Club Mickey Mouse is Made for You & Me!

There’s been a large break between posts lately and I a very sorry for that. School and work have gotten in the way (Public Speaking will be the death of me), so I haven’t been able to keep updating the site at the pace I’d like to be.

However, during these long breaks I have become totally obsessed with Club Mickey Mouse. Like, really obsessed.

If you aren’t aware, the Mickey Mouse Club brand has returned this year with a social-media-only series entitled Club Mickey Mouse. Instead of a televised 30-minute program with skits and music performances, we just get one music video a week. The production quality is fantastic, so I’m totally fine with it.

While we wait for the release of the song and video, we are treated to a large social media presence, with consistent Instagram Stories and posts on their Instagram and Facebook pages. The whole “season” is lasting 7 weeks and is sponsored by HP, but it doesn’t feel totally forced.

We’ve been treated to 3 music videos thus far. “The Mickey Mouse Club March” was the first, ’cause obvi, and it really took the song and turned it into its own thing. It has a modern feel (with the pastel colors used in the video and the emphasis on dance), while the song itself was rearranged into a late 90s R&B sound that I really dig. The rap at the beginning was a fun touch and the riffs from Mouseketeer Brianna Mazzola are something you would find on TLC’s CrazySexyCool. SO SMOOTH. This has been on repeat for 2 weeks now. It’s so fun.

The second video was the original “Something to Fight For,” an original written and choreographed by the Mouseketeers (which is a reoccurring theme, that the actual teens are doing the choreography, all of it being fantastic). It had an inspirational message with a moody EDM tone that took me a few listens to really get into, as it was not expected, but I’m digging it.

This week, we were treated to a cover of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”. I hate Jackson 5. Everyone has a song they can’t stand, and for me, it’s anything the group has released. However, what the Club did to the track by making it a duet with some R&B and modern pop flair has made it an instant hit. Sean and Brianna do a fantastic job with the vocals and the video is super fun.

Apparently they are heading to the Disney World this week (Hey Oh My Disney, you need someone to interview them? ‘Cause I am here. I AM AVAILABLE!), so I’m excited to see their upcoming videos from that.

Also, their wardrobe across the board is goals. I’m loving the personal styles they all have and I want all their clothes.

Overall, if you’re not following this modern and fantastic reboot of the pop culture institution…get into it! I need a 2nd season, so I’m going to fully blame you if they don’t return next year, mkay?

 

The Official Unofficial Disney Slang Dictionary

I have a problem where I start to say something ironically, but it ends up becoming my normal language. Like, totes. I’ve decided I need to bring some new slang words into my personal dictionary and what better way than to support phrases made famous by Disney. When you think about it, we have been introduced to numerous words and phrases that originated in Disney films and television, so why not make them part of the lexicon? Here’s an alphabetical list of Disney slang that you should add to your own personal vocabulary. Be sure to tweet @disneyBOP some entries for words we’ve missed and we’ll add them to our dictionary.

 

Bitch BabyScandal: Definition – Wimp; “Stop being such a little bitch baby and suck it up”

Cetus-Lupeedus/Zetus-LapetusZenon: Definition – A feeling of exclamation, similar to OMG; “Cetus-Lupeedus, I can’t believe that rocket ship launched!”

CoconutsJake and the Neverland Pirates: Definition – Bummer; “I dropped my books. Ah, coconuts!”

Dance It OutGrey’s Anatomy: Definition – Relax and refocus, to ignore surroundings and move with a sense of joy; “You seem down. We need to dance it out.”

GrooveThe Emperor’s New Groove: Definition – Mood, current headspace; “Stop talking about the homework due tomorrow, you’re throwing off my groove.”

Hakuna MatataThe Lion King: Definition – No worries; “I’m late to the movie, but Hakuna Matata.”

Inky Zenon: Definition – Gross, Bad; “Ugh, this fish is so inky.”

Later DaysThe Weekenders: Definition – See you later; “Okay, I have to go now. Later days!”

My Life is TrashPepper Ann: Definition – To convey that something is going through a struggle; “I got an F on this test. My life is trash.”

Noodle PB&J Otter: Definition – Brain; “Use your noodle to make a decision.”

OodelayPB&J Otter: Definition – A greeting, similar to Aloha; “See you soon! Oodelay!”

So Not the DramaKim Possible: Definition – No worries, no big deal; “You can’t come tonight? So not the drama, we can reschedule!”

Sweet NibletsHannah Montana: Definition – Exclamatory phrase like ‘good lord,’ can be positive or negative; “He ate the last brownie? Sweet Niblets!”

Tinsel Prep & Landing: Definition – Positive word, like great or awesome; “Oh my goodness, that’s so tinsel!”

To the Tenth Power SquaredZenon: Definition – to further accentuate importance;
“That movie was incredible to the tenth power squared.”

What’s the Sitch?Kim Possible: Definition – What’s happening, what’s the plan; “Hey Wade, what’s the sitch?”

WhompsRecess: Definition – Sucks; “We have homework over the weekend?! This whomps.”

Ya Nasty – That’s So Raven: Definition – Someone is insulting or rude; “Can you stop looking at me like that, ya nasty?!”

State Bags’ New Collection is from A Galaxy Far, Far Away

STATE Bags has recently unveiled their new Star Wars line and they are pretty flipping rad. They have 6 different designs ranging from the Dark Side to our favorite golden droid.

There are also various sizes available, with larger multi-pocketed Johnny bags to Mini-Lorimers, which would be a perfect size to bring the essentials on board Star Tours.

They are uber pricey, as the one I have my eye on is $185, but for every bag purchased, a bag filled with supplies is donated to an American child in need, which is pretty fantastic.

Be sure to check out STATE Bags to get our own galactic bag!

“Tangled: The Series” is Straight-Up Exceptional

While Ducktales is the current Disney Television Animation darling at the moment (and understandably so, as it’s 2-part premiere was fantastic), we all seem to be forgetting how utterly fantastic this year’s earlier entry Tangled: The Series is and continues to be every episode.

As I type this, I have just finished “Pascal’s Story,” the 11th episode of the series. The preview from last week already had me prepared for a lot of emotions, and boy did it deliver. We were finally treated to how Pascal and Rapunzel became friends.

SPOILER ALERT, BUT HONESTLY, READ ON ANYWAY WHETHER OR NOT YOU’VE SEEN THE EPISODE.

Baby Pascal, arguably the cutest thing to ever exist ever (Step aside, Pua!), was placed on a lily pad and sent down a river by his mother to protect him from a giant snake, therefore sacrificing herself for her child. So, at this point, I’m already a mess.

He makes it to the tower and the two become close as they only have each other and it’s a beautifully directed and constructed friendship montage. We move to present day and Rapunzel is so busy that Pascal feels like their friendship is over. (I get it, bud. She didn’t have time for you and that stunk on ice.) He decides to run away back to the tower.

Okay, so, the tower. Yeah. That tower. The detail and emotion in that scene was so spectacular that it gave me goosebumps. No one has been there since Flynn died, so it’s eerie to say the least. Her long brown locks still cover the floor, the knife used to stab Flynn lay by the window, weeds had grown throughout the room. It was a lot.

At the core, the story was about friendship, which quite moving. It was done so well, especially considering one of the two in the friendship can’t talk.

That is just one example of how this show is killing. The writing is truly top-notch in the comedy and drama departments. My current favorite line is Flynn talking to Punzie: “I’ve couldn’t stop thinking about two things all day. ‘What is chutney?’ and You.” I spit my water out the first time I heard it. Last week’s “One Angry Princess” episode was constructed like Law & Order, to which I gasped once I realized they were committing so hard to the joke.

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi are obvs fantastic reprising their roles from the film, but the new cast adds a lot. Richard Kind is sensational as a local baker. Eden Espinosa plays Cassandra with hard outer shell, but a soft inner one that you have to dig to find. Jeremy Jordan and James Monroe Iglehart also bring great warmth and humor to the show with their respective additions.

The animation style is gorgeous and makes you wish that animated series could be nominated for Production Design Emmys. The theme song is also a big winner and consistently puts me in the greatest mood. I like to screlt (scream/belt) “WITH THE WIND IN MY HAIIIIIIRRRRR!” in locations that it’s not necessary just to see people’s reactions at this point. I have recently dyed my hair blonde and I believe that subconsciously, it was to become one with Rapunzel.

If you haven’t been watching, I highly suggest you check it out, especially the two most recent episodes as it has really found its groove. The messages are fantastic, but you’re never beaten over the head with them. AH, this show. It’s phenomenal.

Head on over to Watch Disney Channel or the app to catch-up on Tangled: The Series!

We Wants The Redhead, but also, like, No Insinuated Rape?

While the great wave of anger has mostly passed, I still thought I would share my thoughts on The Great Pirates of the Caribbean Debacle of 2017.

For those unaware, the Disney Parks Blog recently revealed that Disneyland Paris’ version of the ride would reopen with some changes, including the auction scene changing from women to items stolen by the pirates. They then snuck in that during the CA and FL rides’ refurbishments next year, they would also be receiving the switch. And then all the white men went NOOOOOOO and then a giant wave hit the eastern seaboard and acid rain fell across the country and then the apocalypse was confirmed and we all died.

There seems to be a thing amongst the Disney fandom where people are thrilled for changes, unless it’s a ride they like, then don’t you lay a damn finger on it or so help me god. I have to fess up as I have done it in the past. Tower to Guardians in CA had me angry, but then the ride was presented to us and I was totally fine with it. (Sans the outside of that building. Woof.) We’re all going to be bitter about different things, but this time around, things became vile.

This announcement had people up in arms more than usual as if someone was going to pull a Sophie’s Choice on their children. It was insane. There were people claiming the legacy would be lost with the change, there were people saying the mechanics of the ride story would change enough to hurt the attraction, there were people claiming “too PC,” etc.

The scene, for those of you  who are somehow unfamiliar (No judgement, honestly impressed you’re reading this anyway. Welcome!), the scene features a banner reading “Auction: Take a Wench for a Bride,” along with a pirate barker trying to sell a group of tied-together crying women to a bunch of drunken pirates. The crowd watching the auction at one point yells “We Wants the Redhead!” who is a sexy woman in red satin standing next in line and showing a little ankle (OOOO GIRL, GET IT!).

The new scene will have the redhead become a pirate and join in the selling of the stolen goods to the crowd watching across the water.

For some reason, this is the thing that has people going crazy and I don’t understand why. Sarah Sterling made a great point about it on Twitter, stating that we, as Disney fans, are used to it at this point. However, if you were to ride fresh right now, you’d probably think “Um…isn’t this just a rape auction?”

Writer Kate Abbott also had a fantastic thread on the ordeal:

For some reason, a large chunk of fans are fine with this, because “That’s what pirates do!” This is an argument I do not understand. Then, I’d like the Donald Trump audio-animatronic to be groping women as the curtain at The Hall Of Presidents opens, because that’s what he does! I want to walk by the Mexico pavilion at Epcot to see a human sacrifice taking place on the steps because that’s what they did! The argument does not hold up.

I think everyone angry at this needs to look at it from all sides. Can you imagine going on a Disney ride and going past a scene insinuating pirates raping your gender? Imagine it flipped, where they are auctioning off men for pirates to castrate. Would you feel the same way then?

We should be celebrating Disney realizing a problem within a classic attraction and taking the time to change the narrative. The redhead is still front-and-center, just in a new role. We will still have an auction, we will still see pirates doing pirate things. We will still have the beloved attraction just without rape and that should be a win for us all.

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!

 

“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!

New “Hocus Pocus” Line Will Have You Screaming With Delight

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.

The Importance of Ellen’s Energy Adventure (Yeah, I know)

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.

 

Great YouTube Series You’re Not Watching: Down to Disness

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.