many people who are interested in the revival of indigenous Polynesian languages.4 Disney’s popularity among children and parents has the capacity to reinforce pride in Polynesian culture, and the Tahitian version of the Moana will serve as an effective educational resource for Polynesian culture and the Tahitian language.



1.      Herman, Doug. “How the Story of “Moana” and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truths”. The Smithsonian. December 2, 2016.

2.      de Ferrière, Jacques Franc. “The True Origins of Disney Princess Moana”. Tahiti Infos. July 9, 2017.

3.      “Tahitian”. Omniglot. July 9, 2017.

4.      “Disney Offers Tahitian Translation of Moana”. ABC News: Pacific Beat. November 11, 2016.



Natalie Keefer is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education with a background in educational anthropology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


“Big Hero 6 The Series” Premieres November 20th

After a solid year of previews, clips, and hints at what’s to come. However, we officially have a premiere date! Monday, November 20th at 8pm on Disney Channel and Disney XD will be the premiere of Big Hero 6 The Series: Baymax Returns.

The one-hour premiere will focus on Hiro’s recreation of Baymax using the chip he finds at the end of the film. (Sorry if that spoiled anything, but you’ve had 3 years to watch. I have no sympathy for you.)

Here’s the official description of the premiere from Disney:

“Set in the fictional city of San Fransokyo, “Baymax Returns” explores the moment in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning feature film after Hiro believes that his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax is lost in the portal forever and discovers the chip his brother Tadashi designed to create Baymax. 14-year-old tech genius Hiro begins school as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and sets off to rebuild Baymax, but his overconfidence and penchant for taking shortcuts leads him and the newly minted Big Hero 6 team – Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred – into trouble.”

Well, that sounds like a fun start! After the one hour premiere, we’ll have to wait a few months before actual episodes start premiering. Early 2018 will see weekly episodes released on Disney XD, but the Disney Now app will have two episodes premiere immediately following the one-hour episode.

All I know is that I’m excited. The clips we’ve seen are great and the intro song has been stuck in my head for months. Be sure to check out the premiere on November 20th!

Club Mickey Mouse Kicks It Old School & Inspirational

To quickly get the recap out of the way: I love Club Mickey Mouse arguably too much, their music is all I’ve listened to for weeks now, and they recently released two new songs!

“Generation M” is a 90s style R&B bop that I’ve been jamming to hard since it’s release. Regan gets her time to shine with a killer rap, then Brianna comes out and slays like chorus with some smooth riffs. The video, weirdly, doesn’t cover the entire song and I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s fun none the less. Those yellow overalls are my new aesthetic.

“Be Ok” was released this past Thursday to celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month. It’s a fun and inspirational pop tune about being there for each other when someone’s down. Ky gets his turn to solo (and does a great job!), along with Leanne, Regan, and Brianna. Check out the infectiously bubbly beach music video below.

I’ve seen mixed things across their social media, but this might be the final week of Club Mickey Mouse and I’m actually devastated. I hope this turns into something more, like a weekly variety show like the other incarnations. (Looking at you, Disney Channel) Here’s hoping, as these past 5 weeks have been great. Keep on Mousin’!

Club Mickey Mouse at Disney World: Marshal Freaks

As we know, I love Club Mickey Mouse. Like, to an obsessive degree. Seeing this crop of mouseketeers on Instagram and Facebook everyday has brought me so much joy. It brightens my day and makes me want to roll around in a mountain of plush Mickeys. I love it so much!

The music has been on repeat on my phone and in my head, I am adamantly trying to copy the mouseketeers aesthetics, and I’m trying to pitch Oh My Disney through social media to let me interview/meet/party with them. (Side Note: It hasn’t worked yet)

So, to my surprise, I ended up having a Disney day planned for the Magic Kingdom the same day the Mouseketeers would be at the parks. This past Saturday, September 30th, I made my way to the parks with one goal in mind: To see the Mouseketeers.

Now, I had seen on Instagram the night before that they’d be the Grand Marshals for the parade, but I wanted to see them just roaming around the park. I had Boomerangs planned if I had the opportunity to ask for a picture. I was NOT playing around.

I eventually saw that the Mouseketeers were at different parks and I was all kinds of bummed. I wanted to do the Mickey Mouse Club March choreo with them! I decided to suck it up and get a prime spot for the parade.

They came down the parade route in the Grand Marshal car as the Mickey Mouse Club March blasted down Main Street and I was STOKED. The pink banner leading the way (above) is something I’d gladly hang on my wall. Y’all don’t even know. I was singing and jamming and my friend was over it almost immediately. BUT IT’S SO GOOD!

As the Mouseketeers went by, they pointed and shouted at me as I was jamming. I was the only one along my area of the parade route showing ANY emotion, so they seemed to appreciate that. I was THRILLED to be their biggest stan.

So, I had an Instagram Story detailing the day’s events and my various freakouts over seeing them, but I went and accidentally deleted it and I am devastated. It went from an all-time high to an all-time low mighty quickly.

Overall, I freaked and loved seeing the Mouseketeers live, I cannot wait to see more music from them, and Oh My Disney, in the words of Meredith Grey…

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