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Laura Marano Opens Up About Hosting the ARDYs Summer Playlist Special (Exclusive)

Laura Marano Opens Up About Hosting the ARDYs Summer Playlist Special (Exclusive)

Laura Marano is dishing on her hosting duties THIS Friday (July 10)!

The 24-year-old former Disney Channel star is returning to the network to host the Radio Disney Presents ARDYs Summer Playlist.

“I am so happy to be hosting the ARDYs! I have such wonderful memories of both my Disney Channel days and being a part of past RDMAs, so I was incredibly excited when I was asked to be the host this year,” Laura exclusively told JJJ. “I think this show is going to be very special this year, and our goal is to get all the families watching from their homes to dance and sing along with us throughout the show.”

Laura also revealed to us her favorite moment from past ARDYs/Radio Disney Music Awards shows.

“This is such a tough question because I truly have so many favorite moments (I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true!). I think I would have to pick performing ‘Boombox’ live for the first time on television,” she said. “Not only did I get to perform with the lovely Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson, but I literally got to do the ‘Boombox’ performance of my dreams. I was so nervous before stepping on that stage, but then I ended up having the best time.”

To find out which stars will be making appearances during the show this week, CLICK HERE!

Be sure to tune in to the Radio Disney Presents ARDYs Summer Playlist on FRIDAY (July 10) at 9pm ET/PT!

Disney Channel's 'Amphibia' To Pay Homage To 'Gravity Falls' In Upcoming Episode

Disney Channel's 'Amphibia' To Pay Homage To 'Gravity Falls' In Upcoming Episode

Gravity Falls fans will be super excited about this!!

Disney Channel’s animated series Amphibia will be paying a bit of a tribute to the former, fan favorite Disney XD series, Variety reveals.

In an upcoming episode, “Wax Museum”, Sprig, Anne and their family will travel to a mysterious roadside oddities museum that looks and feels quite a bit like the Mystery Shack on Gravity Falls, and GF creator Alex Hirsch will voice the character, The Curator, a Grunkle Stan-like character who owns the “Curiosity Hut” and features a frog custodian named “Frog Soos.”

“I have always wanted to create a Gravity Falls tribute in Amphibia,” Amphibia creator Matt Braly, who also worked on Gravity Falls, said. “I just didn’t know when or how. The two shows share so much DNA that it seemed like a missed opportunity not to have the worlds interact in some fashion. So when Amphibia writer Jenava Hudek pitched an episode where the Plantars would stop at a creepy wax museum during their roadtrip, I knew this was our golden opportunity. Jenava herself was a huge Gravity Falls fan and leapt at the chance to work with its iconic characters. The decision was made early to feature alternative universe versions of Grunkle Stan and Soos as frogs. This would be the easiest way to pay homage without stepping on anyone’s toes continuity wise.”

“Not only did he end up voicing the characters but he even improvised a number of his lines in the booth, giving the characters that classic Gravity Falls off the cuff flair,” Matt added. “It’s no surprise that the Amphibia episode ‘Wax Museum’ is one of my favorite episodes of the season and that the Curator and Frog Soos are stand out characters. Working on this episode felt like coming home in a lot of ways.”

Season two of Amphibia, which stars Brenda Song as the voice of Anne, will premiere THIS Saturday (July 11), and the episode “Wax Museum” will air on August 8th.

To add on to the exciting news, it was recently announced that Amphibia has already been picked up for a season three!!!

'Raven's Home' Cast Heads to Camp KikiWaka In New 'Bunk'd' Crossover - First Look!

'Raven's Home' Cast Heads to Camp KikiWaka In New 'Bunk'd' Crossover - First Look!

There’s a new Disney Channel crossover coming!!

The network just announced that Raven’s Home and Bunk’d are teaming up for an all new special called Raven About Bunk’d.

In the one hour episode, Raven, Chelsea, Booker, Nia, Levi and Tess set out on a long road trip to Maine’s Camp Champion, but a GPS glitch sends them off course to Camp Kikiwaka, a place with an uncertain future even for those who can catch a glimpse of the future.

While Raven and Chelsea hunt for Maine lobster, the kids make arts and crafts and develop feats of engineering, and then set out to find the camp’s infamous “Snipe” in Moose Rump’s Forbidden Forest.

The adventure also includes celebrity piglets, hidden tunnels and a musical performance, as the newcomers forge a camaraderie with Lou, Noah, Ava, Destiny, Gwen, Finn and Matteo – and set out to own the summer.

Milo Manheim‘s Disney Channel Summer anthem, “We Own The Summer“, will also be featured in the ep. Some of the stars in both shows are in the music video!

This is not the first time Raven’s Home stars Raven Symone and Anneliese van der Pol have been in a Disney Channel crossover. They were also in the That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana mega crossover back in 2006, between That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Hannah Montana.

Tune in to Raven About Bunk’d on Friday, July 24th at 8pm ET/PT on Disney Channel!

Aly Michalka Hosts 'Phil of the Future' Reunion - Watch Now!

Aly Michalka Hosts 'Phil of the Future' Reunion - Watch Now!

The Phil of the Future cast reunited this week!

Aly Michalka hosted the virtual reunion with co-stars Brenda Song, Raviv Ullman and Amy Bruckner as part of the Aly & AJ “Up All Night” charity fundraising event on Wednesday night (June 24).

The cast caught up with each other and learned what they’re up to nowadays, and reminisced about the days of filming their Disney Channel show.

Amy shared that she just finished her second year in law school, and they all inquired about her law studies.

During the chat, they also talked about Project Heal, an organization that helps people recover from eating disorders.

Last year in November, Raviv opened up about wanting to have a reunion with his former castmates. We’re so happy that it was able to happen, even if it was virtually, for now.

Both seasons of Phil of the Future are available to stream on Disney+!

Check out the video and head to the 1:52:00 mark to see the Phil of the Future reunion.

Kirsten Storms & More Have Virtual 'Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century' Reunion!

Kirsten Storms & More Have Virtual 'Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century' Reunion!

The stars of Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century had a virtual reunion!

Kirsten Storms, Philip Rhys and Gregory Smith, who starred as Zenon, Proto Zoa and Greg respectively, got together for a Zoom chat to talk about the iconic Disney Channel Original Movie.

“I get recognized more for Zenon than I do from General Hospital, still,” Kirsten said. “But I think it’s funny, I get asked to say ‘cetus-lupeedus’ all the time, and I just go with it. … I love that this movie stuck around for so long. And now people are playing it for their kids, which I think is really cool.”

Zenon followed the title character, who “must thwart a villain’s plot after she’s grounded and sent to Earth.” Raven Symone also starred in the movie.

The DCOM spawned two more films, Zenon: The Zequel and Zenon: Z3, with all three movies available on Disney+!

Disney Channel Presents Night of Music With Olivia Rodrigo, Laura Marano & More!

Disney Channel Presents Night of Music With Olivia Rodrigo, Laura Marano & More!

The Disney Channel Summer Sing-Along and Radio Disney Presents ARDYs Summer Playlist are coming soon!

The night of music on the Disney Channel will feature the two special programs with appearances from your favorite Disney stars on Friday, July 10th.

Demi Lovato, Coco Jones, Olivia Rodrigo, Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly, Sarah Jeffrey, Ariel Martin, Trevor Tordjman, Chandler Kinney, Pearce Joza, Jadah Marie, Issac Ryan Brown, Navia Robinson, Sky Katz, Jason Maybaum, Ruby Rose Turner, Dakota Lotus, Raphael Alejandro, Scarlett Estevez, Israel Johnson, Ava Kolker, Jackson Dollinger, Christian J. Simon, Ramon Reed and Kaylin Hayman will all be a part of the Disney Channel Summer Sing-Along where they will perform songs from High School Musical 2, Camp Rock 2, Let It Shine, Descendants 3, Zombies and more!

Laura Marano will host the ARDYs Summer Playlist with appearances by Sia, China Anne McClain with Sierra and Lauryn McClain, Sabrina Carpenter, Now United, Maddie Zeigler, Kenzie Zeigler, Kylie Cantrall and so many more!

The ARDYs special will even feature moments from the past seven years of the ARDYs, including past performances by Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes.

Radio Disney will also honor teachers as part of ARDYs “Heroes For Change” Award and will give a donation to DonorsChoose to fulfill teacher projects, bringing classroom dreams to life and helping kids thrive.

Tune in to the Disney Channel night of music on Friday, July 10th, starting at 8pm EDT!

The Cheetah Girls & Disney Stars Congratulate Raven Symone On her Wedding!

The Cheetah Girls & Disney Stars Congratulate Raven Symone On her Wedding!

Raven Symone‘s friends and co-stars, past and present, are sending her congratulations after she posted about her wedding!

In case you missed it, the Disney star got married to Miranda Pearman-Maday in a backyard ceremony on Wednesday (June 17).

Raven‘s fellow Cheetah Girls Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan commented on one of her posts, celebrating their former co-star’s big day. The Cheetah Girls 2 co-star Belinda also shared her love.

Also sending Raven congratulatory messages include her That’s So Raven co-stars Issac Ryan Brown, Navia Robinson, Jason Maybaum, and Debbie Allen, who appeared in an episode, Girl Meets World‘s Danielle Fishel, Suite Life‘s Brenda Song, Even StevensChristy Carlson Romano, The Bold Type‘s Stephen Conrad Moore, Hannah Montana‘s Shanica Knowles and Amy Correa, who was in an episode of That’s So Raven.

See all the comments for Raven in the gallery!

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