Opinion: Housing the Magic

Rumors are swirling around that Disney is planning to bring their popular “Mickey and the Magician” show over from Disneyland Paris when it (the show not the park) closes in September. Orlando Weekly gave three possible locations, all in DHS as that had the most amount of wasted space (and the only usable space for the show at MK being turned back into a parking lot).

 

Animation Courtyard: I don’t see them closing “Disney Jr Live on Stage” (which they say is being “refurbished” later this year), but they could conceivably close “The Little Mermaid” show (surprised they didn’t do that years ago) thinking the dark ride in MK was enough. Also, since the backstage area of “Mermaid” is big enough to accommodate large props and several human actors, this is the most likely of the suggested places.

Hollywood Blvd: Another suggestion, which they immediately dismissed, was to move the Frozen show out of the Hyperion Theatre to an undefined new location. Not going to happen, the show is far too popular for that. If the criminally underused theater that used to house “Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey” and is now a Star Wars clip show was larger, I might put the M&TM show in there.

Sunset Blvd: The OW writer suggested they could enclose the Theater of the Stars venue to protect the screens used in the show from rain. Another idea is the opposite of what they did last year – house the M&TM show in Sunset Blvd during the morning/mid-afternoon (they can market it like “Fantasmic” for kids who can’t stay up late enough to see “Fantasmic”) and the B&TB show in the late afternoon to evening. The problem with this idea is it draws more people to that part of the park while “Fantasmic” is showing making the already crowded area more congested.

 

Two additional venues they hadn’t listed:

Animation Courtyard: Yes, I already listed two possible locations there, BUT there is a hidden theater at the back of Star Wars Launch bay (said theater coincidently houses another Star Wars clip show) that could easily be expanded once it comes time to retheme the area come 2019 (the article gave no timetable for the show’s move).

Fantasyland: This is the most obvious choice thematically for the show, but where would they put it?

If only there was a show with a similar theme (a character being sucked into the worlds of other Disney cartoons) that was modestly crowded, despite its central location, that could easily be switched out without a lot of fanfare.

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Photos: The Boneyard at Animal Kingdom

Photos: Pointe Orlando 

It’s been over a year, probably close to two, since I’ve been to Pointe Orlando. I can see why. It’s so sad walking past the long stretches of empty storefronts looking for a good angle that doesn’t make it look like the dead mall it is (save for the movie theatre and bowling alley). I left within an hour of arriving.

A new year at Universal

Universal posted a press release to their blog today previewing some off the biggest news stories of 2018. The biggest being the opening of the new ride based on The Fast & The Furious franchise (only 10 years overdue) in a few months, and, while no official opening date was given, we can probably expect a soft open in the coming weeks.

The release also teased various forthcoming announcements. Normally, I hate when organizations do that, but this sounds interesting none the less…

  • The previously-announced ride replacing Dragon Challenge in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade… as well as an additional projection mapping experience at Hogwarts castle.” So much hype, so little space. I didn’t get a chance to see their holiday projection show, but I expect more details will likely be made around the end of the month in time for the Celebration of Harry Potter (Jan 26-28).
  • Something new going in where Terminator 2: 3D was” – UOR is being extremely vague on this, but I’m hoping it’s the rumored The Secret Lives of Pets dark ride to compliment both Shrek 4-D (which needs a newer franchise in there already) and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.
  • The continued global expansion of our partnership with Nintendo. Our sister park in Japan has already broken ground on Super Nintendo World; I’m sure you can’t wait to hear what’s next.” Darn straight, I can’t – even clunky PR talk can’t stop this massive train from smashing every pipe in the Mushroom Kingdom.