Disney Springs Playlists: Summer 2K17

Over on LaughingPlace.com, 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. Let’s kick things off with your Summer 2K17 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 link

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

 

 

 

 

Great YouTube Series You’re Not Watching: Disney Design Challenge

Welcome to our new series highlighting some fantastic Disney-based content being released on YouTube!

Disney Style has been really putting out some great stuff on their YouTube channel in recent months. From lookbooks to DIY videos, they’re becoming a great content machine with high view counts to back them up.

However, one new series they’ve begun has, unfortunately, gotten lost in the shuffle. Disney Design Challenge is their first foray into reality and it works pretty well.

It follows students at the OTIS College of Art and Design trying to create a collection based around Frozen. The students get to choose and character and create a line that evokes the film, the personality/fashion of the character, along with a distinct style found in Los Angeles, like Hollywood Glamour or Streetwear.

The student who wins gets a scholarship for their final year of college and the website Nineteenth Amendment will sell their designs.

The final presentations and winner was just announced and I really enjoyed seeing their designs and how they took these Disney characters to such a high fashion place. A live finale episode is being released soon, where the designs that will be for sale will be announced which is uber exciting. I’m hoping they aren’t pricey, ’cause I hopefully plan on picking up a few pieces.

Be sure to click below to watch the short series from the beginning!

ABC’s Minnie Driver & America Ferrera gets frank on Feminism in Hollywood

The Hollywood Reporter has a series of Roundtables every year released around their respective award shows, highlighting those who have given us inspired performances within their mediums. The TV episodes are starting to be released just as Emmy nominations are being locked in. I wait with bated breath every year for the TV Comedy Actresses panel as they are consistently the most real, honest, and inspiring conversations. This year is no exception.

There are two veterans of ABC this time around, with America Ferrera (who won the 2007 Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy and Golden Globe for Ugly Betty) and Minnie Driver (currently starring in the fabulous Wednesday night sitcom Speechless, which is a required Hulu binge).

Both talk about the importance of intersectional female stories being told on television, the underlying patriarchal basis of nudity on television, and the many factors that go into the pay disparity for women in the workplace and whether or not it has become a lose-lose situation.

The conversation is fascinating, enlightening, and all the women on the panel (including the fabulous Issa Rae, who’s HBO show Insecure was a highlight of this television season) bring poise and humor to the topics discussed.

It is an hour long, so grab a snack and a cup of tea (literal and figurative) and hang out with these fabulous women talkin’ ’bout feminism.

 

Our Favorites from the Disney+Jansport Collection

Jansport recently unveiled their highly anticipated (and marketed, ’cause I couldn’t go on FaceBook without seeing an ad for it) Disney collection. Currently, there are 13 bag models in the collection and the multitude of designs range from subtle to *clears throat* IN YO’ FACE! We chose a few favorites that we wanted to highlight from the new collection.

 This Hatchet bag in the Grey Mickey Sketch design goes for $70 and is great for school. Whether it be a college campus or a middle school hallway, this one keeps the color subdued, but the character love ever present. It fits a 15” laptop in a padded sleeve and has two water bottle holders (always a big win in my eyes). A ton of pockets, a ton of space, a ton of Mickey.

 

The $75 Right Pack Expressions in Disney Luxe Minnie design is chic. CHIC. It’s light brown color keeps it subtle and sweet from afar, but the closer you get, the red bows on Minnie show up and the Disney adoration becomes clear. It features a suede leather bottom, a laptop sleeve, and three zippered compartments. Perfect bag for traveling. If you wear this on a flight that I am on, I will give you a standing ovation.

This High Stakes bag in the Disney Space Walk design gives you the most simple and iconic Jansport bag and pairs it with an out of this world design (pun absolutely intended…feel the pun…love the pun…embrace the pun). For $50, it has the ability to shrink and stretch depending on how much you have in it. This should be your go-to Future World bag. It will look great in the Mission: Space loose items compartment.

Be sure to check out the whole collection over on Jansport.

ANT-MAN Shorts Stun (& Shrink)

I am a self-proclaimed superhero hater. I don’t like Marvel movies. (I watched both Guardians. I still don’t understand the obsession, sans the inclusion of “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac. That ish was the only fun part for me.) I don’t enjoy the over-the-top noticeable three act structure. I’m tired of various white men fighting others and being stressed about their lives. It’s bo-ring. When Disney bought Marvel back in 2009, I tried really hard to get into the MCU, but quickly fell off. Captain America: The First Avenger is one I still love, but that’s mostly due to the period setting.

With this in mind, I’ve skipped out on a lot of Marvel material. The only Marvel thing in recent memory that has me truly excited is Black Panther ’cause Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan (also, that trailer tho). I actually avoid Marvel news because I, unfortunately, don’t care all that much.

However, recently I came across these new ANT-MAN shorts on Disney XD and oh my god, they are incredible. French filmmakers Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach lead the production of these six minute-long shorts, and they are breathtaking. The writing and plot lines are sharp (i.e. Ant-Man having to deal with Yellow Jacket, while simultaneously trying to save his daughter’s science fair project.) and the pacing is exceptional. However, the biggest win is the animation style.

This 1970s-80s, pop art, technicolor wonderland is my new everything. Everything pops and has a sense of wonder that we don’t see a lot in current Disney Television Animation, especially the 2-D stuff. I hope some of my favorite Disney Instagramers, like the queen @leslieakay takes some inspiration from these shorts for some new outfits and pics.

The more the Marvel universe becomes more experimental and fun like these shorts, the more onboard I will be. Here’s to ANT-MAN!

Be sure to check out these shorts on DisneyXD’s official YouTube channel.

 

Looking Back at LeFou’s Coming Out Craziness

LeFou has had one hell of a 2017. From being a simply enjoyable sidekick to the face of the LGBTQ community (but like, not really at all). Bill Condon’s interview stating that LeFou will have an “exclusively gay moment” threw the world for a loop and now that we’ve been able to see the film and let the moment itself sink in, we need to dissect the situation. (Side note: “exclusively gay moment” is such a weirdly worded phrase. It’s the new “conscious uncoupling.”)

The moment we were promised was certainly less than to be desired. If you have yet to see the live-action Beauty and the Beast, that’s crazy and why are you reading this in the first place, but also spoilers ahead.

During the big fight scene, Audra McBoudoir (not her actual character name, but I will call her that from here on out) throws a variety of fabrics and accoutrement at three revolting townsfolk until they are in dresses and their faces are powdered. Two are horrified that anyone would ever see them not adhering to masculine societal norms, while one is okay with it and smiles back at Audra McBoudoir. The moment is played for a laugh, which bothered me a bit, but the underlying meaning behind it I appreciated. Be your true self, nameless character! Audition for RuPaul’s Drag Race! Live your best life! *confetti*

This is key to remember as in the finale of the film, as everyone is dancing in the newly bright ballroom (They Loved It and didn’t List it.), LeFou is dancing with a woman and then spins around to find himself dancing with the nameless townsperson. I have read other reports where they say their faces light up in a way to signify that they are happier, but that is a little much. I have seen the film four times now (don’t @ me) and there is nothing to suggest that. However, that’s the moment. That is what was hyped out the wazoo. It was a disappointment, to say the least.

It was even more of a disappointment considering that they built it up as a tribute to Howard Ashman. For those unfamiliar, the producer and songwriter for the key films during the Disney Renaissance was a gay man who died due to AIDS months before the release of Beauty and the Beast. Roy Disney has said he was another Walt, which is a huge title to be bestowed on someone. He revolutionized Disney Animation Studios, arguably saved the animation department from death single-handedly, and changed the company forever. His presence is truly missed, but the work he did for the company in that short amount of time has left a lasting impression on the Disney brand and entertainment world as a whole.

Thinking about this, a tribute to Ashman through a “gay moment” is very cool and heartwarming. This man died from a disease that was ignored by many because of its ties to the gay community (as a “baby gay,” I highly suggest you check out ABC’s When We Rise, where I learned so much about the community during that tumultuous time.) and blatantly stating a character is gay in his honor is a great tribute in my eyes. Yet, the moment wasn’t that at all. It was so overhyped that what we received what such a big pile of nothing compared to where everyone’s expectations were set.

Now, LeFou throughout the film had many more instances that were smaller, but more telling in my eyes compared to the final dance. During the “Gaston” sequence, he had subtle feminine tendencies that I immediately caught onto and appreciated. It wasn’t in an offensive way or a stereotype, just relatable. When he sits on the bar and tries to get the three nameless townsfolk to join in, I picked on every nuance, for lack of a better word. The placement of his shoulders, the flipping of the hair, etc. It was the stuff most LGBTQ+ kids have to adamantly avoid doing in school, even if it’s how they naturally carry themselves, to avoid bullying (take it from one who has been there and back). Later during the fight, LeFou’s face when Mrs. Potts says that he’s too good for Gaston is great, as well. He’s realizing things about himself and you can see it in his eyes. I loved being able to tell when LeFou realized he shouldn’t stick with a guy who doesn’t love him back.

I feel that if Bill Condon did the interview after the release saying that LeFou was meant to be seen as gay and these moments were a small tribute to Mr. Ashman, the collective feeling would have been more positive from the community (not a huge difference, but it would’ve swayed positive), but the build-up was so great that it would never be able to compete unless LeFou straight up made-out with his dance partner on the lips.

Now, the backlash was strong for these small moments and I do give incredible amounts of credit to Disney for calling bluffs when they saw them. Malaysia, Russia, and China’s big ratings uptick for these miniscule moments were hefty, but Disney didn’t care. They stuck to their guns and wouldn’t allow any edits to the film whatsoever, which is a not only a powerful statement, but also incredibly moving. It’s so great to see how far the community has come in just the last decade, and especially the allies the community has gained in that amount of time. (Just look at the amount of large companies who made mention of Pride in any way, shape, or form last month.) That one Alabama drive-in that banned the movie had no effect on Disney or the box office. The mom who said she would cancel her trip because of these small moments was abhorrent, but Disney didn’t bat an eyelash. You can go take your kids somewhere else, the Magic Kingdom is a place for acceptance. Sorry, lady. Disney is filled with pride.

It was underwhelming compared to the build-up, but it was a step. Hopefully, that step leads into bigger representation down the line. In live-action reboots, in original films, in animated properties, etc. I hope this creates a snowball of LGBTQ+ representation in Disney product, and diverse LGBTQ+ representation at that. So, Disney, I give you a single clap for this, but I’m looking forward to the day when I can give you a standing ovation.

Disney Springs OOTD: Powering Down @ DisneyQuest

I spent the past weekend saying my goodbyes to DisneyQuest, the indoor interactive experience that was supposed to pop-up across the nation, but only survived at Downtown Disney/Disney Springs for the past 19 years. I attended the funeral and relived the late nineties by jumping on the Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam, killing it on Frogger, and getting motion sick on oh-so-many things.

Here’s a closer look minus the ICONIC guy in the cargo shorts.

With my outfit, I thought I’d throw in a tribute to another deceased member of the Downtown Disney family, Pleasure Island, with this awesome baseball tee from TeePublic artist plaidmonkey. #RIPComedyWarehouse. I also added my acid washed denim Pride dad hat from American Eagle once my hair got crazy from the frantic running to experience it all (i.e. very quickly after I entered the building).

Since I knew I would be climbing an exorbitant amount of stairs, I just went uber simple with the bottom half of my outfit. I wore a tan pair of flat front shorts from American Eagle, which I now swear by. They are the most comfortable shorts and the length is perfect, as it hugs my legs while still allowing them to breathe in the blazing Florida heat. For shoes, I went with my Woody Vans to fit the promotional material for the closing, because I’m that type of nerd. (Complete Side Note: In the 5th grade, when I had to go in to pick braces colors, I chose sky blue and silver for a month to match the start of the Year of a Million Dreams. Yeah.)

It was fun throwback day and I’m so glad I got to go and say my goodbyes. It has been real DisneyQuest. See you in cyberspace.

 

 

“Star Wars: Forces of Destiny” Debuts Galactic Feminism

The first in a series of Star Wars shorts was just released and it is two minutes and forty-eight seconds of pure joy. The new Star Wars: Forces of Destiny shorts will follow the various kick butt women of the Star Wars universe in small stories that take place within their respective timelines.

“Sands of Jakku” was just released on Disney’s YouTube channel and it follows Rey soon after meeting BB-8. The story is simple, but shows the true character of Rey. She is swift, smart, and solicitous. Take a look below at the first short.

Daisy Ridley reprised her role for the short, which was great. The animation style is rather simple, but I adored how you could see everything in her eyes. She cares about everyone, from droids to monsters. How can you not love Rey?!

The series will follow other powerful Star Wars females, like Jyn Erso (from Rogue One), Ahsoka Tano (from The Clone Wars and, more importantly, voiced by Muffy from That’s So Raven), and Padme Amidala (from the prequels).

I am openly not a huge Star Wars fan. I really enjoyed The Force Awakens, but everything else I’ve seen just isn’t my cup of tea. However, give me some small doses of animation, sprinkle in a gorgeous title card (narrated by my queen, Lupita Nyong’o, no less), and some female empowerment and I am all in.

These will be slowly released online and will be also airing on Disney Channel. I’m excited for more and looking forward to more girls seeing heroes that look like them. May the Force Be With You.

Welcome to disneyBOP!

Welcome to disneyBOP, a new website under the LaughingPlace umbrella. I am also excited to announce that I will be creative director!

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So, here’s the gist: Some articles I’ve written in the past have received such positive feedback that it made sense to expand on them. Things like the independent Disney shop community and Disney Channel articles warrant more discussion, as they are larger topics than we at LP have room for. On top of that, I was inspired by Teen Vogue’s ability to pair lifestyle and fashion with pieces discussing representation.

That’s the goal with disneyBOP. We hope to bring you coverage of new Disney fashion trends and collections, lifestyle pieces (like crafts, home decor, etc.), entertainment (music playlists, Disney Channel, Shondaland), and items on representation. We want to be able to talk about things like LGBTQ rights, feminism, racial equality, etc. all through the lens of Disney. Think about honest discussions about “gay LeFou” or the Maui costume debacle. We hope to offer constructive criticism when needed, along with congratulations when Disney excels.

Overall, we hope to allow you to Live Life Magically.

I am so excited for you the see the site and what we have in store, but we are also looking for writers. The Disney blogging community needs diverse voices from all walks of life. I would love to have someone living on a Native American reservation giving their real thoughts on Pocahontas. I would love getting a member of the LGBTQ community discussing Disney’s commitment to helping the Pulse nightclub monument come to fruition. I would love a ton of college students sending in how they add Disney to their personal wardrobe. I want all races, sexualities, genders, backgrounds represented.

If you have any desire to write for disneyBOP, send your pitches to disneybop@gmail.com.

We are looking for TV recappers, fashion bloggers, lifestyle gurus, crafters, and op-ed writers. Also, if you have an idea for something that you think would work great on the site that isn’t listed, send it our way! Be sure to send a pitch for the article you’d like to write and some examples of your writing!

I am so excited to share the site with you and create our community and hope you join in the fun. Be sure to follow us everywhere @disneyBOP.

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