If you see me hunched over my phone frantically swiping my finger every which way, odds are good I am playing Disney Emoji Blitz. The free-to-play game was released last summer on both Android and Apple phones. Emoji Blitz is a lot like the other puzzle-based games with the additional selling point of unlocking cute Disney-themed emojis you can text to friends and family. But even if you have never wanted to express yourself via Disney characters, Emoji Blitz is a lot of fun for casual gamers.
Disney Magic Kingdoms is a free-to-play mobile game that was released in early 2016. The game allows players to build their own Disney theme park. Back when it was new, Daffy Stardust checked it out and compared it to a similar game he was playing, The Simpsons: Tapped Out. Daffy thought the game might be colorful enough to entertain small children, but found it’s limitations frustrating. I have actually stuck with the game for over a year now and I thought I would update readers regarding how Magic Kingdoms has changed since its release.
Kevthewriter wonders why Pixar keeps making Cars movies when no one he knows seems to like them very much.
Disney has been remaking all of their animated classics into live action, all of which have gotten mixed responses to say the least. It’s gotten to the point where many people on the internet have reacted to another announcement that Disney is going to remake another animated movie into live action with dread. If there is one remake that’s even less anticipated than others, though, it’s probably the new Lion King, mostly because of the fact that they’ve called it a live action remake. And that is stupid.
All the way from sunny Florida, Daffystardust filed this report on a popular Disney World treat.
The big movie release of this past weekend, if I can believe the hype I’ve seen and the strong crowds I experienced, was the live action adaptation of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. The 1991 animated musical production is one of the most beloved in the Disney canon, winning Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and becoming the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. The affection and nostalgia still attached to the animated film have made this year’s adaptation perhaps the most hotly anticipated live action Disney film of the past decade.
Join Lebeau and me as we discuss our own histories with the story and our reactions to the new film. There are mild spoilers here, but if you’ve seen the previous Disney film, the general story shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
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If you have a commute or other life circumstance which plants you in one place for a while, podcasts are one good way to deal with these times. As a Disney fan who is constantly preparing for my next trip to Walt Disney World, podcasts on the topic are a big focus for me. Thankfully there are plenty of options out there for someone like me. Which are my favorites? I thought you’d never ask.
Recently, I wondered whether or not Frozen was the only recent animated movie that Disney mattered. It was just kind of a random thought I had really, as I was thinking one day, “y’know, ever since Disney’s bought Marvel and Star Wars and everything, it seems like the only animated movie they focus on is Frozen. I wonder if there’s any correlation to that?” and just sort of made a theory that they were mainly focusing on Frozen because their animated movies were no longer their only big franchise. The original article sparked a conversation about movie merchandise that I would like to follow up on.
I don’t know about you but where I live Frozen, almost 3 years after it came out, is still inescapable. If you go into any store, you’re bound to run into some Frozen merchandise. Not only that but there always seem to be families (and sometimes childless adults) that seem to have some sort of Frozen thing with them (like a backpack or something).
A few months ago, there was a crazy rumor that the brain trust at Disney had decided to retheme one of its signature theme park attractions, The Tower of Terror. Since its debut in 1994, the ride has tied in to the classic TV show, The Twilight Zone. But in an effort to save a few bucks on an intellectual property Disney doesn’t own as well as promoting a property it does, management was seriously considering ditching the existing theme for Guardians of the Galaxy – the popular Marvel franchise which has nothing whatsoever to do with a haunted hotel.
WDW1974, the insider who posted the original rumor, has provided an update. According to him, Orlando’s tower has been spared. The one in Anaheim may still become the home of a talking tree and gun-totting raccoon. But that’s a West Coast problem. Sorry, Disneylanders. That doesn’t mean Disney has given up on putting Star-Lord and Gamora in Orlando either.
Disney fans are looking forward to the complete reinvention of the Orlando theme park formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios. Exciting developments like a Star Wars-themed land have been announced along with a second area based around Toy Story. These are all long-term projects with no opening dates attached. That’s largely because Disney is still figuring out details themselves.
In this chaotic environment, a rumor has surfaced which fills me with a sense of dread. And not the good kind you get when you anticipate being dropped repeatedly in a haunted elevator shaft.
I wanted my next Disney World article to be a positive story. I really did. The last several Disney World updates I have done have been critical of Disney’s management of the Orlando resort. There have been some managerial shake-ups which should lead to some positive developments down the line. But those are going to take time. The news for 2016 is unfortunately pretty grim. Made worse by events halfway around the world. If you are planning a trip to Disney World this year, expect to pay more than ever for a greatly diminished product.
Fifteen years ago today, Disney opened their second theme park on the West Coast. When Disney’s California Adventure opened its gates, one prominent Imagineer muttered “I liked it better when it was a parking lot.” To see why, check out this clip of Rosie O’Donnell and the cast of The Drew Carrey Show sleepwalking their way through some of the park’s headline attractions.