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Disney just always knows how to make our dreams come true, don't they?

They've provided countless hours of entertainment for families pre-coronavirus and now they're coming in clutch for us while we're deep in this new COVID-19 world. They so kindly released both Frozen 2 and Onward earlier than expected on Disney+ to cheering crowds of quarantined parents and children everywhere, and now, they're gifting us a—drum roll, please—star-studded Disney singalong coming to your living room this week.

This Thursday, April 16 at 8-9 pm EDT, ABC Network will air The Disney Family Singalong, an "unforgettable night of music" hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

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According to The Walt Disney Company, the magical special will start with vocal warm ups by Kristin Chenoweth and an intro by Elle Fanning who plays Princess Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty) in the Maleficent series.

Performances for the night will include:

  • "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes"—Demi Lovato and Michael Bublé
  • "A Spoonful of Sugar"—Little Big Town
  • "Be Our Guest"—Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert, with a special appearance by Julianne Hough
  • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"—Christina Aguilera
  • "Colors of the Wind"—Tori Kelly
  • "Do You Want to Build a Snowman"—Thomas Rhett
  • "Friend Like Me"—James Monroe Iglehart with Broadway Company of Disney's ALADDIN
  • "Gaston"—Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Alan Menken
  • "How Far I'll Go"—By Moana herself, Auliʻi Cravalho
  • "I Won't Say I'm In Love"—Ariana Grande
  • "I Wan'na Be Like You"—Darren Criss
  • "I'll Make A Man Out Of You"—Donny Osmond
  • "It's a Small World"—John Stamos
  • "Let It Go"—Amber Riley
  • "The Bare Necessities"—Erin Andrews, Bobby Bones, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marcus Scribner
  • "Under The Sea"—Jordan Fisher
  • "You've Got a Friend In Me"—Josh Groban

And, of course, a rendition of "We're All in This Together" with the cast of High School Musical, Descendants, ZOMBIES and more.

When asked about gathering the original cast for this performance, director Kenny Ortega said they all jumped on board immediately, including HSM's very own Sharpay Evans, who Ortega thinks might have been the original source of inspiration for this. "I think Ashley [Tisdale] started this whole movement with her home video," he said, referring to one of the many TikTok videos out there singing and dancing to the now theme song of this pandemic, if you will.

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The coronavirus has caused these past few months to be extremely tough for many. It's easy to sink into the heaviness of it all, but our friends at Disney are hoping to provide some hope and plenty of smiles at home (and also likely some off-key singing and questionable dance moves—at least if you're in my home). And if you forget some lyrics, fear not. Our favorite animated characters will be our musical guides by providing the lyrics on-screen for us throughout the hour.

Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment said, "If there's something that we've all learned in the past few weeks, it's to cherish every moment and the importance of connection, whether through laughter, stories or music. We hope that we can help create some new unforgettable moments in everyone's home in a way that only the magic of Disney can."

The Disney Family Singalong

The special will not only be entertaining, but it also aims to raise awareness around the various resources (and opportunities to donate to your local food banks) that Feeding America has made available during a time when many families and vulnerable members of our country are facing hunger and food-related challenges due to COVID-19.

In a moment in time when fear, worry and turmoil seem to dominate the headlines and news cycle, we're grateful to our friends at Disney for always helping us see the magic around us—even right inside our very own living rooms.

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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