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Cast Announced for Freeform’s ‘Party of Five’ Reboot

Brandon Larracuente (13 Reasons Why), Emily Tosta (Mayans M.C.), Niko Guardado (The Goldbergs) and newcomer Elle Paris Legaspi have been cast as the four older Buendía siblings in Freeform’s Party of Five reboot.

The new iteration of Party of Five is a modern twist on the original
series, following the five Buendías children as they struggle to survive together as a family after their parents are deported to Mexico.

Larracuente, Guardado, Tosta and Legaspi will play versions of the characters played in the original series by Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell and Lacey Chabert, respectively.

According to Deadline.com, Larracuente plays Emilio Buendía, an aspiring musician and the oldest son of Gloria and Javier Buendía. Emilio is the reason his parents crossed the Mexican border into the United States nearly twenty-five years ago in hopes of a better life. Although the oldest, he’s the least responsible of the siblings, and had been enjoying living away from home and the freedom that came with it until his parents’ status was threatened.

Tosta plays Lucia Buendía, a straight-A student with lofty college ambitions until her parents run into trouble with immigration. Their circumstances force her to reevaluate her disposition to play by the rules. She quickly becomes resistant to authority, politically radicalized and rebellious to her presumed duties as the oldest sister.

Guardado portrays Beto Buendía, the second oldest brother of the family who steps up in the midst of turmoil. While struggling with sports, girls and school, he soon discovers that being the head of his family comes easily to him and gives him the self-respect and sense of purpose he has never had before.

Legaspi rounds out the cast as ten-year-old Valentina Buendía, the precocious and resourceful youngest sister. Forced to face adolescence without her mother, she’s desperately afraid of what the future holds, and her vulnerability will require her older siblings to step up and offer the structure and support that they may not be wholly equipped to provide.

Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman wrote the pilot with Michal Zebede (“Castle”) and Rodrigo Garcia (“Nine Lives”) is set to direct. Keyser, Lippman and Garcia will executive produce and Zebede serves as co-executive producer.

Twix Cupcake Now Available at Sprinkles at Disney Springs

The Twix Cupcake is now available at Sprinkles at Disney Springs for a limited time!  This special treat features chocolate cake, filled with caramel and Twix, topped with dark chocolate frosting.

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Hurry! This special cupcake is only available through October 25, 2018.

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During your visit, you can also try The Pumpkin Cupcake which is laced with fragrant ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon and topped with sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  This one is available through November 30.

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Or try the Apple Pie Ice Cream available through October 31 which is vanilla ice cream with homemade apple pie swirl topped with graham cracker pie crust crumble.

Sprinkles is a bakery located in The Town Center of Disney Springs and known for their popular gourmet cupcakes baked fresh daily with unique flavors and high-quality ingredients.  For more information, click here.

Jay Francis And Angi Dyste Promoted To Vice Presidents At Disney Television Animation

Disney Television Animation (TVA) has promoted two of its key executives into vice president roles. Jay Francis has been promoted to vice president, Current Series and Diversity, and Angi Dyste has been promoted to vice president, Production and Artist Management. The announcement was made today by Meredith Roberts, senior vice president, Animation Strategy, Disney Channels.

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Roberts said, “Jay and Angi have a wealth of experience across virtually every area of the animation business. Their strong relationships with top talent in the kids’ TV space and their ability to foster innovative ideas make them well-poised to usher in the next generation of artists at TVA.”

Francis will continue to work as a creative executive on multiple Disney Channel series; including “Big City Greens,” “Milo Murphy’s Law” and the upcoming “Amphibia”; while expanding his role to work closely with the development and recruitment teams to identify, secure and mentor diverse creative talent. He reports to Khaki Jones, vice president, Current Series, Disney Television Animation. Francis joined Disney TVA in 2007, most recently serving as executive director, Current Series, managing Disney’s global hit “Phineas and Ferb,” “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero,” “Future-Worm!” and “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja,” among other series.

Prior to joining Disney, Francis was vice president and general manager, Recruiting and Acquisitions for Level 13, Film Roman’s online animation distribution network. Earlier, he served as director of talent recruiting for Film Roman, working on series including “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “King of the Hill.” Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Francis holds a Bachelor of Science in television and film production from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Dyste will continue to manage production on TVA’s rapidly increasing programming slate for Disney Channel’s audience of kids 6-11; including “DuckTales,” “Big Hero 6 the Series,” “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventures,” “Star vs. The Forces of Evil,” “Big City Greens” and “Mickey Mouse” shorts, among many others; while adding oversight of TVA’s Artist Management department, which includes artist recruitment, management, enrichment and training. She reports to Lisa Salamone, senior vice president, Production, Disney Television Animation.

A 20-year Disney veteran, Dyste most recently served as executive director, Production Management, Disney Television Animation. Prior to production management, she served as line producer on “My Friends Tigger & Pooh,” for which she earned an Emmy® Award nomination. She began her career at Disney as an associate producer at Disneytoon Studios. A native of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Dyste graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in art history.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card Revealed for 2018 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off November 8 at Magic Kingdom and one of the treats party guests look forward to are the game cards available for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  This year’s event-exclusive card features Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

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According to Imagineer Jonathan Ackley, this year’s party exclusive card was whipped up by Merlin the Magician after he became enchanted with a quartet of caroling birds down in the tropics.

“These charismatic avian performers inspired Merlin to create a new charm to give his acolytes for the year’s holiday celebration,” Jonathan said. “The Disney Villains will need to watch out, or they’ll end up with egg on their faces!”

In case you aren’t familiar, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests of all ages to join Merlin’s quest to stop Disney Villains from taking over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests use a map to search for villain hideouts throughout the park, and visit magic portals where they use spell cards to fight back against a villain’s plan. The journey begins at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up everything you need to play.

For more information on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or to purchase tickets, click here.

#FaveFive – Our Favorite Disney Happenings this Week

Welcome to our #FaveFive where we bring you our top 5 favorite Disney happenings this week!


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1.   Toy Story Land characters get dressed up for the holidays!


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2.  Disney Junior Dance Party! debuts this December at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!


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3.  Cute alert at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!


4.  New nature-inspired resort coming to Walt Disney World in 2022!


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5.  Bette Midler joins Hocus Pocus reunion!

See you next week!