Come little children, I’ll take thee away into a land…of new Hocus Pocus merchandise from Spirit Costumes!
They have released an extensive line of licensed merch sporting the Sanderson sisters, Binx, Billy, and more. The line includes costume, decorations, WIGS, and more. I was surprised to see all the merchandise love for a cult Disney film over 20 years old, but I’m thrilled nonetheless.
This candle is my absolute favorite and will be absolutely adorned my room for All Hallows Eve. THACKERY BINX!
Prices range from $7.99 drink bottles to $49.99 character costumes. Be sure to put in your orders soon before all these witch-tastic items fly away on a vacuum.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure will be closing on August 13th to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy thrill ride. This is a lose-lose situation for me as I don’t like Guardians (I can hear you yelling already. I’ve tried and I can’t get into a franchise where a planet is a villain. Sorry ’bout it.) and Ellen’s Energy Adventure is my favorite attraction.
You heard me. Ellen’s Energy Adventure is my favorite ride.
The ride system is incredible and never ceases to blow my mind. A theater that spins 180 degrees, then moves in tandem into dinosaur show scenes, breaks apart into individual cars through the diorama, then joins together again. There’s nothing else like it in the world and it’s spectacular.
Now, I understand Universe of Energy is more beloved, but I adore the script and humor of Ellen’s Energy Adventure. Yes, the film is incredibly outdated (Stop yelling at me, I can hear you!). I mean, she uses a cell phone with an antenna. It’s rough. Yet, the humor never gets old for me. I always laugh at “Stupid Judy” or “The Piggy Bank? The Ding Dang?” or when she goes to punch Bill Nye after he continues to speak after drenching her. It has some truly hilarious moments. “Sorry Ellen, we were looking for something more than just an embellishment of what I had already said.” It’s just so good!
Besides my love for the attraction itself and the humor and how it’s the greatest pre-show in the history of Disney World don’t @ me, it has the importance of representation, as well.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure opened on June 14th, 1996, at the height of her titular sitcom’s success on ABC. In April 1997, however, was the infamous Puppy Episode. Just hitting it’s 20-year milestone 4 months ago, the episode featured Ellen’s big coming out moment, instantly becoming an iconic TV moment and a huge ratings success. Immediately after the success, however, Ellen’s career took a hard nose dive. Her revealing her sexuality caused her to not get work for months, even years, after the episode aired. She didn’t get back to her earlier success until her daytime talk show premiered in 2003.
Think about it (“You’re in your car, you’re driving and I just pop up behind you and go HEY!” Oh, sorry, that’s more quotes. Continue.), during her downfall being shunned by all media for her sexuality, Ellen’s Energy Adventure remained open. The ride hadn’t even been open for a year before her coming out, and yet, Disney kept it open, despite the backlash it’s star was facing.
For the past 21 years, the lead in an attraction at a Disney theme park has been and out and proud lesbian. That is pretty remarkable. Looking at current “Celebrities in Disney Rides,” Rosie O’Donnell still leads up the Boudin Bakery Tour, but now in a smaller role and not with the same impact a ride has had. Unless I am mistaken, everyone else is straight. Having that representation at the Most Magical Place on Earth is comforting. It shows many that being gay is not a disease or an illness, but something that is normal, something to be proud of, and something that allows you to hang out with Bill Nye on a trip to the Big Bang.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure, I will always love you. I will see you on August 12th to pay my respects, take photos against your beautiful tile mural, and leave a high efficiency light bulb on your reflection pool. Stupid Judy, Ellen. *wipes tear away*. Stupid Judy.
Dear fellow millennials, your OG reality and/or Disney Channel obsession is heading back to the network next year. Bug Juice, the series following kid campers at summer camp, is making a triumphant (yet, completely unexpected) return to Disney Channel in 2018.
For those unfamiliar (Hello, youngins! Hello, oldins!), the show premiered in 1998 and followed campers at Camp Waziyatah in Maine. The following two seasons the location changed, but the idea stayed the same: watching kids being kids in one of the few places they have a large amount of freedom.
The new season will also return to Camp Waziyatah in Maine and follow a new group of campers as they live in cabins, eat at the mess hall, and disconnect with the world for weeks at a time.
I vividly remember the show and the ads for new episodes during Lizzie McGuire commercial breaks, where they were all sitting by a campfire. I really enjoy when reality TV tackles kids (Discovery Kids’ Adventure Camp was an obsession of mine when I was younger), so here’s to another serving of Bug Juice!
If you are a Disney fan who dabbles on the YouTubes, you may be familiar with Sarah Snitch/Sarah Sterling. I’ve been subscribed to her channel for the past 6 years. I’ve been with her through college, her Disney College Program, and her current Thingamavlogs period (her Disney collab channel that puts out some great content).
Sarah has always been a Disney YouTuber, but two years ago, Sarah began a new series called “Down to Disness.” She is going through the Walt Disney Animation Studios cannon and diving deep into the history and legacy of every Disney animated film. Also, viewers get to vote on what they want to see as the monthly entry.
She discusses the making of, the initial reaction from audiences, and what the film has become as time has passed. It’s really interesting, easily digestible, and injected with some inside-Disney humor that is always appreciated.
Be sure to subscribe to Sarah for more Down to Disness, along with other great Disney content.
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They have Navy and Berry colored shirts and tanks, pins, patches, stickers, and hats with the super cute design on it, allowing you to prove you’re a stan of Animal Kingdom. Be sure to head over to The Main Street Press here on August 2nd to pick up their restock.
I changed outfits during my recent day at the Magic Kingdom because 1) It was uber hot and I needed to change into non sweaty clothing and 2) I’m extra af.
I went to go take a picture in front of the wall, ’cause duh, but it was already closed for the Fireworks dessert party.
The ENTIRE walkway is closed, even though the party is only on the Tomorrowland Terrace seating area. I got to wall and had a mini breakdown over the wall closure…so then I had to deal with what I had.
“Look ma! There’s the wall!”
So, there it is. The story of this picture.
Anywho, I now have a Purple Wall specific outfit, ’cause I’m THAT Disney fan. The shirt is from The Lost Bros and is so funny. The wall has a shirt. It’s ridiculousness makes me laugh. It is currently on sale and all proceeds from the shirt go to Give Kids the World, so it’s a great purchase on all counts! The shorts are, randomly, from ASOS. I was searching the site recently for cheap shorts and came across thee Purple Wall shade and freaked out a bit. ASOS has become my new go-to place for color matching.
I guess next up is finding purple shoes and/or a Bubblegum Wall outfit? Or, ya know, have social contact with others instead. That’s good, too.
Over at the Lucky Rabbit Supply Co, they are already getting into the spirit of All Hallows Eve. They have just released their new line of Halloween products and they are to DIE for. *pauses for pun to set in*
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The Ghost pin and Nightmare Before Christmas inspired shirt both are cute additions, but I am SO here for any and all reference of the Boo To You Parade for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It’s bright and cute and covered in candy, so obviously I need it. ADORABLE.
Be sure to check out their Halloween collection (which is going fast) here and the rest of their great products!
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Karamell-Küche is the newest addition to their scent library, allowing you to bring home the smell of your favorite caramel shop at the Germany Pavilion at EPCOT. The candle combines kettle corn and creamy caramel smells to create the perfectly sweet addition to your home/dorm room/garage.
Be sure to head here to purchase their newest scent, or to check out their oodles of other great candles.
Formerly known as the Lost Bros Trading Co, The Lost Bros have changed their name and expanded their selection of designs and products once again.
Their upcoming big release is for their 90s Time Capsule box. It includes a slap bracelet, a bottle of bubbles, MAGIC (their version of MASH, your favorite “I’m bored in the 4th grade, so someone hand me a piece of paper” game), and a Glazed by the Belle tank/tee. Colton and Cody always know how to create fantastic designs and concepts, and this box is no different. These go live on July 31st.
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On top of that, they have two new shirt designs that are so rad (Sorry, stuck on the 90s box). Their McQueen Florida 500 Tour shirt replicates classic heavy metal bands and is distressed to add that thing that says “I saw them live and it’s so much better than the record,” that makes you feel snooty and others want to punch you in the face. LOVE.
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They also just introduced their Olaf’s Snowcone Shack design, which continues their line of sidekick food shirts. They’ve given us San Fransokyo Sushi and Mushu’s Chinese Take-Out, so Frozen joins the game this go around. I love the yellow and looks great IN SUMMMMMERRRRR.
We are big fans of The Lost Bros here, so be sure to check out their newest releases!
Directing and Choreography extraordinaire Kenny Ortega was recently interviewed by People’s Choice where he expressed interest in getting some Disney Channel veterans to return for the third Descendants film.
He would love to make a Descendants 3 if the fans express interest (um…we do.) As far as the talent involved, he threw out some heavyweights in the Disney realm.
“I would like Miley to come back and I would like Vanessa to come back,” Kenny said. “How about the Jonas Brothers could all come back and be our Lost Boys? I’m a big fan of so many of the artists that have come out of the channel and have gone on to have great careers, those that I’ve had an opportunity to work with and those that I haven’t had an opportunity to work with.”
I think I can speak for us all by saying “YES!” and at the same time “THEY WOULD NEVER!”
Wishful thinking is sometimes best thinking. However if any of them try to go for my Hades’ son part, I will kick them out of the way so fast and so hard…IT IS MINE. *breathes*
Would you like to see these veterans return to Disney Channel? What other veterans would you like to see return? (Monique Coleman in ALL THE THINGS, please.) Share your ideas below!