3 Of The Biggest Announcements To Come Out Of The D23 Expo

3 Of The Biggest Announcements To Come Out Of The D23 Expo

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This weekend, Walt Disney World hosted its annual D23 Expo where it announced some major upcoming events from the Magic Kingdom. With movies, parks, and more changes coming in the next few years, get ready to embrace your inner kid and fork over all of your money.

1. Live Action Aladdin Cast Announced

It's the announcement we've all been waiting for! Saturday, Disney announced its cast for the live-action remake of Aladdin that is set to premiere in 2019. The cast includes Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Will Smith as the Genie. This cast comes after social media backlash and criticism after Disney announced they were having difficulty finding Middle Eastern or Indian actors who could sing, dance, and act; even though there is an entire multi-billion dollar industry for it. But the cast is announced and it's culturally appropriate so it's time to get excited!

2. Disney Park Additions

Coming to Hollywood Studios is the highly anticipated Star Wars Land. What Disney will officially call "Star War's Galaxy's Edge," will be added in both Florida and California locations.A Toy Story Land will also be added to Hollywood Studios and will be available for guests to visit next summer. A TRON Legacy ride will be added to the Magic Kingdom, however, it will not replace the beloved Tomorrowland Speedway. The ride is rumored to be placed at the exit of Space Mountian. Disney's EPCOT will see the most changes in the following years. Aside from an overall face lift, Disney announced that it will be adding a "Guardians of the Galaxy" ride that connects Peter Quill (Star Lord) to the Orlando park. EPCOT will also add a Ratatouille ride based off of the popular ride in the Paris location.

3. Movies Galor

Movies, movies, movies! That was the biggest focus of the D23 Expo. Saturday, Disney released trailers and footage for upcoming movies such as "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," "A Wrinkle In Time," "Avengers: Infinity War," and "Lion King." Disney also released details regarding the upcoming "Incredible II" sequel, saying that the movie will pick up minutes after the ending of the original.

With all of these upcoming movies and attractions, there is no doubt that the new few ears will continue to be filled with Disney magic.

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!

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We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness

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What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

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It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

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Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

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Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

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Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

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Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

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More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body

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Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 

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Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.

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I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.

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One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.


In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.


Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.


After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.


Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.


Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?



The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.



The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.



Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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