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Disney Parks bring The Smurfs to its park (and bring Nemo to California Adventure)

Disneyland: Help me, Please!

From Oscar Marquez
Posted March 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
If Disney buys Peyo and The Smurfs (Just like Marvel, Muppets and Pixar), will bring Smurfs at Disney Parks.

* A Re-imagined Splash Mountain to open in 2013, at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.

* Disney California Adventure celebrate The Smurfs 2 with 2 Nighttime Smurfy Surprises: Smurfs Up! Party and World of Color Smurfs pre-show.
- Smurfs Up! Party a sucessor of Glow Fest, ElecTRONica and Mad T. Party, located in Hollywood Land. First, The Smurfs band will play in Pre-show stage (Festival of the Blue Moon; used in ElecTRONica), Then enter to Portal where enter to Smurfs Village to Dance, also include: The Smurfs 2 3D Sneak Peek in "Muppet-Vision 3D" Theatre, Smurfette Dancers, House of Smurfs (formerly End of Line Club during ElecTRONica and House of Cards during Mad T. Party), Maybe DJ (used in ElecTRONica) or a Stage (used in Mad T. Party) will use in front of Monsters Inc. ride, Storks (in projection) will flight in all stages of Hollywood Land, The Smurfs Dance Party Wii videogame Demo in front of Stage 12 (formerly Hollywood & Dine) and Smurfette, Smurf and Papa Smurf meet n' greet (during Night, and Day in Smurf Village at Disneyland) in Stage 17 (formerly Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Play it!)
- World of Color Smurfs Pre-show will be similar to World of Color Prep and Landing Pre-show, where it show clip from The Smurfs movie in Mist Screen and the fountain dance.

* The Smurfs Area will be in Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland (retheming Critter Country) in 2013, Disneyland Paris in 2014, and Hong Kong Disneyland in 2015

* Smurfette appear in Disney California Adventure's new Parade, Disney's Stars and Cars Parade.

* Smurfette, Smurf and Papa Smurf appear in Disneyland's new parade, Mickey's Spectacular Parade and Magic Kingdom's untitled new Parade (maybe is a relocated Jubilation! Parade from Tokyo Disneyland)

* A Non-Smurf show, Finding Nemo: The Musical from Disney's Animal Kingdom will bring it to West Coast, at Disney California Adventure in Hyperion Theatre, replace Aladdin.

Send Robert Iger a E-mail and Write it buys Smurfs:

Robert.a.Iger@disney.com

or send a mail to this address.

500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521-9722


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Jeff Elliott
Posted March 12, 2012 at 7:34 AM
There are several problems here....

1. The Smurfs have a shelf life.....and it has long expired. If Disney was going to buy the Smurfs, they should have done it in the mid-1980's when they were popular and not now when they are only a basis for a bad children's movie.

2. Disney has many things that they can make rides with that the already own. Buying and bring in new franchises seems a little on the silly side. The couldn't even close a deal for Harry Potter, what makes you think they would be interested in anything else that is not own already by the mouse?

3. The outline that you have above makes it sound like Disney should get rid of all of the Disney characters and internal franchises in favor of the Smurfs. Do you really think that that is a good idea?

4. When Disney puts in a new attraction it is typically a one shot deal. One ride at one park. Later if the franchise is really popular, they may move it to other parks, but they start with one.

5. Disney has already got a blue person franchise with Avatar. Don't you think it might cause a bit of confusion having both?

6. The Smurfs have already seen their time in theme parks and then been removed for lack of staying power. Why would Disney want to commit money and resources to something that failed at other parks. Do you not think that Disney is original enough in their ideas that they can't come up with something better than cast-offs from other amusement parks?

7. Peyo is dead. What good would it be to buy him?

8. The only park that this makes sense for is Euro-Disney, and I can guarantee they would much rather have Cars Land than Smurf Land.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM
I'd ride Smurfette...

From Rob Pastor
Posted March 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM
Mike: We have to find you a girlfriend.

From Carrie Hood
Posted March 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM
I also doubt Peyo's kids are willing to sell the franchise, they consider it their legacy their father left to them.

Mike, you really need to get out more man! ;)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM
Nope, not me, Dom. There is a national talk radio host named Mike Gallagher, too. He's not me either. There was a movie in the early 80's called Absence Of Malice with Paul Newman and Sally Field. Newman's character was named Michael Gallagher.

And thanks to all for the matchmaking efforts. But I'm sorry..I HATED the Smurfs with a passion, and all of a sudden they go and make Smurfette really hot. Still, Jessica Rabbit she ain't. Still wasn't enough to make me see the movie. You couldn't pay me to see it.

From James Koehl
Posted March 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM
Is this entire thread a joke? Is Disney actually in talks to buy Smurfs? I can't think of any franchise less needed. I really don't mind them- there was a Smurf dark ride at KI in the '80s that was mildly diverting, but not at Disney. "it's a smurf world"....pardon me while I smurf-up my dinner.

From Rob P
Posted March 13, 2012 at 3:57 AM
The Smurfs have always been a bit of an anathema to me. I've never liked them and , for the life of me, I can't understand their popularity.
Obviously they must appeal to the very young but, in my opinion, there are so many better children's characters out there that might have a more universal appeal.
Still it's not the place of someone of my age to question why the kids love them. They do and Disney will capitalize on that....and you can't blame them.

From Jeff Elliott
Posted March 13, 2012 at 6:30 AM
At least it is not Barney or the Wiggles.

I mean, what theme park would be dumb enough to bring in those pathetic franchises?

What?..... Your kidding, right?...... Are you sure?...... um..... well.... nevermind........

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 13, 2012 at 6:58 AM
Jeff, this is not a facetious question. What park/chain had Barney? I know SF had Wiggles, but I don't recall a Barney presence anywhere.

Maybe Cedar Fair should grab the Barney license and make him part of the increasingly ubiquitous Dinosaurs Alive attractions. Put him next to the T-Rex..I doubt he'd last long.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:09 AM
This is a joke, right? How about Disney buy the Thundercats and retheme everything to that? :P

From Rob P
Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:18 AM
Wasn't Barney at Universal ?

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:38 AM
Hey, Mark..howzabout Voltron Or He-Man/She-Ra?
Cabbage Patch Kids?

From Rob Pastor
Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:40 AM
Barney is at Universal Studios in his own show. I can't get near it. I can't stand the Barney song.

From Jeff Elliott
Posted March 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Yes, Barney is at Universal Studios......I was there for the Halloween Haunt and the scariest thing was when the queue went through the Barney area.....scared the crap out of me.....

From Carrie Hood
Posted March 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I'm in the same boat as Jeff, Barney scares me 100% more then anything else I've ever seen. Just walking threw that line for HHN is enough to make most adults start to twitch in anxiety far more then the haunt will.

I swear if I ever get my hands on a haunted house, I'm including a section of "Things that give adults nightmares". Barney will be my star attraction followed by the freaky sun baby-face thing from teletubbies.

From Andy Milito
Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM
Carrie said: "I'm including a section of "Things that give adults nightmares". Barney will be my star attraction followed by the freaky sun baby-face thing from teletubbies."

I'm 15, and that thing scares ME!

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted March 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM
@Mike, OMG Yes! Universal...YOU HAAAVE THE POWEEEER! :)

@Jeff, You and me both! With the lights up it was totally creepy knowing it was Barney's house.

From Melanie Howe
Posted March 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM
@ Mark, Carrie and Jeff -- same here! My husband and I joke every year about Barney being the scariest part of that line at HHN. Those creepy-a$$ hearts hanging from the ceiling....{shudder}

P.S. -- Carrie, your haunted house idea sounds truly terrifying!

From Dominick D
Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM
This is weird. A Smurf ad was just on this thread O_o

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