Disney knifes fan sites in the back; starts its own theme park blog
Written by Robert Niles
The Walt Disney Company today launched its own blog devoted to its theme parks. The blog is written by Disney employees, including PR reps from the parks. The blog, which launched with three entries, promises "the latest, official information about our destinations as well as some exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at what makes Disney Parks the most magical place on earth."Tweet
Following the recent launch of its official fan community, D23, and Disney World's "Moms Panel" for Q&A advice, Disney's now moved into just about every space occupied by its legion of online fan sites and communities. Disney's been polling D23 members and other customers about their use of Disney fan sites, as the company makes it move toward taking over their readership.
Of course, not every online theme park community focuses all its coverage on Disney. (Ahem.) While it's nice to hear company-approved releases from Disney and other theme parks, it's also nice for theme park fans and customers to have independent voices covering the industry. We don't work for any theme park company at Theme Park Insider, nor do we take free trips and cruises from theme parks, as some folks at other sites do.
I'm sure that the biggest Disney fan sites will endure, since entire communities don't easily pack up and move from one URL to another. But I'm glad that the Theme Park Insider community covers more than just Disney. The Disney theme park blog won't breathe a word about the Wizard World of Harry Potter. Nor will it let you know about neat deals like free soft drinks and parking at Holiday World. Nor will the Disney blog, or the Disney fan sites, delve into the ownership situations at competing chains such as Busch and Six Flags.
And, most important, your non-park-sanctioned snark is always welcome here.
FWIW, I'd love to hear what you think about the new "official" Disney blog. I'm not above (or below) ripping off certain features if TPI readers would like to see us try them, too. ;-)
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