In honor of Black Friday being uploaded to YouTube, I give you my ranking of Starkid musicals. Please note that these are subject to change at any time due to unexplained shifts in time, portkeys, and/or enslaving hive minds.
- The title song features the best villain cameos
- No one remembers Achmed
- SO MANY FEELINGS
- A Very Potter Musical
- It’s totally awesome
- Draco Malfoy everything
- Holy Musical B@tman
- I want to be somebody’s buddy
- Sweet Tooth is the greatest
- The puns are everywhere
- The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals
- 5 o’clock can’t come soon enough!
- I cannot relate to the main character, but that’s okay
- Between evil baristas and disturbing songs, there’s a little something for everyone
- A Very Potter Sequel
- Mamma Umbridge!
- What’s your favorite color vine besides green???
- Time travel?
- The Trail to Oregon
- It’s literally a musical based on the Oregon Trail game
- Jack Bauer (they got different names from the audience every show and made it work. You guys, it’s amazing)
- Alternate endings!
- Black Friday
- Dylan is back with the voice of an angel
- What if Tickle Me Elmo was a demonic toy?
- The vocals, omg.
- The puppetry work is out of this world
- Epic romance
- I want to be a Starship Ranger…
- Duck is lord
- Female power
- Everyone is beautiful and amazing
- A Very Potter Senior Year
- Darren Criss is back!
- Also Evanna Lynch
- We’re the wizard cops!
- Ani: A Parody
- Star Wars prequel
- He’s trying his best
- Now this is pod racing
Note: Me and My Dick is not on this list as I have not seen it. Yes, I am a bad Starkid fan.
Are our lists the same? Do you even know who Starkid Productions is? If not, then you need to go to YouTube immediately and educate yourself. Darren Criss would not be where he is today without them. The Langs are some of the most talented writers to have ever write, and Jeff Blim is… Well, he’s Jeff Blim. You’ll know what i mean when you watch him in action. there are SO MANY talented beautiful human beings involved. Lauren Lopez, Joey Ritcher, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Corey Dorris, Robert Manion, Joe Walker… The list is almost endless (but it does, eventually, end as there are only so many productions).
Please, go check them out. Love them. Stalk them on YouTube and on their website. Once you do, then you, too, will be totally awesome.
So back in August I posted about the books I’ve read from January till then as a celebration of hitting my reading goal of 30 books. I’ve read a total of 60 books this year (thank you Goodreads for keeping tack), and here are the rest of them, in order that they were read.
- The King’s Curse Phillippa Gregory
- The Hammer of Thor Rick Riordian
- The Kingmaker’s Daughter Phillippa Gregory
- The Warrior Queen Emily R. King
- Outlander Diana Gabaldon(Love the show, but it was a slow read for me)
- Mistborn Brandon Sanderson (Not as good as his work with Wheel of Time, but still great)
- The Red Pyramid Rick Riordian
- Caraval Stephanie Garber (I loved this one. I’m on my library waitlist for the sequel)
- Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty
- The Throne of Fire Rick Riordian
- The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern (This one was weird, but I enjoyed it)
- Ready Player One Ernest Cline (Liked both the book and the movie despite all the differences)
- Star Wars Trilogy George Lucas
- A Court of Mist and Fury Sarah J. Maas
- Crazy Rich Asians Kevin Kwan (Loved it! Still need to see the movie)
- Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel A.W. Jantha
- Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi (Totally counting down to the sequel. This one was one of my faves of the year)
- Whiskey in a Teacup Reese Witherspoon (I just love her)
- Crown of Midnight Sarah J. Maas
- A Court of Wings and Ruin Sarah J. Maas
- Circe Madeline Miller
- Furyborn Claire Legrand
- Girls of Paper and Fire Natasha Ngan (This one was really good. I think James Patterson is helping her? Anyway, totally recommend)
- An Ember in the Ashes Sabaa Tahir
- The Outsider Stephen King (I read this in 24 hours cause holy crap)
- Heir of Fire Sarah J. Maas
- Skyward Brandon Sanderson
- Queen of Shadows Sarah J. Maas
- The Well of Ascension Brandon Sanderson (This one took me a good while to read, mostly because library books were priority)
- Crimes of Grindelwald J.K. Rowling
The Throne of Glass series was probably my favorite of the year. I know I still have a few more to go, but I believe it is better than A Court of Thorns and Roses. My other favorite new series was listed on the other post- the last book comes out next year.
I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings book wise! My reading goal is 40 books (there is a lot planned for 2019, including buying a house), but hopefully I can beat it again like this year.
I’m feeling a little homesick this week, and I am more than ready for our Disney World vacation in April. So, to try to relieve some of this homesickness, I give you my rankings of various WDW Resort things. I welcome all opinions and arguments to these lists as they are my personal opinions. Also, I have only stayed at three resorts on property, so I’m not ranking those. BUT Animal Kingdom Lodge has been the best so far.
The Parks in Order of Amazingness
Disclaimer here: the last time I went to WDW Great Movie Ride was open and Pandora was barely doing soft openings. It’s been a hot second. The water parks are not listed as I have not been to them.
- Hollywood Studios. I worked here, but even before that MGM was my favorite park.
- Magic Kingdom
- Animal Kingdom
Top Five Shows to See
- Fantasmic (Forever will be my ultimate favorite show on the resort.)
- Festival of the Lion King
- Wishes (RIP)
- Beauty and the Beast
- Bonus: the Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios. I’m not sure if it counts as a show, but I loved working that ice cream stand watching the kids fight Darth Vader (especially on the busy days when Darth Maul came out to “Duel of the Fates” and kids always screamed. It was great.)
Top Ten Rides (of all parks)
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Haunted Mansion
- Rockin’ Roller Coaster staring Aerosmith
- Jungle Cruise
- Space Mountain
- Mount Everest
- Tower of Terror
- Star Tours
- Great Movie Ride (SUPER RIP)
- Universe of Energy (also RIP)
Top Character Dining Experiences
I’m going more by location here. I don’t remember all the exact names of the dining experiences.
- Cinderella’s Castle with the princesses
- Polynesian Resort with Lilo and Stitch
- Chef Mickey
- Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh
- Tucker House at Animal Kingdom
Best Time to be at the Parks
- Halloween. Hands down.
- Not Spring break.
- Boo to You (see above. You shouldn’t be surprised here.)
- Pixar Play Parade (I miss this one. Saw it everyday during my DCP.)
- Spectro-magic (My whole life was basically this parade until a couple years ago.)
- Jalapeno cream cheese pretzel (honestly I don’t know if this is still available. I sold them on the Streets of America during my program. The best pretzel ever.)
- Mickey Pretzel
- Funnel cake
- Mickey ice cream bar
Best Sit Down Restaurants
- Si-fi Drive in
- Be Our Guest
- That place in Norway in EPCOT
- T-REX (Okay, that one is in Disney Springs, still counts)
Best Character Meet and Greets
- Gaston. Hands down. Best interaction of all time.
- Mickey. Tears every time.
- Peter Pan
- Tiana and Naveen
- Chip and Dale
- Mary Poppins (I love her, and she’s my husband’s favorite so she makes top ten)
- Kylo Ren. He scared me.
- Belle. My favorite Disney gal and the princess I most relate to.
There is so much more I wish I could include, but I have to stop at some point. Like I said earlier, these are my personal opinions based off of my experiences. I know people will disagree on some things (not Gaston though. If you don’t think he’s perfect then you’re just wrong.), and I would love to hear your own lists!
Broadway is amazing. Disney is life. It’s only fitting that the Disney Broadway shows are nothing short of magical. While The Lion King will always be the number one soundtrack as a whole, I have made a top twenty list of the best Disney original cast renditions. Feel free to add your own or tell me why I’m wrong:
- Circle of Life- The Lion King (I mean, duh)
- Friend Like Me- Aladdin (the whole section where the genie sings other Disney songs is just the best.)
- Step in Time- Mary Poppins
- King of New York- Newsies
- If I Can’t Love Her- Beauty and the Beast (Perfect song if you need a good cry.)
- Shadowland- The Lion King
- He Lives in You- The Lion King
- Beauty and the Beast- Beauty and the Beast
- Out There- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (This whole soundtrack is gorgeous.)
- She’s In Love- The Little Mermaid
- Two Worlds- Tarzan (I actually just discovered this one recently.)
- Be Our Guest- Beauty and the Beast
- Seize the Day- Newsies (Get pumped. We’re doing the thing.)
- Be Prepared- The Lion King (Iconic villainy)
- God Help the Outcasts- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Can any song be more beautiful?)
- Once and For All- Newsies
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- Mary Poppins
- I Want the Good Times Back- The Little Mermaid (It’s like Ursula met Mama from Chicago. I love it.)
- Monster- Frozen (They gave Elsa character depth!)
- Hellfire- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Now, I have not seen all of the shows on stage. The rankings are based off of the soundtracks alone. I know that seeing the choreography and context in person changes things, but I am on a strict “barely one touring show a year” budget when it comes to musicals as a whole.
There are rumors that Hercules is the next to get the Broadway treatment, so I expect this list will change because “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” is one of my favorite songs ever. Also, I can only imagine how sassy a Hades song will be and I am so ready for that.