Welcome to “Mouseland”

As the headline says, “Welcome to Mouseland” – a name which I totally SHOULD have chosen for this site, but whatever. This site is about photos and commentaries on Disney, Universal and occasionally SeaWorld, and is essentially a spin-off of my personal blog where all of the preceding photos previously appeared.

While I just ported over all of my old Disney pictures, I’m making THIS “my first post” because I also just bought a used camera off Amazon for $75 (so I’m on a budget, sue me). I lost the charger for my old camera (which I initially bought at the old camera store at DHS that now sells Frozen and The Good Dinosaur toys) and figured if this one doesn’t work out, I can get a better one later.

Speaking of which, I only have a Bronze (or whatever it’s called) Pass at Disney so I may go to other, hopefully less crowded, parks over the summer… or I may “experiment” with other styles of photography to go with my fancy new camera. Who knows, by the time my AP “unlocks” again in Aug or Sept, this blog may have an entirely new focus (see what I did there?).

Whatever the case, enjoy my bland park photos as I guide you through the area lovingly known as “Mouseland.”

 

Update: Just got an email from Amazon saying the camera I bought from their Marketplace has “already been sold.” They did suggest another seller who had one in stock for the same price…but with “Standard shipping” it comes out to slightly higher. The good news is I am guaranteed to get it by Friday… that and I found the charger to my current phone. (5/1/17)

 

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Commentary: What should play in this theater?

Nerdist of all sites had a speculation post on Facebook this morning about the new theater under construction behind Main Street USA. They suggested Frozen (based on its success at DHS/DCA), The Lion King (which just finished a year-long run at Shanghai Disneyland), Mary Poppins (from the popular Broadway/touring productions), Moana (from the popular movie and upcoming show at Shanghai DL) and Aladdin (as the previous occupant of DCA’s Hyperion Theater) as possible choices.

From that list, there are only two that seem even vaguely plausible: Moana and Aladdin. As the story suggests, Moana has popular songs by the current “it” songwriter… but Aladdin spent 13 years at the Hyperion – that’s a damn good track record! As for the others, Frozen is already well represented in both DHS and Epcot, whereas The Lion King already has a show at DAK. Mary Poppins, despite her new movie and upcoming addition to the UK pavilion at Epcot, is simply too much of a dark horse for such a high-profile location.

While Aladdin or Moana are two of the most likely candidates, we cannot forget about other shows that could resurrect from their theme park graves like: Tarzan Rocks (DAK, 1999-2006), Pocahontas (DAK, 1998-2008), Tangled (Disney cruise line, 2017-) or even moving Finding Nemo: The Musical to a presumably larger, more prestigious venue.

But while Nerdist wants to see MP, I feel like it’s bit of a reach. There is nothing stopping them from reaching so why not Big Hero 6: The Musical (yes, I know, they have problems with the Baymax suit, but a story focused on Hiro/Tadeshi could work) or even Treasure Planet as that film, like The Emperor’s New Groove, has developed somewhat of a cult following over the years.

Personally, I think they’d be better off rotating the shows on a regular basis with special shows at night to help draw crowds AWAY from the castle, like how they repurposed Theater of the Stars for a “Pixar symphony” over the summer, but they could also do special Disney Villians show for Halloween or a Frozen Holiday Celebration, etc.

I agree with other Mouse watchers that it will likely be Aladdin, Frozen or Moana, but what shows would YOU like to see?