Vote of the week, royal wedding edition: Should Mickey and Minnie Mouse get married?
By Robert NilesHere's a vote of the week in honor of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Elizabeth 'Kate' Middleton (royal title TBA as of the time of writing - Update: It's the Duchess of Cambridge).
Published: April 28, 2011 at 7:11 PM
First, let's note that a royal wedding provides a stunning example of themed entertainment, a topic near to our hearts here at Theme Park Insider. At this point, thankfully, there's not much left for the British royal family to do except to provide inspiration and entertainment for their nation. The theme here is a celebration of English patriotism, for Britons and Anglophiles around the world. (And if you'd like to celebrate the occasion with party supplies from a certain UK company, I'm sure the bride's family would appreciate that. My gratitude to readers who get that joke, BTW.)
Hundreds of thousands [will gather/are gathering/gathered - pick a conjugation, based on when you are reading this] on the route between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace to greet the future king and queen of England. It might be/have been the largest gathering of Britons since the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. (I kid, I kid.)
At this point, many of you might be sick of the hype. But I can think of one other celebrity marriage that would stir up enough buzz to make the marriage of Wills and Kate look as significant as a Vegas wedding chapel hook-up.
The wedding one of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
For those of you who hadn't realized, the first couple of Disneydom aren't actually hitched. (Didn't you notice that they had separate homes in Toontown?) Disney managers have kicked around for decades the idea of marrying off Mick and Min. The company easily could stretch the occasion into another year-long festival at all its theme parks, highlighted by a worldwide media event for the actual wedding, followed by a daily "renewal of vows" ceremony for theme park visitors.
Imagine the merchandise. Imagine the hype. Imagine getting a FastPass for a wedding ceremony. (Thousands of Britons today are now nodding and grumbling to themselves.)
But should it happen? I can't imagine the legal fees for writing the pre-nup. And what about kids? Will Mickey and Minnie both be able to greet park guests if they have to haul the little ones off to soccer practice? Heck, is a marriage between two mice even legal in either California or Florida?
On the plus side, though, Minnie wouldn't have to change her name. ;^)
Let's put it up for a vote:
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