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The accidental screening was said to shock the family audience

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Harrods has opened the Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – a fairytale castle, complete with characters and dressing-up. Turn into a Disney prince or princess for the day from £100 (harrods.com/disney).
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Diane Disney Miller was the daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for Disneyland. "He'd take me and my sister to the merry-go-round at Griffith Park and stand there all day until we were ready to go," she recalled. "As he stood there, he kept thinking there should be more for parents and children to do together, and the idea for Disneyland was born."

York students cause offense after 'blacking up' for 'Cool Runnings' Halloween costumes

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