Note: As always, the following reflections are my personal opinions and reactions and do not represent anyone else.
“So show me family…”
This week some more changes were announced by Disney about entertainment in the parks. And per the rumor mill, the cutbacks might not be done yet and more may be announced in the coming weeks and months.
The announcements were made in a carrot and stick fashion.
First: Disney California Adventure is getting back their Food & Wine Festival starting April 1st! This news was well received even though the DCA version of this event was always considered a poor cousin to the EPCOT extravaganza.
Second: The Mad T Party is closing March 30th. Umm, WHAT?! Not only was the DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY version of the show supposed to run throughout the Disneyland Diamond Celebration (which does not end until September), but there’s a little movie coming out a few weeks later – namely the sequel to the movie that inspired the Mad T Party! Alice Through the Looking Glass is set to release to theaters in May. WHY WOULD THEY CANCEL A SHOW WITH THE SYNERGY TO PROMOTE A NEW MOVIE A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVIE COMES OUT?! *smh* Let me run down a few other announcements before I get to the exact impact of this particular decision.
Third: A new show is coming to Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom – “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire”, which of course features Frozen characters amongst others because there’s clearly not enough Frozen in the parks.
Fourth: It is replacing Dream Along With Mickey, the castle show at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom featuring many classic princess characters with their princes, along with some great villains. Dream Along With Mickey is closing April 2nd.
While I understand that some may have felt it was time for a refresh of the castle show, I’m sad to lose yet another venue for classic Disney characters who are being replaced by modern ones. Not that I don’t love Tiana and Rapunzel too – and yes, it’s easy to feel spoiled having them both so well represented at the Disneyland Resort these days. But it’s sad to lose one more place to see the older characters.
But here’s what I really want to talk about in all of this – why it means more than just a different attraction in the park from one month to the next…
The reason I started this blog was because a few years ago, I started recognizing the true talent and special magic of the performers at the Disney Parks & Resorts, and seeing the impact they had on my life and the lives of others I’ve come to know. And that comes from having a pass to the parks.
When you’re a tourist visiting the parks for maybe your one and only time in your life, you want the weather to be good, people to be friendly, the parks to be clean, the lines not to be long, the meals to be good and the hotels to be restful and relaxing. And hopefully you can afford everything you want to do and buy.
But when you have a pass to the parks, they become something different. They become your second home. And the Cast Members become your extended family. Continue reading