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Out of the Box is one of those children's shows that hits every millennial (who grew up as a Disney Channel kid, of course) with the biggest wave of nostalgia. The show first premiered on Playhouse Disney 19 years ago to this very date (October 10, 1998, to be exact) and ran until 2004. The two hosts of the show, Tony James and Vivian Bayubay McLaughlin, go down in history for their "Goodbye Song," which ended each episode with a bang. If that particular tune transports you back in time, then you were most definitely a Disney Channel kid growing up. It went a little something like this… "It's been great to play and sing together (in the box). And now it's time to say goodbye."
Naturally, you know what's next…
What was Out of the Box about?
The concept of Out of the Box was a little like Barney – but not exactly. Essentially, a group of kids from the neighborhood would get together each day to play, sing and make crafts. Where would they gather, you ask? "The Box," obvs. What appeared to be just some cardboard boxes that they painted and stacked into a tower was actually a big magical, fun space inside. With a slide, instruments, costumes, and toys – it was literally a dreamland. It was every kid's playhouse fantasy, tbh. After all the fun wrapped up, Tony or Vivian would walk the children home from "The Box" and they would come back to sing their iconic farewell jam.
What happened to Tony and Vivian from Out of the Box?
Where is the Out of the Box cast now? Let's start with Tony. He remains to be an incredible musician and has even worked with people like Cyndi Lauper and Lenny Kravitz. He also has a self-titled album, which you can listen to on Spotify, that was released in 2006.
As for Vivian, her LinkedIn profile shows that she has been a voice, piano and acting teacher for almost 13 years now. She also has a daughter, who is too cute for words and works as a model.
So there you have it! We suppose all that's left to say is, "Goodbye, for now. Until we meet again…"