The Blog Flume Filter for September 19, 2013
Disneyland – The Nightmare Before Christmas seasonal overlay of the Haunted Mansion is now open.
But that is not the only thing to get a seasonal overlay. Oh, no. We have other surprises for you.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom – The Princess Fairytale Hall is now open. I thought the original fairy tales, like the ones from the Brothers Grimm were supposed to be pretty dark and gritty. I think this attraction needs some dark and gritty. How about some zombies? How about zombies with laser eyes and automatic weaponry? And by the way, since there was a comment made last week, I am happy to report that this attraction is absolutely free.
And if you ever wondered how anything gets done around Disney with people following them around with cameras, here’s your answer:
And now that the little girls have been distracted, it is time to move on to the little boy’s distraction:
Disney’s California Adventure – We kind of figured this was coming. The characters from Planes have been added to the Soarin’ preshow.
Limited Time Magic – I think I actually figured out the brilliance of Limited Time Magic. For a while I was hacked off about them putting together an entire year of events that only benefitted people who lived within a couple of blocks from the parks. But now I realize that I was thinking about the situation all wrong. What they are actually doing is throwing everything and the kitchen sink at their adoring fans to see what sticks and what doesn’t. What this has allowed Disney to do is to expire everything very quickly, the great and the embarrassing, and then make notes about what is working and what isn’t. It has been an entire year of experimenting with what they think the crowds might like. Based on the reaction to the Disney Villains party
, I think we might see the entire Halloween season taken as a Villains Party. And if that goes over as well as this last Friday the 13th, we can then expect to have the Villain’s Land we have been dying for years to get.
Kentucky Kingdom – Progress is still being made, although it looked like a lot of destruction was underway…
The "Nightmare Before Christmas" thing is just plain awful. I don't know why Disney would do this again. Completely ruined my vacation last year. I was so looking forward to seeing the classic haunted mansion I had heard about for years. Then I get there and see this garbage. Just terrible. I sat with my arms folded, looking away the whole ride. What is the appeal of Tim Burton? Will someone please explain to me? I think every movie he has made is horrible. So he combines a Halloween theme with Christmas, what is the point? It doesn't make sense. It's just stupid. I don't get it at all.
Wow $75,- that was years ago.
How does someone determine an attraction is "awful" while they sat "looking away the whole ride"?
I disagree with your assertion that "Limited Time Magic" was just for people who lived near the parks. I think guests from all over benefited from these special offerings. Sometimes Jeff you remind me of Anton Ego from Ratatouille in that it's like your default setting is not to like something that Disney does and then you only begrudgingly later admit that it was okay. I question whether you are the best source of information on theme parks if that's how you present information because theme parks are about joy and having a fun immersive experience...and I think there is enough sarcasm and cynicism in the world. We don't need to look at theme parks with an automatically negative approach every time. Life is too short.
Regarding the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay of Haunted Mansion, I'm not a fan of it either. I wish they would build a year-round HalloweenTown area and permanent Nightmare Before Christmas ride at DAC. I think there is demand for it, and that this would then give DAC a spooky-themed area that would be a lot of fun. Part of Grizzly Peak and Condor Flats could be used to create HalloweenTown and Soarin's exterior could be rethemed to Buena Vista Street as a little airport just off that street, and on the edge of a forest. Have the entrances to HalloweenTown be like you are going through a Halloween tree in the forest, like that clearing Jack discovered in the movie.
I have a feeling Annette and Jeff are going to be fast friends here. :)
There are no hard feelings from me to Annette. Everyone is allowed their opinion.
I'm hoping that the Planes thing is temporary. If they ever introduce the characters in the actual attraction, I'm done with Soarin. Planes should have never been in the theaters. Yes it was that mediocre.
I would think that anyone that is going to spend a buttload of money to go to Disneyland would research the trip before they come. DL does not exactly hide when they are going to have the overlay of the Haunted Mansion running.
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