Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

When the news broke that figure skaters are now allowed to use lyrical music in their competitive routines, we immediately began to imagine all of the amazing Disney songs they could use. Not that we already had full programs planned out and choreographed in our minds, but needless to say we were ready to head to the nearest ice rink and ask if anyone wanted help putting together a solid, memorable routine. So as we did with gymnastics floor routines, here are 10 Disney songs figure skaters should use for their routines:

  1. “Circle of Life” – The Lion King
    Rafiki lifting Simba in The Lion King.Let’s start with a bang, and by “bang” we mean the iconic song from the opening scene of The Lion King. Besides the obvious nostalgia factor to get the crowd going, we love the pace changes throughout, which include a strong start, softer instrumental, and then an explosive finale. It’s the perfect choice for someone who wants their free skate to convey emotion and grandeur.
  2. “Reflection” – Mulan
    Mulan singing Passionate, heartfelt, and simply gorgeous, “Reflection” is poetic, and thus probably best used in a free skate, which is the longer of the two skating routines in most figure skating competitions. We think this song would work really well with a heavily artistic routine because of the slower tempo and emotional context.
  3. “Zero to Hero” – Hercules
    The Muses singing If you want to leave an impression on the judges, look no further than this fun, upbeat number from one of our favorite ‘90s Disney films, Hercules. With its fast tempo, amusing lyrics, and perfect length, “Zero to Hero” has “short program” written all over it. Excuse us while we daydream of Adam Rippon executing the heck out of a series of technical jumps to this song.
  4. “Let It Go” – Frozen
    Elsa singing Were you afraid we were going leave out the most fitting Disney song to perform a figure skating routine to? Besides the obvious ice and winter connection, “Let It Go” is just a really great ballad that is sure to capture the attention of audience members and judges alike. Who wouldn’t be moved by a song that exhibits a wide range of emotions, such as poignant solitude, sassiness, and powerful confidence?
  5. “Just Around the Riverbend” – Pocahontas
    Pocahontas paddling a canoe while singing The obvious choice might be “Colors of the Wind,” but there’s something about “Just Around the Riverbend” that fits better, namely the tempo (you need something exciting to emphasize those incredible jumps) and the inspirational message. We can totally see Mirai Nagasu execute a triple axel right when Pocahontas sings, “I look once more just around the riverbend!”
  6. “Out There” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Quasimodo hugging Hugo and Laverne while singing “Out There” is a special kind of song because it consists of two songs, “Stay In Here,” sung by Claude Frollo and Quasimodo, and “Out There,” sung solely by Quasimodo. We think a short program would do best by starting when Quasimodo sings “Safe behind these windows and these parapets of stone” because that’s when the music really starts to build. For the longer free skate, we would leave in the “Stay In Here” section for a well-rounded routine with contrast and moving instrumental transitions. Phew, that was a lot, but as you can probably tell, figure skating is very important to us.
  7. “A Whole New World” – Aladdin
    Jasmine and Aladdin flying on Magic Carpet while singing Do we really need to explain why this is the PERFECT pairs/ice dancing song to perform a routine to? It’s a duet, which plays into the whole pairs thing, and it’s sentimental while not being overly sappy.
  8. “I 2 I” – A Goofy Movie
    Powerline singing Now this is the kind of song that has the potential to really get the crowd excited. We imagine a routine with fun hand gestures at the beginning (gotta get those artistic points), and then maybe a triple loop-triple lutz combination at the chorus, followed by some really fast spins.
  9. “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast” – Beauty and the Beast
    Belle and Beast dancing.“Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast” are very different songs, but through the magic of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, they ultimately work well together. The more lively of the two, “Be Our Guest,” is the perfect Disney song to start off a figure skating routine. It’ll get the crowd up on their feet and clapping along to the bouncy beat. We’d then suggest transitioning to “Beauty and the Beast,” as this song will bring the emotion needed to win the judges over. Also, it’s a great musical choice to accompany an arabesque spiral, which is when the figure skater glides on one leg while lifting the other leg high in the air. Again, we are obsessed with figure skating.
  10. A Newsies Medley
    Newsies-Santa-FeOkay, we’ve thought a lot about this and here is how we’d put it together:
    Obviously, you’ve gotta start with the opening of “Seize the Day.” The performance would be subtle at first, but once the tempo starts to pick up, that’s when we’d throw in a fun step sequence involving the toe pick, which would resemble the newsboys when they perform their jig. From there, “King of New York” would be another upbeat song to use for some spirals and jumps, before concluding with “Santa Fe,” of course.

Which Disney songs would you choose to skate to? Let us know in the comments.

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After a lifetime of watching Disney movies, your favorite Disney characters inevitably end up feeling like your friends. You know their hopes, their aspirations, and their flaws. But how well do you know the color of their eyes? This quiz is here to test your memory of exactly that.

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It’s official! Disney’s Hollywood Studios will welcome guests to the highly anticipated Toy Story Land starting June 30, 2018!

The opening date announcement was made live on “Good Morning America” on Friday, with a Slinky Dog attraction vehicle making its way into the Times Square studio in the early morning hours to be present for the big news. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we made the announcement.

This week we also shared a look at what will be the new entrance to Toy Story Mania! Attraction (see image at the top). Once it opens, guests will walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania! Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games....

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Descendants fans, it’s time to celebrate. Disney Channel just announced that Descendants 3 has been greenlit, and it will be here in Summer of 2019! We received this news during a programming event for Disney Channel’s Zombies and we could not be more excited. Take a look at the epic teaser and our VK friend Mal:

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Descendants 3 | Coming in Summer 2019!

Attention Disney Descendants fans! Descendants 3 is coming in summer 2019! ??✨

Posted by Oh My Disney on Friday, February 16, 2018

We are very intrigued. It sounds like a new villain character is going to join the VKs, and that it’s Mal’s dad! We have not been this excited since we heard about Harry Hook.

Descendants 3 will begin production in Vancouver, Canada this summer for next year’s debut. Reprising their roles are: Dove Cameron as Mal, Cameron Boyce as Carlos, Sofia Carson as Evie, Booboo Stewart as Jay, Mitchell Hope as King Ben and China Anne McClain as Uma. Also known as our fave VKs. Additional casting for Descendants 3 will be announced at a later date, and we can’t wait to find out more!

Until then, we’ll be chillin’ like a villain. And counting the days until Descendants 3.

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To get ready for their new movie ZOMBIES, Disney Channel stars Meg and Milo visited Walt Disney World Resort with a goal of finding the zombiest things. Fans followed the two stars in real-time on the WDWBestDayEver Instagram account as they interacted through polls to vote for which characters they should meet, attractions to experience, and accessories to wear. Meeting Cruella de Vil and singing in the caves on Tom Sawyer’s Island were among the audience’s top picks. Meg and Milo also braved the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom Park and watched the “Festival of Fantasy” parade. The two Disney fans even got a welcome wave from Miss Minnie Mouse on top of her float. Maybe Meg got her attention with her gorgeous Minnie ears?

Watch “Thattaway: ZOMBIES Edition,” a behind the scenes take on the ZOMBIE-fied day below:

Meg and Milo are fired up for the Disney Channel Original Movie, “ZOMBIES,” premiering Friday, February 16th at 8 p.m. on Disney Channel. The movie mashes cheer and monsters. It’s two insanely different universes, but when they come together, it just makes sense. Gather your family for the #DisneyZOMBIES takeover! Watch the ZOMBIES trailer here:

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ʻElepaio means Flycatcher Bird.

February is Hawaiian Language Month, and I love any reason to celebrate Hawaiian language. This leads me to a special bird found here in Hawai‘i that was known to be one of the most talkative in the forest: the ‘elepaio, or the flycatcher.

There are many stories about this bird, but one of the most interesting is that it was once used to help select trees to be made into canoes. The ʻelepaio was very social, and when Hawaiians of old would go into the forest, the happy bird would provide its aloha to those who passed by. This was useful because if an ʻelepaio was on a tree, that meant there were flies and bugs on the tree (it is a fly-catcher, after all) so it would not be a good tree to carve into a canoe. They were makaʻala, or vigilant, since those canoes had to cross great oceans.

At KA WAʻA Luʻau, you can learn all about how voyaging canoes journeyed throughout the Pacific with the stars, tides, and winds to guide them to Hawai’i.

Hale Manu Birds at Aulani Resort

Also, if you’d like to learn more about the birds of Hawaiʻi, I invite you to check out our boutique shop Hale Manu, which translates to bird house, where you can find carved sculptures of our native birds, and the perfect souvenir to take home with you on your return journey.

A hui hou, until we meet again.

Note: In printed materials, Aulani Resort uses the contemporary spelling of Hawaiian words, which includes marks such as the kahako (macron). Because these marks do not often display correctly in electronic formats, including the text of the Disney Parks Blog, we’ve omitted them to ensure clarity....

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It’s not easy being a Disney Princess, but somehow Disney Legend Paige O’Hara pulls it off without a hitch.

As the voice of one Disney’s most iconic characters, O’Hara has pretty much lived the part of Belle from the animated version of Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” since 1991.

And her popularity shows no signs of waning.

A celebrated Broadway actress and singer – even before Disney came knocking – O’Hara has pursued other creative outlets along with her “royal” duties in the years since the first film premiered.

Lucky for us, she has graciously offered to showcase them for guests at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Not only does she act and sing, she is also a fabulous painter, and festival goers can take home some of her beautiful Disney-inspired artwork. The renaissance woman will be signing her artwork at the Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions Fountain Stage Tent now through the end of the festival at 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. each day. Guests must purchase a piece of her artwork to sign and are limited to two items signed per guest.

We caught up with Paige during some down time before her first workshop and she told us about all the fun she’s having with the visual arts.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts runs through Monday, Feb 19. For more information, check out disneyworld.com and stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more information on exciting things coming to Epcot....

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All it takes to win our hearts are three words: Rose. Gold. Churros.

Strawberry rose gold churros have made their debut at Disneyland, and we’re head over heels for them! Just in time for Valentine’s week, these strawberry treats can now be found at the churro cart in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. We might have to make a trip to Disneyland today, solely for a rose gold churro. These pretty desserts are not only delicious, but also selfie ready, sparkly sprinkles and all.

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imageWe’ve been rocking our rose gold spirit jerseys and rose gold Minnie ears, but our lives are now truly complete with a gorgeous rose old churro in hand.

If you still have more churro cravings, the churro carts throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have you covered. Of course, we’ll always be loyal to the classic Disneyland churro, but we’re pretty excited about these s’mores churros:imageOffered at the churro cart in New Orleans Square, these tasty treats are coated in graham cracker dust and served with marshmallow-chocolate dipping sauce. Mmmm.

We need a churro fix, ASAP. Make sure to snap a cute pic posing with your rose gold churro at the Park before scarfing it down. And don’t forget to hashtag #DisneyChurro to share your sweet selfie!

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Attention, avid Funko collectors and aficionados! Make some more room on your desk because your Funko collection is about to double in size. A plethora of adorable new figures were announced, and we seriously want them all. Check them out:

A Wrinkle in Time

The magnificent Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which are looking gorgeous and mystical as ever in the form of Funko Pop! figures.imageimageimageWe’d be honored to add these three queens to our collection!

Hercules

We would go any distance for these divine Hercules Funko figures—coming in March!imageThis dynamic Pop! Rides duo is about to go save the world!

And the whole Hercules Pop! Disney crew came through:imageimageThere’s a mortal and immortal Hercules! We’ll take both.imageYaaas Meg.imageLooks like good ole Phil’s in the middle of giving a lecture. What would we do without him?imageTwo thumbs up for this awesome Hades figure. There’s also a special glow version, too!imageimageWe saved the best for last: baby Hercules and baby Pegasus.

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh and friends have never been more adorable as these Dorbz:imageimageimageimageimageThese cuties came straight from the Hundred Acre Wood and are ready to sit on our desks. Keep your eyes peeled and you might find a Winnie the Pooh Dorbz with a honey bucket!

Monsters, Inc.

These Monsters, Inc. Funko Pop! figures are far from scary! We can’t wait to collect them all in May. imageIt’s everyone’s favorite scarer!
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imageRoz is us.imageWe’re suddenly in the mood for some slimy sashimi from Harryhausen’s!

Moana

See these Moana Funko Pop! Figures? They call to us! We’re getting our hands on them as soon as they’re released this year!imageMoana knows how to rock her ceremony outfit! imageTe Fiti is goddess goals.imageWe’d never steal your heart, Te Kā.imageGramma Tala knows best!imageIt’s hard picking just one eye to look at.imagePua and Hei Hei are too precious.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Trick-or-treating trio Lock, Shock, and Barrel are bringing Halloween to spring when they make their debut in May!imageimageimage

Aladdin image

We’d use our first wish on this Aladdin Funko! figure—coming April!

Black Pantherimageimage

T’Challa is our new favorite hero, therefore we need both of these Funko Pop! figures.

But wait, there’s more! Today is definitely a lucky day for us and Funko fans.

We’re way too obsessed with these Disney Pint Size Heroes.

Our current Funko Pop! figures are about to make a lot of new friends. We’re going to collect our favorite characters from every Disney movie so they can live in harmony on our desks!

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If the shoe fits … run in it! Just one more week until the royal celebration kicks off for the 10th Anniversary 2018 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! It’s a fairy tale weekend full of memories as you join the Disney Princesses for an amazing run on the most magical course on Earth. Don’t be late to the ball with this Cinderella-inspired look even Fairy Godmother would approve of:

Cinderella-inspired look for 2018 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Taking inspiration from Cinderella’s classic ball gown, make it to the finish line before the stroke of midnight with this regal ensemble. With the wave of the Fairy Godmother’s wand, we’ve paired a light blue athletic shirt with black running capris from Champion. Sturdier than a glass slipper, complete the look with a pair of silver running shoes that you’ll be sure not to lose. For an added touch of fantasy, add a fun tulle skirt to the outfit along with Cinderella’s iconic dress details.

Cinderella-inspired shoe decoration close-up

Want to add a royal finishing touch to your running shoes? Head over to the runDisney Blog for a shoe decoration DIY! Be sure to celebrate your own fairy tale story by taking a photo in front of the Cinderella’s castle!

Silver running shoe with Cinderella-inspired shoe decoration

What is inspiring your running style for the weekend? Let us know using the hashtag #PrincessHalf on our social media channels!

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