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Cult Fans Of ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Are About To Get The Disney Dream With This New Halloween Gift

With the school season back into full swing, summer is almost officially over. It’s time to focus on the next big event on our calendars: Halloween. We’re talking ghosts and ghouls, candy and costumes and all that is creepy and kooky. It really is one of the most fun times of the year and the unofficial start of the Fall/Winter holiday season. Halloween is a party in its own right but one of the biggest names in entertainment is looking to add to the holiday’s mischievous mayhem.

This year, Disneyland is hosting its new Oogie Boogie Bash — a Halloween party inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

According to Disneyland’s website, the event will be available for a limited time on select nights in September to October 2019 at Disney California Adventure park.

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The event is only at the Cali location and takes the place of the park’s previous Mickey’s Halloween Party. The Oogie Boogie Bash is described as a family-friendly, after-hours costume party that is complete with appearances from select Disney villains. Oogie Boogie himself will be there to act as the “monster of scare-e-monies” for the party.

Guests will be able to trick-or-treat and watch a villainous parade spook its way through the park. There will also be immersive Treat Trails where guests can collect treasures as they enjoy music, themed decor and the appearance of a villain or two. If you are looking to oogie boogie on down, you can join the DescenDance party and dance along to your favorite Disney’s “Descendants” songs. There will also be Halloween themed meet and greets with Mickey, Goofy, and all your favorite Disney pals.

The world of Disney California Adventure Park is also getting a spooky overhaul to meet the party’s scary theme.

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The park’s Carthay Circle’s Bell Tower will be getting a batty makeover just for this event. Clouds of bats will coil around the tower and transform the building into a landmark perfectly fit for the new Halloween Town. Disney California Adventure park will also see its Redwood Creek Challenge Trail transformed for the Oogie Boogie Bash. The interactive Cliff Hanger Traverse Rock Climb and complete play yard will be bathed in spooky lights, sound, and effects to give the attraction a totally haunted feel.

There will also be a major nightly event at the park’s Paradise Bay.

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The park’s nightly World of Color event will get an exclusive villain-themed upgrade. Entitled “Villainous!” the Oogie Boogie Bash exclusive will feature lights, lasers, and special effects galore along with appearances by the scariest villains the House of Mouse has created. The show is all new and promises to be a magical sight for guests of all ages.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, you’ll also be able to take the Oogie Boogie fun home with you thanks to their exclusive souvenirs.

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The park will offer limited Oogie Boogie Bash apparel for both adults and children including tee shirts, long-sleeved shirts, pullovers and hoodies. There’s also a specially designed Mouse Ear headband to fit the eerie theme of the party. Four limited-edition pins and a light up Oogie Boogie shaped sipper cup is also among the merchandise you can collect.

Don’t forget about the party’s food! Is your stomach feeling a bit haunted by hunger? Fill it with these cool treats. Be sure to grab the new Oogie Boogie-inspired sweet funnel cake fries or the party’s refreshing concoction with glowing cubes. It’s so eerie that it seems to have been made in a science laboratory.

Of course, Twitter is as excited about this event as we are.

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The Oogie Boogie Bash starts in a little over a month and we are counting down the days until we can join all the spooky magical fun. We totally feel the energy of this GIF because we are feeling amped up.

All this spooky talk has us ready to get our Halloween on.

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California Adventure’s Oogie Boogie Bash begins on September 17th and will be held for 20 nights throughout September and October. Tickets for the exclusive event are currently on sale and will cost you between $110 and $145, depending on what day you decide to attend. FYI, Tickets to the Oogie Boogie Bash are a separate purchase from the normal admission ticket.

Guests can enter the park three hours before the party begins. On October 29th and October 31st, the celebration extends an extra hour because the party will surely be packed. To purchase your tickets, visit the Disneyland website or call 714-781-4636.

Let the spooky season begin!

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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Recently, news broke that beloved Mexican-American director Robert Rodriguez is set to executive producer Disney+’s new Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett. This news broke at the same event that Disney announced that Rosario Dawson will be getting her own Star Wars series on Disney+, a Mandalorian spinoff entitled Ahsoka.

Pair these events with Pedro Pascal headlining The Mandalorian, and it appears that Disney is making some real and concerted effort to hire Latino talent.

And the pattern didn’t just start this year. Since the franchise’s reboot in 2015, Disney has consistently hired Latinos to take part in Star Wars Universe in front of and behind the camera.

In light of this, we’ve compiled a definitive list of all of the Latinos that have been involved in the Star Wars Universe. Take a look below!

1. Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron

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Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac was one of the first Latinos to set off Disney’s streak of hiring Latino talent for the Star Wars franchise. Isaac (nee Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada) played Poe Dameron, a fighter pilot who rose in the ranks to become General of the Resistance. He appeared in all three movies of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

2. Pedro Pascal as Mando

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Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal plays the titular character in The Mandalorian (his true name is a spoiler), a solitary bounty hunter who travels to the “outer reaches” of the galaxy in order to protect Baby Yoda.

3. Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano

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This season, Rosario Dawson played Ahsoka Tano in The Mandolorian–an alien of the Togruta race who is also a Jedi knight and army commander. It was also recently announced that the actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent would be headlining a spinoff series on Disney+ entitled Ahsoka.

4. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

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Mexican actor Diego Luna played Rebel Alliance soldier Cassian Andor in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna will also star in his own standalone series revolving around Cassian Andor on Disney+ called Andor.

5. Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata

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Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o played alien pirate queen Maz Kanata via motion capture in all three of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

6. Benicio Del Toro as DJ

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Boricua actor Benicio Del Toro played the villainous hacker DJ in The Last Jedi.

7. Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa

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Brooklyn-born Boricua actor Jimmy Smits played Bail Organa in two of the Star Wars prequel movies, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as well as reprising his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

8. Horatio Sanz as Mythrol

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Although you might not recognize him through such heavy character makeup, Chilean-America comedian Horatio Sanz played Mythrol, a wanted fugitive that was carbon-frozen by Pascal’s character in the first episode of The Mandolorian.

9. John Leguizamo as Gor Koresh

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Again, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize John Leguizamo amidst all the heavy alien makeup, but the Colombian-American actor played the character Gor Koresh in The Mandolorian–boastful forager of the Abyssin alien race.

10. Robert Rodriguez

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As we reported above, Robert Rodriguez is a legendary Mexican-American director who helmed a popular episode of The Mandolorian entitled “The Tragedy”. He is now set to executive produce a new Disney+ Star Wars series called The Book of Boba Fett.

11. Adria Arjona

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Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona has not officially appeared in any Star Wars properties yet, but it was recently announced that she will be appearing in Diego Luna’s Star Wars spinoff series Andor as a yet-to-be-named character.

12. Pablo Hidalgo

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Pablo Hidalgo is the definition of behind-the-scenes talent. The Chilean-Canadian LucasFilm creative executive is in charge of keeping narrative and creative cohesion between all of the stories within the Star Wars Universe. In essence, he is the definitive Star Wars expert.

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Chadwick Boseman’s Role As T’Challa In ‘Black Panther’ Will Not Be Recast In The Sequel

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Chadwick Boseman’s Role As T’Challa In ‘Black Panther’ Will Not Be Recast In The Sequel

Chadwick Boseman’s role of T’Challa in “Black Panther” will not be recast in honor of the cator’s legacy. Boseman died unexpectedly of cancer earlier this year sending shockwave of grief through Hollywood and his fanbase.

Disney is honoring Chadwick Boseman by not recasting his role in the sequel to “Black Panther.”

According to NBC News, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told investors that the company had no plans to recast Boseman’s role in the superhero sequel. There has been speculation about what Disney would do about the historic role. At one point, executive producer Victoria Alonso had to deny rumors that a virtual double was being used to fill Boseman’s role on the movie.

“I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family. Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past,” Feige said, according to reports. “It’s for that reason that we will not recast the character. However, to honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film. Writer/director Ryan Coogler is hard at work on the sequel now, and we’ll bring the film to you in theaters July 8, 2022.”

The MTV Movie and TV Awards: Greatest of all Time honored Boseman with the “Hero for the Ages” award.

“The second you first saw him onscreen or had the opportunity to meet him in person, his energy and intensity was undeniable,” Robert Downey Jr. said as he and Don Cheadle gave tribute to Boseman. “There was something different and special about Chadwick Boseman. Mr. Boseman truly embodied what it meant to be a superhero. His impact as a groundbreaking leading man, as an icon on screen… it won’t be quantified by the box office records he broke but by the legion of fans who will celebrate him for many years to come.”

Boseman, who died of cancer at age 43, was not just a hero on screen.

Boseman’s death added a devastating loss in the middle of a deadly pandemic. The death was a surprise to many as Boseman kept his cancer a secret. Fans and co-stars paid tributes to Boseman because of the importance he made in Hollywood representation.

The sweet honor to the late actor was received with love and respect from fans.

Continue to rest in peace, sweet Chadwick.

READ: Lupita Nyong’o Penned A Heartbreaking Tribute To Black King Chadwick Boseman

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