Disclaimer: the following (as always) is my personal opinion and in no way reflects or represents that of any other person or corporate entity.
I’ve actually had this concern in my head since I started this blog, but I had hoped things might turn around and I wouldn’t feel obliged to write about it. However, given the continued direction of entertainment in the parks – the heart of Mousertainment for me – I can’t keep avoiding the obvious.
This trend may have started as far back as the shuttering of Walt Disney World Resort’s popular Downtown Disney Pleasure Island entertainment offerings such as the Comedy Warehouse and the utterly beloved and very grieved Adventurer’s Club which both still brought in crowds at the time they were closed. But I first really noticed it at the Disneyland Resort and then started seeing a pattern overall…
I was worried when the traditional-since-the-days-of-Walt-Disney swing dancers were pushed out of Disneyland Park for an extended period of time. (They were brought back after much public outcry.)
I was sad when the charming Minnie’s Fly Girls at Disney California Adventure was canceled, when it was a better show than some others that stayed and provided a welcome live performance component to that area of the park.
I was upset when a majority of the most popular longstanding entertainment acts in EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort were let go including the Fife and Drum Corps, the UK Players, Mo’Rockin and most especially Off-Kilter. It was also reported this past week that Mulch, Sweat & Shears – a show that was on my agenda for my next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort – will soon be disappearing from Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well!
I was annoyed when Frozen took over the Royal Theatre in Disneyland’s Fantasyland and took the place of the brilliant Tangled show and the charming Beauty & the Beast show there. (Though sorry, I didn’t mind it taking over the rarely-filled Muppets 3D theater in DCA. I like Frozen – I just don’t need it everywhere!)
I was absolutely lost when they tried to replace The Mad T Party at DCA with Frozen. Happily for T fans that experiment was, as many of us expected, unsuccessful.
I think it was a very poor choice to replace the charming Original Disneyland Band with the more raucous new version that simply seems to be an echo of their East Coast counterpart, the Main Street Philharmonic, rather than a special unique entity dating back to the earliest days of Walt Disney’s original park.
I am sorry to lose the wonderful and relaxing Big Thunder Ranch area including such delightful entertainment as Farley the Fiddler (hopefully he can be relocated to Frontierland!) and Miss Chris and Tex Tumbleweed at the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ stage but I always knew that area had to be destined for bigger things. Continue reading