Posts Tagged ‘Snow White’
by T.J. Van Fechtmann
on October 21, 2014
Welcome back to Disney Parks Potential, where I take a look at some of Disney’s more underrepresented franchises and characters while coming up with interesting ways to integrate them into Walt Disney World or Disneyland. If you missed the first entry, which covered The Incredibles, you can check that out here. Today I’ll be taking a look at an all-time Disney animated classic, The Jungle Book.
When you hear that Jungle Book has no attraction presence at Disney World, you probably think, “Wait, that can’t be right.” I mean, with a park entirely dedicated to animals, it’s hard to believe that Disney doesn’t have at least one attraction based on The Jungle Book. That wasn’t always the case, however. When Animal Kingdom first opened, there was a show called Journey into the Jungle Book but it only lasted a year before being replaced by Tarzan Rocks! in the theater which now currently houses Finding Nemo-The Musical. Besides that short lived show, there haven’t been any further attractions based on The Jungle Book.
It’s not that Disney shies away from creating new experiences with older franchises and characters, so what’s the problem? I can think of a few reasons. Maybe with The Jungle Book’s lack of a traditional Disney princess in it, Disney may see creating a new attraction based on the film as more of a risk than say The Little Mermaid or Snow White. Or maybe the princess thing isn’t a concern and it’s simply because The Lion King is Disney’s go to animal film. Whatever the reason may be, I think a lot of people would agree that Baloo and the gang need at least some love within the Disney parks.
More Baloo please.
So how to integrate The Jungle Book? You could go the traditional dark ride route but from what I surmised earlier, that might not be a likely bet. My idea might be on a smaller scale but I think it would be effective in gauging interest in further Jungle Book attractions. I think Mickey’s Philharmagic should include a new Jungle Book segment within the attraction. “Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You” are both classic Disney sing-a-long songs so either would be a fine choice for the music based 3D show. Also, it may not seem like it, but Philharmagic is over ten years old. Why not refresh it with some new musical segments for Donald to cause trouble within?
For those crying blasphemy because they don’t want to see a favorite song like “Part of Your World” or “Be Our Guest” replaced, I have a solution for you, and it comes from Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. That’s right, Star Tours! Star Tours gives guests a different experience every time by randomly showing different events and planets to travel through. Why can’t Philharmagic do the same thing? The attraction seems perfectly fit for it with a clear end point to each song before Donald is transported to the next Disney film. This would probably boost attendance on the attraction too while allowing new songs from films like the Jungle Book without cutting out the current crop of Disney films within the attraction. Everybody wins!
My Jungle Book parks potential idea may not be as ambitious as the previous Incredibles ideas but I think it could definitely be the start of a revitalization of the older Disney animated film. I want to know what you all think though. Do you want to see more of The Jungle Book within the parks? Leave a comment and until next time, this has been another entry of Disney Parks Potential.
by Rikki Niblett
on June 14, 2014
Princesses meet at Walt Disney World Photo-Disney
Beginning this Sunday, June 15, two princesses will be moving locations at the Magic Kingdom.
First, we’ll see Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) moving out of Princess Fairytale Hall over to the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street, U.S.A. Aurora will be meeting guests each afternoon, into the early evening. Also, Snow White will be start meeting guests daily at Center Street on Main Street, U.S.A.
Anna and Elsa will continue to meet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. Their schedule recently changed; they are now available from park open until about a half hour before park closing. With this change, there will be no “visiting princess” greeting along with the sisters.
Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to meet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall as per usual.
by Daisy Lauren
on November 21, 2013
A few weeks ago I was in Epcot Guest Relations and overheard a flustered mom asking where she could find Merida, the latest Disney Princess from the movie Brave. It seemed like a reasonable request since she was in a Disney park. Her daughter waited anxiously behind her with red ringlets bouncing on the wig that sat strangely on her head, not quite fitting. I watched tears well up when they were told that Merida was only in the Magic Kingdom, and a flustered mom turned furious as they stomped off for the other park. In hopes of preventing future disasters like this one, I decided to share this little guide to finding princesses. Remember – this is accurate as of November 2013 but character meeting locations change all the time, so please always check here for the latest information!
Ariel is one of those princesses who only meets in one very specific location, making it a little harder to catch her. You can find her appearing daily in her Grotto just by the new Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid ride in the Magic Kingdom. It’s best to try to meet her early or late in the day as like most things the midday line gets very long. While this line looks like it’s indoors it’s really just caves making it still very hot in the summer months. I also recommend meeting Ariel before riding her ride as the load capacity is much higher for the omnimover attraction. Please be aware that Ariel normally swims away one hour before park closing, so don’t wait too late to meet her!
Mulan also only meets in one spot but she is even harder to find due to limited “sets”. You can find her in front of the China area in Epcot just behind the arches. Currently she greets at: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3:50pm – weather permitting. The weather in Florida tends to either be hot or cold. There really aren’t many perfect days. It makes this a tough meet and greet to get to comfortably. I recommend trying to make it over for her earliest meeting time as lines will be shortest and hopefully the weather will be mild.
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by Erin Foster
on November 20, 2013
For many children, and adults, Walt Disney World can be an overwhelming place, filled with countless new sights, sounds, smells, textures, in an endless stream of stimuli. Sure you can surprise your family with trip to Walt Disney World, but you may have a better overall vacation experience if you give your kids some time to prepare in advance. At-home preparation for you kids might take the form of meeting costumed characters, practicing table manners, or learning to sleep in a particular crib, but one of the easiest, and most effective, ways to get a child ready for a Disney vacation is to show him movies related to your upcoming trip.
Cinderella is a must see before visiting Walt Disney World.
You’ll have a better understanding and appreciation of what’s happening in the parks if you’re familiar with the stories depicted in what you see there.
Some of these suggestions will be obvious. Your child will no doubt have a better grasp on something like the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor if he’s, you know, actually seen Monsters, Inc. Other suggestions will be more tangentially related to specific attractions, but will give a your kids a greater comprehension of the tone and flavor of Walt Disney World.
As always, use these recommendations with the caveat that you are the best judge of what’s appropriate for your specific child and his current developmental stage. For example, while most preschoolers will adore The Little Mermaid, a child who’s in fear-of-the-ocean mode might have a full-scale meltdown at the sight of Ursula. Similarly, some kids might be ready for a Star Wars marathon at age four, while others will need to wait until eight, nine, or even older. If there’s a movie that you haven’t seen since your own childhood, it might be worth doing a quick preview on your own before subjecting your child to potential overload.
You’ll no doubt note that many Disney and Pixar films are not mentioned on my list (Bambi, Hercules, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Up, etc.). This bears no reflection on the quality of the films, nor on their place in the canon, but rather speaks to their current relative lack of representation at the Walt Disney World parks and resorts. There are also a few non-Disney films listed here because, in my opinion, they do a particularly good job of evoking an atmosphere or time period represented at the parks in a more succinct way than any actual Disney film does.
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