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Disney+: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is NOT What You’re Expecting

Before I get into HSMTMTS I just want to say Happy Disney+ Day!!! There are so many things to watch on Disney Plus it’s ALMOST like I don’t know where to begin. I mean, do I take it back to my childhood? Or do I go with one of the many new original movies/series options? Decisions, decisions!

Now lets get into it……

I don’t know if it’s the ridiculously long name, or the fact that Troy irked my nerves but I rolled my eyes when I first heard about High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. I mean I wouldn’t call myself a WILDCAT but I enjoyed the movies. But I had no idea where this new show was going to take us and I honestly didn’t know if I was interested in even finding out. So when we went into the screening of the first episode at The Geekly Retreat, I had no expectations. I thought it was cool that we got to see it early, but I wasn’t expecting to feel any feels. I was so wrong.

About High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

The 10-episode scripted series, set at the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed, follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical.” With meta references and some docu-style elements, it’s a modern take on the “classic” from 13 years ago. Show-mances blossom; friendships are tested, while new ones are made; rivalries flare; songs are sung; and lives are changed forever as these young people discover the transformative power that only high school theater can provide. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” follows East High juniors Ricky and Nini, who just returned from summer camp with a new-found voice, confidence and ambitious boyfriend, E.J. With the help of his best friend, Ricky launches a plan to win back the heart of his ex-girlfriend Nini by auditioning to stage opposite her in the school’s first-ever theatrical production of “High School Musical.”

My Honest Opinion on Episode One of the Series

By the end of episode one, I was completely in love with this show. I spent the entirety of my day singing “I Think I Kinda, You Know”. I honestly didn’t know how much I would enjoy this “mockumentary” from the teen perspective. AND Nini’s best friend Kourtney? The diva I WISH I was in high school! From what I got to see, the show is super sweet and I think that teens, tweens and us 90s babies looking to feel the nostalgia are going to enjoy this series. I hope Disney doesn’t make me eat my words but, how could you not?

My only gripe?! Why can’t we binge watch all the episodes!! Disney Plus knew what they were doing!!

Get your head in the game! Episode one of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is now available for streaming on Disney Plus!

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Disney+:NOELLE Was A Reminder Not to Dim My Own Light

The Geekly Retreat kept us very busy! As part of our Disney day (you know, the day we screened 3 movies and 3 shows in ONE DAY) we got to catch a special advanced screening of NOELLE. Now if you know me, Christmas is my JAM. I countdown to Christmas starting December 26th! So this was a movie that I was really excited to get to see launch day. And, it was every bit of amazing (and probably a little more) than I expected it to be. 

About NOELLE

In Disney+’s holiday comedy “Noelle,” Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

My Initial Reaction 

So let me be the first to say, we are THAT family. We watch Twice Upon a Christmas year round, Santa is always watching us and Christmas is always “soon” but never quite close enough. So I went in to the movie fully expecting to love it. I wouldn’t have even been mad if they just followed the traditional cheesy Christmas story line. Rest assured, Noelle delivers so much more than that. 

Noelle touches on topics like homelessness, divorce, children with disabilities, self doubt and so much more. And I love how the topics while handled in a way that were family friendly, were handled realistically. This movie is definitely not a fairy tale.

How Noelle Was A Reminder Not to Dim My Own Light 

From the very beginning of the movie you can see in Noelle that she has BIG aspirations. And throughout the movie she is constantly reminded by friends, family and the people who love her about what her role in the North Pole is. She basically dims her light to fit into the role of what everyone feels like she should be doing. Being a supportive sister, daughter, friend and bringing joy to the people in the North Pole. Sound familiar? 

Noelle was a reminder to me not to dim my own light for others expectations. All throughout the movie we get little glimpses that Noelle has something different inside of her. I feel like she knew it, but never embraced it due to what other people had been telling her for so long. It was a great reminder that your dreams no matter how big they seem, are very real. And you just may have the twinkle! 

Get your yogurt pants ready, Noelle is now twinkling on Disney+! 

Want to know what else I did at The Geekly Retreat? Check out these posts:

My Frozen 2 Red Carpet Experience

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Here’s How You Can Join The Disney+ Founders Circle

D23 Expo was last week and of course everyone was REALLY there to find out more of the scoop on Disney+. Disney’s streaming service is set to launch this November and will give you access to over 500 films, 10 original films and THOUSANDS of TV show episodes all within it’s first year. It will also be the only place you can stream Disney’s 2019 slate of movie releases. And with a surprisingly reasonable price, one had to wonder what other goodness was coming to Disney’s latest platform. Then we found out that there would be a special sign up for d23 members to sign up for Disney plus and be a member of the founders circle and of course I couldn’t wait for the details!

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Disney+: The Cast of Disney’s Live Action Lady and the Tramp is Overflowing with Black Girl Magic

A few days ago I shared a good amount of what Disney had planned for their new streaming service Disney+ set to debut this fall. Among the announcement were plans for a number of live action movies that would be available exclusively on Disney+. Plans for a live action version of classic Lady and the Tramp were announced a while ago in 2018. Disney finally gave us a first look  at the Disney+ announcement event.

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 The cast of Lady and the Tramp is FULL of black girl magic!

Up until recently not much was known about this version of the movie. It’s reportedly a combination of live animals and CGI which should make for a pretty interesting movie. Tessa Thompson is the voice of lady, and the cast announcements have been flowing since then. In this version of the movie, Kiersey Clemons is set to play Darling, the human owner of Lady.

Also set to join the cast is Janelle Monae voicing the part of Peg, a super cute pound dog from the original movie. How awesome is it to have both Janelle and Tessa in one movie?! Too bad it’s a CGI film because I would love to see them on the “big screen” together. I’ve spoken about how representation in Disney films has made a difference before, so I am so glad to see it’s continuing into this year. The live action remakes haven’t come without controversy. Yet and still, I am so glad they are continuing to remake the classics we know and love. Not every one has been a hit, but I’m excited to see how this version plays out.

Lady and the Tramp will be available for streaming on Disney+ at the launch of the streaming service on November 12th. To stay up to date with all the latest Disney+ news, join their newsletter here

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Disney+: Here’s Everything We Know About Disney’s New Streaming Service

Prior to yesterday, much of what was known about Disney’s new streaming service Disney + was speculation. Don’t get me wrong, Disney did confirm a few details here and there but we finally have confirmed information on KEY details. Disney dropped all the details on pricing, release date and shows/movies that it’s new streaming service would provide. Get all you Netflix binging done now, come winter you may have a new favorite streaming service!

A Complete Guide to Disney+

Launch Date for Disney+

Disney + is scheduled to go live on November 12th 2019 in the U.S. A global rollout is scheduled to follow.

How much will Disney+ cost?

The price for Disney + is set for $6.99/month or $69.99/year

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