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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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Demi Lovato Laughing At Herself While Rewatching ‘Camp Rock’: how awkward am I?

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Demi Lovato Laughing At Herself While Rewatching ‘Camp Rock’: how awkward am I?

Quite a lot has changed in the years that have passed since Disney Channel made the 2008 hit Camp Rock. For one, the star of the film (Demi Lovato) is much more than a former Micky-head and is now a household name amongst way more than the fanbase she held at the time. And according to recently dropped tracks and music videos, Lovato no longer hangs tight with her former co-stars the Jonas Brothers.

Still, all of these years later, and some years of growing up, Lovato seems to be able to look back at her big starring role and laugh.

Lovato took a stroll down memory lane this past weekend to watch the 2008 Disney Channel movie and share her reactions on Instagram Story.

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The 27-year-old singer her reaction the Disney hit in series of Instagram Stories wherein she gives some pretty hilarious commentary about her “awkward” character. At the time, Lovato depicted Mitchie Torres, an aspiring singer who attends a summer music camp called “Camp Rock”

In one scene that features Lovato alongside her Camp Rock co-star Alyson Stoner, Lovato writes “The amount of awkward f—ing things I did in this movie… I can’t.” In another scene shared with her and Joe Jonas, Lovato wrote “I told yall – how awkward am I?!!!”

Lovato finished off her Camp Rock rewatch party with a post sharing a scene of herself performing the song “Our Time Is Here.”

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“This s–t still slaps not gonna lie…,” the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer wrote of the clip.

The original Camp Rock which also starred Nick and Kevin Jonas was given the sequel treatment back in 2020 and was released as Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.

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But it might not be its last? Recently, Lovato expressed her desire to take part in a third installment, this time with content that’s a little racier.

“We want to come out with an R-Rated Camp Rock 3,” the singer told Ellen DeGeneres in 2017. “I mean, all of our fans have now grown up and so anybody that watched Camp Rock is now older and can appreciate it.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Criticisms Of ‘Hamilton’ Are Valid And It’s All ‘Fair Game’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Criticisms Of ‘Hamilton’ Are Valid And It’s All ‘Fair Game’

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Update July 7, 2020, 4:00 p.m. PST: People are going after “Hamilton” because of its depiction of Alexander Hamilton, who was a slave owner. In a time when Confederate monuments are falling, some people want to cancel the show because it does elevate the people of the time. Lin-Manuel Miranda does not disagree with them

Lin-Manuel Miranda validated the criticism lodged against “Hamilton.”

There was a lot of criticism recently lodged at the musical. The renewed attention is partly because Disney+is streaming the very successful play during the 4th of July weekend. While Miranda has said the criticisms are valid, he did express the difficulty of creating a play and capturing every moment of the Founding Fathers in one play. There is no arguing that the Founding Fathers were not indeed problematic and owned slaves.

During this time, it is important to have tough conversations about the legacy of this country and what we can do to acknowledge and rectify the issues.

“Hamilton” is an exquisite work of art. The casting sets it apart from other plays that do not try to be as inclusive. Yet, it is very important to remember our history. Some of the people we are taught to celebrate and hold in high esteem are not worthy of that praise. Some are responsible for killing off large amount of native people. Others were involved with the brutal slave trade that created one of the largest diasporas in human history. You can honor the work of a Latino creator and acknowledge the flaws even he admits to.

Original: Families across the nation celebrated their 4th of July weekend watching “Hamilton.” The musical is one of the most celebrated musicals in recent history. Yet, some people have a problem with the musical and its debut on Disney+ has angered some Twitter users.

“Hamilton” is currently streaming on Disney+ and fans are so excited.

The very popular musical is a Broadway sensation. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play is one of the most celebrated shows in recent history with sold-out shows across the country. The play tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

The play has been celebrated because the actors cast in the production are all actors of color. It took a white story and was filled with people of color showing a side of Hamilton people don’t often address. Miranda admitted that he didn’t know much about Hamilton until reading a biography about the man while on vacation. He felt the story of Hamilton is inherently an immigrant story and deserved to be told with a twist.

#CancelHamilton started trending over the weekend and a quick search shows that most of the tweets are from conservatives.

There is a movement happening right now in the U.S. with people tearing down statues honoring Confederate soldiers and leaders. The Confederacy is the side of the Civil War fighting to preserve slavery and lost the war. The hashtag is filled with people complaining that other Confederate monuments are being torn down, so why not cancel “Hamilton.”

One argument being made against canceling “Hamilton” is that it is fiction. Those for the cancellation of “Hamilton” claim that is should be torn down like Confederate statues. Yet, those against the cancellation claim that the show is a fictitious account and not the same as monuments and statues built to celebrate a legacy steeped in slave ownership.

Some of the people defending the show are pointing to the cast of filled with people of color.

The show made history with its diverse cast offering a glimpse into history through the voices of people of color. This kind of representation gave young people of color a chance to see themselves represented in history. It might only be a play but it is a play that has captivated an audience of Black and brown people who can see people who look like them representing U.S. history.

It has reignited the debate about cancel culture being weaponized and weakened by bad actors.

The cancel culture has come after several celebrities and businesses calling out bad practices. It seems though that every week there is a new attempt to cancel someone or something. Cancel culture has come under fire for cutting people before giving them a chance to learn from their mistakes.

Some people want to cancel cancel culture instead of “Hamilton” and that thought is spreading.

Cancel culture has claimed a lot of people. It started to grow in prominence as social media became more and more popular and far-reaching. What do you think about Cancel Culture?

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